CFP Re-Thinking Interculturality

“PublicationCall for abstracts: Special Issue of Interculture Journal: Re-Thinking Interculturality in Work with Clients, Customers, Volunteers, and Teams.  Deadline: 30 August 2022.

Research on intercultural communication identifies professional work with clients, customers, volunteers and teams as areas of intervention for which the discipline’s scientific findings are of immediate relevance and for which the field can develop constructive concepts of application. Forms of counselling, training and further education in which a responsible approach to interculturality plays a role can be found in numerous and very different professional and social contexts, such as human resources development, health and social services, communication with public authorities, business communication and legal counselling and legal communication.

These professional fields of activity, accompanied by paradigm shifts in cultural theory, have undergone a radical transformation in dealing with interculturality and reorganised themselves in an entirely new way. Sensitisation of the role of postcolonial power imbalances in empirical research practice and the effects of othering and epistemic violence have stimulated new methodological approaches in research and have also led to new and different places and forms of working with clients, customers, volunteers, and teams.

In the scheduled issue, articles may be published in English, German, French and Spanish as well as in more than one of these languages. The editorial team is therefore accepting abstracts in any of these languages; follow the links to see the full call for submissions in each language.

Building on interdisciplinarity, Interculture Journal is designed to foster and advance theoretical and practical findings in the area of intercultural research. Interculture Journal publishes papers by researchers and practitioners addressing questions and issues arising from different cultures living and working together. In line with its online format, Interculture Journal is devoted to the idea of open information ex- change. All volumes can be downloaded for free (just click on the journal name, above).

CFP Un:real Spaces of Interaction (Germany)

ConferencesCall for abstracts: Graduate Conference 2022: un:real Spaces of Interaction: Forms of Social Order in the Spectrum of Media-specific Interaction, 4-5 November, 2022, Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies, Potsdam, Germany. Deadline: 30 June 2022.

The graduate student conference “un:real Spaces of Interaction. Forms of Social Order in the Spectrum of Media-specific Interaction” focuses on media-specific interaction spaces and the construction of social orders and realities. Therefore, the overarching question of the conference is concerned with the emergence, change, and shaping of interaction spaces in the spectrum between human-human and human-machine, in which actors communicate with each other through or with technologies.

Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has given new importance to understanding and thinking about interaction spaces, online and offline. Following Erving Goffman’s notion of interaction and related key aspects of interactions, we consider how media-specific interactions are understood and analysed within media studies and media linguistic perspectives. Possible approaches include interface studies and affect theory as well as sociolinguistic studies of human-machine interaction and multimodal interaction analysis. Despite the different theoretical and methodological approaches, it becomes clear that interaction in, with, or through media makes sociocultural transformations visible. They unfold in the form of new social realities “such as virtual space[s], public spheres, or popular culture, which are hardly conceivable without media-based mediation” (Marx/Schmidt 2019, 12). These spaces of interaction move at the intersections of analogue and digital, online and offline, human and machine, real and unreal.

The conference is intended to provide a space in which Master’s students of higher semesters (from 3rd semester) and doctoral candidates from the fields of media linguistics and media studies, but also other associated humanities with relevance to media studies such as sociology, political science, aesthetics and art history, film studies, cultural studies, journalism, philosophy, science and technology studies, or cognitive science can present their research work.

NOTE: While this call does not specifically request work relating to intercultural dialogue, the topic seems particularly appropriate for it.

U Tübingen: Postdoctoral Researcher in Migration (Germany)

Postdoctoral Researcher (Migration), Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen, Germany.  Deadline: 30 June 2022.

The University of Tübingen is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious research universities. The Research Unit Comparative Public Policy at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Tübingen invites applications for a Post-doctoral Researcher / Fixed-term Lecturer Post (d/f/m) for the duration of 2 years from 1 October 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The successful candidate will contribute to the research and teaching portfolio of the Comparative Public Policy Research Unit as well as to third-party funding applications and will be given the opportunity to pursue a Habilitation. Essential requirements include research interest in bureaucratic and administrative barriers for migrants in accessing social rights.

CFP Researching Digital Interculturality Co-operatively (Germany & Hybrid)

ConferencesCall for papers: Lifewide Learning: Transformations and New Connections in Postdigital Societies, Researching Digital Interculturality Co-0peratively (ReDICo), University of Jena, Germany and Hybrid, 29 June-1 July, 2022. NOTE: Deadline for presentation has passed, but program is available on their website, if you wish to attend.

Digitalization has rapidly transformed the planet. Technological d developments continuously open up a myriad of new possibilities in daily human experience. Indeed, the Internet has penetrated material reality to such an extent that it is now, often, impossible in many contexts to disentangle the material from the virtual. In this “postdigital” (Cramer2014; Knox2019) scenario, the digital and the material intertwine and the intersubjectivity of lifeworlds develop, thus, relatively freely in a hybrid space. The encounter with ‘newness’ becomes indeed potentially accessible at the touch of a button 24/7, and learning becomes a lifewide experience, covering a myriad of new digital and potentially global contexts, beyond the local. New connections with other people and their artifacts are continuously occurring. These new connections foster learning processes which lead to personal and cultural transformations; the ground upon which new connections develop.

In this conference organizers aim to share theoretical models; results of empirical research developed in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields; as well as best practices which allow us to understand how lifewide learning unfolds in postdigital societies, and indeed what its implications may be. Contributions may be in English or German.

Digital Linguistic Diversity in the Global South (Germany but Online)

EventsThe ordinariness of digital linguistic diversity in the Global South, guest lecture by Sender Dovchin, sponsored by Digital Language Variation in Context, University of Hamburg, Germany. Online, 12 May 2022.

Recent debates of linguistic diversity have problematised paradigms such as bi/multilingualism, and code-switching for reifying static language boundaries and for their inability to account for communicative practices constructed out of a diversity of linguistic repertoires. Instead, trans- perspectives have been introduced to capture the critical linguistic diversity, especially in the context of digital platforms. This emergent trans- tradition in reflects the difficulty, if not futility, of demarcating linguistic features according to specific languages, for the fluid movement between and across languages.

Yet, this recent tradition still tends to celebrate and thus exoticize the presumed digital linguistic diversity in and from the Global South, although it is indeed ‘quite normal’, ‘unremarkable’ ‘ordinary’, ‘basic’, ‘everyday’, and by no means a new phenomenon. In so doing, scholarship inadvertently constructs and exoticizes a linguistic Other whose digital linguistic diversity are expected to be made legible according to normative epistemologies of diversity.

This lecture is based on the premise that the analytic potential of the trans- tradition can be enhanced through a stronger focus on such practices as reflective of everyday, quotidian, basic, mundane, unremarkable, banal, and ordinary occurrences, rather than of peculiar, exotic, eccentric or unconventional ones. It is important to recognise that digital linguistic diversity in and from the Global South is neither to celebrate nor to deplore, but something to observe and examine with interest like anything else, as it is inevitable that peoples and cultures have always been mixing and mingling. I conclude that ‘linguistic ordinariness’ is rather ‘diverse’ – a necessary condition of ‘linguistic diversity’ is its ‘ordinariness’.

Dr Sender Dovchin is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow and Director of Research at the School of Education, Curtin University, Australia.

Madeleine Bausch Profile

ProfilesMadeleine Bausch is currently a Ph.D. candidate (University of Passau, Germany), as well as researcher and lecturer at the University of Chile in Santiago de Chile.

Madeleine BauschShe holds a B.A. from University of Mannheim, Germany (2013) in Culture and Business Studies with a specialization in Romance linguistics and an M.A. in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University of Passau (2017). In her Ph.D. (2022) at the Chair of Intercultural Communication (University of Passau), she examined the transfer of organizational practices (quality management) of German family-led companies in Brazil from an interpretive paradigm using qualitative, case-based methodology. In addition, she has participated in projects examining the development of the research field of International and Intercultural Management.

In research and teaching, she primarily deals with intercultural management and intercultural communication in organizations, as well as creativity and innovation in multicultural workplaces and urban ecosystems. Her main focus of intercultural studies is on the Latin American and European regions. During and between her studies, she has spent several years in South America, mainly in Chile and Brazil.

Madeleine has lectured at the University of Passau (Germany), University of Chile (Chile), Estonian Business School (Estonia), Turkish-German University (Turkey), University Jyväskylä (Finland), and Aix-Marseille University (France).

She is co-author of the textbook Constructive Intercultural Management (2021) with Christoph Barmeyer and Ulrike Mayrhofer, and has published in international journals such as International Business Review, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, and SAGE Open. Moreover, she has authored and co-authored several book chapters, including on the transfer of managerial practices (2021), on central scholars of intercultural management (forthcoming, in German), and on business school legitimacy (forthcoming).

She is an alumna of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, an active member of AIB, EIBA, and GEM&L, and chairwoman of the German association of Students for Liberty (Studenten für die Freiheit e.V.).

She can be contacted via mbausch AT

Selected publications:

Barmeyer, C., Bausch, M., & Mayrhofer, U. (2021). Constructive intercultural management: Integrating cultural differences successfully. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Bausch, M., Barmeyer, C., & Mayrhofer, U. (2021). Facilitating factors in the cross-cultural transfer of management practices: The case of a German multinational in Brazil. International Business Review, 101921.

Wieczorek, O., Eckl, M., Bausch, M., Radisch, E., Barmeyer, C., & Rehbein, M. (2021). Better, Faster, Stronger: The Evolution of Co-authorship in International Management Research Between 1990 and 2016. SAGE Open, October-December, 1 –15.

Bausch, M., Barmeyer, C., & Mayrhofer, U. (2020). Cultural challenges and quality management practices of a German multinational in Brazil. In B. Amann & J. Jaussaud (Eds.), Cross-cultural challenges in international management (pp. 74-93). New York: Routledge.

Barmeyer, C. & Bausch, M. (2020). Comprendre l’évolution du management interculturel sur la base des revues académiques entre 2001 et 2016. In F. Goxe, N. Prime, & M. Viegas-Pires (Eds.), La recherche en management international: continuité et ruptures (pp. 199-227). Paris, France: Vuibert.

Bausch, M., Barmeyer, C. & Grigo, B. (2020). Internationaler transfer von qualitätsmanagementpraktiken: Erfolgsfaktoren der interkulturellen zusammenarbeit bei liebherr Brasilien. Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation, 89(2), 121-126.

Barmeyer, C., Bausch, M., & Moncayo, D. (2019). Cross-cultural management research: Topics, paradigms, and methods—A journal-based longitudinal analysis between 2001 and 2018. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 19(2), 218-244.

Work for CID:
Madeleine Bausch wrote KC104: Constructive Intercultural Management and has translated it into GermanPortuguese, and Spanish.

CFP International Metropolis Conference 2022 (Germany)

Call for Papers: International Metropolis Conference, September 4-9, 2022, Berlin, Germany. Deadline: 1 March 2022.

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Metropolis International invite the submission of proposals for workshops, individual papers and posters for the 25th International Metropolis Conference 2022, taking place in Berlin from 4 to 9 September. Organizers welcome submissions in all areas of migration, mobility and its governance around the world, integration & inclusion, as well as population diversity. Proposals that address the conference themes or any of the plenary topics are especially welcome. So are those that approach migration, integration & inclusion, and diversity from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.

Beyond Borders: PHD Scholarships (Germany)


PHD Scholarships at multiple levels, Borders, Migration, and Knowledge, Beyond Borders, Hamburg, Germany. Deadline: 1 March 2022.

Beyond Borders invites applications from Ph.D. students worldwide studying borders and bordering phenomena in different regions of the world. Both empirical research based on extensive fieldwork and projects centered on theoretical reflection are eligible for support. Innovative and challenging research questions as well as comparative approaches are highly welcome. There are Start-up scholarships, PHD Scholarships, and Dissertation completion scholarships.

The migration of people is intimately connected to the migration of knowledge and culture. However, strong international borders still define what is considered national literature, art, or history and which artists, writers, and thinkers from which parts of the world gain global recognition. We invite project applications that explore how national and international canons are produced and changed. Under what conditions do knowledge and culture circulate easily, and when are they blocked? What powers and interests are served when canons are defined? How do museums, universities, archives, and libraries change when traditional intellectual and cultural power centers are displaced or decentered?

Questions concerning borders, migration, knowledge production and circulation as well as social and cultural transfers across nations are the focus of the current call for applications for Ph.D. scholarships. They encourage applications for projects concentrating on following aspects, although other topics will also be considered: trajectories of migration and mobility of cultural and intellectual production; social and cultural dimensions of borders; cultural borders and their manifestation in arts and cultural production; circulation of ideas and knowledge; the changing understanding of the “national”; transnational and global cultural institutions and canons; decolonizing decoloniality – what is a decentered approach to producing, disseminating, teaching about and acting upon knowledge in more equitable ways.

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity: Postdocs for 2022 (Germany)

PostdocsResearch fellows at the postdoctoral level, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. Deadline: 5 December 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 starting date should be 1 June 2022. Contracts will be full-time for 3 years.

Successful applicants will pursue own research interests and cooperate with team members on projects relating to:

  • ambivalences of diversity assent
  • contested categories of difference
  • recognition and equality of disadvantaged populations (following on from Institute projects on urban diversity policies and political organizations

In line with the departmental focus, projects should relate to European or African contexts.

There is a separate call for a postdoc for the Max Planck Research Group Ageing in a Time of Mobility, with a start date of Spring 2022. This is a global and interdisciplinary project that investigates the interconnections between two key phenomena in the twenty-first century: ageing populations and global migration, and the new social transformations that they jointly shape. The group explores how older persons are embedded in global and translocal networks and communities and how inequalities, restrictive border regimes, and processes of displacement shape experiences of ageing and intergenerational relationships. The group focusses on the migration and mobility experiences of older populations in regions of the world that are rapidly ageing, but which have been less visible in research agendas – Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Osnabrück U: Production of Information about Migration (Germany)


Research Fellow to head the Research Group “The Production of Knowledge about Migration,” Osnabrück University, Germany. Deadline: 14 November 2021.

The Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at Osnabrück University is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to head the Junior Research Group “The Production of Knowledge about Migration.” The position is to be filled as soon as possible for a period of 3 years. Established in 2019, this junior research group investigates the conditions and consequences of the scholarly production of knowledge about migration. The focus of their work is on the practices of production and circulation of knowledge about the spatial movement of people. These practices are investigated at the intersections of science and politics, administration and the public. The junior research group aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of social processes of self-understanding and practices in dealing with migration, diversity and difference, and to develop reflexive perspectives for migration research in the social and cultural sciences.

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