ICA Regional: Communications Research in the Digital Age (India)

ConferencesInternational Communication Association South Asia Regional Conference 2017: Communications Research in the Digital Age, 14 to 16 December 2017, Mumbai, INDIA, Hosted by SNDT Women’s University. Abstract due: August 31, 2017

The ICA South Asia regional conference intends to examine communications research in digital age under four parallel tracks for paper presentation:

A. Individual and Digital Exposure (IDE): What is the relationship of individual with the digital media?

B. Gender, Culture Technology (GCT): How does community and technology intersect in a given culture?

C. Digital Media Ecology (DME): Who are the stakeholders and players of digital media landscape?

D. Digital Research Methodologies (DRM): What are methodological challenges for digital media research?

We recognize that all the themes are intersecting and can be interwoven, yet we expect that you choose ONE that you think is nearest to your research/panel so that regional interest groups can be formed towards the end of the conference. By submitting abstract you are agreeing to register for the Conference. There will be workshops as well as plenary at the Conference.

Amritsar: Conflict & Harmony

Applied ICDAmritsar: Conflict and Harmony
Guest Post by Linda J. de Wit

Amritsar is a medium-sized city in India serving as a tourist destination for two main reasons. First, it is the location of the holiest temple of the Sikh religion; second, it is the closest city to the Wagah border crossing with Pakistan where thousands of visitors assemble to watch the ceremonial closing of the gates every day.

The city and its surroundings have great significance in the history of Partition and the border ceremony is probably the most tangible example of the persistent tensions between the countries separated in 1947. In a remarkably aligned military drill, soldiers on both sides parade up and down, accompanied by hostile looks, aggressive hand gestures, and kicks so high they are basically standing splits. The audiences cheer every move in what almost looks like a dance-off.

When the two flags simultaneously are lowered, a single brief handshake takes place before the border gates are violently slammed shut in the neighbor’s face. The crowds applaud and shout patriotic slogans. The ceremony is a joyful event with music and dancing, having the atmosphere of a sports game. The souvenirs on the Indian side signal that the subject matter is more serious, as they boast about the “world’s largest border guarding force.” Most visitors have probably never been, and will never go, to the other side.

Back in the city, one can visit the Partition museum, the only one in the country. It recounts how the division of British India along religious lines caused millions of people to leave their homes. Amritsar’s train station saw refugees leaving in both directions, as well as packed trains arriving with no one alive, attacked because they were Muslims or Hindus.

A stone’s throw from the museum is a walled garden, Jallianwala Bagh, where a massacre took place by British forces among peaceful protesters in 1919. Gatherings had been forbidden and, without providing a warning, soldiers opened fire on the crowd for ten minutes, killing hundreds. This was one of the events that nourished the independence movement in India.

The city’s main attraction, however, is a different place, drawing more visitors than the Taj Mahal: the Golden Temple. It is the spiritual center of Sikhism because it is where the original version of the religion’s holy book lies. The Temple’s four doors symbolize that people from east, west, north and south can enter the place, irrespective of caste, creed and sex: Sikhism’s fundamental values include absolute equality and the unity of humankind.

The free information booklets distributed around the Temple describe how Sikhism holds that, in essence, all religions are an expression of the same fundamental truth. The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak (1469-1539), strove to bring Hindus and Muslims together: “his life and teachings were a symbol of the harmony between the two communities.”[1]

The peaceful ambience of the Temple complex is a heartening change from the city’s gloomier connotations. Tears may spring to the visitor’s eyes, due to mountains of onions being peeled by countless volunteers: every Sikh place of worship has a common kitchen distributing free meals. At the Golden Temple some 75,000 people per day share the same food, sitting together in a row on the floor.

For the moment, such harmony is, on a larger scale, still something to strive for. Last December, the Heart of Asia peace summit took place in Amritsar, but India and Pakistan did not successfully initiate a dialogue process.[2]

The significance of Amritsar in history, as in the present, remains ambiguous. The city is the backdrop of some of the most intense examples of failing intercultural and interreligious dialogue and the consequences thereof. At the same time, as the capital of Sikhism, the city is imbued with the inclusive philosophy of tolerance and unity. For all its contrasts, Amritsar ultimately is a symbol of hope of a better future.

[1] Dr. Sir Radhkrishnan, as cited in: Singh Shan, H. (2015). Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The Unique and Universal Scripture. Dharam Parchar Committee.

