вторник, 27 декабря 2011 г.

Space and Place

3rd Global Conference "Space and Place"

Monday 3rd September – Thursday 6th September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:
Questions of space and place affect the very way in which we experience and recreate the world. Wars are fought over both real and imagined spaces; boundaries are erected against the "Other" constructed in a lived landscape of division and disenfranchisement; and ideology constructs a national identity based upon the dialectics of inclusion and exclusion. The construction of space and place is also a fundamental aspect of the creative arts either through the art of reconstruction of a known space or in establishing a relationship between the audience and the performance. Politics, power and knowledge are also fundamental components of space as is the relationship between visibility and invisibility. This new inter- and multi-disciplinary conference project seeks to explore these and other topics and open up a dialogue about the politics and practices of space and place. We seek submissions from a range of disciplines including archaeology, architecture, urban geography, the visual and creative arts, philosophy and politics and also actively encourage practioners and non-academics with an interest in the topic to participate.

We welcome traditional papers, preformed panels of papers, workshop proposals and other forms of performance – recognising that different disciplines express themselves in different mediums. Submissions are sought on any aspect of space and place, including the following:

1. Theorising Space and Place

  • Philosophies and space and place
  • Surveillance, sight and the panoptic structures and spaces of contemporary life
  • Rhizomatics and/or postmodernist constructions of space as a "meshwork of paths" (Ingold: 2008)
  • The relationship between spatiality and temporality/space as a temporal-spatial event (Massey: 2005)
  • The language and semiotics of space and place
2. Situated Identities
  • Gendered spaces including the tension between domestic and public spheres
  • Work spaces and hierarchies of power
  • Geographies and archaeologies of space including Orientalism and Occidentalism
  • Ethnic spaces/ethnicity and space
  • Disabled spaces/places
  • Queer places and spaces
3. Contested spaces
  • The politics and ideology of constructions and discourses of space and place including the construction of gated communities as a response to real/imagined terrorism
  • The relationship between power, knowledge and the construction of place and space
  • Territorial wars, both real and imagined
  • The relationship between the global and the local
  • Barriers, obstructions and disenfranchisement in the construction of lived spaces
  • Space and place from colonisation to globalisation
  • Real and imagined maps/cartographies of place
  • Transnational and translocal places
4. Representations of place and space
  • Embodied/disembodied spaces
  • Lived spaces and the architecture of identity
  • Haunted spaces/places and non-spaces
  • Set design and the construction of space in film, television and theatre
  • Authenticity and the reproduction/representation of place in the creative arts
  • Technology and developments in the representation of space including new media technologies and 3D technologies of viewing
  • Future cities/futurology and space
  • Representations of the urban and the city in the media and creative arts
  • Space in computer games
Papers on any other topic related to the theme will also be considered.

This project will run concurrently with our project on Reframing Punishment – we welcome any papers considering the problems or addressing issues on Reframing Punishment and Space and Place for a cross-over panel. We also welcome pre-formed panels on any aspect of Space or Place or in relation to crossover panel(s). 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 16th March 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 22nd June 2012. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled: SP Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:

Matt Melia Conference Leader Inter-Disciplinary.Net Kingston University, United Kingdom E-mail: mjmelia2002@gmail.com

Rob Fisher Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. E-mail: sp3@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the 'Ethos' series of research projects, which in turn belong to the Critical Issues programmes of ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

For further details of the project, please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/space-and-place/

For further details of the conference, please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/space-and-place/call- for-papers/

воскресенье, 25 декабря 2011 г.

Communication in a Changing Society

The Russian Communication Association (RCA) in collaboration with Eurasian Communication Association of North America (ECANA) and the Institute of Philology and Language Communication at Siberian Federal University are happy to announce the forthcoming 6th International RCA Conference: "Communication in a Changing Society".

The Conference is convened in partnership with National Communication Association (NCA), International Communication Association (ICA), European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Polish Communication Association (Polskie Towarzystwo Komunikacji Spo?ecznej, PTKS), International Federation of Communication Associations (IFCA), World Complexity Science Academy (WCSA), Russian Association for Film and Media Education (RAFM) and Kazakhstan Communication Association (KazCA).

Venue and Dates: Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation, September 27-29, 2012.

Today's global society is on its path of rapid development due to the interplay of global and local factors. Communication processes are crucial to the solution of multiple problems the globalized humanity faces nowadays. Communication helps the world's nations to understand the differences and unite the potentials to achieve common goals. The forthcoming 6th RCA Conference is also aimed at uniting researchers from different countries and various domains, of various genres and types of human communication to form a multidisciplinary paradigm of contemporary communication studies. This time the Conference participants are invited to convene in the very heart of Russia, in Siberia, with the aim of integrating their knowledge, competencies and approaches to promote the study of communication in the whole world.

The discussion will follow the following relevant topics:

  • philosophy of communication
  • research methods in communication
  • speech communication
  • interpersonal communication
  • organizational communication
  • political communication
  • mass communication
  • intercultural communication
  • computer-mediated communication
  • educational communication
  • communications law
  • health communication
  • gender communication
  • communication education
  • communication design
  • media education
Submissions from researchers of various aspects of communication are welcome starting from December 20, 2011 Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2012.

Working languages: Russian, English, German.

The Conference will feature plenary lectures and panel presentations, poster papers and round-table discussions, and workshops. Researchers who are interested in organizing focused round-tables, specialized workshops are encouraged to submit their topics.

Prospective participants and workshop/round-table organizers are kindly requested to submit and register at the Conference Website: http://conf.sfu-kras.ru/conf/communication-2012?locale=en. The submissions are subject to blind review. The Website will publish all the relevant information (participant's submission status, preparatory stages of the conference, participation conditions, publication guidelines, etc.). A special webpage of the RCA Website and a Facebook group (in Russian) will also publish the information related to the Conference (in Russian): http://russcomm.ru/rca_projects/rca-conf2012/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/208406532572509/.

Conference materials (the authors' versions) will be digital published by the start of the Conference. Selected papers will be published in the refereed Journal of Siberian Federal University (Humanities and Social Sciences), ISSN 1997-1370: http://journal.sfu-kras.ru/home and the Russian Journal of Communication.

Organizing Committee:

  • Lyudmila V. Kulikova, professor, Dr of Philology, Director of the Institute of Philology and Language Communication, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, President of the Organizing Committee
  • Irina N. Rozina, RCA President, Dr of Education, professor at the Department of Information Technologies, Institute of Management, Business and Law (Rostov-on-Don), Vice-President of the Organizing Committee
  • David C. Williams, ECANA Executive Director, Ph.D., professor at Florida Atlantic University, USA, Foreign participants Coordinator
Program Committee:
  • Olga A. Leontovich, Dr of Linguistics, professor and head of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Translation at Volgograd State Social and Pedagogical University, Co-Chairman of the Program Committee
  • Viacheslav B. Kashkin, Dr of Linguistics, professor and head of the Department of Translatology and Intercultural Communication at Voronezh State University, Co-Chairman of the Program Committee
  • Michael D. Hazen, ECANA President, Ph.D., professor at Wake Forest University, USA, the Program Committee's Foreign participants Coordinator
Contact person: Irina Rozina; Anna Bukhtoyarova (Krasnoyarsk)

email: rozina@iubip.ru; annabukhtoyarova@gmail.com

суббота, 29 октября 2011 г.

The Urban Dimension of Cohesion Policy

Joint Conference European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) and Polish EU Presidency – Warsaw, 8-9 December 2011 "The Urban Dimension of Cohesion Policy"

Cohesion Policy is the major instrument of the European Union to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion. It is also one of the instruments to achieve the Europe 2020 Strategy, aimed at sustainable, smart and inclusive growth. But what does this mean in practice? How are cities involved in this European wide strategy? How can Europe assist cities in better addressing local challenges? With the new EU programming period (2014-2020) in sight, EUKN and the Polish EU Presidency would like to stimulate a dialogue on the role of cities. Go to www.eukn.org to register for this conference.

10th International Conference on Organizational Discourse: Processes, Practices and Performance

10th International Conference on Organizational Discourse: Processes, Practices and Performance

VU University, Amsterdam, Wednesday 18th July-Friday 20th July, 2012

The biannual Organizational Discourse Conference celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012. In the past two decades -discourse analysis' has firmly established itself as a topic of interest, an analytical perspective informing a variety of critical theoretical approaches, and a methodology for organizational research. A discursive approach has been widely adopted in a variety of subfields. In the 10th Conference we take the opportunity to critically reflect on the contribution of organizational discourse to some of these fields in which -discourse' is frequently invoked as a frame of analysis, such as culture and collaborative practices, power and identity processes, discourse and institutional change, diversity and distinction-drawing, and materiality and embodiment.

