CFP Intercultural Dialogue (Lithuania)

Institution “Intercultural Dialogue” (Minsk, Belarus) invites proposals from those who wish to take part in the Intercultural Dialogue Section of the 6th International Congress of Belarusian Studies that will be held on 7-9 October 2016 in Kaunas (Lithuania).

Topics for discussion:
Will intercultural dialogue become an alternative model of assimilation and multiculturalism?
Can it contribute to overcoming of the European crisis (euro zone crisis, terrorist attacks, problem of refugees, war in Ukraine)?
How does it correlate with a conflict of values, adaptation and integration, concept of solidarity laid down in the Lisbon Treaty of the European Union?
Does it comply with the modern ideology of nationalism of the European and post-colonial nations?
Does it build national and European identity and what role does it play in the modern Belarusian nation-building?

Deadline: July, 15, 2016

Please send a title and 1-2 page summary of a 15-20 minute talk via email to the organizer of this session, Liubou Uladykouskaja, Director General of the Institution “Intercultural Dialogue” in Minsk.

Academy Robert Bosch Fellowship (Russia and Eurasia)

Academy Robert Bosch Fellowship

Chatham House, in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, hosts fellows from the six countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia.

The fellowship offers an opportunity for the next generation of scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to advance their knowledge of post-Soviet politics, develop research skills, contribute to Chatham House research, and build links with policy and academic communities in the UK, Germany and the EU more broadly. The fellowship is aimed at future leaders, researchers and opinion-makers in the early stages of their careers.

The fellows spend nine months working at Chatham House with the Russia and Eurasia Programme team. During this time they will conduct a research project of their own design relating to the politics, economies and/or societies of the post-Soviet region. In the course of the fellowship, the scholars will conduct research trips to the region and also spend time at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. The fellowships are part of Chatham House’s Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs.

Call for applications 2016/17
The 2016/17 application window is now open and will close on 31 May 2016.

To apply, please refer to the information pack and application form as well as our FAQ page. The application form and accompanying documents should be completed and emailed to AcademyRobertBoschFellowships@chathamhouse.org by 17:00 BST 31 May 2016.

Interviews are scheduled to take place in London on 15 July 2016.

Research topics
Research projects should be designed by you. However, you should bear in mind what would also be relevant to an international policy institute. Your project should therefore fall into one or more of the following broad categories:

Internal Dynamics
1. Prospects for Economic Growth, Modernization and Democratization in the Eastern Partnership Countries and/or Russia
2. Regional Elites and Networks of Power
3. Societal Changes, Inter-ethnic Relations and Non-state actors

External Attitudes
4. The Future of EU and NATO Relations with the Eastern Partnership Countries and/or Russia
5. Security and Conflict Resolution
6. Prospects for Intra-regional Conflict or Cooperation
7. Russia and the Shared Neighbourhood with Europe

Contact
Should you have any further queries please email the Academy.

Liubou Uladykouskaja Researcher Profile

Researcher Profiles
Liubou Uladykouskaja
is the Founder and Director General of the Institution “Intercultural Dialogue” in Minsk, Belarus.

Liubou Uladykouskaja

In spring 2015 she is also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Florida, in Gainesville. She earned her PhD in Belarusian Studies in 1993. She is the author of 320 publications on the problems of intercultural dialogue, nation building, identity, preservation of  cultural originality, democratic transformation, globalization, and the USA, including six books: Spiritual Ideals in the Modern Belarusian Culture and Values of Globalism (2009), How to Preserve Cultural Originality (2010), Discovery of My America, Or Why do the Belarusians Need the USA? (2012), and Intercultural Dialogue: American Paradigm (2014).

She established the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (2010), the Inter-Cultural Dialogue Department of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus (2011), NG Institution “Intercultural Dialogue” (2012), the Laboratory for Intercultural Communication at Belarusian State University (2013). She also has initiated and successfully implemented multiple civic society activities (organization and running of constantly working exhibitions, libraries, art galleries, clubs, ex. the Terminological Commission at the Ministry of Education, the American Club in Minsk, the Belarusian Club of Christian Intellectuals, the Discussion Club “Disputant” at the scientific magazine Higher Education) and international projects, including 190 international conferences, seminars, round tables and presentations. She has participated in joint civic and scientific projects in Poland, Great Britain, Germany, Luxembourg, France, USA, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine. She’s worked as a Chief of the Research Laboratory for Intercultural Communication (Belarusian State University), as Department Chair, Institute of Sociology, as a Director of the Center for Multicultural Education and Deputy Director, a Chief Administrative Unit for Science (Belarusian State University), as a Director of the F. Skaryna National Scientific and Educational Center, in the Ministry of Education and Science of Belarus (supervising social science and humanities curricula at universities), as a Lecturer in Belarusian Studies. Uladykouskaja also worked as a journalist, including radio and TV performances.

Belarus book on Intercultural Dialogue

Uladykouskaja book

Любоў Уладыкоўская. Міжкультурны дыялог: амерыканская парадыгма / Л.Уладыкоўская. – Мінск, Установа “Міжкультурны дыялог”, 2014. – 92 с.

The scientific monograph  Intercultural Dialogue: American Paradigm by Liubou Uladykouskaja has just been published. This is the first book in Belarus devoted to intercultural dialogue issues. The book is written in Belarusian, with an introduction and information about the author in English. The book reveals the essence of the American paradigm of intercultural dialogue (including mention of the Center for Intercultural  Dialogue) in its comparing with the European conceptions. Uladykouskaja explains why the American approaches in the field of intercultural dialogue are important for Belarus. She believes that the secret to American success with intercultural dialogue is the precondition for, and has the result of, democracy.

According to Uladykouskaja, the American paradigm of intercultural dialogue includes the following characteristics:
— Universality, inclusiveness, and tolerance;
— Global standards of life of persons;
— Organic interaction of technology, traditions, and nature;
— Unconditional priority of freedom, life, equality, and justice;
— Dialogical thinking;
— Human and national dignity;
— Simplicity, expediency, functionality; and
— Strive for achievements, buoyancy.

John Parrish-Sprowl Fulbright

John Parrish-Sprowl
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Fulbright Senior Specialist to Macedonia and Belarus

From 2002-2007 I worked under the auspices of a USAID grant to assist in the development of a new university in Tetovo Macedonia. South East Europe University (SEEU) was created in response to one of the agreements flowing from the Lake Ohrid Accords following a brief civil conflict between the ethnic Macedonians and the ethnic Albanians regarding a number of issues, including the dearth of higher education opportunity for ethnic Albanians.  When our USAID grant was completed SEEU wanted me to do some additional workshops, lectures, and consultation and I was brought in twice (December 2007 and February 2008) to work with various groups.

In March of 2012, because I was still on the Senior Specialist roster, I was supported in the guest speakers program to do some lectures at the Belarusian State University, Yanka Kupala University in Grodno, and to present the keynote plenary presentation at a conference held in Grodno Belarus.

Due to my work in both countries, partially supported by Fulbright, I have made many friends and engage in a number of long standing collaborative efforts.  Although only a small part of my international work (I currently have projects underway in Indonesia, Vietnam, Azerbaijan based on a private foundation grant, and an extensive history in Poland that began on a USAID grant) I think the Fulbright program offers great opportunities for people to work, meet, and collaborate with colleagues from other countries in ways that enrich both our lives and our scholarship.