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Geneva Peace Week
Nov 7 – Nov 11 all-day

What is Geneva Peace Week?

The 3rd Geneva Peace Week will be held from 7 to 11 November 2016 and is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration the Swiss Confederation.* By synchronizing meetings on different topics related to the promotion of peace during one week, Geneva Peace Week will maximize synergies between organizations in Geneva, focused on the cross-cutting nature of peace.

Geneva Peace Week underlines that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. It also highlights that peace promotion occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. In this sense, Geneva Peace Week is an attempt to break down the silos which all-too-often characterize the international community and can limit more creative responses.


Geneva Peace Week 2016

This year’s Peace Week will encompass:

  • 52 events (22 main events, 25 side events and 5 cultural events)
  • Over 100 speakers
  • 55 event organizers



Geneva Peace Week 2016 has three programme tracks:

  • Main Programme developed collaboratively between UNOG, the founding Partners of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, Organizations hosted in the Maison de la Paix, and the University of Geneva.
  • Programme of Side Events open for events organized by Permanent Missions, International Organizations, and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC.
  • Cultural events consisting of exhibitions, music and films on the theme of peace.
One Day Conference: Engaging Contemporary Issues
Jan 18 all-day

This one-day conference is being launched as an ‘In Dialogue with anthropologists’ series to consider active engagement and potential to intervene in the conversation to bring about change on pressing socio-political and related issues. It facilitates spaces for anthropologists and other academics to engage with practitioners, policy-makers, media analysts among others on certain pressing contemporary issues.

Professor Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews, in an opening plenary will offer a talk on ‘’Freedom, from the perspective of a cosmopolitan anthropology of Anyone, the global human individual’. The conference will engage with debates and related research on contemporary issues through anthropological insights

Other confirmed speakers include Tom Selwyn, SOAS, Pat Caplan, Goldsmiths, University of London, David Shankland, Director of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Patrick Alexander, Oxford Brookes University, Charlotte Joy, Goldsmiths, University of London, Gabriel Dattetreyen, Goldsmiths, University of London, Narmala Halstead, University of East London, Christine McCourt, City, University of London, Nicola Frost, Independent Scholar, Dave Cook, University College London, Paul Gilbert, University of Brighton, Jessica Sklair, Goldsmiths, University of London, Flavia Kremer, University of Manchester.

The conference will incorporate innovative formats where some speakers will be ‘accompanied’ by debaters/ interlocutors to open research conversations and demonstrate wider civic and socio-political engagement. Sessions will incorporate and reflect on ‘truths’ and ‘post-truths.’ Topics include Brexit, pasts and futures. The conference will include sessions by students doing fieldwork, where some will engage with research participants to discuss their work and consider wider relevance. It will offer a mini photographic exhibition.

Some of the material presented on the day will be podcast and student filmmakers will be present to capture side conversations from speakers and delegates for three and five-minutes access film shorts.

The conference will offer sessions and presentations on anthropological research, dialogue, impact and wider debates. It has a focus on sessions where anthropologists will engage with practitioners, media analysts and others.

It invited practice-based sessions incorporating text, visual material and other innovative modes of presentations to showcase the value of research and its wider relevance. It includes position papers as well as ethnographic accounts.

Some of the pressing contemporary concerns include:

  • Debates on the person
  • Debates on migration
  • Debates on HE and uses of academic knowledge
  • Debates on political events and significant socio-political issues including Brexit
  • Debates on the role of media and social media in empowering and disempowering people
  • The conference considers that ethnographic knowledge and practice offer spaces to reflect and intervene in these and other issues. It considers the spaces to continue conversations on scholarly research contributions and the spaces for wider impact

Organised by the Anthropology and Contemporary Research Worlds Group.

Please contact: Narmala Halstead  [email protected]

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]).

Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC) Spring Conference: Altered States, Sound, Ritual and Healing Today, Both in Traditional Cultures and Non Traditional
Mar 22 – Mar 25 all-day

Healing is one function attributed to shamanic practice and is fundamental to many of the esoteric principals of ritual and spiritual healing beliefs that have been part of our world’s cultures. Sound weather chanting, sacred sounds, and instruments of varying types are also used to form the vessel of healing. Exploring the various uses and meaning of ritual, sound, and altered states invites a deeper understanding of why these elements are conflated into the healing arts of many cultures ancient and newly forming sub-cultures around the world.  The theme of the 2018 conference concerns the diverse ways in which these healing practices are used and being transformed by technology and modern world philosophy; and how these modalities of sound and ritual have significance in healing practices around the world today.