CrossCulture Internships (Germany)

Programme information
With its CrossCulture Internships funding programme, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) is advocating intercultural exchange and the strengthening of networks between Germany and Islamic world as a partner of the Federal Foreign Office.

The programme enables internships for young professionals and volunteers from the participating countries and from Germany. International experience is gained and intercultural competence developed through work stays in another culture. CrossCulture internships open up and strengthen the exchange between people, institutions and cultures and thus enable an enhanced partnership between Germany and Islamic countries. Regional particularities are taken into account through the subdivision into three regional modules:
• South Asia
• Central Asia
• Other Islamic countries (particularly in the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula)

Aims of the funding programme
The CrossCulture internships give young people from Germany and Islamic countries the opportunity to gain diverse experience abroad in the context of their working environment and to act as multipliers in their home countries. In addition to further professional development and specialist training, the programme participants also gain an insight into the social and political structures of the host country and become acquainted with cultural characteristics and behavioural patterns through integration into working and everyday life. They make important contacts which they can use when they return to their home country for future collaboration. Interns returning home can offer a valuable contribution to their respective organisations thanks to the experience they have gained abroad. This intercultural exchange thus sustainably strengthens the formation of networks between Germany and the Islamic countries and encourages cross-border dialogue and cooperation.

Areas of emphasis
CrossCulture internships are offered in the following work areas:
• Knowledge society & education
• Legal dialogue, justice & human rights
• International politics & civic education
• Environment
• Economy & development cooperation
• Media
• Culture & art

Islamic countries
Target groups in the Islamic countries are young professionals and volunteers in various areas of civil society and multipliers in reform relevant organisations and media. In the regional modules South Asia and Central Asia, people engaged in the key areas of (social) political development will be specifically targeted.
For German candidates, the target groups are employees of the corresponding host organisations as well as young professionals and volunteers committed to fields of work in which intercultural experience is crucial.
Organisation of the internship
The internship will last at least six weeks and up to a maximum of three months and will be individually scheduled according to profile, needs and availability. The internships will be supplemented by a tailor-made framework programme – for example, accompanying events or individual visits– during the stay in the host country.

The CrossCulture internships are characterised by the fact that they can be  individually adapted to the requirements and wishes of the scholarship holders both in terms of content and organisation. Thanks to this personalised and needs-oriented concept, they are very well-suited in supporting the programme participants to acquire professional and intercultural competence in their specific area of work and thus extending their ability to engage in dialogue.

CFP Culture and Foreign Policy: Global Cultural Citizenship (Germany)

ifa Research Programme “Culture and Foreign Policy”
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations), Stuttgart, Germany

Within the framework of ifa’s Research Programme‚ Culture and Foreign Policy‛ experts examine current issues related to foreign cultural and educational policy. In projects of three to six months, experts provide actors in the field of foreign cultural and educational policy with up-to-date scientific findings in a concise and precise way, they formulate recommendations for future foreign cultural policy and they initiate discussion forums and other events among experts.

The ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), in partnership with EUNIC, is currently calling for proposals for the following research project, pending the allocation of funds:

Global Cultural Citizenship – New Dimensions for Cultural Diplomacy?
In a world of multiple transnational relationships and ever-increasing interconnectedness between civil societies, traditional approaches to cultural diplomacy are being challenged by more cooperative approaches, often labelled ‘cultural relations’, which focus on building intercultural understanding and long term relationships based on trust and credibility rather than delivering one-way messages. Within this new framework has emerged the concept: Global cultural citizenship, which promotes global cultural rights and global shared responsibilities. This is especially applicable to the current challenges posed by the protection of cultural heritage and mass migration.

This conference will ask the following questions: How should national cultural institutes and ministries of foreign affairs respond to these new dimensions for cultural diplomacy? To what extent do these institutions have a mandate to work beyond the national interest, either to promote European and/or Global cultural citizenship? What are the differences between national, European and Global values and principles? How should they be represented by national cultural institutes?

