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19th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations
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6/5/2019 to 6/9/2019
When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Where: Patras

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Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations is pleased to announce its Nineteenth Annual Conference, to be held June 5–7, 2019 at the University of Patras in Patras, Greece. The conference features research addressing our annual themes and the 2019 Special Focus: "Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience."

The special focus of the 2019 Diversity Conference will address intercultural learning in the wake of global refugee experience. In times of crisis, the refugee presence challenges senses of nation and the practicalities of service provision. The “global other” confronts both identities and institutions. Socioeconomic crisis accentuates differences and skepticism towards the “other.” These modern border crossers bring to light the challenges of globalization and ubiquitous learning. They prompt the social psyche to collective storytelling. What are the refugee stories? And how much do they influence, challenge, or extend national narratives of citizenship? Does the mix of “natives” and “foreigners” create an everyday global awareness? How much does the refugee presence alter the nature and dynamics of territorially-defined governance systems?

The refugee experience involves a multifaceted border crossing through diverse ‘territories” within organizations, communities and nations. These territories are defined by both physically marked borders and intangible lines, often invisible in space (symbolic, imaginary, temporal, or epistemological borders). Spatial and intangible borders can be seen from particular, embodied viewpoints, and might be crossed by the gaze and other senses, before being crossed by the body. Border crossing may be successful or unsuccessful and it always offers an occasion for story or narration. The proliferation of narratives connects individual experiences to the larger narratives of nation building and can, thus, be apprehended as a performative renegotiation towards an inclusive citizenship. Border crossing and its narratives are politically defined in public discourse. The reactions coming from different stakeholders, from humanitarian to racist, alert societies to the need to address diversity in an open and democratic way. To this end, narratives are important to influence policy decisions and create a localized cultural response to diversity and equitable service provision.

For more information, including the conference CFP, visit the post for the conference in the AFS Review.

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