Creative Tourism in the Regeneration of Communities (Portugal but online)

EventsOnline Seminar: So, what’s next? The role of creative tourism in the regeneration of communities. University of Coimbra, Portugal. June 2, 2020, 16h00 – Portugal/Lisbon timezone. Deadline to register: May 31, 2020

In this moment of transition, this webinar contributes to current discussions on the future of small-scale and community-based creative tourism, and on community recovery and resilience. How can we work collectively to move forward together?

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has provided a stark moment of renewed reflection and contemplation on the realities of our interconnected world. It has highlighted the necessity of working together on both a local community and global scale to improve our quality of social solidarity, and to advance ideas and practices that can renew and provide mutual benefit, contribute to local vitality, and foster the sharing of cultural expressions. It has also led many to consider how to redirect travel and tourism to more meaningful and responsible ends. In our individual pods of isolation, the level of virtual reaching out and sharing was highlighted, and the importance of cultural practices in crafting these bridges and inter-locale connections was underscored.

Moving forward, there is a sense that this pandemic will change the way we act in future – individually, collectively in our geographic communities, and more widely in our nations and international networks. In this context, travel and tourism will resume but are likely be profoundly changed. Travelers may increasingly seek out places of beauty, of respite, of renewal. Domestic tourism may be reemphasized. Connections with others may be re-conceived and fostered on a more humane basis as co-travelers on a closely interconnected planet. A sense of rebuilding and renewal may prevail.

COVID-19 versus ICD

Applied ICDCOVID-19 vs. Intercultural Dialogue: What Impact? An interview of Professor Fethi Mansouri (UNESCO Chairholder, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia) by Ann-Belinda Preis (Chief of UNESCO Intercultural Dialogue).

A good question. See the entire interview, but for an excerpt:

ABP: How does lack of contact and social interaction impact the broader Intercultural Dialogue (ICD) agenda, which is built on connectivity, contact and exchange?

FM: This is perhaps where COVID-19 presents a significant challenge to the ICD agenda. Intercultural dialogue has, as one of its core premises, contact between people. And the reason why we have contact as a core premise is because there is an assumption that when people get to know one another, prejudice might be reduced, and that issues of discrimination might disappear. So COVID-19 and its emphasis on social distancing means that a lot of what we would like to achieve through intercultural dialogue, in particular in bringing people together, bringing communities together, bringing diverse communities together (and diversity here means diversity of ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, nationalities etc.)…

Intercultural dialogue is in itself an essential tool that we will need in the post-COVID-19 environment.

We will need to renegotiate a new global compact, a new social contract, and I think dialogue will have to play a key role in that. So it is being perhaps compromised right now but it has a big role to play in the post-COVID-19 world that will emerge.

CFP: Relationships in the Time of COVID-19

“PublicationCall for Papers: Relationships in the time of COVID 19: Examining the effects of the global pandemic on personal relationships, for a Special issue of Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Deadline: September 1, 2020.

Dr. Jennifer Bevan (Chapman University) and Dr. Pamela Lannutti (La Salle University) are editing a special issue of Journal of Social and Personal Relationships entitled “Relationships in the time of COVID 19: Examining the effects of the global pandemic on personal relationships.” This special issue of JSPR focused on the effects of the pandemic on personal relationships will serve as a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners as we work to understand the pandemic’s personal and social implications and to develop recommendations for scholars and practitioners in assisting relational partners to thrive in such difficult times.

Editors expect the special issue will serve as a catalyst to develop and challenge multiple theoretical and methodological aspects of relationship science. They will only consider papers where the pandemic is a central focus of the research project. Papers in the issue will be consistent with existing JSPR guidelines and requirements for papers.

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Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 on International Assignees

EventsImpact of COVID-19 on International Assignees Webinar, Tri-State SIETAR. April 23, 2020.

Tri-State (NY-NJ-CT) SIETAR (Society for Education, Training and Research) have opened up their webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on international assignees’ mental health and approaches to overcome the challenges. International assignees tend to be highly resilient, having coped with the stresses of relocation and cultural adaptation. The stresses of Covid-19 can exacerbate unique expat circumstances, creating challenges that may be more than they bargained for.

In this webinar, Mercedes Naficy D’Angelo and Rensia Melles will discuss the impact of adverse events or crises on the mental health aspects of cultural adaptation and culture shock. They will offer tips and coping techniques to support assignees with these uncertain times away from home.