The Language-Gesture Connection (Finland)

Invitation to the international seminar

Language Gesture Connection
Dates: 22-24 October 2015
Time: The seminar begins on Thursday at 9AM and ends on Saturday at 12.30PM.
Location: University of Oulu, Finland (LeaForum Research Space)

Invited guests:
Professor Jürgen Streeck, University of Texas, Austin, USA
Dr. Silva Ladewig, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany
Dr. Tommi Jantunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Organisers:
Eudaimonia Research Centre for Human Sciences (University of Oulu)
EUDA-DP Doctoral Programme (University of Oulu)
Langnet Doctoral Programme
COACT research community

Seminar language: English

Theme: Gesture is not an add-on to language. Rather, language and gesture are integrated and synchronised elements of everyday interaction; they represent two sides of the same communicative process. This seminar is prompted by the recent emergence of interdisciplinary research focusing on the connection between language and gesture. It focuses on the connection between language and gesture in social interaction, and in particular on how linguistic forms and gestures are integrated in speech production, and how utterance and interaction meanings are derived from speech-gesture combinations.This international seminar is open to all scholars, researchers and Ph.D. students interested in language, interaction and gesture. We encourage scholars working with less-researched languages to participate in and bring their video data to the seminar.There is no participation fee. Langnet covers the travel and accommodation expenses to those doctoral students who are currently members of the Langnet doctoral programme. Other participants are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs.

Workshop activities:
• Plenaries by the invited guests.
• Data sessions in which participants have the opportunity to present their video data to be discussed and analysed together. The aim of data sessions is to help presenters progress their research or to identify and discuss potential new findings. Therefore, it is not necessary to present final results or special research foci in data sessions.
• Collaborative article workshops in which the participants discuss and work together on the basis of four pre-assigned articles on the seminar theme. Participants are expected to actively take part in the workshop activities. Doctoral students receive 4 study points by participating in the workshop, presenting their data in a data session and reading the pre-assigned articles.

Registration: Register to the workshop by sending an email to Joonas Råman by Friday, 25 September 2015. Include in your email your name, affiliation and contact information. If you plan to present your video data, add a short description (100-150 word) of your research project and the data you plan to present. Finally, let us know if you are a member of the Langnet Doctoral Programme.

Organising committee:
Professor Pentti Haddington
Antti Kamunen
Stefano Rezzonico
Joonas Råman
Pauliina Siitonen

Fulbright Award Opportunities in Communication

The Fulbright Scholar competition for academic year 2016-2017 is now open. Specific opportunities in Communication are available this year in Ghana, Finland, Swaziland, Bulgaria, and Ukraine, but there are another 400 opportunities for which Communication scholars can potentially compete, since many leave the specialization open. The current competition will close on August 3, 2015. A description of the activities of some of those who have completed Fulbrights in Communication has previously been posted to this site. (If you have completed a Fulbright in Communication and would like to have your name and description added, contact CID.)

Study Abroad in Finland (2015)

Summer Study Abroad Opportunity in beautiful Jyväskylä Finland
29 May-17 June 2015

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for San Jose State University‘s Summer Study Abroad Program at Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä, Finland. Earn up to 6 units of credit in three weeks with a combination of two on-ground courses and a hybrid course. Courses are especially designed for students in communication studies and business, but all majors are invited to join.

Consider participating in this opportunity to visit the lush, beautiful town of Jyväskylä, Finland, hosted by faculty at San José State University.  In just three weeks, you can not only explore Jyväskylä, but, through optional guided excursions, also visit Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden) and St. Petersburg (Russia).  Courses will be taught in English by international faculty and will include students from around the world.  Program costs are approximately $2500 plus travel and meals.

Historically, the program has hosted majors from the departments of Communication, Hospitality and Tourism, and Business, but we welcome anyone interested in international exchange!
Deadline for application: March 1, 2015.

To learn more, contact Dr.  Oona Hatton.

University of Jyväskylä job ad (Finland)

Professor of Journalism at University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport Sciences is the only one in the country.

Department of Communication in the Faculty of Humanities is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of Professorship in Journalism, based on a contract of employment to be filled as of January 1, 2016, in effect until further notice.

The Faculty of Humanities in the University of Jyväskylä studies culture, arts and traditions as well as languages and communication in organizations and societies. One of the Faculty’s special characteristics is comparative, researcher oriented and multi-method research and education. The originality, multidisciplinarity and innovativeness in the field of Humanities are apparent in e.g. the many research projects connected with technology.

The definition of the Faculty’s core areas has taken account of the high quality of both research and education, the scope of the activities as well as the National educational responsibilities. Regarding the five core areas in the University of  Jyväskylä, the Faculty of Humanities is strongly associated with three (Education, Learning and Teaching in the Future; Languages, Culture and Processes of Change in the Society; Human Technology).

