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Call for papers: engaging communities

August 19, 2009

The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University is announcing a two-day graduate / postgraduate conference on the theme of engaging communities, 3rd – 4th December 2009.

This conference will bring together research postgraduates and early-career researchers to share and discuss issues concerning the engagement of communities in relation to heritage, museums and galleries practice, including community-led initiatives.

Call for papers:

Papers may present, but are not limited to, research and / or case studies

* engagement of communities through museum, galleries and heritage practice
* community-led projects
* local community involvement with archaeological site management
* projects initiated and steered by local communities
* internet community development and partnerships
* the role of engaging communities when representing difficult histories
* social history studies
* cultural policy-making with an emphasis on engaging communities
* education and learning
* cross-cultural communication
* safeguarding of communal cultural heritage, including intangible cultural expressions

By ‘engaging’ the research ‘community’, this conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on a range of issues, including the following:

The conference will question how, within the research community, do we go about researching ‘communities’ in the context of heritage, museums and galleries? What are the epistemological, theoretical, methodological and ethical issues that frame this field of study? How are current researchers tackling such issues and what can we learn from the different responses
coming out of the various contexts and academic backgrounds that are currently engaged with this research problem? How does the artificial division of fields and disciplines within academic research communities influence the ways in which ‘community’ / ‘communities’ is conceived, conceptualised and studied? How might improving communication and understanding of the range of theoretical and methodological approaches between different ‘disciplines’ in the research community move the field of
communities and heritage, museums and galleries forward?

Deadline for 200 word abstract: September 15th, 2009
Email abstract (word doc) to:


Call for papers: new media

June 18, 2009

From EASA media anthropology network:

Natalia Rulyova and Jeremy Morris, The University of Birmingham, in cooperation with Vlad Strukov, the University of Leeds, and Seth Graham, SSEES, University College London, are organising a series of two workshops New Media in New Europe-Asia. We are applying for CEELBAS support to run the workshops and are planning to have the best papers published in a special issue of Europe-Asia Studies. We invite contributions from scholars working in a range of disciplines and taking disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to new media in Russia, Eurasia and Central Europe. We have outlined the themes of the workshops below.

SSEES, UCL, 28 May 2010

The Nature and Culture of New Media

  • Do the internet and new media liberate from the hegemony of large mass communication corporations? What is the future of the mass media in the age of digital technologies: popularity versus authority?
  • What coding and decoding strategies do new media audiences use? Do they take advantage of the limitless resources of the web?
  • How has the dichotomy posed by the traditional contrasts between text and image changed due to new media technologies?
  • How have social networking, blogging, and video-posting websites changed the relationship between the media and audiences?
  • What impact have new media had on the developments in pop and celebrity culture?

Contact Natalia Rulyova, for more information.

Call for papers: minority cultures today

May 14, 2009


School of Modern Languages,
School of Social Sciences
Welsh Institute for Social and Cultural Affairs (WISCA)

Bangor University

Invite proposals for papers for a major interdisciplinary conference:


7 – 9 September 2009

Over the last two decades, the study of minority cultures has played a key part in some of the most innovative developments in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The concept of Minority culture has currency in a variety of theoretical perspectives, from postcolonial to gender studies. They have themselves been the object of sustained investigation in a wide range of intersecting disciplines, from sociology to cultural studies, history, political sciences or translation studies. Further, the study of minority cultures has brought about profound changes in many of the cultural and socio-political practices that emanate from these disciplines, from literary history to cultural and language policies.

For all its topicality, however, the study of minority cultures may have over the last few years reached a crisis. First, the very definition of minorities and minority cultures has become more and more blurred in a theoretical (and lived) space increasingly occupied by concerns about globalisation, mobility and interaction.. Secondly, the study of minority cultures has often been subsumed under a more generic preoccupation with the history and future of so-called small or stateless nations.  The tendency to naturalise the link between academia and political engagement  has on occasion precluded more self-critical viewpoints and working practices.

This markedly interdisciplinary conference aims to showcase how scholars with an interest in minority cultures from a variety of perspectives (politics, history, literature,,arts, music, language, sport, religion, ? ) attempt to redefine and rekindle the above and other debates. It aims also to provide a coherent forum in which to hold such debates by, on the one hand, emphasising why the study of minorities remains vital in the humanities and social sciences today and, on the other, doing so in a way that goes beyond highlighting the benefits of shared affinities. Research questions may include the following:

1) In a context where the concept of minority is no longer understood in dichotomous terms as opposed to majority or hegemonic cultures but is by necessity relational and dynamic, what possible redefinitions of the term can be advanced? In other words, how does the study of minority cultures outlive the postcolonial framework of centre and periphery that predominated in the 1990s?

