CFP International Association for Media & History (Paris)

July 10-13, 2017 – PARIS, FRANCE
International Association for Media & History (IAMHIST)

Hosted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media (CARISM) and the French Press Institute, Panthéon-Assas University, Paris (France), the conference marks the 40th anniversary of IAMHIST as well as the 80th anniversary of the French Press Institute.

THEME:
MEDIA AND HISTORY: CRIME, VIOLENCE AND JUSTICE is the main topic of the conference and a special section will also deal with international and comparative approaches to media history. Workshops for younger scholars will be organized.

The relations between media and the acts or representations of crime, violence and justice are evolving through history. The openness of this call for papers is voluntary chosen in order to receive diverse and critical proposals dealing with this broad topic. Most of the time, it is through media that we encounter conflicts and violence; from news formats to fictional accounts; from traditional media such as newspapers, film, radio and television to ‘newer’ interactive media. Such media coverage is very frequently linked to debates on law and order. How can an open society react to crime and violence? Often, the relationship between conflict and crime and their representation can cause various conflicts.

First, media can become tools of propaganda, war and discrimination. They are then not only ways to communicate information but they are also part of performativity and action.  Second, media can become a target of violence themselves, whether or not in totalitarian states or countries where the freedom of speech is restricted. Third, in each historical context, ‘new’ media inventions can produce an atmosphere of fear and violent contest or censorship, especially when they disturb existing (political) power patterns or structures. Fourth, media and communication technologies are also an essential part of social movements and political activism by offering spaces of visibility and instruments of contestation aimed at social change that can lead to situations of conflict and confrontations within the public sphere.

These various relations of media to crime, violence and justice are not new. Numerous scholars work or have worked on this topic by focusing on media and law, politics, journalism, media activism, war, (cultural) diplomacy or likewise the narration and mediatization of war, conflicts, punishment, violence, crime and justice. The latter are not only an essential part of news and the journalistic, political agenda, but they are also essential when it comes to fictional formats such as film or television series. Depending on historical, political and cultural premises, the signification and definition of crime and violence in media and law texts ask the question of the circulation and understanding of these concepts in society. This conference aims to (re)think the historical relations between media, crime, violence and justice also in order to offer new insights into more recent forms of this very complex interplay.

TOPICS:
Scholars and practitioners from various disciplines and approaches (history – media and communication studies – law – politics, gender, queer and feminist studies – sociology – anthropology – economy etc.) are welcome to submit papers and panel proposals that deal critically with the following topics:

Historical representation/mediatization/definitions of crime, violence and justice in news or informational formats, film, documentaries, television drama or radio plays
Historical approaches to media events related to crime, violence and justice
The production and reception of news and fiction dealing with crime, violence and justice
Media historical approaches to symbolic and physical violence
The crime scene, the criminal and the victims in news and fiction
Historical (media-) constructions of the judge, the lawyer or secret service agents
‘New’ media inventions as aggregators of fear, conflict or censorship
The historical role of media and technologies in social and political protest, movements and activism, leading sometimes to conflicts and violence
The historical (international) relations of legal public entities, diplomacy, the police and the military with journalists and media institutions
Media as targets of violence and crime
The role of media archives for the historiography and memory of crime, violence and justice
Media, history and criminology
The history of cybercrime
Legal actions attacking or protecting media content and their producers or audiences/users
There is also one special area dedicated to the question of international approaches to media history. Panel and paper proposals in this field are warmly welcome. The idea is to have space for epistemological, theoretical, practical and also comparative discussions on how media history is thought and experienced in different cultural areas: what kinds of archives are accessible, in creation or needed, the place of media history in academia etc.

SUBMITTING A PAPER OR PANEL PROPOSALS:
Please send your proposal to the iamhist2017[at]gmail.com until December 15th by inserting your text directly in the body of the mail or by attaching a WORD-file. PDF documents will NOT be accepted. Members of the scientific committee will peer-review the proposals anonymously.

