Peace and Dialogue Awards

“The Rumi Forum gave its traditional awards of the RUMI Peace and Dialogue at the dinner held at Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill. At the ceremony, extraordinary individuals and organizations who have greatly contributed their time, energy, leadership and dedication to the cause of dialogue, peace,  community service and understanding were awarded.”

See details at the Rumi Foundation site.

Award for intercultural article

The Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award

“The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues is proud to announce the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award honoring Dr. Otto Klineberg (1899-1992), an early president of SPSSI and distinguished figure in these fields.

Entries can be unpublished manuscripts, in press papers, book chapters, or journal articles published no more than 18 months prior to the submission deadline. Entries cannot be returned. The competition is open to non-members, as well as members of SPSSI, and graduate students are especially urged to submit papers. Submissions from across the social sciences are encouraged, however the paper must clearly demonstrate its relevance for psychological theory and research in the domain of intercultural and international relations.

An award of $1000 is given to “the best paper or article of the year on intercultural or international relations”—a field about which Professor Klineberg cared deeply from his social psychological commitment. Originality of the contribution, whether theoretical or empirical, will be given special weight.”

For more information, see the original posting.

Call for partners – Azerbaijan April 2011

“Youth Exchange Public Union would like to invite 24 young people from 10 European countries to Baku for 7 day-training about intercultural and inter-religious dialogue…The training is scheduled for 01-07 April 2011 and will be hosted in Baku Azerbaijan Republic. Financial support is under the European Commission’s “Youth in Action” programme granting scheme. If approved, all costs will be covered except for 30% of the international travel and visa costs. Organizations from all 27 EU member countries plus Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Turkey, YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME countries, EECA countries are eligible to be partners. The working language of the Training Course is English.”

The deadline is November 1, 2010. See original posting for full details.

Media and Intercultural Relations

“On the occasion of the international ceremony of the Anna Lindh Journalist Award 2010 – taking place in the Principality of Monaco on Thursday 14 October 2010 – a roundtable event is being organized on the theme of ‘Media and Intercultural Relations in the Euro-Mediterranean region’.
The debate, which will involve renowned media experts and Mediterranean personalities, will open with a presentation of the 2010 ‘Anna Lindh Report on Euro-Mediterranean Intercultural Trends’ which has a thematic focus on the impact of media on public perceptions across the two shores of the Mediterranean.
According to the report findings, nearly four-fifths of people questioned in eight European countries and two-thirds of those questioned in five countries in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEM) were unable to recall coming across anything in the media recently that had enhanced their view of people in the ‘other’ group.
At the same time, the report places emphasis on the promotion of new media formats and entertainment media, whether film, real-life narratives or talent contests, as tools to reach a broad audience and demonstrate the diversity and richness of Euro-Mediterranean societies by providing examples of intercultural co-existence.
The Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures is a €7 million EU-funded project which aims at bringing people and organisations of the region closer and promoting dialogue, by offering them opportunities to work together on projects in the fields of culture, education, science, human rights, sustainable development, the empowerment of women and the arts.”
The original article has links to the entire report, which may be downloaded as a PDF in English or French.

Technical notes

Technical notes

All of the pages on this site are being updated regularly. Note that in a blog (one type of website; this site is a blog), a “page” is distinguished from a “post.” This means updates to pages or comments do not show in the “archives” (see top menu), which only tracks “posts.”

On this site at this time, the main content is put onto “pages” organized by content (see list at right). Short-term notes (such as a particular job announcement or study abroad opportunity) are added as “posts.”

Only the owner of the site (the Center) can contribute either pages or posts. Everyone is able to make “comments” – these can be on any topic. Comments are NOT searchable, so it is important to put them on the relevant page so others will find them!

Categories” and “tags” are designed to help classify content (see lists at right), but are only available for posts, not pages or comments. Posts and pages are equally searchable (see box at top right), so the search function is an alternate method of looking for content related to specific interests.

Wageningen University-Intercultural Dialogue in practice

“At Wageningen UR [The Netherlands] the number of foreign students and foreign staff is ever increasing. The university is populated by a richly varied group of people from diverse cultures, which makes studying, working and living exciting but not always easy. It requires trust and respect to meet ‘the other’ and everyone’s recognition that he or she is ‘the other’ too. Dialogue is needed for a constructive process of studying, working and living in an intercultural environment and in order to benefit together from the challenges and chances diversity offers.

For that reason, the Executive Board set up the Intercultural Dialogue Team at the beginning of 2008. The group has been tasked with providing advise – solicited or unsolicited – on intercultural issues in the context of ‘internationalisation at home’. Both staff and students participate in the team. Intercultural dialogue is defined as a process that promotes an open and respectful interaction between individuals and groups from different cultural backgrounds. The Team is busy developing plans to create the conditions for intercultural dialogue and suggest solutions for problems that may occur.

The team is one of the instruments by which the Executive Board is seeking to emphasise the importance of cultural diversity in Wageningen. At the same time it provides a vehicle by which to highlight ‘good practices’ and recognise problems with cultural diversity in the workplace.
It includes representatives from all walks of university life – including students, lecturers, policy-makers and facilitators and has formulated the several priorities:
*Welcoming of foreign students and staff, cultural introduction to Europe and the Netherlands
*Education in intercultural groups
*Week of Intercultural Dialogue
*Opening a hotline during the week of Intercultural Dialogue
*Making an inventory of links between various campus initiatives”
(For more information)

Teaching position in Beijing – Spring 2011

The University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) invites applications for a Communication Instructor position for the spring, 2011, semester at the International College at Beijing (ICB).

