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Feb 28 all-day


Green Templeton College, University of Oxford | 12th – 13th May 2017


The annual Human Welfare Conference brings together leading graduate students, academics, and practitioners to engage with the challenges and opportunities of improving human welfare. Encouraging collaboration between researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines, the conference explores new and comprehensive ways to tackle important issues relevant to human welfare. Now in its 10th year, the conference remains at the centre of Green Templeton’s college life, made up of 600 multidisciplinary post-graduate students drawn from across the globe.

The theme for the 2017 conference is Reinventing Empowerment in the 21st Century. This year we seek to address the difficult questions regarding what constitutes being ‘empowered’, why empowerment is important, and what approaches should be adopted in confronting these paramount issues. We aim to answer these questions over the course of the two-days through presentations, discussion and debate.

We would like to invite graduate students from any area of study to present their papers at the conference, based on their own original work and research, relating to empowerment and human welfare. Example topics include:

  • Empowerment and education
  • Gender and empowerment
  • Empowerment and biotechnology
  • Empowerment of key populations affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Empowerment of migrants and refugees

This list is not exhaustive, and we welcome research relating to broader themes of empowerment and human welfare. We also welcome work of a multidisciplinary nature, or that which reflects collaboration between different organisations.


Please submit an abstract (500 words max) to, addressed to ‘Ms. E. Anderson’, by Tuesday, 28 February 2017. If you have any queries about the suitability of your paper, please email with the subject line

“Student Submission Query.”

We will be basing our selection on the paper’s relevance to the topic of empowerment, innovativeness of the research, quality, and overall clarity of the paper. Please remember that all research must be original.

The Human Welfare Conference aims to offer the best applicants an opportunity to develop their personal and professional skills, as well as to meet students and leading academics from a range of disciplines.

For more information on submissions and the Conference itself, please visit


If your paper is selected, you will be emailed in mid-March to invite you to the Conference. Successful participants will display their work at a poster-presentation session within the two days, where audience members will view and discuss your research. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with leading experts across the course of the event, including at a formal dinner at the College to which thy will also be invited. Successful candidates will also be welcomed to attend several panel discussions, which will be led by established academics and prominent practitioners. Previous speakers have included Professor Dani Rodrik and Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Krugman. Some applicants may be invited to speak as a panel-member instead, if their research is particularly relevant or applicable.

If selected, you may also apply for financial assistance to travel to Oxford if you are coming from over-seas. However, please bear in mind these funds are very limited, and we cannot guarantee full-cover of the costs. Please contact your University for details of potential scholarships and travel-aid.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch at with any queries. We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit Green Templeton College and the University.

Kind regards,

The HWC 2017 Chairs

Isabel Woodford Derek Soled

MPhil student in Development MSc student in Medical Anthropology

Postcolonial Studies Association Convention @ Senate House, University of London
Feb 28 all-day

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 PSA Convention will be held at the School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London, from 18th to 20th September 2017. Paper and panel proposals are invited from academics, scholars and postgraduates with research interests in any area of postcolonial studies from any disciplinary, cross- or interdisciplinary perspective.

The Special Topic of the 2017 Convention is Globalisation. Proposals for panels and papers on this theme are particularly encouraged.

While the transregional history of globalisation can be traced back to antiquity, its discursive entanglement with the temporal realm of the ‘postcolonial’ has been the subject of much discussion and analysis in recent times. The 2017 convention seeks to investigate the crucial role of postcolonial studies in furthering newer understandings of economic, political and cultural globalisation in the light of the current international climate: the complex socio-political ramifications of the Brexit verdict, Trump’s electoral victory, or the European refugee crisis, which have come to be regarded as the reactionary ‘whitelash’ against globalisation.

Harnessing the philosophical scope of the postcolonial field, our special topic aims to examine the nexus between a ‘neoliberal’ grand-narrative and ‘neocolonial racism’ as a mainstream ideological position in both the North and South. How are these ongoing developments in the global North perceived by peoples and communities in the global South? How is the North/South binary interrogated by the liminal story spaces of illegal immigrants, temporary workers, refugees and asylum seekers? How might we postulate an alternative global economy? In what ways could informal citizenship practices collaborate with radical discourses of ecofeminism, or the transnational agency of a globalised digital resistance, to pose a concerted challenge to the reductive hierarchies of neocolonial racism? In what ways might postcolonial analyses of cultural production account for globalisation within the current economic and political conjuncture?

 Paper and panel proposals are invited from academics, scholars and postgraduates with research interests in any area of postcolonial studies from any disciplinary, cross- or interdisciplinary perspective.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20-minute individual papers and 500 words for panels of three, along with a brief biographical note of participants (2-3 sentences max), to The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Tuesday, 28th February 2017.

Call for Papers: Making alcohol and other drug realities
Mar 1 all-day


Making alcohol and other drug realities

23-25 August, 2017

Helsinki, Finland



Hosted by Contemporary Drug Problems, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (Helsinki, Finland), the National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University, Australia), the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research (Aarhus University, Denmark), the Centre for Population Health (Burnet Institute, Australia), and the Department of Science and Technology Studies (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), this conference will bring together international researchers in drug use and addiction studies from a range of research disciplines.

2017-2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Studies Initiative (NASI) Fellowships
Mar 1 all-day

The American Philosophical Society Library invites applications for three new fellowships under a grant received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Studies Initiative (NASI).

These opportunities are for scholars at various stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities on projects. Each fellowship provides a stipend and travel funds. The application deadline for all is March 1, 2017 and all materials must be submitted online. Full details can be found in the links below.

Long-term Predoctoral Fellowship

This 12-month fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward the completion of the dissertation. Applications are open to scholars in all related fields and all periods of time, although preference will be given to those who have experience working with Native communities.

For more information and to apply:

Long-term Postdoctoral Fellowship

A one-year, residential fellowship for post-doctoral scholars at any stage of their careers, including tribal college faculty members and others who work closely with Native communities. Applications are open to scholars in all related fields and all periods of time, although preference will be given to those who have experience working with Native communities.

For more information and to apply:

Digital Knowledge Sharing (DKS) Fellowships

A new research fellowship aimed to encourage Digital Knowledge Sharing among scholars of the history, culture, and languages of indigenous people of North America. These Digital Knowledge Sharing (DKS) fellowships are open to scholars working on Native American and indigenous topics who need to do archival research at the APS Library or elsewhere in order to complete their projects.

For more information and to apply:

American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York
Mar 1 all-day

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Educators at Bard Graduate Center, New York City (July 3–28, 2017)

Call for Applicants: Bard Graduate Center will host this four-week Institute on American material culture. Our case study is New York City and its immediate environs, focusing on the nineteenth century, when the city emerged as a national center for fashioning cultural commodities and promoting consumer tastes. Institute participants will study significant texts in material-culture scholarship and explore avenues for innovative pedagogy. Visits to rich collections in and around New York City will feature hands-on artifact study with experts in the field. The program also offers opportunities for participants to advance their own projects and workshop their current research with colleagues and senior scholars.

We encourage scholars from any field who are interested in material culture, regardless of disciplinary, regional, or chronological specialization, to apply. Application materials and other information about Institute content, eligibility, stipends, housing, etc. is available at:

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Call for Papers, Proposals: Advances in Gender Research
Mar 1 all-day

Call for Papers, Proposals: Advances in Gender Research 24

Gender Panic, Gender Policy

        Edited by: Vasilikie Demos and Marcia Texler Segal

Submission of Extended Abstract, Paper for Consideration by October 1, 2016

Completed Draft * due by March 1, 2017

Publication Date: Fall 2017**


AGR volume 24 will explore the social panic around challenges to the gender/sexuality system and the contested policies deployed by institutions in response, including laws and regulations pertaining to the use of public toilets, don’t ask don’t tell, sex-testing of athletes, HIV/AIDS campaigns,  and reproductive health care & abstinence only education.   Proposals for chapters focusing on gender issues and policies as contextualized by large-scale societal changes such as those resulting from de-colonialization, post-colonialization or migration are also welcomed as are ones addressing such questions: Are gender neutral policies really neutral?  Are policies based on the binary construction of gender now irrelevant to contemporary social life?

We are looking for research that addresses the development, implications and impact of gender-related social policies anywhere in the world. This includes research that may lead to new policy recommendations, that shows how policies have morphed or traveled or research that compares gender-related policies across jurisdictions.  Extended abstracts complete with theoretical orientation or perspective and methodological approach as appropriate,  paper drafts and inquiries should be sent to both Marcia: and Vicky:


*Completed papers should be under 8,500 words. 

** Publication Schedule: Submitters will be informed of the editors’ decision following a peer review of work by November 15, 2016. Completed draft is due March 1, 2017; By April 1, 2017 feedback on completed drafts to be given.  By May 15 final drafts are due.

Center for Communal Studies Annual Prize Compeitions @ Center for Communal Studies, University of Southern Indiana
Mar 1 all-day

The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites submissions for its prize competition for the best undergraduate and graduate student papers on historic or contemporary communal groups, intentional communities and utopias. Submissions may come from any academic discipline and should be focused on a topic clearly related to contemporary or historic communal groups or utopias.

Undergraduate Paper or Thesis
Author of the best undergraduate paper or thesis will receive $250. The annual deadline for submission is 1 March. The prize winner will be announced in April 2017.

Graduate Paper or Thesis or Dissertation Chapter
Author of the best graduate paper or thesis or dissertation chapter will receive $500. The annual deadline for submission is 1 March. The prize winner will be announced in April 2017.

Research Travel Grant

The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites applications for a Research Travel Grant to fund research at the Communal Studies Collection at USI’s David L. Rice Library. The Communal Studies Collection’s rich archival materials hold information on over 600 historic and contemporary communal societies, utopias and intentional communities. A complete listing of communities can be found on the Rice Library website. Strengths include materials on the Harmonists and Owenites who settled nearby New Harmony, Indiana, but the breadth of the collections covers American communalism more broadly. Applicants may be graduate students or established scholars in the United States or abroad from any discipline that involves the study of communalism (such as history, English, anthropology, economics, sociology, etc.). The grant will fund research up to $2,000 to be used by June 30 of the subsequent year. All applications must include a letter detailing the project and its significance to communal studies, a proposed budget and a vita. Applications are due annually by 1 May. The winner of this Research Travel Grant is announced annually in June 2017.

Submissions from USI students and faculty are welcome. Click here to visit our website.


Please send materials as email attachments to Casey Harison at

CFP: Making Alcohol and Other Drug Realities
Mar 1 all-day


Please consider submitting an abstract and joining us in Helsinki for the Fourth Contemporary Drug Problems conference, which will critically explore and debate the issues posed when we approach alcohol and other drug science, policy, treatment, law and other practices as constituting the realities they seek to address, 23-25 August, 2017. 

Abstracts are due March 1, 2017.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Carol Bacchi: ‘Deploying a poststructural analytic strategy: Political implications’

Cameron Duff: ‘Making drug realities: From analysis to praxis after the ontological turn’

Adam Winstock & Monica Barratt: ‘The Global Drug Survey: Participatory methods and the making of safer drug realities’

Join conference delegates for dinner at Restaurant Loiste (, located on the top floor of the Hotel Vaakuna: For further details on the conference theme, venue, format and abstract submission, please visit


Beyond Doom and Gloom: Include Solutions to Climate Change Webinar
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts and not sure how to help create significant improvements? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert curricular materials to engage students in current and future solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline. Join us to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

Register here.

Brought to you by DANS (Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability) and HEASC (Higher Education Associations’ Sustainability Consortium).

On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land
Mar 1 @ 7:03 pm – 8:03 pm

A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

In residence at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C

June 12-­June 30, 2017

“On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land” is a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association. It is an opportunity for twenty-two select faculty participants from two-year community and four-year colleges, tribal colleges, and universities, in a humanities discipline, to enhance their teaching and research through a three-week residency at the Library of Congress, and by engaging with prominent scholars in the field of Native American Ethnohistory through a rich schedule of interdisciplinary seminars led by the following ten distinguished Visiting Faculty Scholars:

Matthew Babcock, History, University of North Texas at Dallas

Tracy L. Brown, Anthropology, Central Michigan University

Colin Gordon Calloway, Native American Studies, Dartmouth University

Pekka Hämäläinen, Oxford Centre for Research in US History

Michael E. Harkin, Anthropology, University of Wyoming

Sergie Kan, Anthropology and Native American Studies, Dartmouth University

Amy Lonetree, Humanities/ History, University of California Santa Cruz

Michael McDonnell, History, University of Sydney

Gregory Smithers, History, Virginia Commonwealth University

Michael Witgen (Red Cliff Ojibwe), American Culture & History, University of Michigan


The stipend for a three-week NEH Institute is $2,700. In the case of the “Native Grounds” Institute we have prearranged lodging for 20 nights at the Capitol Hill Hotel (CHH), adjacent to the Library of Congress; for those opting to accept our collegial arrangements at CHH, participants will receive lodging in very spacious double suites, with full kitchen facilities, daily breakfast, and complimentary wine-hour on weekdays, plus a remaining cash stipend of $650 to help defray costs of travel and meals. For additional information visit our website at or you may also contact Project Co-Directors Dr. Laraine Fletcher,, or Dr. George Scheper,; or Project Manager Andrew Rusnak, .

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017