2) In what ways does the current academic interest in the dynamics of globalization engage with minorities? There is a sense in which some of the categories that emerge from Globalisation Studies (travel theory, hybridization, post-national theories, etc) relegate the struggles (and the presence) of minorities to a secondary position. Why is this?

3) How are new minorities being created through the processes of global communication, economic competition, international migration, political devolution, or the building of new nations in post-Soviet space, as well as smaller-scale interactions between groups?

4) Can methods of investigation into demarcations and boundaries be developed which do not presuppose a single hierarchy of domination?

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Interdisciplinary and/or comparative approaches are particularly welcome. Please send a 300-500 word abstract to the following address by 31 May 2009 to Michelle Walker (

Call for papers: Well-being and Place

December 8, 2008

This call for papers does not explicitly mention heritage, but I image papers on this theme would be welcomed.

Well-being and Place: an International Conference

7th -9th April 2009, Durham University, United Kingdom

Organised and hosted by the Centre for the Study of Cities & Regions and the Social Wellbeing and Spatial Justice research cluster of the Department of Geography at Durham University in collaboration with the University’s Wolfson Research Institute.

Keynote speakers

Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation

Professor Tim Blackman, Director, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University

Call for papers

Over the last ten years the targets of policy have expanded beyond the purely material and economic to embrace more subjective dimensions of human flourishing. Amongst a range of terms that have entered policy debates, ‘well-being’ has perhaps gained the greatest currency, incorporating both physical and cognitive elements and applied across individual and collective scales of analysis. It is clear that the definition, experience and determinants of well-being will vary in different kinds of places. However, the complex ways in which place and well-being interact remain relatively under-researched and under-theorised.

This conference will draw together research that explicitly links well-being and place. It will advance knowledge and stimulate future directions that are both creative intellectually and timely for contemporary policy debates. The organisers would like to include research from a range of different scales of analysis, across different substantive domains and from both policy-linked and more explorative approaches. The concept of place can be interpreted broadly from geographical locations (urban, rural, city, nation), everyday settings (home, work, school, street, leisure centres) and different scales (individual to international).

We welcome contributions from the academic and policy communities that focus on the relationship between well-being and place, broadly defined. The themes for the sessions will include:

· Home and well-being

· Theory, methods and ethics of well-being

· Transitions: well-being across this life course and the next

· Therapeutic places and unhealthy spaces

· Busy with a purpose; the importance of doing nothing

· Well-being in motion: flows, networks, relations

Abstracts (200 words) for paper presentations and proposals for panel discussions can be submitted up to 30th November 2008. Please send to Sara Fuller: More details are available on the conference website.

Call for Papers: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Caribbean and its Diasporas

October 10, 2008

Seen on the BASA mailing list. There’s definitely potential for an interesting discussion on archives and identity, possibly even a panel, especially given the recent developments (e.g. Rivington Place, BCA etc.). Mary.


An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Caribbean and its Diasporas

The Construction of a Diasporic Black West Indian Experience

Saturday 25th April, 2009

Centre for Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Warwick
Coventry, United Kingdom

This is an interdisciplinary conference that seeks to analyze how the shifting boundaries, sense of dislocation, and loss of rootedness are grounded into the construction of the urban transnational Black West Indian identity. Yaad/Yard-Hip Hop characterizes this identity through the post-immigration generation, who found themselves “locked symbiotically in an antagonistic relationship” between their parent/s’ memories of home and their understanding of self within the socio-political context of Britain and the United States. The aim of this conference is to initiate a scholarly interchange between disciplines, in ways that will critically analyze the intersection of memory/rememory/postmemory and popular culture in the construction of the Black West Indian experience in Britain and the United States between the 1960s and the 1990s.
Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Geography and identity
  • Race/ethnicity/national/dual identities
  • Migration, ethnic diasporas, translocal communities
  • Place and space
  • Music-reggae/dancehall and rap/hip-hop
  • Popular culture
  • Memory/rememory/postmemory
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Music Videos
  • Dance
  • Gender, sexuality, and the Black body
  • Nation language
  • Politics of location


  • Please submit a working title and a brief abstract of 250-300 words
  • An abbreviated CV
  • Your institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address
  • A statement of your audio/visual needs, if necessary
  • Send all materials electronically as attachments to the contact listed below;

Abstract Due: 31st December 2008 (250-300 words)

Essay Due: 16th March 2009 (MLA style, 8-10 pages)
Conference paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes.

Submit to: La Tasha Brown
Centre for Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Tele.: +44 (0) 24 7652 3655; Fax: +44 (0) 24 7652 4468

The authors will be notified about their conference acceptance by February 2, 2009. The final copy of the essay will be due by March 16, 2009. Submissions and questions should be directed to