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Call for Abstracts: “Everyday Life on the African Continent: Fun, Leisure, and Expressivity”
Sep 30 all-day

Call for Abstracts for edited volume

Everyday Life on the African Continent: Fun, Leisure, and Expressivity

Editors:  Kemi Balogun, Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, Habib Iddrisu

Project Description

This volume, edited by a multi-disciplinary group of scholars who work in different regions of Africa, will be a collection of essays focusing on forms of leisure and expressivity on the continent. Each short and descriptive  essay (5000-6000 words), will be written in accessible prose and will focus on providing details about a cultural form, explaining the context(s) in which it occurs, and providing some analysis as to its significance. The book will be thematically organized, with multiple chapters on topics such as Fashion and Beauty, Sports and Games, Love and Dating, and Creative Arts. The volume targets an undergraduate audience with limited knowledge of the continent. The intent is for the volume to include essays from all regions of the continent, from rural and urban settings, about the present or the past, and about “popular” or “traditional” practices. This edited volume is under precompletion contract with Ohio University Press, and draft chapters will be due by February 2017.

This project will contribute a critically needed text that exposes undergraduate students to the positive aspects of daily life on the continent. A particular focus will be upon the creative and dynamic ways that people in African contexts are using their leisure time, having fun, being creative, and engaging in forms of expressive culture. Much of the material available for undergraduate African Studies courses emphasizes the challenges facing the continent, focusing on war, poverty, corruption, disease, or human rights violations. These issues are real and deserve sustained attention. However, the narrow focus on “Africa’s problems” creates pedagogical problems. It can reinforce stereotypes students are already conversant with and misses an opportunity for students to consider the similarities and differences between their lives and those of their African counterparts. As those of us who have spent time on the continent know firsthand, challenging conditions do not preclude people from making music, falling in love, playing sports, participating in festivals, writing blogs, telling jokes, wearing expressive clothing, making videos, playing games, dancing, eating delicious food and finding pleasure in myriad other ways in their daily lives. These are the types of topics we anticipate for this volume.

Contributors are welcome to write about their research expertise and may distill research findings from an article or monograph to make it accessible to undergraduates. This is an opportunity to write about a compelling topic outside of one’s disciplinary scope, and essays about first-hand experience are also acceptable. We welcome all abstracts that convey a sense of energy and excitement on the part of the author.


Companion Symposium

The book editors will be hosting a companion symposium on the topic of “Fun, Leisure, and Expressivity in Africa” at the University of Oregon on February 23-24, 2017. Chapter contributors will be strongly encouraged (but not required) to participate in this event, and funding to offset travel costs will be available. Draft chapters will be pre-circulated, authors will receive feedback from the volume editors during the symposium. We anticipate this symposium being a key activity for establishing connections between the authors and building cohesiveness throughout the book.


Submission Details

Abstracts of roughly 500 words are due by September 30, 2016. Abstracts should briefly describe the topic, place, and time frame, how it fits into the parameters of the volume, and why it is significant. Contributors are welcome to submit multiple abstracts about different possible topics.  and then receive feedback from the editors about which might be the best fit.

When submitting your abstract, please indicate whether you would like to participate in the symposium in February, and if you’d like to be considered for funding to offset travel costs.

Abstracts should be emailed as word docs to [email protected].



  • September 30, 2016—Abstracts due
  • November 15, 2016—Notification of Acceptance & Notification of Funding Awards for Symposium 
  • February 15, 2017—Pre-circulation of Symposium Papers/ Chapter Drafts
  • February 23-24, 2017—Symposium at the University of Oregon
  • April 1, 2017—First Draft of Full Chapter Due to Editors for review
  • June 1, 2017—Comments back from Editors on Draft Chapters
  • July 15, 2017—Revised draft due to Editors
  • July 15-Sept. 1—Editors work on finalizing manuscript
  • September 1, 2017—Submission to Ohio University Press



For questions or additional information, and to submit abstracts, please contact: Lisa Gilman, [email protected]

Call for Applications: The Berlin Prize
Sep 30 all-day

The Berlin Prize

Call for Applications 2017/2018


The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2017/2018. The deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET). Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the Berlin office.

The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others.

Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district.

Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible. Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, law, filmmaking, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers must have published at least one book at the time of application. Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics.

Please note that the Inga Maren Otto Berlin Prize in Music Composition and the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts are invitation-only competitions. We also do not accept applications in mathematics and the hard sciences.

Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2017/2018 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late February 2017.


For further information and to apply online, please see

Call for Papers: Conference of the 19th Century Studies Association
Sep 30 all-day

38th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association

February 2-4, 2017

Charleston, South Carolina



The NCSA program committee invites proposals on any aspect of “memory and commemoration” in the nineteenth century. From photographs and locks of hair to jubilee processions and civic monuments, nineteenth-century men and women sought to commemorate, preserve, and utilize personal and collective memories and histories. How did individuals remember loved ones, or their own histories? How did they celebrate corporate visions of the past, or dispute visions put forward by others? How were interpretations of the past used as tools of revolution, nation-building, imperialism, and other political activities? In what ways did new economies of tourism and consumerism support a culture of commemoration? How, too, have memories of the nineteenth-century past been contested by later generations? Topics might include civic commemorations, jubilees, holidays, public memorials, architectural changes, cemeteries, elegies, death rituals, photography, souvenirs, memoirs and autobiographies, or literary and artistic uses of the past. Papers may also analyze theoretical concepts of memory, invented traditions, and contested spaces, as well as interdisciplinary and alternate interpretations.

Send 250-word abstracts with 1-page CVs to [email protected] by September 30, 2016. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2016. Graduate students whose proposals have been accepted may submit completed papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who reside outside of North America and whose proposals have been accepted may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements:

Call for Papers: 100 Years of Peace with Justice
Oct 1 all-day

In April 2017, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a leading peace and justice organization, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To mark this milestone we will host a one-day symposium to showcase cutting-edge scholarship on areas of AFSC work both past and present and to inspire the next generation of research on peace and justice. The symposium will bring scholars together with past, present, and future activists, highlighting the connection between scholarship and advocacy around AFSC’s key issues.

The AFSC invites scholars to submit original work on peace and justice issues broadly defined. Key themes for this work may include:

  • Peace building at home and abroad: relief work in conflict and post-conflict zones, Quaker peace building efforts past and present, anti-militarism, anti-war movements.
  • Racial justice: the historic work of the AFSC in civil rights (employment, housing, education), relationship of nonviolence to movements for racial justice past and present, historic or contemporary movements of other racial/ethnic minorities as a reflection of Quaker and AFSC values.
  • Economic justice: nonviolence in labor movements, relationship of the AFSC or Quakers to labor movements past and present, Quaker approaches to economic justice past and present, relationship between economic justice and peace building.
  • Contemporary social movements: around issues such as mass incarceration, migration, countering violent extremism, etc. with emphasis on how they address long standing AFSC/Quaker concerns, role of nonviolence in contemporary social movements.

We seek to engage scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and at different career stages, including those who have worked directly with our archives or programs. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and final presentations should be approximately 20 minutes long.

Submission Procedures/Format

Please submit a 300 word abstract of your presentation along with your CV and contact information. The deadline has been extended to October 1, 2016.

Call for Papers: Yoga’s New Pathways in America
Oct 5 all-day

Yoga’s New Pathways in America: Yoga’s affects on the physical, mental and social body


Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 28th -April 1st, 2017


This panel hopes to explore the emerging spaces for theoretical, somatic, experiential and methodological engagement opened up by the increasing numbers of yoga schools, studios and practitioners in the United States.

While yoga is not new to America, its growing popularity in the last 20 years cannot be ignored. It is increasingly being investigated by neurologists, medical practitioners, psychologists and anthropologists in terms of its physical and psychosocial health benefits, its spiritual dimensions and as sites of intercultural exchange.

This panel seeks to explore how emerging yoga practices in the United States both link up with and reconfigure historical yogic texts and traditions. How do yoga practices in the U.S. create new pathways for understanding the physical, emotional and social body, particularly within the context of a neoliberal society?  Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Gendered yoga practices
  • Methodological challenges and approaches to studying yoga and the body
  • Yoga and spirituality
  • The use of yoga among prisoners, addicts, cancer patients, PTSD sufferers, etc.
  • Yoga and the mind
  • Yoga and cognition/consciousness
  • Activism within yoga communities
  • Yogic texts: tradition and transformation
  • Money and yoga
  • Yoga and understandings of health/wellbeing

Abstracts should be limited to 100 words, per SfAA guidelines, and be submitted via email to the Organizer and Chair by October 5th.  Papers are especially encouraged by practitioner scholars.


Panel Organizer/Chair:

Natalie J. Bourdon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies

Mercer University

Email: [email protected]

WAPA Presents: A Panel on Black Lives Matter @ Charles Sumner School
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists


A Panel on Black Lives Matter


Leslie Walker, American Anthropological Association

Kalfani Kyeree Ture, Winthrop University

Shaneda Destine, Howard University

Tabria Lee-Noonan, American University

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Happy hour from 5 to 7PM at The Mayflower Hotel Edgar Restaurant (back room), 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW

Black Lives Matter panel from 7 to 9PM at Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th Street NW


Black Lives Matter has developed over the past two years as one of the strongest and widest activist organizations in the critique of race relations and civil rights sparked by a national U.S. conversation about questions of police profiling and violence against african-american citizens. This panel seeks to address Black Lives Matter from personal ethnographic standpoints by anthropologists and other social scientists whose work relates to the growth of this movement and race relations in general. Panelists will first discuss their work in relation to this movement and then will respond to a series of questions, in which panelists will explore using an anthropological lens the current state of race relations in various communities, the issues impacting race relations today, and how we as anthropologists might contribute to this dialogue both as a reflection of our own community and how we may bring our work to bear on the communities in which we live and work.

Public Anthropology Conference 2016
Oct 8 – Oct 9 all-day

This conference will explore opportunities for collaboration between academia and social movements of all kinds to advance movements and related forms of advocacy and activism. Participants and audience members will be encouraged to engage in dialogues and share insights about the concrete ways in which activists and academics can strengthen collaborative efforts to combat social inequalities and injustice, discrimination and oppression, and violations of basic human rights. Taking place just weeks before the U.S. presidential election amid a dramatic rise in social movement activism in recent years, the conference will provide a space to self-critically reflect on the contributions of and relationship between academia and movements. We welcome submissions of all kinds, including panels, papers, workshops, dialogues, posters, film, audio/visual displays, and performances, among others.



A panel session will include 15-minute presentations of three to five papers centralized around a common theme. Panel organizers should submit a 250-word abstract for the panel and for each paper. All panels should allocate time for audience participation.



Conference participants may also choose to submit abstracts for individual papers. Please submit a paper title and a 250-word abstract. Presenters will have between 15-30 minutes to present, with an audience-led question and answer session following the presentation.



Dialogues provide for a more conversational format than traditional conference panels. Presenters will be responsible for leading a discussion around a central theme. Please submit a 100-word abstract on a specific topic with at least three questions you would like to pose during the dialogue.



Participants may also choose to submit a poster, host a film screening, or lead an interactive workshop. Submissions for these alternative formats should include a 250-word outline of the suggested activity designed to fill a 1 hour and 30 minute session.

Virtual Conference: User Research for Everyone
Oct 11 all-day

Anyone can conduct effective user research. You just need to know how.

Your company might still believe there’s not enough time or money to do research right. Or maybe you lack professional researchers on your team. Or you’re new to user research and need to gain confidence and experience. Don’t let those issues stop you. The User Research for Everyone one-day virtual conference will show how to succeed with research that leads to products users want to use, buy, and recommend to friends.

We created the program and speaker lineup with input from 200 designers and developers. Our presenters will focus on practical advice to tackle the real-world constraints you face.


view session descriptions or speaker bios


  • Designers: Incorporate user research to confirm where your concept works and where it doesn’t.
  • Product managers: Use research to improve adoption rates and reduce expensive and time-consuming product rebuilds.
  • Engineers and developers: Learn how end users interact with products so you can make smarter decisions that improve usability.
  • Managers: Use research to save time and money and help cross-functional teams get the biggest bang for the buck to make remarkable products.
  • Teams: Spend the day learning together so you can collaborate to integrate research more easily into your product design process.
  • …and user researchers: Brush up on the basics, or get up to speed if you’re new to the field.


  • 6 practical, comprehensive presentations from some of the best-known user research experts on the planet
  • Q&A sessions with each expert following their presentation
  • Lifetime access anytime with streaming and downloadable files
  • Free 30-day trial to UIE’s All You Can Learn Library
  • Virtual, travel-free learning from the convenience of your desk
“Translating Across Space and Time” Conference
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day

“Translating Across Space and Time” is an international conference hosted by the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA from October 13-15, 2016 and co-sponsored by the Penn Humanities Forum.  The three-day conference will bring together a range of scholars, practitioners, and community leaders to discuss the ways archival collections and scholarly fieldwork can help preserve and revitalize endangered languages and cultural practices in indigenous communities throughout North America.

Conference panels pay particular attention to the legal and ethical issues archives and scholars face when working with indigenous materials, the ways technologies have forged new forms of cross-cultural collaborations, the influence of past policies on the present, and the best practices for pedagogy.  Brief papers will be precirculated in order to encourage conversation and dialogue during the conference.

The full schedule can be found here.

Registration now open for no cost to attendees on the conference website.

High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries
Oct 13 – Oct 14 all-day

13-14 October 2016

The High-level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of LLDCs will review the progress made by LLDCs, as well as challenges in the development and maintenance of efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems, and the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport. It will identify new strategies, cooperation initiatives and policy recommendations on how to develop and further improve transit transport systems for the benefit of the LLDCs, strengthen cooperation, enhance mobilization of financing for infrastructure development and maintenance and promote sustainable transport in the LLDCs. The recommendations of the meeting are expected to contribute the perspectives of the LLDCs into the first global sustainable transport conference to be held from 26-27 November 2016 in Turkmenistan.

The High-level Meeting is jointly organized by the Government of Bolivia, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).

The meeting will be attended by the Ministers of Transport of LLDCs.  Ministers of transport of transit developing countries and selected development partners, as well as representatives of the UN system, other international, regional and sub-regional organizations and financial institutions, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will also be invited to participate at senior official level.

Pre-registration is required and is open for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council from 20 September – 5 October 2016. Registration is non-transferrable.  If a representative of an accredited organization is not able to attend the Conference, he or she cannot be replaced by another representative.

NGO representatives will be able to attend the plenaries, intervene in the round tables, subject to the availability of time, and organise side events.

Applicants must:

  • represent an NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC working in the transport field;
  • be officially authorised to speak on behalf of their organization or institution;
  • have expertise in the transport sector;
  • be available to be in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on 13 and 14 October;
  • arrange for travel, visa, accommodation and all other related expenses.


To register:

IMPORTANT: Government representatives and intergovernmental organizations DO NOT use this registration form.  Please observe standard protocol arrangements via your official UN delegation or organization.

More information about the event, including a Concept Note and Preliminary Programme, can be found on the following website: