CFP Sociolinguistics Summer School (Spain)

Call for Papers

The Sociolinguistics Summer School is an annual international meeting point for postgraduate students and early career researchers where they have the opportunity to present their first findings, as well as to attend plenary sessions and workshops conducted by experienced researchers.

Traditionally organised in the UK and Ireland, SSS7 disembarked on the continent to take place in Lyon in 2016. For 2017, UOC offered to host it in Barcelona as part of the activities programmed by the IS1306 COST Sociolinguistic Network on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe.

Language and globalisation, management of multilingualism, newspeakerness, and variation and social identity will be the core themes of the SSS8, although presentations about all the current trends in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology will be welcomed. Specifically, invited speakers will focus on the following topics:
• Monica Heller (University of Toronto): Language and Inequality in Contemporary World
• Workshop: Critical Sociolinguistic Ethnography
• Francesc Xavier Vila (Universitat de Barcelona): Agency in Language Policy Revisited
• Workshop:
Language Policies and Management of Multilingualism
• Joan Pujolar (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): New speakers, Language and Lifestyles in Late Modernity
• Workshop: New Speakers from a Critical Sociolinguistic Analysis Perspective
• Robert Lawson (Birmingham City University): Big Data, Big Problems: Investigating Language Use on Twitter
• Workshop:
Social Media, Discourse Analysis, and Social Identity

In addition, participants in the SSS8 will have the opportunity to attend sessions on Academic Writing and Academic CV Development.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES: PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Participants in the SSS8 have to choose between two formats of presentation:

Paper presentations
Participants present their research findings.
20 minute presentation + 10 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts: 500 words maximum (excluding references), with keywords.
42 proposals will be selected for this presentation format.

Workshop presentations
Participants present a specific aspect of their research that they would like to discuss with the invited speakers (i.e. methods, data collection, data analysis, ethical aspects & reflexivity). The topic of the presentation has to be related to the topic of the workshop and participants have to specify which workshop they would like to participate in.
30 minute presentation + 15 minutes for feedback and discussion.
300 word abstract summary (with keywords, excluding references) of research project, specifying which concrete aspects would like to be discussed. In addition to this, workshop participants will be asked to submit an extended abstract or presentation slides by the 20th of June.
12 proposals (3 for each workshop) will be selected for this presentation format. English should be the medium of both written proposals and oral presentations. However, we encourage the usage of multilingual materials in PowerPoint, handouts, etc.

DEADLINE AND CONTACT FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS
The deadline for abstract submissions, both for paper and workshop presentations, is March 13, 2017. Abstracts should be sent to sss8barcelona@uoc.edu.

Abstracts will undergo blind review by members of the Scientific Committee. Each candidate has to submit two copies of their abstract. Make sure that one copy includes your name, email address, affiliation (if any) and presentation title. Submissions need to indicate as well whether they are intended for a paper presentation or one of the workshops (specifying which). The second copy has to be anonymised, and it should include your presentation title and whether it is intended for paper presentation or workshop (specifying which).

REGISTRATION & BURSARIES
To participate in the SSS8, there will be a registration fee of 40 €.

The COST New Speakers Network will offer a number of travel & accommodation bursaries for ECR’s belonging to the network. The Societat Catalana de Sociolingüística (SOCS) will offer bursaries for ECR’s developing their work in one of the universities belonging to Xarxa Vives d’Universitats. Further details on payment, registration methods and bursaries will be published soon in the SSS8 website.

FURTHER INFORMATION
More information regarding registration, programme, travel and accommodation, and cultural and networking activities during the SSS8 will be posted in the SSS8 website: https://sss8barcelona.wordpress.com.

Follow us on Twitter (@sss8barcelona) to keep up with the latest news and details, and use the hashtag #sss8barcelona to tweet about the event.

If you have any questions about SSS8 in Barcelona, do not hesitate to contact us at sss8barcelona@uoc.edu.

