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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


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


Call for Papers: Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity: on Matters of Method in Postsocialist Studies @ Indiana University Bloomington
Mar 3 – Mar 4 all-day

Call for Papers

The 2017 Annual Soyuz Symposium

Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity: on Matters of Method in Postsocialist Studies

Russian and East European Institute

Indiana University Bloomington

March 3-4, 2017


Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies invites presentation proposals for the 2017 symposium hosted by the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. We are seeking research papers and visual presentations (including, but not limited to documentary and ethnographic films) that engage with the issues of methodology in the postsocialist world broadly defined, encompassing  East-Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union, as well as Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Our goal is to foster conversations about knowledge production in the field of postsocialist studies that spans generations of researchers: from graduate students and junior scholars to senior professionals. The 2017 Soyuz Symposium theme Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity is inspired by the immense and somewhat untapped potential that postsocialist studies have to offer to methodological conversations in social sciences. In our view, a more vibrant scholarly exchange will aid current compartmentalization of much scholarship into global North and South and produce new analytical categories. Recent resurgence of Cold War ideologies in Europe has ushered a renewed interest in this region on the part of policy makers, funding organizations, and academic programs, and we want to invite scholars of postsocialism to provide their critical commentary on the issues that have accompanied these geopolitical shifts.

Embracing Confusion and Questioning Clarity theme encourages presenters to consider questions they have faced and discoveries they have made on a journey from conceiving a research idea to their interpretation of findings. In what ways have postsocialist transformations and the scholarly analyses that followed posed a challenge to long-standing social scientific categories, methods and theories? What portable analytical categories and methodological insights have postsocialist studies yielded? How have our methodological frameworks and research questions changed in the last decades? Which conversations, interpretive frames, and collaborative processes were beneficial and which were not? What sorts of creative responses have scholars of postsocialism generated to navigate confusing times? And how do insights gleaned by earlier generations of researchers translate, travel and land in the world nearly thirty years removed from the iconic fall of the Berlin Wall?

Invited themes include, but are not limited to the following: creating knowledge about a space; methodologies of data collection and analysis; fieldwork events; analysis of state narratives and discourses; interpretation of contested histories; conducting policy-relevant research; writing in social sciences, and others. As always, at Soyuz, other topics of research on postsocialism that are not directly related to this theme are also welcome. We will invite selected papers for publication as a special issue in one of the relevant journals. Partial funding might be available for graduate students, please indicate if you’d like to be considered in your materials.


Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to Soyuz board at by October 15, 2016.


Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “Soyuz 2017” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and notifications made by December 1, 2016.

The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, ranging from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting. More information on the Soyuz Research Network can be found at the website.

Awareness of Death and Personal Mortality: Implications for Anthropogeny
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join the live webcast! “Awareness of Death and Personal Mortality: Implications for Anthropogeny” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, March 3rd (1:00 – 5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Nicholas Humphrey (University of Cambridge) and Ajit Varki (UC San Diego).

Humans seem to be unusual in the quality and extent of our responses to death, as well as the ability to translate these experiences into an understanding of our personal mortality. How did this uniquely human quality shape our origins, and what are the present-day consequences? This symposium will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines to offer answers to these questions and more.

Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group 2017 Conference @ UCLA
Mar 5 – Mar 7 all-day

Childhoods in Motion: Children, Youth, Migration, and Education Conference
March 3-5, 2017 UCLA, Los Angeles, California

Conference registration is now available online!

Children and youth—as people and as socially constructed categories—move in many ways: across geopolitical borders, through developmental time and culturally-defined stages of life, across spaces designed to shape their experiences of growing up or being raised by adults (homes, schools, churches, after-school programs), and within or across real and virtual spaces of their own choosing.

These movements both shape and are shaped by local and global flows of people, capital, ideas, discourses, and values. In diverse spaces and discourses, young people may be viewed or treated as innocents; victims; passive recipients of adults’ socialization efforts; or active agents in their own lives as well as in their families, communities, and other institutions. In social science research, different aspects of their identities are made salient: most often as students or family members, but sometimes as immigrants/refugees, targets of violence, laborers, warriors, and more. As members of society who are often vulnerable to adult power, children’s lives and experiences are also shaped by ideas that circulate through media and in public policies and educational practices. Movement— across communities, spaces, social identities or social systems—shapes particular children’s experiences of childhood and the meanings that attached to this life stage. As young people navigate multiple cultural, physical, and electronic landscapes, research from diverse disciplines that highlights children’s migration, motion, and movement across space and time may help us understand children and childhoods in new ways. It may inform our understandings of educational institutions, cultural practices, and political, legal and economic systems.

This conference seeks to unite scholars and practitioners across the fields of migration, education, and anthropology to investigate the conceptual and physical mobility of children and youth across diverse contexts.

The conference will also feature a public forum that is co-sponsored by the AAA Committee for Human Rights to discuss public engagement, advocacy, and teaching immigration rights/issues in the classroom.

Childhoods in Motion – Provisional Conference Schedule
Childhoods in Motion Individual Paper Abstracts