CFP GURT 2020: Multilingualism – Global South and North (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Georgetown University Round Table 2020, Multilingualism: Global South and Global North Perspectives, March 13-15, 2020, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

The world has always been predominantly multilingual, but in recent decades globalization and the attendant processes of mobility and technologization have catapulted multilingualism into unprecedented levels of public and academic attention. Benefits of multilingualism are actively investigated across neurocognitive, academic, economic, and social domains. At the same time, misunderstanding and mismanagement of multilingualism have also been shown by research to curtail the educational, socioeconomic, and personal opportunities of multilingual individuals, families, and communities. Today’s multilingualism can be the site for overt and covert oppression, a lived experience that is a gift for some and a curse for others, patterning along structural forces related to inequitable distribution of material and symbolic resources in the world, and rooted in histories of (post)colonial domination and human mobility. In light of these paradoxes, research must be able to account for both multilingual learning and multilingual practices at different nested levels – societies, schools and classrooms, communities and families, minds and brains – while never losing sight of material, ideological, and geopolitical inequities. Moreover, the dynamics of multilingualism can vary across diverse Global South and Global North contexts in ways that create resonances and differences and demand innovative research lenses. Reflecting this complex agenda, GURT 2020 will focus on the relation between multilingual learning and multilingual practices, globalization, and social justice with two goals: (a) to bring together research on multilingualism spanning the full spectrum of psycholinguistic-cognitive and sociolinguistic-critical approaches and (b) to facilitate dialogue about multilingualism as it is lived and investigated across diverse contexts in the Global North and the Global South.

Georgetown U: 2 Positions, English Language Programs (USA)

“JobTwo administrative positions available within English Language Programs at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: Open until filled (posted June 7 and 11, 2019).

1. Implementation Coordinator of English Language Programs, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Deadline: Open until filled, posted June 7, 2019.

The Implementation Coordinator is a key member of the Specialist team for the U.S. Department of State funded English Language Programs (ELP), handling all administrative responsibilities for program participants to one or more geographic region(s). S/he maintains regular communication with participants, Department of State counterparts, and U.S. Embassies abroad on program participant logistics.

2. Manager for Outreach of English Language Programs, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Deadline: Open until filled, posted June 11, 2019.

The Manager for Outreach is a key member of the Outreach team for the English Language Programs (ELP). The primary objectives of the Outreach team are recruiting new applicants to the program, building ties with partner institutions and leaders in the TESOL field, involving current participants in Outreach projects, and providing engagement opportunities for alumni. These objectives are met using a variety of in-person and digital means, including regional and national conferences, special events, social media, the program website, an online participant community of practice, recruitment webinars, and newsletters. The primary responsibility of the Manager of Outreach is to develop strategy for and to oversee the implementation of all aspects of the Outreach program. The focus is on increasing engagement with program alumni and with TESOL leaders and institutions and on building the program’s reputation as the leading exchange program for TESOL professionals to ensure that highly qualified candidates apply every year. S/he will supervise a team of coordinators who are charged with planning and implementing the team’s work.

The English Language Programs (ELP) sends experienced U.S. TESOL professionals to educational institutions on short- and long-term assignments in all regions of the world. Short-term participants, Specialists, and long-term participants, as well as Fellows, are cultural ambassadors who promote English language learning and mutual understanding through cultural exchange. The Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) at Georgetown University is the current administrator of English Language Programs.

Georgetown U: Program Coordinator, Center for Intercultural Education/Development (USA)

“JobProgram Coordinator, Center for Intercultural Education and Development, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Deadline: Open until filled, posted May 10, 2019.

The Gateway Program Unit designs and implements educational exchange programs for international clients (universities, private companies, and governmental organizations) which are usually one to six weeks in length.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for developing, managing and implementing an growing number of short-term, executive programs. The Program Coordinator works with the Manager of Gateway Program and the Academic Director in the design and preparation of the program. During the implementation phase, he/she provides on-going support to international students to ensure that the group receives an excellent training experience while in the United States. The Program Coordinator also creates content and maintains the website as well as ensures that CIED’s promotional materials are up to date and in stock.

Georgetown U Postdoctoral Fellowship: Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

Georgetown University‘s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in Washington, D.C., invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the fall 2017 semester. Candidates should be based at a Chinese university or institute, engaged in research at the intersection of religion, society, and world affairs, and have a strong command of English. The 5-month fellowship (August-December 2017) is open with respect to academic discipline, and it carries a $20,000 stipend plus health insurance and travel allowance. The fellowship includes a 12 hour/week commitment to help develop Chinese-language resources for the Berkley Center and Georgetown websites.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references via email to berkleycenter@georgetown.edu by midnight on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Decisions will be made by late April 2017.

Cynthia Gordon Researcher Profile

Researcher Profiles

Cynthia Gordon is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University.

Cynthia Gordon

She uses theories and methods of discourse analysis to examine everyday social interaction across a range of contexts. She is particularly interested in interactional sociolinguistics, theories of framing and intertextuality, and the linguistic construction of relationships and identities. Her experience includes collaborative research projects on family, medical, educational, and online and mobile phone communication. She is author of Making Meanings, Creating Family: Intertextuality and Framing in Family Interaction (Oxford University Press, 2009) and co-editor (with Deborah Tannen and Shari Kendall) of Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American Families (Oxford University Press, 2007). She is author or co-author of articles published in Language in Society, Qualitative Research, Linguistics and Education, Communication and Medicine, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Journal of Pragmatics, and Intercultural Management Quarterly.