Panel proposals: three paper presentations for each panel (a general outline of max. 400 words and a 500 words-abstract with title for each paper, a short biography)

Individual paper proposals: a title, an abstract of 500 words, a short biography

Proposals for presentations of artistic or (multi-)media projects are also welcomed.

SCHEDULE:
September 15th: Launch call for abstracts for papers and panels
December 15th, 2016: Last day to submit abstracts for papers and panels
February 15th, 2017: notification of panel and abstract decisions
End of February, 2017: registration period begins

REGISTRATION:
Registration fees for conference speakers and participants
iamhist members (students): 130 Euros
iamhist members:  150 Euros

The fees include breakfast (TuesdayThursday), coffee breaks, lunch, the Monday evening reception and the conference package.

Registration fees for non Iamhist members:
students: 165 Euros
others:  195 Euros

The fees include a one-year iamhist membership , breakfast Tuesday – Thursday, breaks, lunch, the  Monday evening reception and the conference package.

Contact Info:
Please send your proposal to the iamhist2017@gmail.com until December 15th by inserting your text directly in the body of the mail or by attaching a WORD-file. PDF documents will NOT be accepted. Members of the scientific committee will peer-review the proposals anonymously.

April in Paris

For the month of April 2016, I was visiting professor at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. The museum is one part of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, a unique institution that really has no comparable body in the US. The museum is essentially the equivalent of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC – the repository of objects that play important roles in science, engineering, or various arts and crafts. These range from Foucault’s pendulum to scientific instruments, to vehicles, to many early communication devices (from a visual telegraph to early motion picture cameras). 

Yves Winkin

My thanks to Yves Winkin, the museum’s director, for the invitation, and the introductions to many of his staff. Specific thanks to Roubina Modely and Emmanuel Lacrois for all their help with the logistics of acquiring an apartment. Those I spent the most time with included Isabelle Taillebourg and Nirina Ramandraivonona of the Documentation Center, Nathalie Giuliani of Exhibits, and Jamila Al Khatib of the pedagogical unit.

Anne Jorro of CNAM graciously invited me to join a full-day international seminar, Arts et faire: Des gestes professionnels de transmission, diffusion, mediation on April 15. Participants came from around France, as well as Belgium and Switzerland. And I was able to meet later with one of Anne’s former doctoral students, Padma Ramsamy-Prat, currently working on a research grant at CNAM.

 

While in Paris, I had the chance to reconnect with Katérina Stenou, my contact since 2009 with UNESCO, and a member of the Advisory Board of the CID.

In addition, Casey Man Kong Lum stopped in Paris between a sabbatical stay in Tours and visits to Lisbon and Barcelona. He is one of the editors of a new book entitled Urban foodways and communication: Ethnographic studies in intangible culture food heritages around the world, for which I wrote the final chapter. [Update in May 2016: the book is now in print – follow the link added here to a description and table of contents.]

Casey Lum, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

I also had the opportunity to meet Johanna Maccioni, a Belgian psychologist and researcher who is one of the editors of a special issue of Les Politiques Sociales on intercultural competence. I was asked to write one of the articles last fall, which is currently under review, as a result of my role in preparing the UNESCO publication Intercultural competences: A conceptual and operational framework.

As long as I was back in France, Christine Develotte invited me to give a presentation on “Family Socialization to Cultural Identity: How Theory and Method Influence Research” to her doctoral seminar at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, on April 8. Afterwards, I gave feedback to her students on questions related to their own research projects.

All in all, a busy month!
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director

Interdisciplinary Summer School on Economy and Language (Paris)

Call for applications
Interdisciplinary Summer School on Economy and Language

The aim of this Summer School is to bring together PhD students in economics and linguistics who are working on or are interested in any the manifold aspects of the relationship between economy and language in order to continue engaging in a fruitful and overdue dialogue between the two disciplines.

