U Oxford: Global Parenting Initiative Research Manager for Malaysia (UK)

“JobGlobal Parenting Initiative Research Manager for Malaysia, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, UK. Deadline: 3 January 2023.

The Department of Social Policy & Intervention is looking to appoint an outstanding individual for a new Research Manager role to work on their flagship Global Parenting Initiative (GPI). The GPI is a multi-million-pound five-year project with a vision that is bold, ambitious, and immediate: to provide access to free, evidence-based, playful parenting support to every parent, everywhere, so that they are equipped with the knowledge and tools to help their children realise their learning potential. The research team is committed to improving outcomes for high-risk children and globally, and this is their primary guiding aim.

You will be responsible for managing Oxford’s role on the research project in Malaysia including supporting the study team on research design, data collection, data analysis, research uptake, and partner coordination across multiple international partners including the Universiti Putra Malaysia, UNICEF Malaysia, Parenting for Lifelong Health, IDEMS International, the Malaysian Association of Social Workers, and the Malaysian government.

Lancaster U at Sunway: Dean (Malaysia)


Academic Dean, Lancaster University at Sunway, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Deadline: 31 May 2019.

In 2006, Lancaster University established a strategic partnership with Sunway University in Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They are now seeking to appoint an Academic Dean who will play a substantial role in maintaining the high profile and reputation of the partnership in Malaysia and the broader South East Asia region. As Academic Dean, you will be the senior representative for Lancaster University at Sunway University. You will be expected to build on the successful partnership and advance activities along three major themes: teaching, research and engagement.

You will play a lead role in ensuring the quality of teaching, enhancing standards, promoting existing programmes and developing new opportunities across the academic portfolio of Lancaster/Sunway Dual Degree undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  Current enrolments on these programmes exceed four thousand students. There will be a requirement for travel, both within Malaysia and overseas – such as to Lancaster – to strengthen the working relationship between partners and to attend student recruitment fairs.

CFP Discourse & Society Conference 2019 (Malaysia)

ConferencesCall for Papers: 7th University of Malaya Discourse and Society International Conference 2019 (UMDS2019), 1-2 August 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Deadline: 30 April 2019.

UMDS2019’s theme, “Discourse, Society and Interaction”, aims to bring about fresh new insights into the ways we can understand communicative data of everyday interaction, and it aims to offer solutions to language, linguistic and communicative problems. “Discourse, Society and Interaction” covers various areas of language research of meaningful data that comes from social and discourse engagements, such as in the home, at the workplace, in schools, and other social gatherings. Scholars in this conference will use novel and established frameworks of analyses to present enriching insightful analyses. Because UMDS2019 is a congregation of expert scholars who specialise in analysis of discourse, society, and interaction. One should also expect interesting engagements of debates and conversations into methodologies of research designs, analytical frameworks, and research findings.

CFP CALA 2020: Asian Text, Global Context (Malaysia)

ConferencesCall for papers: The (Annual) Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology: Asian Text, Global Context, University Putra Malaysia, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia, February 5-8, 2020. Deadline: May 9, 2019.

The CALA 2020 calls for renewed interpretations of Asian texts, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these complex texts, in global contexts. These interpretations increase in significance as; return migration to Asia is now a salient factor in transnational flows; online texts and their textual modes now compete ever more enthusiastically to effect disjunctures in previously Western dominated technologies; ontological conceptions of life and social interaction now increasingly draw from Asian philosophies, sociocultural models, lifeworlds, and Asian urban anthropologies, thus producing interstices for new or revised textual and textualized semiotics; the entangled complexities and intersubjectivities of political, sociocultural, and religious practices and their constraints motivate engagements in interfaith dialogue, shifting ethnic demarcations, and sociopolitical interventions. Ultimately, the massive sets of Eastern demographics, and their expansive set of social dynamics, models, and praxis, continue to uniquely inform and complexify productions of Asian texts, in both local and in global contexts.

Sunway U Job Ad: Communication & Media (Malaysia)

Job adsProfessor of Communication and Media Studies, Department of Communication and Liberal Arts, Sunway University, Malaysia. Deadline: 21 July 2018.

The Sunway University Department of Communication and Liberal Arts invites outstanding applicants for the position of Professor in the discipline of Communication and Media Studies (Advertising, Public Relations, or Corporate Communication).

