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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.
On October 17-20, 2017 in Moscow the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in co-operation with the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries, holds the 14th African Studies Conference titled: “Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions.” The Conference main events will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.
The list of Panel proposals can be found attached or in our website (http://www.inafran.ru/en/node/506). The deadline for paper proposals (in the form of abstracts within 300 words in Russian or English) is March 15, 2017. The proposals should be sent directly to the respective panel convener(s) who is (are) to inform the applicant about his (her) application’s fortune by April 1, 2017 – the date by which the panel conveners are to submit their compiled panels to the Organizing Committee.
The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the present Announcement.
Museums in Arabia is an internationally established conference series. Museums in Arabia operates as an international collaborative network for exploring the theory and practice of museums and heritage in the Arabian Peninsula. Established in 2011 the conference series has developed successful events at different host institutions, including the British Museum in 2012 as a special session at the Arabian Seminar and at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, in partnership with UCL Qatar in 2014. The conference provides a platform for local, regional and international scholars and practitioners to come together to discuss and exchange ideas around museum and heritage practices in the Gulf.
The 2017 iteration of the Museums in Arabia series aims to engage more specifically with how artistic and aesthetic practice and production (in the broadest sense) is employed within museums, galleries, heritage events, and urban planning in the Arabian Peninsula. Hosted by the Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain and generously supported by the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities, October 11-13, 2017. Conference sessions will take place over two days on the 11th and 12th of October. On October 13th 2017 all participants will be invited to engage in a day of site visits and discussions led by the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities.
We encourage paper proposals that examine the specific ways in which ‘artistic’ practice and production is presented and consumed within the context of Gulf museums, galleries, exhibitions and events.
Representation and Identity
How is artistic expression defined in the Gulf? What ‘forms’ of artistic expression are produced (in the past and the present) and by whom? How are different identities represented and reproduced through artistic practice in the cultural sector in the region and how do these relate to the museums and heritage landscape in general? Who has the power to represent and re-produce identity through artistic expression?
What artistic practices are employed within museums in the region? How do these practices relate to the production of museum aesthetics both ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the museum? How is artistic practice used in the production of new museums, architecture, and in the heritage field and who is involved in creating those expressions? Where is art produced and by whom? How is artistic practice used to represent local, regional and international identity? What aspects of museums can be considered ‘artistic’?
Space and Place
How are artistic practices employed in the production of space and place? How is cultural production implicated in the development of new buildings, districts and cities? How are heritage buildings re-created and re-used as spaces of artistic and creative enterprise in contemporary Gulf societies? How is the past, present and future represented in spaces and places in the Gulf?
Themes may address but are not limited to the following areas:
- Art Practice and Theory in Gulf Museology
- Artistic Identity
- Architects, Architectural Styles and Architectural Practice
- New Technologies
- Artists and Designers
- Designers, Design Museums and Design Districts
- Creation of Zones and Districts
- Adaption and Re-Adaption of Heritage Spaces and Places
Abstracts addressing other themes relevant to this conference will also be considered.
The Museums in Arabia series encourages cross-disciplinary exchange and engagement. The conference attracts participants from a broad array of disciplines with the aim of encouraging interdisciplinary modes of inquiry. We therefore encourage academics and practitioners from any relevant discipline to submit proposals.
By exploring the relationship(s) between artistic production and practice (in the broadest sense) in museums, galleries and heritage institutions we seek to broaden the conversation around the significance of this area and to identify future avenues for related research. Additionally, as the Museums in Arabia series attracts scholars from a wide variety of geographic locations and research specializations it provides a unique opportunity to foster multidisciplinary dialogue around the theory and practice of museum, gallery and heritage activities in the region.
Theoretical analysis and understandings of artistic and aesthetic production and practice is under-represented in the literature relating to museums and heritage in the Gulf. We therefore expect to draw contributions that can lead to new publications in the field. Selected papers of this conference will be published in an edited volume. Already the 2014 Museums in Arabia conference led to the publication of the edited volume Museums in Arabia: Transnational Practices and Regional Processes (K. Exell & S. Wakefield, 2016, Routledge).
This conference will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students interested in museum and heritage theory and practice in the Gulf, Creative and artistic practices, and, more broadly, those with an interest in the cultural, economic and political landscape of the region.
Abstracts should follow the Museums in Arabia submission guidelines. Abstracts must include author’s institutional affiliation, paper title, abstract (500 words maximum); author’s biography, author’s contact details and keywords.
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31st March 2017
Please submit abstracts to: [email protected]
Listening participants must pre-register for the conference. If you would like to attend the conference as a listening participant, please send an email to [email protected] with ‘Listening Participant’ in the subject line. Attendance will only be confirmed once you have received confirmation of your place at the conference. Arabic-English and English Arabic Translation will be available for all conference sessions.
Decisions will be communicated by 30th April 2017.
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 http://www.afsnet.org/page/2017AM.
Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2017
October 18-21, 2017
Marriott City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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 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.
The Society for Values in Higher Education invites presentations and panels on the theme of sacrifice—in particular, the tension between sacrifice and consumption vis-a-vis the public good, what de Tocqueville styled “interest rightly understood.” Direct questions and inquiries to Eric Bain-Selbo, Executive Director, Society for Values in Higher Education ([email protected]).
Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites essays on topics related to any and all aspects of the human condition, particularly aesthetic, moral, political, economic, scientific, and religious values. We welcome work from a variety of disciplinary and especially interdisciplinary approaches, including the arts, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, and religion. Reviews of books, films, and exhibits are also welcome.
To submit a manuscript to the editorial office, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/soundings/ and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your manuscript. General questions can be directed to [email protected].
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.
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 www.isabs.hr
The International Women’s Anthropology Conference (IWAC) is hosting a panel at the July 2018 meetings of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) in Florianopolis, Brazil.
PANEL TOPIC: Women of Marginalized Social Groups Working to Empower Themselves
PANEL THEMES AND FOCUS: This panel will consist of orally presented papers. Panelists will discuss challenges facing women of socially marginalized groups in multiple countries – for example, indigenous women, low caste women in South Asia, and women in socially marginalized ethnicities, racial groups, or economic classes of other countries, depending on speakers’ availability and expertise. The emphasis will be on women’s advocacy activities and self-help organizations. The goal of the discussion is to consider ways that very low status women can and do strengthen their social position and claim their human rights, sharing the experiences of people of different countries. The panel relates to three IUAES conference themes: Practice and Advocacy, Race and Ethnicity, and Women/Gender.
CONVENORS: Dr. Suzanne Hanchett (Planning Alternatives for Change LLC) and Dra. Jenniffer Simpson (University of Coimbra)
LANGUAGES: English, Portuguese with English titled slides
DATES OF THE IUAES MEETINGS: July 16–20, 2018
LOCATION: Florianopolis, Brazil
DEADLINES: We must submit all paper proposals to IUAES before Feb. 28, 2018
Please send expressions of interest as soon as possible. Send a 50–100 word summary of your paper topic on or before Feb. 20 to:
Dr. Suzanne Hanchett ([email protected]) English language communications
(or) Dra. Jenniffer Simpson ([email protected]) Portuguese communications
IUAES will review and accept our abstracts before March 15, 2018
After their papers are accepted, speakers will be expected to register in advance for the conference, to guarantee their participation.
IWAC website: planningalternatives.com/iwac-women
Closing Date: Tuesday 1 May 2018
The African Critical Inquiry Programme invites proposals from scholars and/or practitioners in public cultural institutions in South Africa to organize a workshop to take place in 2019. The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa.
ACIP Workshops are intended as annual occasions to identify and address critical themes, fundamental questions and pressing practical issues concerning public culture. For instance, Workshops might focus on particular notions and issues related to publics, visuality, museums and exhibitions, art, performance, representational or institutional forms from methodological, practical, and theoretical vantages. They might examine forms and practices of public scholarship and the theories, histories and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship. Workshops should encourage comparative, interdisciplinary and cross-institutional interchange and reflection that brings into conversation public scholarship in Africa, creative cultural production, and critical theory. Workshop budgets will vary depending on proposed plans; the maximum award is ZAR 60,000.
Applications may be submitted by experienced scholars and cultural practitioners based in universities, museums, and other cultural organizations in South Africa who are interested in creating or reinvigorating interdisciplinary, cross-institutional engagement and understanding and who are committed to training the next generations of scholar-practitioners. Applications may be submitted by a single individual or a pair of individuals who have different institutional affiliations and bring different perspectives, approaches or specializations to the proposed Workshop theme.
For full information about this opportunity and how to apply, see the full Call for Proposals listed under “ACIP Opportunities” on our website: http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html.
Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, and Diasporic Communities in a Transnational World
The Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) invites panel and/or paper proposals for its upcoming conference on the theme of “Immigration, Ethnic Mobilities, Diasporic Communities and Transnationalism in a Transnational World”. Departing from the traditional ethnic-studies- in-Canada perspective, the theme of this CESA conference intends to explicitly connect with transnationalism allowing reflection of current, dynamic and ongoing transformations of Canada and its ethnic community landscape in a globalized era. Constant population movements within, but also across national borders, alongside a much more extensive and complex communicational, informational and exchange network, are permanent features of a globalized world. Both population movements and intricate exchange networks signal the multiple economic, cultural, social, ideological and symbolic mobilities within and across states in transnational social spaces.
Such radical changes in the Canadian multicultural state necessitate that we recast traditional Canadian ethnic studies beyond ethnic communities to encompass (im)migrant movements, “mobilities,” not only within Canada but also over and beyond Canada. Even if it has been a myth that historians have debunked that previous immigrants to Canada rarely moved again globally, contemporary (im)migrants have complex and diverse forms of mobilities which have surpassed those of any previous imagination and have called into question not just borders, sovereignty and national states but also citizenship, belonging and the very nature of our multicultural mosaic. Furthermore, although for some mobility is a privilege that they enjoy and a tool they utilize to improve their social locations, for many mobility is forced, unwanted, and even resisted. What are the forces behind the creation of transnational social spaces, the mechanisms, routes, and processes, as well as the consequences of these radical changes in Canada and globally? How exactly do they change the Canadian multicultural mosaic, citizenship, identities and belonging? What can we expect of the 21st century with respect to such phenomena? Within this larger problematic, CESA invites theoretical and empirically-based papers, fully formed panels or presentations in other formats, addressing, from a variety of disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives, more specific topics such as:
- The future of immigration, ethnic studies, and multiculturalism
- Intersections of immigration and race, class and gender
- Voluntary and forced mobilities: Refugees and the Canadian state
- Youth, ethnicity, and identity in multicultural Canada
- Ethnic communities, global diasporas and transnationalism in Canada
- “Homelands”: Memories, reconstructions, returns and directions forward
- Citizenship and belonging in transnational spaces
- Gender, class, and ethnic intersections in transnationalism
- The future of transnational and ethnic mobilities in an unsettled world
Conference organizers welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, posters and video presentations that address any of these and other related topics. Organizers invite submissions from a variety of perspectives, academic disciplines, and areas of study. We will endeavour to make a decision shortly after the abstract is received in order to facilitate those who need verification of their acceptance for travel funding purposes at their own institutions.
Who should attend? In addition to members of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, the conference will be relevant to a wide range of people interested in history, ethnicity, race, immigration and citizenship issues in Canada and internationally. University professors, graduate students, other researchers and teachers; policymakers and civil servants from all levels of government; those who work in various non-governmental organizations, as well as those involved as frontline workers delivering various kinds of social services – all of these will find that this conference offers them worthwhile information, challenging critical perspectives, and an opportunity to network and discuss important issues with people from across the country and from a variety of academic disciplines and institutional perspectives. A special issue of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal will showcase selected papers from the conference. To be considered for publication, papers must be submitted no later than four weeks after the conference. Papers must be written in accordance with the journal’s guidelines.
All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and will be refereed by the CESA Program Committee. Individual conference presentations will normally be 20 minutes in length, and conference sessions will be 90 minutes. Abstracts should be directed electronically to [email protected].
CESA will provide a $600 subsidy for conference presenters who stay at the Banff Springs Hotel. This subsidy will be provided for the first 50 presenters who register for the conference.
Please visit our new website: http://www.cesa-scee.ca for more information.
The deadline for submission of proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, and poster presentations is February 15th, 2018.