Call for abstracts: “What do we say to migrants throughout their journey?” Disputed communication strategies and informational practices between spaces of origin, transit and destination (Workshop & Journal Special Issue), Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 22-23 April 2021. Deadline: 30 November 2020.
Convenors and Prospective Editors: Anissa Maâ (Université libre de Bruxelles), Julia Van Dessel (Université libre de Bruxelles), Amandine Van Neste-Gottignies (Université libre de Bruxelles).
The workshop and journal special issue will be structured around three analytical and complementary axes:
1. Who says what to migrants?
Discourses and/or counter narratives designed by actors invested in the migration field, including representations and moral economies conveyed by these discourses.
2. How is it disseminated on the field?
Communication strategies implemented to reach and convince the target audience – including the material and human channels used on the ground – and their interaction and transformation in specific local contexts.
3. How is it perceived by migrants?
Informational practices defined by migrants and asylum seekers, and their perception and reappropriation of information-disseminating initiatives.
Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst/Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: Rolling deadline (posted October 13, 2020).
As a (Senior) Policy Analyst, you will contribute to a high-impact unit of migration experts through your curiosity, solid research, and data skills, as well as analytical and concise writing. We are looking for a top-rate analyst who will quickly get to grips with our rigorous research processes and develop a portfolio of projects that fits within our institutional strategy, while building your own reputation as the go-to expert for different policy issues. As an avid reader, you will be able to quickly assess fast-evolving situations and policy announcements so that you can discuss and analyse these with our extensive networks of policymakers, nongovernmental and intergovernmental organisations, journalists, and other key stakeholders. You will also help strengthen our networks by identifying and building critical relationships—including by speaking at public events and roundtables—and will help tap up-to-the-minute intelligence on policy developments. We are looking for someone who will share our commitment to excellence and impact, thrive off our convivial team spirit, and welcome our commitment to diversity. You will be a vital pillar of the strategic direction of our research and fundraising and become a mentor to junior staff.
Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: Rolling deadline (posted October 13, 2020).
As an Associate Policy Analyst, you will be expected to jump right in and quickly ramp up on the array of projects that our senior staff are leading, bolstering the brainpower of the team through your strong writing and analytic skills. Public events and private roundtables are also a big part of what we do to facilitate critical discussions. That means you will need to rapidly come to understand the landscape of the European policy community; research the appropriate policymakers, thought leaders, and organisations to connect with; and manage multiple event functions, from drafting invitations to following up with potential speakers. If you are organised, proactive, curious, an avid reader, have strong research and writing skills, and want an organisation that you can spend the next several years of your career growing with, you have come to the right place.
2 Paid Internships: Social Media/Graphics, and Videography/Media, Intercultural Dialogue Platform, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 2 October 2020.
Intercultural Dialogue Platform is a Brussels based NGO founded in 2000, aiming at mutual understanding and harmonious interaction among the people of different cultural backgrounds. The organization carries out several international projects on promoting social inclusion, dialogue, civic engagement as well as preventing extremism, racism and discrimination.
Tenured academic staff, Heritage studies focused on participatory methods of heritage management and heritage education, Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium. Deadline: 16 August 2020.
You will teach and contribute to course units at Bachelor’s and Master’s level within the learning trajectories towards Heritage educator and Heritage designer, such as Heritage Education and Access, Research techniques for heritage labs, Project management movable and intangible heritage, Intangible heritage and participatory methods, Innovative policy and management techniques, Safeguarding repertoires, internship and follow-up of the educational master in Heritage. You will supervise bachelor, master and doctoral students. You will expand the scientific research in the area of participatory methods of heritage management and heritage education.
Creating Inclusive Cities: Everyone can make a difference, International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), Brussels, Belgium. Webinar on June 18, 2020, 14:00-15:30 CEST.
More than 61 per cent of the world’s refugees and 80 per cent of internally displaced people live in urban areas. The role of towns, cities, counties and provinces in creating inclusive communities and promoting hope has never been as important. They offer safety and shelter and can enable access to local services, education and job opportunities.
The Global Compact on Refugees aims to implement a more holistic approach in responding to refugee displacement and recognizes the important role that local authorities play as first responders to large-scale refugee situations.
Intercultural Cities (ICC) is a Council of Europe policy development and implementation programme that supports local authorities around the World in comprehensive approaches that are inclusive of migrants and refugees. Join the ICC and UNHCR on 18 June, 2020 at 2 pm CEST for a webinar two days before World Refugee Day to hear how cities in Europe are making their cities spaces where everyone can live in safety, become self-reliant, and contribute to and participate in their local community.
Paid internships, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 26 April 2020.
The Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPIE) is seeking candidates for a full-time internship in Brussels for Autumn -Winter 2020, which offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience working with a broad network of experts in a wide range of policy areas, including EU immigration and asylum systems, labor migration, and immigrant integration. The internship also offers individuals the opportunity to collaborate directly with policy analysts and senior management, and potentially author research. The successful candidates will also be involved in the organization of external MPIE events, with benefits for his/her network.
The intern will provide support to the MPI Europe team, including senior management. Applicants must have at least a relevant bachelor or master’s degree and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
Communications Officer, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 11 November 2019.
Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe) is a nonprofit, independent research institute based in Brussels, Belgium that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote evidence-based policymaking. MPI Europe provides authoritative research and practical policy design to governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who seek more effective management of immigration, immigrant integration, and asylum systems as well as successful outcomes for newcomers, families of immigrant background, and receiving communities in Europe. MPI Europe works collaboratively with the International Program of its sister organization, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), based in Washington, DC.
MPI Europe seeks a highly motivated Communications Officer to join its dynamic team in Brussels. The successful candidate will manage media relations and social media strategy; play a significant role with senior management in shaping the institute’s overall communications strategy; write press releases, op-eds, and other materials; perform developmental and content editing; and assist the MPI Europe team in external and internal communications and execution of events. He or she will demonstrate exceptional writing skills, with a strong grasp of communications and social media strategy, as well as graphic design. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 30 June 2019.
The Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe), established in Brussels in 2011, is a nonprofit, independent research institute that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote effective policymaking. MPI Europe provides authoritative research and practical policy design to governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who seek more effective management of immigration, immigrant integration, and asylum systems in order to promote successful outcomes for newcomers, families of immigrant background, and receiving communities in Europe.
MPI Europe seeks a highly motivated, experienced professional to become the Director of Brussels-based MPI Europe. The new Director will be responsible for providing leadership to MPI Europe at a critical time of growth for the Institute and a pivotal time for migration in Europe and around the globe. He/she will work with a team of recognized experts on migration and integration based in Brussels and coordinate with the staff of its sister organization in Washington, DC (MPI), as needed.
PhD Fellowship, Interactional Linguistics/Conversation Analysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Deadline: 31 May 2019.
A new research project funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis. The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled “The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space”. The team heading the project is composed of Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven) and Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel), as well as 4 PhD students. For the Flemish part of the project, the PhD fellows will be based at KU Leuven (Department of Linguistics).
This project studies how unacquainted persons spontaneously engage in interaction in multilingual cities in Belgium and Switzerland. The research will be based on video-recordings collected in various locations and address the following questions:
How can people engage in pro-social encounters without knowing in advance which language the other speaks? How do speakers decide, in the very first moments of the encounter, which language(s) they are going to use?
How do speakers orient to the multilingual setting in encounter openings? How do speakers align or disalign with a “basic code” proposed in the greeting?
Do urban public spaces represent “territories of multilingualism” in the speakers’ actual talk?
In public space, the beginning of an encounter emerges first of all through visible embodied behaviour; what is the relation between the organisation of visible embodied conduct and the politics of multilingualism?
The above questions are crucial for research on multilingualism, but also for contemporary societies in general. The project thus highlights the foundations of co-sociality, and the conditions for pro-social encounters between strangers (possibly speaking different languages).
Call for papers: The Various Guises of Translanguaging, 1 July 2019, Ghent University, Belgium. Deadline: 31 March 2019.
This symposium will explore the paradoxes of translanguaging – how it is theorized, used and explained. Organizers seek to clarify but also critically evaluate the concept and to engage participants in discussion of their own and our related research. The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers working in different disciplines, to collect a variety of perspectives on translanguaging and to stimulate discussion and participation in a day of collaborative inquiry. The symposium is a combination of traditional paper presentations and a series of keynote discussions
Organizing committee: Diane Potts (Lancaster University), Kirsten Rosiers (Ghent University), Stef Slembrouck (Ghent University), Piet Van Avermaet (Ghent University)