Junior Research Fellow – United Nations University (Barcelona)

Junior Research Fellow – UNU-GCM
REFERENCE NO.:2015/UNU/GCM/PSA/JRF/65
LOCATION:Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE:2015•11•15
Organizational Unit: UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)

United Nations University objectives
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), in Barcelona, is a Research Centre focusing on the key areas of globalization, culture, and mobility. As such, it follows a structured research focus on globalization, culture, and mobility through the implementation of key research programmes. These include a focus on the Western and Eastern Mediterranean on both shores, as well as on the global north and south. Research programmes underway and in the pipeline at UNU-GCM focus on migration, media, and intercultural dialogue; statelessness and transcontinental migration; female agency, mobility, and sociocultural change; migration and crisis; diasporas: and peoples, places, and cultures.

Research programmes comprise a series of inter-related research projects, undertaken by Research Fellows, each with specific outputs that aim to inform policymaking, to contribute to existing scholarship in the relevant areas, to act as a resource for the UN system, and to work in partnership with wider academic and non-academic communities (locally and globally). UNU-GCM actively supports the dissemination of knowledge and information through a variety of publications and visual means.

Research Fellows engage actively in a range of projects, to be agreed with the Director, aimed at producing and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge, as well as at informing the formation of policy. They actively take part in the UNU Migration Network.

UNU-GCM seeks applications for a Junior Research Fellow with interest and expertise in the broad areas specified above.

Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of UNU-GCM, the successful candidate shall be entrusted with the following tasks:
• Event coordination: supporting the organisation of lectures, conferences, workshops, and other public events, and taking minutes at institutional meetings.
• Conference organization: providing assistance during annual conference planning, including communication with speakers and participants, helping to plan the schedule, drafting the programme, and other logistical support.
• Communications: preparing and disseminating information on events, publications, and announcements on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and institutional mailing lists.
• Web content: writing and posting articles, announcements, and events on the Institute´s website and the UNU Migration Network website.
• Research: carrying out a research project, to be agreed with Director, in the field of the annual theme and producing agreed outputs, including online articles, policy reports, and an academic article.
• Administration: engaging proactively in offering administrative support as needed to the Institute’s administrative team, as assigned by the Director.
• Orviding assistance with drafting the Institute’s annual reports and other related documents.
• Acting as liaison with UNU’s Communications Office, and drafting of news items, posts, etc. on UNU-GCM’s behalf.
• Performing any other tasks as may be assigned by the Director.

Required qualifications and experience
• Postgraduate qualifications in the Humanities or Social Sciences, such as Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Geography, Media and Communications, Economics, Law, Human Rights, or a related discipline on a topic that directly addresses questions of culture and mobility in the contemporary world.
• A strong academic record of postgraduate study in the above mentioned research areas.
• Demonstrable interest in pursuing academic and policy-oriented research in line with the Institute’s research focus.
• Demonstrable ability to work to deadlines, manage the agreed workload, and prioritize duties according to the institute’s needs.
• Fluency with social media is an absolute requirement, as is the ability to manage this in a timely and appropriate way.
• Good knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
• Be proactive, imaginative, and dynamic, willing to engage fully in the work of the Institute and to work in a team, being involved with all aspects of the Institute’s work, as well as to produce research scholarship and policy reports of the highest level.
• Excellent communication and drafting skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English. Working knowledge in Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.
• Good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Remuneration
Remuneration will commensurate with candidate’s experience. The position carries a salary in the range of EUR 2,066 to EUR 2,500 per month. There are no other financial allowances of benefits.

The successful candidate will be responsible for arranging their tax liabilities, taking into account the fact that the contract signed with UNU will categorize them as freelancers under Spanish Law. The salary on offer from UNU includes cover for the cost of this status.

Duration of contract
This is full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-GCM, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.

This is a locally recruited post; no relocation expenses or allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Starting date
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position on 15 January 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter (subject to negotiation).

Research Fellow – United Nations University (Barcelona)

Research Fellow – UNU-GCM
REFERENCE NO.: 2015/UNU/GCM/PSA/RF/64
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE: 2015•11•15
Organizational Unit: UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)

United Nations University objectives
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) in Barcelona is a Research Centre focusing on the key areas of globalization, culture, and mobility.As such, it follows a structured research focus on globalization, culture, and mobility through the implementation of key research programmes. These include a focus on the Western and Eastern Mediterranean on both shores, as well as on the global north and south. Research programmes underway and in the pipeline at UNU-GCM focus on migration, media and intercultural dialogue; statelessness, and transcontinental migration; female agency, mobility, and sociocultural change; migration and crisis; diasporas: and peoples, places, and cultures.

