CFP Middle East dialogue

The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) are pleased to announce the Middle East Dialogue (MED) and call for papers. The MED2014 will be held at The Whittemore House: Washington DC on Thursday, February 27th, 2014.

The Middle East Dialogue has established an international reputation as a focal point for new research, and a forum for the exchange of opinions and different views about issues of social, political, and economic reforms.  In addition, discussions go on concerning women’s rights and roles in the new Middle East, and ethnic and religious tolerance.

Proposals are sought from individuals or groups on topics relating to the areas mentioned above. Proposals can be configured variously as twenty minute individual presentations, or round table discussions on particular topics. Proposals are encouraged to explore present, past and futuristic approaches to these issues and what if scenarios, as well as conflict resolution, and problem-solving solutions.

Proposals of one to two pages should be sent as email attachments by January 18th, 2014 to Mr. Daniel Gutierrez Sandoval at Policy Studies Organization (PSO) at dgutierrezs AT Proposals submitted before December 20, will receive notice of approval or rejection by December 31, 2013.   A panel of reviewers from DOMES International Editorial Board will recommend select papers for publications in the peer-reviewed journal Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), published by Wiley-Blackwell.

The early conference registration fee for speakers is $200; $250 for conference attendees, due by December 20th. Late registration fee will be $300 (registration fee covers breakfast, lunch and concluding reception) payable and mailed to: PSO: 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 Tel. (202) 349-9281; Fax (202) 483-2657).

Prof. Mohammed Aman, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, DOMES
Co-Chair, MED2014
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Prof. Paul Rich, PhD
President, Policy Studies Organization
Co-Chair, MED2014
Washington, DC

Create UNAOC – apps for intercultural dialogue

Learning Games Network and MIT-Education Arcade, is pleased to announce the results and current updates of CREATE UNAOC, the apps/games for intercultural dialogue challenge.

Late last year programmers around the world were invited to share their vision of how mobile apps and games can raise awareness and enable new opportunities for intercultural dialogue. The winning applications were presented at the 5th UNAOC Forum in Vienna, Austria, since then several of the award winning apps/games have been fully developed and are now available for download.

Among the 5 Winners and 5 Honorable Mentions are apps/games allowing users to improve their knowledge of Arab culture (Ibn Batuta), to experience the world’s cultural diversity through the eyes of children (Touchable Earth) and to become aware of the global crisis for one of the most basic need: Water (Get Water!). Other applications highlight the importance of critical thinking in journalism (Reality, still in development) or invite young people to discover the rich multi-cultural corollary of contemporary Europe (Cultural Shock).

Ed Gragert, The Huffington Post, highlights that “these games are examples of how new technologies can provide global education content in an engaging and fun activity.” Praising “Get Water!”, Jordan Shapiro at Forbes, is intrigued by the effect of these apps: “These are some big human rights issues that Get Water drags out of the invisible shadows and brings into the light of discussion. I’m now having surprisingly sophisticated conversations with my two sons (five and seven years old) about the privatization and commodification of water rights while we swap devices and controllers on the living room sofa…all because of a video game.”


China Media Research-Confucius Institute CFP

China Media Research (CMR-2014-01) invites scholars from across disciplines to address the timely issue of Confucius Institute (CI) within ideological, political, and cultural contexts. We welcome papers that enhance understanding of Confucius Institute from critical, qualitative, or social scientific perspectives. Topics can include, but are not limited to, such issues as Hanban’s vision, its planning and management of CI, CI’s reception in the American academic community, the perception of CI students and their perceived connection to China, and the role of CI in China’s overall campaign to exert its influence abroad.

Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. We will accept extended abstracts (up to 1,000 words) or complete papers at the first stage of the reviewing process. All the submissions must be received by May 25, 2013. If the extended abstract is accepted, the complete manuscript must be received by August 20, 2013. Complete manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA publication manual (6th edition) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be reviewed and the authors will be notified of final acceptance/rejection decision. Please visit China Media Research for more information about this quarterly journal, which publishes both printed and online versions.

Please direct questions and submissions to the CMR special section guest editor, Dr. Weiming Yao at wdyao AT, and/or CMR special section co-editor, Dr. Rya Butterfield at butterfi AT

U Lugano (Switz) postdoc

The Institute of Communication and Health at the University of Lugano (Università della Svizzera italiana), Switzerland invites applications for a Post-doctoral Fellow position in the Faculty of Communication Sciences. Funding is provided through research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation focused on addressing problems arising from limited health literacy and patient empowerment focusing particularly on misuse of prescription medications (P.I.: Dr. K. Nakamoto) and vaccination refusal (P.I.: Dr. P. Schulz). The Fellowship is available for three years and salary is competitive and dependent on experience and qualifications.

