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As I review 2016 on a global scale, it has been one which has surprised and shocked us. Events that dominated the news in the second half of 2016 include Brexit and the recent election of Donald Trump as the next US President. The turmoil faced in the Middle East continues with heart breaking scenes from war torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Consequences of migration in Europe has seen a rise in populism, testing and questioning our values and identity. Leaders fell and were replaced, protests were held, emotions ran rampant, from shock, disbelief, to anger, fear, hopelessness, to acceptance, positive action, to “a thing of the past” and acceptance.

As we go through these stages above, we wonder where are we- where is the world heading? I am reminded of the words of Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”. And maybe these events force us to question things and look for new solutions. In all this confusion and uncertainty, there can be hope, there can be light, there are hundreds of thousands, millions of people, who will unite for positive action, quietly, loudly, in strength of one character, in mobilising a movement or group. I am reminded of our SIETAR members, our network, our colleagues, the work we do bridging cultures, countries and peoples. And so once again, I feel there is a greater need for our area of work and to continue and engage on every level, no matter how great, no matter how small.

And sharing some of these stories of how we make a difference and what we are doing in our SIETAR community, 2016 has been a constructive year. Below I share some highlights of our work and achievements around the world:

• The Board, Executive, Communications, Re-structuring and Events committees have worked tirelessly on making SIETAR Europa more visible, more professional, putting standards and processes in place. This job is on-going. As we professionalise, we ask difficult questions on our structure, how to serve our members better and the future of the SIETAR organisation. The end result of these discussions is to become a more efficient, transparent and professional organisation.

• We had a number of conferences around the world, including SIETAR USA and SIETAR Poland and a very successful SIETAR Europa webinar series using new, efficient tool we have subscribed to, Zoom.

• A group of interculturalists met in Brussels to brainstorm on the migrant issue. This work and dialogue continues.

• The SIETAR Global Connect group which meets once a month and brings all SIETAR presidents together, continues to share best practices and exchange. We welcomed SIETAR Mexico to our global community and will soon be welcoming SIETAR South Africa. A global events calendar displays the variety of events all over the world.

• And last but not least, planning for the #seucongress Dublin congress is well under way, led by a number of committees; including a steering committee, two very dedicated congress coordinators, a program and academic committee with a lot of reviewers, which includes the keynote speakers’ committee, film festival, arts and music program and pre-congress committees. Then there is the very active communications committee, sponsorship, scholarship, budgeting and finally volunteers committee.

And if that is not enough, we are already looking forward to 2017…
• We already have the entire 2017 webinar series on line!
• More national and global SIETAR conferences to look forward to, please see the websites of all national SIETARs, an overview is here!
• Of course, the congress in Dublin 22-27 May and
• A little sneak surprise, you are the first to hear about the SIETAR Europa Cookbook – soon to be launched in 2017, more information will follow soon as we invite all of you to contribute!

It is a pleasure to work with a talented and committed SIETAR Europa board. I am pleased that we will have our annual face to face board meeting in March 2017. One of our efficiency drives has been to reduce our face to face board meetings. Although this is not ideal, we strive to hold one face to face meeting per year and the remainder are held virtually every two months. I look forward to 2017, to continuing our dialogues and to meeting you in Dublin. In the meantime, I and the SIETAR Europa Board take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday and new year. Until 2017, stay well and warm!

Pari Namazie
President SIETAR Europa

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The Events & Membership Commitee, as well all the SIETAR Europa board, are happy to announce SIETAR EUROPA’s Webinar Events Calendar for 2017. Click here to view it

 

The September - November 2016 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to go to the download page

 

The deadline to submit practitioner and academic proposals and pre-congress workshops for our Congress in Dublin has passed. No more submissions will nbe accepted.

The deadline for proposals for the Film and Media Festival is January 9th 2017.

Due to the high number of requests, we've decided to extend the deadline to submit congress proposals. The new deadline is November 15th at 23.59.

Do you want to attend the congress but you are a first time attendee and don’t know anyone? Or, are you anxious about the cost and would appreciate an opportunity to save a little money? Well, consider sharing your hotel room with a potential roommate and you will be able to reduce your costs and expand your network and meet a colleague who could potentially become a great friend.

 

To connect you with potential roommate(s) for SEUCongress 2017 contact Carolina Torres (member of the SEUCommunication Committee) by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the subject line “SEUCongress 2017 Roommate Connection” with your name, contact mail adress, the link to your LinkedInProfile and your planned travelling dates to Dublin. Due to the high demand on accomodation in general in Dublin and the prices structure we encourage you strongly to book earlier than you usually do, hence the deadline to submit Roommate requests is also earlier: 30 January 2017.

 

We will set up a list with your information details mentioned above and forward this list by 31 January 2017 to all the people who are interested in a “Roommate Connection” – from this point onwards it is up to you to connect with each other. Of course we would like to point out that we cannot assume any responsibilities for finding you a roommate, neither ensuring that your roommate keeps with the commitment. But of course, as a matter of good manners, it is expected to keep your commitment. It is recommended that you confirm your congress registration and travel plans in advance before committing to another Roommate.

 

 

Thank you and we look forward to

helping you with this part of your congress experience!

The IAACM 2017 Congress Committee is pleased to announce that a limited number of IACCM Bursary Awards are available to students in the early stages of their career who do not have other available means of financial support but would like to take part and share knowledge. The IACCM 2017 Academic Committee grants bursary awards to students and early career scholars whose submissions have been accepted for presentation at the Academic Track at SIETAR Europa Congress 2017. Further information about submission to the Academic Track can be found online here.

The bursary award will cover up to 90% of the traveling and accommodation expenses of each chosen participant, up to a maximum of € 400 per participant. The congress fee will not be waived and has to be paid by all participants, whether they have received the bursary or not.

 

IACCM Bursary Award Guidelines: Application procedure

Bursary applicants need to submit the following documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 October 2016:

- Proof of attending a MA or PhD Degree programme

- Motivation letter (1 page)

- Abstract of Master-/or PhD Thesis (1 page)

- Cost planning/budgeting for your travel to IACCM2017 Academic Track, taking place during SIETAR Europa Congress 2017 in Dublin/Ireland

Please note that additional documentation to support applications or their eligibility may be further requested.

 

Selection and reimbursement:

Recipients of the IACCM Bursary Award are chosen by the Academic Committee. The committee aims to create a diverse pool of recipients which is chosen based on the scholarly quality of the applicants’ submissions and the motivation letters that they submit. We aim to ensure a representation of applicants across diversity parameters including gender, nationality or language as well as opinion, experience and representation. The Academic Committee will notify all the applicants of the decision taken by 15 December 2016 and the bursary funds will be transferred to each recipient’s bank account after the congress or paid in cash during the congress in Dublin.

Enquiries: All enquiries on bursary applications should be directed to Andrea Oterova, PhD: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Subject: IACCM2017 Bursary Award)

 

We are very much looking forward to hearing from you!

The September - November 2016 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to go to the download page

Dear SIETARians,
 
The Events & Membership Committee is happy to announce that we are now inviting  to submit proposals for webinars in 2017.
 
These events have proven to be extremely popular over the last years, and very appreciated by SIETAR members as an opportunity of learning, update and connection that SIETAR offers to its own members. Since January until July 2016 we organized 5 webinars that attracted an average of 50 participants per webinar. We are looking forward to offering a very interesting selection of webinars again in 2017. If you are interested in presenting a webinar in 2017, please read the guidelines below carefully, use our template and submit your proposal by email to:
Maura Di Mauro This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and
Linda Vignac      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The Deadline for submission is October 15, 2016You will be notified of the acceptance of your proposal with the dates and times chosen by November 30th.
Guideline for submitting a webinar proposal
Please use the following template
(click here) and submit your proposal in a separate Word document using Calibri type font size 11.
Include 2 dates with times (CET): from January 2016 through the first week of July and from September through the first week of December 2016. Webinars are 1 hour in length including time for questions and exchange. We will confirm the date scheduled with the acceptance notification.
Title: should be succinct and no longer than 1 line.
An abstract: maximum 10 lines. Please mention the target public.
A brief Bio: maximum 5 lines, plus 1 link possible
A photo: .jpg format
 
For webinars SIETAR Europa provides our webinar speakers with access to our ZOOM platform, which has to be used if you want to present in our webinar calendar – thanks for your understanding. All our webinars are uploaded to our SIETAR Europa YouTube Channel online here and grant you as presenter high visibility in the intercultural field!
 
We thank you in advance for respecting these guidelines which will enable us to promote the webinars in a timely fashion.
We look forward to receiving your proposal.
 
Warm regards,
The Events & Membership Committee

SIETAR Bulgaria held its annual conference on 1st July 2016 on:

WHAT TO DO WITH MULTICULTURALISM? wAITING FOR NEW INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION PARADIGMS

 

Overview: On 1st of July 2016 the annual conference of SIETAR – Bulgaria took place at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” which hosts the event for fifth consecutive year.

The start of the conference was given by Prof. Yanka Totseva - presidents of SIETAR – Bulgaria and a member of the board of SIETAR – Europe. She presented the activities of the two organisations during the year between May 2015 and June 2016 and brought the forthcoming congress of SIETAR – Europe to the attention of the participants.

The congress topic is „21st Century Waves of Change: Cultural Dexterity for Turbulent Times“ and it will take place between 22nd and 27th of May 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

The conference was split in two different panels:

The first one “Multiculturalism within the new geopolitical situation and theoretical prospects” was led by Prof. Tsvetan Davidkov. The second one “Multiculturalism – new dimensions in the education sciences and in the linguistic and literature research and practices” was led by Prof. Plamen Makariev.

Ten papers in total were presented at the conference by representatives of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Technical University of Sofia, European Polytechnical University of Pernik, National Sports Academy “Vasil Levski” – Sofia, Rousse University “Angel Kanchev” and Shumen University “Konstantin Preslavski”

The first panel revolved around the analysis of the semiotic, narrative and archetypical aspects of the multiculturalism; the cultural identity; the borders of multicultural competence, acknowledgement, tolerance, manipulation; the connection between feminism and multiculturalism.

The second panel presented the problems of the European identity and multiculturalism in speeches of Bulgarian and European politicians; multicultural dimensions of Roma and social integration as well as the education of young athletes and the teaching of foreign literature in primary school as a key towards the multicultural world.

Links to information on the conference: 

http://sietarbulgaria.org/

http://ytotseva.blogspot.bg/2016/07/sietar-2016.html

https://www.uni-sofia.bg/index.php/bul/novini/novini_i_s_bitiya/konferenciya_na_tema_kakvo_da_pravim_s_multikulturnostta_v_ochakvane_na_novi_paradigmi_v_interkulturnata_komunikaciya

Contact mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The call for films for the Film and Media Festival to be held together with the next SIETAR Europa Congress in Dublin in May 2017 is now open. Read more about it by clicking here.

The June - August 2016 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to go to the download page

The Congress Theme and Tracks for the next SIETAR Europa Congress have now been published. You can read more about them here or download the brochure by clicking here.

We are delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the 16th annual SIETAR USA Conference to be held in Tulsa, OK November 9-12, 2016!

You are invited to submit proposals that speak to our theme: Intercultural Stories of Disconnection: Insights into the Polarization of People and Places. 

Whether it’s Baltimore or Beirut, Paris or presidential elections, the people and places around the world are polarized – distanced by varying perspectives that fuel society’s tendency to “other” each other from afar – or even right next door. Our differing cultural, racial, political, and religious identities and ideology prevent us from connecting with the oneness of our shared humanity. Now more than ever, Interculturalists and diversity practitioners are called on to offer insights and solutions. With SIETAR USA being the premier professional intercultural organization, we have the opportunity and, indeed, the responsibility to be at the forefront of these conversations. This conference provides the space to boldly engage in the difficult dialogues about what disconnects us, with the aim of bringing us closer to a shared understanding and empathy that such conversations and meaningful connections may bring. Together we will explore concepts, tools, best practices – and perhaps even solutions – to offer each other as colleagues, as well as our clients, organizations, and loved ones, to bridge the gaps and move the field forward. 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

You are invited to enhance the confer a proposal for a concurrent session to be offered at the conference. 

We encourage innovative and creative presentations that are grounded and aligned with the conference theme.

Also, we have a fantastic line up of Master Workshops planned so visit www.sietarusa.org often as we continue to update our website with the latest on the 2016 Conference!

See you in November!

Kelli McLoud-Schingen and Nancy Tom 

Your 2016 Conference Co-chairs

Our Keynote Speakers!

Shakti Butler, PhD      Filmmaker and Diversity Educator

Brenda Toineeta Pipestem Associate Justice and Native American Repatriation Activist

           John "Jack" Condon           One of the Founders of the Intercultural Field 

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