The professorship in Journalism is located on the University’s strategic core areas of Language, Culture and Social Change Processes and Human Technology. Within the research conducted at the Department of Communication, the professorship is located on the core areas of Communication, media and journalism in globalizing and multicultural societies and Working Life Communication and Communication Professions in Networked Society.

The duties of the professor include developing interdisciplinary research and education in accordance with the strategic objectives of the discipline, the Department and the University of Jyväskylä. This includes active participation in applying for supplementary research funding, launching and implementing research projects. The professor is expected to participate in teaching and supervision activities both on basic and postgraduate level and also to take part in the Department’s administration. In addition, the professor is expected to engage in high quality national and international publishing activity and to participate actively in international research and education work.

The professor is specifically expected to have expertise in the areas related to the future of journalism, such as media and journalism in a networked and multicultural society, effects of social media on journalism and its relationship with the audience, journalistic innovations, as well as journalism and globalization.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the professor are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language. When considered appropriate, the university may grant exemption from the language proficiency requirements. The teaching languages in the professorshipin Journalism are Finnish and English. A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial.

The professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 8 – 11 (4617,75 €/month – 6803,52 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

The appointment procedure for filling the vacant professorship provides more information on the duties involved and on the ways of meeting the qualification requirements, as well as on the application and appointment procedure itself. The appointment procedure is available on the Faculty webpage.

For additional information, please contact Dean Minna-Riitta Luukka, and Head of the Department, Professor Epp Lauk.

The application documents should be drawn up in English and include the following documents:

1. a motivation letter;

2.  a Curriculum Vitae (CV), complying with the guidelines for responsible conduct of research and following, where possible, the template CV for researchers by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity;

3.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and in supervision of research work including an account of acquired complementary research funding and the responsibilities related to the research conducted through such funding and in international activities;

4.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (teaching portfolio);

5.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s international cooperation  and activities in the field of societal interaction;

6.  a numbered list of all scientific and other publications with which  the candidate wishes to prove his or her eligibility and merits for the post.

A list of publications drawn up according to the regulations of Academy of Finland;

7.  a maximum of 10 publications, numbered in accordance with the above list (if the publications cannot be sent electronically, they are asked to be arranged in four packages for the external evaluators and mailed to the University Registry Office, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland);

8.  a brief (2-3 pages) written account of how the applicant plans to develop the research, teaching and societal interaction related to the domain of the post in the Faculty of Humanities.

Please submit your application at the latest on February 1, 2015 using the online application form.

CFP Intercultural Competence in Communication and Education (Malaysia)

Call For Papers
(Deadline for submissions: 31st December 2014)

International Conference on
Intercultural Competence in Communication and Education (ICCEd-2015)
8-9 April 2015

Presented by the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication,
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
In cooperation with the Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, Finland and the Helsinki School of Interculturality

Plenary speakers:
*Adrian Holliday, Professor
University of Canterbury Christ Church, United Kingdom
*Fred Dervin, Professor
University of Helsinki, Finland
*Ingrid Piller, Professor
Macquarie University, Australia
*Ezhar Tamam, Professor
Universiti Putra Malaysia

About the Conference
Contradictorily the concept of intercultural competence is both polysemic and empty at the same time. Researchers, practitioners but also decision makers use it almost mechanically without always worrying about its meaning(s), the ideologies it represents, the impact(s) it has on those who are embedded in its discussions and the injustice it can (too easily) lead to such as neo-racism. A few ‘usual suspects’ – mostly derived from English-speaking researchers/practitioners who enjoy prestige thanks to the symbolic violence of English as a World Language and/or prestigious supranational support – whose work is systematically (and uncritically) mentioned have often managed volens nolens to keep mainstream global understandings of intercultural competence simplified, fuzzy, idealistic and/or unrealistic. For example the ‘faulty’ keywords of culture, tolerance and respect are still present in discussions of intercultural competence.

This call for papers is interested in new, critical and original discussions and approaches to intercultural competence that go beyond these problematic ‘macdonaldised’ models and ‘reinventing the wheel’ perspectives. The conference is interdisciplinary and covers the ‘broad’ fields of communication and education.

The organisers are looking for contributions which are questioning the most ‘influential’ models of intercultural competence and/or who have attempted (un)successfully to develop new understandings and models of intercultural competence. The organisers wish to promote the idea that failure is also inherent to intercultural competence. The question of assessment can be touched upon but the idea that intercultural competence can be summatively assessed should be abandoned. The organisers consider intercultural competence to be synonymous with multicultural competence, cross-cultural competence, global competence, etc. as these labels are also unstable and have many different meanings.

The organisers are especially interested in fresh perspectives from all parts of the world. Historical/diachronic papers ‘denouncing’ reinventing the wheel approaches as well as alternative methods and approaches are very welcome (e.g. use of bodily experiences).

