This series highlights leading-edge conflict transformation and peacebuilding work that is achieved through engaged scholarship in the contemporary world. Of particular interest are books (1) that demonstrate the relationship between conflict and systemic issues (for example, relational, cultural, social, environmental, political, historical, and economic). This interest includes the roles of change practices and processes in broader efforts to create a fairer, more just, healthier, and sustainable world and constitutive relationships. (2) We welcome proposals featuring the lived experience of conflict transformation and peacebuilding for practitioners, and/or those affecting and affected by conflicts. We encourage books that explore novel ways of representing the spectrum of lived experiences of people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. These include indigenous and other “alternative” perspectives that have received comparatively little attention in academic publications and public media. (3) We invite proposals that show how theory and methodology inform and are informed by practice. We welcome proposals that integrate diverse theories and methods from relevant disciplines through which conflicts are understood, addressed, and even prevented. (4) We encourage proposals that consider a variety of modes and domains of communication and interaction such as face to face, online, community, discursive, rhetorical, network-analytic and others. Edited volumes as well as authored monographs are welcome. We envision a series that has substantial appeal to scholarly audiences across related disciplines, but that also speaks meaningfully to various audiences beyond academia (for example, practitioners, policymakers, and the donor community). Therefore, we encourage interested authors and editors to make accessibility a hallmark of their writing.
Special Opportunity for short term study in N. Ireland: Peacebuilding through Storytelling and Dialogue in Northern Ireland. Application deadline: November 30, 2017.
This unique course is designed to learn how communication through storytelling and dialogue can lead to Peace in a highly divided society. Students will work with former combatants to share stories and to develop healing and ethical remembering in the process to transforming the culture of Northern Ireland.
Building on Transmedia Skills including, photography, blogging, journaling and interviewing, students will be engaged in documenting this arduous but transformative process. This cultural immersion process will have many take-away skills including intercultural competence and communication skills enhancement, peace and conflict negotiation, healing and ethical remembering.
Open to all undergraduate and graduate students
Class meetings will take place in Derry, Northern Ireland December 31, 2017 – January 15, 2018. Course materials will be placed online with discussion opportunities and there will final material due at the conclusion of the course
Tenzin Dorjee (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). His primary teaching and research interests are in intergroup, intercultural, intergenerational communication, identity issues, peace building, and conflict resolution. He has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles and chapters on Tibetan culture, identity, and communication, nonviolence and middle way approaches to Sino-Tibetan conflict, intergenerational communication context, and others. He was awarded Faculty Teacher-Scholar Award in 2011, Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity in 2013, Annual Author Award in 2014, Faculty Recognition Service: Extraordinary and Sustained Service in 2015, and Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity in 2016 by CSU Fullerton. He is also a published author of articles and translated works of Tibetan Buddhism and culture into English. He worked as a translator at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India, for over 13 years. He is also a published author of articles and translated works of Tibetan Buddhism and culture into English. He had the honor to translate for many pre-eminent Tibetan Buddhist Professors including His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India and North America. He is a former Member-At –Large in the Executive Council of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Chair of WSCA’s Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, Basic Course Director of the Department of Human Communication Studies, CSUF, and Vice President and President of the Tibetan Association of Southern California. He has served on the Dalai Lama Trust Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee and Restorative Schools Vision Project, Sacramento. In the summer of 2013, he volunteered over two months at the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and in the summer of 2016, he volunteered teaching intercultural communication, teaching pedagogy, and research methodology at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah, India, and the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bengaluru, India.. During his summer sojourns in India, he also gave series of invited talks on a wide range of intercultural themes such as such as Tibetan culture and identity, and , translation methodology at many Tibetan institutions including the Tibet Policy Institute, Central Tibetan Administration Staff, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, and Tibetan Astro-Medical College, Dharamsala, India.
Samples of his publications are:
Dorjee, T. (2015) Communication accommodation theory. In J. Bennett, The Sage encyclopedia of intercultural competence, 2-Volume Set (pp. 103-107). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Dorjee, T. (2015) Identity and intergroup communication . In J. Bennett, The Sage encyclopedia of intercultural competence, 2-Volume Set (pp. 410-414). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
FY 2016 Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities (Global Reconciliation Fund)
Agency for International Development
Deadline: April 25, 2016
Amount: Upper $1,500,000USD, Lower $100,000USD
The United States Government, as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM), invites applications for funding from qualified entities to carry out activities that mitigate conflict and promote reconciliation by bringing together individuals of different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds from areas of civil conflict and war in the following countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Colombia, Liberia, Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal (including cross-border programming with Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and The Gambia), Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
US Aid People-to-People Peacebuilding
The next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. Click on the thumbnail to download the PDF. Lists organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.
Opffer, E. (2015). Peacebuilding. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 64. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/key-concept-peacebuilding.pdf
The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.
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Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD)
Academic Programs 2015
– I Summer Academy: 7-17 August, 2015
– II Summer Academy: 17-27 August, 2015
Place: Baar, Switzerland
Date: 17 August – 17 November 2015
This past August I was privileged to have the opportunity to attend the Institute for Peace and Dialogue’s Summer Academy on Peacebuilding and Intercultural Dialogue hosted in Baar, Switzerland. IPD is an organization dedicated to conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and intercultural dialogue, and host conferences and trainings for those interested in peacebuilding and cross-cultural communication. I was there for ten days from August 17th through 27th and was partially funded through a microgrant from ABC, awarded through CID.
To say the least, it was a truly inspiring experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The experts invited were all very knowledgeable about their speaking topics, ranging from the Middle East conflict, non-violent communication and civil disobedience, to learning how to influence and persuade others, especially in dealing with conflict. Experts included a former French diplomat, the founder of the Pancevo peace movement in Serbia who was also directly involved in the Otpor movement that brought down Milosevic, as well as a former British colonel who worked on the Transnistrian conflict. There were also several experts in communication topics, ranging from cross-cultural communication, persuasive communication for successful negotiation, and non-violent communication. Every day had enthralling lectures, with great exercises and activities to really involve the participants.
Perhaps what really made the conference as special as it was were the other attendees. There were about thirty other participants, attending from all over the world. Everyone’s unique cultural background and experiences lent to amazing discussion and insight. One gentleman hailed from the Democratic Republic of Congo and was able to share his experiences in such a high-conflict country. Another came from Iraq and was able to eloquently explain the issues of ISIS and how his country is faring in the post-Iraq war years. Other participants were active peace practitioners, working for the United Nations, the Carter Center, and Peace Brigades International. At the end of the conference, we all agreed that one of the most rewarding aspects was that we were all blessed to have met and gotten to know each other during the time there, and to have forged such great connections with people from unlikely places.
I feel so fortunate that I was able to participate in such an event. As a graduate student and military spouse, it would have been very difficult to afford to attend the conference without funding from CID. I was also lucky that my university program was also able assist with a supplementary travel grant. While I did have to cover about half of the cost by myself, the microgrant from CID made it possible to attend, and as I said before, this will be an experience that I carry with me for the rest of my life.
During the last ten years access to mobile phones and internet has increased dramatically worldwide, including regions affected by conflict and violence. These developments provide conflict management and resolution professionals with a variety of new tools for monitoring violence, sustaining dialogue during peace processes, and localizing peacebuilding efforts. This course will cover the use of mobile phones, digital mapping, and social media in conflict management and peacebuilding. Case studies from Kenya, Syria, Uganda and Myanmar, live discussions with experts from international organizations, academia and government, and instructor moderated discussions will make up the core of the learning experience. Participants will also get hands-on experience with mapping software during a simulation the final week of the course. By the end of the course, participants should expect to have developed an understanding of how different pieces of technology work, be able to do basic assessments of technology integration for their organizations, and some basic hands-on experience with crowdsourcing technologies.
NOTE: This course is NOT offered by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, but by TechChange. Visit their website for further information and to register.
Call for chapter proposals: ICTs, Governance & Peacebuilding in Africa
New information technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones hold great potential to affect peacebuilding, statebuilding, governance, transparency, and accountability in Africa. ICTs ubiquity and ability to interact with older media enables citizens to experiment with innovative ways of influencing politics. Despite strong assertions in the existing research regarding the usefulness of ICTs (and media more generally) in political and post-conflict transition, governance, and development, there is very little understanding of how people and communities in Africa actually use these ICTs, and how these uses contribute to governance and peacebuilding.
The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford are currently seeking papers for a forthcoming workshop and an edited volume. Authors are asked to provide critical analyses of how the public uses, makes sense of, and engages with ICTs, and the relationship between ICTs, the public, and governance or peacebuilding. Strong preference will be given to chapters that provide empirical evidence for the arguments put forth. Analyses should be applicable to Africa, and chapters focused on Eastern Africa are especially welcome. Academics from African universities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Funding will be provided for successful authors to attend the workshop, which will be held either in New York, USA or Oxford, UK in June or July 2014.
For chapters incorporating empirical research, we are particularly interested in qualitative methodologies (case studies, ethnography, interviews, etc.) but all approaches are acceptable.
Contributions may focus on, but are not limited to:
• The use of crowd-sourcing in conflict-affected regions • The role of ICTs in accountability or transparency initiatives • Local perspectives on citizen ‘voice’ and the use of ICTs • The use of ICTs in transitional justice processes • The intersection or merging of old and new technologies to impact peacebuilding or governance • ICT innovation at the grassroots level
Abstracts (max. 2000 words) and author biography (max. 100 words) are due by March 6, 2014.
Please send abstracts, as well as any questions, to Libby Morgan.
Notification of selected authors: March 20, 2014
Deadline for submission of rough papers in APA format: June 15, 2014
Deadline for submission of final papers in APA format (6,000-8,000
words): August 15, 2014
This book is being funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is part of a multi-year research project on ICTs, Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa.
The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) based in Brussels, Belgium, lists all jobs and internships of their member organizations on one page of their site. For anyone interested in working internationally (some of their positions are based in Asia or Africa as well as Europe), this can be a great resource. As of today, they are listing positions in mediation in Tripoli, conflict resolution in Sub-Saharan Africa, program officer in Nepal, development officer in Brussels, communications officer in Abidjan, and more.