Pratha Shetty is an interculturalist based between France and India. She is an intercultural trainer with Ceran, in Paris and Ethnosynth, in Pune.
She has been a visiting faculty member in EM Normandie in France and has conducted intercultural programs for Dassault Systemes, Naval Group, and Forvia, to name a few positions. Raised in a diverse country like India, Pratha was inspired by the cultural adaptability that people exhibited to function harmoniously. She wanted to be a catalyst in making intercultural interactions easier and that’s when she decided to be an interculturalist.
She is the host of a show called Intercultural Conversations. Her goal with the show is to help people understand each other by giving them cultural context. She is also the author of the children’s book When I Grow Up, which is an activity book that helps them learn about inspiring women from different cultures.
For further details, see her LinkedIn profile.
Work for CID:
Pratha Shetty wrote Constructing Intercultural Dialogues #13: A Dialogue about Caste: Managing Uncomfortable Conversations.
Fellowships in 2023-2024, French Institutes for Advanced Study, 6 locations in France. Deadline: 2 June 2022 (later extended to 9 June 2022)
The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the six Institutes of Aix-Marseille, Loire Valley (Orléans-Tours), Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes and Paris. It welcomes applications from high-level international scholars to develop their innovative research projects in France. For the 2023-2024 academic year, FIAS offers 37 fellowship positions: 4 in Aix-Marseille, 3 in Loire Valley (Orléans-Tours), 10 in Lyon, 3 in Montpellier, 4 in Nantes, and 13 in Paris.
The call is open to all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (SSH) and all research fields. Research projects in other sciences and in arts that propose a strong interaction and dialogue with the SSH are also eligible. Some host IAS have scientific priorities that need to be taken into full consideration before applying.
The FIAS fellows will be free to organize their research while benefiting from the support and conducive scientific environment offered by the IAS characterised by a multidisciplinary cohort of fellows and by close relation to the local research centres and laboratories.
Lecturer in International Politics,
University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), Paris, France. Deadline: 29 April 2022.
The University of London Institute in Paris seeks to appoint a Lecturer in International Politics to contribute to the delivery of innovative and engaging teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to further enhance the Institute’s reputation for interdisciplinary research. ULIP’s BA programmes in International Politics, and French Studies, continue to grow, with student recruitment increasing each year. The new appointment is made in light of this growth, and the successful candidate will join a vibrant interdisciplinary department. The initial duration of the contract is one year and is subject to French law (Contrat à durée déterminée).
Located in the French capital, ULIP is committed to the development of students’ intercultural skills and transnational perspectives. Programmes at ULIP foreground comparative and connected approaches which situate France and the francophone world in relation to wider global dynamics and local diversities.
The successful candidate will hold a relevant PhD (or be close to completion) in International Politics or International Relations and have native or near-native fluency in English and French. Previous experience of module design, delivery and assessment at a Higher Education Institution is essential. They will have prior experience of teaching in these subject areas at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, including through virtual learning environments (VLEs). Experience of supervising student projects and dissertations is an asset.
Programme Coordinator for Migration, Displacement, Emergencies & Education, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 5 February 2022.
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Education, guidance from the Director, Division for Education 2030, and direct supervision from the Chief of Section for Migration, Displacement, Emergencies and Education, the incumbent coordinates UNESCO’s strategic engagement in the areas of migration, displacement, emergencies, and education in the frameworks of SDG-Education 2030 Agenda and the Futures of Education and in alignment with the Global Compacts for Refugees and for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and other global instruments through positioning the Organization at the global level and providing technical support and advice at the regional and national levels through/with the Field Offices and Institutes. S/he engages in key global mechanisms, such as the Geneva Global Hub, INEE, and ensures UNESCO’s visibility and substantive intellectual and technical contributions. Also s/he conceptualizes and delivers global initiatives of UNESCO’s comparative advantage from funding proposals to design to reporting in close coordination and collaboration with the Education Sector, other Sectors, Field Offices and Institutes. In addition, s/he may lead a team of colleagues on particular thematic areas, evaluating progress and performance. Moreover, s/he provides strategic advice and technical support to enhancing UNESCO’s operations in the Field.
Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Intercultural Communication / Management, IÉSEG School of Management, Lille, France. Deadline: 6 December 2021.
In response to its continuous growth, IÉSEG School of Management invites applications for one full-time permanent position (starting September 2022) in Intercultural Communication/Management at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level (Lille Campus). The selected candidate will be a part of the Department of “People, Organizations and Negotiation”. The department consists of around 30 full-time academic staff who teach and perform research in the areas of Human Resources Management, Organization Studies, Organizational Behavior, Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management.
They are looking for applicants who are willing to contribute to the school’s continuous development of its particular approach to intercultural communication and the development of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) at all levels of the institution through teaching, training and research. He/she will be involved in the different activities of the Intercultural Track that has been created with the objective of consolidating and further developing the existing elements and evaluating their effectiveness at the school level. These activities are related to teaching students, training staff, and research. The candidate is expected to have a major role in implementing these activities with the existing team, and monitoring their effectiveness.
Call for applications, Associate Director of Studies (DEA) Program, for 2022, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France. Deadline: December 20, 2021.
