Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

Advancing reconciliation in classrooms, organizations, and communities through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing.


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Algonquian Conference

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the 49th Algonquian Conference will be held in Montreal from October 27 to 29, 2017. The event will be co-organized by Marie-Pierre Bousquet, Department of Anthropology at the, Université de Montréal and Jimena Terraza, Institute of Cognitive Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The activities will take place primarily at the Université de Montréal.

We hope to see you in great numbers! Save the dates, CFP will come later.

Marie-Pierre Bousquet and Jimena Terraza

Call for panels


EASA Medical Anthropology Network
2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting
5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal

Local organization: Portuguese Anthropological Association (APA)
Venue: University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences (Av. Prof. Aníbal Bettencourt, 9)

Deadline for panel proposals: February 15th, 2017.



Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize Adults by the length of time they’ve volunteered with one organization, ranging from five to 65 years of continuous service. The deadline for nominations is January 25. For nomination forms and further information visit


What Are The Eastern Townships?


Proposals are due no later than February 28, 2017

Conference Dates: October 25-27, 2017

Venue: Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec


CFP: Theorizing Harm

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
Boston, Massachusetts, August 30 – September 2, 2017

Submit an abstract by February 15th.


From Abolition to Black Lives Matter: Past and Present Forms of Transnational Black Resistance

October 26-28, 2017, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany

Please send you paper proposal (max. 300 words) and a short bio (150 words) by January 31, 2017.


CFP: Mending the Splintering of the Soul--New management for new publics in settler-colonial, post-colonial, and post-industrial organisations

Hi everyone,

My colleagues and I are organizing a panel ("stream") at the Critical Management Studies Conference coming up July 3-5, 2017 in the UK. The call for papers is open until the end of January, and we still have room to include more papers. Our theme follows different ethnographic perspectives on the "new public management" ideas that have transformed public institutions from social services and development agencies to higher education. Our theme is entitled "Mending the Splintering of the Soul: New management for new publics in settler-colonial, post-colonial, and post-industrial organisations" (see link for abstract).

The CMS network offers an intriguing interdisciplinary venue for the critique of neoliberalism, and makes a surprisingly good fit for anthropologists. Please consider joining us!

Contact Patrick Sullivan <> with interest or queries.

Best, Tracey

Dr. Tracey Heatherington
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Converging Dichotomies

An interdisciplinary approach to Nature and Culture

4th-5th May, 2017

Università degli Studi di Milano


*Conference topic areas:*

Philosophy, Anthropology, Geography

*Call for abstracts: ***

The notions of Nature and Culture may appear as essentially independent the one from the other for their literal definition. Indeed, it is considered one of the traditional dichotomies in Western thought: Nature seems to be an extrinsic dimension of Culture due to the absence of artificiality and development, which seems rather to belong to the latter.

Nevertheless, there have been important philosophical and scientific considerations that have structurally based their theoretical proposition on the close relationship, often dialectical, between the endless change of Nature and the becoming of Culture.

Consequently, the goal of the conference will be to provide an interdisciplinary debate through specific cases studies in the panorama of Human Sciences. Every session will be introduced by a remarkable keynote speech assessing a theoretical framework necessary for a broader contextualization of every case study.

Authors are invited to produce contributions on this topic particularly addressed to one of the following sessions.

*First session: Philosophy*

*Keynote Speaker*, Prof. Richard McKirahan, Ponoma College, Ancient Philosophy

Nature and culture were among the central issues debated in philosophy from the early Greek thinkers to contemporary reflections.

We are interested in investigating the various manners in which the nature-culture contrast is assessed in the history of thought. This interrogative leaves room open for a large number of approaches and can be addressed within several different branches of philosophy, such as ethics, politics, theology, epistemology, physics and metaphysics. It can also be related to other disciplines in the humanities, such as history, science and literature. For these reasons, we hope to welcome PhD students and junior academics throughout the humanities and thus create an interdisciplinary dialogue across various fields in the study of classical antiquity and beyond.

Our main purpose is to examine how philosophers interpreted and assessed the concepts of nature and culture in a wide variety of contexts, including but without being restricted to:

·The raise of moral values and the question whether the origin of justice has to be traced back to a natural or a cultural origin

·The origins of socio-political institutions

·The legitimacy of political governments

·The existence of the God/s

·The status of human rights

·the justification of slavery and of class distinctions among human beings

·The origins of language, knowledge and human society

*Second session: Anthropology*

*Keynote Speaker*, Prof. Laura Rival, University of Oxford, Anthropology

The nature/culture dichotomy has been the object of constant criticism over the past decades, because of the limits of these concepts in explaining human representations and practices. Considering the positions of Philippe Descola, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Tim Ingold, anthropology has focused on the nature of human being and his own place in a close relationship to non-human being life forms. In their studies, these scholars have highlighted how climate phenomena and local species biodiversity get involved in a complex social and cultural relationship with the human communities. Following these ethnographical perspectives, Nature and Culture dichotomy proves itself to be meaningless: human communities are complex networks where men are constantly connected not only with human but also non-human actors. Moreover, as Bruno Latour argued, these networks involve tools, technological devices and ideology. Therefore, the identity of a human being does not presuppose a natural order existing independently from and externally to a cultural order.

From this anthropological perspective, the natural world could be inquired beyond the traditional epistemological classification in which human and natural sciences don't share a common ground of analysis. What principles must guide this kind of research? What methodologies should ethnologists apply? Which concepts can render their results intelligible?

We are interested in contributions related mainly, but not exclusively, on the following issues:

·Methodological issues on the epistemological role of anthropology

·The relationship between Nature and Culture as Western or transcultural dichotomy

·Case studies dealing with process of constructing identity

·The relationship between body and culture in the human being

·The relationship between processes of identity construction and the environment

*Third session**: Geography*

*Keynote Speaker,*Beth Rose Middleton, University of California Davis, Geography

Following postmodernity and the crisis of the great narratives, Nature and Culture have to be reconceptualized in a form of a new dialogical relationship. In this sense, the rise of the new concept of the Anthropocene /represents the public death of the modern understanding of nature removed from society/ (Lorimer, 2012). Indeed a vision of Nature as an independent entity from Culture and man is no longer sustainable.

In a geographical perspective, the dichotomy between Nature and Culture has never been so strict and it has always been related with man and the way he managed to live in his own environment. These two subjects set the foundation of the whole discipline; Geography in its diachronic evolution has adopted an array of different standpoints, ranging from the early environmentalist theories to humanistic perspectives. What has always remained constant is the interpretation of the relationship, which has always been conceived as a dialogical system instead of a dichotomic one.

Recently, the environment seems to have acquired a more significant role, due to the wide group of phenomena known as /Global Change./ Thus, in this new era of Anthropocene, feedback reactions to the initial input given by human activities are forcing humanity to a deep reconsideration of its behavior toward the environment. The result is a new balance in the dialogical relationship, where Culture could be seen as the main engine that moves the adaptation processes providing local answers to global issues.

That being said, new fields of research can arise. How are different communities - in different geographic regions - dealing with ecosystem changes, land loss and resource exploitation? What consequences could be involved for cultural identity, territorialization and the very sense of /place/? Finally, how these particular examples translate to the global scale?

The aim of the session is to explore this new balance throughout specific case studies and to provide interdisciplinary debate through specific cases studies in the panorama of Human and Environmental Geography. We invite authors to submit abstracts for oral presentation in the following topics:

·Resilience and adaptation in endangered environments (particular attention will be given to the Small Islands Developing States and the Alps).

·Conservationism and economic exploitation of natural resources

·Climate change, ecosystems and traditional economies

·Climate change,impacts, adaptation, and mitigation on local scales

·Water management, agriculture and conservation

·Cultivation and adaptability in changing ecosystems

·Heritage and Culture of wine in fragile environments

·Patrimonialization: methods and principles in landscape evaluation

·Conservation policy in cultural and natural heritage on local scale

·Ecology on the scale of the landscape

·Historical ecology

*Paper Submission and Conference Guidelines ***

Keynote speakers’ presentation will be 40 minutes long followed by 20 minutes for discussion; all other presentations bill be 20 minutes long plus 10 minutes for discussion.

The language of the conference is only English.

We accept extended abstracts that should be prepared for a blind review in a PDF format before *February 17^th *.

We ask two files: in the first one, the candidate is supposed to write the proposal and in the second one, we would need the following details: _name_, _institutional affiliation_, _contact_ _information_.

We invite proposals from graduate students and early career researchers within three years of completion of their degree for papers of approximately *2500 characters *including bibliography. Please write ‘Milan PhD Conference Abstract Submission’ in the subject line of your email as well as the year in which the PhD was awarded in the case of early career researchers. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review, so ensure that your abstract is free from any identifying personal details.

Please, submit your proposals to: **

The acceptance notification will be given no later than *March 7^th *.

Participation at the conference is free of charge.

Meals will be provided for the length of the conference.


*For Philosophy***

Roberta Bonanno:

Tommaso Longo:

*For Anthropology*

Simona Azzan:

Sonia Rezzonico:

*For Geography*

Giorgio Masellis:

Emiliano Tolusso:

*Scientific committee*:

Stefano Allovio (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Valerio Bini (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Luca Bonardi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Mauro Bonazzi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Alice G. Dal Borgo (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Olivier Jacquet (Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté)

Giovanna R. Giardina (Università degli Studi di Catania)

Daniele Lorusso (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
Boston, Massachusetts
August 30 – September 2, 2017

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street
Conference theme: STS (In)Sensibilities

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2017


CfP The “Land Question” and the History of Land Entitlement Expeditions

Dear Colleagues,

We invite papers to the following special panel on the history of “land entitlements” for indigenous peoples in any part of the world but with an emphasis on the “land question” in Siberia and Northern Russia. The panel will take place as part of the 12th Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia – the main anthropological event of Russian social anthropology. This year the congress will be in Izhevsk the capital of the Udmurt Republic.

Registrations details, in English, can be downloaded at this link;

The deadline for paper abstracts is 15 February 2017.

David Anderson and Elena Volzhanina

Section 11. The “Land Question” and the History of Land Entitlement Expeditions.

In this panel we will discuss the both the history and current practice of land-use and state-organized land-entitlement among different peoples. The process of reorganizing access to land (“land entitlement”) has not always been unambiguous nor painless. It often demanded the people change their land-use patterns. Most often it demanded a compromise between state or official expectations about how land should be used and traditional practices. This issue has been felt acutely by indigenous peoples whose traditional land-use have been misunderstood, and continue to be misunderstood as being unclear and contradictory to the patterns and expectations of the majority. The issue is therefore relevant to guide government policy practice in this area. One of the goals of state-led land entitlement has been the ordering of relationships between the settler and native populations with a general policy of granting access to land (“the land question”). It has often sought a rational solution to this dilemma through highly detailed studies of the ethnographic, economic, geographical, biological peculiarities of a given territory. Therefore, one of the most important legacies of these expeditions have been the assembling of an enormous archive of documents testifying to the land-rights of native peoples and describing lost land-use traditions. This panel directs attention to the documents left by land-entitlement expeditions, some of which are accessible on-line. It also directs attention to the methods, conditions of work and conclusions of land-entitlement expeditions. In particular we look at specific participants, and their motivations, which them to gather large amounts of high-quality materials in order help policy makers make a decision in favour of one or another side in the “land question.

Applications for participation in the Congress as well as summaries of the papers should be sent in electronic form (in *.doc or *.docx format) with a compulsory note in the subject line "Application to XII CAER, section number ..." until 15 February, 2017 to the chairperson(s) of the selected sections (<>); the copy of the application should be sent to the Organizing Committee (<>).

All information about the Congress you can find on the site of Association and here


Call for Papers
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 29th August - 1st September

Postcolonial theory and the reinterpretation of ‘natural’ disasters

Session convener
Dr. Gemma Sou, The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester

Disaster studies have seen a distinct increase in analyses at the ‘community’ or ‘local’ level. Significant attention has been given to the ability of local communities to plan and prepare for, absorb, respond, and recover from disasters. This panel seeks to build on this work by bringing postcolonial analyses into these conversations. De Loughrey, Didur and Carrigan (2015) in particular, have shown that postcolonial analyses allow one to question and reinterpret dominant narratives about disaster preparation, response, and recovery, as well as the everyday experiences of 'at risk’ groups. A focus on postcolonial analyses also allows one to critically challenge the clear-cut divisions between social and natural disasters. Postcolonial theories also facilitate analyses that disrupt linear notions of reconstruction in global contexts, and which recognize and understand alternative ecological futures in disaster contexts. Finally, these approaches help to identify and understand the hidden experiences of people living in disaster contexts, as well as their resistances to technocratic and top down forms of disaster risk management.

This session invites scholars to contribute empirical as well as conceptual papers that apply postcolonial theory to explore ideas such as (but by no means limited to):
- Alternative less obvious forms of resistance to disaster risk management;
- Orientalist discourses within disaster risk management policy and practice;
- Limits of existing frameworks to understand disaster risk reduction;
- The politics of knowledge in disaster risk management;
- Tradition and modernity and linkages with ambivalent forms of disaster risk reduction;
- Migration and associated impacts on disaster risk;
- Everyday experiences in disaster contexts;

DeLoughrey, E., Didur, J., & Carrigan, A. (Eds.). (2015). Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (Vol. 41). Routledge.

Instructions for authors
As part of submitting an application for a proposed session, the RGS require that session organisers provide details of all proposed presented and paper abstracts. If you would like to present at this session you should email by Monday February 13, 2017, with the following:
- Title
- Abstract (max 250 words all inclusive)
- Author affiliation and email address
- In case of multiple authors, an indication of who will be presenting the paper

The 12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium
Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty

The University of Manchester

29th August - 1st September 2017
Keynote Speakers

Professor Bruno Latour (Sciences Po)

Professor Bill Maurer (University of California, Irvine)

Professor Emma Crewe (SOAS, University of London)

Professor Hugh Willmott (CASS, London)

The Annual Ethnography Symposium is a leading international forum for debate and dialogue on the theory, practice, and form of ethnographic work. It was established in 2005 at the University of Liverpool as a multi- and inter-disciplinary platform for researchers using ethnographic methods in the social and management sciences In this time it has established an international reputation for attracting the best keynotes and papers from across the world, covering disciplines as diverse as anthropology, business and management, criminology, history, health-care, philosophy, psychology, socio-legal studies, social care, and sociology. It is unique in its commitment to cross-disciplinary dialogue and its reputation also lies in providing friendly, supportive, yet rigorous critique on papers, integrating and supporting doctoral students, and opening up a wider network of cross-disciplinary scholars to those employing ethnographic methods.

In 2017 the ethnography symposium takes as its theme the question of politics and ethnography in “an age of uncertainty”. In bringing the symposium to the University of Manchester we hope to take inspiration from the first industrialised city and all the tensions and contradictions that have made politics so lively in this city. From the Peterloo massacre to the mass trespass, the suffrage movement and the founding of the Trade Union Congress, Manchester has been a hotbed of protest, resistance, and revolution. We might say politics gets made first - or at least reinvented - in Manchester! The site where the atom was first made ‘nuclear’, and where the 1980s acid house rave culture forced us to re-think the boundaries of politics as it expanded our imagination about possible new ways of being, the energies in Manchester are never very far from politics. Feeding off some of these energies is the University of Manchester. Founded in 1824 as the Mechanics Institute, it became England’s first civic university and since then has changed lives around the world; it was here that Rutherford split the atom and Chadwick discovered the neutron, where Turing built the first self-contained computer, and where graphene was discovered. The University also has a proud heritage of cross-disciplinary ethnographic research, following the founding of the Manchester School Social Anthropology by Max Gluckman in 1947.

We invite you to join us in Manchester for the 12th International Ethnography Symposium. For the first time the conference is hosting a series of specialist streams that address the theme of politics from a variety of perspectives and disciplines.


Dear colleagues!

Russian Association of Medical Anthropologists (AMA) and Institute of
Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Center for Medical
Anthropology), are launching a call for the Symposium “MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
IN UNSTABLE GLOBALISING WORLD” which will be held in Moscow on June 29 –
July 1, 2017.

This symposium is a large scientific event that covers various topics and
issues in medical anthropology, bioethics, philosophy, psychology and other
disciplines. The range of topics and panels are being discussed, so we
welcome both individual talks and proposals for thematic panels.


Medical anthropology as a field of knowledge and education: cases of Russia
and other countries.
Physical anthropology / medical ecology as one of the areas of medical
anthropology: evolution of subject field.
Nutrition and health: a dialogue between anthropology of food and medical
Medicinal plants in the focus of medical anthropology: ethnobotany,
ethnopharmacology, and phytotherapy.
From medical ethnography to medical anthropology.
Medical pluralism as a subject of interdisciplinary research.
Folk medicine and traditional medicine in the focus of medical anthropology.
Traditional medical systems.
Cultural notions of body and purity.
Phenomenon of altered states of consciousness as a subject of medical
anthropology and anthropology of consciousness.
Cross-cultural psychiatry.
Spiritual healing in religious traditions.
Music therapy in traditional and modern healing systems.
Anthropology of biomedicine: extension of subject field.
Homo medicus in today’s world.
Medical specialists and patients: communication on health matters.
Medical choice: doctors’ and patients’ decision-making.
Social/cultural studies of biomedical innovations.
Medicine and practices of hope.
Bioethical and anthropological studies of biotechnologies
Health in unstable globalizing world
Health of migrant workers: anthropological aspects
Women's health
Male and female reproductive health
Disability studies: perception of disability in different cultures
Chemical and non-chemical addictions: stigma, prevention, and compliance

Languages of symposium – Russian and English.

The deadline for applications is February 1st, 2017.
Please send your applications to
The following information is required:
Academic rank
Place of work
Phone number
Topic number
Paper title
Abstracts (no more than 200 words)
Accommodation in hotel: (yes/no)

Applications and abstracts may be submitted in English or Russian.
The organizing committee reserves the right to select participants of the
symposium on the basis of applications received.

Please, make sure to specify whether you need hotel accommodation.
Foreign participants may be provided consultations regarding accommodation
and booking, as well as visa support.

Registration fee is 100 euros for foreign participants (50 euros for
undergraduate and graduate students). Members of Association of Medical
Anthropologists get a 50% discount. The fee includes visa support,
transfer, sightseeing assistance, coffee breaks and buffet reception, a
certificate, a folder with symposium materials. The fee should be paid
after the individual receives a message confirming that their talk is
included in the conference program, but not later than on May 1st, 2017.
The fee should be transferred to the bank account of AMA, with a notice of
name and purpose of payment ("name, registration fee, Symposium 2017").
Please find the account details at, (“Membership /
how to become a member of the AMA / our contact details”). You can also pay
the fee during the conference registration (please indicate this in your
letter to the Organizing Committee).

The scientific papers based on the symposium reports will be published in a
regular series of books "Works in medical anthropology" (IEA RAS) or
electronic journal "Medical Anthropology and Bioethics" (IEA). The style
guide for publishing can be found .

Please, feel free to contact the secretary of the Organizing Committee:
Ozhiganova Anna
Kharitonova Valentina

Call for Contributions: 2nd ENQA-workshop "The pasts, presents, and futures of queer mobilities: transnational movements of ideas, concepts, and people"

Dear colleagues,

The European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA) of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) is organizing a workshop on queer mobilities this year. Please consider sending an abstract and please forward the call in your networks.

The ENQA board

The pasts, presents, and futures of queer mobilities: transnational movements of ideas, concepts, and people

2nd Workshop of the European Network for Queer Anthropology (ENQA), 7th-8th of September, 2017 - Central European University, Budapest

Mobility is a foundational element of queer life, queer ideas and concepts as well as of queer scholarship. As such, queer mobilities - literally and conceptually - characterize European modernity and its academic interpretations in fundamental ways. Queer ideas and concepts, for example, are often born out of movements across margins, norms, and boundaries while also being critically attuned to the risks of reconstituting these separating orders of social life and thought. Another dimension of queer mobilities is the movement of LGBTQ people in search of queer spaces and communities. The constitutive Othering and violent exclusion of queer people from families, friends, and loved ones on grounds of their desires has repeatedly led to the destruction and construction of queer spaces and communities and to the queerly mobile lives of those on the move in European contexts. Heteronormative reactions to queer mobilities as well as the marking of migrants, refugees, vagrants, and travelers as perverse and dangerous, have been constant drivers of social change and its scholarly analysis in Europe. Queer theories, activisms, and politics can be understood as emerging in reaction to the normativities of national socialist ideology, the post-World War Two re-traditionalization of European gender relations, and the mainstreaming of late-twentieth century identity politics. Such movements arise from ongoing disidentifications with oppressive violence, normative concepts of identity, exclusionary ideas of community, and not least also the disciplines of "liberation". These intertwined dynamics of queer mobilities have been critically consequential for modern social life, politics, and scientific thought. In this workshop, we want to engage with the multifaceted ideas, concepts, conditions, and practices of queer mobilities in order to assess and challenge past, present, and future understandings of the relationships between queerness and mobility.

The European Network for Queer Anthropology invites contributions to re-assess the past, present, and future of queer mobilities in Europe and European academic discourse. As the workshop's aim is to further discussion and academic exchange, we welcome a range of different formats, ranging from more traditional paper presentations to work in progress (development of ideas, projects, and thoughts), to roundtables and performances, short films and other more artistic or activistic means of representation. We seek contributions that empirically investigate the complex relations between "queerness" and "mobility" as they emerge in the shifting contexts of modern Europe and their analysis by scholars of queer anthropology. We encourage submissions focusing on these concerns in relation to the following (but not limited to) range of topics and sites:

* the development of queer concepts, ideas, and scholarship

* queer(ing) interdisciplinarity and the history of science(s)

* queer mobilities, technologies, education

* transnational migration, race and criminalisation

* patriotism, expat(riotism), urban mobilities and gentrification

* global histories of LGBTQ people

* trans* and queer activism

* trans* and queer (mobility) infrastructures and global intimacies

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short author biography should be sent to<> by no later than the 31st of May 2017.

The invention of forms of representation in the age of globalisation
Art and Research Residency 2017

Call for Participation

This programme aims to create an interdisciplinary and intergenerational exchange between
research and art practices around questions concerning the invention of forms of representation in the
age of globalisation. The primary goal of this programme is to interrogate conventional modes of
knowledge production that, by and large, marginalise the arts and their heuristic properties, in social
science and humanities. Our intention is to stimulate a debate addressing all aspects of collaboration
between artists and the academic world. We look for artistic and intellectual responses to the emerging
and existing tensions at the age of globalisation.
In a context of globalisation, in which goods and people continuously intersect with one
another, artists and intellectuals share the need to highlight the contradictions and new connections
between these intersections and create better forms of representation. They also share the need to go
out from well-known intellectual comforts and formulate unedited theoretical and methodological
propositions. Our objective is to stimulate a collaboration between academia and different artistic
streams, active in France and abroad, aiming to challenge traditional methods and academic discourses
around the following themes: identity, collective entity, the individual, mobility, the social role of
money and notions of beauty. We are particularly interested in topics that have emerged in
response to the fractures created by the expansion of the western world, and specifically in
forms of resistance to mainstream manifestations of the current globalised world. Our hypothesis
is that the age of globalisation all points of human interaction create some unedited ‘forms’ that ask
for new investigations. Artistic creations are the ‘ideas’ and the ‘objects’ through which the ‘real’ is
imagined, represented, reproduced, projected, described etc. Accordingly, they should play a central
role in the (re)production of contemporary societies and become more central in academic practices.
With ‘forms’ here we refer to analytical tools of interpretation for the construction of a system of
analysis, abstraction and data collection in research and teaching.
In order to stimulate this new space of dialogue, we would like to select two candidates for
this residency, one engage in artistic and the other in academic research. Although the academic
and artistic submission will be separate and independent, the selected people will be expected to take
part in the residency during the same period and to work in collaboration with one another. No
discipline will be privileged in the selection process. Over the course of their stay, the two successful
candidates will participate in the activities of the EHESS, Paris – that is, to seminars, workshops and
conferences. We hope that this dialogue between artists and academics will enrich the production of
knowledge in the arts as well as academia. The outcome of this exchange will be submitted to the
public. We particularly encourage submissions from the peripheral zones of globalisation.
All researchers and/or artists are eligible to apply to this programme, irrespective of discipline,
age, sex or origins. In this first phase of selection, applications can be written in the candidate’s
mother tongue. However, a working knowledge of English and/or French is necessary. We would also
be happy to receive suggestions of possible candidates from third parties.
The duration of the residency is three consecutive months.
The selection of the theme or the form of expression of the proposed work is open to the
candidate’s preference. However, the work proposed must conform to the thematic of the overall
The programme will cover transport costs and provide a monthly living allowance to each
The period of the residency runs from March to December 2017, excluding the months of June,
July and August 2017. The period of the residency will be decided through discussions between the
candidate and organisers.
Submission and selection process:
Applications should consist of the following documents:
-­‐ A conceptual text (of up to 3 pages in A4 format, single spaced)
-­‐ A letter of motivation (1 page in A4 format)
-­‐ A short biography (for artists and academic researchers)
-­‐ A description of previous artistic works (for artists)
-­‐ A list of publications (for academic researchers)
In cases where a third party would like to propose a candidate, a letter of presentation along with a
short biography and some exemplars of previous work of the potential candidate will allow the
selection committee to consider the candidature and invite the candidate to complete the rest of the
Proposals can be sent by email or by post to the following addresses:
Email :
Giulia Battaglia
Postal address:
Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
5ème ETG Bur.588 Noyau B
190 - 198 avenue de France
75244 Paris Cedex 13
The deadline for submissions is: 16 February 2017
The selection committee, composed of artists and researchers from social sciences and the humanities,
will select two projects, one proposed by an artist and one by an academic researcher.
The final decision will be taken after an interview with the selected candidates.


More information:



The United Nations Association in Canada, invites students to participate in the 14th Canadian International Model United Nations (CANIMUN) conference, which will take place from February 23 to 26, 2017. The conference features a diverse selection of committees and topics as well as special opportunities such as embassy visits, a diplomatic briefing, unique social events, and networking opportunities. Registration is currently open on our website at


Call for proposals: "Je suis île"/"I am Turtle": What Spaces are there for the Representation of First Nations and Inuit Artistic and Cultural Expression in the City?

Université de Montréal
October, 5-7 2017

Deadline: March 1st, 2017.


Canada Inclusive/Exclusive: 150 Years and Beyond

UCL Institute of the Americas, University College London, on July 7 and 8, 2017

The deadline for the submission of colloquium proposals is February 28, 2017.


Appel de propositions : "JE SUIS ÎLE"/ "I AM TURTLE"
Quelle(s) place(s) pour les représentations artistiques, culturelles et identitaires autochtones dans
l'espace urbain ?

5-6-7 octobre 2017, Université de Montréal

Date limite : 1 mars 2017


Appel de candidatures (ACFAS)

-Prix destinés aux chercheuses et chercheurs

-Prix destinés à la relève

La date limite de dépôt de candidatures est le
lundi 6 février 2017, à 23h59.


Appel à communications : Sciences sociales et société québécoise (ACFAS)

11-12 mai, 2017

Les propositions de communication être remises au plus tard le 10 février 2017.


Chères et chers collègues,

il nous fait plaisir de vous partager l'appel à contribution pour le colloque de l'Association canadiennes des sociologues et anthropologues de langue française (ACSALF) qui se tiendra à l'Université Laval du 1er au 3 novembre 2017 et qui aura pour thème (In)disciplines - savoirs-récurrences-émergences.

La date limite pour nous faire parvenir vos propositions à cette adresse est le 15 février 2017.


XIIe colloque de l'ACSSUM (Association des cycles supérieurs de sociologie de l'Université de Montréal)

Identité(s) et Immigration
23 & 24 mars 2017
Université de Montréal

Date limite pour soumettre une proposition :
27 janvier 2017.



The Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharf Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America is awarded every two years for a single or multiple authored book (not edited collections). Nominated books need to have been published in 2015 and 2016. Books should be based on research about North America broadly conceived (The Arctic, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean). They should:
a. deal with an important social issue within the discipline of anthropology;
b. have broader implications for social change or justice; and
c. be accessible beyond the discipline of anthropology.

Authors, publishers, or other scholars may nominate a book. Nominations must include a letter of nomination specifying how the book(s) meets the criteria, a C.V. or bio-bibliography of the author, and three copies of the book. The nomination letter and C.V. may be sent by E-mail or postal service to each of the three following committee members. Ordinarily, publishers sent hard copies of the book to each of the committee members, but the author may do so as well. Both nomination material and books must be received by MARCH 15, 2017.

Contact information for Selection Committee:
• Louise Lamphere, , Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
• Jeff Maskovsky,, Ph.D. Program in Anthropology, The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, New York
• Lynn Stephen,, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon,

The Prize will be announced at the AAA Meetings to be held in November 29-December 3rd, 2017 in Washington DC.

BUIRA 2017: The Changing Face of Industrial Relations: New Borders, New Frontiers

28th June to 30th June 2017

Call for papers now open – until 3rd February 2017


Call for Papers

Special Issue: “International Migration and Innovation: Implications for Human Development"

Societies (

Please submit a paper abstract of max. 250 words to by January 31, 2017.

Invited papers will be notified by February 6, 2017

Final Paper deadline – April 30, 2017

More information about Special Issue and Journal:
Special Issue Information

International migration is a key driver of social change in both sending and receiving countries. In an intensely global age, the products of migration-driven social change are ubiquitous. Our global cities are ones in which cultural, linguistic, and economic contact among immigrants and the native-born has led to the development of inventive practices, products and social formations. From Afro-Celt music, to Spanglish, to immigrant entrepreneur led tech firms like Google, innovation inevitably follows the cross-border movement of people. Innovation is a key mechanism by which international migration enhances human development.

This Special Issue will provide an interdisciplinary forum for scholars to explore the relationship between international migration and innovation. Innovation is defined as the novel application of ideas and practices that contribute to positive change in an environment. Given the role that innovation plays in economic competitiveness and growth, the term has special relevance in the fields of economic development, organizational studies, and product development. Here, we focus on the consequences of international migration and innovation for human development (e.g. health, education, opportunity, flourishing). Among the questions to explore in this issue are:

• In what ways has migration-driven innovation improved people’s well-being and their ability to lead creative and productive lives?
• What current innovative practices, processes, social arrangements, and artistic forms can be traced to immigrants or immigrant communities?
• Under what conditions does international migration contribute to innovation in sending and receiving societies?
• What role can public policy play in enhancing the human development potential of migration-driven innovation?
• Who are the actors that drive innovation in the context of international migration?

Islam in Africa Studies Group

Call for Papers and for a Panel Proposal

The newly formed Islam in Africa Studies Group (IASG) plans to sponsor two panels as a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association at the upcoming ASA annual meeting in Chicago, IL taking place November 16-18, 2017.

1. The first panel, “New Voices in the Study of Islam in Africa,” will consist of four papers and is open to any presenter on any topic connected to the study of Islam in Africa, but first preference will be given to people who have not presented their work at an ASA or major European African studies conference in the past. Graduate students and scholars based in Africa are particularly encourage to submit proposals. Paper proposal need to include presenters name (with institutional affiliation and contact info), paper title, and an abstract (max 300 words). IASG is unfortunately not able to provide financial support to assist scholars in attending the ASA, but ASA is able to provide a letter to facilitate visa applications.

2. IASG is also accepting proposals for a second sponsored pro-organized panel. Proposals should be related to the study of Islam in Africa, but are not restricted to any particular theme. We do, however, invite proposals for panels presenting new and empirically grounded research related to Islam in Africa, and which also contribute to furthering the study of Islam in Africa conceptually. Panel proposals need to include a panel title, a panel abstract (max 300 words), panel chair (with institutional affiliation and contact info), name of presenters (with institutional affiliation and contact info), paper abstracts (max 200 words), and possibly a discussant.

Proposals for individual papers or for the full panel should be sent to Fallou Ngom, Boston University, at: by March 1, 2017, allowing us to meet the ASA deadline for paper/panel submissions (March 15). Anyone intending to present at the ASA must register for the conference by the deadline set by the ASA, which is typically in early May. IASG cannot take responsibility for any panelist’s registration.

Feral Feminisms – CFP Issue 8 – Critical Interventions in Rape Culture //

Deadline 1 April 2017

Feral Feminisms, an independent, inter-media, peer reviewed, open access online journal, invites submissions from artists, activists, and scholars for a special issue entitled, Critical Interventions in Rape Culture, guest edited by Nisha Eswaran, Emma McKenna, and Sarah Wahab. Submitted contributions may include full-length theoretical essays (about 5000 – 7000 words), shorter creative pieces, cultural commentaries, personal narratives or auto-ethnographies (about 500 – 2500 words), poetry, photo-essays, short films/video (uploaded to Vimeo), visual and sound art (jpeg Max 1MB), or a combination of these. Please direct inquiries and submissions to all three of the guest editors: Nisha Eswaran (, Emma McKenna (, and Sarah Wahab ( and to Feral Feminisms (

This past year has marked a historical moment with the phrase "rape culture" featured in headlines across Canada, particularly as Jian Ghomeshi's high profile sexual assault case received the verdict of acquittal. While some feminist criticisms of this verdict have been made public, and the affective dismay has been felt throughout our diverse communities, there remains an absence of a collective critical feminist intervention into not only the handling of the Ghomeshi trial, but also the concept of rape culture writ large. This issue of Feral Feminisms, "Critical Interventions in Rape Culture," seeks to explore how feminists can critically intervene in rape culture, and the uneven disciplining of sexual assault by institutional, criminal, judicial, and carceral systems.

In 1988, Canadian feminist scholar Susan Sherwin asserted that "patriarchy, or male domination, is the social norm throughout our culture" and that "such dominance has been further reinforced through the various means by which men control women's sexuality" (137). Sherwin argues that heterosexual rape is one of these primary "mechanisms to reinforce such dominance," not unlike the international arms race "where small, 'weaker'nations find themselves forced to align themselves with a superpower in the hope of achieving protection from the aggression of other nations" (137). Again in 1988, rape culture as a concept emerges in the writing of American scholar Susan Griffin, who argues that: "Our society is a rape culture because it fosters and encourages rape by teaching males and females that it is natural and normal for sexual relations to involve aggressive behavior on the part of males. To end rape, people must be able to envision a relationship between the sexes that involves sharing, warmth, and equality, and to bring about a social system in which these values are fostered" (52). Nora Samaran's 2016 article, "The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture," similarly argues that underlying a culture of rape is men's inability to express a need for intimacy and connection with others.

The parallels between Samaran's recent concerns and those of Sherwin and Griffin thirty years prior suggest that we are at a curious impasse in 2016, where the feminist (or post-feminist?) concept of rape culture has come to stand in for and obscure a whole host of relations of dominance relating to sexual assault. Yasmin Nair (2014) suggests that conceiving of sexual violence through the framework of a rape culture intersects with and arises from a "culture of confession" that reproduces survivors of rape as neoliberal subjects. This insight begs the question, then, of how does the concept of a rape culture rely on neoliberal notions of subjectivity, self-hood, and traumatic injury that place limitations on how critiques of rape culture might function as resistive tools? How might the increased emphasis on "consent"—positioned as a solution to rape via state, institutional, and media discourses—align itself with the status quo and with gendered, racial, classed, and sexual power relations under neoliberal capitalism? How does the concept of rape culture find belonging within dominant notions of femininity, wealth, and whiteness, and how does this affect the experiences of and legibility of sexual violence that occurs elsewhere and at the intersections of marginality, particularly amongst people who are poor, racialized as non-white, Indigenous, queer, trans, and/or engaged in sex work?

With these questions in mind, this issue of Feral Feminisms seeks critical interventions into rape culture that go beyond the naming of rape culture, and instead interrogate its dynamics, propose alternative forms of resistance, and develop theory that breaks down and specifies its discursive, material, and representative power. Topics and questions may include, but are not limited to historical and contemporary mediations on rape culture in relation to:

- activism

- challenges to the gender binary

- masculinity

- queerness

- transness

- dis/ability

- Indigeneity

- Blackness

- race and racialization

- whiteness

- diaspora and citizenship

- capitalism and neoliberalism

- colonialism and post-colonials

- Marxism

- residential schools

- the child welfare system

- poverty

- sex work

- wage work, unions

- campuses

- prisons, Truth and Reconciliation Councils, alternative forms of justice

- intimacy, friendship, family, community

- media, social media, and celebrity

- rape crisis centers, the rape crisis movement, take back the night

We invite contributions that critically interrogate, through a contemporary or historical lens, the relation of rape culture to the questions laid out above, as well as other themes. Please send submissions along with a 60-word author biography, and a 100-word abstract to all three of the guest editors: Nisha Eswaran (, Emma McKenna (, and Sarah Wahab ( and to Feral Feminisms( by 1 April 2017.

For detailed submission guidelines please visit:


Call for Abstracts: Health, body-weight and everyday life: Studying subjectivities through time (RN16-q)

13th Conference of the European Sociological Association
29 August – 1 September 2017
Athens, Greece.
Abstract deadline: 1st February 2017
Session organisers: Christian Bröer, Gerlieke Veltkamp, and Mutsumi Karasaki (University of Amsterdam).

We invite abstract submissions to our panel, Health, body-weight and everyday life: Studying subjectivities through time, at the 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association in Athens, Greece, 29 August – 1 September 2017. The deadline for abstract submission is 1st February, 2017.

Short Abstract:

The session will explore subjectivities in and of everyday and professional practices that are related to health, eating, and physical activity. Also considered will be body weight as an intersection of professional and everyday practices, moral imperatives, embodiment, habits and socio-cultural, political and economic conditions.

Long Abstract:

This session begins from the premise that subjectivities, in the context of health and eating, emerge over time as people negotiate problematisations and temporality in daily life. Taking as a point of departure the importance of time and temporality - along with cultural and structural contexts - in thinking about identity, experience and positioning, we ask presenters to reflect on how subjectivities emerge in and through the unfolding of everyday life. In particular, we are interested in how time and temporality interact with risks, medicalisation, and professional and everyday pragmatic concerns. We invite presenters to attend to the lived realities of health and body-weight at the intersection of professional and everyday practices, moral imperatives, embodiment, habits, and socio-cultural, political and economic conditions. We are particularly interested in presentations of longitudinal studies and/or those dealing with temporality.

Abstracts must be submitted online at the conference website: Please see the RN16 Sociology of Health and Illness CfP document for instructions: For further information regarding our session, please contact Mutsumi Karasaki (

CFP - Nostalgia & Consumer Culture in the 20th Century; SSHA 2017

42nd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA)

Montreal, Quebec; November 2-5, 2017

Interested individuals should submit a 250 word abstract by February 15, 2017.


Colloque AIEQ «Le Québec : modèles de savoirs, modèles de sociétés», Montréal, 8 mai 2017


Colloque "Le Québec : modèles de savoirs, modèles de sociétés », Montréal, 8 mai 2017

À l'occasion de son 20e anniversaire de fondation, l'Association internationale des études québécoises organise un colloque de jeunes chercheurs en études québécoises et comparatives sur le thème « Le Québec : modèles de savoir, modèles de société ».

Ce colloque, qui se tiendra le 8 mai 2017 à Montréal, a pour objectif d'explorer les arcanes de la recherche scientifique contemporaine et multidisciplinaire sur le Québec dans ses modalités et ses finalités. Il sera une occasion unique tant en ce qui a trait à la mise en commun des expertises en études québécoises qu'en ouvrant le débats entre les diverses perspectives et innovations en la matière.

Quatre thématiques seront au programme :

· les relations dialogiques entre le chercheur et le terrain d'enquête

· les mutations de la recherche eu égard à l'évolution technologique

· les études québécoises dans le monde : spécificités et traits communs

· les enjeux contemporains de la recherche sur le Québec : questions éthiques, pertinence sociale, contraintes et défis.

De plus, afin de dégager les multiples perspectives sur les divers modèles de savoir et de société, une synthèse sera proposée à partir de points de vue disciplinaires lors d'une table ronde de clôture réunissant quatre spécialistes internationaux.

L'appel à communications s'adresse aux chercheurs de 3e cycle, de niveau post-doc, ou en emploi dans le milieu universitaire depuis moins de 3 ans. Les communications, d'une durée de 20 minutes et suivies de 10 minutes de discussion, devront se faire en français. Les propositions de toutes les disciplines seront examinées, du moment que le Québec fasse partie du sujet de la recherche.

Les personnes intéressées doivent acheminer par courriel leur proposition de communication avant le 10 février 2017, à l'adresse suivante :

La proposition doit comprendre un titre, un résumé de la communication de 200 mots ainsi qu'un curriculum vitae abrégé comprenant adresse, numéro de téléphone et adresse de courrier électronique. Les auteurs des propositions retenues seront contactés avant la fin février.

Notez que le transport et les repas du midi seront pris en charge. Un hébergement à coût modique sera proposé aux participants et, dans certains cas, l'AIÉQ pourra apporter son soutien.

Pour toute question, contacter :

Coordonnatrice – colloque jeune chercheur – AIEQ


Colloque «Sciences sociales et société québécoise»

Jeudi 11 mai 2017 - Vendredi 12 mai 2017

Les propositions de communication doivent nous être remises au plus tard le le 10 février 2017.


Huitième colloque des Jeunes chercheurs européens en études québécoises, Montpellier, Université Paul-Valéry - Site Saint-Charles, octobre 2017


Bourse pour les étudiants américains
l'Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ) et l'American Council for Québec Studies (ACQS)


Ce programme vise à encourager la recherche sur le Québec auprès des étudiants de 2e ou 3e cycle universitaire, aux États-Unis, dans les domaines des sciences humaines et sociales.

Date butoir : 31 janvier 2017

Bourse AIEQ – École de langues de l'Université Laval

Les dossiers de candidature dûment complétés doivent être reçus par courriel au plus tard le lundi 27 février 2017.


CfP - Ethnography and the Future of Critique (CMS2017)

We would like to announce a Call for Papers for a stream at the 2017 Critical Management Studies Conference, hosted by Edgehill Business School from the July 3 – 5 July, 2017.

The stream, titled Experimental Ethnography and the Future of Critique, seeks to bring together a diverse range of papers and research projects from organizational scholars with a focus upon addressing the theoretical questions that are preoccupying the social sciences at large where the issue of ethnography is concerned. We would welcome submissions on issues such as:
* The possibility for organisational ethnography to make a unique contribution to scholarship, either through its methods or the object of its investigation.
* More-than-representational accounts of organising and organisation.
* Narratives of organisational events, encounters, or ethnographic objects that seek an engagement with the works of so called ‘process philosophers’ (Whitehead, Deleuze, Tarde, etc.). This might include non-traditional ethnographies exploring affectivity, virtuality, or materiality in organisation and management.
* New forms of ethnographic critique, particularly those which call into question what it means to be critical.
* Reflexive engagement with the role of the organisational ethnographer as scientist/manager/storyteller/artist/philosopher/consultant/etc.
* Challenges to or critique of the use of ethnography in management and organisation studies.
* The potential contribution of multi-sited ethnographies to the study of what has been understood as ‘macro phenomena’ such as the crisis of capitalism, globalisation, or the intensification of work.

Deadline for 500 word abstracts is 31st, January 2017. See the full call for papers here:

For more information contact: or

Call for Chapters
Interculturality and the Political
Eds. Ashley Simpson & Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland
Deadline for abstracts: 1st March 2017

Purpose of the book
The notion of the ‘intercultural’ dates back to the 1950s – although many of the ideas that it discusses have, of course, a much longer history. In over 70 years and in the different fields that have used the notion, as one would expect, the ‘intercultural’ has witnessed changes in the way it is defined, constructed, researched, practiced. However, it has also retained some of its original flavours (e.g. culturalism, see Abdallah-Pretceille, 1986). Highly ideological, the ‘intercultural’ is being used in different ways across the globe, and sometimes interchangeably with other notions and concepts such as multicultural, transcultural and even global. In the 2010s ‘Western’ voices are still dominant in the ways the ‘intercultural’ is constructed, although voices from the ‘peripheries’ are being heard little by little. Institutions like the EU and the Council of Europe have used, abused and misused the notion over the past 30 years, passing onto practitioners and researchers a certain number of biases, stereotypes and uncritically reflexive positions, well beyond the geo-political space that they cover. For the Council of Europe, the ‘intercultural’ is misused today to support the idea of ‘our’ (European) democracy while for the EU it is used as a way of promoting, amongst others, some form of imagined (and implicitly superior) European identity and culture.

Building on critical work on intercultural education (Piller, 2010; Dervin & Liddicoat, 2013; Dervin, 2016; Dervin & Gross, 2016; Dasli & Diaz, 2017) and intercultural communication (Holliday, 2010, 2013; Clark & Dervin, 2014) from the past decade, this book aims to problematise the ‘intercultural’ from the perspective of the ‘hidden’, which is often represented by the ‘political’. The form of interculturality, suggested here, examines the ideologies behind discourses of cultural and societal differences, encounters but also the forms of bias and manipulation that go with them. The main goal is to dive under the surface of neutrality and objectivity that pollute research and practice (Dervin, 2016). Finally, the volume aims to contribute to drain the marsh of emptiness that the ‘intercultural’ often experiences.

Here it is important to delineate our take on the political. By the political we mean spaces of power, conflict and antagonism (Mouffe, 2005a). This reading is based on an ontology of ‘the political’ (Mouffe, 2005a; 2005b; 2013), moving beyond ‘rationalist’ understandings of the political such as Jürgen Habermas’ (2015) deliberative approach to democracy. At the heart of an ontology of the political is the belief that the political is constituted by a number of simultaneously contradictory, ambiguous and antagonistic forces (Mouffe, 2013) (e.g., the constitution and formation of identities, how intersectionalities-come-into-being, the relationship within and between the others-within-the-self). Mouffe argues that ‘liberal thought’ is ‘blind’ to ‘the political’ as it essentialises ‘being as presence’, thus, engendering politics as an exteriorisation of ‘us’ versus ‘them’ (Ibid.). A focus on ‘the political’ acknowledges the permanent coexistence and irreducibility of antagonistic forces inherent within societies (Ibid.).

This understanding of the political runs contra to Eurocentric and Anglophone notions of ‘democratic values’, which, historically, have focused on the universality and rationality of political concepts and values (including the ‘intercultural’). In Mouffe’s understanding of ‘the political’ one must distinguish between antagonism and agonism – agonism being the re-accentuation of the political towards the possibility of a ‘democracy’ which does not deny the radical negativity found within subjectivities (Mouffe, 2013). An agonistic approach to ‘democracy’ embraces the plurality of meanings and the possibility of multi and varied forms of ‘democracy’ depending upon how ‘democracy’ comes-into-being within a given context (Ibid.). Therefore, the political moves beyond the ‘Westernisation’ of political thought and encourages its accentuation and reaccentuation through spatial and geographical differentiations, linguistic differentiations, intersectional differentiations, amongst others.

In this book, we aim to problematise the political within the intercultural and the intercultural within the political. The book seeks to engage in a critical dialogue with current practices and discourses across differing spaces and places. The focus on ‘the political’ offers an alternative trajectory to explore interculturality. The volume will appeal to a number of interdisciplinary fields including educational theory and practice, political theory and practice, sociology, cultural studies, linguistics and language education and, communication studies.

Questions to be addressed:

* How is the relationship between interculturality and the political understood in research, practice, policy-making and daily interactions?
* In the wake of intercultural approaches how is the political constituted and constructed? How does it come-into-being?
* How are political struggles (Race/Gender/Sexuality etc.) constructed and negotiated in combination with interculturality? How are notions of struggle/resistance understood within interculturality? Can interculturality support these struggles?
* To what extent does e.g. education attempt to introduce and/or sanitise the political in interculturality by imposing ideas such as democracy, human rights but also tolerance and respect?
* What is the role of ‘democracy’/‘human rights’ in interculturality today? How can one develop critical intercultural methods/approaches/practices to ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’?
* Finally, can interculturality encourage people to develop political strategies of ‘resistance’?

Themes for contributors:
- The relevancies and significances of interculturality in relation to the political.
- Interculturality and confrontations/antagonisms/encounters with the political.
- Theoretical approaches to interculturality and the political.
- Hidden agendas in dealing with interculturality.
- ‘Values’, ‘the ethical’ and the Other (the moralisation, the ethicalisation, and, the humanitarianisation of the Other).
- ‘Democracy’/ ‘human rights’ education and interculturality.
- Racism, anti-racism, (Neo-/post-)colonialism and interculturality.
- Interculturality and power.
- Gender, sexuality and interculturality.
- Discourse tools/strategies for critical intercultural education.
- (Im)possible strategies of ‘resistance’ and interculturality (art as resistance, performance as resistance, non-violence strategies, occupying spaces and places, etc.).
- Reflexivity, the political and interculturality.
- Language, interculturality and the political.

Abstract of proposed chapter (300 words): 1st March 2017
Answer to authors: 15th March 2017
Full chapters to be submitted: 1st September 2017 (double blind peer review)

Potential authors are invited to submit a 300-word proposal (+ a few lines about the author(s) to the editors (<> +<> – please no pdf!
The proposed book will be submitted to Routledge.

Abdallah-Pretceille, M. (1986). Vers une pédagogie interculturelle. Paris: PUF.
Clark, J.S.B. and Dervin, F., 2014. Reflexivity in language and intercultural education: Rethinking multilingualism and interculturality. London: Routledge.
Dasli, M. and Díaz, A.R. eds., 2017. The Critical Turn in Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy: Theory, Research and Practice. New York/Oxon: Routledge.
Dervin, F., 2016. Interculturality in education: A theoretical and methodological toolbox. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Dervin, F. and Gross, Z. eds., 2016. Intercultural Competence in Education: Alternative Approaches for Different Times. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Dervin, F. and Liddicoat, A.J. eds., 2013. Linguistics for intercultural education. Amsterdam John Benjamins Publishing
Habermas, J., 2015. Between facts and norms: Contributions to a discourse theory of law and democracy. London: Polity Press.
Holliday, A., 2013. Understanding intercultural communication: Negotiating a grammar of culture. London: Routledge.
Holliday, A., 2010. Intercultural communication & ideology. London/New York: Sage.
Mouffe, C., 2013. Agonistics: thinking the world politically. London/New York: Verso.
Mouffe, C., 2005a. On the political. London/New York: Routledge.
Mouffe, C., 2005b. The return of the political. London: Verso.

Call for Papers: III CHAM International Conference, "Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environment"

The III CHAM International Conference will be held in Lisbon, 12th to 15th July 2017, and its main theme is "Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environment".

The Call for Papers and posters is now open and closes on 1st February.


University of Alberta Graduate Music Students' Association 2017 NCOUNTERS Conference: Engaging Music Research and Practice

2017 NCOUNTERS Conference

Engaging Music Research and Practice
The university of Alberta, Graduate Music Students' Association
University of Alberta, Department of Music

April 1-2, 2017

Submission Deadline: February 25th, 2017


Call for new Editors of Cultural Anthropology

Nominations, self-nominations, and inquiries should be sent as early as possible to Robert Foster, SCA President (, and no later than April 1. The deadline for a complete set of application materials, to be developed in coordination with the applicant’s institution, is May 1.


Call for Chapter Proposals: Feminist Food Studies


Canadian Scholars is considering publishing a volume that will explore the
emergent area of feminist food studies, and food and eating through a
feminist, intersectional framework. The editors seek chapter proposals
that examine feminist epistemologies, methodologies and pedagogies, in
addition to empirical work that interrogates the complex relationships
between production, consumption, and embodiment as these are shaped by
temporal, socio-historical contexts, which produce overlapping marginal
and privileged social identities.

- Possible areas for submission include:
Intersectionality as a methodological approach or as method in food studies
- Theorizing food and intersectionality through social identities such as
race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age, sexualities, body size,
able-bodiedness, nationalities
- Feminist Intersectional pedagogies in food studies
- Food and femininities / masculinities
- Embodiment including fat studies, or critical ‘obesity’ studies
- Health as an embodied social and food practices
- Ecofeminist perspectives and critical animal studies
- Indigenous food systems and relationships
- Material feminism
- Food systems
- Food security and food sovereignty
- Women and agriculture / farming

The co-editors B. Parker, J. Brady, E. Power and S. Belyea welcome
individual and co-authored proposals and chapters from both established
and emerging scholars, including graduate students. Expected length of
abstract: 200-250 words.

Deadline: February 28, 2017. Expected length of final chapter: 8000 words.

Proposed deadline for full chapters: June 30, 2017.

Please submit chapter proposals to:

Skilled Migration Flows and Borders in a Globalized World
The Balsillie School of International Affairs

Globalization allows the supply and demand for skills to converge across borders. The need for particular skills and professions has shaped international migration flows through rules, bordering practices, and policies on foreign credential recognition. The Borders in Globalization Summer Institute in collaboration with the International Migration Research Centre is open to graduate students who are exploring skilled migration flows and barriers, and would like to receive mentorship from academics, government representatives, and other policy professionals. Student participants will have an opportunity to present their papers and participate in feedback-and-discussion panel sessions.

The Summer Institute will be followed by a two-day closed workshop on May 25th-26th with a targeted focus on migration of skilled health professionals.

Register for the institute via email to


Appel de propositions d'articles pour Les Cahiers de la SQRM (Société québécoise de recherche en musique)

Les Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM) sont publiés deux fois par année par la SQRM afin de permettre à la Société de remplir son mandat en matière de recherche musicale.

Les Cahiers lancent un appel de propositions d'article pour un volume à paraître à la fin de l'année 2017. Ce numéro athématique réunira des articles d'érudition portant sur de récentes recherches menées dans n'importe quel domaine relié à la musique : acoustique, audionumérique, archivistique, chanson, composition, droit, électroacoustique, esthétique, ethnomusicologie, interdisciplinarité artistique, interprétation, multimédia, musicologie historique et théorique, organologie, pédagogie, philosophie, recherche-création, sociologie, etc.

La revue est membre de la Société de développement des périodiques culturels québécois (SODEP) et elle est diffusée en format électronique depuis 2012 via la plateforme Érudit (un abonnement gratuit est fourni aux membres de la SQRM). Les articles jouissent d'une large diffusion en étant répertoriés dans le Répertoire international de littérature musicale (RILM) et dans Music Index.

Les articles sont soumis à un rigoureux processus d'évaluation et de relecture par un comité scientifique et des évaluateurs externes. Les critères d'évaluation portent sur la qualité scientifique de la recherche, sa contribution à l'avancement des connaissances, sa pertinence quant au mandat de la revue, ainsi que la qualité de la langue.

Les auteurs (professeurs, étudiants ou chercheurs indépendants) intéressés à publier un article doivent informer le rédacteur en chef de la revue, Jean Boivin (, de leur intention en déposant une proposition d'ici le vendredi 24 février 2017. Les auteurs bénéficieront par la suite d'une période de trois mois pour rédiger le texte complet de leur article (d'une longueur maximale de 7 000 mots sans compter les figures, les tableaux, les exemples musicaux, les notes de bas de page et la liste des références).

Les propositions d'article doivent comprendre les éléments suivants :

un titre provisoire;
un texte d'une longueur maximale de 350 mots présentant le sujet de recherche, la problématique et les conclusions;
les coordonnées complètes de l'auteur.

Pour toute autre information, veuillez communiquer avec le rédacteur en chef, Jean Boivin, à cette adresse :


Appel de propositions : La participation des personnes immigrantes et des minorités ethnoculturelles aux différentes sphères de la vie collective : un enjeu de société

Le Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), en collaboration avec son partenaire le ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI), lance un appel de propositions intitulé La participation des personnes immigrantes et des minorités ethnoculturelles aux différentes sphères de la vie collective : un enjeu de société, dans le cadre de son programme Actions concertées.

La communauté scientifique est invitée à répondre à cet appel de propositions, qui vise à mieux comprendre les mécanismes de la participation de toutes et de tous à la vie collective québécoise afin de dégager les particularités chez les personnes immigrantes et celles appartenant à des minorités ethnoculturelles. Il vise également à cerner les principaux facteurs qui suscitent ou freinent la participation dans une perspective comparative.

Les connaissances acquises permettront :

de montrer comment la participation à la vie collective s'inscrit dans une trajectoire de vie,
de repérer les facteurs qui la favorisent ou qui l'entravent,
de dégager des leviers permettant de susciter et de favoriser la pleine participation de toutes et de tous.

Les projets devront s'inscrire dans l'un ou l'autre des axes suivants :

Axe 1 : Mieux comprendre les trajectoires d'engagement individuel s'exprimant à travers les sept dimensions de la participation;

Axe 2 : Mieux comprendre l'interaction entre l'engagement individuel et les dispositions sociétales afin de mieux cerner la dynamique de la participation dans son ensemble;

Axe 3 : Mieux comprendre la perception que les personnes immigrantes et celles appartenant à des minorités ethnoculturelles ont de la participation.

Date limite pour le dépôt de la lettre d'intention (obligatoire) : le 1er mars 2017 à 16 h.

Date limite pour la demande de financement : le 17 mai 2017 à 16 h.

Les règles complètes du concours et les formulaires sont disponibles dans notre site Web.

Marc Bélanger
Responsable de programmes
418-643-7582, poste 3192


Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador - Accepting Green Team Project Proposal Applications

Green Team - Community Partner Recruitment

The deadline for Green Team project proposals is: Friday, February 24th, 2017


Conference: Border Crossing and Medicine: Quarantine, Detention and Containment in History and the Present - Berlin 02/17

Sevasti Trubeta, Freie Universität Berlin, Centrum Modernes Griechenland
/ Paul Weindling, Oxford Brookes University / Christian Promitzer,
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

02.02.2017-04.02.2017, Berlin, Conference venue: Freie Universität
Seminarzentrum L115, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26 Rost- und Silberlaube,
14195 Berlin

Based on diverse historical and contemporary examples and case studies,
the conference addresses the implementation of medical and genetic
techniques at the borders of Western countries, with respect to their
spatial and discursive components. The notion of quarantine provides a
conceptual umbrella. The point of departure is the question as to
whether the presently practiced measures of medical and biometric
screening of migrants and refugees have been developed against the
background of a long-standing historical tradition. Linked issues
include how far current border security regimes of Western states
exhibit a high share of bio-political techniques of power that originate
in European modernity and in the medical and biological disciplines
developed at the time.

Starting from the diverse models of quarantine in history we address
issues related to the fear of contamination by crossing borders; spatial
isolation and detention of migrants and border crossers for preventing
dissemination of disease and contagion; and the usage of medical and
genetic screening in selecting migrants.

Sponsor: Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung

Additional support: The Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Opening of the conference
Panel: Quarantine in European history I
Chair: Paul Weindling (Oxford Brookes)

Urska Bratoz (Koper): Cholera in Trieste in the 19th century: power and
impotence of quarantines in a Mediterranean port city

Carlos Watzka (Graz): Steady observation: The attention towards South
Eastern Europe within Austria-Hungary's state reporting system on
infectious diseases before WWI

Coffee break

Panel: Quarantine in European history II
Chair: Nadav Davidovitch (Be'er Sheva)

Sabine Jesner (Graz): Discipline and the territorial state: the
quarantines at the Habsburg Cordon Sanitaire until the Austrian Plague
Law of 1836

Daniela Teodora Sechel (Graz): Quarantines and the empowerment of nation
states: the role of the Moldavian example (1830-1856)
Lunch Break

Panel: Quarantine during the WWII
Chair: Sascha Topp (Berlin)

Paul Weindling (Oxford Brookes): Quarantine and the Holocaust:
Containment for Research

Sabine Schleiermacher (Berlin): Gatekeepers for the Third Reich: Public
health officers, forced labour and control of epidemics

Coffee break

Evening lecture
Amy Fairchild L. (Columbia University, New York)

Reckoning with Fear: Ethics, Politics, and the History of Disease
Control at the borders, in 20th Century America

Chair: Christian Promitzer (Graz)

Friday 3 February 2017

9.30 -11.30
Panel: Marital Quarantine: The Mediterranean Sea
Chair: Hani Zubida (Yezreel Valley)

John Chircop (Malta): The Mediterranean under Quarantine in the long
19th century

Sarah Green (Helsinki): Locating disease: quarantine and the movement of
people animals and plants across the Aegean Sea

Coffee break

Panel: Quarantine and Spaces of Isolation
Chair: Roberta Bivins (Warwick)

Christian Promitzer (Graz): Segmented space: pictorial representations
of quarantines in the Balkans and in the Middle East (1828-1912)

Sevasti Trubeta (Berlin): Vaccination vs. Quarantine? Humanitarianism
and Disease Prevention in Contemporary Refugee Camps in Europe

Lunch break

Panel: Biometric Screening and border crossing
Chair: John Chircop (Malta)

Nadav Davidovitch (Be'er Sheva): Quarantine in Context: From Mass
Immigration to Biosecuritization in Israel

Torsten Heinemann (Hamburg/Berkeley): Cellular Migration: DNA Testing
and Family Reunification in the United States and Europe

Evening lecture
Natalia Molina (University of California, San Diego)
How Does Medicalized Racialization Shape Immigration Policies in the
United States? An Answer from the US-Mexico Borderlands, 1848-present

Chair: Sevasti Trubeta (Berlin)

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Panel: National Medical Control to Immigrants: Historical and
Comparative perspectives

Chair: Torsten Heinemann (Hamburg/Berkeley):

Sascha Topp (Berlin): Limits of Control - Medical Selection of Migrant
Workers in postwar Europe, ca. 1950-1975

Roberta Bivins (Warwick): Screening Suspects and Suspect Screening:
Illness, Immigration, and the National Health Service in Britain

Hani Zubida (Yezreel Valley) and Robin Harper (New York): A Question of
Cleanliness/Hygiene, Culture or Nationality? Non-Jewish labor migrants,
refugees and asylum seekers in Israel


12.30-14.00 Conclusions, Round table: New research perspectives and
future networking

CFP: Techniques of the Corporation Conference (Toronto, May 2017)

Please submit abstracts by 13 January 2017.


CFP: Journal of Urban Anthropology - Emerging forms of Indigeneity

Abstracts Due (January 20, 2017)


CFP Cadbury Conference: Marriage in Africa

Cadbury Conference 2017

Marriage in Africa

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham invites proposals for papers at its annual Cadbury conference, to be held on 1 and 2 June 2017.

The conference will be organised around the theme of Marriage in Africa. It is convened in honour of Lynne Brydon and marks her contribution to the establishment of gender studies in Africa.

The research theme
Marriage is a topic of enduring interest in African Studies. Initially approached through the prism of kinship, marriage soon asserted its presence in pioneering studies of labour relations, religious conversion and legal pluralism. Confounding the definition and separation of public and private, and appearing in varied and complex forms, marriage has posed an exciting challenge to scholars across the fields of anthropology, law, history, political science, and development and gender studies. Scholarly interest continues to be paralleled by lively popular debate in established and emerging media.
The Cadbury conference will consider some of the following questions, which have emerged from recent research on marriage in Africa.

1. Citizens, the state and the law: Is it useful to contemplate the codification and/or reform of marriage and family law as a ‘state-making project’, through which governments have sought to define the gender-based rights and duties of citizens? If so, does legal pluralism in African contexts (customary, Islamic, civil and international law) present avenues through which individuals can evade or subvert the authority of the state by upholding alternative frameworks?

2. Gender, generation and temporality: How have varied and complex experiences of entrance into marriage, negotiation within marriage, and the ‘un-making’ of marriage challenged scholarly and popular divisions of the life course into idealised stages? Is it useful to contemplate marriage and divorce as ‘vital conjunctures’ and/or forms of ‘future-making’?

3. Emotion, morality and popular culture: Why have marriage, adultery and estrangement proved such central and enduring themes in African popular culture? Do popular cultural forms generate a reservoir of references for individuals to invoke when evaluating, comparing and negotiating their own relationships? How have the emotional ideals and routines of marital life changed over time? Do new forms of expression and consumption offer women and men opportunities to assert their desires?

Organisational points
Location: The conference will be held on the main campus at the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston, West Midlands, United Kingdom. The campus is easily accessible by road and rail, and is only 17 miles from the nearest international airport.
Finance: There is no conference fee. Lunches, refreshments, a wine reception and one conference dinner will be provided. Participants will need to meet the costs of their own travel and accommodation.
Schedule: The core dates for the conference are 1 and 2 June 2017. However, if the number of accepted papers exceeds the number of panel slots available on these dates, we may begin the conference slightly earlier, on the afternoon of 31 May.
Pre-circulation of papers: Participants will be asked to pre-circulate 3,000-5,000 word versions of their papers by 15 May 2017.

If you wish to present a paper at the Cadbury conference, please send an email, marked ‘Paper proposal for Cadbury conference 2017’ to<> by 10 March 2017.
You should attach to your email one Word document containing the following:
1. Your institutional affiliation and status.
2. Your paper abstract of up to 500 words.
3. An indication as to whether you are happy for the conference convenor to place your paper in a panel, or whether you are already in touch with other potential speakers with whom you would like to form a panel.
4. Any specific requirements regarding diet, accessibility, or the timing of your paper.

Some further information
Information about the Department of African Studies and Anthropology can be found here:
Information about the annual Cadbury programme can be found here:
Information about Lynne Brydon can be found here:

CFP - Brussels Journal of Middle East Studies

I am writing to share with the H-Mideast community an opportunity for publishing original articles, commentaries, review essays, and book reviews. In February 2017, a new online, peer-reviewed journal will be launched. The Brussels Journal of International Studies will be published three times per year (February, June, October), and will be managed by the Brussels research centre of the University of Kent. The aim of the journal is to serve as a platform for discourse on the range of pressing international topics of relevance to both the academic and policy communities, including conflict and security, human rights, migration, international law, gender studies, and themes that are region-specific, including issues pertinent to the Middle East.

Each issue will be comprised of five articles, two book reviews, a review essay, and a commentary. The commentary will be a brief (1,500 - 2,000 word) opinion piece that offers critical treatment of a dominant or emerging theory, a policy approach, or significant transnational issue. Articles are expected to be in the range of 4,000 - 8,000 words. We welcome submissions from established scholars as well as PhD Researchers. Particiularly for young researchers, the journal could serve as a an excellent outlet for sharing works-in-progress that you plan to deepen or broaden at a later juncture.

For questions and further information, including a list of books available for review, please contact:

Workshop: Activism, anthropologically speaking - Sociocultural analyses of efforts to re-shape social worlds

Feb 16-18, 2017


"The World Needs More Canada"?
Changes and Challenges in Contemporary Canadian Culture and Society

International Conference Canada,
North American Studies Department,
Radboud University Nijmegen,
The Netherlands
June 15-16, 2017

Call for Papers

From booksellers and rock artists to diplomats and the President of the United States, many people have echoed the sentiment that Canada has something important to offer to the world. The 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 represents an excellent occasion to consider and highlight current social, cultural and political developments and critically explore the ways in which Canada defines itself and its place in the world. Can Canada be a blueprint for the world? To what extent can Canadian policies and solutions be transferred to other continents and cultures? Does the world indeed need more Canada?

With the election of Justin Trudeau, Canada seeks to move in different political, social and economic directions from the ones initiated and implemented by former president Steven Harper. At the same time, the legacy of Harper and his predecessors, including Pierre Trudeau, needs to be (re)negotiated and adapted to the realities of the 21st century.

For this conference, we call for proposals that seek to critically examine Trudeau's emphasis on change and the promise of revision. Specifically, we seek papers that explore continuities and discontinuities in Canada's approaches to the following subset of themes: immigration, justice and security; issues of indigeneity; the theory and practice of Canadian multiculturalism and the ideal of the "inclusive society;" Canada in global perspective.

Proposals may include but are not limited to the following topics:
- New (transcultural) perspectives on Canadian national identity: still "our famous problem" (Northrop Frye)? Identity and issues of language, immigration and integration.
- Canadian multiculturalism: the legacy of Pierre Trudeau, (dis)continuities in Justin Trudeau's present-day policies, theory and practice.
- Canadian culture: revision and change in the production, reception and study of Canadian literature, film, art and music, especially as related to multiculturalism and recent developments in transnational literary and cultural studies.
- Being indigenous in Canada Canada's relation to indigeneity: First Nations and the world; the plans and policies of Justin Trudeau to wield change and bridge continuing social, economic and cultural gaps; "Idle No More" and related activist initiatives involving visibility, land claims and the protection of the environment; outcomes of and follow-ups to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee; contemporary indigenous literature, film, art, music.
- Canada and the world: Canada's response to the international refugee crisis; CETA: curse or blessing? The Canadian North as conflicted space; Canada and the US; Canada and Europe: partners in peace?; The legacy of WWII: memory, memorialization, and the prospect of global peace.
- Canada and (inter)national issues of security, justice and human rights.

Please send your proposals (300 words) and a brief CV to the conference organizers Prof. dr. Hans Bak and Dr. Mathilde Roza at by February 1, 2017.

Call for Articles, Essays, and Research Notes: "The Health of New Brunswickers"

Journal of New Brunswick Studies

The deadline for the next issue is 31 March 2017.


International Conference on Food Culture

27-28 May 2017

Leeds, United Kingdom

Food is something we all consumer every day; however, food is more than that. Food is also a sign of distinctive culture and religious observance, as well as sign of a lifestyle and cultural identity. For example, kosher food for religious Jews or halal food for religious Muslims represents a sign of their religiosity and religious identity. In addition, food is cultural for different countries eat different food and food has thus become a part of cultural diplomacy. Therefore, in more multicultural societies of the West Chinese, Indian, Pakistani and other world foods became part of everyday lives of the people who may not know much about the country the food is coming from nor they have ever visited that country, but they do like the food and thus learn about the country and its customs.

Many countries also use food for their tourist promotion. For example, Austria is heavily advertising cakes and chocolate which is what the country is famous for (among other things). On the other hand, Greece advertises food as part of Greek culture stating that Greeks like to cook and eat, and will be happy to share recipes because they know food can never feel and taste the same outside of Greece and its distinctive local culture.

Popular culture representation of food became a debated issue because scholars are now asking how media portray food. We often see actors eating takeaway food in TV shows and movies, and the question arose whether popular culture promotes unhealthy living. This question became even more pertinent as obesity gained a momentum in countries such as UK and the US where measures are being taken to decrease sugary intake and remove fast food from schools. Other countries are also expressing concerns over growing obesity issue and unhealthy lifestyle people lead.

Nevertheless, food is also a political issue as the food industry is often criticised for numerous reasons, i.e. profit-driven policies that violate rights of workers and animals and also bring to immigration concerns. For example, many of illegal immigrants in the US work in the food and agriculture industry and this decreased wages for US citizens who used to work in these industries. As a result, many Americans developed anti-immigration sentiments. Governments are also accused of collaborating with corporations and not bringing enough policy change to legalize food industry. According to some data, minorities and poor are particularly prone to diabetes and other diseases that come as a result of food choices because they cannot always afford organic food, but there is no policy change to regulate the industry so that organic food becomes more affordable and to make people aware to demand organic food more.

Many books have been written on these matters and many documentaries are nowadays available on the issue. Choices we make about food define us in many ways, i.e. our healthiness, purchase power, level of knowledge on the food, our identity, our religiosity, and these dietary choices tell a lot about decisions we make each day and where these choices and decisions are coming from.

Papers are invited, but not limited to, for the following panels,

Food and Culture: From East to West

Food and Religion

Food and popular culture

Obesity and the sugar debate

Fast food and the education system

Measures against unhealthy food

Food and Identity

Food as part of culture

Food and cultural diplomacy

Food and tourism

Post-colonial and multicultural perspectives on food

Activism against the food industry

Policy: laws, regulations and change

Minorities and food

Religious food

Nutrition and the health system: policies, regulations and impact on state budgets.

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels. Both researchers and practitioners are welcome to submit paper proposals. A special journal publication is planned after this conference.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić ( by 15 April 2017 to or scroll down below and submit via the submissions form.

Conference fee is £240 (£180 for students), and the fee includes,

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Meals and drinks for both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution originally founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU). Since July 2016 the Centre is registered in Leeds, UK.

Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants. The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

Information for non-EU participants:

The Centre will issue Visa letter to participants with UK entry clearance requirement. The British Home Office has a very straightforward procedure, which is not excessively lengthy and the Centre will also issue early decisions to participants with Visa requirements. The Centre will only issue invitation letters to presenting participants.


XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology: Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018
XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities

Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018


CFP Neoliberalism and Popular Culture Special Issue of Journal of Popular Culture

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017.


Call for Papers - Gender Work and Organisation - Gender, work, organisation and nonhuman animals

Deadline for papers is 28 February 2017


Call for papers:

3rd China and The Middle East Conference:

Asia to the Middle East: Asianization of the Middle East with Economic Characteristics?

Shanghai University, China

June 7-8, 2017

Organized by

Center for Turkish Studies and Center for Global Studies

Shanghai University

Description and Objectives:

Over the last two years, with the One Belt One Road initiative, we have seen the increase of Chinese political and social activities in the Middle East region. As a result of this new political strategy, the PRC started to play a more active role within the Middle Eastern political arena. Hence, Xi Jinping visited Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Chinese social and cultural activities began to appear more visibly within universities and educational institutions in the Middle East. Hanban Institutes started to open and finance Confucius Institutes in the region that facilitate Chinese cultural and language classes and promote mutual understanding between China and the Middle East. For example, these institutes have arisen in Turkey, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, UAE, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Morocco. China has also become one of the largest economic and trade partners with Middle Eastern states such as Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, and Israel. Therefore, we would like to make this academic initiative a permanent conference meeting, and each year, we will organize a China and the Middle East Conference in different countries in collaboration with other universities. We organized two very successful academic conferences on this topic in collaboration with Beijing University, on March 17-18, 2015, and Qatar University, on March 23-24, 2016.

This year we have expanded the conference topic to the broader context of Asia and Central Asia. All submissions should be related to contemporary themes of sociology, political science, international relations, history and anthropology during and post-Cold War Era. We therefore invite submissions on the following and related topics:

China, Islam and the Middle East

Central Asia, Islam and the Middle East

Japan, Islam and the Middle East

The Center for Turkish Studies and Center for Global Studies at Shanghai University invites interested scholars and advanced graduate students to submit proposals for the conference below. The event will take place at Shanghai University, June 7 - 8, 2017. Please submit a 300-word paper proposal to Dr. Tugrul Keskin ( by APRIL 3, 2017. We acknowledge receipt of all emails and will reply to all. If you do not receive a reply, please resend your abstract. Please include the following in your email:

-Author name;


-Email address;

-Abstract in Word format;

-Title of your paper

-A short CV.

Acceptance notices will be sent by April 10, 2017.

In case your abstract is accepted, a draft paper of around 5000 words is due two weeks prior to the beginning of the conference. We intend to compile an edited volume with the best papers for publication in an international reference publisher.


Please note that this is an academic conference only, no non-academic presenters will be accepted.

Any additional queries should be sent to

Organizing Committee:

Dr. Guo Changgang, Professor - Shanghai University, China.
Dr. Mohammedmoin Sadeq, Professor - College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar.
Dr. Chen Hao, Assistant Professor – Shanghai University, China.
Dr. Tugrul Keskin, Associate Professor - Shanghai University, China.
Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, Professor - University of California at Santa Barbara, USA.
Dr. Hatsuki Aishima, Associate Professor - National Museum of Ethnology, Japan.
Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, Professor - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Dr. Tarik Yousef, Senior Fellow and Director, Brookings Doha Center, Qatar.
Dr. Mustafa Kibaroğlu, Professor – MEF University, Turkey.
Dr. Sean Foley, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, Associate Professor - University of Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Can Ulusoy, Assistant Professor – Maltepe University, Turkey.
Dr. Saban Kardas, Associate Professor – TOBB University, Turkey.
Dr. Sari Hanafi, Professor - American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Dr. Juan Cole, Professor - University of Michigan, USA.
Dr. Yunus Emre, Associate Professor – Kultur University, Turkey.
Dr. Geoffrey Gresh, National Defense University, USA.
Dr. Yang Chen, Post-Doctoral Fellow - Shanghai University, China.

Conference Program

June 7, 2017

9:15 - 9:30 Welcome Speech and Introduction by Dr. Guo Changgang, Professor, Director of Center for Global Studies and Center for Turkish Studies - Shanghai University, People’s Republic of China.

9:30 - 9:50 Keynote Speech by Dr. Pan Guang, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, People’s Republic of China.

Panel 1: 10:00 – 11:45

12:00-13:00 PM Lunch

Panel 2: 13:15-15:00

Panel 3: 15:15-17:00

DINNER 18:00 - 20:00

June 8, 2017

Panel 4: 10:00 – 12:00

12:15-13:15 PM Lunch

Panel 5: 13:30 – 15:30

Discussion for future projects and Closing Remarks by TBA 16:00 – 17:00

DINNER 18:00 - 20:00


The Gordon Grosscup Museum of Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan cordially invites you to attend the Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory, March 10–11, 2017.

The MCMAE conference is a premier venue for U.S. and Canadian scholars to showcase fieldwork, analyses and interpretations of research in Mexico and Central America. The conference highlights work by archaeologists, art historians, ethnographers and allied scholars.

This year’s conference in Detroit is the MCMAE’s 40th Anniversary! Professor Emeritus Barbara S. Stark of Arizona State University will kick off the Conference on Friday night March 10 with a keynote address—followed by a reception for presenters and participants. Professor Christopher Pool of the University of Kentucky will conclude the Conference on Saturday with comments on the presentations, followed by dinner at one of the many fine restaurants located near campus.

If you would like to propose a presentation for the sessions on Saturday, March 11, please submit title, abstract (250-word maximum), name, institutional affiliation and address (including e-mail) by February 1.


Submit an abstract at


Library Research Grants
Princeton University Library

These Library Research Grants, which have a value of up to $4,000 plus transporations costs, are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily up to one month. Library Research Grants awarded in this academic year are tenable from May 2017 to April 2018, and the deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.


CFP for Multimodal section in American Anthropologist

Multimodality describes an anthropology across multiple media platforms--an anthropology that traverses film, photograph, theater, design, podcast, app and game (to name a few) as well as conventional modes of print representation. But multimodality is a restless, protean concept, one that has already exploded its initial demarcation (modes of dissemination) into a spectrum of engagements. Multimodality is about the platforms we use as we produce our work (social media, blogs, websites), and the social media that ripples out from it as people share, comment, re-mix and appropriate. Finally, multimodality is the acknowledgement that people are engaged in anthropologies of their own lives, and that these productions (YouTube videos, Instagram photos) are worthwhile of attention as ethnographically intended media in their own rights. By multimodality, then, we re-cognize anthropology along 2 complementary axes--a horizontal one that links together phases of ethnographic work that are oftentimes held distinct from each other, and a vertical one that links our anthropological work to the anthropologies of our collaborators. Moreover, with the development of new media, new media platforms, and new forms of collaborative work, we would expect these axes to multiply. Ultimately, multimodality takes the arbitrary divisions we make in our work and in our collaborations to task, and offers up new possibilities for old dilemmas.

Many visual anthropologists are, of course, multi-modal avant la lettre: their finished, ethnographic film is preceded by countless edits, photographic stills and recorded interviews. But all of us are multimodal anthropologists; in an age of social media, anthropologists spread ethnographic filaments through multiple platforms before they engage in the "real" writing on their print monographs and journals. At this level, multimodal research means tracing this arc through social media before, during and after ethnographic research.

An Invitation

If you are also working along multimodal lines in your research, please consider submitting something to us in the "Multimodal Anthropologies" section of American Anthropologist.

We are accepting essays (print and photo), review essays and reviews that explore the contours of multimodality for possible publication in American Anthropologist. To submit a manuscript, or for more information, please contact us:

Harjant Gill (

Matthew Durington (

Samuel Collins (

CFP Animal Studies Journal special edition 'Sanctuaries'

Submissions due by 31st March 2017.


CFP Animal Studies Journal special edition 'Animal Intersections'

Submissions are due no later than 31 July, 2017


Submit your proposal for the 41st Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS) Conference - deadline 13th January 2017

*Call for Proposals for Papers for the SCS Conference*

You can now submit a proposal for a paper for the 41st Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies at the University of Essex, 5-7 July, 2017

Submit your abstract here:

Read the Call for Papers here:

We look forward to seeing you in Essex next year.

Call for Papers

9th Annual McGill Anthropology Graduate Student Conference

Colour, Tint, Tone

McGill University

Friday, 31 March 2017

This conference calls us to view colours in a different light: to consider how colours code culture; to reflect on the intersections of race and space, perception and technology, aesthetics and politics. How do the visual and the imaginary shape realities? How does colour form and inform space, time? This conference calls us to explore colour as vivid lens for anthropological thinking.

Race and place: Between 1934 and 1968, the US Federal Housing Administration (FHA) produced colourcoded maps of neighborhoods in order to grade and spatialize its assessment of the economic risks of granting mortgages. This practice came to be known as “redlining,” and though the Fair Housing Act of 1968 declared the practice illegal on the basis of racial discrimination, the effects of redlining on the layout, and diversity of present-day American cities continue to magnetize public debate (Coates 2014; Badger 2015). A recent project has archived the FHA’s colour-coding key, which represented neighbourhoods at the lowest end of its scale in a surprising combination of colour and grammatical tense: yellow is written in the present progressive and used to describe areas thought of as precariously constructed and “lacking homogeneity.” Red is written using the present perfect and used to describe areas “in which the things... taking place in the Yellow neighborhoods, have already happened” (Madrigal 2014). Colours are mapped onto geography and grammar; tracing exclusionary lines around economics, ethnicity and modern American living.

Perception and technology: When the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, introduced Kodachrome colour film in the 1930s, they introduced to the public a technological vision of the world that was sensitive to red, green and blue (RGB) mixes of colour. The RGB colour model sacrifices visible shades of chartreuse (yellow-green) and magenta so that we can see more shades of blue. As colour film rose in popularity, with Kodachrome at the top, a correlative decline of the colour chartreuse could be observed in northeastern American seascape painting (Stilgoe 2004). In Russian, the colour blue is two-fold: a thing is either ‘light blue’ or ‘dark blue,’ never just ‘blue.’ Consequently, when tested in laboratory settings, Russian-only speakers see more shades of blue than English-only speakers. Further, this link to blue expands into mapping of places and people. Whether it first came from the blue lights of public transportation, or the blue line of the Moscow metro, the word for “gay” in Russian is “light blue”–colouring people and places in a gendered, sexualized light.

Aesthetics and politics, religion and nature: ‘Green’ in Western discourse has come to symbolize the environmental movement. Greenpeace is one of the world’s largest environmental networks, while Green political parties exist around the world, most abundantly in Europe and the Americas. In greenwashing, the colour comes to stand for a marketable aesthetic code rather than a coherent politics. Meanwhile, following the controversial 2009 election, the meaning of the colour in the Iranian Green Movement revealed itself through religious rather than environmental associations. In Iran, green has long been a religious symbol, and was deployed in part to frame an opposition movement within the bounds of acceptable political behaviour. Green wristbands, “once a talisman for the terminally-ill seeking mercy” (Kazemi 2016), became a ubiquitous symbol of political movement.

This year’s conference aims to provide a space to collectively think about and reflect upon such themes. While submitted papers are welcome to expand upon these themes in creative and unanticipated ways, in the spirit of promoting a generative and lively conversation, we pose a series of questions and themes to begin a productive conversation:

• How do particular places come to be coloured? How do spaces mediate interactions? To what extent do places and spaces embody a history?

• In what ways does race colour collective action in your community, your field site, your life? How does colour draw lines of exclusion or inclusion, of race, gender and sexuality?

• How does the past influence colourful imaginaries or imaginings of colour today? How might we think about what is ongoing and historical about the realities of colour?

• How does language colour art? How does technology shape our senses, perceptions, and bodies?

• To what extent does anthropology engage with the colourful? In what ways does sensory ethnography’s play of the senses allow us to envision the world differently? How does the articulation of colour, history, time and materiality appear in archaeology? How is the history of these disciplines coloured in relation to race, coloniality and imperialism?

Submit your short abstracts (250 words) to by January 27, 2017. Please include your name, university affiliation (if one is held), and contact information. You will be notified of the reception of your abstract, and invitations will be distributed by early February, 2017.

Invited participants should prepare 15-minute papers or films for presentation. Attendees are additionally invited to join us for a welcome reception the evening of Thursday, March 30th, and a participatory workshop the morning of Saturday, April 1. Feel free to use the provided email to contact us with any questions. Additional information and updates can be found at:

Works Cited:

Badger, Emily. 2015. “Redlining: still a thing.” Washington Post.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi 2014 “The Case for Reparations.” The Atlantic Monthly, July. Washington D.C.: Atlantic Media.

Kazemi, A. V. 2016. “Appropriating the Past: The Green Movement in Iran.” Global Dialogue 6(4).

Madrigal, Alexis C. 2014 “The Racist Housing Policy that Made Your Neighborhood.” The Atlantic Monthly, July. Washington D.C.: Atlantic Media.

Stilgoe, John R. 2004. Shallow Water Dictionary: a grounding in estuary English. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.


Call for papers

Civilisations, vol. 67

Sounding Religious Transnationalism

Special Issue edited by Stefania Capone (CNRS/EHESS),

Hugo Ferran (EHESS) and Monika Salzbrunn (ISSRC/UNIL)

Far from being limited to the study of migration, the transnational approach has proved to be very fruitful in many fields. The work of Mark Slobin (1992 and 1993) provided important foundations for theorizing the issue of musical transnationalism. Recognizing the relevance of concepts as “flow” (Appadurai 2005) and “imagined communities” (Anderson 1996), Slobin used the notion of “scape” (Appadurai 2005) to explore the articulation of several “musical translocal contexts”.

Although interesting, this approach and those proposed by other scholars (Azcona 2005, Ramnarine 2007, Zheng 2010, O’Toole 2014) rarely engage in the analysis of music itself and generally offer a sociological view on popular and secular repertoires having acquired a transnational dimension or on musicians whose careers are part of transnational networks (Kiwan and Meinhof 2011).

In general, the relationships between music, transnationalism, migration, diaspora and/or diversity remain, despite some pioneering works (Slobin 1994, 2003; Ramnarine 1996; Manual 1997; Shelemay 1998; Um 2000; Knudsen 2001; Stokes 2004, 2007; Solis 2005; Muller 2006; Baily and Collyer 2006; Martiniello and Lafleur 2008; Toynbee and Dueck 2012; Krüger and Trandafoiu 2013; Pistrick 2015; Biermann, Ferran, Pistrick and Pouchelon 2015; Damon and Bachir-Loopuyt 2016), a field to explore.

In the religious field, we no longer count the insights provided by the transnational paradigm. Since the seminal work of Nina Glick Schiller, Linda Basch and Suzanne Blanc-Szanton (1992), Peter Beyer (1994) and Peggy Levitt (1998, 2001), the study of religious transnationalism has revealed the dynamics enabling the delocalization and relocation of beliefs, rituals and practices that disentangle from their original contexts and circulate through new flows, not necessarily underpinned by a missionary logic (Argyriadis, Capone, de la Torre and Mary 2012; Capone 2004, 2010; Salzbrunn 2015; Salzbrunn and von Weichs 2013).

Regarding the literature, however, few scholars have examined the links between music and religion in a transnational perspective (Scruggs 2005; Shelemay 2006; Clark 2006; Butler 2008; Carl 2014; Ferran and Fernando 2014; Ferran 2015; Salzbrunn 2016). The goal of this Special Issue is to explore further these relationships by examining how music and religion transnationalize together. Note that music is understood here in a broad sense and may refer not only to songs and repertoires, but also to musical instruments, rhythms, melodies, lyrics, rituals, processions, dances, gestures, musicians and their clothing, soundscapes or sound environments or ambient sounds, and any religious sounds, as for example calls for prayers, sounds of bells, shouts, cries, ululations, recitations and cantillations.

Given this definition, this Special Issue will attempt to answer the following questions. How, in which context and to what extent the mobility of music, musicians and musical mediums help to the propagation of religious ideas, identities and practices beyond national borders? In what way musical flows facilitate the building of interconnected religious networks that transcend nation-states? Finally, to what extent the processes of musical delocalization and relocation may lead to the formation of transnational or translocal religious communities that use a place of origin and one or several places of anchorage (more or less virtual or imagined) to build new belongings?

While the transnationalization and musical relocation of religion is historically related to evangelization, slavery and colonization, it can also be seen in the context of migration and, more broadly, in the movement of musicians, the circulation of songbooks and the distribution of recordings, on material (LPs, cassettes, CDs, DVDs) or immaterial (radio, television, Internet) mediums. In all these contexts, we will attempt to understand how music (as defined above) circulates and conveys meanings that help to the rebuilding of symbolic universes, religious ideas, belongings and practices, or rituals, prayers and modes of incarnation of the divine.

Four themes will be explored:

1. Transnationalism from a historical standpoint. The transnationalization and translocalization of religion as a process has greatly changed since the beginning of the 20th century and should be examined through a musical lens, paying particular attention to the development of new technologies and the ever increasing migration of musicians. The examination of these driving forces will reveal whether such changes are truly original or recurrences of older phenomena.

2. New areas of fieldwork. The transnational nature of the music studied leads researchers to carry out fieldwork in both locally-based and multi-sited fieldworks (Marcus 1995; Coleman and Hellermann 2010). Although participative observation, interviews, and life story approach are still relevant, researchers sometimes need to corroborate their findings with second-hand sources, written or oral. In some instances, they must combine urban and rural surveys, while “cyber-fieldwork”, now unavoidable, sets various methodological problems.

3. Process analysis. The goal of this theme is to clarify the process of religious transnationalization and translocalization by examining the reception, appropriation, creation and (re)circulation of musical practices and objects. As an example, we could analyze the sacralization of secular music (or vice versa). The migration of musicians and their routes and networks are also of interest. In a dynamic migratory context in which religious and musical landscapes diversify and plurality becomes “audible” (Damon and Bachir-Loopuyt 2016), it would be of interest to highlight the stakes of power, of (re)appropriation and of escape from the institutional logics that drive the actors of transnationalization. Finally, we will emphasize the fact that certain processes happen in an interactive logic which is enacted by the music in contexts like the folklorization of belonging and the marketing of diversity.

4. Poles and scales of identification. From specific examples, an area for research might be how the conjunction of music and religion takes part in the standardization or diversification of the world. We will wonder how the transnationalization of music is responsible for the creation of multiple belonging (Yuval-Davis, Viethen and Kannabiran 2006) and articulates religiosity, nationality, ethnicity and the wish to belong to various imagined communities.

Articles submissions in French or in British English (a title and a 300-words abstract) are to be sent to the Journal Secretariat and Editor by 30 March 2017 ( and and to the Guest Editors of this Special Issue: Stefania Capone, Hugo Ferran and Monika Salzbrunn (

Civilisations is a peer-reviewed journal of anthropology. Published continuously since 1951, it features articles in French and English in the various fields of anthropology, without regional or time limitations. Revived in 2002 with a new editorial board and a new subtitle (Revue internationale d'anthropologie et de sciences humaines), Civilisations particularly encourage the submission of articles where anthropological approaches meet other social sciences, to better tackle processes of society making.

For more information, see


New project:

World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration


Call for Papers - International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Conference, 20-21 April 2017, University of Bristol

Deadline: 27th February 2017.


Anthropology Conference 2017

Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017
Entangled Mobilities 22th-23th of May 2017, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Organizers: The Finnish Anthropological Society, anthropologists at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä

Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017

Anthropologists have long recognized the complexities of the flows of people, ideas and objects through time and space. Nevertheless, in public discourses mobility tends to be equated mainly with migration. The Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society 2017 seeks to explore different kinds of mobilities and their interconnections. We ask how are spatial and social mobilities entangled with each other and broader economic, social and political processes. We invite papers which explore following themes: place making; production of boundaries; relationships between actors of mobility (states, citizens, genders classes, generations, the rural and the urban); artifacts and technologies of mobility (new media, material culture, vehicles and food); imaginaries of mobility; movement of ideas and structures (such as education, notions of kinship and family, marriage). We invite all anthropologists and researchers from related disciplines to participate!

Call for panels

We cordially invite panel proposals which are aligned with the conference topics. The proposals should comprise abstracts of 250-300 words and be submitted to Sirpa Tenhunen ( Please include the name of the proposed panel, your contact information and institutional affiliation when submitting the proposal. Deadline for panel proposals is January 15th, 2017. A Call for papers will be circulated in January 2017, when the accepted panels will be announced.

Keynote speakers

Professor Purnima Mankekar, (Departments of Gender Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles)

Professor Mankekar offers a new understanding of the affective and temporal dimensions of how India and "Indianness," as objects of knowledge production and mediation, circulate through transnational public cultures.

Senior researcher Hans Lucht (Danish Institute for International Studies, Kööpenhamina)

Dr Lucht's talk focuses on undocumented migration from Africa to Europe via North Africa.

Call for Book Chapters

Contested Pasts: Urban Heritage in Divided Cities

Mirjana Ristic and Sybille Frank

Important Note

This call for book chapters is specifically aimed at attracting contributions that would cover case studies of urban heritage in divided cities of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Editors’ Details

Dr Mirjana Ristic, Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Sociology, TU Darmstadt,

Professor Dr Sybille Frank, Institute for Sociology, TU Darmstadt,

Topic and Objective of the Book

Through history, urban heritage has played a prominent role in the construction of collective memory and identity of national, ethnic or sectarian groups. Historic places, buildings, and monuments invested with ‘myths’ about glorious periods of the past gave a group of people a sense of continuity and strengthened their collective unity. Nevertheless, urban heritage also includes places invested with ‘contested pasts’ recalling violence, oppression and division during wars, periods of political unrest or colonial and authoritarian political regimes. Relics, traces and memories of such events in the cityscape have been regarded in the academic literature as ‘dissonant heritage’ (Tunbridge and Ashworth), ‘difficult heritage’ (McDonald) and ‘places of pain and shame’ (Logan and Reeves) due to their capacity to impose collective trauma or stigma upon a social group and create the grounds for continuous political tensions and disputes.

This book seeks to explore the role of contested urban heritage in mediating and/or overcoming political conflict in the context of divided cities. We take urban heritage in a broad sense to include tangible elements of the city such as ruins, remains of border architecture, traces of violence in public space, and memorials; as well as intangible elements of city, including urban voids, everyday rituals, place names and other forms of spatial discourse. These can be both designated and undesignated urban heritage sites. We look for contributions that will cover one of the following themes:

1. Heritage at war

Recent political events show that urban heritage in divided cities plays a role in the war not merely as the site of violence and terror, but the very tool through which they are mediated. The Old Bridge in Mostar was bombed out in 1993, the Nablus old town was bulldozed and demolished by tank fire in 2002, while Syrian ancient sites are still being pulverized by ISIS.

We ask: Why is urban heritage so often rendered a target of the war? What are the political, social and urban effects of its destruction? How can urban heritage be used as a tool for political resistance to war, conflict and violence?

2. Divided heritage

Urban heritage is often re-designed, re-invented and employed as an instrument of political division in the cityscape. Discrete religious heritage dominates the Greek and Turkish sides of Nicosia, urban parades invested with separate sectarian traditions are held in Belfast, streets in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo acquired different commemorative names after the war.

We ask: What role do spatial remnants, practices and discourses of the past play in the demarcation of urban territories and construction of collective identities? What happens when heritage of one social group becomes ‘displaced’ on the side of the other? How does urban heritage mediate and contest socio-spatial marginalization, discrimination and exclusion?

3. Dealing with contested heritage

The political division of the city itself often leaves contested urban heritage in the cityscape. The legacy of ethnic clashes is still visible in the cityscape of Beirut, while traces and memories of the Berlin Wall still haunt the city.

We ask: What should be done with remnants of the city’s division in the post-conflict scenario? What influence do preservation and commemoration of these places have on transformation of the city’s spatial morphology, flows of urban life and place identity? In what ways can transformation of such heritage contribute to reunification and reconciliation?

4. The Everyday Life of Urban Heritage in Divided Cities

Common research on urban heritage often focuses on representational capacities and the symbolic role of heritage sites.

We ask: How are the official discourses of history and memory embedded in these sites accepted, contested and/or transformed through their use? In which ways are new popular and unintended meanings inscribed in these sites through spatial practices around them?

Target Audience

The book will be of interest to academic audiences seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the socio-spatial role of urban heritage in the context of political conflict. The main fields include: sociology, political sciences, history, cultural studies, human geography, urban design and planning, architecture and landscape architecture, archaeology, ethnology and anthropology. It will also be useful to a number of professionals involved in governing, planning, designing and transforming urban heritage, including: heritage practitioners, policy makers, government and city officials, urban planners and designers, and architects. The book will also be relevant for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students who are engaging in socio-spatial analysis of contested urban heritage.

Type of Contributions and Submission Procedure

This book will expand on a conference panel entitled “Contested Pasts: Urban Heritage in Divided Cities”, held as a part of the third biannual conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies in Montreal from 3rd to 8th of June 2016. The conference panel included presentations focused on the case studies from Europe and the Middle East. In contrast, the book will be of a global scope. We specifically seek for contributions that would cover the cases of urban heritage in divided cities of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. We welcome chapter proposals from different disciplines including but not limited to: urban studies, architecture, human geography, sociology, political sciences, history, cultural studies, human geography, archaeology, ethnology, anthropology and other. We look for both empirical and theoretic chapters.

Submission deadlines and guidelines:

31 Jan 2017 An abstract of up to 300 words is to be submitted to the editors by email.

15 Feb 2017 Editors will select chapters on the basis of the following criteria: relevance to the theme and goal of the book, originality of the contribution, theoretical rigour and wealth of the empirical material. All authors of submitted abstracts will be informed about the editorial decision via email.

31 May 2017 The 1st draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email. Chapters need to be 6-8,000 words in length and written in English. Authors of chapters are responsible for the language and style editing. The guidelines for the editing style, references and bibliography will be sent to authors of selected chapters with the editorial decision.

31 Aug 2017 Feedback and comments of the 1st review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.

30 Sep 2017 The 2nd draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email.

30 Nov 2017 Feedback and comments of the 2nd review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.

24 Dec 2017 Final editing of chapters and book submission.

Jun/July 2018 Book publication.

ASA 2017 Annual Meeting:
“Culture, Inequalities and Social Inclusion Across the Globe.”
August 12-15, 2017
Montréal, Québec


42nd Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, 2017: Youth and Children Network, panel: “Environmental Humanities for Children and Youth: Multiculturalism, Pluralism, and Transnationality in Childhood Studies"

Montreal, Quebec Canada, November 2-5, 2017

Deadline: February 28, 2017


13th ESA Conference (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities - Athens, Greece, 29 Aug -1 Sep 2017

Call for Papers deadline: 1 February 2017


Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Call For Papers:
THE POLITICS OF LIFE: Rethinking Resistance in the Biopolitical Economy

Balsillie School of International Affairs,
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON
Saturday March 4, 2017


TranBC: How To Tell BC’s Story with a Stop of Interest Sign


Gender and Identity in the Gulf: Cultural Constructions and Representations at GRM Cambridge, UK, 1-4. August 2017

Please find linked below the call for papers for Gender and Identity in the Gulf: Cultural Constructions and Representations. This 3-day workshop conference is part of the 2017 Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) at the University of Cambridge, UK, 1-4 August 2017.

The call for papers (CFP) can be found here:

The GRM is a unique type and format of conference, which is discussion-based and aimed at the creation of publication(s). For full details of the conference, as well as the funding that is provided to all participants, see the GRM website:

The Gender and Identity in the Gulf: Cultural Constructions and Representations workshop is directed by Dr. Sabrina DeTurk, Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Social Enterprises, Zayed University, UAE; Dr. Sarina Wakefield, Adjunct Faculty, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, UAE and Prof. Laila Prager, Senior Research Associate, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute.

We are seeking paper submissions from academics, researchers, cultural practitioners, and postgraduate students who are conducting research around museums and heritage, artistic practices, identity and representation, literary studies, education, art historical theory and visual anthropology. Papers must focus on the Gulf region and will explore new perspectives on how gender, identity, and representation are manifested locally, nationally, regionally and/or internationally. The workshop will take a multi-disciplinary approach, which could include perspectives and analyses drawn from the areas of art history, cultural heritage studies, cultural theory, museum studies, social anthropology, and sociology.

Key Deadlines and Dates:

- Deadline for abstract submissions is January 31 2017

- Decisions communicated to authors by February 20, 2017

- Full paper for the workshop must be submitted by May 15, 2017

CIHR and NSFC Support Global Mental Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have launched a research funding opportunity as part of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases mental health research program. The opportunity will provide funding to teams of researchers from Canada and China for implementation research projects. The projects will focus on the prevention and management of mental health disorders in China and can involve other low and middle income countries, as well as Indigenous populations in Canada.

CIHR and NSFC will hold an application development workshop in Beijing, China on February 21-22, 2017. Canadian researchers may apply for travel awards to attend the workshop. The application deadline for these awards is January 4, 2017.

More information:



Deadline: April 30, 2017. This issue is scheduled to appear at end-June 2017.


Dynamics of Global Inequality: New Thinking in Global Affairs

2017 Annual Global Affairs Graduate Student Conference

Rutgers Division of Global Affairs,

Newark, NJ, April 21, 2017

Current events across the globe have demonstrated the urgent need for new ways of thinking about the historical and contemporary issues that shape global affairs. In the current political moment, it is imperative to examine how global systems of inequality such as race, sexuality, gender and ability shape the world in which we live. Central themes of global affairs scholarship, including security, development, migration and mass atrocity crimes occur with the context of, and are shaped by such systems of inequality. Further, we must recognize that a US- or Euro-centric focus offers a limited explanation of global politics and we must therefore look beyond these geographical arenas to reflect on the contribution of other regions to global affairs theory and practice.

Nevertheless, many global affairs conferences and curricula continue to operate along traditional lines and question whether the circumstances of identity, gender, race or sexuality are even relevant to global affairs. With its annual conference, the Student Association of Global Affairs seeks to broaden this debate and provide a space for students to deconstruct traditional narratives within international relations and global affairs by exploring these new fields and how they can inform theory, analysis, practice, and methodology: Why do we need to take these issues into account? How can they shape our thinking both at domestic and global levels?

We invite abstracts for papers on the following and related topics in all aspects of global affairs:

Racial and Ethnic Identities
Systems of Oppression (Racism, Xenophobia, Sexism, Classism, Homophobia, etc.)
Gender and Gender Identities
Sexuality, Queer Theory, and Global LGBT Activism
Ability and Disability
Decolonial Thinking
Mass Atrocity Crimes (Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, Ethnic Cleansing)
Non US- or Euro-centric Approaches to International Relations and Global Affairs

This graduate student conference seeks to create an interdisciplinary conversation on these topics, and we welcome participants from multiple disciplines, including, but not limited to: Political Science and International Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Critical Ethnic Studies, American Studies, African and African American Studies, History and the Humanities.

The submission deadline for abstracts is January 27th, 2017. Please submit an anonymous abstract of up to 400 words (in PDF or Word document form) to Please put your name and contact details in the email body and put “Paper Submission DGA Conference” in the subject line.

Opening Address: Prof. Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia Law School

Keynote Lecture: Prof. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University

Panel Discussion: "Broadening the global affairs and IR curriculum: Why does it matter?"

For further information please visit the Division of Global Affairs website or contact the Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA):

Contact Info:

Student Association of Global Affairs
Division of Global Affairs
Rutgers University - Newark


Contact Email:



Colonial Caribbean Visual Cultures

Please submit a 500-word abstract by 15 March 2017.

Deadline for full scripts will be 15 November 2017


Housing Across Borders: Mexican and U.S. Housing in Perspective

University of California, San Diego | Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

San Diego, California | Friday, May 26, 2017

Recent crises in the U.S. and Mexican housing sectors have laid bare the interconnected economic, political, and cultural significance of housing. The 2007 crash of the U.S. housing market resulted from an increased entanglement of the home with complex financial products. In Mexico, the 1992 reform of the state housing fund for workers into a mortgage finance institution fueled the rapid expansion of a market in so-called “social interest” housing, but it also strained municipal infrastructures, placed borrowers at risk of being underwater, and led to a home abandonment crisis. Though they differ in detail, both crises are indicative of a narrow policy focus on housing as a financialized commodity and both have had far-reaching effects in the global economy, local communities, and the lives of homeowners.

Mexican and U.S. housing markets are traditionally understood to operate as discrete units, but as these recent crises highlight, housing markets are intertwined with people and processes beyond local geographies. We hold that the U.S. and Mexican housing sectors in particular are connected by the movement of people, money, policies, and ideas. Taking into consideration their shared histories, we propose thinking about the United States and Mexico together, in order to extract lessons from looking at the experiences of both countries against each other, and as a provocation that can lead us to testing our ideas about what housing and city mean. How have housing models originating in the U.S. shaped assumptions about and policy implementation in Mexico? How are the two markets linked through the movement of people and investments? Most of all, we ask the question of what can be learned by considering the connectedness of these housing markets, and through the experiences of planners, politicians, and residents in each country?

This conference explores these connections by putting practitioners and interdisciplinary scholars of the U.S. and Mexico into conversation. To this end, the conference will be composed of: two traditional panels in which scholars share their work in presentation form, two roundtable discussions dealing with the panel themes, and one roundtable discussion among planners, developers, and practitioners from the San Diego-Tijuana region. Papers need not deal directly with a comparison between Mexico and the United States. The potential for connections and comparisons will be drawn out in roundtables and in informal discussions during the conference.

Confirmed participants include: Dr. Paavo Monkkonen (UCLA), Dr. Noelle Stout (NYU), and Dr. Peter M. Ward (UT, Austin).

Submit your abstracts (250-350 words) by February 3, 2017. Please email Georgia Hartman and Emilio de Antuñano with inquiries and submissions. See attached flier for further information.

Panel 1 - Home and Patrimony: Housing and Belonging in the U.S. and Mexico

The home is central to the economic and affective well being of those that dwell within it. It is the material space from which household members construct personal meaning, where kin and gender relations are articulated, and it provides the foundation from which household economic activities are structured. Recognizing the home’s multiple meanings and functions, this panel turns on two key issues. First, we seek to understand how cultural ideas about family, home, economy, and community imbue a sense of belonging and meaning associated with the home. In short, how is the cultural significance of home, family and community constructed, and in what ways does it vary across U.S. and Mexican contexts? Second, we ask how changes to the legal and financial relationship of people to their home (i.e. zoning, legal entitlement, mortgaging, etc.) shape their ability to feel “at home” and develop a sense of belonging in an abode and a community. How might changes in affective relations associated with the home in turn shape broader geographic and community trends (i.e. security, infrastructure, urban growth, etc.)? This panel interrogates the often neglected affective and cultural dimensions of legal and economic reforms and considers their implications for the broader communities in which they arise.

We invite papers that engage with the cultural and affective dimensions of the home in Mexico and/or the United States. In addition to the questions above, we seek papers that deal with the following questions:

How does homeownership become imbricated in systems of moral and economic value?

How does the household’s financial relationship to the home (i.e. mortgage, rental, full ownership) influence affective relationships within the home and broader community?

How do ideologies and moralities associated with homeownership vary across socio-political contexts?

How do ideas and moralities about homeownership circulate among social groups and across borders?

Panel 2 - Designing the City: Housing Policy, Urban Planning, and Rights

Housing policies are embedded with normative ideas about what cities are, how they ought to work, and residents’ rights to home and city. These ideas change continuously. The direct provision of housing as a social good or constitutional right, prominent in the 1960s and 70s, was replaced in the 1980s and 90s by thinking about the home as a commodity regulated by the market. This paradigmatic shift is reflected in the cessation of direct state building activities and the emergence of government policies aimed at harnessing market forces in the provision of housing. Thinking about housing as a right, as a “social good,” or as a commodity shapes government policy, impacting patterns of urban development and influencing the lives of urban residents. How do understandings of housing—as a right or as a commodity—shape cities, communities, and the homes themselves? These ways of thinking about housing are both indicative of and instrumental to broader narratives structuring national belonging and political rights. In Mexico, for example, housing was traditionally understood as a right descended from the country’s revolutionary struggle. In the United States, homeownership is a central component of the American Dream, itself embedded with liberal values of individualism and private property. We therefore ask, how does the idea of homeownership—as private property, as dream, as patrimony, as right—play into ideas of the nation and civil belonging? By analyzing the relationship between housing, broader urban policies, and citizenship, this panel interrogates how ideas of housing and rights to housing materialize in the built environment and shape the the lives of people dwelling within it.

We invite papers that engage with the political, legal, and ideological dimensions of housing in Mexico and/or the United States. In addition to the questions above, we invite papers that confront the following questions:

What are the myriad ideas, actors, and institutions underlying housing and urban policy and how do they take shape?

How does the way in which housing is understood as commodity,right, or social good shape policy interventions?

How does the home – as object, as right, as commodity – play into broader narratives of national identity and belonging?

How do rights materialize in the built environment?

2017 Reppy Institute Graduate Student's Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Peace and Conflict (Cornell University)

Please submit proposals by January 12, 2017.



International conference, Saint Petersburg, 23-24 June 2017

The Industrialization of Creativity and its Limits: Value,
Self-expression and the Economy of Culture in Times of Crisis


National Research University Higher School of Economics
(St. Petersburg Branch and Faculty of Communication, Media and Design,

If the 2000s could be called a creative decade in terms of policy
directives, urban development, educative reforms and the hopes placed
on culture to transform both the economy and our daily lives, then in
the 2010s this enthusiasm seems to be largely stagnating as a result
of the global economic crisis and its social and political
consequences. In policy-orientated engagements, creativity is usually
connected with broader aspirations of economic growth in societies
engaging with a turn towards the so called post-industrial paradigm.
In turn, the feverous engagements of the 2000s with term creativity
and its offshoots, such as ‘creative class’ and ‘creative labour’, in
critical academic discourse brought to the fore the ideological
substratum of calls to industrialize creativity as well as
possibilities to perceive it outside of an explicitly market-oriented
framework. Here, the term creativity loosely refers to those
activities taking place under the label of visual arts, music, design,
film and performance, and which primarily aim and are evaluated in
their capacity to produce forms of affect and social meaning.

In this context, we observed the huge transformation of the media
market and the economy of cultural and communication industries. The
rise of social media, search and aggregators markets, omnipresence of
mobile devices and active prosumerism are considerably changing the
business models of media companies and cultural industries, creating
new industrial chains. Such changes are considered either as
empowering to consumers (obtaining more power than in the classic
model of vertical mass communication) or as new forms of capitalist

This conference seeks to turn light to the current condition in which
the dreams that creative economy bolstered are largely questioned
(even by policy makers) while the modes of subjectivation and
lifestyles that it activated remain still. This is the conflict of a
larger (geo) political disturbance versus the emergence of a creative
lifestyle of fashion, selfie-culture, DIY experimentation, slow and
organic food movements and digital intimacies. This contrast predicts
a creative lifestyle in limbo, where the promise of self-expression is
put at stake by the expectation of precarious futures. Furthermore,
while particular forms of self-expression (digital publishing, health,
gastronomy and tourism mediatisation etc.) give birth to new
technologies, devices and forms of content production, the media and
communication industries seem less sufficient to find mature business
models for them. To gauge the political economy of creativity in
relation to the current situation we propose to explore the shifts and
transformations of the creative imaginary, practices and business
models taking shape as a result of the crisis.

We seek contributions addressing issues related to the economic,
political and socio-cultural dimensions of creativity and encourage a
variety of approaches on the matter.

Proposed topics include the following:

· Creativity and class

· Peer production, cinema and music

· Media piracy

· Self-media production and social media practices

· Creativity and grassroots activism

· Fashion and lifestyle cultures

· DIY cultures and self-fashioning

· Gender and ethnicity in the creative industries

· Crisis, austerity and creativity

· Big data, reflexive branding, marketing

· Governmentality of creativity

· Slow food cultures

· Urban regeneration

Expected keynote speakers of the conference:

· David Hesmondhalgh, Professor of University of Leeds, UK

· Bernard Miege, Professor Emeritus University Grenoble Alpes,

· Angela McRobbie, Professor of Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

The conference is organized within the framework of the four-day
festival ‘Creativity, Innovation and the City’ in which producers from
the local creative industries will present projects ranging from
creative spaces to gastronomy. During the festival students from HSE
will exhibit creative works in the fields of media, design and
fashion. We invite all participants of the conference to take part in
these festival events that would include on-site visits to creative
spaces and assessment of projects and students’ works.

Paper Submission:

Submissions should include the name (s) and institutional affiliations
of the applicant (s), email address and abstracts no longer than 500
words (including references) in English or in Russian.

Abstracts must be submitted before January 15, 2017 at: <>

Participants will be notified about acceptance by February 28, 2017.

Full papers must be in English and submitted before June 1, 2017.

For any further information, please contact us at: <>

Irish Studies Inaugural Graduate Conference at Concordia University
The School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University
March 24-26, 2017

Deadline for abstract submission: January 5, 2017 Notification of acceptance: January 24, 2017.


Conference: ISSR - International Society for the Sociology of Religion

Lausanne, Switzerland 4.-7. July

The deadline for the call for papers is 10. January 2017


Internally Displaced Persons, Borders, and Refugee Camps: One-Day Conference in 21st-Century Interdisciplinary Studies
Wesleyan University's Center for the Humanities
April 6, 2017

Deadline: January 27, 2017


Editors and Contributors sought for Holiday, Celebration and Festival Study on H-Net


Daniels: In and Beyond the Law. Conference at U of Alberta on the Daniels Decision

Jan 26-28, 2017


Controlling Bodies, Constructing Minds: (Post-)Feminist Identity Politics in the Biomedical Age

The deadline for proposals is February 28, 2017.

More information:


International Conference “Personalized Media and Participatory Culture”, Middle East Centre and the Department of Media and Communications, LSE,

London School of Economics, London, 29-30 June 2017

Call for papers

For some years now the idea of digital media as an activator in politics and the civic sphere has taken hold. Digital networks have been said to redefine relationships between individuals, audiences and media organisations, and those between citizens and the state by acting as a virtual public sphere. The sorts of participatory connections – and dare we say it – cultures that are apparently enabled by digital media have been assumed, celebrated and also decried. In many cases it has been argued that young people are at the forefront of ‘digital revolutions’. But are such assumptions borne out equally in different parts of the global north and global south? Are the movements and networks that fall under discussions of ‘digital revolution’ actually primarily digital? Any what are the real-world effects of assumptions about the motivating, connective and civilising power of the digital in low income communities of the global south?

Young people’s uptake and uses of new and emerging digital technologies for cultural and civic participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region remains under-studied and under-theorised, particularly in the contexts of their everyday lives. This conference aims at problematising the assumed connections between particular parts of the world, networks (both digital and real-world), participatory cultures, young people, and emerging media tools. Keynotes and panels will aim at assessing and theorising the nature and extent of digital media’s articulation with artistic, civic, cultural and political participation and pinning down what exactly is new about the participatory uses and potentials of new media in particular communities and geographic spaces. In doing so, we aim to present a fresh perspective on concepts such as the ‘digital age’, ‘empowerment’, ‘networks’ and ‘participation’ amidst the range of face-to-face and old-media participatory civic, political and cultural networks, practices and identities that abound in modernity.

We are looking for papers that question and/or examine

· the structures and contexts of civic and participatory networks around the world, from urban to rural and global north to global south contexts, with a particular interest in the MENA region

· the ways in which art, history, music, sport, graffiti and theatre are linked to political and civic protest on and offline around the world and with a particular interest in the MENA region

· the extent to which the internet and new digital platforms can be or already are transforming into networking communities of civic participation

· the power both digital and old media networks could be said to have in the current and future transformation of sociopolitical and cultural aspects of MENA societies in offline contexts

· the multiple meanings of participation for communities outside connected urban areas

· the role that digital platforms play in reproducing, reinforcing or challenging class and gender systemic inequalities

· the different types and extent of new and older media and communications practices and cultures which enable or in some cases inflect or block political and civic participation in the MENA region.

During the conference we will present the findings of our collaborative project Personalised Media and Participatory Culture that concentrated on participatory networks and media in Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and UAE. Through mapping the field of youth participation textually and analytically, and through interviews with young people, experts and stakeholders, Personalised Media and Participatory Culture presents a wide and different range of forms of social and political participation of youth in the MENA region. We suggest factors that can explain how young people decide to participate in their communities. Our research evaluates and theorises young people’s civic engagement and public participation not only in the narrow domain of institutional politics, but in a broader sense that encompasses artistic and cultural consumption, cultural remixing and the production of popular culture as an emerging civic participatory culture.

The opening keynote will be delivered by Professor Mohamed Zayani (Georgetown University, Qatar) with plenary keynote panels and a few parallel panels.

Please send your 200-300 word abstracts along with short 200 word biographical paragraph for individual 15-minute papers relating to the conference theme to Shakuntala Banaji email address and Cristina Moreno-Almeida at email address

Abstract submission deadline January 31, 2017.

Organisers: Shakuntala Banaji (LSE), Cristina Moreno Almeida (LSE), Mohammed Ibahrine (AUS)

Community and Anthropology: An Exploration of Collaborations and Engagements Inside and Outside of the Field, Western Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, March 3-5, 2017, London, Ontario

Deadline: January 13, 2017


Voicing Experience:
The 4th British Conference of Autoethnography
15-16 June, 2017

This conference aims to provide an open, creative space in which to explore the power of autoethnographic work as expressed through its heterogeneous practices, productions and performances. What happens when we begin to take our experiences of the worlds we inhabit seriously and to give reflexive and diffractive voice, through manifold creative means, to that experience? What resonances do we find with other narratives and voices articulating experiences from other spheres? How does voicing experience speak to and challenge the larger structures within which we live? And how do these different spheres shape, in turn, the quality and style of voices being expressed – their tone, mode of expression, fluency and persuasiveness?

The conference seeks to explore the power of autoethnographic work, as expressed, for instance, in dynamics of resistance, critique, healing or assistance.

We invite proposals for papers, presentations, performances and other creative works.

Please submit proposals with abstract (250 words) and, if relevant, session plan (max 250 words) to<> by 10th February 2017.

The presentations will be arranged in the following ways:

· 90-minute 3-person presentation sessions.
· 90-minute single presentation sessions.

Please indicate which presentation format you would prefer.

For general enquiries, please write to:<>

Organising Committee: Dr Jamie Barnes (Sociology, Sussex), Dr Michael Hayler (Education, Brighton), Dr Ross Wignall (Anthropology, Sussex).

Our Lives With Electric Things

Call for Contributions (max 300 words)
In: Cultural Anthropology / Theorizing the Contemporary

Our lives with electric things are positively charged with meaning. Our bodies are electric, our hearts and minds pulsing with electrical activity. Electric things have hope and anxiety, possibility and danger. Our electric attachments are sacred and profane, personal and political. Electrically powered things mediate human sociality across time and space just as they mediate our ecological and inter-species relationships. At the beginning of the 21st century, in an epoch (the electrocene, perhaps) defined simultaneously by the global abundance and unevenness of electricity supply, our electric things simultaneously shock us into action and insulate us from change. Just as electrically powered goods, devices and appliances have transformed our possibilities for reproducing, nurturing and sustaining life (coming to define ideas of the good life) so too have they created new possibilities for controlling, managing, exploiting and ending life. Whilst our demands for artificial light, heat, refrigeration and information/communication systems push us up against planetary boundaries, electric things remain foundational to our infrastructures of renewal and our stories of the future.

This contribution to Theorizing the Contemporary sets out to confront the possibilities and limits of our lives with electricity by thinking through our relationships to electric things. Can our lives with electricity ever be disentangled from the social lives of electric things that mediate all human relationships to the electron? Must we ground an anthropology of energy in the metals and minerals that are crucial to all systems for generating, distributing, capturing and storing electricity? What are the unique capacities and material politics of electrically powered technologies, appliances and devices across global and comparative contexts? And what circuits do we make or break by wiring interests in the properties, aesthetics and qualities of electric things to traditions of critical scholarship in the anthropology of economy, material culture and design?

These questions took shape over the course of 2016 at the Wenner-Gren sponsored workshop, Electrifying Anthropology, at the University of Durham, and the Alien Energy workshop at the IT University. The images and texts gathered here are intended both as a provocation and an open call for contributions. Over the coming 12 months we aim to curate a catalogue of electric things that bring these questions and our responses to them to new audiences.

Guidelines for contributions

In this series we assemble a catalogue of electrical things and their lives with us. We invite authors to select one ‘electrical thing’ and to craft a short riff on an encounter with this thing. We are looking for short and concise meditations of maximum 300 words. Unconventional and experimental writings styles are very welcome. The short format does now allow references or footnotes, however the contributions should be theoretically sophisticated and seek to inspire novel ethnographic theory and methodology. Please send a high quality, freely publishable image of the object with your essay submission.

We are looking for a total of 30-40 objects/texts, which will be curated into exploratory and analytic themes and published in the Theorizing the Contemporary section of the Cultural Anthropology website. For inspiration on tone and discursive approaches see e.g. Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen.

Deadline: Please send text and<> no later than January 31st 2017 Picture should not be embedded in the manuscript but instead saved as JPG or PNG docs in a separate file.

The submissions will be reviewed by the editors: Jamie Cross, Simone Abram, Mike Anusas, and Lea Schick as well as by the Cultural Anthropology editorial collective. When published, contributions will be categorized as an 'editor reviewed' essay.

Extended closing date January 13, 2017
Call for Papers - Shaping methods, shaping voices and the engagement of discourses in an age of uneven rural change ESRS, Krakow July 24th - 27th 2017

Call for Papers -The European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Kraków, July 24th -27th 2017

Shaping methods, shaping voices and the engagement of discourses in an age of uneven rural change


Michael Woods, Aberystwyth University, UK

Anthonia I. Onyeahialam, Aberystwyth University, UK


The process of rural change is uneven, a consequence of the complexity associated with the involvement of the interrelated dimensions of change, actors, stakeholders and diverse places. Capturing this unevenness and its causes is often met with conflict of choice, purpose, voices and representations. In unpacking these to provide answers to rural problems, researchers have progressed beyond, to mix and cross the known traditional methodological boundaries at different points of their research - data collection, analysis, representation and communication. How we choose and reflect on the choices has implications for the type and diversity of knowledge chosen, produced and disseminated in these contemporary times.

This session is to allow researchers to reflect on their choice of methods and to question how it impacts on the creation, production and dissemination of knowledge and the co(s) of them. Thus, we are looking for demonstrable examples of actual work, focusing on how the research was carried out, how it has embraced multiple voices and interpretations of knowledge within the context of the conference theme rather than on details of the work. We seek research that draws on multiple methods within the quantitative to qualitative realms or at its nexus; combine multiple and diverse data sources in new and innovative ways beyond the traditional; research introducing new analytics, techniques such as digital technologies and research designs drawing on contemporary research methods using new types of data - big and small data, visual methodologies like Geographical Information Systems (GIS), mixed methods; how these choices have been used to communicate, (mis)interpret knowledge, exclude or include voices, challenge or re-inforce inequality or justice and influence policy for rural change.


We propose a 20 minutes oral paper presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions from the audience. Following this, we further propose a round table/panel discussion to reflect on some of the issues identified to cut across the talks, and the way forward for rural studies.

Abstract submission should include the following:

- Your name, affiliation and email address

- Title of the abstract

- Keywords (max 5)

- Abstract (200 - 400 words all inclusive)

Contact for abstract submissions:

Deadline for abstract submission is extended to January 13th, 2017

Further information about the ESRS 2017 conference can be found:


Dear colleagues,

Our organizing group is excited to announce that we are extending the deadline for submissions for the Feminist Geography 2017 conference to January 31st, 2017. A rich set of sessions is coming together, speaking to feminism as a set of theoretical engagements, as a framework for activism and teaching, and as a way of working within and outside of academic institutions. We have sessions on pedagogy, on navigating academic life as a scholar of color, on the university as a global site, on territory and the body, sites involving collaboration and art, and many others. Now is your chance to organize a session or to participate in one that is already organized.

Please feel free to use to social media sites to organize calls for papers.

Here is the call for participation:

You are enthusiastically invited to participate in the second Feminist Geography Conference, May 18-20, 2017, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This conference
follows on the 2014 Feminist Geography conference in Omaha, Nebraska, which asked “Who we are, what we do, and how we do it?” We hope to build, extend, and
question the borders of feminist geography. In that spirit, our conference is organized around the Insides and Outsides of Feminism. We hope to
collectively inquire:​

How does feminist theory travel in geography?
What borders does feminism cross, break down, or reinforce?
How do we define feminism in geography?
Can we push the boundaries of feminism without it losing its core commitments?
Who claims feminism and to what ends?
How do theory, politics, and activism shape the spaces of feminism?

In the spirit of the previous conference and feminist scholarship, we are especially interested in proposals for papers, sessions, and panels that bridge academic and activist work, generate interaction, or create new collaborations. These can take the form of:

Paper sessions or individual papers
Alternative media presentations (film, performance, dance)
Sessions to collaborate on new or existing projects
Active workshops or problem-solving sessions (map-a-thons, hack-a-thons)
Strategy or professional development workshops (especially for negotiating academic life as a graduate student, early career scholar, or person of color; negotiating university politics as a feminist; mentoring feminist students; decolonizing the academy)
You are welcome and encouraged to collaborate with or invite folks from non-academic or alt-academic spaces, activists, artists, and others.​

We are committed to providing an inclusive and caring conference atmosphere. We welcome children and would be happy to help you find a caretaker for your children or a nursing-friendly space. If you have any concerns about how recent laws in North Carolina might affect your conference experience, we are happy to answer any of your questions. As a department we are opposed to HB2, and have issued a statement here.

For more details and guidelines, and to register for the conference, please visit our website:

To submit an abstract or proposed session or event, please email us: Please let us know whether you would like to be placed in a paper session, media presentation, do a workshop or organize an alternative activity. Also make us aware of any special audio/visual needs or requirements for alternative spaces.

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Deadline for submission of abstracts or proposals is January 31st, 2017.

Call for papers: ‘New Man’ in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization, c. 1910-1960 (International Conference, ZMO 27th – 29th September 2017)

The ‘New Man’, here, is understood to encompass a plethora of theoretical constructs as well as social projects closely linked to aspirations of ‘progress’, modernity and social utopias (or dystopias) that were characteristic of the end of the nineteenth and the earlier part of the twentieth centuries. It was, however, not a ‘Western’ idea but can be said to have evolved simultaneously in different regions of the world where people were grappling with their own visions of possible futures. The ‘New Man’ was the idealized type of personality that could be created by way of a deliberate and planned social process. The (historically overloaded) term ‘New Man’ was not always explicitly used and had certainly fallen out of fashion by the second half of the twentieth century. We have nevertheless opted to use it for this later period as well since the need for large-scale social engineering and the creation of the right type of citizen remained, and occupied a prominent position in late colonial and post-colonial nation-building projects. The methods, goals and relevant categories were transformed but also exhibit continuities that make a comparative exploration worthwhile.

We assume that the ‘New Man’ as idea and practice of creating a new kind of being fit for the future was a widely popular if not universal undertaking that accompanied projects of modernisation and national movements alike. We further assume that south-south linkages and regional networks were as important as the exchange with Western Europe, Russia or North America. Anti-colonial movements and new Cold War alliances profoundly shaped and changed practices relating to the ‘New Man’. As a conceptual container, which despite appearances often included women and especially children, it was related to concrete projects of societal progress that were typically understood to follow a historical telos. It follows that the supposedly most malleable part of the population – youth – often constituted an ideal target for such social experimentation.

This conference is interested in tracing the emergence and shifts in discourse but more particularly in practices surrounding the idea of creating a different kind of human being. We are equally interested in the continuously evolving and changing temporalities and their historical imagination that brought forth, altered and appropriated the idea of a New Man until such time as it receded into the background or was superseded by other concepts.

Being ‘new’ also meant to be at the forefront of societal progress and, thus, exposed to selection. The criteria varied according to the historical context as well as to the concrete understanding about how society functions. Since the ‘New Man’ should bear particular, if often ill-defined, spiritual/ideological, mental/attitudinal and bodily characteristics, concrete projects typically targeted this triangle in combination. These projects often became institutionalized, influential and in high demand in times when nothing was sure anymore and everything seemed possible. The 'New Man' was thought of as a vanguard, a force that was already tamed and, thus, itself a potential taming force for all kinds of deviation from the 'right path' to Progress.

The conference puts an explicit emphasis on reception history (Wirkungsgeschichte) and social history. Thus, we are interested in presentations that look at concrete practices of shaping the ‘New Man’ in Africa, Asia and the Middle East or compare examples from different regions or transfers between them. We seek to explore questions such as: Which kind of south-south or north-south networks disseminated the relevant practical knowledge? Which ruptures and continuities influenced these practices? Was there any reference to earlier ideas (i.e. from the nineteenth century) which became common sense or common practice in the twentieth century? How did the dissemination of sports and other distinctly modern bodily performances contribute to such notions? How did cultural productions, such as arts, literature and architecture, visualise and legitimise specific ideas and practices of creating the ‘New Man’?

The conference aims to bring together scholars who are specialized in area studies, global history and historical anthropology. Applicants are requested to send an abstract of 300 words to by 15th January 2017, along with information concerning their academic affiliation. There are limited funds available to reimburse travel costs and three nights of accommodation.

Participants will ideally address one of the following themes in their presentations:

Youth movements as the avant-garde: children and young people in projects of social engineering
A (non-)gendered being? New Women and New Men
The body as a revolutionary site: physical culture and sports
Educational initiatives, political training and cadre schools to mold the minds of (Wo)Man
The ‘New Man’ builds the nation: development projects and civil society

The ‘New Man’ in translocal perspective: knowledge and practice transfer (South-South, and North-South)

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