We welcome dynamic, self-driven candidates who will contribute to the advancement of our tradition of excellence. Successful candidates will hold a PhD in the field of Communication, with ideally five years of university experience. Candidates should have a sound record of research with a clear research strategy, demonstrating the potential to develop research leadership in any one of the above areas of expertise. Applicants must have the ability to teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Monash U Malaysia Job: Communication & Media Studies

Job adsMonash University Malaysia invites applications for the position of Professor or Associate Professor in Communication and Media Studies in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Established in 2008, the School has built its strength in the disciplines of International Studies, Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Gender Studies, Literature, Film and Television Studies. It aspires to develop a strong record of interdisciplinary collaboration through its research strength, Social Transformation in Southeast Asia.

The ideal candidate will be an eminent scholar with the academic credentials to be appointed as Professor or Associate Professor in Communication and Media Studies at a leading research university. We particularly seek scholars who have the capacity to provide strong academic leadership of the discipline and who have a research focus on Southeast Asia. The responsibilities will include curriculum revitalisation, course coordination at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and supervision and mentoring of junior academic staff.

The successful candidate will lead, grow and develop the future of the discipline in consultation with other academics and key stakeholders. Key research responsibilities will be to provide leadership in the school’s research strength, Social Transformation in Southeast Asia, enhance HDR students’ enrolment and completions, and further links with diverse constituencies to obtain external competitive grants to improve the research profile of the School.

U Nottingham Malaysia job ad: Applied Linguistics

Assistant Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics
The University of Nottingham, Malaysia CampusSchool of English
Closes: 18th February 2016

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) is expanding. It is looking for ambitious, talented academics with a passion for teaching as well as research flair to join its team of experts. UNMC is part of the University of Nottingham, and offers unique teaching and research opportunities in a highly dynamic context. The School of English (UNMC) was founded in 2013, and has developed a range of BA and MA programmes in the areas of applied linguistics, stylistics, discourse studies, world Englishes, modern literary studies and creative writing. Additionally, the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) has been established at UNMC as a branch of CRAL in Nottingham, UK, and it is home to the Centre for Southeast Asian Writing (CSAW).

• To teach and contribute to core modules in the specified areas and to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
• To Examine and invigilate at examinations, and generally assist with the work of the School.
• Original research is regarded as an essential part of the job. Time, duties and facilities are provided for this purpose.
• Pastoral care of students via a personal tutorial system.
• Administrative duties relating to teaching (assessment, standardisation, lesson preparation, report writing, attendance of regular course and general meetings).
• To undertake a two-day Introductory Course on effective teaching, and the PGCHE (Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education), if appropriate.
• To attend professional-development workshops as deemed appropriate.
• Any other reasonable duties appropriate to the post.

This job description may be subject to revision following discussion with the person appointed and forms part of the contract of employment.

Salary depending on qualifications and experience will be within the following:
• Assistant Professor: RM 6,000 – RM 11,500 per calendar month (with discretionary points thereafter)

This position is available from February 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter, on a fixed term contract for a period of 5 years in the first instance. The contract will be held with The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and is subject to you obtaining the appropriate work permit from the Malaysian Department of Immigration. Additional benefits and relocation packages are available for international candidates.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of School, Dr. Derek Irwin. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. Applications, specifying the job being applied for, with current curriculum vitae, should be sent by email by 18 February 2016.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide two supporting letters of reference and copies of published or pre-published work. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

CFP Int’l Conference on Communication and Media (Malaysia)

September 18-20, 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Communication in the 21st century is transforming rapidly through the globalization of organizations and digital technologies. Communication not only shapes a nation’s image and identity but it also influences its populace’s ways of thinking. Because of these forces, the roles of communication must be explored in the context of culture, images and identity and its impact on society. The economic crisis in East Asian countries (e.g., Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea) just before the turn of the 21st century and in Europe a decade or so later has proven to be a transformative factor helping to create new images and identities of these nations (e.g., leadership transitions and uneven liberalization of global economic policies, among others) and creating new organizing processes, forcing once disparate countries together into closer interactions. These interactions manifest into pressures for conformity and adherence to institutional cultural norms. But, the basic clash between the conceptions of Western liberalism in economic regionalism and the mercantilism of Asian values has generated conflicts making future cooperation among nations more difficult.

