Vienna School of International Studies Postdoc: International Relations (Austria)

Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations
Vienna School of International Studies
Closes: 16th April 2017

The Vienna School of International Studies (Diplomatische Akademie Wien) is proposing the appointment of a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations for two years, from 25 September 2017. Geared towards promoting the professional development of the appointee, he/she will focus on his/her own research and do a limited amount of graduate teaching.

The successful candidate must hold – or have evidence of the imminent completion of – a doctorate in Political Science/International Relations. A record of research achievement at the international level, a strong agenda for future research and previous teaching experience – preferably at graduate level – are essential.

The Vienna School of International Studies is a professional school, specialized in the interdisciplinary training of graduate students, and an associate member of APSIA. The presence of international organizations in Vienna makes for excellent research opportunities, in particular for research dealing with global governance and multilateralism broadly defined.

Milton Wolf Seminar on Media & Diplomacy (Austria)

Call for Applications: 2017 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy
“The Marshall Plan and the Yearning for Transformative Visions”
April 25 – 27, 2017
Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria

Initiated in 2001, the annual Milton Wolf Seminar in Vienna, Austria explores cutting edge issues related to media and diplomacy. It is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities. Attendees include: diplomats, journalists, academics, NGO professionals, and graduate students.

Each year the seminar organizers select approximately 5-10 outstanding advanced MA candidates, PhD students, postdoctoral students, law students, or equivalents studying areas related to the seminar theme to serve as Emerging Scholar Fellows. Selected Fellows receive economy class airfare, accommodation, and a food and local travel stipend, which covers all costs of attending the Seminar. In exchange for full funding, Emerging Scholars attend all seminar discussions and events and serve as a part of the rapporteur team for the event, authoring a 2000-word blog piece documenting and analyzing the seminar discussions.

To apply for the 2017 Emerging Scholars Program, please send your CV, a completed application form, and a cover letter outlining how your areas of research, your methodologies, your regional interests, can be reimagined or enriched through reflections on the history, framing, legacy, or study of the Marshall Plan to Amelia Arsenault by February 15, 2017.

Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy (Vienna)

Graduate Students Invited to Apply
2016 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy Emerging Scholars Program

Initiated in 2001, the annual Milton Wolf Seminar in Vienna, Austria explores cutting edge issues related to media and diplomacy. It is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities. Attendees include: diplomats, journalists, academics, NGO professionals, and graduate students. The 2016 Seminar will take place from April 4-6 and explore the theme: “The Paris Effect: Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls.”

Each year the seminar organizers select approximately 5-10 outstanding advanced MA candidates, PhD students, post doctoral students, law students, or equivalents studying areas related to the seminar theme to serve as Emerging Scholar Fellows. Selected Fellows receive economy class airfare, accommodation, and a food and local travel stipend, which covers all costs of attending the Seminar. In exchange for full funding,
Emerging Scholars attend all seminar discussions and events and serve as a member of our blogging team and author a 2000-word blog post documenting and analyzing the seminar discussions.

To apply for the 2016 Emerging Scholars Program, please send your CV, a cover letter outlining your interest in the 2016 seminar topic, and a completed application form to Amelia Arsenault by January 25, 2016.

CFP ALA 2016: Languages for Life: Educational, Professional & Social Contexts (Vienna)

Call for papers
Association for Language Awareness
13th International Language Awareness Conference (ALA 2016)
Languages for Life: Educational, Professional and Social Contexts

WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
July 19-22, 2016
Submission deadline: 15 November 2015

Conference Themes
• LALT: Language Awareness in Language Learning and Language Teaching
• LAWB: Language Awareness in the Workplace and Business
• LAMA: Language Awareness and Awareness of (New/Social) Media
• LICA: Language Awareness, Culture/Intercultural Awareness, Communication Awareness
• CLA: Critical Language Awareness
• LAAV: Awareness and Attitudes concerning languages and their different varieties

For further inquiries you can contact us by email.

