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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.
2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Jan 1 all-day

The National Science Foundation invites faculty to register as a potential 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program panelist. Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity to apply research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders. Please visit for more information.



NSF welcomes both new and returning panelists each year during the annual GRFP review panel meeting, to evaluate the current competition’s applications. GRFP applications are reviewed by disciplinary panels composed of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers and other professional graduate education experts, who read a selection of applications in their discipline(s) and evaluate them based on the Merit Review Criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, as described in the 2017 GRFP Program Solicitation.

NSF seeks diverse panels composed of outstanding researchers from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and backgrounds.


Panelist Qualifications

  • Outstanding research in an NSF-supported field
  • Ability to evaluate interdisciplinary proposals
  • Knowledge of NSF Merit Review Criteria
  • Experience in mentoring graduate students


GRFP Panelists Include:

  • Faculty who work with undergraduate and graduate students
  • Individuals who conduct research in NSF-supported fields
  • Individuals who are able to review interdisciplinary research plans


Panel Process And Overview

The 2017 panel process will be conducted online, with no travel requirements.  Panelists will convene for an orientation session (webinar) in November, and will be granted access to an assigned pool of applications to read and review online for a period of several weeks, starting in December. In January, panels will convene online for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days (Monday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday).


Flat Rate Fee

NSF will provide a flat rate fee for participation in the virtual panel sessions (4 hour minimum duration).


Panelist Timeline

  • September/October: Invitations issued to panelists
  • November: Online orientation webinars held for all panelists
  • December: Applications made available for review
  • January: Virtual panel sessions convene

Contact Information

If you have questions about serving as a panelist for the NSF GRFP please contact us at [email protected] or 1-866-673-4737.

2017 Victor Turner Prize Competition
May 5 all-day

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 25th annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking an accessible language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize will be given in recognition of innovative books that further this project.

Eligible genres include single and co-authored ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories, or poems. A $1,000 first-place, a $500 second place and a $250 third-place prize, for books published 2015 through 2017, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC in November 2017.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2015-2016 entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee.

Submission fee: For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book. (Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member and please encourage authors to join SHA). The fee may be paid either online here (log into Anthro Gateway to get the SHA member rate of $25), or by check (made out to the American Anthropological Association) with the Turner Submission-Fee-Form sent to:

Kathy Ano, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301
Arlington, VA 22201-3386 

Send one copy of the book to be entered to each of the four judges (a total of 4 copies): 

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Karen Richman
230 McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Cristiana Giordano
321 Young Hall
Department of Anthropology
One Shields Ave
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Lisa Stevenson
Department of Anthropology
McGill University
Room 718, Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 2T7

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Abigail Adams
Department of Anthropology
1615 Stanley Street
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT 06053

All who enter the contest must include a cover letter with four items of required information:

  1. book title, publication year, and publisher,
  2. author’s contact information including mailing address, all telephone numbers and e-mail address;
  3. author’s biographical sketch (1-2 paragraphs) including highest degree awarded, discipline, and institution;
  4. current affiliation (university or otherwise).

Biographical information will be used for presenting the winners and publicizing the results of the competition and will not be used for judging the quality of the entries. Entrants may also include an optional short statement about intellectual training/ orientation, and the circumstances surrounding the research/ writing of the book.

Please send the cover letter and accompanying statements and biographical information to the chair of the Victor Turner Prize Committee, Karen Richman, [email protected], 574-631-8146.

The deadline for receipt of the required materials is May 5, 2017.

All inquiries should be directed to Karen Richman, [email protected].

Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Powering the Planet @ Calman Learning Centre
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm

The fifth edition of the annual symposium “Why the World Needs Anthropologists” explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.

DAY 1, Saturday, 28 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)

The event will be officially opened by Sandra Bell, Maggie Bosanquest, and convenors of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.


What is the role of communities in the future of energy production? How might engineers work with social scientists on the introduction of new energy technologies?

Title and synopsis of Sophie Bouly de Lesdain’s lecture are to be announced in upcoming weeks. Thank you for your understanding.

In the search for solutions to the energy dilemma – provision of modern energy for all and sustainable production and consumption – what role could or should be played by anthropologists? In this presentation Winther draws on her experiences to reflect on the relationship between the open and contextualized type of knowledge we produce as anthropologists and the normative realm of policies.

Water infrastructure brings together some very ‘powerful’ materials: water, steel and stone which, through their particular properties, co-construct the relationships we have with them. This paper aims to provide some insights into the ‘power of materials’.

The discussion will focus on the development of new sustainable solutions for energy production and consumption. Discussants: Benj Sykes, Tanja Winther, Sophie Bouly de Lesdain, and Veronica Strang. Moderator: Dan Podjed, Convenor of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.

During the day, our co-organisers, sponsors and partners will present at the Energy Hotspot. Do not miss the opportunity to mingle with enthusiasts from all sorts of different domains in academia, energy industry and non-for-profit sector.

Do you still have the energy to join us for a social event? We will use the cutting-edge anthropological approaches to spot the best place in Durham.

DAY 2, Saturday, 29 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)


The roles of corporations in aiming for a sustainable future, and how anthropological insights help asking the right questions.

How to work appropriately with technical practice innovations in culturing skills for renewable energy.

Demonstrating the Value of Reflexive Thinking.

MINING HISTORY (Durham Energy Institute)
A walking tour of Durham featuring its hidden history as the centre of what was once the largest coalfield in England.

The event is free of charge. Subscribe now. We will keep you posted on event updates and allow you to secure the place in one of the workshops. Remember that subscription is not full registration. It must be completed in September 2017.

Simone A. Abram, Sandra Bell, Pavel Borecký, Ben Campbell, Lynn Gibson, Meta Gorup, Dan Podjed, Evelyn Tehrani

Lawrence Agbemabiese, Ellen Bal, Sandra Bell, Alenka Bezjak Mlakar, Simone Borile, Carlo A. Cubero, Lu Ann De Cunzo, Jurij Fikfak, Carla Guerrón Montero, Duška Knežević Hočevar, Kristin Kuutma, Art Leete, Rajko Muršič, Desirée Pangerc, Jaka Repič, Klāvs Sedlenieks, Veronica Strang, Peter Simonič, Giulia Sinatti, Ülo Valk, Rhoda Woets

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Durham Energy Institute, Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, Department of Anthropology at Durham University