Swansea U PHD Studentship: Digital Restorative Approaches in Wales (UK)

“Studentships“Empirical Studies in Law: ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership – Collaborative Studentship: Digital Restorative Approaches in Wales, Swansea University, Wales, UK. Deadline: 3 Febuary 2023.

Today’s perpetual crisis (BLM, Brexit, Covid19, inflation…) brings injustices and the need for dialogue into focus. Restorative approaches (RA) enable individuals and communities to develop the skills to pre-empt and respond to conflict and harm, while acknowledging trauma (1,2). In Wales, RA are used to build resilience and repair relationships in schools, families and housing contexts. Within the criminal justice system, victims are entitled to Restorative Justice, a type of RA, as an alternative and/or alongside the traditional justice process. It plays a role in rehabilitation, reducing re-offending and is central to youth justice. However, RA necessitate reflection and dialogue which, in a digital society, presents challenges and opportunities. The aims of this research are to explore how digital restorative practices (DRA) are evolving and how co-production and trauma-informed approaches can shape DRA.

The use of digital technology in restorative contexts (referred to as DRA) expanded during the COVID19 pandemic e.g., to facilitate mediation, virtual circles, specialist support and training (3–5). Indeed, technology has the potential to improve the sustainability and accessibility of interventions, help evidence ‘what works’, improve awareness of services and address misconceptions of RA (6–8). Beyond the traditional intervention model, technology could empower restorative communities to self-direct. Nonetheless, there are significant challenges associated with the integration of digital tools, including concerns regarding their misuse, digital exclusion, confidentiality, data security and building trust (9). Additionally, restorative practices should create opportunities for participants to connect and collaboratively re-construct their shared lived experience. Whether and how this can be achieved in a world dominated by instant and digitally mediated interaction, including online harms, needs investigation.

Using a mixed-methods socio-legal approach, this proposal sets out to meet three objectives [1] explore stakeholder experiences of the use of digital technology for the delivery of RA in England and Wales, [2] explore how co-production and trauma-informed approaches can shape DRA, plus [3] identify best practice and propose a model to aid practitioners in determining whether and how technology should be used. A baseline survey of practitioners is suggested, followed by focus groups with practitioners and community participants, to explore how and whether digital technology is used and experienced, vis-à-vis restorative principles and participants rights. Community participants may include adults engaged in Restorative Justice programmes, as well as young people taking part in school-based restorative initiatives. These methods may be complemented by an evaluation of the impact of specific technology use-cases, through a case-study approach.

Swansea U Job Ad: International Development/Relations (UK)

Job adsLecturer in International Development or International Relations, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK. Deadline: 2 July 2018.

The department seeks to appoint a specialist in the ethical or theoretical aspects of international development or international relations and with a particular focus on international humanitarian action, and/or international climate change. Applicants, however, must be able to relate their ethical or theoretical interests to applied contexts and global policy challenges.

CFP Applied Linguistics & Professional Practice (Wales)

Conferences8th International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) will be hosted by the Centre for Language and Communication Research and held at Cardiff University (UK), 17-19 September 2018. The ALAPP Masterclass is scheduled on 20 September 2018. Deadline: 15 February 2018.

The conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research, and professional domains, e.g. mediation, management, business, law, journalism, education, healthcare, social care, therapy, translation and interpreting.

ALAPP 2018 is open to proposals that broadly fall within the scope of Applied Linguistics and Professional Discourse Studies. Special themes include:
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U Wales Doctoral Scholarships: Interfaith Studies (UK)

FellowshipsHarmony Doctoral Scholarships in Interfaith StudiesUniversity of Wales, Trinity Saint David – Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts. Deadline: November 17, 2017.

Eight Full Scholarships available. Each scholarship offers full funding for 3 years. Each scholarship includes tuition fees and living expenses.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in collaboration with the International Federation of Inter-Faith and Intercultural Dialogue and the Chin Kung Multi-cultural Education Foundation, are pleased to invite applications for one of up to 8 fully-funded Harmony Doctoral Scholarships starting at the end of February 2018. Each scholarship lasts for three years.

Applications are invited from high quality students in the area of theology and religious studies, and from all religions and faith traditions. Working through their own particular faith tradition or theological / religious specialism, students will research aspects of inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue through an investigation of the similarities and differences between the beliefs, ethics and precepts of various religions and faith-based traditions. Successful candidates will join a vibrant Research College where they will work and study within a collaborative context and will undertake during the first year a structured programme of doctoral training in textual analysis, research methodologies, and inter-faith study and dialogue, to support their individual research over the remaining two years.

Cardiff U Job Ad: Communication (UK)

Lecturer in Communication
Cardiff University
Closes: 3rd January 2017

You will deliver high-quality and research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to high-quality publications. You will pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and to inspire others to do the same.

This is a full-time, open-ended post

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity.  Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds.

PhD Studentship at University of Aberswyth (Wales)

PhD studentship at Aberystwyth: Education, Indigenous Languages and Identity

This 3-year ESRC funded PhD studentship will examine the relationship between education, indigenous languages and identity among young people in two contrasting countries (one European, the other non-European).

The PhD candidate will be expected to undertake fieldwork in these two countries and there is funding to support this activity. The project will be supervised by Professor Rhys Jones (Geography and Earth Sciences) and Dr Elin Royles (International Politics) (both at Aberystwyth University). The studentship forms part of a larger ESRC project on civil society, which is examining the link between statutory and non-statutory education, indigenous languages and youth identity in Scotland and Wales.

As well as providing a broader comparative context for the project, the role of the studentship will be to assess whether there are any significant lessons that can be learnt from the international cases examined in the thesis for Wales and Scotland with regard to the potential role to be played by the statutory and non-statutory education sectors in shaping different kinds of civic and linguistic identity in Scotland and Wales.

Applicants must complete and submit a covering letter and CV; an Aberystwyth University PhD application form; a 1,000 word research proposal outlining: the research question(s) to be addressed; the case studies to be examined (countries, empirical themes to be addressed etc); the methods employed; the contribution that the PhD will make to the broader research project; academic references; academic transcripts (where applicable).

While the PhD studentship will be based at Aberystwyth University, the successful candidate will also be able to benefit from the input of the other members of the project team (Professor Lindsay Paterson and Dr Fiona O’Hanlon, both at Edinburgh University), as well as the research networks and broader support mechanisms provided by the ESRC-funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre. For further information, click here.

Closing date: Friday 30th January 2016.

CFP Conf on Newspapers, war and society

Call for Papers for Newspapers, War and Society, a conference to be held 29 April-1 May 2014 at Gregynog Hall, Wales, UK.

This conference will explore the relationship between newspapers and society during times of war. It is organised by the Leverhulme Trust  funded  British Press in World War Two project and the Centre for Media History, Aberystwyth University.  The conference will have an international perspective, and focus on the importance of newspapers as objects of historical enquiry in their social contexts.

Newspapers have a fundamental role in societies at war. They relay the experience of war, provide a means for the state to communicate to the population directly, and serve to entertain readers. However, little attention has been paid to the dynamics of their production, circulation and reception during wartime and how the wider context of war affects those processes.  In what ways does the circuit of communication between the press and its readers change during wartime? How is newspaper content altered as a result of wartime restrictions? How is news sourced? How do newspapers balance their commercial interests and the purpose of informing readers, using restricted resources?  How do newspapers interact with the wider culture of wartime societies?

The conference also invites papers that address methodological issues relating to the use of newspapers in historical inquiry. Historical studies of wartime home fronts have tended to forgo the complexity of newspapers and use them illustratively, rather than systemically examining their content. We therefore welcome papers that critically engage with the newspaper as an historical object. Approaches might include quantitative and qualitative studies of content, or analysis of how newspapers were read and understood by their audiences.

We welcome proposals from a range of geographical and methodological backgrounds. Whilst the conference will be weighted towards the period 1914-1945, we also invite contributions which approach the theme from wider chronological perspectives. Abstracts of around 200 words for papers of between 20 to 25 minutes duration should be sent by close of business on 14 July 2013 to cmhstaff AT aber.ac.uk.

This conference is jointly organised by the Centre For Media History, Aberystwyth University, and the journal Media History, with the financial support of the Leverhulme Trust. It is held at the historic University of Wales conference centre Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, Powys, Wales.  Additional enquiries can be directed to one or more of the following: Dr Sian Nicholas, Professor Tom O’Malley or Dr Marc Wiggam.


Jon Nussbaum-Fulbright

Jon Nussbaum
Penn State University

Fulbright to Wales

I was initially invited to attend a Fulbright International Colloquium entitled Communication, Health and the Elderly organized by Nikolas Coupland, Howard Giles and John Wiemann held at the University of Wales conference centre, Gregynog  Hall, Newtown, Mid Wales, UK in 1988.  While at the conference, I engaged the three organizers, each of whom had experience with international scholarship through the Fulbright Association, in the possibility of being awarded a Fulbright research award to study the interpersonal behavior of older adults living independently and well as dependently in the UK. I wrote my Fulbright application with the help of former Fulbrighters Robert Norton and John Wiemann. Nik Coupland, a Professor within the Centre for Applied English Language Studies (now the Center for Language and Communication Research) within Cardiff University, Wales, UK., “sponsored” my research application with the promise of an office, faculty residence, and various appointments at Cardiff University. The faculty within my home department at the University of Oklahoma and the administration within the College of Arts and Sciences supported my extended visit to Cardiff.

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