Using Music to Start Intercultural Dialogues

Applied ICDLuis Gimenez Amoros is an accomplished guitarist from the Valencia region of Spain. He combines traditional music from the Spanish Levant with musical influences from Europe, Asia and Africa, starting intercultural dialogues with other musicians as he travels.

Amoros conducts workshops, performs concerts, and records albums with the musicians he meets, and has been quoted as saying: “Music has its own map that goes beyond borders” (Abdullah, 2022). He also lectures on ethnomusicology for various universities, and publishes academic articles, such as:

Amoros, L. G. (2018). Nubenegra records and Saharawi music: A musical and social interaction beyond transnationalism. Expressions maghrébines, 17(2), 187-202.

For further information, follow the link to his website, where there are lots of other videos available, or read this article about one of his recent trips:

Abdullah, M. (2022, June 22). A musical journey from Spain to Egypt: Reconnecting cultures through sound. Egyptian Streets.

U Pompeu Fabra: Migration and Diversity Postdocs (Spain)

PostdocsSeveral Marie Sklodowska – Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Deadline: 30 April 2022.

Professor Ricard Zapata-Barrero, established at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) is interested in receiving Expressions of Interest of potential candidates for the Marie Sklodowska – Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 call. Prof. Zapata-Barrero’s research interests cover several terrains related to migration and diversity, as well as general political theory and normative theory. He is involved in several international research projects at present, for instance, EUMedMi: Mapping European Mediterranean Migration Studies; PLURISPACE: Negotiating Diversity in Expanded European Public Spaces; and The International Intercultural Cities Comparative Study. He is interested in receiving candidates focusing on any of the following fields of research: i) Mediterranean migration; ii) Urban migration governance and/or iii) Diversity and interculturalism.

CIDOB: Research Fellow, Global Cities (Spain)

“JobResearch Fellow, Global Cities Programme, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), Barcelona, Spain. Deadline: 6 February 2022.

CIDOB is a think tank for international affairs that seeks to analyse global issues that affect political, social and governance dynamics, from the international to the local. CIDOB promotes innovation in the analysis of global politics, with the aim of transcending classical international relations structures and considering the growing impact of global phenomena on local realities and vice versa. In 2017, CIDOB in collaboration with Barcelona City Council launched the Global Cities Programme (GCP). The GCP produces policy-oriented analyses of cities as transnational political actors; their role in European and global governance; and their ability to provide sustainable development solutions in the framework of the 2030 Agenda and beyond. Working in close collaboration with Barcelona City Council, the programme’s research and other outputs are focused on supporting cities in Europe, the Mediterranean and globally to tackle the green and digital transitions and related socioeconomic challenges.

CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme is seeking a Research Fellow to lead its research on the digital transition of cities. The successful candidate will analyse and support cities’ ambitions to test and upscale innovative digital solutions in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner; identify municipal governance challenges that arise from digital transformations; and monitor and assess regulation and policy standards that promote fair, transparent and ethical uses of digital technologies in urban space.

Faberllull: Residency in Migration & Refugee Movements (Spain/Andorra)

Professional OpportunitiesResidency in Migration and Refugee Movements in the 21st Century, faberllull, Olot, Spain or La Massana, Andorra, 1-11 February 2022. Deadline: 24 November 2021.

This is an open call to researchers from the social sciences, writers or journalists, or other professionals, who are currently working on a project related to this topic and who would like to benefit from one of the grants offered at faberllull.

In recent years, we have been witnessing a change of era in human mobility. In an increasingly turbulent world, international migration can no longer be explained from the classic standpoint of going to work in another country in search of greater economic well-being. Increasingly, migratory movements are conditioned by a whole host of factors related to political change, opposition to a regime, war, ideological persecution and the effects of climate change or speculative capitalism.

In recent years, the need has also arisen to think critically about migrant reception policies and to identify systematic and grassroot initiatives that could promote greater solidarity and social justice.

The aim of this residency is to offer a working space that will help fuel the inspiration and exchange of ideas between researchers from the various social sciences, as well as writers and journalists working in the fields of migration and asylum, so that they can further their current investigations and writings, and share their knowledge with other professionals in the sector.

CFP ESTIDIA 2022: Dialogue-Shared Experiences (Spain)

ConferencesCall for proposals: 6th ESTIDIA Conference: Dialogue-shared Experiences across Space and Time: Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Practices, 15-17 June, 2022, University of Alicante, Spain. Deadline: 1 December 2021.

The European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue (ESTIDIA) will hold their 6th Conference, Dialogue-shared Experiences across Space and Time: Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Practices, at the University of Alicante in Spain. The 6th ESTIDIA conference, like the preceding ones, offers an open forum for cross-disciplinary and multi-level dialogue among researchers and practitioners interested in exploring dialogic and discursive interaction observable across communities of practices and various social-cultural contexts.

From the Socratic dialogues to post-modern cyberchats, it is only in and through communicative interaction that we can understand the world, people, and how things are working around us. By means of dialogue people are able to argue for their viewpoints, to come to terms with each other, to jointly solve problems, and to resolve conflicts. Dialogue brings together women and men, young and old, people from the east and the west, from the north and the south. Through the creative synergy of shared thoughts, ideas, and experiences, we can travel anywhere in space and time. The ongoing proliferation of new communication channels on social media platforms (Whatsapp, Facebook, YouTube, webchat, chatbots) is expanding the opportunities for multi-participant and multi-purpose dialogue involving people from across the world willing to share information and current concerns. At the same time, however, recent trends in dialogue practices, primarily on new digital platforms, reveal worrying signs of growing misunderstanding, opinion bias, as well as extreme and conflicting position-takings. Many situations of communication break-down are caused not necessarily by faulty technology, but rather by certain users’ deliberate interference with and suppression of free public dialogue. At the core of these situations lie several communication-related paradoxes.

NOTE: The event will become hybrid if that seems necessary at the time.

Intercultural Competencies Applied to Public Administration (Spain)

Applied ICDGuide on Intercultural competencies applied to the development of public administration projects, Intercultural Cities Programme, Spain.

Guide to intercultural competencies

In response to a grant from the Intercultural Cities Programme, several cities in Spain have successfully concluded a project on developing the intercultural skills of public administration staff as a key element for advancing further in the building of strong intercultural cities and territories. The assumption is that an intercultural competent staff at the service of the public administration will result in better municipal services, increase users’ satisfaction, and contribute to greater trust and sense of belonging.

The project responds to the existing gap in documentation by designing a practical handbook for city officials, transforming the concept of intercultural competence into practical language for local administration officers,  defining the basics of an intercultural competent public action, and training  local administration staff.

PHD Summer School in Mediterranean Migration Studies (Spain)

Study AbroadPh.D. Summer School in Mediterranean Migration Studies, Pompeu Fabra University, Ciutadella Campus, Barcelona, Spain, June 28-July 3, 2021. Deadline: January 4, 2021.

The main objective of this IMISCOE Summer School is to provide an intensive course promoting Mediterranean Migration Studies, whilst engaging students through multi-dynamic activities including lectures, roundtables, documentary screening as well as PhD. Workshops. Further, multi-disciplinarity, multi-topics, multi-methodologies and multi-sited coverage will be ensured, one important way this will be done is through the inclusion of narratives from the South providing new views, voices, and perspectives.

Who can apply: Ph.D. students in the early stage of their Ph.D., who are still designing their research proposal on Mediterranean Migration.

This is an initiative of the EuroMedMig IMISCOE Regional Network funded by IMISCOE.

ETHMIGSURVEYDATA Network Training School (Spain but Online)

EventsInternational Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities’ Survey Data Network Training School, December 17-18, 2020, UAM / Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, Spain (but online). Deadline: October 23, 2020.

Organizers invite applications for participation in the 4th ETHMIGSURVEYDATA network Training School. As part of the COST Action CA16111 “International Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities’ Survey Data Network” (ETHMIGSURVEYDATA), the 4th Training School seeks to train a new generation of researchers interested in Ethnic and Migrant Minorities’ (EMM) integration with survey data by offering them the tools to design and analyze survey datasets on ethnic minorities or migrant minorities. The sessions will focus on methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues in designing and analyzing datasets on cross cultural / cross national research. Trainees will be offered guidelines regarding new and innovative ways of post-harmonizing datasets on EMM groups. The Training School will be delivered fully online, given the current public health situation.

International Film Festival of Painted Birds (Spain)

Film Festivals

International Film Festival of Painted Birds, Organized by Meigas da rúa, Madrid, Spain. Deadline: 31 May 2020.

 

The International Film Festival of Painted Birds (Festival Internacional de los pájaros pintados) is devoted to short and feature-length films, fiction, documentaries and animation, with the aim of promoting intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and the defense of human rights, especially those of children, among children . We will disseminate quality cinematographic works that hardly reach Spain, trying not to fall into clichés. In this way, little by little the Festival intends to serve as a venue for meetings and discussions of projects of mutual interest. Organized by Meigas da rúa, member of The Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity and Anna Lindh Foundation, the festival will take place the second week of May, it is independent and awards will be granted by the jury and by the public.

St Louis U: New Media/Popular Culture (Spain)

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Faculty in Communication Studies, Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus, Madrid, Spain. Deadline: December 15, 2019.

Saint Louis University is seeking applicants for a full-time (12-month renewable) faculty position in Communication Studies at the campus in Madrid, Spain. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies specialized in new media, popular culture, and audience research. We seek a qualitative researcher trained in ethnographic methods. Candidates must have experience working with an international student population embedded within a culturally diverse educational environment. The candidate should have teaching experience in undergraduate education, and preferably be acquainted with the U.S. educational system of higher education. Teaching responsibilities include core courses such as Public Speaking, New Media & Society, Communication Theory, and upper-level courses such as Popular Culture and Digital Storytelling. In addition to these courses, the candidate should be able to expand our Communication curriculum with courses grounded in his or her area of expertise, including an advanced qualitative research methods course.

(NOTE: There is also a part-time position in Anthropology – follow the same link to see the description.)

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