The substantive theme for the 2012 conference - Processes, Practices and Performance - refracts a range of analytic themes which have come to characterise process approaches to organizational analysis. Discourse analytical approaches are particularly well suited to address repeated calls (i) to develop our understanding of the discursive aspects of organizing or organization as an emergent process and illustrate how such processes sustain, disrupt or transform institutionalized power asymmetries; (ii) to bring everyday work practices and the more mundane, day-to-day aspects of organizing back into organizational analysis in order to illuminate how social action contributes to the creation and re-creation of the institutional realm; and (iii) to explore the relationships between discourse and the material, textual and bodily performances at work and organizational actors' -dramaturgical' presentations of their individual and collective -selves' in different arenas.

Plenary Speakers: Eero Vaara; John Van Maanen; Samantha Warren.

The submission date is 12th January 2012. Notification of acceptance of papers will be given by 1st March 2012. Abstract (1000 words max) should be sent as an email attachment (saved as a Word document) to organizational-discourse@vu.nl.
For full details see conference website: www.fsw.vu.nl/organizational-discourse

Organizers: Ida Sabelis, Sierk Ybema, Nic Beech, Cynthia Hardy, Tom Keenoy, Cliff Oswick, Robyn Thomas

Institutions: VU University, Cardiff Business School, Cass Business School & University of Melbourne

Reconsidering the Stagnation Narrative of the Brezhnev Era

Reconsidering the Stagnation Narrative of the Brezhnev Era - International Workshop

University of Amsterdam,
March 30-31, 2012.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars working on the Brezhnev era and rethink the narrative that views it as a long period of stagnation, particularly in the realms of Soviet society and culture.

How stagnant and uniform was “stagnation”? Is it possible to identify social and cultural trends that run counter to the “stagnation” narrative? Did contemporaries see themselves as living through stagnation? And if so, what accounts for Brezhnev’s popularity in present-day Russia and the widespread view of the Brezhnev era as the golden age of Soviet history?

After the conclusion of the workshop we plan to publish an edited volume or an academic journal issue with the workshop presentations.

Prospective participants are invited to explore the following themes:
  • The emergence of the concept of stagnation
  • Alternative periodization for Brezhnev era
  • Social and cultural trends of the Brezhnev era: Aesopian language of cultural products; socialist humor and jokes; the Cult of the Great Patriotic War; cinema, literature, arts and theatre; Soviet science fiction; bard music; tourism; fashion; fascination with the West and foreign consumer goods; the emergence of Soviet rock n’ roll; Soviet intelligentsia; the “double burden” of the socialist woman.
  • Economics and trade: Soviet economic growth; the legacy of the Kosygin reforms; foreign trade; the effect of high oil prices
  • Foreign relations: Soviet conceptions of its international mission; views of the United States and détente; relationship with the Third World
  • Legacies and cultural memory of the Brezhnev era and the idea of stagnation.
The deadline for proposals is December 1st. Respond via email to stagnation.workshop@historylounge.com with your name institutional affiliation, proposed paper title, 150 word abstract and CV.

Pre-circulated conference papers should not exceed 7,000 words and will be due on February 28th, 2012.

Dr. Artemy Kalinovsky Universiteit van Amsterdam Europese Studies Spuistraat 134, k 649 Amsterdam 1012 VB 020 525 2276

Dina Fainberg Rutgers University History Department 16 Seminary Pl. New Brunswick, NJ, 08901

Email: stagnation.workshop@historylounge.com

Visit the website at http://stagnation.historylounge.com/

суббота, 22 октября 2011 г.

Everyday life in the socialist city

European Association for Urban History - 11th International Conference on Urban History

29.08.2012-01.09.2012, Prague

Specialist Session - S 26:
Everyday life in the socialist city

Session Organizers:
Jana Nosková (Institute of Ethnology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic), Slavomíra Ferenčuhová, Barbora Vacková, Lucie Galčanová (Faculty of Social Studies Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Since the 1970s, the notion of ‘everyday life’ in social sciences has been strongly associated with studies and theorizations of the ordinary, routine, daily practices and situations, as Crow and Pope (2008) point out in their editorial foreword to the special issue of the Sociology Journal (Sociology and Everyday Life). In the urban context, such repeated and seemingly insignificant actions and trajectories help to (re)produce or transform urban spaces and their meanings, often in very creative ways. Our session aims at opening the questions about the character of everyday life in the specific context of ‘socialist’ cities in the Central and Eastern Europe (understood as cities/towns in a country with a state socialist regime prior to the transformations following the fall of the Berlin Wall). We wish to discuss examples from various cities and countries, explaining the specific activities, relationships, rhythms and trajectories that the urban users developed in these cities, to reflect the differences and similarities of these patterns with the forms appearing in the cities in the rest of Europe, and to follow the changes in everyday life along the period of state socialism. The main goals of the session are, on the one hand, to discuss the interconnections between the forms of everyday urban life and the economic, political and social characteristics of the period, and, on the other hand, to search for examples of challenging, contesting and disrupting the routine, or defining the everyday situations in creative ways by the urban dwellers.

Although the theme is not strictly new in the field of urban history, the specificity of the socialist everyday urban life and daily (re)production or contestation of urban space, has not been given much attention, especially not in a comparative perspective.

We would like to welcome papers based on archival and/or oral history research, focusing on life in big cities, as well as describing little towns. Topics include (but are not limited to):

- everyday life in the public/private spaces
- urban rhythms and routines and their disruptions
- work, leisure, and consumption in urban environment
- representation of socialist home – dwelling forms for socialist family
- socialist ideology in public/private spaces
- celebrations and festivities (mass public and private celebrations) and their connection to public/private spaces

Please submit paper proposals through the conference website at: www.eauh2012.com/sessions/call-for-paper-proposals/

Deadline: 15 November 2011

воскресенье, 31 июля 2011 г.

Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity

5th Global Conference
Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity
Friday 9th March - Sunday 11th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

This multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the new and prominent  place that the idea of culture has for the construction of meaning and identity, as well as the implications for social political membership in contemporary societies. In particular the project will assess the  larger context of major world transformations, for example, new forms of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, as well as the impact and contribution of globalisation on tensions, conflicts  and the sense of rootedness and belonging. Looking to encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it means for people, the world over, to forge identities in rapidly changing national, social and cultural contexts.

Papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following themes:
  1. Contemporary Rediscoveries and Redefinitions of Culture
    • Multiple, polyvalent and contradictory conceptions of culture
    • Infinite source of meaning and identity, of membership and exclusion,  of privileging and stygmatising, of worth and misery, of place and history, of violence and destruction
    • Cultural remaking of self and other; recasting of links, bonds and relations
      The contradictory forces of culture: diversity versus homogeneity,  multiplicity versus sameness, alterity versus normality, recognition versus misrecognition
    • Textures of cultures: fixed, fluid, porous, hermetic, rigid and flexible
  2. Cultural Boundaries, Peoples and Nations
    • Dislocation and decoupling of culture and nation, of culture and place, of culture and history
    • Resurgence of the local, the diminishing importance of the national and the forces of the global
    • What does it mean, today, to be part of a culture, to be part of multiple cultures?
    • Massive and new forms of global migration and the new hybridity of cultures
    • Assimilation, integration, adaptation and other forms of ‘forcing’ cultures on migrants
  3. Individuals, Identity and the Inter-Subjective
    • De-centering individuals and the making of persons; thinking and acting with others in ind and interpersonality
    • Tensions, contradictions and conflicts of identity formation and social membership
    • New sources and forms of belonging; new tribalism, localism, parochialism and communitarianism
    • Bonds of care across boundaries of inequality and exclusion, ideologies and religions, politics and power, nations and geography
    • Who am I if not the Relation with Others?
    • Non-recognition as cultural violence
  4. Cultural Formations
    • What are the dynamics and processes that define the central tenets of a culture?
    • How are cultures defined and redefined? Who participates in the social and political task of defining and redefining culture?
    • What is shared from cultures? How are cultures shared? Who has access to the sharing of cultures?
    • Symbols and significations that connect people to cultures other than ‘their own’
    • Culture and the construction of identities: destiny, happenstance,choice and politics
  5. Politicising Culture
    • Political battles over the principles and core values of a culture, of many cultures
    • The dynamics of cultural recognition and misrecognition
    • What is the place of cultural claims in today’s forms of social and political membership?
    • Trans-cultural connections that escape institutional and political control
    • Cultural claims and human rights
  6. Art and Cultural Representations
    • Media and the construction of cultures and identities
    • Production and reproduction of cultural recognition and misrecognition
    • The contested space of representing meaning and identity, culture and belonging
    • Art, media and how to challenge the rigid and impenetrable constructions of culture
    • Living, being and belonging through art; life imitating art and fiction
  7. Crossing Cultural Boundaries
    • Interpenetration, overlapping, crossovers, interlacing, hybridisation and interdependence
    • Languages, idioms and new emerging forms of bridging the ‘invisible’ divide of cultures
    • Conceptualisations that foster the breaking down of rigid cultural boundaries
    • Equalising cultures; recognition and respect across cultures
    • How to revamp historically old concepts like tolerance, acceptance and hospitality?
    • An ethics for cultural relations
Papers will also be considered which deal with related themes. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 30th September 2011. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 13th February 2012.

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

E-mails should be titled: Interculturalism Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline).

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs: Alejandro Cervantes-Carson Hub Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net,

Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Email: acc@inter-disciplinary.net

Rob Fisher Network Leader Inter-Disciplinary.Net,

Freeland, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Email: ic5@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘Diversity and Recognition’ research projects, which in turn belong to the ‘At the Interface’ programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging.

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in themed hard copy volume(s).

For further details of the project, please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/diversity-recognition/http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/diversity-recognition/interculturalism/

For further details of the conference, please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/diversity-recognition/interculturalism/call-for-papers/

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

Priory House 149B

Wroslyn Road Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1993 882087

Fax: +44 (0)870 4601132

Email: ic5@inter-disciplinary.net

Visit the website at http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/diversity-recognition/interculturalism/call-for-papers/

вторник, 19 июля 2011 г.

Language and the city

Sociolinguistics Symposium 19
Free University, Berlin

In 2012, the 19th Sociolinguistics Symposium will be hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. The general theme of the 2012 conference will be "Language and the city".

Conference date
August 22 - 24, 2012

Plenary speakers (confirmed)
  • Peter Auer (FRIAS, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies)
  • Penelope Eckert (Linguistics, Stanford University)
  • Maria Eugênia Lamoglia Duarte (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
  • Xu Daming (China Center for Linguistic and Strategic Studies, Nanjing University)

Attractive and terrifying, modern cities and megacities structure our lives and communication more than ever. More than 50% of the world's population live in big cities. If urban conglomerations are places where people from other places gather, they form the communicative conditions in many ways: Migration leads to multilingualism, social diversity leads to complex indexical fields.

The main theme of the 19th Sociolinguistic Symposium brings together sociolinguistic work that sheds light on the relations between the socio-geographical phenomenon urbanity and linguistic variation and change. Thus, we particularly welcome contributions on urban indexical fields, social networks in the city, urban communities of practice, urban styles, languages of urban tribes, urban space, multilingualism, language contact, dialect levelling and koineization, new dialect formation, code-switching, linguistic landscapes and all related topics. We also encourage presentations of new methodologies and tools for data collection, transcription, and analysis.

Since the Sociolinguistics Symposium has always been a place for sociolinguistic discussion in the broad sense, space will also be given to contributions on any other subfield of sociolinguistic research.

We invite scholars to submit abstracts for contributions of the following types:

Thematic sessions
  • A Thematic Session is a cluster of related talks about a common topic. You can propose such a topic and will - if accepted - act as organiser of the thematic session. This means that you will be one of the reviewers for the papers/posters submitted to the session and that you will be responsible for the organisation of the session in August 2012.
  • We will try to have at least 50 % of the thematic sessions related to the main theme of the conference (Language and the city).
  • The length of your abstract/description should not exceed 600 words (excluding references).

Papers describe original work, either completed research which has given rise to substantial results, or the development of significant new methodologies, or rigorous theoretical, speculative or critical discussions. Individual papers will be allocated 25 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions). The length of your abstract should not exceed 300 words (excluding references).

Posters may be a more suitable way of presenting results, work-in-progress, fieldwork, or when large amounts of data need to be displayed. Poster presenters have the opportunity to exchange ideas one-to-one with attendees and to discuss their work in detail. They may also provide handouts with examples or more detailed information. The length of your abstract should not exceed 300 words (excluding references).

Papers and posters can be submitted for a specific thematic session, but also without reference to a specific session.

Submission of thematic sessions
Deadline: September 15, 2011

After reviews and selection of thematic sessions for the conference, the submission of individual papers/posters will be opened (in early October).

Submission of individual papers and posters
  • for the general theme of the conference (Language and the city)
  • for a specific thematic session
  • for any subject within the field of sociolinguistics.

Deadline: January 15, 2012

Local Organizers
Matthias Hüning, Uli Reich and Norbert Dittmar

пятница, 8 июля 2011 г.

Control's Other Side

Control's Other Side.
4th Interdisciplinary Annual Seminar of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology


We welcome all contributions that deal with emergences, changes, disputes, failures and con-sequences of control regimes. Examples for possible research-fields are specified in the confer-ence-description below. We explicitly welcome contributions that deal with other empirical areas or tackle the overall conference topic on a theoretical or conceptiual level.

The conference language is English.
Abstracts should be not longer than 500 words.
We accept abstracts until the 31st of October 2011.

There are no fees for participation in the conference.
Travelling expenses and accommodation will be covered within the frame of our budget for the acсepted speakers.

We encounter forms of control in all realms of social life: internalized moral attitudes on the individual level; national or pre-national rules of law; governmental and non-governmental regulatory agencies attempting to contain potentially harmful developments. An observation of the process of how control is set up and maintained allows us to get a better understanding of the institutionalisation of social order. At the same time, the analysis of control may help to learn something about the sociocultural justifications, which enable such an order. Important changes in the mechanisms of control in modernity can be traced back to these discursive developments.

Despite general compliance with controlling structures, there appears to be a frame of action for 'critical reflection' towards the established institutions of control. Control can never be seized as a totality and no attempt at control is without contradictions and ambivalences. Even if dominant claims over control are not entirely balanced by resistance, oppositional and everyday practices disturb the se-quences of control regimes by deliberately or unintentionally introducing functional mistakes, inconse-quentiality, open or concealed critique. An analysis of control therefore forces us to study its limits: Where are measures of control thought to be unsuccessful? Where do attempts to obtain control fail because no internalisation of norms or legitimization of existing norms has taken place? How are new forms of control possible despite the danger that they themselves will be doubted or rejected? Where does the seemingly constant need for control come from? Which conflicts and tensions constitute different forms of relationships between controlling structures and the objects of the control? And finally: Where and how is control modified by its resisting powers?

The interdisciplinary Annual Seminar of the BGHS this year focuses on the forces that limit, irritate, or modify control. The empirical or conceptual contributions should tackle the paradoxes, contradictions and ambivalences regarding control and discuss the social significance of control and its other side. We invite researchers (PhD level or advanced) to a productive exchange among the disciplines of history, sociology, economics, culture and literature studies as well as all others who can contribute to the topic. We welcome all contributions that deal with emergences, changes, disputes, failures and consequences of control regimes, stemming, for example, from the following research fields:

1. Control and political power
This field sets out an approach to political power and the state in terms of their controlling functions. We are interested in presentations that view state control and the legitimacy of political power as inter-dependently connected with social activities and individual conduct. Since order institutionalized through government authority can fail to achieve sufficient acceptance, we also invite contributions which elucidate political power and state regulation as a field of different conflicts and tensions through examples from different social levels. The institutionalized and informal implementations of norms and sanctions are practices with which societies define what should be seen as right or wrong. As a consequence, deviance and crime do not exist as givens that can be diminished by implementing a tighter regime of control. Rather, the regimes themselves participate in creating individuals such as the delinquent or the criminal. We encourage contributions about this organization of norms via state institutions of jurisdiction as mechanisms of normalization and as sources for the genesis and definition of insecurity, crime, deviance and thus the creation of the "Other".

