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Polish Society for Human Evolution Studies 4th Annual Conference @ Jagiellonian University
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day

The Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies 2017, 4th annual conference will take place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland between September 20-22, 2017. The conference will be organized by Department of Environmental Health.

Plenary speakers include:

Katie Hinde
Center for Evolution and Medicine
School for Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University

Rebecca Sear
Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Bogusław Pawłowski
Department of Human Biology
University of Wroclaw

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center’s (SQCC) Research Fellowship Program
Sep 20 all-day

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the SQCC Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds American scholars to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman. This program is offered annually and is open to PhD candidates and university academics.

This fellowship awards up to $51,000 annually to a scholar, or team of scholars, to conduct research in Oman for up to one year.

SQCC is now accepting applications for the 2018 Research Fellowship Program.

For more information on the Research Fellowship Program please visit this page.

Sultans, Sails and Steam: Rethinking Oman’s Maritime Empire @ Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A public lecture by Dr. Allen Fromherz (Professor of Middle Eastern, Gulf and Mediterranean History, Georgia State University)

Thursday, 21 September 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

1100 16th NW Washington, DC 20036

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

To RSVP please email us at [email protected].

Histories of the so-called “Rise of the West” and the expansion of European empires focus on the establishment of European trading empires in the rich and profitable waters of the Indian Ocean. While it is true that the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French each profited from expansion in the region, Oman, a maritime power from the southern Arabian Peninsula, was able to rival the Europeans. Oman under the leadership of the Ya’rubi Sultans and Sayyid Said bin Sultan quickly adopted and adapted Western sailing technology to establish itself as a formidable power in the Western Indian Ocean. He also used nimble diplomacy to balance the interests of the French, English and, increasingly, the rising power of the USA. In addition to challenging assumptions about the “Great Divergence” and the “Long 19th Century”, this presentation will examine Omani navigation and sailing techniques and Sayyid Said’s attempt to adopt new steam shipping technology.

Speaker’s Biography: Dr. Allen Fromherz is the director of the Middle East Studies Center at Georgia State University and is the President of the American Institute For Maghrib Studies (AIMS). His research focuses on Mediterranean and the Gulf. His first two books, The Almohads: the Rise of an Islamic Empire (IB Tauris) and Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times (Edinburgh University Press) examine rapid change in lineage-based societies, especially the rise of the Almohads in the 12th Century. A former SQCC research fellow, Dr. Fromherz’s monograph, From Muscat to Zanzibar: Sayyid Said bin Sultan’s Cosmopolitan Empire was published in 2016.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship
Sep 27 all-day

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections & Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Göttingen

Applications due September 27, 2017

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to invite preliminary applications for its expanded and enhanced Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship, funded with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Following on four successful grants cycles, through which more than sixty-five individual fellowships totaling nearly 2.5 million USD have been awarded, the SSRC is continuing its transregional grants program, offering a 2018 Junior Scholar grants competition and awarding approximately fifteen grants of up to $45,000 to researchers in any world region. These fellowships help junior scholars (those at the postdoctoral stage, up to five years out of the PhD) complete first books and/or undertake second projects.

In addition, working closely with the Global and Transregional Studies Platform at the University of Göttingen in Germany, the SSRC is pleased to offer a short-term fellowship opportunity in 2018—the SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Göttingen (approximate residency dates: April 15, 2018–July 15, 2018).

These fellowships are aimed at supporting transregional research, strengthening the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world, and developing new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies. In addition to funding research, the fellowships will create networks and shared resources that will support fellows well beyond the grant period through intensive workshops and activities that promote transregional perspectives on individual campuses. The Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship and Global Summer Semester Residency will thus provide promising scholars critical support, advance transregional research, and establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.

The broad intellectual thrust of the fellowships will continue to be InterAsian Contexts and Connections, or the reconceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. In addition, applications that explore the networks that connect Asia with Africa are encouraged for the 2018 awards cycle. Proposals should bear upon processes that connect places and peoples across the boundaries of regions and countries (such as religion, migration/diaspora, media, literature and other arts, shared access to natural resources, cultural and economic continua, and resource flows), those that reconfigure local and translocal contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements), and those that are situated at the nexus of the global/regional/local (such as youth culture, tourist arts, and illicit flows).

Invitational priorities for the 2018 Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship include:

–          Afro-Asian Connections

–          Environmental Humanities

–          Religious Networks

–          Migration/Refugees

–          Resources & Archives

This does not preclude proposals on other topics.

Invitational priorities for the 2018 Global Summer Semester Residencies include:

–          Movements of Knowledge

–          Transregional Populisms

–          Religious Networks

This does not preclude proposals on other topics that engage with existing research expertise at the University of Göttingen.

Transregional Research Junior Scholar fellows will be selected through a two-part application process. Upon review of the preliminary applications submitted in September, the Selection Committee will invite select applicants to submit full narrative proposals in late fall 2017. Fellowships will be awarded in spring 2018, and fellowship funds can be disbursed flexibly over the sixteen-month period between May 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019.

Global Summer Semester Residency fellowships will be awarded in late fall 2017.

The application processes, eligibility criteria, and award amounts vary across competitions. Applications and additional fellowship details, including former fellows’ research abstracts and answers to frequently asked questions, are available on the program website at

America Solidaria: Priority Deadline
Sep 28 all-day

Fellowship deadline: America Solidaria 

Priority deadline: September 28, 2017

Final deadline: January 15, 2018

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for our two annual fellowship cycles in March and September. For full consideration, apply by September 28th using the following online application.

Serve for a year in a capacity-building development project with a marginalized community in a Latin American country!

-Undergraduate degree in hand

-Professional fluency in Spanish

-Some experience in the field preferred

-Age range: 23-35 years old

The program includes:
-Two-week orientation
-Flight and visa support
-Stipend to cover living expenses

For more information, visit our website.

Cellular and Molecular Explorations of Anthropogeny
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join the live webcast! “Cellular and Molecular Explorations of Anthropogeny” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, September 29th (1:00–5:30 p.m. PT), co-chaired by Fred H. Gage (Salk Institute) and Svante Pääbo (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)

Cellular and Molecular Anthropogeny is a relatively new area of evolutionary inquiry made possible by advancements in comparative genomics, molecular techniques, and cell biology.  Genomic comparisons with our living and extinct relatives, along with precise gene editing, help to determine which changes had important consequences for human uniqueness.  Such studies provide insights into the molecular underpinnings of the human condition and can point to novel treatments for diseases affecting our species.  This symposium will explore the progress of this new field of human evolution research.

Access the live webcast here on September 29

Call for Papers: Indian Cities: Histories of Indigenous Urbanism
Sep 30 all-day

Indian Cities: Histories of Indigenous Urbanism

Call for Papers

A Joint Symposium in 2018–19 Sponsored by New York University and the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, and convened by Kent Blansett (University of Nebraska-Omaha), Cathleen Cahill (University of New Mexico), and Andrew Needham (New York University).

New York University and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University solicit proposals for papers that consider American Indians as key participants in urban history.

Urban history has been, to borrow Philip Deloria’s term, an “unexpected place” to find Indians.   Despite some notable case studies, Native people have been largely excluded from stories of the development and social experience of urban North America.  And yet, Native and First Nations communities have been vital to the making of America’s cities. In colonial New York, Lenape lands underlie the nation’s financial capital and established the path that would become Broadway, while Anishinaabe and Akwesasne ironworkers later built the skyscrapers that become icons of modernity. In Chicago, the Algonquian word for “place where the wild onions grow” gave the city its name, and so many native people migrated for work in the city’s industries that they created what James LeGrand has described as an “Indian Metropolis.” And in the Southwest, Native people have shaped the development of Albuquerque, Tucson, and Los Angeles from missions and presidios to sprawling Sunbelt metropolises. At the same time, urban spaces have been central to key narratives of American Indian history. Cities formed the sites of critical moments in native politics, from the Chicago conference of 1961 to fish-ins on Seattle’s Duwamish River to the American Indian Movement’s founding in Minneapolis to the occupation of Alcatraz. Urban life gave rise to new Intertribal Indian identities. It also encouraged Native people, including Marie Baldwin, D’Arcy McNickle, Tsianina Redfeather, Will Rogers, Richard Oakes, and others, to participate in and transform various cultural forms, from radio broadcasting and film-making to the writing of novels and operas.

“Indian Cities” will explore what it means to consider American Indians as agents of urban history. We call for proposals exploring how Indian people have shaped the built and social environments of urban North America from ancient cities to the present; and, conversely, how urban spaces have shaped Indian identities and social life, both for groups and individuals. We welcome proposals investigating Native people’s participation in urban and suburban property regimes, interactions with municipal governments, organization of urban labor, and the transformation of gender roles, as well as proposals on urban migration (both federally sponsored and otherwise), specific urban cultural groups, and regional and transnational distinctions.

The symposium will occur in two stages and in two places. The first meeting will be in October 2018 at SMU’s campus in Taos, NM, where there will be a private workshop for participants. The scholars will gather to workshop again and hold a public symposium at New York University in the spring of 2019. Each Clements Center symposium follows a similar model and each has resulted in a book published by a prominent academic press. Scholars chosen to participate will have all travel and accommodation expenses covered by SMU and NYU.

We welcome submissions from scholars of any rank, from graduate students to full professors. Please email a c.v. and a proposal of no more than 250 words by September 30, 2017 to: Kent Blansett ([email protected]), Cathleen Cahill (), and Andrew Needham ([email protected]).

DADA Rivista di Antropologia post-globale CFP
Sep 30 all-day

DADA Rivista di Antropologia post-globale is a platform for scientific and academic discussion and critique. It  focuses on the contemporary analysis of  the post-global world. It is a multilingual and multidisciplinary online journal, which publishes contributions in anthropology, sociology, political science, philosophy and economics. Researchers and young scholars can submit their articles, papers and reviews in several languages, such as English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. DADA Rivista  is double blind peer-reviewed and open source, free of charge for readers, authors and institutions. It has biannual issues and special issues. Current call for papers concerning the special issues are the following: On“Conflict and Violence” (the deadline is June 30, 2017) and on “Debt and gift” (the deadline is September 30, 2017).  Please submit your contributions online.

VISTAS: 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association CFP
Sep 30 all-day

VISTAS: 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
Philadelphia, March 15-18, 2018
Keynote: Elizabeth Milroy (Drexel University)

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the NCSA committee invites proposals that explore the notion of the vista in the nineteenth century. From personal gardens to public parks, from the street level to the top of a skyscraper, or from the microscope to the panoramic photograph, the nineteenth century was a moment when the idea of the vista changed from a narrow sightline to a sweeping, expansive view. How did theorists alter our historical perspective, broadening our notion of the world through science or religion? In what ways did power systems affect urban vantage points? How did man-made vistas reflect socio-cultural ideals? How did domestic spaces or nightlife transform with the widespread use of gas or electric lighting? How does the conceptual vista operate metaphorically? Topics might include horticulture, landscapes and seascapes, new technology, photography, sightseeing, film and the theater, urban planning, visions and dreamscapes, shifting perceptions of the gaze, or literary or artistic descriptions or depictions of viewpoints. In contrast, papers may consider the absence of vistas, such as mental or physical confinement or elements that obfuscate a view.

Please send 250-word abstracts with one-page CVs to [email protected] by September 30th, 2017. Abstracts should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome individual proposals and panel proposals with four presenters and a moderator. Note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2017. We encourage submissions from graduate students, and those whose proposals have been accepted may submit complete 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 the NCSA website for additional requirements:

Call For Papers: Linguistic Justice and Analytic Philosophy
Oct 1 all-day

Special issue of Philosophical Papers

Guest Editors: Filippo Contesi (Jean Nicod), Moti Mizrahi (Florida Tech) and Enrico Terrone (Turin)

Expected contributors include Eric Schwitzgebel (University of California, Riverside), Hans-Johann Glock (Zurich), Elisabetta Galeotti (Eastern Piedmont) and Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam)

The topics of linguistic discrimination and linguistic justice have received little attention from contemporary analytic philosophers despite the fact that there is a growing body of evidence in linguistics and social psychology about implicit negative biases towards speakers and writers perceived as non-native. In fact, issues of linguistic discrimination and justice are particularly urgent in analytic philosophy because English is undoubtedly the lingua francaof contemporary analytic philosophy. For this reason, it is important to think about what it means to be a person for whom English is not a first language and who tries to participate in the academic life of contemporary analytic philosophy.

The aim of this special issue of Philosophical Papers is to consider the circumstances of being a non-native speaker and writer of English in analytic philosophy. In addition to philosophical and meta-philosophical perspectives, we also encourage submissions from different approaches and disciplines, including psychology, linguistics and the social sciences.

Possible questions for discussion include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Is there linguistic discrimination or injustice in analytic philosophy? If so, what should we do about it?
  • Are the percentages of non-native-speaker faculty members of the most reputable analytic philosophy departments comparable to those in arts and humanities and STEM departments? What should any differences teach us?
  • How can diversity of native languages and cultures be beneficial, if at all, to analytic philosophy?
  • Are perceived linguistic fluency and eloquence important factors in philosophical writing and presenting? Should they be?
  • Is it true, as is sometimes claimed, that publishing philosophical work in the most reputable venues in contemporary analytic philosophy only requires linguistic competence of a level that is reasonably easy for a non-native writer to achieve?
  • Should English (or any other language) be the lingua franca of contemporary analytic philosophy?
  • Should study and research in analytic philosophy be a global and cosmopolitan enterprise?
  • What if any extra policies can or should professional journals or institutions adopt to address any specific difficulties faced by non-native speakers and writers?
  • Are there any precedents in the history of intellectual communities, including contemporary ones and those in different philosophical traditions, that can provide a useful model of how to approach linguistic justice issues in analytic philosophy?
  • How do linguistic justice issues intersect with issues of race, ethnicity or nationality (or other issues)? How important are such intersections (or lack thereof)?

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 1 October, 2017. This issue of Philosophical Papers, comprising both invited and submitted articles, will appear in March 2018.

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically, as a PDF or MS Word document attachment, to the Managing Editor of Philosophical Papers
at [email protected]. Authors must include their full name, affiliation, and address for email correspondence with their submission.

Further inquiries may be addressed to Filippo Contesi ([email protected]) or Ward Jones ([email protected]).