Maria Flora Mangano Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesMaria Flora ManganoItalian scholar of intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, with a background in natural (Ph.D. in Biochemistry) and in social sciences (Ph.D. in Humanistic Intercultural Studies).

Maria Flora ManganoSince 2007, she has been lecturing on Communication of Scientific Research to young scientists drawn from different fields of study within the natural, social and human sciences of some Italian faculties. Since 2008, she has been invited professor of Dialogue among Cultures in an Italian philosophical and theological faculty (“St. Peter’s Philosophical-Theological Institute” of Viterbo). She is interested in dialogue as a space of relationship between, across and beyond cultures and disciplines. Her approach to research and teaching is transcultural and transdisciplinary, and, in this perspective, the space of relationship is mediated by the philosophy of dialogue.

She participated in the National Communication Association Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue ’09 and, since then, she had shared this approach in several contributions related to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue network. They include:

• a chapter in a volume edited by the CID scholars: Mangano, M.F. (2015). Dialogue, as a common ground between, across and beyond cultures and disciplines – A case study of transcultural and transdisciplinary communication lectures for graduate and undergraduate Students. In N. Haydari & P. Holmes (Eds.), Intercultural case studies (pp. 73-86). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

• two guest posts for the CID website: in 2013 (Example of dialogue among cultures) and in 2014 (A space of relationship among dialogues and cultures),

• Case Study #2: Reconciliation for the series Constructing Intercultural Dialogues in 2017, and

• translations of multiple Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue into Italian.

Donal Carbaugh


Donal Carbaugh is Professor of Communication, Chair of the International Studies Council (2004-present), and Director of Graduate Studies in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the university’s premier campus-wide award for outstanding research and scholarship. He has also been a finalist for the university’s outstanding teaching award. In 2007-2008, he was Fulbright’s Distinguished Professor and Bicentennial Chair of North American Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. From 2005-2010, he was a member of the Research Advisory Group for the Security Needs Assessment Project of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva. He has been elected Chair of the International Communication Association’s and the National Communication Association’s (NCA’s) Language and Social Interaction Division, and NCA’s International and Intercultural Communication Division. He has served NCA on its Doctoral Education Committee and its Research Board.

Carbaugh’s general interests focus upon cultural philosophies of communication, the environment, and the ways culturally distinctive practices get woven into international and intercultural interactions. His studies focus upon Native American, popular American, Russian, and Finnish communication practices, with special attention to the relationship between language use, culture, spirit, and nature. In 1992, he was elected Visiting Senior Member at Linacre College, Oxford University, England, which is a lifetime position. He has held academic appointments at the Universities of Colorado, Montana, Pittsburgh, the University of Helsinki, the University of Tampere, the Turku School of Economics in Finland, and at other universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He currently serves on about twenty editorial boards of national and international journals. His published research has appeared in many major academic journals, in several countries including Finland, Germany, Italy, and Russia, in several languages.

His most recent authored book, Cultures in Conversation, was designated the Outstanding Book of the Year by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association. His first book, Talking American: Cultural Discourses on DONAHUE, was identified as “a favorite book of the past 25 years” in Contemporary Sociology by former president of the American Sociological Association, William Gamson. His edited volume, Cultural Communication and Intercultural Contact, received the National Communication Association’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship in International and Intercultural Communication. His most recent edited book is Distinctive Qualities of Communication Research (with Patrice Buzzanell). His other books include Narrative and Identity: Studies in Autobiography, Self and Culture (edited with Jens Brockmeier), and Situating Selves: The Communication of Social Identity in American Scenes. He is on the roster of Senior Fulbright Specialists, and in 2005 was elected into the Communication Hall of Fame at the University of Washington. In 2010 he was selected one of ten scholars in Communication to serve the National Academies in Washington DC. In 1999, he was selected one of two “Great Teachers” by Wake Forest University for its program in Globalization and Diversity. In 1995, he was one of five scholars in communication to speak at the Smithsonian Institution’s Campus on the Mall program. In 1990, he was one of two communication scholars in the United States to be named “Outstanding Professor” by the National Speakers Association, an award recognizing excellence in teaching and research. Recipient of a Hewlett Fellowship for Teaching, Fulbright Fellowships, an Advanced Institute of the Humanities Fellowship, several grants, and a consultant for the United States Congress, he has enjoyed lecturing at the United Nations (in New York and Geneva), at various embassies and other places across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Carbaugh Publications

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Call for papers -AJHA

American Journalism Historians Association

The American Journalism Historians Association invites paper entries, panel proposals and abstracts of research in progress on any facet of media history for its 30th annual convention to be held October 6-8, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2011.

