62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS)

Call for Papers
62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS)
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina
March 12-14, 2015

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014

Conference Theme:
“Memory and Identity in Latin America”

The 62nd Annual Meeting of SECOLAS will take place at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, from Thursday, March 12 to Saturday, March 14, 2015. SECOLAS invites faculty members, independent scholars and graduate students to submit panel and individual paper proposals for participation in the conference.
We welcome submissions on any aspect of Latin American and/or Caribbean Studies, including papers and panels that address the conference theme (broadly conceived).
Graduate student presenters will be eligible to apply for the Ed Moseley Award for the best paper presented at the SECOLAS meeting.

After the conference, all presenters will be eligible to submit their paper for publication consideration in the SECOLAS Annals issue of The Latin Americanist, an international, peer-reviewed journal published by SECOLAS and Wiley Blackwell.

Send proposals, including a 250‐word abstract for each panel and/or paper and a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) for all panelists, to one of the program co-chairs by December 1, 2014:

History and Social Sciences
Michael Pisani
Department of Management
Central Michigan University
m.pisani@cmich.edu

Literature and Humanities
Paul Worley
Department of English
Western Carolina University
pmworley@wcu.edu

Local Arrangements:
Jurgen Buchenau, History and Latin American Studies, UNC Charlotte, jbuchenau@uncc.edu Gregory Crider, History, Winthrop University, criderg@winthrop.edu

South Eastern Council On Latin American Studies – SECOLAS
UNC Charlotte | Department of History
9201 University City Blvd. | Charlotte, NC 28223
Email: Secolas-org@uncc.edu

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2015 UAA Conference: Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-making in the Global City – CFP

2015 UAA Conference: Call for Participation
April 8-11, 2015
Intercontinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza Miami, FL 33131
Call for Participation
Conference Policies -(Proposal submission starts July 1, 2014)

• Review the conference policies for proposal submission, registration, & presentation scheduling.
• English is the official conference language. All abstracts, session proposals, papers and presentations must be prepared in English.
Proposal Submission: Participation Formats (Proposal submission starts July 1, 2014)
• Individual paper presentation
Individuals may submit a proposal to present a researched-based paper. If your paper proposal is accepted, the program committee groups it with three or four other related papers into a panel. Each panelist presents his or her paper, and an open discussion follows the presentations. Each panel includes a moderator, who manages the time and introduces the panelists. Panel sessions are 80 minutes in length.
• Poster presentation
A poster is an alternative way to present the results of a research paper. However, a poster is not simply a set of full text pages of a research paper pinned to a board. To make a poster presentation, an author must prepare a set of printed pages that show the major components of her/his research study in a very concise and visually interesting manner. As a poster presenter, you have a unique opportunity to directly explain your work to colleagues who share your interests. A proposal for a poster presentation requires the submission of an abstract and full contact information for each author and co-author.
• Breakfast roundtable
A breakfast roundtable is an informal discussion of a topic during breakfast. The discussion is led by one or more persons but open to anyone who wishes to join in and share his or her views. If more than one person will lead the roundtable, only the primary leader must submit a proposal.
• Organized colloquy
A colloquy is a structured, formal discussion of a topic by a group of pre-selected individuals (typically four or five people). A colloquy proposal is submitted by an organizer who has invited individual speakers to participate in the proposed discussion.
• Organized panel
An organized panel consists of a pre-selected group of papers that are identified by an organizer. The organizer submits the abstract and contact information for each paper’s author(s).
• Volunteer moderator
This option is designed for those who wish to actively participate in the conference but who are not involved in any of the session types/roles described above. Do not choose this option if you are presenting a paper/poster or serving as a colloquy speaker or breakfast roundtable convener.
– See more at: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/conference2015/submit-a-proposal/#sthash.mGzW4CwD.dpuf

XI Congreso Argentino de Antropología Social

XI CAAS “Edgardo Garbulsky”

“Perspectivas críticas en Antropología Social.

Construcciones teóricas y prácticas desde América Latina”

Damos la bienvenida al XI Congreso Argentino de Antropología Social  que se celebrará entre los días 23 y 26 de Julio de 2014 en la sede de la Facultad de Humanidades y Artes de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario.

En el año 1990, fuimos sede de la III edición de este evento. En aquel momento se realizó bajo la presidencia de Edgardo Garbulsky, quien fuera, a su vez, el Director de la carrera de Antropología de la UNR en aquel momento.

Veinticuatro años después tenemos el honor de volver a reunir a quienes participan en nuestro quehacer disciplinar, bajo la organización de la Escuela de Antropología y el Departamento de Antropología Sociocultural  de la  Facultad de Humanidades y Artes (UNR), junto al Colegio de Graduados en Antropología de la República Argentina.

Quien fatigara su vida en impulsar los estudios de la antropología argentina y latinoamericana desde la perspectiva crítica, no está con nosotros desde el año 2007. Es por ello que nos honra poner su nombre a este congreso: Edgardo Garbulsky.

Con un escenario mundial en permanente reconfiguración producto de las sucesivas crisis, América Latina aparece como un espacio donde la conjunción de los distintos sujetos sociales se condensa en propuestas sociopolíticas que si bien no se distancian fuertemente de los lineamientos hegemónicos mundiales, sí muestran afianzamiento en perspectivas propias para enfrentar los cambios.

La Antropología ha venido fortaleciendo sus herramientas teóricas y metodológicas para actuar en estos contextos afianzando su campo disciplinar. Con toda certeza, es mucho lo que se adeuda y restan  caminos por transitar para avanzar en la superación de las condiciones de vida y hacia allí queremos encaminarnos.

Es por eso que convocamos a participar a todos quienes se encuentren comprometidos en este sendero a fin de comunicar y debatir los avances, preocupaciones y desafíos en la producción de conocimientos desarrollados a escala nacional y regional.

http://www.11caas.org/fundamentacion/

HERITAGE AND HEALTHY SOCIETIES – Call for Papers and Sessions

Exploring the Links among Cultural Heritage, Environment, and Resilience

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage & Society is pleased to host its Fourth Annual International Heritage Conference

Co-organized by: the Center for Heritage & Society (UMass Amherst) and the Centre for Heritage at Kent (University of Kent)

May 14-16, 2014 – At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

 Plenary Speakers

Michael Herzfeld, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health, Columbia University

Rodney Harrison, Reader in Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

The Challenge

Whether on an on an individual or a societal scale, heritage and well-being are often seen as disparate concerns. When heritage is viewed as related to community well-being, its value is often reduced to economic development and tourism, rather than something that might be integral to wellness on a larger scale. But how can the collective remaking of the past in the present play a role in imagining a more sustainable and healthy future?

 The goal of this conference is to explore the application of the past to contemporary and future social challenges, specifically sustainability and wellbeing. Given the current focus on climate change, rising sea levels, and the displacement of peoples, the wellness of societies is a critical issue. But until now, heritage has had little to say about the subject. The conference will explore the relationship between heritage and three interrelated aspects of sustainability and wellbeing. They include: (1) Heritage and environment: How can heritage be brought to bear on the problems of environmental sustainability, including changing ecosystems, food security, and dwindling energy resources? (2)Heritage and resilience: How does the past affect issues of social sustainability, including community adaptability, cohesion and identity? (3) Heritage and wellness: How do cases of historical trauma, and the processes of continuity and memory relate to physical and mental health of individuals and society?

 Major Themes and Suggested Topics

The conference will bring together heritage scholars from a wide range of sectors to examine the potential of cultural heritage to contribute to a more sustainable future. We will do so by promoting transdisciplinary explorations of the intersections among heritage and environment, resilience, and wellness.

Themes to be explored in this conference include:

1.       Heritage and Environment: The problematic separation of nature and culture in Western ontologies has contributed to an instrumental relationship to the natural world and the attendant problems of environmental degradation, air pollution, and dwindling energy resources. Within heritage policy, this binary is reproduced in the separation of “natural” and “cultural” landscapes in national and international legal frameworks, such as UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, resulting in the problematic separation of natural and cultural resources in issues of planning and development. More recent calls for flat, “connectivity ontologies” (Harrison 2013) and “multi-naturalist perspectives” (Latour 2004, de Castro 2004) that situate humans and non-humans in interconnected webs or assemblages (Deleuze 2004) offer a way of broadening discussions of sustainability to encompass human and non-human actors and environments. Papers in this theme will examine how uses of the past in the context of practices such as local foodways, environmental activism, and climate mitigation (wind farms, solar energy, etc.) contribute to the rebuilding of a common world between humans and non-humans, and to environmental sustainability.

