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.

Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue Academy

International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue
1-11 September 2013, Vienna, Austria

Project Introduction

Institute for Peace and Dialogue is very glad to call interested participants for its first International Summer Academy in Peacebulding & Intercultural Dialogue, which is going to be held in the middle of Europe, Vienna. Its image as one of the most favourable places for travelling, has made it more interesting to offer an exited and comprehensive programme for our participants. We offer you a 11 day training, with a professional education from our excellent experts, who are professionals with many years of experience in peace and conflict studies.

Nowadays unfortunately several frozen or ongoing conflicts between or within states still exist. Conflicts are different and if we can look to the world mankind facing with many new challenges, but on the same time with new dangerous situations: terrorist acts, non-legal arming of conflict sides, redetermination of borders, establishing new countries in the world map, non-providing territorial integrity, trafficking of arm, drug and human; disputes on implementation of transnational energy projects, democratization and false elections, revolution and internal political conflicts, armed guerilla movements, violation and discrimination by nationalists, world economical crisis, climate change and unsafely biodiversity etc. Conflicts are related and integral part of human beings, as conflicts cause unrespect to human rights, violation and clash of rights.

Existing conflicts weaken every kind of cooperation between nations and states. Without mutual cooperation and understanding, the future prosperity of the region would remain only as a good dream. Taking into consideration of all the mentioned useful thoughts above, we can make a decision on the strict belief, that opportunities for solving conflicts are feasible. Because in every conflict situation and tension forms we consequently face with the below mentioned common situations:

1. Desperate situation and non-solving problems are not eternal;
2. It’s possible to make common decision which both sides;
3. We can find common values, traditions and similar situations among conflict parties;
4. Protracted conflicts on the same time endanger regional development and prosperity;
5. Any mediation and negotiation actions are better than nothing.

MAIN GOAL
The main goal of the summer academy is to support institutional academic peace education and strengthen peacebuilding skills and intercultural dialogue of international society.

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Center Interreligious/Intercultural Dialogue job ad

The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue is a new international organization being established in Vienna to promote dialogue between religions and cultures, thus fostering understanding and cooperation, promoting justice, peace and reconciliation, and counteracting the abuse of religion as a means to justify oppression, violence and conflict.

The Center is seeking to appoint the following key members of its Senior Management Team, to be based in Vienna:
*Director of Programs
*Director of Research
*Director of Communications & PR
*Director of Human Resources

Candidates will combine functional competence with relevant experience, preferably in the area of interreligious and intercultural dialogue. The right candidates will be strategic, collaborative, culturally sensitive, convincing communicators, hands-on and display a passion for the organization’s mission. Candidates will need to be fluent in English and preferably at least one other official UN language. Compensation for all positions will be equivalent to United Nations D-1 salary level.

Applications must be submitted no later than 15 September 2012 to:
C/o Dr. Markus Schwarz
markus.schwarz at ezi.net
Egon Zehnder
International Bauernmarkt 2
A-1010 Vienna, Austria

Salzburg conference call

CALL FOR PAPERS
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: birgit.breninger@sbg.ac.at

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

For more information: http://www.uni-salzburg.at/icc

Essay contest for Austria

Milton Wolf Seminar 2011 Essay Contest:
Picking up the Pieces: Fragmented Sovereignties and Emerging Information Flows

“The Diplomatic Academy Vienna in partnership with the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania will host a seminar from March 23-25, 2011 in Vienna, Austria, organized by the American Austrian Foundation. The seminar will bring together a diverse group of invited individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities.Panelists include distinguished print and television journalists, media development practitioners, diplomats, and academics.

The organizers have launched an essay competition to identify motivated and thoughtful students of international relations, development studies, communication, journalism, law, and related fields who will enrich the seminar proceedings. Essays should be approximately 1500 words long and address the following question: Under what conditions and with what methods should a country or multilateral organization intervene in the media and communications space of another?

Seven winning essay writers will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 each to cover travel to and participation in the 2011 Milton Wolf Seminar in Vienna. Vienna, Austria’s historic capital city provides an ideal location for the seminar because it is also home to a broad array of media actors, multilateral organizations, and international NGOs.”

More information about the seminar and essay contest can be found on the seminar site.

 

One World Scholarships-Developing Countries

“The One-World-Scholarship-Programme is directed at students from developing countries at Austrian Universities and is meant to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of people from different countries of origin by enhancing equal opportunities, dialogue, intercultural know-how and partnership. It has been established within the Austrian Cooperation for Education, and together with the other programmes it supports their concerns (struggle against poverty, resource conservation, peace-keeping etc.), the establishment and expansion of accordingly qualified personnel and the advancement of educational- and economic systems (capacity and institution development) with lasting effects.
It is complementary to other scholarship programmes and laid out globally, it enhances the ability for independent, creative, critical and self-determined thinking and acting and shall strengthen the competence for innovative problem solving strategies. The OWS contributes to the socially required production of knowledge and awareness, it promotes a global perspective and the creation of the globally educated citizen. It attaches a high significance to regional, international and trans-cultural networks. The programme is co-financed (government, church and private funds and own resources of the recipients of the benefits) and significantly contributes to the economic, social and cultural development of the southern countries.”
For further information, see the original posting at the Afro-Asiatisches Institut site.