Toolkit for Intercultural Dialogue

“The INGO Conference of the Council of Europe is elaborating a practical guide to conduct dialogues where they are most needed. The aim is to provide a hands-on concise, user-friendly Tool. Its approach will not be on the “high end culture”, but rather aims to help build social cohesion and the human rights based approach regarding diversity issues.

The accumulation of unresolved issues in matters of diversity and migration over the last two years have led to an intolerable level of Human Rights infringements in European countries. The Conference of INGOs has witnessed this regrettable evolution and has discussed it.

The Council of Europe NGO Forum of 23-25 March in Istanbul gave the opportunity to reactivate the intercultural dialogue theme. Over 70 NGO representatives, many from South Eastern Europe, participated. Civil society activists from Egypt and Tunisia met with INGO Conference leaders in a small but important side event of the Forum. Three Workshops looked into the new challenges of intercultural societies and a fourth team began its work on assembling the Toolkit for Conducting Intercultural Dialogue. This team consisted of a Barbados-born British, a Portuguese, a Russian, a Swedish-Italian, a Romanian and a Swiss Coordinator. The team began to work based on the Forum’s Workshop findings and the Feedback to a Questionnaire from the participants.

On 14 April the INGO Conference Standing Committee adopted the draft chapters of the Toolkit and gave the green light for the editing and writing and it continues to oversee this work. The INGO Conference Plenary meeting of 21 June unanimously approved the overall content and approach. The Dialogue Toolkit is scheduled for presentation and for initiating the test phase in mid-November.

Along with the Toolkit, the INGO Conference will develop a Dialogue Implementation Phase and is looking forward to working in partnership with interested and competent bodies.”

[Original post: Council of Europe Non-Governmental Organisations]

HUC 2011 CFP

HUC 2011: Storytelling, Memories and Identity Constructions
Mexico: 4 – 9 November 2011

Deadline for paper proposal submissions: 15 July, 2011 (Deadline has been extended for all sessions and sub-conferences)
Conference Languages: English, Castilian, German, French and Nahuatl
Languages for presentation: English, Castilian.

The primary focus for the 7th edition of this inclusive and interdisciplinary annual conference organized by Enkidu Magazine and the International Society for Cultural History and Cultural Studies (CHiCS) in Mexico City with the support of the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico, is to interrogate storytelling, memories and identity constructions from a wide range of perspectives, and in their manifold cultural and social manifestations. We welcome submissions from all branches of the social sciences, humanities, as well as the arts. Interpretations of the conference themes ranging from the predictable to the surprising are encouraged.

Among the themes of interest are the following: – Cultural texts – Narrative and Linguistics – Linguistic borders and translation – Narrative and Myth – Storytelling in rituals, customs, and fetishism. – Storytelling and Visual/Performing Arts and Music – Oral Tradition and Contemporary Chronicle – Postmodernity and its narratives – Voice and reflexivity in oral and written texts – Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives – Conquest and Political Memory – Globalization and indigenous cultures – Migrations and Diasporas – Story, Dialogue and Discourse – Memory and truth-telling – Testimonial Narratives – Memory and Written Record – Imaginary Homelands – Displacement Heritage – Global Spaces and Cultural Memories – Text, Context and Intertext in Storytelling and Performance – Children’s Stories- Language, Authority and Silence

Interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome since all these topics in themselves stretch across several disciplines: history, literary studies, linguistics, psychology, political sciences, educational sciences, ethnology, queer studies, anthropology, sociology… Graduate students are encouraged to participate.

The conference has developed into a unique international academic forum for interpretative approaches in the humanities and social sciences. The conference has traditionally also been a forum for discussing creative historical and political memory, remembering and forgetting of the past, as well as translations between cultures and re-negotiations and re-constructions of cultural identities in one one way or another. The conference is organised into a large number of thematic sessions and sub-conferences addressing a highly diverse series of themes. The conference has an exceptional multilingual and multi-cultural approach, typically bringing together participants from all over the world to share and exchange their research, experiences and ideas in a truly multicultural, multilingual and interdisciplinary academic environment. The conference sessions are conducted in Castillian and English. Occasionally, the conference also has sessions conducted in German and French. Some sessions will be bilingual and conducted in both languages with interpreters (on request). Other sessions will be conducted in one of the two conference languages, and the session moderator will give summaries of the paper in the other language. Many sessions are being conducted with interpreters for sign language (on request). Papers are welcomed on virtually all related topics and themes, independently of time period and space. Also papers of comparative phenomena will be considered. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged.

