International Association for Dialogue Analysis report

The 13th conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA), which took place in Montreal, Canada, from April 26-30, 2011,  was a big success with some 26 countries represented and close to 110 participants from around the world. The theme of the conference was “Dialogue and Representation,” which allowed participants to address what dialogue studies have to say about the question of representation, whether we speak in terms of political, artistic, cognitive or methodological forms of representation. Six keynote speakers were invited to participate in this event: in alphabetic order, Éric Grillo (Sorbonne Nouvelle, France), Cornelia Ilie (U. of Malmö, Sweden), Alain Létourneau (U de Sherbrooke, Canada), Wolfgang Teubert (U of Birmingham, UK), Karen Tracy (U of Colorado, Boulder, USA), and Edda Weigand (U. of Münster, Germany). A volume, published in the series Dialogue Studies at John Benjamins, will be soon edited by François Cooren and Alain Létourneau. This book will include some of the best contributions to this international conference. A special issue of the new journal Language and Dialogue will also include some key contributions to this event. The proceedings will also be soon available on the IADA website.

François Cooren
IADA secretary and co-organizer of the conference

Hong Kong

On May 1, 2011, I had a chance to visit Hong Kong and connect with Dr. Saskia Witteborn (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Prof. Ling CHEN (Hong Kong Baptist University).

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Dr. Witteborn
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Dr. Witteborn

Thanks to Saskia for a wonderful tour of the city’s highlights, from center city to the boardwalk to the mountains. Thanks to Ling for choosing an excellent restaurant, Mask, and instructions in local restaurant protocol.

Mask restaurant

Researcher profiles:
Saskia Witteborn
Ling Chen

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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Center brochure now available!

Thanks to Nazan Haydari, member of the Center’s advisory board, and graphics designers Ebru Özbakır (Isık University) and Özer Karakuş (Maltepe University), both in Istanbul, Turkey, we now have a beautiful brochure for the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.

Center brochure - front

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Zhejiang University

On April 27, 2011 I presented a talk entitled “Holding intercultural, international, interdisciplinary dialogues” at Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China.

Zhejiang University in Hangzhou
Zhejiang University in Hangzhou

While there, I had the chance to meet not only Prof SHI Xu, Changjiang Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies, and several of his graduate students, but also Prof WU Zongjie, Director of the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies, and several of his graduate students.

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Prof Shi Xu
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Prof Shi Xu

My thanks to Shi Xu for organizing the talk, and especially for the chance to have dinner with his family, and try a steamboat dinner. Thanks also to his student Sarah for showing us around Hangzhou. The city is just beautiful, and it was nice to have a little time to explore, especially the West Lake area. Thanks also to HAN Chunyan, the graduate student who arranged her schedule to take the train back to Shanghai with us, and then suggested we visit Suzhou the next day to see the classical garden there, and helped us buy train tickets.

Researcher profiles:
SHI Xu
Wu Zongjie

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication
Series Editors: Mohan J. Dutta, Purdue University & Ambar Basu, University of South Florida

Global changes in migratory patterns, the increasing health inequalities faced by the poor, the health risks faced by communities at the margins of global societies, and the communicative nature of health problems have drawn additional attention to the relevance of studying health communication processes across global cultures.  This series will challenge West-centric ideals of health and human behavior by publishing theoretically- provocative, pedagogically-critical volumes addressing the intersection of communication principles and practices with health concepts and structures. The series editors seek book proposals that address (a) the storied nature of health communication practices that are globally situated; (b) structurally-constituted nature of health communication; (c) individual and collective processes of communicating through which cultures negotiate meanings of health; and (d) local-global processes of participation and organizing through which local communities seek to bring about transformations in unhealthy global structures.  The intent of the series is to foreground knowledge that creates openings for transforming structures of injustice and exploitation underlying global health inequalities.

Books in the series will be single authored books or strategic edited volumes making coherent arguments about the intersections of globalization and health. Although the series will occasionally publish research monographs based on comparative global research, the emphasis will be on publishing topical books that can be used both as advanced undergraduate-graduate texts as well as reference materials. Manuscript proposals should be addressed to series Co-editor Mohan J. Dutta at <mdutta@purdue.edu>

IICD NCA Scholarship awards

Nominations are invited for the National Communication Association distinguished scholarship annual awards by the Division of International and Intercultural Communication for scholarship published during 2010 in the areas of international and intercultural communication.  Up to four awards will be given for the following categories featuring work in international and intercultural communication:

*         Best Book (edited or authored)
*         Best article (or book chapter),
*         Best Dissertation and /or Master’s Thesis

Unless otherwise specified, all nomination materials must be by electronic submission only to: mendoza@oakland.edu and must include the following

(A)  A nomination letter outlining justification for the award.

(B)   For Article or Book Chapter submissions, send pdf copies only.

(C)  For Book, send three (3) copies of the complete work (you may ask your publishers to send copies directly as part of their promo!).