The AJHA views journalism history broadly, embracing print, broadcasting, advertising, public relations and other forms of mass communication which have been inextricably intertwined with the human past. Because the AJHA requires presentation of original material, research papers and panels submitted to the convention should not have been submitted to or accepted by another convention or publication.

Research Papers
Authors may submit only one research paper. Research entries must be no longer than 25 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, not including notes. The Chicago Manual of Style is recommended but not required.

The AJHA paper competition is administered electronically. Papers must be submitted in PDF, saved with author identification only in the file names and not in the papers. Each paper must be submitted as an attachment, with a 150-word abstract and contact information included in the text of the e-mail to:

Authors of accepted papers must register for the convention and attend in order to present their research. Authors should bring 25 copies of their papers to distribute at the convention. Research awards include: the Robert Lance Award for outstanding student research paper, the J. William Snorgrass Award for outstanding minority-journalism research paper, the Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding women’s-history research paper, a new award for outstanding research in media and war, and the David Sloan award for the outstanding faculty research paper.

For information queries only, contact Research Chair Janice Hume, University of Georgia, at

To propose a panel, please submit:

  • A brief description of the topic.
  • The names of the moderator and participants (no more than two of whom may be from the same institution).
  • A brief summary of each participant’s presentation.
  • Entries must be no longer than 3 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with 1-inch margins. No individual may participate in more than one panel. Panel organizers should make sure panelists have not agreed to serve on multiple panels. Failure to adhere to the guidelines will lead to rejection of the proposal. Preference will be given to those proposals that involve the audience and panelists in meaningful discussion or debate. Panel participants must register for and attend the convention.

    Linda Lumsden, University of Arizona, is coordinating the 2011 panel competition. Submit proposals attached in PDF format with contact information included to:

    Research in Progress
    For research in progress submissions, send:

  • A blind abstract of your study with identifying information only in the file name but not in the abstract. Include the proposal title in the abstract. The abstract should include a clear purpose statement as well as a brief description of your primary sources.
  • Abstracts must be no longer than 2 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with 1-inch margins, not including notes. Primary sources should be described in an additional 1-page, double-spaced, page. The AJHA Research in Progress competition is administered electronically. Proposals must be submitted in PDF, saved with author identification only in the file names and not in the text of the proposal. Each proposal must be submitted as an attachment, with your name, project title and contact information included in the text of the e-mail to: If your proposal is accepted, you’ll be asked to bring to the conference 20 copies of a four- to five-page summary of your research. Authors of accepted research in progress must register for and attend the convention. Kim Mangun, University of Utah, is coordinating the 2011 Research in Progress competition.

    Janice Hume


    Janice Hume (Ph.D., 1997, M.A., 1995, B.J., 1981, University of Missouri School of Journalism) is an associate professor of journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia. Her research focuses on journalism history, particularly how it relates to collective memory and the social construction of death. She has written two books, Obituaries in American Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2000) and Journalism in a Culture of Grief (with Carolyn Kitch, Routledge, 2007), as well as numerous journal articles published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Communication Monographs, Journalism History, American Journalism, Journal of Popular Culture, the Review of Communication and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. She is Research Chair of the American Journalism Historians Association and formerly served as head of the History Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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    Post-Doc International Studies

    North Carolina State University has a post-doc position in international studies open for 2011-2012.  Applications are being reviewed as they are received, so respond quickly if interested.

    The successful candidate will be someone whose areas of expertise align with one or more of the graduate programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State (see their list of master’s and doctoral programs).

    As Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, Professor Steve Wiley would be happy to respond to inquiries from potential applicants with  expertise in international studies and digital media, including candidates with a background in rhetoric, communication research, media studies, and/or critical/cultural studies.

    For more information about the CRDM PhD program, please visit their website and student blog.

