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The 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society
October 17-20, 2018
Buffalo Niagara County Convention Center
Buffalo, New York, USA
No Illusions, No Exclusions
“No Illusions, No Exclusions,” the theme for the 2018 AFS Annual Meeting, is inspired by its location in Buffalo, New York, “The City of No Illusions.”
Buffalo is proudly gutsy, realistic, highly vernacular and inclusive. The city openly welcomes recent refugees, who enhance the substantial diversity brought about by its remarkable industrial heritage and legacy of Native Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) First Nations. Buffalo’s post-industrial transformation brings with it challenges of gentrification, reconfiguration of the labor force and new symbolic strategies of self- representation.
Participants in the annual meeting are encouraged to explore how at this divisive moment in American life, folklore confronts economic and social disruptions, builds community resilience and sustains pluralism amidst threats to E Pluribus Unum.
As a discipline, folklore cannot stand in isolation from other fields as it shapes and is shaped by other disciplines while endeavoring to sustain itself as an autonomous discipline. In considering folklore as both academic discipline and public practice, participants are encouraged to examine how folklore engages community members as partners, valuing local knowledge and facilitating cultural self-determination.
Learn more about the meeting at http://www.afsnet.org/page/2018AM.
We invite students and colleagues from Buffalo to join us; no registration fee required. We ask that you sign in at the registration desk, then sample, circulate, introduce yourselves, and learn more about folklore as a profession and a perspective.
Contact info: Lorraine Walsh Cashman
Intentionally Digital. Intentionally Black.
African American Digital Humanities 2018
University of Maryland
October 18-20, 2018
Call for Proposals
What happens to digital humanities inquiry when we begin with Black culture, Black thought, and Black persons at the center of our endeavors? How does this shift challenge and expand both the humanities and the digital? What happens to Black and African American humanities research when we lead with the digital?
Interdisciplinary inquiry into both the online practices of black users and humanities research focused on black history and culture using digital tools has expanded in the past decade. Too often, this work happens on the margins of established disciplines, boundaries, and paradigms. Rather than arriving at black digital research as an afterthought or a tactic to achieve “diversity”, privileging black theory and black culture in our scholarship can provide alternate paradigms through which to understand the digital and the humanistic.
The first national conference of the African American Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative atthe University of Maryland will explore how digital studies and digital humanities-based research, teaching, and community projects can center African American history and culture. AADHum invites submissions that may include scholarly inquiry into Black diasporic and African American uses of digital technologies; digital humanities projects that focus on black history and culture; race and digital theory; the intersection of black studies and digital humanities; information studies, cultural heritage, and community-based digital projects; pedagogical interventions; digital tools and artifacts; black digital humanities and memory; social media and black activism/movements, etc.
We invite submissions from within and outside the academy – students, faculty, librarians, independent scholars and community members – to actively participate in the conference! Proposals are due by April 9, 2018.
• Proposals should be submitted online at https://www.conftool.pro/aadhum2018/
• Multiple proposal submissions (maximum of 3 submissions) from an individual or group are acceptable
• Selections and notifications will be made by mid-June 2018
Types of Proposals
· Individual papers. Please provide an abstract of 300-500 words and brief bio (75 words).
· Panels. Please provide a panel rationale of no more than 300 words, with individual paper abstracts (150-300 words) for up to 5 participants. Include titles and institutional affiliations for each participant.
· Digital Posters. Posters may present work on any relevant topic in any stage of development. Poster presentations are intended to be interactive, providing the opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees. Please provide an abstract of 300-500 words.
· Tools/Digital project demonstration. Tools/Digital Project demonstrations are intended to showcase near-complete or completed work in an interactive environment. Please provide an abstract of 300-500 words. Abstracts should include 1) research significance, 2) stage (near complete/complete), 3) intervention of platform/project/tool 4) demonstration requirements (technology).
· Roundtables. Please provide a rationale of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a list of 4-5 participants (including title and institutional affiliation).
For each proposal please include 3-5 keywords.
- Examples of topics
- Abundance and deprivation
- Africa and the Americas
- Afro-futurism, -pragmatism and -pessimism
- Agency and movements
- Archives and archival practices
- Arts and visual cultures
- Blackness in everyday life
- Comparative Blackness
- Cyber/digital feminism
- Digital presence
- Digital slave studies
- Empirical and epistemological considerations
- Evaluating digital scholarship
- Languages and literatures
- Local and regional history
- Memory and commemoration
- Methods and tools
- Migration and movement
- Mobile technologies
- Performance studies
- Platform studies
- Poetics and aesthetics
- Public humanities
- Social media
- Space and place
- Systems of institutional power
- Within and beyond the academy
- Youth cultures
The AADHum Initiative (Synergies among African American History and Culture and Digital Humanities) at the University of Maryland is an initiative funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. AADHum seeks to prepare the next generation of scholars and scholarship by facilitating critical dialogue between digital humanists and African American centered humanities scholarship. The Initiative works to expand the reach of the digital humanities into African American/Africana/Black Studies while enriching humanities research with new methods, archives, and tools. This initiative enhances digital research while recognizing the expertise and knowledge from traditional humanities research and how it may propel digital scholarship forward. In so doing, it fosters a dialogue among a community of scholars from within and outside the academy as they venture into new research and pedagogical endeavors.
Please direct all questions to [email protected]
Call for Book Chapters (Edited Collection): A Reflexive study of the Rituals Associated with Death and Dying (working title)
The editors wish to put together an interdisciplinary collection of essays that utilize reflexive scholarly inquiry to interrogate cultural responses to death by gathering essays that analyze various aspects of death while at the same time acknowledging that death affects us all. Any study on the topic cannot be decontextualized. We must all necessarily grapple with loss and mortality as we examine cultural responses to death. In order to do so, we would like to address in this work is how one can both critically view mortuary practices as an observer/researcher while also being an emotionally invested participant.
Each author should have a unique perspective on an observance relating to the dead, death, or dying. They should be present either as someone with close ties to the terminally ill individual or the deceased, or there must be some extrapolation from what is observed as a bystander to an expansion or change of the researcher’s own philosophy or emotional state relating to dying and/or death. These accounts must include both a critical analysis of the practices witnessed and an understanding of the emotional component that all aspects of death provoke in humans, whether it is disgust, fear, awe, sadness, anger, or even joy.
We suggest that applicants consider a preparatory reading of Renato Rosaldo’s essay “Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage,” the introduction to his text “Culture & Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis” (Beacon Press, 1993). Although this is an anthropological text, the editors wish to put together an interdisciplinary collection that is both holistic in its approach to this topic and accessible to a broader audience.
- Submission deadline for abstracts: October 19, 2018
- Decision of acceptance: November 19, 2018
- Deadline for chapter Submissions: April 30, 2019
Abstracts should be 250 to 500 words. Please include a title with your abstract. Original manuscripts of 8,000–10,000 words, including sources and footnotes. All manuscripts submitted will be subject to a rigorous peer review process as well as editorial and production processes. Inquiries and proposals welcome: Contact Kalliopi Christodoulaki, [email protected], or Aubrey Thamann, [email protected]
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION’S HIGHEST HONOR
The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the National Science Foundation for promising, early-career researchers. The annual award has been bestowed upon early career scientists and engineers since 1975, when Congress established the award to honor the agency’s first director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, 40 years of age or younger, or no more than 10 years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degrees by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on their field.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Sherrie B. Green, Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
To nominate a candidate, please go to: www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards
Information on the award and past recipients is also available at: www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp
CFP: Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University at Montgomery, AL, February 1-2, 2019
Now in its eleventh year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference, hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery, explores themes related to the American South across a wide array of disciplines and methodologies. Registrants to the two-day conference enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels, two distinguished keynote speakers and a visiting artist, who gives a talk and mounts a gallery exhibition.
The 2019 Conference Committee invites proposals for twenty-minute academic papers or creative presentations on any aspect of Southern Studies (broadly defined), including those relating to the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, history, literature, theater, music, communications, political science, and sociology. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to this theme are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
–Southern food studies
–Pedagogy and the teaching of Southern topics
–Canonicity and the South
–Slavery and the American South
–Civil War narratives
–Southern archives, museums, and collections
–Civil Rights narratives
–Explorations of race and conflict in the South
–Religion in the South
–History of science or medicine in the South
–Southern arts (in any medium or genre)
–Explorations of the Southern worker
–Anthropological studies of the South
–Sociological studies of the South
–Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas
–Native American topics of the South
–Stories of immigration/migration and border-crossings
–Contemporary re/mis-conceptions of “The South”
–Presentations by artists/performers/writers working in the South/making work about the South
Proposals can be emailed to [email protected] and should include a 250-word abstract and a 2-page CV. The deadline for submission is October 22, 2018. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend, if accepted. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by November 2018. For more information, please visit the conference website, or contact Naomi Slipp, Conference Director and Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery: [email protected].
The Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems program (NCS) invites Frontiers applications, newly in the Fiscal Year 2019 competition. Frontiers awards will be highly ambitious and integrative to tackle challenges that require deeper and broader collaboration and coordination. Please join us for the NSF Neural and Cognitive Systems FY19 Webinar, on Monday October 22nd, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT. For more information and to register, please visit the NCS home page at http://nsf.gov/ncs .
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new initiative to advance publicly engaged scholarship in the humanities. The Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support humanities scholars who seek to partner with nonacademic organizations in their research and encourage innovation in doctoral education at their universities.
Inspired by the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program, which demonstrates the dynamic value of doctoral education by placing recent humanities PhDs in top nonprofit and government organizations, the Scholars & Society program will encourage faculty to explore connections between humanities research and broader society while in residence at a US-based cultural, media, government, policy, or community organization of their choice. The fellowships also provide resources and training that will enable fellows to incorporate best practices of public scholarship into doctoral education on their campuses. ACLS developed the program in consultation with academic and nonprofit leaders with extensive experience in the realm of publicly engaged scholarship.
“Just as ACLS strives to increase funding for core humanities research through a variety of fellowship and grant programs, we also recognize the urgent need to promote the broader circulation of that knowledge across all sectors of society,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “We look forward to supporting scholars who can be ambassadors for the humanities beyond their campus communities, and who will instill an ethos of reflective public engagement in their scholarship for years to come.”
The fellowships are open to faculty who hold tenured positions in PhD-granting departments or programs at universities in the United States. In the pilot year of the program, ACLS will award 12 fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000, plus funds for research, travel, and related project and hosting costs.
The goal of the fellowship year should be a major research project in the humanities or humanistic social sciences that treats a significant issue in society, such as democratic governance; technological change; racism and inequality; environmental change; economic exclusion; or migration and immigration, to name just a few possibilities. Fellows will select host organizations based on their capacity to advance their research.
Fellows will participate in two workshops over the course of the fellowship year. These workshops will encourage collaboration between scholars and organizations engaged in public scholarship and will support institution-building efforts to train humanities faculty and doctoral students who are interested in developing research agendas that have purchase both inside and outside of the academy.
Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications in late July. Further information about the program, including eligibility criteria and FAQ, is available online here. The application deadline is October 24, 2018.
Contact: [email protected]
The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion invites individual paper, topical session, and author-meets-critics proposals for our 2018 annual meeting, which will take place October 26-28 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme of the meeting is “Religion and Power: The Creation, Reproduction and Deconstruction of Social Orders.” The deadline to submit abstracts is March 31, 2018, and decision notifications will be made by April 30, 2018.
Please visit the annual meeting information page on our website at http://sssreligion.org/annual-meeting/information/. There you will find links to our call for papers, conference registration, and hotel booking.
2018 American University Public Anthropology Conference: Social Movements and Community Action
The Public Anthropology Conference will explore opportunities for collaboration between academia and social movements. Presenters and attendees will engage in dialogue and share insights about the concrete ways in which activists and academia can strengthen collaborative efforts to combat social inequalities and injustice, discrimination and oppression, and violations of human rights and dignity. Hosted in Washington, D.C., the conference will provide a space to self-critically reflect on the contributions of academia to social movements and the relationship between the two.
The conference is free and all are welcome to attend and participate. To register please click here. To submit proposals or questions, please email: [email protected] or visit: https://american.edu/cas/calendar/?id=7788723
IEEE SENSORS 2018 – the flagship conference of the IEEE Sensors Council – will be held in New Delhi, India from 28 October to 31 October 2018.
IEEE SENSORS 2018 is intended to provide a forum for research scientists, engineers, and practitioners throughout the world to present their latest research findings, ideas, and applications in the area of sensors and sensing technology.
IEEE SENSORS 2018 will include keynote addresses and invited presentations by eminent scientists and engineers. The conference solicits original state-of-the-art contributions as well as review papers.
Please submit a paper and plan to attend!