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Call for Papers:  Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
Mar 1 all-day

Call for Papers:  Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

10th Biennial Conference, November 5-9, 2019

The College of William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA


Remembrance, Renaissance, Revolution: The Meaning of Freedom in the African World Over Time and Space

Proposal Submission Deadline: 1st March, 2019

The year 2019 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the origins of slavery in what became the United States with the arrival of approximately twenty Africans in modern-day Jamestown, Virginia in August 1619. Described in English records as “twenty and odd” Negroes, these captive Africans from West-Central Africa reflected the growing intensity of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the world’s largest forced migration that connected Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Asia. This global system of migration, enslavement, and oppression was critical to the making of the modern world. Throughout the Black world, unfortunately, the emancipation of enslaved people did not result in full freedom.Moreover, decades of European worldwide colonial domination, especially within the African continent, further obstructed people of African descent in the global political economy, with a continued impact in the present day.

Africa is the birthplace of humankind, and under a multiplicity of circumstances, African descendants have dispersed and migrated to every corner of the globe. These numerous African diasporas are marked variously by (in)voluntary movement, servitude, trade, military/imperial objectives, and cultural, academic, and professional ambition. This broader understanding provides new opportunities to fully appreciate the complex histories and creative cultures of today’s many African diasporas. Despite vast differences across and within contemporary African diasporas around the globe, there remain broad commonalities of marginalization, exclusion and relative material deprivation for African-descended people in their respective societies. The contemporary world has seen a resurgence of blatant racism, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of intolerance directed towards the African-descended and other communities racially constructed as “others”. But despite past and present horrors, African-descended peoples across the globe have survived and thrived, remembering their pasts and re-envisioning their futures in ways that continue to lead to and strive for renaissance, freedom, and revolution in the contemporary world.

ASWAD invites panel and individual paper proposal submissions for its 10th biennial conference to be held in Williamsburg, VA (USA), November 5 to 9, 2019 on the campus of the College of William and Mary to discuss, examine, and reflect on the legacies of enslavement and the meaning(s) of freedom for people of African descent nationally and globally on the four hundredth anniversary of the origins of slavery in what became the United States. We also seek papers that interrogate the many other diasporas that began (and continue) in Africa, and continue to flourish in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Pacific/Indian Ocean basins.  We are particularly interested in panels and papers on the conference themes of remembrance, renaissance, and revolution in the many African diasporas across time and space. However, we encourage papers from any time period and topic related to the study of the African-descended.

As an interdisciplinary organization, ASWAD invites presentations that illuminate the lives of Africans and African descendants from scholars of any discipline, including the humanities, social sciences, performing arts, education, physical sciences, life and health sciences, engineering, and computer science. We aim to collaborate with activist and intellectual communities around sustained dialogue involving the black diaspora and the meaning of freedom across time and space, and the historical and contemporary legacies of slavery.

In addition to academics, ASWAD welcomes artists, activists, journalists, and independent scholars with specific interests in one or more of the many African Diasporas. We are especially keen to forge and to enhance collaborations between academics, independent scholars, and community members.

We encourage proposals that align with the conference theme. Suggested panel themes include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Slavery, Abolition, and Reparations
  2. Freedom, Resistance, and Revolution
  3. UN International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024
  4. Importance of Remembering the Year 1619
  5. Humanitarianism and Human Rights across the African World
  6. Diasporic Feminisms, Women, Girls, and Global Africa
  7. Political Economy, Globalization, Migration, and the African Diaspora
  8. Religion, Power, and Praxis in the African Diaspora
  9. Music, Performance, and Cultural Activism in Africa and the Black World
  10. Families, Community, and the Black World
  11. The State, Citizenship, and Civil Society
  12. Black Lives Matter, Reaja ou Será MortaReaja ou Será Morto;Mass Incarceration, State Violence, and Resistance across the African World
  13. Black Queer Diasporas and Black LGBTQ People
  14. White Nationalism, Racism, Xenophobia, and the Contemporary Black World
  15. The Chesapeake and the African Diaspora
  16. Food, Health, Wellness, and Global Africa
  17. The Environment, Climate Change, Sustainability, and the African World
  18. Media, Representations, and Black People
  19. Literature and Translating the African Diaspora and Black Identities
  20. Social Media, Electronic Mediations, Digital Mobilities, and Technological Connectivities
  21. Diasporic communities in the Asian/Pacific World: China, India, Japan, etc.
  22. Sports and Black Athletes
  23. Temporality, Memory, and the African Diaspora
  24. Pedagogy, Higher Education, Community, and Activism
  25. Labor Organizing in Local and Transnational Contexts
  26. Black Europe
  • Geographies, Space, and Place
  • African Diasporic Futures: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Pre-Atlantic Slave Trade Diasporas
  • Diasporic Communities in the Middle East
  • Trade, Labor, and Economic Migration Diasporas
  • Professional/Educational Diasporas
  • Cultural and Ethnic- Identified Diasporas (i.e. Yoruba diasporas)
  • “State of the Field” Panels

Information about Excursions:   The conference will take participants out of the academic setting and into local Virginia communities. Conference attendees will visit prominent historic sites and participate in community events, such as the “Day of Remembrance” at Point Comfort, the first landing place of Africans in 1619. They will tour Fort Monroe, the site of liberation of 100,000 blacks who escaped slavery during the Civil War; sites of the Underground Railroad and runaway slave maroon communities; the Nat Turner Trail and the Emancipation Oak at Hampton University. The conference coincides with an African Diaspora Food Festival, to be held in Williamsburg from November 8-10, 2019. Showcasing African, Caribbean, South American, African American and Native American cuisines and cultures, the Festival speaks to the diasporic nature of the ASWAD conference. The ASWAD conference will conclude with a tour of Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward, viewing of 1619 exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and a closing reception at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.


All ASWAD conference presenters must be members of ASWAD.

To join or renew, please click here:

Whole panel proposals will be given priority in the review process. Please submit a panel proposal of no more than 200 words for thematic panels consisting of no more than four panelists, and a possible discussant. Proposals must include paper abstracts of no more than 150 words and bios of no more than 50 words for each presenter. All participants must be members of ASWAD in good standing at the time of abstract submission.

The deadline for Panel/Paper Proposals is March 1, 2019 and acceptance notification is expected April 1, 2019. Confirmation of attendance and paid conference registration are required by May 15, 2019.

To submit proposals, please click here:  ASWAD Proposal Submission 2019

Mentoring Sessions:   ASWAD 2019 will also feature special mentoring sessions open to registered conference attendees (Sign-up details will be posted at a later date).

Note:  For an online version of this Call for Papers please click here:  ASWAD CFP 2019

The International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019: Perspectives Conference
Mar 1 all-day

1st Call for Proposals
The International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019: Perspectives Conference
Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana
October 31 – November 2, 2019


About the conference
The conference will celebrate the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages from a variety of perspectives including policy, education, linguistic, community, and others. Experts from around the globe have been invited to participate in panels, present keynote talks, and share their work and experiences in promoting Indigenous languages. Conference themes will include, but are not limited to the following:

• Community achievements and Indigenous languages
• Community collaborations and partnerships
• Educational policy for language revitalization and maintenance
• Indigenous languages in the contemporary world
• Indigenous voices in popular culture (e.g. social media, fiction, poetry, film, hip hop)
• Indigenous languages and multilingualism
• Diaspora and Indigenous language learning

While proposals that address these themes are especially encouraged, proposals on other subjects related to Indigenous languages are also welcomed.

In the spirit of this celebration, participants will share their experiences and knowledge and thus bring community voices, policy voices, and academic voices together.

Presentation format: Paper, poster, performance, and technology or other type of showcase

Presentation time slots: Papers and performances will be allowed 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for questions and answers). Poster presentations will run during a determined time slot, but posters will be displayed throughout the day of the poster presentation. Technology or other type of showcases may choose between a presentation time slot or an exhibit booth.

Proposal deadline: March 1, 2019

Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2019

Proposal submission information

  • Language: Proposals should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any language (we ask that presenters ensure that translation in English is made possible in order to be accessible to all participants, while we cannot provide translators we will work with presenters as needed to this end). Because we anticipate a number of non-experts to participate in the conference, we ask that your proposals and, if accepted, your presentations and posters be devoid of technical jargon and directed towards a non-expert audience.
  • Number of proposals: Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co authored proposal, or no more than two co-authored proposals
  • Content: Proposals should describe the content of the presentation, including the intended audience and how it relates to the conference themes
  • Length: Please limit your proposal to 500 words, not including references
  • Anonymity: To facilitate blind peer review, please do not include your name or affiliation in your proposal or filename. Your proposal should only include your presentation title, proposal content, and list of references (if applicable)
  • Format: Please submit your abstract as a PDF file or as a Word document
  • Due date: Proposals are due by March 1, 2019
  • Submission system: We will use the EasyChair Proposal submission system. To be able to use this system, you will first need to sign up for a free EasyChair Author account, if you don’t already have one. From there you can submit your abstract as an Author and make any updates or modifications to your proposal submission up to the submission deadline. Submit your proposal here to EasyChair. If you should have questions about the system, please contact Carmen Jany at [email protected]
  • Other submission possibilities: Hard copy submissions will be accepted from those who do not have Internet access. Please send one hard copy of your proposal, along with the following information: (1) your name, (2) affiliation, (3) mailing address, (4) phone number, (5) email address, and (6) title of your paper. Hard copies must be post-marked on or before March 15, 2019 and may be sent to:

    IYIL Conference/Carmen Jany
    5500 University Parkway
    San Bernardino, CA, United States 92407

Call for Applications for the International Summer School Problematizing Morality
Mar 10 all-day

Call for Applications for the International Summer School

Problematizing Morality

Ethnographic Approaches to the Normative Dimensions of Everyday Life

September 24 – 27, 2019 – Tübingen, Germany


In recent years, the social sciences have both undergone and propelled a “moral turn”, synchronized to an advancing moralization of public and political discourse and practice. Two main lines of argument infuse this turn: The location of morality and its relation to power. Morality should neither be conceived of as individual predispositions nor as discrete spheres of sociality. Instead, everyday life can be comprehend as imbued with moral valuation and reasoning: The social is ultimately the arena of the ethical. Considering the broad interest in researching morality and the normative dimensions of everyday life, this Summer School aims to provide a platform for early career researchers to contribute to these debates, facilitating international and interdisciplinary dialogue, and highlighting the dimension of morality as objects of study. By emphasizing the articulation of the moral to power and by refining conceptual differentiations (such as the inherent relation between morality and religion), the Summer School aims to sound out and deepen the understanding of the moral dimensions of social life by analyzing their “problematization”. In such problematizations morality comes into being as an object of reflection that can be contested and claimed. At their heart lies the nexus between morality and emotions. Morals are part of and informed by “emotional ideologies” resulting in perceptions which differ significantly and are prone for conflict.


We want to open a space for inquiring into the processes in which moral and ethical claims acquire normative power and how this normativity is contested; the ways actors practice and relate to these claims; how they navigate through moral conflicts; and finally how they envision, strive for and live a life that matters, conceived of as ‘good’ and ‘right’.

To this end, we welcome applications from ethnographers working on questions of morality from different disciplines and at different career stages (PhD students, postdocs and early-career scholars). Combining lectures, workshops, and master classes conducted by renowned scholars in the field, the Summer School offers profound theoretical input and different formats for exchange. These include the presentation of participants’ research, theoretical discussion, and time for reflecting methodological matters and research ethics.


Arenas of Problematization – Master Classes

  1. Power, Critique, Legitimacy: Standing on the right side

Moral conflicts are driven by and foster antagonal positions – the need to morally stand on the right side –, invested with claims for authority and legitimacy. The ambiguity of positioning in a continuum of possibilities is reduced to a dichotomous moral scheme. In moralized conflicts “legitimate” and “uninhabitable” positions evolve. This cluster seeks to address the normative (political, epistemic, emotional) regimes underlying questions of legitimacy and authority, as well as their contestation, the unfolding conflicts, and processes of hierarchization.


  1. Cohabitation, Fellowship, Conviviality: Being a good fellow human

If living is ultimately living with others, imaginaries of the good life contain ideas of proper cohabitation, solidarity and mutual obligation. On this ground, the Summer School asks how togetherness is organized along moral beliefs, thereby constituting social groups, but also disciplining members and creating “moral outsiders”. It inquires how actors position themselves as moral beings within and against their social surroundings, contesting established group-boundaries and opening new spaces of “being-with”.


  1. Subjectivity, Individuality, Self-Fashioning: Living a good life

The problematization of morality engenders different forms of ethical subjectivities, distributing differing modes of (individual) agency and responsibility. These processes of subjectivation can be understood as forms of self-governance based on introspection and reflexivity. This cluster seeks to address the ways in which actors navigate the expectations and practices of living a good, meaningful, successful life they are invested in – ranging from striving for happiness, joy, and a sense of purpose, to (alternative) ways of consumption, civic or environmental engagement.


Lecturers and Master Class Teachers

Prof. Dr. Jarrett Zigon (University of Virginia, USA)

Prof. Dr. Moritz Ege (University of Göttingen, Germany)

Dr. Tilmann Heil (University of Leuven, Belgium)

Prof. Dr. Pamela E. Klassen (University of Toronto, Canada)



If you want to apply for participating the Summer School, please submit (in English):

  • Letter of Motivation (up to 1500 words), specifying your interest in the Summer School and its relation to your research profile
  • short CV
  • short Abstract (250 words) of the research project you would like to present, addressing one or more of the Summer School’s topics.


The deadline for submission is March 10, 2019 – 12 AM CET.


Applicants will be notified by the beginning of April 2019.

Please submit your application (incl. Letter of Motivation, CV, research abstract) in one pdf-document via email to [email protected]


Practical Matters

The participation fee of 35 EUR covers lunch and coffee breaks. The Summer School will be held in English.

Participants will be expected to give a 25-minute presentation on their current research in one of the master classes, to contribute to the discussion groups, and to participate in the Summer School in full.

Participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. We can, however, offer free accommodation for up to 10 participants. Additionally, we hope to be able to provide travel funding in exceptional cases for a limited number of participants.

Please state in your application if you require any of these provisions, e.g. if your institution will not cover these expenses.


The International Summer School is jointly organized by members of the Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology, the Collaborative Research Center 923 “Threatened Order – Societies under Stress”, and the Department of Sociology. It is funded by the Institutional Strategy of the University of Tübingen (ZUK 63) and the University’s Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.

AES / ALLA / ABA Joint Spring 2019 Conference
Mar 14 – Mar 16 all-day

Conference Theme: Ethnographic Futures
Hosts: AES / ALLA / ABA
Conference Dates: March 14 to 16, 2019
Location: Washington University in St. Louis
CfP deadline: January 28, 2019
Registration Prices: Students $40 / $45 (member / non-member); Professional $140 / $145 (member / non-member
Travel Diversity Grant deadline & information: January 28; [email protected]


The AES 2019 spring conference will be co-sponsored by Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA) and Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA). It will be held at Washington University in St Louis (MO) from Thursday, March 14th to Saturday, March 16th.

Ethnographic Futures

We are not in normal times. At least according to some. For others, the perverse assaults against bodies, land, science, and justice have merely become more visible and contestable. At a minimum, people around the world and in the United States are experiencing uncertainty, violations, and anxieties. How are anthropologists strategically positioned to reflect on and theorize this uncertainty and ab-normalcy while bringing to the foreground local articulations of hope, emancipatory politics, and meaning-making? For our Spring 2019 meeting, we invite anthropologists and other scholars and activists to join the American Ethnological Society (AES), the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA), and the Association for Black Anthropologists (ABA) in St. Louis to consider possible unfoldings of the future in specific locales, worlds, and lifeways. Five years after protests in Ferguson around racialized police brutality, Ethnographic Futures will convene in nearby St. Louis to explore how people with whom we study and collaborate imagine, create, participate, and refuse. This includes possibilities for mobilizing and challenging dominant structures but also the quotidian practices of caring, laboring, and celebrating. As some blur lines between the academy and activism, while others push back on disruptions of traditional geographic and disciplinary boundaries, we invite reflections on the future and the ethnographic. Both a method of knowing and a practice of representation (texts, photography, documentaries, teaching), ethnography is itself part of and a challenge to certain futures.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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The Conference on Mediterranean Linguistic Anthropology 2019
Mar 15 all-day

The Conference on Mediterranean Linguistic Anthropology 2019

Bounded languages, Unbounded

The politics of identity remain central to the mediation of language change. Here, boundaries rise and fall, thus motivating the ephemeral nature of community. The Mediterranean region is one replete with histories and power struggles, clearly demarcating nation, community, and ethnicity. Identities, language ideologies, and the languages themselves, have sought boundedness, dynamics which have indeed sought change over eons, through demographic and geographic movements, through geopolitics, through technological innovation. In a current era of technological advancement, transnational fluidity, intellectual power, capitalism, and new sexualities, we question, once again, the boundedness of language and identity, and ways in which to unbound languages and ideologies. However, mroe than before, we now increasingly require anthropological toil, so to innovative ways to locate these ideologies and their fluid boundaries, actively. We now then need to unbound these languages, and their ideologies, so to arrive at progressive realizations, and to rectify, or at least see past, the segregations of old.

The theme for the COMELA 2019,

Bounded languages, Unbounded

encapsulates an ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean regions. The continuous tension between demarcation, yet concurrent legitimization, of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, has now entered an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities to take on roles superordinate to the past, and where flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities.

For more information about the CFP, please visit the website.


Abstract and poster proposal submission

Opens: August 13, 2018 at midnight (CET Time)
Closes: January 25, 2019 at midnight (CET Time)

CFP: High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology Spring Conference 2019
Mar 15 all-day

Call for Papers: High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology (HPSfAA) Spring Conference 2019: “Diversity and Inclusion in Anthropology”- Building Bridges to Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Approaches.


Deadline for Abstracts: March 15, 2019

HPSfAA In collaboration with The Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC) are holding a joint conference on:  April 10 – 13, 2019

Hosted by the Metropolitan State University of Denver


The High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology has had a long history of including participants and presenters from across the various sub-disciplines of anthropology and sociology including linguists, ethnobotanists, archeologists, museum anthropologists, cultural anthropologists and more recently visual/documentary anthropologists. We have often had presenters from various other fields, including poets, educators, musicians and painters all contributing to our community of practice. These various academic and artistic perspectives have broadened our approaches to applied anthropological work and stimulated new insights and discussions.

Our 2019 call for papers “Diversity and Inclusion in Anthropology” highlights this tradition of inclusiveness, collaboration, and commitment to communicating our human experience. We are looking for academics, artists and students who would like to share work that either is or will be applied or shared with the stakeholders of the research. We are seeking applications that not only showcase the presenter’s work but also how it has crossed traditional boundaries of the academy. We encourage any submission which touches on application of research to publicly relevant work, cooperation or communication across fields and disciplines, as well as retrospectives drawing from lessons learned in less than successful field work. Additionally, if you never thought about presenting at an anthropological conference, we would like to welcome you.

Cross-disciplinary and applied work are more than organizational buzz words— in a world of increasing specialization within disciplines, the need for common intellectual space has become ever more pressing. By sharing our experiences across disciplines, we can foster a better understanding of the difficulties being faced and how they might be overcome by investing in a more diverse approach. We want to extend a specific invitation to our communities of undergraduate and graduate students in order to maintain a community and a conversation that represents the thoughts and accomplishments of all of our members. Please come to share your successes, your failures and the lessons you’ve picked up along the way.


Contact: Josef Garrett: [email protected]

Your proposal must include the following:

Personal Information:
Please include your name and contact information.

Title and Abstract:
Please provide a title and a brief description of your proposed presentation. There is no required length for your abstract; simply provide the information as you deem appropriate.

Presentation Type:
Please indicate if you are interested in a standard 20-45 minute presentation or if you are interested in a longer time slot. If longer, please indicate how long. Also, note that, if desired, you have additional options. We will be happy to work with you on alternative or even unconventional approaches to presenting your material. For example, you may propose a panel, roundtable discussion, a debate, a workshop, an activity of some sort, a session featuring film or music, or a performance.

If you would like to provide any additional information or comments on your presentation aside from the abstract, please do so.

Student Travel Scholorship Award
HPSfAA offers the Gottfried and Martha Lang Student Award which can assist students cover the cost of travel to the Spring Conference. If you are interested in applying for the award, please send your contact information to the HPSfAA Planning Committee via the address given below along with a short proposal.

CFP: Ecology and Religion in 19th Century Studies
Mar 15 all-day

Ecology and Religion in 19th Century Studies is a flightless, multi-site conference that invites interdisciplinary attention to confluences between environmental and religious perspectives and practices in the long Anglophone nineteenth century (1780-1900). The conference will be broadcast online from four participating sites:

• Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University (Texas)
• Lancaster University (UK)
• University of Washington (Seattle)
• Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)

This conference calls for attention both to earlier religious environmental consciousness and to the environmental impact of our scholarship today. According to TerraPass, air travel for an average international conference generates roughly 100 metric tons (mT) of carbon dioxide equivalents, the same greenhouse-gas impact as consuming 11,252 gallons of gasoline, burning 109,409 pounds of coal, or driving 245,098 miles in a passenger vehicle. In addition to avoiding air travel, we hope to lower barriers of cost and transportation, thereby enabling a more diverse and inclusive range of participation than is often possible at international conferences.

Rather than seeking to replace physical with digital networking, this conference will take a hybrid approach by linking several international sites. Events will be live-streamed on a shared conference website, where, after the conference dates, they will also be recorded for future access.

The Call for Papers is available on the Ecology and Religion in 19th Century Studies conference site: I encourage you to visit the site and submit a proposal for a paper or panel session. I look forward to your submission and to our engagement with one another through this new way of conferencing.

BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change @ National Geographic Society
Mar 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

March 19, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

National Geographic, Washington DC


Register today and join us for BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change, a one-day summit to explore global climate change through the lens of human behavior.

Climate change is the most pressing threat facing our species and our planet. Human behavior lies at the center of the challenge. But it also may be the solution. At the BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change summit, you will learn about the latest insights from behavioral science, get inspired by the world’s leading environmentalists, be ignited by artists, storytellers and explorers, and tap into some of the most promising approaches for shifting human behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Speakers Include:

  • Chris Graves, Founder, Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science
  • Gary Knell, Chairman, National Geographic Partners
  • Kate Marvel, Associate Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute and Columbia University
  • AG Sano, Artist and Climate Activist
  • Cass Sunstein, Professor, Harvard Law School and Author, Nudge
  • Elke Weber, Professor, Princeton University
  • Katharine Wilkinson, Vice President, Drawdown

and more!

Register here or visit the Facebook event page!

CFP: 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society
Mar 31 all-day

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society  

October 16-19, 2019 • Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor • Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2019


You can’t stop the people of Baltimore, Maryland, from expressing the enduring traditions that define this City of Neighborhoods, where community-based efforts drive culture, spark change, and sustain place-making. Come to Baltimore and experience what it means to be community driven in a city that illuminates the diverse geographies and peoples of Maryland and the surrounding region—urban, rural, Appalachian, and estuarine.

This meeting will explore what it means for the folklore world to be of, by and for the people—community driven. We invite participants to reveal how communities use the tools of folklore to build partnerships, foster innovation and sustainability, respond to injustice, and create conditions for reconciliation in a time of division and distraction; to explore community-driven curation and preservation in a digitally connected world; and to participate in discussions on building capacity to help folklorists better serve the communities with whom they work. Equally, we invite reflections on folklore as an instrument for constructing and shaping communities themselves, recognizing that this is not always a benevolent process for either insiders or outsiders.

In focusing on what is community driven, we also draw attention to:

  • Partnerships
  • Local responses and resistance
  • Work fostering new connections
  • Grassroots curations of action and sustainability
  • The role of cultural workers in sustaining communities and expressive life
  • The value of (and definitions of) community in times of division
  • Folk and vernacular culture in a digitally connected world
  • Community resilience and solidarity on the front lines of climate change

The Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of US and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen relationships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required. We especially welcome proposals for creative presentations in any format that are populated robustly by community members telling their own stories in their own words. Contact [email protected] to discuss alternative presentation formats.

You can find more information about the meeting, including the full theme statement, instructions for submitting proposals and more about meeting events at

Proposals may be submitted February 15–March 31, 2019.


Household Water Insecurity Experiences – Research Coordination Network Sessions
Apr 4 all-day

NSF Funds Research Coordination Network for Household Water Insecurity

The National Science Foundation (Geography and Spatial Science Program) has funded the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) – Research Coordination Network (RCN) to operate at the strategic intersection of social science discovery, policy, and practice. The project is under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Wendy Jepson (Department of Geography, Texas A&M University) and Co-PIs Dr. Justin Stoler (Department of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami), Dr. Amber Wutich (Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University), and Dr. Sera Young (Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University).

RCN Goals and Activities

The HWISE-RCN’s mission is to build a community of practice and collaboration that fosters key analytics and theoretical advances coupled with the development of research protocols and standardized assessments to document, benchmark, and understand the causes and outcomes of water insecurity at the household scale. Our objectives are to promote cutting edge research about the experiences and assessment of household water insecurity, and to create a network that supports scientific discovery and professional development. Our goals are to (1) integrate geospatial methodologies into existing HWISE research (2) evaluate how HWISE methods and concepts can be translated to household water insecurity experiences in high- and middle-income regions, and (3) establish and cultivate key pathways to translate HWISE discoveries to NSF research priority efforts.

HWISE Collaborations now include over 40 scholars from 24 U.S. and international institutions across the career spectrum and disciplines including social sciences, public health, water-sector professionals, policy makers, and development practitioners. Please visit our website to learn more about the project or how you can join as a member.

Upcoming Activities

The network organized special sessions at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from April 3-7, 2019. We are excited to announce five panels on April 4 with the following themes: HWISE Data, Methodological Advances, Thematic Engagements, Research in Economically Advanced Countries, and Quantitative Approaches. We will conclude with an open reception for networking.

For more information on the HWISE-RCN, visit