Postdocs/PHD Scholarships: Migration & Democratic Diffusion (Spain)

Postdocs2 Postdoctoral positions in ERC funded project on Migration and Democratic Diffusion, to be based at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Application deadline: 24 June 2019.

Applications invited for 2 postdoctoral positions in the context of the ERC Consolidator project Migration and Democratic Diffusion: the Impact of Migration on Democratic Practices and Processes in Countries of Origin (MIGRADEMO), led by Eva Østergaard-Nielsen in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.  Start date: 15 September 2019. Will last up to 3 years.

“Studentships“Two PhD scholarships in ERC funded project on Migration and Democratic Diffusion, to be based at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Application deadline: 24 June 2019.

Applications also invited for two PhD scholarships in the context of the ERC Consolidator project Migration and Democratic Diffusion: the Impact of Migration on Democratic Practices and Processes in Countries of Origin, led by Eva Østergaard-Nielsen in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Start date: 15 September 2019. Will last up to 3 years.

 

U Madrid Postdoc: Multilingualism, Social Identities, ICC (Spain)

PostdocsMarie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship: Multilingualism, Social Identities, Intercultural Relations and Communication. Department of General Linguistics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain. Deadline: 14 July 2019.

MIRCo (Multilingualism, Social Identities, Intercultural Relations and Communication) is a consolidated international and interdisciplinary research group, based at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Since 2000, MIRCo has been devoted to the study of multilingualism in its linguistic, discursive, social, political, economic and educational aspects, from a critical, interactional and ethnographic perspective. MIRCO seeks to obtain innovative answers, not only in theoretical terms but also regarding methods and applications, for example by addressing innovative strategies such as citizen science. Our goal is for MIRCO to become a space of encounter and connection between basic and applied research networks, at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). The main lines of research are: Multilingualism and multilingual practices in different social áreas; speakers’ linguistic trajectories and models of speakerhood; discourse and power; intercultural communication and intercultural relations; and linguistic landscapes and the transformation of urban spaces through communicative practices.

MIRCo are looking forward to hosting postdocs with strong interest in language and society, and/or in discourse studies. The MIRCo Researh Group will provide a space for scientific exchange in which specialists from different fields coordinate and perform “frontier research.” Interested applicants should send an up-to-date CV and a brief summary of why they would like to join the MIRCO group to the contact person before July 15th, 2019.

CFP IAMCR 2019 (Spain)

ConferencesCall for Papers – IAMCR:  Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths, Madrid, Spain, 7 – 11 July 2019. Deadline: 8 February 2019.

The International Association for Media and Communication Research –IAMCR– invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for IAMCR 2019, to be held from 7 to 11 July, 2019 at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. This year’s theme is Communication, Technology, and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths / Comunicación, Tecnologías y Dignidad humana: derechos controvertidos y verdades contestadas.

In addition to the general theme, IAMCR conferences address a wide diversity of topics defined by our 32 thematic sections and working groups, each of which has issued its own thematic call for proposals. See the list of the section and working group calls for proposals.

The 2019 conference also features a Joint Call for Video Presentations. Issued by 5 of our sections and working groups, the video presentations offer a chance to experiment with virtual conference participation and with the creative opportunities offered by alternative forms of presentation. The participating sections and working groups are the Participatory Communication Research Section, the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section, the Popular Culture Working Group, the Media and Sport Section and the Environment, Science and Risk Communication Working Group.

CFP Madrid Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships (Spain)

“Fellowships“Call for Applications, Fellowships, Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS), Spain. Deadline: 11 December 2018.

The MIAS invites researchers of all nationalities. The MIAS regulations therefore require an open invitation for applications. Following acceptance through a strict selection process, residents are allowed full autonomy to pursue their research projects; albeit they are encouraged to interact with one another and with the scientific community locally, regionally and nationally.

The MIAS’s scientific community as such consists of 20 researchers in Human and Social Sciences, whose stay in Madrid varies from 3 to 10 months, as well as longer-term resident researchers. There is a monitoring committee to provide scientific follow-up for all MIAS residents and facilitate cross-disciplinary exchanges among all the residents by means of periodic meetings, in direct contact with the scientific communities at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and at Casa de Velázquez.

The annual call for applications will value the presentation of proposals that enhance the international dynamism of the UAM-CEI International Campus of Excellence, as well as Casa de Velázquez’s research guidelines. The annual call for applications consists in several programs divided between annual and short-stays.

SIETAR Spain: Intercultural Competence (Spain)

ConferencesSIETAR Spain Congress, Theme: INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE: A KEY FOR INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATIONS, September 28-29, 2018, Malaga, Spain. Early Bird Prices until July 10, 2018.

