World Conference on Women’s Studies on November 1-3, 2018 in New York City

The conference title is Gender Equality Unlocks the Power of Nations, and the conference is organized by the World Center for Women’s Studies (www.world-CWS.com). Scholars from Asia, Africa and Europe are coming and it would be a chance to develop research collaborations. There will be also published volume consisting of presented paper (papers will go through peer review process).

If you wish to attend, please email Barbara Wejnert an abstract of your presentation so she can add you to a program (Barbara Wejnert at: bwejnert@gmail.com). Registration information also enclosed in the attached document (the discounted room rate is available until October 9).

The registration fees (eventbrite tickets) include breakfast and lunch for ALL the participants both from the developing countries and developed countries. Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4rd-world-conference-on-womens-studies-tickets-48582525642?

The hotel registration (with discounts) for participants of the 4th WCWS is ready to use.

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CFP: Cities of the Arab World: Theory, Investigation, Critique (February 14-16, 2019)

Call for Papers

Cities of the Arab World: Theory, Investigation, Critique

February 14-16, 2019

Global Urban Studies Program

Michigan State University

Contemporary Arab cities are dynamic entities within and through which larger national, regional and global political-economic, technological and cultural forces interact. Global discourses of urban development and redevelopment, for example, contribute to traumatic dislocations in predictable ways, but also open new pathways to power and new dynamics of place- and community-making as local forces turn such discourses to their own purposes. Social conflict and war, too, have their own political economies and logics of creation and destruction, as politicians and profiteers speculate, and rebels and refugees improvise and innovate survival strategies and new forms of self-government. Reconstruction further reorganizes urban space and economic opportunity, as it gives rise to new and innovative approaches to urban planning, architecture and heritage preservation. Burgeoning creative scenes introduce new aesthetics and make possible new identities and forms of resistance. At the same time, they commodify culture and anchor emergent art markets with increasingly global connections.  Just as Kurds, Copts, Armenians and Chaldeans have contributed to the creative flux of Arab cities, contemporary migrants from the Arab world have created hybrid cultural and political formations and new linguistic landscapes as migrants adapt to and alter metropolitan spaces around the world.

This conference seeks papers that explore the complexities and contradictions of Arab cities and Arab urban communities around the world. Organizers seek theoretically driven, holistic and historically grounded individual and comparative studies that explore both significant challenges and the creative resilience in meeting those challenges in Arab cities and communities. Through concrete case studies, comparisons and ethnographies, participating scholars are asked to attend to the discourses, power structures, institutions, technologies, and strategies shaping Arab cities and communities, as well as the political-economic and socio-cultural forces that drive, benefit from, resist, or are produced by them.

We are particularly interested in papers that focus on the following issues:

  • The impact of war, occupation and/or reconstruction on Arab cities.
  • Political economies of urban development and redevelopment in Arab cities. Who “owns” the city and with what political, economic or cultural effect?
  • Minority communities and their contributions to or marginalization within Arab cities.
  • Youth culture, gender, or fashion in Arab cities.
  • Climate change and environmental challenges and Arab Cities, including, but not limited to: supply of potable water and sanitation; waste management; transportation; energy consumption; air pollution; and uncontrolled urban growth.
  • Linguistic landscapes and hybridities in the Arab world and Arab communities around the world.
  • Arab migration and diaspora communities: Identity -, city- and community- making outside the Middle East.
  • Representation of Arab cities and urban life in literature and film.
  • The city or the urban in Arab political thought and subaltern movements.

We intend to publish conference papers in special issues (or special sections) of peer-reviewed journals and a peer-reviewed edited volume. We ask that participants supply draft papers for circulation by February 2, 2019 for circulation amongst panel participants as a first step in the peer review process.

Transport, accommodation, and meals during the conference will be subsidized by the organizers.

Please submit abstracts for papers (max 300 words) and a CV to Dr. Najib Hourani at houranin@msu.eduwith the subject line “Arab Cities 2019 Abstract.”

The deadline for abstract submission is October 5, 2018.

 

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CFP: Sociology of Contemporary South Asia

Boston, March 16-19, 2019
Deadline for Abstract: October 30, 2018
Previously a contrast case against which classical sociologists defined European industrial societies, South Asia has become a distinct region of sociological inquiry in its own right. Nonetheless, the study of specific contemporary and historical contexts within South Asia is often jettisoned underneath the umbrella of “Global and Transnational Sociology,” “Sociology of Development,” or “Asian Studies” in disciplinary spaces. In this mini-conference, we center the multitide of contexts on the subcontinent to draw the sociology of South Asia into core theoretical conversations in our discipline. Recognizing the rapid expansion of cutting edge scholarship in the areas of gender, development, urban studies, political economy, and education that focus on South Asia, this miniconference aims to provide a forum for sociologists of South Asia to engage with colleagues who share an understanding of our disciplinary, geographic, and historic contexts. We invite sociologists working on contemporary South Asia from a diverse range of theoretical perspectives, geographical concentrations, and methodological commitments to participate in a conversation on two critical, interrelated questions: first, what might be distinctive about the sociological study of South Asia? And second, how might the sociology of South Asia push all sociologists to rethink core concepts, categories, and assumptions? We invite papers that bring theoretical and methodological tools from sociology to bear on the study of contemporary India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Afghanistan. Specific topics of study could include social movements; struggles over land, housing or water rights; caste politics; formal and informal labor; agrarian economies; urbanization; education; finance; public health; citizenship practices; changing religious discourses and practices; body and embodiment; sexuality, or gender. We also welcome theoretical papers that engage postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, political economy, or feminist epistemologies with reference to contexts in South Asia. The mini-conference will take place during the ESS Annual Meetings in Boston, MA. With a focus on critical, substantive, and relevant feedback on ongoing work, we also hope the mini-conference will provide a crucial opportunity to build community among a growing group of U.S.-based South Asianist sociologists.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Those wishing to present papers in this mini-conference should submit an abstract of no longer than 250 words by October 30, 2018 through the ESS submission portal at https://www.meetingsavvy.org/ess. Proposals not accepted for the mini-conference will be submitted to the ESS general call for submissions. To submit to this mini-conference, select “Mini Conference Presentation” in the “Submission type” drop-down menu. Supply your title and abstract. After hitting “Next”, select the name of the mini-conference from the keyword drop-down menu. Please direct any questions to organizers Smitha Radhakrishnan (sradhakr@wellesley.edu) and Gowri Vijayakumar (gowri@brandeis.edu).
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CFP: Symposium on Sustainable Development in SE Asia

 Call for Papers: Approaches to Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia – Research & Action 

Dates: December 17-19, 2018 

Venue: Southern Institute of Social Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Overview and objectives: The Southern Institute of Social Sciences (SISS) (HCMC), in collaboration with the Asia Center, University of Utah, and generously supported by a Henry Luce Foundation grant to the Mekong Region Development Research Group, is organizing a 2.5 day symposium of scholarly presentation and discussion of leading edge research and action approaches to sustainable development (SD) across communities of Southeast Asia. The goals of the symposium are to create a collaborative community of scholars interested in addressing SD challenges through research and action, and to foster interdisciplinary knowledge and conversations on ways to conceptualize, conduct, and translate research into policy and practice around SD in the region. The symposium organizers will seek venues for publication of symposium proceedings in order to disseminate select symposium papers to a wider audience of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. 

The first two days of the symposium will consist of two keynotes, 2-4 paper sessions comprised of participants’ original research papers, and guided discussions on SD questions submitted by the symposium organizers and participants. The organizers request that interested researchers, from academic, policy, and NGO sectors, submit for consideration original concept or research papers that address approaches and challenges to achieving sustainable forms of development. Case studies documenting community successes in achieving SD, and which can inform ongoing challenges in Vietnam and elsewhere in the Mekong Region, are particularly welcome, as are papers elaborating transboundary development issues. We also welcome papers that take up the following issues in relationship to sustainable development: gender, demography, migration, health, environment and natural resources, transportation and built environment, ethnicity and indigeneity, and culture. 

The symposium’s primary regional focus will be the Mekong Region countries, however papers that focus upon other regions with parallel development challenges are also welcome. 

On the final day of the symposium, participants are invited to take part in a guided field trip to the XaMat border, TanBien district, TayNinh province. We will visit communities that have participated in SISS’ ongoing research on transboundary SD issues. 

The University of Utah Asia Center, with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, will cover the costs of airfare, visa preparation, accommodation and meals for the duration of the symposium. 

Submission guidelines: Please submit a title page (including authors and affiliations), paper abstract (up to 250 words) and CV to Ms. Nguyen Minh Chau (minhchauvkhxh@gmail.com) no later than October 1, 2018 

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CFP: Volume on Gender and Practice

Call for Proposals for a Volume on Gender and Practice

Advances in Gender Research 27 Edited by

Vasilikie Demos, Marcia Texler Segal & Kristy Kelly

Submission of Abstract for Consideration by Sept. 30, 2018

First Draft Due: December 15, 2018

Publication Date: Late Fall 2019/Early Winter 2020

This call is for submissions in the form of a paragraph or two proposing a chapter for a volume in the AGR book series focusing on gender and practice. We take a broad approach and welcome a range of papers that may relate to any and all forms of practice including those led by practitioners, academics, and activists.

Submissions should be approximately 150 to 500 words.  We welcome academic research papers framed by theory and including methodological details and findings.  In order to broaden the scope of this volume of AGR and to highlight practice, we also welcome submissions focused on “praxis” or the engagement, application, evaluation or development of applied research, policy, and practitioner tools for bringing women, men or gender into their work. Specific topics of interest include feminist practices for organizational change, policy-making, gender budgeting, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, teaching and learning about gender, advocacy work, as well as methods and theories for researching gender in practice. We  encourage submissions from a broad range of gender and practice fields including feminist movement-building, education, climate change, health, finance, labor relations, employment, immigration, refugees, human rights, political participation, leadership, policy, media, LGBTQ, children and youth, men and masculinities, aging, tourism, law, gender mainstreaming, violence, peace and security, civil society, humanitarian aid and development, urban development, disaster mitigation, multilateral agencies, and historical or comparative perspectives on any of these.

We seek submissions from all countries and regions, but papers must be in English and all work must be submitted as a Word document. The editors will base their decision to publish on editorial and peer review.  Proposals and inquiries should be sent to all three editors: Vicky v.demos.agr@gmail.comMarcia mtsegal.agr@gmail.comand Kristy kek72@drexel.edu.

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Call for Notes from the Field

The editors of the Sociology of Development section’s newsletter, Sectors,
invite junior scholars (i.e. graduate students, recent grads, postdocs, and
tenure-track faculty) to submit short descriptive articles (500-600 words)
about their research for Notes from the Field. Notes from the Field is a
feature that highlights ongoing and recent experience related to field
work, and  offers an opportunity for junior scholars to raise their profile
by sharing their work with scholars interested in development sociology.
Recent essays highlight archival research in Geneva, working with a
translator in Bangladesh and handling ethical dilemmas in India. You can
find these and other essays in past issues on our section website: https://
sociologyofdevelopment.com/sectorsnewsletters/.

Please send all essays to Sectors co-editors Victoria Reyes and Maria
Akchurin at SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com by Wednesday, October 31st, at 11:59
p.m. EST. Essays will undergo a review by the Sectors editorial team, and
accepted essays may be published in either the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019
issue.

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Call for Papers: International Conference on the Past, Present and Future of African-Asian Relations

Call for Papers International Conference on the Past, Present and Future of African-Asian Relations University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland April 25-27, 2019, Abstract due 9/30/18

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the relations between Africa and Asia. This is mainly due to what is perceived as increasing Chinese influence and presence in Africa. Initially hardly noticed in Western Europe and Northern America, a key moment in this gradual process was the “Five Points Proposal” presented by then-President Jiang Zemin during his tour of Africa in 1996. What was termed a “new relationship with Africa” included catchwords such as non-intervention, reliable friendship and mutually beneficial development. Among the earlier scholars to analyze these developments, Alden (2005, 2007) described China’s need for energy (especially oil), strategic minerals, and arguably stable sources of key foodstuffs. He pointed to China’s drive for new markets, especially for low-value consumer goods sold through a growing network of Chinese merchants. Africa is also a considerable market for Chinese construction firms using contracted Chinese labor, especially in the domains of infrastructure and housing. Finally, there is growing Chinese direct investment in land and businesses. Not only Africa’s ties with the world economy are redefined, but also its ties with the international community, as Brautigam’s (2009) widely known analysis of Chinese development aid shows.

While unrivalled in its scope, the Chinese relations with Africa is only one example of growing ties between Asian and African countries. Among the other examples are Japan and India, not least with their joint Asia-Africa Growth Corridor efforts. Maritime Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia have also intensified their relationship with Africa in trade, FDI and beyond. Additionally, various oil states in the Persian Gulf (Iran, UAE, Oman, Qatar) have turned their gaze to Africa. Both Asian and African countries frequently describe their relations as being different to relations with European or North American countries. In the rapidly growing body of scientific literature on the topic, but also in media reports, the influence of China and other Asian countries is the source of controversial debates. Particularly China is seen as a rogue donor and neocolonial exploiter causing multi-dependency of African countries or as a (potential) new hegemon in the world economy. More benevolent perspectives on Asian relations with African countries see Asian countries as healthy economic competitors, as development partners that help African countries pave a pathway out of poverty or even as liberators that help end the postcolonial dependence of African countries.

Prudent voices such as Chaponnière (2008) remind us that quite similar debates were abundant in the 1960s, when revolutionary China became increasingly active in Africa. Taking an even broader and more long-term view of the relationship between Asia and Africa, the current interaction is seen as a shift of the center of the world economy to the East or as (cyclical) re-emergence of the centers of the early world economies as described, for example, by Abu-Lughod (1991), Frank (1998), or Chaudhuri (1985). These early world economies did not originate in Europe, but in Asia, reaching, as expressed by Sheriff (1987), the Indian Ocean to the littoral southeast of Africa. In yet another perspective, not least taken by Chinese sources, the current developments are described as the advent of a multipolar world.

With this call for papers, the organizers encourage researchers to investigate sociological theories and conceptual tools for the analysis of the relationships between Asia and Africa. They welcome reflections on questions of methods and data for analysis of these relationships. The organizers are interested in past and current developments in the social structure of the world society. They invite papers on the economic, political and social changes triggered by African-Asian relationships, both on the African continent but also in China and other Asian countries. Finally, this call is interested in the driving forces behind these developments and their interests, again on both continents.

Issues that may be addressed by papers include (but are not limited to):

• Institutionalized Asian-African relationships, such as China’s “One Belt, One Road Initiative” or the FOCAC, the India Africa Forum Summit, or Japan’s TICAD.

• Consequences of the Asian-African relationships such as changing inequalities, unequal exchanges, indebtedness, changes in poverty, (dis)continuities in labor movements

• Other social consequences including changes of gender and generational relations

• Changes in the economy triggered by foreign direct investment, the diffusion of agricultural and other technologies, labour migration and changing trade patterns

• Political issues such as the shift of military power, new conflict lines or human rights issues

• Ideational aspects of the Asian-African relationships such as Asian (developmental) states as blue print for development strategies in African countries, Gulf States as models for non-Western modernity, or mutual (racist) stereotypes.

• Transnational aspects such as the role of networks and diasporas or forms of migration for business, recreation, health care or education

• Ecological issues such as the consumption of resources and its impact on the environment or the potential for green technologies

Highest priority will be given to papers that combine a general theoretical discussion with new empirical findings. These papers may be based on new comparative research as well as single-case studies, and on qualitative as well as quantitative research methods. Papers can take a long durée perspective or focus on limited time periods, including contemporary ones.

Submission procedure: Please submit a 500 word paper abstract in English before September 30, 2018 (CET) to africa-asia.conference@unine.ch. The abstract should include the title of the paper, all author(s) names and affiliation as well as contact information. It should contain clear information on the research methods, data sources and analytical tools to be used. Please note that the organizers are seeking original contributions. Papers that have already been published or submitted for publication will not be accepted. Authors will be notified before the end of October 2018 of paper proposal acceptance. Successful applicants are invited to elaborate their proposals into full papers and to participate in the World Society Foundation Award of Excellence Program for Research Papers.

World Society Foundation Award for Research Papers: Successful applicants of abstract proposals interested in having their papers considered for the World Society Foundation Award for Research Papers are invited to submit their full paper (25-30 pages, but no more than 8000 words) in English before January 6, 2019 (CET) to africa-asia.conference@unine.ch. The authors of the most outstanding papers will be invited to the conference and they become candidates for the Foundation’s 2019 Award. Notification of selected papers will be given by February 15, 2019. The Award, with a prize of US $ 10’000 (first prize) and US $ 5’000 (second prize) will be presented at the Neuchâtel conference. Travel grants: The organizers award a limited number of travel grants covering airfare and accommodation (in full or in part) to researchers from the Global South (International Sociological Association country categories B and C) and to doctoral students.

Travel grants will be allocated on the basis of a competitive assessment of papers submitted. To apply for travel grants, please submit as paper proposal a 500 word abstract before May 1, 2018 (CET) to africa-asia.conference@unine.ch. The abstract should comply with the requirements mentioned above. Authors of accepted abstracts will receive notification by May 31, 2018 and asked to elaborate their proposals into full papers to be submitted by September 30, 2018 (CET). Authors will be notified before the end of October 2018 of full paper acceptance. Accommodation and travel will be provided for one author per accepted full paper using the most economical travel route.

Publication: A selection of outstanding papers will be published in a conference volume.

Organizing committee: Marilyn Grell-Brisk (University of Neuchâtel), Daniel Künzler (University of Fribourg), Christian Suter (University of Neuchâtel), Patrick Ziltener (University of Zurich). Conference Sponsorship: The conference is supported by the World Society Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland), the Swiss Society for African Studies, the Swiss Sociological Association, and the Sociological Institute of the University of Neuchâtel. For more information on the conference and for updates, please check at: http://www.worldsociety.ch/.

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