The conference aims at bringing together academics working in all relevant disciplines as well as activists, artists and other professionals, and promoting innovative multidisciplinary and multicultural exchange and dialogue. CHICS’ academic conferences are characterized by traditional paper presentations in panel sessions with three speakers each, followed by lively exchange, dialogue and interaction between speakers and audience in many small groups, workshops and seminars rather than by formal plenary sessions. Our conferences provide a forum for diverse voices from all over the world, to come together and make connections across linguistic, cultural and academic barriers.

* Paper and panel proposals
The conference languages for presentation will be English and Castilian. 500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organising committee in English, Castilian, German or French. Final papers should be of approximately 20 – 30 minutes duration (circa 8 – 10 pages). Other forms of presentation, for instance workshops, panel debates and poster sessions will be considered on request.

* Proposals for individual papers
Abstracts are to be submitted along with the presenter’s name, short bio, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. It is recommended to use this form when submitting a paper proposal. However, abstracts will also be accepted as e-mail attachments. All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email. You will be notified by 15. July whether your proposal has been accepted or rejected.

* Proposals for panel sessions
Typically, a panel of academic papers should include 3 (maximum 4) speakers and 1 moderator (session chair). Each session will last for 2 hours allowing for 30 minutes for each speaker and a further 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposers should submit: (1) Session title and a session intro (ca 100 words), (2) Paper titles, (3) Abstracts for each paper (500 words), (4) Short biography for each participant and the panel chair (ca 100-150 words), (5) Institutional affiliation and address for each participant, (6) Audio-visual and other technical requirements. If you would like to propose a panel session, and want assistance in finding speakers and/or a session chair, we can publish a call for papers for your panel session on the conference web site and distribute it in our newsletter. If you have an idea for a thematic panel session and would like us to publish a call for papers on the conference website, please send us a proposal by e-mail. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted within few days. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to resend your abstract and resubmit your registration form, and if possible, suggest an alternative e-mail address. In particular delegates using hotmail or yahoo accounts to receive conference related e-mails often experience problems receiving conference information by e-mail. E-mails from the conference organisers are often delivered to your spam folder and not to your inbox, unless you remember to add the following e-mail addresses: and to your safe-list. The first address is the general e-mail address of the conference and will be used to send conference newsletters and general information. The second, is the e-mail address of the academic coordinator of the conference and will be used for individual communication with delegates.

Artists are welcome to suggest exhibitions and displays of art during the conference. Organisations, universities and publishers are welcome to sign up for information stands at the conference center. Commercial exhibitors pay a modest daily fee. The following information is required by artists, publishers and other exhibitors during the conference: 1) Technical Description of the information stand or artwork with indications of technical requirements for their presentation, the size and extension of the individual artworks to be presented. 2) Estimated Insurance value of the artworks 3) One image of a representative sample of artistic work from the exhibitions can be sent by e-mail to the conference organizers in the format tiff or jpg. 4) Curriculum Vitae of artist (or organisation). 5) Description of Exhibition (300 – 500 words). 6) Short bio of artist (or organisation).

The academic sessions with formal paper presentations will take place between 4 November and 9. November 2011. Before the conference, we will organise a number of cultural and social activities for conference delegates and we hope that many international delegates will consider arriving in Mexico City some days before the conference and participate in these activities. In addition conference delegates with name badges will be given discounts and sometimes free access to various theatre plays, concerts, film screenings and other events before and during the conference. The final program for the cultural and social pre-conference activities will be published on the conference web site and will be announced also in the conference newsletter, which will be distributed by e-mail in the months before the conference.

* Disabled Participants
We are pleased to announce that printed conference materials that will be distributed during the conference, also will be available in large print or Braille on request. If you require sign language interpretation during your session, or you would like to distribute handouts or other materials in Braille during your presentation, please indicate this in the registration form. Participants with disabilities are recommended to indicate this in the form if they require any special support or assistance during the event or during social and cultural activities before or during the conference.

* REGISTRATION FEE for “Storytelling, Memories and Identity Constructions”:
Waged delegates (speakers): 200 USD
Students and unwaged delegates (speakers): 150 USD
Payment received via PayPal or bank transfer in advance (Payments completed before 15 July. A suplement of 50 USD applies after this day and for payments on location). We recommend everyone to arrange their payment of the registration fee before the conference. On location, we have no possibility to process credit cards, nor issue official receipts and the registration desk will generally be staffed with volunteer students who are not entitled to receive payments in cash. If you for any reason prefer to pay on location in Mexico, please inform the organizers in advance, and we will find a solution for you. Enkidu and the participating organisations will not be able to provide travel support for conference delegates. It is therefore strongly recommended to apply for a scholarship or a grant from other sources. Delegates from non-OECD countries and students and unwaged delegates from any country who do not receive financial support to attend the conference, can apply for a reduced registration fee. A selection of papers will be considered for publication in an edited collection. Enquiries about the conference should be sent via email.

