Counter-Narratives in Language Education Research, Center for Language Education Research, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (Online), May 18, 2021, 2-4 BST.
Counter-Narratives in Language Education Research will highlight presentations by Dr. Nelson Flores, University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Giovanna Fassetta, University of Glasgow, with contributions from University of Leeds colleagues: Dr. Daniel Fobi, Dr. Kate Spowage and Rumana Hossain.
The speakers’ presentations in diverse areas of language education inquiry will lead to a more general reflection. Among the topics to be discussed:
- What are the dominant narratives of language (and) education in our respective contexts and domains of inquiry?
- Which/whose stories are not included in them and why do they need to be
- How does our research need to change to make space for the multiple, complex and often competing counter-narratives?
Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Montreal, Canada (Online, and later outdoors), April 24-May 2, 2021.
Starting April 24 and running until May 2, the spring programming of the 23rd Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival will be in full swing, along with the TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival. Online and later outdoors, more than 50 eclectic events with 200 artists will delight eyes and minds around the theme, The Challenges of Our Times. Free multilingual events in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic take the form of captivating panels, debates and interviews. Events are added daily and will remain online.
This would be a good place for those who wish to find books that start conversations about cultural identity, cultural difference, intercultural communication, and intercultural.
Covid-19: International Perspectives and Transnational Collaboration, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, London, UK (Online), 22 April 2021, 18:00-19:30 BST.
During a ‘global’ pandemic, the capacity to learn from the experience of others and share knowledge across borders is essential. Responses to Covid-19 have varied markedly across the globe. The differences in the approaches taken are due to systemic political and economic conditions, but also to cultural and historical factors. One lesson that has emerged clearly is that only a joint transnational effort will enable us to respond efficiently and decisively to the threat of an illness that knows no borders. In this panel discussion, Humanities scholars of languages and cultures will reflect on the handling of the pandemic in their cultural/geographic area of expertise – and suggest lessons to be learned from other nations. They will then go on to explore the place of creative and cultural production in building a more transnationally interlinked post-Covid world – as well as the contributions to be made by research in the Humanities, and specifically Modern Languages.
All are welcome to attend this free event, starting at 6pm BST. The joining link for the online event will be sent out to all those registered prior to the event.
Maria Hussain is the ‘Faculty International Tutor’ at Leeds University Business School and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
Her expertise lies in applied linguistics, international and transnational education and intercultural communication. Maria is part of the Intercultural Connector newsletter team for the World Council on Intercultural Council (WGCIC), as well being a recently appointed ambassador for the PEaCH project (Eramus Plus funded) promoting multilingualism in childhood. Furthermore, she is also a SIG co-lead for UKAT on supporting international students through intercultural Personal Tutoring. Maria has taught a wide range of both home and international students in higher education contexts. Currently, her diverse role includes; working with Study Abroad students, making recommendations on provision for international students and furthermore, the embedding of internationalisation opportunity across her faculty. Maria’s research interests include; academic literacies, ‘internationalisation at home,’ interculturality, critical reflective writing and course design.
King’s College London is advertising several positions, with different application deadlines:
Research Officer, Policy Institute, King’s College London, UK, fixed term (until 28 February 2022). Deadline: 30 November 2020.
The Research Officer will work on TASO’s research programme to develop a better understanding of what works to support widening participation and student success. Under the guidance of the Research Programmes Manager and Evidence & Evaluation Manager, the post holder will help support the commissioning of new projects as part of a programme of external research involving practitioners, evaluators and researchers from multiple institutions. They will work across these projects to manage and monitor progress, collate findings, analyse data and help steer the overall research programme. They may also undertake research projects themselves, including synthesis of secondary research; conducting qualitative, quantitative and/or survey research.
2. Instructional Designer, King’s Online, King’s College London, UK. Deadline: 22 November 2020.
Instructional Designers in King’s Online, Professional & Executive Education (OPEE) work collaboratively with both academics and creative designers to create effective and engaging online courses. They play a crucial role in shaping the learning experience of our online students: ensuring that the content is presented in a clear and memorable way, with meaningful interaction to prepare students for success on their course and in their careers.
3. Lecturer in Humanistic and Social Computing Education, Digital Humanities Department, King’s College London, UK. Deadline: 6 December 2020.
The Department of Digital Humanities is seeking to appoint one Lecturer in Humanistic and Social Computing (Academic Education Pathway). The post holder will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across our degrees including the MA Digital Culture and Society, MA Digital Asset and Media Management, MA Big Data & Society, and the BA Digital Culture. The post holder will have a sound knowledge of the key concepts, theories, debates and challenges in digital cultures, with experience of teaching both theory and practice and a good understanding of academic writing and academic research methods linked to the digital. A focus on social and humanistic computing, critical HCI, critical and sustainable design is particularly welcome. A focus on social and humanistic computing, critical HCI, critical and sustainable design is particularly welcome.
Media and Communications Manager, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London, London, UK. Deadline: 30 November 2020.
