What we do

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) facilitates intercultural dialogues through helping scholars learn about the work of international peers, locate researchers with similar interests in other countries, or collaborate for research purposes. If you have not already found them, you may wish to skim through the CID mission, history, and even read our brochure, or the site FAQ. CID’s legal residence is Washington, DC, the home of the Council of Communication Associations, our parent organization, but email is nearly always going to be the fastest communication channel.

Specific activities include the following:

CID serves as a clearinghouse for Communication scholars interested in a variety of topics supporting research into intercultural dialogue as well as intercultural research and collaboration more generally. In order to facilitate connections between scholars who share interests but do not yet know each other, CID posts researcher profiles for both scholars and practitioners involved in topics related to intercultural dialogue around the world, and maintains lists of centers and organizations sharing common goals around the world. CID also maintains databases of opportunities for international travel (including international conferences, events, international teaching opportunities, and study abroad opportunities for students). If you offer such a possibility, please submit details for posting. There are additional lists of potentially relevant blogs, podcasts and videotapes, and online exhibits, and examples of applied intercultural dialogue and relevant awards.

CID publishes two original series: Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, and Constructing Intercultural Dialogues, and also publishes translations of both, as scholars fluent in various languages (over 2 dozen to date) have time to create them. In addition, we maintain a basic bibliography of resources on intercultural dialogue and related topics, as well as publishing occasional book notes, and even poetry. If you have published something relevant, please send in the citation and we will consider adding it in the appropriate category. Publication opportunities are also often described, as these are brought to our attention.

One of the Center’s activities has been to obtain funding and distribute micro-grants for cultural research to Communication scholars so they can travel in order to develop, or take advantage of existing, international research connections. Two sets of micro-grants have been awarded to date: the first was funded by the National Communication Association, and the second by the Association for Business Communication. If and when additional funding is available, information will be posted to the site. In the meantime, a list of many likely sources of grant funding is being maintained, and individual posts on specific current grant opportunities appear frequently. Documentation for the Fulbright International Exchange Program, an obvious source of funding for international collaborative research, is available, including examples of specific scholars describing their own experiences.

Researcher Profiles
CID posts profiles of researchers with interests in intercultural dialogue and related matters, organized by geographic location. If you are traveling or need a collaborator, review our lists. If you wish to be added, please submit a profile for review. We also have profiles for a variety of additional people affiliated with CID, whether the Director, Advisory Board members, or interns.

Posts about Intercultural Dialogue
CID occasionally publishes guest posts with insights on intercultural dialogue issues by a variety of scholars. These typically focus on direct observation of interactions between members of different cultural groups. If you have a brief discussion you would like to see appear on the site, please submit it for review. If you have a longer example, consider submitting it for consideration to be published as one of the case studies in the Constructing Intercultural Dialogues series.

Social Media
CID has a substantial social media presence including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, as well as an entry in Wikipedia. As of May 2017, there are 1300+ members of the Facebook group, over 400 members of the LinkedIn group, over 400 followers on Twitter, and over 700 people who follow the site directly through WordPress (either through their own blogs, or through email notifications).

On rare occasions, CID co-sponsors events, such as the Roundtable on Intercultural Dialogue in Asia, held at the University of Macau in March 2014. A short video documenting that event has been posted to the CID YouTube channel.

Since many of those who contact CID are looking for new positions, job ads either for positions outside the USA or those specifically related to intercultural dialogue within the USA, are frequently posted. For similar reasons, information describing opportunities for fellowships, postdocs, exchanges, and internships, are also posted.

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