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“Transitions: Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity”
Third Conference on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR)
February 9–11, 2018
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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?
More information regarding registration can be found at the conference website.
Call for contributions to an ‘Open Panel’ as part of the 18th International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) World Congress
July 16-20, 2018 – Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, Brazil
Indigenous Mathematical Knowledge and Practices: (Crossed-) Perspectives from Anthropology and Ethnomathematics
Coordinators: Eric Vandendriessche (CNRS, France) and Rik Pinxten (Univ. of Ghent, Belgium)
Identifying activities developed by Indigenous societies as implying mathematical knowledge and practices is a relatively recent issue, significantly linked to the development of ethnomathematics (Ascher, D’Ambrosio, Gerdes, et al.). Today, ethnomathematical research increasingly involves an ethnographic approach, which may offer new perspectives on anthropological issues regarding the universality and cultural variations of mathematical activity (at least labeled as such from a Western perspective). Over the past years, and notably in the Americas and the Pacific Area, some anthropologists have been involved in parallel research projects aimed at documenting Indigenous mathematical knowledge, as embodied in numerical and measurement systems, techniques (such as weaving, building, etc.), or rituals and storytelling. These projects have most often been undertaken from a didactical approach, in order to produce materials for Indigenous schools/teachers.
This panel welcomes fieldwork based papers presenting research at the crossroads of anthropology and ethnomathematics, which document Indigenous mathematical knowledge and its inclusion in specific cultural patterns. It is more generally open to papers probing the heuristic value of crossing ethnographical, anthropological and ethnomathematical approaches, with a view to highlighting and analyzing—or “formalizing” with a pedagogical outlook—Indigenous mathematical knowledge.
Contributors to this Open Panel are invited to submit a title and an abstract in English (up to 500 words) of their communication proposal, as well as a short bibliography including their publications on the subject or related subjects.
The duration of each presentation should be approximately 30 minutes including discussions (to be confirmed, depending on the number of participants).
To be published in the Proceedings of the Congress, the papers (written in English) should be sent to the coordinators before September 1st, 2018.
Further information on the 18th IUAES World Congress Website: http://www.iuaes2018.org/site/capa
Celebrate. Engage. Inspire.
The 2018 Anthropology Day celebration is on Thursday, February 15.
Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate our discipline while sharing it with the world around us. Help us celebrate what anthropology is and what it can achieve by hosting an event in your community, on your campus, or in your workplace.
Visit our Anthropology Day Resources page to check out logos, activity suggestions, customizable templates and additional materials including our newly updated K-12 and Community Outreach Toolkit.
Our Arabic program for children is committed to the task of building an appreciation of the language and understanding of its culture among the youth. We aim to prepare young students to become confident speakers at an early age. We teach Modern Standard Arabic at all levels and across different age groups. Lessons are conducted in MSA in an immersion style environment and
No prior knowledge of Arabic is required for students to participate in our program. However, students with some Arabic proficiency will be given an assessment test to determine their level before attending class. Students will be grouped in different classes based on language ability and age. Heritage Speakers and Non-native Speakers of Arabic follow the same course of study in our program.
Our program is a scholarship-based program available to qualified children who reside in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.
Open House: January 27, 2018, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Application Deadline: February 18, 2018
Assessment Test: February 19 to February 22, 2018, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Session I: March 3 to May 19
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Levels and Age Groups
Our courses are divided into two levels for each age group category: Level 1 for beginners and level 2 for intermediate.
Level 1 (Ages 6-11 years)
In this course, students will learn the Arabic alphabet and long and short vowels. This course is designed to enable students to read three and four-letter words. They will also be able to develop basic writing skills by joining letters. Students will be able to express themselves in simple sentences, learn numbers, and learn basic conversation skills. The course curriculum incorporates the use of educational games, stories
Level 2 (Ages 6-11 years)
In this course, students will be introduced to basic Arabic grammar – singular pronouns and possessive pronouns. Students will engage in conversation about personal data, school life, family members etc. In addition to the required textbook, this course will utilize educational posters and handouts which will help students to verbally express themselves with simple sentences. Students will have spelling tests to assert their proficiency of letters and vowel sound recognition. The course places a greater emphasis on reading and listening comprehension.
Level 1 (Ages 12-15 years)
In this course, students will learn the Arabic alphabets and long and short vowels. Students will master recognition of Arabic script and dictation. While students are learning basic grammatical patterns, they will learn Arabic greetings, know how to introduce themselves, tell time, days of the week, and numbers. In addition, they will engage in educational games, stories
Level 2 (Ages 12-15 years)
In this course, students will be able to read sentences and small paragraphs. They will master essential grammar structure to form correct sentences. The will learn verb and noun conjugation, adjectives, and adverbs. Students will be introduced to the ten measure chart. They will be able to write short paragraphs. This course is designed to hone students’ verbal communication skills through role plays and guided conversations to advance their proficiency and fluency in Arabic.
Application is open now for Session I (March 3 to May 19)
Application Deadline is February 18.
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
The Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma invites nominations for the award honoring the work of forensic anthropologist, Dr. Clyde Snow. The award recognizes the efforts of those who strive to restore the humanity and dignity of individuals and communities that have suffered human rights violations.
Nominees should have a record of efforts towards supporting survivors of human rights abuses, honoring victims of atrocities, and advocating on behalf of communities in the pursuit of justice. Individuals or groups may nominate themselves, or be nominated by someone else. Nominators should submit a completed application, consisting of the nomination form, a copy of the nominee’s resume (or a chronological summary of accomplishments, if the nominee is a group), and a letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s efforts and accomplishments. Letters of nomination should:
- demonstrate the nominees’ leadership, courage, and compassion in their work advocating for victims of human rights abuses;
- give a clear history of the nominees’ involvement with their causes; and
- explain how the nominees’ efforts give continuity to Dr. Snow’s work.
If the nominee makes the nomination, a letter of recommendation should also be included. Supporting documentation, in the form of media coverage, photos, videos, artwork, and testimonials, is encouraged, but these materials cannot be returned to the nominator. We accept nominations in the following UNESCO languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The deadline for submission of all materials is February 28, 2018. The award will be conferred at a banquet at the University in Norman, Oklahoma in September 2018.
Additionally, the Center seeks donations to sustain the award and celebrate the work of Dr. Snow. The endowment will be used bi-annually for a monetary award of $5000 and the production of the award sculpture designed by Oklahoma artist Harvey Pratt, as well as travel expenses, room and board for the awardee, and the costs of the award banquet.
All information about the award, including the nomination form and guidelines for nominations, can be found at this website. Questions may be directed to the Center for Social Justice at [email protected] or call (405) 325-5787.
Established in 2009, the Center for Social Justice is an initiative of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, based in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. The Center works to promote gender justice, equality, tolerance, and human rights through local and global engagement.
Library Resident Research Fellowships
The Library Resident Research fellowships support research in the Society’s collections. Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at www.amphilsoc.org/library/guides.
Applicants must demonstrate a need to work in the Society’s collections for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates whose normal place of residence is farther away than a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia will be given some preference. Applicants do not need to hold the doctorate, although PhD candidates must have passed their preliminary examinations.
$3,000 per month.
March 1; notification in May.
The application may be accessed at www.amphilsoc.org/library/fellowships/short-term-fellowships. Questions should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at [email protected] or 215-440-3443.
Phillips Fund Grants for Native American Research
For research in Native American linguistics and ethnohistory, focusing on the continental United States and Canada. Given for a maximum of one year from date of award to cover travel, tapes, and consultants’ fees.
Applicants may be graduate students pursuing either a master’s or a doctoral degree; postdoctoral applicants are also eligible.
From $1,000 to $3,500.
March 1; notification in May.
Water is Life. The refrain of water rights activists globally is an invitation to consider the many ways in which water is essential to human economy, environments, and health. The theme of this SEA conference is the role of water in human economic life – from studies of water management in ancient societies, to irrigation in agrarian settings, to informal economies of water in squatter settlements, to social movements to secure a human right to water.
Thinking Gender, Pre-existing Conditions
28th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference
March 1-2, 2018
UCLA Faculty Center
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Terri Conley, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
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 http://csw.ucla.edu/TG18CFP for details).
Deadline for All Proposal Submissions: November 1, 2017
We invite proposal submissions for the following categories:
- Panel Presentations
- 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 http://csw.ucla.edu/TG18CFP.
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 http://csw.ucla.edu/TG18CFP. 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 http://csw.ucla.edu/TG18CFP.