CFP Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action (South Africa)

Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action
July 10 – 12, 2017 in Johannesburg, S. Africa

The Taos Instiute is partnering with the Institute for Transdisciplinary Development in S. Africa for a conference that aims to create the context for both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people – together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.

Much has been researched and said about Africa’s problems and complexities and what should be done. This conference’s focus will be on what has been done – successfully. We will bring African projects, from small to mega, from all contexts and disciplines, in the focus. These success stories are going to be unpacked to establish how collaborative, transdisciplinary relationships have enabled success.

Come witness the stories, from the African continent, of collaborative, relational practices and transdisciplinary approaches as creative and innovative responses to solving complex challenges.

This conference will offer you the opportunity to engage in both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.

Call for Proposals Open Until March 15, 2017

Contribute and participate in this conference by submitting your presentation proposal illustrating how collaborative, relational and transdisciplinary practices have enabled you and/or your team to achieve transformative and sustainable success in a small or large scale project within one of the following critical focus areas:

  • Education (focus areas including among others primary education)
  • Infrastructure (focus areas including among others; water; electricity; science and technology that are environmentally sustainable)
  • Health (focus areas including among others combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)
  • Economy (focus areas including among others SME development; entrepreneurial development; sustainable agriculture, high performing organisations)
  • Government (focus areas including among others good governance, stakeholder economic development, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation, education, sport etc.)
  • Culture (focus areas including among others fundamentalism and its effects on conflict and relationships; religion, race; gender)

Pre-Conference Workshops, July 8, 2017

Morning workshop: Social Construction, Relational Theory and Change Practices
Afternoon workshop: Stepping into a Transdisciplinary world

ABC Cape Town Regional Conference (South Africa)

Association for Business Communication 2016 Cape Town Regional Conference
Dates: 6 to 8 January 2016
Host: Terri Grant, Head, Professional Communication Unit (PCU), School of Management Studies (SMS), University of Cape Town (UCT)
Location: University of Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, on the tip of the African continent at the foot of the iconic World heritage site, Table Mountain, is proud to host the first ever Association for Business Communication (ABC) conference in Africa.

As a country with both first and third world conditions, characterised by pockets of world-class infrastructure and democratic institutions as well as huge inequality and poverty, South Africa grapples with the challenges faced by many developing nations.

The Professional Communication Unit in the School of Management Studies in the Commerce Faculty at the University of Cape Town is your official host. From the above, four major areas of interest emerge which underscore this conference: professional communication, management studies, business and commerce as well as education and scholarship.

With the advent of new media where, for instance, hundreds of YouTube videos and millions of tweets are posted every minute globally, companies and institutions struggle to control and manage their messages, both positive and negative. Viral communication allows every echelon of society access to environmental, social and financial data that in the past companies could control, gate keep and manage. Negative messages, in particular, could be delayed, re-scripted, even suppressed.

This so-called openness, however, did not warn many powerful constituents of the financial crash of 2008 (let alone contribute to its prevention), and the results of this meltdown are still being globally felt many years later. The conference seeks to be a meeting place for both scholars and workplace practitioners to discuss and debate a wide range of communicative and numerate topics.

Stellenbosch University job ad (South Africa)

Professor
Stellenbosch University, South Africa – General Linguistics
Closes: 17th August 2015

The Department’s teaching and research activities focus on both formal and applied linguistics, including language structure (syntax and morphology), first and second language acquisition, and several aspects of language use. Our research focuses on multilingual and intercultural contexts, taking as point of departure  the Department’s location in the Western Cape and on the African continent. We work collaboratively on a number of research projects with local and overseas departments as well as with institutions in Africa, the latter via our involvement in the Faculty’s Graduate School.

Duties:
• Academic leadership in General Linguistics, with specialisation in psycholinguistics and at least one of the following, specifically in multilingual contexts: language acquisition, bilingualism, or language and cognition;
• initiating and managing a sustainable interdisciplinary research programme in experimental psycholinguistics;
• supporting and strengthening established research projects of the Department;
• cultivating national and international research networks, particularly in Africa;
• publication of research results in accredited journals;
• securing research funding;
• academic programme development and innovation;
• teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level;
• postgraduate supervision up to doctoral level;
• active participation in all departmental activities, representing the Department at Faculty, Graduate School and University level;
• academic interaction with the wider civil society.

Requirements:
• Doctorate in General Linguistics, with specialisation in psycholinguistics or bilingualism;
• an established research profile on, amongst others, language development and cognitive processing in multilingual populations, particularly involving speakers of Afrikaans, South African English and/or an African language spoken in South Africa;
• an extensive record of scientific publications in leading local and international journals and/or in books;
• strong international research ties;
• capacity to establish an interdisciplinary Language and Mind laboratory, with a research focus on first and second language acquisition of spoken and sign languages;
• relevant experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and a proven record of supervision of Master’s and doctoral students to successful completion;
• sound administrative, management and interpersonal skills, and willingness to chair the Department in the future.

Recommendations:
• Proven experience of successful grant proposal writing;
• experience of working with Afrikaans, an African language (preferably isiXhosa) and/or a sign language;
• teaching and research supervision in both South African and overseas institutions;
• active member of the linguistics community as evidenced by conference participation, academic talks and acting as reviewer for scientific journals;
• proven ability to work collaboratively on research and teaching projects.

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2016

Enquiries regarding the job content: Dr Johan Oosthuizen

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of at least two referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Applicants should request their referees to send confidential reports by the closing date directly to the following address: The Manager: Personnel Provisioning & Planning, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602; e-mail: vacanciesHUMAN@sun.ac.za

Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

Should no feedback be received from the University within six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

Global Xchange

“Global Xchange is a six-month exchange program which gives young people from different countries a unique opportunity to live and volunteer together, to develop and share valuable skills and to make a practical contribution where it is needed in each local community.

In 2010, the first-ever multilateral Global Xchange connected youth and community activists from six countries: USA, France, UK, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Rwanda. The multilateral exchange was broken in two phases for the two age groups, focused on shorter-term professional development exchanges and longer volunteer placements.

First, community leaders from the six countries went to Durban, South Africa, January 17 to February 6, followed by an exchange in Belfast, Northern Ireland from March 7 to 27. Members of the adult exchange will be placed at local organizations to job shadow, exchange best practices, and explore cross-cultural approaches to serving at-risk youth. The US participants were selected from five Los Angeles nonprofits: Street Poets, Create Now, Reach LA, Homeboy Industries, and LA’s BEST. Stay tuned for videos and blog posts from the LA participants.

In the second phase, groups of 18-24 year-olds from each country will volunteer for three months in Durban and then for three months in Belfast between June and December.”

For further information, see their website.