[2] http://www.atimes.com/inod-pak-dialogue-process-fails-launch-amritsar/

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Saveetha U Job Ad: Dean of International Affairs (India)

Dean – International Affairs
Saveetha University
Expires: 31st October 2016

Position Summary
Saveetha University seeks to appoint a Dean for International Affairs at Saveetha University, Chennai, T.N, India.

Key Responsibilities
• Provide university-wide leadership to various areas in order to internationalize the University including research, outreach, culture, diversity, curriculum, partnerships, grants, and entrepreneurial activities.
• Provide direct supervision to international affairs staff and coordinate with other supervisors regarding dual reporting roles.
• Establish an action plan to implement strategic initiatives and international activities.
• Communicate and collaborate with various internal and external constituents.• Represent the university in dealings with foreign partners and manage relationship with foreign partners.
• Represent the university to agencies on matters relating to International Affairs; seek grants and resources from external agencies to fulfill the university’s vision.
• Create collaborative programs pertaining to international student and their issues
• Attend and be visible/present in events/programs on campus that are relevant to international student and their issues
• Outreach to other student organization, academic colleges and administrative areas addressing similar issues including, but not limited to, Diversity Development, Intercultural Student Services, the Cultural Resource Centers, University Housing and Dining Services related to international students and faculties.
• Be a student advocate for international affairs and strive to create a safe, open environment
• Work closely with the Directors of Government Relations issues and policies concerning international students in higher education.
• Conduct research projects, such as surveys, petitions and focus groups in order to gather student concerns and interests. 

Education & Experience Requirements
• Phd. from any discipline related to Engineering, Technology, Health Science, Law & Management.
• Should have served as Senior Faculty for minimum of 10 yrs. in a reputed University.
• Should have exposed to international academic societies and culture.
• Should be able to best represent the university to international communities, students and faculty members in line with the goals of the university.
• Should be a person with universal personalities including rich interpersonal skills, understanding on different cultures and people from different ethnic origins and international legal frameworks related to academics.

Interested persons may send in their detailed C.V to:
The Registrar, Saveetha University, 162 Poonamallee High Road, Chennai – 600 077
Email: registrar[at]saveetha.com

Archana Shrivastava Researcher Profile

Archana ShrivastavaDr. Archana Shrivastava is Associate Professor & Head of the Business Communication Area at Birla Institute of Management Technology, India.  Having worked at various universities and colleges, she has 18 years of research, teaching and training experience. Dr. Shrivastava earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in English literature from Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar in M.P. She is a Thomas certified professional and can perform Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) and Human Job Analysis (HJA). She is trained to teach “Business English Certificate Course and is also an active member of ABC (Association for Business Communication) and ELTAI (English Language Teachers Association of India).

Her current research and publishing is in the areas of interpersonal communication, cross-cultural communication, listening, leadership, team building, and skill development. She has participated and presented papers in various conferences held in India and abroad. She has authored numerous case studies and research papers published in journals like Emerald, Inderscience and The Case Centre (earlier -European Case Clearing House). She is a recipient of a travel grant awarded by AICTE in 2015 to present her research at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Shrivastava has more than 18 years of academic experience to teach/train a variety of courses including: Business Communication, Soft Skills, Business Etiquette, Handling Interviews, Presentation Skills, Nonverbal Communication, Audience Analysis, Crisis Communication, Conflict Management, Negotiation Skills, Intercultural Communication, and Effective Listening. She has been conducting trainings and Management Development Programmes (MDPs) for senior executives of several renowned  organizations like NTPC, NHPC, GAIL, IFFCO and Power Grid to name a few. She has also been mentoring and developing students in the area of Soft Skills, especially People Skills.

Selected Publications

Shrivastava, A., & Srivastava A. (2016). Measuring communication competence and effectiveness of ASHAs (accredited social health activist) in their leadership role at rural settings of Uttar Pradesh (India). Leadership in Health Services, 29(1), 69-81.

Shrivastava, A. (2014). Active empathic listening as a tool for better communication. International Journal of Marketing and Business Communication, 3(3/4), 13-18.

Shrivastava, A. (2014). Sustainable development and inclusive growth model for improving organic agriculture in India: A case study on communication and awareness strategies of Morarka Foundation. The Case Centre, Reference number 914-017-1.

Shrivastava, A. (2013). Multi-channel communication tools and their role in growing “snack foods” culture in India. Indian Journal of Scholarship Research, 2(9).

Shrivastava, A., & Bindra, A. (2015). Re-designing organizational communication model of Akosha: An online consumer forum in India to resolve consumer complaints. The Case Centre, Reference no. 315-033-1.