Located in the Haidian District of Beijing, ICB is an international partnership between the China Agricultural University and the University of Colorado Denver, with a complete undergraduate program in Economics or Communication. All courses are administered and taught by UCD faculty in English, and the degree earned is awarded by UCD. All students pass a rigorous screening and pay tuition rates normal for the US but extraordinary for China.

The teaching load is 4-5 courses for the semester and will include courses in Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Diversity, Group Communication, and Citizenship and Social Justice.  Pay ranges from $23,000-$28,000 for the semester.  Instructors also receive round-trip airfare, international health insurance, and on-campus housing. The instructor will be expected to arrive in Beijing on February 15, 2011, and the semester runs for 14 weeks.

This is a unique opportunity to work and travel in China, experiencing first hand the world’s most populous nation.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in communication
Experience teaching communication courses
Interest in learning about Asian societies

Desired Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Communication
International teaching experience
Experience with diverse cultures

Instructions to applicants:
Interested applicants must apply through www.jobsatcu.com using posting number 811485.  Submit a vita, cover letter, sample syllabi, and a list of at least three references. Review of applications will begin October 29, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, please contact either Khulan Dashpuntsag (303.315.2243 or  khulan.dashpuntsag@ucdenver.edu ) or Sonja Foss (303.556.5526 or Sonja.Foss@ucdenver.edu).

American U – job ad

School of International Service, American University
Washington, DC

Tenure-Line Faculty Position – Cross-Cultural Communication

The School of International Service (SIS) at American University invites applications/nominations for a tenure-track position focusing on CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION in the International Communication Program, School of International Service, at the rank of Assistant Professor. to begin Fall 2011.  The successful candidate will have a reputation for scholarly excellence, an active research program related to cross-cultural communication, a record of excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to contribute significantly to our undergraduate, professional master’s and PhD degree programs.  Candidates should hold a doctorate in a relevant discipline.  We seek candidates with a strong background in cross-cultural communication and/or intercultural relations.

Applications should include: A letter describing research (including any externally funded and/or collaborative research) and teaching interests and relevant professional experience; teaching evaluations; three letters of reference; and copies of relevant publications.  Applications should be sent to: Chair, International Communication Search Committee, School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8071 or to ICSIS@american.edu.  Consideration of applications will begin October 1, 2010, and continue until the position is filled.

The International Communication Program, now in its 43rd year, is distinguished by its pioneering work in the creation of the field of international communication studies through consistent scholarly focus and innovative curriculum development.  A distinctive strength of the Program is its inclusion of cross-cultural communication as a key teaching and research component. The program offers a PhD concentration, an M.A. degree, and an undergraduate concentration.  Visit www.american.edu/sis/ic to learn more about the IC Program and its two innovative laboratories, the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) and COTELCO, the Collaboration Laboratory.

The School of International Service provides a unique environment for learning and professional enhancement. It is a community comprised of scholars, practitioners, and students from around the world. The School of International Service classrooms also reflect the spirit of the community; teaching styles are highly collegial and interactive. The curriculum is distinguished by linking theory and practice and by addressing both conceptually and empirically the emerging issues of an increasingly interdependent and complex world. The faculty of the School of International Service comprises more than one hundred full-time, highly productive scholar-teachers in the fields of: Comparative and Regional Studies, Global Environmental Policy, International Communication, International Development, International Economic Policy, International Politics, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and U.S. Foreign Policy.


An EEO/AA University.  The University is committed

to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body
Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Photos!

Oops – apparently some people are having trouble locating the photos taken at the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue. Sorry about that!

Go to “home” on the top menu, then choose “history”, and they’re at the bottom of the page. Or just use this link.

If anyone took photos at the ICA Preconference on Intercultural Dialogue in Singapore, you can upload them as part of a comment in response to that post. I don’t have any or I would do it.

Preconference on Intercultural Dialogue

On June 22, 2010, the Preconference on Intercultural Dialogue was held as part of the International Communication Association’s convention in Singapore. The Preconference Planning Committee was chaired by Evelyn Y. Ho (University of San Francisco), and included: Kristine L. Fitch (University of Iowa), Todd Sandel (University of Oklahoma), and Donal Carbaugh (University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Participants were: Warren Bareiss, Patrick Belanger, Robert Craig, Stephen Croucher, Melissa Curtin, William Davie, Juana Du, Zhou Feng, Kristine Fitch, Mahmoud Galander, Shiv Ganesh, Nazan Haydari, Evelyn Ho, Georgeta Hodis, Prue Holmes, Priya Kapoor, Michael Kent, Martin Montgomery, Mary Nguyen, Todd Sandel, Saskia Witteborn, Jock Wong, and Kaibin Xu. Others who had their key terms accepted but were unable to attend were: Donal Carbaugh, Yiheng Deng, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Maria Flora Mangano Noam Shimmel, and Ma Xiangyang.

The Preconference was another follow-up activity resulting from the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue that led to the creation of this Center. Videos of several presentations were made, and may be made available shortly.