A Global Force for Human Rights? (Spain)

Workshop in Seville: ‘A global force for human rights? Assessing the EU’s comprehensive approach to human rights in crisis management and conflict’
March 11, 2016

About the workshop
The workshop will consist of two panels. The first panel will deal with the applicable regulatory frameworks regarding human rights violations in conflicts and the protection of vulnerable groups. The second panel will discuss the integration of human rights and international Humanitarian Law (IHL) and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and missions and evaluating their impact on vulnerable groups.

The keynote speech is entitled “A Global Force for Human Rights? Preliminary Findings from the FRAME Project” by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Gerd Oberleitner, University of Graz/ETC Graz; Prof. Dr. Francesco Seatzu, University of Cagliari; Dr. Mikaela Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University; Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Salmón, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Prof. Dr. Cristina Churruca, University of Deusto; Ms. Ines Thevarajah, Human Rights Focal Point at the CPCC (EEAS); and Mr. Gabino Regalado de los Cobos, Colonel, EUTM Mali.

Register
If you would like to attend the workshop, please register with Laura Iñigo.

Programme
The programme of the workshop can be found here.

Abstract
The TEU directs the Union to respect human rights whenever it conducts activities on the international scene, including EU external policies in response to conflicts and crisis situations. The promotion of human rights at the international level is one of the principal objectives of the EU´s external action (Art. 3, para. 5). This principle is formulated in Art. 21, paragraph 2 under the Union´s commitment to `define and pursue common policies and actions, and (to) work for a high degree of cooperation in all fields of international relations, in order to: … b) consolidate and support democracy, the rule of law, human rights and the principles of international law’. In the 2012 Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy and the 2015-2019 Action Plan for its implementation the EU addresses current and anticipates future challenges in the field and indicates solutions to enhance policy effectiveness and coherence, by proposing a comprehensive human rights approach to conflicts and crisis´ (third strategic area of the Action Plan).

This international conference is organised by the Research Group ‘Human Rights and Globalisation’ (SEJ055) of the University of Seville, and aims at discussing the findings of the FRAME project regarding the European Union external policies in response to conflicts and crisis situations. One of the main objectives of FRAME is to survey and analyse contemporary human rights violations especially against vulnerable groups, within the context of conflict and crisis within and among States, between and within communities and their link with historical and cultural factors.

This conference seeks to address ways to prevent and overcome violence through the critical assesment of the instruments available to the EU to integrate human rights, humanitarian law and democracy/rule of law principles in these policies with a focus on vulnerable groups in society (e.g., children, internally displaced persons and refugees).

Venue
The workshop will take place at the Law School of the University of Seville located at the Campus Pirotecnia, Av. Enramadilla 18-20, 41018, Seville (Spain).

Junior Research Fellow – United Nations University (Barcelona)

Junior Research Fellow – UNU-GCM
REFERENCE NO.:2015/UNU/GCM/PSA/JRF/65
LOCATION:Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE:2015•11•15
Organizational Unit: UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)

United Nations University objectives
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), in Barcelona, is a Research Centre focusing on the key areas of globalization, culture, and mobility. As such, it follows a structured research focus on globalization, culture, and mobility through the implementation of key research programmes. These include a focus on the Western and Eastern Mediterranean on both shores, as well as on the global north and south. Research programmes underway and in the pipeline at UNU-GCM focus on migration, media, and intercultural dialogue; statelessness and transcontinental migration; female agency, mobility, and sociocultural change; migration and crisis; diasporas: and peoples, places, and cultures.

Research programmes comprise a series of inter-related research projects, undertaken by Research Fellows, each with specific outputs that aim to inform policymaking, to contribute to existing scholarship in the relevant areas, to act as a resource for the UN system, and to work in partnership with wider academic and non-academic communities (locally and globally). UNU-GCM actively supports the dissemination of knowledge and information through a variety of publications and visual means.

Research Fellows engage actively in a range of projects, to be agreed with the Director, aimed at producing and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge, as well as at informing the formation of policy. They actively take part in the UNU Migration Network.

UNU-GCM seeks applications for a Junior Research Fellow with interest and expertise in the broad areas specified above.

Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of UNU-GCM, the successful candidate shall be entrusted with the following tasks:
• Event coordination: supporting the organisation of lectures, conferences, workshops, and other public events, and taking minutes at institutional meetings.
• Conference organization: providing assistance during annual conference planning, including communication with speakers and participants, helping to plan the schedule, drafting the programme, and other logistical support.
• Communications: preparing and disseminating information on events, publications, and announcements on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and institutional mailing lists.
• Web content: writing and posting articles, announcements, and events on the Institute´s website and the UNU Migration Network website.
• Research: carrying out a research project, to be agreed with Director, in the field of the annual theme and producing agreed outputs, including online articles, policy reports, and an academic article.
• Administration: engaging proactively in offering administrative support as needed to the Institute’s administrative team, as assigned by the Director.
• Orviding assistance with drafting the Institute’s annual reports and other related documents.
• Acting as liaison with UNU’s Communications Office, and drafting of news items, posts, etc. on UNU-GCM’s behalf.
• Performing any other tasks as may be assigned by the Director.

Required qualifications and experience
• Postgraduate qualifications in the Humanities or Social Sciences, such as Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Geography, Media and Communications, Economics, Law, Human Rights, or a related discipline on a topic that directly addresses questions of culture and mobility in the contemporary world.
• A strong academic record of postgraduate study in the above mentioned research areas.
• Demonstrable interest in pursuing academic and policy-oriented research in line with the Institute’s research focus.
• Demonstrable ability to work to deadlines, manage the agreed workload, and prioritize duties according to the institute’s needs.
• Fluency with social media is an absolute requirement, as is the ability to manage this in a timely and appropriate way.
• Good knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
• Be proactive, imaginative, and dynamic, willing to engage fully in the work of the Institute and to work in a team, being involved with all aspects of the Institute’s work, as well as to produce research scholarship and policy reports of the highest level.
• Excellent communication and drafting skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English. Working knowledge in Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.
• Good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Remuneration
Remuneration will commensurate with candidate’s experience. The position carries a salary in the range of EUR 2,066 to EUR 2,500 per month. There are no other financial allowances of benefits.

The successful candidate will be responsible for arranging their tax liabilities, taking into account the fact that the contract signed with UNU will categorize them as freelancers under Spanish Law. The salary on offer from UNU includes cover for the cost of this status.

Duration of contract
This is full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-GCM, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.

This is a locally recruited post; no relocation expenses or allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Starting date
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position on 15 January 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter (subject to negotiation).

Research Fellow – United Nations University (Barcelona)

Research Fellow – UNU-GCM
REFERENCE NO.: 2015/UNU/GCM/PSA/RF/64
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE: 2015•11•15
Organizational Unit: UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)

United Nations University objectives
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) in Barcelona is a Research Centre focusing on the key areas of globalization, culture, and mobility.As such, it follows a structured research focus on globalization, culture, and mobility through the implementation of key research programmes. These include a focus on the Western and Eastern Mediterranean on both shores, as well as on the global north and south. Research programmes underway and in the pipeline at UNU-GCM focus on migration, media and intercultural dialogue; statelessness, and transcontinental migration; female agency, mobility, and sociocultural change; migration and crisis; diasporas: and peoples, places, and cultures.

Research programmes comprise a series of inter-related research projects, undertaken by Research Fellows, each with specific outputs that aim to inform policymaking, to contribute to existing scholarship in the relevant areas, to act as a resource for the UN system and to work in partnership with wider academic and non-academic communities locally and globally. UNU-GCM actively supports the dissemination of knowledge and information through a variety of publications and visual means. Research Fellows engage actively in a range of projects to be agreed with the Director aimed at producing and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge, as well as at informing the formation of policy. They actively take part in the UNU Migration Network (migration.unu.edu)

UNU-GCM seeks applications for a Research Fellow with expertise in the broad areas specified above. Our preference will be for a researcher with expertise in legal and/or political issues relating to migration, media and mobility.

Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of UNU-GCM, the successful candidate shall be closely involved in the planning and implementation of research programmes in the relevant thematic areas of UNU-GCM. This will include the following tasks:
• Attend meetings and discussions with key people related to the research projects and activities.
• Assume responsibility for the administrative duties relating to the research activities undertaken, liaising as necessary with colleagues at the Institute and un UNU Headquarters.
• Plan, coordinate, and evaluate the effectiveness of research workshops and other activities.
• Identify, compile, and undertake review of published and unpublished documents.
• Contribute regularly to the research outputs of UNU-GCM as agreed with the Director.
• Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of research data.
• Prepare drafts and final reports of related research projects for publication.
• Disseminate research publications locally and internationally in a variety of formats to be agreed with the Director.
• Collaborate on project planning and project administration.
• Be fully involved in the various research activities, meetings, and other work of the Institute.
• Be involved and assist in organizing capacity building activities, workshops, and conferences in the relevant research programmes of the Institute.
• Undertake supervision of postgraduate and postdoctoral candidates in the Institute.
• Reside full-time in Barcelona for the duration of the contract; some international travel may be required.
• Assist the Director in liaising with potential donors and collaborators for the Institute.
• Be proactive in seeking external funding for agreed research projects that fall within the scope of UNU-GCM’s research programmes.
• Show evidence of having identified and applied for relevant external funding to support research undertaken in the course of carrying out duties at UNU-GCM.
• Perform any other tasks as may be assigned by the Director.

Required qualifications and experience
• A PhD degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences, such as Law, Political Science, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Geography, Media and Communications, Economics, Human Rights, or a related discipline on a topic that directly addresses questions of culture and mobility in the contemporary world; preference will be for applicants with expertise in legal and/or political theory (questions of citizenship, refugees, asylum, borders, etc.) relating to mobility, migration and/or media.
• At least two (2) to three (3) years of progressively responsible relevant postgraduate work experience.
• Be familiar with interdisciplinary research methodologies and conceptual frameworks.
• Have a sound record of scholarly publication of the above mentioned research areas.
• Have experience of working in think tanks and writing policy reports.
• Have experience in conference organization and maintaining relations with external organizations working in the areas of mobility and culture will be an advantage.
• Some administrative experience is required, since the post includes responsibilities relating to the administration of the research projects.
• Good knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
• Be proactive, imaginative and dynamic, willing to engage fully in the work of the Institute and to work in a team, being involved with all aspects of the Institute’s work, as well as to produce research scholarship and policy reports of the highest level that fit into overarching research programme areas.
• Excellent communication and drafting skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English and a working knowledge of Spanish are required. Knowledge of other United Nations official languages is an asset.
• Good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Remuneration
Remuneration will commensurate with candidate’s experience. The position carries a salary in the range of EUR 3,500 to EUR 4,235 per month. There are no other financial allowances of benefits.

The successful candidate will be responsible for arranging their tax liabilities, taking into account the fact that the contract signed with UNU will categorize them as a freelancer under Spanish Law. The salary on offer from UNU includes coverage for the cost of this status.

Duration of contract
This is a full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-GCM, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory work performance. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.

This is a locally recruited post; no relocation expenses or allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Starting date
It is expected that the appointee will take up the position on 15 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter, subject to negotiation.

N.B.: The working language of UNU is English

CFP Audiovisualtopia: A Conference on the Contemporary Screen Scene (Madrid)

Audiovisualtopia: A Conference on the Contemporary Screen Scene
Hosted by Saint Louis University – Madrid, Spain

CALL for PAPERS: One hundred twenty years after the Lumiere Brothers’ Arrival of a Trainat Ciotat Station / L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat and about 60 years after the insinuation of television into living rooms across the industrialized world, contemporary societies are saturated with audiovisual culture. More recently, the rise of widely affordable techno-substrates for production (digital photography) and exhibition (youtube, proliferating film festivals) are clearly enabling toward the “democratization” of audiovisual sophistication, such that the committed college sophomore can readily produce polished short films. In other words, there is much to celebrate!

In this milieu, one may also ask whether “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” – or whether we are imbibing from the proverbial “old wine in new bottles”. That is, even as more audiovisual material is now produced in more places with more participants, film and TV (as industries, as texts) continue to be contested on the terrain of whether they largely challenge or affirm the prevailing status quo. The conference seeks to assess where we are now in a world awash with moving/narrativized images in which everyone (“everyone”) participates as producer and audience. Beyond the celebratory impulses, where are the continuities and discontinuities with the past as concern production and reception of audiovisual materials? What transformative politics are enabled, suppressed, or ambiguated in the current environment vis-à-vis film, TV and new media? The conference (re)considers where the pillars of screen studies (production, promotion, genre, stardom, auteurs, identity) are now situated for the ostensible disruptions of the contemporary milieu.

Specific areas of interest to the conference:
-Identity and Film/TV
-New Technological Substrates (for Production/Distribution/Reception)
-Festival & Award Culture
-World/Nation/Region on Screen
-Documenting Reality
-Short Films
-Co-production
-Screen Pedagogy
-Political Economy of Film & TV
-Genre Benders
-Auteurism
-Stardom
-Promotion of Audiovisual Material
-Fans

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Núria Triana Toribio, University of Kent, United Kingdom

ABSTRACT SPECIFICATIONS: 150-250 words. Include (A) Name(s) & Affiliations of Authors(s) and (B) 5 Keywords
CONFERENCE EMAIL ADDRESS: screen_studies@yahoo.com
DUE DATE for ABSTRACTS: Saturday 27 June 2015

STEERING COMMITTEE: The committee empanelled to judge the “Audiovisualtopia” conference abstracts consists of the following members: Christopher A. Chávez (University of Oregon at Eugene, USA); Brian Michael Goss (Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus, Spain); Mary Rachel Gould (Saint Louis University, USA); Pamela Rolfe (Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus, Spain); Arne Saeys (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Iván Fernández Anaya as an Example of Applied Intercultural Dialogue

http://www.ivan-fernandez.com/

An interaction between Spanish and Kenyan athletes in December 2012 made a major splash in the news a month later (reaching the English language press only after it was widely reported in the Spanish language press). The story is still circulating on social media today. While not typically presented as an example of intercultural dialogue, it is an interesting model for what can happen when members of different cultural groups meet. The story is included here for those who have not yet heard about it. For those who have, it would be interesting to hear similar examples from other contexts – feel free to either reply with a comment, or send an email suggesting a related story to post.

“. . .on December 2 [2012], Spanish athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line. Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.”
    Source: Arribas, Carlos. (19 December 2012). Honesty of the long-distance runner. [Madrid].

“In the weeks that followed, Fernandez saw his story gain momentum outside the Spanish media. He gained thousands of Facebook friends and Twitter followers, and once again saw an opportunity to do something kind. The athlete put the green shirt and red shorts he wore for the race up for auction on eBay with the intention of donating all proceeds to the Red Cross, an organization he described as “one of the hardest working worldwide.”
His website lauded the organization’s dedication to promoting peace and international cooperation, as well as mutual respect and understanding among all the world’s people. . . The winning bid was €560.”
    Source: Internet swoons for Spanish runner who helped competitor win. (January 2013). CBC News [Canada].

Additional coverage:
Huffington Post
USA Today
Vancouver Sun

CFP SIETAR Europa (Spain)

SIETAR EUROPA CONGRESS 21-23 May 2015

This congress welcomes all those whose life and work puts them at the interface of cultures, from the perspectives of economy, society, and education with the aim of reshaping intercultural discourse, questioning our current cultural paradigms and exploring new thinking to help us navigate complexity in our emerging global world. Thus our congress title mirrors this need.

With an aim to re-examine our cultural dimensions, understandings and paradigms, we invite submissions that question, critique, explore and refresh our cultural paradigms and theories, share new methods and best practices. We invite those engaged in business, training and research (including independent consultants, education, organisations) shaping European public sphere (NGO’s, governmental organisations and institutions) as well as media and arts to participate and share contributions from all disciplines and fields that deal with intercultural issues.

The location, Valencia, Spain, has been chosen as a strong, visible example of the mixing of the cultural heritage and modern technology. Its exposure to the Mediterranean shores and its historical mixture represents the potential of cultural synergies.

This is an exciting opportunity for researchers, practitioners and individuals at the interface of cultures in media, the arts, government and NGO’s, particularly in the European context, to exchange ideas shaping our intercultural world.

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SIETAR Europa Conference covers the cutting-edge of cross-cultural management and communication. All presentation proposals from this field of knowledge are welcome, although preference will be given to contributions connected to the Congress theme and topics.

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CFP DiscourseNet Winter School (Spain)

DiscourseNet Winter School
Doing research on academic, educational and intellectual discourses
20.01.2015-24.01.2015
Valencia, Spain

Discourse Studies is a field which studies meaning- and sense-making practices in their political, social and historical contexts. The DiscourseNet Winter School brings together advanced BA and MA as well as PhD students who want to pursue research in Discourse Studies and to discuss the methodological and theoretical challenges of their thesis projects (or first ideas). Its aim is to bring young and confirmed discourse researchers together and to address practical challenges in discourse research. The event will privilege collaborative exchange and hands-on research experience in a rather informal workshop setting. Introductory lectures will be given by Johannes Angermuller (Warwick), Benno Herzog (Valencia) and Luisa Martín Rojo (Madrid).

Participants can come from linguistics, sociology, political sciences, literary and cultural studies, media and communication, education, geography and related areas in the social sciences and humanities. The DiscourseNet Winter School is free but a small contribution for coffee etc. may be charged. There are places for 15-20 students. A limited number of stipends is available for students in need of financial support for travel and accommodation. The working language is English. Participants can stay until the weekend after and join in the social activities with the group.

Applicants are expected to send in proposals which include a short letter of motivation, an abstract with one’s project (no more than one page) as well as an (academic) CV. If a stipend is needed, the organisers would expect a short explanation why financial assistance is needed (e.g. lack of institutional support). The abstract will consist of a title and a description of the proposed research project which can deal with academic, educational and intellectual discourses and/or methodological questions in discourse research.

Proposals should be sent in by the 30th of September 2014. In case of acceptance, each participant will send in a 10-page version of the research project by December 15th 2014. These longer versions will define the research object, lay out the research questions, situate the project in the field and reflect on the preferred methods. These longer versions will circulate among the participants prior to the event. During the DiscourseNet Winter School, the students will not read their papers but elaborate on specific points, practical problems and methodological challenges of their projects. If they wish, the participants can stay the weekend after and join in the social activities with the organisers in the Valencia region.

The Winter School is a Warwick-Valencia event, organised by members of DiscourseNet, an interdisciplinary and international network of discourse researchers existing since 2007. It is supported by the ERC DISCONEX project, led by Johannes Angermuller, which studies academic discourse in the social sciences and humanities. DiscourseNet regularly organizes workshops, e.g. DiscourseNet 14 in Mannheim (Germany, winter 2014), DiscourseNet 15 in Belgrade (Serbia, spring 2015), DiscourseNet 16 in Bremen (Germany, autumn 2015) and DiscourseNet 17 in Pamplona (Spain, spring 2016).

Please contact Ronny Scholz if you have questions and want to send in your application (in one single pdf file only).

Network: DiscourseNet
Organizing Committee: Johannes Angermuller (Warwick), Benno Herzog (Valencia), Francesc Hernàndez (Valencia), Ronny Scholz (Warwick)

Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration conference (Spain)

‘Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration’
UNU-GCM’s Second Conference

UNU-GCM is organizing its second conference on ‘Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration’, on 24th and 25th July 2014. It will include five sections addressing issues of: citizenship, human security, urban vulnerabilities, non-state actors in migration management and sub-Saharan migration to the Mediterranean. Alongside the academic discussions, non-academic events will address statelessness through artistic production and activities.

This conference focuses on a range of issues related to the wellbeing and recognition of people who traverse continents devoid of citizenship. Issues related to refugees remain crucially unanswered in debates and policies surrounding migration. In the wake of acknowledgement within the academy that it is not always possible to isolate refugees from migrants, this conference analyses a range of contexts where dignity and human rights are compromised through the absence of legal and political recognition. By focusing on situations of extreme vulnerability and on lives lived on the borderline, this conference seeks to articulate and address urgent needs with regard to the stateless migrants who have entered Europe.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Eduard Sagarra iTrias, ‘The Necessity of Immigration in the Globalized World’, President of the United Nations Associations of Spain (ANUE), Barcelona / University of Barcelona
Professor Khadija Elmadmad, ‘Statelessness and Migration: The Case of de facto and de jure
stateless children in Morocco’, Director of The UNESCO Centre, The Law and Migration (CUDM)

Leonarda Garcia-Jimenez Researcher Profile

Researcher Profiles

Leonarda Garcia-Jimenez, Ph.D. in Communication, is Associate Professor at the University of Murcia (Spain) and Affiliate Faculty at Colorado State University (USA).

Leonarda García-Jiménez

Throughout her career, she has also taught and researched in other US, Swiss, Mexican, Colombian and Spanish universities. Dr. García-Jiménez has published more than forty works in communication theory, media culture and intercultural communication. Her H Index in Google Scholar Citations is 10. She loves spending time by the Mediterranean Sea. .

Garcia-Jimenez has done more than forty works (articles, books, chapters, as well as conference papers) on her specialist field of study: communication theory, culture and media. Her works have been published in Communication Monographs, European Journal of Communication, Estudios del Mensaje Periodistico, ZER, Razon y Palabra, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies among others. Her book about communication theory published in one of the most important publishing companies of Latin America and Spain (Tecnos, 2007) sold out the first edition (1500 books). She has participated in some of the most important conferences in communication (WAPOR, ICA, NCA, IAMCR, ECREA, Bienal de Comunicacion, IBERCOM, ISA, etc.).

Her most recent publications focus on communication as a constitutive phenomenon that transforms the world. This approach has been developed in  epistemological and practical (cross cultural comparison) ways like “Some Foundational Conceptions of Communication: Revising and Expanding the Traditions of Thought” (Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 2012) or “The Pragmatic Metamodel of Communication: A Cultural Approach to Interaction” (Studies in Communication Sciences, 2014). She is also developing with her research group from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) the analysis of discourses about interculturality (intercultural interaction) in television news as a way of promoting a more dialogical/conciliatory world.

Leonarda thinks that education in the understanding of communication (in epistemological, interpersonal, media or socio-cultural ways) would promote a better and more peaceful world.

CFP – ICREA Chair at UNU-GCM

The United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) can host an ICREA Chair. ICREA stands for La Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats. Expressions of interest should be made to UNU-GCM by Friday 2nd May 2014.

ICREA SENIOR CALL GUIDELINES 2014
ICREA opens 10 senior research positions.

Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. degree obtained preferably before 2010, with at least four years of international exposure at pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral level. Only very strong candidates with an outstanding research record and excellent leadership capabilities will be considered. Successful applicants will have a permanent contract with ICREA and will work at universities or research centres in Catalonia. ICREA researchers are required to make substantial contributions to their own areas of research and have a strong impact in the Catalan research system by becoming active members and leaders of the Catalan research community. The ICREA position is not compatible with a part time permanent contract outside the Catalan research system. Scholars who have held a permanent position in the Catalan research system for longer than 12 months on the deadline of this call will not be accepted as candidates. Successful candidates will be required to join the host institution no later than September 2015. Salaries will be in line with those paid at Catalan universities. ICREA research professors will be subject to an evaluation of their research progress and general performance after a three-year period and subsequently every five years. The evaluations will be carried out by external evaluation committees that will assess scientific production as well as research activity. A positive evaluation will lead to a salary increase.
Applications must be submitted electronically via the ICREA Chair website before 2:00 pm (local time) on Tuesday, 6 May 2014.

The application requires all the following items:
1. on-line form for personal and professional data, a statement on research interests (2000 characters maximum), a list of the 5 most relevant publications, a statement of purpose (3000 characters maximum).

2. A single .pdf file (maximum 15 pages and up to 4 Mb in size) containing the candidate’s CV in English.

3. Two to four reference letters in English in .pdf or .doc format. The candidate should directly ask the scholars listed in the application form to upload a reference letter using the link provided by the applicant. The reference letters must be attached before 2:00 pm (local time) on Tuesday, 6 May 2014. Referees may also be contacted directly by ICREA.

4.  An expression of interest document from the host institution(s)

The candidate must directly contact each institution (university or research centre in Catalonia) that he/she is interested in and obtain the institution’s acceptance. The host institution’s expression of interest form must be downloaded directly by the institution using the link provided by the applicant. At the link, the institution will find the information needed to submit the form (both electronically and by post). The form (in both formats) must be received by ICREA before 2:00pm (local time) on Tuesday, 6 May 2014.

The candidate may seek acceptance at more than one institution. In this case each institution must submit a separate expression of interest form to ICREA (both electronically and by post).

Additional information:

1. New applicants may register at www.icrea.cat. Old applicants simply log in using their username and password. Candidates are requested to safely store their username and password. They will be needed to access and edit applications.

2. Applications can be edited and saved as many times as necessary before submission. Submitted applications may also be edited but please note that once submitted information in the fields Name, Surname, Date of birth, and the information about referees cannot be modified.

3. After submission of an application, the system will display a list of Host institutions and Referees with their corresponding links. The same information will be sent by e-mail to the candidate to be distributed.

4. The system allows monitoring of file uploading by referees and host institutions. Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.