International adoption


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Topic: A Round Table Discussion Proposal– Communication Studies on International Adoption: Voices, Issues, and Impact
National Communication Association convention
November 17-20, 2011, New Orleans

Contact information: Joyce Chen, University of Northern Iowa, chen@uni.edu; Changfu Chang, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, changfu.chang@millersville.edu

International and interracial adoptions have been part of American family life since the 1980s. The adjustment of adopted children and their adoptive families became an important issue studied by academia, especially in the fields of clinical psychology and social work. The research topics range from the identity formation of adopted children, the search for, and reunion with, birth parents of adult adoptees, adoption parenting, to birth mother adjustments. These studies seem to focus on “the vulnerabilities and deficiencies of adoptees” (Zamostny, O‟Brien, Baden, & Wiley, 2003, p.667). As a matter of fact, the identity formation of adopted children and the adjustments of adoptive families reside in the process of cross-cultural and intercultural communication. However, there was very few communication study found on the international/interracial adoption. This proposal aims to let those voices be heard, to initiate the discussions on important issues, and to exchange research agenda. We have a series of documentary DVDs that would provide basic information for the discussion.

If you are interested in this proposal and are willing to participate in the round table discussion, please send us your topic and contact information. The topic is open to any international adoption experiences, opinions/perspectives, or research intention. Contact information:

Joyce Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
University of Northern Iowa
chen@uni.edu

Changfu Chang, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Communication and Theatre
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville, PA 17551
changfu.chang@millersville.edu

Intercultural Cities


Intercultural cities: governance and policies for diverse communities

Joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission

Intercultural Cities

The Intercultural cities programme emerged from the Council of Europe’s significant experience of projects that focus on issues concerned with the management of diversity. Considerable reflection has been undertaken in relation to the principles and practices of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

Intercultural cities is a capacity-building and policy development field programme which has been implemented by the Council of Europe in partnership with the European Commission. It runs complementary to many other current projects and events (conferences, research, exchanges, and campaigns).  The programme’s long-term, comprehensive approach will contribute to the sustainability of the political impetus of one of the Council of Europe’s declared priorities concerning the practice of diversity in today’s world.

     

  • An intercultural city has people with different nationality, origin, language or religion / beliefs. Political leaders and most citizens regard diversity positively, as a resource.
  • The city actively combats discrimination and adapts its governance, institutions and services to the needs of a diverse population.
  • The city has a strategy and tools to deal with diversity and cultural conflict. It encourages greater mixing and interaction between diverse groups in the public spaces.
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For further information, including comparison of different cities, see the original post.

Arizona Conflict Summit

You are invited to attend the 2011 Arizona Conflict Summit on April 8, 2011, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

This summit will bring together practitioners and academics to discuss contemporary approaches to conflict management in Civil Dialogue, Civil Discourse, Collaborative Divorce, Cyberbullying, Facilitation, Intercultural Conflict, Intimate Partner Violence, Mediation, Organizational Bullying, Strategic Communication, & Work-Life Conflict

The summit includes a keynote address from Steve Dinkin, Director of the National Conflict Resolution Center

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to REGISTER:
http://humancommunication.clas.asu.edu/AZConflictSummit

Questions about the Summit? Contact Jess Alberts at Jess.Alberts@asu.edu or Kendra Knight at Kendra.Knight@asu.edu

Doctoral fellowship – Sweden

Visiting doctoral fellowships

The Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden, is offering visiting doctoral fellowships in the field of media business and media economics for advanced doctoral students at other universities. Applications are invited from students to spend up to three months at the MMTC to work on their dissertations, exchange ideas and knowledge, and use the resources of the centre.

Applicants must be pursuing doctoral work in economics, management, accounting/finance, law or communications related to media economics, media management, or economic policy issues of media. Visiting doctoral fellows receive a housing and subsistence stipends and round trip travel to and from their home institutions.

The Media Management and Transformation Centre is Europe’s premier centre on media business studies and offers doctoral studies and research fellowships, provides research stipends to scholars studying relevant issues, and hosts conferences and workshops for researchers that are designed to improve knowledge and understanding of media business issues. Its mission is to develop knowledge about issues raised by the large-scale transformation of the media industries created by globalisation, consolidation and the creation of dominant firms, the proliferation of contemporary information and communication technologies, cross-media activities, fragmenting audiences, and changing revenue patterns. The centre is directed by Prof. Robert G. Picard and leading scholars worldwide on mass media economy.

