Coventry U PHD Studentship: Does ICD Work in Fragile Contexts? (UK)

“Fellowships“Ph.D. Studentship, Coventry University (UK) / Deakin University (Australia): DOES INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE WORK IN FRAGILE CONTEXTS? Deadline: 31 March 2019.

The successful applicant will spend 1 year at Coventry University, the second year at Deakin University and the remaining 1.5 years at Coventry University. Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship covering course fees and living costs. Students will study in both Universities and on successful completion will be awarded a PhD by both.

The Intercultural Dialogue (ICD) approach differentiates itself from other methods of engaging with diverse societies, principally by encouraging dialogue with the cultural ‘Other’ for its own sake, rather than being outcome focused. However, critics of ICD ask whether it is relevant outside of the European context where it was developed (Aman; 2012); and whether it is applicable in fragile contexts, where for example, there is conflict over sovereignty (Phipps; 2014). In recognition of such critiques this PhD explores the utility of ICD as a framework in a non-European / Western setting which is a fragile context and has a long standing disputed status.

The PhD candidate will conduct ICD workshops with youth belonging to stakeholder communities within the disputed region in order to explore the utility of ICD as both a) a research tool for academic exploration of community and stakeholder perspectives; and b) a framework for promoting inter-group dialogue between communities and stakeholders within fragile contexts. The student will be provided with extensive training and guidance on ICD by the supervision team and will work closely with a partner NGO within the setting, who will support with the facilitation of workshops for qualitative data gathering and participant observation.

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Serena Hussain to discuss this opportunity.

Chair in Islamic Studies & Intercultural Dialogue (Australia)

A new endowed Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue has been created at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), part of Deakin University in Australia.

The Chair was announced at Deakin University’s annual Iftaar dinner, co-hosted with the Australian Intercultural Society, and will be named in honour of the highly respected Muslim scholar and human rights advocate Fethullah Gülen, founder of the Gülen movement. “This Chair marks a significant initiative that will assist in developing the foundations of true dialogue, where people of different traditions and beliefs get the opportunity to know one another and work together towards the ideal of living in peace together,” said Mr Gülen.

The endowed Chair reflects the growing strategic partnership between Deakin University, the Australian Intercultural Society and the Selimiye Foundation. “The proposed Research Chair in Islamic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue within the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation has a particularly important role to play in contributing to understanding our global world and to affirming the importance of understanding difference in ways that go far beyond tolerance,” said Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander.

In 2009 Fethullah Gülen was voted one of the world’s top public intellectuals by “Foreign Policy/Prospect” magazine. In 2013 he was rated one of the world’s most influential 100 people by “TIME” magazine, and in April this year he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award, in recognition of his life-long dedication to promoting peace and human rights.

Applications for the position will open soon. For more information please contact: Jo Collins