We invite papers from various meta-theoretical perspectives that discuss crucial issues (and their potential solutions) related to these emergent, interconnected elements that influence our ways of thinking about meso or micro level phenomena related to nation’s cultures, images and identities. The conference will take place on 18 – 20 September, 2016 in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The conference seeks to advance knowledge in the field of communication – knowledge that can then benefit various communities experiencing changes. We welcome paper submissions on a broad range of topics and from various sub-disciplines (e.g., interpersonal communication, media studies, organizational communication). Papers may address theoretical, methodological, or practical aspects of communication. We seek papers that go beyond prejudices and the stereotyping of other cultures, and those that can lead scholars to deliberate on applications of their findings to real-life settings.

Authors are invited to submit complete, original and unpublished research papers to the International Conference on Communication and Media 2016 (i-COME’16): An International Communication Association Regional Conference. The submission deadline is: March 1, 2016. Please submit papers electronically.

For further details, please contact:
i-COME’16: An ICA Regional Conference
School of Multimedia Technology and Communication, College of Art and Science, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 UUM Sintok, Kedah, MALAYSIA

Ramin Hajianfard Profile

ProfilesRamin Hajianfard (Ph.D., International Islamic University of Malaysia) is senior lecturer in Art & Design at the University Pendidakan Sultan Idris, in Selangor, Malaysia.

Ramin Hajian FardHis main area of research is on Mughal miniature painting, with a secondary emphasis on interfaith dialogue during the Mughal Empire of India. His MA was on peace painting, resulting in the following article:
• Hajianfard, R. (2013). Iranian painters for peace. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 25(2), 284-290.

He has written multiple entries for encyclopedias: six entries for The Great Events in Religion: An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History (English), and five entries for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia (Persian).

He has published articles in both Persian and English including:

• Hajianfard, R. (2013). An introduction to the art of illuminating the Qur’an. Journal of Arts, Culture & Heritage, 2, 95-109 (English).

• Hajianfard, R. (2012-2013). Hajj painting: A traditional Egyptian art celebrating the Hajj. Bulletin of International Institute of Islamic Science, Thought and Civilization, 4, 12-13.

• Hajianfard, R. (2014). French orientalist painting: Colonial views or an artistic approach? In B. Atashinjan (Ed.), Naghd-e Nāmeh-e Honar [Professional Book (vol. 6) on the Research and Art Criticism] (pp. 25-45). Tahran: Mugham (Persian).

He has also translated multiple books, articles, and book chapters, about music, art, and philosophy, into Persian for publication in Iran.

He was the winner of the second prize for publishing and research at the University of Applied Science and Technology, Iran, 2013.

A video presentation he recently made, Persian Manuscripts of Ramayana || Illustrative Miniature Paintings, is now available on YouTube. (His part begins at 15:27.)

Work for CID:

Ramin Hajianfard wrote KC75: Sulh-i-Kul and KC83: Intercultural Aesthetics. He has also translated KC1: Intercultural DialogueKC2: Cosmopolitanism, KC3: Intercultural CompetenceKC4: Coordinated Management of Meaning, KC5: Intercultural CommunicationKC6: Intercultural CapitalKC7: Intergroup Relations DialogueKC8: Public Dialogue, KC10: Cross-Cultural Dialogue, KC75: Sulh-i-Kul, and KC83: Intercultural Aesthetics into Persian. He has also served as a reviewer for translations into Persian.

CFP Intercultural Competence in Communication and Education (Malaysia)

Call For Papers
(Deadline for submissions: 31st December 2014)

International Conference on
Intercultural Competence in Communication and Education (ICCEd-2015)
8-9 April 2015

Presented by the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication,
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
In cooperation with the Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, Finland and the Helsinki School of Interculturality

Plenary speakers:
*Adrian Holliday, Professor
University of Canterbury Christ Church, United Kingdom
*Fred Dervin, Professor
University of Helsinki, Finland
*Ingrid Piller, Professor
Macquarie University, Australia
*Ezhar Tamam, Professor
Universiti Putra Malaysia

About the Conference
Contradictorily the concept of intercultural competence is both polysemic and empty at the same time. Researchers, practitioners but also decision makers use it almost mechanically without always worrying about its meaning(s), the ideologies it represents, the impact(s) it has on those who are embedded in its discussions and the injustice it can (too easily) lead to such as neo-racism. A few ‘usual suspects’ – mostly derived from English-speaking researchers/practitioners who enjoy prestige thanks to the symbolic violence of English as a World Language and/or prestigious supranational support – whose work is systematically (and uncritically) mentioned have often managed volens nolens to keep mainstream global understandings of intercultural competence simplified, fuzzy, idealistic and/or unrealistic. For example the ‘faulty’ keywords of culture, tolerance and respect are still present in discussions of intercultural competence.

