U Toronto: International Migration (Canada)

“JobAssoc Prof/Professor of International Migration, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada. Deadline: 15 September, 2021.

The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in the area of international migration. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Sociology or a closely related area, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Global Storybooks (Canada)

Applied ICDGlobal Storybooks: freely available digital tales in 50+ languages.

Global Storybooks is a free multilingual literacy resource for children and youth worldwide. Read, download, toggle, and listen to a wide variety of illustrated stories from the African Storybook and other open sites. Development continues at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

One of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals is to achieve quality education globally by the year 2030. High illiteracy rates among children are partly due to a lack of appropriate reading materials in languages familiar to children. Research has shown that children learn to read best in their family’s home language, which also establishes a strong foundation for learning any additional languages. The Global Storybooks portal hosts custom sites with multilingual open-licensed books for over 40 countries and regions on five continents. The vision is to help democratize global flows of information and resources, to facilitate language learning — including Indigenous languages — and to promote literacy.

For further information:

Norton, B., & Stranger-Johannessen, E. (2020, January 19). Global Storybooks: From Arabic to Zulu, freely available digital tales in 50+ languages. The Conversation.

CFP IADA 2021: Practices of Dialogue, Dialogues in Practice (Canada but Online)

Conferences

Call for papers: Practices of Dialogue, Dialogues in Practice, November 1-5, 2021, University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada (but online). Deadline: May 15, 2021.

Many fields of research devote themselves to the study of dialogue, whether in linguistics, philosophy, ethics, communication, cultural anthropology, cognitive psychology, sociology, argumentation, pragmatics and logic, among others. Engaging in dialogue sometimes consists in representing, describing and informing others of the existence of something – either a thing in the world, its characteristics, or our subjective mental states. In dialogue, though, more is always occurring or, to say it otherwise, new reality is conjured up in dialogue: values can be shared or confronted, identities are constituted or altered, relations are woven, knowledge is coproduced, errors become common, shared meaning is created and communities are built. But they can also be damaged, sometimes (but not always) beyond repair. One way to grasp what takes place through dialogue in addition to information and representation is to understand dialogue through the lens of practice: dialogue is a set of practices that have meaning beyond their descriptive function, and that are used and surrounded by yet other meaningful practices. Defects and satisfying results can only be considered if we look at practices, in which we can fully grasp our experiences of dialogue.

Studies on dialogue have thus revealed how a practice perspective accounts for both the productivity and creativity that takes place in dialogue, as well as the practical and concrete consequences of dialogue. Others have focused on the conditions, the problems, limits and failures in dialogue, with the aim to develop a better set of practices of/in dialogue. For this conference, organizers invite contributors to look at the manifold connections between dialogue and practice(s).

Ryerson U: Canada Research Chair in Migration and Democracy (Canada)

“JobTier 2 Canada Research Chair in Migration and Democracy in a Settler-Colonial Context, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Deadline: 31 March 2021.

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Migration and Democracy in a Settler-Colonial Context. Upon successful nomination to the CRC program, the candidate will be appointed to a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval.

In collaboration with Ryerson University, the successful candidate will develop the CRC nomination for the October 19, 2021 deadline. The CRC appointment is tenable for five years and renewable once. All nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. Further details on the CRC eligibility criteria can be found here.

Webinar: Interculturalism and Anti-Racism in Cities

EventsInterculturalism and anti-racism in cities, Webinar, Intercultural Cities (ICC) and Laboratory for Research on Intercultural Relations (LABRRI) at the University of Montreal, 26 February 2021, at 9 a.m. (Canada; 3 p.m. CET), online.

In cities across the world, proponents of interculturalism (an approach focused on communication and positive interactions) and anti-racism (an approach more concerned with social and racial discrimination) have been active in the fight for justice and equality. While activists in these two fields clearly have shared goals, the two approaches are sometimes at odds with each in terms of the strategies that should be used to affect change. While it is often argued that the two approaches are complementary, there is also a tendency to subordinate one approach to the other, without asking fundamental questions about which approach is best suited to address a particular set of issues at a particular moment in time.

This webinar, which is aimed at people whose work involves trying to make cities more inclusive places, will address the tensions between interculturalism and anti-racism in an attempt to find ways in which the two can better support each other’s efforts in the global fight for economic equality and social justice.

U Montréal: Faculty in Communication (Canada)

“Job

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada. Deadline: January 31, 2020.