From 10 to August 21, 2015
University of Chicago Center in Paris
6 rue Thomas Mann
75013 PARIS (France)

Lectures will be taught and discussion sessions will be led alternately by economists and linguists, who have published on economy and language from the point of view of their respective discipline. Lectures will cover a broad range of topics including:
*Language and economic development
*Language in/and materiality
*Language proficiency and its implications for language policies
*Informal economy and language practice
*Language proficiency and immigration
*Language commodification and income-earning
*Economy and language vitality
*Costs and benefits in foreign language learning
*Use of national micro-data in measuring patterns and trends in language demographics
*Linguistic distances and their use in economics
*Standardization and its discontents

Instructors:
Professor Barry Chiwick (Economist), University of Washington
Professor Paulin Djité (Linguist), retired from the University of Western Sydney, Australia
Professor Judith Irvine (Linguistic anthropologist), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Professor Salikoko S. Mufwene (Linguist), University of Chicago
Professor Dorrit Posel (Economist), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Professor Cécile B. Vigouroux (Linguist), Simon Fraser University, Canada
Professor Schlomo Weber (Economist), Southern Methodist University, Dallas & New Economic School, Moscow

Targeted Participants:
Economics and linguistics PhD students at any stage of their training/research are welcome to apply. The Summer School is open to students working in different subfields of economics (micro and macro) and of linguistics (e.g. applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, ethnography, linguistic anthropology; language endangerment), as well as in related areas (e.g., economic sociology, economic anthropology, political economy).

Tuition:
The sponsors of the Summer School will underwrite room and board expenses for all participants, who will be housed at a student residence in Paris. Except for those coming from the economic South (e.g. Africa and India), who will be fully funded by our sponsors, students will pay for their travel to and from Paris.

Application:
Interested students should submit an abstract not exceeding 800 words in which they describe their research interests/projects and articulate their particular research questions, as well as how they hope to benefit from the Summer School. They should state clearly whether they are pursuing a degree in economics, linguistics, or a related discipline and what particular theoretical framework they have used so far, if this is applicable. A current CV and a support letter from the applicant’s major professor or adviser should be included in the application, which can be written in either English or French.

Applications should be submitted in a PDF format in one single file (including the abstract, the CV, and the reference letter). 16 students will be selected based on the merits of their applications and the contributions that their participation can make to the success of the Summer School. An effort will also be made to balance the disciplinary backgrounds of the students, in order to foster a productive exchange of ideas across disciplines.

The applications must be submitted electronically by March 15, 2015 to the following website:  collegium-lyon.candidature@ens-lyon.fr (with the heading SUMMER SCHOOL). The applicants will be informed by May 15, 2015 about the outcome of their applications.

Language of Instruction:
The language of instruction will be English, although some accommodation will be made to students who are more fluent in French than in English to ask questions or to comment in French. Some competence in English is required in order to benefit from the lectures, the readings, and the discussion sessions.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For further information, prospective applicants can contact Professor Cécile B. Vigouroux with the heading SUMMER SCHOOL PARIS 2015. The queries can be written in English or French.

History and Organizers:
The Collegium of Lyon, France, in collaboration with the Réseau Français des Instituts d’Etudes Avancées (RFIEA), is sponsoring a two-week interdisciplinary summer school on Economy and Language at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, during August 10-21, 2015. Organized by Professor Salikoko S. Mufwene (University of Chicago) and Professor Cécile B. Vigouroux (Simon Fraser University), this Summer School is one of the outcomes of the productive workshop on Language and Economy hosted by them, at the same location, on June 19-20, 2014. Like the Workshop, the Summer School will bring together economists interested in the role that language plays in economic development and linguists working on economic aspects of language practice, in an effort to bridge both economics and linguistics on their overlapping interests. We learned, among other things, how useful it is to understand how practitioners in the other disciplines address issues that may be negligible to us and/or why they address them the way they do.

