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Jun
19
Tue
AAA Department Leaders Summer Institute @ Science and Engineering Hall, George Washington University, Washington DC
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 21 @ 12:30 pm

The AAA Department Leaders Summer Institute is an opportunity to take part in face-to-face dialogue about the various challenges department leaders face in administering their departments and to share successful practices for meeting these challenges.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
5:00 Registration
6:30 Opening Reception and Dinner (Provided)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introductions – AAA President Alex Barker
9:15 Departments as a Force for Change – (Speaker)
10:00 Facilitated Breakout Groups:
-Leadership and Department Management
-Program Review and Assessment
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:30 Plenary Discussion – Innovations in Pedagogy and Career Diversity
3:30 Break
3:45 Facilitated Breakout Groups:
-Doctoral Program Chairs
-MA / MS Program Chairs
-2- and 4-year Degree Program Chairs
5:30 Break
6:00 Dinner (provided) and Fun Evening Event
Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:30 Facilitated Breakout Groups:
-Institutional Data
-Encouraging Research and Finding Funding
10:00 Break
10:15 Plenary Discussion – Making the Case for Advancing the Discipline
11:30 AAA’s Department Services Program – How Can AAA Help?
12:00 Wrap Up and Recommendations for 2020 Summer Institute
12.30 Adjourn
Jun
29
Fri
Unveiling the True Value of Thick Data Workshop
Jun 29 – Jun 30 all-day

Unveiling the True Value of Thick Data:
Innovation from Business Anthropology

Workshop organized by the Department of Economics and Business
at Central European University, Budapest Hungary

29-30 June 2018
CEU, 1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 15., room 203

Registration by 20 June

In an era dominated by the frenzy of gathering Big Data in all aspects of the institutional organizational and social lives of individuals, there is growing polarization between the strive towards quantity or quality in research and management practices.

Thick Data, an expression that originates from anthropological approaches developed by Clifford Geertz to the interpretation of cultures, is about a complex range of primary and secondary research approaches, including surveys, questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, journals, videos and so on. It is all qualitative informative materials, tools or techniques that help brands gather granular, specific knowledge about their target audience. In this way, these approaches can understand customer behaviour, analyse and adapt their marketing strategy according to consumer preferences, manage organizational change and lead the game in their industry.

This workshop brings together academic experts (from Europe and Asia) in the fields of business anthropology and sociology to discuss current research, and data-driven approaches to the application of Thick Data Analysis in management theory and practices.

 

Presenters and titles:


Davide Torsello
(Central European University, Hungary): The transmission of values in business corporations: an organizational ethnographic approach

Melinda Papp (Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary): Consumer behavior in ritual consumption in contemporary Japan

Peter Lugosi (Oxford Brookes University, UK): Ethnographic provocation and experimentation: Disruptive insights in services and consumer research

Fiona Moore (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK): The Interview as Ethnographic Event in Qualitative Business Research

Marton Rovid (Central European University, Hungary): Trust and honesty: preliminary results of an ethnographic research at multinational companies in Hungary

Taran Patel (Grenoble Ecole de Management, France): Visual data in ethnographic research: Possibilities and challenges

Monika Balogh (Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary): The main sources of conflicts at Japanese owned industrial organizations in Europe. The ‘Nihonjinron’ in practice.

Tian Guang (Shantou University, China): Anthropology and Business: Towards the Chinese Characteristics

Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Aalto University, Finland): Quantified Self in the Context of Heritage

 

Networking and publication discussion will follow

Jun
30
Sat
Seventh Anthropological Film Festival at The Jerusalem Cinematheque
Jun 30 all-day

The Seventh Anthropological Film Festival at The Jerusalem Cinematheque is on its way (November 2018) and we are now open for entries.

We would be very happy to get your films 2017–2018

The registration deadline is June 30th, 2018

Eligibility requirements are:

  • Screeners must be submitted online vimeo private link valid until June 30th 2018,  to my mail address: [email protected] 
  • Works must be subtitled in English
  • Works previously refused by the Anthropological Film Festival- Jerusalem can not be resubmitted.
  • A list of the selected films will be available via our website homepage in early September 2018.

