CFP IALIC 2023 (Cyprus)

ConferencesCall for papers: IALIC: Rethinking intercultural communication beyond verbal language: affect, materiality and embodiment in times of ‘crises,’ European University Cyprus, 1-3 December, 2023. Deadline: 10 June 2023.

The International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) is calling for papers on the topic of Rethinking intercultural communication beyond verbal language: Affect, materiality and embodiment in times of ‘crises.’ Western epistemologies have traditionally valued rationality and the verbal above other aspects of discourse and communication. Verbal language has been primarily seen as the key instrument for developing rationality and the cornerstone of human thought. As a result, these ideas have dominated the field of intercultural communication, often silencing alternative visions of intercultural encounters and their semiotic entanglements, beyond the European male sensorium and a human-centred worldview.

However, recent social and political developments call for new ways of understanding social and political phenomena, including intercultural communication. Indeed, in the last few years, public and academic arenas have been inundated by discourses of ‘crises’ and threats forcing us to rethink both the notion of interculturality, as well as communication itself. Energy crises, ongoing wars and the (so-called) refugee crisis, climate change and ecological crises, financial crises, and of course, health crises, such as the covid19 pandemic – to name just a few – bring to the foreground notions such as precarity, marginality, transition and liminality and raise questions such as:

    • What other ways of communicating (or failing to) do discourses and experiences of threat bring about?
    • How are discourses of crisis and threat semiotically constructed and circulated?
    • What is the role of affect/emotions in times of crises and threats, and what new openings do they create in the study of intercultural communication? (e.g. how are they enregistered as part of crises-discourses and what are their communicative dynamics across and beyond languages and cultures?)
    • What kind of subjectivities do crises and threats produce, and how are these embodied (e.g. the embodiment of fear, the “contaminated” body etc.)?
    • What is the role of technology, and more generally, materiality in intercultural communication in times of crises?

All these call attention to a variety of semiotic repertoires and semiotic resources that are not restricted to language and discourse, and which often require working across disciplines. The affective turn, the material turn, and posthumanism in the social sciences and humanities indicate the ongoing efforts to make sense and theorise social reality and communication beyond verbal language. Besides, the increasing use of the notion of (in)securitisation outside the field of security studies is an example of scholarly attempts to capture the ways in which discourses and experiences of threat permeate everyday spaces and interactions, calling for methodological innovation and interdisciplinarity.

Responding to current challenges, and in line with contemporary discursive and academic developments in the social sciences and humanities, this conference aims to foreground different ways of making sense of cultures, languages, social relations and intercultural communication in an anxious and constantly changing world. At the same time, it calls for a critical examination of the notion of ‘crisis’ and its impact on intercultural communication.

CFP: Building Structures for Intercultural Integration (Cyprus)

Professional Opportunities

Call for proposals: Building structures for intercultural integration in Cyprus. Deadline: November 21, 2021.


The Council of Europe is looking for consultants to undertake the development of a prototype methodology to monitor social cohesion at the local level in Cyprus in the framework of the project “Building structures for intercultural integration in Cyprus”. This project aims to support the Republic of Cyprus in implementing its National Action Plan on the Integration of Third-Country Nationals 2020-2022, by empowering local authorities, NGOs, and migrant organisations to be part of the integration process.

The project will use the COE’S Intercultural Cities tools to address the challenges of migrant integration, in particular related to building trust, fostering community cohesion and managing diversity as a resource…A Provider is to be selected to develop a methodology and test it via a prototype tool to monitor social cohesion at the local level in Cyprus. The goal of this methodology is to enable the project stakeholders to measure the impact of integration actions.

CFP Crossroads of Languages & Cultures (Cyprus)

ConferencesCall for papers: 6th International Conference ‘Crossroads of Languages and Cultures’ (CLC6): Plurilingualism, Variation, Spaces of Literacy, University of Cyprus, October 23-25, 2020. Deadline: March 15, 2020.

Keynote speakers: Ofelia Garcia, Clare Mar-Molinero, Eleni Skourtou.

The main theme of CLC6 is the charting of the relationship between plurilingualism, linguistic variation, hybrid linguistic performances and alternative literacies. The hybridity and superdiversity of the contemporary linguistic landscape has been long acknowledged. Do language pedagogies treat language as a complex semiotic resource? Do such pedagogies forge links between pluri- or multilingualism, linguistic variation, translanguaging and alternative literacy practices within and outside of the school context? Do such extant models ultimately debunk dominant literacy policies and practices?

Τhe languages of the conference are English and Greek.

Marianna Kyriakou Profile

ProfilesMarianna Kyriakou has a Bachelor’s Degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus (Cyprus), a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Sussex (UK).

Marianna Kyriakou

Her research is in the field of sociolinguistics. Specifically, she focuses on the study of diglossia, language attitudes, and identity (particularly ethnic identity), and how these three areas influence one another. Marianna is particularly interested in the concept of classic diglossia (Ferguson, 1959) and proposes an extension of the term in order to describe modern diglossic societies such as Cyprus. She is currently working on articles on diglossia, proposing a new extension of the term as this applies to the case of Cyprus as well as on articles on language and ethnic identity.

Marianna’s 12 years of work experience includes English and French language teaching at private schools and other institutions. During these years, she had the opportunity to attend many seminars regarding the teaching of English as a second language and to receive new and updated knowledge regarding English language teaching methodologies and approaches. She has also taught lessons on Methodologies of Second Language Acquisition at University and worked as a translator and proof-reader and participated in educational projects sponsored by the Ministry of Education in Cyprus. She is currently teaching Linguistics at the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus.

Work for CID:
Marianna Kyriakou wrote KC85: Diglossia, and then translated it into Greek. She has also frequently served as a reviewer for Greek.

Cyprus U Technology Job Ad: New Media & Power (Cyprus)

Job adsAssistant Professor or Lecturer: New Media and PowerCyprus University of Technology – Department of Communication and Internet Studies. Deadline: July 27, 2017

Candidates are expected to have a strong critical theoretical background in the study of new media and a good record of empirical research on how power structures and social conflicts shape and are shaped by the new media, at any level of analysis, from macro (global, societal, institutional) to micro (social-psychological and political, in the broad sense, aspects of new media use). Successful candidates are expected to contribute to the Department’s commitment to excellence in research and teaching.

Applicants for all academic positions should have a doctorate degree from a recognized University and good knowledge of the Greek language. The languages of instruction at the University are Greek and/or Turkish. Citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus is not a requirement.

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