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Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum, an open access, no fee, e-journal based at the University of Tennessee, is preparing a forthcoming special issue on “Rebuilding Social Sciences”.
We are seeking a Medical Anthropology graduate student(s)/scholar to complete a partly outlined essay for publication to appear with full author’s credit to whomever writes the piece. No financial compensation is offered but the editor will work with the author and assist in guiding the piece to publication while helping reduce uncertainty and time commitment.
The issue has opened a slot for a short piece that examines the history of the sub-field of Medical Anthropology and the rise of “Critical Medical Anthropology”. The piece will challenge CMA as an anti-science approach to health and an example of “critical studies” movements undermining social science and deterring potentially beneficial applications. Authors should be comfortable taking this position as well as acknowledging opposing views.
The piece requires background information on anthropology as a discipline, medical anthropology as a subdiscipline, the rise/entrance/fit and misfit of CMA, an understanding (and/or hypotheses) of referee processes/ideologies in the sub-discipline, ideas on criteria and measurement of value and fit, and a willingness to offer ideas for improvement/change. There will also be space for clear methodological statements on how one defines and measures academic fields and their value as well as ideologies and influences on them today. The piece will be peer reviewed but as an essay where the standard will be to fact check while fully protecting author opinions. Other very short contributions that could complement this article will be considered for publication. Note that rebuttal opinions may appear in future issues.
Send a short letter in clear, jargon-free prose, outlining how you can contribute to this piece, along with a c.v. to the Special Issue Editor, David Lempert, at [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants should also note whether they are available to be considered as reviewers for the piece if not selected as author.
The Southern Foodways Alliance 2017 Graduate Student Conference:
Foodways and Social Justice in the U.S. South
September 11-12, 2017
Call for Abstracts: DUE April 14, 2017
The Southern Foodways Alliance, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi, announce a call for papers, multimedia projects, or short documentaries for a colloquium to be held on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, September 11-12, 2017.
We welcome original research or projects that engage with the broad topic of social justice through the lens of Southern foodways or Southern agriculture. Suggested areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Southern foodways or agriculture and intersectional Southern identities (race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, etc.)
- Food system labor in the U.S. South
- Immigrant foodways of the U.S. South
- Critical analyses of contemporary Southern foodways
- Social, historical, or ecological studies of Southern agriculture, with emphasis on discrimination, environmental justice, etc.
- Methodological approaches to food studies that attend to issues of racism, sexism, and myriad of other forms of systemic discrimination and oppression
By Friday, April 14, please complete the online application. On the application, describe your paper or project in 200 words and include a short biographical statement. Please contact Afton Thomas at [email protected] with any questions.
All applicants will receive notification on May 5. Accepted participants’ final projects for presentation are due by Friday, August 4 at 5 p.m. CT.
Conference fees, including three tasty meals, are waived for accepted presenters. Travel to Oxford, Mississippi, and lodging costs are the responsibility of presenters.
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 www.metropolisthehague.org.
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