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Community Engagement Institute Deadline for Proposals, 22 January 2018

          Call for Proposals
2018 Community Engagement Institute
Gonzaga University, 22-23 May 2018.
Sponsored by
•         Partners in Campus and Community Engagement
•         Washington Campus Compact
•         Teaching Tolerance
Proposals due by 22 January 2018.
Conference proposals accepted at https://www.picce.org/cei/


Online Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy

In an increasingly interconnected, globalized and complex world, where the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation is ever growing, the demand for training and capacity development in the field of international affairs and diplomacy is constantly rising. In this regard, the establishment of this innovative online Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy as well as the Post-Graduate Certificate in World Studies and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Diplomacy Practice between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) holds great significance.
e-Learning courses
email: mdp-elearning@unitar.org | tel: +41 (0)22 917 87 16
United Nations Institute for Training and Research
International Environment House,
Chemin des Anémones 11-13,
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva - Switzerland



Partnership Agreement - Future Food Institute

Dear Colleagues

On Tuesday 06 and Wednesday 07 March 2018, Nesta is hosting Challenges of Our Era Summit in Milan, Italy. At this international event, we will discuss some of the most pressing challenges facing the world, but more importantly, we will be gathering experts, funders and problem solvers to start to work on addressing them. 

We would like to invite you to register (http://www.cvent.com/d/ytqxb2/4W) so we can discuss these grand challenges and the innovation required to deliver concrete solutions around surgery, agriculture or technology, depending on your expertise and interest, and provide recommendations on how challenge initiatives can overcome barriers, solve problems and drive social progress in these fields.

The event will start at 14:00 on Tuesday 06 March, where you will have the opportunity to hear from high-level keynote speakers discussing the role of science, technology and innovation and why it is important to favour and invest in them to create a resilient and sustainable future. This will be followed by a drinks reception in the evening.

On Wednesday 07 March the programme will begin at 09:30 and include practical sessions facilitated by experts in three specific areas:
• Surgical equity: the Lancet Commission thinks 17 million lives can be saved every year through increased access and improved quality in medical services in the developing world.
• Agriculture and food production: we will soon need to feed a world of 10 billion and because the World Bank believes growth in agriculture can have up to four times the poverty alleviation power of other forms of economic growth.
• Data for good: access to the benefits of the digital revolution have not been shared equally and new information technologies can transform education, governance, finance and the economy for the benefit of all.

The event builds on a successful previous Summit we held at the Royal Society in London with the Gates Foundation, NASA, USAID, X Prize Foundation and many others. The event sparked several multi-million-dollar challenges including a £100m fund to address the toughest challenges in cancer, led by Cancer Research UK.

Places are limited so to avoid disappointment please register by clicking this link by Friday 12 January 2018. 

For any doubt, you can contact the manager of the event Ricardo Santana: ricardo.santana@nesta.org.uk

Kind regards,

On behalf of Future Food Institute and Nesta


University Coordinator for the EPICS Program at Purdue University

Distinguished Colleagues,
  We have an opening in our EPICS Program for a coordinator for the consortium of institutions who have integrated community-engaged design experiences into the undergraduate curricula.  Below is the information about the position.  The person would be located at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The EPICS University Coordinator is the full-time, recurring funded staff position that is dedicated to the national and international dissemination of EPICS, coordination of multi-university activities, assisting other universities to develop and institutionalize EPICS, and building partnerships with corporations and organizations.  This position is also a leader in development and fundraising efforts across all of the EPICS programs including grant writing.
EPICS (www.purdue.edu/epics) is an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary, community-engaged design program headquartered at Purdue University.  At Purdue it is an academic program implementing multidisciplinary design courses to address needs locally and globally.  EPICS leverages many partnerships and the University Coordinator is the leader in managing these external partnerships including 42 active corporate partners and professional societies including IEEE and EWB-USA.   EPICS supports a growing university consortium of 46 and active colleges and universities with EPICS programs adapted to their local campus contexts.  The consortium sponsors faculty and student workshops and provides resources to the broader community-engagement, design and engineering education communities.  EPICS also has a pre-college network with its own coordinator comprised of over 100 schools from 17 states engaging middle or high school students in community-based design experiences in their local communities.   The leadership team works closely together to set strategic goals and implement EPICS nationally and globally.  This is a recurring funded staff position is expected to travel as needed to develop and grow these partnerships. 
Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree.
• At least five years of experience required in one or more of the following areas: 
o development of strategic & operating plans, budgets, fundraising, organizing conferences and high-profile events, marketing, public relations, maintaining contacts with university programs, and corporations, maintaining broad network of contacts
o faculty or staff experience working with engineering faculty on academic and curricular efforts, experience across departments or majors, experience with fundraising, or 
o community-engagement/service-learning coordination or implementation including working with faculty from multiple disciplines to integrate service-learning by engaging communities to meet needs locally or globally, development or fundraising experience.
• An equivalent combination of education and related experience will be considered.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills. 
• Good time management and organizational skills. 
• Must be a motivated self-starter, take the initiative in designing programs, writing proposals, and organizing efforts needed to increase the success, visibility and resources of EPICS
• Work with diverse people from industry, the community, the university, and foundations.
• Willingness to travel domestically and  internationally
• Master’s degree.
Additional Information:
• Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position.
• A background check will be required for employment in this position.
• FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime). 
• Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.
• Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 
•        Prof. William Oakes, Director, oakes@purdue.edu, Mobile:  +1-765-418-8029
•        Apply through the Purdue University portal at www.purdue.edu/hr/careers/opportunities/, staff positions, Job # 1800020, Direct link: http://purdue.taleo.net/careersection/wl/jobdetail.ftl?job=1800020&tz=GMT-05%3A00
William Oakes, PE
Director, EPICS Program
Prof., Engineering Education
EPICS Program
Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W. Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN   47907-2045
Email: oakes@purdue.edu
Mobile: 765-418-8029,
office: 765-494-3892,
Fax: 765-494-0052


Social Informatics conference CFP

Laboratory for Internet Studies, HSE, is hosting the 10th Social Inofrmatics conference (SocInfo) with outsatnding speakers and in a wonderful city of St.Petersburg, on September 25-28, 2018. We would like to specially encourage social scientists to apply. We will do our best to ensure that reviewership is not computer science centered, and we will be arranging a journal publication for best papers. Paper submission dealine: May 9, 2018! Visit conference website for more information: https://socinfo2018.hse.ru. Email: socinfo2018@gmail.com .

Social Inofrmatics is an interdisciplinary venue for researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences to share ideas and opinions, and present original research work on studying the interplay between socially-centric platforms and social phenomena. The ultimate goal of Social Informatics is to create better understanding of socially-centric platforms not just as a technology, but also as a set of social phenomena. To that end, we are inviting interdisciplinary papers, on applying information technology in the study of social phenomena, on applying social concepts in the design of information systems, on applying methods from the social sciences in the study of social computing and information systems, on applying computational algorithms to facilitate the study of social systems and human social dynamics, and on designing information and communication technologies that consider social context.


PhD Scholarship on "Literary and Social Representations of Intimate Violence in Contemporary Scotland"

          This interdisciplinary doctoral research project will examine the relationship between beliefs of men and women living in Scotland about men’s intimate violence towards women, and the cultural representations of such violence in contemporary Scottish literature.

The literary aspect of the project will look at contemporary Scottish fiction and drama, written by men and women, and examine the ways in which these texts depict men’s violence against women. This could include novels and short stories by authors such as Iain Banks, Janice Galloway, James Kelman, AL Kennedy, Duncan Mclean and Irvine Welsh, and drama by Gregory Burke, David Greig, Zinnie Harris, David Harrower, Gary McNair, Rona Munro, and Steph Smith. (This list is not exhaustive and we fully expect it to change as the project develops.) The student will critically examine these texts in order to identify lines of power in domestic violence, and how it is represented in culture.

The student will also gather narratives through semi-structured interviews with participants (any gender, living in Scotland) who have experienced conflict in intimate relationships. The interviews will cover the experiences of aggression and, crucially, how aggression is construed with regard to control motivation. Interviews will be transcribed and subject to Thematic Analysis following procedures used elsewhere in the psychological literature on aggression, as well as being coded for aggression type using established criteria. The interviews will also be compared with the literary texts.

The project will be supervised by DrAnindyaRaychaudhuri, a Lecturer in the School of English who specialises in cultural representation and collective memory of war and conflict; and Dr Kate Cross, a Lecturer in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience who specialises in sex/gender differences in risky and aggressive behaviour.

“Please read and follow the application procedures for the School of Psychology (*MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "www.findaphd.com" claiming to be* https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/apply/postgraduate/research/ ). In addition to the standard documents for a Psychology PhD, applicants must also submit a sample of written work, between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length. This can be a critical essay, an extract from a previous piece of work, or part of your dissertation.”

Informal enquiries to either supervisor are strongly encouraged. Please contact Dr Kate Cross (cpc2@st-andrews.ac.uk ) and/or DrAnindyaRaychaudhuri (ar220@st-andrews.ac.uk )

The successful candidate will begin study in September 2018.

Funding Notes

The St. Leonard’s Scholarship covers home/EU fees (competitive scholarships are available from other sources to waive international fees) plus maintenance based on the RCUK recommended level (currently £14,553 pa).

1) Upper second-class degree in Psychology (or a related discipline) and demonstrable interest in English OR upper second-class degree in English (or a related discipline) and demonstrable interest in Psychology.
2) Evidence of academic interest in the study of intimate and/or gendered violence

1) Upper second-class degree (or equivalent) in Psychology AND upper second-class degree (or equivalent) in English.
2) Master’s degree in either Psychology OR English



CFP Doctoral and Post-Doctoral ICA Pre-Conference “Emerging Research and Trends in Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding”

Call for Papers “*Emerging Research and Trends in Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding” Doctoral and Post-Doctoral ICA Pre-Conference*
Hilton Prague, May 24, 2018

This full day pre-conference aims to be a forum for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers/ young scholars to present and discuss their ongoing work on public diplomacy and nation branding. We welcome any topics, including digital diplomacy, evaluation & measurement of public diplomacy, theory building in public diplomacy, countries soft power, the role of cities, nation branding, non-state public diplomacy etc. The format will include established scholars mentoring and giving feedback to each participant on the work submitted.

The conference is sponsored by the ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group together with Lund University, Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, Syracuse University and USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

It is for the first time since the establishment of the Public Diplomacy Interest Group that ICA takes place in Central Europe. Therefore, ICA18 in Prague is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and established scholars from all over the world to meet and discuss the further development and growth potential of this interdisciplinary field of study. Facilitating debates on current state of the art, theories and methodologies in public diplomacy, as well as transferring knowledge and mentoring are the best ways to ensure its future.

*Submission details key dates*:

-An *abstract* (500 words, excluding references) and a *CV* should be submitted to edolea@bournemouth.ac.uk by *January 31, 2018*. Abstracts are intended for work in progress, offering the opportunity to present on-going research that has not yet reached completion at the time of the submission deadline. Abstracts should present concisely the purpose of the paper, main theoretical framework/assumptions and if applicable research methods and preliminary and/or expected results. They should clearly state the contribution of the paper for public diplomacy theory and practice.

-*Decision *on the selected abstracts –*mid February, 2018*

-*Full paper*submission – *March 31, 2018*. Please note that full paper must be submitted for inclusion in the conference program

All inquiries on submissions should be directed to Alina Dolea (edolea@bournemouth.ac.uk ).

The pre-conference will take place onsite, at Hilton Prague. The participation fee is US $80 for presenters and non-presenters and includes the coffee breaks and the lunch buffet. Registration for this pre-conference is to be made online at www.icahdq.org .

The 13th Annual Global Communication Association Conference

          Call for Paper - The 13th Annual Global Communication Association Conference
 The Global Communication Association and Rey Juan Carlos University invites you to submit your abstracts for the 13th annual convention to be held in Madrid, Spain, on May 17-20, 2018. https://gcamadrid2018.com/
The GCA invites research papers exploring any aspect of issues related to global communication including, but not limited, to the following broad topics:

• Issues related to the convention theme of Populism, Media, Politics, and Immigration in a Globalized Word
• Global media and communication methodologies, theories, and perspectives
• Global media and their impacts on public opinion
• he changing nature of presidential elections and public demands
• Issues related to policy makers, corporate executives, representatives from NGO’s, and media professionals
• New communication technologies, the Internet, and social media
• World population, environment, and intercultural communication

Papers Submission
The submission of proposals will be made in two phases: https://easychair.org/cfp/13GCAC • Abstract. Deadline February 15, 2018.
• Full-length paper. Deadline May 15, 2018.

Authors of the abstracts will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2018.


e-Course on Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively under the UNFCCC

26 February - 22 April 2018

Course fee: 800 USD

This online course will develop participants’ understanding of the climate change policy framework, by building an appreciation of the science, causes and impacts of climate change, the history of the policy making process and the UNFCCC framework, and will also consider the pertinent challenges currently facing international decision makers in making progress with what is currently on the negotiating table and how to prepare for COP24.

We offer discounted fees for group bookings. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Online Degrees in Special Education

Drexel University is uniquely positioned to offer graduate special education certificate and degree programs online for educators and administrators seeking new tools and methodologies to instruct students with autism spectrum disorders and related learning disabilities. Drexel is home to the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, the first research organization dedicated to bringing a public health approach to the challenges presented by autism spectrum disorders. We are also one of only a handful of colleges and universities that offers Wilson Language Training® Level 1 Certification through its certificate and graduate degree programs.
Online programs in special education include:
• EdD in Educational Leadership and Management
• MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
• Special Education Certification Program
• Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
• Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Graduate Certificate in Special Education Leadership
• Collaborative Special Education Law and Process Certificate
Paths to Wilson Language Training® Certification:
• MS in Special Education
• MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies
• Graduate Certificate in Multisensory Reading Instruction Level 1

Associate Director of Faculty & Academic Engagement - Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement
Dear colleagues,
I am pleased to announce a new position with the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, at Washington University in St. Louis.  I hope you will circulate this widely to help us identify a pool of exceptional candidates. 
The Associate Director of Faculty and Academic Engagement at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will be responsible for leading the vision, strategic expansion, and impact of community engagement in academic spaces at Washington University in St. Louis. This position will foster and build relationships with faculty and leadership across all seven academic schools at the university – both undergraduate and graduate levels – to assure robust and high quality opportunities for faculty and student engagement in the community, most often through community-engaged teaching and learning. The Associate Director will identify needs, priorities, and best practices to develop and implement new strategies and partnerships which advance faculty excellence, student learning, and positive community change through academic community engagement. 
The Associate Director will:
•         Lead Community-Engaged Teaching curricular support and visibility
•         Provide academic community engagement support to faculty across the university
•         Create and manage administrative infrastructure to support academic community engagement
•         Facilitate partnerships between faculty and community partners
•         Serve on the Gephardt Institute’s senior leadership team
The position description is attached and available at http://jobs.wustl.edu (job ID 38903). Thank you for your assistance in sharing this announcement with your networks.
Stephanie N. Kurtzman
Peter G. Sortino Director
Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1059, St. Louis, MO 63130
Danforth University Center 150 | 314.935.5599 | stephanie.kurtzman@wustl.edu 


Call for Proposals: Critical/Feminist African Development Project

We invite proposals for a new project on development policies and initiatives of governments and policy institutions across Africa in the immediate post-independence period. The project, Post-Colonialisms Today, will apply feminist and heterodox approaches to economics to recover the key policies that sought to address the material, cultural, and spiritual limitations imposed by colonial regimes, and identify ideas that can be usefully adapted to on-going development challenges in Africa.

We welcome proposals from African scholars and activist intellectuals to join this project. Up to USD 5000 will be offered to support the fulfillment of each accepted proposal. In addition to considerations of merit and relevance, proposals must show a feminist as well as heterodox approach to analysis of social and economic development. For more info, please visit the project site (https://postcolonialisms.regionsrefocus.org/), or see the full Call for Proposals and concept note. 

Proposal abstracts of approximately 500 words must be sent no later than 26 January 2018 to: postcolonialismstoday@regionsrefocus.org. Please include your full name, affiliation, and contact information. Selected proposals will be announced in February 2018.

Regions Refocus


Visualising Spatial Injustice and Exploitation, University of Kent, UK, June 8th 2018



As the noted political geographer and urban theorist Edward Soja has suggested, under current socio-political conditions, “relations of power and discipline are inscribed into the apparently innocent spatiality of social life… human geographies become filled with politics and ideology.” Within an epoch structured around the machinations of transnational global capital, authoritarian state (and supra-state) governance, the birth of an obfuscated neo-colonialism and neoliberalist political hegemony, how can contemporary moving image practices capture—and, concomitantly, offer modes of resistance to—the spatial machinations of contemporary power relations?
Several contemporary theorists—from Frederic Jameson and his notion of “cognitive mapping” to Alberto Toscano and his formulation of mapping the “social totality”—have tried to understand how aesthetic practices can be employed to expose the semi-discreet, yet interrelated, inner workings of: late-capitalism, authoritarian state governance, neo-colonialism, illegal occupation and internment, natural resource extraction, indigenous displacement and gentrification/urban re-structuring. These spatial exploitations have devastating effects on peoples and communities.
Moving image practice presents tools for exploring these processes of exploitation and injustice in new and novel ways. These tools are resources for bearing witness, and bringing into view, the voices of peoples and communities affected. These media forms may offer significant powers of spatial visualisation, hitherto neglected in the foregrounding of their temporal properties. The work of Allan Sekula, James Benning, Ursula Biemann, Patrick Keiller, Susan Schuppli, Jonathan Perel, (amongst others), testifies to the fecundity of this focus of the moving image.
The aim of this symposium is to further examine how moving image can play a key role in exposing such spatial injustices and exploitations. Indeed, we contend that such practices have a crucial role to play in undermining the apparently “seamless” functioning of such spatialised power relations; helping to throw into sharp relief their fissures, cracks and contradictions. What strategies of intervention and visualisation have been developed? Which remain underexplored or underdeveloped? This symposium seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary range of scholars and media-makers to explore these questions.

This symposium welcomes both traditional paper proposals and media research-creation projects.

Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:
Visualising late capitalism
Anthropocene/capitalocene debates
Place and affect
Carceral geographies
Media logistics and infrastructure
Migration and bordering
Indigenous displacement
Spaces of riot and protest
Uneven development
Spatial fixing
Marxist geography
Natural resource extraction
Illegal occupation and internment
Paper proposals should be no more that 500 words and should include a brief biography.

Research-creation proposals should be no more than 400 words and should include some footage/visuals from the project.

Post-conference, we hope to collect extended essays from participants into a book, possibly with an additional online component to showcase research-creation projects.

Please send proposals to:
Stephen Connolly (stephen.connolly@ucreative.ac.uk), Matthew Gibson (mceg2@kent.ac.uk) and Patrick Brian Smith (patrickbriansmith@gmail.com) by March 1st 2018. 
Patrick Brian Smith
PhD Student and Teaching Assistant
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema 
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec


Students with Disabilities in Higher Education

Edited by Geert Van Hove, Minne Bakker and Alice Schippers
Deadline for Abstracts: 28 February 2018 | Submission of Articles: 25 to 30 June 2018
Social Inclusion welcomes articles for an issue on Students with Disabilities in Higher Education edited by Geert Van Hove (Ghent University/VU Amsterdam), Minne Bakker (VU Amsterdam) and Alice Schippers (Disability Studies in the Netherlands/VU Amsterdam). Social Inclusion is a peer-reviewed open access journal indexed in the Web of Science-ESCI and Scopus (2016 CiteScore: 0.49).

Authors interested in contributing an article are asked to read the full call for papers at www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/pages/view/nextissues#disabilitieshighereducation

Best regards,

António Vieira
Social Inclusion
Cogitatio Press
1070-129 Lisbon, Portugal


PhD: impact of disability onsent on wellbeing

Exploring the impact of disability onset on individual wellbeing in the UK

This research project is available across the ESRC Wales (DTP). Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.

The lack of progress towards the UK government commitment to ‘halve the disability employment gap’, the percentage point difference in the employment rates between disabled and non-disabled people, has been the subject of multiple Parliamentary Inquiries and a recent Green Paper and strategy document,Improving Lives.

This PhD provides a unique opportunity to work in partnership with Disability Rights UK, on a project which will contribute up-to-date nationally representative evidence to directly inform policy in relation to this and the broader social and economic inclusion of disabled people, who are one of the most disadvantaged groups within society.

Project focus

The focus will be on disability acquired during working-age, which is experienced by more than 80% of all working-age disabled people, and will consider, but also extend beyond, employment to more comprehensively explore the impact on income, deprivation, consumption, financial situation (eg debt and savings) and subjective wellbeing.

In using longitudinal data, the PhD will explore whether/how the impact develops pre-onset, at onset and the extent to which it persists. It will also consider factors affecting this, including the timing of onset during the life-course, the role of disability benefit income and the impact of (and on) other household members.


The project aims to build on previous economic analysis of disability using longitudinal data internationally (Stephens, 2001; Charles, 2003; Meyer and Mok, 2013; Polidano and Vu 2015) and previous analysis of the British Household Panel Survey (Oswald and Powdthavee, 2008; Powdthavee, 2009).

It is intended to provide contemporary evidence based on Understanding Society which surveys about 40,000 households regularly since 2010. These rich longitudinal micro-data (currently six waves) provide a unique opportunity to explore the impact of disability in the UK.

Possible research questions include:

what impact does the onset of disability have on an individual’s outcomes such as the probability of employment, household income and wellbeing?
how does the impact of disability onset develop longitudinally? For example, does the impact persist post-onset or is there evidence of adaptation and/or recovery?
to what extent do government policies eg in relation to disability benefit income influence the impact of, and adaptation to, disability onset?
what impact does disability onset have on other household members? For example, how does the onset of disability impact on the employment and wellbeing of a spouse?

It is intended that the PhD will be based around advanced quantitative methods, particularly the econometric analysis of large scale high-quality, longitudinal, nationally representative micro-data.

This facilitates a dynamic, life course analysis and the application of panel data methods such as event study models. In controlling for observable and unobservable individual characteristics the aim is to isolate the causal impact of disability onset.

Collaboration with leading charity

This project is in collaboration Disability Rights UK who provide highly-respected specialist advice to government on policy affecting disabled people.

You will have a unique opportunity to disseminate the findings from their research to policymakers, disability focused organisations and to receive training in external engagement and developing impact from your research. As such, you will be expected to actively engage with Disability Rights UK throughout the course of your studies.


Professor Melanie Jones, Professor of Economics, Deputy Section Head - Research, Innovation and Engagement (jonesm116@cardiff.ac.uk / 029 2087 5079)


Dear All!

Wishing you all a very joyful and inspiring 2018!

Just wanted to share with you a call for papers exploring the
correspondence between education and wellbeing to be held at the IUAES
World Congress in Florianopolis, Brazil, 16th-20th July 2018.

The abstract and submission page can be found here and the deadline is 28th
of February.


Please share with those who might be interested and/or feel free to apply.

All the best,

Krzysztof Bierski
Postdoctoral Fellow
Centre for Area Studies, FreieUniversitaet
Fabeckstrasse 23-25, 14195 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0)15753460440 http://vimeo.com/krzys


British Society of Gerontology 47th Annual Conference, Manchester 4th - 6th July 2018

The 47th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology will be held in Manchester, 4th - 6th July 2018. This is the premier gathering of gerontologists from a wide range of disciplines in the United Kingdom, with keynote presentations from renowned speakers, cutting edge research, and excellent networking and sponsorship opportunities. The conference theme this year is 'Ageing in an Unequal World: Shaping Environments for the 21st Century'.

The call for abstracts (oral and poster presentations) and symposia (including flagship symposia) remains open until Wednesday 24th January 2018, and we welcome proposals from academics, researchers, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, the third sector, students, and those interested in researching ageing and later life. To promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives of ageing, the conference will draw on abstracts from across disciplines including: •Arts &humanities •Social &behavioural sciences •Health promotion & public health •Medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy & allied health professions •Social care •Social policy •Science, engineering & technology •Architecture, built environment & design •and other related fields.

For further information, please visit the Conference Website: https://www.britishgerontology.org/events-jobs-news/bsg-events/bsg-2018.html

We also have a thriving Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) section, open to those relatively new to research at all, or to ageing research. ERA will hold a pre-conference event from 3rd - 4th Julyentitled 'Creative engAGEment: exploring strategies to maximise public involvement in ageing research' and all are welcome. Please refer to The ERA Page on the Conference Website for submission details: https://www.britishgerontology.org/events-jobs-news/bsg-events/bsg-2018/emerging-researchers-in-ageing-era.html

Contact us: bsgconference2018@britishgerontology.org


15 last seats available for the conference on 'The De-Europeanisation of Border Conflicts’. If you are interested in attending the event please send an email to deeuropeanisation@gmail.com

It has been suggested that Europeanisation enhances the possibilities of resolving a conflict. Indeed, the positive impact of Europeanisation on the stabilisation of some conflicts such as the ones in Northern Ireland, Serbia/Kosovo and Serbia/Montenegro is well attested. 
But what happens when a State withdraws from the EU? Does its detachment from the EU structures lead to the deterioration of the environment of a given conflict? Brexit offers a unique opportunity to analyse this unprecedented phenomenon as it will affect three territorial borders and boundaries that are all somehow linked with conflicts.
On Friday 26 January 2018, a conference on 'The De-Europeanisation of Border Conflicts: The Effect of Brexit on Territorial Borders and Boundaries’ will take place  in Carlton House Terrace, British Academy, London between 9am and 6pm. The conference is generously funded by UACES and the UEA’s HEIF Impact Fund.
The aim of the conference is precisely to discuss the possible effect of Brexit on three territorial borders and the conflicts linked with them: the Irish one, the one in Gibraltar and the one in Cyprus (where the UK has two Sovereign Bases). The conference will be structured around 4 roundtables where academics and policy-makers will be discussing the following themes:
Panel 1: Brexit Challenges on boundaries and the conflicts linked with them
Panel 2: The visions of the UK, the EU and its Member States in addressing those challenges
Panel 3: The idea of differentiated Brexit
Panel 4: Lessons to be learned from other borders and conflicts

You can visit the website deeuropeanisation.eu to find out more about the project including the programme of the conference and the short bios of the speakers  and to register in our mailing list. 
If you are interested in attending the event please send an email to deeuropeanisation@gmail.com

Nikos Skoutaris
Lecturer in European Union Law
University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Tel: 01603 593018  
Email: N.Skoutaris@uea.ac.uk


Call for Papers

Everyday Resistance of Kashmiris, Kurds And Palestinians: Countering Domination via Nonviolent Means
22-23 June, 2018 (9am – 5pm)
Coventry University, Coventry, UK
Organiser: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Research Group, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR)
Resistance informs us about power and, in particular, asymmetric power relations. Everyday resistance is an action taken by people who resist the multiple and multi-layered power relations that manifest themselves in the interactions in our daily life. 
Understanding everyday resistance can help us to understand these power dynamics and relations in context. Unlike visible forms of resistance such as rebellions, mass protests, riots, revolutions, and demonstrations, everyday resistance can be less visible and informal. Scott (1989) studied disguised–or seemingly invisible resistance–and argued that the form such resistance will take depends on the kind of power ranged against it, but is generally hidden below the surface and not formally organised.  More precisely, everyday resistance can be “interpreted as an activity in a dynamic interaction with opposition power”, which in Foucault’s reading is something ordinary people practice daily. Everyday resistance can also be presented as a continuum from public confrontation to hidden subversion. Bayat (2000) describes it as “quiet encroachment” and “advancement of the ordinary” which enables us to survive and protect ourselves. He went further to say that “these ordinary and often quiet practices by the ordinary and often silent people engender significant social changes’ (Bayat 1997).
This conference will explore the power of everyday resistance among Kurds, Kashmiris and Palestinians and the different shapes and forms this takes locally and transnationally. People of Kashmir, Kurdistan and Palestine have a long history of resistance and they have shown many examples of what James Scott called “weapons of the weak”.  In all three contexts, it is possible to find examples of nonviolent collective and individual actions which have deep symbolic and ideological underpinnings. Often everyday resistance practices intersect with organized political collectives that are much more visible than the typically subtle repertoires of everyday resistance.
Specifically, this conference will ask the following questions: How do these oppressed groups use nonviolent forms of resistance to counter repression? What are the similarities and differences between the everyday resistance across these three communities? What are the resistance practices that are central to daily life? What are the creative actions that make everyday resistance even more successful? An important theme of the conference will explore whether these communities can learn from each other’s nonviolent resistance practices.
We seek paper and panel proposals that engage with the questions mentioned above.  Both academic and non-academic (journalists, activists etc) participants will be welcomed.
Potential themes of the conference include but are not limited to:
•         Hidden and unhidden forms of everyday resistance
•         Creative ways of resisting oppression
•         Resistance, elections and political participation
•         Culture, art, education and tradition in everyday resistance
•         Gendered aspects of everyday resistance
•         The role of youth in everyday resistance
•         Overcoming political control and criminalisation
•         Overcoming colonial legacy, partition and statelessness
•         Towards a transnational civil resistance?
Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the duration of the conference. We regret that we are not able to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance for the participants of the conference.
Please email paper abstracts of no more than 300 words to events.CTPSR@coventry.ac.uk by 1 March 2018.
Acceptance and rejections notices will be sent in mid-March 2018. A selection of conference papers will be chosen for inclusion in a proposed edited volume, and/or a special journal issue.
If you have any questions or comments about the conference theme, please contact Bahar Baser atbahar.baser@coventry.ac.uk.


Fully funded PhD studentship @ Lincoln

we are currently advertising one fully-funded PhD studentship at the University of Lincoln on 'The Social context of radicalisation'.

Feel free to circulate to any of your students who may be interested.

Here is the link to the full advert. https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=94158

Best wishes


he call for papers for panels at the 18th World Congress of the IUAES, July 16-20, 2018, in Florianopolis, Brazil is open.  The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 28 February 2018.

This is a call for papers proposals for panel OP 090 Global Apartheid: Persistent Manifestations and Critical Resistance, convened by Faye Harrison and Andrew Spiegel on behalf of the IUAES Commission on Marginalization and Global Apartheid.

Papers should be in line with the following:
Apartheid has been understood as a discriminatory system and practice built on European colonialism's deprecating racism. A mode of social, political, and economic control, it disempowers and marginalises through disparagement, legislation, and coercion. South Africa's formally codified de jure apartheid system was dismantled a quarter century ago. Yet manifestations of the regime persist there in practice. Significantly, de facto apartheid's logics and effects are growing globally, influencing governance, economic restructuring, and the dynamics of such intersecting differences as race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender and sexuality. They manifest within nation-states and across transnational fields of power. Global apartheid generates widening disparities and "apartness" between a small privileged minority and the majority of humanity, increasing the latter's vulnerability to marginalisation. In the face of global apartheid, there is also mounting resistance at global, regional and local levels. The panel aims to document and contextualise processes fostering global apartheid's persistence and growth, to illuminate consequent marginalisation within particular populations, and to analyse collective efforts to resist such oppressive trends. A principal goal is to ask how and why contemporary apartheid-style discrimination and disparities exist in so many parts of the world, and to apply anthropological insights in addressing these concerns.

In order to submit a proposal, go to http://www.inscricoes.iuaes2018.org/trabalho/view?ID_TRABALHO=168 and follow the tabs there for submission of an abstract.

Thank you

Andrew D Spiegel PhD
EmerAssoc Professor in Anthropology
Senior Scholar and NIHSS Mentor
University of Cape Town
P O Rondebosch
7701 Cape Town
South Africa


he call for papers for panels at the 18th World Congress of the IUAES, July 16-20, 2018, in Florianopolis, Brazil is open.  The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 28 February 2018.

This is a call for papers proposals for panel OP 090 Global Apartheid: Persistent Manifestations and Critical Resistance, convened by Faye Harrison and Andrew Spiegel on behalf of the IUAES Commission on Marginalization and Global Apartheid.

Papers should be in line with the following:
Apartheid has been understood as a discriminatory system and practice built on European colonialism's deprecating racism. A mode of social, political, and economic control, it disempowers and marginalises through disparagement, legislation, and coercion. South Africa's formally codified de jure apartheid system was dismantled a quarter century ago. Yet manifestations of the regime persist there in practice. Significantly, de facto apartheid's logics and effects are growing globally, influencing governance, economic restructuring, and the dynamics of such intersecting differences as race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender and sexuality. They manifest within nation-states and across transnational fields of power. Global apartheid generates widening disparities and "apartness" between a small privileged minority and the majority of humanity, increasing the latter's vulnerability to marginalisation. In the face of global apartheid, there is also mounting resistance at global, regional and local levels. The panel aims to document and contextualise processes fostering global apartheid's persistence and growth, to illuminate consequent marginalisation within particular populations, and to analyse collective efforts to resist such oppressive trends. A principal goal is to ask how and why contemporary apartheid-style discrimination and disparities exist in so many parts of the world, and to apply anthropological insights in addressing these concerns.

In order to submit a proposal, go to http://www.inscricoes.iuaes2018.org/trabalho/view?ID_TRABALHO=168 and follow the tabs there for submission of an abstract.

Thank you

Andrew D Spiegel PhD
EmerAssoc Professor in Anthropology
Senior Scholar and NIHSS Mentor
University of Cape Town
P O Rondebosch
7701 Cape Town
South Africa


Deadline for Abstract Submission is February 7th

Join us at the dmi:Academic Design Management Conference (ADMC)
The dmi:ADMC ’Next Wave’ will address new design research that is enabling innovation in complex systems and organizations across public and private sectors alike. The conference will feature the presentation of all selected research papers.

The Call for Papers is Open 
Papers submitted will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind process and considered for publication in our magazine, the dmi:Journal. Abstract submissions will be accepted on the ADMC conference management website. The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday, February 7th. More details and specifications can be found on the ADMC conference management website. 
Submission Timeline
February 7 - Deadline for paper abstracts (500 words or less)
February 28 - Notifications of accepted abstracts
April 4 - Deadline for full papers
May 2 - Notifications of accepted full papers
June 6 - Deadline for full paper with corrections
June 13 - Deadline for author registration
August 1 - 2 Conference 


2018 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research

Focus Theme: Space and Poverty

University of Salzburg, 13 & 14 September 2018

Submission Deadline: 28 February 2018

Homepage: www.poverty-conference.org

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg invites the submission of proposals for single papers, thematic panels (2, 4 or 6 papers), and roundtables sessions (3-5 discussants plus 1 chair) in all areas of poverty research but special attention will be given to those concerned with the focus theme of space and poverty. The conference will be held at the University of Salzburg on 13 and 14 September 2018.

Invited keynote talks will be given by

Sylvia Chant, Professor of Development Geography and Director of MScUrbanisation and Development at the London School for Economics,

EvelineDürr, Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Munich,

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Professor of Housing and Social Policy and Director of the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research at Heriot-Watt University,

Mark Shucksmith, Professor of Planning and Director of the Institute for Social Renewal at Newcastle University.

Possible topics for the focus theme sessions are, among others,

spatial dimensions of poverty,poverty in urban and rural spaces,homelessness and housing,migration and poverty,poverty and spatial mobilityspatial planning and poverty,privatization of public spaces,spatial exclusion/inclusion and segregation, architecture and poverty,theories of geographies of poverty and inequality,poverty and environmental issues (access, perception, recognition),energy, water, food povertymeasurements of poverty and spatial contextmapping poverty.

Possible topics for the general theme sessions are, among others, current trends in poverty, inequality and social exclusion, poverty trends of different groups (minorities, age, gender, disability, unemployment), analysis of the economic, social and cultural processes underlying poverty, the effects of poverty on health, well-being, education, and inclusion, conceptualizations of poverty, methodologies of poverty research, the effectiveness of poverty alleviation measures and policy responses, and research on safety nets and welfare.

The conference is open to all disciplines (development studies, sociology, economics, anthropology, social medicine, geography, political science, legal studies and the humanities), approaches, methods and concepts within the field of poverty research, and papers coming from an inter-, trans- or multidisciplinary background are particularly welcomed. Papers exploring the ethical and political questions related to poverty are particularly encouraged.

Both research papers of empirical, theoretical or conceptual nature and policy papers are welcomed. If you have any questions regarding your submission please contact us. All proposals will be reviewed.

The Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research aims at bringing together established as well as young scholars and academics from diverse backgrounds. Submissions of scholars working in the Global South are particularly encouraged.

The registration fee for participants is 100€ and covers the conference folder, a guided city tour on Friday, coffee breaks, two lunch snacks and the conference dinner on Thursday. Students as well as participants from countries classified as low-income or lower-middle income economies by the World Bank pay a subsidized fee of 75€.

The time allocated for each single paper presentation is 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Paper givers may also participate as discussants or chairs in roundtable sessions.

The deadline for submitting abstracts for single papers (of 350 words), thematic panels (consisting of 2, 4 or 6 papers), and roundtables (3-5 discussants plus 1 chair) is 28 February 2018.

Please use the submission form on the conference homepage: www.poverty-conference.org

Find out more about the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research: www.povertyresearch.org

Dr. Gottfried Schweiger
Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research
University of Salzburg



Public Engagement Evaluation

Start with the basics needed for evaluating public engagement and scale all the way up to translating your goals into measurable outcomes, choosing the best approach for your activity, developing your own evaluation plan and using the best-available tools. This course is recommended for you if you want deeper advice on evaluation methods.

Ongoing & Self-Paced



Designing & Conducting Qualitative Focus Groups & Interviews

This workshop covers the early stages of developing questions and setting up a good design for conducting focus groups and interviews. Learn to gather a wide range of open-ended, qualitative data about people’s motivations, feelings and attitudes.

23 January 2018



The Haryana Government is committed to develop Gurugram as a Smart City. To facilitate discussions & collaborations among
the key stakeholders for chalking out a development roadmap, EletsTechnomediaPvt Ltd is organising its landmark Smart City
Conference in the Millennium City on 1 February, 2018, in association with the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram.


11th Central and Eastern European Communication and Media Conference – CEECOM 2018*

*Communicative Space – Political Space*


*from30 May to 1 June, 2018in Szeged, Hungary.*

(Note: As a result of supplementary funds gained for the conference we have the pleasure to announce the reduction of the conference fees.)


The conference is organized by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Szeged, Hungary, in cooperation with the ECREA Central and East European Network, the CEECOM Consortium and the ICA Political Communication Division.


The focal point of the 11th CEECOM is the conceptual and practical application of space in communication, media studies, political sciences, and a broad range of social scientific disciplines (from cultural anthropology through geography to sociology). The conference addresses a diverse set of issues and will cover a wide spectrum of ideas related to ongoing changes and transformations of the concept of space. The organizers look forward to presentations in (but not limited to) the following focal areas of interest:

- Physical political spaces as communicative spaces

- General questions of mediatised spaces

- Social and control issues in politics and media

- Online / digital spaces

For more details please read our General Introduction athttp://ceecom2018.hu/index.php/general-introduction/


•AndrásBozóki, Professor of Political Science (Central European University, Hungary)

•EppLauk, Professor of Journalism (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

•Sabina Mihelj, Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis (Loughborough University, United Kingdom)

•Jérôme Monnet, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning (University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France)


Abstracts for individual papers connected to one of the proposed topics or open panels should contain the title of the desired panel. (Other topics regarding CEE issues and/or beyond communicative or political space are also welcomed.) Abstracts (with maximum length of 250 words) will be evaluated by members of the Scientific Committee.

Note: the *call is open until 31st January, 2018 *and there will be no extension of deadline.

To submit your paper proposal please follow this link:


If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the organizing committee of theconference: mailto:ceecom2018@conf.u-szeged.hu

KOME Journal’s special issue is waiting for proposals (guest editor is EppLauk). See: http://komejournal.com/call-for-papers.html


2018 WFRN Early Career Fellowship Recipients

2018 WFRN Early Career Fellowship Recipients
To date, 95 early career scholars have participated in the WFRN’s Early Career Work and Family Fellowship Program. This program is designed to assist attendance at the WFRN Conference, as well as deliver a variety of support for advancement to secure senior level positions. The call for applications for the 2018 fellowships yielded 72 applications and the following scholars were selected.
                           Alice Brawley                                                               Laurie Maldonado
                      Gettysburg College                                                     Graduate Center CUNY
                          Caitlyn Collins                                                                Kristie McAlpine
            Washington University St. Louis                                    Michigan State University
                              Tori Crain                                                                     Sarah Patterson
                Colorado State University                                           University of Western Ontario

                      Nicole DePasquale                                                                 Lea Pessin
                        Duke University                                               The Pennsylvania State University

                               Wen Fan                                                                         Kate Prickett
                          Boston College                                                            University of Chicago

                         Julia Goodman                                                             Alejandra RosPilarz
     Oregon Health and Science University                          University of Wisconsin Madison
              & Portland State University

                         Marc Grau-Grau                                                      Katherine Weisshaar
                       Harvard University                                 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

                               Yang Hu
                     Lancaster University
Recipients represent the fields of communication studies, demography, family studies, health policy, human development, human resource management, nutritional studies, organizational psychology, psychology, social work, social service administration, and sociology. Fellowship recipients share a common interest in identifying connections and consequences of work and family arrangements, as well as working together to advance mutual career interests. Their research programs address a wide variety of topics that include family microbusinesses, gender inequalities, sleep, health, policy, fatherhood, sexual relationships, single parent families, flexible work options, eldercare, class and race inequalities, parenting behaviors, and career entry/exit transitions.
We welcome these scholars to the program and their participation in the Work and Family Researchers Network.
Stephen Sweet, Director of the Early Career Work and Family Fellowship Program
Kathleen Christensen, Co-President of the Work and Family Researchers Network
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Co-President of the Work and Family Researchers Network
Jerry A. Jacobs, Executive Officer of the Work and Family Researchers Network


Work and Family Researchers Network
University of Pennsylvania, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104


RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018
Geographical landscapes / Changing landscapes of geography
Cardiff, Tuesday 28th August – Friday 31st August 2018

Session Call for Papers

The New Ruin as Cultural Asset and Public Space

Session sponsored by the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (of the RGS-IBG)

Convenors: Luke Bennett (Sheffield Hallam Uni.), Ed Hollis (Univ. of Edinburgh), Hayden Lorimer (Univ. of Glasgow), Ruth Olden (Univ. of Glasgow)


During recent years, across the arts and humanities, and associated cultural spheres of literature, cinema, architecture, heritage, urban exploration and curated art, interest has intensified in ruinenlust, ruins and ruination (Edensor 2005; DeSilvey and Edensor 2012; Lavery and Gough 2015; Bennett 2017). Ruminating on the ruin has come to be understood as a sensibility reflective of classical, romantic and picturesque tropes. However, other modes of social engagement are possible.

Learning how to live with ruins is a twenty-first century challenge requiring cultural articulations that are forward-thinking and experimental, acknowledging new models of intervention, ownership and access, and welcoming contrasting – even conflicting – forms of aesthetic and emotional attachment (DeSilvey 2017; Hollis 2010; Lorimer and Murray 2015).

Nationally and internationally, there are a multitude of valued heritage landscapes, currently in ruinous, vulnerable, degraded states, requiring differing forms of creative intervention for the purposes of rehabilitation, re-occupation and reinvention, so as to safeguard cultural legacies for the future. For this session we seek not only statements of intent, but also critical reports on activities already occurring in cities under austerity and non-urban landscapes, in the global north and global south, where ruins are being reimagined and repurposed as cultural assets and public spaces.

The session’s convening team represent a variety of perspectives on the reimagining and repurposing of ruins, variously undertaking studies and investigations ranging across landscape design and architectural history, cultural geography, law and risk management. We welcome contributions that reflect and/or go beyond this constellation of interests, and which embrace (or challenge) our view that open interdisciplinarity is the best way to understand and activate the potentialities of the contemporary ruin.

In sum, session presentations/contributions are sought which variously address three connected questions:
- How do you activate modern ruins safely?
- How do you activate modern ruins creatively?
- How do you activate modern ruins collaboratively?

Please send expressions of interest/abstracts (250 words max.) and a title to:
Ruth Olden (Ruth.Olden@glasgow.ac.uk) by Monday 5th February 2018.

[University of Glasgow: The Times Scottish University of the Year 2018]


International Conference Energy & Meteorology 2018 before abstract submissions close this Friday 12 January!

ICEM 2018: "Renewable Energy and the Environment”
The 5th International Conference Energy & Meteorology (ICEM) will be hosted in Shanghai, China, 22-24 May 2018. The Conference will focus on creating effective approaches for improved weather, climate and water services for energy. An exciting line-up of Chinese and international industry speakers will lead the conference’s keynote presentations, complemented by an exceptional program of parallel sessions and poster presentations!
Targeted workshops, panel discussions and networking events will enable interaction with the conference’s global audience of energy specialists, water experts, economists, scientists, and policymakers working at the thriving nexus of energy and meteorology.
For more information please visit www.wemcouncil.org/wp/icem2018/ and to submit your abstract please visit www.wemcouncil.org/wp/icem2018/call-abstracts/.
Kind regards,
  Chantal Verlinden
Please note - my working days are Tues, Weds & Thurs
World Energy & Meteorology Council (WEMC)
A: School of Environmental Sciences | University of East Anglia | Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
E: chantal.verlinden@wemcouncil.org T: +44 (0)1603 591413
W: www.wemcouncil.org


Position: Research Associate - Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance: International Forum to Strengthen Regional Ocean Governance - (PROG) Forum

Organisation:                                      The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)
Duty Station:                                       Potsdam, Germany
Deadline for Application:               24th of January 2018
Contact:                                                ThandoTilmann
Email:                                                   Thando.Tilmann@iass-potsdam.de
Job Vacancy Link:                            http://www.iass-potsdam.de/sites/default/files/2017-12/Vacancy%20Annoucement_PROG-Forum_final.pdf
Best regards,
Oceans Governance
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) e.V.
Berliner Strasse 130
14467 Potsdam


East Africa Islamic Economy Summit 2018 returns to Nairobi, Kenya

Tapping into East Africa’s tech savvy population to drive Innovation and Financial Inclusion
NAIROBI, Kenya, January 9, 2018/ -- ‘East Africa’s fairly developed infrastructure and communication sector, a young educated tech savvy population and their ability to capitalise on technology development provides a great opportunity for the region to lead in the Islamic Finance digital economy’ – Agnes Gitau, GBS Africa (http://GBSafrica.co.uk) elaborating the theme of the 3rd edition of the East Africa Islamic Economy Summit (www.EAIFS.com). 

The East Africa’s Islamic Economy Summit 2018 which takes place in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi on the 24th & 25th is therefore themed around Fintech as a driver for Islamic Economy in East Africa as well as Financial inclusion in the region.

Five years back, with the support of key institutions in East Africa, GBS Africa started a conversation around Islamic Finance, Islamic Economy and East Africa’s economic development. This conversation has grown to become an annual gathering for the region where significant players in East Africa’s economy meet to set the way forward for the development of the sector, aligning deliberations to East Africa’s economic development agenda. This year’s program which has had great input from leading experts in the Islamic Economy will therefore cover Islamic Economy to define its role within the Financial sector, the emergence of Fintech, opportunities for East Africa in the Islamic digital economy which according to Ernst &Young has the potential of 150 million new customers by 2021.

