Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dictionary in Arabic

With an increasing demand for online content in Arabic, and the language seeing impressive growth rates on sites like Twitter and Wikipedia, a new project aims to do its part to bridge the gap between Arabic and English content in social media and technology, Gulf News reports.

2,500 volunteers from across 28 countries are in the process of putting together a dictionary of technological and social media-related terminology.

While Arabic content continues to grow, there are certain words, like ‘spam’, ‘retweet’ and ‘phishing’ that have emerged but have no equivalent in Arabic, and are often written either in Latin characters, or simply transliterated into Arabic.

The dictionary will be taking a standardized approach, avoiding the pitfalls of the many Arabic dialects spoken across the Middle East, by sticking to formal ‘classical Arabic.’

Friday, April 27, 2012

A guide to tweeting for peace and social change

By Craig Zelizer on April 26, 2012 at 6:30pm 

Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has rapidly grown to be one of the most powerful online platforms for connecting hundreds of millions of individuals and organizations around the world. While the estimates vary, Twitter estimates they have over 100 million active monthly users of the platform and almost 500 million registered Tweeters, with several hundred million tweets sent per day (seehttp://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/twitter-statistics-2012_b18914). The service is experiencing exponential growth and has rapidly changed the Internet (see the bottom of the guide for an infographic that has more detailed info/stats on Twitter).

Euro-Med security: countering cyber terrorism



Due the competition grant 2012 for Russian State support of young Russian scientists and PhD holders -- Grant of the Russian Federation President in the Social Sciences and Humanities with the project's subject: "The Information Security in the youth as a factor in countering extremism" (MK-1421.2012.6) holding our Youth Club "Social Diplomacy" is actively involved in cyber terrorism issues research. 

A meeting in Madrid last week brought together members of the security services from across the southern Mediterranean to discuss ways of countering the threat posed by cyber terrorism.

The training seminar was held in the framework of the EU-funded Euromed Police III project and hosted 28 delegates from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority and Tunisia – all form the security services of their countries and professionally concerned by the topic.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

YouthMovements.org -- new initiative to strengthen Youth Movements

We are glad to share with you a new youth digital tool --  http://www.youthmovements.org

This platform helps organizations effectively share information about their projects, to promote projects and initiatives collaboratively, and to help track and celebrate the collective progress being made worldwide to tackle the world's most challenging issues.

YouthMovements.org is a collaborative program that connects, supports and maps youth-led and youth-serving projects. In partnership with organizations -- across the youth sector, YouthMovements.org supports youth-led development projects by mapping the projects of multiple networks in one place and by increasing contact between diverse networks of engaged young people. Read our Declaration of Interdependence

This site provides young people with information and opportunities to get involved in tackling the world’s greatest challenges at the local, national and international level. Organizations benefit from increased recognition, increased understanding of the sector, new ideas to be more effective and exposure to new young people. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cross-Border Cooperation Mediterranean: huge response to call for proposals

Applications in response to the second call for standard projects issued by the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme in the Mediterranean (ENPI CBCMed) are worth more than 24 times the available budget of the call, with an overwhelming 1,094 grant applications submitted for consideration.

The value of the proposals submitted is €1.6 billion with a total amount of €1.4 billion ENPI contribution requested. The amount available under the call is €56.5 million.

Call for Papers: “Languages and Cultures of Conflicts and Atrocities” Conference

The Languages and Cultures Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota (LCMND) and the University of Manitoba invite call for papers to attend the 2012 interdisciplinary and international conference on ”Languages and Cultures of Conflicts and Atrocities” 

The conference encourages papers which seek to understand how to represent war, racial and ethnic conflict, genocide and other atrocities, terrorism and human rights can be expressed, represented and remembered.

Eligibility: 
Papers are welcomed that discuss representations in literature, film, photography, museums, memorial culture, architecture, autobiography, the Internet and other digital media, oral and written history, everyday practices and rituals.

Scholars from all disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to participate in the conference. Sessions will be organized in English and French. As per LCMND tradition, papers on other topics will be considered.

Graduate students are welcome. The conference organizers intend to establish a small travel grant fund for graduate students on a competitive basis (approx. $200 per student).

Scholars from all disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to participate in the conference. Sessions will be organized in English and French. As per LCMND tradition, papers on other topics will be considered. 

Deadline: 15 May 2012

For more information, visit this link

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Event in June for youth workers looking to develop international partnerships under Eastern Partnership

A partnership building activity with training elements aiming at creating viable partnerships with a focus on projects to be submitted under the Youth in Action Eastern Partnership Window will be taking place in Predeal, Romania, from 17 to 22 June.

The event is targeted at NGOs and public institutions working in the youth field interested in learning more and getting involved in Youth in Action projects in general and in the Eastern Partnership Window in particular.

A special focus will be addressed to organisations (NGOs or public institutions) interested in developing projects under the Eastern Partnership Window.

Participants are expected to be youth workers (project managers, trainers) and representatives of such organisations able to share the knowledge, experiences and good practices, and finally to came up with the ideas of projects and find new partners for the projects. Participants are expected to be involved in youth or social work.

The Eastern Partnership Youth Window is a new initiative within the EU-funded Youth in Action Programme aimed at fostering co-operation between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries in the field of youth.

The deadline for applications is 18 May 2012. (ENPI Info Centre)

Call for participants: the New Media Summer School and the European Dialogue on Internet Governance

Would you like to be a participant in an exciting International Training Course and Conference that will help you to gain expertise on Internet Governance? Before your decision, let us introduce the event:


Dates 11th June to 16th June 2012 (excluding travel days)

Place Stockholm, Sweden

Title New Media Summer School: The Web of Tomorrow is Yours! Youth Think Thank on Internet Governance prior to the EuroDIG
Organizers YEU International, JEF, AEGEE, EYP, FYEG, European Youth Forum
Participants 32 participants

Participants

Applicants from the following countries are eligible to participate in the event: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Turkey, FYROM/Macedonia, Switzerland, Russian Federation, Tunisia, Egypt

Call for participants: International Youth Camp in Russia

International Youth Camp in Russia

What? An international youth camp
When? July 11-15, 2012
Where? Cultural-educational touristic centre “Ethnomir”, Kaluga region, Russian Federation
Who? 300 young people, representing 50 ethnic groups from Europe and beyond. The Council of Europe is now launching the call for participants from its member states (other than the Russian Federation). 

Deadline to apply: 14 May 2012

Call for Participants: GYBN Kick-Off Meeting

The focus of the conference will lie on the establishment of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and the preparation of youth participation at 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October 2012. 
  
The goals of the conference are to determine e.g. the structure, mandate and coordination etc. of GYBN and to develop plans and political targets for meaningful youth participation at COP11.

The GYBN is an international network that intends to provide a global platform for exchange between youth organizations and individuals active on Biodiversity and also aims to coordinate youth participation in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Deadline for application: 10 May 2012 

Please apply at: www.naju.de/english/gybn

Saturday, April 21, 2012

25 мест в России, которые нужно увидеть, пока вы живы


Православные церкви и языческие боги в Переславле, старообрядцы и буддийские храмы Тувы, заброшенные бункеры японской императорской армии на Курилах, лунные пейзажи Путорана, гигантская женщина-мать с мечом в Волгограде и шаманы Ольхона. «Афиша» нашла 25 серьезных причин провести свой летний отпуск в России.

Полная версия: http://www.afisha.ru/article/25mest_Rossii/

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Intercultural Dialogue and Cultural Policies

Working Definition (based on the "Sharing Diversity" project, ERICarts Institute 2008):
Intercultural dialogue is a process that comprises an open and respectful exchange between individuals, groups and organisations with different cultural backgrounds or world views. Among its aims are: to develop a deeper understanding of different perspectives and practices; to increase participation (or the freedom to make choices); to ensure equality; and to enhance creative processes.
From the point of view of the cultural sector, intercultural dialogue within a country involves public and private cultural / artistic initiatives which bring together individuals/groups from minority/migrant communities together with the majority population in order to enter into a multi-directional communication process.

Such dialogue ideally takes place in a "shared space" where attempts are made to address unequal power relations between those belonging to majority/minority groups. The aim of an intercultural exchange is transformative of all those participating and can result in, for example, the creation of new or hybrid cultural expressions/forms, new image constructions, changed behaviour patterns etc.

The roundtable “Political processes in modern Turkey: Regional and Global Context”

We are pleased to announce that the roundtable “Political Processes in Modern Turkey: regional and global context” will be held at Southern Federal University (Faculty of Sociology and Political Science, Department of Theoretical and Applied Political Science) in April 20, 2012. Russia, Rostov-on-Don, SFEDU.

It will be held with Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' primary support: informational and expert. 

The relevance of the round table: 
In modern conditions Turkey has increased its influence in the Sea-Caspian region. This is due to a number of objective circumstances that characterize the current state and prospects of Turkish development indicating the whole foreign policy leadership of Turkey in the Eurasian area. Recently there has been a strategic rapprochement between Russia and Turkey in the context of the nuclear energy development, rather as economy, politics, etc. Preceding from this it is necessary to explore the country located in the southern vector of Russian foreign policy. 

Working languages: Russian, Turkish, English. 

Круглый стол «Политические процессы в современной Турции: региональный и глобальный контекст»

Мы рады сообщить, что при информационной и экспертной поддержке нашего Клуба "Общественная дипломатия" (Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy') в Южном федеральном университете (Факультет социологии и политологии, кафедра теоретической и прикладной политологии)
20 апреля 2012 г. состоится круглый стол 
«Политические процессы в современной Турции: региональный и глобальный контекст». 

Актуальность проведения круглого стола:

В современных условиях отмечается возрастание влияния Турции в Черноморско-Каспийском регионе. Это обусловлено рядом объективных обстоятельств, характеризующих современное состояние и обозначающих перспективы развития внешнеполитического курса руководства Турции на евразийском направлении. В последнее время наблюдается стратегическое сближение России и Турции в контексте развития атомной энергетики, экономики, политики и т.д. Исходя из этого необходимо изучить данную страну,  находящейся в южном векторе внешней политики России. 

Рабочие языки: русский, турецкий, английский язык.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Российско-польская летняя школа «Молодежь и гражданское общество - 2012» (МИГО-2012)

1-10 августа 2012 года в Республике Польша впервые пройдет международная молодежная российско-польская летняя школа «Молодежь и гражданское общество - 2012» (МИГО-2012).

Международная молодежная российско-польская летняя школа, проведение которой планируется сделать ежегодным, призвана содействовать в установлении международных молодежных контактов между Российской Федерацией и Республикой Польшей, сотрудничеству на уровне институтов гражданского общества, созданию и реализации международных гуманитарных и социально-культурных проектов.

Friday, April 13, 2012

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion

PLURAL+ is a project done in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and many partners from around the world. PLURAL+ provides young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues as well as inclusiveness, identity, human rights and social cohesiveness. PLURAL + supports this by ensuring that youth are engaged in these important issues both at local and global levels by mainstreaming their voices through a variety of media platforms and distribution networks (broadcast, video festivals, conferences, events, Internet, DVD) around the world. PLURAL+ entrants share their thoughts, struggles and fears about their identity as youth as well as migrants. This project reinforces the belief of the UNAOC and the IOM that youth are indeed powerful and creative agents of social change.

Young people from 9 to 25 years are invited to submit shorts videos of one to five minutes in length and expressing their views on migration and diversity. During the second edition of the program, videos from over 40 countries were submitted. A prestigious international jury composed of experts and youth select three winners in three age categories (9-12, 13-17, 18-25).

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion – 2012 Edition

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with UNESCO and various other partners from corporations to civil society is launching the world campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion”, aimed at engaging people around the world to Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.

Following the adoption in 2001 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity the UN General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

This Day raises awareness on the richness of world cultures and the opportunities that cultural diversity can bring to societies.

Regional Forum in Belgrade (Serbia) on April 11, 2012

Representatives from states, civil society and international organizations held a UNAOC Regional Forum at the Sava Center in Belgrade at the invitation of the Government of Serbia, to discuss the second Action Plan for the implementation of the UNAOC Regional Strategy on Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation in South Eastern Europe. The program includes a high level debate on ways to develop a regional partnership and several workshops dealing respectively with the promotion of intercultural skills and competences, the teaching of history and the engaging of youth in change.


The Forum is preceded by a meeting of the Alliance’s Focal points in the region, who considers, with a view to their adoption, the draft Action Plan and a draft Belgrade Declaration.

Call for paper – Chechnya: Rationales of Violence and War Experiences - Paris, 22-23 October 2012



Chechnya: rationales of violence and war experiences

Paris, 22-23 October 2012



Since 1994, the Chechen war has been qualified in diverse ways by actors and observers – colonial war, counter-terrorist operation, restoration of constitutional order, war of extermination. This profusion – or perhaps confusion of qualifiers reveals a multitude of explanations for the causes, aims and consequences of the war, and often hints at the exceptionality of the conflict. The aim of this conference will be not only to sum up, renew and enrich existing research on the Chechen war, but also to put the phenomena of violence at work there in a comparative perspective that takes into account the renewal of the historiography of 20th century wars.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Euronest: Strengthening ties with civil society in Eastern Partnership countries

The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Culture and Civil Society convened in Baku last week for only the second time outside EU borders.

"The meeting in Baku represented a new step in getting closer to civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries," said Laima Andrikiene MEP, Co-Chair of the Social Affairs Committee."Progress on democratic reforms, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the freedom of expression and assembly, were all addressed."

Andrikiene said they had had a timely and comprehensive exchange of views with Azerbaijani NGOs. "The Committee was open to all who wished to express their views. They highlighted concrete concerns with regard to the registration of international NGOs according to the NGO law as amended in 2009, with the case of the Azerbaijan Human Rights House, which was ordered to cease its activities and has not been allowed to reopen yet, as well as with the Azerbaijan de facto ban on peaceful assemblies since early 2006."

