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Research Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology
Nov 1 all-day

Research Fellowship in Urgent Anthropology: The Circumpolar North

The British Museum and the Anthropologists’ Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research offers two Research Fellowships in Urgent Anthropology. The Fellowship provides (non-salaried) financial support for an eighteen month period of field research and writing, with a specific focus on the circumpolar north. The Urgent Anthropology Fund is managed by the Royal Anthropological Institute and the fellowship is designed to facilitate ethnographic research on peoples whose culture and language are currently threatened. The programme’s primary aim is to contribute to anthropological knowledge through detailed ethnography, and also if possible help the peoples being described in their particular circumstances. The British Museum is hosting the fellowship programme for the years from 2018–2020.

The British Museum Urgent Anthropology Fellowship Programme has a specific focus on threats to Arctic and Sub-Arctic indigenous communities as a result of the impacts of global climate change. The Arctic is warming almost twice as quickly as the rest of the world. For indigenous circumpolar north residents who continue to rely on pastoralism or harvested foods and materials from land and sea, these changing weather patterns are threatening all aspects of life. The range of and access to animals is changing. Weather patterns today, do not adhere to indigenous models that have been built up over centuries, thus making hunting and traveling more dangerous. In response, hunters and herders are generating new tools and transportation technologies in order to make a living. In some cases, these innovations and altered practices result in risky behaviour. Diminished sea ice packs are less able to protect arctic coastlines from severe storms, forcing some communities to plan for relocation. Soil erosion from melting permafrost erodes village infrastructure, such as schools, houses, transportation facilities. These threats have the potential to drastically affect the material, social, economic and political lives of circumpolar residents.

The British Museum has substantial circumpolar north collections (especially strong in the North American) representing archaeological assemblages, ethnographic material collected by European explorers to the Arctic, and contemporary indigenous art from the 21st century. The Museum collections materially demonstrate almost 500 years of social, economic, and political indigenous responses to the Western world, including: the quest for the Northwest Passage, the global fur trade, European and Russian imperialism, colonialism, and global indigenous rights movements. Today, as circumpolar residents respond to a new challenge of global climate change, the British Museum welcomes proposals that use long-term ethnographic research to thoroughly document how changing weather patterns affect indigenous circumpolar north communities and how those communities develop strategies to mitigate such threats. Proposals may also consider an investigation across northern communities to understand how different groups of indigenous people are working together to raise awareness and address the impacts of climate change. These proposals would ideally consider how those changes reflect on the Museum’s considerable Arctic and Sub-Arctic collections. We anticipate that the fellows would help document contemporary indigenous meanings of the Museum’s historic collections in the context of global climate change.

The Fellowship makes it possible for a budgeted project to be carried out over about 18 months: this period to include both field research and writing-up. Fellows are required to spend part of their fellowship period in the field and part in the British Museum, and where they are expected to contribute to its academic life and collections research. In the Museum, the fellows will be affiliated with the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

The Fellowship will provide £45,000 to be spent over 18 months, inclusive of all costs except overheads to be borne by the Museum for time spent in London, but exclusive of salary. The Fellowships are awarded to post-doctoral applicants with previous research experience in the circumpolar north. The fellowships are by open competition without restriction of nationality or residence. Applicants should send an application comprising project proposal including research plan and timeline, intended outputs and budget. The budget should include all personal and research expenses (within the research community and in the UK), insurance, and costs of equipment necessary for the project. The proposal should not be more than 4 pages, excluding bibliography. Applicants should also include a CV, a brief summary of previous research experience (maximum 1 page), and two letters of reference.

Please submit applications to [email protected]

Closing date is 1 November 2017.

First Fellowship begins March 2018
Second Fellowship begins June 2018 (flexible)

Call for Papers: Third Conference on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights
Nov 1 all-day

“Transitions: Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity”

Third Conference on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR)

February 9–11, 2018

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Submissions due November 1, 2017

The human experience is filled with periods of transition. Life-stage rituals, prolonged wars, forced migrations, paradigm shifts, global climate, and urban development—in all of these processes transitions are the constant— they can last for mere moments or span years, decades, or generations. Transitions associated with disasters, displacement, and human rights are particularly important whether they impact local communities or entire societies. Moments of transition bring about crisis, uncertainty, and even opportunity. What factors shape whether a transition is a crisis or an opportunity, and in whose eyes? What moments or processes impact these outcomes? How do individual lived experiences of uncertainty intersect with larger social scales and vice versa? What strategies can be employed for engagement and how can these strategies be communicated to those confronting periods of transition?

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville issues a call for papers for its third conference on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR). The 2018 theme is “Transitions: Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity.” This conference is open to all disciplines, approaches, methods, and concepts within the broad realm of disasters, displacements, and human rights. As in past years, we invite submissions and participation from researchers, practitioners, and students. Contributions from international scholars and papers coming from inter-, intra-, trans-, or multidisciplinary backgrounds are particularly welcome. We also encourage individuals of affected communities, especially those who have worked with researchers, to participate in the 2018 conference.

Public outreach and engaged research is a special sub-focus for the 2018 DDHR Conference. The conference committee is sponsoring an expert panel on communicating with the public and a special workshop led by Dr. Sarah Kendzior on writing about complex research for a public audience. We welcome panels and individual papers and posters on public outreach and engaged research. Conference attendees are encouraged to consider effective and innovative ways to communicate their research findings and/or experiences as practitioners to the public in addition to making their work accessible/useful to the individuals and communities to which their work is dedicated.

In addition to individual paper and poster submissions, we especially encourage abstracts for thematic panel and roundtable submissions. Please see the website for abstract submission details.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate change (paleo & present) and the Anthropocene
  • Critical humanitarianism
  • Decolonizing indigenous histories
  • Digital technologies
  • Disaster mitigation and risk reduction
  • Displacement, migration, and resettlement
  • Food insecurity
  • Histories and archaeology of disasters, displacement, and human rights
  • Human rights law, humanitarian law, rights-claiming, violations, and practice
  • Identity
  • Inequality, exclusion, discrimination
  • Natural hazards and anthropogenic disasters
  • Natural resources
  • Participatory community-based research
  • Peace and conflict
  • Policy, politics, and international relations
  • Recovery
  • Refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people
  • Risk, resilience, and adaptation
  • Sustainable development
  • Transitional justice
  • Violence

Abstract submissions are due November 1, 2017 via the online registration website.

Call for Submissions: Thinking Gender, Pre-existing Conditions
Nov 1 all-day

Thinking Gender, Pre-existing Conditions

28th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference

March 1-2, 2018

UCLA Faculty Center

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women invites submissions of paper, poster, speed pitching research roundtable, and visual arts proposals for our 28th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference. This year’s conference theme, Pre-existing Conditions, will focus on the interactions of health and gender as a play on the current, on-going discussions about gender-focused health and healthcare. Pre-existing Conditions invites conversations about the directions and foci of intersectional and multi-contextual approaches to health and well-being. With our focus on gender and health, Thinking Gender 2018, Pre-existing Conditions, welcomes submissions of graduate student projects on a wide range of health and health-related topics (see the attached call or visit for details).

Deadline for All Proposal Submissions: November 1, 2017

Submission Information

We invite proposal submissions for the following categories:

  • Panel Presentations
  • Posters
  • Speed Pitching Research Roundtables
  • Visual Arts Reception and Exhibition

Registered graduate students from any institution are eligible to submit presentation proposals for all Thinking Gender sessions, including the panel, poster, speed pitching research roundtable, and Visual Arts Reception & Exhibition sessions.

Registered undergraduate students from any institution are eligible to submit proposals for poster presentations and participation in the Visual Arts Reception & Exhibition only.

Full details – including proposal length requirements and additional specifications – are available in the attached call for proposals and on our website at

To participate in Thinking Gender, successful applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of $50, the entirety of which will go towards covering conference costs. Participants for whom the registration fee is prohibitive are encouraged to contact [email protected].


The deadline for all submission proposals is November 1, 2017. Submissions must be made online via the link at Once submissions are reviewed and accepted, all participants in the paper panel sessions will be required to submit a draft of their paper by January 29, 2018, for pre-circulation among their co-panelists and faculty moderator.


For full details, including proposal length requirements, additional specifications, and a link to the online submission system, visit

National Humanities Conference @ Hyatt Regency Boston
Nov 2 – Nov 5 all-day

The 2017 National Humanities Conference, co-hosted with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, is the second in a series of three joint national meetings that will bring the humanities community together as whole to consider how, by leveraging our strengths, we can achieve broader public impact and showcase the fundamental role the humanities play in addressing both local and global challenges.

39th Annual Conference of the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao @ Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City
Nov 9 – Nov 11 all-day


39th Annual Conference of the Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao

(UGAT/ Anthropological Association of the Philippines)

9–11 November 2017

Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City


The UGAT cordially invites you to its 39th Annual Conference at Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, from 9–11 November 2017. The central theme of the conference is on human rights, and it will thus offer academic panels, round-table discussions, distinguished lectures, films, and special talks that consider ‘rights’ as a lens by which to weigh the realities of people’s daily lives against what they believe they are entitled to in their lives, in terms of goods or benefits, services or resources, or respect and human dignity. Implicit here is the assumption that there is a difference between what is and what ought to be; a difference that demands analysis in terms of context and causation, and understanding in terms of appreciation of peoples’ perceptions of their situation and their agentive responses thereto. This project is timely and relevant, given the unsettling times and spaces that our people now occupy.

We seek to foster further critical reflection upon the state of our country, people, and communities today; encourage theoretical and methodological refinement in the work of academics, activists, development workers, media practitioners, policy-makers, legislators, government officials, educators, health practitioners, and other actors; and perhaps provide a platform for dialogue on the possible role of anthropologists and other scholars and practitioners in light of the presentations and discussions in the conference.

Conference Convenor: Atty. Augusto B. Gatmaytan, PhD


Registration fee

Early registration (before 15 October 2017)                      On-site registration

P3,000 non-member                                                          P3,500 non-member

P2,000 UGAT member                                                       P2,500 UGAT member

P1,500 student                                                                   P2,000 student


The Registration Fee covers the cost of the conference kit and meals (lunch and snacks). To register early, please deposit the amount to “Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc.”, CA 393359300015, at the Philippine National Bank (PNB – UP Campus Branch). Please present the deposit slip during conference registration. Membership in the UGAT is not included in the Registration Fee. The annual membership fee is PhP 750.00, inclusive of a copy of the AghamTao journal.  Interested individuals may sign up for membership during the conference.

For further information, you may contact the conference secretariat (Jessie Varquez, Jr.) at [email protected] or 09273037081 (Lilian de la Peña). Monitor UGAT on FB for updates:

You can download pdf here:

Call for Papers: Human Existence as Fieldwork
Nov 10 all-day

Call for Papers: Human existence as fieldwork

 International Conference

University of Palermo, December 6–7, 2017

Deadline for receiving abstracts: November 10, 2017


Can we consider human existence as an object of study in its own right? What do we mean when we speak of human existence? Which instruments and methods should be utilized and which disciplines should we resort to in order to better seize human existence? The existence we intend to study is the one belonging to humans, to individuals. The question is, then, how to observe them? In addition, concerning human existence, is it pertinent to speak of fieldwork? In this conference, we intend to focus on human existence and on its possible components in order to answer these questions and many more. Human existence – as a notion and as a practice – is fleeting and not easy to seize within a unique form of knowledge or theory. Human existence seems almost evident in itself: we mostly live through routine, through automatisms usually left uninvestigated. Thinking about human existence, instead, means to reveal, among other things, the automatisms which characterize it and to give it an anthropological definition.

Moreover, it is important to specify that human existence tends to flow implicitly and to come to awareness, above all, when something happens that disrupts routine, breaks into the ordinary and transforms its regularity. We reflect – we are compelled to reflect – on the meaning of existence when we are confronted with what endangers it: violence, death, diseases or accidents. It is not surprising, then, that the meaning attributed to existence is closely associated with the rituals implemented by cultures to domesticate the danger represented by sufferings and vulnerabilities. Probably, an anthropological reflection on existence will lead to a new definition of exoticism and ethnography: as a matter of fact, existence as an object of study cannot be considered as an exotic elsewhere. Considering what we have said above, in this conference we will question ordinary and/or extraordinary aspects of existence inside a culture (or by comparing cultures) and we will focus on theoretical and methodological problems, more particularly on the role of the participant-observer as an individual who sees the world from a specific and situated viewpoint.

Given the issues at stake, ultimately, this conference is meant to represent a first meeting towards future events to be held on an annual (or two year) and itinerant basis, in Europe or elsewhere. As an indication, for this conference we provide an open list of possible topics:

  • Temporal and spatial dimensions of existence
  • Existence, fieldwork and methods
  • Existence and theories
  • Existence, routine and daily life
  • Existence, writing, image
  • Exotic and endotic
  • Existence, culture, rites
  • Subjectivity and writing
  • Individual and culture
  • Action and emotion
  • Body and identity
  • Existence, vulnerability and death
  • Existence and Existentialisms


Scientific board:

Stefano Montes and Albert Piette


Administrative organization:

Dipartimento Culture e Società

University of Palermo

Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italy


For information and to submit proposals:

Stefano Montes ([email protected]) and Albert Piette ([email protected])


Practical information:

Deadline for submitting proposals: November 10, 2017

Proposal summary and title: 250-300 words

Duration of presentations: 30 minutes

Expected submission of texts or longer abstracts (for a better discussion during the conference): before November 25, 2017

Conference languages: Italian, French and English

Conference participation is free of charge

Travel costs, accommodation expenses and meals are covered by participants or their own institutions

Migration in a Changing Global World @ Ruppin Academic Center,
Nov 10 all-day

Ruppin Academic Center, Israel
May 14–16, 2018
Call for Papers

Over recent decades a growing number of countries across the globe have encountered major challenges related to migration, emigration and integration of immigrants. The 2018 Ruppin International Conference will focus on causes and consequences of migration in a changing global world. Issues related to the rising flows of various types of immigrants, including labor migrants, asylum seekers and refugees will be addressed and discussed by researchers, policy makers, practitioners and social scientists from a variety of disciplines across the world. Similar to other countries, the State of Israel, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, faces significant challenges as related to integration of the various types of immigrants in society. The Israeli immigration experience will be discussed and evaluated within a comparative framework and in relations to the immigration experience of other countries whether immigrant societies or nation-states. The Ruppin International Conference on Immigration and Social Integration will focus on migration issues both at the global and local levels.

The Institute for Immigration and Social Integration at Ruppin Academic Center in cooperation with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the International Metropolis Project invites proposals for papers on a broad range of themes related to migration and integration on the following broadly defined topics:

● Immigration and globalization
● Immigrants integration in nation states
● Immigration and social policy
● Immigrants in the labor market of the host society
● Immigrants in the economic arena
● Refugees and asylum seekers
● Immigrants and Remittances
● Life stories of immigrants
● Social and educational aspects of immigration and integration
● Cultural aspects of immigration and integration (language, identity)
● Social-psychological aspects of immigration
● Attitudes and public views toward immigrants
● Immigrants in the city
● Immigration and the third sector/NGOs
● Health and well-being of immigrants
● Immigrant communities
● Service development for migrants
● Criminalization of migration

Papers on related topics but not included in the list will also be also considered.
We welcome proposals from academics, field experts, and policy makers.

Submission procedure:

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words long, for a paper of 20 minutes duration, and include the paper title, author name and title, institutional affiliation, and abstract. Abstracts should be sent to the organizers to the following e-mail address:
[email protected] by November 10, 2017.

The abstracts will be evaluated by an international academic committee chaired by Prof. Moshe Semyonov.

Answers Acceptance decisions and detailed information about registration, accommodations and travel arrangements will be sent back by December 10, 2017.

Upon acceptance of the paper, we will require a brief biographical note (approximately 60 words).

The conference will start on May 14th 2018 with professional study tours and a reception event.

The Institute for Immigration & Social Integration
Ruppin Academic Center
Prof. Moshe Semyonov, Conference Chair
Dr. Karin Amit, Conference Academic Coordinator
Ms. Nivi Dayan, Head of the Institute for Immigration & Social Integration

Symposium: Resource Conflicts in Indigenous Lands—World and Russian Experience of Applied Anthropology
Nov 11 all-day

Kemerovo State University and Lomonosov Moscow State University with financial support from Russian Scientific Foundation (project # 15-18-00112 “Resource Cruse’ on the Circumpolar Territories: Russian and International Experience in Analyzing and Resolving the Conflicts through Non-Renewable Resources in the Places of Aboriginal Ethnic Groups Traditional Residence”) hold an International research-to-practice symposium “Resource Conflicts in Indigenous Lands: World and Russian Experience of Applied Anthropology” on November, 11, 2017 in Sanatorium ‘Tanay’, Promyshlennovsky District of Kemerovo Region, Russia.

The scholars having wide experience in anthropological, ethnological, historical, sociological research of social conflicts predetermined by non-renewable resources extraction in indigenous lands are invited to attend symposium and present research papers corresponding to the list of key issues listed below. Also the experts representing local and regional authorities, non-government organizations and professional associations, who have a practical experience and expertise in resource conflicts resolving and prevention are expected to take part in specially organized discussions in the frameworks of symposium.



  • Extractivism as the paradigm of development, it’s main challenges and contemporary alternatives;
  • Language of resource conflict description in context of social and cultural anthropology epistemologies;
  • Resource conflicts’ discourse analysis as a base for understanding conflict motivation;Possibility of applied results achievement in the practice of resource conflicts anthropological research; the problems of such results implementation by government and non-governmental sector;
  • Social-economic, ecological and legal aspects of resource conflicts emergence in indigenous territories: effective approaches to study and resolving;
  • World and Russian experience in resource conflicts researching and resolving: best practices and key problems.



Kemerovo State University

650000, Kemerovo, Krasnaya st., 6, office 1225

Vladimir V. Poddubikov (on the selection of reports ) Phone: +7 (3842) 58-00-31

E-mail: [email protected]

Konstantin I. Osipov (on organizational issue)

Phone: +7 923 603-95-27

E-mail: [email protected]



Only attending symposium in-person is allowed. It means that all participants are expected to present their papers personally in format of oral presentation lasting up to 15 minutes. The chosen papers will be published in the special issue of Siberian Historical Research Journal indexed in Scopus, until the end of 2017. The Program Committee has the right to select for publication the papers corresponding strongly to symposium’s agenda, containing new research data and contributing significantly to anthropological understanding of resource conflicts.

Applications for participation in the Symposium and materials for publication should be sent in electronic form (in Word text format *.doc or *.docx) with the subject in the subject line: “Application of `surname of the speaker`” until October 27, 2017 to the Program Committee at: [email protected]


The application should be submitted as a file attachment, named: full name of the speaker.The application shall include the following information:

  1. Name;
  2. Place of work and position, academic title;
  3. E-mail address and mobile number or landline number (with city code)
  4. The title of the report
  5. Summary report of no more than 200 words

Materials  for  publication  in  Siberian  historical  research  journal  are  accepted  in accordance with the requirements of the journal –

Research for Change Grant
Nov 15 all-day

This semester we are offering students a $1,200.00 grant, which includes an $800.00 research mobility scholarship. Students can apply at until November 15, 2017.

The #ResearchforChange Grant includes:

  • $800.00 USD cash research mobility scholarship,
  • 1 full MAXQDA Analytics Pro Student software license,
  • 2 online training sessions conducted by professional MAXQDA trainers,
  • Full technical support for the researcher,
  • Exposure & Publicity for the research project. 

To qualify, the applicant must currently be a student or PhD candidate who is (or will be) conducting fieldwork in the Global South. The grant recipient will also use MAXQDA to collect and analyze their research data, but no previous MAXQDA experience is required. For further information on eligibility requirements, documents to be submitted, and grant conditions, please click here.

Newberry’s Long-Term Fellowship Program
Nov 15 all-day

The Newberry Library’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library’s collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

Applications for the Newberry’s Long-Term Fellowship Program must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on November 15. These long-term opportunities are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program.

Many of the Newberry’s fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to [email protected].