Venice Academy of Human Rights

Venice Academy of Human Rights
11-16 July, 2011

The Academy in 2011 is dedicated to the topic “Human Rights and the Cosmopolitan Idea(L)”. The Academy offers interdisciplinary (Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Religious Studies) thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners and Ph.D./J.S.D. students from all over the world. It will include lectures by, inter alia, Professors Abdullahi A. An-Na’im, David Held, Yasuaki Onuma, Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Mary Robinson (Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights). Last year the Academy was honored by the key lecture of the Nobel Prize Laureate Amartya Sen.

The website supplies information on accommodation and other logistics.

Int’l Assoc for Dialogue Analysis

The International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA)’s 13th conference, Dialogue and Representation, will take place at the Université de Montréal (Quebec, Canada) from April 26 to April 30, 2011. With more than 100 presenters from about 30 countries, coming from a variety of disciplines such as literature, communication, philosophy, cinema, education, linguistics, or psychology, it will be an opportunity to address in various ways the link between the ideas of representation and of dialogue.

The conference will also feature keynote addresses from Éric Grillo (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), Cornelia Ilie (Malmö University), Alain Létourneau (Université de Sherbrooke), Wolfgang Teubert (University of Birmingham), Karen Tracy (University of Colorado at Boulder) et Edda Weigand (University of Münster).

The full list of presenters and the complete program can be downloaded on the conference website.

It is now possible to register simply by visiting our website. The early bird discount ends on March 15!

The organizers,
François Cooren & Alain Létourneau
Email: dialogue2011@com.umontreal.ca

Steering Committee
Mark Aakhus, Rutgers U., United States
Lawrence N. Berlin, Northeastern Illinois U., United States
Kenneth Cissna, U. of South Florida, United States
Robert T. Craig, U. of Colorado at Boulder, United States
Marcelo Dascal, Tel Aviv U., Israel
Anita Fetzer, U. of Würzburg, Germany
Luisa Granato, National U. of La Plata, Argentina
Cornelia Ilie, Malmö U., Sweden
Liliana Ruxãndoiu, U. of Bucharest, Romania
Robert E. Sanders, U. at Albany – SUNY, United States
Clara Ubaldina Lorda Mur, Pompeu Fabra U., Spain
Edda Weigand, U. of Münster, Germany
Elda Weizman, Bar-Ilan U., Israel

Scientific Committee
Chantal Benoit-Barné, U. de Montréal
François Cooren, U. de Montréal
Boris H. J. M. Brummans, U. de Montréal
Sylvie Grosjean, U. of Ottawa, Canada
Marty Laforest, U. du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke
Daniel Robichaud, U. de Montréal
Consuelo Vasquez, U. du Québec à Montréal

Organizers
François Cooren, U. de Montréal, Canada
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke, Canada

Organizing Committee
Nicolas Bencherki, U. de Montréal, Canada
Émilie Pelletier, U. de Montréal, Canada

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Le 13e colloque de l’International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA), intitulé Dialogue & représentation, aura lieu du 26 au 30 avril prochain à l’Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada). Réunissant plus de 100 présentateurs d’une trentaine de pays, provenant de disciplines aussi variées que la littérature, la communication, la philosophie, le cinéma, l’éducation, la linguistique ou la psychologie, il sera l’occasion d’aborder d’une foule de manières le lien entre les notions de représentation et de dialogue.

Le colloque sera également l’occasion d’assister aux conférences plénières d’Éric Grillo (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), Cornelia Ilie (Université de Malmö), Alain Létourneau (Université de Sherbrooke), Wolfgang Teubert (University of Birmingham), Karen Tracy (University of Colorado at Boulder) et Edda Weigand (Université de Münster).

La liste des présentateurs et le programme complet se trouvent sur le site du colloque.

Il est maintenant possible de s’y inscrire en se rendant simplement sur notre site web. Le rabais pour inscriptions rapides prend fin le 15 mars 2011!

Les organisateurs,
François Cooren & Alain Létourneau
Courriel : dialogue2011@com.umontreal.ca

Comité de direction
Mark Aakhus, Rutgers U., États-Unis
Lawrence N. Berlin, Northeastern Illinois U., États-Unis
Kenneth Cissna, U. of South Florida, États-Unis
Robert T. Craig, U. of Colorado at Boulder, États-Unis
Marcelo Dascal, U. de Tel Aviv, Israël
Anita Fetzer, U. de Würzburg, Allemagne
Luisa Granato, U. nationale de La Plata, Argentine
Cornelia Ilie, U. de Malmö, Suède
Liliana Ruxãndoiu, U. de Bucharest, Roumanie
Robert E. Sanders, U. at Albany – SUNY, États-Unis
Clara Ubaldina Lorda Mur, U. Pompeu Fabra, Espagne
Edda Weigand, U. de Münster, Allemagne
Elda Weizman, U. Bar-Ilan, Israël

Comité scientifique
Chantal Benoit-Barné, U. de Montréal
François Cooren, U. de Montréal
Boris H. J. M. Brummans, U. de Montréal
Sylvie Grosjean, U. d’Ottawa, Canada
Marty Laforest, U. du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke
Daniel Robichaud, U. de Montréal
Consuelo Vasquez, U. du Québec à Montréal

Organisateurs
François Cooren, U. de Montréal, Canada
Alain Létourneau, U. de Sherbrooke, Canada

Comité organisateur
Nicolas Bencherki, U. de Montréal, Canada
Émilie Pelletier, U. de Montréal, Canada

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

2011 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TRANSATLANTIC FELLOWS (BFTF) SUMMER INSTITUTE
July 2-July 29, 2011 – Ages 16-18
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Do you know a teenager (16-18) who is interested in meeting young people from Europe, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia? Do they have an interest in learning more about transatlantic relationships, democracy and civic engagement?

The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University is offering 10 Scholarships for American students to attend the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute. These Scholarships include the following:

• $2,500 scholarship; Designation as Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow (covers tuition, activities, meals and lodging in WFU dorm, and partial travel funds to and from WFU)
• Participation in all Institute events, including classes on: Citizenship, Comparative Constitutionalism, Documentary Production and Theory, New Media, Public Advocacy, taught by Wake Forest and visiting faculty.
• Seven day educational trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA, including a visit to the State Department, The Washington Center and several sites including the Newseum in DC; Constitution Center in Philadelphia, etc.
• Civic engagement activities, local community service projects and workshops on public advocacy.
• Cultural activities including an International Dinner, visits to places of worship and other local sites.

The U.S. Fellows would join about 50 Fellows on the Wake Forest campus for a month-long Institute. The international Fellows are from over 30 countries ranging from Armenia to Iceland, Denmark to Kosovo, Malta to Lithuania. Participants will arrive at WFU on July 2 and depart on July 29, 2011.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and 16-18 years old. For more information and the application form, visit the website.

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