Website Consultant UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Website Consultant

UNU-GCM seeks a part-time Website Consultant to maintain and update its websites. The ideal candidate is highly efficient and works well in a fast-paced and professional team environment, dealing effectively with the organization’s technical demands. The right individual for this role will be a motivated and energetic consultant, who takes initiative, enjoys finding solutions to a varying number of challenges, is detail-oriented, and takes pride in his/her work. S/He must be fluent in English, with a good command of Spanish and Catalan. Web programming, graphic design, skilled communication and database administration are all elements of this position.

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Communications Consultant UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Communications Consultant

UNU-GCM seeks a part-time Communications Consultant. The ideal candidate is highly efficient and works well in a fast-paced and professional team environment, dealing effectively with the organization’s communication. The right individual for this role will be a motivated and energetic Communications consultant, who takes initiative, enjoys finding solutions to a varying number of challenges, is detail-oriented, and takes pride in his/her work. S/He must be fluent in English, with a good command of Spanish and Catalan. The ability to build strong links with mainstream media and press in Catalonia, elsewhere in Spain and more internationally, is an important element of this position, as is the ability to project the work of UNU-GCM internationally. Familiarity with social media is also required.

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Migration Post-doc UNU-GCM (Barcelona)

Visiting Researchers Programme

UNU-GCM is currently offering THREE places of three months each to post-doctoral researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences with expertise in the area of statelessness and transcontinental migration. Their Visiting Researchers Programme gives qualified researchers an opportunity to research topics related to the ongoing research programme on Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration, and to participate in UNU-GCM activities. Visiting Researchers will be expected to reside in Barcelona and work from our office in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona.

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CFP Studies on Discourse/Society (Spain) 2014

1st International Symposium EDiSo 2014 ‐ Studies on Discourse and Society
Seville, Spain, 15‐16 May, 2014
Sponsor: Asociación de Estudios Sobre Discurso y Sociedad

The 1st EDiSo Symposium includes the following three types of work sessions which are open for participation:
• Seminars: Designed mainly for senior or junior researchers interested in presenting their research outcomes
and exchanging ideas with colleagues who hold similar interests.
• Workshops: Designed mainly for junior researchers or those with research in progress who wish to participate in practical sessions about research methodology and to obtain feedback on their work.
• Posters: Designed for sharing research results, research in progress, or studies in the early stages that could benefit from open discussion with other researchers.

Submit the proposal according to instructions available at the portal before 30 March, 2014.

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Administrator for UNU GCM job ad

Administrator for UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
Barcelona, Spain
CLOSING DATE: 2013•12•12

UN University GCM

United Nations University objectives
The UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University functions as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and innovative ideas and dialogue.

UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)
The mission of the UNU-GCM is to contribute to good governance, cultural diversity, democracy and human rights through a better understanding of cultural mobility and diversity in the context of globalization. It focuses on the major cultural and social phenomena of migration and media as hallmarks of the era of globalization. The institute fosters cutting-edge research in these areas at global and local levels through the lens of key cultural concepts, such as borders, gender and transnational connections and a series of structured research programmes.

Responsibilities
Under the authority of the Director of UNU-GCM and supervision of the Manager, Office of the Director, the successful candidate shall carry out the following tasks:

Human Resources Management
*Be responsible for initiating, processing, monitoring and following up on actions related to the administration of the institute’s human resource activities, e.g., recruitment, placement, relocation, promotion, performance appraisal, job classification reviews, separation, training etc., ensuring consistency in the application of regulations and procedures;
*Enter and maintain administrative data and records for time and attendance, performance appraisal, etc. in electronic information systems;
*Perform other reasonable tasks, of a similar nature, as deemed necessary by the Director;

Budget and Finance
*Track expenses and organize the budget in consultation with the Director
*Consolidate data received and provide support to higher-level staff with respect to budget reviews;
*Review status of relevant expenditures and compare with approved budget;
*Review requisitions for goods and services to ensure (a) correct objects of expenditure have been charged and (b) availability of funds;
*Assist in the preparation of budget performance submissions;
*Prepare statistical tables and standard financial reports;
*Perform other reasonable tasks, of a similar nature, as deemed necessary by the Director;

Procurement and General Administration
*Support the full procurement activities of the institute to assist the Manager;
*Prepare, process and follow-up on administrative arrangements and forms related to the official travel of staff;
*Draft routine correspondence;
*Maintain files of rules, regulations, administrative instructions and other related documentation;
*Assist with the organization of conferences/workshops and all events;
*Perform other related administrative duties, as required;

Contract Administration
*Be responsible for the day-to-day administration of contracts between the UN and external contractors for outsourced services; and
*Audit the contractors’ invoices against the goods and services provided by the contractor and approved by the UN.

Required qualifications and experience
*Completion of high school diploma is required. Candidate with a university degree is highly desirable;
*At least five (5) years of relevant professional work experience in administration, finance and human resources. For candidates with a university degree, a minimum two (2) years of professional work experience in the related area is required;
*Knowledge and experience of UN system would be a definite asset;
*Proficiency in the use of MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, Power Point etc.);
*Excellent communication skills with fluency in both oral and written English, Spanish and Catalan;
*Ability to work under minimal supervision and with a high level of resilience;
*Strong ability to establish priorities, multi-task and work within tight timelines;
*A 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 will be at EUR 48,000 per annum

Duration of contract
This is a full time employment position on a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU-GCM that will run until 31 December 2014. The combined duration of appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.

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. The successful candidate will be responsible for paying all required local taxes.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

Starting date: As soon as possible

CFP Globalization: Texts, Performances, Practices

Call for Papers

Globalization: Texts, Performances, Practices
Type: Cross-Disciplinary International Conference
Institution: Department of Communication, Saint Louis University
Location: Madrid (Spain)
Date: 24.–26.4.2014
Deadline: 16.12.2013

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The depth and breadth of what we regularly reference as globalization is still expanding. At the same time, in most moments, we as subjects are situated in palpable, immediate, super-organic localities. This and other paradoxes demonstrate that, however much “globalization” has become a widely circulated buzzword, we are still probing what it means for subjects in everyday terms.

Across three days, participants from all over the globe will reflect on the many registers in which the “structuring structures” of globalization play out as the conference assays to unpack “what’s going on.” While the event will be hosted by a Communication department, the organizers welcome cross-disciplinary effort.

Some specific areas of interest to the Organizing Committee include:

Globalization, on Screens Everywhere:
– Media, Technology, and Society
– The Practice of International Journalism
– Digital Journalism
– New Media: New Subjects?
– Film & Television as International Couriers
– International Political Economy of Media

Critical Intercultural Communication:
– Globalization and Subjectivity
– Culture, Identity & Mobility
– Tourism in Practice
– Glocalization and Cultural Heterogeneity
– Fluidity and Hybridity
– Performing Globalization
– Post-Colonial & Diaspora Studies
– New Cartographies

Global Organizations:
– Nations/TransNations
– The Confrontation with Neoliberalism
– The Corporation
– Human Rights & NGOs
– Modes of Protest

To be considered as a presenter, please email the following by 16 December 2013:
(1) Your name and title
(2) Institutional affiliation
(3) A title and abstract of your work (200-400 words)
(4) four “key words”

The conference’s designated language will be English in all its variants.

Keynote Addresses:
– Radha S. Hegde, New York University: “Migrant Bodies and the Politics of Recognition”
– Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths/University of London: “Mediated Public Spheres: The Problem of Politics and Dream of Democracy”

Contact:
Department of Communication
Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus
Avenida del Valle 34
E-28003 Madrid
Spain
Email: madrid.comm.conference2014@gmail.com

CFP EPICS VI conference in Spain

The research group “Intercultural Pragmatic Studies (English-Spanish): Pragmatic and Discourse Issues” is pleased to announce the upcoming Sixth International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS VI, after the Spanish acronym for “Encuentros de Pragmática Intercultural, Cognitiva y Social”). EPICS VI will be held on 12-14 May 2014, at the University of Seville, Spain.

After having addressed issues related to (im)politeness, intercultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics and relevance theory in previous editions, the sixth EPICS Symposium turns its attention to conflict in language. Under the umbrella theme “Perspectives on Language Aggression and Conflict”, EPICS VI aims at providing a forum for practitioners of pragmatics and other related disciplines to present on their latest research, as well as to share experiences and suggest new avenues for research. EPICS VI also wishes to create awareness among graduate students of the growing interest in this area of linguistic expertise within the broad field of pragmatics.

EPICS VI will also host the European launching of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. Co-edited by Pilar Garcés Blitvich (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Maria Sifianou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), JLAC focuses on the study of aggression and conflict, as manifested in language, from different perspectives such as discursive, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, cultural, cognitive, applied linguistics, or anthropological. Because of the thematic connections between JLAC and EPICS VI, a selection of the best contributions presented at EPICS VI will be published in a special issue JLAC.

Keynote Speakers:
We are very honoured that Professor Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Professor John Joseph (The University of Edinburgh) have agreed to be EPICS VI keynote speakers.

Conference Fees:
Until January 30, 2014:
Attendants: EUR 100
Speakers: EUR 150

After January 30:
Attendants: EUR 125
Speakers: EUR 175

These fees are for the full conference (12-14 May) and include the conference pack, coffee breaks and lunches. There will be a conference dinner, whose price is not included in the conference fee. The account to deposit the registration fee will be announced in the second call for papers. Presentations will not be included in the final program if registration fees have not been prepaid. Please note that payment on site will not be possible. In the next call for papers, information about accommodation will also be included.

Call for Papers:
Conference Presentations Types:
We welcome original papers, written in English, on any of the subjects that come within the list of conference topics below or on any other topic related to language aggression and conflict. Presentations can be made in any of the following types:

A) Individual Oral Presentations
These must be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

B) Themed Panels
These must contain a number of thematically-related papers, each of which must be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals for panels should also include a chair.

C) Posters
Participants presenting a poster should follow the following guidelines:
– Posters should be no larger than 118,9 x 84,1 cm (A0).
– They may be printed in colour or in black and white.
– Poster presenters must bring a printed copy of their poster with them to the conference. Note that there will not be printing facilities at the conference venue. Presenters will also be responsible for displaying the poster and turning it down at the time and in the place designated by the conference organisers.

Topics:
EPICS VI especially focuses, but is not limited to contributions, that address, explore or analyse in depth language aggression and conflict from a pragmatic perspective, as well as to works that present theoretical developments and practical applications on, among others, the following topics:
– Gender differences in language aggression and conflict
– Language aggression and conflict among family members
– Language aggression and conflict in work/academic settings
– Language aggression, conflict and identity
– Emotional communication and conflict
– Impoliteness
– Language aggression and conflict in the classroom
– Language aggression and conflict in political discourse
– Language aggression and conflict in the (digital) media.
– Language aggression and conflict in inter/cross cultural communication
– Language aggression and conflict in service encounters
– (Intercultural) Business and conflict
– Forensic linguistics

Submissions:
Proposals must be sent as email attachment to both Manuel Padilla Cruz and Reyes Gómez Morón. Proposals must contain the following information:

A) Oral Presentations and Posters
Contributors to EPICS VI, regardless of whether they give an oral presentation or present a poster, must submit a one-page abstract no longer than 350 words, accompanied by the following information:
i. Author’s name(s) and affiliation
ii. Title of paper
iii. Audio-visual equipment required (computer, VHS video, OHP, etc.)
iv. E-mail address(es)
v. Postal address(es)

B) Themed Panels
Panel proposals must include a one-page abstract no longer than 350 words for the panel, accompanied by the respective 350-word abstracts for each of the presentations included in the panel. The following information must also be included for each of the papers in the panel:
i. Author’s name(s) and affiliation
ii. Title of paper
iii. Audio-visual equipment required (computer, VHS video, OHP, etc.)
iv. E-mail address(es)
v. Postal address(es)

Dates:
Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 December 2013. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 January. The organising committee will plan the programme as soon as it has selected the successful abstracts, so please indicate on the abstracts if you cannot present your paper on any day of the conference (12-14 May), as it is very difficult to reschedule papers after the programme has been planned.

Publication:
After the Symposium, EPICS VI participants are invited to submit revised and extended versions of their work for publication in any of the following venues:

A) Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. Guidelines for publication can be found here.

B) An edited collection. Style guidelines will be provided in due course.

In both cases, the final text can be submitted after the Symposium, but no later than 31 July 2014.

Organising Committee:
Reyes Gómez Morón
Manuel Padilla Cruz
Lucía Fernández Amaya
María de la O Hernández López
Manuel Mejías Borrero

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CFP Globalization conference in Madrid

“Globalization: Texts • Performances • Practices”
April 24-26, 2014 at Saint Louis University Madrid
Call for Papers

In the provocative book Vermeers’ Hat, historian Timothy Brooks teases out the signs of nascent globalization in Johannes Vermeer’s seventeenth century paintings of Delft, Holland. These signs include the eponymous hats from “New World” pelts, textiles from Turkey, ceramics from China that were already established features of the Dutch quotidian and within the frame of the paintings. In other words, globalization predates Bretton Woods, the 1989 Revolutions, and the rise of Facebook!

Almost four centuries later, the depth and breadth of what we now regularly reference as globalization is still expanding. At the same time, in most moments, we as subjects are situated in palpable, immediate, super-organic localities. This and other paradoxes demonstrate that, however much “globalization” has become a widely circulated buzzword, we are still probing what it means for subjects in everyday terms.

Across three days, participants from all over the globe will reflect on the many registers in which the “structuring structures” of globalization play out as the conference assays to unpack “what’s going on.” While the event will be hosted by a Communication department, the organizers welcome cross-disciplinary effort.

Some specific areas of interest to the Organizing Committee include:
Globalization, on Screens Everywhere
—Media, Technology, and Society
—The Practice of International Journalism
—Digital Journalism
—New Media: New Subjects?
—Film & Television as International Couriers
—International Political Economy of Media Critical Intercultural Communication:
—Globalization and Subjectivity
—Culture, Identity & Mobility
—Tourism in Practice
—Glocalization and Cultural Heterogeneity
—Fluidity and Hybridity
—Performing Globalization
—Post-Colonial & Diaspora Studies
—New Cartographies Global Organizations
—Nations/TransNations
—The Confrontation with Neoliberalism
—The Corporation
—Human Rights & NGOs
—Modes of Protest

To be considered as a presenter, please email the following by 4 January 2014:
(1) Your name and title
(2) Institutional affiliation
(3) A title and abstract of your work (200-400 words)
(4) four “key words”

The conference’s designated language will be English in all its variants.

Additionally, we are delighted to announce two keynote addresses for the conference:
Radha S. Hegde, New York University: “Migrant Bodies and the Politics of Recognition.”
and
Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths/University of London: “Mediated Public Spheres: The Problem of Politics and Dream of Democracy.”