Research programmes comprise a series of inter-related research projects, undertaken by Research Fellows, each with specific outputs that aim to inform policymaking, to contribute to existing scholarship in the relevant areas, to act as a resource for the UN system and to work in partnership with wider academic and non-academic communities locally and globally. UNU-GCM actively supports the dissemination of knowledge and information through a variety of publications and visual means. Research Fellows engage actively in a range of projects to be agreed with the Director aimed at producing and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge, as well as at informing the formation of policy. They actively take part in the UNU Migration Network (migration.unu.edu)

UNU-GCM seeks applications for a Research Fellow with expertise in the broad areas specified above. Our preference will be for a researcher with expertise in legal and/or political issues relating to migration, media and mobility.

Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of UNU-GCM, the successful candidate shall be closely involved in the planning and implementation of research programmes in the relevant thematic areas of UNU-GCM. This will include the following tasks:
• Attend meetings and discussions with key people related to the research projects and activities.
• Assume responsibility for the administrative duties relating to the research activities undertaken, liaising as necessary with colleagues at the Institute and un UNU Headquarters.
• Plan, coordinate, and evaluate the effectiveness of research workshops and other activities.
• Identify, compile, and undertake review of published and unpublished documents.
• Contribute regularly to the research outputs of UNU-GCM as agreed with the Director.
• Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of research data.
• Prepare drafts and final reports of related research projects for publication.
• Disseminate research publications locally and internationally in a variety of formats to be agreed with the Director.
• Collaborate on project planning and project administration.
• Be fully involved in the various research activities, meetings, and other work of the Institute.
• Be involved and assist in organizing capacity building activities, workshops, and conferences in the relevant research programmes of the Institute.
• Undertake supervision of postgraduate and postdoctoral candidates in the Institute.
• Reside full-time in Barcelona for the duration of the contract; some international travel may be required.
• Assist the Director in liaising with potential donors and collaborators for the Institute.
• Be proactive in seeking external funding for agreed research projects that fall within the scope of UNU-GCM’s research programmes.
• Show evidence of having identified and applied for relevant external funding to support research undertaken in the course of carrying out duties at UNU-GCM.
• Perform any other tasks as may be assigned by the Director.

Required qualifications and experience
• A PhD degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences, such as Law, Political Science, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Geography, Media and Communications, Economics, Human Rights, or a related discipline on a topic that directly addresses questions of culture and mobility in the contemporary world; preference will be for applicants with expertise in legal and/or political theory (questions of citizenship, refugees, asylum, borders, etc.) relating to mobility, migration and/or media.
• At least two (2) to three (3) years of progressively responsible relevant postgraduate work experience.
• Be familiar with interdisciplinary research methodologies and conceptual frameworks.
• Have a sound record of scholarly publication of the above mentioned research areas.
• Have experience of working in think tanks and writing policy reports.
• Have experience in conference organization and maintaining relations with external organizations working in the areas of mobility and culture will be an advantage.
• Some administrative experience is required, since the post includes responsibilities relating to the administration of the research projects.
• Good knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
• Be proactive, imaginative and dynamic, willing to engage fully in the work of the Institute and to work in a team, being involved with all aspects of the Institute’s work, as well as to produce research scholarship and policy reports of the highest level that fit into overarching research programme areas.
• Excellent communication and drafting skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English and a working knowledge of Spanish are required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.
• Good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Remuneration
Remuneration will commensurate with candidate’s experience. The position carries a salary in the range of EUR 3,500 to EUR 4,235 per month. There are no other financial allowances of benefits.

The successful candidate will be responsible for arranging their tax liabilities, taking into account the fact that the contract signed with UNU will categorize them as a freelancer under Spanish Law. The salary on offer from UNU includes coverage for the cost of this status.

Duration of contract
This is a full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-GCM, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.

