CFP DiscourseNet Winter School (Spain)

DiscourseNet Winter School
Doing research on academic, educational and intellectual discourses
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 Profile


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.


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 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 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.

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.

Download the full details here:  icon Vacancy Announcement – Website Consultant (391.44 kB)

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.

Download the full details here:  icon Vacancy Announcement – Communications Consultant (388.63 kB)

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.

Download the full details here:  icon Visiting Researchers Programme (UNU – GCM) (135.92 kB)

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.


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.

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


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”

Department of Communication
Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus
Avenida del Valle 34
E-28003 Madrid

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