A press release from the EPP group in the European Parliament said the Committee had reached consensus on different issues, and its very first report on 'Strengthening the role of civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries, including the question of cooperation between government and civil society, and the question of reforms aimed at empowerment of civil society' had been adopted unanimously. (ENPI Info Centre)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hurdles to Cross Cultural Business Communication

International businesses are facing new challenges to their internal communication structures due to major reforms brought about through internationalization, downsizing, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

The Lewis Cultural Communication Survey
Lack of investment in cross cultural training and language tuition often leads to deficient internal cohesion. The loss of clients/customers, poor staff retention, lack of competitive edge, internal conflicts/power struggles, poor working relations, misunderstandings, stress, poor productivity and lack of co-operation are all by-products of poor cross cultural communication.

Cross cultural communications consultants work with international companies to minimise the above consequences of poor cross cultural awareness. Through such cooperation, consultancies like Kwintessential have recognised common hurdles to effective cross cultural communication within companies. 

ЕС пытается уберечь "Восточное партнерство" от противоречий

Программа ЕС "Восточное партнерство", в которой участвуют шесть постсоветских государств (Армения, Грузия, Азербайджан, Белоруссия, Украина и Молдавия), не превратится в площадку для соперничества или углубления противоречий между государствами-партнерами. Об этом на пресс-конференции в Ереване 26 марта по случаю проведения в армянской столице 26-26 марта четвертой молодежной платформы "Восточного партнерства", заявил глава миссии ЕС в Армении, посол Траян Христеа, отвечая на вопрос корреспондента ИА REGNUM

По его словам, соблазн превратить "Восточное партнерство" в площадку противоречий и пропаганды может существовать, однако "изначально программа разработана таким образом, чтобы она стала платформой для сотрудничества и интеграции", как между странами партнерами, а так и с ЕС. В подтверждение своих слов он привел пример недавно проведенного в Ереване заседания постоянной комиссии по социальным вопросам, вопросам образования, культуры и гражданского общества "Евронест", в ходе которого, по его словам, удалось наладить конструктивный диалог между участниками по включенным в повестку вопросам. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Call for participatns in training course in Russia

23-29 May 2012 | Nizhny Novgorod region, Russian Federation
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Training Course aims to prepare the leaders for voluntary projects and workcamps,to increase awareness about culturally sensitive issues in voluntary projects. 

Training overview

This Training course is for 30 participants from NEIGHBOURING PARTNER COUNTRIES, YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME COUNTRIES
and recommended for: Youth workers, Youth leaders

Working language(s): English
Organizer: Movement SFERA (NGO/Others)

Training Course aims to prepare the leaders for voluntary projects and workcamps, to increase awareness about culturally sensitive issues and human rights in voluntary projects. Training will be focused on conflict transformation and leadership in a multinational group.

7 April: Euromediterranean meeting on dept and audits

In Brussels, Saturday 7th April 2012

This announcement by Raquel Freire (Movimento 12 março, Portugal), Jérôme Duval (CADTM, Spain), Eric Toussaint (CADTM, Belgium), Jihen Chandoul and Chafik Ben Rouine (ACET, France/Tunisia), calling for an international meeting around the debt issue. Several other debt audit campaigns and groups working on debt have agreed to support that call and combine forces to organise the coordination meeting in Brussels, on 7th April from 10:00 am to 5 pm.

Organizers had a virtual meeting on February 7th with participants in the debt audit campaigns in France, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Tunis, and agreed to the following, regarding the Euro Mediterranean meeting on debt and audits. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Call for papers: Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions

“Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions,” 6-7 June, 2012

Papers are invited for a workshop on “Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions,” 6-7 June, 2012 organized by the Center for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia. The deadline for abstract submission is April 2, 2012.

The workshop is meant to highlight new research on the questions of religion and politics in Russia, to foster collaborative relations for future projects, and to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about high-quality research that is being carried out in this area of inquiry. The program organizers seek to explore the politics of religious affairs in Russia and the former Soviet countries and to assess the activities and role of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) and other organized religious groups in domestic and foreign policy. Issues related to religious diversity and religious tolerance in Russia and the neighboring countries are also of interest. Please see the detailed Call for Papers for more information.

The EU and Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

Euronest to help boost links between the EU and Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

MEPs and parliamentarians from the EU's Eastern Partners are meeting in Baku on 2-4 April to discuss ways of working together on energy, trade and human rights issues, in what will be the second ordinary session of the parliamentary assembly of Euronest, a forum to promote political and economic integration between the EU and Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

A press release quoted one of the two co-presidents of the Euronest's parliamentary assembly, Bulgarian Social-Democrat MEP Kristian Vigenin, as saying he was “very optimistic that this multilateral format will also benefitbilateral contacts between our member countries." The other co-president is former foreign minister of Ukraine Borys Tarasuk. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dictionary in Arabic

With an increasing demand for online content in Arabic, and the language seeing impressive growth rates on sites like Twitter and Wikipedia, a new project aims to do its part to bridge the gap between Arabic and English content in social media and technology, Gulf News reports.

2,500 volunteers from across 28 countries are in the process of putting together a dictionary of technological and social media-related terminology.

While Arabic content continues to grow, there are certain words, like ‘spam’, ‘retweet’ and ‘phishing’ that have emerged but have no equivalent in Arabic, and are often written either in Latin characters, or simply transliterated into Arabic.

The dictionary will be taking a standardized approach, avoiding the pitfalls of the many Arabic dialects spoken across the Middle East, by sticking to formal ‘classical Arabic.’

Friday, April 27, 2012

A guide to tweeting for peace and social change

By Craig Zelizer on April 26, 2012 at 6:30pm 

Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has rapidly grown to be one of the most powerful online platforms for connecting hundreds of millions of individuals and organizations around the world. While the estimates vary, Twitter estimates they have over 100 million active monthly users of the platform and almost 500 million registered Tweeters, with several hundred million tweets sent per day (seehttp://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/twitter-statistics-2012_b18914). The service is experiencing exponential growth and has rapidly changed the Internet (see the bottom of the guide for an infographic that has more detailed info/stats on Twitter).

Euro-Med security: countering cyber terrorism



Due the competition grant 2012 for Russian State support of young Russian scientists and PhD holders -- Grant of the Russian Federation President in the Social Sciences and Humanities with the project's subject: "The Information Security in the youth as a factor in countering extremism" (MK-1421.2012.6) holding our Youth Club "Social Diplomacy" is actively involved in cyber terrorism issues research. 

A meeting in Madrid last week brought together members of the security services from across the southern Mediterranean to discuss ways of countering the threat posed by cyber terrorism.

The training seminar was held in the framework of the EU-funded Euromed Police III project and hosted 28 delegates from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority and Tunisia – all form the security services of their countries and professionally concerned by the topic.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

YouthMovements.org -- new initiative to strengthen Youth Movements

We are glad to share with you a new youth digital tool --  http://www.youthmovements.org

This platform helps organizations effectively share information about their projects, to promote projects and initiatives collaboratively, and to help track and celebrate the collective progress being made worldwide to tackle the world's most challenging issues.

YouthMovements.org is a collaborative program that connects, supports and maps youth-led and youth-serving projects. In partnership with organizations -- across the youth sector, YouthMovements.org supports youth-led development projects by mapping the projects of multiple networks in one place and by increasing contact between diverse networks of engaged young people. Read our Declaration of Interdependence

This site provides young people with information and opportunities to get involved in tackling the world’s greatest challenges at the local, national and international level. Organizations benefit from increased recognition, increased understanding of the sector, new ideas to be more effective and exposure to new young people. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cross-Border Cooperation Mediterranean: huge response to call for proposals

Applications in response to the second call for standard projects issued by the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme in the Mediterranean (ENPI CBCMed) are worth more than 24 times the available budget of the call, with an overwhelming 1,094 grant applications submitted for consideration.

The value of the proposals submitted is €1.6 billion with a total amount of €1.4 billion ENPI contribution requested. The amount available under the call is €56.5 million.

Call for Papers: “Languages and Cultures of Conflicts and Atrocities” Conference

The Languages and Cultures Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota (LCMND) and the University of Manitoba invite call for papers to attend the 2012 interdisciplinary and international conference on ”Languages and Cultures of Conflicts and Atrocities” 

The conference encourages papers which seek to understand how to represent war, racial and ethnic conflict, genocide and other atrocities, terrorism and human rights can be expressed, represented and remembered.

Eligibility: 
Papers are welcomed that discuss representations in literature, film, photography, museums, memorial culture, architecture, autobiography, the Internet and other digital media, oral and written history, everyday practices and rituals.

Scholars from all disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to participate in the conference. Sessions will be organized in English and French. As per LCMND tradition, papers on other topics will be considered.

Graduate students are welcome. The conference organizers intend to establish a small travel grant fund for graduate students on a competitive basis (approx. $200 per student).

Scholars from all disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to participate in the conference. Sessions will be organized in English and French. As per LCMND tradition, papers on other topics will be considered. 

Deadline: 15 May 2012

For more information, visit this link

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Event in June for youth workers looking to develop international partnerships under Eastern Partnership

A partnership building activity with training elements aiming at creating viable partnerships with a focus on projects to be submitted under the Youth in Action Eastern Partnership Window will be taking place in Predeal, Romania, from 17 to 22 June.

The event is targeted at NGOs and public institutions working in the youth field interested in learning more and getting involved in Youth in Action projects in general and in the Eastern Partnership Window in particular.

A special focus will be addressed to organisations (NGOs or public institutions) interested in developing projects under the Eastern Partnership Window.

Participants are expected to be youth workers (project managers, trainers) and representatives of such organisations able to share the knowledge, experiences and good practices, and finally to came up with the ideas of projects and find new partners for the projects. Participants are expected to be involved in youth or social work.

The Eastern Partnership Youth Window is a new initiative within the EU-funded Youth in Action Programme aimed at fostering co-operation between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries in the field of youth.

The deadline for applications is 18 May 2012. (ENPI Info Centre)

Call for participants: the New Media Summer School and the European Dialogue on Internet Governance

Would you like to be a participant in an exciting International Training Course and Conference that will help you to gain expertise on Internet Governance? Before your decision, let us introduce the event:


Dates 11th June to 16th June 2012 (excluding travel days)

Place Stockholm, Sweden

Title New Media Summer School: The Web of Tomorrow is Yours! Youth Think Thank on Internet Governance prior to the EuroDIG
Organizers YEU International, JEF, AEGEE, EYP, FYEG, European Youth Forum
Participants 32 participants

Participants

Applicants from the following countries are eligible to participate in the event: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Turkey, FYROM/Macedonia, Switzerland, Russian Federation, Tunisia, Egypt

Call for participants: International Youth Camp in Russia

International Youth Camp in Russia

What? An international youth camp
When? July 11-15, 2012
Where? Cultural-educational touristic centre “Ethnomir”, Kaluga region, Russian Federation
Who? 300 young people, representing 50 ethnic groups from Europe and beyond. The Council of Europe is now launching the call for participants from its member states (other than the Russian Federation). 

Deadline to apply: 14 May 2012

Call for Participants: GYBN Kick-Off Meeting

The focus of the conference will lie on the establishment of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and the preparation of youth participation at 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October 2012. 
  
The goals of the conference are to determine e.g. the structure, mandate and coordination etc. of GYBN and to develop plans and political targets for meaningful youth participation at COP11.

The GYBN is an international network that intends to provide a global platform for exchange between youth organizations and individuals active on Biodiversity and also aims to coordinate youth participation in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Deadline for application: 10 May 2012 

Please apply at: www.naju.de/english/gybn

Saturday, April 21, 2012

25 мест в России, которые нужно увидеть, пока вы живы


Православные церкви и языческие боги в Переславле, старообрядцы и буддийские храмы Тувы, заброшенные бункеры японской императорской армии на Курилах, лунные пейзажи Путорана, гигантская женщина-мать с мечом в Волгограде и шаманы Ольхона. «Афиша» нашла 25 серьезных причин провести свой летний отпуск в России.

Полная версия: http://www.afisha.ru/article/25mest_Rossii/

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Intercultural Dialogue and Cultural Policies

Working Definition (based on the "Sharing Diversity" project, ERICarts Institute 2008):
Intercultural dialogue is a process that comprises an open and respectful exchange between individuals, groups and organisations with different cultural backgrounds or world views. Among its aims are: to develop a deeper understanding of different perspectives and practices; to increase participation (or the freedom to make choices); to ensure equality; and to enhance creative processes.
From the point of view of the cultural sector, intercultural dialogue within a country involves public and private cultural / artistic initiatives which bring together individuals/groups from minority/migrant communities together with the majority population in order to enter into a multi-directional communication process.

Such dialogue ideally takes place in a "shared space" where attempts are made to address unequal power relations between those belonging to majority/minority groups. The aim of an intercultural exchange is transformative of all those participating and can result in, for example, the creation of new or hybrid cultural expressions/forms, new image constructions, changed behaviour patterns etc.

The roundtable “Political processes in modern Turkey: Regional and Global Context”

We are pleased to announce that the roundtable “Political Processes in Modern Turkey: regional and global context” will be held at Southern Federal University (Faculty of Sociology and Political Science, Department of Theoretical and Applied Political Science) in April 20, 2012. Russia, Rostov-on-Don, SFEDU.

It will be held with Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' primary support: informational and expert. 

The relevance of the round table: 
In modern conditions Turkey has increased its influence in the Sea-Caspian region. This is due to a number of objective circumstances that characterize the current state and prospects of Turkish development indicating the whole foreign policy leadership of Turkey in the Eurasian area. Recently there has been a strategic rapprochement between Russia and Turkey in the context of the nuclear energy development, rather as economy, politics, etc. Preceding from this it is necessary to explore the country located in the southern vector of Russian foreign policy. 

Working languages: Russian, Turkish, English. 

Круглый стол «Политические процессы в современной Турции: региональный и глобальный контекст»

Мы рады сообщить, что при информационной и экспертной поддержке нашего Клуба "Общественная дипломатия" (Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy') в Южном федеральном университете (Факультет социологии и политологии, кафедра теоретической и прикладной политологии)
20 апреля 2012 г. состоится круглый стол 
«Политические процессы в современной Турции: региональный и глобальный контекст». 

Актуальность проведения круглого стола:

В современных условиях отмечается возрастание влияния Турции в Черноморско-Каспийском регионе. Это обусловлено рядом объективных обстоятельств, характеризующих современное состояние и обозначающих перспективы развития внешнеполитического курса руководства Турции на евразийском направлении. В последнее время наблюдается стратегическое сближение России и Турции в контексте развития атомной энергетики, экономики, политики и т.д. Исходя из этого необходимо изучить данную страну,  находящейся в южном векторе внешней политики России. 

Рабочие языки: русский, турецкий, английский язык.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Российско-польская летняя школа «Молодежь и гражданское общество - 2012» (МИГО-2012)

1-10 августа 2012 года в Республике Польша впервые пройдет международная молодежная российско-польская летняя школа «Молодежь и гражданское общество - 2012» (МИГО-2012).

Международная молодежная российско-польская летняя школа, проведение которой планируется сделать ежегодным, призвана содействовать в установлении международных молодежных контактов между Российской Федерацией и Республикой Польшей, сотрудничеству на уровне институтов гражданского общества, созданию и реализации международных гуманитарных и социально-культурных проектов.

Friday, April 13, 2012

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion

PLURAL+ is a project done in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and many partners from around the world. PLURAL+ provides young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues as well as inclusiveness, identity, human rights and social cohesiveness. PLURAL + supports this by ensuring that youth are engaged in these important issues both at local and global levels by mainstreaming their voices through a variety of media platforms and distribution networks (broadcast, video festivals, conferences, events, Internet, DVD) around the world. PLURAL+ entrants share their thoughts, struggles and fears about their identity as youth as well as migrants. This project reinforces the belief of the UNAOC and the IOM that youth are indeed powerful and creative agents of social change.

Young people from 9 to 25 years are invited to submit shorts videos of one to five minutes in length and expressing their views on migration and diversity. During the second edition of the program, videos from over 40 countries were submitted. A prestigious international jury composed of experts and youth select three winners in three age categories (9-12, 13-17, 18-25).

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion – 2012 Edition

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with UNESCO and various other partners from corporations to civil society is launching the world campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion”, aimed at engaging people around the world to Do One Thing to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.

Following the adoption in 2001 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity the UN General Assembly declared May 21 as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

This Day raises awareness on the richness of world cultures and the opportunities that cultural diversity can bring to societies.

Regional Forum in Belgrade (Serbia) on April 11, 2012

Representatives from states, civil society and international organizations held a UNAOC Regional Forum at the Sava Center in Belgrade at the invitation of the Government of Serbia, to discuss the second Action Plan for the implementation of the UNAOC Regional Strategy on Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation in South Eastern Europe. The program includes a high level debate on ways to develop a regional partnership and several workshops dealing respectively with the promotion of intercultural skills and competences, the teaching of history and the engaging of youth in change.


The Forum is preceded by a meeting of the Alliance’s Focal points in the region, who considers, with a view to their adoption, the draft Action Plan and a draft Belgrade Declaration.

Call for paper – Chechnya: Rationales of Violence and War Experiences - Paris, 22-23 October 2012



Chechnya: rationales of violence and war experiences

Paris, 22-23 October 2012



Since 1994, the Chechen war has been qualified in diverse ways by actors and observers – colonial war, counter-terrorist operation, restoration of constitutional order, war of extermination. This profusion – or perhaps confusion of qualifiers reveals a multitude of explanations for the causes, aims and consequences of the war, and often hints at the exceptionality of the conflict. The aim of this conference will be not only to sum up, renew and enrich existing research on the Chechen war, but also to put the phenomena of violence at work there in a comparative perspective that takes into account the renewal of the historiography of 20th century wars.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Euronest: Strengthening ties with civil society in Eastern Partnership countries

The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Culture and Civil Society convened in Baku last week for only the second time outside EU borders.

"The meeting in Baku represented a new step in getting closer to civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries," said Laima Andrikiene MEP, Co-Chair of the Social Affairs Committee."Progress on democratic reforms, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the freedom of expression and assembly, were all addressed."

Andrikiene said they had had a timely and comprehensive exchange of views with Azerbaijani NGOs. "The Committee was open to all who wished to express their views. They highlighted concrete concerns with regard to the registration of international NGOs according to the NGO law as amended in 2009, with the case of the Azerbaijan Human Rights House, which was ordered to cease its activities and has not been allowed to reopen yet, as well as with the Azerbaijan de facto ban on peaceful assemblies since early 2006."

A press release from the EPP group in the European Parliament said the Committee had reached consensus on different issues, and its very first report on 'Strengthening the role of civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries, including the question of cooperation between government and civil society, and the question of reforms aimed at empowerment of civil society' had been adopted unanimously. (ENPI Info Centre)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hurdles to Cross Cultural Business Communication

International businesses are facing new challenges to their internal communication structures due to major reforms brought about through internationalization, downsizing, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

The Lewis Cultural Communication Survey
Lack of investment in cross cultural training and language tuition often leads to deficient internal cohesion. The loss of clients/customers, poor staff retention, lack of competitive edge, internal conflicts/power struggles, poor working relations, misunderstandings, stress, poor productivity and lack of co-operation are all by-products of poor cross cultural communication.

Cross cultural communications consultants work with international companies to minimise the above consequences of poor cross cultural awareness. Through such cooperation, consultancies like Kwintessential have recognised common hurdles to effective cross cultural communication within companies. 

ЕС пытается уберечь "Восточное партнерство" от противоречий

Программа ЕС "Восточное партнерство", в которой участвуют шесть постсоветских государств (Армения, Грузия, Азербайджан, Белоруссия, Украина и Молдавия), не превратится в площадку для соперничества или углубления противоречий между государствами-партнерами. Об этом на пресс-конференции в Ереване 26 марта по случаю проведения в армянской столице 26-26 марта четвертой молодежной платформы "Восточного партнерства", заявил глава миссии ЕС в Армении, посол Траян Христеа, отвечая на вопрос корреспондента ИА REGNUM

По его словам, соблазн превратить "Восточное партнерство" в площадку противоречий и пропаганды может существовать, однако "изначально программа разработана таким образом, чтобы она стала платформой для сотрудничества и интеграции", как между странами партнерами, а так и с ЕС. В подтверждение своих слов он привел пример недавно проведенного в Ереване заседания постоянной комиссии по социальным вопросам, вопросам образования, культуры и гражданского общества "Евронест", в ходе которого, по его словам, удалось наладить конструктивный диалог между участниками по включенным в повестку вопросам. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Call for participatns in training course in Russia

23-29 May 2012 | Nizhny Novgorod region, Russian Federation
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Training Course aims to prepare the leaders for voluntary projects and workcamps,to increase awareness about culturally sensitive issues in voluntary projects. 

Training overview

This Training course is for 30 participants from NEIGHBOURING PARTNER COUNTRIES, YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME COUNTRIES
and recommended for: Youth workers, Youth leaders

Working language(s): English
Organizer: Movement SFERA (NGO/Others)

Training Course aims to prepare the leaders for voluntary projects and workcamps, to increase awareness about culturally sensitive issues and human rights in voluntary projects. Training will be focused on conflict transformation and leadership in a multinational group.

7 April: Euromediterranean meeting on dept and audits

In Brussels, Saturday 7th April 2012

This announcement by Raquel Freire (Movimento 12 março, Portugal), Jérôme Duval (CADTM, Spain), Eric Toussaint (CADTM, Belgium), Jihen Chandoul and Chafik Ben Rouine (ACET, France/Tunisia), calling for an international meeting around the debt issue. Several other debt audit campaigns and groups working on debt have agreed to support that call and combine forces to organise the coordination meeting in Brussels, on 7th April from 10:00 am to 5 pm.

Organizers had a virtual meeting on February 7th with participants in the debt audit campaigns in France, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Tunis, and agreed to the following, regarding the Euro Mediterranean meeting on debt and audits. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Call for papers: Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions

“Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions,” 6-7 June, 2012

Papers are invited for a workshop on “Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions,” 6-7 June, 2012 organized by the Center for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia. The deadline for abstract submission is April 2, 2012.

The workshop is meant to highlight new research on the questions of religion and politics in Russia, to foster collaborative relations for future projects, and to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about high-quality research that is being carried out in this area of inquiry. The program organizers seek to explore the politics of religious affairs in Russia and the former Soviet countries and to assess the activities and role of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) and other organized religious groups in domestic and foreign policy. Issues related to religious diversity and religious tolerance in Russia and the neighboring countries are also of interest. Please see the detailed Call for Papers for more information.

The EU and Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

Euronest to help boost links between the EU and Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

MEPs and parliamentarians from the EU's Eastern Partners are meeting in Baku on 2-4 April to discuss ways of working together on energy, trade and human rights issues, in what will be the second ordinary session of the parliamentary assembly of Euronest, a forum to promote political and economic integration between the EU and Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

A press release quoted one of the two co-presidents of the Euronest's parliamentary assembly, Bulgarian Social-Democrat MEP Kristian Vigenin, as saying he was “very optimistic that this multilateral format will also benefitbilateral contacts between our member countries." The other co-president is former foreign minister of Ukraine Borys Tarasuk.