Created in 1975 through the initiative of Fernand Braudel, in agreement with the Secretary of State for Universities, Directorate of Higher Education and Research, the Associate Directors of Studies (DEA) program is the oldest international mobility program of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. It enables foreign scientific professionals from all continents to be invited for a period of four to six weeks to support their work in the SHS in France, as well as to promote creation of international research networks and contact with researchers on site.
The program is intended exclusively for holders of university professorships or equivalent positions in higher education and research institutions. Candidates must be under 65 years of age at the time of their stay. Priority is given to projects requiring fieldwork (surveys, work in libraries or archives, etc.) in France. Any application for the exclusive purpose of writing an article or a book will not be considered. Financial support (transportation and living expenses) is provided for 4-6 week stays, as well as support for visa applications and logistics (accommodation and access to libraries).
Call for proposals: Theme call for papers: One World, One Network‽, International Communication Association, Paris, France, 26-30 May 2022. Deadline: 5 November 2021.
The ICA 2022 conference theme One World, One Network‽ invites reimagining communication scholarship on globalization and networks. The use of the interrobang glyph – a superposition of the exclamation and question punctuation marks – seeks to simultaneously celebrate and problematize the “one-ness” in the theme. The theme invites research, reflection, and critique of the “One World, One Network‽” discourse in communication studies on questions including (but not limited to) the following:
How do we theorize and model interdependent networks nested at many levels (from brain cells to societies) to better understand and enable how communicative processes and structures shape our world?
How do global networks organize and mobilize socio-political contestations online and offline?
How can networks of resistance, solidarity, and counter-power through regional formations both beyond and beneath the nation-state shape “Another World”?
How are advances in artificial intelligence, robotization, the Internet of Things, genetic engineering, and neuroscience, among others, contributing to the future trajectories of algorithmically infused societies and networks, at work and play, around the world?
How are media systems – old and new – nurturing networks of “intimate publics” and “counter publics” among communities around the globe?
How and why do some networks infiltrate mainstream media systems with disinformation, propaganda, and hate while other networks find themselves ignored, censored, or targeted?
How are networks contributing to images of the Global South produced and consumed in the Global North – and vice versa?
How do these asymmetries shape inequities in our responses to global challenges such as pandemics and sustainable development?
How can networks change the lived experiences – training, mentoring, publishing, co-authoring, and recruiting – of under-represented scholars around the world in the field of communication?
How do we square the circle of “oneness” while promoting visibility of minoritized positions?
What must we do to decolonize communication scholarship and address methodological imperialism? How do we expand the notion of “One World” to also signal, inclusively, “All Our World(s)”?
Update, Oct 7, 2021: Podcasts relating to the conference and its theme now available.
Communications Consultant (Gender and Education), UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 15 September, 2021.
Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division for Education 2030 and the Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, and the direct supervision of the Communication Officer on one part and the Liaison Officer for the Joint Program on the other part, the Contractor will support the digital and audio-visual communication efforts of the Section and the visibility efforts of the Joint Program (from 1 September to 30 December 2021). Among other duties, the successful candidate will help to implement the digital communication plan and update/improve it as needed based on upcoming landmarks and events, including a working list of outputs and timeline. Required qualifications include, but are not limited to, advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in communications, media/journalism, political science, social science or a related field. No less than two years of experience developing, producing, disseminating and monitoring creative communication and digital content, of which preferably one year at international level. Excellent knowledge of both English and French.
Claiming the Power of Dialogue: Toolkit for Antirumours Dialogue, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France. Published April, 2021.
Imagine you are having a conversation with your neighbours when they drop a negative comment about migration. We all face similar situations from time to time – how have you handled them?
Did you let it pass or did you speak up? Did you explain why the comment was discriminatory or hurtful? In the policy brief “Claiming the power of dialogue: Toolkit for antirumours dialogue,” strategies for face to face dialogue are presented with the aim of providing the readers with a simple toolkit to engage in active antirumours dialogue. The policy brief complements the Antirumours handbook and other antirumours materials, and is part of a series of papers and training materials developed for the Academy on Alternative Narratives and Intercultural Communication.
Grant Douglas is co-director, ICIE (IÉSEG Center for Intercultural Engagement), Lille, France.
Grant has been involved in international education and training in different capacities since 1991. Originally from Newcastle- Upon-Tyne in the North-East of England, Grant is a long-term expatriate who has lived and worked in France for over 30 years. He was in charge of the International Relations Service of different higher education institutes for 17 years. Since 2000, Grant has focused on the conception, organization and implementation of undergraduate, post-graduate and professional development study and training programmes with an international and intercultural dimension.
Grant is currently in charge of developing the intercultural communication/diversity management track at IÉSEG School of Management. He is vice-president of SIETAR France (Society for Intercultural Training, Education and Research), and a council member of IACCM (International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management). Grant is also a long-standing member of the Global Community Dialogue on Leadership, Diversity and Change (GCD).
In recent years Grant’s focus has moved more from a purely international/intercultural perspective to a more broadly diversity and inclusion perspective which is reflected in his participation in projects aimed at fostering more diversity and inclusion in higher education institutes and in making them zero tolerant of physical and verbal harassment. He is currently involved in an international research project examining the International Student Experience (ISE) as well as two internal IÉSEG projects designed to increase student engagement and inclusion and eradicate verbal and physical harassment. When he is not at work, Grant likes to spend time cultivating his vegetable patch, listening to music, and following his local soccer team, LOSC.
Work for CID:
Grant Douglas serves as a reviewer for French.