Shrivastava, A., & Midha, M. (2014). Developing softer transferable skills through team activities. The Case Centre, Reference number 314-149-1.

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Pradeep Prabhakar Gokhale Researcher Profile

GokhalePradeep Prabhakar Gokhale is Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Research Professor at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath (Varanasi), India. He retired in 2012 as Professor of Philosophy from the University of Pune after 31 years of teaching. His research areas include classical Indian philosophies: Buddhism, Lokāyata, Yoga, Jainism; Indian epistemology and logic; Indian moral philosophy; social philosophy and philosophy of religion: Ambedkar’s thought and contemporary Buddhism. Authored books in English are: Inference and fallacies discussed in Indian logic; Vādanyāya of Dharmakirti: The logic of debate; Hetubindu of Dharmakirti: A point on probans; Recollection, recognition and reasoning: A study in the Jaina theory of Paroksha Pramana (co-authored); and Lokāyata/Cārvāka: A philosophical inquiry. Authored books in Marathi are: Viṣamatecā Puraskartā Manu; and Tattvacintaka Cārvāka. Edited books in English are: The philosophy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar; Studies in Indian moral philosophy: Problems, concepts and perspectives (co-edited); and Buddhist texts and traditions (co-edited). Edited books in Marathi are: Vjñānāce Tattvajñāna (co-edited); and Bauddha-vicāradhārā. In addition he has around 45 (English) and 60 (Marathi) publications in various academic journals and anthologies. In addition, he has worked in different editorial capacities (1979-2011) for the quarterly philosophical journal in Marathi, Paramarsha, published by the department of Philosophy, University of Pune, and is presently a member of the editorial boards of Paramarsha and Paramarsha (Hindi).


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Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society – India Launch

Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society
Mumbai, India
15-16 March 2016
Planetary Citizens Assembly
India Launch

* Building intercultural, inter-ethnic, inter-religious, inclusive and sustainable society
* Working in collaboration with the United Nations.

The launch of the India Assembly is a significant step, and you are invited!

Mar 15, 2016 OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT
5:00 pm (for a 5:30 pm start)
KC College Auditorium, Churchgate Mumbai 400020

Mar 16, 2016 WORKSHOP & GARDEN INAUGURATION
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Roundtable: Business for building Unity in Diversity
Workshop: Policy, team, action plan of the Unity in Diversity Indian Chapter
Where: Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management, 257 SV Road, (next to
Shroff Eye Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai 400050
Inauguration: Unity in Diversity Peace Garden, Muktanand Peace Garden, off
Linking Road, Mumbai 54

Objectives of the India launch event:
• to form a “National Steering Committee” in India; which will coordinate continuous collaboration among civil society, private business sector, governments, religions, spiritual organisations, and work towards building inclusive societies,
• to establish a grassroots “Community Leadership Team; which will work with local communities in creating and implementing projects to strengthen civil society via dialogue and understanding,
• to lay the foundation of the Policy of the Indian Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society Assembly and to create the first action plan based on this policy, and
• to establish collaboration between the UN Alliance of Civilizations India Focal Point, UN associated organisations and the India civil society; in order to contribute to reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Who is invited
Corporate leaders, youth groups, women’s groups, media, educationists, migrants, sports, music arts and entertainment, volunteer groups, faith or spiritual groups, community organizations, cultural & ethnic groups, multicultural & diaspora organizations, congress bodies, councils, individuals with an interest in intercultural understanding, prominent thought leaders, etc., and everyone who believes in the vision of the Unity in Diversity.

Presented and organized by
Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF), Melbourne Australia, Shahani Group, Mumbai India, in collaboration with: UN Alliance of Civilizations & NGO DPI.

CFP Literature, Culture & World Peace (India)

Call for papers
International Conference on Literature, Culture and World Peace
23rd and 24th September, 2016
Pune, India
Higher Education and Research Society, Navi Mumbai

Contact: Dr Sudhir Nikam

Last date of Abstract: 22nd September, 2016
Last date of Paper Submission: 23rd September, 2016

Sub Themes include:
Peace Studies
Peace Polemics
Philosophy of Peace
War and Peace
Role of Literature/s in Promoting Peace
Environment and Peace
Democracy and Peace
Immigration/Migration and Peace
Conflict Resolution and Disarmament
Literature and Human Rights
Cultural Integration and Fragmentation
Non-violence and Peace
Globalization and Peace
Inequality and Justice
Globalization and Geopolitical Polarization
Religion of War/Religion on War
Literatures of Underrepresented
Ethnocentrism in Literature
International Relations: Literary Depictions
Globalization, Media and Peace
Education/Teaching for Peace

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Clothing as a Tool of Intercultural Dialogue: New Zealand and India

New Zealand fashion students recreate modern-day wear from traditional Indian silk saris

In a unique celebration joining New Zealand and Indian cultures, 15 New Zealand Fashion Tech students won Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, covering travel to the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in India to participate in a five week Apparel and Textile Practicum. Students earned the awards by creating garments made from traditional Indian sari fabrics. The inaugural Resene Designer Selection showcased the hand-crafted silk from Southern India made especially for their garments. Four of the NZ students were Maori. The goal was to take students outside the classroom and give them an international and applied perspective.

Further information about this project is available in a New Zealand journal article entitled “A pattern for success” published in Educator Review, and in an Indian newspaper article entitled “Indian silk, New Zealand patterns”. Continuing descriptions by the students of their experiences are also available on their university’s website.

Indian Institute of Management job ad (India)

Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

The Department of Communication at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) seeks communication scholars for a full time faculty position (equivalent to tenure track) in the area of organizational communication. Depending on the applicant’s qualifications, he or she would be appointed as a professor, associate professor or assistant professor.

This position requires a commitment to a strong research agenda and excellence in graduate-level teaching which will enable the applicant to meet the institute’s criteria for confirmation of appointment at the appropriate time.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in Communication or a closely related discipline by the start of appointment. Candidates who are close to completing their PhD (all but dissertation) and demonstrate sound record of teaching and research, may be considered for the position of assistant professor. Interested applicants are requested to send their CV and recent publications/conference papers in electronic form to: dean-facATiimahd.ernet.in

We are also happy to entertain applications for a visiting position.

We would be happy meet applicants attending the forthcoming National Communication Association Annual Convention in Chicago. Those interested may write to Prof Vaibhavi Kulkarni to schedule a meeting.

About IIM-A:
The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) is an autonomous School of Management in India. Set up in 1961, with initial academic support from the Harvard Business School, IIM-A assumed leadership in management education in India. It has maintained this stature over the past 50 years and has broken into the top 20s in international ratings. Its flagship Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management was set up in 1964. IIMA also offers a highly rated one year Pos Graduate Program in Management for Executives (PGPX), a top ranked program in Agri Business Management, and a Doctoral Programme in Management. IIMA promotes high quality research, providing the best in class support to facilitate the same. Faculty are encouraged to build international collaborations. IIMA enjoys a strong connect with the industry and Government in India, offering a rich repertoire of relevant management problems and policy issues for research.

About Ahmedabad:
Ahmedabad is a lively city of more than five million, located in the Western region of India. Just an hour’s flight from Mumbai and Delhi, Ahmedabad is also well connected by air to other cities in India and abroad. It has direct rail and road connections to practically all the major cities in the country.

IAMCR 2014 India CFP

REGION AS FRAME: POLITICS, PRESENCE, PRACTICE


Region as frame
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2014 IAMCR conference to be held from 15 -19 July, 2014 at Hyderabad, India. The deadline to submit your abstract is midnight GMT on 10 February 2014. This deadline will not be extended. For details about submissions, go to the IAMCR 2014 website. The conference is co-hosted by the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, and the School of Communication, English and Foreign Languages University, both in Hyderabad, India.

Conference Theme:
The breaking down of some the world’s walls has created an uncertainty about the geographies and substantive nature of the regions they had once defined. This includes physical boundaries such as the Berlin wall, ideological ones such as those in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, economic ones such as those that had once separated India and other socialist economies from the capitalist West, and cultural ones such as those that had hidden the lives of people in the Middle Eastern and Soviet bloc.

Mobility, migration and disembodied interactions by cyberspace further complicate the notion of region as a conceptual and experiential category. New regional hierarchies, such as the economic power of emerging economies (BRICS) are taking shape, serving to decentre traditional loci of power, while different forms of identity politics are creating fissures in the modern nation state. Corporations have acquired the power to dictate politics through their ownership of forms and channels of expression, and this has created a new urgency to re-think old political economy arguments around media control and dispersal in a regional rather than global framework.

The conference theme seeks to explore the dynamics of media systems, communication patterns and organizational relationships within this new “framing” of region as a physical and conceptual category. The theme thus lends itself to panels and papers dealing with a wide range of specific sub-themes and topics. These may include:

• What are the politics that drive media discourse, organization and economics?

• What kind of presence is at all possible in this redefined regional space, and how does region become a real and imagined construct across new media presences?

• What sorts of practices then become key to media and communication spaces enclosed in or defined by this new frame?