Zhejiang University

On April 27, 2011 I presented a talk entitled “Holding intercultural, international, interdisciplinary dialogues” at Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China.

Zhejiang University in Hangzhou
Zhejiang University in Hangzhou

While there, I had the chance to meet not only Prof SHI Xu, Changjiang Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies, and several of his graduate students, but also Prof WU Zongjie, Director of the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies, and several of his graduate students.

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Prof Shi Xu
Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Prof Shi Xu

My thanks to Shi Xu for organizing the talk, and especially for the chance to have dinner with his family, and try a steamboat dinner. Thanks also to his student Sarah for showing us around Hangzhou. The city is just beautiful, and it was nice to have a little time to explore, especially the West Lake area. Thanks also to HAN Chunyan, the graduate student who arranged her schedule to take the train back to Shanghai with us, and then suggested we visit Suzhou the next day to see the classical garden there, and helped us buy train tickets.

Researcher profiles:
SHI Xu
Wu Zongjie

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Study Abroad-China

I will be leading students from the University of Oklahoma on a four-week Study Abroad program in Kunming, China, June 17- July 14. Undergraduate students will take a three hour course that I teach, “Communication in Chinese Cultures” and a three hour course in East-West poetry. Currently this program is open only to students at the University of Oklahoma. However, if you are interested or know of students who might be interested, contact me and we can look into what could possibly be arranged.

We took students to China last summer and had a wonderful time. The city of Kunming is known as the city of “eternal spring” and has great weather, clean air, great food, and fascinating cultures. It is located in Yunnan Province, Southwest China, home to many non-Han ethnic groups. We will take students to Lijiang, home of the Naxi people, and Shangrila, where there are many Tibetans. It’s a great place to spend the summer, learn about China, and broaden your cultural horizons!

Contact me: tlsandel@ou.edu
See also my website: http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/S/Todd.L.Sandel-1/

Call for Papers-China

CALL FOR PAPERS

Morality, Spirituality and Culture: East and West
International and Interdisciplinary Conference in China
Yibin University, Yibin, China
May 28-30, 2011
Sponsors: Sichuan Thinkers Research Center and Yibin  University

Deadline for Abstract: March 15th,2011
Subtopics: Morality and Society, Morality and Religion, Morality and Culture, Atheism and Spirituality, Skepticism and Spirituality, Rules of conduct, Taoist view on Morality Enlightened Anarchy, Confucius Ethics, Perfectionist and Situational Ethics, Spirituality and Modern age, Humanism and Positivism, Reductionist view’s on moral responsibility, Ethnic Identity and Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Consumption, Politicizing Consumer Culture ,Archaeological Approaches to Culture, Social Identification, Dynamics of Group Culture, Ethnic Boundaries, Constructing and Deconstructing Ethnic Identity, Evolution of Culture, Encountering Different Cultures, Asian Civilization and Culture, Cultural shock, Civilization and Effect of Colonization, Deconstruction,  Contacts of Civilizations,  Asia and Europe, Death of a Civilization, Media and Culture, Pop culture and MTV, Cultural Transformation, Role of Culture and Religion, Cultural Meaning, Buddhism and Post modernity: Buddhist eth!
ics, and Indian Buddhism’s encounter with  Chinese Buddhism, Buddhism and Philosophy of Deconstruction, Ethics of Modernity etc.

Advisory Board Members: Michael Allen (USA), Akhalaque Ahan (India), Sankar Basu (India), Kisor Chakrabarti (USA), Linda B. Elder (USA), Gordon Haist (USA), Elizabeth Koldzak (Poland), Maria Marczewska (Poland), JoAnne Myers (USA), Eve Mullen (USA), Ming Shao (China), Nancy Snow (USA), Andrew Ward (UK), Mark Wood (USA), Yanling Xu

Director: Chandana Chakrabarti
Local coordinator: Ming Shao

Papers from the Conference will be published subject to editorial review (Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Studies/Journal of Indian Philosophy & Religion).

