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Call for Submissions: Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2018 Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Competition
The Society for Humanistic Anthropology is pleased to announce that we are opening our annual writing contest for Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. We celebrate the use of creative literary prose genres to explore anthropological concerns, and we encourage you to share your work with us.
As a guideline, ethnographic fiction and creative nonfiction use literary elements to bring stories to life and engage the reader. Whether fiction or nonfiction, these creative prose pieces reflect insights about the real world seen through an anthropological lens or reflecting an anthropological sensibility (related to any field of anthropology).
Submissions should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced, and need to work as stand-alone stories. There is a limit of one submission per applicant.
We do expect contestants to be affiliated with the field or practice of anthropology and/or ethnography in some manner. There is no entry fee for this competition.
Submission deadline is July 2, 2018. Submissions must be previously unpublished and not currently under consideration elsewhere.
Please email your entry as two pdf documents to: [email protected] The entry should consist of two files:
- 1) Your story (double spaced) with title but without the author’s name (anonymized), PLUS an extra final page with a statement of no more than 400 words that answers the question: “How is this piece anthropologically informed and in what ways has your background in the field contributed to it?” This statement will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections.
- 2) A separate cover page with your full name, title of your submission, mailing address, email address, and institutional affiliation (if applicable).
JUDGES: Julia Offen (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Editor, Anthropology and Humanism), John Wood (Professor, University of North Carolina Asheville), Katrina Daly Thompson (Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison), and Caitrin Lynch (Professor, Olin College)
Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized in a ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, CA 11/14/2018 – 11/18/2018.
The first-place winner will receive an award of $100 and publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The second-place winner will receive $75. And the third-place winner will receive $50. All winners will receive a certificate of their award.
Just released, the 2018 William T. Grant Scholars Program Application Guide for early career researchers! The Guide details our research focus areas, as well as case examples, eligibility requirements, application procedures, submission instructions, and selection criteria for Scholars awards.The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.
The online application opens on April 23, and the deadline to submit an application is July 5, 2018, 3:00 PM EST.
- Download the application guide
- Browse the Scholars webpage for our program priorities and funding criteria
Our program is a cohort program. This means that applicants are admitted only in the Fall I session to join the academic year’s cohort. However, depending on availability of seats and individual needs, additional students may be admitted to the program in Fall II, Spring I or Spring II sessions.
To ensure satisfactory progress through the program, we require that students obtain a minimum grade of a B and have a strong attendance record in order to continue to the next level. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion. Students with poor attendance or unexcused absences may have their scholarships withdrawn.
Specific goals of SQCC’s Arabic Language program include:
- To develop the student’s ability to understand, speak, read, and write in Arabic in accordance with ACTFL guidelines.
- To acquaint the student with Arab culture and civilization including art, music, history, and literature.
- To cultivate awareness and appreciation for one’s own language and culture through contrast and comparison.
- To promote an interest in the acquisition of the Arabic language and its usefulness in enhancing career opportunities.
Methodologies and Pedagogics
We apply a variety of teaching methods and styles in our courses. All teaching approaches rely heavily on communication and on using culture as a context for that communication. At the lower levels, students are exposed to concrete examples of cultural usage, and these contexts become more complex as students progress through the program. All levels of instruction offer a keen focus on culture, the arts, and history. In our specialized Arabic courses, we expect students to practice the integration of these four language skills (speaking, writing, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension). They are expected to study, research, and analyze abstract problems, and to think critically in Arabic. At the same time, students need to communicate and manipulate a variety of linguistic structures and learn abstract concepts related to Arab culture. Guided by a proficiency-based assessment, instructors evaluate students based on their ability to use the language. Students’ language progress assessments include listening and reading-comprehension homework, oral exams, research papers and presentations.
The most effective way to measure language proficiency is to use a well-defined and broadly accepted proficiency scale. Our Arabic program standards are based on ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012, developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. These guidelines are organized into five levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, and Distinguished. The levels of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced are subdivided into Low, Mid, and High sublevels.
Distinctive Features of Our Arabic Program: Assets
- Highly dedicated and caring Arabic language Instructors a new classroom facility to meet the needs of 21st century language learners.
- ACTFL standards-based curriculum
- Small class sizes
- Technologically equipped classrooms
- Blended learning methodology and web-enhanced instruction
- Communicative language teaching (CLT)
Our Evening Courses
All courses run for 8 weeks and provide 32 in-class contact hours. The following is a general guide to the courses available in SQCC’s Arabic Language Program.
Our program offers:
- General Arabic Courses
- Specialized Arabic Courses
The S|GNS Summit aims to foster meaningful engagement between science and society while empowering a global community of science supporters in service of equitable and effective science and evidence-based policy.
- The future of science advocacy depends on coordinated action and diverse perspectives, yet few spaces exist for interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue. The S|GNS Summit seeks to change that.
- The S|GNS (Science | Government, Institutions & Society) Summit is a network-wide meeting for emerging and established leaders across fields to share knowledge, build community, and develop their skills as science advocates, educators, and organizers.
- This global networking skill-building retreat is designed for everyone — satellite organizers, educators, artists, scientists — to come together and learn from scholars, experienced activists, and each other. S|GNS will provide tools to support current and future leaders as they advocate for informed change in their communities.
- We are helping scientists and innovators begin conversations with their communities, so that all parties can learn from each other about the importance of science, and its effects on local, national, and international policy. Together, we can work toward a future where science is fully embraced in public life and policy.
The S|GNS Summit empowers those committed to championing evidence-based policy and science for the common good. This is how the Summit will achieve these goals.
- Practical skill and knowledge building
- Each day of the Summit will include workshops, panel discussions, and talks that cover a wide range of topics relevant to the S|GNS mission, such as science communication, civic literacy, and inclusive coalition-building.
- Advocates will be equipped with the skills training to empower their own communities.
- Initiative sharing and collaboration
- S|GNS will provide opportunities to learn about ongoing projects across fields, and resources for effective advocacy, outreach, and grassroots organizing.
- Sharing knowledge about best practices in science advocacy is key to empowering communities.
- As a global networking conference, S|GNS will provide unparalleled opportunity for collaboration and for the development of joint advocacy initiatives. Only through collaboration and partnership can real change be made in science policy.
- Community building and networking
- S|GNS will promote open, effective, and respectful lines of communication between scientists and their communities, and create initiatives that improve access to the nature of science and STE(A)M education.
- By bringing together individuals with different backgrounds and levels of experience, the goal is to build meaningful relationships that spark new ideas and push existing ideas to the next level.
- Empowerment and breaking down barriers
- S|GNS aims to break down barriers between scientists and non-scientists, building a unique, cross-sector global network with the capacity to connect communities, coordinate advocacy, and create programs that bridge these gaps.
- By bringing together representatives from across communities, S|GNS will promote active listening and coalition-building that span fields while amplify voices that have been largely underrepresented in science advocacy.
The S|GNS Summit will focus on three areas:
- Science Advocacy
- Sessions, workshops and panel discussions will focus on organizing, advocating, and strategizing in support of evidence-based systems and policy, institutional and cultural change, and centering the voice of members of marginalized or vulnerable communities.
- Education and Outreach
- S|GNS will explore practical strategies for improving the relationship between scientists and non-scientists through science communication training, storytelling, creative collaborations, and community events.
- Community Organizing
- S|GNS will offer training on highly requested topics such as effective coalition-building, fundraising, digital advocacy, organizational management, and community engagement.
March for Science is pushing for greater accountability this year–not just of public officials, but of ourselves as being catalysts for change. The S|GNS Summit will provide stakeholders with the tools needed to be the best advocates.
- In 2017, we laid the groundwork with a global march. In 2018, we will #KeepMarching and will focus on continued activism in our communities year round.
- The S|GNS Summit will continue the momentum of the second March for Science this past April, by providing resources that support impact at the local, federal, and institutional levels.
- S|GNS Summit is committed to creating lasting and far reaching impact by making the conference resources free and available to all.
Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions: 2018 Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society Portland, Oregon
July 26‐29, 2018
MEETING THEME: Science in Society, Society in Science – Toward a 21st Century Model for Social Scientific Research
Growing public skepticism about the value of science and expert knowledge has been a defining characteristic of the early 21st century. Critiques of science come from many sources – populist anti‐elite social movements, academic studies of conventional scientific methods and institutions, and advocates for a more participatory approach to knowledge production. As the distinction between ‘facts’ and ‘values’ has become blurred, the evidence‐base that informs current policy becomes increasingly contested territory. Notably, social scientists have long relied on evidence and scientific research to challenge popular misunderstandings of social problems like poverty, crime, racism, and sexism. At the same time, they have been at the forefront of critiques of the mainstream scientific enterprise and helped pioneer new approaches to research and engagement.
Professional social science societies (like RSS) have an obligation to support those who are studying and developing effective responses to the challenges faced by rural people and places in a globalized world. New models for scientific research will be increasingly important if our efforts are to inform public discourse and shape the development of effective public policies. To do this, we need to reconcile tensions between the desire to retain the power and insights of rigorous scientific methods, and our awareness of the societal biases associated with conventional scientific institutions. At the 2018 Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, we particularly encourage attendees to present work that explores this vexing and enduring issue, and to provide examples of innovative approaches to applied scientific research on rural topics.
Over the last 80 years, the annual meetings of the RSS have been a venue for the exchange of ideas and information about a wide range of rural issues. Our attendees include faculty and students from diverse colleges and universities, researchers working in government or nonprofit institutions, and rural activists and practitioners. In addition to presentations on the meeting theme, we always invite presentations of research and engagement focused rural people, places and themes from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.
Abstracts: Abstracts should be approximately 350‐500 words and briefly outline the purpose and theoretical framing of the paper, poster, program, or organized session. Where appropriate, include information about methods, data, and preliminary findings. The deadline for submitting papers, posters and sessions is Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST).
To submit, visit the “Annual Meetings” tab on the RSS website, www.ruralsociology.org.
Please contact the Program Chair, Kate MacTavish ([email protected]) or the RSS Business Office ([email protected]) with any questions about submission or to explore ideas for special events at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
The Center of the Governance of Change (CGC) at IE is seeking contributions from established or promising younger scholars for its new research program on Resistance to Innovation and Technological Change in the Digital Era.
This project aims to enhance our understanding of the social, economic, political and psychological factors driving resistance against innovation and new technology adoption, from a multidisciplinary approach that encompass the perspectives of the Social Sciences and the Humanities.
Contributions will be properly remunerated ($3,000 USD) published as a collective volume by a top academic press, and featured in a public conference to be held in 2019. For more details, read below.
The situation of adversity experienced by disruptive companies like Uber, Facebook, and Airbnb is not new. The resistance against technological innovation and new business models have a long history in the West: attacks on Gutenberg’s printing press in the late 15th century or the protests of horse carriage drivers against motorized cars at the beginning of the 20th century precede current debates on the potential social and economic impacts of automation, AI, and gene editing. Such resistance can take various forms – from employees strikes to impelling regulatory barriers – and, if unaddressed, they can hinder the development of new business models.
Yet, despite its importance, this topic has been largely overlooked by academia, think tanks and the business world more broadly. Scholars have analyzed resistance to change at the organizational and the individual level, but scarce attention has been paid to the reactions to change of social groups. This project aims to fill this gap by creating a transdisciplinary and multi-level theory of technological change and resistance in social systems, which will analyze the factors and societal forces that work against technology adoption, the consequences of this resistance, and the best mechanisms to overcome it. The end result will be an original and solid body of academic research, that will also help governments and technological companies in the drafting of their development strategies.
We are seeking high-quality, original research papers in English of 5,000 – 6,000 words in length (excluding footnotes) which must meet, at the CGC’s discretion, the overall standard expected of peer-reviewed academic articles.
Rather than narrowly focused studies (e.g. the resistance to new diagnosis software among doctors in Canada) we are interested in broad studies that address the topic from one (or more) of the following disciplines:
Management & Business studies
Each paper should provide 1) a brief literature review, 2) and a comprehensive overview of the main insights that the selected discipline has to offer on this matter. Questions to be addressed include (but are not limited to):
- Why do certain technologies prompt more social rejection than others?
- What factors and circumstances lead to this situation?
- Is it just a matter of job destruction and displacement of traditional sectors, or there are other factors involved? (e. g. societal mistrust, CoP’s pressure, inequality, time ranges of change, fear of the unknown, user inadaptability, ethical-religious- identity-based factors, and so on.
- What mechanisms use social groups to stop the adoption rejected innovations (e.g. law & regulation, social protest, political pressure, consumer behaviour)? Do they work? Can innovation be stopped?
The 2018-19 ACLS fellowship and grant competitions are now open for many programs. ACLS offers programs that promote research in all fields of the humanities and humanistic social sciences and that support scholars from the graduate student level through all stages of the academic career, as well as independent scholars. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at www.acls.org/programs/comps.
Application deadlines vary by program:
September 26, 2018
ACLS Fellowships (the central program, which includes joint and named awards)
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (including opportunities specifically for liberal arts college faculty)
Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships – New in 2018-19
October 24, 2018
Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art
Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Fellowships for Scholars
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships – New in 2018-19
November 7, 2018
Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants in China Studies
Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in China Studies
Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies
Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences)
November 14, 2018
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations
January 9, 2019
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies
January 2019 (date TBA)
ACLS Digital Extension Grants – pending renewal of funding
March 2019 (date TBA)
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows
The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. In the 2017-18 competition year, ACLS awarded over $24 million to more than 350 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows’ and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at www.acls.org/fellows/new. The 2018-19 season promises to be equally successful!
Research Grants, deadline August 1, 3 pm EST
Since our founding in 1936, the William T. Grant Foundation has worked to further the understanding of human behavior through research. Today, we support high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States.
These grants target researchers at all career stages for high-quality empirical projects that fit one of our two focus areas. Research grants are awarded three times each year and typically range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. See more information at http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants
In this focus area, we support research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, or immigrant origin status. We are interested in research on programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes.
Improving the Use of Research Evidence:
In this focus area, we support research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence reaches the hands of decision makers, responds to their needs, and is used in ways that benefit youth. We are particularly interested in research on improving the use of evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries
Teach undergraduate courses. Provide tutorials, assist with student advising and contribute to curriculum development. Contribute to faculty mentoring and training. Give seminars, workshops and public lectures. Conduct research in area of specialization.
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
University of Zambia
Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:
Accounting, small business management, financial economics, international finance, international relations, management, marketing, public administration, engineering, leadership and governance, economic and political anthropology or political science, elections, democracy and governance, corruption, education policy, gender issues and agriculture policy.
All teaching and research will be in English; additional language proficiency not required.
Scholars with a Ph.D., at least five years of postdoctoral university or college teaching experience and previous experience in Africa are preferred.
Candidates are encouraged to correspond with the potential host department to determine if their discipline or specializations are of interest. Applicants should have well-developed research projects to which they can devote themselves in the event that university classes are suspended. A letter of invitation from the host institution, submitted as part of the application, is recommended but not required. Grant start dates may be subject to change depending on local conditions and the academic calendar at the host institution.
Caribbean Energy Policy, Societies, and Law Conference
Thursday October 4th 2018THE UNIVERSITY INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE
This conference offers a unique opportunity for academics, researchers, industry executives, regulators, members of civil society groups, and students to gather and reflect on the past, present, and future of energy production use in the Caribbean context. Participants will share their knowledge, experience, and research findings through a series of panel presentations, and two keynote speeches will be presented.
Commercial oil production in Trinidad and Tobago is in its 110th year, while Guyana is expected to commence offshore oil production in 2020. Working from the notion that “lessons learned” can contribute to the creation of policies that promote sustainable futures, we welcome the submission of research and conceptual papers that speak to the successes, difficulties, and failures associated with oil and gas production in the region. Comparative studies that situate Caribbean oil producers within the arena of global oil are of great interest, as are papers outlining “best practices” for managing Caribbean oil and gas in an age of energy transitions. The conference is multidisciplinary; we seek participants from diverse academic and practitioner backgrounds who will exchange knowledge and ideas and create new networks for 21st century solutions. As this conference aims to highlight energy, environment, law, and society, the areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- Laws and Policies for Sustainable Oil and Gas Development in the 21st Century
- The Trinidadian Model of Oil and Gas Development: Successes, Failures, Replicability?
- Impact of the North America Shale Revolution on Caribbean Oil and Gas Industry, Markets, and Economic Growth
- Global Energy Transitions: Climate Change Accords; Transitioning to Low Carbon Economies; The Role of Renewables in the Caribbean Energy Matrix
- Role of Public Authorities, Civil Society, NGOs, and the Private Sector in Promoting Sustainable Oil and Gas Development
- Gender, Energy, and Local Content/Workforce Issues
- Environmental Law and Ethics
- Human Rights and Environmental Rights: Engaging Communities and Stakeholders in Oil and Gas Development
- International Environmental Principles and Regional Environmental Issues
- Hazardous Waste Management in Energy Development
Abstract submission deadline: August 15, 2018