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Chronicity and Crisis: Time in the Medical Humanities
Oct 25 – Oct 26 all-day

The Montclair State University Medical Humanities Program and the Waiting Times Research Group are pleased to sponsor “Chronicity and Crisis: Time in the Medical Humanities”


Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey
October 25–26, 2019

To register: please click here


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mark Solms
Chair, Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town & Groote Schuur Hospital
Title: “A Man Who Got Lost in Time:  Feeling and Uncertainty in the Face of Oblivion”

Dr. Rishi Goyal
Director, Medicine, Literature and Society Program, Columbia University
Title: “Crisis, Catastrophe and Emergency: Disentangling Temporal Patterns of Care and Response”


The conference will bring together scholars from the humanities and social sciences as well as the psychosocial disciplines, health studies, and biomedicine to examine how the concepts of chronicity and crisis inform historical and contemporary understandings of health, illness and well-being. “Chronicity and Crisis” aims to open up the relationship between the long term and the urgent in order to address a range of questions in individual, social and global health.

The temporal aligning of care and illness — the potentially long time-frames of care as juxtaposed to the urgency of acute interventions — factors into the success of diverse medical treatments.  From the prioritization of wait times in emergency centers to approvals by insurance companies and the monitoring of chronic physical and mental illnesses, care is determined by more than the treatment at hand.  Likewise, adverse public health outcomes arise from social inequities and inequalities of long historical duration, including the chronic legacies of colonial violence, the inaccessibility of public spaces for the less abled, the health risks of environmental neglect, or gender imbalances in the subjects of medical research. The narrative markers of onset, frequency, and remission inform how the experiences of sudden and chronic illnesses are communicated, from self-reporting and clinical records to medical fiction, biography, and memoir.

The conference is accessible and open to the public.

Please contact Jefferson Gatrall for assistance with registration.

Embodiment and literacies: Teaching, learning, and becoming in a post- world CFP
Nov 1 all-day

Special issue call for papers from English Teaching: Practice & Critique

Special Issue of English Teaching: Practice and Critique

Embodiment and literacies: Teaching, learning, and becoming in a post- world
Guest Editors: Stavroula Kontovourki, Elisabeth Johnson, Grace Enriquez

In recent years, there has been a surge in literacy studies research that transgresses views of literacy as a set of skills or socially situated meaning-making practices to reconfigure meaning making at the intersection of human subjects and materials. Following broader trends in the social and humanist sciences, such ontological, epistemological, and axiological reconfigurations rework notions of agency, politics, and ethics (e.g., Barad, 2003; Davies et al., 2013; Lather & St. Pierre, 2013; St. Pierre, 2014). This re-theorization has been instantiated in the renaming of literacies as im/material (Burnett et al., 2014), post-human (Kuby & Rowsell, 2017), and trans- (Stornaiuolo, Smith, & Phillips, 2017). Across such work, we see a concern with flows, emergences, difference, and potential: flows of affect and cognition and in connected space-times, entanglements of humans and nonhumans, unexpected encounters and meaning-making practices, transgressions and possibilities of/for new matterings and becomings (e.g., Boldt & Leander, 2017, Ehret, Hollet, & Jocius, 2016; Leander & Ehret, 2019; Marsh, 2017). These post-era trends emphasize how meanings of literacy and learners’ identities flow in connected space-times, where humans and nonhumans are entangled and unexpectedly encountered. These flows, entanglements, and encounters make new ways of mattering and being possible.

Within this broader move, we see much value in understanding literacy as embodied, (i.e., as of material bodies, subjective feelings, and produced identities, interacting across non-human materials, spaces and times, while risking and affirming recognition). This understanding invites researchers and educators to examine different ways bodies matter in literacy teaching and learning; to wonder how literate bodies (of educators and learners) are simultaneously disciplined and disciplining; feeling and affective; impossible to represent but also possible to present anew; and thus, mobile and indeterminate (Johnson & Kontovourki, 2016). In effect, one is invited to consider literate bodies as not only acting and feeling objects, but also as sites where humans, materials, and ideas entangle to make up particular meanings of literacy, of pedagogy, and of people.

Focusing on literacy pedagogies, we invite submissions that foreground bodies and incorporate premises of different post- theories to engage with questions like:

  1. Whose bodies are recognized as relevant (or not) at different pedagogical moments? How are recognitions tied to norms that circulate social relations and ways teachers and students mis/recognize their roles in defining what matters as literacy?
  2. What feelings and emotions circulate at the entanglement of bodies, texts, and objects, illuminating spaces of control and possibility? How can emergent difference and transformation speak back to structures like schooling? In what moments can this newness even be paradoxical, violent, and potentially inequitable?
  3. What kinds of meaning-making occur as students disrupt expectations or teachers follow the lead of students or materials? How do unexpected engagements across bodies and materials help us re-imagine literacy in school and other institutional spaces?

Considering the embodiment of literacy in these terms constitutes an ethico-political project of tracing the boundaries of literacies and literacy pedagogies in a post- world. Maintaining the focus on criticality, this special issue aims to contribute to the art of the im/possible by showcasing examples of practice where both possibility and constriction, paradoxes of newness and difference, inclusion and exclusion emerge.

Submission Details
Submissions for this Special Issue must be made through the ScholarOne online submission and peer review system. Please refer to the ETPC Author Guidelines for guidelines on submissions, including word limits. For inquiries on the special issue, you may contact Stavroula Kontovourki ([email protected]), Elisabeth Johnson ([email protected]), or Grace Enriquez ([email protected]).

Submission date: November 1, 2019

CFP: Cinema and the City: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Nov 6 all-day

Call for Papers
Cinema and the City: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

International Conference
November 29-30, 2019

University of Palermo, Department of Architecture, viale delle Scienze
Room 1.3 and 1.4, Main Building

Deadline for proposals: November 6, 2019


The conference aims to explore the relationships established between cinema and urban areas. We want to stress the connections woven between cities and cinema, films, fiction and documentaries – important unconventional sources for the understanding of social and cultural contexts. We intend to focus on the modalities used in films to tell stories – through images and speech – concerning cities, territories, and places, residents’ lives in relation to spaces, to buildings, to landscapes, as well as to its urban culture as a whole. The perspective we have chosen for this conference is interdisciplinary and cinema will be considered as a medium to be understood and interpreted in several, possibly comparative, ways. Actually, cinema, as a specific cultural artefact, expresses both individual and collective viewpoints mirroring cultures and hybridizations that can be explored by various disciplines and comparative perspectives. This complexity, possible reflection of the contemporary world, is perhaps more tangible in cinema than in other expressive forms, making it accessible to many people and at the same time a medium in which several genres and contents meet and can be analysed and compared. We are particularly interested in comparative perspectives and interdisciplinary viewpoints. As a result, the conference aims to engage researchers from different countries and various fields of study in order to explore the multiple ways through which cinema is able to contain and manifest crucial aspects of cities and urban spaces. Anthropologists, architects, urban planners, geographers, sociologists, film critics, semioticians, scholars of aesthetics, of images, of cultural studies, as well as film directors, documentary film makers and designers are invited to share their experiences and their ideas. We intend to collect the articles and publish them in a collective volume.


The Committee welcomes papers on any-related topic. Suggested topics may include:


  • Cultural and social exchanges and/or conflicts between cultures, people and places
  • Cultural hybridizations
  • Urban spaces: the concrete building
  • Urban spaces: the symbolic building
  • Urban spaces: beauty
  • Urban spaces: transformation
  • Urban spaces: relationships between people
  • Living, moving, dwelling
  • Urban economy and the real estate market
  • Urban rituals
  • Visual imaginaries
  • Cities and comics
  • Film photography and urban spaces
  • Food and cities
  • Politics, cinema and cities
  • Ghettoes and cities as “prisons”
  • Urban distress and marginalization, inclusion and exclusion
  • Transforming urban spaces
  • Centres, suburbs, gentrification
  • Cities and dreams
  • Urban biographies: telling the city
  • Everyday life and urban infrastructures
  • Domestic spaces and cities
  • Identity and urban configurations
  • Old and new methodologies of analysis
  • Imaginary horizons and cities
  • Perception, interaction and urban spaces
  • Urban Resilience/Resistance


Scientific Coordinators

Flavia Schiavo and Stefano Montes


Organizing committee

Flavia Schiavo, Stefano Montes, Leonardo Mercatanti, Federico Montanari, Alessandro Prato, Gaetano Sabato, Giusi Coppola, Massimo Bonura, Alessio Arena


Administrative organisation

Department of Architecture, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze 90128, Palermo


Proposals  and information should be sent to:

Flavia Schiavo ([email protected]) and Stefano Montes ([email protected])


Deadline for proposals and biodata: November 6, 2019

Proposal abstract and title: max 250 words

Time for speech: 20 minutes

Languages used in the conferences: Italian, English, French and Spanish


Participation is free, travelling, accommodation and meals are covered by participants.

Society for Ethnomusicology 2019 Annual Meeting @ Bloomington, Indiana
Nov 7 – Nov 10 all-day

Society for Ethnomusicology 2019 Annual Meeting – Bloomington, IN, Nov 7-10, 2019

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 64th Annual Meeting on November 7-10, 2019, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The meeting will be hosted by Indiana University in conjunction with the IU Bicentennial (1820-2020). For the Call for Proposals, abstract submission instructions, and preliminary meeting information, please visit the SEM 2019 area of the SEM website (

In conjunction with the SEM Annual Meeting, two concurrent pre-conference symposia will be presented on November 6: “Film as Ethnography, Activism, and Public Work in Ethnomusicology” and “Heritage and the Politics of Inclusion in Latin American Brass Bands.”

Visit the conference website for more information about the Annual Meeting, pre-conference symposia, online registration, and hotel accommodations.

2019 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting @ Vancouver Convention Center
Nov 20 – Nov 24 all-day

Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice//Changer d’air : Lutte, collaboration et justice

We are thrilled to announce the theme of the joint AAA/CASCA 2019 Meeting to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice / Changer d’air: Lutte, collaboration et justice. This theme was developed through a collaborative effort by the Executive Program Committee, which includes members of both CASCA and the AAA.



“Changing Climates / Changer d’air”: AAA and CASCA are collaborating for the first time to host the 2019 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Executive Program Committee invites anthropologists and their collaborators to examine how we engage with communities around issues of change over time, including climate change, to envision and build a more equitable future. In this sense, “climates” signals the contexts in which we work: environmental, social, and political climates, as well as climates for research, for inclusion and equity, and for teaching. “Climates” also points to anthropology’s holistic approach, which connects systemic elements and can illuminate shifting relationships, conflicts, and opportunities.

“Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice” reflect the context, dynamic, and outcomes that we seek through our work. We call for a reflection on “Struggle,” acknowledging the complex nature of change, which often includes challenges, conflicts, and misunderstandings, as well as different forms of resistance and resilience. Struggle can also be romanticized even as it re-entrenches power. We must acknowledge these facets of our work to note sources and productive outcomes of tension.

“Collaboration” highlights how anthropologists engage with various communities, from local to global, to construct research questions, design approaches, and make recommendations. Anthropology’s focus on local experience and perspectives provides us with a set of theoretical and methodological tools for building relationships with communities—relationships that can evolve into genuine coproduction of new knowledge. This is a call to bring your collaborators into conversation at the Annual Meeting about how these relationships develop and change over time. Collaborators could be those you learn from, the people who conduct research with you, or the people who learn from you. For those without collaborators, this will be an opportunity to envision developing relationships that are built on reciprocity, trust, and deep collaboration.

And finally, we call for a reflection on “Justice” to highlight the potential for these collaborations to contribute to reconciliation, self-determination, decolonization, redistribution as well as other ways of addressing power inequalities. Anthropology’s commitment to long-term research and integrative theory and methods provides a unique perspective on how prehistoric, historical, and current events contribute to ongoing inequalities and subjugation, as well as how to design collaborative projects that have the potential to generate more just opportunities that matter in practice.

Since we are convening in Vancouver, on unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, we want to offer opportunities to highlight how anthropology connects to Indigenous communities through active collaborations as well as struggles to deal with anthropology’s implications in ongoing coloniality.


« Changer d’air / Changing Climates » : Pour la première fois en 2019, la American Anthropological Association (AAA) et la Société canadienne d’anthropologie (CASCA) collaborent en vue de tenir un congrès conjoint à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Le comité directeur du programme invite les anthropologues et leurs collaborateurs à examiner notre façon de travailler avec les communautés aux prises avec des enjeux relatifs au changement d’ère, notamment en lien avec les changements climatiques, afin de concevoir et de construire un avenir plus équitable. En ce sens, la partie principale du thème, « changer d’air », renvoie aux changements touchant les contextes dans lesquels nous travaillons—qu’ils soient environnementaux, sociaux et politiques—ainsi qu’à ceux touchant les milieux de la recherche et de l’enseignement, mais également les espaces d’inclusion et d’équité. Cette composante du thème renvoie aussi à l’approche holiste en anthropologie, qui permet de mettre en lumière les relations en mutation entre les divers éléments de ces contextes, ainsi que les conflits et les possibilités qu’elles sous-tendent.

La composante « Lutte, collaboration et justice » reflète le milieu, la dynamique et les résultats que nous visons à travers nos travaux. Nous invitons à réfléchir à la « lutte », conscients de la nature complexe du changement qui sous-tend souvent des défis, des conflits, des malentendus ainsi que différentes formes de résistance et de résilience. La lutte peut aussi être idéalisée alors même qu’elle participe à réaffirmer les relations de pouvoir existantes. Voilà des facettes de notre travail à considérer pour repérer les sources, mais également les résultats productifs des tensions.

« Collaboration » souligne la façon dont les anthropologues s’engagent auprès de diverses communautés, tant sur les plans locaux qu’internationaux, afin d’élaborer les questions de recherche, de concevoir les approches et de formuler des recommandations. Les expériences et perspectives locales au cœur de la démarche anthropologique nous fournissent un ensemble d’outils théoriques et méthodologiques utiles pour nouer des liens avec les communautés, lesquels peuvent déboucher sur une véritable coproduction de nouvelles connaissances. Vous êtes invités à convier vos collaborateurs à participer, lors du congrès, à la discussion sur la façon dont ces relations se développent et évoluent. Les collaborateurs peuvent être les personnes auprès desquelles vous apprenez, celles avec qui vous menez vos travaux de recherche ou celles qui apprennent de vous. Les participants et participantes qui n’ont pas de collaborateurs pourront profiter de l’occasion pour songer à établir des liens reposant sur la réciprocité, la confiance et une collaboration féconde.

Enfin, nous vous invitons à réfléchir à la « justice » afin de mettre en relief comment ces collaborations peuvent contribuer à la réconciliation, à l’autodétermination, à la décolonisation, à la redistribution ainsi qu’à d’autres moyens de corriger les inégalités de pouvoir. De par son engagement envers la recherche à long terme ainsi qu’envers la théorie et les méthodes intégratives, l’anthropologie offre une perspective unique sur la façon dont les événements préhistoriques, historiques et actuels participent aux asservissements et aux inégalités toujours existants, ainsi que sur la manière de concevoir des projets de collaboration susceptibles d’engendrer des possibilités plus justes qui seront en mesure de faire la différence.

Comme nous nous réunirons à Vancouver, sur les terres non cédées des Premières Nations Musqueam, Squamish et Tsleil-Waututh, nous voulons que cet événement offre des occasions de souligner les liens entre l’anthropologie et les communautés autochtones. Ces liens se nouent et se renforcent tant dans la collaboration active que dans les luttes pour faire face aux implications de la discipline anthropologique dans la colonialité, une réalité toujours d’actualité.

German Studies Association: Call for Seminar Proposals
Nov 22 all-day

The 44th German Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., from October 1-4, 2020 will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information see

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 (in special cases, there may be four conveners) and must consist of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 participants, including the conveners themselves and any auditors. Conveners are expected to make every effort to aim for broad diversity and include scholars from different disciplines and at different career stages, including graduate students. 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 scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public policy issue, novel, film, poem, musical piece, painting, or other artwork. Conveners are strongly encouraged to structure their seminars around creative and engaging forms of  intellectual exchange; lengthy individual presentations are discouraged as they imitate “traditional” panels and may hamper discussion, collaboration, and innovative thinking.

In order to facilitate extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants are required to participate in all three seminar meetings. Please note that both 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 independent of their role in a seminar – as moderator or commentator on another session or as a participant in a roundtable. In addition, seminar conveners must come from different institutions (where there are more than two conveners, no more than two may come from the same institution).

Although the GSA does accept proposals from conveners who have directed a seminar during the past two consecutive years, the GSA’s Seminar Committee gives preference to newcomers and thus encourages the rotation of seminar conveners in similarly-themed seminars. We further recommend that conveners contact the coordinators of the Interdisciplinary Network Committee, Professors Heather Mathews ([email protected]) and Winson Chu ([email protected]), to connect with GSA Networks close to their topic.

Starting in 2020, seminar conveners will have the opportunity to propose a cluster of pieces representing the work of the seminar for publication in Konturen, a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal of international and interdisciplinary German Studies (see for more information). Please note: although the portal for applications for publication in Konturen will only open in October, 2020 (after the conference is over), conveners may address their interest in this project in their seminar description.

Applying to convene a seminar is a two-step process. Initially, the Seminar Committee invites GSA members to submit a preliminary proposal that includes the following items:

  1. Title of proposed seminar
  2. Names, ranks, and institutional affiliations 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 seminar’s format (which will appear in the call for participants, etc.)
  5. A 200-word statement of seminar goals and procedures.

These items are due by November 22, 2019, by 11:59 pm EST. Please submit your application online at Your username and password are the same as those you use to log in to your GSA profile at Please note that you must be a current member of the GSA to submit a proposal. If your password needs to be reset, please contact Ms. Ursula Sykes ([email protected]) at Johns Hopkins University Press. If technical questions or problems arise with the submission interface itself, please contact Benita Blessing ([email protected]).

Following the submission of preliminary proposals, the GSA Seminar Committee will provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission, which is due by December 6, 2019, 11:59 pm EST to the same website. The Committee will then review seminar proposals and post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by January 6, 2020. Conveners may then enlist participants to join the seminar. A call for auditors (who may observe but who are not considered formal participants) will be issued later in the year, once the final conference program has been published.


The GSA Seminar Committee consists of:

Joe Perry (Georgia State University) | [email protected] (chair)

Elizabeth Drummond (Loyola Marymount University) | [email protected]

Richard Langston (University of North Carolina) | [email protected]


Please direct inquiries to all three of us.  Thank you for your support of the GSA’s seminar program!

Making Home Away: Displacement, Migration, and Resettlement Symposium CFP
Jan 2 all-day

Call for Papers:

Making Home Away: Displacement, Migration, and Resettlement Symposium

12th June 2020, University of Reading


At this specific moment in Europe’s history, questions of identity, fraction, borders, belonging and migration are particularly pressing. Various fields of academic study and practical work are being conducted to address these questions, but they often don’t speak to one another. With the inherently interdisciplinary relevance of migration in mind, this conference focusses on speaking across disciplines, and beyond them. It welcomes academics, policy makers, NGO representatives, community members, community sponsorship groups, and refugees themselves to share their experiences and work in the field of migration during this one-day symposium aimed at cultivating cross-pollination of informed voices across these various fields.

Inviting academic, practical, political, and personal response to the many challenges faced by refugees in losing and making homes, this symposium intends to cultivate both renewed research efforts and policy action. Funded by the British Academy’s “Tackling the UKs International Challenges” grant scheme, this symposium will focus on the complex ways in which refugees move across regions and nations in pursuit of ‘home’, and asks how attention to refugee experiences might shape and enhance our understandings of migration.

Building on the work of the ‘Lost and Found’ digital archive project associated with this grant, this symposium will feature exhibits, conversations, round-tables, and other opportunities for discussion. It will also include an arts evening event, featuring poetry readings and film screening, with an open discussion with the director afterwards.

We aim to publish an edited collection of essays based on a selection of the symposium contributions, which will explicitly encourage policy reform and speak to both academic and third-sector audiences.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words along with a short bio to [email protected] by January 2, 2020. We invite submissions relevant to the conference theme, in particular those that address the nexus between migration and the following themes:

  • Expanding the definition of ‘home’ by approaching the refugee experience 
  • Rethinking attitudes towards displacement, migration, and resettlement 
  • Oral histories of refugees 
  • Policy making and refugee management on a global scale 
  • What European traditions make space for nostalgia, inclusion and union? 
  • How is ‘home’ both universal and specific – familiar and strange – within European contexts?
  • The creation of safe homes for refugees 
  • Interrogating the role of the social sciences and humanities in interpreting the negotiations of rights to housing, employment and citizenship 
  • Migrant activism 
  • The negotiation of urban space by migrants; the long-lasting contributions made by refugees to urban populations

For more information on the conference and the call for papers, please contact Dr Helen Underhill [email protected]


Organized by Dr Yasmine Shamma (University of Reading)

Professor Suzan Ilcan (University of Waterloo), and Professor Vicki Squire (University of Warwick). 

Hosted by the University of Reading, Funded by the British Academy

CFP: Owning (up to) the Past
Jan 3 all-day

2nd Penn Cultural Heritage Center Annual Meeting on Community Archaeology and Heritage

April 4, 2020
University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology




The Penn Cultural Heritage Center invites proposals for papers from graduate students and other researchers working in the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, and/or cultural heritage and related fields for the Center’s Second Annual Meeting on Community Archaeology and Heritage. The topic for our 2020 conference is “Owning (up to) the Past.”

The question of ownership has been central to recent heritage studies and community archaeology projects. Who truly “owns” the past? Moreover, what does it mean to own up to the past? Museums globally have grappled with questions of authority over and control of objects taken in colonial contexts. Public and community archaeology projects have similarly struggled with determining which narratives of the past will be privileged for the future, and who should be involved in such decisions.

This year’s conference takes the conversation around ownership as a point of departure, seeking to address some of the important questions it raises. What does it mean to own colonial history, and what does it mean to own up to it? What are ways to “return” justice – both including, and beyond, repatriation? Is there a way to ethically display objects without reproducing the prevailing narratives of colonial power? What does it mean to “belong” to a particular time or space even after borders change? How might technology intersect with and complicate ways of sharing and returning history?

The Penn CHC seeks scholars who are engaging in innovative theoretical and practical strategies for grappling with questions of ownership where they pertain to museum collections, narratives, land, or policy and governance.

Presenters should draw from their own research experiences in community archaeology, public heritage, museums, or related areas, grounding their discussions in how ownership is defined and negotiated in theory and in practice.

Proposals should include a title and an abstract of no more than 200 words, as well as a short author bio. Presenters should prepare for a 20 minute-long presentation (15 minutes for presenting, 5 minutes for questions and discussion). Early career graduate students and researchers are encouraged to apply.



Abstract Submission      5PM, January 3rd, 2020
Abstract Acceptance           February 3rd, 2020
Conference Date            April 4th, 2020


Submit all material at:


*Please note that the Penn CHC will be unable to cover expenses related to the conference, such as room and board or travel.

CFP: #ALT-MKE Conference
Jan 13 all-day

The Center for 21st Century Studies, UW-Milwaukee

The Center for 21st Century Studies and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will host this year’s annual conference, “#ALT-MKE” on April 30-May 2, 2020. Confirmed plenary speakers for the conference are: Dasha Kelly Hamilton (Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate), Brian Larkin (Barnard College/Columbia University), Monique Liston (Ubuntu Research), Rick Lowe(University of Houston), AbdouMaliq Simone (University of Sheffield) and Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California, San Diego).

Please refer to a description of the conference theme and the call for proposals below.


Conference Description

In July 2020, the City of Milwaukee will host the Democratic National Convention where leaders will gather to nominate a presidential candidate and to ratify a platform with national and global agendas. The DNC chose Milwaukee because it sees Wisconsin as emblematic of the key Midwestern and post-industrial states that the Democrats must win to retake the presidency. In turn, Milwaukee sought to host the Democratic Convention as an opportunity to remake its image as a thriving, multicultural city.

During the DNC, predictable narratives will be trotted out about Milwaukee: of segregation, crime, poverty, and blight, alongside those championing a resurgent economy and new forms of capitalist urban development. The DNC marks a supposedly transformational moment from which new solutions will emerge. But the narratives of blight and rebirth–articulated not only by political leaders but often by academics as well–often reify what they are intended to counteract. The spectacle of the DNC and of its capitalist solutions mask a panoply of more ordinary efforts underway all around us, as movements, activists, and everyday people demand new ways of seeing, organizing, and acting in the world to address the overwhelming crises of the day. Indeed, Milwaukee is like many cities in the US: a babel of ecological, social, and political perspectives, a metropolis at a crossroads of critical thinking, and a place of promise and failure.

UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies explores these multiple perspectives in its spring 2020 conference, “#ALT-MKE: Finding New Answers in the 21st Century City.”  At this critical juncture, we must rethink our political imaginations and critical engagements. Can Milwaukee, and other urban areas like it, offer novel answers to the intractable problems that confront us?  If the city is an answer, what questions must we ask?

#ALT-MKE will highlight how the temporality and space of the ordinary city offers new epistemologies and practices that are engaged in the global struggle to combat racialized disinvestment, a fractured body politic, ecological crisis, and urban abandonment. The spectacles offered by the DNC–whether political, mediated, or financial in nature–lead only to institutional inaction and failure, wherein lie opportunities for ongoing forms of resistance to find new and stronger footings.

From the Situationists and Russian Constructivists, to suffragists, tactical urbanists, the Movement for Black Lives, and the Occupy movement, people have always imagined and sought new ways of life to challenge oppressive structures and violent erasure. Under the increasingly dire pressures of climate crisis, racial capitalism, ongoing settler displacement, destructive national politics, and crushing inequality, the time has come to reclaim our future by reframing these issues through the refocused lens of the 21st century city.

At the core of this investigation is our focus on reframing cities as political and ideological acts that hold within them normative values of aesthetics, power/resistance, public life, and citizenship. By inviting explorations of critical, decolonial, anti-racist politics, this conference hopes to bring together new forms of analysis, methods of urban historiography, organizing, and engaged forms of scholarship.

The conference seeks to highlight the undercommons and the counternarratives fomented in the ordinary life of spaces and places. We will ask how contested knowledges and stories of a city may be experienced across different and intersecting power relations that organize bodies and space. We hope that accounts of everyday practices, local knowledges, and organizing will help illuminate how urban residents resist, adapt and reformat conventional structures of power, governance, and order. We do not expect to find a single solution, but to foster a variety of grounded strategies and projects that we aim to highlight, bring together, and learn from.


Call for Proposals

We seek proposals for 15-20 minute presentations which could address any of the following topics:

  • Racial capitalism
  • Climate, ecology, water justice, and cities
  • Urban culture/urbanities
  • Water and land issues, particularly as they pertain to indigenous rights
  • Historiography of the city, historiography of urban political, social, or activist movements
  • Artistic practices and urban space
  • New ways to read and interpret cities—epistemologies of the urban
  • The dynamics of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in urban spaces
  • Narratives of cities, urban crime, and/or segregation (in literature, film, or other media)
  • Indigenous knowledges and practices
  • Local foodways and agricultural practices
  • Urban design and sustainability (including transportation)
  • Settler colonialism and decolonizing cities
  • Cities and biopolitics/biopower
  • The urban in relation to the suburban/exurban

Please send your abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief (1-page) CV in one PDF document by Monday, January 13, 2020 to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies, at [email protected].

Brandeis Israel Studies Fellowships
Jan 31 all-day

Faculty Fellowship: The Summer Institute for Israel Studies 

June 10–21, 2020 at Brandeis and June 22–July 1, 2020 in Israel

Apply now for this competitive fellowship. Created to address the need for serious and nuanced study of Israel in the academy, the Summer Institute for Israel Studies is a rigorous program that equips faculty members to develop and teach courses about modern Israel in any discipline. Stipend of up to $2,500, plus group travel, accommodations and most meals provided. 

  • ENGAGE with world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S. in a two-week multidisciplinary Brandeis seminar.
  • MEET with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts on a 10-day Israel study tour.
  • EXPLORE the complexity of Israeli society, politics and culture.
  • DEVELOP or revise a syllabus to teach at your home institution.
  • JOIN a network of over 335 alumni — teaching at over 200 institutions — supported by a wealth of pedagogical resources and ongoing professional development.

Faculty teaching outside of Israel are eligible for the program. 

Apply online by January 31, 2020. Learn more at 

If this opportunity is not a fit for you, we invite you to nominate a colleague and to share the fellowship information with faculty members who might benefit from the program.


Doctoral Fellowships in Israel Studies at Brandeis University

Full and partial fellowships supporting doctoral students whose research focuses on Israel. Candidates must be accepted into Brandeis University graduate school programs of Anthropology, History, Literature, Middle East Studies, Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Politics or Sociology. Competitive living stipend with generous health care benefits. Renewable for up to five years. Deadlines vary by department. Learn more at