The Department of Communication invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor to fulfill research and teaching needs in the field of public relations, crisis management, stakeholder engagement, advocacy or relationships with governments. Candidates whose work addresses contemporary social issues, such as those related to diversity, equity and inclusion; health and accessibility; environment and sustainability; among other possibilities will be prioritized.

An adequate knowledge of the French language (written and spoken) or a strong commitment to attaining the proficiency level required, in accordance with the Université de Montréal’s Language Policy. An institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.

Royal Roads U: 2 Faculty Positions (Canada)

“Job

Two faculty positions, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada. Deadlines different for each.

  1. Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada. Deadline: 13 December 2020.

Royal Roads University invites interest in a continuing-track Faculty appointment at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor within our School of Communication and Culture (SCC) in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences (FSAS). As a full-time core faculty member, you will play a key role in the delivery of SCC’s programs. SCC offers three degree programs in the study of communication and culture which are focused on the theory and practice of professional communication, in a wide range of contexts including media, organizational and intercultural, and stress a critical-professional educational approach. See the website for more details; includes the Master of Intercultural and International Communication.

  • 2. Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Leadership Studies, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada. Deadline: 20 December 2020.

 

Royal Roads University is seeking applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor in the School of Leadership Studies, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies or a related field and a minimum of three years of organizational leadership experience. As a full-time member of the RRU Faculty Association (RRUFA) you will be expected to contribute to the areas of teaching, research, scholarship, service, and academic administration, as outlined in the 2019–2022 Collective Agreement.

Marcella LaFever Profile

Profiles

Marcella LaFever, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico, 2005) is an Associate Professor in Communications at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Marcella LaFever

Marcella, in examining the implications for herself to decolonize her communication practices, has focused her ongoing research program on listening to indigenous voices that have been saying for a long time what colonizers need to do to change their attitudes and practices. Marcella’s main program of research focuses on the social exclusion that results in public dialogue and decision-making where cultural ways of speaking are outside the norms expected in dominate North American culture. Her 9P Planning model posits a process that builds intercultural relationships to increase social inclusion in public dialogue. Dr. LaFever’s other current work is in two areas of intercultural communication: use of First Nation storytelling as a form of dialogic participation; and indigenization of classroom instructional practices.

Relevant Publications:

LaFever, M. (2017). Using the medicine wheel for curriculum design in intercultural communication: Rethinking learning outcomes. In G. Garcia-Perez & C. Rojas-Primus (Eds.), Promoting intercultural communication competencies in higher education (pp. 168-199). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

LaFever, M. (2016). Switching from Bloom to the Medicine Wheel: Creating learning outcomes that support Indigenous ways of knowing in post-secondary education. Intercultural Education, 27(5), 409-424.

LaFever, M. (2011). Empowering Native Americans: Communication, planning and dialogue for eco-tourism in Gallup, New Mexico. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, 4(2), 127-145.

LaFever, M. (2008). Communication for public decision-making in a negative historical context: Building intercultural relationships in the British Columbia treaty process. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, 1(2), 158-180.


Work for CID: Marcella LaFever prepared ICD Exercise #1: Intercultural Meetups.

South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (Canada but Online)

Film FestivalsSouth Asian Film Festival (SAFF) of Montréal, November 19-29, 2020.

Now in its 10th year, the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (free and online this year) is committed to showcasing recent artistic work that fosters discussion and explores other parts of the world, both their similarities and differences. The Festival is a platform for filmmakers worldwide whose films have a focus on South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. A film-goer’s kaleidoscope of languages, sights and sounds, this year’s program highlights award-winning cinematic works about South Asians in Canada, USA, UK, France, Portugal, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and South Africa, in languages as varied as Assamese, Bengali, English, French, Hindi, Khowar, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Portuguese, Punjabi, Tamil, Tibetan and Urdu. Included are short, long, documentary and feature seIections. Daily post-film panel discussions will be more interesting than ever, with directors and producers from around the world. All films are subtitled in English and French.

All screenings and panel discussions are free, with donations gratefully welcome. Registration for films is mandatory.

U Toronto: Mediated Communication (Canada)

“JobAssociate Professor of Mediated Communication, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Deadline: October 20, 2020.

The Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT) at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in the area of Mediated Communication at the rank of Associate Professor. The position start date is July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. Candidates must have a PhD in communication, sociology, computational social science, network science, information science, or a related area. Candidates must have a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. They must demonstrate an excellent research program emphasizing the application of quantitative methods, big data analytics, network analysis, or mixed methods with a strong quantitative component, to study the role of technologically mediated communication in society. ICCIT seeks candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen existing strengths. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.