The 1st SIETAR Spain Congress will be an intersectoral conference, where professionals from different realms of society (business, academic, public administrations, NGOs…) will discuss the topic of inclusion. This Congress aims to become a platform to exchange innovative ideas and to debate different aspects of interculturality. We will also have a close look at how this interculturality permeates different fields, such as education, research and civil and business organizations. After this Congress, one thing will become clear: the intercultural competence will stand out as one of the most decisive tools when ensuring inclusive organizations and societies in our modern world.

Andalusia’s Ambivalence: Between Convivencia and Islamophobia

Guest PostsGuest post by Linda J. de Wit about Andalusia, a region that has often been described by means of “paradoxes, contradictions, syntheses or contrasts. Andalusia can at the same time be regarded as a unique case – not unusual for a frontier region – and as challenging contemporary understandings and expectations about concepts like multiculturalism and social cohesion.” 

Lion of Spain
The lion of Spain’s coat of arms as part of Islamic-style wall decoration in the royal palace in Seville. Photo by Linda J. de Wit.

Andalusia’s Ambivalence: Between Convivencia and Islamophobia
by Linda J. de Wit

The southern Spanish province of Andalusia is a much-invaded corner of Europe. Its history and culture have been shaped by peoples as distinctive as Iberians, Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Castilians. In the context of intercultural communication, the region is sometimes invoked by referring to the seven centuries from which it inherited its name: between 711 and 1492 it was the heartland of Spain under Islamic (Moorish) rule, Al-Andalus. This period is today often associated with the concept of convivencia: the peaceful coexistence and cultural interaction of Muslims, Christians and Jews. In this light, both Andalusia’s past and its present make interesting case studies of multiculturalism.

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CFP Digital Imaginaries of the South (Spain)

ConferencesDigital Imaginaries of the South: Stories of Belonging and Uprooting in Hispanic Cinemas
18-20 October 2017
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / Casa de América (Madrid) International Film Conference (IV TECMERIN Academic Meeting)
Deadline: 28 May 2017

Over the past twenty years, digital technology has become the standard in the film production, circulation, and consumption processes. Within this context, Hispanic cinemas have undergone deep changes, both within the countries with an established cinematic tradition, as well as in those that, due to several reasons, had not developed a robust cinematography throughout the 20th century. The analogue paradigm became deeply contested and a new digital framework, which was widely discussed by institutions, film critics, and academics, emerged. This moment coincides with the widespread generalization of national and transnational neoliberal policies that, far from backing diversity, have increased the gap between those “connected” and those “disconnected” (to draw upon Néstor García Canclini’s term); a gap also experienced by those that, even if connected, still occupy subaltern positions.

The speeding of these processes has resulted in an increase of mobility, at work both in the geographical displacement of film professionals and in the emergence of new narratives models that deal with questions of belonging and uprooting, springing precisely from these experiences of displacement. The cinemas of the Global South, and, most specifically, Hispanic cinemas, have actively taken part in these processes, ultimately playing a relevant role in terms of narrative and aesthetic models, and the production, circulation and consumption of film.

Sociolinguistics Summer School 2017 (Spain)

Sociolinguistics Summer School 8
July 4-7, 2017
Barcelona, Spain

Sociolinguistics Summer School is an annual international meeting point organised by and directed to MA and PhD students and early career researchers. SSS provides them a great opportunity to both attend plenary lectures and workshops conducted by leading researchers in the field and to present and discuss their own findings with fellow ECR’s.

Traditionally organised in England, Scotland and Ireland, the 7th edition of SSS disembarked for the first time on the continent to take place in Lyon in 2016. For 2017, the IdentiCat research group of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) offered to host SSS8 in Barcelona as part of the activities of the ISCH COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe. Newspeakerness in relation to globalisation, management of multilingualism, and social identity will be the core theme of the SSS8, although presentations about all the current trends in sociolinguistics will be welcomed.

New deadline: 27 March 2017

CFP Sociolinguistics Summer School (Spain)

Call for Papers

The Sociolinguistics Summer School is an annual international meeting point for postgraduate students and early career researchers where they have the opportunity to present their first findings, as well as to attend plenary sessions and workshops conducted by experienced researchers.

Traditionally organised in the UK and Ireland, SSS7 disembarked on the continent to take place in Lyon in 2016. For 2017, UOC offered to host it in Barcelona as part of the activities programmed by the IS1306 COST Sociolinguistic Network on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe.