This is a locally recruited post; no relocation expenses or allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Starting date
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position on 15 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.

N.B.: The working language of UNU is English

Website Consultant UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Website Consultant

UNU-GCM seeks a part-time Website Consultant to maintain and update its websites. The ideal candidate is highly efficient and works well in a fast-paced and professional team environment, dealing effectively with the organization’s technical demands. The right individual for this role will be a motivated and energetic consultant, who takes initiative, enjoys finding solutions to a varying number of challenges, is detail-oriented, and takes pride in his/her work. S/He must be fluent in English, with a good command of Spanish and Catalan. Web programming, graphic design, skilled communication and database administration are all elements of this position.

Download the full details here:  icon Vacancy Announcement – Website Consultant (391.44 kB)

Communications Consultant UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Communications Consultant

UNU-GCM seeks a part-time Communications Consultant. The ideal candidate is highly efficient and works well in a fast-paced and professional team environment, dealing effectively with the organization’s communication. The right individual for this role will be a motivated and energetic Communications consultant, who takes initiative, enjoys finding solutions to a varying number of challenges, is detail-oriented, and takes pride in his/her work. S/He must be fluent in English, with a good command of Spanish and Catalan. The ability to build strong links with mainstream media and press in Catalonia, elsewhere in Spain and more internationally, is an important element of this position, as is the ability to project the work of UNU-GCM internationally. Familiarity with social media is also required.

Download the full details here:  icon Vacancy Announcement – Communications Consultant (388.63 kB)

Migration Post-doc UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Visiting Researchers Programme

UNU-GCM is currently offering THREE places of three months each to post-doctoral researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences with expertise in the area of statelessness and transcontinental migration. Their Visiting Researchers Programme gives qualified researchers an opportunity to research topics related to the ongoing research programme on Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration, and to participate in UNU-GCM activities. Visiting Researchers will be expected to reside in Barcelona and work from our office in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona.

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Administrator for UNU GCM job ad

Administrator for UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE: 2013•12•12

UN University GCM

United Nations University objectives
The UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University functions as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and innovative ideas and dialogue.

UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
The mission of the UNU-GCM is to contribute to good governance, cultural diversity, democracy and human rights through a better understanding of cultural mobility and diversity in the context of globalization. It focuses on the major cultural and social phenomena of migration and media as hallmarks of the era of globalization. The institute fosters cutting-edge research in these areas at global and local levels through the lens of key cultural concepts, such as borders, gender and transnational connections and a series of structured research programmes.

Responsibilities
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-GCM and supervision of the Manager, Office of the Director, the successful candidate shall carry out the following tasks:

Human Resources Management
*Be responsible for initiating, processing, monitoring and following up on actions related to the administration of the institute’s human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, relocation, promotion, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of regulations and procedures;
*Enter and maintain administrative data and records for time and attendance, performance appraisal, etc. in electronic information systems;
*Perform other reasonable tasks, of a similar nature, as deemed necessary by the Director;

Budget and Finance
*Track expenses and organize the budget in consultation with the Director
*Consolidate data received and provide support to higher-level staff with respect to budget reviews;
*Review status of relevant expenditures and compare with approved budget;
*Review requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged and (b) availability of funds;
*Assist in the preparation of budget performance submissions;
*Prepare statistical tables and standard financial reports;
*Perform other reasonable tasks, of a similar nature, as deemed necessary by the Director;

Procurement and General Administration
*Support the full procurement activities of the institute to assist the Manager;
*Prepare, process and follow-up on administrative arrangements and forms related to the official travel of staff;
*Draft routine correspondence;
*Maintain files of rules, regulations, administrative instructions and other related documentation;
*Assist with the organization of conferences/workshops and all events;
*Perform other related administrative duties, as required;

Contract Administration
*Be responsible for the day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for outsourced services; and
*Audit the contractors’ invoices against the goods and services provided by the contractor and approved by the UN.