The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is looking for a Media and Communications Manager to contribute to the development and implementation of IIPP’s research strategy and manage its growing grant, consultancy and philanthropic portfolio. Situated in a globally top university, IIPP is demonstrating impact and influence, including training the next generation of civil servants, bringing together leading global policy-making institutions, and establishing partnerships to address global challenges. IIPP applies its critical thinking to four core areas of activity: research and thought leadership; teaching and training; influencing public policy; and engaging the broader public in its work and ideas.
Building IIPP’s brand and its relationships with media and global partners in academia, business, the public sector and civil society organisations will be central to its work. The Media and Communications Manager will be a key role and will lead on the development and implementation of an integrated communication. This role offers an opportunity for a committed Media and Communications Manager to play a key role in this Institute. While the primary purpose of the role is to develop communication strategies and build a supporting communications team, the role holder will be very hands on. The post-holder will be responsible for creating, implementing and monitoring of a comprehensive communication, media and public relations strategy that will enhance IIPP’s image and position within the marketplace and constituent communities whilst also ensuring alignment with UCL and Faculty strategies.
DPhil Studentship in Anthropology or Migration Studies, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. Deadline: January 22, 2021.
Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in anthropology or migration studies. This studentship will be for a maximum duration of 3 years and include a stipend and research expenses of no less than £36,000 per annum (with additional support during the fieldwork year). Starting in October 2021 this studentship will be within the framework of the European Research Council project “Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy After (Post)Socialism.” Funding from the European Research Council means that applicants of all nationalities are eligible for this project. If/when Brexit occurs, the project will be supported by the UK Government under identical rules.
The DPhil student will be part of a research team led by Dr Dace Dzenovska and hosted by the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society. Under the supervision of Dr Dace Dzenovska, the student will be responsible for developing and carrying out their own original project in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia (other locations within the former socialist world may be considered) within the overarching analytical and methodological frame of the project. The student will also undertake collaborative work with other team members. The project will study the emptying cities, towns, and villages in Eastern Europe and Russia through the lens of “emptiness” as a concrete historical formation that has emerged in conditions when socialist modernity is gone and promises of capitalist modernity have failed.
Senior Programme Manager – Our Shared Cultural Heritage, British Council, Edinburgh or Manchester Office, UK. Deadline: 29 September 2020.
The British Council has been awarded a grant by the National Heritage Lottery Fund to support a three-year, high-value programme enabling young people in the UK and South Asia to explore cultural heritage. Working with museums, youth organisations and arts organisations, the programme partnership comprises a wide-ranging network from community organisations to major institutions. The role will lead on the delivery phase of Our Shared Cultural Heritage, a large-scale funded programme fostering collaborations between the UK and South Asia across multiple locations: Glasgow, Manchester, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
This is an opportunity to support the diversification of heritage organisations in the UK and South Asia, through increased involvement, leadership and engagement of young people from South Asian backgrounds in heritage. You will be working with the British Council team in the UK, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh alongside heritage and youth partners in the UK (Glasgow Life, UK Youth, Manchester Museum). You will be responsible for working with our teams across South Asia, building partnerships and connections between the UK and South Asia.
The project is youth-led and you will be responsible for ensuring youth voice and leadership within the project. The project seeks to foreground South Asian voices and you will be responsible for ensuring young people from South Asian backgrounds benefit from this project.
5 Fully-funded PhD opportunities, Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University, Coventry, UK. Deadline: 7 October, 2020.
The Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities (CAMC) at Coventry University invites applications for fully-funded PhD studentships within a dynamic, multidisciplinary research centre. CAMC is home to a vibrant research culture that weaves together three strands of scholarship: Critical Practices, Cultural Memory and Well-being and the Arts. They invite applications for five fully-funded PhD studentships, commencing in January 2021. Each project responds to the Covid-19 pandemic by seeking creative and innovative interventions into the cultural conditions produced by such crises historically, in the moment, and as they are likely to persist in and alter post-Covid experience.
The specific projects available are:
- Venice and its environments: navigating memory, culture and crisis
- Exploring healthcare workers’ experiences and ethical dilemmas faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic through arts-based practice
- Embodying loss: crafting the material in the time of pandemic
- Communicating COVID: messages from the Downing Street Briefings
- The role of design and usability in the adoption of digital self-management technology
Post-doctoral Research Associate, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. Deadline: 20 August 2020.
BIAS is an interdisciplinary research project funded as part of the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative (UKRI and multiple Canadian Funding Agencies) to improve scientific understanding of gender and ethnic biases in the increasingly digitalised and AI-driven labour market processes of job advertising, hiring and professional networking; and developing insights into how such biases and attendant inequalities may be mitigated. Through collaboration with academics from the disciplines of Organisational Management, Sociology, Computer Science and Data Science, and with industry partners in the area of AI protocol development, these insights will drive the development of a new Responsible AI Development Protocol. The post is advertised for 24 months. The academic partners in the project are Lancaster University (lead institution), Essex University (UK), and Alberta University (Canada). You should have a PhD in a topic related to information systems management, the development of socio-technical systems, labour relations, and/or human resources management.