Yves Winkin researcher profile

Yves Winkin

Yves Winkin is Director of Scientific and Technical Culture at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers [National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts] in Paris, and of the Musée des Arts et Métiers [Museum of Arts and Crafts], part of CNAM. In 2013, he served as liaison between the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL) and the new Musée des Confluences of Lyon, in charge of interdisciplinary projects. From January 2011 to September 2012, he was Director of the Institut Français de l’Éducation [French Institute of Education], a national agency embedded into the ENSL since 1/1/11. From 2006 to 2010, he was Deputy Director for Research and International Relations of ENSL; previously he was Professor of Anthropology and Communication at ENSL.

Winkin established the contours in France of an anthropological approach to face-to- face communication; the discipline he helped to define is the anthropology of communication. He offered an appropriate theoretical framework; he made explicit the ethnographic methodology and suggested areas of investigation. His own research focuses on interactions in urban settings, especially interactions between pedestrians and other urban dwellers.

Authored Books

– Erving Goffman. A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory (with Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz), New York, Peter Lang, 2013.

– Vers une marche plaisir en ville: boîte à outils pour augmenter le bonheur de marcher (with Sonia Lavadinho), Lyon,  Editions du CERTU (Centre d’Etudes sur les Réseaux, les Transports et l’Urbanisme), 2012.

Comment l’informatique vient aux enfants. Pour une approche anthropologique des usages de l’ordinateur à l‘école, Paris, Editions des Archives Contemporaines, 2006 (with E.Barchechath et R.Magli).

La communication n’est pas une marchandise. Résister à l’agenda de Bologne, Bruxelles, Editions Labor/Editions Espace de Libertés, 2003.

Marché éditorial et démarches d’écrivains. Un état des lieux et des forces de l’édition littéraire en Communauté française de Belgique, Bruxelles, Éditions du Ministère de la Culture, 1996 (with Pascal Durand).

Anthropologie de la communication : de la théorie au terrain, Bruxelles, Éditions De Boeck Université, 1996.

Erving Goffman : les moments et leurs hommes, Paris, Éditions du Seuil et Éditions de Minuit, 1988.

La Nouvelle Communication, Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 1981.

Edited Collections

Le Symbolique et le Social. La réception internationale de Pierre Bourdieu. Actes du colloque de Cerisy (with J. Dubois and P. Durand); Liège, Editions de l’Université de Liège, 2005.

Rhétoriques du Corps, Bruxelles, De Boeck, 1988 (with Ph. Dubois).

Gregory Bateson : premier état d’un héritage, Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 1988.

– Pragmatique et discours : actes du colloque “Langage et Ex-Communication”, Louvain, Cabay, 1982 (with Ph. Dubois).

CFP Paris Institute for Advanced Studies 2015-16

Call for applications
Paris Institute for Advanced Studies (Paris IAS)
Academic year 2015-2016

The Paris Institute for Advanced Studies welcomes applications from all over the world from established scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, the social sciences and related fields for periods of five or nine months, respectively. The Paris IAS will host twenty international guest researchers for 2014-2015 to work freely on the project of their choice, to benefit from the scientific environment of the Institute, and to create contacts with researchers in the academic institutions of Greater Paris.

Deadline for applications: April 30, 2014

Applicants may request residencies for the following periods:
1 September 2015 to 31 January 2016 (5 months)
or 1 October 2015 to 30 June 2016 (9 months)
or 1 February to 30 June 2016 (5 months)

See the call for application online

Fellowships at FMSH Paris

Fondation maison des sciences de l’homme
Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers

Fernand Braudel – IFER programme for postdoctoral international mobility in SHS (International Fellowships for Experienced Researchers)

The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH, Paris) offers postdoctoral fellowships for researchers in the social and human sciences for periods of nine months within the framework of its « Fernand Braudel-IFER » programme (International Fellowships for Experienced Researchers). This programme is carried out with the financial support of the European Union (Action Marie Curie – COFUND – 7th EU Research Framework Programme), the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR), the Institute for SHS at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne), and the collaboration of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