The following themes (among others) can be dealt with:
–  What’s wrong with current approaches? What mistakes have been made in the past and today – especially from researchers’ perspectives?
–  What are the myths around the concept of intercultural competence?
–  Is the idea of intercultural competence a thing of the past? How does it compare to intracultural competence (if such a thing exists)?
–  Can the idea of intercultural competence be really useful for conflictual situations? How can we explain conflicts – which are necessary – beyond the usual suspect of cultural difference?
–   What can we do with old and tired concepts such as identity, culture and community when we talk about intercultural competence?
– How is Intercultural competence understood/taken into consideration in the context of Arabic/English/French/Mandarin… as a lingua franca?
– How do students and e.g. mobile students understand intercultural competence? What seems to influence them?
– How is the ‘teaching’ of intercultural competence implemented in second/foreign language classrooms? Does it echo the teaching of intercultural competence in communication/ management and vice versa?
–  (How) can we move from an individualistic approach to intercultural competence to interactive and co-constructivist ones?
– With increasing use of digital technologies, how does intercultural competence fare?
–  Can neurosciences contribute to renewing the idea of intercultural competence? What about art, music, etc.?

Proposal submission
We invite scholars and professionals to submit proposals (in English) before 31st December 2014. Abstracts should be submitted by email.
Please embed your abstract in the body of your message – no attachment!

Paper and colloquia proposals are invited.
1 Individual paper proposals (200-300 words; duration: 30 minutes including a twenty-minute presentation, with an additional ten minutes for discussion).
2 Colloquia proposals (200 words for the colloquium concept and 200-300 words on each paper, duration: 3h, max. 5 participants – conveners and discussant included)

Please note that only one paper per person can be submitted.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee for originality, significance, clarity and academic rigour. Decisions about the submitted papers: 15 January 2015

International publications will report on the conference in 2016-2017 (information forthcoming).

Registrations fees:
Early bird (by 31 January 2015):
•    Local presenters/participants: RM400
•    Local students: RM250
•    International presenters/ participants: US175
•    International students: US145

Registration (1 February- 1 April 2015):
•    Local presenters/ participants RM500
•    Local Students: RM350
•    International presenters/participants US220
•    International students: US190

Partners:
•    Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia
•    University of Helsinki, Finland
•    Helsinki School of Interculturality, Finland

Scientific Chairs and Chairs of the Organizing Committee:
•    Chairperson: Dr. Régis Machart, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
•    Deputy Chairperson, Head of the Scientific Committee: Prof. Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland

International Scientific Committee:
•    Andreotti Vanessa, University of British Columbia, Canada
•    Baker Will, University of Southampton, UK
•    Barbot Marie-José, University of Lille, France
•    Brunila Kristiina, University of Helsinki, Finland
•    Byrd Clark Julie, University of Western, Canada
•    C. K. Raju, Albukhari International University, Malaysia
•    Du Xiangyun, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
•    Holmes Prue, Durham University, UK
•    Kaur Jagdish, University Malaya, Malaysia
•    Kyeyune Robinah, Makerere University, Uganda
•    Phipps Alison, University of Glasgow, UK
•    Risager Karen, University of Roskilde, Denmark
•    Skyrme Gillian, Massey University, New Zealand
•    Trémion Virginie, Catholic University of Paris, France
•    Tushar Chauduri, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
•    Wolf Alain, University of East Anglia, UK
•    Zotzmann Karin, University of Southampton, U

CFP Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures (Finland 2015)

Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures: Theories, Practices, Policies

Is culture the fourth pillar of sustainability alongside the ecological, economic and social aspects? How does culture act as a catalyst for ecological sustainability, human well-being and economic viability?  What would our futures look like if sustainability was embedded in the multiple dimensions of culture?

This landmark conference that takes place in Helsinki, 6-8 May 2015 explores the roles and meanings of culture in sustainable development. The new ideas generated in the conference will inform and advance understandings of sustainability with cultural studies and practices, and vice versa.

The conference explores theories and concepts; policies and governance; and practices and methodologies that explicitly analyse multiple dimensions of culture in sustainable development. Examples that illustrate and reveal the roles of culture in sustainable futures may be found in livelihoods, everyday life practices from housing to consumption, food systems, tourism, landscapes, heritage, media, education, planning, architecture, design and more. These experiences will be brought together by scientists, practitioners and policy-makers in plenaries and smaller sessions based on scientific, artistic, dialogical and hybrid presentational formats.

Call for proposals is now open. The deadline for research paper session proposals is 1st October 2014 and for papers and other forms of presentation 5 th December 2014.

Selected full papers and other contributions will be published in conference proceedings and in a book within the recently-launched book series Routledge Studies in Culture and Sustainable Development. The conference is organised by COST Action Investigating Cultural Sustainability  and hosted by the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Submit your proposal and join the dialogue!

On behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committee of the Conference,
Katriina Soini
Chair of the COST Action (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

International Week Tampere U Applied Sciences (Finland)

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), School of Vocational Teacher Education organizes an international week in Tampere 6th – 10th May 2014. Theme of the week is Individual Learning Paths. The program will consist of lectures and presentations, excursions and meetings. The presentations and lectures of participants are very welcome. It is also possible to discuss new project plans during the event. TAMK offers other international weeks for other audiences.

Registration is asked by 11th April 2014.

For more information about International Week, please contact Maija Joensuu.

CFP Complexity of (inter)action conference (Finland)

Complexity of (inter)action
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM  organized by the COACT research community
University of Oulu, Finland, 9–11 October 2014

In the Complexity of (inter)action symposium, we wish to explore complexity from diverse perspectives and focus on examining how social participants manage, coordinate and adapt to complexity, and display complexity socially to others, through skilled multimodal participation. We are also interested in studies that expand the notion of interactional complexity to include the participants’ histories and interactions across multiple timescales.

The symposium has four invited speakers:
*Monika Büscher, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
*Trine Heinemann, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark
*Eric Laurier, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
*Maurice Nevile, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark

We invite proposals for symposium presentations that examine diverse communities and complex social (inter)actions in different settings, including technologically mediated and copresent activities. The theoretical starting points may include conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, multimodal interaction analysis, mediated discourse analysis, and related fields of study that use a range of audio, video, textual and other ethnographic materials as their data.

SJSU study abroad in Finland 2014

San José State University is hosting an Early Summer Study Abroad Program in Jyväskylä, Finland (May 28-June 23, 2014).  Participants may earn 3-6 units of credit by taking courses ranging from creative leadership to international business speaking to Russian language and culture. Program costs are approximately $2500, plus airfare, meals and optional arranged excursions to Stockholm, Sweden and St. Petersburg, Russia. Participants must place a modest deposit ($500) toward their total program fees by March 15th.

Please consider participating in this opportunity to earn up to 6 units in the lush, beautiful town of Jyväskylä, Finland. During your three week stay, you can not only explore Jyväskylä, but, through optional guided excursions, also Stockholm (Sweden) and St. Petersburg (Russia).  Communication and business students may be able to earn credit in their majors/minors.  Courses will be taught in English by international faculty and will include students from around the world.  To learn more, please contact Dr.  Deanna Fassett at or Dr. Andrew Wood.

CFP Pragmatism & Communication conference

Conference: Pragmatism and Communication
University of Helsinki
4-5 June, 2014

From the sign-theoretical approach of C. S. Peirce to the pragmatic analyses of Robert Brandom, matters of communication have figured prominently in pragmatist thought. Beginning with John Dewey and Robert E. Park, pragmatism has also directly influenced communication scholarship; and interest in pragmatist ideas is currently on the rise in media and communication studies. But what roles does ‘communication’ actually play in pragmatisms of various stripes? What are the
distinctive contributions of pragmatism to our understanding and study of communication?

This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to explore these and closely connected questions. The organisers welcome proposals for papers discussing any aspect of the relationship between pragmatism and communication, ranging from philosophical discussions of the nature and scope of communication to applications of pragmatist ideas in communication studies. Suitable topics include (but are not restricted to):

– Different pragmatist perspectives on communication
– The historical/contemporary contribution of pragmatist thought to the development of communication theory
– The relationship between inquiry and communication in pragmatist philosophy
– Limitations of symbolic communication
– Pragmatism and scientific communication
– Pragmatism and deliberative communication
– Pragmatist philosophy of journalism and the media
– Pragmatic grounds for the possibility or impossibility of objective communication
– Pragmatist ethics of communication and media
– The role of communication in democracy
– Criticisms of pragmatist approaches in communication studies

Please send an extended abstract of 500-1000 words to Aki Lehtinen  by 1 March 2014. The submitters of the selected proposals will be informed of acceptance by 15 March 2014. A time slot of 30 minutes will be allotted for each accepted paper.

Confirmed speakers include: Robert T. Craig (University of Colorado, Boulder), Eli Dresner (Tel Aviv University), Klaus Bruhn Jensen (University of Copenhagen), John Durham Peters (University of Iowa), Stephen J. A. Ward (University of Oregon), Merja Bauters (Aalto University), Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (University of Helsinki / Tallinn University of Technology), and Sami Pihlström (University of Helsinki /University of Jyväskylä).

Organising committee: Mats Bergman, Aki Petteri Lehtinen, Henrik Rydenfelt

Co-organised by:
– The research project Pragmatic Objectivity
– The Philosophy of Communication Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association
– The Nordic Pragmatism Network
– The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies