MOOC Teaching and Learning in Multicultural Contexts (Italy)

“MOOCs”Teaching and Learning in Multicultural Contexts MOOC, created by Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Opens 8 May 2023 with free access until 5 May 2024.

The growth of human mobility together with globalization are shaping the demographics of many societies and of many interactive contexts, including new ways of learning and of working modalities. Thus, the possibility of facing intercultural relationships, even without moving, is today very frequent. And in the academic contexts, the internationalization of higher education makes the issue of teaching and learning in multicultural contexts, whether in person or online, relevant and essential to be learned and managed effectively.

This MOOC is divided into six weeks, with an estimate of 2-3 hours of time per week. It is addressed mainly to university teachers, with the aim to enhance their intercultural and global citizens’ skills and practices, so they can consciously foster the same skills in their students. It is open to anyone who is interested in understanding cultural diversity, thus to better live together and collaborate in multicultural contexts. It is taught in English, and it is offered without charge.

One of the instructors will be Maura di Mauro, affiliated with CID, who developed it for the Politecnico of Milan and for Somali National University. 

U Ca’ Foscari: Sociology of Culture & Communication (Italy)

“JobNontenured Assistant Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy. Deadline: 27 April 2023.

Ca’ Foscari is looking for a researcher of Sociology of Culture and Communication, capable of inspiring students to become game-changers in their own fields and to make a genuine difference in the world. The researcher will contribute to the I-CLAIM project “Improving the Living and Labour Conditions of Irregularized Migrant Households in Europe”.

The researcher will conduct the following activities:

    • a study on the living and working conditions that characterize irregular and precarious migrant labor in the area of domestic and agricultural work in Italy;

    • a study on the legislative and policy framework that contributes to the conditions of irregularity and exploitation of migrant people in Italy;

    • and a collaboration with national stakeholders in the production of innovative policy proposals for this area.

A didactic commitment of the researcher is also expected for teaching “Sociological Theories I”.

This position is at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, whose aim is to provide students with the knowledge to develop those interpretive, critical, analytical and communication skills that are necessary to understand and navigate the complexities of life in the 21st century.


European U Institute: Research Fellow (Italy)

Research Fellow in the
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Deadline: 18 November 2022.

The European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) carries out research on the major issues facing Europe, bridging the world of academia and practice through interdisciplinary and applied research. The Research Fellow will be based at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) which is part of the RSCAS. The MPC is a multi-disciplinary research centre that conducts advanced research on the transnational governance of international migration, asylum and mobility. It aims to provide new ideas, rigorous evidence and critical thinking to inform major European and global policy debates.

This position is for a research fellow to work on DYNAMING (funded by HorizonEurope, Jan 2023 – Dec 2025), a new international research and policy project that will analyse the decision-making of potential and actual migrants, and how migrants’ decisions and behaviour – and migration processes more broadly – are perceived and understood by policy actors. DYNAMIG will have a strong focus on migration from and within Africa. Led by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, the DYNAMIG consortium includes eight research institutions across Europe and Africa, including MPC.

The Research Fellow will carry out research work in an independent manner and collaborate on the research work of the project. Working closely with Prof. Martin Ruhs, and collaborating with African partner institutions that will conduct interviews and surveys in Africa, the Research Fellow will provide analyses of how European and African policy actors perceive and think about migrants’ decision-making and broader migration processes, and of the ideas and understandings of migrants’ behaviour underpinning migration (and migration-related) policies. Project outputs will include academic publications (at least 2 journal articles), blog posts, and policy briefs.

Johns Hopkins U: Director of SAIS Europe Campus (Italy)


Director of School of International Studies (SAIS) Europe Campus, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy. Deadline: 23 June 2022.

With campuses in Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China, The Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) has been educating global leaders for more than 70 years. As a highly selective graduate institution with a distinguished faculty, SAIS consistently ranks as one of the top schools of international relations in the world. SAIS was founded to provide a practical approach to training students in international affairs and foreign relations, and to provide mid-career educational opportunities for those already working in related fields.

The SAIS campus in Bologna, Italy (“SAIS Europe”) is recruiting for a Director. This office provides academic and administrative leadership for the school, which includes more than 70 faculty, 30 staff and 180 students in MA, PhD and related graduate programs. The position requires at least an MA or MSc degree in a relevant field, ideally a PhD. Candidates are expected to have a record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment and/or senior policy experience in international affairs. In addition, the School is looking for demonstrated success in organizational leadership, and the ability to work well across U.S. and European university settings. A commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential. In addition to English, fluency in Italian, while not required, would be a strong asset.

Maria Flora Mangano: Saturday Morning (Intercultural) School

Guest PostsSaturday Morning (Intercultural) School. Guest post by Maria Flora Mangano.

NOTE: Maria Flora Mangano has previously written about dialogue as a space of relationship (2020, 2018, 20172014) as long-term followers of this site will remember. 

Since the end of 2021, I have been involved in an after-school activity for 4 to 12-year-olds. This volunteer work supports pupils doing their homework once a week, on Saturday mornings. This activity was created by a teacher at the beginning of the current school term, in October 2021, and it takes place in a parish of the city center of my town, Viterbo, near Rome. The initial aim was to reach non-Italian children from the city center, which is mostly inhabited by non-native families. In a short time, additional children arrived from different zones of the town and the surroundings.

What the children experience at home, with relatives and friends of their parents’ culture, often coexists, interacts, and enriches – we may say “is in dialogue” – with what they experience at school, as well as in this after-school activity. At the same time, their daily sharing with Italian and non-Italian people (peers, teachers, or neighbors, for instance) feeds their knowledge, and it frequently provides precious input to their families. Some, in fact, help their parents in improving their understanding of the Italian language, in talking, reading, or writing; others assist Italian people (even us) to better understand their parents’ and family’s needs.

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Feeling Italian Instructional Video

Resources in ICD“ width=Feeling Italian: Citizens in a Multicultural Society. SIETAR Italia. The video is 27 minutes long, in Italian and English, with sub-titles in both languages.

Feeling Italian: Citizens in a Multicultural Society tells the stories and experiences of four people with a migratory background who live in Italy. It is composed of six modules and can be viewed in full or in modules, in order to stimulate a discussion on the following topics: stereotypes and discrimination, multicultural identity, dreams and aspirations, difficulties or challenges to the professional and social inclusion of people with migration, intercultural skills to be developed, diversity and inclusion management skills.

The didactic video is accompanied by training course materials and is part of a “train the trainers” course. In case you want receive the training course materials or you want more information about the course, contact the organizers by email. (Created and produced by Maura Di Mauro and Bettina Gehrke – Intercultural trainers, educators, and diversity and inclusion experts.)

For more information click here.

If you want to buy the video, click here.

U per stranieri: Interculturalism (Italy)


Researcher, Università per stranieri Dante Alighieri, Reggio Calabria, Italy. Deadline: 2 December 2021.


This three-year research project in the field of general sociology (SPS/07) will investigate the topic of interculturalism in its different dimensions and issues. The research will take into account the socio-economic problems of Calabria, a region that requires suitable support in terms of policies and interventions. The main objective is to investigate social policies related to the promotion of inclusion and the fight against inequalities, in order to identify the most appropriate tools, competences and professional profiles to tackle some of the main challenges faced by contemporary society.

EIUC Electoral Observers Training 2021 (Italy)

Applied ICD

Training seminar for International Electoral Observers, Global Campus of Human Rights, Venice, Italy, 15-20 November 2021. Deadline: 29 October 2021.

The Global Campus of Human Rights has developed a course aiming at providing training to civilian staff in election observation missions at the first steps of their career (i.e. short term observers). Selected applicants will be allowed to become aware of the role, the tasks and the status of international observers, and will be given a theoretical and practical training on election observation and election observation missions functioning. The training will take place in Venice, at the Global Campus of Human Rights Headquarters, from 15-20 November 2021.

After the successful brand new online edition of February 2021, a second edition of the course will offer selected participants a new challenging experience in distance learning education.

Giovanna Carloni Profile

ProfilesGiovanna Carloni, PhD, is a lecturer at the University of Urbino, Italy.

Her fields of expertise are applied linguistics, foreign language education, teaching Italian as a second and foreign language, intercultural and global competence, educational technology, virtual exchange, teacher training, corpus linguistics, English linguistics, EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and ESP (English for Specific Purposes),  CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), and internationalization in higher education. She worked as project coordinator for the CLIL Internationalization project at the University of Urbino, Italy, where she was also responsible for providing the content instructors engaged in the project with CLIL methodological support. As project coordinator, she devised the digitally-enhanced theoretical and methodological CLIL framework that the University of Urbino has adopted. Furthermore, she has been responsible for the design and implementation of virtual exchange from an intercultural perspective with universities in the USA, Australia, and South Africa for about a decade. Among her publications:

Books and edited volumes

Carloni, G. (2020). Digitally-enhanced practices and open pedagogy in English-taught programs: Flexible learning for local and global settings in higher education. Milan: Franco Angeli.

Carloni, G. (2016). Corpus linguistics and English teaching materials. Milan: Franco Angeli.

Carloni, G. (2015). CLIL in higher education and the role of corpora: A blended model of consultation services and learning environments. Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari.

Carloni, G. (Ed.). (2015). Insegnare italiano a stranieri. Percorsi operativi. Milano: Franco Angeli.

Selected Articles

Carloni, G. (2021). Using a Community of Inquiry framework to foster students’ active learning. In K. Enomoto, R. Warner, & C. Nygaard (Eds.), Teaching and learning innovations in higher education (pp. 195-208).  Oxfordshire, UK: Libri Publishing.

Carloni G., & Zuccala B. (2020). Blending Italian through Skype: A diachronic and comparative account of a telecollaborative project. In J. Fornasiero, S. M. A. Reed, R. Amery, E. Bouvet, K. Enomoto, H. L. Xu (Eds.), Intersections in language planning and policy: Establishing connections in languages and cultures (pp. 279-298). Dordrecht: Springer Nature.

Carloni G., Grassi S., Virga A., & Zuccala B. (2018). Exploring the transnational connections between blended learning spaces, trans-institutional collaboration, and intercultural awareness in transformative telecollaborative projects. LEA – Lingue e letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente, 7, 393-403. DOI:

Carloni G., & Zuccala B. (2018). Blending Italian ‘down-under’: Toward a theoretical framework and pragmatic guide for blending tertiary Italian language and culture courses through Skype-enhanced, pre-service teacher-centred telecollaboration. LEA – Lingue e letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente, 7, 405-445. DOI:

Carloni G., & Zuccala B. (2017). Blending Italian at Monash University through an Italian-Australian digital project: An analysis of students’ perceptions. LEA – Lingue e Letterature d’Oriente e d’Occidente, 6, 115-139.

Work for CID:
Giovanna Carloni participated in a CID/UNESCO focus group for the Futures of Education Initiative, and then provided an exercises for the addendum.

Communication of Scientific Research 2021 (Italy)

Study AbroadSummer School in the Communication of Scientific Research, taught by Maria Flora Mangano, August 3-5, 2021, Viterbo, Italy. Deadline: June 20 2021.

The CSR summer school is dedicated to the theory and practice of communication of scientific research, by providing basic instructions on the construction of written and oral text, with analysis in class of written and oral contributions by the participants. This year’s class is particular addressed to non-Italian young researchers, and will be taught in English.

The training in communication of scientific research is an interdisciplinary postgraduate offering dedicated to professionals of science: people who conduct research within the international academic community. The CSR teaching program is addressed to young researchers (PhD students and post-doctoral fellows) drawn from different fields in the natural, social, and human sciences.

Since 2020, a CSR fund has been established, which intends to facilitate the participation of young researchers. The fund has been developed by Italian CSR alumni who wish to help their peers to have access to the CSR training. This year the CSR fund offers two grants of € 150 each which are intended for highly motivated young researchers who cannot cover the whole cost of the CSR school. Priority will be given to those who live in the Mediterranean area (especially the Balkans, Maghreb and the Middle East), as well as to the young researchers who live in Central and Southern Africa, and in Central and Southern America.

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