Kenya, renowned not only for its Athletic might but also as the country that pioneered the mobile money technology through MPESA, continues to make efforts towards its vision to become Africa’s Financial hub. The East Africa nation which will host this year’s event joined the Islamic Financial Board last year and has indicated plans for a Sukuk Bond to finance both national and regional infrastructure projects.

The conference will look at key factors that will impact the development of Islamic Economy in the region and call on all stakeholders to play their role in advancing Financial Inclusion in East Africa.

For more information on the Conference and to register: www.EAIFS.com


          Good afternoon,

Attached please find a call for papers for an international panel on "The Pursuit of Excellence in Contemporary Universities and the ‘Business Case’ for Gender Equality: Critical perspectives from gender studies, the humanities and the social sciences". 

The panel will take place during the 10th Feminist Research Conference "Difference, Diversity, Diffraction: Confronting Hegemonies and Dispossessions“ on 12-15 September 2018 at Göttingen (Germany). For more information on the conference see: https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/572444.html

Abstracts should be sent to the panel organisers Fiona Jenkins (fiona.jenkins@anu.edu.au) and Heike Kahlert (heike.kahlert@rub.de). The deadline for abstracts for the panel is 7th February 2018. 

Please forward the cfp to academics who might be interested in the topic and post it on your website(s)! Thank you in advance.

Best regards,

Heike Kahlert

student research assistant

Ruhr-Universität Bochum / Ruhr University Bochum
FakultätfürSozialwissenschaft / Faculty of Social Science
LehrstuhlfürSoziologie / SozialeUngleichheit und Geschlecht
Chair of Sociology / Social Inequality and Gender
Postal address: Universitätsstr. 150, D-44801 Bochum, Germany
Fon: +49 (0)234 32-22267
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14502


VII. International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society

“Polarization, Populism, and the New Politics: Media and Communication in a Changing World”
April 10-11, 2018
Kadir Has University
Istanbul, Turkey
In an age of constant flux, uncertainty, and ambivalence a new style is dominating the political sphere; and the language of politics is changing. A notoriously elusive and slippery concept, populism is the buzzword used for naming this new political style. An overview of populist parties and movements underline the fact that polarization is the sine qua non of populism. Populist logic rests on clear cut distinctions between us and them. It is ‘them’ (the opposition, elites, refugees, foreigners, minorities etc.) who pose the biggest threat against ‘our’ homogenous, harmonious, and flawless community. Populist political movements are in search of a past long since forgotten, epitomized by the call for making nations great again.
Populism and polarization are not unique to Western liberal democracies alone. From South America to Africa, from Middle East to South and Southeast Asia we see prevalence of populist ideologies, themes, parties, movements, and leaders. This is why it is urgent to develop comparative and multi-sited research projects analyzing populism in general and populisms in particular.
An overall analysis of the extant literature on populism points out that the role played by media in production, reproduction and dissemination of populist discourses is not explored enough. Populist phenomenon cannot be understood without taking mediatization, sensationalization, and marketization of politics and political communication. In other words, among many other things, populism might be considered as a new (political) communication style.
Populism, polarization and media trio also triggers questions regarding the current state and fate of democracy and representation in our times; migration, integration, and exclusion; the waning of state sovereignty; and national, regional, and global security. This year, in the 7th gathering of International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society we aim to discuss these issues. We value the opportunity to address these questions with participation of scholars from different geographical, disciplinary and academic settings. Within this perspective, the conference aims to bring together scholars from across disciplines to discuss issues related to Communication and politics in a changing world. Potential topics for presentations include but are not limited to:
•         Theoretical perspectives on populism
•         Populist political parties, movements and discourses
•         Populism and the crisis of representative democracy
•         Populism and neoliberalism
•         Populism and its ‘other(s)’
•         Populism and the media
•         (Post) Truth and populism
•         Security, insecurity, and populism
•         Meaning and aspects of security in contemporary politics
•         Crises and ambivalence
•         Utopias, dystopias and heterotopias

Submit a maximum 500 words abstract to:
Faculty of Communications, Kadir Has University, Istanbul-TURKEY
Proposals should be submitted in the following order:
Name of the author(s)
Telephone, fax, and e-mail address
Title of proposal
Body of proposal
You will be notified by February 5, 2018 regarding the status of your proposal.
Previous years the selected papers have been published in edited volumes with respected publishers. The organizing committee is planning to edit a new volume with selected papers from this year’s conference.
For further information about conference venue, transportation and submission please visit our website: http://www.iccts.info
For further information about the conference in general, contact:
Prof. BanuBaybars-Hawks (banubhawks@khas.edu.tr)
Prof. Dr. Banu Baybars Hawks
İletişim Fakültesi / Communication Faculty
Halkla İlişkiler ve Tanıtım Bölüm Başkanı /
Chair of Public Relations Department


GIG-ARTS 2018 - The Second European Multidisciplinary Conference on Global Internet Governance Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies

                  26-27 April 2018, Cardiff
Overcoming Inequalities in Internet Governance: framing digital policy capacity building strategies
Organised by: Centre for Internet and Global Politics / School of Law and Politics / Cardiff University
In partnership with: DiploFoundation, The ECPR Standing Group on Internet and Politics, The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), IAMCR Communication Policy and Technology Section
Deadline 08.January.2018 (Now 15 January)
After having explored “Global Internet Governance as a Diplomacy Issue” at its first edition held in Paris in 2007, the Second European Multidisciplinary Conference on Global Internet Governance Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies (GIG-ARTS 2018) addresses power inequalities in internet governance, and digital policy capacity building strategies aiming at overcoming gaps in digital policy developments. 
Connectivity infrastructure is constantly expanding, while internet access is incessantly growing across countries, regions and socio-political contexts. In this context, new and crucial questions emerge from a governance and security perspective. As for the latter, new connectivity calls for cybersecurity capacity building strategies aiming at secure digital infrastructure. At the same time, from a governance perspective, traditional powers in the governance of the internet are increasingly challenged from newly connected actors who demand more influence in the transnational debate around digital policy development. As a result, despite claims for equal representations and diversity since the first World Summit on Information Society in 2003, the narrowing of the digital divide opens new and key questions: Whether and what inequalities exist in internet governance decision making? How is the rapidly changing internet geography and sociography reflected in the governance of the internet? Moreover, in order to increase awareness and enhance involvement of newly connected countries in national and transnational digital policy developments, what are the best internet governance capacity building strategies available? How do newly connected countries and actors build their digital policy capacity, and do they develop an active role in the transnational internet governance debate? Whether in newly or early connected countries, various kinds of divides persist across socio-cultural and political contexts, reflecting if not extending societal and socio-economic inequalities. Are such renewed forms of inequalities and discriminations adequately addressed in internet governance debates? What are the requirements for digital policies to actually empower people and uphold their individual and collective rights online? 
In order to answer these crucial and manifold questions, the conference will bring together an outstanding network of experts working on internet governance, digital inequalities, and cybersecurity capacity building. The conference welcomes theoretically relevant, empirically grounded research, and/or policy oriented contributions, addressing internet governance inequalities, digital policy making, and cybersecurity capacity building. In particular, submissions could address either of the following topics (list non exhaustive):
• Inequalities in the governance of the internet
• Governance strategies among new and emerging actors
• Geopolitical coalitions among actors (e.g. BRICS)
• Multistakeholder models and their efficacy
• Cybersecurity capacity building
• Digital divides
• Telecom Reforms
• Online discriminations
• Violent content and harassment online
• “Fake news” and other kinds of manipulations
• Individual and collective empowerment
• Human rights online
• Digital Trade
Program Chair
Andrea Calderaro
Centre for Internet and Global Politics, University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
Program Committee
William J. Drake, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Marianne Franklin, Goldsmiths University
Katharina Höne, DiploFoundation, Malta & Switzerland
Nanette S. Levinson, American University Washington DC, USA
Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
Meryem Marzouki, CNRS & Sorbonne Université, France
Ben Wagner, UW Vienna, Austria
Full Call for Paper
Please find more information via the conference website: events.gig-arts.eu
Submission Information and Publication Opportunities
Authors are invited to submit their abstracts (no longer than 500 words) via Easychair at:
Authors of selected submissions will have the opportunity to submit their full manuscript for publication as part of an edited volume.
The conference will be held in Wales's capital city, Cardiff, at the Centre for Internet and Global Politics, hosted at the Cardiff University's School of Law and Politics.
Conference Registration and Fees
Registration fees are 100€ for regular participants and 50€ for students showing proof of status. The conference fees include a participant kit with conference documents as well as coffee breaks and meals.
GIG-ARTS 2018 Communication Details
- Website: events.gig-arts.eu | www.cigp.eu

PhD paper contest within the conference Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World (CMSTW 2018)

Place: St.Petersburg, Russia
Date: April 17-19, 2018
Deadline: January 15, 2018 (possible deadline extension – January 20, 2018, to be announced on Jan 15)

Announcement of a PhD paper contest

In April 2018, St.Petersburg State University hosts the 6 th Annual conference ‘Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World’. Please see the details at http://eng.jf.spbu.ru/comparative_media_studies/284.html.

Our generous Steering committee member KatrinVoltmer has established a prize for the best PhD paper of the conference. The content of the prize is 150 euro; it has been established for three consecutive years. The eligible papers must be written exclusively by young scholars (PhD and/or Master
students); both individual and group submissions are welcome. The volume of the paper must be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in English (excluding bibliography but including tables, pictures, and other appendices).
Also, up to ten best papers will be offered a publication in the School journal.
Both options work only for the papers actually presented at the conference.
To participate in the contest, please follow these simple steps:
1) Submit a 300-word abstract to applicationspb2017@spbu.ru  by January 15, 2018;
2) Wait for the decision of the selection committee;
3) In case of a positive decision on your abstract, please submit the full version to the same email by March 1, 2018.
Formatting guidelines will be provided to the authors of the abstracts selected for presentations after January 27, 2018. MS Word files only will be accepted for reviewing.


4th Energy & Society Conference: Energy transitions in a divided world

Midterm conference of the European Sociological Association RN12 - Environment and Society
Call for Papers

3rd – 5th September 2018, University of Exeter, UK
The fourth Energy & Society Conference will take place in Exeter, UK, from 3rd to 5th September 2018. We aim to bring together researchers interested in the social dimensions of energy, to exchange insightful ideas and create opportunities for collaboration. We invite contributions from sociology, other social sciences and interdisciplinary networks.
This time the conference theme is Energy transitions in a divided world.  The theme reflects recent developments around the world that have been linked to a decline in social and spatial cohesion and cooperation: the onward march of individualism, privatisation and deregulation associated with neoliberal principles, and the rise of nationalism within and beyond Europe. The Brexit vote in the UK and the Trump presidency in the US are just two manifestations of these processes. But what are the impacts of these wider social transformations for future energy systems?

Confirmed keynote speakers:     

Catherine Mitchell (University of Exeter)
HaraldRohracher (Linköping University)
This theme is intended to spark debate and discussion, but we encourage submissions on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to the following:
• Local capacities, responsibilities and strategies in energy governance
• Public participation in transforming energy systems and ‘citizen energy’
• International cooperation and the impact of Brexit on Europe's energy transition
• Transition strategies: From grid interconnection to sharing and sufficiency
• Theoretical approaches to energy transitions and critical perspective
• Social justice, energy poverty and (future) energy systems
• Dynamics and patterns of energy consumption
• Smart meters, smart appliances, smart grids, smart places
• Embodiment and energy: habits, dispositions, practical knowledge
• Green economy, circular economy, and visions of the future
• Energy discourses – economic, political and environmental narratives
• Methods for operationalising sociological theories on energy transitions
• Energy-water-food-resource-nexus
• Living labs/real life laboratories in energy research
We encourage the submission of abstracts for presentation in traditional conference session format as well as for roundtables and poster presentations. We also welcome proposals for workshops organised by participants.
Workshops are meant to discuss a specific issue reflecting the conference theme, or the contribution of social analysis to energy research and policy. The discussion should be based on short inputs, and actively involve participants. Interactive formats are encouraged. In roundtable sessions paper presenters will have more time for discussion than in traditional sessions. This format is particularly useful for presenting work in progress (e.g. doctoral thesis) and early stage ideas for discussion with peers. Poster presenters will be given space in a session for a 3 minutes short presentation and posters will be displayed throughout the conference.
- Abstracts (oral, roundtable or poster presentations): 150-200 words, plus authors, affiliations, and email addresses.
- Workshop proposals: the proposals should provide a title and a brief abstract (150-200 words). Workshops can contain up to four presentations. If the workshop involves individual presentations, the proponent organisers need to include a title and abstract for each paper (150 words, plus names and affiliations). 

Authors cannot present more than one paper as lead-author. Abstracts must be submitted in English.

Please submit your abstracts and workshop proposals to: energysociety2018@exeter.ac.uk

The deadline for the submission of abstracts and workshop proposals is January 15th 2018. Authors will be informed whether or not their abstract or workshop proposal is accepted by early March 2018.

The registration fees for members of the Research Network 12 Environment and Society of the European Sociological Association, for non-members, and for students are listed below.  Please note that early bird registration rates are available.
  Members ESA RN 12 Students  Standard fee
Early bird (until May 31st) £35 £65 £90
Late  £60 £90 £120
Social events include a welcome reception, an optional conference dinner, and excursions.
We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter.
For further information please contact: Catherine Butler (c.butler@exeter.ac.uk) and Karen Bickerstaff (k.bickerstaff@exeter.ac.uk)
Website: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/energyandsociety/


The Working Group “Global Social Policy” (Head: Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt) at the SOCIUM – Research Center on Inequality and
Social Policy at the University of Bremen seeks to employ a full-time

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Salary level 13 TV-L, 100%)

within the project “The Legacy of Colonialism: Origins and Outcomes of Social Protection” funded through an ERC Starting Grant for a duration of five years. The position is limited to 31 March 2023 ideally starting April 1, 2018.

For more details please follow the the link below:



Dear all,

the University of Bonn is currently calling for applications for a W2 Professorship Social Anthropology of Southeast Asia with an emphasis on labour relations and dependency research. The application deadline is 15 February. I am attaching a description of the position and of the desired qualifications to this email hoping that many of you will apply. The position will be closely linked to the newly established Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.

All best wishes,

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

The Tibetan Army of the Dalai Lamas, 1642-1959 (TibArmy)

Social Social Status in the Tibetan World

Bonn International Graduate School - Oriental and Asian Studies


Dear colleagues,
Please note that the Call for Papers deadline for the Socrel annual conference is this Friday (12/1/18). Please note, conference bursaries are available and do visit the Socrel events webpage for more information.https://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/key-bsa-events/socrel-annual-conference/
Any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself (r.shillitoe@worc.ac.uk) or David Lewin (socrel2018@gmail.com)
Key dates
Registration: Open now
Abstract submission closes: 12 January 2018 
Decision notification: 9 February 2018 
Presenter registration closes: 26 March 2018 
Early bird registration closes: 3 June 2018
Registration closes: 25 June 2018
Best wishes,
Rachael Shillitoe
Research Student – Faith on the Air
SocRel Conference and Events Officer 
University of Worcester
Research School
Jenny Lind Building
Farrier Street


41st New Phytologist Symposium: Plant sciences for the future

11 – 13 April 2018
Nancy, France
The grant deadline for the 41st New Phytologist Symposium: Plant sciences for the future, is approaching!
Submit your application at https://newphytologist.org/symposia/41. Deadline: 18 January 2018.
Grants are available to researchers with up to five years’ experience post-PhD. This excludes career breaks.
We look forward to welcoming you in Nancy.
With apologies for cross-posting.
Mike Whitfield
Dr Mike Whitfield
Development Coordinator, New Phytologist 
New Phytologist Central Office, Bailrigg House, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YE, UK
Tel: + 44 1524 592839; Fax: + 44 1524 594696
newphytologist.org  Twitter: @NewPhyt  Facebook: fb.com/NewPhytologist
The New Phytologist Trust, registered charity number 1154867
2016 Impact Factor 7.33
Get behind the science
Read all about it on the New Phyt blog
New Phytologist Symposia in 2018
Plant sciences for the future | The biology of wood: from cell to trees


2nd International Conference on Creative Society: “Creativity: Individual or Social Phenomenon?”

(Florence, March 5-6, 2018)
You are here:

“Creativity: Individual or Social Phenomenon?”

March 5-6, 2018

Florence, Auditorium al Duomo

The organizer, “UnilimitedViaggi” Florentine agency, is glad to inform that the Call for Papers of the 2nd International Conference on creative society “Creativity: Individual or Social Phenomenon?” is open.




    Early Bird Fee: 335 Euro

(valid until January 22nd, 2018 – obligatory for all the authors / speakers, to confirm their presence in the final program)

    Student Speaker Fee: 215 Euro

(valid until January 22nd , 2018 – obligatory for all the student authors / speakers, to confirm their presence in the final program)

    Standard Fee : 365 Euro

(valid starting from January 08th until February 16th, 2018 – for non authors and non speakers)

The Conference fees include:

 –      Assistance by a referent for any organizational inquiry

–      Attendance to the working sessions of the conference: March 5th-6th, 2018
–      2 Coffee breaks per day

–      Social Moments:

    Welcome Aperitif: March 5th, 2018
    Farewell Dinner: March 6th, 2018

–      Discount lunch cards for having lunch independently in the Caffè Astra al Duomo

–      Conference kit
–      Optional visit of the MuseoFondazione Del Bianco in Palazzo Coppini
–      Certificate of participation

Student Observer Daily Fee: 25 Euro

(this Daily Conference Fee includes student observer participation in 1-day academic sessions with coffee break only)


1) Send email for information to: info@unlimitedviaggi.it

2) Payment, bank transfer is required RIFERIMENTI BANCARI, con richiesta di indicareanchel’oggetto del pagamento

CANCELLATION POLICY for the participants:

The cancellations of packages carried out by written communication to the secretariat 60 days before the event (January 05th, 2018) will be reimbursed with a 30% deduction for secretarial costs.
After this deadline, cancellation is possible only for visa problem, copy of the embassy letter must be sent to the secretary office and 50% of the paid amount will be reimbursed. Starting 30 days before the event (February 03th, 2017) no reimbursements will be possible.

Reimbursement will be realized only by bank transfer, IBAN and SWIFT code are necessary and the bank costs will be upon you. The reimbursement will be done maximum 60 days after the closing of the event or after receiving the bank information. Please note that reimbursements in

accordance to the cancellation policies are only possible if, at the moment of cancellation notification, the necessary data and bank details are transmitted. The fees of processing the reimbursement operation will be deducted from the due reimbursement sum.


The participants are kindly invited to use the Best Practice Reservation Portal www.vivafirenze.it that is a practical application of the Life Beyond Tourism  philosophy.

Need assistance with your reservations?
Should you need any assistance or to reserve by phone, the Customer Service of Vivafirenze.it stands ready help you at customer.support@vivafirenze.it.




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Job Opening Available

The Center for Early Education and Development is seeking qualified applicants to conduct

observations of the quality of coaching sessions between Parent Aware Quality Coaches and child care providers who are receiving coaching. Observers will be trained in February 2018 and observations will occur March - May 2018. 

Those in greater Minnesota are welcome to apply. Observations take place across the state.

To apply visit: www.employment.umn.edu
Search for Job Opening ID 321498 (Job Posting Title: Temporary Field Observer)

Deadline to apply: January 21, 2018

Please pass along to interested parties. Thank you!
Questions please email: PAcoachobs@umn.edu


Registration is open for the following trainings: 

*Note: Trainings marked with an asterisk are free for 
Parent Aware Coaches and Professional Development Advisors. Choose Participant type “Parent Aware Coach or PD Advisor” when registering.

Note: Registrations must be paid by credit card.


January 18-19: Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), St. Paul, MN. Register by January 

January 31 and February 1: K-3 CLASS™ Observer Reliability, St. Paul, MN. Register by January 10.


February 7: Pre-K & K-3 CLASS™ Refresher
, St. Paul, MN. Register by January 31. 

February 8-9: Toddler CLASS™ Observer Reliability, St. Paul, MN. Register by January 18.


March 1: Instructional Support for Coaches
, St. Paul, MN. Register by February 22. 

March 19 & March 26: Instructional Support for Teachers, St. Paul, MN. Register by March 12.

March 22-23: Pre-K CLASS™ Observer Reliability, Mankato, MN. Register by March 


April 6: Emotional Support for Coaches
, St. Paul, MN. Register by March 30. 

April 11-12: Emotional Support for Teachers, St. Paul, MN. Register by April 

April 26: Reflective Practice, Red Wing, MN. Register by April 19.

April 27: Motivational Interviewing, Red Wing, MN. Register by April 20.


May 3 and May 10: Classroom Organization for Teachers, St. Paul, MN. Register byApril 26.

May 24: Classroom Organization for Coaches
, St. Paul, MN. Register by May 17.


June 11-12: Pre-K CLASS™ Observer Reliability, Duluth, MN. Register by May 21.

Visit the CEED website for more information about in-person trainings.


Contact Kristina Erstad-Sankey at erst0015@umn.edu

 or 612-625-6397


Additional CEED Services 

Observation Services - includes feedback reports and subscale

Evaluation Services - driven by project, client, and stakeholder needs and focus on identifying key performance measures to capture program effectiveness
Consultation Services - data-driven program improvement, curriculum development, training program development, evaluation design, research design, and other areas of work within the early childhood development field
Online Courses - 
CEED offers a variety of online courses for continuing education (clock hours)


Information on Journal of Forest and Society and Call for Paper Submissions

We are looking to increase submissions for our journal of Forest and Society, an interdisciplinary journal with a geographic focus on Southeast Asia.
We have now completed Volume 1, which includes 2 issues, consisting of 13 articles that cover various topics and approaches, at different scales. All articles are open access and can be downloaded here. We are eager to expand our network and are open to new initiatives and collaborations that increase accessibility and exposure on land, forest, and society issues across Southeast Asia.
We are also currently compiling special sections on agrarian transformations in Thailand and forest politics in Indonesia.
All papers are overseen by our diverse editorial team and we work to connect submissions for blind review among subject matter and country-specific experts.
We are always accepting papers and we hope you help us to build new connections to expand opportunities to publish timely research throughout Southeast Asia. Please help us spread the word and do not hesitate to contact us, and check us out on facebook and twitter.

Many thanks & Looking forward to your submission!
The Editorial Team
Forest and Society


Second Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: Special Session "Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Among Pastoralist Communities in Africa"

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the "Second Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa", to be
held in Ibadan, Nigeria  on 14th-15th May 2018 and organised by the University 
of Ibadan (Nigeria), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK),  the Research 
and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of 
the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International 
Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), a special session titled
"Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Among Pastoralist Communities in Africa"
will be organised.

As the title implies, the special session will focus on the challenges climate change  poses to 
pastorialist communities in Africa, will discuss the specific problems they face 
and a variety of   climate change adaptation strategies being used to date by these 
communities, in order to cope with the problems posed by a changing climate.

The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilising African and non-African scholars undertaking research 
and/or executing climate change projects in the African continent. 
Further details can be seen at: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/africa2018.html.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 20th January 2018.


SHORT-TERM POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP Scientific review of ecosystem based adaptation

Closing Date: 31 January 2018| Start Date: negotiable, but no later than 01 March 2018
The ACDI is in the processing of developing its research strategy with regards to ecosystem based adaptation, in the broader context of UCT’s ecosystem services, livelihoods and climate change research.  This research strategy will support the ACDI to leverage funding to identify and address critical research gaps that need to be addressed to make EbA a viable adaption intervention/ strategy under different contextual settings throughout Africa, and to train the next generation of African researchers in this key area.
The postdoctoral fellow will be undertaking a state of science review of academic literature, national and international policies and guidelines, and grey literature, to identify research gaps as well as policy gaps, in the South African and African context. The literature review will be complemented by telephonic and in-person interviews with key researchers in this area, to map the research expertise at UCT, and in South Africa to identify important stakeholders for future engagement.
The Fellow will be supported by an advisory committee of senior researchers working in aligned thematic areas. Outputs of this research will include: i) a literature review paper submitted to an academic journal; ii) a written report and presentation of findings to the advisory committee; and iii) a presentation of key research and policy gaps at the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference.
Academic / experience criteria:  
•         A PhD, awarded within the previous five years, related to the topic of ecosystem services, climate change adaptation (specifically ecosystem based adaptation/natural capital/ ecological infrastructure) or integrated natural resources management.
•         Demonstrated ability to produce peer-reviewed research articles.
•         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
•         Desire to work in an interdisciplinary research setting.
•         Interest and experience in strategy development.
•         Interest and experience in stakeholder engagement.
•         Good understanding of key experts in the field of EbA.
Conditions of award:
•         Applicants must have completed their doctoral degrees within the past 5 years and may not previously have held a full-time permanent professional or academic post.
•         No benefits or allowances are included in the Fellowship, but the fellowship stipend is tax free.  
•         The successful applicant will be required to register as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town immediately and will not be considered a UCT employee.
•         The successful applicant will be required to comply with the university’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.
•         The fellowship is tied to the deliverables mentioned above.
Value and tenure:
•         The value of the fellowship is ZAR 60 000 for 3 months.
Application requirements:
Applicants should submit (i) an application letter that includes a short description of their expertise and research interests, and how these relate to the position, (ii) a CV including a publication list, (iii) copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates, and (iv) email addresses of at least two references who been directly involved in their PhD and/or previous postdoctoral research.  
Applications should be emailed to: nomabelu.somatube@uct.ac.za before 31 January 2018.
Selection process:
•         Only eligible and complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.
•         Interviews will take place in the week of XX and the successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible thereafter.  
Closing date:
Applications received before 31 January 2018 are guaranteed to be considered. Applications received thereafter may be considered if the position has not been filled.
Contact details for submission of applications: NomaSomatube at nomabelu.somatube@uct.ac.za
Contact details for enquiries about the fellowship topic and ACDI: mark.new@uct.ac.za
Additional information on ACDI and UCT can be found at: www.acdi.uct.ac.za / www.uct.ac.za


Hi Trainees & Happy New Year!
After reviewing this email, all Trainees will learn of (and be reminded about):
• Available Resources 
• Upcoming Events
• Work Opportunities
• Scholarship Opportunities
Available Resources:

• Introducing the AUCD Emerging Leaders Map, Showcasing Trainee & Early Career Leaders within the AUCD network! AUCD Emerging Leaders Map aims to highlight current trainees and their contributions to the AUCD network while demonstrating the diverse backgrounds and professional orientations of trainees.
To participate or nominate a fellow trainee, please complete this brief survey, which requests details about the trainee and their Program or Center; the nomination survey can also be found on the AUCD website.  Check it out!

• *Reminder* The AUCD Trainee Orientation Modules are intended to help Trainees become more familiar with AUCD: who we are as an organization, our network’s history and membership, how trainees can make the most out of their experience, and most importantly: how Trainees “fit” in the network and why their contributions are so important. The modules encourage Trainees to learn, connect, get involved, and grow as a leader in the network. They were designed with the information sequenced in such a way that Trainees can gradually build their understanding and level of involvement. However, the modules were also designed to allow flexibility so Trainees can jump in wherever and whenever they are ready to start. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about the modules, please contact Christine Liao atcliao@aucd.org.
Upcoming Events:
• 7th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities                                                                                                                                    Friday, February 16, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (MST)                                                      
Phoenix, AZ                                                          
Ability360, Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) and the Arizona Center for African American Resources (AzCAAR) are hosting a daylong conference that will focus on important and relevant topics for people with disabilities and family members in the African American community. The AACD is the only comprehensive conference that addresses the intersection of race and disability. The conference also examines the effectiveness and utilization of various services in the African American Community. The conference is for individuals, advocates, and professionals.
• LEND AUDIOLOGY TRAINEES:  AUCD has 6 scholarships for up to $500 each, to support LEND audiology trainees in attending the in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting on
March 18-20, 2018 in Denver, CO
All current LEND audiology trainees, including those in their externship year, are eligible to apply. 

Priority will be given to trainees from programs that do not currently receive supplemental funding and trainees that have not attended the EHDI Meeting in previous years. Application deadline: January 21, 2018.

• Cultivating Leadership; Creating Agents of Change Conference
Co-Hosted by:
National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD)
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

May 31 - June 2, 2018
Holiday Inn - Midtown
6000 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin, TX 78752
• *Reminder* 2018 National Self Advocacy Conference
June 7-9, 2018, Birmingham, AL
The self-advocates on the conference committee chose the artwork picturing Lady Justice to represent the theme of the 2018 National Self Advocacy Conference: “Let’s Make It Happen! Disability Rights are Civil Rights. The logo and our theme emphasizes that People with Disabilities want to pursue freedom just like everyone else. It is a right that belongs to all Americans. with a disability and we felt it symbolizes “Freedom!” Disability rights are civil rights. Self-advocates Becoming Empower is an organization to help everyone to know and apply their everyday civil rights. The National Self-advocacy Conference has always been a great place for people to learn, grow and advocate with their peers and allies who truly support civil rights.

• *Reminder* “Making Lifelong Connections: A Leadership, Networking and Career Development Meeting for MCHB Current and Former Trainees” (MLC) meeting is now open!
Event is April 11-13, 2018 in Tampa, FL
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the 2018 Making Lifelong Connections Planning Committee would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCHB trainees, and enhance their career development. MLC is a national meeting focused on leadership development for current and former trainees from the range of MCHB training programs.  MLC provides all current/former trainee attendees with an opportunity to develop and refine leadership skills through experiences such as presentations, panel participation, coordination of interactive activities, facilitation of question-guided discussions, and much more!  The theme for MLC 2018 is “MCH Training: Taking the Next Step.”
All applicants must complete an online application.  Applications will be accepted through January 8, 2018, 5:00P Eastern Standard Time. 
Work Opportunities:
• The Switzer Research Fellowships Program builds research capacity by providing support to highly-qualified individuals to conduct research on rehabilitation of people with disabilities. The research goals are to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities.
Only individuals are eligible to apply for Switzer Research Fellowships. Applicants must satisfy specific requirements, including training and experience that show a potential for engaging in scientific research for improving outcomes of individuals with disabilities.
There are two categories for the Switzer Research Fellowships program:
Merit Fellowships
To qualify, an individual must be in the earlier stages of his or her career in research and have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area that is directly relevant to disability and rehabilitation.
Distinguished Fellowships
To qualify, an individual must have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to research on rehabilitation, independent living, or other experiences and outcomes of people with disabilities. They must also have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications.
Please visit the link for more details about the grant and application process. This grant opportunity closes on February 12, 2018.

• *Reminder* Disability Research Consortium Fellowships
Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy is accepting applications for two DRC program provides a $28,000 stipend to doctoral students to support their dissertation research. The Summer Fellowship program offers students who are in master's programs or the pre-dissertation phase of doctoral programs the opportunity to spend the summer of 2018 at Mathematica's Washington, DC, office while conducting an independent research project related to disability policy. Applications for both fellowship programs are due in February 2018. Click here for more information about the eligibility requirements and application process for each program.

• *Reminder* The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is recruiting graduate students and undergraduate seniors interested in becoming leaders in Maternal and Child Health for a Summer 2018 Practicum/Internship experience.  Applications are accepted on a “rolling” basis, though all applications for Summer 2018 should be submitted by 11:59 P.M. on 1/25.  Questions? E-mail Samantha Croffut at SCroffut@hrsa.gov

• *Reminder* Health and Aging Policy
2018-2019 Fellowships
Deadline:  April 16,  2018
Award Ceiling: TBD
https://www.healthandagingpolicy.org/The program offers fellows the opportunity to participate in a residential track or a nonresidential track. The residential track allows fellows to participate in the policymaking process on either the Federal or state level as legislative assistants in Congress, professional staff members in executive branch agencies, or policy organizations. The nonresidential track allows fellows to remain at their home institution but work on a policy project that involves brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites. Core program components focused on career development and professional enrichment are provided for fellows in both tracks.
Scholarship Opportunities:

• *Reminder* Organization for Autism Research has a Graduate Research Grant Competition that offers grant awards of $1,000 for students conducting autism research as a requirement in pursuit of a master’s degree and $2,000 for students who are doctoral candidates or post-doctoral students. This competition is a one-step application and review process. The proposals are due in February annually.  OAR announces its grant awards in May. International students are eligible to apply.
Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
Good luck and take care!

LaKesha Pettigrew, B.S. 
AUCD Virtual Trainee 2017-2018

Association of University Centers On Disabilities


Leadership Training in a Value-Based, Data-Driven Environment

Special issue call for papers from Leadership in Health Services
Guest Editors: 
Jullet A. Davis 
Division of Health Care Management
School of Allied Health Sciences
Florida A&M University
334 Palmer Avenue
Lewis-Beck Building, Room 316
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Phone: (850) 561-2007; 
Email: jullet.davis@famu.edu
Leigh W. Cellucci
Health Services and Information Management
College of Allied Health Sciences
East Carolina University
2150 W. 5th St.
HSIM Suite 4340
Greenville, NC  27834
Phone (252) 744-6072
Email:  cellucci@ecu.edu

Improving the delivery of health care services is a critical goal of managers and practitioners alike. Since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in the United States and similar reimbursement systems abroad, health care leaders have sought methods by which to capture, quantify, and apply decision-making data to control ever increasing costs. Yet, the call to balance payment reforms with service delivery specific to the needs of the patient and family is critical (Elf, et al., 2017). As we consider what data are necessary to meet regulatory and managerial requirements, we must also focus on how we train new managers and practitioners, or re-train those currently in the field, to appropriately use data in order to add value. 

The Guo, Farnsworth, and Hermanson (2015) study reported that hospital administrators were more likely to reply on organizational data, colleagues, their own wisdom and experiences, and lastly, scientific research findings when faced with a decision-making dilemma. Yet, when asked why they did not use more evidence-based management practices, they reported they lacked both time and training. Should educators teach students how to manipulate and apply data appropriately, we may discover that they will enter the workplace ready to incorporate evidence-based practices into their decision-making processes. Aikat, et.al. (2017) came to a similar conclusion and stated that “… the time is right to embed data-centered learning within our educational system and, thus, generate the talent required to fully harness the potential of big data” (pg. 12). The key in health services leadership is to ensure that the patient’s needs are the emphasis of this data-driven decision-making.

The focus of this special issue is on the value-based, data-driven techniques applied by those involved with leadership training. More specifically, what data are used in the training process, how effective are these data, and what data do we still need.  
Manuscripts may address:
•    Data from the patient’s or user’s perspective that may be used to inform future managers and practitioners on users define value-based care.
•    National/regional/state-level data will help local leaders spot trends impacting organizational leadership challenges.
•    Excluding data required by regulatory bodies, what are the decision-making data needs of managers and leaders?
•    Techniques employed by academics to train students to gather, manipulate, and apply data specific to value-based care.
•    Research exploring whether or not health services leadership and student training is sufficiently data-driven.
•    Factual case studies focused on the application and/or outcomes of data use within health care organizations.

Value-based activities focus on: 
•    Technological innovations that make services more patient-centered, convenient, and efficient.
•    Alternative financing strategies that allow health care providers the flexibility to give patients the necessary care and unique support.
•    Core metrics for measuring collective progress and aligning providers, payers, and policy makers on the outcomes that matter the most.
•    Local collaborations that connect health and social services to improve health outcomes at the community level.

Aikat, J., Carsey, T. M., Fecho, K., Jeffay, K., Krishnamurthy, A., Mucha, P. J., ...Ahalt, S. C. (2017). Scientific training in the era of big data: A new pedagogy for graduate education. Big Data, 5(1), 12-18. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/big.2016.0014

Elf, M., Flink, M., Nilsson, M., Tistad, M., von Koch, L., &Ytterberg, C. (2017). The case of value-based healthcare for people living with complex long-term conditions. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1), 24. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1957-6 

Guo, R., Farnsworth, T., &  Hermanson, P. (2015). Information Resources for Hospital Administrator Health Care Management Decision-Making. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 15(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15323269.2015.1049070

Submission Procedure: 

Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here: 

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lhs which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

Extended Submission Deadline:
31st January 2018



At The Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, a position as Postdoc is open for appointment for a period of three years from 1 March 2018 or soon thereafter.
A three-year postdoc position is available at the Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies at Aalborg University in Denmark. The position is linked to the cross-disciplinary research project “Global flows of migrants and their impact on North European Welfare States” (FLOW) www.strategi.aau.dk/FLOW).
The senior staff members within the FLOW-project have a mixed background in political science, sociology and geography. We seek to establish a cross-disciplinary vibrant and excellent research team dealing with one of the most salient and contested issues in Western Europe. The postdoc will take part in working package 1, which focuses on descriptive analyses of income gaps between host- and origin countries etc., and working package 2, which focuses on descriptive analyses of migrants’ tax payments and use of welfare benefits and service in Denmark. The former task is primarily based on existing international statistics, while the latter task primarily is based on the rich Danish register data.
The position includes teaching experience, including a mandatory course on university pedagogic, in order to facilitate qualifications needed for permanent employment. The teaching will primarily take place at the School of Political Science in Aalborg. The FLOW-project-group is based both at the campus in Aalborg and in Copenhagen.
In order to qualify for the position, the applicant must have a relevant education within sociology, political science, geography or economics. The applicant should also be familiar with quantitative methods. Previous experience with the use of Danish register data is not mandatory but highly welcomed.
Qualification requirements 

Candidates must have scientific qualifications at PhD level. In the selection of candidates, emphasis will be placed on research potential and pedagogical qualifications as well as experience with supervision and lectures. To a limited extent other tasks may occur in the position. 
The application must contain the following 

• Motivated application. 
• Current CV. 
• Complete list of publications. 
• List of publications that the applicant wishes to be considered. A maximum of 5 publications may be submitted. 
• Co-author statements in relation to publications written with other authors must be enclosed with a declaration from each of the authors, stating the extent of the applicant's contribution to the total work. The declaration must be signed by the co-authors. Link to Template.
• Education (copies of documentation for degrees obtained). 
• Documentation for teaching qualifications. Link to Guidelines. 
The complete application with enclosures is to be submitted online by using the "apply online" button below. 

Aalborg University wishes to reflect the diversity of society, and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


An expert assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered for the position.

Contact information 

You may obtain further information about the academic contents of the position from professor Christian Albrekt Larsen, phone +45 9940 8214, e-mail albrekt@dps.aau.dk.  
Information about the Department can be found on the following website: http://www.dps.aau.dk/.  
If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, you may contact GurliBrogaard, phone +45 9940 7023, e-mail hs-hr@adm.aau.dk.
Appointment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science's Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Salary is in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State.
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The ITN EuroAgeism (see http://www.euroageism.eu) is seeking to recruit to the following positions:

15 PhD students
within the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded network. Successful candidates will have a background in psychology, sociology, social policy, political sciences, social work, economy, clinical pharmacy, engineering and others as well as strong methodological and theoretical skills. PhD student will work in research projects within a 3-year fully funded PhD program. They will benefit from leadership by expert research supervisors as well from secondments in academia, policy and health organizations, training and transferable-skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.
The deadline for the submission of applications is January 31, 2018.
You will find further information and a link to download the full recruitment material for all positions at http://euroageism.eu/recruitment/.
Bet regards,
Andreas Motel-Klingebiel
Andreas Motel-Klingebiel, Dr. phil.
Professor in Ageing and Later Life
Head of Division
Linköping University (LiU)
Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC)
Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV)
S-601 74 Norrköping
Phone: +46 (0)11 36 33 94
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New sources of data for social science research

15 January 2018
Jisc, Brettenham House, London
This free half-day event provides an opportunity to catch up with new sources of data for social science research. Presentations will cover examples of research use cases and ways to access each of the following sources of data in the UK:
• Administrative data
• Biomarker and genetics data
• Consumer data
For each of these sources of data we will give an overview and consider how they can be used to extend your options for exploring social science research questions.
This event is hosted by the UK Data Service and is organised collaboratively by the Administrative Data Research Network, BLG, CALLS-Hub, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, CDRC,CLOSER, NCRM, UBDC, UK Data Service and Understanding Society.
Level: Introductory
Experience/knowledge required: None
Target audience: Aimed at researchers from academia or elsewhere who want to know more about new sources of data are that are available for social sciences research in the UK
Programme and booking
Gill Meadows
Programme Administrator, User Support and Training
E gillian.meadows@manchester.ac.uk
W ukdataservice.ac.uk
UK Data Service
Cathie March Institute for Social Research
University of Manchester
W http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/



The 32nd annual conference of ASSESS, the SPSS Users' Group, is provisionally set to take place on
Friday 19th October 2018 in the Alcuin Research Resource Centre (ARRC), University of York.
As part of this we are aiming to have two workshops involving SPSS on the same day split into two parallel sessions (am and pm)
in the PC lab at the same venue. The courses will run either side of a plenary users' meeting talks session
which will be held in the ARRC auditorium on the same day and is intended to consist of papers, software demonstrations (demos) and/or case studies involving the use of SPSS.
The committee welcomes contributions on SPSS-related topics from all academic and professional fields.
We are particularly interested in presentations (e.g. papers, software demos, case studies), workshops and posters.
These may cover areas including medicine, marketing, business, government and the environment, illustrating
methods such as multilevel modelling, handling missing data e.g. using multiple imputation,
regression, nonparametrics and analysis of variance applied in SPSS.
Other areas of interest include practical SPSS syntax tips, teaching using SPSS, Using R or Python programs inside SPSS,
practical examples of using the output management system (OMS) in SPSS, SPSS syntax, macros, performing bootstrapping and simulations in SPSS, handling messy data, spreadsheet management, tips on using SPSS and experience using SPSS products and procedures. The use of new facilities or modules in SPSS and new or unusual applications of existing procedures, perhaps in areas not normally associated with SPSS, are particularly of interest.
We would be interested in anyone who might like to give a presentation or lead a workshop covering these or associated topics. We are also particularly keen to hear from STUDENTS who are SPSS users who might be interested in giving a 25 minute presentation. 
Presentations from previous meetings are on our website at http://www.spssusers.co.uk/.
25 minutes is allowed for the presentations (with an additional five minutes allocated for questions)
at the talk sessions and 3.5 to 4 hours for the one-day courses.
Speakers do not pay the conference fee, get free accommodation and free dinner the night before the meeting and
may also claim expenses.
If you would like to give a workshop or presentation (or even if you think you might but are not yet sure or would like to know more),
please contact the meeting organiser, Peter Watson (see below). 
A printable form is provided below for your convenience.
The Alcuin Research Resource Centre (ARRC) is at the University campus located in Heslington,
2 miles to the south-east of the city centre. It takes 10-15 minutes in a taxi from the
railway station. Buses also go to the University
(See http://www.york.ac.uk/admin/estates/transport/public_transport/bus/index.html).
University Parking and location details are at http://www.york.ac.uk/np/maps/.
Accommodation is bookable via tourist information on (01904) 550099 or (01904) 554455.
The meeting is open to all current users of SPSS and anyone interested in SPSS.
Come along to
* hear SPSS users talk about applications, problems and solutions
* see users demonstrate using SPSS
* learn about SPSS syntax
* learn about applying and understanding statistical methods that are used in SPSS
* hear the latest news from SPSS UK staff about product developments
* exchange ideas with other SPSS users
* suggest ideas for a better user group.
Registration forms for the meeting will be available later.
Please complete this form to respond
                   ARRC, UNIVERSITY OF YORK, YORK, UK
The committee welcomes contributions on SPSS-related topics  from all academic and professional fields, particularly software
demonstrations and case studies.
These may cover areas including medicine, marketing, business, government and the environment, illustrating
methods such as multilevel modelling, handling missing data e.g. using multiple imputation,
regression, nonparametrics and analysis of variance applied in SPSS.
Other areas of interest include practical SPSS syntax tips, teaching using SPSS, Using R or Python programs inside SPSS, practical examples of using the output management system (OMS) in SPSS, SPSS syntax, macros, performing bootstrapping and simulations in SPSS, handling messy data, spreadsheet management, tips on using SPSS and experience using SPSS products and procedures. The use of new  facilities or modules in SPSS and new or unusual applications of existing procedures, perhaps in areas not normally associated with SPSS, are particularly of interest.
25 minutes is allowed (with an additional five minutes allocated for questions) for presentations and 3.5 to 4 hours for the one-day
courses. Speakers do not pay the conference fee, get free accommodation and free dinner the night before the meeting and may claim
If you'd like to do a presentation involving a software demo and/or case study involving using SPSS or run a workshop using SPSS on Friday 19th October 2018 or at a future meeting or are interested in contributing in another way, please contact Peter Watson. We are particularly keen to hear from STUDENTS.
[ ] I am willing to run a SPSS workshop on Friday 19th October 2018/at a future meeting
[ ] I am willing to give a SPSS presentation (e.g. software demonstration and/or case study) on Friday 19th October 2018/at a future
[ ] I may be able to do one of the above. Please contact me later.
Contact details (Include E-mail if possible):
Subject of workshop/presentation:
Return to:       Peter Watson, ASSESS, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge CB2 7EF.
Phone enquiries: (0)1223 355294 x801 (answerphone); (0)1223 273712 (Direct)
Fax:                    (0)1223 359062
E-mail :         peter.watson@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk
                 (put 'ASSESS' in the Subject field)
Peter Watson
MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit
University of Cambridge
15 Chaucer Road
Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 355294 x801 or +44 (0) 1223 273712 (direct)
Fax +44 (0) 1223) 359062


Dear Colleagues, 

Happy new year! 
Each new year brings new opportunities and we welcome the coming year with renewed enthusiasm. 

We will start resending our weekly newsletter "Environment: What's Up this Week in #GENeva" next week. 
This week we share with you a non-exhaustive list of vacancies still open, also available at https://www.genevaenvironmentnetwork.org/?q=en/node/2062 

Wishing you a fruitful week! 
The GEN coordinator 


Geneva Environment Network 
UN Environment 
International Environment House 
11-13 Chemin des Anémones - Geneva, Switzerland 
Twitter: @GENetwork 


*Please be reminded of the upcoming call for papers:*

The Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, the University of
Warsaw, invites *paper and audiovisual presentation proposals *for the
conference *"Materializations of the Political"* to be held i*n Warsaw on
23-24 March 2018*.

*Keynote speaker**: Dr Hannah Knox, University College London*

Politics and the political have long been a crucial area of anthropological
inquiry. In its broadest sense, the term ‘political’ refers to a
contentious dimension present in, or indeed constitutive of, all social
relations (Foucault 1982; Mouffe 2005). More narrowly, ‘politics’ is used
to describe the specific strategies social actors use to achieve their
goals in competition with others, or modes of intervening, ‘arts of
government’ (e.g., Gledhill 2000; Vincent 1994, 2005). Anthropology’s key
contribution to the multi-disciplinary study of the political rests with
our discipline’s hallmark method: ethnography. The power of ethnography to
pin down that elusive object, ‘the political’, to feel for its boundaries
and substance in ways more tactile, more concrete, and at once more open to
serendipity and surprise than allowed for by other kinds of sociological
inquiry, is widely recognized today across the neighbouring disciplines
(e.g., Schatz 2009). In this conference, we invite ethnographers –
anthropologists and not only – to join a conversation on how the political
variously materializes in social life.

We understand the political broadly: as that relational realm where ‘social
aggregates, patterns of relations, values and horizons of the possible are
defined, defied and defended; where experiments in structuring social life
can be carried out, fail and be taken up again’ (Laszczkowski 2016: 3).
Materializations, in turn, refer in our usage to diverse ways the political
is rendered concrete in everyday life. These include, but are not limited,
to the political agency of bodies and materials. We ask: how is the
political variously enacted through the body and the senses (e.g., Linke
2006)? How does it take shape in people’s relations with the environment
and non-human, living and non-living material entities (e.g., Bennett and
Joyce 2010)? How does the political become tactile and visceral through the
elusive materiality of affect (e.g., Thrift 2007; Laszczkowski and Reeves,
fc)? Likewise, our understanding of ethnography as method is also open to
creative interpretation. We invite papers that explore the above and
related questions through conventional ethnographic ‘thick description’, as
well as through other, more innovative or experimental literary styles and
media, for instance audio-visual ethnographic projects.

The conference will begin with a special thematic session in memory of
Georges Balandier, with invited guest lectures. This session will be held
in Polish (otherwise, the conference’s working language is English).

Please send your abstract of maximum 250-words, plus your name, e-mail
address and institutional affiliation to political.materializations@
gmail.com by *21 January 2018*. Selected authors will be notified of the
acceptance of their proposals by mid-February. Those wishing to submit a
visual or audiovisual presentation, please bear in mind presentation length
should be kept to roughly fifteen minutes.


Dr Mateusz Laszczkowski
Mateusz Laszczkowski, PhD
Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
University of Warsaw


Dear All,

We are keen to hear from anyone interested in: 'Care as incarceration: The Changing Landscapes of Institutional Treatment of Disabled People'.

Please consider submitting an abstract, or getting in touch with either myself or Janice to discuss your proposed contribution for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff, 29 -31 August 2018

This session is being sponsored by the RGS-IBG Carceral Geography Working Group (GGWG).

Co-organisers: Jayne Jeffries and Janice McLaughlin, Newcastle University.

**Deadline for abstracts: Friday 2nd February 2018**

The incarceration of disabled people in institutions of 'care' and treatment has a long troubled history, which geography is only now beginning to fully engage with. While such incarceration is assumed to be of the past - for example the spaces of the asylum (Philo, 1997, Parr, 2008), the sanatoria (Shaw and Reeves, 2009) and disabled children's orthopaedic hospitals, contemporary investigation instead is pointing to ongoing landscapes of incarceration - for example the micro-politics of everyday social exclusion and segregation within spaces of mainstream education (Holt et al., 2012, Shah and Greer, 2017). This session will explore how in the past and present institutions of care for disabled people have created continued and changing dynamics of incarceration. In doing so the session will expand the field of carceral geography, as well as addressing the diverse epistemologies that are used to engage with disabled people's lives.

Contributions may focus on:
*       The hidden and contested histories of institutionalised and incarcerated spaces of care;
*       The role of cultural heritage in illuminating the social, medical and historical pasts of disability, health and illness in the UK and beyond;
*       The changing role of social policy and human rights;
*       The importance of the disability movement to practices of resistance and activism;
*       The temporalities associated with spaces of institutionalised and incarcerated care, including the changing meaning of home and the social exclusion associated with long-term residential status;
*       The practices of medical professionals and staff, including medical treatment, surgery and consent;
*       The embodied and affective dimensions to incarceration;
*       Methodological engagements with historical and contemporary accounts of disability, health and illness using the arts and humanities (literary texts, archival work, performance to name a few).

Session Format: We are happy to receive interactive proposals and welcome a mixture of paper formats and opportunity for open discussion.

**Please send abstracts (up to 250 words) or queries regarding your proposed contribution to jayne.jeffries@ncl.ac.uk and Janice.mclaughlin@ncl.ac.uk by Friday 2nd Feb 2018**

Best wishes,

Jayne and Janice


Professor Janice McLaughlin
Professor of Sociology

Head of Sociology, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Sociology Twitter: @nclsociology
Personal Twitter: @jmcl1968

5th Floor Claremont Bridge Building
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Tel: 0191 208 7511
Email: janice.mclaughlin@ncl.ac.uk


Second call for papers - RGS-IBG 2018: "Geographies of Institutionalised Childhood"

          Session Organisers: Tom Disney (University of Birmingham, Northumbria University) and Anna Schliehe (University of Cambridge)

The everyday micro-scale worlds, materialities, subjectivities and mobilities of childhood and youth have long been of interest to geographers (Horton and Kraftl 2006), yet, extant research in this area has often focussed on somewhat ‘mainstream’ childhoods from minority world contexts. What of those children deemed ‘problematic’ or in need of care and correction? Many children and young people are subject to institutional interventions that seek to ‘‘design’ and ‘produce’ particular and improved versions’ (Philo and Parr 2000: 513) of their everyday, which is markedly different from the ‘mainstream’. For example, in England last year over 50,000 children were subject to child protection plans, over 70,000 were in residential care (DfE 2016) and over 1000 were experiencing Young Offenders Institutes (MoJ 2017). Such significant interventions see children and young people’s worlds shaped and remade by statutory services. These attempts and techniques can be traced to the ‘traditional’ institutions that seek to alter problematic behaviour, such as prisons, asylums and orphanages, but also ‘institutions’ now operating in a more ‘dispersed spatial form’ that have yet to be addressed. Examples of which might be young people receiving care from children’s services or mental health care at home and in the community. In short, there is a geography of institutionalised childhoods that requires our attention.

In this session we want to focus on children and young people as an under-researched subgroup within carceral geography while also building on research from other disciplines.  This CfP seeks to shed light on the everyday worlds of children experiencing significant interventions, both in ‘traditional’ institutions and those that might be understood to be operating in a ‘dispersed spatial form’.

We invite papers from all disciplinary backgrounds that seek to engage with, but are not limited to, the following topics and areas:

-       Young people’s experiences of confinement
-       More dispersed forms of institutional interventions
-       Experiences of residential care
-       Young people’s carceralmobilities
-       Health environments like hospitals and mental health care
-       The family/home as an institutional environment
-       Children’s services
-       School as an institutional setting

Please send abstracts of max 200 words, giving names, institutional affiliation and contact details for authors/presenters, to Anna (aks79@cam.ac.uk) or Tom (T.N.Disney@bham.ac.uk) by no later than Friday the 9th of February 2018.

This session is sponsored by the Carceral Geography Working Group.

EleventhESPAnet-Italy annual conference

Beyond Continuity:
Challenges to Social ProtectionSystems in a Globalized World
University of Florence, 13-15 September 2018
According to all projections, in the coming decades Europe’s role in the global economy will diminish considerably. Against the backdrop of demographic ageing, and a decreasing working age population, such decline will further reduce public institutions’ capacities to address citizens’ social needs adequately. As is well-known, welfare state expansion came to halt long ago and was replaced by a range of austerity policies that – far from promoting economic growth and prosperity - have had a dramatic impact, especially in countries most affected by the crisis.While prospects appear extremely gloomy in suchcountries, new avenues need to be pursued by all, even the better-off countries.
Hitherto, the social policy literaturehas focussed largely on endogenous variables and/or short-term factors (i.e. the great recession and austerity); but growing external pressures and emerging long-term issues are exposing social protection systems to a variety of new challenges that can hardly be ignored. Population aging, increasing migration flows, the technological revolution, changing value chain structures at the global level – just to mention a few examples – are deeply and rapidly changing Western (and non-Western) societies with crucial repercussions on social needs. In some countries the politico-institutional context is more responsive, but new demands generally face great difficulties in getting onto the political agenda, because of the predominant inclination toward cutting public budgets while at the same time addressingespecially old social risks, due to corporatist pressures and bureaucratic inertia.
The eleventh ESPAnet-Italy annual conference intends to shed light on the complex mix of policy measuresaimed at mitigating - across European countries and in the Italian context in particular -the typical industrial risks,plus those addressing the new social risks that are emerging in multi-ethnic, post-industrial societies.
The conference will be hosted by the University of Florence, at the “Polo delleScienzeSociali” from 13 to 15 September, 2018.The local organizing committee suggests the following themes for session proposals:
–      Financial sustainability and adequacy of social protection systems
–      Advocating rights for “invisibles”
–      Role, competences, and training of social workers in the face of current emergencies
–      Globalization and changing labour markets and labour rights
–      Social citizenship, multiethnic society, and the struggle against inequality
–      Technological innovation: challenges and opportunities for healthcare systems
–      New trends and orientations in social inclusion policies
–      Changes in poverty and inequality ten years afterthe Great Recession
–      Family policies and life-course choices in a context of rising uncertainty
–      Social policies in a long-term perspective
–      The public-private welfare mix: actors, strategies, and prospects
–      Solidarity, democracy, and competition
–      The impact of technological change on social protection systems
–      Aging populations and pension systems
–      The European Union and national social protection systems
Session proposals can also address other topics or combine two or more of the above topics.
Session proposals should promote inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches, and should be sent to the following email address: espanet2018@gmail.com by 20 January 2018. Acceptance will be notified by 10 February 2018
Website: http://www.espanet-italia.net/conferenza-2018/

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Invitation to take part on the "International Study on Sustainable Procurement at Universities"

A team of members of the  Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme
https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/programmes/iusdrp.html and World Sustainable
Development Research and Transfer Centre
is undertaking the "International Study on Sustainable Procurement at Universities".

The research intends to provide a better understanding of the extent to which universities from across the world are
engaged on sustainable procurement. A survey is now being undertaken and the instrument
can be seen here: https://www.onlinepesquisa.com/s/2f31c68

As usual, the results will be published as scientific article in a high-impact journal, and those contributing
to the work are able to obtain a copy of the paper when it is completed, if they wish.

Those colleagues interested to receive the paper which reports on the result of the study
should send a note to Lucas Veigas at: admlucasveiga@gmail.com
so that a copy of the paper may be sent to you.


Walter Leal (on behalf of the Research Team)

WEA 2018 Conferences: Call for Papers (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 26-30, 2018) and 12th ACFEA Conference, 7/11-14,2018, Fuzhou, China

Dear Colleagues:
This is a gentle reminder for those interested to participate in the 93rd Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association (WEA), to be held at the Sheraton Wall Center, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 26-30, 2018.
Attached is the call for papers for the Contemporary Economic Policy (CEP) invited sessions.  Please feel free to pass it along to colleagues/friends that may be interested.  The WEA volunteer paper deadline is 12/15, BUT I have complete control of the CEP sessions I organize, so my deadline is a lot later (1/17/18); please refer to the attached call-for-paper.
Vancouver is one of the largest cities in Canada, and consistently ranked among the top-five livable cities in the world. The climate is very temperate, during the time of the conference; the average low is 13, and high of 21C. I have been to Vancouver many times and have never run out of sights to see and things to do.  If you have never been there, it is worth a trip!
For those of you that have already submitted paper abstracts, you should have received an acknowledgement from; IF NOT, please remind me and make sure you did not fall through the crack (sorry if that happened).
Also, at the request of a close friend, I would like to invite you to consider attending the 12th Biennial Conference of Asian Consumer and Family Economics Association(ACFEA), 7/11-14, 208, Fuzhou, China.  I have attached both the Chinese and English version of the call for papers. If you are unable to participate in the WEA Vancouver conference, this might be a venue of interest. This may especially be attractive to our friends in China where traveling to North America might be too expensive, or have difficulty in acquiring institutional approval and obtaining visa.
Season greetings and a Happy New Year!
Jack W. Hou
Contemporary Economic Policy (CEP)
Sessions Coordinator

Over prepare, and then go with the flow.
Jack W. Hou   Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Dept. of Economics
California State U.
Long Beach, CA 90840-4607
TEL: (562)985-4710
FAX: (562)985-5804
E-mail: Jack.Hou@csulb.edu

Past President
Western Social Science Association

Regent and Past President
Chinese Economists Society
Chair, Academic Publication Council

Specialized Co-Editor
Contemporary Economic Policy
Published by the Western Economic Association


Tufts University’s Institute of the Environment is accepting applications for the September 2018 intake of students for the Masters in Sustainable Water Management (SWM).
SWM is a 12 month program providing real-world, practical experience mentored by top-tier faculty at Tufts University, located in the Boston area, Massachusetts, USA. There is no application fee, student aid is available, and up to $3000 is guaranteed for summer stipends.
How to Apply
Application deadlines are February 1 and April 1, 2018.
If you are curious to learn more about the program, please sign-up for our webinar and get to know our faculty.
Feel free to visit us at swm.tufts.edu and contact us if you have any questions.

Dear Colleagues,

This is a final call for abstracts for papers for the following panel organised as part of the Royal Anthropological Institute and SOAS, UK annual conference on "Art, Materiality and Representation".

P024 “Material subjectivities and artistic expression in visual anthropology”.

Deadline for proposals: 08 January 2018

Short abstract
Radical artistic expression in visual anthropology holds the potential to develop visual ethnographic representations beyond the paradigm of voyeur/exotic 'other'. Can artistic expression, digital technologies, participatory visual methods intertwine and further decolonise visual anthropology.

Long abstract

This panel considers how respecting the diverse material subjectivities of those we research with in visual ethnographic representations can coincide with radical artistic expression from an anthropological perspective. The visual anthropologist as 'voyeur' and 'medium', ready to exoticise an 'other', has gradually been replaced by the understanding that the images we create are representations of other worlds, seen through the "ethnographer's eye". A re-thinking of visual anthropology's methods emerged in response to critique of the ethnographer's control over the image and its narrative. This coincided with the emergence of visual media technologies that were portable, inexpensive and accessible, such as mobile phone cameras. The accompanying participatory visual methods have also been key in moves to de-colonise anthropology through ethnographic practice. Both are critical to the exploration of artistic forms of expression. They create new subjectivities, as the distinction between filmmaker/photographer/anthropologist and the 'subject' blur. New technologies and methods that take the camera out of the hands of the anthropologist also promise to dismantle the point-and-shoot paradigm as the ethnographer too is drawn into the image and captured 'in action'. This panel explores these changes in visual anthropology and examines the material practices through which a de-colonialised, participatory visual anthropology emerges. It raises the potential opportunities for anthropologists and those we research with, to develop new narrative forms and artistic expressions. The question is, can visual anthropology transition further into art while maintaining a consideration for culturally distinct, emic alternatives to established modes of ethnographic visual storytelling?

The Art, Materiality and Representation conference will be held 1 to 3 June 2018 at the British Museum, Clore Centre and SOAS, Senate House.

All proposals must be made via the online form that can be found on each panel page.

Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters and an abstract of 250 words.  On submission the proposal, the proposing author (but not any co-authors listed) will receive automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment (click login on the left on the conference website) to see if your proposal is there.  If it is, it simply means confirmation got spammed or lost; and if it is not, it means you need re-submit, as process went wrong somewhere.

Other useful information for after you've proposed your paper
While the call is open, paper authors can use the login link in the menu on the left to edit their proposals. Co-authors cannot be added/removed nor can papers be withdrawn through this environment - please email admin at therai.org.uk to do this.

Notifications of acceptance are estimated to be complete by late February 2018.

Best regards,

Rebekah Cupitt

Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design
School of Computer Science and Communication
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
100 44 Stockholm

Regional and Urban Mobility: Contribution to Social Inclusion

Social Inclusion, Volume 5, No 4 (Open Access)
Edited by Janet Stanley (University of Melbourne) and John Stanley (University of Sydney)
Social Inclusion's newest issue is out and all research articles are free to download. Please do share them with any interested colleagues.
Complete Issue available here.
Table of Contents
The Importance of Transport for Social Inclusion
Janet Stanley and John Stanley
Indicators of Socio-Spatial Transport Disadvantage for Inter-Island Transport Planning in Rural Philippine Communities
David Cao, John Stanley and Janet Stanley
Visualizing the Impacts of Movement Infrastructures on Social Inclusion: Graph-Based Methods for Observing Community Formations in Contrasting Geographic Contexts
Jamie O'Brien, Laura GarcíaVélez and Martin ZaltzAustwick
‘Forced Car Ownership’ in the UK and Germany: Socio-Spatial Patterns and Potential Economic Stress Impacts
Understanding Capabilities, Functionings and Travel in High and Low Income Neighbourhoods in Manila
Robin Hickman, Mengqiu Cao, Beatriz Mella Lira, Alexis Fillone and Jose BienvenidoBiona
Mobility-Related Economic Exclusion: Accessibility and Commuting Patterns in Industrial Zones in Turkey
The Kindness of Strangers: Exploring Interdependencies and Shared Mobilities of Elderly People in Rural Japan
Fuyo (Jenny) Yamamoto and Junyi Zhang
Transport Infrastructure and Social Inclusion: A Case Study of Tourism in the Region of Gilgit-Baltistan
Asif Hussain, David Fisher and Stephen Espiner
Analysing the Role of Social Visits on Migrants’ Social Capital: A Personal Network Approach
Gil Viry, Olga Ganjour, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Emmanuel Ravalet and Eric D. Widmer
Navigating Urban Life in Lisbon: A Study of Migrants’ Mobilities and Use of Space
Franz Buhr and Jennifer McGarrigle
Transport-Based Social Exclusion in Rural Japan: A Case Study on Schooling Trips of High School Students
David Perez-Barbosa and Junyi Zhang
Best regards,
António Vieira
Social Inclusion
Cogitatio Press
1070-129 Lisbon

Policy Communication Fellows program

Dear Colleague,
I am writing to share the announcement for PRB’s annual Policy Communication Fellows program.  As you will see from the information below, this program is a valuable opportunity for doctoral students from developing countries who plan to work in population and related fields. I hope that you will share this announcement with your networks to help us recruit candidates.
The Policy Communication Fellows program provides participants with an understanding of how research can inform social policy, and a detailed knowledge of different approaches to communicating research findings to non-specialists. The program will begin with a weeklong summer institute, held in a sub-Saharan African country, during which participants learn about how research influences the policy process and how to communicate research effectively. During the 2018-2019 academic year, participants will prepare several policy-oriented written products and receive mentorship from policy communication experts.
We are accepting applications from citizens of developing countries who are researching family planning and related topics for their dissertation. The program gives priority to applicants who are between the third and fifth year of their doctoral program. Candidates accepted into the Policy Fellows program will be provided with travel, lodging, and per diem for the summer institute. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and for this reason we can only accept candidates that come from developing countries where USAID provides population and family planning funding. The deadline for applications is February 12, 2018.
More information about the program and application process can be found on our recruitment page. Additional questions about the program can be directed to my attention at:policyfellows2018@prb.org.
Thank you for your help.
Laura Cooper Hall
Policy Analyst, People, Health, Planet

PRB | Inform. Empower. Advance.

1875 Connecticut Ave., NW | Suite 520
Washington, DC 20009-5728 USA
202-939-5423 PHONE | 202-328-3937 FAX

Call for experts: The EU Cities for fair and ethical trade award evaluation committee (Deadline: 15 January 2018)

Our partner ITC welcome experts in the areas of fair and ethical trade, sustainability, and public policy to apply to be a member of the Evaluation Committee for the first EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award! 
For the application details of the call please visit here.

Opportunities: Public invitation to express interest for two research positions at CMCC (Deadline: 31 December 2017)

The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) is taking into consideration the possibility to hire talented, motivated and proactive researchers to cover two open positions on data assimilation and ocean modeling. The location is the CMCC – Ocean Modeling and Data Assimilation Division in Bologna, Italy. For more details of the call please visit here.

Internship opportunities at ADB (Deadlline: 31 January 2018)

The Internship Program from our partner ADB is a project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB’s current operational needs. ADB advertises internship assignments twice a year and welcomes motivated, open-minded, and self-directed individuals to apply.
For more information please visit here. 

The Internship Program from our partner ADB is a project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB’s current operational needs. ADB advertises internship assignments twice a year and welcomes motivated, open-minded, and self-directed individuals to apply.
For more information please visit here. 

Funding Opportunities

  The Research Council of Norway
P.O Box 564, NO-1327 Lysaker 
Visiting address: Drammensveien 288, 0283 Oslo
Telephone: 22 03 70 00 
E-mail: post@forskningsradet.no


conference: Ethics in/of business and professional communication

Alcalá, Spain

This conference addresses the issue of ethics - its expression as well as its legitimization - from a multidisciplinary approach, inviting proposals from the fields of discourse analysis, (applied) linguistics, communication studies, organizational scholarship, management studies, business communication training and coaching, and further, practice-related areas, like marketing, branding, customer service industry, financial studies and similar.

We invite scholars and practitioners to address questions regarding

the production, and interpretation of texts and interactions from an ethical perspective,
the use (or abuse) of communicative strategies and tactics in persuasion, manipulation or the endeavor of ethical communication, as well as broader questions related to discourses of legitimization in corporate, political or media contexts.
Some suggested topics include

Persuasion/manipulation in business discourse
The expression of professional ethics in corporate discourse
Discursive practices of corporate identity
Leadership and management communication, employee-branding, employee buy-in, motivation.
Greenwashing and pinkwashing Crisis communication
Discursive legitimization of corporate activity in politics and the media
Customer-service interactions, complaints, apologies
Ethics in healthcare settings
The ethics in/of business communication training
We invite proposals for individual presentations (20 minutes) and panels. The main theme of the conference is English but we also invite papers in Spanish.

Contact person: Mercedes Diez Prados
email: 2018abcspain@fgua.es
Address: https://congresosalcala.fgua.es/2018abcspain/contacto/1619/contact/

Symposium 2018, University of Sheffield*

Call for Papers**

*Theme: ‘Signal Strength: women & media practice in conflict and crisis situations’*

Thursday *8th March 2018* (International Women’s Day)

Deadline for abstracts: *Monday **15^th  January 2018.*

*Speakers confirmed so far include: *Caroline Vuillemin, CEO, Fondation Hirondelle, Lausanne; Dr Helen Turton, University of Sheffield; Tala Halawa, BBC - West Bank, occupied Palestinian territories.**

This symposium (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/events/signal-strength/cfp ) aims to examine the extent to which radio – and other forms of media – provides a platform for women who are, or have been, in conflict and crisis. Drawing on practice and academic research, discussions will explore multiple angles such as:- gendering media strategies to improve the recognition and representation of women in peril; issues surrounding the safety and protection of women journalists and aid workers; and the limits and limitation of media freedoms.

We invite contributions from academics and practitioners with experience in radio and international conflict with the aim of exchanging knowledge and best practice. We welcome papers related to these themes or to the broader topic:

•Use of radio and media in conflict environments

•Use of radio to support women

•Local and/or community radio in conflict/crisis

•Women as (radio/media) audience in conflict/crisis

•Empowering of women – and local communities – through radio (and media)

•Radio in society in conflict-affected areas

•Safety and protection of women journalists

•Representation of women in conflict/crisis by the radio

•Women and broadcasting technologies

•Media freedoms – the limits and limitations of media strategies and policies, domestic and foreign

•Stereotyping on air and in the media

•Resourcing women's radio journalism in conflict/crisis environments

•Women in radio and on air - pedagogy and practice

*The context: *According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (2017), women comprise approximately 50 per cent of refugees worldwide, mostly as a result of conflict, and are often put at greater hardship than men in these situations based upon their gender. With men either killed or at war, women become the heads of households, conservers of the community and rebuilders of the economy. The significant impact of conflict and crisis on women, who have also often become targets of sexual violence, is recognised in the UN Security Council’s resolution 1325.   As media coverage of women in conflict and crisis is increasing, the role of radio within this merits further exploration. Of all forms of media, radio occupies a particular place in conflict-affected areas, providing a low-tech and low-cost public space, being cheap and portable, not relying on a mains source of electricity and being able to target illiterate or orally-based cultures.

In certain circumstances, digital technologies also provide for the production and circulation of audio and visual media material. Such access to online communication channels facilitates conversation and dialogue from the comfortingly mundane to life-saving. For women in unstable societies, the intimate nature of radio also ensures a safe haven, away from male or mixed environments, in which to seek comfort, advice and helplines. It also provides the opportunity for women, as practitioners, to represent their female audiences and reach out to them.

When conflict and crisis necessitate migration, and when women and families are forced to move and live in foreign countries, media – and radio in particular – can play a significant role in the settling-in process. Not only can digital technologies enable the tuning-in online to estranged stations and the familiar voices of home, but local services can proffer the welcoming hand of friendship and provide opportunities for empowerment through cultural and linguistic guidance, as well as moral support.

Drawing on practice as well as academic research, this symposium aims to provide a platform not just for the theory but for voicing lived experiences too.**

*Submission guidelines: *

Please send 150-200-word abstracts, with short bio, to e.heywood@sheffield.ac.uk  *by 15th January 2018*. Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 30th January 2018.

Registration fee – £35 (£25 for early bird booking). The symposium is open to anyone interested in this topic, regardless of whether they are presenting a paper.


CALL FOR PAPERS : ECPR General Conference – 22-25 August 2018, Hamburg

Section title: Political Sciences and the Big Data Challenge From Big Data in Politics to the Politics of Big Data
Section organizers
Chair: Elena Pavan, Scuola Normale Superiore
Co-chair: Alice Mattoni, Scuola Normale Superiore
Section outline and themes
In continuity with the successful set of Panels organized during the 2017 ECPR General Conference in Oslo, the Section aims to offer a space within the ECPR context to critically discuss the nexus between Big Data and political science. It will do so by promoting a theoretically informed and empirically sound discussion along three lines of reflection. First, the Section will deal with the potentialities and the limitations of using large-scale datasets and supervised and unsupervised analytic techniques for leveraging our understanding of political dynamics from party dynamics, to political communications, to social movements and digital activism. Second, by considering Big Data as a complex set of cultural, political and scientific knowledge practices, the Section will offer an occasion to engage with the modes in which Big Data become a “political object” that is critically addressed by contentious grassroots efforts but also dealt within more conventional governance processes. Finally, the Section confronts the outcomes of Big Data usages in the political realm oscillating between enhanced accountability on the side of institutions and the reduction of citizens and their will to objectified data-assemblages that are mechanically treated rather than constructively accounted for. The Section comprises a set of Panels that aim to foster the convergence of scholars and researchers currently working on the value of Big Data for studying politics but also on the forms and the impacts of the politics of Big Data employing different theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches on Big Data.
1. Big data for the study of political participation
Chair: Alexandra Segerberg
This Panel looks at how Big Data and related methodological and analytical practices can leverage our understanding of political mobilization and participation – from social movements to voting behaviours. While more traditional forms of collective action still exist, activists lean increasingly on web-based platforms and internet services that produce Big Data flows worldwide. Moreover, Big Data are increasingly considered a fundamental component of electoral campaigns, governmental and legislative dynamics as well as of the interactions between political leaders with their constituencies. To shed light on this complex context, the Panel hosts Papers that investigate to what extent Big Data are changing the way in which conventional and unconventional forms of political participation can be investigated from a broad array of methodological lenses, in different national contexts, transnationally or fluidly across the online/offline boundary.

2. From data-activism to data justice. The contentious politics of Big Data
Chair: Stefania Milan
Big Data are not a neutral field of practice and knowledge. When engaging with Big Data, political actors develop specific arrays of data-related practices that construct, manipulate, and even subvert their political relevance. In so doing, the same political actors evoke specific, and sometimes contrasting, understanding of what datafication processes means in and for politics, both today and in the near future. Thus, Big Data become an object of political contestation that fosters the emergence of new collective actors and, at the same time, intersects longer-term mobilizations in other fields - e.g. labour, women and environmental issues. To grasp the multiple lines of contention that characterize Big Data in grassroots politics, the Panel hosts Papers that investigate the relationship between Big Data cultures and practices in different arenas of contention from an empirical perspective in different national and transnational contexts relying on qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches.

3. Big data Governance and Policies
Chair: Lina Dencik
Data increasingly regulate our lives. We are assessed, ranked, profiled and categorized according to data that is collected about us. These assessments enable - or limit - our access to services and our ability to cross borders; they define us as potential 'risk'; and they affect core aspects of citizenship. New publics are created and receive differential treatment based on data analysis. While data regulate society, the regulation of data is becoming a pressing concern. Policies are required for data collection, sharing and analysis, and struggles over policy development have picked up, not least, since the Snowden revelations. Against this backdrop, this Panel invites Paper addressing the role of big data as both tools for and objects of governance processes at different levels - from the national to the supranational ones.

4. The outcomes of big data in politics: from the accountability of institutions to the invisibility of the citizens
Chair: Alice Mattoni
In the past few years, a wide array of online services and platforms that rest on Big Data became available that promised to render citizens’ voices more visible within governmental institutions through the enhancement of different mechanisms: from citizens’ monitoring capabilities aimed at increasing accountability to participatory policy making including citizens’ viewpoints. In this respect, while Big Data might offer empowering opportunities, it is also likely that governmental institutions would ignore, silence or even reduce to objectified data-assemblages grassroots creative usages of Big Data. To cast light on the outcomes of Big Data usages at the crossroads between governmental institutions and grassroots citizens initiatives, the Panel hosts Papers that empirically address how Big Data might (or not) increase the accountability and transparency of political institutions at the local, national and transnational levels.
How to submit a paper
Please submit paper proposals to elena.pavan@sns.it and alice.mattoni@sns.it by January 30th, 2018 including the following info:
- papers titles, abstracts (no more than 500 words), and 3-8 keywords
- institutional affiliation
- institutional email address
We will then arrange the selected papers in panels and submit them to the ECPR via their electronic platform. Please note that paper authors must be registered in the ECPR electronic platform with the email address they will include in the paper proposals.


Elena Pavan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali
Scuola Normale Superiore
Palazzo Strozzi - Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123 Firenze
email: elena.pavan@sns.it
Adjunct Professor
Dipartimento Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale
Università di Trento
via Verdi 26
38122 Trento
email: elena.pavan@unitn.it
telephone: +39 (0)461 28 1378

Position: Research Associate - Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance: International Forum to Strengthen Regional Ocean Governance - (PROG) Forum

Organisation:                                      The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)
Duty Station:                                      Berlin, Germany
Deadline for Application:               24th of January 2018
Contact:                                                Thando Tilmann
Email:                                                   Thando.Tilmann@iass-potsdam.de
Job Vacancy Link:                            http://www.iass-potsdam.de/sites/default/files/2017-12/Vacancy%20Annoucement_PROG-Forum_final.pdf
Thando Tilmann
Oceans Governance
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) e.V.
Berliner Strasse 130
14467 Potsdam
Tel:      +49 (0) 331-28822-317
Fax:      +49 (0) 331-28822-310
Mail:    thando.tilmann@iass-potsdam.de
Web:    http://www.iass-potsdam.de/en 


Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary Pressure Cooker on Risk Communication at UR2018

Are you interested in risk communication?

The 2018 Understanding Risk Forum is hosting an intensive event for interdisciplinary teams to test their innovative, creative, scientific and technological skills to co-develop risk communication solutions to real world challenges facing local decision makers. The “pressure cooker” is aimed at young professionals and students (under 35) and mentors in relevant fields.

The event is organized by GFDRR, the Water Youth Network with financial support from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and FM Global.

Do you know young professionals and researchers passionate about risk communication? Please share this call within in your organisation and network. We are really looking forward to bringing together diverse teams of young professionals from different backgrounds and regions. Further details about the event and application procedure can be found here: https://understandrisk.org/event/risk-communication-ur2018/. The call will close on Friday, January 26th.

We have limited funding available to support applicants from Argentina, Mexico, India, Brazil and the UK based researchers only, therefore, we would be really grateful if you could consider other funding possibilities available to support young professionals attendance at the event.

For any questions about the application process, please contact Lydia Cumiskey at l.cumiskey@wateryouthnetwork.org

Job at Georgetown - Senior Assoc Dean of Students & Director of Diversity, Equity + Student Success

Greetings colleagues,

Wishing you peaceful and restful holidays.

I wanted to let you know of a new(ly changed) position at Georgetown University - Senior Associate Dean of Students & Director of Diversity, Equity and Student Success has now been posted. 

While this is not a community engagement position per say, this position will oversee our "Center for Multicultural Equity and Access" (CMEA) and CMEA has a significant community-based program with DC Ward 7 & 8 youth, called Institute for College Preparation. 

If you or anyone in your network has questions about this position, I'm happy to be a contact. 

Andria Wisler
Executive Director, Center for Social Justice
Georgetown University 

Third International Conference «Digital Transformation and Global Society» (DTGS 2018)

30 May - 1 June 2018 St. Petersburg, Russia


Dear colleagues,

We invite you to participate in the 3rd international conference «Digital Transformation and Global Society» (DTGS 2018), which is to be held 30 May - 1 June 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia.


DTGS is an emerging international academic forum for the interdisciplinary Internet Studies field. The mission of the conference is to provide a collaborative platform for researchers and experts to discuss the transformative impact of digital technologies on the way we communicate, work and live. The event is jointly organized by the ITMO University and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg Campus), both being the leading universities, globally known for their research in information technologies, communication and social sciences.


DTGS welcomes multidisciplinary papers that apply Social and Humanitarian Studies to the research on institutions, practices, communications and behavior in cyberspace. The general program falls into the following tracks:

- eSociety: Social Informatics, Virtual Communities, Ethical and Security Issues

- ePolity: Politics in Cyberspace, Electronic & Smart Governance, E-Democracy & Participation, Open Government & Data

- eHumanities: Digital Culture, Education and Communication Issues

- eCity: Smart Cities, Urban Governance and Planning using ICTS - eEconomy: Digital Economy and ICT – driven Economic Institutions and Practices

- eCommunication: Online Political Communication, the New Media and Social Relations

- Workshop on Internet Psychology: Online Cognition, Digital Socialization, Identity & Self-Presentation Online, Psychology of Gaming & Cybersport

- Workshop on Computational Linguistics: Computer Modeling of Language, Natural Language Processing, Speech Technologies, Digital Linguistic Resources, Linguistic Analysis of Social Networks


Stephen COLEMAN, Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds, author of Can the Internet Strengthen Democracy (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2017), How Voters Feel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) and other prominent books and articles on political communication and online democracy. Anthony FAIOLA, Professor and Head of the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Faiola's research is positioned at the intersection of health informatics and human-computer interaction—where he focuses on advancing the information science of socio-technical systems (such as mobile health technology) that support clinical work and personal health and wellness.


The special Poster Track for PhD students and young scientists is organized on May 30. Authors of accepted posters will have a chance to discuss their papers and get feedback to advance their research. Best posters are to be expanded and published in the Conference Proceedings.


The language of the conference is English. All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review by at least three PC members. We welcome original unpublished contributions presenting completed (12-15 pages) or ongoing (10-12 pages) research, as well as experience papers (10-12 papers). All submissions are accepted via the EasyChair system only.


The deadline for paper submissions is FEBRUARY 1, 2018


All accepted papers and the best posters are to be published in the Communications in Computer and Information Science proceedings series by Springer (indexed in Scopus).

See our previous volumes here:

2017: http://www.springer.com/la/book/9783319697833

2016: http://www.springer.com/la/book/9783319496993


Daniel A. ALEXANDROV, DTGS Conference Chair, Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics

Alexander V. BOUKHANOVSKY, DTGS Conference Chair, Professor at the ITMO University

Andrei V. CHUGUNOV, Head of the E-Governance Center at the ITMO University, DTGS Organization Committee Head

Olessia KOLTSOVA, Head of the Internet Studies Lab at the National Research University Higher School of Economics


http://dtgs-conference.org/ (new website)

  Conference Director: Yury KABANOV, National Research University Higher School of Economics (dtgs@corp.ifmo.ru)

Call for Papers

Calls for papers to panels in Migration and Ethnicity Section:
1.  Panel title: “Revisiting the Link between Migration and Social Protection in Europe: Policy Transformations and Migrants’ Experiences”
Panel chair: Dr Jean-Michel Lafleur (Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, CEDEM, University of Liege, jm.lafleur@uliege.be)
Panel co-chair: Dr Daniela Vintila (Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, CEDEM, University of Liege, Daniela.Vintila@uliege.be)
Panel description: This panel aims to address the recent transformations of welfare policies towards EU and non-EU immigrants in Europe and their impact on migrants’ lives. Following the financial crisis and the so-called “refugee crisis”, several European democracies have started to witness fierce debates on the connection between migration and welfare systems. However, the way in which this politicisation of migrants’ access to social protection translated into policy changes and how these changes in welfare systems affect migrants’ lives have not been sufficiently explored so far. This panel aims to fill this gap by focusing on two aspects. Firstly, we seek to explore how European welfare systems are adjusting to increased mobility by paying particular attention to the transformation of social protection policies towards immigrants from a comparative perspective. Secondly, we aim to discuss migrants’ individual experiences in terms of accessing social protection in their home and host countries, thus trying to identify the specific role that formal welfare entitlements play in migrant social protection strategies.
The paper proposals should be sent via email to Jean-Michel Lafleur and Daniela Vintila by 5th of February 2018 (midnight GMT). The paper proposals should include the title of the paper and the abstract (no more than 250 words). For more information about the ECPR Conference, please visit: https://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=115
2.  Panel Title: “Going sub-national: immigration responses and immigrant integration policies of sub-state actors in multi-level states”, 2018 ECPR General Conference, Hamburg. The panel will be part of the Section 28 (ECPR Standing Group on Migration and Ethnicity) “Evaluating Policies of Immigrant Integration and Their Outcomes: A Critical Assessment from a Multilevel Perspective”
Panel Chairs: Dr Verena Wisthaler (Swiss Forum for Population and Migration Studies, University of Neuchâtel, and Eurac Research, Bozen) and Catherine Xhardez (Sciences Po Paris)
This Panel discusses independently-developed immigration selection programs and sub-national immigrant integration policies co-existing with national policies to stimulate theory-building in this research area. The Panel includes case studies on immigrant integration policies across various world regions.
Panel Description: Immigration and immigrant integration have increasingly become a salient political issue in numerous countries. States experiencing multi-levels politics and federations are no exception. Several factors, including increased decentralization and local autonomy, have supported an intensification of sub-national policy-making in these policy sectors. As a result, independently developed immigration selection programs and sub-national immigrant integration policies are co-existing with national policies. So far, most of the research on this tendency has focused on the impact of sub-state nationalism and linguistic differences on discourses and policies surrounding immigration. As a result, regional immigration or immigrant integration policies of sub-states without national aspirations have far less been scrutinized than those of regions with nationalist aspirations. When it has been, analysis has tended to be country-specific and resistant to comparison.
This panel aims at exploring this productive research area: What are the responses of sub-state actors to immigration or immigrant integration in multi-level states, with and without nationalist mobilizations? What typologies can be used? What are the explanatory variables for sub-state immigration and immigrant integration policy convergence or divergence? What can be gained from comparing across countries and regions in this policy sector? The answers to these questions will likely engage in a finer definition and categorization of the sub-state responses to immigration and immigrant integration. This exercise should also stimulate theory-building in this growing and promising research area. This panel welcomes sub-state case studies from various world regions analyzing sub-state immigrant or immigrant integration responses and policies. Communications providing a strong empirical background as well as a comparison of regions with and without nationalist mobilizations are particularly welcomed.

Submission Information: The submission deadline for proposals is February 10th, 2018. Proposals should not exceed 250 words, and have a clear research question and a hint on the data and methodology the paper relies upon. All proposals should be sent to catherine.xhardez@sciencespo.fr and verena.wisthaler@eurac.edu

The selected participants will be notified of their acceptance on February 12th and have to register themselves via ECPR before February 15th, 2018.
3.  Panel Title: “The Political Mobilisation of Ethnicized and Racialized Minorities through the Arts: A Comparative Perspective”
Panel Chair: Prof Marco Martiniello (Director of the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, CEDEM, University of Liege)
Panel submitted for the Section “Evaluating Policies of Immigrant Integration and Their Outcomes: A Critical Assessment from a Multilevel Perspective”, ECPR General Conference, University of Hamburg, 22-25 August 2018
The Panel gathers papers that critically discuss the importance of arts (music, theatre, literature, etc.) in the political mobilization of ethnicized and racialized minorities across and beyond Europe.
If you are interested, please send an 250 words abstract to Marco Martiniello by 15 January 2018 at: M.Martiniello@uliege.be
4.  Panel Title: "Great Expectations, Ambiguous Goals and Multi-level Governance – The Outcome Gap Re-visited“. The panel is part of Section S28: Evaluating Policies of Immigrant Integration and Their Outcomes: A Critical Assessment from a Multilevel Perspective, organized by the ECPR Standing Group on Migration and Ethnicity

Panel Description: Scholars of public policy have long been haunted with challenges at the implementation stage. Ever since Pressman and Wildavsky’s seminal work in 1974, „Implementation. How Great Expectations in Washington Are Dashed in Oakland”, research on implementation is characterized by a pessimistic undertone. Many case studies tell of the „horrors of war“ as Linder and Peters (1987) muse, of the lack of control, compliance and goal attainment. Scholars of migration policy-making in particular have been preoccupied with what they characterize as outcome gaps at the phase of implementation, often drawing from principal agent theory. More recently and optimistically, we have seen a revival to grasp the degree of discretion (and possibilities for control of discretion) of „street level bureaucracy“ or the role of non-government actors at this stage in the policy cycle. With the rise of incoming refugees since 2014, many comparative studies have documented the degree of regional and even local variations, sometimes circumventing sometimes openly challenging the implementation of migration legislation.

We invite colleagues with different theoretical and methodological approaches to the issues at hand to join our panel. Please submit the details of your paper, including an abstract of no more than 250 words, the title of the paper, your email address and affiliation to:

Prof. Dr. Sybille Münch (Leuphana University, Lüneburg; sybille.muench@leuphana.de)
Prof. Dr. Hannes Schammann (University of Hildesheim; hannes.schammann@unihildesheim.de)
Deadline is January 20, 2018

We shall then select your papers and pass on the structure of our panel to the organizers of the overarching section. The ECPR organizing committee will decide by February 25 on the final number of panels allocated to our section. We will keep you posted throughout the process.
Call for papers to section S76:
• Dr Janis Vossiek and Dr Regine Paul invite submissions to a section "Towards Dialogue: The Complex Political Economy of Skill Formation and Migration" for the ECPR General Conference in Hamburg, 22-25 August 2018. 
Our aim is to bridge the gap between skill formation scholars and those studying migration and mobility governance.
To submit your paper, please follow this link. Our section is S76.
We also welcome statements of interest for discussants.
We look forward to receiving many interesting papers!
The deadline for contributions is the 15th of February 2018.
We wish you the best for the festive season and look forward to hearing from you in 2018!
Migration and Ethnicity Standing Group Steering Committee

Partners in Campus and Community Engagement

The Community Engagement Institute brings together campus and community representatives from the Northwest to share knowledge that will bring benefits to our communities.  Conference organizers believe that contemporary scholarship should seek to create solutions to complex challenges affecting the communities in which we live and work; those solutions should be the result of both academic research and the input of knowledgeable community partners.

The Community Engagement Institute is proudly organized by Partners in Campus and Community Engagement, a collaborative of higher ed and community organizations in Spokane, Washington.visit us at picce.org.

PICCE seeks presentations of 20-25 minutes in length for its biennial conference.  Proposals will undergo blind peer-review by a faculty panel, except for submissions in the area of the "practice of community engagement" which will be reviewed by members of PICCE.  Please click here to see the peer reviewers for the 2018 conference.  Reviewers will use rubrics in assessment of all proposals.  You may submit a proposal and review evaluative criteria at 


Upcoming dates:
• January 15, 2018: Proposals due by midnight P.S.T..
• January 15-February 15 2018: Peer review occurs.
• March 1, 2018: notification of selection to conference by email.
• April 30, 2018: Conference registration closes.

PhD Program doing research

The PhD Program at the iSchool is looking to expand and now has more funding for international students.  We are especially interested in students doing research in Media Technology and Culture.  Please consider applying to our growing program and joining us in Toronto.

I would like to highlight our faculty in the Institute for Communication Culture Information and Technology who are particularly well suited to work with PhD students in Media Technology and Culture.  Please see a description of the work we do and that of the PhD students we have advised.


PhD students in our program work with faculty from across three campuses at the University of Toronto who are members of the Faculty of Information. Here is a link to the program description and application process.


We have a number of faculty who have expertise and research programs in Cultural Studies.

Our deadline for application is January 15.

Call for Paper in Journal

The Journal is now accepting manuscript for its July, 2018 issue. The last date for submission of manuscript is extended till January 31, 2018.
This Journal primarily aims to promote continuous academic research and dialogue among the legal fraternity about the reform of legal education and practice. Asian Journal of Legal Education is a peer-reviewed journal, published two times a year by the SAGE Publications. Sharing of experiences and concerns about issues involving pedagogy of law, legal aid, promoting access to justice by law schools and experiential learning of law to strengthen efforts of justice education will be of great interest for the Journal.  The Journal is proud to be part of a global conversation on legal education, and welcomes submissions from authors based in regions outside of Asia.

The Journal also encourages submissions on substantive topics, and is particularly interested in topics at the intersection of social justice and legal reform. We define these topics broadly, and welcome submission on human rights theory and practice, as well as related fields such as ethics and professional responsibility. 

Please visit ale.sagepub.com for sample papers.  For any queries please e-mail at ajle@nujs.edu.


2018 International Conference
in partnership with the

with the theme
Examining the Socio-Political Economy of Communication
27-29 October 2018
Taipei, Taiwan

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline - on or before March 15, 2018
Abstract acceptance - maximum of 60 days after abstract submission
Full papers - on or before July 15, 2018

Full papers will be considered for the ACMC Journal after undergoing
another round of blind peer review. The ACMC Journal is listed in the
Web of Science (ISI) Index.

Early Bird Registration - on or before July 15, 2018
- ACMC members USD175
- non-ACMC members USD225
- undergraduate students USD120

For more information and abstract submission,
please email: 

You can also check our website at 

Submission Guidelines
Each submission should contain the following information, please use
font-TAHOMA, 10 pts. And should be a WORD or RTF File:

Full name (please indicate if Mr. or Ms.)
Affiliation (University, College or Company)
Proposed Research Stream
Paper Title
Abstract (300 to 500 words)

-Please note that we will not accept PDF formatted submissions.
-Submissions should be sent to acmc2018@asianmediacongress.org on or
before March 15, 2018

Conference Rationale
While communication technologies continue to progress and develop,
societal and political forces are also influencing the changes and
increasing challenges in the field of media and mass communication.
Even as marketing and media producers have gained direct access to
their consumers, politicians and their machinery have also invaded the
public sphere bypassing traditional mass media.

The proposed theme of the 2018 conference seeks to initiate a
discourse on the paradoxes brought about by these challenges to mass
media and communication as a result of the emerging social media and
the changing socio-political economy of media institutions.

The ACMC Conference 2018 is pleased to invite papers addressing the
conference theme. Conference streams include but are not limited to:

-Globalization of the News Media
-Public relations in the Digital Era
-Hashtag journalism and other alternative forms
-Mainstream and Alternative Media
-Media ownership and conflicts of interests
-Commercialization of Communication
-New Paradigms in Communication Education
-Gender and Diversity
-The New Gatekeepers
-Open Government Data
-Social media potentials and pitfalls
-Communicating Youth
-Mobile networked communities
-Post-truths and other Freedom of Expression Issues

Session on ’Adaptation and Development in Small Island Developing States’

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are leading a session on ’Adaptation and Development in Small Island Developing States’, at the 2018 Adaptation Futures Conference held in Cape Town from the 18th to the 21st of June. 

We would like to invite you to submit your research, the call for abstracts is now open, deadline 19th January, (http://adaptationfutures2018.capetown/guidelines-for-abstract-submissions/), and be part of the biggest climate change adaptation research community. For further information visit the conference website (http://adaptationfutures2018.capetown/), or write to us.

Stefano Moncada, Patrick Nunn, Hilary Bambrick, Lino Briguglio, Dinesh Surrop.


Dr Stefano Moncada
BA (Hons) Development Economics, MA European Studies, Ph.D. Economics

Lecturer & Researcher in Development Economics and European Studies
Institute for European Studies
Climate Change Platform Focal Point 
Islands and Small States Institute Board Member
University of Malta
Msida MSD2080 - Malta
Tel +356 23403095 - Fax +356 21337624
Twitter: @stefanomoncada  Skype: stefano.moncada

Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference 2018

Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference 2018 is holding its annual conference with the theme of 'Facts: True, Alternative, Evolving' with a special focus on Entertainment Franchises

at The University of Amsterdam | 27-28 September 2018

Confirmed Keynotes: Professor James Chapman (University of Leicester, UK) Professor Christine Geraghty (Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Glasgow)

We live in a ‘post truth’ world populated by ‘alternative facts’. Both terms are politically, narratively and aesthetically resonant as applied to, and in conversation with, adaptation studies. The 2018 Association for Adaptation Studies annual conference invites reflection on questions of truth, untruth and post-truth in the context of adaptation studies, as well as on the meaning and applications of facts, ‘true’, ‘alternative’ and ‘evolving’.

Within the very broad context of adaptation, we also encourage submissions that address the cultural work undertaken or expressed by prequels, sequels and media interactions that build on a particular character or story franchise. One particularly evocative and well-known example of a story franchise that has generated a vast array of prequels, sequels and iterative adaptations is Ian Fleming’s Bond series and this year’s AAS conference will feature a special focus on adaptations of Fleming’s oeuvre as well as on the continuing post-Fleming prequel and sequel industries. But papers on other story sequences and franchises are most welcome.

We invite single-paper and panel proposals on a wide range of topics, and are particularly interested in proposals that address the politics, industries and ideologies of adaptation.

The conference chair for the AAS 2018 conference is Dr Joyce Goggin at the University of Amsterdam. Please send queries and abstracts of 250-350 words, along with a brief bio of no more than 100 words, to j.goggin@uva.nl by March 1, 2018. More details can be obtained at http://www.adaptation.uk.com/aas-conference-2018/

International conference on Policies for Happiness and Health

The International conference on Policies for Happiness and Health will be held in Siena, at Faculty of Economics of the University of Siena, on March 19-21, 2018. The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2018.
Please follow the link for further details: www.socialcapitalgateway.org/siena2018
This is an interdisciplinary conference welcoming contributions from every field of social sciences including, but not limited to, economics, sociology, psychology and political sciences. We especially welcome papers on the following topics:
• Economic growth and well-being over time;
• The causes and consequences of subjective well-being;
• Policies for durable well-being;
• The role of inequality, social capital and sustainability for a happy growth;
• Economic consequences of promoting happiness;
• Wealth and happiness;
• Happiness and health care policies;
• The impact of happiness, social relationships and economic inequality on health and longevity;
• Immigration, health and happiness.

Paper submission and deadline

To apply, please, submit an abstract complete with name of the author/s and a title to: happinesshealthpapers@unisi.it
The deadline for application is the 15th of January 2018. We will notify the authors of accepted papers by the 4th of February 2018.
For more information, please, send an e-mail at: happinesshealthpapers@unisi.it

Vacancy: Barnett Professorship of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

Applications are invited for the Barnett Professorship of Social Policy with effect from October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. A non-stipendiary Fellowship at St Cross College is attached to this Professorship.

This post is a key Chair for the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, which is a world-leading centre of excellence for research and teaching in social policy and the development and evaluation of social interventions.

The successful candidate will make a major contribution to the leadership, research development and graduate teaching of the department. They will have an outstanding publication record and impact as well as a significant research profile in comparative social policy analysis and evaluation. They will contribute to teaching comparative social policy and supervising international postgraduate students in interdisciplinary masters and doctoral programmes. Social policy expertise of countries beyond Europe and North America would be particularly welcome.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 12 February 2018.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Vacancy ID :     132630

Further job opportunities at DSPI University of Oxford: 
Please note that the Department together with St Antony's has also a job vacancy for an Associate Professorship of Comparative Social Policy with an earlier Deadline (2 February 2018):

EURAM Strategic Interest Group 12: Research Methods, Theories, and Practices

Track T12_02: Management Theory General Track
Corresponding Proponent: 

Steffen Roth, La Rochelle Business School and Yerevan State University, roths@esc-larochelle.fr and steffen.roth@ysu.am


Augusto Sales, KPMG Global Strategy Group, Brazil
Jari Kaivo-oja, University of Turku
Miguel Pérez-Valls, University of Alméria
Matthias Georg Will, University of Halle-Wittenberg

Partner journals:

Scandinavian Journal of Management [SSCI 2.054, Scopus, CNRS**, ABS**, VHB***]
Futures [SSCI 1.918, Scopus, FNEGE**, ABS**]
European Journal of International Management [SSCI .575, Scopus, CNRS*, ABS*, VHB***]

Short Description:

The Management Theory General Track invites contributions to the fields of management and organisation theory. Open to all paradigms, we welcome papers that address the general significance of theory in our fields or reappraise classical key concepts and their adequacy to the post-millennium context. Submission may be fascinated with smallest details or grandest narratives of management and organisation theory. We are also keen to hear from examples of theory in action as well as exemplars of theories that resist application. Yet another set of contributions might explore futures of management and organisation theory. Management Theory General Track is your track if you wish to meet and discuss with a theory-oriented, field experienced, and paradigmatically diverse group of researchers in management and organisation.

Deadline: January 10, 2018 (14:00 CET). The full Call for Papers is available for download here: http://wp.me/pvO07-154

Art, Materiality and Representation conference

Dear all,

In addition to the fascinating panels circulated as part of the Art,
Materiality and Representation conference hosted by the Royal
Anthropological Institute (RAI) at The British Museum and SOAS 1st-3rd June
2018, we are pleased to remind you of the approaching deadline to invite
papers for the following panel (Code P026) titled Participation and
Guardianship: On the Ownership of Images in Movement. This panel will
consider issues of informal and participatory heritage transmission in
South Asia, operating in relation to dominant or absent heritage regimes.

Please provide a 250 word abstract proposal by* 8th January 2018* to the
following online form: http://nomadit.co.uk/rai/events/rai2018/
conferencesuite.php/panels/6076 .

Papers should be around 15-20 minutes in length. The inclusion of
multimedia, film, audio, or other elements as part of the presentation
would be most welcomed.

Please see below for a detailed abstract:
Panel 26: Participation and Guardianship: On the Ownership of Images in

Convened by Timothy P.A. Cooper (University College London) and Vindhya
Buthpitiya (University College London).

This panel will consider issues of informal and participatory heritage
transmission in South Asia, operating in relation to dominant or absent
heritage regimes. For example, in Pakistan, a lack of heritage
infrastructure and industrial support has forced market-based film
retailers to pull master copies and memorabilia materials from obscurity
via neighbourhood waste collectors, indifferent heirs, or from closed and
destroyed cinemas. In post-war Sri Lanka, the state's triumphalist
discourse has been met with the mobilisation of photographs of the war dead
and missing as objects of civilian resistance and collective memory,
forming a participatory counter-narrative.

These examples signal the existence of forms of mobile and temporary
guardianship. Such acts are conducive to mourning and memorialisation, and
as contingent on participation as on authority, access, and ownership.
Platforms for sharing, saving, and disseminating significant images are
notably porous; they are characterised by an exorbitance that preserves far
more than they intend to. Museum institutions and archives, on the other
hand, permit the movement of heritage objects only so long as it takes
place within a wider infrastructure for its dissemination. Such acts of
dispersion are designed to be economically and socially productive,
politically expedient, as well as generative of a heritage as a category of
political economy.  Thereby, the panel will explore examples of mobile and
temporary guardianship, spread across sites and carriers, marked by
reproduction and dispersal beyond the actual or symbolic boundaries of
heritage regimes.


Students with Disabilities in Higher Education

Edited by Geert Van Hove, Minne Bakker and Alice Schippers
Deadline for Abstracts: 28 February 2018 | Submission of Articles: 25 to 31 March 2018
Social Inclusion welcomes articles for an issue on Students with Disabilities in Higher Education edited by Geert Van Hove (Ghent University/VU Amsterdam), Minne Bakker (VU Amsterdam) and Alice Schippers (Disability Studies in the Netherlands/VU Amsterdam). Social Inclusion is a peer-reviewed open access journal indexed in the Web of Science-ESCI and Scopus (2016 CiteScore: 0.49).

Authors interested in contributing an article are asked to read the full call for papers at www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/pages/view/nextissues#disabilitieshighereducation

Best regards,

António Vieira
Social Inclusion
Cogitatio Press
1070-129 Lisbon, Portugal

The absent presence of children and young people in everyday landscapes

Session sponsored by the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group of RGS-IBG
Annual International Conference of RGS-IBG
Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK
28-31 August 2018

Tensions abound when making sense of children and young people in everyday environments.  While some lament the withdrawal from public spaces of children and young people, particularly their independent (of adult) presence, others seek to curtail and constrain this on account of the dangers they are perceived to present and face.  Similarly, multiple interpretations can be drawn from what are widely understood as “children’s spaces” in the built environment, with the playground, for example, understood by some to celebrate and valorise children’s right to public space, while others perceive it to be a tool to corral and constrain.   Or, does social media usage among teenagers constitute an absence-with-presence in the everyday environment or might it be a means to achieve presence-using-absence? These substantive issues are of interest to those who are concerned with the quality of children’s lives as lived and wider issues pertaining to childhood and society.  These are also issues that have a wider theoretical reach.  Do our understandings of childhood influence adults in “children’s spaces” when children are not present?  Is there an absence of children, but an ever-present of childhood? Does the absence of children from everyday environments leave our understandings of childhood open to misinterpretation?  This session seeks to advance our understanding of the everyday landscapes of childhood, reflecting on the substantive and theoretical challenges that present through children and young people’s absences and presences.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to John McKendrick (jmke@gcu.ac.uk) by Friday 2nd February 2018. This should include title, author affiliation and email address. 

Postdoctoral scholarships from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.

The Department 'Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia' offers

postdoctoral scholarships
(starting 1 September 2018)

for anthropological researchers wishing to contribute to the agenda of the Visegrád Anthropologists' Network. For background to V4Net see: http://www.eth.mpg.de/4638135/Visegrad_Network .

Your Profile
Applications should be focused on one or more of the V4 countries, or the neue Bundesländer of Germany. Projects that engage with themes in the following broad categories are particularly encouraged: classification, state practices, local level solidarities; gender, sexuality, reproductive rights; migration; minorities; gender, sexuality, reproductive rights; political language, ideologies; religion and secularization; temporality,  history, memory, silences. Applications addressing other themes will also be considered.

Good research skills, the ability to work in a team, and communication skills with good written and spoken English are required. Applicants should have completed their dissertation in social anthropology or a related discipline before the designated starting date.

Our Offer
Postdoctoral scholarships are awarded for up to two years. There are no teaching requirements. Field research can be supported in the usual way; unless the researcher is embarking on an entirely new project involving a new language, it is anticipated that the duration of the fieldwork will be shorter at this level - generally not more than 6 months.

The Max Planck Society strives to employ more persons with disabilities and explicitly encourages applications. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to raising the proportion of women in underrepresented fields; we thus explicitly encourage applications by women.

Please submit your application materials electronically by 30 March 2018 by following the link for vacancies on our homepage (under 'Career'), or by going directly to the online application form using the link below.

Applicants should send the following documentation:

-          cover letter

-          CV including a list of publications

-          two-page summary of the proposed research

-          university degrees

-          names of two referees, whom we may contact (no supporting statement required with the application)

If you have further questions regarding the application procedure, please contact:
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Janka Diallo (jdiallo@eth.mpg.de)

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Dr. Chris Hann (hann@eth.mpg.de).

We look forward to receiving your completed online application under:

Further information on the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute is available on our website: http://www.eth.mpg.de

Call for Proposals for UN World Data Forum 2018

Data experts and users from government, business, academia and civil society are invited to harness the power of data to meet the world’s sustainable development challenges at the next United Nations World Data Forum, taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 22 to 24 October 2018.  The 2018 Forum is building on the initial success of the first ever UN World Data Forum, held earlier this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Forum will foster collaboration between users and producers of data from diverse backgrounds, propose solutions and showcase successful initiatives that improve availability, access and usability of data for decision making at all levels. It will also demonstrate how investment in data and statistics translates into better development outcomes for all.

An open call for proposals for sessions at the 2018 Forum has been issued by its Programme Committee, a group of data leaders from various sectors that is putting together the Forum’s content and outcomes.  Sessions should relate to the Forum’s key thematic areas, including new approaches to capacity development for better data; collaboration and partnerships between national statistical offices and non-traditional data producers; leaving no one behind by capturing data on vulnerable groups; boosting data literacy; and building trust in data and statistics through data principles and good governance. The criteria for sessions also include innovation and concrete experiences and recommendations for the production and use of data; and balance across different data communities, geographic regions and gender.   Young data leaders are especially encouraged to contribute to the Forum with their energy and creativity.

Please visit undataforum.org or http://bit.ly/2xMSazC to submit your session proposal. The deadline is 31 January 2018.  The final Programme will be approved by the UN Statistical Commission’s High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building (HLG-PCCB).

All applicants will be informed about the status of their application by 31 March 2018.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and collaborating with you on data solutions for sustainable development.

Kind regards,

United Nations Statistics Division (UN World Data Forum Secretariat)

Email: dataforum@un.org | Twitter: @UNDataForum
http://undataforum.org/ | http://unstats.un.org/

Health inequalities and migrants: Accessing healthcare as a global human right

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare
Guest Editors: 
Dr. Floor Christie-de Jong, University of Liverpool-online, Floor.christie@online.liverpool.ac.uk

The guest editor of the journal is seeking manuscripts for a September 2018 special issue on health inequalities for migrants and how migration factors can impact access to health care. 

About the Journal 
International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (IJHRH) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal with a unique practical approach to promoting equality, inclusion and human rights in health and social care. The journal explores what is currently known about international discrimination and disadvantage, with a focus on issues influencing the health of populations. Content considers the social determinants of health, equity and interventions that help to overcome barriers and that promote equality and inclusion.

Call for papers
Today, with 1 billion migrants globally, migrant health and equity to healthcare, is more important than ever. In this special issue, migrants are defined as all individuals born outside their country of residence and therefore encompasses a diversity of migrants, including asylum seekers, refugees as well as documented and undocumented economic migrants, and ranges from individuals who have recently settled in their country of residence, to those who have been resident for many years. Migration has become a social determinant of health and migrants may face barriers in accessing appropriate levels of health care, which may be detrimental to public health. For example, barriers for migrant workers to accessing health care have been found to include economic and language barriers, incompatibility with work schedules and fear of losing employment or deportation. 
This special issue in the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare offers an opportunity to contribute to understanding the impact of migration factors, interacting with ethnicity and socio-demographic factors, on the health outcomes, needs and barriers to the healthcare of migrants. We are seeking empirical research articles, case studies, viewpoint articles, review or literature review articles and conceptual articles covering (but not limited to) the following topics:

•    Global equitable access to healthcare for migrants.
•    Health outcomes, needs and challenges for migrants in relation to healthcare.
•    The role of healthcare providers and cultural competence of healthcare providers in the care of migrants.
•    Barriers and facilitators to migrants in accessing healthcare. 
•    Mental Health- prevention, treatment and care for migrant populations.
•    Non-communicable diseases-prevention, treatment and care for migrant populations.
•    Communicable diseases-prevention, treatment and care for migrant populations.
•    Incorporation of technology in cross-cultural healthcare.
•    Health care policies addressing inequalities, ethical issues, social justice and human rights for migrants. 

Submission Procedure: 
Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here: 

Articles should be between 3000 and 6500 words in length. This includes all text including references and appendices.
Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=ijhrh which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

Submission Deadline: 8th January 2018

Break Away Programs Interns

From: Nisha Kavalam 

Dear Colleagues,

Break Away is the national organization that supports and trains the leadership of alternative break programs. Applications for our 2018 Summer Internship are open (and closing soon!). 

Break Away Programs Interns support the Alternative Break Citizenship schools (ABCs), and in turn, gain valuable experience in facilitation and conference development. Please forward this message along to student leaders involved with alternative breaks who may be interested. 

Applications close at 5 pm ET on January 15th. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions!

All the best,

Nisha Kavalam
Programs Director
Break Away | activating citizens through alternative breaks

Call for Papers: Theorising young people’s aspirations in a global context: an interdisciplinary conference

Brunel University London
26th and 27th March 2018
This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to advance conceptual understanding of how young people form, experience and deploy aspiration; the global institutions and processes that shape young people’s aspirations; and the outcomes of aspiration for young people and for wider society.
Recent empirical research from diverse contexts worldwide has reported on the expressed desires of young people to ‘become someone’. Meanwhile, global institutions and national governments represent aspiration as a key to understanding inequality and a motivating force that can inspire social change. Aspiration is understood to play a key role in shaping young people’s engagement with education, politics and migration. Yet despite the burgeoning attention to aspiration in both research and policy, its theorisation remains relatively neglected.
We welcome papers from diverse disciplinary perspectives that address the theorisation of young people’s aspirations. These may consider, but need not be confined to, the following themes.
Aspiration as an instrumental discourse: How is aspiration deployed as a tool of neoliberal governmentality? Is aspiration a prerequisite for social change? How do young people mobilise aspiration to project virtuous identities?
Aspiration as an orientation to the future: What are the limits of aspiration an analytical concept? Does it shed valuable light on youth temporalities? How does it relate to other modes of orienting to the future such as hope, expectation, or desire?
Aspiration as produced and productive: How do dominant norms shape aspiration? What roles are played by affect and emotion? How do aspirations relate to individual and collective agency?
Knowing young people’s aspirations: How meaningful are speech-based research methods for understanding young people’s aspirations? What forms of research might give access to aspects of aspiration that are inarticulable? What do different disciplinary perspectives have to offer?
Further details and information about registration will be made available next week at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/News-and-events/Events/Theorising-young-people's-aspirations-in-a-global-context-an-interdisciplinary-conference.  
Abstract submission
Please submit titles and abstracts (200 words max), along with names and affiliations of authors, to Claire.Dungey@brunel.ac.uk by Friday 9th February.
Prof Nicola Ansell MA, PhD, FRGS
T +44(0)1895 266085 | E nicola.ansell@brunel.ac.uk
Brunel University London
Institute of Environment, Health and Societies
Division of Social Science and Communication
Department of Social and Political Sciences
Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, United Kingdom
T +44(0)1895 274000
Course Director: MA Children, Youth and International Development
New book: Ansell N 2017 Children, Youth and Development (2nd edition), Routledge

Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity- American University

The Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP) in the School of Public Affairs at American University invites applications for a full-time, postdoctoral fellow at the rank of Professorial Lecturer beginning August 1, 2018 and ending August 31, 2019. Applicants should have a PhD or an anticipated PhD completion by August 2018 in the field of public administration, public policy, political science, economics, or a related field.
American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit www.american.edu.
Established in 1934, the School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of Government; Justice, Law, & Criminology; and Public Administration & Policy.  The Department of Public Administration & Policy offers six graduate degrees, an undergraduate minor, and several graduate certificates.  Its programs are consistently ranked among the best in the field of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about the School of Public Affairs at www.american.edu/spa and about the Department of Public Administration & Policy at www.american.edu/dpap.
American University prides itself on having a diverse workforce and to that end encourages applications from underrepresented minorities interested in advancing their stellar careers in public administration and policy. Field of study is open but candidates conducting research in areas that build upon the strength of DPAP's faculty are especially welcome including public administration, public management, research on the nonprofit sector, and the policy areas of education, health, and poverty. Postdoctoral Fellows will participate fully in the academic life of the department, including engaging with faculty and participation in DPAP's research seminar series. Teaching responsibilities will include two courses per academic year in the school's Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration, and minor in Public Administration and Policy.
Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit applications http://apply.interfolio.com/ 46950. Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), three reference letters, and copies of recently published articles or working papers. Please email dpapsearch@american.edu if you have any questions. 
Khaldoun AbouAssi, Ph.D. 
(he, him, his)
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Administration & Policy
School of Public Affairs, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW | Kerwin Hall 343
Washington, DC  20016-8070
Phone: (202) 885-2509
Email: abouassi@american.edu | Twitter: abouassi
Listen to the podcast of my recent Public Administration Review article: https://goo.gl/6k2KbC


Global HRE Community of Practice: Human Rights Training Series - 2 NewWorkshops in early 2018 (Columbia University, New York City)

Human Rights Training Series - 2 New Workshops in early 2018!

(1) Human Rights Advocacy, Campaign Development, and Engagement Strategies
Saturday, January 20, 2018 and Saturday January 27th -  10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
International Affairs Building, Columbia University

This two-part interactive workshop is designed to help practitioners strengthen their ability to conduct effective human rights advocacy and develop successful campaigns.

To learn earn more and register, go to - http://humanrightscolumbia.org/events/human-rights-advocacy-campaign-development-and-engagement-strategies

(2) Human Rights Research and Documentation

Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th - 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Columbia University

This two-day interactive workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ human rights research and documentation skills, primarily for the purposes of human rights policy and advocacy.

To learn earn more and register, go to - http://humanrightscolumbia.org/events/human-rights-research-and-documentation

REGISTER EARLY FOR DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. Limited fellowships are also available via application. Please see the website for a more detailed description and additional information. 

Participants who complete three workshops receive a certification of completion of ISHR's Human Rights Training Series. Letters of participation are also awarded for each individual workshop

Global HRE Community of Practice: Vacancy: Human Rights EducationInstructional Designer at Amnesty International (Oslo)

Global HRE Community of Practice » Forums » Announcements of education and training opportunities and events » Vacancy: Human Rights Education Instructional Designer at Amnesty International (Oslo)
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Vacancy: Human Rights Education Instructional Designer at Amnesty International (Oslo)
by Global HRE CoP Facilitators - Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 7:28 PM
Human Rights Education (HRE) Instructional Designer

Amnesty International
Human Rights Education (HRE) Instructional Designer
Oslo, Norway
Amnesty International’s Human Rights Education programme is looking for an experienced instructional designer to design and develop diverse online learning experiences on human rights. 


Location: Oslo, Norway

Job Type: One year temporary fixed term contract

Working Hours: 35 hours a week/37.5 hours a week incl. lunch break

Languages: English (Essential), French, Spanish (Preferred) 

Roles and responsibilites  

You will design and develop engaging, effective and scalable online human rights education packages for a global audience.
Using existing human rights content, you will design online learning experiences that are suitable to disseminate through various platforms including social media. You will gather information, feedback and analyse data to inform best practices and approaches for scaling up, design and development of creative and cutting edge learner centred online experiences.You will provide support to Amnesty national and regional offices to develop context specific online learning experiences on human rights. 


• Education and experience as an instructional designer 

• Knowledge and documented ability in practising pedagogy, participatory approaches, adult learning models and online community management

• Experience in learner centred instructional design, and a documented ability in developing engaging action oriented online learning experiences on human rights or related topics for different audiences and with different platforms 

• Experience in course creation on at least one of the learning management systems – Docebo, Futurelearn, EdX

• Experience in creating online exercises, assessments and other assets

• Understanding of accessibility standards, usability, and scalability on learning management systems

• Capability both to work on your own initiative and as a member of a large and diverse team, often under pressure

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English 

• Right to work in Norway


• Knowledge of learning management systems apart from the ones mentioned above

• Working knowledge of either French or Spanish


Please send in your application to krittika.vishwanath@amnesty.org by 5th January 2018 18:00 UTC with your CV and a cover letter stating why you would like to apply for this position.

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NSF announces James Ulvestad as Chief Officer for Research Facilities

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NSF announces James Ulvestad as Chief Officer for Research Facilities
12/13/2017 12:00 PM EST

Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce that James S. Ulvestad will serve as the agency's first Chief Officer for Research Facilities (CORF), a position created in recognition of the critical role research infrastructure plays in science and engineering.

"For almost seven decades, NSF has helped build the research infrastructure that allows the United States to be a world leader in innovation. Investment at that scale requires high-level oversight and ...

More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243975&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

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Online Degrees and Certificates in Special Education

Online Degrees in Special Education
Drexel University is uniquely positioned to offer graduate special education certificate and degree programs online for educators and administrators seeking new tools and methodologies to instruct students with autism spectrum disorders and related learning disabilities. Drexel is home to the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, the first research organization dedicated to bringing a public health approach to the challenges presented by autism spectrum disorders. We are also one of only a handful of colleges and universities that offers Wilson Language Training® Level 1 Certification through its certificate and graduate degree programs.

Online programs in special education include:
EdD in Educational Leadership and Management
MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
Special Education Certification Program
Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Graduate Certificate in Special Education Leadership
Collaborative Special Education Law and Process Certificate
Paths to Wilson Language Training® Certification:
MS in Special Education
MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies
Graduate Certificate in Multisensory Reading Instruction Level 1
Drexel University Online | 3001 Market Street Suite 300 | Philadelphia, PA 19104

FRIAR 2018 - Call for Papers - 6th International Conference on Flood and Urban Water Management

Please find below details of the upcoming WIT Conference, FRIAR 2018. To submit your paper or for more information please visit our website.

FRIAR 2018 - Call for Papers
6th International Conference on Flood and Urban Water Management
23 - 25, May, 2018
A Coruña, Spain

Conference website: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2018/friar-2018

Conference Topics:


Flood risk management
Flood warning and forecasting
Flood response and recovery
Flood risk adaptation
Flood protection
Flood modelling
Flood mitigation
Flood vulnerability
Urban flooding
Flood risk assessment
Coastal flooding
Climate change impact
Flood damage assessment
Socio and economic impact
Emergency planning
Blue-green infrastructure
Resilient approaches
Flood case studies
Catchment based approaches
Natural flood management
Urban Water Systems

Water supply networks
Leakage and losses
Modelling and experimentation
Safety and security of water systems
Water quality
Water savings and reuse
Waste water treatment and reuse
Urban drainage systems
Flood control
Storm water management
Watershed management
Urban strategies
Structural works and infrastructure
Maintenance and repairs
Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs)


Position Announcement: Indonesia Country Coordinator

The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force is currently seeking a motivated Country Coordinator to advance work with provincial governments in Indonesia to reduce deforestation. The position is funded under a grant from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) through 2020. Applications will be accepted from individuals or organizations through December 31, 2017, with work anticipated to start in January, 2018. Please feel free to circulate this posting among qualified candidates in your network that may have interest – the full posting can be found here link: " https://gcftf.org/s/GCF-Task-Force-2018-Indonesia-Coordinator-Position-Announcement.pdf "

Announcement - CARISMA Final Conference - 6 February 2018 - BRUSSELS

Dear colleagues

On 6 February of next year, the EU-funded project CARISMA (Horizon 2020 programme) will organise its Final Project Conference in Brussels. CARISMA started in February 2015 with a focus on a wide range of research and innovation aspects related to development and diffusion of (technology) options for climate change mitigation. More information can be found on www.carisma-project.eu.
At the Final Conference, the outcomes of the project are presented against the backdrop of an increasing need to scale up mitigation options for realising the goals of the Paris Agreement. In practice, scaling up of (technology) options is often hindered by aspects such as: sector- or economy-wide costs or welfare impacts, public resistance, or insufficient consideration of local context factors. At the conference, these aspects, with recommendations from CARISMA on how to address these, will be discussed with practitioners from the public and private sector.
The conference will have four sessions, which are further explained in the attached programme (which only shows confirmed speakers and speakers that have tentatively agreed):
Overview of CARISMA results and their policy implications
Integrating social and technological innovation for mitigation in the EU
Making context-sensitive climate policy
Ways forward for research and innovation for climate change mitigation
Should you be interested in attending the conference, you can register by clicking here.
Yours sincerely,
Dr  Heleen de Coninck  (Radboud University, project coordinator)
Dr Wytze van der Gaast (project dissemination leader)
Wytze van der Gaast, PhD
JIN Climate and Sustainability | Ubbo Emmiussingel 19, 9711 BB Groningen, the Netherlands
T +31 (0)50 762 0930 | E wytze@jin.ngo| W jin.ngo | Skype wytzegaast
Book: International Climate Negotiation Factors: Design, Process, Tactics – Wytze van der Gaast (Springer)


[Econstudents] Spring term courses; Summer 2018 preliminary courses; Research Assistant positions; International Exchange info session; Economics Co-op Advisor

Dear Economics Students,
Below, please find information which may be of interest to you:
Spring Term (Jan-Apr) courses
§  If you are in need of an upper level ECONOMICS elective, please note that there are still spaces left in a number of our 400 level courses.

§  Also, please remember to drop, AS SOON AS possible, any course that you do not plan to take as there may be others waiting for that course (especially our 300 level courses).

Preliminary Course Offerings for Summer 2018
Thinking about Economics courses in Summer 2018? A preliminary list of course offerings is available at https://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/economics/assets/docs/undergrad-courses/201805%20for%20website.pdf. Please note that these are subject to change.
Research Assistant positions in the Department of Economics
RA positions for undergraduate or graduate students are available in the Department of Economics. The work involves producing a dataset of racial and ethnic conflict events in the United States by searching for events in the New York Times and coding them according to predetermined criteria. The positions will run from January to the end of April, with the possibility of continuing into the summer. Students must be able to commit to a minimum of 10-15 hours per week to the project throughout the school term.
Qualifications required:
●        strong/fluent communication skills and writing ability

●        strong academic performance

●        ability to work independently

●        qualitative training in political science or history considered an asset

Application must include cover letter and resume.
Please outline:
●        why you want the position

●        why you believe you are a strong candidate for a research position

●        how much time you will be able to commit to the project from January-April and possibly through the summer

Optional:  include a writing sample from a past assignment or paper
Wages $15.25/hour
Send applications to Jonathan French at frenchj@uvic.ca by December 20th, 2017.
*Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
International Exchange Info Session for Economics Students
Thinking of going on exchange? Join Dr. Paul Schure, Economics Exchange Advisor, to learn about international exchange, special opportunities for Economics students, scholarships, and more. The exchange program is open to domestic and international students. All welcome.
When: Monday, January 22, 2018, 11:30-1:00
Where: BEC 363
Meet the Economics Co-op Advisor
Jennie Nilsson is co-op coordinator for the Economics co-op program at UVic. Economics is one of our largest graduate co-op programs on campus and our students work for federal and provincial governments, investment and wealth management firms, and a number of other local, national, and international employers. Jennie has office hours in BEC 396 on Wednesday mornings 9am-12pm. Or e-mail to book an appointment at her office in DTB: jnilsson@uvic.ca. Jennie can help with your resumes and cover letters, discuss co-op opportunities, prepare you for upcoming interviews, or aid you in discovering what you can do with your graduate degree in Economics.
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2018 Leadership Engagement and Discovery (LEAD) Conference

        		Investing to Change the World by 2050
Save the date!

February 8-9, 2018 

The Alexander Hotel
Indianapolis, IN
As business and investment models seek sustainable opportunities to address challenges - including those in education, food security, health care, and environment - is there consensus on how to build an ecosystem that supports and nurtures the models of offering the best outcomes? 

Join us for this important discussion! Call for proposals coming soon.
Visit our website to learn more:https://tobiascenter.iu.edu/conferences/lead-conference/index.html


MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights – including SCHOLARSHIPS

The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights is the longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-orientated human rights master’s degree programme in the UK.
It was established in 1995 in collaboration with Amnesty International to provide scholarly and practical training for future human rights defenders. Located in Bloomsbury, the intellectual heart of London, it offers students easy access to world-class libraries and facilities, and proximity to a wide range of NGOs working on human rights. The degree aims to develop students as human rights practitioners and to enable them to engage with the intellectual and philosophical foundations of human rights. 
This programme is: 
Intellectually rigorous, engaging with human rights debates at the forefront of scholarly research
Career-orientated, aiming to develop the next generation of human rights defenders, advocates and researchers through an emphasis on building practical skills, including campaigning, fundraising, and research—all of which are important for work as a human rights practitioner
Cutting-edge, seeking to widen the frame of human rights debates by looking at emerging issues, such as the impact of environmental destruction on human rights
Policy-orientated, exploring human rights issues from a practical, solution-based perspective as well as a scholarly one
This course is also available to study via distance learning from anywhere in the world.
The degree brings together insights on human rights from a range of disciplines, including law, international relations and sociology. This unique interdisciplinary approach provides students with an extensive and diverse range of perspectives with which to understand contemporary human rights challenges. 
The nearly 800 graduates of the MA in Human Rights have gone on to work for an impressive range of organisations, including major international NGOs like Friends of the Earth, Anti-Slavery International and Amnesty International, businesses like Primark and Sainsbury’s, and UN organisations like the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
This programme is also available to study online, in collaboration with the University of London International Programmes. Find out more here. 
Two bursaries are also available for students on the distance learning course. See more information about the SAS Activist Scholar Bursary here.
Master's Funding
SAS Master's Studentships (2018/19)
The SAS Master's Studentships cover tuition fees and maintenance and are judged on academic merit. In 2017-18, the award amount is approximately £22,000.
SAS Coffin Studentships (Coffin Fund for Promising Students)
The School provides studentships through the Coffin Fund for Promising Students. In 2017/18 two studentship awards of £12,500 will be made to cover tuition fees and contribute towards maintenance costs, based on academic merit.
Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme
In November 2015 the UK government confirmed that a new Postgraduate Master's Loan Scheme will be introduced for students beginning master’s courses in the 2017/18 academic year. Individuals will be able to borrow up to a maximum of £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate master’s qualification. These non-means-tested loans are available to both taught and research master’s students. For more information on the loan scheme, click here.
SAS Hardship Grant
The SAS Hardship Grant provides discretionary financial assistance for all students – particularly to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support. The Fund is intended to alleviate financial hardship. You can apply for help from the Fund at any time during the academic year. View/download SAS Hardship Grant application form [Word], and the SAS Hardship Grant application form for training and research [Word].
Institute- and Course-Specific Funding
The teaching institutes of the School offer a number of bursaries and awards for applicants who have been offered and have accepted a place on one of their degree programmes. These range from small bursaries to fee waivers and full studentships. Please check the relevant institute website for current deadlines.
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights
The James Manor Bursary honours Professor James Manor, who has been long associated with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and who had a pivotal role in founding the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. It provides up to 50% of tuition fees for students enrolled on the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Part-time students are eligible for this award, although it is not automatically granted for each year of study and awardees will need to re-apply for the award prior to their second year. Four bursaries are available and are awarded on a competitive basis according to the academic potential of the applicant, with preference given to students with demonstrated financial need. The scheme is open to UK, EU, and overseas students. More information on the James Manor Bursary.
The Routledge Studentship is an annual award for a student undertaking the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. It was created by Routledge, publisher of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, to mark The Round Table’s close connections with the Institute and to celebrate the achievements of Dr Peter Lyon, long-time editor of the journal and Reader in International Relations at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. In addition to a 50% fee waiver, the awardee receives £12,000 that can be applied to maintenance costs. Please note that this award is available only to overseas students. More information on the Routledge Studentship.
The Yusuf Ali Scholarship is available to students of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi descent who have applied for the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Awards range in value between £3,000 and £14,000, depending on financial need. The decision to make an award depends on the excellence of the applicant’s academic and professional experience. More information on the Yusuf Ali Scholarship.
The School of Advanced Study Activist Scholar Bursary is available to students studying the MA in Understanding and Securing Human rights via online learning. There are two bursaries available, worth 50% of module fees (currently equates to £4,050). Applications are assessed on academic potential, financial need and voluntary or professional activism in the field of human rights. Find out more about the Activist Scholar Bursary.
Dr Damien Short,
Reader in Human Rights,
Convenor: MA Understanding and Securing Human Rights,
Co-Director: Human Rights Consortium 
Editor in Chief: The International Journal of Human Rights
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ICANN News Alert -- Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program

News Alert


Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program
11 December 2017
LOS ANGELES – 11 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for registrations for the 2018 Leadership Program, to be held 7–9 March in San Juan, Puerto Rico, just prior to ICANN61. The program helps current and incoming leaders to better understand the complexities of ICANN and to develop facilitation skills. Interested individuals need to be endorsed by their Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, or Stakeholder Groups.

The registration deadline is Friday, 5 January 2018, 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The registration form can be found here. The Leadership Program does not provide financial support for travel to Puerto Rico, but does cover accommodations and offer a stipend for the days of the program.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

[ecrea] 2018 visiting fellowship at Canterbury University, New Zealand

Media and Communication Visiting Fellowship *University of Canterbury, New Zealand
The University of Canterbury invites applications for its Media and Communication Visiting Fellowship during Semester One 2018.
The fellowship covers the cost of a return flight to New Zealand, accommodation and a per diem for the fellowship period. The fellow is provided with an office in the department, a computer and access to the university library. The fellowship is for a four to six week period between either February 19 to March 29 or April 23 to June 1, 2018.
The fellow is expected to offer a number of talks and seminars on their research and meet with graduate students on an informal basis to offer general guidance, but is otherwise free to use this time for their own research.
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to the Fellowship Committee atjournalism@canterbury.ac.nz by December 29, 2017. A decision will be made regarding the fellow shortly afterwards. Questions regarding the fellowship should be directed to Babak Bahador at babak.bahador@canterbury.ac.nz .
The Media and Communication department at the University of Canterbury is a research-led department with strengths in a number of areas. The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference.” The fellow will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich their professional and personal development.

[ecrea] Research Associate @ University College London

UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) is seeking an innovative scholar with interdisciplinary interests to explore the intersections between the technical and political / public policy and governance dimensions of emerging technologies to join the department. Applications are invited for a Research Associate (i.e., Post Doc) to investigate the international political and governance dimensions of emerging technologies that underpin the Internet of Things (including but not limited to artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation).
For more details about the role, deadlines and requirements: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BGI091/ucl-science-technology-engineering-and-public-policy-steapp/

Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Management

McGill University is now accepting applications for its 2018-19 intake the professional development certificate in parliamentary management program. Designed for mid-level parliamentary staff who have the potential to reach the highest levels of parliamentary management, the goal of this program is to advance parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. The curriculum is based on international best practices and uses blended learning methods, including one-on-one mentoring, face-to-face networking, and online courses. By equipping parliamentary staff to become the ‘corporate memory’ of parliament, the program helps build the legislatures of tomorrow.
Further information is available:

SDGs & Youth Leadership

We are pleased to inform you that Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia) is encouraging young leaders to adopt, understand and implement Sustainable Development Goals. Vision 2020 south asia project is an initiative of youths covered 17 districts of Bangladesh in promoting and implementing SDGs through youth leadership. The young change-makers are a testament to the ingenuity of youth and we congratulate them for their exceptional leadership and demonstrated commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. SR Asia Bangladesh is the knowledge partner to Vision 2020 south asia project and in advisory board. On 8th December 2017, SR Asia Bangladesh joined in a seminar organized by vision 2020 south asia project on “SDGs and Youth leadership” in Sylhet Bangladesh. Around 200 students from colleges and universities were present in the seminar.

Kankana Haider
Coordination Team
Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia)
Email: info.bd@sr-asia.org | srasia.bd@gmail.com
Phone: +88 02 8899232 | Mobile: 01796 635 293
Web: www.sr-asia.org

Call for papers: Chinese Economists Society 2018 North America Conference, April 6-7, 2018, Athens, GA, USA

This is a reminder of the deadline ( Dec 15) of abstract submission for CES NA 2018 conference.
Chinese Economists Society 2018 North America Conference April 6-7, 2018 Athens, GA, USA
The Chinese Economists Society (CES) calls for abstract submissions for its 2018 North America Conference, to be held at Terry College of Business, University of Georgia in Athens, GA, April 6-7 (Friday and Saturday), 2018. The local host for the conference is the University of Georgia. The theme of the conference is “Regulatory Impact Analysis: Methods, Applications, and Implications for Emerging Economies”. The conference includes invited keynote speakers, roundtable forums, and parallel sessions. Arrival and registration of participants will start in the afternoon of April 5. All speeches and sessions are on April 6 and 7. Confirmed keynote speakers include:
· Dr. James Hammitt is Director of Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, and Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health.
· Dr. Ginger Zhe Jin, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, Former Director of the Bureau of Economics, US Federal Trade Commission, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
· Dr. Mark Roberts, Professor of Economics at the Pennsylvania State University, Research Associate of the NBER, a member of the Census Advisory Committee, American Economic Association.
· Dr. Tao Zha, Research Center Executive Director of the Center for Quantitative Economic Research, the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics at Emory University, and Research Associate at the NBER.
This conference will promote academic exchanges related to the Chinese economy in a North American venue. It also provides professional development opportunities for doctoral candidates in North America who do China-related research and/or are interested in China-based employments. This conference will offer a focus-group panel session and other extended activities for these candidates. We encourage participating institutions, especially Chinese universities to recruit at the conference for new faculty and pursue visiting opportunities in North America for their faculty members. This conference also encourages student participation by offering one Gregory Chow Best Paper Award, travel subsidies, and valuable opportunities for students to network with experienced scholars.
CES invites both members and non-members to submit papers and/or to propose organized sessions at the 2018 CES North America Conference. All fields of specialization within Economics will be considered, but papers with close relevance to the theme or the Chinese economy will be given preference. The abstract submission deadline is December 15, 2017.
Persons interested in presenting a paper at the conference need to submit an abstract of no more than 400 words with title, author name(s), JEL code(s), and keywords via the CES website at http://www.china-ces.org/Conferences/NewAbstract.aspx?ID=47. Submitters will be notified via e-mail by January 15, 2018 as to whether your abstract is accepted for presentation.
If you would like to organize one or more sessions on a specific topic and have speakers/presenters lined up, please submit your proposal to Professor Zhuo (Adam) CHEN, CES President, for approval at zchen1@uga.edu by November 30th, 2017. Each organized session should consist of four individual papers. Proposal should contain a tentative name of the session, titles of papers along with their abstracts, as well as names of session presenters and discussants with their e-mails. Please note that papers included in a session must still go through the regular paper submission process through the CES website to be included into the program.
Important Dates
November 30, 2017 Organized session proposal submission deadline (submit proposals to zchen1@uga.edu)
December 15, 2017 Abstract submission deadline for both individual presenters and presenters of proposed organized sessions (submit via the CES website at http://www.china-ces.org/Conferences/NewAbstract.aspx?ID=47) January 15, 2018 Notification of decision
We will select an outstanding paper presented at the 2018 CES North America conference for the Gregory Chow Best Paper Award. To be eligible for consideration for this prestigious award, the primary author of the paper must be a graduate student or a junior scholar who received his/her PhD within the last five years (no earlier than May 2013). The award winner will receive a certificate and a US$1,000 prize. Persons interested in being considered for the Award must provide information confirming eligibility at the time of submission. Graduate students’ electronic submissions should be followed up by a letter on official university stationary from a professor certifying that the submitter is a graduate student in good standing. An electronic version of this letter should be signed and emailed by the professor to Dr. Guodong (Gordon) GAO at ggao@rhsmith.umd.edu by February 28, 2018.
The CES plans to select a group of high quality papers presented at the conference for special issues at journals such as China Economic Review, Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, and Emerging Market Finance and Trade. Papers submitted for consideration of the special issue still need to go through regular review process. Details about these publication opportunities will be provided later.
Limited travel subsidy of up to $500 per person are available to presenting authors. Preference will be given to students or junior faculty (received their doctoral degree May 2013 or later). Recipients of the travel fund must be CES members who are current on dues while new members may receive priority. Eligible presenters may indicate their interest in applying for the travel subsidy when responding to the decision regarding their abstract submission.
With the generous support from the State-of-the-Art Conference Support Program, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost’s Office, the University of Georgia (UGA), registration waivers are available with preference given to UGA students, and non-UGA presenting students.
Applicants for travel subsidy and/or registration waivers need to apply for the support by indicating their interest and providing appropriate documentations by February 1, 2018. Decisions will be sent to applicants by February 15, 2018.
All presenters and conference attendees must register for the Conference. Registration should be made online through the conference page at www.china-ces.org under “Conferences”. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER BY MARCH 23 TO BE INCLUDED INTO THE FINAL PROGRAM.
You can join the CES and become a member here: http://www.china-ces.org/AboutCES/Default.aspx?title=Join%20CES. Regular membership is $40 per year while student membership is $15 per year.
Registration Fee Schedule

Before or on Feb. 28th, 2018 After Feb. 28th, 2018
Regular CES member US $100 US $150
Non-CES member US $150 US $200
Student CES member US $50 US $120
Student Non-CES member US $80 US $180

Hotel information will be coming soon.
Athens, Georgia is about two hours from Atlanta airport via Groome Transportation ($39 one-way). Schedule and booking of the shuttles are available on http://athens.groometransportation.com/athens-shuttle-schedule/.
Inquiries should be sent to:
· for academic matters: Dr. Zhuo (Adam) CHEN at zchen1@uga.edu
· for general inquiries: Dr. Zijun LUO at luozijun@shsu.edu
We acknowledge the continuing support for the Gregory and Paula Chow Foundation and the funding and in-kind support from units of the University of Georgia as below.
· The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provosts
· The James C. Bonbright Center for the Study of Regulation, Terry College of Business
· Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of International and Public Affairs
· Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health
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Postdoc opportunity, University of Kent

Message from Zoe Davies, a colleague at the University of Kent — would be a great opportunity for a recent PhD graduate...
I am currently looking for a high-calibre interdisciplinary social scientist to work a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator funded project entitled ‘Environmental Spaces and the Feel-Good Factor: Relating Subjective Wellbeing to Biodiversity (RELATE)’. The position is full time for three years. The post holder will be based at University of Kent, working with me and Robert Fish, but will also collaborate closely with project co-investigators Martin Dallimer (University of Leeds) and Katherine Irvine (James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen). In brief, the PDRA will:
explore human-biodiversity relationships, attitudes and values through a series of deliberative participatory workshops in UK woodlands across the seasons
use content and discourse analysis techniques to analyse human relationships with biodiversity attributes across a range of cultural and scientific texts
collaborate on a configurative systematic review, which will underpin the development of a conceptual framework for considering human-biodiversity relationships
write high impact peer-reviewed papers and give presentations at academic conferences
exchange knowledge and collaborate with project partners from both within and external to academia (e.g. government agencies and non-governmental organisations)
Further details can be found here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BGF539/postdoctoral-research-associate/http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BGF539/postdoctoral-research-associate/. The application deadline is Sunday 21st Jan.

National Student Success Conference: Innovators and Innovations

The University of South Florida is hosting the First National Student Success Conference February 21-23: http://floridaconsortium.com/event/national-student-success-conference-innovators-innovations/ There are some amazing speakers, including George Kuh as the keynote. Its a great time to come to Florida too.

*(SAW) is acronym for 'Sallalahu Alayhe Wasallam', which means 'Peace be Upon Him'.