(D)  For Dissertation, or Thesis submissions, mail three (3) cd-rom copies of the complete work.

Mail hard copies (for C & D) to:
Dr. S. Lily Mendoza
1341 Nicolet Place
Detroit, MI 48207
Email: mendoza@oakland.edu

Awards will be presented at the NCA International and Intercultural Division Business Meeting at the November 2011 convention in New Orleans.  Recipients of the awards will be notified by September 1 and are expected to be present for the award presentations. Self, peer, or advisor nominations accepted. Works must have been published during the 2010 calendar year.

Nomination packets must be received by April 30, 2011.

Ifat Maoz

Researcher ProfilesIfat Maoz (Ph.D.) is a social psychologist, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Director of the Smart Communication Institute at Hebrew University.

She has been a visiting scholar at the Psychology Department of Stanford University (1996) and at the Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict (originally based at the University of Pennsylvania, then at Bryn Mawr College, 2002-3, 2006-8). Her current main interests include psychological and media-related aspects in conflict and peace making, processing of social and political information and dynamics of intergroup communication in conflict.

She may be contacted via email.

Selected Publications

Maoz, I. (2004). Peace building in violent conflict: Israeli-Palestinian Post Oslo people to people activities. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 17(3), 563-574.

Maoz, I. (2004). Coexistence is in the eye if the beholder: evaluating intergroup encounter interventions between Jews and Arabs in Israel. Journal of Social Issues, 60(3), 403-418.

Maoz, I.  Bar-On, D. Bekerman, Z. and Jaber-Massarawa, S. (2004). Learning about ‘good enough’ through ‘bad enough’: A story of a planned dialogue between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. Human Relations, 57 (9), 1075-1101.

Maoz, I.; McCauley, R. (2005). Psychological correlates of support for compormise: A polling study of Jewish-Israeli attitudes towards solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Political Psychology, 26, 791-807.

Maoz, I. & Eidelson R. (2007). Psychological bases of exterme policy preferences: How the personal beliefs of Israeli-Jews predict their support for population transfer in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. American Behavioral  Scientist. 11.

Maoz, I. (2006). The effect of news coverage concerning the opponents’ reaction to a concession on its evaluation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 11(4), 70-88.

Maoz, I. , Yaniv, I. & Ivri, N. (2007). Decision Framing and Willingness to make compromise in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Journal of Peace Research, 44 (1), 81-91.

Ellis, D. & Maoz, I.  (2007). Online arguments between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians. Human Communication Research, 33, 291-307.

Maoz, I., Bar-On, D. & Yikya, S. (2007). “They understand only force”: A critical examination of the erruption of verbal violence in a Jewish-Palestinian dialogue. Peace and Conflict Studies, 14(2), 27-48.

Maoz, I. & McCauley C. (2008). Threat , dehumanization and support for retaliatory-aggressive policies in asymmetric conflict. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 52 (1), 93-116

Maoz, I. & McCauley C. (2009). Threat perceptions and feelings as predictors of Jewish-Israeli support for compromise with Palestinians. Journal of Peace Research,46(4)

Maoz, I.  & Ellis, D. (2008). Intergroup Communication as a Predictor of Jewish-Israeli Agreement with Integrative Solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Mediating Effects of Outgroup Trust and Guilt . Journal of Communication, 58, 490-507 .

Maoz, I. (2008). “They watched a terrorist” responses of Jewish-Israeli viewers to an interview with a Palestinian terrorist. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 14(3), 275-290.

Maoz, I. (2009). The Women and Peace Hypothesis? The Effect of Opponent-negotiators’ Gender on Evaluation of Compromise Solutions in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. International Negotiation, 14, 521-538.

Maoz, I., Shamir, J., Wolfsfeld G. & Dvir, S. (2009). Psychological Correlates of Public Support for Reconciliation: The Israeli-Jordanian Case. Peace and Conflict Studies, 16(1), 31-42.

Maoz, I., Freedman, G., & McCauley, C.  (2010). Fled or expelled? Representation of the Israeli-Arab conflict in U.S. high school history textbooks. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16(1), 1-10.

Ron, Y., Maoz, I.  & Bekerman, Z. (2010).Dialogue and Ideology: The Effect of Continuous Involvement in Jewish-Arab Dialogue Encounters on the Ideological Perspectives of Israeli-Jews. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 34(6), 571-579.

Selected Recent Publications 

Maoz, I., Freedman, G., & McCauley, C.I (2010). Fled or expelled? Representation of the Israeli-Arab conflict in U.S. high school history textbooks. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16(1), 1-10.

Maoz, I. (2010). The asymmetric struggle for hearts and minds of viewers. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict ,3(2), 99-110 .

Maoz, I. (2011).   Contact in protracted asymmetrical conflict: Twenty years of planned encounters between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. .Journal of Peace Research, 48(1), 115-125.

Maoz, I.. & McCauley, C. (2011). Explaining support for violating outgroup human rights in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The role of attitudes toward general principles of human rights, trust in the outgroup, religiosity and intergroup contact. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41(4), 889-903.

Aarhus PhD scholarship

PhD scholarship in the field of the history of cross-media with focus on the world wide web and its relation to one or more other media types, primarily radio or tv. The Graduate School of Humanities, Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the State and University Library, invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in the history of cross-media with focus on the world wide web and its relation to one or more other media types, primarily radio or tv starting on 1 September 2011. Candidates who are awarded the scholarship must commence their PhD programme on 1 September 2011.

The PhD scholarship will be financed by the Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, and the State and University Library. The PhD scholarship is advertised within the field of the historical interplay of media. Scholarship about the interplay of media (cross-mediality) is an emerging field within media studies, but especially the number of historical cross-media studies is very limited. With this PhD-project we wish to further historical studies of the interplay of media. Despite the fact that the history of cross-mediality is by and large unchartered, the phenomenon itself has a long history, and with the advent of new media types within the last 10-15 years (eg. internet and mobile media) the media interplay has grown. The project must be historical and it should focus on one or more of the following points: theoretical and methodological issues, institutions, production, content and forms of expression, reception, technology, and social use. The project should benefit from the existing collections of media content at The State and University Library, primarily the national internet archive Netarkivet as well as the collections of radio and television. The State and University Library wants to further research projects which shed light on how research accross the librarie’s media collections can be undertaken.

Description of the graduate school’s PhD programme are at this site.  The PhD scholar will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School of Humanities, Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the Institute of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University. The PhD scholar will be affiliated with the PhD programme ICT, Communication, Media Studies and Journalism. The PhD scholar will be employed as a PhD student at the Aarhus Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The PhD scholar’s place of work will be the Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Niels Brügger, Department of Information and Media Studies, phone + 45 8942 9226. Application: You can apply for a PhD scholarship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme via Aarhus University (see guidelines). If you require professional guidance regarding your application for a PhD scholarship please contact the head of the PhD programme ICT, Communication, Media Studies and Journalism. You must attach the marks awarded for your Master’s thesis by the deadline for application, and you must have completed your Master’s degree no later than 31 August 2011.

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2011 at 12 noon. Please include the reference number 2011-218/1-84 on the application. Aarhus University offers an excellent education and research environment for 35,000 students and 8,500 members of staff, who produce academic results of a high international standard. The expected turnover for 2009 is EUR 700 million. Currently, 185 PhD students are enrolled at the Aarhus Faculty of Arts.

Shanghai International Studies University

On April 25, 2011, I gave two presentations at Shanghai International Studies University in China. The first was “Holding Intercultural / International / Interdisciplinary Dialogues” and was open to the public.

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz at SISU
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz at SISU

The second was “Asking Cultural Questions: Using Ethnography to Answer Questions about Cultural Identity” for a graduate seminar.

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz with SISU graduate student
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz with SISU graduate student

By chance, Dr. Kenneth Cushner (Professor of Education at Kent State University) and his wife, as well as Prof. Michael Steppat (Academic Dean of the School of Linguistics and Literatures, Universität Beyreuth, Germanyom) were both visiting the campus at the same time, and we were all part of the same lunch.

My thanks to Dr. Steve J. Kulich (Executive Director, SISU Intercultural Institute) for organizing the talks and introducing me to several colleagues as well as his Dean. Thanks also to Dr. Qiujun Zhou (Department of International Affairs and Public Management, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law) for helping with logistics of my visit to the city.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Prof Kulich
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Prof Kulich

Univ Maryland, Visiting Position

Visiting Position in Intercultural Communication
Department of Communication
University of Maryland, College Park

The Department of Communication at the University of Maryland invites applications for a one year position in intercultural communication, rank open. The starting date for this position is August 15, 2011.

The successful candidate will have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication. Interest in another research area such as interpersonal communication, organizational communication, persuasion and social influence, health communication, or public relations is desirable.  Ability to teach communication theory and research methods is required. Teaching experience at the university level is highly desirable.

The Department of Communication offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.  Its program in intercultural communication was ranked 5th in the 2004 National Communication Association’s reputational study of doctoral programs.

The University of Maryland is located within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and internationally significant cities.  Applicants interested in the area’s research resources, including the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, research libraries, and federal and local funding agencies are especially encouraged to apply.

For best consideration, candidates should submit a complete application by May 15, 2011. The application should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three names of references.  Applications should be e-mailed to:

Elizabeth L. Toth, Ph.D.
eltoth@umd.edu
Visiting Position Search Chair
Department of Communication
University of Maryland
2130 Skinner Building
College Park, Maryland   20742-7635

Information about the Department of Communication is available on the departmental website.  The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity employer.  Women, members of minority groups, and disabled individuals are especially encouraged to apply.