We are particularly interested in applicants with backgrounds in communications, psychology, and related disciplines. Application review will begin April 15th, 2013 and continue until the positions are filled. The new Fellow will be joining an active research group including three core faculty members, four post-doctoral fellows, and eight current Ph.D. students. The Institute of Communication and Health has a growing international reputation for its research on health communications and has active collaborations with several universities in Switzerland, the European Union, and the United States.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest describing research and career interests, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and at least two academic letters of recommendation to:

Ms. Teresa Cafaro
Institute of Communication and Health
Università della Svizzera italiana
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
6904 Lugano


U of Helsinki and Aalto U

On April 23, 2013, I gave a talk entitled “A Necessary Complexity: Understanding Language and Social Interaction and Intercultural Communication as Complementary Approaches” at the University of Helsinki in Finland.


My thanks to both Dr. Saila Poutiainen (at the University of Helsinki) and Dr. Leena Louhiala-Salminen (at Aalto University, and on the advisory board of this Center for Intercultural Dialogue) for serving as co-hosts, and to the Department of Communication at Aalto University for sponsoring the excellent dinner afterwards.

On April 25, I was able to join the Corporate Communication Evening Seminar at Aalto University, co-sponsored by the Department of Communication and Aalto BIZ Corporate Relations, entitled “Multilingual and intercultural issues in Corporate Communication.” The presenters were Dr. Ulla Connor (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis) and Pia Friberg (Senior Manager, Wärtsilä Corporation). The former talked about intercultural rhetoric, and the latter described her own experiences with intercultural issues in a multinational corporation. I look forward to continued discussions with all these scholars.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Intercultural Dialogue and Community Development

The Center for Louisiana Studies and the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are pleased to host Dominique Sarny, professor and ethnologist at the University of Regina, Canada, for “Dialogue interculturel et développement communautaire : l’expérience des Francophones et des Métis de l’ouest canadien” (“Intercultural Dialogue and Community development: The Experience of Francophones and the Métis of Western Canada). In 2005, Professor Sarny and others began hosting round tables between the Fransaskois and the Métis of Saskatchewan. It is an undertaking of reconciliation and emancipation unique to Canada on behalf of two founding nations that can serve as a model to other communities in the Americas that wish to be brought closer together.

The Francophones and the Métis of Western Canada share a common historical, cultural and linguistic heritage as founding peoples. Since 1885, these two nations have had no direct contact, and their increasing marginalization as minority groups contributes to the loss of their respective identities and to assimilation. Framed in a rigorous methodology, the participants at the round table learn to become aware and profit together from a necessary convergence of identity and community development perspectives, as well as an active citizenship. This round table model is suggested for consideration by researchers and community participants in Louisiana, in a rich context of intermarriage of cultures (Cajun, Creole and Native American) who share a language and traditional cultural practices (music, songs, stories, etc.). This will allow for the sharing of results stemming from this experience, and to discuss a possible adaptation to this model to Louisiana’s reality in the context of an inclusive and united Francophonie, and the necessity to invent new forms of cooperation. This lecture will be held in the Griffin Hall Auditorium on the UL Lafayette campus, 141 Rex Street, room 147, Lafayette, LA at 3:30pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

The Acadiana community is invited to attend this free lecture en français co-hosted by the Center for Louisiana Studies and the UL Lafayette Department of Modern Languages and sponsored by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and Le centre de la Francophonie des Amériques. For more information
about this event, please contact the Center for Louisiana Studies Programming Division at 337.482.1320.

The free lecture en français will be held on Wednesday, April 24 on the UL campus at 6:30 pm in Griffin Hall Audotorium.

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Calouste Gulbenkian Prize 2013

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has opened nominations for the CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN PRIZE until next May 31st. The Prize, worth 250.000€, will be awarded to an individual or non profit organization, regardless of nationality, who has made a valuable impact and commitment to foster the universal values inherent to the human condition, respect for diversity and difference, a culture of tolerance and the conservation of the environment in man’s relationship with nature. Please refer to Prize website for the nomination form and Prize regulation.

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.


James Madison U job ad

The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University invites applications for a one-year Assistant Professor position to begin August 25, 2013.  Successful candidates will be communication studies scholars with successful experience teaching the basic communication course as well as the expertise to teach in at least one of the following areas: advocacy, cultural communication, conflict, interpersonal communication, health communication, organizational communication, public relations, and research methods. Ideal applicants will have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence, and possess a record of continued or promising scholarly productivity.

Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online, where they can complete the faculty profile and upload: a letter of application, curriculum vitae,  a copy of unofficial transcripts as document #1, student evaluations as document #2, and names, phone numbers and email addresses for three academic references (whom we will contact directly to upload a letter of recommendation).  Hard copies of application materials will not be accepted unless specifically requested. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Sharon R. Mazzarella, Search Committee Chair, mazzarsr AT

James Madison University is a growing university of over 20,000 students. James Madison University has been ranked among the top five public, master’s-level universities in the South in the annual poll conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its guide, 2012 Best Colleges. James Madison University has earned national recognition for its outstanding first-year experiences, learning communities, international study abroad programs, and service learning. The School of Communication Studies is located in modern facilities, and is comprised of faculty who present a diverse range of communication training and research. Students leave with strong research and writing skills, practical internship experiences, and a cultivated appreciation of human communication.

James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, VA, a Main Street community of nearly 50,000, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, about 25 minutes from the Shenandoah National Park.  It is approximately 1 hour from historic Charlottesville, 2 ½ hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, and 3 ½ hours from the Chesapeake Bay.

James Madison University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Equal Access employer.  We seek candidates who will contribute to the climate and body of diversity in the School and the development of a College of Communication, Information, and Media. The School of Communication Studies strives to create an educational environment in which students and faculty facilitate constructive dialogue in the classroom and community to inspire responsible citizenship in a diverse world.


Research Asst TV history London

Research Assistant in Television History
Royal Holloway, University of London

Full time, fixed-term contract (3 years) Salary is £32,558 per annum inclusive of London Allowance

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant in Television History in the Department of Media Arts.

The postholder will be required to assist Professor John Hill and Dr Lez Cooke on the AHRC project ‘The History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK’. This will involve research into the history of ‘forgotten’ television drama in the nations and regions of the UK during the period 1946-82, the interviewing of television practitioners, liaison with television companies, regional archives and cultural agencies, the organisation of project-related events, and the publication of scholarly work.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (completed or near completion) in Television, Film or Media History, a proven record of research achievement in media and television history, a working knowledge of British television drama, a familiarity with archival research and a proven capacity to develop relationships with external agencies. An interest in the history of television drama in either Scotland or Wales would be a particular advantage.

This is a three-year fixed-term post available from 1st September 2013. This post will be based on the Egham campus but a willingness to travel for research purposes will be essential.

Informal enquiries about the post may be sent to Professor John Hill at john.hill AT

The RHUL Recruitment Team  can be contacted with queries by email at: recruitment AT

Please quote the reference: X0413/7226

Closing Date: Midnight, 9th May 2013


University of Macau

On April 15, 2013 I gave a talk entitled: “Asking cultural questions: Using ethnography to answer questions about cultural identity” for the Department of Communication at the University of Macau. The topic and case studies provided were related to my research.


On April 16, 2013, I gave another talk in the Department, entitled “Intercultural dialogue: Catching up to the practitioners.” This talk was related to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.

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My thanks to Dr. Todd Sandel for organizing these events, and for all the time spent showing me around Macau, and to his students and colleagues for providing such a good audience, and asking provocative questions.

Sandel and graduate students with Leeds-Hurwitz
Sandel and graduate students with Leeds-Hurwitz

While at the University of Macau, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Martin Montgomery (Chair Professor and Head of Department), Dr. Timothy Simpson (Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities), Dr. TAN See Kam, Dr. Annie YANG, Dr. Ozge GIRIT, Dr. Mike Chinoy, and Dr. Andrew Moody. As Dr. Ingrid Piller (at Macquarie University in Australia) also happened to be present to give a talk of her own, I also was able to meet her. I am looking forward to continuing the conversations started on this trip.

Being in Macau was particularly interesting given the combination of Chinese and Portuguese influences on the city. Whether on campus or elsewhere, most signs provide information in Chinese and Portuguese, and often English as well, as documented below.


Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue