Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference 2016 (Norway)

NLA University College
in cooperation with University of Agder
Hotel Scandic Bergen City
24th-26th of November 2016

We hereby invite you to the 23rd NIC (Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference) conference which will take place in Bergen, Norway on Thursday 24. – Saturday 26. November 2016. The main theme of this year’s conference is «Communicating knowledge and values in multicultural settings». The conference language is English.

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Sharam Alghasi
Stop building Bridges!

Sharam Alghasi is a media sociologist from the University in Oslo and is associate professor at the University of Kristiania. In his research he examines the relationship between media and society particularly media’s interaction with the multi- ethnic, cultural and religious Norway and his research includes media’s representation of migration and migrant, as well as migrant’s reception of media’ representations. His doctorate from 2009 addresses the relationship Norwegian-Iranians have towards media and the impact of this relationship on issues such as of belonging, community and identity. His areas of interest include analysis of news, debate, documentaries, and current affairs programs.

Dr. Khanna Omarkhali
Transformations of the ‘Mechanisms’ of Transmission of the Yezidi Religious Knowledge: The Effects of Multiculturalism and Literacy.

Khanna Omarkhali is the Assistant Professor at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany. She is deeply involved in the issues of Kurdish Studies, Religious Minorities in Kurdistan, Kurdish Language and Literature. She has published widely in the field of Kurdish Studies; mainly on different aspects of Yezidi religious tradition. Her publications include Yezidism in Europe: Different Generations Speak about their Religion (with Ph.G. Kreyenbroek et al., 2009), Religious Minorities in Kurdistan: Beyond the Mainstream (ed., 2014) This year she has completed her Habilitationsschrift The Yezidi Religious Textual Tradition: From Oral to Written. Categories, Transmission, Scripturalisation and Canonisation of the Yezidi Oral Religious Texts (forthcoming).

Dr. Frédérique Brossard Børhaug
Values and Knowledge Education:
How can we raise critical awareness about privilege reproduction intercultural higher education?

Frédérique Brossard Børhaug is Associate Professor of Education at NLA University College, Norway. Her field of specialization is ethics and anti-racist education in French and Norwegian multicultural school contexts, and on Human development and Capability Approach and the VaKE- Values and Knowledge Education – didactical approach in intercultural educational settings.



PhD Position UiT Tromsø (Norway)

A 4-year full-time PhD-position is available at UiT Tromsø, Norway on “World War II in European Audio-Visual Culture: Media, Politics of Memory, and Identity”.

Please note the following:
• PhD-positions in Norway are comparably well funded and candidates have full-time faculty positions for four years (including office space). Comparably good wages include full social benefits. Funding for travel included.
• 25% obligatory work load (teaching, project development, …)
• knowledge of Norwegian language is NOT a requirement
• application deadline is August 17, 2015

Please follow the link for the whole announcement and detailed instructions regarding application procedures.

The position will be affiliated to the ENCODE-research group at UiT Tromsø and should closely align to one or both of the group’s major research projects (‘WAR/GAME’ and ‘Between Frozen and Melted Memories’).

9th Congress IAIR Bergen (Norway) 2015

The 9th Biennial Congress of the International Academy for Intercultural Research

Realizing the potential of Cultural Diversity in the society and at the workplace

There is hardly any large society that is presently ethnically homogenous as a result of domestic and international migration. The foreign-populations of many societies are increasing at unprecedented rates. For instance, it has been estimated that by 2050, 85% of Australia‘s population growth will be either from overseas migration or from native born Australians who have at least one foreign-born parent. Europe will need 80 million immigrants by 2030, while the US, Japan and Canada will need 35 million, 17 million, and 11 million immigrants by 2030, respectively (Saunders, 2010).

The aging population of the world, particularly in Western industrialized countries, and unemployment and economic stagnation in many countries, will put pressure on the economies of Western industrialized countries in the form of increased migration, bringing people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds together in ways that have never been seen before.

These demographic changes have wide range of implications for the governance of nation-building including employment, health, education, housing, economics, politics, culture, intergroup relationships and so forth.  Depending on which angle one takes, the results can be either positive or negative.  Unfortunately, events such as the terror attacks in major European cities including Madrid (2004), in London (2005) and in Oslo/Utøya (Norway, 2011) together with the Danish cartoon drawings of Mohammed are some negative instances of intercultural relations.  European leaders have not fared any better when they incite skepticism by suggesting that multiculturalism has been a failure. These pessimistic statements undermine and diminish the positive aspects of cultural diversity.

It is within this context that this conference is organized, with the theme – Realizing the potential of cultural diversity.

Realizing the potential of cultural diversity in the workplace and society will challenge societies politically, economically, socially, legally and culturally. This challenge will require a parallel effort to achieve equity and full participation of all cultural communities in the larger society. Any discussion around the topics will require a multi-disciplinary approach.  Hence the planned conference will attract scholars from psychology, and many related fields and disciplines. Indeed the ultimate goal of this conference will be to bring to Bergen the leading scholars of the world to share research findings, engage in dialogue on how to tap into the positive sides of cultural diversity, and how employers, institutions, and governments can realize its potential. The conference will include Keynote presentations by leading scholars, symposia, individual papers, posters and round table discussions, including debates. During the past three conferences, the Academy has also devoted a whole day to a workshop – Fellows’ Day – just before the opening of the conference where the Fellows of the Academy engage in a series of discussions regarding the conference theme.

The Conference is hosted by:
Society and Workplace Diversity Research Group, Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen

Administratively, the Department of Psychosocial Science is responsible for the running of the conference, but the practical activities regarding the conference will be coordinated by the Society and Workplace Diversity Research group in close collaboration with the Congress Bureau (Kongress og Kultur – KK-Bergen). While the Research Group will be responsible for the scientific side of the conference, the all practical organization will be taken care of by the Congress Bureau.

Venue:  Most of the congress program will be held at the Bjørn Christiansen Building, Christiesgate 12

Submission of proposals opens: March 1, 2014
1st proposal  Deadline: November 1, 2014
Accepted Decision: December 15, 2014
2nd proposal deadline: December 31, 2014
Accepted decision: February 15, 2015

Sample of thematic topics
*Cultural diversity in the society
*Cultural diversity at the work place
*Migration, Acculturation, and Adjustment
*Intercultural competence and training
*Intercultural communication

European Youth Parliament

“The EU has long been encouraging an exchange of ideas across its borders, hoping to engage young people in European affairs. A prime example is the European Youth Parliament – a platform for intercultural dialogue on hot political issues in the EU. It met recently in Lillehammer in Norway and we caught up with some of the young members taking part in the debate.

There are three sessions of the European Youth Parliament per year bringing together around 270 young people for 10 days. In order to familiarise young people with political processes the Youth Parliament functions the same way as the European Parliament.”

For more information, see the original article posted on Euronews.

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