Applicants should send:
A letter of intent explaining why you want to apply, what you expect to gain from the fellowship, and a one paragraph description of the research you will undertake.
A copy of your dissertation proposal
A letter of recommendation from your doctoral supervisor, which should include an indication of the relevance
of MMTC interests to your dissertation research
A curriculum vita and copies of attested documents (transcript,
diploma)
A copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis
A personal description of yourself

Deadlines:
Autumn semester 2011 – by March 31, 2011

Send your application to:
Dr. Patrik Wikström, Research Manager
Media Management and Transformation Centre
Jönköping International Business School
P.O. Box 1026
SE-551 11 Jönköping
SWEDEN

For more information: patrik.wikstrom@ihh.hj.se

Anne Kankaanranta Researcher Profile

Anne Kankaanranta is Senior University Lecturer, Organizational Communication, Department of Management Studies, Aalto University School of Business (Aalto BIZ) in Helsinki, Finland. Her PhD is in Applied Linguistics (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). In addition, she has an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Vaasa School of Economics and an Executive MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics (since 1 Jan 2011 Aalto BIZ).

Kankaanranta’s research interests focus on the concept of English as the business lingua franca (BELF) and global corporate communications. In particular, her interests include the concept of ‘corporate language’ in multinational organizations, Chinese-Finnish BELF communication and various aspects of intercultural communication. Her PhD focused on internal email communication in BELF in a Finland-based MNC. She has published in, e.g. Journal of Business Communication, Business Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Review, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and English for Specific Purposes.

She has worked as a researcher in two major research projects funded by the Academy of Finland. The first one examined communication and language use in newly merged Finnish-Swedish companies, and the second project investigated business and corporate communication as business know-how of internationally operating companies and organizations. Largely based on the findings of these projects, the School of Economics established new graduate programs in International Business Communication, which were later developed to the Master’s Program in Corporate Communication and the PhD Program in Organizational Communication. Currently Kankaanranta is involved in a study examining the competencies required for a profession in international corporate communication and a project on strategy communication in Finnish-Russian corporations.

She has worked as a visiting researcher/lecturer in, for example, Centre for Global Englishes, University of Southampton (UK); School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University (Denmark); Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain) and University of Michigan (USA).

Kankaanranta has been a member of the Association for Business Communication since 1996 and serves the organization on the Editorial Boards of both the International Journal of Business Communication and Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

Call for Papers-China

CALL FOR PAPERS

Morality, Spirituality and Culture: East and West
International and Interdisciplinary Conference in China
Yibin University, Yibin, China
May 28-30, 2011
Sponsors: Sichuan Thinkers Research Center and Yibin  University

Deadline for Abstract: March 15th,2011
Subtopics: Morality and Society, Morality and Religion, Morality and Culture, Atheism and Spirituality, Skepticism and Spirituality, Rules of conduct, Taoist view on Morality Enlightened Anarchy, Confucius Ethics, Perfectionist and Situational Ethics, Spirituality and Modern age, Humanism and Positivism, Reductionist view’s on moral responsibility, Ethnic Identity and Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Consumption, Politicizing Consumer Culture ,Archaeological Approaches to Culture, Social Identification, Dynamics of Group Culture, Ethnic Boundaries, Constructing and Deconstructing Ethnic Identity, Evolution of Culture, Encountering Different Cultures, Asian Civilization and Culture, Cultural shock, Civilization and Effect of Colonization, Deconstruction,  Contacts of Civilizations,  Asia and Europe, Death of a Civilization, Media and Culture, Pop culture and MTV, Cultural Transformation, Role of Culture and Religion, Cultural Meaning, Buddhism and Post modernity: Buddhist eth!
ics, and Indian Buddhism’s encounter with  Chinese Buddhism, Buddhism and Philosophy of Deconstruction, Ethics of Modernity etc.