    Calouste Gulbenkian Prize

    The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has once again opened nominations for the Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize until next March 15th. This year the Prize will be awarded to individuals or non profit organizations that have made a valuable impact and commitment towards inter-cultural, inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue and the respect for difference. The Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize, worth € 100.000, distinguishes each year an individual or organization whose thoughts or actions made a decisive contribution on understanding, defending or fostering the universal values of the human condition, in the field of intercultural dialogue or respect for biodiversity (in alternate years). The Prize is open to individuals or non-profit institutions, regardless of nationality. Prize recipients from previous years in the field of intercultural dialogue include the Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME), the United Nations High-Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) and the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education.

    The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon (Portugal) is a non-profit Portuguese foundation, both operating and grantmaking in the fields of arts, science, education and human development. Visit our website for more information about our activities, in Portugal and abroad.

    In 2006, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation established the Calouste Gulbenkian Prizes in order to emphasise the multiple dimensions that influenced the Founder’s, Mr. Calouste Gulbenkian, life and personality. For further information, see the site, or contact:

    Ana Barcelos Pereira
    Office of the President
    Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
    Avenida de Berna, 45-A
    1067-001 Lisboa
    ( [+ 351] 21 782 3540
    3  [+ 351] 21 782 3035

    Simon Harrison


    Simon Harrison

    I joined the HumTec Center (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) in Fall of 2010 to study and develop communication in industry. With a focus on gesture, I examined how factory workers communicate along production lines in noisy environments and I evaluated the impact of different strategies on productivity levels, overall equipment efficiency, and worker morale. The goal was to identify and develop visual communication strategies that increase the efficiency of a production line by reducing response times and minimizing mis-communication. Conducting this research within the Natural Media & Engineering group provided the opportunity to investigate the cognitive-semiotics of shared gesture systems and to measure the efficiency of communication strategies in a lab setting. My project Manufacturing Communication was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

    I am currently (2013) a lecturer in applied linguistics at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo (China). I teach courses in different aspects of language and linguistics, predominately to Chinese students although some classes are mixed with international students from other areas of Asia, the UK, and North America. In my research, I am interested in the role of gesture in language, cognition, and culture, which makes working in an international environment so fascinating. Previously I have studied how English speakers express negation multimodally, and now i hope to compare my findings cross-culturally with the goal of understanding why gesture is universal yet culturally marked. I study gestures in different face-to-face communication contexts (e.g., conversation, workplace), analyse their link to language at different levels (utterance, discourse), and use my findings as a way to shed light on the conceptual, multimodal and interactive nature of language.

    Michael D. Slater


    Michael D. Slater (Ph.D. Stanford University, 1988, MPA New York University, 1982, BA Columbia University, 1974) is Social and Behavioral Science Distinguished Professor at the School of Communication, Ohio State University.  His research includes theory-building efforts in message effects, persuasion, narrative influences, and dynamic processes of media selection, media effects, and maintenance of personal and social identity, with a particular interest in health outcomes, with over 130 publications in these and related areas. He has served as principal investigator of NIH-funded studies of community-based substance abuse prevention efforts, alcohol-related risk perceptions and media coverage, and responses to alcohol advertisements and warnings (representing over $12 million in funded research grants). He also has served as chair of the International Communication Association’s Health Communication Division and was founding chair of the Coalition for Health Communication.

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    Walls and bridges

    Walls and Bridges: Translatlantic Insights
    “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
    Isaac Newton

    Over the course of three 10-day series, in the winter, spring and fall of 2011 in New York City, Walls and Bridges—a program curated by the Villa Gillet (director: Guy Walter) and presented by the Conseil de la Création artistique (general representative: Marin Karmitz)—will present nearly 50 cultural events, combining about 100 speakers and artists, 30 partners and over 20 venues, ranging from the New York Public Library, Joe’s Pub and the Brooklyn Flea to bookstores, universities and various galleries.

    • Season 1 : From Thursday, January 27th to Friday, February 4th 2011
    • Season 2 : From Tuesday, April 12th to Thursday, April 21st 2011
    • Season 3 : From Thursday, October 20th to Sunday, October 30th 2011