The Festival selects films that document and explore human societies and cultures in their many facets, such as, social and cultural diversity, continuity and change, relationship with the environment and to promote dialogue between cultures.

We welcome submissions of documentary films made by anthropologists, students, and professional filmmakers; we welcome films at least 45min. long all varieties and styles of filmmaking.

The festival is a joint project of the Jerusalem Cinematheque-Israel Film Archive and the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Jul
6
Fri
2018 S|GNS Summit
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day

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.

  1. 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.
  1.  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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
Jul
26
Thu
2018 Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society
Jul 26 – Jul 29 all-day

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.

Aug
20
Mon
Changing Global Hierarchies of Value? Museums, artifacts , frames, and flows
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day

Call for papers for the international conference 

Changing Global Hierarchies of Value? Museums, artifacts , frames, and flows

University of Copenhagen / National Museum of Denmark, 20–22 August, 2018

Museums are said to classify the world; but the world is changing, and so are the museum worlds and the worlds of arts and artefacts. This conference explores how the world is imagined and classified through the presentation, interpretation and classification of artifacts; and how the global hierarchy of value (cf. Herzfeld 2004) might be changing in through these flows and circulations.

In 2007, the German art historian Hans Belting coined the term “global art” to indicate that contemporary art was no longer the province of artists in the Global North, thus signaling a sea change in the international art world (Belting, in Weibel and Buddensieg 2007). Art historians, prior to Belting had long stipulated that the birth of modern art in 19th and 20th century Europe was partially predicated on inspirations from outside Europe in the guise of Orientalism, Chinoiserie, Japonisme, or “primitivism,” yet these modern artists were almost exclusively from Europe and—later—North America. Non-European artists went largely unnamed and unrecognized, as French surrealist poet André Breton’s famous mur d’atelier revealed. Modern art from the Global South or rapidly modernizing states in Eurasia and East Asia, was often dismissed as derivative of Western art, while contemporary traditional art was considered inauthentic (cf. Kasfir 1992).

Simultaneously, anthropologist Michael Herzfeld (2004) coined the term “global hierarchy of value” to denote the global cultural asymmetry that constituted the cultural successor to the political and military domination of European colonial systems. In the arts, early partial exceptions were Latin America, which—as the historical product of creole nationalisms (cf. Anderson 1982) and hence as a “pseudo-Europe” – saw the emergence of successful artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and of movements like Brazilian modernism and neo-concretism; and Japan, which experimented with locally inflected, but modern, architecture. The imbalance in the Euro-centered art world changed when the Magiciens de la Terre exhibition was held in Paris (1989) and featured contemporary art by both Western and non-Western—and named—artists in equal numbers, albeit without implying an equal hierarchy of value.

The Magiciens de la Terre exhibition marked the coming out of contemporary artists from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania on the global arts scene, and brought out in their participation in numerous exhibitions such as the Modernités plurielles at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, but also in biennales, art festivals, art fairs, and auctions around the world. Simultaneously, art institutions and events outside of Europe and North America gained in global prominence, by adopting the cultural forms, classificatory devices and exhibitionary technologies developed in Euro-America and applying those in their own contexts and for their own purposes. One could say that while the modern period witnessed the emergence of a global Europe, the current “post-postcolonial” period is marked by the globalization of the other continents—at least in terms of the arts: in that sense it is increasingly possible to speak of global Asia, global Africa, global Latin America as geographic entities that challenge the global hierarchy of value. 

At the same time, recent decades have seen the unfolding of increasingly interconnected global networks of production, labor, consumption, and capital accumulation, a process broadly known as globalization. But can we also talk of a globalized taste regime or set of preferences à la Bourdieu? Are recently booming or expanding global players in Asia, Africa, and Latin America reconfiguring the relative value of styles, objects, or traditional artifacts, thereby challenging the old Eurocentric order and organization of the good and the beautiful? Even if the West remains the universal unmarked, attention should be given to the ways in which it is now often amplified, mocked, or ironized by non-Western masters of its artistic, architectural, or artisanal forms. How is globalization affecting existing or emerging museums as economic and commercial players in a world of accelerating mass tourism and brand fixation? How is the complex past of European interaction and Eurocentric notions of cosmopolitanism rethought and exhibited today in postcolonial theaters of historical encounter, exchange, or conflict?    