Confirmed plenary speakers
Veronika Koller (Lancaster University)
Almut Köster (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University)
Dennis Preston (Oklahoma State University) (Eric Hawkins Lecture)

Submission guidelines
Abstracts must be submitted online and may not exceed 300 words (excluding references). Authors may submit a maximum of two abstracts if at least one of these is co-authored. The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and notification of acceptance will be sent at the beginning of 2016. General registration will open in December 2015.

The language of the conference is predominantly English, but contributions in other languages will also be considered. In such case, PowerPoint or other visual materials should be in English or bilingual. Please choose the language which best suits your needs as well as those of your audience. (The abstracts, however, are supposed to be in English. But indicate the title also in the language planned for your presentation.)

Academic programme
The conference will consist of
–      full paper presentations (20 minutes, 10 minutes Q&A)
–      special symposia and panel discussions in cooperation with AILA/Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (Research Networks “Research Cultures in Applied Linguistics” and “Folk Linguistics”; VERBAL/Austrian Association of Applied Linguistics)
–      a poster slam/poster presentations (A0, portrait format)
–      a workshop for PhD students / young scholars

Scholarships
PhD students and early career researchers are encouraged to send in abstracts as they may qualify for an ALA conference scholarship. More information will be made available on the website.

Conference venue
ALA 2016 will be held at the WU, one of the major business universities of Europe. The new campus of the WU, completed in 2013, sets new standards with regard to the construction of universities. It lies at the heart of Vienna and is easily accessible by public transport. The campus’ modern architecture and numerous convenient facilities make this an attractive area to explore, while the ‘Prater’-Park adjacent to the campus affords the opportunity to relax and unwind. Further information about the venue, travel arrangements and accommodation is available on the conference website.

ALA membership
If you are not yet a member of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA), we strongly recommend that you join now. ALA members will be charged a lower conference fee and will receive the official journal Language Awareness (four issues per year).

CFP Sociology of Communication, Knowledge & Culture (Austria)

Call for Papers
Research Committee on Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (Rc14)
3rd ISA Forum of Sociology
July 10-14, 2016 (Vienna, Austria)

The abstract (300 words) must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

Program Coordinators
Christiana CONSTANTOPOULOU, Panteion University, Greece, christiana.constantopoulou@panteion.gr
Luc BONNEVILLE, Ottawa University, Canada, luc.bonneville@uottawa.ca

Call for Abstracts 
14 April 2015 – 30 September 2015 24:00 GMT

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract on-line to a chosen session of RC/WG/TG.

Webster University – Vienna job ad

Director at Webster University – Vienna

Webster University, a private, nonprofit university with its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., seeks an experienced, dynamic, and collaborative leader to serve as director of its Vienna, Austria campus.  Nominations and applications are invited.

Founded in 1915, Webster University is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world.  Webster University – Vienna was established in 1981, the second international campus in Webster’s network of campuses.  Today, Webster has U.S.-style campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; Leiden, the Netherlands; Vienna, Austria; London, United Kingdom; Bangkok and Cha-am/Hua Hin, Thailand; and Accra, Ghana.  Graduate programs are also offered in Shanghai, Chengdu, and Beijing, China.  The newest international location, in Athens, Greece, has launched with study abroad programs.

Webster University – Vienna, in addition to its U.S. accreditation, is also accredited as an Austrian private university.  The campus is home to approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 90 countries and host to several study abroad students each term. Undergraduate students choose from five majors from Webster University’s colleges/schools of arts and sciences, business, and communications. Undergraduate certificates are also offered, in subjects such as Digital Media – Design & Production, Entrepreneurship, and Web Site Design.  The Webster Scholars Program provides challenging curriculum for gifted students.  Graduate offerings include programs in business, finance, international relations, marketing, and psychology.

In September 2014, Webster University – Vienna relocated to its new home, the Palais Wenkheim, near the Danube Channel.  Constructed in 1826, the five-story building houses 17 classrooms, as well as library facilities, computer labs, student services and administrative and faculty offices.

The director of Webster University – Vienna serves as the senior executive officer of the Vienna campus, providing overall leadership and strategic direction aligned with the university’s mission and vision and the directives of the Office of the Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of International Programs, the director of Webster University – Vienna is responsible for external outreach, enrollment enhancement, fiscal management, administration, personnel, facilities, planning, services, and activities for the Vienna campus.

