GC Human Rights Preparedness Initiative (Italy)

“CollaborativeEach pandemic is different. At the same time, each is also the latest in a long line, which means there are lessons to be learned from the past, and preparations that can be made for the future. The Global Campus of Human Rights is proud to present its new open initiative GC Human Rights Preparedness, a space for collaboration on the role that human rights must play in addressing the persistent challenges of pandemics and other emergencies.

By identifying good practices in a variety of areas related to human rights and democratisation, GC Human Rights Preparednesswill shape significant knowledge with relevance to the post COVID-19 world. The initiative is curated by an editorial team supported by a multiregional and multidisciplinary group of reviewers and advisors whose knowledge and expertise are best suited to discuss complex issues.

If you want to know more about the project, or if you wish to submit your contribution, please visit  the site or contact the GC Team via email.

We Rise Video: Response to COVID-19 (Italy)

Applied ICDWE RISE video, prepared by Class 5B, Liceo Artistico Aldo Passoni [High School of Arts Aldo Passion], Torino, Italy.

NOTE: A prior class of Paola’s won 2nd prize in the CID Video Competition in 2018, and then prepared a reflection on making that video to aid potential 2019 competitors. This video shows how a group might create a video for the 2020 competition, despite quarantine orders.

The idea came in the middle of the eye of the hurricane of COVID-19 in Italy. It was mid-March 2020 and, in the north of Italy where I live, the number of infected people was tripling every day, the hospital system was nearly collapsing, and the death toll was appalling.

I had been meeting my students online regularly. Before starting our lessons on English Literature and Visual Arts, we always had short conversations about how they were, how their family members were, and how they were coping with the situation. Looking at their faces through the screen, I saw their sense of bewilderment, but I also saw their resilience. Their young bodies and their youthful energies were confined, but their minds were not.

Therefore, I thought that maybe we could try together to get out of our physical confinement, and send a message of resilience, solidarity, and hope which could reach other people outside our homes. Yet, such a message was also directed inward to ourselves as an act of resistance and as the possibility to open our inner window on the future.

I proposed that my students make a video in which each of them would read some lines of a poem or a song. Participation was voluntary, yet the majority of them accepted immediately. I looked for some poems on a website which is very well done and which I often use for my lessons too: www.poetryfoundation.org. I chose some lines from four poems which I found particularly inspiring for the purpose we had in mind. I then proposed the poems to the participants: we read the poems together, I translated some parts for them, and then they decided which poem they preferred. Then, each participant read the whole poem that s/he had chosen, recording it on her/his mobile phone or computer. Meanwhile, I had asked a friend of mine, Luca Gasparini, a professional film editor, whether he could edit the different recordings. He accepted immediately and willingly. So, I collected all the different videos and uploaded them for him on a platform. He promptly edited them, and finished in only a few days.

I am so proud of my students! To spread such a message, they accepted to foreground the fragility and the vulnerability of speaking in English, which is not their native language. Even the students who have more difficulties in speaking English agreed to participate, showing that exposing one’s frailty can be a great act of courage. I think they all demonstrated great generosity, hope, and trust.

A final note on the title. The title was inspired by one of the poems, but it was important to convey plurality and solidarity by using use the inclusive pronoun ‘we’ – referring to ‘we’ in the video, but also to ‘we’ in not only our immediate communities, but also in the global community. Then, the verb ‘to rise’ which means ‘to stand up’ and indicates resilience and hope; but at the same time ‘to rise’ also references the rising sun. Therefore, our message also points out that after darkness comes a new dawn.

I hope you like the video!
Paola Giorgis

European MA in Human Rights & Democratisation (Italy)

Graduate StudyEuropean Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation for 2020/21, Global Campus of Human Rights, Venice, Italy. Application deadline: 12 May 2020.

The Global Campus of Human Rights has announced that the call for applications for the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) has been extended until 12 May 2020.
EMA is an intensive one-year course aimed at educating 90 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation. The Master’s Programme offers a practice and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives of Human Rights and Democratisation with skill building activities and a field trip exercise.

EMA is both a residential and an exchange programme. The first semester from September 2020 to January 2021 is organised at the Global Campus of Human Rights premises in Venice and the second semester from February to July 2021 takes place in one of the 41 participating universities within the member states of the European Union. The multidisciplinary EMA Programme includes lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, skill-building sessions and individual research.

The Global Campus of Human Rights is an inter-disciplinary centre of excellence supported by the EU.

CFP Sociolinguistics of Immigration (Italy)

ConferencesCall for papers, 4th International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration: Language, Power, and Resistance in Relation to Migratory Contexts of (Im)mobilization, University of Turin, Genova, Italy, 22-23 September, 2020. Deadline:  25 February 2020.

This international conference aims to bring together scholars working on the epistemological, theoretical and methodological challenges posed to sociolinguistics and related disciplines by recent global migratory phenomena. The conference is organized by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Modern Cultures of the University of Turin (Italy), and will take place in Sestri Levante (Genova), Italy, from 22nd to 23rd September 2020. The language of the conference is English.

EIUC Summer School: Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy (Italy)

Study AbroadSummer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy,  Global Campus of Human Rights (EIUC) in Venice Lido, Italy, 31 August to 6 September, 2020. Deadline extended to: 30 June 2020.

The Summer School is a training initiative jointly developed by the Global Campus and Picture People. The 11-day intense training is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy, to share ideas and foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers from all over the world during the Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.

NOTE: Due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy will take place in a reduced 7-day format from 31 August to 06 September 2020, taking into account any eventual measures adopted by the 77th Venice International Film Festival. 

Venice School of Human Rights 2020 (Italy)

Applied ICDThe Global Campus of Human Rights is now accepting applications for the Venice School of Human Rights 2020. The School will take place in Venice, at the Global Campus of Human Rights Headquarters, 28 March-4 April 2020.Application deadline: 24 February 2020, early bird until 27 January to receive a 10% discount.

The programme is divided into three separate streams covering human rights defenders, gender equality, and rights of the child. A core introduction to each of the main themes will be provided to all participants in plenary, and following this, specialised seminars will be organised in smaller groups in the respective subject areas. A red thread running through the programme will be to highlight and work with the concrete experience of participants, who bring a rich legacy of engagement in complex human rights situations to bear on the programme. The faculty of the School includes prominent academics, representatives of leading human rights NGOs, members of the European Parliament and Sakharov Prize Laureates.

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia: History of East and Southeast Asia (Italy)

“JobAssistant Professor in History of East and South-East Asia, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy. Deadline: 14 January 2020.

Ca’ Foscari is looking for a researcher in the area of History of East and South-East Asia, who will be involved in the “Department of Excellence” project. The successful candidate should be capable of inspiring students to become game-changers in their own fields and to make a genuine difference in the world.

The position will be hosted in the Department of Asian and North African Studies. The Department has recently received a  “Department of Excellence” Award by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. The Excellence Award has allowed the department to receive additional state funding to develop innovative projects for the creation of the Marco Polo International Research Centre (MaP) Centre for Global Europe-Asia Connections. The aim is to foster scientific cooperation at international level on innovative topics such as new religious identities, migrations, climate change and the history of relations between Europe, Asia and the Arab and Islamic world in a Transcultural perspective.

The specific fields of interest, often cross-disciplinary, can be divided into four main areas: linguistics, philology and literature; religions and philosophy; archaeology and cultural heritage conservation, figurative arts and perf

Alessia Maselli Profile

ProfilesAlessia Maselli is a graduate of the International Education M.A. program at New York University (USA), currently working as an Exchange Program officer at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), contributing to managing the exchange experience of over 1000 incoming exchange students from 200+ partner universities.

Alessia Maselli

Her research interests focus on the impact of globalization on education: more specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationship between international education and political changes on the global level, in the internationalization of the curriculum in higher education through the lens of critical pedagogy, and, more largely, on the international student experience. As a dual Italian American citizen, Alessia’s deep understanding of the international student experience translated into a strong personal and academic passion for improving it, as demonstrated by her various leadership roles, such as that of Assistant Teacher in the New International Student Seminar at NYU.

Alessia also contributed to the translation from English to Italian of the two UNESCO pedagogical guides on the prevention of violent extremism through education, in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice, Italy) and the Centre for International Cooperation (Trento, Italy): A Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (UNESCO, 2016) and Preventing violent extremism through education: a guide for policy-makers (UNESCO, 2017).


Work for CID:
Alessia Maselli translated KC35: Media Ecology into Italian.

SIETAR Italia Call for Events Proposals 2020 (Italy)

EventsCall for Events Proposals for 2020, SIETAR Italia, Milan, Italy. Deadline: 30 October 2019.

Organizers at SIETAR Italia are currently working on the 2020 Programme of Events. Every year they ask members and non-members to deliver workshops, seminars, webinars or talks following their guidelines.

Are you interested in presenting an event in 2020?

The areas of greatest interest are:
•    Companies and organizational challenges
•    Intercultural and multicultural socio-political contexts
•    Development of competencies and training of intercultural professionals
•    Intercultural communication in language education
•    Intercultural education in the European context

 

If you have any interesting contribution to offer (in English or Italian) on one of these subjects, please complete the Form for Events Proposals – 2020 Calendar, and send it to SIETAR Italia by the 30th of October 2019. Notices about what has been accepted will be sent by end of November 2019.

In Milan, most of the events are hosted for free by ChiAmaMilano, via Laghetto, 2 (near Duomo – Università Statale) which is run by the Milan Council. If you know of other venues in Milan or other cities, please mention them.

The 2020 Calendar of Events, as well as the one-off events, will be posted on the following channels: the SIETAR Italia website; the GLOBAL SIETAR calendar of events; Eventbrite, through the Newsletter (with a mailing list of 2500 contacts), the SIETAR Italia Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, as well as through partners’ communication channels.

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Postdoc (Italy)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Research Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Deadline: 18 October 2019.

The EUI has a vacancy for a Research Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Migration Policy Centre (MPC), Florence, Italy. The position will be full-time, two years, starting 01/01/20 or as soon as possible after this date. Subject to the availability of future funding, the contract can be further renewed several times up to a total of 5 years (including the first contract period).

The Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM) conducts new research on some of the most pressing public policy issues related to asylum, migration and mobility in the European Union. To support MPC’s work on the MEDAM project, they are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with strong quantitative skills and experience in cross-country analysis of public attitudes to migration and/or public preferences for migration policies.

The Research Fellow will work with Professor Martin Ruhs (Deputy Director of the MPC) to analyse public attitudes and preferences for migration policies in selected countries in Europe and Africa. The Research Fellow will help design, commission, and analyse data from new surveys of public policy attitudes (incl. conjoint survey experiments). The work will also involve a number of in-depth interviews with policymakers. Project outputs will include academic publications, blog posts, and policy briefs.