Format: International Conference in Brussels; Study in the ifa Edition Culture and Foreign Policy, concept and acquisition of about 10 speakers for a half day conference in Brussels.
Duration: 6 months
Start: 1 November 2015 Location: flexible
Deadline for applications: 26 October 2015

The research contract is for a sum of € 7,000.00 (gross).
Please send your complete application documents (in an attachment of max. 3 MB) via email to research(at) by 26 October 2015 at the latest. Interviews are likely to be held in calendar week 44.

Application prerequisites
• Certificate of higher education (at least M.A.)
• Proven experience and sound knowledge in the subject area as well as in the field of foreign cultural and educational policy
• Proven experience in event organisation and public relations
• Very good skills in writing and editing scientific reports
• Very good language proficiency in English, proficiency in French would be an asset
• The advertised projects are full time fellowships. The chosen candidates may not be elsewhere employed during the research project. These rules do not apply to research contracts.

Application process
In order to apply for the advertised project, the following documents must be submitted:
• Letter of Motivation. With full personal details (including postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, mobile number)
• Details concerning the project:
• • Title and subject matter
• • Short statement explaining why the subject is relevant
• • Short outline of a one day conference including suggestions for speakers (2 pages in length)
• • Short outline of the study
• CV

CFP A Hundred Years of Film Theory (Leipzig, Germany)

Call for papers
A hundred years of Film theory. Münsterberg and beyond: Concepts, Applications, Perspectives
Leipzig, Germany, 29th June 2016 – 2nd July 2016
Paper submission is now open until Sunday, November 15 2015.

A century after Hugo Münsterberg´s pioneering publication of 1916, The Photoplay. A Psychological Study, an international and interdisciplinary conference will look at audiovisual media from a broad variety of perspectives and disciplines. The conference will highlight Münsterberg´s achievements as a scholar, who began his academic career at the University of Leipzig before going to Harvard, via the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg. The interdisciplinary character of the conference reflects the wide range of visions and interests that Hugo Münsterberg pursued in the course of his life.

Münsterberg´s scientific interests reached from philosophy to different fields of psychology and found a symbiosis in his studies on the new medium of film in the last years of his life. Münsterberg´s work is noted for the independent and pioneering development of Wundtian experimental psychology based on fundamental concepts in philosophy and physiology. This was his later groundwork for behaviorism as well as for application oriented psychological sub disciplines. In addition to his manifold interests and activities as a scholar, Hugo Münsterberg played a significant role in the political trials and tribulations in pre WWI. At his time and still today, the views on his role as a German in the prewar period vary extremely between a German-US bridge constructor and a spy for the German Empire.

Held at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and sponsored by the International Association for Media and History (iamhist) as well as the Zentrum für Wissenschaft und Forschung|Medien (ZWF), the conference will host a ceremony to celebrate Münsterberg’s achievements, who began his career as a professor at the University of Leipzig before going to Harvard.

Papers in five thematic areas are welcome:

This area focuses on the role of this early film theory and takes a new look at canonical works and examines forgotten theorists, ideas and debates. Presentations may feature original analyses of individual texts or theorists’ works from a variety of angles. Proposals may include analyses of specific theorists, development of schools of thought, dissemination of theory (e.g. in trade and specialist journals or academic writing), approaches to media social theory and early ways to implement theory into practice. Papers based on primary sources (archival documents, contemporary journals, etc.), international perspectives and comparative approaches are strongly welcomed.

This area invites analyses of individual films using Münsterberg’s ideas, including considerations of film in comparison to other art forms, film reception, the relevance of aesthetic and technical means in the medium of film, and the value of cinema’s mimetic ability to represent reality. Paper topics might also examine Münsterberg’s life and work, as well as the impact and applications of his ideas. This area welcomes interdisciplinary approaches, and papers, which discuss the transnational influence of Münsterberg’s published work in both Germany and America, as well as in other countries.

This area investigates the psychological foundations of film reception studies. It addresses various forms of reception research from preview audiences, panels, focus groups, numerous forms of test marketing to more recent uses of social media and gaming. We are particularly interested in studies applying basic psychological concepts to practical reception phenomena. Proposals may include analyses of individual case studies, the development of certain methods (like physiological measures, eye-tracking, real-time-response measurement etc.), the dissemination of results, the implications of reception studies on film marketing and production, as well as ways of putting psychological theory into practice.