Webster University – Vienna is poised for growth and excellence, and the director will play a vital role in leading the campus to grow enrollment and reach the next level of academic and operational excellence.  He/she will develop and foster relationships with the business, government, and not-for-profit communities to enhance recognition of Webster University, its students and programs.  He/she will work with internal and external constituencies, interacting with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, to champion the institution’s mission to transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.  The director will collaborate and work closely with Webster University’s other international campus directors, the deans of Webster University’s five colleges and schools, senior staff of the Office of the Provost, and the leadership of the offices of Global Marketing & Communications, Information Technology, and Alumni & Development.

The director will possess the following professional and personal attributes:
– Terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D., other doctorate); master’s degree with significant experience and proven organizational leadership will be considered
– Ability to provide strategic vision and inspiration for Webster University – Vienna and to engage constituents in the development and achievement of shared goals
– Ability to cultivate and maintain supportive external relationships with alumni and donors; the business, government, and nonprofit communities; industry partners; and the various constituents of Webster University – Vienna
– Ability to work collaboratively on common strategic goals with academic and administrative leaders from around the Webster network, including directors of the other international campuses, the deans of the schools and colleges, the Office of the Provost, and other primary offices at the main campus in St. Louis
– Knowledge of and experience in European, U.S. and Austrian academic leadership; familiarity with or willingness to become familiar with shared governance, accreditation processes, and higher education law and policy
– Commitment to high quality, innovative, U.S.-style student-centered  learning and to providing students with transformative education for individual excellence and global citizenship
– Commitment to diversity and inclusion and demonstrated ability to work successfully in a diverse, multi-cultural, complex international  organization
– Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, persuasive speaking and presentation skills; ability to advocate for Webster University, its students, and programs
– Fluency in English and German

Applicants must possess or be able to obtain employment credentials required to work in Austria.

Applications and Nominations:  Applicants should send 1) a letter of interest which addresses the required qualifications; 2) an expanded résumé or curriculum vitae; and 3) names of three professional references to Vienna Director Search, or Vienna Director Search, Office of Human Resources, Webster University, 470 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 63119-3194, U.S.A.  Nominations may be sent to the same addresses.

Review of applications will begin February 9, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Starting Date:  June 2015 or as mutually agreed.

Webster University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer.  We are committed to maintaining a culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber.  We strongly encourage applications from those who identify as diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and/or veteran status.

Milton Wolf Seminar: Triumphs and Tragedies: Media and Global Events in 2014 (Austria)

The 2015 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy Emerging Scholar Fellowship Program for Graduate Students
Triumphs and Tragedies: Media and Global Events in 2014
Vienna, Austria,
April 19-April 21, 2015

We are currently accepting applications from doctoral students, post doctoral students, advanced MA and JD candidates, and other emerging scholar equivalents interested in attending the 2015 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy. Selected applicants will receive full funding to attend the 2015 Seminar in Vienna. The application process is simple.  To apply for consideration, please submit your CV and a short letter of interest outlining how the 2015 Seminar themes fit your professional and research interests by February 21, 2015.

About the 2015 Milton Wolf Seminar:
This is the sixth year in a row that the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication is co-organizing the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy with the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna and the American Austrian Foundation. The 2015 Seminar will examine the historical continuities and potential paradigm shifts in strategic communication and the role of the media surrounding recent foreign policy events. Panels will feature academics and stakeholders including diplomats, journalists, activists, and non-traditional media actors invested in shaping these event narratives and outcomes.

Questions that will guide the 2015 seminar discussion include:
– To what extent is the proliferation of new communication technologies and corresponding changes in media flows challenging the role of diplomats, journalists, and activists in shaping international understanding of world events?
– How are new techniques upending or reinforcing images of authority surrounding diplomacy?
– How do informational strategies challenge geopolitical power asymmetries?
– What has been the roll of non-traditional media and communications actors in shaping these global events?

In order to encourage an open exchange of ideas, seminar attendance is limited only to invited participants and students.