Research Stays for Senior Researchers
For “senior” researchers (over 40 years of age), the FMSH offers research stays in France through the following programs:
– “Visiting Professorships”: individual stays lasting from 1 to 2 months for foreign researchers from all countries
International Program for Advanced Studies (IPAS): research stays lasting from 3 to 5 months for small international research groups working on a common project
– Institute of Advanced Studies, Paris
– Research stays in France or in selected foreign countries in the framework of exchange agreements with other research institutions:
• Russia/CIS Program,
• India Program,
• China Program,
• Latin America Program

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2014 EURIAS fellowships

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 16 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 16 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.

The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. The EURIAS selection process has proven to be highly competitive. To match the Programme standards, applicants have to submit a solid and innovative research proposal, to demonstrate the ability to forge beyond disciplinary specialisation, to show an international commitment as well as quality publications in high-impact venues.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, EURIAS offers 39 fellowships (20 junior and 19 senior positions).

All IAS have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (in the range of € 26,000 for a junior fellow and € 38,000 for a senior fellow), accommodation (or a mobility allowance), a research budget, plus coverage of travel expenses.

APPLICATION
– Applications are submitted online (www.eurias-fp.eu), where you will find detailed information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria, selection procedure.
The deadline for applications is July 5th, 2013. Late applications will not be considered.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

– Scientific assessment by two international referees
– Pre-selection by the EURIAS international Scientific Committee
– Final selection by the IAS Academic Boards
– Publication of results: January 2014

For further information on the Programme, please consult our website.
For further information on the IAS and their specific working conditions, see here.

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La Main à la Pâte

On October 15, 2012, I presented a talk at Fondation la Main à la Pâte in Paris, France entitled “College for Kids = Hands-on activities for students, professional development for teachers.”

Fondation la Main à la Pâte [Foundation for Collaborative Hands-on Work] is a research foundation established by a consortium of organizations: l’Académie des Sciences, l’École Normale Supérieure (in Paris) and l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (where I am based at present). Researchers there focus on the improving the teaching of science to K-12 students, especially using hands-on techniques. They invited me to talk about my current project documenting College for Kids in the US, which often has a focus on teaching science and on hands-on techniques, as well as sometimes having a dual track, where teachers are trained at the same time that students are educated.

My thanks to David Jasmin, Director of the Foundation for the warm welcome (and excellent Japanese lunch!). My thanks to Clotilde Marin-Micewicz for meeting with me in Lyon and introducing me to the Foundation.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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EURIAS Fellowships

EURIAS (European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme) est un programme de mobilité internationale qui propose des résidences de recherche de 10 mois dans 14 instituts d’études avancées : Berlin, Bologne, Bruxelles, Bucarest, Budapest, Cambridge, Helsinki, Jérusalem, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, Uppsala, Vienne et Wassenaar. Les instituts d’études avancées offrent à des chercheurs de haut niveau la possibilité de travailler en toute indépendance. Ils bénéficient des meilleures conditions de recherche et de l’environnement stimulant d’une communauté scientifique internationale et pluridisciplinaire de premier plan.Les résidences sont principalement allouées aux candidats issus des sciences de l’homme et de la société, mais sont également ouvertes aux sciences exactes et aux sciences du vivant dès lors que les recherches ne requièrent pas de travail en laboratoire et qu’elles engagent un dialogue avec les sciences humaines et sociales. La diversité des 14 instituts offre aux chercheurs du monde entier un large panel de contextes et d’environnements de recherche en Europe. Les candidats indiquent jusqu’à trois structures d’accueil possibles en dehors de leur pays de nationalité ou de résidence.Le programme est ouvert à toutes les nationalités ; aux chercheurs prometteurs en début de carrière comme aux plus reconnus. Le programme étant extrêmement compétitif, les candidats doivent soumettre un projet de recherche solide et innovant, démontrer leur capacité à dépasser les spécialisations disciplinaires et témoigner d’une implication internationale et de publications importantes.Pour l’année académique 2013-2014, EURIAS offre 32 résidences de recherche (pour 16 chercheurs juniors et 16 chercheurs séniors).

Les 14 Instituts sont convenus de dispositions communes, incluant une allocation de 26,000 € pour un junior et 38,000 € pour un sénior, la mise à disposition d’un logement (ou une prime de mobilité), un budget de recherche, ainsi que la prise en charge du voyage.

CANDIDATURE
– Les candidatures sont exclusivement soumises en ligne sur le site www.eurias-fp.eu. Vous y trouverez des informations détaillées quant au contenu des candidatures, les critères d’éligibilité, la procédure de sélection.
La date limite de candidature est le 7 juin 2012. Aucune candidature ne pourra être acceptée au-delà de cette date.

PROCÉDURE DE SÉLECTION
– Évaluation scientifique par deux experts internationaux
– Présélection par le Comité scientifique international d’EURIAS
– Sélection par les Conseils scientifiques des instituts

CALENDRIER

Date limite de candidature  7 juin 2012

Résultats de la présélection par le Comité scientifique d’EURIAS  Mi-octobre 2012

Publication des résultats  Mi-décembre 2012

Rentrée académique des résidents  septembre/octobre 2013

Pour de plus amples informations sur le programme, merci de consulter le site www.eurias-fp.eu
Pour de plus amples informations sur les IEA et les conditions de résidence : www.eurias-fp.eu/IAS

 

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 14 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cambridge, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyons, Nantes, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 14 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. The EURIAS selection process has proven to be highly competitive. To match the Programme standards, applicants have to submit a solid and innovative research proposal, to demonstrate the ability to forge beyond disciplinary specialisation, to show an international commitment as well as quality publications in high-impact venues.For the 2013-2014 academic year, EURIAS offers 32 fellowships (16 junior and 16 senior positions).

All IAS have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (in the range of € 26,000 for a junior fellow and € 38,000 for a senior fellow), accommodation (or a mobility allowance), a research budget, plus coverage of travel expenses.

APPLICATION
– Applications are submitted online via www.eurias-fp.eu, where, you will find detailed information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria, selection procedure.
The deadline for applications is June 7th, 2012. Late applications will not be considered.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

– Scientific assessment by two international referees
– Pre-selection by the EURIAS international Scientific Committee
– Final selection by the IAS Academic Boards

CALENDAR OF ACTIONS

Application deadline  June 7th, 2012

Results of the preselection by EURIAS Scientific Committee → Mid-October, 2012

Publication of IAS final selections → Mid-December, 2012

Arrival of fellows  September/October 2013

For further information on the Programme, please consult our website: www.eurias-fp.eu
For further information on the IAS and their specific working conditions: www.eurias-fp.eu/ias

Paris-UNESCO experts meeting

On September 21-22, 2011 I participated in the UNESCO Experts Meeting on Intercultural Competences at their headquarters in Paris. My thanks to Dr. Katérina Stenou, on this Center’s Advisory Board, for including me.

The goal of the meeting was to respond to a series of regional reports (prepared by Drs. Milena Dragicevic Sesis of Belgrade, Serbia; Alejandro Grimson of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Prue Holmes formerly of New Zealand but now in Durham, UK; Melissa Steyn of Cape Town, South Africa; and Magdi Youssef formerly of Egypt, but now in London, UK) and the synthesis of these prepared by Dr. Darla Deardorff (North Carolina, USA). The other respondents were Drs. Noureddine Affaya (Rabat, Morocco), Eric Cattelain (Bordeaux, France), Yolanda Onghena (Barcelona, Spain), Hanna Schissler (Berlin, German), and Yves Winkin (Lyon, France). On the second day we were joined by a large group of UNESCO Chairs on Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding.

We were too busy working to take photographs, but the next day I had time to see the exhibit “Go West!” (a collaboration between artists in Paris and Texas) at UNESCO headquarters.


Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue