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September 28–October 2, 2016 / Delray Beach, Florida
The Semiotic Society of America welcomes abstracts on any subject with a connection to semiotics. We apply semiotic theories and insights to disciplines as diverse as anthropology, the arts, biology, cognitive science, communication, cybernetics, education, ethics, law, literary criticism, linguistics, marketing, media studies, mathematics, pedagogy, philosophy, religion, and technology.
Please visit EasyChair at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ssa2016
The deadline for submission is May 8, 2016.
Only one submission per author is permitted. There is no limit on the number of times a person may Chair or Respond to a session. (If you have any problems accessing the website, please contact us). Please use Times New Roman in font size 12 and include the following information in your submission:
- Author’s name (as it will be listed in the program)
- Author’s email & institutional affiliation
- Add other authors as indicated above
- At the time of submitting an organized session, the individual abstracts for each paper must be submitted
- Title of abstract (maximum 15 words)
- 150-word abstract as it will be printed in the program
- Keywords (maximum 6 words)
Abstracts for individual papers or panels and organized sessions (3-4 papers) must include all of the above information. Papers are for a 20-minute presentation. Early submission of abstracts and proposals is highly recommended. An acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of receipt. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by June 30, 2016.
Papers presented at the meeting will also be considered for publication in Semiotics 2016, the Yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America. The SSA Yearbook is an annual peer-reviewed publication series sponsored by the Semiotic Society of America, providing both a timely overview of current developments in semiotic research and a regular outlet for members of the Society to publish papers on their current work. Further details and deadlines will be specified in the Annual Meeting Program.
Student submissions are eligible for the Roberta Kevelson Award, which will honor the best student paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting. Students who wish to be considered for the Kevelson Award should indicate their interest in their abstract submissions, and submit their full papers to Dr. Gilad Elbom by September 1, 2016.
To join the Society and register for the conference, please visit https://www.pdcnet.org/wp/2016-ssa/ or call: +01-434-220-3300, Toll Free: 1-800-444-2419 (US & Canada).
The 41st SSA Annual Meeting will take place at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel, 10 North Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach, Florida 33483. To make your room reservations, please go to the customized Group Web Link: Book your group rate for Semiotic Society of America or call the Reservations Department 1-561-274-3200. We encourage you to make your reservation by August 28, 2016. After this date, it will be at the Delray Beach Marriott’s discretion whether to accept reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability. Please follow the link to Semiotic Society of America when making your registration to receive the special rate of $160.00 per night (single or double room), including complimentary guest-room wireless Internet access.
Membership and Registration Fees
Please note that in accordance with Article 4, Section 4 of the SSA Constitution: “Only Individual, Student, and Honorary members in good standing may offer papers to the Program Committee for presentation at the meeting of the Society.” Membership must be in good standing at or before the time of abstract submission.
- SSA Membership Dues (Regular) $50.00
- SSA Membership Dues (Student) $30.00
Conference Registration Fees:
- Conference Registration (Regular) $175.00 (late registration $200.00 after August 21, 2016)
- Conference Registration (Student) $80.00 (late registration $90.00 after August 21, 2016)
Meals Fee (includes the following): $130
- Breakfast (3 days)
- Lunch (3 days)
- Beverage Service (3 days)
- Dinner Banquet (1 night)
- Welcome Reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
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
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.
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.
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]
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 http://www.americanacademy.de/home/fellows/applications
38th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
February 2-4, 2017
Charleston, South Carolina
MEMORY AND COMMEMORATION
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: http://www.nscaweb.net).
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.
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.
Natalie J. Bourdon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies
Email: [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
- 10-10:45am EDT: Just Enough Research with Erika Hall
- 11-11:45am EDT: The Right Research Method For Any Problem (And Budget) with Leah Buley
- noon-12:45pm EDT: How to Find and Recruit Amazing Participants for User Research with Nate Bolt
- 1-1:45pm EDT: Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing Discussion/Q&A Session with Steve Krug and Laura Klein
- 2-2:45pm EDT: Creating a Virtuous Cycle: The Research and Design Feedback Loop with Julie Stanford
- 3-3:45pm EDT: Making Sense of Research Findings with Abby Covert
- 4-4:45pm EDT: Infectious Research with Cindy Alvarez
WHO THIS IS FOR
- 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.
WHAT YOU’LL GET
- 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” 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.