2.       Heritage and Resilience: A range of scholars have highlighted the ways in which people’s interactions with place can contribute to a sense of group resilience—a perspective often lost when heritage objects, sites and landscapes are assumed to carry their own inherent meanings. Jane Grenville (2007), for example, has highlighted how the built environment provides a sense of “ontological security” that can contribute to a sense of human creativity in the face of social upheaval. Similarly, Michael Herzfeld (2004) has shown how cultural intimacy and vibrant sociability engender local resistance to the monumentalization of social space and neoliberal processes of urban restructuring. Finally, Mindy Fullilove (2005) has charted the “emotional ecosystems” that congeal group solidarity in urban environments, and the traumatic stress or “root shock” that can be brought on by urban renewal. Building on these notions of ontological security, cultural intimacy, and emotional ecosystems, papers in this theme will explore how uses of the past contribute to social sustainability by engendering group resilience and/or resistance to multi-scalar processes of social displacement whether of the environmental, developmental, or neoliberal varieties.

3.       Heritage and Wellness: Just as the nature-culture divide has narrowed the scope of landscapes to the technical management of natural sites, so too in the fields of medicine, epidemiology and public health, the study of the factors giving rise to physical and social health have been narrowed to consider risk and protective factors and their relationship to the etiology of disease. Far less attention has been directed at the ways in which place, intergenerational continuity and collective and autobiographical memory affect personal and community wellbeing. Research among public health scholars has highlighted correlations between discrete cultural factors such as acculturation stress, historical trauma, and rapid social change and negative health outcomes. Other scholars have pointed to the positive health outcomes associated with enculturation, personal and cultural identity, intergenerational continuity, and civic engagement. How these associations are made possible and the ways in which they “work” are rich areas for interdisciplinary investigations. Papers in this theme will explore the ways in which personal and community interpretations and portrayal of heritage influence physical and mental health individually and on a population level, and the broader relationships between culture, identity, ecology and health.

 Specific topics under these themes may include:

Heritage and climate change

Historic urban landscapes and sustainability

Social dislocation, trauma, and wellbeing

Slow food and local foodways

Adaptive reuse and green building

Traditional forms of healing

Heritage and “happiness”

Sustainable development

Place attachment and community well-being

Eco-museums and community

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts for organized sessions, research papers, and poster presentations will be accepted until February 1, 2014. We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts as part of organized sessions, which will be considered for invited session status. Organized sessions should include both panel and individual paper abstracts (a maximum of 300 words in English with a maximum of one illustration or screenshot). Notification of acceptance will be made by Feb. 15, 2014, and conference registration must be made by March 1, 2014.

Registration

 Early Bird Registration – Professional (by March 30) $210

Early Bird Registration – Student (by March 30) $125

Regular Registration – Professional (before May 1) $260

Regular Registration – Student (before May 1) $155

Late Registration – Professional (on or after May 1) $290

Late Registration – Student (on or after May 1) $190

Registration includes conference attendance and program, coffee breaks, and opening and closing receptions for May 14-16. Optional banquet dinner and lunch available on site. Details for registration and accommodations will be available soon.

For questions or requests for additional information, please contact CHS Research Assistant Grace Cleary (gcleary@anthro.umass.edu) or visit the CHS website: http://www.umass.edu/chs

“From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles” Symposium

Fall Symposium, “From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles,” October 11–13, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
The 41st annual Textile Museum Fall Symposium will explore themes raised in the concurrent exhibition Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains.
There are over one-thousand ethnic  groups in Southeast Asia, many with unique textile traditions—yet this region is seeing increased development and globalization that is challenging the continuation of these long-inherited art forms. Join us for an engaging weekend that will bridge the fields of art history, anthropology, international development, and design.
Through five dynamic presentations, a roundtable discussion, curators’ tour and the popular interactive “Show and Tell” session for collectors, “From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles” will shed light on the many ways regional textile arts are adapting to the twenty-first century.


Call for Applications: The Textile Museum Fall Symposium Scholarships
The Textile Museum is pleased to offer ten scholarships for this year’s annual Fall Symposium, “From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles,” October 11–13, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate and graduate students in Southeast Asian studies, art history, anthropology, or a textile-related course of study are invited to apply. The scholarship will cover the cost of symposium registration for each recipient; it is not a cash award.
The Textile Museum believes that this scholarship opportunity at its annual symposium is a tangible way to express the museum’s commitment to academic leadership in textile research and will ensure that the next generation of textile experts receives the unique and in-depth knowledge that can only come at a conference such as this.
For more information on the symposium and how to apply, please visit the website.
Website:

http://www.textilemuseum.org/symposium/#Student

Conference in Cuba, “New Political Science” – November 2013 (Final Call)

The Cuban Society of Philosophical Research, the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana, and the Higher Institute of International Relations announce the Sixteenth International Conference on “New Political Science” and a philosophy colloquium to be held at the University of Havana from November 20 to November 22, 2013.  The conference is dedicated to the memory of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez Frías.

The New Political Science is being developed by Cuban and international professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head of the School of “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana.  It is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars in political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology,
and sociology.  It seeks to develop an analysis of international dynamics and global issues from the perspective of the global South or the Third World.  It endeavors to develop insights that are relevant
to public policies and political strategies of the nations and social movements of the South.

Papers can be presented in English or Spanish.  The conference will be bilingual; members of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Havana will provide simultaneous translations, in most
cases, and consecutive translation, in some cases.

Paper proposals (in English or Spanish), including a paper title and a summary of 250 words or less, should be sent by October 15, 2013 to Charles McKelvey (cemck@rect.uh.cu; emck@presby.edu).  Paper
proposals sent prior to October 15 will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee as they are received, and a decision will be sent promptly.

Papers on the following themes can be included in the International Conference on “New Political Science”:

1.    The purpose, methods, and concepts of the new political science (or new social science, history, or philosophy) from the perspective of the South or the Third World; its role in the construction of a new society.

2.    The meaning of socialism in the second decade of the twenty-first century.  The various paths to socialism.  Political culture and political socialization in the period of transition to socialism.
Conflict theory.  Significant conflicts in the second decade of the twenty-first century.  Conflict resolution: the role of negotiation in conflicts among the countries of the South.

3.    International dynamics and contemporary global issues.

4.    The relation between domestic policy and foreign policy.

5.    The political thought of Mao Tse Tung.

6.    The political thought of Ho Chi Minh and the Doi Moi policy of Vietnam.

7.    Regional integration: challenges and perspectives.

8.    The contributions of the Bolivarian Revolution to the political science from the South.

9.    The contributions of Evo Morales, Inacio “Lula” da Silva, and Rafael Correa to contemporary political theory.

10.    The contributions of the Cuban Revolution to the political science from the South.

11.    Social movements of the North.

12.    José Martí and the political science from the South.

13.    The relation between philosophy and political science; between philosophy and social science.

14.    Corruption: History and mechanisms.

Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

The philosophy colloquium will include the following themes:
Problems of the philosophy of education and its present challenges.


1. Epistemology: the significance of atomic particles for scientific and philosophical knowledge.
2. The biometric revolution.
3. Environmental problems and their philosophical implications.
4. Bioethics and the relation between bioethics and philosophy.
5. The meaning of transhumanism.
6. Political philosophy and its role in current scientific knowledge.

Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

       The conference will be held from Wednesday, November 20 to Friday, November 22.  In addition, there will be two pre-conference workshops: (1) a Scientific Interchange between the New Political
Science (of the United States) and the New Political Science from the South (of Cuba), Tuesday, November 19; (2) a workshop on the development of a doctoral dissertation, Monday, November 18.  A
program of educational activities, such as visits to a school, labor organization, and women’s organization, will be offered in conjunction with the pre-conference workshops.

Anyone interested in the conference and/or the preconference workshops and program should contact Charles McKelvey at cemck@rect.uh.cu or cemck@presby.edu.

Participants and/or their institutions are responsible for payment for airlines, hotel lodging, and meals.  For more information on travel arrangements, contact Charles McKelvey (cemck@rect.uh.cu;
cemck@presby.edu).

For more information on events and programs in Cuba, travel to Cuba, and Cuban history and society, visit the Website of Global Learning: http://www.globallearning-cuba.com.

See the blog at the Global Learning Website, “The View from the South:
Commentaries on world events from the Third World perspective.”  Find it at http://www.globallearning-cuba.com/blog-umlthe-view-from-the-southuml.html.