Advisory Board Members: Michael Allen (USA), Akhalaque Ahan (India), Sankar Basu (India), Kisor Chakrabarti (USA), Linda B. Elder (USA), Gordon Haist (USA), Elizabeth Koldzak (Poland), Maria Marczewska (Poland), JoAnne Myers (USA), Eve Mullen (USA), Ming Shao (China), Nancy Snow (USA), Andrew Ward (UK), Mark Wood (USA), Yanling Xu

Director: Chandana Chakrabarti
Local coordinator: Ming Shao

Papers from the Conference will be published subject to editorial review (Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Studies/Journal of Indian Philosophy & Religion).

Please note that there will be trips to various historical, archaeological places before and after the conference.
Contact:
Chandana Chakrabarti, Ph.D.
Dean of International students
Director of the Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness
Davis and Elkins College
Elkins, West Virginia 26241, USA
Phone: 304-637-1293
chandanachak@gmail.com

Study abroad-Italy, Turkey, France

Undergraduate and Graduate global communication opportunities this summer in Florence, Cagli and Urbino, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; and Perpignan, France.

For the 10th year we will be taking students from around the country to Europe to participate in Backpack Journalism and Leadership courses.

Florence, Italy (Grad. students only):
Renaissance Rhetoric – May 27 – June 10
Renaissance Leadership – May 27 – June 10
Project Management Italy – June 10 – June 24

Cagli Project Italy – Grad. and Graduating Seniors only
Intercultural and Global story writing and Multimedia June 23 – July 9

Urbino, Italy:
Multimedia Journalism and Magazine Publishing June 9 – July 7

Perpignan, France:
Multimedia Journalism June 23 – July 23

Istanbul, Turkey:
Multimedia Journalism June 23 – July 21

For details of Graduate Communication and Leadership courses.
For the Gonzaga-in-Cagli Project.
For Graduate internship opportunities in each site.
For full program descriptions and undergraduate applications to Istanbul, Turkey; Urbino, Italy; or Perpignan, France.

Student participants come from many universities. The Department of Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga is the host University for all graduate credits.

Email caputo@gonzaga.edu for more information.
John S. Caputo, Ph. D.
Professor of Communication and Leadership Studies
Distinguished Walter Ong, S.J. Scholar
Department of Communication and Leadership Studies
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA. 99258-0001
Tel: 509-313-6656

Job ad-interaction/intercultural

Assistant Professor of Communication: Language & Social Interaction
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Beginning Fall 2011

The Communication Department is seeking candidates for a tenure track Assistant Professor to teach courses in Language and Social Interaction (e.g., discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, pragmatics, narrative analysis), with an emphasis in qualitative research on culture, identity, diversity, and/or questions of social justice.  The successful candidate will be able to teach 1-2 sections of Communication and the Human Condition, a large lecture course for entry-level undergraduates (majors and non-majors).  Additional assignments may include courses in Introduction to the Communication Discipline Parts 1 & 2 (theory and research courses), Communication and Ethnicity (African American or Native American sections needed), Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Social Movements, or Health Communication, depending upon interests/expertise and department needs.

Responsibilities:
-Teaching:  teaching classes in the undergraduate program, curriculum development, grading, holding regular office hours.
-Research:  research and scholarly publication, culminating in refereed journal and conference publications. Book publications and grants are welcomed contributions.
-Service:  provide service to the department in support of curriculum, teaching, and service to the university and community. Service includes student advising, serving on departmental and university committees, assisting in departmental and university events.  Contribute to the development and improvement of departmental programs and activities. Contributions to community projects and events are also appreciated.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Sensitivity to, or experience in, working with a diverse, multicultural population
-Ability to teach introductory communication courses and upper-level courses in Language and Social Interaction at the college level.
-Ability to engage in appropriate instructor-student relationships and interactions and collegial conduct
-Ability to effectively communicate with students, staff and colleagues both orally and in writing
-Knowledge of computer technology (software programs such as MS Word) and ability to learn and use new software/technologies (e.g. D2L course management software)

Qualifications:
Required:
-Ph.D. in Communication at the time of appointment.  ABD’s considered.
-Coursework, scholarship, and/or teaching experience in language and social interaction, and in one or more of the emphases noted in the position description
Preferred:
-Minimum of one year’s teaching experience at the college level, with evidence of teaching effectiveness.
-Some evidence of course development.
-Experience teaching courses in the areas under “additional assignments” in the position description.

Salary:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

The University:
UW-Parkside is committed to academic excellence, student success, community engagement, and diversity and inclusiveness. The University enrolls approximately 5,100 students, many of whom are first generation and nontraditional students. Located in northern Kenosha County in the Chicago-Milwaukee urban corridor, much of the university’s 700-acre campus has been preserved in its natural wooded and prairie state.

Review of Applications:
Complete applications received by March 18, 2011 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit the following, preferably in electronic format:
-A cover letter of application
-Curriculum vitae
-Copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial copies will be acceptable at the application stage)
-Samples of syllabi from courses taught
-Statement of teaching and research philosophy
-Summary of teaching evaluations
-Examples of scholarly work
-Names and contact information for three references
(Additional materials may be requested.)

Email submissions to:  lambin@uwp.edu

Mail:
Joseph Lambin
University of Wisconsin-Parkside,
Communication Department
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer D/M/V/W

Study abroad-England

Are you a graduate student in communication looking to earn 3 credits for a 12-day study abroad experience in England for Summer 2011?

Then please consider CCOM 7070 International Corporate Communication and Culture offered at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College located in Oxfordshire, England, from May 16-28, 2011.

The course consists of invited speakers, case studies, site visits, and trips to London, Stratford, and Oxford. The main objective of the course is make students familiar with the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which international business transactions take place.
Students will have two full-day opportunities to work with students from the MA in Corporate Communication offered by Thames Valley University (TVU), located in London, and will participate in a full-day program of events and speakers organized by TVU. Students will examine corporate communication related case studies conducted by UK practitioners which show how issues of culture, history, politics, and theory play out in business practice.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend a day of seminars at the Harris-Manchester College of Oxford University ending with High Dinner with the Oxford students. The 2011 seminar will also provide a theory component provided by UK academics which will address key differences in the ways Americans and Europeans approach the task of theorizing about communication and the implications of these differences for business.

Wroxton College is the British campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, situated in the ancestral home of Lord North in Oxfordshire. The main College building is Wroxton Abbey, a fully modernized Jacobean mansion on 56 acres of its own lawns, lakes and woodlands. Originally constructed as an Augustinian priory in 1215, Wroxton Abbey has accommodated several British monarchs and statespeople such as Theodore Roosevelt. It now houses the College’s classrooms and seminar rooms, the library, fully modernized student lodging facilities, and computer laboratories.

At Fairleigh Dickinson University, participating students are drawn from the MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication, the MBA program, and the MA in Organizational Behavior.Students from other universities and colleges are warmly invited to register with permission of the course leader, Gary Radford.

Full details about the course, tuition and fees, photographs, and programs from prior years, can be found at: http://www.fdu.edu/corpcomm (follow the link “Study in England, Summer 2011”)
or email gradford@fdu.edu for more information.

Gary P. Radford, Ph. D.
Professor of Communication Studies
Editor, Atlantic Journal of Communication
Department of Communication Studies
M-AB2-02
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison, NJ 07940
973-443-8648 / gradford@fdu.edu

Christine Develotte

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Christine Develotte is a researcher in applied linguistics. She is currently a professor of Communication at the Ecole Normale Supérieure-INRP in Lyon and a member of the ICAR research lab.

For the last ten years her main research interests have been linked to computer-mediated communication (CMC). Her research includes two aspects: the semio-linguistic aspect of online communication and the social aspect, (focusing on the analysis of human behavior). Since 2002, the data have been taken mostly from fieldwork conducted in classrooms where distance learning and teaching interactions have been emphasized, particularly through her project Le français en (première) ligne. More recently she has been studying online multimodal conversation through desktop videoconferencing tools, examining gestures and mimicry as well as oral and written communication.

Spécialiste d’analyse du discours et intéressée par les questions associées au champ de l’interculturel, c’est par une approche discursive qu’elle traite des comparaisons culturelles médiatiques par exemple. En ce moment, elle est engagée dans une recherche européenne centrée sur les médias sociaux et étudie (avec Anthippi Potolia et Fred Dervin) leurs représentations dans différents journaux gratuits européens.

NOTE:
One of the goals of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue is to help researchers connect with one another across international boundaries. This is one of a series of posts describing a particular researcher, focusing on research interests. Click on the Category term “Researcher profile” (bottom left of any page on the site) to view all profiles posted to the site. If you are a Communication researcher and would like to be profiled on the site, send information to intercult.dialogue@gmail.com