Presentations may feature analyses of individual academics or critics working for the film business or other sponsors, investigate the role of consultants, or take a closer look at how journalists or critics influenced production from the early pre-production stages through distribution, promotion, and reception.

This area investigates the ways in which the boundaries of the cinematic experience have been redefined throughout the history of moving images from early fairground attractions to multiplex cinemas, to yet more contemporary developments, i.e. in movie theatres or at home. This area particularly welcomes papers based on primary sources (archival documents, contemporary journals, interviews, etc.). Proposals may include case studies of films, screening facilities, distribution and promotion, as well as the changing role of cinema within global, national, regional, or local contexts.

For further information, contact:
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Steinmetz
Chair, Media Studies and Media Culture
Universität Leipzig, Germany

Marc Hermeking Profile

ProfilesMarc Hermeking (Dr. Phil.), is scientific lecturer in cross-cultural marketing, product development and marketing communications with a special focus on culture & ICT, technical communication and cross-cultural transfer of technology.

Marc HermekingHe is affiliated with the Institute for Intercultural Communication at the University of Munich (LMU), Germany, where he earned his doctoral degree with his inaugural dissertation on the cultural influences on the handling of industrial technology (Kulturen und Technik, 2001). In recent years, he focused on the Influence of culture on all kinds of computer-mediated communication.

Some of his publications are, for example:

(2015). Das Mobiltelefon im Kulturvergleich: Exemplarische Forschungsfelder interkultureller Technik-Kommunikation. In: Banse, G. / Rothkegel, A. (Eds.): Neue Medien: Interdependenzen von Technik, Kultur und Kommunikation (eCulture – Network Cultural Diversity and New Media, vol. 19, pp. 143-161). Berlin: Trafo.

(2013). Kulturelle Aspekte technischer Sicherheit: Interkulturelle Sicherheitskommunikation. In S. Stumpf, E. Schuch & U. Meyer (Eds.), Technik und Kultur: Anwendungsorientierte Beiträge zu einem Spannungsfeld (pp. 51-62). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

(2012). Cultural aspects of technology and documentation: Contributions from the field of intercultural communication. In A. Rothkegel & S. Ruda (Eds.), Communication on and via Technology (pp. 203-216). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

(2011). Culture, Online Technology and Computer-mediated Technical Documentation: Contributions from the Field of Intercultural Communication. In K. St.Amant & S. Kelsey (Eds.), Computer-Mediated Communication across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments (pp. 77-90). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference/IGI.

(2010). Kultur und Technik: Schnittstellen für die Interkulturelle Kommunikation. In G. Banse G. & A. Grunwald (Eds.), Technik und Kultur: Bedingungs- und Beeinflussungsverhältnisse (pp. 163-178). Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing.

(2008). Lokalisierung von Webseiten – Interkulturelle Marketing-Kommunikation. MDÜ – Fachzeitschrift für Dolmetscher und Übersetzer, 55(3), 48-53.

(2005, re-issued 2006): Culture and Internet Consumption: Contributions from Cross-cultural Marketing and Advertising. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 11(1), 192-216.

(2001). Kulturen und Technik: Techniktransfer als Arbeitsfeld der Interkulturellen Kommunikation. Beispiele aus der arabischen, russischen und lateinamerikanischen Region. Münster/München/New York: Waxmann

See more at his university webpage.

Work for CID:

Marc Hermeking has served as a reviewer for German translations.

Dominic Busch Profile

ProfilesDominic Busch is a Professor of Intercultural Communication and Conflict Research at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany. He received his doctorate in 2005 at Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. From 2006 to 2011 he was a Junior Professor in Intercultural Communication at Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).