This is the final conference of the project ‘Global Europe: Constituting Europe from the Outside In through Artefacts’ (see http://globaleurope.ku.dk/). The Global Europe project explores how the collection, circulation, classification and museum exhibition of objects define Europe from the outside in during Europe’s present loss of global hegemony—especially in relation to Japan and four non-European BRICS countries (Brazil, China, India, South Africa), in comparison with the early modern period of European ascendancy. This ‘Changing Global Hierarchies of Value?’ conference invites both paper proposals on a range of topics that explore global networks of valuation and validation and their local forms and entanglements in the current period. The papers are expected to be empirically grounded, and may—but do not have to—refer to the five countries targeted by the Global Europe project.

The keynote speech titled Museum Transactions: Negotiating Knowledges, Governing Cultures will be presented by Professor Tony Bennett of the Institute for Culture and Society of the Western Sydney University in Australia. Tony Bennett is the author of—among many other works—The birth of the museum: history, theory, politics (1995), Pasts beyond memories: evolution, museums, colonialism (2004), and Making culture, changing society (2013); and he currently leads the project ‘Museum, Field, Metropolis, Colony: Practices of Social Governance.’ For more information, please see https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ics/people/researchers/tony_bennett.

The conference is convened by Prof Oscar Salemink, Amélia Siegel Corrêa PhD, Jens Sejrup PhD, Caroline Lillelund and Vibe Nielsen, who make up the research team for the Global Europe project.

Please send your abstract (300 words max) and short bio (300 words max)  to Marie Yoshida [email protected] before April 1, 2018. For inquiries, please contact Oscar Salemink [email protected].

Sep
15
Sat
Migrants and Refugees in the Law
Sep 15 all-day

MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN THE LAW

Historic evolution, current situation and unsolved questions

IV INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAIR INNOCENT III

Murcia (Spain), December 12 -13 -14, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS
International Chair Innocent III calls on all interested researchers to submit papers related to the human mobility and the reception of refugees according to History of Law, Canon Law, Roman Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy, Theology, History, Sociology, Historiography and any other discipline related to the main theme, as stated in the following: 

SESSIONS

December 12: session  1.  THE MIGRATION IN  THE ANCIENT  AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY. Historical approach to human mobility.
December 13: session 2. NATION, STATE, REVOLUTION. The situation of the migrants and the refugees from the origin of the modern State.
December 14: session 3. BETWEEN EMERGENCY AND ORDINARINESS: Proposals for the enhancement of a constant phenomenon in the contemporary age

PROPOSALS

Title, academic affiliation, short CV and Abstract – 200 words – (EN, IT, ES, DE, FR), via mail:  [email protected] 

DEADLINE

September 15, 2018. The Scientific Committee will respond to the proposal before September 30, 2018. 

PUBLICATION

Papers selected by the Scientific Committee will be published in the special issue of the journal Vergentis (ISSN: 2445-2394) in the first half of 2019.

 

IV Congreso Internacional CÁTEDRA INOCENCIO III

Murcia (España), 12,13,14 diciembre de 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS
La Cátedra Internacional Inocencio III invita a los investigadores interesados a presentar trabajos relacionados con el tema de la movilidad humana y la acogida de los refugiados desde el punto de vista del Historia del Derecho, Derecho Canónico, Derecho Romano, Derecho Comparado, Filosofía, Teología, Historia, Sociología y cualquier otra disciplina relacionada con el tema propuesto, en el marco de las siguientes 

