Fulbright update-Leeds-Hurwitz

A publication resulting from my Fulbright in Portugal this spring has just appeared: Arquitectura pedagógica para a mudança no ensino superior [Pedagogical architecture changes for higher education]. For anyone who reads Portuguese, it’s available in electronic form here (there is also a hard copy version). For those who only read English, the longer book version came out in the fall, under the title Learning matters: The transformation of US higher education, published by Editions des Archives Contemporaines in Paris. Both the book and the monograph are co-authored with Peter Sloat Hoff.

Arquitectura pedagógica cover

My thanks to Susan Gonçalves for accepting the manuscript and then seeing it through to publication with a series through the Centro de Inovação e Estudo da Pedagogia no Ensino Superior, which she directs and the host for my stay in Coimbra. Thanks also to all those who worked on various stages of the translation: Steven Pessoa, John Baldwin, Sofia Silva, Dina Soeiro and Susana herself.

CFP Reclaiming Stigma

Call for Manuscripts:  Special Issue of Communication Studies
“Reclaiming Stigma: Alternative Explorations of the Construct”

Guest Editors:  Mike Allen (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)  & Jessica J. Eckstein (Western Connecticut State University)
Submission Deadline:  June 1, 2013

Communication research on identity issues tends to nominally reference seminal works from previous decades and then proceed to study specific, affected groups. Particularly in cases of research on stigmatized identities, scholars tend to cite Goffman (1963). With few exceptions, the nuances of this construct – a subject of potentially great interest to communication scholars – are rarely explored.

Despite the advent of increasingly immediate forms of interpersonal and public communication, the use of labels, interpersonal behaviors, and complicated rhetorical constructions related to stigma have become more taken-for-granted by scholars using methods of social framing and influence. In descending order of typical approaches by Communication scholars, published research has examined (a) if and then who is stigmatized, (b) how it affects that particular group of people, and (c) what can or should be done about it, with the latter technique inclining toward simplistic prescription of a “stop doing it” admonishment. Missing from this discussion is examination of the construction of stigma.

Rather than simplistically labeling a group as “stigmatized” and/or jumping to the assumption that this label is always negative, a more complex examination would search for the underlying mechanisms at play. This special issue of Communication Studies seeks to address this dearth in the field by seeking diverse scholarship to scrutinize the issue and provoke scholarly controversy by exploring the nature of stigma. For example:
*When can stigma be good? In what ways might it be productive to reinforce stigma of particular groups? Perhaps some identities (e.g., Homophobes? Misogynists? Abusers? KKK? Liberals? Conservatives?
Celebrities?) should be stigmatized. What would be the implications of those practices?
*When is stigma bad? What are the communicative implications when using stigma? Do stigmas reflect a shorthand attribution of group membership?
*Can an individual be stigmatized without reference to group membership?
*How has stigma operated, in past or present-day cultures, desirably?
*If we should stigmatize, how would we decide who/what to stigmatize?
*Who, or what, would determine which stigmas to enforce – interpersonally and/or culturally?
*Is stigma really an arbitrary decision made to effect serious, negative consequences (e.g., social exclusion/discrimination, punishment)?
*If stigma is a created and fixable difference, what are actual, feasible means (i.e., applied stigma management tactics – personal and political) to address interpersonal stigma for those affected – interpersonally and societally?

All scholars of Communication embracing diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are invited. Original works referencing current, societal exemplars are encouraged. Both full-length manuscripts exploring these phenomena (through application of personal research or analyses) and shorter critical thought-pieces are welcome. Whatever the approach, this issue will go beyond simple designation of stigmatized identities to explore the stigma in all its intricacies – standard and contentious.

All manuscripts will be subjected to a process of blind peer-review.
Questions about the appropriateness of a potential submission or for additional information should be directed to Dr. Jessica Eckstein.

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2013. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions should conform to the Instructions for Authors followed by Communication Studies and be sent electronically to the journal via the ScholarOne Manuscripts website. NOTE: All finalized submissions should specify “For Stigma Special Issue” in the online forms (e.g., cover letter, Special Issue checkbox, etc.). If you have any special requests or need additional information on this journal’s submission process, please contact the journal’s editor, Robert Littlefield.