Please note that there will be trips to various historical, archaeological places before and after the conference.
Contact:
Chandana Chakrabarti, Ph.D.
Dean of International students
Director of the Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness
Davis and Elkins College
Elkins, West Virginia 26241, USA
Phone: 304-637-1293
chandanachak@gmail.com

Study Abroad-Beijing

Communication in Beijing: A Study Abroad program

University of Utah
May 15 – June 15, 2011

China’s global importance continues to grow exponentially.  This is true in terms of economics, but it is also true in other areas, including the environment and culture. As China’s political and cultural capital, Beijing is the best place to experience China’s dizzying transformation and enduring history.  This summer program would provide students a rich, multifaceted experience in China. Since this would not be a language-based experience, the program would be open to students not planning on learning Chinese. We are offering two 3 credit courses: Strategic Communication and Media Campaigns.  These courses are useful for students interested in  environmental campaigns, social media, public relations, advertising, political campaigns, and mass media.  Specifically, these courses would be beneficial to majors in Communication, Business, Political Science, Asian Studies, and Environmental Studies.  Since China is an economic power, Beijing is awash in strategic communication and media campaigns.  By living in Beijing students will be immersed in Beijing’s exciting media environment, which includes Chinese and international public relations/advertising companies and environmental NGOs.  Through our contacts in Beijing, we will arrange for students to learn both on-site and in the classroom from strategic communication professionals and environmental activists. The program will be hosted on the beautiful campus of China’s renowned Beijing University.

We will enhance students’ class experience through cultural outings, including visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Beijing Opera, the Olympics Bird’s Nest, the ancient Tanzhe Mountain Temple, and the many parks around Beijing.
The program will be led by Dr. Kevin DeLuca and Dr. Ye Sun and is open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation  (Cost-$2800).

See the site for more information or email Kevin.DeLuca@utah.edu

CAFIC Conference – Call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS
9th CAFIC International Conference: Intercultural Communication Studies in the Context of Globalization: Theory and Practice

China Association for Intercultural Communication (CAFIC), International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) and Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) are pleased to announce the forthcoming biennial conference on Intercultural Communication Studies in the Context of Globalization: Theory and Practice. The conference is to be held on June 22-26, 2011 and hosted by the Centre for Intercultural Studies and the College of Foreign Languages, Fujian Normal University (FNU), located in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. High-quality papers for the conference are now invited for submission.

Intercultural communication as an area of study has been around in China since the early 1980s. In a period of thirty years or so since then, we have witnessed remarkable achievements in this field in both theoretical aspects and practical applications. In the context of increasing globalization today, it would be appropriate for the forthcoming conference to focus on ways of linking theory to practice and emphasizing case studies of intercultural communication in various forms.

For further information, please go to Manuscript Submission Guidelines or to Conference Organization.

Paper Submission Requirement: A complete paper in line with Manuscript Submission Guidelines is due by March 1, 2011. Formal invitation letters shall be issued to the authors of accepted papers no later than April 2, 2011.

Working Languages: Papers and speeches are encouraged to be written and delivered in English while those in Chinese are also welcome. All keynote speeches, for their greatest accessibility, should be given in English.

Publication of Accepted Papers: An editorial board will be organized to review all submitted papers and those accepted pieces, with the approval of their authors, will be compiled and published in a volume titled: Intercultural Communication Studies in the Context of Globalization: Theory and Practice–Proceedings of the 9th CAFIC International Conference on Intercultural Communication.

For further information, go to the conference site.

Teaching position in Beijing – Spring 2011

The University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) invites applications for a Communication Instructor position for the spring, 2011, semester at the International College at Beijing (ICB).

Located in the Haidian District of Beijing, ICB is an international partnership between the China Agricultural University and the University of Colorado Denver, with a complete undergraduate program in Economics or Communication. All courses are administered and taught by UCD faculty in English, and the degree earned is awarded by UCD. All students pass a rigorous screening and pay tuition rates normal for the US but extraordinary for China.

The teaching load is 4-5 courses for the semester and will include courses in Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Diversity, Group Communication, and Citizenship and Social Justice.  Pay ranges from $23,000-$28,000 for the semester.  Instructors also receive round-trip airfare, international health insurance, and on-campus housing. The instructor will be expected to arrive in Beijing on February 15, 2011, and the semester runs for 14 weeks.

This is a unique opportunity to work and travel in China, experiencing first hand the world’s most populous nation.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in communication
Experience teaching communication courses
Interest in learning about Asian societies

Desired Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Communication
International teaching experience
Experience with diverse cultures

Instructions to applicants:
Interested applicants must apply through www.jobsatcu.com using posting number 811485.  Submit a vita, cover letter, sample syllabi, and a list of at least three references. Review of applications will begin October 29, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, please contact either Khulan Dashpuntsag (303.315.2243 or  khulan.dashpuntsag@ucdenver.edu ) or Sonja Foss (303.556.5526 or Sonja.Foss@ucdenver.edu).