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2017 AAMG Annual Conference: Call for Proposals
Nov 7 all-day

Why Museums Matter: The Teaching Museum Today
Thursday – Sunday, June 22-25, 2017 | University of Oregon, Eugene
Co-hosted by:
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) and Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Deadline for Submissions: Monday, November 7, 2016


Modeled after AAM’s regional meetings, our 4-day event will offer an evening program as in the past with short presentations and a reception, two-to-three days of sessions, keynotes, workshops and excursions to Portland, Newport, and more. We’ll address the interests and challenges of academic museums and galleries as well as focus on issues affecting all types of museums. We have identified a number of tracks, some specific to our world of higher education.


How do you define a teaching museum?  What do you do at your institution that strengthens our support of faculty and students as well as our larger communities?  How are you addressing college and community demographics, equity and diversity, budget issues and academic politics?  AAMG seeks proposals that are representative of a cross-section of the academic field, including anthropology, art, history, science, and natural history museums, galleries, and collections. AAMG particularly encourages students and faculty to submit.


  • Panel Proposals: 3-4 person panel (20-minute presentations each speaker) followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience participation. Panel Chair may present.
  • Solo Proposal: Solo presentation or paper that may be paired by AAMG with other like-minded papers as part of a panel or remain freestanding depending on the conference schedule and the breath of the paper topic.
  • Unconventional Presentation: A new or different format that engages audiences in exciting ways.
  • 20×20: Short “show and tell” style presentations ideal for sharing a new project, exhibition or recent accomplishment, 20 slides at 20 seconds each.
  • Workshop: Hands-on workshop-style presentation geared toward practical applications and nuts and bolts of the field. We are also interested in half- and full-day workshops and would work with you on cost, with a 50-50 share of revenue.

Please indicate which track(s) is most closely aligned with your proposal:

  • Curricular Connections, including training emerging professionals, K-12, home schools, and lifelong learners
  • Governance and Advocacy (your provosts, deans, faculty, and advisory board members are welcome to attend and speak!)
  • Collections and Exhibitions
  • Administration, Strategic Planning, and Fundraising
  • Turning Students into Global Citizens (K-12 and higher education)
  • Diversity and Engagement, including town-gown collaborations
  • Renovations, Old and New Facilities, and Satellite Spaces
  • New Partners, New Audiences, including health care, veterans, police, and more
  • Other: What did we forget?

Submission Guidelines: A one-page outline of presentation proposal plus a contact list and CVs of each participant should be sent electronically Jill Hartz, [email protected]. If multiple presenters are involved, please add a one paragraph abstract for each paper or subtopic.

Review and Selection: All proposals will be reviewed by the 2017 AAMG conference committee. Selected presenters will be notified by mid-December.


Thursday, June 22

  • Daytime workshops (hotels are available Wednesday night)
  • Late afternoon: Welcome by University of Oregon President Michael Schill
  • 20×20 presentations and reception

Friday, June 23

  • Breakfast
  • Plenary Session with Keynote
  • Breakout sessions throughout day
  • Evening special events (visit collectors, wineries, and more; additional cost)

Saturday, June 24

  • Breakfast
  • Plenary Session with Keynote
  • Breakout sessions throughout day
  • Receptions and tours at museums

Sunday, June 25

Options of morning sessions, workshops and excursions

Proposers must be members of AAMG at the time of the conference, either individual or institutional. Membership applications can be found at: To verify your institution’s membership visit or contact [email protected]


The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries is the leading educational and professional organization for academic museums, galleries, and collections. In recognition of the unique opportunities and challenges of its constituents, the AAMG establishes and supports best practices, educational activities and professional development that enable its member organizations to fulfill their educational missions.

Help us make this the best AAMG conference ever – and share your insights and love for academic museums and galleries.

Society for Ethnomusicology 2017 Annual Meeting – Call for Proposals!
Dec 19 2016 – Feb 15 2017 all-day

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting on October 26–29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College. For the Call for Proposals, abstract submission instructions, and preliminary meeting information, please visit the SEM website at and select “Conferences” / “Current.” The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15, 2017.

In conjunction with the SEM Annual Meeting, Colorado College and the SEM Indigenous Music Section will present a pre-conference symposium, “Sound Alliances: A Celebration of Indigenous Musics and Cultures,” on October 25 in Colorado Springs.

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:  [email protected] and Vicky: [email protected]


*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.

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 [email protected] 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.

National Humanities Conference
Mar 15 all-day
The National Humanities Alliance works to promote understanding of and support for the humanities on college campuses and in communities around the country.

The National Humanities Conference, which NHA co-hosts with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, plays a key role in these efforts. This conference brings together scholars and public humanities practitioners to explore how we can achieve broader public impact and increase support for the humanities.

This year’s conference will take place in Boston, November 2nd-5th. The Call for Proposals asks:

  • What role can and do the humanities play in re-envisioning public life?
  • How can collaborations within and beyond the humanities community magnify the public role of the humanities?

The deadline to submit proposals is March 15th. Please contact Beatrice Gurwitz ([email protected]) with any questions.

We hope you will consider submitting a proposal and joining us in November!

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Second International Congress on the Anthropology of Salt Call for Proposals @ Pabellón Cultural de la República
Mar 31 all-day


12–16 October 2017, Los Cabos, México

Registration and paper submissions now open

We welcome sessions on any and beyond the following themes: Salt and Gastronomy, Salt and Medicine, Shamanism, magic, esoterism and witchcraft, Art and salt, Tourism and salt, Religion Rituals and salt, Ecotourism and salt, Salt and science, Salt, astronomy and space exploration, Economy and salt, History and salt, Prehistory and salt, Lexicon and vocabulary of salt, Toponymy, Literature and salt, Salt inheritance, Archaeology and salt, Salt, Art rock and petroglyphs, Sal and technology, Health, healing and salt, Salt and industry, Salt and ancient costumes, Salt and indigenous culture, Salt and university education, Salt palaeontology, Salt and artcraft, Salt and environment, Microbial carpets and salt, Salt and biology, Salt and geology, Salt, beauty, cosmetics and make up, Cinema, music and arts of salt, Photography and salt, Salt and tanning leather, The Encyclopedia of Salt.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society
Mar 31 @ 2:57 pm – 3:57 pm


Community: Resistance, Reclamation, and Re-Creation

Whose traditions get to be expressed, sanctioned and studied and whose do not?  When the exclusionary dominant version is the worldview accepted as official, what costs do communities outside the dominant group pay in terms of sustaining their traditions? How do power, privilege, whiteness, and intersectionality shape the story? Where are those structures that reinforce or challenge systems of exclusion?

As folklorists, we are committed to exploring the absent, invisible, and counter expressions of communities in our midst. These creations can be sites of re-creating community in the face of disruption, reclaiming traditional knowledge, and resisting the power structures that silence or marginalize them.

This year’s organizing team invites participants to examine, interpret and explore the breadth of this topic. Relevant topics especially include cultural issues facing transnational communities, New Americans and communities of color as well as other communities (e.g., disabilities, LGBTQ) whose identities and cultures have been invisible. The work of public folklorists and folklorists in the schools may have much to offer on this topic as well.  Of course, in addition to this topic, we encourage participants to explore the full dimensions of their scholarship, regardless of topic.

The 128th Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of US and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen friendships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required.

You can find more information about the meeting, including instructions for submitting proposals, beginning February 1, 2016, at

 Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2017

Meeting Information:

October 18-21, 2017

Marriott City Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Contact info:

Lorraine Walsh Cashman

American Folklore Society

Classroom-Office Building, Indiana University

1800 East Third Street

Bloomington, IN 47405

812-856-2422; fax: 812-856-2483

The 9/11 Legacy: “History is Not Was, History Is” Call for Proposals @ National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Apr 1 all-day

The 9/11 Legacy: “History is Not Was, History Is

This past September, thousands of family members gathered at the 9/11 Memorial to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. At this site, the effects of that day are still obvious: memorial fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, the steady drone of construction on surrounding projects still underway, rebuilding the devastation left behind, and two large steel tridents that once formed part of the external façade of the North Tower visible through the windows of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s entry pavilion. Here, the effects of terror are evident. Here, to quote Pope Francis on his own visit to the site in 2015, “grief is palpable.”

This conference, to be held at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, will explore the broader legacy of 9/11. This was the most globally witnessed event in history and one that led to the longest war in the history of the United States. What, then, are the legacies that ripple out from the memorial fountains across the city, the country, and the globe? As William Faulkner observed, “History is not was, history is.” How has the event of 9/11 reverberated in our understanding of the past and in more contemporary social, political, and cultural life; in the economy, in war and peace, surveillance and security, the geopolitics of the Middle East, the refugee crisis and in the debates over identity, memory and sacred space? What historical processes might we trace – either backwards or forwards – from September 11, 2001? What news headlines can we connect to 9/11 in meaningful and instructive ways: Paris, Orlando, Istanbul, the Arab Spring, Aleppo, the death of Syrian refugee child Alan Kurdi, Edward Snowden, Russia, the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the list goes on…

We invite proposals for interdisciplinary papers and panels that consider the ways in which, to quote Mark Redfield in The Rhetoric of Terror, a “new history begins here at this calendrical ground zero.” We seek contributions, both empirical and conceptual, that consider the myriad ways that the events of September 11, 2001, continue to inform the past, the present and the future – both in the United States and around the globe.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

–          9/11 and historiography

–          9/11 and periodization

–          Memory and memorialization

–          Sacred and contested spaces

–          “America in the world”

–          The conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia

–          Acts of terror around the globe since 9/11

–          The changing face of terrorism

–          The changing face of warfare and nation-building

–          Intelligence, surveillance and counter-terrorism

–          Para-legality, states of exception and rendition

–          Nationalism, identity, “self “and “other”

–          Human rights, civil liberties and conceptions of “freedom”

–          Shifts in cultural production and representation since 9/11

–          The media, social media and the “image” of terror

–          The academy, museums and cultural institutions

–          The return of religion

–          The refugee crisis

–          Discussions of time and space; home and homeland

We especially seek papers that draw on the intersections between these topics and themes in order to explore the ways in which they might (or might not be) traced back to, or through, 9/11. Do they have a narrative coherence shaped by the forces created that day in September? Or do they operate outside the event, as part of some other inevitable geopolitical shift that we now know only by that name-date even if that shift might have happened anyway?

We invite paper and panel proposals from scholars who can speak to the conference theme. We also seek contributions from practitioners, museum professionals and graduate students. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and CV to the conference organizers (Dr. Andrew Hammond and Dr. Lindsay Balfour) at [email protected] by April 1, 2017. Panel proposals should include an additional abstract for the theme of the panel. Some financial assistance will be available to help offset the cost of attendance. Selected papers may be included in a follow-up edited volume/special edition.

International Metropolis Conference: Migration and Global Justice Call for Proposals
Apr 30 all-day

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for workshops and individual papers/presentations for the 2017 International Metropolis Conference. The World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands, will host us from September 18th to September 22nd, where professionals from different sectors (i.e. policy, research, civil society) will be discussing the state of migration, integration, and diversity across the world.

The theme of this year’s conference is Migration and Global Justice, and through it we will focus on mobility, voluntary and forced alike, on how our societies and governments respond, and on how to bring considerations of global justice to the discussion. The refugee crisis that continues to unfold in the Middle East and Europe is a clear case in point, but so, too, are the population shifts elsewhere in the world from resource-poor to resource-rich countries, and the movements from the hinterland to cities and suburbs. Our conference will illustrate how researchers can help us and our governments gain a better understanding of these global changes and how best to cope with, and take advantage of, today’s unprecedented degree of human mobility. Are the tested approaches still effective, or do we need new ways of managing migration, the crises that it can create, and the new opportunities that it offers? Do rising nationalism and the emergence of “post-truth politics” require new thinking about the relations between research, policy, and practice?

Our theme will also explore the challenges faced by our institutions of governance, local, national, and supranational governments, as well as by the many private sector and not-for-profit organizations, ranging from civil society institutions to NGOs and multinational companies, which find themselves in a highly dynamic migration landscape, where power and responsibilities are shifting dramatically. In this landscape, principles of global justice may require actors to assume new roles and to develop new ways of working in collaboration. The 2017 International Metropolis Conference will allow participants to discuss and analyze these issues in a forum that encourages open exchanges and debate among the world’s different stakeholders in the migration process.

The deadline to submit your proposal is midnight, April 30th, 2017, CET. To view the full Call for Proposals, including submission guidelines, please visit

If you wish to receive updates on this conference, please register your email address here.

10th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine @ Palace Dubrovnik
Jun 19 – Jun 24 all-day

The 10th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine is inviting abstract submissions to contribute to an already exciting list of speakers.

International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) is founded with an idea to promote, enhance and extend research, development and education in molecular biology as applied to clinical and molecular medicine, molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics, forensic and anthropological genetics, biotechnology and individualized medicine. Although the first official assembly of the ISABS was held in 2004, the society has actually started with its activities in 1997 by organizing the international meeting in forensic ad clinical genetics: First European – American Intensive Course in PCR Based Clinical and Forensic Testing. Along the organization of biannual scientific meetings, during the past years the Society has become a rich source of prominent young scientist that are continually giving a huge contribution to the promotion and advancement in the various fields of applied biomedical sciences both in Croatia and abroad.


10th ISABS Conference brochure.

The foundation of Anthropology and Global Health Section under the ISABS Scientific Committee will take place at the 10th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine in Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 19-24, 2017.

The Conference will host 5 Nobel Prize Laureates, including dr. Ada Yonath (Weizmann Institute of Science), dr. Robert Huber (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry), dr. Avram Hershko (Technion), dr. Harald zur Hausen (University of Heildeberg) and dr. Paul Modrich (Duke University).

More than 60 invited speakers from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Duke University, Penn State University, National Institutes of Health-NIH, Institute for Cancer Genetics, Columbia University, University of Cambridge, etc., as well as 500 participants from more than 55 countries will attend the Conference.

More information on ISABS and 10th ISABS Conference is available at