Language and globalisation, management of multilingualism, newspeakerness, and variation and social identity will be the core themes of the SSS8, although presentations about all the current trends in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology will be welcomed. Specifically, invited speakers will focus on the following topics:
• Monica Heller (University of Toronto): Language and Inequality in Contemporary World
• Workshop: Critical Sociolinguistic Ethnography
• Francesc Xavier Vila (Universitat de Barcelona): Agency in Language Policy Revisited
• Workshop:
Language Policies and Management of Multilingualism
• Joan Pujolar (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): New speakers, Language and Lifestyles in Late Modernity
• Workshop: New Speakers from a Critical Sociolinguistic Analysis Perspective
• Robert Lawson (Birmingham City University): Big Data, Big Problems: Investigating Language Use on Twitter
• Workshop:
Social Media, Discourse Analysis, and Social Identity

In addition, participants in the SSS8 will have the opportunity to attend sessions on Academic Writing and Academic CV Development.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES: PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Participants in the SSS8 have to choose between two formats of presentation:

Paper presentations
Participants present their research findings.
20 minute presentation + 10 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts: 500 words maximum (excluding references), with keywords.
42 proposals will be selected for this presentation format.

Workshop presentations
Participants present a specific aspect of their research that they would like to discuss with the invited speakers (i.e. methods, data collection, data analysis, ethical aspects & reflexivity). The topic of the presentation has to be related to the topic of the workshop and participants have to specify which workshop they would like to participate in.
30 minute presentation + 15 minutes for feedback and discussion.
300 word abstract summary (with keywords, excluding references) of research project, specifying which concrete aspects would like to be discussed. In addition to this, workshop participants will be asked to submit an extended abstract or presentation slides by the 20th of June.
12 proposals (3 for each workshop) will be selected for this presentation format. English should be the medium of both written proposals and oral presentations. However, we encourage the usage of multilingual materials in PowerPoint, handouts, etc.

DEADLINE AND CONTACT FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS
The deadline for abstract submissions, both for paper and workshop presentations, is March 13, 2017. Abstracts should be sent to sss8barcelona@uoc.edu.

Abstracts will undergo blind review by members of the Scientific Committee. Each candidate has to submit two copies of their abstract. Make sure that one copy includes your name, email address, affiliation (if any) and presentation title. Submissions need to indicate as well whether they are intended for a paper presentation or one of the workshops (specifying which). The second copy has to be anonymised, and it should include your presentation title and whether it is intended for paper presentation or workshop (specifying which).

REGISTRATION & BURSARIES
To participate in the SSS8, there will be a registration fee of 40 €.

The COST New Speakers Network will offer a number of travel & accommodation bursaries for ECR’s belonging to the network. The Societat Catalana de Sociolingüística (SOCS) will offer bursaries for ECR’s developing their work in one of the universities belonging to Xarxa Vives d’Universitats. Further details on payment, registration methods and bursaries will be published soon in the SSS8 website.

FURTHER INFORMATION
More information regarding registration, programme, travel and accommodation, and cultural and networking activities during the SSS8 will be posted in the SSS8 website: https://sss8barcelona.wordpress.com.

Follow us on Twitter (@sss8barcelona) to keep up with the latest news and details, and use the hashtag #sss8barcelona to tweet about the event.

If you have any questions about SSS8 in Barcelona, do not hesitate to contact us at sss8barcelona@uoc.edu.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona postdoc 2016

The C.I.E.N research team at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is interested in participating as a host centre in the following Marie Curie Action:
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF 2016)

CIEN is a research group at the Department of English and German Phylology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). The issues studied by CIEN research team are concerned with bilingual and multilingual language use and practices from a critical sociolinguistic perspective. The group addresses questions that have a practical and theoretical importance for understanding language and society. Language is understood both as a non-neutral system but also as a form of social action, that has material consequences in people’s everyday life. Multi-sited ethnography is the main methodological tool together with various kinds of qualitative data which are key to understanding social (in)equality. See also the current projects in which the team is involved.

The required postdoctoral investigator needs to have research experience related to the research scope of CIEN. Furthermore, a background in qualitative research methods will be highly valued.

Those researchers who wish to cooperate with CIEN team for the submission of a project proposal under the aforementioned Action should check that they fulfill the eligibility criteria and then send an expression of interest, consisting of:
• A curriculum vitae
• A summary presentation of their research proposal

Expressions of interest must be submitted by the 20th of May 2016 to Gema Rubio.

Proposals will be pre-selected on the basis of internal evaluation. Candidates will be informed of the results of the pre-selection by the end of May. The deadline for the submission of proposals to the Commission has been set for the 24th of September 2016.

Eligibility criteria according to the call: All applicants should fulfill the following requirements at the time of application submission:
• Hold a PhD degree in a field related to the research themes of the CIEN Research Group.
• Must not have resided or carried out their main academic or research activities in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the above mentioned deadline.