This call for papers is interested in new, critical and original discussions and approaches to intercultural competence that go beyond these problematic ‘macdonaldised’ models and ‘reinventing the wheel’ perspectives. The conference is interdisciplinary and covers the ‘broad’ fields of communication and education.

The organisers are looking for contributions which are questioning the most ‘influential’ models of intercultural competence and/or who have attempted (un)successfully to develop new understandings and models of intercultural competence. The organisers wish to promote the idea that failure is also inherent to intercultural competence. The question of assessment can be touched upon but the idea that intercultural competence can be summatively assessed should be abandoned. The organisers consider intercultural competence to be synonymous with multicultural competence, cross-cultural competence, global competence, etc. as these labels are also unstable and have many different meanings.

The organisers are especially interested in fresh perspectives from all parts of the world. Historical/diachronic papers ‘denouncing’ reinventing the wheel approaches as well as alternative methods and approaches are very welcome (e.g. use of bodily experiences).

The following themes (among others) can be dealt with:
–  What’s wrong with current approaches? What mistakes have been made in the past and today – especially from researchers’ perspectives?
–  What are the myths around the concept of intercultural competence?
–  Is the idea of intercultural competence a thing of the past? How does it compare to intracultural competence (if such a thing exists)?
–  Can the idea of intercultural competence be really useful for conflictual situations? How can we explain conflicts – which are necessary – beyond the usual suspect of cultural difference?
–   What can we do with old and tired concepts such as identity, culture and community when we talk about intercultural competence?
– How is Intercultural competence understood/taken into consideration in the context of Arabic/English/French/Mandarin… as a lingua franca?
– How do students and e.g. mobile students understand intercultural competence? What seems to influence them?
– How is the ‘teaching’ of intercultural competence implemented in second/foreign language classrooms? Does it echo the teaching of intercultural competence in communication/ management and vice versa?
–  (How) can we move from an individualistic approach to intercultural competence to interactive and co-constructivist ones?
– With increasing use of digital technologies, how does intercultural competence fare?
–  Can neurosciences contribute to renewing the idea of intercultural competence? What about art, music, etc.?

Proposal submission
We invite scholars and professionals to submit proposals (in English) before 31st December 2014. Abstracts should be submitted by email.
Please embed your abstract in the body of your message – no attachment!

Paper and colloquia proposals are invited.
1 Individual paper proposals (200-300 words; duration: 30 minutes including a twenty-minute presentation, with an additional ten minutes for discussion).
2 Colloquia proposals (200 words for the colloquium concept and 200-300 words on each paper, duration: 3h, max. 5 participants – conveners and discussant included)

Please note that only one paper per person can be submitted.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee for originality, significance, clarity and academic rigour. Decisions about the submitted papers: 15 January 2015

International publications will report on the conference in 2016-2017 (information forthcoming).

Registrations fees:
Early bird (by 31 January 2015):
•    Local presenters/participants: RM400
•    Local students: RM250
•    International presenters/ participants: US175
•    International students: US145

Registration (1 February- 1 April 2015):
•    Local presenters/ participants RM500
•    Local Students: RM350
•    International presenters/participants US220
•    International students: US190

•    Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia
•    University of Helsinki, Finland
•    Helsinki School of Interculturality, Finland

Scientific Chairs and Chairs of the Organizing Committee:
•    Chairperson: Dr. Régis Machart, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
•    Deputy Chairperson, Head of the Scientific Committee: Prof. Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland

International Scientific Committee:
•    Andreotti Vanessa, University of British Columbia, Canada
•    Baker Will, University of Southampton, UK
•    Barbot Marie-José, University of Lille, France
•    Brunila Kristiina, University of Helsinki, Finland
•    Byrd Clark Julie, University of Western, Canada
•    C. K. Raju, Albukhari International University, Malaysia
•    Du Xiangyun, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
•    Holmes Prue, Durham University, UK
•    Kaur Jagdish, University Malaya, Malaysia
•    Kyeyune Robinah, Makerere University, Uganda
•    Phipps Alison, University of Glasgow, UK
•    Risager Karen, University of Roskilde, Denmark
•    Skyrme Gillian, Massey University, New Zealand
•    Trémion Virginie, Catholic University of Paris, France
•    Tushar Chauduri, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
•    Wolf Alain, University of East Anglia, UK
•    Zotzmann Karin, University of Southampton, U

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