How to Apply for the 2015 Emerging Scholars Fellowship Program:
In order to maximize opportunities for students and enrich the discussions, each year the seminar organizers select 5-8 outstanding PhD students, post doctoral students, advanced MA Candidates, law students, or emerging scholar equivalents who are working in areas related to the seminar theme to serve as Milton Wolf Emerging Scholar Fellows. Fellows receive full funding to attend the Seminar in Vienna, Austria.  In exchange for full funding, Emerging Scholars are expected to attend the full seminar and all events and to author a 2000-word blog post relating to the 2015 seminar discussions. These pieces are then collected in a Seminar Compendium and published on the CGCS website. To be considered, please send your cv and a brief cover letter outlining your interests in the seminar topic to Amelia Arsenault by February 21, 2014.

CFP World Conference on Pluricentric Languages (Austria)

Call for Papers: World-Conference on Pluricentric Languages and their Non-Dominant Varieties
Organized by the International Working Group on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Language (WGNDV)
July 08–11, 2015, University of Graz, Austria
Submission deadline: March 30, 2015
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2015
Publication of papers: A volume of selected papers is to be published by Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt.
All papers for the conference and the publication will be peer-reviewed.

The conference will also have a section on language technology providing scholars the possibility to present their methods and approaches in corpus linguistics, natural language processing and the computational treatment of linguistic variation existing between and within national varieties.

The organizers of this 4th conference of the Working Group on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages (WGNDV) would like to invite scholars from around the world to participate. The conference is devoted to the description of pluricentric languages and in particular of non-dominant national varieties of plc. languages. These are the varieties that are small by the number of their speakers and their symbolic power, and are not the primary norm-setting centres of the language. They may often be falsely attributed the status of a “dialect”, and have little or no codification of their norms. Typically, nd-varieties often have to legitimate their norms towards the dominant varieties etc. The previous conferences of the WGNDV have shown that non-dominant varieties around the world have many linguistic and sociolinguistic features in common. We would therefore like to deepen our knowledge and invite scholars from around the world to take part in the conference and give insight into the situation and features of as many nd-varieties and plc. languages as possible.

Objectives of the 4th conference:
The WGNDV wishes to continue in the line of the previous conferences and to extend the scope of its research. The main objectives of this conference are:
1.    To get more information about the situation of as many pluricentric languages and non-dominant-varieties in order to get empirically secure descriptions of effects of non-dominance.
*on the identity of their speakers,
*on the identity of their language communities,
*on the treatment of norms in written and spoken language,
*on the principles of codification and their spread to younger generations, and
*on methods in language-technology, how linguistic variation between and within national varieties and nd-varieties in particular can be treated and modelled computationally.

2.    To get exhaustive reports of the situation of as many plc. languages and nd-varieties around the world as possible and in particular of lesser known and researched plc. languages and nd-varieties like:
*Albanian, Aramaic, Aromunian, Basque, Bengali, Chinese, Croatian, Guaraní, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Hungarian, Kiswahili / Swahili, Kurdish, Mapudungun, Occitan, Pashto, Punjabi, Quechua, Tamil, Romanian, Russian etc.
*ND-varieties of English in Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia;
*ND-varieties of French in Europe, Africa, Asia and America;
*ND-varieties of Spanish in the Americas and in Asia;
*ND-varieties of Portuguese in South-America, Africa and Asia;
*ND-varieties of German in Austrian, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg; and
*Reports on the development of Russian in the former member-states of the Soviet Union

3.    To deepen the theory of plc. languages and the methods for the description of nd-varieties in particular in respect to:
*migrant varieties creating new types of pluricentricity;
*second level forms of pluricentricity within national varieties and their theoretical treatment;
*strategies for coping with language shift caused by electronic media and satellite TV spreading dominant norms to non-dominant varieties;
*the treatment of linguistic and pragmatic features of nd-varieties in education in primary and secondary schools;
*principles of codification in diglossic language communities of plc. languages, esp. the treatment of divergent linguistic forms that are common in everyday communication;
*the usage of endonormative codification strategies and their impact on the development of varieties and languages;
*measures of status planning and corpus planning etc. etc.

Important dates:
All scholars working in this field are invited to submit proposals for papers/workshops by 30th March 2015.
Notification of acceptance: 15th April 2015.

Contents of papers:
Papers (25 mins. + 5 mins. discussion) should address one or more of the above mentioned objectives of the conference as mentioned above and should thus provide:
*Information about the situation of any pluricentric language and any non-dominant-varieties in order to get empirically secure descriptions.
*To get exhaustive reports of the situation of lesser known and researched plc. languages and nd-varieties (see the list) and may be of “new” plc. languages that have not previously been identified.
*Data that deepen the theory of plc. languages and the methods for the description of nd-varieties.
*Suggestions for other topics are welcome!<

Contents of workshops:
Workshops (90 minutes long) should concern specific languages and their various non-dominant varieties, and particular methodological problems in the description of non-dominant varieties.

Abstracts:
All abstracts must be written in English and copied into the field “abstract” on the registration page or submitted via email as an attachment in Word format.
*Abstracts for 25-minutes papers should not exceed 3000 characters (1 page A4) including 4 keywords. Suggested topics for presentations can be downloaded from the conference website.
*Abstracts for 90-minutes workshops should not exceed 5000 characters (1 1/2 page A4) including 4-8 keywords. Workshop organizers should outline the overall structure of the workshop and provide names of the participants.

Conference language(s) and Sections:
The conference languages will be English and German plus the languages of the sections for specific languages if there are enough presentations to establish a section. The following sections are envisaged: English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, a general section and a language technology section. All presentations at the conference must be written in English, although the oral presentation can be held in the language of the section.

Cross-cultural Business Conference (Austria)

The international “Cross-Cultural Business Conference 2015” has been announced by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. The conference provides an opportunity for lecturers, researchers and practitioners to advance knowledge and discuss latest developments in the field of management and business.This year’s conference at the School of Management in Steyr mainly focuses on the key management subjects of the study program Global Sales and Marketing in an intercultural environment. Moreover, this conference will be carried out in cooperation with the School of Informatics/Communications/Media, chairing two sessions.

Conference Days: May 21-22, 2015

Authors are encouraged to prepare and submit papers for the following sessions:
*Session A: Intercultural Perspectives in Global Business and HR Management
*Session B: Intercultural Perspectives in Global (B2B)Marketing and Sales Management
*Session C: Intercultural Perspectives in Higher Education Research
*Session D: Intercultural Perspectives in Informatics, Communication & Media

Richard D. Lewis, best-selling author of “When Cultures Collide”, will present the keynote address.For more information please download the Call for Papers.Deadline extended to December 7, 2014.

The conference is accompanied by the annual “International Week“, an event where international lectures convey business related topics to our students.

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KAICIID Fellows

KAICIID Fellows Programme

In 2013, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, in Vienna, Austria, will launch an international fellowship project. The “KAICIID Fellows” will be people who are planning to become religious functionaries and educators. The programme will run 2-4 times a year, where a Jury, chosen from the Centre’s Advisory Forum, will select five “Fellows” among applicants from the five major world religions. Coming from different regions and different faiths, these students will spend one to four months working and studying together in Vienna to deepen their knowledge about each others’ religions and to strengthen their commitment to interreligious dialogue. As potential future leaders within their respective religious communities, it is hoped that they will become multipliers of KAICIID’s mission for interreligious dialogue once they are back home.

During their stay in Vienna, they will have the possibility to work on their own research project, but they will also be given the opportunity to learn about other religions, both within their own group and by visiting university classes.

The “Fellows” will also contribute to and actively participate in KAICIID‘s activities, thus enhancing their interreligious insight, organisational competence and future leadership presence and impact. Instead of a final report, each participant will be asked to write a book chapter about her or his personal interreligious learning at KAICIID.

Objectives
*Engage students from different faiths, cultures and regions in interreligious dialogue on neutral ground;
*Facilitate a deep, long-lasting dialogue encounter;
*Give future religious leaders the tools, experience, networks and knowledge to pursue interreligious dialogue in their profession;
*Provide KAICIID with young people from different religious backgrounds who will actively participate and contribute to the Centre’s activities and programmes.

KAICIID will also provide a platform for alumni activities for its former “Fellows” to enable them to stay in contact and to reach out to further potential candidates for the programme.