Required qualifications and experience
*Completion of high school diploma is required. Candidate with a university degree is highly desirable;
*At least five (5) years of relevant professional work experience in administration, finance and human resources. For candidates with a university degree, a minimum two (2) years of professional work experience in the related area is required;
*Knowledge and experience of UN system would be a definite asset;
*Proficiency in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc.);
*Excellent communication skills with fluency in both oral and written English, Spanish and Catalan;
*Ability to work under minimal supervision and with a high level of resilience;
*Strong ability to establish priorities, multi-task and work within tight timelines;
*A good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Remuneration will be at EUR 48,000 per annum

Duration of contract
This is a full time employment position on a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-GCM that will run until 31 December 2014. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.

The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. The successful candidate will be responsible for paying all required local taxes.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Starting date: As soon as possible

CFP Migration, Media and Intercultural Dialogue

Call for Papers
Migration, Media and Intercultural Dialogue
Conference 25th and 26th November 2013
Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility, Barcelona, Spain

While migration often poses the question of cultural difference, diverse forms of media play a key role in enabling representation, thus forging modes of communication. Through a focus on the role of media, this conference will explore the extent to which the latter bridges cultural differences in contexts of migration and facilitates intercultural dialogue.

Keynote speakers:
Iain Chambers, Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, Oriental University of Naples, Italy
Kevin Robins, Professor of Sociology, City University, London, UK

Further abstracts are sought which focus on a range of issues, both theoretical and empirical, which relate to: cultural diversity and difference, how media can mobilize societies and cultures, and the role of media in triggering migration, and connecting migrants to their homelands. This is an interdisciplinary conference. Contributions are welcomed from anthropologists, cultural theorists, economists, linguists, political theorists, sociologists, and anyone examining relevant questions.

Two events will follow the conference in which participants are welcome to participate:
– Roundtable discussion with Immigrant Press Journalists in Barcelona, organized in collaboration with Casa Asia on November 25, 2013
– Training workshop on PhD research methods organized in collaboration with CIDOB on November 27, 2013

The conference will take place at the offices of UNU-GCM, located at:
Sant Manuel Pavilion, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025-Barcelona, Spain.
Please note that there is no financial assistance available for travel or accommodation.

Submission information:
Abstracts for papers should be of maximum 500 words, and sent along with a biographical note of maximum 150 words to: Tendayi Bloom.
Abstracts for panels should be of maximum 500 words. Prospective conveners should include a biographical note of maximum 150 words for each convener and should provide a list of questions the panel will address, with a short sentence about each panel member, where known. This should be sent to: Valeria Bello.
The deadline is 5pm CET Friday 18th October 2013 (response by 24th October).

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New UN University

“A new United Nations University to be opened in Barcelona in 2012 will strive to bridge the knowledge gap between different civilizations and develop postgraduate courses focused on cross-cultural dialogue in areas such as education, youth, media and migration. A select group of experts in cross-cultural communication from Europe, North America, North Africa, the Arab world and Asia, along with the United Nations University (UNU) staff gathered in the Spanish city June 1-3, 2011 to identify areas of research, postgraduate teaching and knowledge transfer to be undertaken by the new institution.

To be known as the International Institute on the Alliance of Civilizations (IIAOC) the new institution will be located at the Sant Pau historic site in Barcelona. It will be funded by the Spanish Government and the state government of Catalonia with the Ministry of Education guaranteeing funding of 2 million Euros a year from 2013 onwards for an initial period of four years. An international search for its first director is underway, who is expected to be appointed by the end of 2011. IIAOC will contribute to reinforcement of peace by reflecting upon a future of tolerance, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures…

“Intercultural dialogue is not easily achieved and it involves cultivating our human and ethical potential,” noted Fred Dallmayr from the University of Notre Dame in the USA. He said the ancients called it a culture of virtues which includes temperance, wisdom and justice. “In today’s culture we need to have another virtue, the openness to different ideas, different voices, different languages and the virtues of what Indians call — karuna — compassion. These are virtues we have to study, cultivate and train ourselves to practice,” he said.

Prof Ramin Jahanbegloo, political scientist from the University of Toronto, argued that what is being built is an institution which is not clash oriented but dialogue oriented. “The question is not about who are the dialogue partners, but at what point the dialogue partners start to talk and work together on issues that often cause debate,” he argued.”

For further information, see the original posting in IDN-InDepthNews/06.06.2011