Centro Cultural Enkidu
Calle Ezequiel Montes #37, int. 2
Colonia Tabacalera 06030
Mexico D.F.

Globalization conference 2012


Communicating in a World of Norms: Information and Communication in Contemporary Globalization
Lille, France, March 7-9, 2012

Lille is located in Northern France and it takes 50 minutes by train to get to this beautiful city from the Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG), one of the two main Paris airports. For more information about Lille, please visit

We hope that you will be interested in participating in this international event, which is co-sponsored by ICA [International Communication Association], the GERIICO [Group of studies and research on information and communication] and the SFSIC [French Society for Information and Communication Sciences]. It is the first time that ICA is sponsoring such an event in France, which will help us develop stronger scientific relationships between communication scholars all around the world.

The deadline to submit your 1,000 word abstract is September 30, 2011.

The proposals must without fail be submitted in French or in English. The main conference site is in French. Information about the conference is English is available here.

The authors will get an answer at the beginning of December 2011. Please see the attached APPEL A COMMUNICATIONS CMN (US) for more details.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
François Cooren, PhD
Past president (2010-2011)
International Communication Association

job ad – CID Oregon

Assistant Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue (NOTE: the Center at the University of Oregon, not the one sponsored by the Council of Communication Associations!)
Posting: 11180
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Open Until Filled

Salary: $45,000 – $50,000 ($22,500 – 25,000 at 0.5 FTE)

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue is recruiting for the position of Assistant Director.  This is an Officer of Administration part-time (0.5 FTE), renewable, non-exempt position, beginning July 27, 2011 and ending July 26, 2012.

The Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing the development and administration of UO and grant-funded projects and programs for the Center, mostly but not limited to those involving the UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace.  Specific responsibilities include:
*Oversee the planning and coordination of UNESCO Chair conferences and network events, as well as Center programming, including public receptions, lecture and film series, symposia, and conferences; assist in the development of new programming.
*Maintain regular correspondence with faculty and community board members, UNESCO headquarters, and Chairs within the Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding network.
*Write and manage grants and other funding proposals including program development, implementation, budget tracking and reporting.
*Coordinate project communications in order to strengthen the profile of the Center on campus, nationally and internationally, including brochures, newsletters, website maintenance, etc.
*Manage all accounting activities and fiscal records, including all office procurement and contracts, bill paying, processing journal vouchers, travel reimbursements, etc.
*Supervise all Graduate Teaching Fellows/Assistants, interns, and volunteers.

*Bachelor’s degree required (advanced degree preferred)
*Minimum five years administrative experience, preferably within a higher education environment
*Substantial event and/or program planning experience required.
*Experience overseeing the production of marketing collateral including designing, writing, and editing newsletters or other publications.
*Office management experience including procurement and contracting, and human resource management experience essential.
*Budget creation and management experience required.
*Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
*Grant writing experience preferred.
*International experience through study, employment, travel or resident abroad preferred.
*Ability to write and speak in French useful.
*Demonstrated expertise in working with faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds and cultures. Must be flexible and able to work well on a team as well as individually.

Salary range: $22,500 – 30,000 at 0.5 FTE based on qualifications and experience; The University provides excellent benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance coverage, retirement plans, and paid leave policies.  There is the possibility of an increase in FTE in 2012 or later depending on additional funding.

To ensure equal consideration, the following documents must be received by Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 5:00 p.m.  However, the position is open until filled:
*a cover letter which addresses the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position
*current resume
*names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references.

Inquiries should be directed to Kelley Totten at (541) 346-4150 or

Completed applications should be mailed to:
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
Search Committee – attn: Kelley Totten
6202 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-6202
Or hand delivered to:
110 Gerlinger Hall
University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse learning and working environment are encouraged to apply.

SHOT Travel grant

Pam Laird Research Grant for the History of Communication Technologies
Deadline: August 31, 2011

The Mercurians, a Special Interest Group of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), is offering the Pam Laird Research Grant, a travel grant of US$1,000 to defray the cost of travel and housing to use a research collection.