George Washington U job ad

The Communication Program, within the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, invites applications for a tenured or a tenure-track position as an Associate or Assistant Professor of Communication to begin in August 2013.  The Communication Program offers a selective admission undergraduate major and two undergraduate minors.  Salary, benefits, and startup funds are highly competitive.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in Communication, with research and teaching interests in Organizational or Intercultural Communication.  Candidates must complete all doctoral degree requirements by August 15, 2013.  Applicants also should have a strong background in research methods, including quantitative approaches, and experience with or interest in teaching core courses such as Communication Theory, Research Methods, and Senior Seminar (requiring a thesis).  Finally, applicants must have a record of research as demonstrated by publications or works in progress.  Rank is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin September 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.  To apply, complete the online faculty application and upload curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests and qualifications, selected reprints, and teaching evaluations summary.  In addition, candidates may be asked to submit three (3) letters of recommendation, which can be sent to:

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UNCAOC intercultural dialogue games

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Wants to Foster Innovation through Apps and Games Promoting Intercultural Dialogue

The UNAOC launches Create UNAOC 2012, a global competition organized with MIT Education Arcade and Learning Games Network; International Partners include Global Voices, Fundazione Mondo Digitale, Voice of America, ICT for Peace, John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Doha Centre for Media Freedom, among others 

NEW YORK, New York, 26 July 2012 — the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the MIT Education Arcade, and Learning Games Network today launched Create UNAOC 2012, an international competition for app and game developers to produce apps and mobile games that enable new avenues for intercultural dialogue.

The aim of the project is to identify opportunities through innovative tools that promote intercultural dialogue, drawing on unique cultural resources and experiences of developers around the world. Five finalist apps and games will be selected by an international jury, awarded funds for producers to refine their creations and played by delegates of the 5th Annual UNAOC Forum in Vienna, Austria, 27-28 February 2013. The global competition will accept submissions through the end of November 2012.

“Successful intercultural dialogue is essential to help us navigate the unprecedented challenges of the 21st Century world,” said Marc Scheuer, Director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.  “Apps and games afford powerful new tools and experiences to explore the dynamic and challenging processes that enable individuals and groups with different cultural backgrounds to engage in an open and respectful exchange of views, to share experiences and to develop a better understanding of each others’ aspirations and better practices of living together.  We are eager to see what young and new developers can contribute to the global conversation.”

The UNAOC and its organizing partners want to encourage developers to think of ways that new apps and games can be used to support such pursuits as gender equality, youth development, migrant integration, religious pluralism, better understanding among individuals of different cultural and religious backgrounds, biased media representation of cultures and religions, and education.
Apps and games submitted will be reviewed by an international jury and measured on whether: (1)  potential users would be given a novel experience to creatively and thoughtfully share perspectives on intercultural and global issues; (2)  how content and commentary relate to historical or current events, as well as (3) how the apps and games provide new perspectives that support intercultural dialogue.
Registration and Submission Requirements
Developers may register to participate in the competition between 27 July and 30 November 2012 at http://www.CreateUNAOC.org.  Developers may register as an individual or as a team with a maximum of eight (8) collaborators. Registrants must be 13 years of age or older.  A video walk-through (i.e., screen capture) or PowerPoint/Keynote presentation of a working app or game alpha or beta prototype built in HTML5 should be submitted for competition by 30 November 2012.  Note: Developers are not required to submit actual working apps/games on authorized development devices to the UNAOC.
Five (5) apps/games in HTML5 will be selected as finalists by 3 January 2013.  Developers will be notified and awarded $5,000 (US) per app to complete development of a fully functional app/game by 15 February 2013.  Apps/games will be played and rated by participants during the 2013 UNAOC Forum in Vienna, Austria (27-28 February 2013).  A Grand Prize will be awarded.  All apps/games submitted to the challenge competition will be featured on the website before and after the Forum in Vienna.
“We are excited by the global network of creative and technical professionals, scholars, NGOs, media companies, and others, who have come together to inform and promote the Create UNAOC Challenge,” said Jordi Torrent, UNAOC Media Literacy and Education Project Manager.  “As we explore new ways to engage citizens of the world in the UNAOC’s charter work, our jurors and partners help to expand our understanding of new media and reach young people and producers who are pursuing exciting new projects that can be used to effectively support intercultural dialogue.”
International Jury and Outreach Partners
Create UNAOC jurors include: Deborah Bergamini, Member, Council of Europe (Italy), Jan Keulen, General Director, Doha Centre for Media Freedom (Qatar), Sanjana Hattotuwa, Senior Researcher, Centre for Policy Alternatives (Sri Lanka), Eric Klopfer, Professor, MIT (United States), Solana Larsen, Managing Editor, Global Voices (Switzerland), Anthony Lilley, Chief Executive Officer, Magic Lantern (United Kingdom), Alfonso Molina, Fundazione Mondo Digitale (Italy), Savita Nair, Professor, Furman University (United States), Wu Heping, Dean, College of International Exchanges, Northwest Normal University (China).
Initial outreach partners include:
Global Voices (Netherlands), Fundazione Mondo Digitale (Italy), Voice of America (United States), ICT for Peace (Switzerland), John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (United States), Doha Centre for Media Freedom (Qatar).
Media Contact:
Learning Games Network
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions. It also helps to counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism. The UNAOC was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations.  A High-level Group of experts was formed by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan to explore the roots of polarization between societies and cultures today, and to recommend a practical programme of action to address this issue. The Report of the High-level Group provided analysis and put forward practical recommendations that form the basis for the implementation plan of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.  On 26 April 2007, former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, was appointed as the High Representative for the UNAOC by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to lead the implementation phase of the Alliance. The UNAOC Secretariat, which is based in New York, works with a global network of partners with States, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and communities. It also works at the grassroots level, promoting innovative projects that build trust, reconciliation and mutual respect.  The Alliance works in four program areas to support such projects: youth, media, education, and migration. 
The MIT Education Arcade explores games that promote learning through authentic and engaging play. The program’s research and development projects focus both on the learning that naturally occurs in popular commercial games, and on the design of games that more vigorously address the educational needs of players. Our mission is to demonstrate the social, cultural, and educational potentials of videogames by initiating new game development projects, coordinating interdisciplinary research efforts, and informing public conversations about the broader and sometimes unexpected uses of this emerging art form in education. MIT Education Arcade projects have touched on mathematics, science, history, literacy, and language learning, and have been tailored to a wide range of ages. They have been designed for personal computers, handheld devices and on-line delivery.
Learning Games Network
The Learning Games Network, a non-profit spin-off of the MIT Education Arcade and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Games+Learning+Society Program with studios in Cambridge, MA and Madison, WI, bridges the gap between research and practice in game-based education and is committed to the development and distribution of games informed by research in the learning sciences, creative design, and technical innovation.  

U Penn job ad

Deputy Director for Research and Operations at The Center for Global Communication Studies at The Annenberg School for Communication at The University of Pennsylvania


*       This position will serve as the Deputy Director for Research and Operations of the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at The Annenberg School for Communication, working closely with CGCS’s Director in the development, implementation, and coordination of research, networking and training initiatives globally.  For more information about the center see www.global.asc.upenn.edu;

*       Project management: Manage international research programs, including serving as the point of contact with funding agencies; developing and maintaining relationships with partners; overseeing and managing project progress (identifying and hiring consultants; developing a program workplan and ensuring adherence to timeline and deliverables); working with the CGCS Grants Coordinator and Director to ensure compliance with federal and university regulations, monitor budget and adjust activities as necessary; write and/or edit final programmatic reports;

*       Supervise staff: Serve as Staff Director, including direct supervision of Center administrative staff, Annenberg Research Assistants, student workers, and other temporary staff, and manage all administrative support activities of the Center;

*       Communications, Publications and Outreach: engage in outreach activities with internal Annenberg School/Penn and external constituencies in order to develop partnerships and programs, and to generate knowledge and share resources that advance the missions of the Annenberg School and the University of Pennsylvania. Develop opportunities for graduate students; and encourage and support capacity-building for global communications research and practice among centers and individuals. Outreach activities include assisting with the development of international/comparative media programs and programs related to the offerings of the Annenberg School. Organize, coordinate, and facilitate summer programs, workshops, conferences and other activities related to international or comparative media and communication study, research and scholarship. Coordinate with  media programs in London, Budapest and other elements of a CGCS network; write concept papers, proposals for funding sources and program ideas; travel (both domestic and international) and conduct research as necessary;

*       Fundraising: Participate in fundraising including identifying funding opportunities, and preparing grant proposals;

*       Work closely with the Director on all aspects of the Center’s operations, including developing a budget and annual strategic plan of action for the Center;


The minimum of a Master’s Degree in International Relations, Communications, Political Science, Law, or other related topic, and 5 to 7 years of relevant program management experience is required. Ph.D. is preferred. Highly functioning, detail-oriented, and analytical candidate who can think strategically about organizational expansion. Must be able to develop a workplan and oversee the plan from beginning to end. Experience in international development and/or having worked in different countries. Grant pre-award experience highly desirable. Excellent research and writing skills desirable. Excellent computer skills. Strong interpersonal skills required. Able to work effectively with people from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Must be able to work independently and collaboratively to achieve goals.

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

CFP Child raising across cultures

Journal of Intercultural Communication Research Call for papers
Child raising across cultures: practices, values and scripts
Special Issue Editor: Jock Wong, National University of Singapore

Anthropologists, psychologists, and sociologists have written a large volume of books and journal articles about parenting in a diverse range of cultures. These studies have contributed immensely to our understanding of the cultural beliefs and values in a variety of cultures. However, most of these studies unintentionally describe these beliefs and values in ethnocentric terms. This is because language and culture are inextricably linked, and when we use a language to describe another language or culture, we run the risk of imposing the categories and values of the metalanguage onto the object of study. For example, when we ask how people in other cultures make “requests”, the question rests on the ethnocentric assumption that every language has a word for request and that every culture shares the values embodied in a request.

An ideal way to avoid ethnocentrism is to use a metalanguage that consists of semantically simple, un-definable words and grammatical structures that are universal. A metalanguage that is proposed to have these characteristics is the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM). A number of studies have shown the main advantage of using such a metalanguage is that it can describe cultural norms with maximal clarity and precision, and minimal ethnocentrism. Potential contributors may want to visit the NSM homepage to find out more about what this approach.

A forum to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research in 2013 will be organized to discuss child raising practices in various cultures. We invite contributions that focus on linguistic aspects of child raising practices and encourage papers that use NSM as the analytic tool, but also welcome all methodologies that expound culture from the inside. We are especially interested in analyses of the culture-specific values and beliefs that influence what parents say to their children in order to mould them into culturally acceptable beings. How, for example, do these values and beliefs: determine what parents teach their children to say; influence how parents say it; guide the ways in which parents express their approval when their child does something considered “good”; result in common sayings about parental roles or good child behaviour? Selected cultural keywords or concepts related to parenting may be explained to give readers a better understanding of the culture described. Selected forms of parenting related verbal behaviour may also be explained in terms of cultural rules that are designed to represent the subconscious cultural values and beliefs held by parents within a given speech community

Each paper should be a maximum of 10 pages in length, double spaced, excluding references, figures, and tables, etc. The deadline for submission is January 14, 2013. All submissions must be submitted via the Manuscript Central System. For style information on the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, please select ‘Authors and submissions’.

The issue is being guest edited by Jock Wong, National University of Singapore, Centre for English Language Communication. To contact Jock, email him.


CFP: Memories of Conflict

Memories of Conflict, Conflicts of Memory
International Conference
13- 14 February, 2013
Senate House, London

Organised by:
Institute of Germanic &  Romance Studies
Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies, University College London
Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory

There are very few facets of public and private life that are not affected by cultural memories of war and conflict. Recent academic scholarship has also been revolutionised as experts on literature, cinema, history, area studies, sociology, anthropology and many others attempt to theorise the memory-narratives of the last century marked by unprecedented totalitarian regimes, coup d’états, military confrontations, popular movements and what Alain Badiou recently called the passion for the real.

This interdisciplinary conference will examine the various ways in which memories of wars and conflicts of the twentieth century are constructed, resisted, appropriated and debated in contemporary culture. The conference will provide a space for dialogue and interchange of ideas among scholars researching on memory issues related to different regions of the globe. In particular, we are interested in discussing the tensions between local and transnational memory-narratives, official and subversive forms of commemoration, hegemonic and alternative conceptions of remembering.

Questions we hope to address:
*       What benefits and risks are involved when using theories, terms and concepts coined for specific conflicts when dealing with problems relating to other regions?
*       To what extent has current research on memory of war and conflict in different parts of the world influenced the wider field of memory studies?
*       What power and/or knowledge relations are established between academic researchers and the victims of such conflicts?
*       What motivations lie behind our decision to research memory issues?

The conference will draw together cutting-edge research from theorists and practitioners and we invite proposals from people working in literature, cinema, history, area studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, religious studies, media studies, political theory, law, international relations and all other relevant fields.

