A World Family Portrait is a joint project of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) and Regions and Cohesion. It aims to promote interdisciplinary and cross- cultural communication through images and essays on the different faces of humanity, including, but not limited to, our similarities and our differences, our strengths and our weaknesses, our hopes and our concerns, our legacies and our aspirations, as well as our interactions with each other and our world. This project seeks to establish a dialogue between human experiences, academic reflections and shared ethics, such as mutual respect, the protection of human dignity and solidarity.
Regions and Cohesion welcomes submissions of photos and short essays for publication in the World Family Portrait section of the journal. The journal has already published photos and texts on themes such as water, poverty, women, borders, political ideology, democratization, development, religious practices, violence, the environment, etc. Interested contributors should go to the World Family Portrait section at the RISC website, where texts and photographs can be uploaded along with basic information, such as contributor name(s), correspondence address, institutional affiliation and current position. Essays should be approximately five hundred words in length. Images should be submitted in a JPEG format at a resolution of approximately 1900 x 1600 pixels. All materials must be original. All inquiries and submissions related to the project should be sent via the forms on the RISC Consortium web portal.
In this issue
Regions and Cohesion is proud to present two photographs by Regina Franco that continue the journal’s 2017 focus on the rights and education of deaf people. In issue 7(1), Spring 2017, we published an article by Itzel Moreno Vite and María del Pilar Fernández Viader entitled, “Deafness and the fourth sustainable development goal (SDG4): Proposal of a NETWORK project for bilingual education of deaf people under the European framework,” that studies the legal instruments and educational policies that affect the education and rights of deaf people. The following images transmit two important perspectives on the deaf community. The first captures a moment from the International Day of the Deaf (part of the International Week of the Deaf), which is celebrated every year at the end of September. This initiative highlights specific achievements of deaf people, strives to promote the rights of deaf people and underlines specific human rights topics. The first photo conveys both deaf pride and unity. The second photo presents a sign language class, which provokes reflection on the importance of communication for mutual understanding and respect.