The Mercurians began meeting in 1986 for the purpose of generating networks between people who share work and interests in the history of communication technologies, defining the field broadly. Our activities include publishing a semi-annual newsletter, Antenna, meeting during annual SHOT conferences, organizing paper sessions for SHOT meetings, and pursuing contacts between meetings via our Google Groups list. The newsletter serves both as a clearing house for readers and an informal
forum for their ideas.

We have added this new initiative to encourage and reward high-caliber research in the history of communication technologies. One of the Mercurians’ missions is to encourage scholarship in the history of communication technologies. There is no travel grant program (either within or outside SHOT) that we are aware of dedicated to supporting scholarship on the history of communication technologies. While the history of communication technology literature is vast and always growing, the quality of the research effort or resulting publication too often falls short of scholarly expectations.

The travel grant is awarded in alternating years. We anticipate presenting the first travel grant during the SHOT annual meeting November 3-6, 2011, in Cleveland.

The grant is intended for and limited to junior scholars meaning either current graduate students or recent postgraduates (no more than three years beyond the terminal degree in their field).

Requirements and Application
Only travel to an appropriate archival collection to carry out research on an aspect of the history of communication technology, broadly defined, will be supported. The archive can be open to the public, private, or even closed, provided that necessary permissions have been obtained from the archive.

Complete the application form and e-mail it and a curriculum vitae (no longer than 3 pages) as attachments to the Mercurians. Your curriculum vitae should include pertinent publications, fellowships, or accomplishments relevant to your proposed research, and professional societies and affiliations.

The deadline for submitting an application for the inaugural grant is August 31, 2011.

For further information or questions, please contact Andrew Butrica.

Andrew J. Butrica
ANTENNA Newsletter

Russian Interpersonal Comm – CFP

Russian Journal of Communication
Special Issue: Russian Interpersonal Communication

What is interpersonal communication?  Is it a universal form of communication or does it vary cross-culturally?  To broaden the conversation concerning interpersonal communication and culture, the Russian Journal of Communication calls for papers that will advance our understanding of Russian interpersonal communication.

As guest editors for a special issue of RJC to be published in 2012, we welcome the submission of original papers on one of the following themes concerning Russian interpersonal communication: interpersonal communication in Russia or abroad; comparative studies of Russian interpersonal communication and others; interpersonal relationships (relational development, maintenance, and dissolution); face-to-face and mediated interpersonal communication and relationships; interpersonal conflict; language and social interaction; intercultural interpersonal communication; gender, ethnic, and intergenerational differences in interpersonal communication; persuasion and mutual influence in interpersonal communication; communicative competence and interpersonal skills.

Papers addressing Russian interpersonal communication from any theoretical or methodological perspective are encouraged.

Papers should be approximately 30 double-spaced pages including references in APA style.  Please see the Journal’s guidelines for authors at  for more information.

Please send your submissions electronically to the issue’s co-editors by October 30, 2011:

Olga Leontovich:
Artemi Romanov:
Michelle Scollo:

New UN University

“A new United Nations University to be opened in Barcelona in 2012 will strive to bridge the knowledge gap between different civilizations and develop postgraduate courses focused on cross-cultural dialogue in areas such as education, youth, media and migration. A select group of experts in cross-cultural communication from Europe, North America, North Africa, the Arab world and Asia, along with the United Nations University (UNU) staff gathered in the Spanish city June 1-3, 2011 to identify areas of research, postgraduate teaching and knowledge transfer to be undertaken by the new institution.

To be known as the International Institute on the Alliance of Civilizations (IIAOC) the new institution will be located at the Sant Pau historic site in Barcelona. It will be funded by the Spanish Government and the state government of Catalonia with the Ministry of Education guaranteeing funding of 2 million Euros a year from 2013 onwards for an initial period of four years. An international search for its first director is underway, who is expected to be appointed by the end of 2011. IIAOC will contribute to reinforcement of peace by reflecting upon a future of tolerance, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures…

“Intercultural dialogue is not easily achieved and it involves cultivating our human and ethical potential,” noted Fred Dallmayr from the University of Notre Dame in the USA. He said the ancients called it a culture of virtues which includes temperance, wisdom and justice. “In today’s culture we need to have another virtue, the openness to different ideas, different voices, different languages and the virtues of what Indians call — karuna — compassion. These are virtues we have to study, cultivate and train ourselves to practice,” he said.

Prof Ramin Jahanbegloo, political scientist from the University of Toronto, argued that what is being built is an institution which is not clash oriented but dialogue oriented. “The question is not about who are the dialogue partners, but at what point the dialogue partners start to talk and work together on issues that often cause debate,” he argued.”

