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“Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions” Conference
Oct 17 – Oct 20 all-day

On October 17-20, 2017 in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 14th African Studies Conference titled “Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions.” The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.

The Organizing Committee would like to encourage you to submit panel proposals, focusing on any particular topics related to the Conference’s umbrella theme. The deadline for panel proposals submitting is December 1, 2016. The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider any panel proposals (within 500 words in English or both English and Russian) received by this date. The information to be submitted alongside with the proposal includes the proposed panel convenor(s)’ full name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers. The list of prospective papergivers with their particulars is desirable but not compulsory.

The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the present Announcement.

Quebec Intervention Outbreak Symposium @ Hotel Chateau Laurier
Oct 18 – Oct 19 all-day

The Quebec Intervention Outbreak Symposium (QuebecOIS) will be held in Quebec City, Canada, on 18–19 October 2017. Building on the success of the 2016 Symposium, this year’s meeting will focus on accelerating towards an optimal response to health emergencies (and emergencies that have a health component) in different settings. The Symposium facilitates a range of candid discussions with colleagues from disciplines that work across the spectrum of response (biomedical, social science, operations, communications etc). For full details of the event including the agenda and key speakers, and to register, please see the QuebecOIS website:​ On behalf of the advisory committee, we hope to you can join us in Quebec next month.
—Gary Kobinger and Juliet Bedford.​​​

American Folklore Society 2017 Annual Meeting @ Marriott City Center
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day

The American Folklore Society’s 128th annual meeting will take place October 18-21, 2017 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Community: Resistance, Reclamation and Re-creation” is the theme for the 2017 meeting of the American Folklore Society in Minneapolis because, as folklorists, we are committed to exploring the absent, invisible, and counter narratives of communities in our midst. These narratives can be sites of re-creating community in the face of disruption, reclaiming traditional knowledge, and resisting the power structures that silence or marginalize these narratives.

The preliminary schedule and details for registration and hotel accommodations can be found by visiting the American Folklore Society’s website.

APA Technology, Mind, and Society Call for Papers
Oct 20 all-day
The American Psychological Association will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Technology, Mind, and Society in Washington, DC, on April 5-7, 2018. Scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and students from around the world are invited to participate in the event.

The conference will provide a venue for reporting and assessing current efforts to understand and shape the interactions of human beings and technology, for identifying priorities for future work, and for promoting exchange and collaboration among participants. The conference will feature four keynote speakers: Cynthia Breazeal (MIT), Justine Cassell (Carnegie Mellon), Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research), and Sandy Pentland (MIT).

APA invites you and your colleagues and students to submit papers, symposia, and posters for this conference, which will be organized around the following broad themes:

  • Basic research: How humans understand and use technology, impacts of technology on human experience and behavior, human-technology interactions as mutually adaptive systems, role of technology in advancing other areas of scientific research, and related topics.
  • Foundations of technology design: Development of technologies informed by psychological, behavioral, and social science research.
  • Applications: Development, use, and impact of specific technologies in domains such as aging, education, mental and physical health, recreation, and the workplace.
  • Broader implications: Ethical and policy questions concerning the opportunities and challenges arising from human-technology interactions.

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2017. Submissions can be made here.

The conference is open to researchers, professionals, and students in all relevant areas, including psychology and other behavioral and social sciences, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, design, health research, education research, city and regional planning, public policy, history of science and technology, and philosophy.

The conference aims to address the full range of contemporary and emerging technologies. These include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile devices, social media, virtual/augmented reality, gaming, geographic information systems, autonomous vehicles, and biomedical technologies (e.g., brain-machine interfaces, genetic engineering).

APA is sponsoring the conference in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association for Computing Machinery — Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI).

We look forward to seeing you at the Technology, Mind, and Society Conference! For additional information, see the conference website. If you have any questions, please contact the APA Science Directorate ([email protected]).

How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes? @ Sanford Consortium, Roth Auditorium
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm

“How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?” will be held on Monday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.

From a genomic perspective, humans are nothing more than one kind of “Great Ape.” How are we similar or different? Panelists will explore distinctly human features, ranging from genetic to cognitive to physiological to behavioral to biomedical—while also considering implications for explaining human origins.



  • Fred H. Gage, on genetics and brain development

Professor, Laboratory of Genetics; Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disease, Salk Institute, Co-Director of CARTA, University of California, San Diego

  • Pascal Gagneux, on genomics, life history, and reproduction

Associate Professor of Pathology and Anthropology, Associate Director of CARTA, University of California, San Diego

  • Margaret J. Schoeninger, on anatomy and behavior

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Co-Director of CARTA, University of California, San Diego

  • Ajit Varki, on common disease profiles

Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Co-Director of CARTA, Co-Director of the Glycobiology Research Center, University of California, San Diego


The event is free and open to the public, but we ask all attendees to register online in advance. For questions, please contact the Academy at [email protected].

Society for Ethnomusicology 2017 Annual Meeting @ Denver Marriott City Center Hotel
Oct 26 – Oct 29 all-day

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting on October 26-29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College.

In conjunction with the SEM Annual Meeting, Colorado College and the SEM Indigenous Music Section will present a pre-conference symposium, “Sound Alliances: A Celebration of Indigenous Musics and Cultures,” on October 25 in Colorado Springs.

Visit and select “Conferences” for more information about the Annual Meeting, online registration, and hotel accommodations.

Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Powering the Planet @ Calman Learning Centre
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm

The fifth edition of the annual symposium “Why the World Needs Anthropologists” explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.

DAY 1, Saturday, 28 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)

The event will be officially opened by Sandra Bell, Maggie Bosanquest, and convenors of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.


What is the role of communities in the future of energy production? How might engineers work with social scientists on the introduction of new energy technologies?

Title and synopsis of Sophie Bouly de Lesdain’s lecture are to be announced in upcoming weeks. Thank you for your understanding.

In the search for solutions to the energy dilemma – provision of modern energy for all and sustainable production and consumption – what role could or should be played by anthropologists? In this presentation Winther draws on her experiences to reflect on the relationship between the open and contextualized type of knowledge we produce as anthropologists and the normative realm of policies.

Water infrastructure brings together some very ‘powerful’ materials: water, steel and stone which, through their particular properties, co-construct the relationships we have with them. This paper aims to provide some insights into the ‘power of materials’.

The discussion will focus on the development of new sustainable solutions for energy production and consumption. Discussants: Benj Sykes, Tanja Winther, Sophie Bouly de Lesdain, and Veronica Strang. Moderator: Dan Podjed, Convenor of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.

During the day, our co-organisers, sponsors and partners will present at the Energy Hotspot. Do not miss the opportunity to mingle with enthusiasts from all sorts of different domains in academia, energy industry and non-for-profit sector.

Do you still have the energy to join us for a social event? We will use the cutting-edge anthropological approaches to spot the best place in Durham.

DAY 2, Saturday, 29 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)


The roles of corporations in aiming for a sustainable future, and how anthropological insights help asking the right questions.

How to work appropriately with technical practice innovations in culturing skills for renewable energy.

Demonstrating the Value of Reflexive Thinking.

MINING HISTORY (Durham Energy Institute)
A walking tour of Durham featuring its hidden history as the centre of what was once the largest coalfield in England.

The event is free of charge. Subscribe now. We will keep you posted on event updates and allow you to secure the place in one of the workshops. Remember that subscription is not full registration. It must be completed in September 2017.

Simone A. Abram, Sandra Bell, Pavel Borecký, Ben Campbell, Lynn Gibson, Meta Gorup, Dan Podjed, Evelyn Tehrani

Lawrence Agbemabiese, Ellen Bal, Sandra Bell, Alenka Bezjak Mlakar, Simone Borile, Carlo A. Cubero, Lu Ann De Cunzo, Jurij Fikfak, Carla Guerrón Montero, Duška Knežević Hočevar, Kristin Kuutma, Art Leete, Rajko Muršič, Desirée Pangerc, Jaka Repič, Klāvs Sedlenieks, Veronica Strang, Peter Simonič, Giulia Sinatti, Ülo Valk, Rhoda Woets

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Durham Energy Institute, Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, Department of Anthropology at Durham University

IEEE SENSORS 2017 Conference @ Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 29 – Nov 1 all-day

The IEEE SENSORS 2017 program is now available.

*Open Poster Submissions will be accepted starting on September 1st. View full details.
Please also take note of the associated events that will be held in Glasgow:

Please visit ​the website for more information:

IEEE ​SENSORS 2017 – the flagship conference of the IEEE Sensors Council – will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from 29 October to 1 November 2017.

Call for Proposals: AAMG & UMAC Conference 2018
Oct 30 all-day

June 21–24, 2018
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL

This year, AAMG (Association of Academic Museums & Galleries) is partnering with UMAC (University Museums and Collections), a committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums) for our 2018 Annual Conference in Miami, FL.  We look forward to sharing great ideas and pressing concerns—and learning and networking with our global colleagues.

This Year’s Theme:
Audacious Ideas: University Museums and Collections as Change-Agents for a Better World      

We live in a dangerous, often unstable, and environmentally compromised world. What can academic museums, galleries, and collections do to remedy this situation? If we are dedicated to teaching and training new generations of students, to serving increasingly diverse communities, how do we make a positive difference? How do we know we are making that difference?

Audacious Ideas asks presenters to share with us exciting and unusual ways that their museums, galleries, and collections are serving as change-agents. We’re interested in proposals that address how you are adopting new roles and adapting old ones, welcoming new constituencies while keeping current visitors, and creating new paradigms that make our institutions more valued and critical partners in higher education and in building a more peaceful and healthy world.

Please note: all proposals should be submitted in English, as the entire conference will be conducted in English.

We invite proposals that address:

  • New models of teaching across campus, including exhibitions and collections.
  • New strategies for equity and inclusion on and off campus.
  • Innovative transnational collaborations.
  • New ideas for advancing our mission as change-agents in society – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Presentation Formats

Presenters may select from the following formats for their proposals:

  • Roundtable Facilitator: Would you like to lead a conversation on a specific topic? These lively discussions will be held on Thursday afternoon at the Donna E. Shalala Student Activity Center (University of Miami). We invite you to propose a topic and explain why your skills, experiences, and interests will contribute to your success as a discussion leader, particularly as this relates to conference’s theme.  As the Roundtable Facilitator, you will welcome attendees, offer a 5-10 minute overview about the topic and your personal connection to it, and then facilitate a conversation with those present.  Roundtables run 1 ¼ hours.
  • Throwdown: We select up to 10 presenters for 5 minute (no more than 20 slides) talks on Thursday evening, during our opening reception.  We call it a “Throwdown” because it’s high energy, quick-paced, and foregrounds powerful ideas. This is an excellent opportunity for students and emerging professionals to share a special program or practice.
  • Panels: Panels are the heart of our conference.  Over two days, we anticipate having 18 panels. That breaks out to 9 per day: 3 simultaneous sessions 3 times per day, one in the morning and two in the afternoon.  Panels are 1 ¼ hours each and have 2-4 presenters, with one panelist or convener serving as moderator.  A minimum of 15 minutes should be used for dialogue with your audience, following the presentations. All presentations should be in PowerPoint format, and the moderator is responsible for gathering them and bringing them on a laptop. The moderator is also responsible for time-keeping. You’ll need to tell us the topic, what each presenter will contribute, and how the proposal relates to the conference theme. If you’d like to lead a panel but need to find panelists, you can query the AAMG and UMAC listservs for participants.
  • Poster Sessions: Tell us the topic, why it’s relevant to the theme, and confirm that you will be present. Poster specifications will be sent later and posters may be brought to the conference or mailed earlier.
  • Workshops: Would you like to lead a workshop that strengthens museum practice? We’re willing to share the income.  Tell us what you would teach, what your experience is leading this, how long you would like your workshop to run (full or half day), and how many attendees you would prefer.  Workshop day to be determined, but it will likely be Sunday morning.

We now have a Google form for proposals: please find the link here.

Deadline for submitting your proposal is: October 30, 2017

Questions? Please contact the Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Jill Hartz, [email protected] (AAMG representative)
Barbara Rothermel, [email protected] (UMAC representative)

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
Oct 31 all-day

DEADLINE: October 31, 2017

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 107,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also sponsors excavations and provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and it houses an archaeological laboratory at the main building complex in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study museum collections.

Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 53 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture or art who are US citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at the time of application.

Terms:  Two to four fellowships, either five or ten months in duration. Stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. Term must coincide with American School’s academic year, September to June 2018-2019. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, partial board, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles to the NEH.

NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece). Please note that the Blegen Library may be closed for 6 months during the spring and/or summer of 2019. Fellows will have access to other libraries of foreign Schools in Athens but should plan accordingly.

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to:

The following items should be attached to the Associate Member application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:

1.   Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).

  1. A statement of the project (up to five pages), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved, where applicable, and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
  2.  Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.

4.   Names of three recommenders who will write letters of reference and are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instruct recommenders to submit letters to [email protected] by November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.

The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.

1.  Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
2.  Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
3.  Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
4.  Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
5.  What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
6.  Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?

Web site: or
E-mail: [email protected]

The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.