Such a lapse between posts…!
Dr Anne here. EWP staff concurs: Best to write this blog in my own voice, as my travels and intercultural research continue to take me across the globe.
Currently spending a month on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, where I previously spent 5 years in in-depth cultural study of this Island of Women — and, Island of Peace. Next week I’ll participate in UCLG‘s 2nd Culture Summit, the aim of which is to promote Agenda 21 in which culture – both heritage and creativity – serves as a means to the sustainable development of communities. My presentation, in a session on Gender and Cultural Policies: “The Culture of Women, and Women in Culture.” And at the end of this month, I’ll participate in the 12th annual Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity.
Since EWP‘s previous post, I’ve been moving about the globe almost continuously for field research and engagement with colleagues. In Summer 2016, I spent a month each in Iceland and Ireland, with shorter stays in UK and France; Winter 2016-7 included a month’s stay each in Italy and Greece, with shorter periods in Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sicily, Malta, Turkey, and Cyprus. In March I attended BPW International‘s annual Leaders Summit in New York, held in conjunction with the UN’s 61st annual Commission on the Status of Women. And this Spring, I’ve been adding to my long-term studies of Thailand, Hong Kong, and South Korea.
On 08 June, after a brief return to Hong Kong for meetings with EWP staff and with BPW Hong Kong, of which I am founding president, I’ll launch my next set of travels: US, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and Tunisia, before returning to East Asia … a marathon of 5 continents in 3 months! Meeting with colleagues in each location for events and networking, I’ll also continue my field research for the enhancement of EWP‘s signature Intercultural Trainings, offered around the world.
INTERCULTURAL ARTICLE SERIES
Soon I’ll begin a new series of postings here, on the world’s cultures which I continue to study — 44 thus far! — in which I’ll share my observations and insights. I hope that this outcome of my research may prove useful, in our shared quest for intercultural understanding as a means to global peace.
FYI … I’ve detailed travel itineraries planned through 2020, crisscrossing the globe. In the spirit of the breadth-depth-praxis practitioner research model I learned long ago in my doctoral studies, I continue to conduct field research in order to enhance both my breadth and depth of knowledge regarding the world’s cultures — with practical outcomes. Global travel for research provides breadth, complemented by my in-depth East Asia studies in South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, and my new series of in-depth studies in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
As for practical applications: EWP will continue to provide our Intercultural Trainings around the world, with an eye toward launching online trainings and webinars by 2020 or perhaps sooner, along with the aforementioned upcoming article series on the world’s cultures. And, of course: organization of international conferences and events, and one-to-one online sessions with me for counseling, mentoring, consultation or tutoring, are always available!
For Peace and Understanding …