Dominic BuschIn his research on intercultural communication, he explores the epistemological, ontological, and axiological premises of how intercultural communication is approached from an academic angle. To this end, he takes the perspective of discourse analysis. While research on intercultural communication often has strong disagreements between different paradigms, the minimum common ground is that culture and intercultural communication are talked about in both academia and in Western societies’ everyday life. Culture and intercultural communication are thus objects of discourse, and thus first and foremost discursive constructions. Several characteristics of the field of intercultural communication can be observed on the basis of this assumption:

Both everyday discourses and academic discourses around intercultural communication constitute themselves in such a way that their object never ceases to be perpetuated and never disappears – even if this might actually represent a plausible goal of dealing with it. Discourses are shaped by power structures and hegemonies, and this is how core understandings of intercultural communication emerge. Their permanent self-preservation can also be described by the phenomenon of the dispositive after Michel Foucault, as Dominic Busch shows in his 2013 book. Discourse on intercultural communication fabricates problems for which, at the same time, it always provides only partial solutions. Even the strongest paradigm shift cannot overcome this, but will always only reinforce the dispositive.

At the same time, the discourse on intercultural communication is never void of interests, and research is never strictly heuristic: the study of intercultural communication is always based on societies’ aspirations of an ideal coexistence. The perceptions of problems are impossible without visions of how things should actually be better. Visions, however, traditionally do not have a seat in social science research; they are often regarded as unscientific. However, we cannot really understand how research questions are framed and how studies in this field are arranged if authors and readers would not share ideals about how to deal with interculturality, ideals that are only subtly expressed in the texts.

In his research, Dominic Busch aims to show how research on intercultural communication seeks to deal with this dilemma. To this end, it is first necessary to uncover and identify the normative ideas on how to deal with interculturality – which can also be referred to as visions. Based on a discourse analysis of academic texts on intercultural communication over a period of 50 years, Dominic Busch shows in his article “The Changing Discourse of Intercultural Ethics” how these orientations change over time. Instead of a linear development, these re-orientations have been rather circular. Only in recent times a parallel diversification of different orientations in intercultural writings can be observed – along with a new disorientation and open search in an increasingly complex world, questioning old paradigms more and more.

A comparison with overarching social science paradigms and epistemologies, however, reveals how dominant these ethical orientations are. Social research is debating the implementation of post-qualitative research methods with the aim of avoiding exerting epistemic violence through research. This should involve authors reflecting more on their own positionality and instead of researching their partners, they should give voice to these partners themselves. In their article “New Methodologies – New Interculturalities?” Dominic Busch and Emilian Franco explore how papers in the research field of intercultural communication manage these issues by using new methods such as participatory research, autoethnography, and arts-based research. From a critical point of view, Busch and Franco find that many studies often do not really meet the standards of such methodologies. However, Busch and Franco show that, seen as parts of an ethical discourse on interculturality, these new methods serve as a basis for authors’ ethical and visionary reflections on a desirable way of dealing with interculturality.

Intercultural mediation is a powerful example of this visionary orientation in discourses on intercultural communication. A great many different disciplines share some interest in intercultural mediation: These include, for example, cultural anthropology, translation research, foreign language didactics, and political science research on international relations, in addition to research on intercultural communication and conflict management. Upon closer examination, these disciplines often conceive of intercultural mediation in very different ways. However, there is one common vision that unites them: that constructive pathways to intercultural understanding will always exist. This is reason enough from an ethical point of view to further promote and develop such fields of research. The Routledge Handbook of Intercultural Mediation by Dominic Busch provides an insight into this interdisciplinary field and its potentials.

Discourse analysis should therefore not be seen only as criticism, but always as a constructive prospect for development. Even more, the insight into the constructivist character of notions of cultures may open the opportunity (and the responsibility) to encourage forms of intercultural dialogue on a local and on a global level to discuss and to define notions of how positive (intercultural) coexistence may be designed. In these respects, Dominic Busch explores the potential of concepts like intercultural sustainability as well as contributions from cosmopolitanism to intercultural dialogue.

For more detailed information as well as a list of German language publications please visit Dominic Busch’s website.

Selected publications in English:

Busch, D. (Ed.). (2023). The Routledge handbook of intercultural mediation. New York: Routledge.

Busch, D., & Franco, E. (2022). New methodologies—New interculturalities? The visionary discourse of post-qualitative research on the intercultural. Language and Intercultural Communication, 1–13. DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2022.2133136.

Busch, D. (2021). The changing discourse of intercultural ethics: A diachronic meta-analysis. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 16(3), 189–202. DOI: 10.1080/17447143.2020.1803887.

Busch, D. (2019). Intercultural conflict mediation. In P. Moy (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies in communication. New York: Oxford University Press.

Busch, D., & Möller-Kiero, J. (2017). Sustainability and ethnic peace discourse: In search for synergies from bringing together discourses on intercultural communication and on global sustainability. ESSACHESS: Journal for Communication Studies, 10(1), 217-237.

Busch, D. (2016). Does conflict mediation research keep track with cultural theory? A theory-based qualitative content analysis on concepts of culture in conflict management research. European Journal of Applied Linguistics, 4(2), 181-207.

Busch, D., & Möller-Kiero, J. (2016). Rethinking interculturality will require moral confessions: Analysing the debate among convivialists, interculturalists, cosmopolitanists and intercultural communication scholars. Interculture Journal, 15(26), 43-57.

Busch, D. (2015). Conflict Management in Organizations. In A. D. Smith, X. Hou, J. Stone, R. Dennis, & P. Rizova (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and nationalism (pp. 1–5). John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781118663202.wberen340.

Busch, D. (2015). Culture is leaving conversation analysis, but is it really gone? The analysis of culturalist performances in conversationJournal of Intercultural Communication, 39, 1-17.

Busch, D. (2015). Mediation. In J. M. Bennett (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of intercultural competence (pp. 608–611). Sage. DOI: 10.4135/9781483346267.n199.

Busch, D. (2012). Cultural theory and conflict management in organizations: How does theory shape our understanding of culture in practice? International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 12(1), 9–24. DOI: 10.1177/1470595811413106.

Busch, D. (2010). Shopping in hospitality: Situational constructions of customer–vendor relationships among shopping tourists at a bazaar on the German–Polish border. Language and Intercultural Communication, 10(1), 72–89. DOI: 10.1080/14708470903452614.

Busch, D. (2009). What kind of intercultural competence will contribute to students’ future job employability? Intercultural Education, 20(5), 429–438. DOI: 10.1080/14675980903371290.

Work for CID:

Dominic Busch has written a guest post, Some Observations on Internal Social Discourses on the Recent Increase of Refugee Immigration into Germany, as well as KC76: Intercultural Sustainability and KC106: Intercultural Medication. He has translated KC1: Intercultural DialogueKC2: CosmopolitanismKC76: Intercultural Sustainability, and KC106: Intercultural Mediation into German. He also frequently reviews translations into German.

Universität der Bundeswehr München job ad

Universität der Bundeswehr München announces the vacancy of a Professorship in “Education with a Special Focus on International Comparative and Intercultural Education Research.” The professorship is based in the University’s department of education providing BA and MA courses in education. Both courses concentrate on aspects of intercultural education, media education as well as adult education. Universität der Bundeswehr München is a civic university designed for the provision of degree courses to future officers of the German army (Bundeswehr).

Munich job ad

In der Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften ist zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt die folgende Professur zu besetzen:
W3-Professur für Erziehungswissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt international vergleichende und interkulturelle Bildungsforschung

Die Fakultät bietet aktuell BA- und MA-Studiengänge in der Bildungswissenschaft, Psychologie und Sportwissenschaft an. Die ausgeschriebene Professur trägt in der Lehre primär zum BA-Studiengang „Bildungswissenschaft“ und zum MA-Studiengang „Bildungswissenschaft, insbesondere interkulturelle, Medien- und Erwachsenenbildung“ bei.

Der Stelleninhaber/Die Stelleninhaberin soll die Bereiche der international vergleichenden und der interkulturellen Bildungsforschung in Lehre und Forschung vertreten. Im Fokus der Professur stehen die international vergleichende, theoretische und empirische Analyse von Bildungsprozessen sowie der synchrone und diachrone Vergleich zwischen verschiedenen Bildungssystemen und deren bildungstheoretischer Einbettung im internationalen Raum. Darüber hinaus erforscht der Stelleninhaber/die Stelleninhaberin Voraussetzungen von Bildungsprozessen unter Gesichtspunkten von Heterogenität, Mobilität und Übergangsprozessen. Einschlägige theoretische Arbeiten auf einem oder mehreren dieser Gebiete sowie hervorragend ausgewiesene empirische Forschungserfahrungen in qualitativer und/oder quantitativer Sozialforschung sind Voraussetzung.

Die Bewerberin/Der Bewerber hat Lehre im BA-Studiengang „Bildungswissenschaft“ und im MA-Studiengang „Bildungswissenschaft, insbesondere interkulturelle, Medien- und Erwachsenenbildung“ zu erbringen. Vorausgesetzt werden eine Habilitation oder habilitationsäquivalente Leistungen, exzellente Leistungen in der Forschung und eine ambitionierte Lehre, einschlägige Publikationen in Fachzeitschriften sowie eine erfolgreiche Einwerbung von Drittmitteln. Der Nachweis von Lehrund Forschungstätigkeit im internationalen Kontext ist erwünscht. Die Bereitschaft zur Mitarbeit in der akademischen Selbstverwaltung wird erwartet.

Die Universität der Bundeswehr München bietet für Offizieranwärter/-innen und Offiziere ein wissenschaftliches Studium an, das im Trimestersystem zu Bachelor- und Masterabschlüssen führt. Das Studium wird durch fächerübergreifende, berufsqualifizierende Anteile des integralen Begleitstudiums studium plus ergänzt.

Die Einstellungsvoraussetzungen und die dienstrechtliche Stellung von Professorinnen und Professoren richten sich nach dem Bundesbeamtengesetz. In das Beamtenverhältnis kann berufen werden, wer am Tag der Ernennung das 50. Lebensjahr noch nicht vollendet hat. Die Universität strebt eine Erhöhung des Anteils von Professorinnen an und fordert deshalb ausdrücklich Wissenschaftlerinnen zur Bewerbung auf. Schwerbehinderte Bewerber und Bewerberinnen werden bei gleicher Qualifikation bevorzugt berücksichtigt.

Bitte richten Sie die üblichen Bewerbungsunterlagen bis zum 15.10.2015 als vertrauliche Personalsache an die Dekanin der Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften der Universität der Bundeswehr München, 85577 Neubiberg.

CFP Network for International & Intercultural Communication (Germany)

8th annual conference of the Network for International and Intercultural Communication in Dortmund (Germany)
January 14-16, 2016

“Entangled History from a Media Perspective: International and Transcultural Communication History”

Our upcoming event will be a joint conference of the divisions for International and Intercultural Communication and Communication History of the German Association for Communication Studies (DGPuK). The conference will take place in the Institute for Newspaper Research, Dortmund.

Abstracts for presentations are expected to be submitted no later than August 31, 2015 and should be send to

Submissions for the following areas of research are welcome:

1. Contributions to the theory and methodology of transcultural communication and media history as well as to the transformation of media systems and structures in a historical perspective.

2. Research on transnational and transcultural communication history and its phenomena, which can be described as “histoire croisée” or “entangled history”. These can, for example, concern:
•Communication and media in exile and / or in the diaspora
•Cross-border media communication during certain periods or relating to a certain event (“Media Events”)
•Cross-border media production and reception (this also includes issues of cultural homogenization or hybridization)
•Media, communication and migration
•Memory and the media

3. Research on entangled developments of and in various national media systems, such as cross-border implications of digital media and new forms of participation in public media or in terms of political transformation processes. This includes questions of cross-border media and communication policy and regulation.

4. Research on various forms of per se international and transcultural communication in a historical perspective such as
•Public Diplomacy
•International news flows and foreign reporting
•Development communication and development journalism
•Global and translocal protest communication

5. International comparative research on historical media developments that explains differences and similarities in the history of media systems and communication processes, elaborates on relevant contextual factors and discusses appropriate methods.

Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach Profile


Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach is professor of philosophy at University of Konstanz, Germany.