2. Control and economy
Economic survival depends on the need to make certain decisions about an uncertain future, and under those conditions, actors want to achieve as much control as possible. We are interested in presentations that analyse control in the economy from a number of perspectives, including (but not limited to) the following: Discussions on -political economy' or -varieties of capitalism', in particular on the way that corporations influence and the state regulates the market. (Relatedly, the effects of developments in economic theory could be given specific consideration.) While often viewed as simply -controlled' by state and business organizations, the role of consumers as a third group of actors is pivotal in shaping the market through initiatives such as -fair trade', by boycotts, initiatives to raise consumers' awareness, calls for transparency and information equality, etc. We would like to stress that activity within the economic field controls, to an extent, its broader social, cultural and physical environments as well as being constrained by them. On that basis, we welcome papers that deal with this interplay, for example: the emergence of a -new spirit of capitalism' (e.g. new forms of employee control in the -projective city'); changes in the perception of risk and responsibility (e.g. risk management, CSR, or other voluntary forms of control such as the ISO standards); or the role of economic actors and policy in concerns over climate change and -sustainability'.

3. Control and religion
Since ancient times, religion has played a significant role in establishing and maintaining social order. The influence of religion can be traced on different levels from macro-institutional structures (i.e. in church-state relationships, comparative secularisms, etc.) down to individual agency (i.e. to norms and values, worldviews and aspirations). But religious control has also been questioned from within and without. Prophetic traditions have been influential correctives to religious power in most religious traditions, and religion has been used to formulate strong critiques of control - while the Enlightenment questioned religious control at large. The secularization thesis predicted a disenchanted world, with an individual freed of -superficial' and -traditional' control. But not only is (public) religion still very vivid in late modernity; religion also plays a role for innovation and change of social order, whilst at the same time also offering rationales for resisting such change. Phenomena such as Pentecostals in South America, Islamic fundamentalism, New Age counterculture, or holistic spirituality - to mention a few - may shed some light on control and its other side. How are religious forms - conformist and nonconformist, world renouncing and world affirming, individualized and organized - used to both establish and resist social control? We therefore especially invite proposals dealing with transformations of religions in their - at times ambiguous - relation to social order and control at various levels.

4. Control and nature
To control nature has been an aim of science and technology since Francis Bacon's traditional formulation. But this was not always the case. Nature for a long time counted as uncontrollable and as the encompassing setting for society. Which relationships did societies have with nature? How did the will to control and the means to control change over time? And in which regards does nature still retain some its uncontrollability and incalculability? Apart from this, the scientific control of nature itself requires control: After the great success of the natural sciences in the 19th and early 20th century, control's other side becomes more and more obvious in the recent environmental and technological catastrophes: dying forests, Chernobyl, climate change - this is only the tip of the iceberg of disturbances and resistances that the control of nature now encounters. Science- and Technology studies, risk-research and research in governance reflect those disturbances and the way that societies deal with them. Looking at Fukushima, the failure of technology and scientific control over nature seem more than just a current topic. But how do attempts to control and failures of control change over time? Are the different types of controls and its other side distinguishable? And what can we learn from that ambivalence of control in general?

5. Control and cultural discourses
In every historical period and social context the production of arts and cultural discourses have always been objects of control and evaluation as main forms of representation of moral and of a cultural specificity of its time and space. How do such discourses nevertheless develop opposing points of view against established norms? What new social tendencies arise due to critique and resistance in mass media and arts? One example of the extreme threatening character of control of mass media and art is the restriction of freedom of opinion and of additional forms of representation in dictatorial societies, in which representatives of unofficial art or oppositional actors of media discourses are prosecuted. At the same time there are also controlling institutions in democratic societies that reveal their paradoxes and problems in attempts to influence the media discourses and the cultural production of their society.

6. Control and the body
Self-control and the correct presentation of the body are important criteria to show the determination and discipline with which actors can claim to adhere to their societies' virtues. At the same time sufferings can be used as positive semantics for the demonstration of compliance. In these examples, the body can be conceptualized as a medium but also as an object of external control or of self-control. Since health and prevention have appeared as new semantics, the distinctions between insanity and society, health and illness, normality and pathology become more important. Health is defined and thus constructed by the medical and the political-economical discourses. In the context of such discourses it could be interesting to discuss the following questions: How can the pathological, the abnormal, be normalized despite a social stigma. And when is it found, how can it be defined as unproblematic? How can control also be internalized as self-control? How does control over all expressions of the own body and soul and the ability to competently handle even unusual situations (expressed for example by the semantic of 'coolness-) become important, despite the increased pressure for the individual to take responsibility?

Institution: BGHS, Bielefeld
Beteiligte Personen:
Olga Galanova Anna Henkel

Julia Breittruck, Clemens Eisenmann, Rory Finch, Andrea Kretschman,
Vera Linke, Rumin Luo, Malte Stöcken

Kontaktperson: Olga Galanova Anna Henkel
Adresse: Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology
Bielefeld University
Universitätsstr. 25
33501 Bielefeld

Webseite: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/%28en%29/bghs/programm/ansem/index.html

понедельник, 4 июля 2011 г.

Studia Sociologica

Уважаемые коллеги!

Имею честь пригласить Вас к сотрудничеству с научным журналом Studia Sociologica, издаваемым краковским Педагогическим университетом, который уже много лет считается лучшим педагогическим вузом Польши. При Институте философии и социологии нашего университета действует кафедра социологии — молодой, но динамично развивающийся научно- исследовательский и образовательный центр. До сих пор именно ее сотрудники составляли авторский костяк журнала Studia Sociologica. В связи с расширением кафедры мы планируем установить более тесные контакты с иностранными учеными, представляющими различные направления общественных наук. Мы рассчитываем на плодотворный обмен опытом и научными достижениями. В ближайшее время планируется издание двух номеров журнала, темы которых могут заинтересовать международные научные круги. Первый из них будет носить название «Пограничье, диффузия, транскультурация»; мы собираемся посвятить его разнообразным социокультурным явлениям, имеющим место на пограничье Польши и других стран. Во втором выпуске, «Миграции, идентичность, этничность», мы хотели бы затронуть тему широко понимаемой миграции и связанных с ней явлений и процессов, прежде всего, в области идентичности.
Мы будем благодарны за интерес к нашему предложению, а также за участие в планируемых нами издательских начинаниях. Ждем Ваших разработок и материалов, углубляющих взаимное знание о процессах и явлениях в наших странах, в особенности же на их пограничье.

Просим присылать тесты (на английском, русском или польском языке) на адрес janumaj@ists.pl, с копией на адрес редактора выпуска, Марии Рогинской: mariaroginska@gmail.com.

С уважением,
Януш А. Майхерек, профессор ПУ,
заведующий Кафедрой социологии

Редакция принимает к рассмотрению тексты на польском, английском и русском языках. Выпуски имеют монографический характер. Ближайший номер будет носить название «Пограничье, диффузия, транскультурация», материалы к нему принимаются до 15 сентября 2011 года. Статьи в следующий выпуск, «Миграции, идентичность, этничность», можно присылать до 15 декабря 2011 года.

Статьи знакомят научную общественность с новыми научными результатами, имеющими значение в области общественных наук. Принимаются тексты, не публиковавшиеся ранее и не готовящиеся к публикации в других изданиях. После получения статьи, ее направляют двум анонимным рецензентам; решение о публикации статьи принимается на основании положительных рецензий.

Оптимальный объем материалов: около 20 тыс. знаков. Статья предваряется аннотацией на английском и польском языке с переводом названия статьи (150 слов) и 5-6 ключевыми словами. В отдельном файле следует прислать краткую информацию об авторе.

Статьи присылаются в формате Word (DOC или RTF) на адрес выпускающего редактора Марии
Рогинской mariaroginska@gmail.com. Шрифт основного текста и сносок – Times New Roman, кегль 12 пунктов, междустрочный интервал – полуторный, поля страницы: 2,5 см. Стиль цитирования – чикагский (ср.: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html).

Оформление титульной страницы:
Имя и фамилия автора
Место работы
Научная степень, титул
Ключевые слова

Структура работы:
Введение и анализ последних исследований
Методологическая часть
Основное содержание

В конце статьи просим поместить контактные данные автора

East-European International School for Humanities (MSH EW) is being reformed

Ladies and Gentlemen!

We would like bring to your attention that the East-European International School for Humanities (MSH EW) is being reformed; its new website address is http://www.ial.org.pl/msh2/. The objective of the reform is the creation of active international humanistic research communities by means of supporting joint research projects.

For several years MSH EW has been engaged in teaching in the field of the humanities with the focus on support of and developing close scientific contacts with partners from the countries of Eastern Europe. Since the founding of the school quite a lot has changed in terms of scientific work in the countries of the project: the international situation in general has changed, and this leads to the reform of the nature of the activities of MSH EW. The activities of MSH proposed from 2011 onwards combine didactics and research; emphasis on the first or second element depends on the chosen form of cooperation.

To facilitate research networking and to discuss possible joint research topics, we have created the MSH internet forum (http://www.ial.org.pl/msh2/forum/). At the same time we are preparing a repository of didactic materials from the MSH EW sessions that will be publicly available at http://www.ial.org.pl/msh2/index.php/pl/repozytorium and constantly upgraded. We also encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list at http://www.ial.org.pl/msh2/index.php/en/lista-mailingowa through which all planned events, as well as new research and teaching materials in the repository will be announced.

Priority will be given to the real needs and interests of possible school participants, which can be discussed at our internet forum. Topics in which at least twenty people will be interested will be considered as possible MSH EW sessions.

Another direction of the reforms is to place a greater emphasis on joint research, which would lead to verifiable results and help developing the scientific and educational potential of young scientists, as well as being a training field for teamwork. Verifiable results are understood as e.g. teaching materials in various forms (paper or Internet publications, distant learning courses), jointly organized scientific conferences, publication of research results and their popularization. More information can be found at the site http://

Please, accept our warm greetings.

We are looking forward to many interesting meetings with you in the future!

Directors of MSH EW

четверг, 9 июня 2011 г.

Storytelling, Memories and Identity Constructions

Storytelling, Memories and Identity Constructions
Mexico City

Deadline for paper proposal submissions (500 words): 15 July, 2011
(Deadline has been extended for all sessions and sub-conferences)
Conference Languages: English, Castilian, German, French and Nahuatl
Languages for presentation: English, Castilian.

The primary focus for the 7th edition of this inclusive and interdisciplinary annual conference organized by Enkidu Magazine and the International Society for Cultural History and Cultural Studies (CHiCS) in Mexico City with the support of the National Human Rights Comission of Mexico, is to interrogate storytelling, memories and identity constructions from a wide range of perspectives, and in their manifold
cultural and social manifestations.

We welcome submissions from all branches of the social sciences, humanities, as well as the arts.

Interpretations of the conference themes ranging from the predictable to the surprising are encouraged.

Among the themes of interest are the following:

- Cultural texts
- Narrative and Linguistics
- Linguistic borders and translation
- Narrative and Myth
- Storytelling in rituals, customs, and fetishism.
- Storytelling and Visual/Performing Arts and Music
- Oral Tradition and Contemporary Chronicle
- Postmodernity and its narratives
- Voice and reflexivity in oral and written texts
- Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives
- Conquest and Political Memory
- Globalization and indigenous cultures
- Migrations and Diasporas
- Story, Dialogue and Discourse
- Memory and truth-telling
- Testimonial Narratives
- Memory and Written Record
- Imaginary Homelands
- Displacement Heritage
- Global Spaces and Cultural Memories
- Text, Context and Intertext in Storytelling and Performance
- Children's Stories- Language, Authority and Silence

Interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome since all these topics in themselves stretch across several disciplines: history, literary studies, linguistics, psychology, political sciences, educational sciences, ethnology, queer studies, anthropology, sociology...

Graduate students are encouraged to participate.

The conference has developed into a unique international academic forum for interpretative approaches in the humanities and social sciences. The conference has traditionally also been a forum for discussing creative historical and political memory, remembering and forgetting of the past, as well as translations between cultures and re-negotiations and re-constructions of cultural identities in one one way or another.

The conference is organised into a large number of thematic sessions and sub-conferences addressing a highly diverse series of themes. The conference has an exceptional multilingual and multi-cultural approach, typically bringing together participants from all over the world to share and exchange their research, experiences and ideas in a truly multicultural, multilingual and interdisciplinary academic environment.

The conference sessions are conducted in Castillian and English. Occasionally, the conference also has sessions conducted in German and French. Some sessions will be bilingual and conducted in both languages with interpreters (on request). Other sessions will be conducted in one of the two conference languages, and the session moderator will give summaries of the paper in the other language. Many sessions are being conducted with interpreters for sign language (on request).

Papers are welcomed on virtually all related topics and themes, independently of time period and space. Also papers of comparative phenomena will be considered. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged. The conference aims at bringing together academics working in all relevant disciplines as well as activists, artists and other professionals, and promoting innovative multidisciplinary and multicultural exchange and dialogue.

CHICS' academic conferences are characterized by traditional paper presentations in panel sessions with three speakers each, followed by lively exchange, dialogue and interaction between speakers and audience in many small groups, workshops and seminars rather than by formal plenary sessions.

Paper and panel proposals

The conference languages for presentation will be English and Castilian.

500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organising committee in
English, Castilian, German or French.

Final papers should be of approximately 20 - 30 minutes duration (circa
8 - 10 pages). Other forms of presentation, for instance workshops,
panel debates and poster sessions will be considered on request.

Proposals for individual papers

Abstracts are to be submitted along with the presenter's name, short
bio, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation.

It is recommended to use this form when submitting a paper proposal:
http://enkidumagazine.com/chics/huc/registration.htm However, abstracts
will also be accepted as e-mail attachments to huc@enkidumagazine.comAll correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email. You
will be notified by 15. July whether your proposal has been accepted or

Proposals for panel sessions

Typically, a panel of academic papers should include 3 (maximum 4)
speakers and 1 moderator (session chair). Each session will last for 2
hours allowing for 30 minutes for each speaker and a further 30 minutes
for questions and discussion. Proposers should submit:

(1) Session title and a session intro (ca 100 words),
(2) Paper titles,
(3) Abstracts for each paper (500 words),
(4) Short biography for each participant and the panel chair (ca 100-150
(5) Institutional affiliation and address for each participant,
(6) Audio-visual and other technical requirements.

If you would like to propose a panel session, and want assistance in
finding speakers and/or a session chair, we can publish a call for
papers for your panel session on the conference web site and distribute
it in our newsletter. If you have an idea for a thematic panel session
and would like us to publish a call for papers on the conference
website, please send us a proposal by e-mail to huc@enkidumagazine.com

пятница, 20 мая 2011 г.

Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD) - 2012

The fourth international conference Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD) will take place at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal, 4-6 July 2012.

CADAAD conferences are intended to promote current directions and new developments in cross-disciplinary critical discourse research. We welcome papers dealing with any contemporary social, scientific, political, economic, or professional discourse/genre. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • (New) Media discourse
  • Party political discourse
  • Advertising
  • Discourses of war and terrorism
  • Discourses of discrimination and inequality
  • Power, ideology and dominance in institutional discourse
  • Identity in discourse
  • Education discourses
  • Environmental discourses
  • Health communication
  • Language and the law

We especially welcome papers which re-examine existing frameworks for critical discourse research and/or which highlight and apply new methodologies sourced from anywhere across the humanities, social and cognitive sciences including but without being limited to:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Functional Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Pragmatics and Argumentation Theory
  • Conversation and Discourse Analysis
  • Discursive Psychology
  • Multimodality
  • Media Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Political Science

Papers will be allocated 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. The language of the conference is English. Abstracts of no more than 300 words including references should be sent as MS Word attachment to c.j.hart@herts.ac.uk before 18 December 2011. Please include in the body of the email but not in the abstract your name, affiliation and email address. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 1 February 2012. Further information is available at www.cadaad.net/cadaad_2012. For any other inquiries please contact Chris Hart (c.j.hart@herts.ac.uk) or the local organiser, Maria Zara Simões Pinto Coelho (zara@ics.uminho.pt).

network: CADAAD
institution: University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
participants: The following distinguished scholars have confirmed their participation as plenary speakers:

  • Professor Paul Chilton (Lancaster University)
  • Dr Michal Krzyzanowski (Lancaster University)
  • Professor Michelle Lazar (National University of Singapore)
  • Professor Juana Marín Arrese (Universidad Complutense Madrid)
  • Professor Teun van Dijk (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

contact person: Chris Hart; Zara Coelho
email: c.j.hart@herts.ac.uk; zara@ics.uminho.pt

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Visualizing Australia: Images, Icons and Imaginations - Representing the Continent at Home and Abroad

13th Biennial GASt Conference in Stuttgart
Visualizing Australia: Images, Icons and Imaginations - Representing the Continent at Home and Abroad
University of Stuttgart, Germany

The conference topic concentrates on visual representations of Australia. Visual images with their immediate and direct appeal are particularly powerful vehicles of national identity, transporting ideas of an -imagined community' (Benedict Anderson). Some images are recognized as quintessentially "Australian" in spite of evidence that their legitimacy lies in collective myths. These myths, or nationalist narratives, are reiterated through the continual use of key pictorial icons. Investigating the multiple layers of meaning which images accrue in the course of becoming lodged in the cultural imagination can reveal key moments in the narrative of nation, country or region.

Bush landscapes, Aboriginal bark painting, Uluru, shearers, life-savers and surfers, kangaroos and koalas; these are some of the images associated with Australia all over the world, becoming icons of Australianness through medial forms such as art, cinema or advertising. These images are by no means static, reacting to or reflecting upon (violent) disruptions in the narrative of the nation: Desert images of Uluru are challenged by those of Woomera; life-savers by the Cronulla rioter. Such changes rest uneasily with hitherto comfortable notions of Australia as an easy-going, egalitarian culture. The historicity of specific images underlines the importance of diachronic approaches, key to ascertaining different phases of visual (self-)definition.

An increased awareness of uneven power balance in visuality and visibility informs recent representations of Australia. In examining how images of national self-fashioning shape-shift and transform, historical assessments that seek to determine different phases in the construction of Australianness on the basis of significant central images will be particularly welcome. The tensions between what people outside Australia consider its distinguishing features and what locals recognize as such constitute particularly fertile grounds for the exploration of the engendering of national identities through visual imaginings. Analyzing examples of visual imaging in various media and practices can reveal similarities and differences between Australian images and their use and reception abroad. Such transnational perspectives are particularly welcome to ensure a hermeneutic process that avoids a reduction to exclusively internal and national perspectives.

The purpose of concentrating on visual representations and practices is to raise the level of awareness of the social, political and economic conditions which inform the production as well as the reception of images and to create an awareness of the pitfalls of sorting them into easily available stereotypical slots.

Contributors are invited from a broad range of disciplines and institutional affiliations. Suggested thematic clusters include:

  • Visual arts: painting, photography, performance
  • Visual media: cinema, TV, internet
  • Visual forums and formats: museums, exhibitions, anniversaries, events, narratives
  • Visual practices in tourism, advertising, mapping
  • Icons, stereotypes and figurations of Australian people: constructions of race, gender and age
  • Landscape, space and place: conflicting images of natural resources and ecological concerns
  • Discourses of visuality: power structures of seeing, visibility, access to visual media/ representation, narrative (constructions of) identity
  • Visual Culture and the classroom

Please send your proposals by February 29th 2012 to: nina.juergens@ilw.uni-stuttgart.de

We ask international guests who would like to attend to respond with a (preliminary) title by 15.06.2011 in order to facilitate possible funding opportunities.

Conference Conveners:
Prof. Dr. Renate Brosch
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Literaturwissenschaft

Jr. Prof. Kylie Crane
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Fachbereich Translations-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft (FTSK)

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среда, 18 мая 2011 г.


Участь громадян у творенні культурної політики міста
Досвід Польщі для України

Раді запросити вас 24 травня (Харків) на дискусію за участі:
видатних експертів Польщі та України з питань культурної політики міст:

Войцех Пшебильські
Головний редактор інтелектуального часопису «Res Publica Nowa», ініціатор програми «ДНК міста»

Павел Лауфер
Координатор міжнародних культурних і мистецьких проектів

Тимофій Хом’як
Директор МА «Арт-Вертеп»

Світлана Олешко
Директор театру «Арабески»

Місце події: Харків, Культурний центр «Indie»
(вул. Чернишевська 4/6)
Початок дискусії о 14:00

Теми дискусії:

  • Харків-Харків, де твоє обличчя?
  • Мегаполіс, у якому бізнес, політика, наука та культура не співіснують в єдиному просторі, а взаємовиключають один одного.
  • Чи взагалі існує це місто? чи є декілька міст із однією назвою?
  • Багатокультурність мегаполісу: слабкість чи перевага?

Акредитація преси обов'язкова!!!
Контактний телефон: 066 855 68 05

вторник, 17 мая 2011 г.

ХVI Міжнародна наукова конференція «Харківські соціологічні читання»

Шановні колеги!

Запрошуємо Вас взяти участь у роботі ХVI Міжнародної наукової конференції «Харківські соціологічні читання»

Конференція відбудеться 3-4 листопада 2011 р. на соціологічному факультеті Харківського національного університету імені В.Н. Каразіна.

В межах конференції буде проведено пленарні та секційні засідання, “круглі столи” з актуальних питань розвитку сучасної соціології:

  1. Соціологічна теорія в пошуках пояснень сучасного світу.
  2. Соціальні нерівності в процесах трансформації.
  3. Соціальна політика та соціальна безпека.
  4. Ідентифікаційні процеси в сучасній Україні.
  5. Молодь у світі, що глобалізується.
  6. Соціокультурний вимір сучасного суспільства.
  7. Сучасна освіта: масовість чи якість?

Ваші пропозиції щодо тематики "круглих столів", а також їх учасників просимо надсилати на адресу оргкомітету до 1 жовтня 2011 року.
Планується презентація нових монографій, словників, підручників, навчально-методичних розробок з соціологічних дисциплін.

Заявку на участь у конференції та текст доповіді (обсягом не більше 22000 знаків) необхідно надати до оргкомітету «Харківських соціологічних читань» до 30 червня 2011 р.

Доповіді приймаються українською, російською або англійською мовами.

Матеріали конференції будуть опубліковані у фаховому збірнику наукових праць "Методологія, теорія та практика соціологічного аналізу сучасного суспільства".

Вимоги до оформлення публікацій:

  1. Шифр (бібліографічні показники) УДК (у лівому верхньому куті сторінки).
  2. Назва доповіді (великими літерами).
  3. Прізвище, ім’я, по батькові автора.
  4. Вчений ступінь, наукове звання, посада, місце роботи автора.
  5. Анотації українською, російською та англійською мовами (не менше 6, але не більше 12 рядків).
  6. Ключові слова (українською, російською та англійською мовами).
  7. Текст доповіді.
  8. Назва доповіді та прізвище автора українською, російською та англійською мовами.

При наборі тексту треба дотримуватись таких вимог:

  1. Вимкнути “перенос”.
  2. Відступ першого рядку кожного абзацу робиться не "пропусками", а автоматично через меню Microsoft Word (Формат – Абзац – відступ на першій сторінці ).
  3. Рисунки та діаграми повинні бути зроблені у додатку до Microsoft Word - Microsoft Graph.
  4. Відстань між словами – не більше 1 пропуску; зайві пропуски між словами небажані.
  5. Перелік літератури подається наприкінці доповіді у порядку посилання. Посилання наводяться в тексті у квадратних дужках: вказується номер джерела і сторінка, наприклад: [5, с.18].
  6. Бібліографія оформлюється за стандартом ВАК України.

Доповіді приймаються електронною поштою у текстовому редакторі Microsoft Word у форматах .doc або .rtf.

До доповіді додається анкета, що містить відомості про автора: П.І.Б., науковий ступінь, учене звання, посада, місце роботи, членство в САУ, поштова адреса, контактні телефони, факс, е-mail.

Доповіді, що не відповідатимуть вимогам ВАК України до наукових публікацій, до друку не прийматимуться.

У разі включення Вашої доповіді в програму конференції та до збірника наукових праць Вам необхідно буде сплатити за її публікацію (орієнтовно 25 грн. за сторінку тексту). Для учасників конференції встановлено оргвнесок у розмірі 200 грн.

З питань конференції звертатися до Ніколаєвського Валерія Миколайовича, Сокурянської Людмили Георгіївни, Хижняк Лариси Михайлівни, Арбєніної Віри Леонідівни, Проценко Людмили Григорівни.

Контактні телефони: (057) 707-53-68, 707-54-90, 707-56-51, 707-53-89.
E-mail: nick@univer.kharkov.ua, sokur@univer.kharkov.ua, procenko@sociology.kharkov.ua.

Поштова адреса оргкомітету: 61022, Харків, майдан Свободи, 6, Харківський національний університет імені В.Н.Каразіна, соціологічний факультет.

Евро-2012: новые возможности для Харькова как интернационального города

19-22 мая 2011 года в рамках празднования Дней Европы в Харькове впервые пройдет международный семинар «Евро-2012: новые возможности для Харькова как интернационального города» с участием делегации немецких экспертов с опытом подготовки и проведения Чемпионата мира по футболу 2006 года в Германии.

Приезд делегации - первый совместный визит немецких участников организации чемпионата мира в Украину в рамках подготовки к «Евро-2012».

Мероприятие пройдет в рамках общегородской программы «Kharkiv International City». Организаторы: Департамент международного сотрудничества Харьковского городского совета и ХООО «МультиКультиУА».

Цель семинара – инициировать международное взаимодействие, обмен опытом в преддверии проведения «Евро-2012» в Харькове. «Для обеспечения в Харькове оптимальных условий успешного проведения Чемпионата Европы по футболу мы задействовали сферы, в которых наиболее интересно партнерство и обмен опытом с Германией – обеспечение безопасности, развитие транспортных сообщений во время проведения чемпионата; организация работы объединений болельщиков, волонтеров; управления региональным туризмом, продвижение бренда города в СМИ на международном уровне», - рассказывает Мартин Ройтер, инициатор проведения семинара и глава ХООО «MultiCultiUA».

20 мая с 15.00 до 18.00 в главном конференц-зале стадиона «Металлист» пройдет пленарное заседание семинара с докладами немецких экспертов.

В третий день семинара, субботу, 21 мая, после торжественного открытия Дней Европы, на ключевых объектах подготовки к Евро-2012 эксперты вместе с украинским коллегами будут вести практическую работу по секциям:

  • Гражданская защита и первая медицинская помощь
  • Работа с болельщиками и волонтерами
  • Брендинг, туризм, СМИ: международный и отечественный опыт.

Ярким событием третьего дня семинара будет обсуждение инструментов продвижения туристического бренда Харькова «Kharkiv – smart city» на секции «Брендинг, туризм, СМИ», который впервые был представлен в марте этого года на крупнейшей международной туристической выставке ITB в Берлине.

Презентация бренда города, выступление экспертов из Европы и СНГ, доклады и обсуждения на тему позиционирования Харькова на международном уровне планируется завершить формированием инициативной группы среди представителей СМИ, лидеров рынка маркетинговых, рекламных и PR-услуг для продвижения бренда города «Kharkiv - smart city» на городском, всеукраинском и международном уровне. В организации работы секции активно участвуют туристическая компания Monte Travel, PR-агентство Kharkov Leading Media, Агентство маркетинговых коммуникаций «Бумеранг».

Организаторы стремятся повысить компетенцию участников семинара, привлечь новых партнеров в город и расширить международные связи Харькова через международный диалог для максимального использования возможностей города, возникающих в связи с Евро-2012.

Все участники пленарного заседания войдут в электронный каталог семинара, который будет передан немецким экспертам с целью реализации совместных проектов..

Участие в семинаре бесплатно, по предварительной регистрации.

Для аккредитации на открытие семинара с докладами немецких экспертов 20 мая (15.00-17.00 - конференц-зал "Металлист") и экскурсии по объектам стадиона (14.00-15.00) просьба направить ответное письмо с данными об организации и количеству участников с темой "Аккредитация на пленарное заседание".

Для участия в работе секции "Брендинг, туризм, СМИ: международный и отечественный опыт" и формирования инициативной группы по развитию бренда города "Kharkiv - smart city" 21 мая (12.30-18.30) просьба направить ответное письмо с данными об организации и количеству участников с темой "Участие в работе секции".

Контактное лицо по вопросам аккредитации на пленарное заседание и работу секции – Мария Мартиросян, 063 300 52 52, 066 160 18 11, pr.euro2012@gmail.com

воскресенье, 15 мая 2011 г.

Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe

Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe
Theories and Methods
Warsaw, November 23-25, 2011

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
Insititute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
Institute of Sociology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities

European representations of the last century have been largely shaped by a Western perspective. This also applies to the realm of academic study of social memory. The purpose of this conference is to reflect on the methodology and the state of memory research in Central and Eastern Europe. This region entered the twentieth century with unresolved social problems engendered by belated modernisation and profound ethnic and religious divisions. It suffered not only two world wars but also experienced genocide, border changes, population resettlements, and political and economic experiments on a scale unseen in the Western part of the continent. Moreover, it entered the global order only at the close of the twentieth century. We hope to establish the relevance of the studies on memory in Central and Eastern Europe for memory research in other parts of the world. We would also like to sketch a map of European research schools on memory, with a particular reference to theoretical proposals which either originated in Central and Eastern Europe or are used to study the memory of this region. Scholars from various disciplines are welcome to join the debate on the history of memory.

The conference will address the following issues:

The specific nature of Central and Eastern Europe’s historical experience. In this section we ask whether there was any twentieth century historical experience which could be defined as a common experience for the countries of the region. What historical events and traditions may bind the societies of Central and Eastern Europe into communities of memory, even if they remain internally conflicted? What was the influence of various ethnic groups and the specifics of nation building process on shaping memories in the region? Then, are the theoretical concepts and research methods developed by scholars from outside the region adequate for conveying the specificity– if such exists – of Central and Eastern Europe?

Research categories. In this part we concentrate on the methodology of memory research. The terminology used in the global literature on memory is rich and varied. References to the past are classified into such categories of memory as: collective, cultural, national, public, official and others. While in one context the term “public memory” may seem adequate, in another one an opposition between historical policy and vernacular memory may seem more appropriate. Methodologies also differ regarding the media of memory under consideration. In this respect, memory may be defined e.g. as an action or a text. Both institutions and individuals may be regarded as agents of memory. Memory often occurs immediately alongside – or is superseded by – other concepts such as trauma, forgetting, myth and tradition. And lastly, why do we speak of memory and not of history when considering how the past exists in the present? In the most general sense, what theories should we explore and what institutions and media of memory should we examine in order to render the phenomenon of addressing the past in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe?

Research themes, techniques and data collections. In this part we ask scholars of various disciplines e.g. sociologists, historians, literature specialists and others studying Central and Eastern Europe to present their research methods and techniques. We are interested in studies on memory from Germany to Russia, from Estonia to Bulgaria. There will also be a place to discuss both the practice and the practitioners of commemoration: historical policy and its makers as well as museums and other institutions collecting visual documentation and oral history.

Professor Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz) will give the keynote address.

Languages of the conference:
English preferred, Polish or German possible.

Abstracts: Please send an abstract of your paper of no more than 300 words and short biographical information by July, 1. 2011. You will be asked to submit your final conference paper by November, 1, so we could circulate it to the commentators.

Please send your abstracts and all inquiries to: genealogies@enrs.eu

Publication of selected papers in a peer-reviewed journal is planned.

A limited number of travel and accommodation refunds for younger scholars and doctoral students is available. There is no conference fee.

The organizing committee: Maciej Bugajewski, PhD (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Burkhard Olschowsky, PhD (European Network Remembrance and Solidarity), Małgorzata Pakier, PhD (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities), prof. Jan Rydel (European Network Remembrance and Solidarity), Joanna Wawrzyniak, PhD (University of Warsaw).

Conference staff: Monika Żychlińska monika.zychlinska@enrs.eu and Agnieszka Nosowska agnieszka.nosowska@enrs.eu

пятница, 13 мая 2011 г.

ReSET Challenges seminar “Towards a New Cultural History of Eastern and Central Europe. Critical Issues and Reappraisals”

Deadline for applications from Belarus and Moldova to the ReSET Challenges seminar “Towards a New Cultural History of Eastern and Central Europe. Critical Issues and Reappraisals” is extended till 20 May, 2011.

Our project is part of the HESP Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching. (For more information on the program see http://www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp/focus/reset/grants/reset_seminar).

The main aim of the project is to discuss new teaching and research agendas in humanities and to introduce approaches that have been developed within the field of cultural history into the university teaching. The project will help to redesign existing courses on cultural/historical anthropology, history of culture, sociology of culture and cultural studies, and to introduce new courses on cultural history in the undergraduate curricula. (For more information on the project see http://www.timeandspace.lviv.ua/index.php?module=events§ion=news&id=431).

Junior university professors/lecturers specializing in the fields of history, cultural studies, sociology and cultural anthropology are especially encouraged to apply. Application form and supporting materials (CV, list of publications, draft of a course syllabus in the field of cultural history and scholarly text related to the topic of the project) shall be sent to the following e-mail addresses: spis2005@yahoo.com; ostap_sereda@yahoo.com.

понедельник, 9 мая 2011 г.

The VI International PhD Seminar - Urbanism and Urbanization

The VI International PhD Seminar- Urbanism and Urbanization
Venice 27-29 October 2011
Location: Italy

The PhD program in Urbanism of the Factulty of architecture in Venice (IUAV) will host the sixth International PhD Seminar - Urbanism and Urbanization in the autumn of 2011.The seminar invites PhD candidates working on a dissertation topic relating to the theory, history or practice of urbanism to present heir work and thereby seeks to confront and discuss the themes and approaches of different international PhD programs in urbanism and the related disciplines. Following a biannual cycle, the VI International PhD seminar will follow the first International PhD seminar that was organized by KU Leuven in February 2004 and others by UPC Barcelona, IUAV Venice, TU Delft.

The theme of the VI U&U Seminar is 'The Next Urban Question: themes, approaches, tools'. Three main aspects can be identified today that define an “urban question” different from the past: first, the growing distance between the rich and the poor, second, the environmental risks, and third the mobility crises. The ‘question’ is and will be ‘urban’ because it is in the urban context that the largest part of the world population lives. It is in the context of the city that the question is most apparent and gains a sense of urgency.

The first aspect asks for a reflection on spatial and social justice, questioning the ways in which social opportunity is spatially distributed and seeking ways to foster equitable forms of spatial differentiation.

The second aspect, the environmental crisis, reveals the problem of a democratic solution (environmental justice) and demands critical review of the way in which urbanism has began to appropriate the ecological agenda. Even more so, the mobility question (understood in the broadest sense of the word), poses a direct threat to the urban condition as new (neo liberal) governance models introduce new and hard lines of in and exclusion between plugged an unplugged, connected and bypassed groups and individuals.

All three aspects demand a new engagement of design at different scales, building new arenas of designerly research and original knowledge production. Taking up this engagement requires reflection on the epistemological status of design (as knowledge producer), on the role of design in the exploration of alternative futures, on its capacity to bring about effective change.

With the help of ongoing researches and the contributions from the participating universities, the seminar aims to document and discuss the ways in which urbanism is changing, studying the perspectives that are being adopted and their genealogies.. We invite presentations of different forms of urban research, urban analysis and critical design research which while presenting the case under investigation – critically explore the general theme.

Short and 'full papers'
The seminar invites full papers that present a coherent piece of research or dissertation chapter, as well as short papers that address methodology, research question or articulate a starting point for PhD research. Full papers will be organized in thematic sessions. Short papers will be organized in thematic workshops. A selection of seminar contributions will be published.

Abstract guidelines
PhD candidates interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of maximum 1000 words by May 21st. The scientific committee, taking into account the interest of the themes proposed, will select the papers to be presented during the seminar by July 8th. Upon selection of the various contributions, we will invite respondents in function of the subject of the papers submitted. The selected papers will be submitted in a final version to the scientific committee and to each respondent before September 15th. Abstracts should be sent via e-mail to: urbanism.urbanization@iuav.it. Please include the following information: Full name, affiliation, e-mail-address, thesis supervisor, working title of dissertation, anticipated date for thesis defense. Indicate if you intend to submit a full paper (4000-8000 words) or a shorter workshop paper (2000 - 2500 words, typically for researchers in the early stages of their PhD discussing research question, thesis set up).

Important dates
Deadline abstracts May 21st, 2011
Notification of acceptance July 8th, 2011
Full paper due September 15th 2011

Organizing committee

Valentina Bandieramonte
Michiel Dehaene
Lorenzo Fabian
Kaveh Rashidzadeh
Paola Vigan?

Scientific committee
Cristina Bianchetti
Margaret Crawford
Bruno de Meulder
Han Meyer
Dominique Rouillard
Bernardo Secchi
Joaquim Sabat?
Kelly Shannon
Thomas Sieverts
Marcel Smets
Maria Chiara Tosi
Paola Vigan? (chair)

more info www.uu2011.eu

Valentina Bandieramonte and Kaveh Rashidzadeh: urbanism.urbanization@iuav.it.

PhD program in Urbanism, c/o IUAV School of Doctorate Studies
Palazzo Badoer
San Polo 2468
30125 Venice
Email: urbanism.urbanization@iuav.it
Visit the website at http://www.uu2011.eu

воскресенье, 8 мая 2011 г.


A Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference
7th – 8th July 2011

Cardiff University is pleased to announce an international and interdisciplinary conference - run by and for postgraduate research students - on the theme of ‘Transformations', which is scheduled to take place on 7/8 July 2011.

This year’s conference will be aimed at doctoral students whose research work converges on the theme of Transformations. The conference will attract doctoral students from a variety of disciplines including English, History, European Studies, Welsh, Archaeology, Religious Studies, Journalism, Cultural Studies, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology and other Social Sciences. The aim is to enhance understanding by providing the opportunity for interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Proposals for papers are invited from postgraduate researchers across the UK and overseas in order to foster institutional links between students.

Examples of themes to be explored are:

  • Transformation of the self/other
  • Social/political transformation
  • Creative/digital transformation
  • Past or future transformation
  • Transformation of space/place
  • Philosophical/religious transformation
  • Ethical or legal transformation

The deadline for abstracts is 5pm, Sunday 15th May 2011. To submit a proposal, please send a 200 word abstract of the paper’s contribution to the conference theme, to Transformations@cf.ac.uk. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes and proposals should include contact details and a brief biographical note.

The Transformations student committee will consider all abstracts received and you will be informed via email approximately two weeks after the deadline as to whether or not your abstract has been accepted.

The conference is free of charge. Limited accommodation in student halls of residence will be available on a first come first served basis at a cost of £27.53 per night (including breakfast).

For further information, email Transformations@cf.ac.uk

воскресенье, 1 мая 2011 г.



University of Loughborough, UK

25 years of the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG)
10 years of the Culture and Media Analysis Research Group (CAMARG)

Plenary speakers include:

Charles Antaki
Michael Billig
David Buckingham
David Deacon
Teun A. Van Dijk
Paul Drew
Derek Edwards
Peter Golding
Jim McGuigan
Angela McRobbie
Graham Murdock
Mike Pickering
Jonathan Potter
Elizabeth Stokoe
Liesbet Van Zoonen

The Communication Research Centre at Loughborough University invites you to join in our celebrations as our two research groups reach key anniversaries: the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) celebrates twenty-five years of discursive psychological, rhetorical and conversation analytic research, and the Culture and Media Research Group (CAMARG), celebrates ten years of communication, media and cultural analysis.

Call for individual papers

We encourage submissions that engage with empirical and theoretical topics in communication studies, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, media studies, social interaction, or cultural studies - especially those that address in original ways the promises and challenges or research in any of these (inter)disciplinary areas.

Deadline for Abstracts: 1st November, 2011

Registration deadline (for guaranteed on-campus accommodation) is November 30th, 2011.

Conference registration fee £90 (£60 concessions)
Pre-conference workshop fee £50 (£30 concessions).

Pre-conference workshops:
  • conversation analysis
  • critical discourse analysis
  • comparative media methods
  • discursive psychology
  • memory & methodology
  • transcription
  • visual digital ethnography
John Downey, Derek Edwards, Alexa Hepburn, Emily Keightley, Sabina Mihelj, Mike Pickering, Sarah Pink, Jonathan Potter, John Richardson, Cristian Tileaga and Sue Wilkinson.

Click link for more information...

среда, 27 апреля 2011 г.

New book: Discursive Constructions of Immigrant Identity

Bois, Inke Du (2010): Discursive Constructions of Immigrant Identity. A Sociolinguistic Trend Study on Long-Term American Immigrants. Frankfurt am Main/New York: Peter Lang.

In which way can language be an indicator for cultural identity in immigration contexts? How are collective identity, social networks and the use of the inclusive pronoun "we" connected? Does code-switching in additive bilingualism and first language attrition indicate a loss of home cultural identity? Designed as a longitudinal trend study, this book answers such complex questions. It investigates data collected from interviews with thirty U.S. Americans who immigrated to Germany between 1963 to 2001. On one hand, indepth discourse analyses take the discursive construction of identity through code-switching, narrative structures and deictics within the sociopolitical context of Germany into account. One the other hand, quantitative analysis of lexical attrition, code-switching and the 'we' pronoun show clear correlations with socio-demographic factors such as age at arrival, length of residence, education, and English-related profession.

See more: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.cst.ebooks.datasheet&id=58165&concordeid=261275