Fellowships: Forced Migration & Refugee Studies 2021-22 (Germany)

FellowshipsForced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships (2021-2022), Germany. Deadline: First-round notice to successful applicants: early August 2021.

The cooperation project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary forced migration and refugee research in Germany. It is jointly run by the Bonn International Center for Conversion, the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Development Institute (Bonn) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (University of Osnabrück) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. FFVT fellowships are granted to researchers or academics from abroad or with a refugee background working in the field of forced migration and refugee studies to support guest stays at (mainly) one of the collaborative partners of FFVT.  Fellowship allowances include a monthly scholarship and travel costs for 2–6 months between October 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

House of Religions, Dialogue of Cultures (Switzerland)

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House of Religions, Dialogue of Cultures (Haus der Religionen – Dialog der Kulturen), Bern, Switzerland.

The ‘House of Religions – Dialogue of Cultures’ is unique in the world as a place that unifies eight religious communities as well as a space dedicated to the dialogue with the public under one roof. Since its opening in December 2014, the House of Religions at Europaplatz (Place of Europe) in Bern welcomes five religious communities that hitherto had no dignified premises. Thus Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Alevis and Buddhists have found their own sanctuary and keep learning to live together. Three other religious communities – Jews, Baha’i and Sikhs – take part in the program by groups of dialogue.

The heart of the house is the dialogue area, which is dedicated to educational services, activities for families and young people, exhibitions, lectures and round tables. A variety of cultural activities and culinary events organised by the Vanakam Restaurant complete the program. The goal is to reach more than just the peaceful coexistence. As a laboratory of living together we invite all interested people – religious or not – to experience and maintain a dialogue beyond the frontiers of religion, language and culture.

Further information, and photographs, available on the Bern city website and on the Bauart architects website.

Three Religions, One House (Germany)

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The House of One: Three Religions Under one Roof, Berlin, Germany.

House of One in Berlin

Berlin is soon to become home to something truly unique. Jews, Christians, and Muslims are building a house of worship together – bringing a synagogue, a church, and a mosque together under one roof. The three separate sections will be linked by a communal room in the center of the building. This will serve as a meeting place, where worshippers and members of the public can come together and learn more about the religions and each other.

The House of One on Petriplatz, the medieval birthplace of Berlin, aims to add a new and hopeful chapter to the diverse history of this city. It is being built on the foundations of Berlin’s oldest church (12th century). The architects are Kuehn Malvezzi, who provide detailed drawings of the design.

For further information, see the articles by the BBC, or Visit Berlin.

Summer School: Language Diversity, Education, Social Participation (Germany)

Study AbroadLanguage diversity, education, and social participation, Hamburg International Summer School, Germany (but virtual). July 5-30, 2021. Deadline: open until all spaces filled.

The program consists of four modules:

  • Key issues in multilingualism
  • Language development and education in multilingual settings
  • Language diversity in formal and informal settings
  • Multilingual learning motivation in a foreign language context

Linguistic (as well as cultural and social) diversity are basic characteristics of today’s societies. Their causes include, among others, increasing migration, globalisation, new technical possibilities of communication, and interactions across traditional borders. Using three nations with significant migration – Australia, China and Germany – as examples, we will explore how increasing diversity affects education and social participation, and what policies and discourses have been developed in response to linguistic diversity. Despite their different socio-political traditions in dealing with migration, the challenges and responses to linguistic diversity in the three countries share many similarities. Central among these is that linguistic diversity continues to be a central factor in social exclusion in the three countries.

The Summer School is suitable for graduate students and will be taught by a group of academics from Hamburg University (Germany), Macquarie University (Australia), Fudan University (China), and several other Asian, European, and North American universities. The fee of Euro200 also includes one week of German language lessons! Discounts are available for students from partner universities, and scholarships for students from low-income countries.

Intercultural Innovation Award 2021

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Call for nominations: Intercultural Innovation Award, UNAOC and BMW Group, USA and Germany. Deadline: 27 May 2021.

For the past ten years, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group have invited organizations around the world to apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award. The two partners have used this award to support innovative projects promoting intercultural understanding.

This year, the focus will primarily be on projects promoting gender equality, countering violent extremism, hatred, and prejudices, and advocating for art, culture, and sports as vehicles for social cohesion and diversity.

To leverage the social impact of the selected projects, all ten finalists will receive the same financial assistance. For this reason, with the support of the consulting firm Accenture, the partners have increased the financial award to USD 200,000. In addition, the finalists will receive individual and professional consulting and participate in various training sessions and workshops. Recipients will also have access to “Intercultural Leaders”, an exclusive skills and knowledge-sharing platform developed by UNAOC and BMW Group for civil society organizations and young leaders working on promoting intercultural dialogue worldwide.

Marlena Pompino Profile

ProfilesMarlena Pompino, MA, is Assistant to the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Projects at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany.

Marlena Pompino

Marlena Pompino has an undergraduate double major in English Studies, focusing on Linguistics, and Economic Sciences, with a minor in Intercultural German Studies. She spent her final year in Namibia, in order to learn more about that beautiful continent and its diverse cultures, tribes, and people. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Media and Communication Management from the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. Her thesis was titled: Interculturality: Between real diversity and fake stereotypes – a comparative content analysis of corporate content communication around the world.

See her LinkedIn profile for further information.


Work for CID:
Marlena Pompino translated KC27: GlobalizationKC84: Double Intercultural DialogueKC92: Kintsugi, and KC95: Transnational Media into German.

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity: Postdocs (Germany)

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Research fellows at the postdoctoral level, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. Deadline: 3 May 2021.

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (Department for SocioCultural Diversity) is seeking to appoint Research fellows (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen) at the postdoctoral level. The envisaged starting date should be between 1 July 2021 and 1 October 2021 (full-time, fixed-term).

Position a. The successful applicant will be part of a team conducting the project “Diversity assent in urban Germany” (DivA). The position requires good quantitative skills, and ideally experience in analyzing survey data. It entails work on the DivA project in the form of data analysis and contributing to publications in scientific journals. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to pursue other themes.

Position b. Successful applicants should work on self-proposed projects related to: the public understanding of diversity, modes of diversity assent; the politics of diversity, equality, or anti-discrimination and anti-racism; (self-) representations of difference. In line with the departmental focus, projects should relate to European or African contexts. 

Musicosophia: Listening as a Necessary Part of Intercultural Dialogue

Applied ICDEscuela Internacional de Musicosophia, in Germany, trains people to listen deeply to classical music. They have suggested that their training may well be relevant to intercultural dialogue, and have shared steps and a meditation video with CID.

The 2020 CID Video Competition asked students to focus on listening, as listening is how intercultural dialogue starts. Listening is what happens when people stop focusing on what they say or do, and start attending to what someone else is saying or doing. Without listening, there can be no intercultural dialogue.

Putting these two together suggests that spending a little time learning to listen carefully to classical music might be useful training for engaging in intercultural dialogue. First, read the steps. Then, view the videotape by clicking on the image above. Try it and let us know what you think.

Technical U Munich Studentships: Media Portrayal of Majority/Minority Groups (Germany)

“Studentships“2 PHD Studentships, “The media portrayal of majority and minority groups,” at Technical University of Munich / TUM School of Governance, Munich, Germany. Deadline: 18 December 2020.

Both applicants will be core members of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “The media portrayal of majority and minority groups.” The group is newly funded by the German Research Foundation and led at TUM by Stefanie Walter. It aims at analyzing similarities and differences in the media portrayal of majority and minority groups by studying them comparatively.

Position 1: Focus on qualitative content analysis.

The position will focus on the project’s qualitative component with an emphasis on qualitative content analysis and methods. The doctoral researcher will be actively involved in the project’s research activities, including the design and implementation of studies. They will also be expected to help co-author articles based on this project for publication and have the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.

Position 2: Focus on automated text analysis/computational social science  content analysis.

The position will focus on the project’s quantitative component with an emphasis on automated content analysis and quantitative social science. The doctoral researcher will be actively involved in the project’s research activities, including the design and implementation of studies. They will also be expected to help co-author articles based on this project for publication and have the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.

U Bielefield: Sociology of Transnationalization & Social Anthropology (Germany)

“JobResearch position in Sociology of Transnationalization and Social Anthropology with Prof. Dr. Antje Missbach, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefield, Germany, starting 1 March 2021, for 5 years. Deadline: 1 December 2020.

Job Tasks
 independent research in the field of sociology of global/transnational migration and mobility, with special consideration of migratory movement in the Global South and collaboration in developing new research projects in the fields of forced displacement, maritime migration and transit migration (70 %)
 teaching in the field of sociology of global/transnational migration and mobility, to the extent of 4 LVS incl. the mentoring of students (20 %)
 collaboration in academic self-administration and general university administration (10 %) 

Requirements:
 scientific university degree (Master’s, Magister, Diploma, First State Examination or equivalent) in Sociology or related Social Sciences
 completed PhD in in Sociology or related Social Sciences, with specialisation in Migration and/or Refugee studies
 extensive knowledge in and publications on migratory movements and asylum policies in the Global South, preferably Asia
 very good English skills (oral and written)
 very good language skills (oral and written) in a non-European language
 independent, responsible and committed work
 significant organizational and coordinating skills
 cooperative and teamoriented working style