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.
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 email@example.com. (Images must be sent in .jpeg format with at least 2000 pixels length).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
The University of Toledo
June 12 – 14, 2015
The deadline to submit panels, workshop proposals, and paper presentations is Jan 10 (Saturday).
Ithaca College Apr. 17–18, 2015
- Open to faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, other scholars
- 250-word proposals for individual papers, full panels, and workshops are due electronically by Jan. 10, 2015; Submit proposals for the 2015 MACLAS conference here
- Please send any questions to the Program Director at email@example.com
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.