    Speakers and Artists
    Great thinkers from France and across Europe paired with the most important American writers, thinkers and performers.
    Friday, January 28
    Art/Truth/Lies: The Perils and Pleasures of Deception
    1:00pm | Round-table
    D. Graham Burnett, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Glenn D. Lowry
    The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
    The Magical Side of Celebrity
    6:00pm | Round-table
    Cécile Guilbert, Laura Kipnis, Wayne Koestenbaum
    The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
    Three Faiths in the Form of a Fugue
    8:00pm | Performance / discussion
    Salman Ahmad, Reza Aslan, Ala Ebtekar, Dan Fishback, Dan Fishback, Dan Fishback, Fabrice Hadjadj, Alicia Jo Rabins, Shirin Neshat, Damien Poisblaud
    The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
    Saturday, January 29
    The End of Privacy: The State and Surveillance
    2:30pm | Round-table
    Didier Bigo
    , Mireille Delmas-Marty, Jeffrey Rosen
    The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
    The New Faces of the Enemy

    5:00pm | Round-table
    Scott Atran
    , Grégoire Chamayou, Ariel Colonomos, Philip Gourevitch
    The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
    And the Pursuit of Happiness

    7:30pm | Round-table
    Barbara Cassin
    , Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman, Sophie Wahnich
    The New York Public Library – Celeste Bartos Forum
    Sunday, January 30th

    From Fiction to Philosophy
    1:00pm | Discussion
    Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Rick Moody, Avital Ronell, Benjamen Walker
    Greenlight Bookstore
    Fair for Knowledge: Hair
    2:00pm | Fair
    Laurel Braitman
    , Barbara Cassin, Cécile Guilbert, Justin E. H. Smith, John Strausbaugh, Sophie Wahnich
    The Brooklyn Flea
    Monday, January 31st

    Picturing the Self: A Philosopher Discusses a Photographer’s Work

    6:30pm | Discussion
    Pierre Cassou-Noguès
    , Jen Davis
    Aperture Gallery
    Going Public: Embodying a Persona

    9:00pm | Reading and performance
    Cécile Guilbert
    , Cynthia Hopkins, Sarah Jones
    Joe’s Pub
    Tuesday, February 1st

    Hunter VS. Hunted: A Philosopher Discusses Short Media Pieces

    7:00pm | Screening and discussion
    Grégoire Chamayou
    , Jamie Hook, Katie Salen
    Wednesday, February 2nd

    Catastrophe Practice (1/3)

    7:00pm | Round-table
    Jean-Pierre Dupuy
    , Jonathan Lear, Michel Lussault, Josh Neufeld
    The New School – John Tishman Auditorium
    Thursday, February 3rd

    Starting From Here: Every Place Tells a Story

    7:30pm | Discussion
    Reif Larsen
    , Michel Lussault, Peter Turchi, Philippe Vasset
    French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) – Le Skyroom
    Friday, February 4th

    The Shapes of Space – The Shears of Time: Why Does Philosophy Need Art to Become Truly Experimental?

    6:30pm | Round-table
    Brody Condon
    , Elie During, Patrice Maniglier, McKenzie Wark
    The New School – Theresa Lang Center

    Salzburg conference call

    Global Conference: Creating Cultural Synergies –
    Setting Intercultural Competence to Work in a Changing World
    Sept 29-Oct 1, 2011
    Paris-Lodron University, Salzburg, AUSTRIA

    Globalization, having brought people in contact with one another at a yet unprecedented scale, has also posed a general challenge to traditionally upheld concepts of race, gender, nation and class. For those living in this rapidly changing cultural landscape, intercultural competence has become a core skill.

    The Global Conference in Salzburg aims to bring researchers and practitioners from interdisciplinary fields and settings together to discuss and share research, theory and best practices and foster a dialogue on issues related to setting intercultural theories to work. The conference will have sessions for talks, posters and workshops. We welcome papers in the following categories related to the broader theme of intercultural studies:
    ·         Interculturality and Leadership in Business
    ·         Intercultural Competence and Empowerment
    ·         Language, Politics and Intercultural Communication
    ·         Intercultural Competence in Understanding Religion
    It is expected that talks should not last longer than 20 minutes. Speakers whose papers are accepted have to submit a full paper (10 pages, 20.000 – 25.000 words) by 1st November 2011 for publication.

    Posters will focus on state-of-the-art research in intercultural competence. Workshops (to be held in German and in English in parallel sessions) will concern themselves with the following topics:
    ·         Intercultural Empowerment
    ·         Intercultural Education
    ·         Intercultural Coaching
    Proposals (400-600 words) should be emailed until 15th April, 2011 to Dr. Birgit Breninger:

    Please state on the proposal whether you want to give a talk, do a poster or hold a workshop.

    For more information: