Call for Papers – 13th International Conference on Urban History

The 13th International Conference on Urban History will take place in the scenic seaside city of Helsinki from the 24th to the 27th August 2016. As well as the official conference programme of lectures and sessions, there will be a lively social programme including receptions, a conference dinner and the opportunity to visit major cultural sites in and around Helsinki, as well other cities of the region such as industrial Tampere, medieval Tallinn, and imperial St Petersburg.

Call for submissions – Images of Inequality: seeing disparity through a human rights lens

We live in a staggeringly unequal world. The growing gap between the rich and the poor within and between countries has spurred outcry from nearly all corners:  Protestors have taken to the streets across the globe, from Zuccotti Park and Ferguson, Missouri, to Tahrir Square and Athens, Greece, denouncing disparity and demanding democracy. Headlines about the economic divide appear with increasing frequency in the press. Anti-poverty and development organizations have made tackling various forms of inequality paramount. Economists and political scientists have attracted attention with new studies on the causes and consequences of unequal wealth and income distribution. And policymakers, facing these mounting pressures, are finding it increasingly difficult to ignore the gulf between “the haves” and the “have nots.”  Yet, in this rising chorus, the voices of human rights scholars and practitioners have been far from prominent.

In response to these trends, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) has launched a new initiative on inequality, the global economy and human rights.  The initiative seeks to critically examine the role of international human rights law, scholarship, and advocacy in regulating the global economy and countering its tendency to exacerbate inequalities of various types—from economic gaps to social and political divides.  Disparities frequently fall along lines of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, or physical ability, creating mutually reinforcing spirals of inequality.

As part of this initiative, CHRGJ is organizing a photography project to explore the myriad ways in which people witness, interpret, and experience inequalities. We are seeking images that visually represent various forms of inequality and portray struggles for equality, illustrating through photographs the links between inequality and human rights. We welcome photographs that depict inequalities and efforts to combat them here in the United States or anywhere in the world, as the lack of formal and substantive equality threatens human rights all over the globe.

We invite all those with an interest in this topic to submit original photographs depicting inequality —however they understand that term — before August 15, 2015, by emailing a high resolution digital copy of the picture to (Images must be sent in .jpeg format with at least 2000 pixels length).

More info at:

“Research in a Nutshell – Powered by Pecha Kucha”

The Academic and Professional Training Student Subcommittee and the Public Education and Interpretation Committee invite all interested students and young professionals to register to the “Research in a Nutshell – Powered by Pecha Kucha” session organised for the 2016 Society for Historical Archaeology conference to be held in Washington, D. C. We offer this session as an alternative for professionals as well students at different points in their academic careers to gain input and expand presentation skills in innovative ways.
In the last few years a new type of presentation format reflecting the rhythm of our busy modern societies was created: the Pecha Kucha! In 2003, members of an architecture firm located in Tokyo, Japan, noticed that speakers tended to get lost in their communication, rendering a hard-to-follow and long presentation. The group thus decided not only to limit the time of the presentations but also the content. The basic rule is simple: each speaker must present their research in 20 images shown for 20 seconds for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Speakers must thus synthesize their idea and present it in a clear and concise way. Audience members then participate in informal discussions about contributions.

Pecha Kucha is an interesting platform since it allows for the presentation of one’s research in a concise format and in an environment meant to be less formal than regular sessions. Indeed, presenters can introduce research whatever its state: the topic, a literature review, methodology, preliminary results, etc. Additionally, not only is Pecha Kucha a perfect medium for dissemination, but it is also a great time to collaboratively brainstorm as it is followed with a period of interaction with the audience.

For this collaborative forum, participants are encouraged to take this as an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on presenting research as you would to the public, share experiences and research pertaining to public archaeology approaches, and for public archaeology job preparation. Whatever your topic and the state of your research you are more than welcome to present it and discuss it with others. Remember that you do not need results to present in our version of the Pecha Kucha. Registration is simple: send your name, affiliation and the title/topic of your presentation to

Sign-up for this student-friendly forum is open until November 1st, 2015. This is a first-come first-served basis so do not wait too long!

Global Studies Association, 14th Annual Conference

The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

June 12 – 14, 2015
Sponsored by: College of Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences, President’s Commission on Global Initiative, and Center for International Studies and Programs
To submit a 100-word abstract or a panel idea, send it in the body of an email to Jerry Harris at by May 10, 2015. Please include your full name and affiliation. All presentation topics will be considered.
See more information at
Keynote Panels
Special Film Screening of Shift Change
Following discussion with directors Mellissa Young and Mark Dworkin
Race and Class in the Solidarity Economy
Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Michael Peck
Rob Witherell
Economic Democracy as Political Strategy
Carl Davidson
Francis Shor
Jerry Harris
 Keynote Panels
 Keynote Presentation
Gar Alperovitz
Globalization and the Urban Industrial Crisis: Detroit, Chicago and Gary
Frank Hammer
Ruth Needleman
Dan Swinney
From Protest to Resistance and Visionary Organizing​: Boggs Center

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnographic Design

Institution: University of California San Diego
School or Division: Social Sciences
Academic Department: Communication
Disciplinary Specialty of ResearchThis fellowship focuses on ethnographic design, a topic of interest to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines.  While we expect most candidates to come from the social sciences, we will entertain applications from the arts and humanities, and other disciplines if they demonstrate an engagement with and dedication to ethnographic method.
Description of the Position: The Studio for Ethnographic Design at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow who will contribute to developing a new initiative for ethnographic inquiry. This initiative, the UC Collaborative for Ethnographic Design (CoLED), is an interdisciplinary project that is housed at UCSD and links six University of California campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and San Diego), tying together scholars from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds who are thinking critically about the practice of ethnography as a method, and the changing conditions of its production, forms and techniques. The collaboratory will also serve as a means to improve pedagogical agendas for graduate student training in ethnographic practice.
The fellow’s primary responsibilities include conceptualizing, programming and developing proposals for a public conference on the future of ethnographic research scheduled for fall 2016. Fellows will also participate in the initiative’s ongoing schedule of activities, which include thematic practicums elaborating various aspects of ethnography – from initial project design and collaboration in research to critical consideration of the publics with whom and for whom we conduct our research. Teaching is not required, leaving the fellow with time to work on independent projects, which ideally will overlap with the mission of the initiative. This position will afford the candidate latitude to conduct a wide range of activities related to the practice of ethnography; it will also place the candidate at the center of a network of scholars at the forefront of ethnographic design. For more information on the Studio for Ethnographic Design (SED) and the UC Collaborative for Ethnographic Design (CoLED) please visit our webpage at
Qualifications Required and Preferred Academic Background: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent and be able to demonstrate a sustained engagement with innovative ethnographic methods, as both practice and object of analytical inquiry. Useful experience might include event planning and successful grant writing. Again, discipline is not as important as focus on ethnographic method and design.
 Salary: $42,840/yr with benefits. For information on benefits package, see
 Appointment Length: 18 months with the possibility of extension. While collaboration and research would begin on July 1, 2015, we would not expect the fellow to be in residence in San Diego until September 1, 2015.
 Application Procedure: Send applications via email to Elana Zilberg at Please use “SED Postdoc Application” in the subject line.
All applicants should submit:
(1) a CV (maximum five pages),
(2) a cover letter that briefly explains your research and its relationship with ethnography, demonstrated organizational skills, and successful proposal writing experience (maximum 3 pages),
(3)  a statement discussing the practice of ethnography both as theory and as a method, and your contributions to current innovations in advancing the method  to meet the challenges of the changing conditions of field based research (maximum 2 pages)
 (4) one writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s use of and engagement with ethnography, and
(5) a statement detailing how their presence would contribute to diversity on UCSD’s campus. (For information on this statement, see
Letters of Recommendation: The candidate should request letters of recommendation from two referees. These letters should be sent via email to Elana Zilberg at Please ask your reviewers to use “Recommendation for candidates full name” in the subject line.
Application Closing date: 05/12/2015
Job Posting Expiration: 05/12/2105

IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología (Mexico City, October 7-10, 2015)

Call for Papers
Deadline: April 30, 2015.
We invite anthropologists and colleagues to present paper proposals at IV Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología that will take place October 7-10, 2015 in downtown Mexico City.
People interested in presenting a paper can ask to add his proposal to one of the ACCEPTED PANELS (se below) or they can ask for a complete list writing to:
To propose a paper, please fill a FORM in the webpage of the conference (see below), where we ask for title, abstract, and name and number of the panel in in which you want to participate, in case your paper is not already accepted in any panel. Also, we ask for personal information: name, institution, academic degree and e-mail. You can also ask for a paper proposal file if you write to
Deadline: April 30, 2015.

Altered states: Cross-disciplinary explorations of tradition and the emergent in Latin America – Call for Papers

The deadline to submit panels, workshop proposals, and paper presentations is Jan 10 (Saturday).

Ithaca College – Apr. 17–18, 2015

The theme of this year’s conference is Altered states: Cross-disciplinary explorations of tradition and the emergent in Latin America. The introduction of ideas and patterns that challenge tradition, and the interplay between old and new, creates a dynamism in the region that is both exciting and challenging for those who study it. Boundaries often blur as the states of society, culture, politics and identity are altered. We seek to examine these alterations from a wide variety of perspectives and academic disciplines.

We encourage submissions that address this year’s theme, and also welcome paper and panel proposals dealing with all other aspects of Latin America, as well as proposals for workshops that inform faculty and students on practical issues such as study abroad programs in Latin America, academic publishing, the road to tenure, and effective pedagogical techniques.

Proposals are due by Sat. Jan. 10, 2015.  You will need to supply:

  • Title of individual paper, panel, or workshop (specify which);
  • Your name (panel and workshop proposals must include the names and paper titles of all presenters; discussants are optional);
  • Your institution and position (faculty, graduate or undergraduate student, other); and
  • A 250-word abstract in English or Spanish.

Applicants will be informed by Sat., Feb. 7, 2015 whether their proposals have been accepted.

MACLAS offers prizes for the best book and best article or chapter published by a member in the last two years, as well as prizes for the best undergraduate and graduate papers presented at the conference.  Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a Christina Turner Travel Award to help defray conference costs.  For details, click here.

Conference registration fees are $125 for the full conference or $75 for one day if submitted by Mar. 15, 2015.  After this date, the fees are $175 for the full conference or $100 for one day.  In order to appear on the program, conference participants must be current members of MACLAS.  Annual dues range from $10–$35, depending on professional status and income.