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Track 1: Business & Organizational Challenges

getting on board and working together

  • What does it mean to work together?
  • How can multicultural as well as virtual teamwork be enhanced?

Track 2: Sociopolitical
concerns

we are all in the same boat

  • How can cultural sensitivity become part of the creation and application of arts, law, media, health and education systems?

Track 3: Shaping intercultural professions

setting the sails to develop competence

  • What are the recent updates and fresh developments in theory, methodology and practice?
  • How can SIETAR Europa contribute to the professionalization of the intercultural field?

Track 4: Practicing perspective change

setting our compass

  • What are the opportunities & challenges of hybrid identities?
  • How do Europeans & non-Europeans participate in shaping European cultures?

Track 5: IACCM Academic Track

The academic track of the SIETAR Europa Congress 2017 is organized in cooperation with the IACCM (International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management).


FILM & MEDIA FESTIVAL

The 6th SIETAR Film & Media Festival 2017 welcomes filmmakers whose work puts them at the interface of culture.

In this harbor we would like to focus on the best practices of WORKING ACROSS BORDERS, stimulating FLOW, encouraging and coaching present and future leaders and raising awareness and motivation in multicultural organizations and teams.

The following questions can be additionally considered :

  • What should be done in order to  tackle conflicts between corporate and local values?
  • What coping mechanisms should be used to address multiple adjustments?
  • How can we recognize and deal with challenges and risks during international projects?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of working with people who have hybrid identities?
  • How can multicultural as well as virtual teamwork be enhanced?

 

In this harbor we concentrate on finding BALANCE BETWEEN ANCHORING AND SAILING TO EMBRACE CHANGES, and on responding to the question, “How do media (TV, internet, radio, fine arts), legal systems and laws as well as education systems shape the picture of “the other“? How do cultures impact the perception of health and treatments? Additionally, we would like to show and discuss streaming practices in the media world and concentrate on the best practices from the arts, law, health and education sectors. One critical focus is on the consequences of the migrant and refugee crises.

Some possible topic suggestions:

  • How are cultural differences addressed when reporting on people in the media?
  • What are the best practices for showing the balanced picture of migrants and refugees in media?
  • What is the role of cultural mediators in the construction of social values and behaviors?
  • What challenges do health services face in serving a diverse population?
  • What is the role of teachers and interpreters in shaping culturally sensitive education?
  • What are the best intercultural practices in the fields of conflict resolution and mediation?
  • How do migrant and refugee movements influence social change?

 

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Track 3: Shaping intercultural professions - What are the recent updates and fresh developments in theory, methodology and practice? How can SIETAR Europa contribute to the professionalization of the intercultural field?

In this harbor we would like to focus on the latest developments in the intercultural professions and to address the DEPTH OF SIETAR’s VISION and its future as an established partner in offering expertise on cross-cultural issues.

Here are some topic suggestions:

  • What are the latest trends in consulting in the intercultural profession?
  • How can we use linguistics and storytelling in the process of enhancing intercultural competence?
  • What are the most recent developments in coaching in the intercultural profession?
  • How can intercultural expertise, skills and competences be deepened?
  • What are the cultural challenges of incorporating new media in virtual education processes?


Possible questions for SIETAR Europa‘s vision:

  • How can SIETAR Europa contribute to the emergence of new national networks?
  • What quality standards and accreditation should SIETAR consider to ensure a high level of expertise among its members?
  • How can SIETAR help its members to achieve higher levels of professional excellence?
  • How can SIETAR members support and address cultural debates in the public sphere and in the media?
  • What sort of public influence should SIETAR exercise regionally and at the European level? What sort of visibility and representation should it seek to establish?

 

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Track 4: PRACTICING and shifting PERSPECTIVE CHANGE - What are the opportunities & challenges of hybrid identities? How do Europeans & non-Europeans participate in shaping European cultures?

In this harbor we would like to share best practices and research findings that guide us in NAVIGATING with individual and organizational HYBRID IDENTITIES and deepen our understanding of the consequences of human mobility.

Here are some topic suggestions:

  • How do we acquire, achieve, sustain and move between hybrid identities? Examples of these identities are TCKs and their families, expats, immigrants and refugees living in multicultural environments.
  • What are the links between hybrid identities and social change?
  • How can the issues of health and well-being in hybrid identity be addressed?
  • How does human mobility change perceptions of cultural identity?
  • What sort of challenges do people with a hybrid identity face in their social and professional life?

In this harbor we would like to introduce, discuss and deepen the understanding of WAVES OF INFLUENCE.

Some topic suggestions:

  • What does it mean to be European and to be non-European in Europe?
  • How do non-Europeans, both those living in and those living outside Europe perceive Europeans?
  • How heavy is the cargo of colonialism when attempting to assess and exchange cultural resources?
  • What are the best practices for steering social change?
  • Overview and comparison of migrants “integration” policies in different countries

 

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Track 5: IACCM Academic Track

The academic track of the SIETAR Europa Congress 2017 is organized in cooperation with the IACCM (International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management).

Journal EJCCM: The European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (EJCCM) is an academic publication with strong ties to the International Association of Cross-Cultural Management and Competence. All information, including a detailed description of the scope of EJCCM, author guidelines and contact persons can be found online at the journal´s website:  InderScience Publishers.

For further information on submissions for the IACCM Academic track, please click here.

 

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SIETAR Europa Film & Media Festival

The SIETAR Europa Film & Media Festival, first held in 2006 in Sofia, Bulgaria, continues to screen selected documentaries as part of our major congresses. The Festival now also features workshops on video editing, webinars and master classes. Each film screened is followed by an interactive program that may consist of Q&As with film makers, discussions with the audience, panel discussions, and/or debates with experts, politicians, journalists or representatives from stakeholder organizations where intercultural themes are clearly embedded.

The 6th SIETAR Film & Media Festival, to be held in Dublin, Ireland as part of the SIETAR Europa Congress 2017, welcomes filmmakers whose work puts them at the interface of cultures. Dublin offers a meeting place for interculturalists, filmmakers and other professional artists and artisans from different cultural backgrounds.

The added value of films

Since film fascinates, stimulates, inspires and raises awareness in and among viewers, what cannot be accomplished through spoken and written text is often achieved through visual elements characteristic to the film screen. Film serves as a mirror to one’s own life and also helps to become familiar with others’ cultures. Films incite compassion, reflection, discussion and action. Films have an emotional appeal and can serve as a mouthpiece for intercultural professionals and as teaching and learning tools in education. 

Myriad social media and virtual communities found, for example, on Facebook, FaceTime, webinars and cloud-based technologies create opportunities for discussing and sharing views on topics concerning how we can make use of film or film fragments for intercultural and virtual teaching, learning, training and coaching.

 

For further information on submissions for the Film Festival, please click here.

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Gold sponsors of the congress

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Silver sponsors of the congress

George Simons International and Diversophy Culture Catch Cross Culture
Culture Waves DNLA