Themes to be addressed in the conference include, but are not limited to:
*       Official commemoration
*       Gendered memory
*       Cultural memory and communicative memory
*       Memory, history and law
*       Contested memories
*       Memory, migration, exile and displacement
*       Second witnessing and generational transmission
*       Fictions of memory and performing memory
*       Sites of memory, testimony and archives

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short biographical note to the organisers Jordana.Blejmar@sas.ac.uk and a.raychaudhuri@ucl.ac.uk by 1 November, 2012.

Convenors: Jordana Blejmar (IGRS) and Anindya Raychaudhuri (UCL)

CFP: Perspectives on Interculturality

Call for Papers
Perspectives on Interculturality
Saint Louis University
February 28 – March 1, 2013

Increased understanding of interactions between different human groups is a major challenge of our time. A half-century of critique of the concept of culture has made significant contributions, including foregrounding ethnocentrism as a source of research bias across disciplines; incorporating power into cultural studies; and expanding scholarship on cultures beyond ethno-linguistically defined groups. Likewise, study of processes that transcend group divisions–globalization, empire, neo-colonialism–has flourished. Meanwhile, understanding mechanisms of interactions between cultures has not kept pace. Intercultural studies are due for reflection and refinement.

The Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University invites proposals for papers taking a critical approach to interculturality, and exploring the potential as well as the limits of the concept. The focus of the Conference, and the invitation for paper proposals, is specifically on innovative theoretical frameworks–preferably combining methods from more than one discipline–designed for analyzing interactions between different cultures. A paper would ideally include a specific case study illustrating the application of the analytical framework proposed. The goal is to assemble a theoretical and methodological toolbox for researching and understanding interculturality. Selected papers will be published in a volume by an academic press.

Proposals should include: a one-page abstract of the paper, with a title and name of the author; the author’s brief curriculum vitae; postal address; email address; and phone number. Complete proposals should be emailed as attachments in MS Word to: rozbicmj@slu.edu. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012.

Study abroad – Peru

Bring your classes to Peru! The Department of Communication at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) is taking program requests for winter and summer faculty-led programs. We can help you design courses in communication studies as well as journalism and mass media classes. We are a bilingual, private university located in Lima with an extension campus in Cusco. We offer campus classroom space, intercultural opportunities, Spanish classes and a trip to Machu Picchu for 2-4 week classes.

Contact Dr. Anthony Spencer or International Student Coordinator Keith Annis for more information.

Anthony Spencer, Ph.D.
Director de Carrera de Comunicaciones
317-1000 Anexo 3256
Nextel 810*8739
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Av. La Fontana 550. La Molina

Survey Updating Perceptions of Natural Resources

A Survey Updating Perceptions of Natural Resources

Call for participation: initiative of the Michel Serres Institute on resources & public goods (ENS Lyon, France)

Objective of the survey: Resources can be natural, human, economic, institutional or cognitive. This survey targets natural resources, questioning the perception and relationship between humans (individually and collectively) and natural resources (and to a certain extent between humans and nature). These are key issues that need to be clarified before moving forward, whether through discussions, controversies or actions, towards what has been called the decarbonated era, the ecological transition, or the green economy. The international survey uses English to avoid inadvertently introducing bias as a result of translation.

Estimated time: 10 minutes

Une enquête pour connaitre votre perception des ressources naturelles

Objet : lancement de l’enquête internationale. Cet appel à participation est une initiative de l’Institut Michel Serres pour les ressources et les biens communs (ENS de Lyons).

Pourquoi une telle enquête ? Les ressources sont  naturelles, humaines, économiques, institutionnelles ou intellectuelles. L’enquête cible principalement les ressources naturelles et interroge la perception et la relation entre les humains (à titre individuel ou collectif) et les ressources naturelles (et, dans une certaine mesure, entre l’homme et la nature). Ce sont des sujets-clé qui doivent être définis clairement, avant que nous ne nous engagions plus avant dans des discussions, controverses ou actions vis-à-vis de ce que l’on appelle communément l’ère décarbonnée, la transition écologique ou l’économie verte.

Cette enquête internationale est en anglais afin d’éviter tout biais, du fait de la traduction, dans la compréhension, la terminologie, et l’analyse des données recueillies.

Temps nécessaire pour répondre : 10 mn

NOTE: I am one of the founding members of the Michel Serres Institute, and have been asked to help circulate this survey to an international audience. My contributions are related to my interest in establishing interdisciplinary collaborations. I would very much appreciate your time in completing this survey to establish a baseline of perceptions about natural resources.