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Call for Papers: Cognitive Approaches to Languages in Education Workshop
Nov 30 all-day

British Association for Applied Linguistics (B.A.A.L)/ Routledge Workshop Programme  2017

Date: 1819 January 2018

Venue: Glasgow University

Call for papers: abstract submission 30 November 2017

Theme: Cognitive Approaches to Language in Education


The purpose of this workshop is to explore what recent research in the field of cognitive linguistics can offer education. Departing from traditional and functional approaches to language, cognitive linguistics provides teachers a unique way of exploring meaning and the relationship between thought and language. Recent research shows that applying a cognitive perspective in the classroom has very clear benefits for all teachers interested in literacy. However, as this is a relatively new field, the parameters have not yet been fully agreed upon by linguists. Therefore, this event is a step towards achieving more clarity and consensus, as well as offering established researchers, ECRs, postgraduate researchers and those interested in embarking on research in this area a space in which to discuss how a research agenda might be usefully taken forward.

Call for papers

There are a number of 20 minute slots for ECRs and postgraduate researchers to present their research relating but not exclusively to any of the workshop’s objectives:

  • To explore what recent research in cognitive linguistics can offer education. This includes language teaching (both L1 and L2) and content teaching at all levels of education; higher, secondary and primary.
  • To consider how the principles of cognitive linguistics can be best applied in teaching by sharing and demonstrating new methods and techniques.
  • To investigate the evidence that applying these principles can be beneficial to the learner.
  • To examine the obstacles in carrying out research in this area and consider how these can be overcome.

If you are interested, we invite you to submit 150 word (approx.) abstract to c[email protected] by 30 November 2017.

During an extended lunch break, all participants are invited to give a poster presentation, if they wish. Places are limited to 35 and will be allocated on a first-come first served basis.

Registration fees:

BAAL non-member £35

BAAL member        £30

Student                     £25       This will include lunch and refreshments.

Registration is open and tickets can be purchased through:

The main event will take place on Friday 19 January, with an afternoon networking session for ECRs and PGRs on 18 January 3–5 p.m.

Keynote speakers:    

Dr Wendy Anderson University of Glasgow

Dr Ellen Bramwell University of Glasgow

Professor Alice Deignan University of Leeds

Dr Marcello Giovanelli Aston University

Professor Jeannette Littlemore University of Birmingham

Dr Jessica Mason Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Elena Semino Lancaster University

Seminar co-ordinators:: Sally Zacharias, Dr Agnes Marszalek and Dr Marcello Giovanelli

Call for Papers: International Conference for Europe
Nov 30 all-day

International Conference for Europe: Two decades discourse about globalizing social sciences. Concepts, strategies, achievements
April 26–29, 2018
Lisbon, Portugal Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Towards the end of 20th century the social sciences discovered a new phenomenon, they coined as globalization. Responding to this “global turn” the social sciences across the world since then discuss for about two decades that and how the social sciences also need to be “globalized.” What have we learned from the two decades discourse about the globalization of the social sciences? What has been discussed about what the globalization of the social sciences means and what globalized social thought aims at?

What does it mean if social sciences advocate the need of a globalization of social thought, those very social sciences which forced the rest of the globe with their institutional power to take them as the one and only way to theorize about the world? What is the shift they are proclaiming, shifting the existing world reign of social sciences towards globalising social sciences?

Reflecting on the achievements of a discourse provides shared views on what globalizing social sciences aims at and the two decades discourse shows anything else but such shared views about what globalizing social sciences are and what they are aiming at.


The following topics might be addressed

A. Concepts of global social thought

  • What is/are differences between post-colonial globalizing social thought and the universalization of social sciences during colonialism?
  • How is this related to the notion of a globalising world?
  • What is globalization and what are globalizing social sciences?
  • What are the main theories about globalizing social thought?
  • What are local, global, glocal, or universal social sciences?
  • How are social sciences made global, glocal or local?
  • What    are    the    differences    between     the    globalisation     and    the internationalizing social sciences?
  • What are the main discourses and controversies among global social sciences about?
  • What are the driving forces making social sciences global or local?
  • Who are the scientific players – and who are not?

B. Strategies

  • What are common practices making social sciences global, international, local?
  • Are the creation of social science theories and the discourses about them affected by globalizing social science and how?
  • Are there particular methodological approaches making social sciences global, local, international?
  • Have global/local/…social sciences changed the topics social sciences theorize about?
  • Have they changed the ways social sciences create theories and the ways they are debated?
  • What are the main topics addressed in global/local theorizing?

C. Achievements

  • Have social sciences been globalized, localized and how has this affected the social sciences as a whole?
  • Have the  social  sciences  changed  thanks  to  their  globalization  or localization?
  • Has there been any progress in the creation of knowledge about a globalized world thanks to globalize/localize social science theorizing?
  • What have we learned from 20 years discourses and controversies?
  • Has the globalization of social sciences affected the role/position they have in the globalizing world?

Abstracts/papers should be kindly sent by the 30 November 2017.

Please send them to the following two email addresses: [email protected][email protected]

Call for Applications: Research Proposals on Advanced German and European Studies
Dec 1 all-day

Request for Research Proposals on
Advanced German and European Studies


The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin, one of Germany’s leading research universities. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century.

The program accepts applications from US and Canadian nationals, permanent and long-term residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a North American university who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are US and Canadian PhDs who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.

Located in one of the densest and most innovative academic regions in Europe, a Berlin Program Fellowship offers extraordinary research opportunities. Each semester, our colloquium serves as the central meeting point to share, discuss and support each other’s work.

The Berlin Program is administered in close cooperation with our North American partner, the German Studies Association (GSA), the largest organization of scholars, professionals, and students who focus on the study of German-speaking Europe from all periods of history and all relevant disciplines.


Deadline: December 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted as of November 1, 2017.

For further information on the program, the application and forms, visit our website at or send an email to [email protected]

Franklin Research Grants
Dec 1 all-day

Franklin Research Grants


This program of small grants to scholars is intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.


Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. PhD candidates are not eligible to apply, but the Society is especially interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate.


From $1,000 to $6,000.


October 2, December 1; notification in January and March.


The application may be accessed at Questions should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at [email protected] or 215-440-3429

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grants
Dec 1 all-day

Aim and Mission

  • To support emerging scholars through small grants;

  • To promote scholarship with a social policy application; and

  • To encourage projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences.


Grants are based solely on merit. Each is worth a total of $7,500; $5,000 is awarded initially and $2,500 upon completion of the project.

For grant recipients to be entitled to their second installment, they must show evidence of one of the following:

  1. Acceptance and approval of their dissertation;

  2. Acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal; or

  3. Invitation to write a book chapter based on the research.

Grants are non-renewable and recipients have five years from announcement of the award to complete their project and claim their final payment.


  • Applicants must be current PhD candidates who are working on their dissertation;

  • Applicants must not have a PhD; those who do, are ineligible;

  • Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department;

  • Applicants can be from any country and any university in the world. US citizenship or residency is not required.


The foundation supports projects with a social policy application on either a global or local level.

Applications are evaluated based on the Trustees’ assessment of criteria such as: feasibility, applicability, originality, methodology, theoretically informed or empirically rich research, and letters of recommendation. No specific weight is given to any one area. Proposals are evaluated based on overall merit of all aspects of the application.

We encourage applicants to look at the kind of projects we have supported in previous years. See Previous Recipients.



  • Awards are made to individuals, not institutions. If processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is required.

  • Recipients are expected to acknowledge assistance provided by the foundation in any publication resulting from their research and should notify the foundation with publication details.

  • Grants are issued immediately on receipt of an acceptance letter from the recipient. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the grant does not conflict with other funding they have secured. Grants are usually administered in June of the year they are decided.

  • Grant recipients will be publicized on the foundation’s website, in appropriate professional media, and a press release to university media offices.  

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship Program
Dec 1 all-day

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers residential fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. The deadline for 2018-2019 fellowships is December 1, 2017 for the following academic year. Applicants need not have advanced degrees, but VFH generally does not support work toward a degree. All Fellows have private offices with access to photocopiers and printers, as well as University of Virginia faculty privileges, including daily delivery of library materials, access to recreational facilities, and invitations to lectures and events. Applicants should have completed most of their research before the start of the fellowship period, which should be devoted primarily to writing. We do not support dissertation research or writing, and only occasionally award post-doctoral fellowships. We welcome proposals on subjects with broad interest in any of the humanities, including but not limited to the history, literature, folk life, and historical and contemporary cultures of Virginia and the South Atlantic United States.


For more information visit,

Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics
Dec 4 all-day

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Advanced Biomedical Ethics and in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics


The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowships: the Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, and the Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics.  These fellowships seek to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics and in ELSI research.  Appointments will commence in Summer 2018.

Fellows will participate fully in the life of the Department, which is among the world’s leading centers of bioethics research and teaching.  They will have full access to the intellectual resources of the Penn community.

Fellows will receive a generous annual stipend, benefits, and funds for academic books and travel. Depending on educational needs and career goals, fellows may also receive support to pursue a Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) degree.

Applications are invited from scholars with doctoral degrees in hand, or who will have completed all requirements for their degree by June 2018.  Eligible degrees include a PhD or equivalent, MD or equivalent, and (for Fellows in Advanced Biomedical Ethics only), a JD. Doctorates may be in any relevant field, including but not limited to philosophy, political science, life science, or any of the social sciences.  Prior experience in bioethics is not required. Applicants who are members of underrepresented minority groups or who are disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please visit for more information about the Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, or for more information about the ELSI Fellowship. Application deadline is December 4, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Angela Golub, Administrative Coordinator, by email at [email protected].

Call for Participation: Engaging the Legacy of Experiential and Performative Anthropology
Dec 6 all-day

Call for Participation: Engaging the Legacy of Experiential and Performative Anthropology

Contact Information:  Dr. Pamela R. Frese ([email protected]) or Dr. Susan Brownell ([email protected])


The performance of rituals or other forms of ethnographic material in the classroom acts as a form of “embodied learning” that transforms traditional anthropological perspectives of society and culture into special kinds of experienced realities. This exercise in “engaged learning” can be tremendously successful as a way to encourage students to enhance their understandings of themselves and of the very real people who are written about in ethnographic texts. If you engage in this form of pedagogy with your students, please consider contributing to an edited manuscript that provides theoretical insight into these experiences as well as “how to” craft an ethnographic performance for classroom use.

CFP: The Power of Failure
Dec 15 all-day

6th Unintended Consequences Workshop

The Power of Failure: New Perspectives in Social Theory and Practice

Poland, Warsaw, 7-8 May 2018

See also CfP for mini-workshop “The Effects of Macroeconomic Failure in Intimate Life and Gender Relations“. Organizer and coordinator: Ignazia M. Bartholini (University of Palermo)

Call for Papers

The last decade crises, which emerged in such diverse domains as humanitarian, economic and political, challenged the sociological imagination to take up the phenomenon of failure and to give it a fresher look. Various issues were addressed, such as the possibility to predict failure, the modalities of coping with it, the attribution of responsibility, the dynamic of scapegoating, the reproduction of the institutional structures and power differential subsequent to episodes of crises and decline, and even the unexpected turning of failure into success in certain instances. The perspective changed accordingly from the micro level – wherein the dynamic of organizational and market failure was attentively scrutinized – to the macro level – in which the potential of these episodes of crisis and failure to effect the capitalist dynamics and the hierarchies of the globalized world was called into question.

All this sociological effervescence can be framed as, more or less consciously, spinning around the following major questions: Can failure be anticipated or predicted? What is the role of ignorance in rendering major episodes of crisis and public policy failure as unanticipated? What is the relation between failure and social change? In what conditions do episodes of failure effect social change? Even more, when is the social change so comprehensive that social actors consider that the episode or succession of failure/s unexpectedly resulted in success?

What renders these inquiries as sociologically ‘major’ is less the fact that they emerged in relation with episodes of crisis, but that these can, in fact, be addressed in relation to any domain or social activity, related or unrelated to the recently witnessed episodes of failure at a global scale. The power of failure to effect (or not) social change and to lead (or not) to success is an issue that goes beyond the visible manifestation of power games between major financial, political and economic actors. The power of failure concerns in fact the social life in its entirety. And although the major and spectacular episodes of failure and crisis are ‘needed’ in order to render this power obvious and to call attention to it, the fact of the matter is that the power of failure does not need such a grandiose arena to manifest.

For this reason, the Workshop proposes to depart from the conventional manner of discussing failure and the power of failure as something out of the ordinary and paradoxical, and to bring in contributions which deal with this topic in terms of everyday life and practice. The Workshop welcomes contributions dealing with such topics as:

  • Sources and types of failure
  • Possibility to predict failure
  • Instituionalization and rhetoric of failure as something unanticipated and unexpected
  • Recovery and coping mechanisms in practice
  • Engagement in projects that involve high risk of failure
  • Prophylactics and ignorance of failure
  • Failure as stumbling block vs Failure as stepping stone to success
  • From failure to success: everyday life and beyond
  • Sociologists of failure, sociology of failure
  • Analysis of failure and unintended consequences in social sciences

The Organizing Committee hopes the Workshop will contribute to  the conceptual, theoretical and empirical enrichment of the studies on sociology of failure and recovery, it will create an apt platform for revisiting well established assumptions and paradigms, and help opening new research sites for empirical investigation.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 December 2017.

Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund
Dec 15 all-day




The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her commitment to economic anthropology and concern for people on the social margins. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial collegiality, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, this award provides students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty with small grants for preliminary dissertation fieldwork and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.

See website:

Because Rhoda Halperin’s career exemplified the integration of anthropological theory with social activism, for the purposes of this award, economic anthropology is broadly defined to include applied and non-applied perspectives, research that engages with issues of poverty and exclusion from political process.



  1. Any student enrolled in an anthropology (or allied field) doctoral program, regardless of citizenship or nation, is eligible for the award.
  2. Strong preference is given to students early in the dissertation proposal writing process rather than to those who are further along and have already developed their proposals.
  3. The funds are NOT intended for dissertation research or language study.



Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the award by providing the following materials by the deadline listed below. All materials should be submitted via email to Daniel Murphy ([email protected]) by December 15, 2017. We will announce awards by February 15, 2018.

  1. Proposal Cover sheet
  2. Abstract (100 words)
  3. Project description, < 500 words about research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks,

potential outcomes

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of recommendation (included or under separate cover)

Find application forms at [].



Recipients receive $2,000 for preliminary PhD research, issued upon acceptance of the award and notification to the Treasurer of the SEA []

Recipients receive a one-year membership in the Society for Economic Anthropology.

Recipients receive $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the SEA spring conference during the year following the research award to present a poster or paper on the dissertation research or background work.



The Halperin Memorial Fund is a fund of the Society for Economic Anthropology, a Section of the American Anthropological Association, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to The Halperin Memorial Fund are typically exempt from federal income tax, as are membership fees, but please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation. When you make a donation to support the Halperin Memorial Fund by check, please make your check to “SEA/American Anthropological Association” and note that the donation is for the Halperin Memorial Fund.


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