Maura Di Mauro Profile

ProfilesMaura Di Mauro teaches Intercultural Management at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Piacenza, Italy, and in other universities.

Maura Di Mauro

She is an Intercultural Trainer, Consultant and Coach, and an expert on Sustainability and Social Innovation. She has experience in assessment and development center activities for large multinational groups, both in Italy and abroad, in training managerial teams on the development of their intercultural and global skills, on leading multicultural teams, and on Diversity and Inclusion Management Design Strategies. From 2016 to 2019 she was the President of SIETAR Italia, and Board Member of SIETAR Europe, and has served as consultant to ISMU Foundation and other groups for research and training projects.

Publications include:

Di Mauro, M. (2021). Includere e valorizzare le competenze dei Migranti: TRAINING toolkit sul diversity management. ISMU Foundation.

Boerchi, D., Di Mauro, M., & Sarli, A. (2020). Guidelines for the identification and assessment of migrants’ soft skills. ISMU Foundation.

Di Mauro, M., & Gehrke, B. (2019). Feeling Italian. SIETAR Italia

Di Mauro, M., & Taratuhina, Y. (Eds.). (2019). East and West relations bridging: SIETAR Russia and SIETAR Europa 2018 Conference Proceedings.

Di Mauro, M. & Gehrke, B. (Eds.). (2018). Multicultural identities: Challenging the sense of belonging, Conference proceeding of IX SIETAR Italia International Conference. Fondazione Intercultura.

Di Mauro, M. (2016). Tourism: An opportunity for mobility and intercultural encounters. Intercultural Training and Consulting for the development of the tourism industry. In E. J. Nash, N. C. Brown, & L. Bracci (Eds.), Intercultural horizons: Identities, relationships and languages in migration (vol. 4). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Di Mauro, M. (2015). The extension of intercultural competence today: from individual effectiveness, to innovative, responsible and sustainable practices. In L. Bracci, N. C. Brown, & E. J. Nash (Eds.), Intercultural horizons: Intercultural competence – key to the new multicultural societies of the globalized world (vol. 3). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.


Work for CID:

Maura Di Mauro participated in a CID/UNESCO focus group for the Futures of Education Initiative, and wrote ICD Exercise #2.

Maria Cristina Gatti Profile

ProfilesMaria Christina Gatti is Associate Professor in English Studies and Linguistics at the University of Bolzano (Italy), and Deputy Director of the course in Communication Sciences and Cultures of the Faculty of Education.

Maria Cristina Gatti

She is an applied linguist interested in communication in intercultural and multilingual contexts. She is currently leading research programmes on the role of English in multilingual teaching and professional environments, language variation in transnational communication contexts and online teaching in multilingual and multicultural environments. As a discourse analyst, she is particularly interested in issues related to social interaction in intercultural communication including identity, trust development, multisensoriality, embodiment as well as cognitive-semiotic approaches to spatiality and temporality. She has presented internationally and is supervising doctoral students in these fields. Her work has been published in international journals including Discourse Studies, Humanities, and International Journal of Applied Linguistics. She was a visiting scholar at the Department of Linguistics of UC at Berkeley where she also attended the LSA Linguistic Institute. She has been a member of the Association for Business Communication for more than ten years.


Work for CID:
Maria Cristina Gatti serves on the CID Advisory Board.

Ca’ Foscari U of Venice: Pedagogy & Social Education (Italy)

“JobAssistant Professor of Pedagogy, Theories of Education and Social Education, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy. Deadline: 21 December 2020.

Ca’ Foscari is looking for a researcher in the area of Pedagogy, Theories of Education and Social Education, capable of inspiring students to become game-changers in their own fields and to make a genuine difference in the world.

The assistant professor will carry out research based on a precise knowledge of the authors and of the themes of educational sciences, adult education as well as the foundations of social and intercultural pedagogy, will focus on the deepening of the epistemic dimensions of pedagogy in relation to the issues of complexity and sustainability, on the analysis and reworking of curriculum theories, on the issues of initial training and professional development of teachers and the educational professions, on the relationship between formal and informal educational processes and the use of new digital technologies for learning.

SIETAR Italia Call for Events Proposals 2021 (Italy)

Events

Call for Events Proposals for 2021, SIETAR Italia, Milan, Italy. Deadline: 15 November 2020.

Organizers at SIETAR Italia are currently working on the 2021 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 2021?

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 and interlinguistic communication
•    Intercultural education in the European context
•    Diversity, inclusion, equal opportunities and antiracism

If you have any interesting contribution to offer (in English or Italian) on one of these subjects, please complete the Form for Events Proposals – 2021 Calendar, and send it to SIETAR Italia by the 15th of November 2020. Notices about what has been accepted will be sent by 10th of December 2020.

It is very likely that the emergency context related to COVID-19 will somehow have an impact on the way the events take place also during 2021. Organizers ask, therefore, that you propose your events both for virtual mode and in person mode.

The 2021 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 group’s Newsletter (a mailing list of 2500 contacts), the SIETAR Italia Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as through partners’ communication channels.

Organizers look forward to receiving your proposals with the aim of enhancing intercultural awareness in the business world, in politics, education and in our society as a whole.

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.