SESIONES

12     de diciembre: sesión 1. LA MIGRACIÓN EN EL MUNDO ANTIGUO Y MEDIEVAL. Enfoque histórico del tema de la movilidad humana.
13    de diciembre: sesión   2. NACIÓN, ESTADO, REVOLUCIÓN. La situación de los migrantes y de los refugiados desde el nacimiento del Estado moderno.
14     de diciembre: sesión 3. ENTRE LA EMERGENCIA Y LO ORDINARIO. Propuestas para la valorización de un fenómeno constante en la edad contemporánea

PRESENTACIÓN DE PROPUESTAS

Título de la comunicación, afiliación académica, breve curriculum vitae y resumen de 200 palabras. Idiomas: EN, IT, ES, DE y FR, vía email: [email protected] 

FECHA LÍMITE

15 de septiembre de 2018. El Comité científico aceptará o rechazará la propuesta antes del 30 de septiembre de 2018. 

PUBLICACIÓN

Las comunicaciones elegidas por el Comité científico serán publicadas en el número monográfico de la Revista Vergentis (ISSN: 2445-2394) en el primer semestre del año 2019.

 

IV Congresso Internazionale CATTEDRA INNOCENZO III

Murcia (Spagna), 12,13,14 dicembre 2018

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

La Cattedra Innocenzo III invita gli studiosi interessati ad apportare il loro contributo scientifico sul tema della mobilità umana e dell’accoglienza dei rifugiati dal punto di vista della Storia del Diritto, del Diritto Canonico, del Diritto Romano, del Diritto Comparato, della Filosofia, della Teologia, della Storia, della Sociologia, e di ogni altra disciplina pertinente al tema proposto, nell’ambito delle seguenti

SESSIONI

  • dicembre: sessione LA MIGRAZIONE NEL MONDO ANTICO E MEDIEVALE. Approccio storico al tema della mobilità umana.
  • dicembre: sessione NAZIONE, STATO, RIVOLUZIONE. La situazione dei migranti e dei rifugiati a partire dalla nascita dello Stato moderno.
  • dicembre: sessione TRA EMERGENZA E ORDINARIETÀ. Proposte per la valorizzazione di un fenomeno costante nell’età contemporanea.

PRESENTAZIONE DELLE PROPOSTE

Titolo della comunicazione, affiliazione accademica, breve curriculum vitae e abstract di 200 parole. Lingue: EN, IT, ES, DE, FR, via mail a: [email protected]

TERMINE

15 settembre 2018. Il Comitato scientifico darà risposta a coloro che avranno presentato l’abstract entro il 30 settembre 2018.

PUBBLICAZIONE

Le comunicazioni scelte dal comitato scientifico saranno pubblicate nel numero monografico della Rivista Vergentis (ISSN: 2445-2394) nel primo semestre del 2019.

Sep
19
Wed
Vienna Anthropology Days 2018
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day

VANDA Call for Papers – Deadline extended until June 15th, 2018. Submit your paper now!

VANDA is an international conference, taking place in the beautiful capital of Austria on September 19-22, 2018, which aims to bring together scholars from various fields of anthropology, social sciences and humanities.

VANDA is meant to be more than a mainstream conference. It includes an interactive Young Scholars’ Forum, where graduate students can network, receive mentoring and practical advice from experienced researchers. Apart from the classic conference formats session organizers are free to introduce their own creative formats.

VANDA is a green, socially inclusive conference and offers a unique social activity program.

VANDA is a joint effort by three anthropological institutions in town – the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Weltmuseum Wien (formerly the Museum of Ethnology), and the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.

 

Sep
24
Mon
Conference on ‘Folk Belief’ and ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’
Sep 24 – Oct 2 all-day

Conference on ‘Folk Belief’ and ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’

24 September-02 October 2019, Svaneti & Tbilisi, Georgia

Why are some places especially prone to associations with the supernatural? Might it be because of liminal geographies, of the complex histories of ancient human landscapes, of fear about what lurks in the darkness? Are communities’ beliefs shaped by the environments in which they live, or does the recurrence of certain belief across environmental and geographic divides suggest that place is ultimately irrelevant? When we read a book or watch a film with supernatural themes, is the setting just window dressing, or can the mountains, the palaces, the forests, the skyscrapers be characters in their own right?

Previous conferences in this series have been held on remote islands (Shetland’s North Isles, 2014), in a hyper-dense city-state (Macau, 2015), and in the polar night (Svalbard, 2017). In 2019, the conference will go farther and higher than ever before, venturing up into the wild mountain valleys of and ancient cities of Georgia, a country at the crossroads of East and West.

This conference considers the themes of 1) folk belief, legends, and vernacular religion and 2) the supernatural in literature and film. We will combine academic presentations with explorations of communities in Georgia’s Svaneti and Tbilisi regions. Special emphasis will be given to the question of the role that ‘place’ plays in the conceptions of the supernatural: from folk narratives to local religious traditions; from the monsters, fairies, and witches of cinema to the miraculous in literature. Could these tales and customs occur just about anywhere? Or do they take place in the just the place they need to be?    

How to make attend and make a presentation.

Presentations are welcome on all aspects of of either folk belief or the supernatural in literature and film, though we encourage delegates to address the theme of the role of place in conceptions of the supernatural.Presentations last 15 minutes and will be followed by around 5 minutes’ question time. Note that, due to the ‘remote’ location of the conference, audio-visual aids will not be available for presentations.

The first deadline for abstracts is 30 September 2018. (Later abstracts may be accepted if there is room available at the conference, but people who submit an abstract prior to the deadline will have the first opportunity to reserve a spot and to take advantage of the early registration rate.) You can submit your abstract here. The deadline for early registration is 30 November 2018.

Sep
27
Thu
German Studies Association: Call for Seminar Proposals
Sep 27 – Sep 30 all-day

GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION: CALL FOR SEMINAR PROPOSALS

The 42nd GSA Conference in Pittsburgh, PA (September 27–30, 2018) will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables.

Seminars meet for all three days of the conference. They explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual debate, and intensified networking. Seminars are typically proposed and led by two to three conveners and they consist of 12 to 20 participants, including scholars from different disciplines and at different career stages. Seminars may enable extended discussion of a recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic; engagement with pre-circulated papers; an opportunity to debate the work of scholars with different approaches; the coming together of groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public policy issue, novel, film, poem, artwork, or musical piece.

In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants should participate in all three seminar meetings. Please note that seminar conveners and seminar applicants who have been accepted for seminar participation will not be allowed to submit a paper in a regular panel session. However, they may take on one additional role in the conference as moderator or commentator on another session independent of their enrollment in a seminar, or they may participate in a roundtable.

Although we accept proposals from conveners who have directed a seminar during the past two consecutive years, we give preference to newcomers and thus encourage the rotation of seminar conveners in similarly-themed seminars. We further recommend that those conveners contact the coordinators of the Interdisciplinary Network Committee, Professors Pamela Potter ([email protected]) and Winson Chu ([email protected]), to establish an official GSA Network on their topic.

The application process has two steps. Initially, we invite you to submit a preliminary proposal that includes the following items:

  1. Title
  2. Names of conveners
  3. A 150-word description of the seminar’s subject (which will eventually be used in the call for participants, the printed program, and the online program/mobile app)
  4. A 50-word description of the format of the seminar (which will also appear in the call for participants, etc.)

These items are due by November 13, 2017.

Please submit your application online at https://www.xcdsystem.com/gsa. Your username and password are the same ones you use to log in to your GSA profile at https://thegsa.org/members/profile. Please note that you must be a current member of the GSA to submit a proposal. If you need your password reset, please contact Ms. Ursula Gray ([email protected]) at Johns Hopkins University Press. If technical questions or problems arise with the submission interface itself, please contact Elizabeth Fulton at [email protected].

At this point, the GSA Seminar Committee will provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission, which is due by December 13, 2017. The committee will then review seminar proposals and post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by early January 2018.

 

The GSA Seminar Committee consists of:

Margaret Eleanor Menninger (Texas State University) | [email protected] (Chair)

Maria Mitchell (Franklin & Marshall College) | [email protected]

Faye Stewart (Georgia State University) | [email protected]