For further information, see the original posting in IDN-InDepthNews/06.06.2011

job ad – U Montreal

Assistant professor in political communication at Université de Montréal

Department of Communication
Faculty of Arts and Science
Assistant Professor in Political Communication

The Department of Communication invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Political Communication.
Successful candidates will be expected to teach at all three levels of the curriculum, supervise graduate students, engage in ongoing research and publication, and contribute to the academic life and reputation of the institution.

* PhD (or near completion) in Communication or in a related field.
* Evidence of dynamism and creativity in teaching and pedagogy.
* Research interests and relevant research experience in issues related to contemporary Political Communication, such as analysis of new communication practices and strategies of political actors including citizens, parties, elected officials, journalists, government bodies, para-governmental agencies and pressure groups; Web-based political activities and new types of activism and militancy; studies of new media practices and media roles in political processes; analysis of speeches, interaction or elements that contribute to the definition of the field, its participants and contemporary power formations.
* Proficiency in the French language.  The Université de Montréal is a Québec university with an international reputation.  French is the language of instruction.  To renew its teaching faculty, the University is intensively recruiting the world’s best specialists.  In accordance with the institution’s language policy, the Université de Montréal provides support for newly-recruited faculty to attain proficiency in French.

The Université de Montréal offers a competitive salary and a complete range of employee benefits.

Starting Date
From January 1 or June 1, 2012.

The complete application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications and research, evidence of teaching effectiveness and a statement of research and teaching interests, must be received at the address below by September 15, 2011.

Three letters of recommendation are to be sent to the department director at the following address:
François Cooren, Director
Department of Communications
Université de Montréal
P. O. Box 6128, Station Centre-Ville
Montreal, Quebec,  H3C 3J7
Phone: 514 343-7819

For more information about the Department of Communication, please consult the Web site.

The Université de Montréal application process allows all regular professors in the Department to have access to all documents unless the applicant explicitly states in her or his cover letter that access to the application should be limited to the selection committee.  This restriction on accessibility will be lifted if the applicant is invited for an interview.

Employment Equity Program
The Université de Montréal upholds the principles of employment equity and invites applicants to complete the employment equity identification questionnaire posted and attach it to their application.

Immigration Requirements
In compliance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority shall be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Transnational media CFP


Book Project Title: Community and Transnational Media Trajectories

Community radio in South Asia can be described as a social movement sparked by the proliferation of information technologies, the debates on the digital divide, and lobbying by civil society sectors, calling on nations for not having policies on community media.  The confluence of not-for-profit stakeholdership, the availability of technologies, local youth ingenuity, cautious political will, has spurred the emergence of community radio in several parts of the world especially South Asia. The question pertinent here is why now and why radio? The phenomena of community radio in the South Asian region requires that there be a greater reflection on movements (political, social, cultural) across the world  and not just within S. Asia, where there is a similar coming together of new media technology, local and national political ferment, youth mobilization and resultant efforts at institution building.

This is a request for abstracts of papers from those who are studying emerging socio-cultural-political movements that have resulted in building media systems locally, in opposition to existing hegemonic conglomerate media, thereby creating a cultural shift in how a particular local or global issue is understood.  The submitted papers need to be studies conducted in local contexts and communities using critical and qualitative methodologies and theory, not simply reflective writing. The edited volume for which there is an interested publisher, purports to be a collection of essays that shows communication scholars how to enquire about and understand contemporary situated social movement and media using critical perspectives and theories, especially transnational, post-colonial, feminist studies. Please send an abstract of 500 words, of the desired contribution by August 1 and send the completed paper, pending approval, by October 15. Contact Priya Kapoor, Associate Professor, Portland State University at

Fulbright deadline


The application deadline to the Fulbright Scholar Program for US Faculty and Professionals for 2012-2013 is August 1, 2011.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers 225 teaching, research or combined teaching/research awards in Communications. Faculty and professionals in communications also can apply for one of our 186 All Discipline awards open to all fields.

U.S. citizenship is required.  For more information, visit our website at or contact us at

Faculty and professionals are also encouraged to participate in one of our weekly webinars.  For more information, visit our website at

Amy Frake
Outreach and Public Affairs
Institute of International Education
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden St. NW, Suite #5L
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-6250 | (202) 362-3442 |

The Fulbright Scholar Program and Humphrey Fellowship Program are administered by the Institute of International Education’s Department of Scholar and Professional Programs, which includes the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and Humphrey divisions.

The competition for 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar grants is now open. The application deadline for most programs is August 1, 2011. U.S. scholars and professionals can learn how to present their credentials at