She engages with normative issues which are crucial to modern, pluralistic societies in her work on immigration ethics, cultural pluralism, structural injustice, etc. She seeks to relate her work in this field with her research on the new, burgeoning field of intercultural and comparative philosophy. Here, her main focus lies on how the plurality of standpoints driving this discipline of philosophy can be buttressed. In this regard, she also examines the role of intercultural and comparative philosophy in developing (societal) narratives which facilitate cross-cultural understanding.

Kirloskar-Steinbach initiated the bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies (Karl Alber Verlag, Munich/Freiburg), which she currently co-edits with Jim Maffie (University of Maryland). She is currently the Vice-President of the Society of Intercultural Philosophy, Germany.

Kirloskar-Steinbach was born and grew up in India.

Some of her publications in English are:

Kirloskar-Steinbach, M., Ramana, G., & Maffie, J. (2014). Introducing Confluence: A thematic essay. Confluence, 1, 7-63.

Kirloskar-Steinbach, M. (2011). Humanistic values in Indian and Chinese traditions. In C. Dierksmeier et al. (Eds.), Humanistic ethics in the age of globality: Normative foundations for business in society (pp. 225-245). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian.

Kirloskar-Steinbach, M. (2002). Toleration in modern liberal discourse with special reference to Radhakrishnan’s Tolerant Hinduism. Journal of Indian Philosophy, 30, 389-402.

Dharampal-Frick, G., Kirloskar-Steinbach, M., Dwyer, R., &  Phalkey J. (Eds.). (In press). Key concepts in modern Indian Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Some of her publications in German are:

Kirloskar-Steinbach, M. (In press). Wie lassen sich liberale Ideale auch auf Immigrierte ausweiten? Eine erste Skizze. Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung.

Kirloskar-Steinbach, M. (2010). Interkulturalität und Menschenrechtsbegründungen. Eine indische Perspektive. In J. Werkner et al (Eds.), Religion, Menschenrechte und Menschenrechtspolitik, Beiträge zu Genese, Geltung und Wirkung eines aktuellen politischen Spannungsfeldes (pp. 219-235). Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Kirloskar-Steinbach, M. (2007). Nationale Identität und kultureller Pluralismus. In Zurbuchen, S. (Ed.), Bürgerschaft und Migration. Einwanderung und Einbürgerung aus ethisch-politischer Perspektive (pp. 255-287). Muenster: LIT-Verlag.

Kirloskar-Steinbach, M., Dharampal-Frick, G., & Friele, M. (Eds.). (2012). Die Interkulturalitätsdebatte – Leit-und Streitbegriffe/Intercultural Discourse – Key and Contested Concepts. Freiburg: Verlag Karl Alber.

Work for CID:
Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach wrote KC63: Interkulturelle Philosophie.

Yang Liu Graphic Designs: East Meets West

Academics tend to discuss cultural differences in words. Designers show them visually. Yang Liu grew up in China, but then moved to Germany, becoming a designer. One of her projects, East meets West, consists of a series of comparisons of Chinese vs. German assumptions based on  her own experiences.

Her designs have been exhibited in both China and Germany, as well as being widely available on the internet. For further information, see her own website, or one of the many articles describing her work, including these:

Aw, Jean. (2007). Interview with Yang Liu- 11.13.07. NOTCOT.

Saleme, Shawn. (2013). East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu. Visual News.


Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships (Germany)

Humanities Postdocs for Study/Research in Germany

Each academic year, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation fund up to twelve Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities for stays of 9 to 12 months in Germany. The cooperating institutions are: the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen, the Exzellence Cluster and the Zukunftskolleg der Universität Konstanz, the Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin, the Berliner Zentrum Moderner Orient, the Deutsche Archäologische Institut (DIA) in Berlin, the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, the Deutsche Literaturarchiv in Marbach, the Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz (IEG) and the Leopoldina Centre for the Study of the History of Science and Science Academies at Halle (Saale).

The Fellowships address postdocs at American universities and research institutes working in the Humanities who wish to spend some time in Germany working on a research project.

Visit Volkswagen’s main site for more information. Applications must be filed electronically via the electronic application system. Application deadline is October 15, 2014.

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