AAWP x UWRF17 Emerging Writers Prize (closes 30th June 2017)

Are you an emerging writer based in Australasia? Would you like to travel to the UWRF17 for a once-in-a-lifetime literary experience, plus have the opportunity to see your work published in Meniscus magazine?

In partnership with the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), we are proud to announce the return of the AAWP x UWRF17 Emerging Writers’ Prize. Enter your short story or poem based on this year’s UWRF theme, ‘Origins’, and take advantage of this generous opportunity.

The winner of the 2017 prize will receive a ticket to Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), accommodation for the duration of the festival and $500 towards economy airfares. In addition, you will receive a one-year annual membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and fully subsidised conference fees to attend their annual conference, where you will be invited to read from your work. In addition, the editors at Meniscus will consider your work for publication.

Sound good? Browse the ins-and-outs below and get writing!

THE PRIZE

Enter your short story or poem to the ‘AAWP/UWRF Emerging Writers’ Prize’ for your chance to win. 

If you win you will receive — a ticket to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), accommodation for the duration of the festival and $500 towards economy airfares. In addition, you will receive a one-year annual membership to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) and fully subsidised conference fees to attend the annual conference of the AAWP, where you are invited to read from your work. The editors at Meniscus will consider your work for publication. 

Take advantage of this stunning opportunity to celebrate the craft of writing at South East Asia’s largest and most exciting literary festival. Be welcomed in to the thriving community of writers within the AAWP. Enter your short story or poem and take advantage of this generous publication pathway and networking opportunity for emerging writers.  

THE THEME: 'ORIGINS'

The theme – drawn from the Hindu philosophy ‘Sangkan Paraning Dumadi’ – speaks of our eternal connection to where we have come from, and to where we will ultimately return. 

“Last year’s theme of ‘Tat Tvam Asi’, or ‘I am you, you are me’, was a powerful exploration of our connectedness, to each other, as individuals,” explains Founder & Director Janet DeNeefe. 

“At a time of global unrest and political turmoil, ‘Origins’ invites us to consider the biggest picture – to contemplate not just our connections from person to person, but as a collective humanity extending across people, the planet and periods of time.”

Across the Festival’s five-day program, the theme will unfold the powerful movements which have influenced and continue to shape the world – from the political to the technological, environmental to spiritual – and their cyclical manifestations throughout our existence. It will challenge audiences to consider the origins of the elements that shape us, the things we carry with us through life, and the things that draw us back. 

“By cultivating a universal perspective and shifting away from the cult of the individual, we instil in our Festival audiences the possibility of truly affirmative action,” continued DeNeefe. “If we are no longer constrained by our individual perspectives, what are our responsibilities, and what is within our power to achieve together?”

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  1. This competition is open to emerging writers across Australasia. Emerging writers will not have a full-length, single-authored, commercially published, print publication in any genre. Emerging writers who have published in electronic format only, or who have published work in collections showcasing multiple authors, are eligible.
  2. The Prize opens on the 15 February 2017 and closes at midnight on 30th June 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced on the UWRF website and the AAWP website no later than 30th August 2017.
  3. Entries should not exceed 30 lines (poetry) or 3000 words (prose).
  4. Entries should respond to the UWRF theme. The 2017 theme is ‘Origins’.
  5. The entry should be formatted as follows — line spacing: 1.5, font size: 12 point, font: Times New Roman.
  6. You may enter as many times as you wish. Subsequent entries incur a separate fee.
  7. Any entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified no refund will be given.
  8. Entries may not be altered after they have been submitted.
  9. The UWRF/AAWP reserves the right to disqualify any entry that breaches the rules.
  10. The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence or discussion.
  11. The award is for unpublished writing, including online publication.

HOW TO ENTER

Entry is via: https://meniscusliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit/58621

Please go to the aawp.org.au for further information: available under News (Opportunities) or Journals (Meniscus).

The entry fee is $20.

CFP: Feminist Politics and Activism in Reactionary Eras

CFP: Journal Articles

'Feminist Politics and Activism in Reactionary Eras'

The Dutch Journal of Feminist Studies seeks submissions for a special issue on feminist politics and activism for Spring 2018. In this issue, we want to consider the historical and contemporary effects of feminism as a global force. Is feminism past its time, or is it rising from the ashes as a unifying discourse amidst the rise of reactionary forces across the globe? Are feminisms infused within State governance, or marginal to it? What can we learn from the contemporary moment by looking to the political scenarios of previous decades?  We invite papers that provide different evaluations on the state of feminist movements cross nationally, including theoretical essays, empirical or archival research. Themes may include:

1.     The place of feminist movements amid the growth of right-wing movements – are feminist movements unifying forces across divides of race, class, caste, nationality or religion, or do they prioritize gender as the primary problem? Will they be rejuvenated, or transformed, by the fierce opposition they encounter?

2.     Feminism in the era of neoliberalism: can feminist movements thrive within neoliberal regimes? To what extent is neoliberalism contributing to the institutionalization and cooptation of feminism How do feminisms respond to the growing inequalities of class, region, race and indigeneity generated by neoliberal governance? What kinds of alternatives to neo-liberalism have feminist movements imagined?

3.     What is the relationship between global, national and local feminisms?  How do we map the connections and contradictions between global, national and local issues? To what extent have local feminist campaigns called upon global norms and engaged in transnational advocacy?

4.     What forms of women’s movements are excluded by using the term feminism? What are alternate discourses through which notions of gender equality are expressed, and what is their relationship to feminist politics?

5.     What is feminist movements’ relationships to the category women, and to the category gender? What are the contradictions in mobilizing around these two terms?

Papers should be 8000 to 9000 words in length, and are due by June 30 2017. 

Please direct inquiries to the Special Issue Editors, Srimati Basu (srimati.basu@uky.edu) and Akiko Takenaka (akiko.takenaka@uky.edu)

Call for Applications: Media@McGill Postdoctoral Fellowship

Description: Media@McGill is a hub of interdisciplinary research, scholarship and public outreach on issues in media, technology and culture, located in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. To see the list of former postdoctoral fellowships, click here.

Media@McGill’s residential postdoctoral fellowships are awarded to scholars from the humanities and social sciences, working on any historical period. The 2017-2018 fellowship is dedicated to the theme of “Migrant Media.”

Fellows are provided with a workspace, and are expected to take an active role in the research activities and academic life of Media@McGill (participation in conferences, seminars, etc.). They may also have the possibility of teaching a course within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill.

Eligibility: The Media@McGill Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to both national and international scholars who have completed their doctoraldegree in a university other than McGill no earlier than June 1, 2013. Candidates must have defended their dissertation and received their PhD by May 1, 2017. Fluency in English is essential; working knowledge of French is an asset.

Value and Duration: The stipend for the Media@McGill Postdoctoral Fellowship is $45,000 CAD for 12 months (this includes a travel research stipend) beginning in September 2017.

Application Process Deadlines: Media@McGill will be offering one Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2017-2018.

1. In a cover letter, applicants must stipulate how their research is related to Media@McGill’s mission statement and Media@McGill’s 2017-18 theme: Migrant Media. Applicants should also identify a potential faculty supervisor from the McGill Department of Art History and Communication Studies, who is a member of Media@McGill and whose research is closely tied to that of the applicant. Please do not contact the potential supervisor at this stage.

The following should be included in all statements of interest and be sent in a single pdf (the application will not be accepted otherwise). The documents’ order follows the list below:

  1. a cover letter; 
  2. a research proposal (750 words);
  3. a Curriculum Vitae (maximum 5 pages).

Deadline: Completed statements of interest should be sent to mediaatmcgill.ahcs@mcgill.ca by Friday, February 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. E.S.T.

2. Statements of interest will be reviewed by the Media@McGill potential supervisor, and candidates will be notified of results shortly after. If successful, the short-listed applicants will be asked to provide the following additional documents:

  1. official copies of transcripts during graduate studies;
  2. three letters of recommendation (one of which is by the potential Media@McGill faculty supervisor);
  3. a writing sample (maximum 20 pages).

Deadline: Completed statements of interest should be sent to mediaatmcgill.ahcs@mcgill.ca by Friday, March 24, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. E.D.T.Applications will be reviewed by Media@McGill’s Steering Committee, and candidates will be notified of results in early May 2017.

For additional information, please contact mediaatmcgill.ahcs@mcgill.ca.

Northedge Prize

2017 Call for Submissions:

Established in 1986 to commemorate the invaluable contribution of the late Professor F.S. Northedge to the creation of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, the annual Northedge Essay Competition furthers a Millennium tradition of publishing exceptional student scholarship in a leading IR journal. The winning essay will be published in the first issue of the next volume.

The essay may be on any topic within International Relations or related areas of study, but critical papers that engage with progressive issues, innovative approaches, and philosophical arguments, are especially welcomed. The essay must be doubled-spaced and of approximately 7,000 to 9,000 words in length.

The Northedge Essay Competition is open to any student who is currently pursuing or has recently completed a degree in International Relations or a related field.  The essay may be part of a doctoral research project, an essay or dissertation submitted as part of an undergraduate or Masters’ degree course, a seminar paper, or similar work. Essays must not have been previously published, or simultaneously submitted for consideration elsewhere. For undergraduate or Masters’ degree candidates whose essays form part of the requirements for a degree awarded by examination, essays must be submitted to the competition after the examination process has been concluded. Selected essays will be peer-reviewed and judged by the Editors on the basis of the essay’s contribution to the advancement of the field, originality of the argument, and scholarly presentation.

The deadline for consideration in the 2017 Northedge Competition is 15 January, 2017. Submissions can be made via email to millennium@lse.ac.uk .

CFP: Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race Conference, University of Notre Dame, March 2-4, 2017

The University of Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program is happy to announce its fourth biennial international conference: Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana USA
March 2-4, 2017

Deadline for submissions: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Questions of race and gender continue to undergird broad sections of inquiry in the academy and beyond. The ongoing legacies and current manifestations of racism and sexism continue to demand intellectual analysis, institutional recognition, and collective intervention. Reaching a critical crescendo during the political upheavals of the 1960s’ civil rights/anti-colonial era and the responding cultural turn in the humanities, Black feminists have discussed the ways in which both race and gender are co-constitutive and rely on intersecting paradigms of power and constructions of difference. Indeed, the concept of “intersectionality,” coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, has become a key mode of framing how identities and sites of contestation around identity are multiple and complex. Furthermore, critics and activists from a myriad of socio-political milieus have underscored the importance of intersectional approaches in struggles for social justice and in the making of inclusive public spaces. From feminist scholarship to human rights policy to commentary via Twitter memes, intersectionality as a theoretical concept, method of analysis, and mode of collaborative action circulates in both grassroots and intellectual discourse.

The Intersectional Inquiries conference will offer a platform for scholars from various fields to interrogate the intersections of race and gender--as manifested materially and discursively--from a broad range of historical, global, and contemporary contexts. We call on scholars, activists, and students to attend rigorously to the ways that race structures gender, sexualities, class, and dis/ability and the dominating matrices of biopolitical violence and imperialism, as well as to trace how racialized subjectivities and non-normative embodiments challenge and radically fracture hierarchy. With this conference, our hope is to inspire impactful intellectual dialogue and assist in building ties that might lead to scholarly- and social justice-focused collaborations.

Our confirmed keynote speaker is Professor Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Professor Collins recently co-authored Intersectionality (Polity 2016) with Sirma Bilge.  Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Routledge 1990), won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  Professor Collins is also the author and editor of several books dealing with race, gender, education, and politics, including On Intellectual Activism (Temple 2012); Another Kind of Public Education: Race, the Media, Schools, and Democratic Possibilities (Beacon 2009); and From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism (Temple 2006).  

Topics

The Organizing Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, pre-constituted roundtables, and creative works that address one or more of the following topics, or other topics aligned with the conference theme:

  • immigration
  • globalism
  • coloniality and imperialism
  • violence, terror, and war
  • social movements and activism
  • electoral politics
  • neoliberalism
  • sexualities
  • disability
  • religion and spirituality
  • education
  • environment, climate change, and sustainability
  • space, place, and geography
  • labor and economics
  • family and marriage
  • literature, visual culture, and performance
  • popular culture (social media, film, television, music, sports, gaming, etc.)
  • digitization and technicity
  • theory and/or methodology
  • feminist jurisprudence.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Please submit your proposal here:

NDIntersectional.submittable.com/submissions You will first need to become a member of Submittable (which is easy and free).

To allow for as many voices as possible at the conference, proposers may apply for only two of the following roles: paper presenter, creative works presenter, panel chair, roundtable coordinator, or roundtable participant.  

We welcome submissions from scholars, activists, artists, and students, including those at the undergraduate level.Open Call Papers

Individuals submitting paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information. Co-authored papers are acceptable.

Pre-constituted Panels

Panel chairs should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted panel as a whole.  For each participant, chairs should submit a 250-word presentation abstract, a short bio, and contact information. Panels should include 3-4 papers. Co-authored papers are acceptable.  Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged.

Pre-constituted Roundtables

Roundtable coordinators should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted roundtable as a whole.  For each participant, coordinators should submit a 250-word abstract of planned comments, a short bio, and contact information. Roundtables should include no more than 6 participants (inclusive of coordinator).  Roundtables that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged. Roundtable participants’ remarks at the conference should be brief in order to create substantive discussion with attendees.

Open Call Creative Works

Proposals for audiovisual and other creative works should consist of a 250-word abstract (including the length and format of the work), a short bio of the producer/director, contact information, and requirements for exhibition. Co-authored work is acceptable.  If the work is viewable online, please submit a URL.

More Information

Please direct any questions about the conference and the submission process to: NDIntersectional@gmail.com.

Updates about the conference schedule, events, travel and lodging, and more will be posted here.

Conference Organizers: Tara Hudson, Z'étoile Imma, Mary Celeste Kearney, and Christine Venter, University of Notre Dame.

University of Notre Dame Co-Sponsors: Center for Civil and Human Rights, Center for Social Movements, Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, College of Engineering, Department of Africana Studies, Department of American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Art, Art History, & Design, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of English, Department of Film, Television, & Theatre, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Department of Theology, Gender Studies Program, Graduate School, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Institute for Latino Studies, Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Program of Liberal Studies, and Undergraduate Studies, College of Arts & Letters.

PhD Scholarship: Technology and Domestic Violence

The Melbourne Networked Society Institute, in conjunction with the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe), is looking for a talented student to undertake a PhD focusing on technology and domestic violence.

The Institute has available one scholarship for an appropriately qualified student to commence research in 2016 in this exciting area. (For original advertisement click here). 

Technology and Domestic Violence

Domestic and family violence is a common hidden problem with major social and health effects on women, their children, young people and men. Technology can be harnessed to abuse others but also as an innovative way to respond to and connect people effected by domestic and family violence to services.  The research will focus on new opportunities in under resourced areas i.e. responding to children and young people in families where abuse is happening, men who use violence in their relationships, family and friends of people affected by family violence. The testing of new models using technology for these populations will address conceptual and practical challenges concerning safety issues, data utilisation and privacy.

About you

You will have an education background in social work, health, psychology, cultural studies, sociology; law; computer science or informatics.

You should have obtained a first class Honours or Masters Degree and you will need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Melbourne’s requirements for a Research Higher Degree candidature and the award of an Australian Postgraduate Award.

About the Scholarship

The Institute is offering one scholarship for a student to undertake research on technology and domestic violence. You will receive an Australian Postgraduate Award, which provides a fortnightly stipend. In addition, MNSI will support the successful applicant with a further $3,000 top-up payment and $2,000 for travel expenses each year.

As a scholarship holder, you will also be a member of the Institute’s Doctoral Academy.

Project Supervision

Depending on the background of the candidate, project supervision could be undertaken across the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, the Melbourne School of Arts or Melbourne Law School.

About MNSI

The Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) is an interdisciplinary research Institute that seeks to examine the challenges and opportunities arising from the increased connectivity between people, places and things. The Institute supports a wide range of innovative research projects that aim to further understanding and utilisation of the networked society.

About MAEVe

MAEVe strives to make a difference to the lives of women, families and communities by addressing and preventing the problem of violence against women through interdisciplinary and intra-institutional collaboration. Preventing and responding to violence against women and children is not the domain or responsibility of any one discipline. MAEVe believes that by working together we can be more effective and innovative in our ongoing efforts to end violence against women and their children.

Further information: http://maeve.unimelb.edu.au/

How to Apply

Please complete the expression of interest form (below) and send a completed copy, along with a letter describing your relevant background and experience, your CV, writing sample (thesis chapter or publication), academic transcript and academic references as a single pdf document to Fiorella Chiodo: fmchiodo@unimelb.edu.au by 5:00pm Friday 2 September 2016.  

MNSI Technology and Domestic Violence PhD Expression of Interest Form

Please note that, if successful, you are also required to submit an application for a University of Melbourne Graduate Research Degree and Scholarship. http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/applications/research

Assistant Professor: International Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Assistant Professor of International Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Full Time, Tenure Track, Close Date: 15 October 2016

Position Summary

The International Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Programs at Trinity College announce a joint tenure-track position at the assistant professor level for an innovative scholar of transnationalism whose work focuses on gender and sexuality, is informed by feminist and queer theory, and is rigorously interdisciplinary in its approach to the world. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose work focuses on peoples, institutions, discourses, and practices outside North America and Europe. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses in his/her specialty as well as core courses in both programs, including an introductory course in gender and sexuality studies with a transnational focus and an upper level course in feminist and queer theory. INTS and WMGS are interdisciplinary programs, and we welcome applicants from any discipline. Teaching load is 2/2 for the first two years (and 3/2 thereafter) with a one-semester leave every fourth year. The successful candidate will be housed jointly in the International Studies Program and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Program.

Qualifications

Ph.D. in hand or expected by July 1, 2017.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, writing sample, a sample syllabus, and contact information (email addresses) for three individuals who will provide letters of reference. All application materials are due by October 15, 2016.

Once a completed dossier is submitted, automatic emails will be generated to each reference provider, directing each referee to a unique URL where he or she must go to upload a letter of recommendation. Applicants using Interfolio (or other dossier service) should provide the appropriate unique Interfolio email address for each reference letter writer.

Posting NumberF00064

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

    1. Letter of Application
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Sample of Scholarly Writing
    4. Sample syllabi

    Fellowship: Research Fellowship, Centre on the Future of War, Arizona

    Deadline: Open until filled (published on 18 July, 2016)

    Position: Fellowship, full-time

    Where: Arizona State University, Arizona

    The Center on the Future of War is seeking a full-time Research Fellow. This position links strategic design and planning for the Center with support for individual fellow research, collaborative projects, course design, teaching and programming. We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, has an interdisciplinary orientation, and is an excellent researcher and writer significantly engaged in issues of war, conflict, human rights and international politics.

    Responsibilities include: designing and implementing individual and collaborative research projects on a variety of issues (human rights, law of war, non-state actors, conflict and international development, regional issues, refugees, drones, gender and conflict, etc.); designing and teaching courses; supporting the development of a new online MA in Global Security; supervising students; publishing op-eds, essays and articles in academic and popular journals; developing ideas for new research; developing grant proposals; and generally supporting the work of the Center at ASU, in DC and elsewhere. The Research Fellow will work under the center co-directors and with a group of over 100 ASU affiliated faculty and two dozen DC-based experts (top journalists, former military, former government officials, academics, etc.). 

    Minimum qualifications:
    o   Ph.D., JD, LLM, MD or other terminal academic or professional degree
    o   High level analytic and writing skills
    o   Experience working on global politics, conflict, human rights and related issues

    Preferred qualifications:
    o   Ph.D., JD, LLM, MD or other terminal academic or professional degree
    o   Relevant publications on global politics, conflict, human rights and related issue
    o   5 years’ experience working in the field or conducting relevant research
    o   Proven ability to write for academic, policy and popular audiences

    This is an exciting position for the right candidate which offers significant opportunities to pursue academic and policy research and writing while also contributing to a new interdisciplinary institution linking one of the most innovative public research universities with one of the most dynamic and influential think tanks. The position is for one year, renewable based on performance.

    Applications will be reviewed beginning August 15th, 2016; if not filled reviews will occur every 2 weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

    Please submit your application to sbecushing@asu.edu.

    - See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000323268-01#sthash.Tc6ufaAL.dpuf

    CFP: The International Feminist Journal of Politics announces the 6th Annual IFjP Conference

    April 10-11, 2017

    Pre-conference Workshop: April 9, 2017

    South Asian University, New Delhi, India
    Venue: India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi (TBC)

    WALKING THE TALK: FEMINIST REFLECTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL PRACTICES

    We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels on any topic pertaining to the conference theme and sub-themes. We also welcome papers and panels that consider any other feminist IR-related questions. For more information, see the conference website at IFjPConference.net or email ifjp@ufl.edu. The submission deadline is Tuesday August 9, 2016.

    Theme Call for Papers

    Feminist International Relations (IR) scholarship has persuasively represented global politics as a masculinist domain. The dominance of hegemonic masculinities over femininities and subordinate masculinities is evident across a broad spectrum of international practices, from treaty negotiations to the work of ‘progressive’ civil society groups that may well be complicit in the reproduction of gendered hierarchies in their everyday work. Even as gender issues gain recognition in the political arena and more women join public deliberations, the conduct of international relations continues to be defined by such powerful binaries. Stereotypical assumptions about race, sexuality and economic privilege – and relations of power therein – further ascribe the dominant ways of ‘doing’ global politics.

    The conference organizers invite feminist reflections on diverse international practices such as diplomacy and statecraft, bureaucratic politics, activism and advocacy, and indeed research and other forms of knowledge production. We encourage submissions that seek not only to build on existing (re)formulations of international relations, but also to identify and propose specific feminist ethics, strategies and methods in/for the everyday conduct of international practices.

    Potential contributors may wish to consider the following questions:

    • What makes an international practice, organization or institution feminist?
    • What difference do ‘diverse’ bodies, including those of women, make to

      international practices?

    • Are particular ‘levels of analysis’ or spheres of activity better suited to

      feminist practices?

    • What are the ethical anchors for feminist practices?
    • What is the significance of concepts such as accountability, democracy,

      empathy, solidarity and transparency in feminist practices?

    • What is the role of culture, broadly understood, in defining, understanding

      and advocating for feminist practices?

    • In light of the employment of ‘strategic essentialisms’ in advocacy and

      policymaking, to what extent do ends justify means?

    • What is the scope of resistance and resilience in contemporary international

      practices? How are these gendered?

    • How do neoliberal logic and funding imperatives factor into gender-related

      work?

    • In what ways does attention to practices challenge existing feminist IR

      theories and methodologies?

      Papers and panel proposals focusing on practices of specific international (or regional) organizations such as the United Nations are also welcome.

      Inquiries should be addressed to the journal’s email address, ifjp@ufl.edu.

    Fellowship: KCC-JEE Fellowship for Research in Japan

    Research Fellowship in Japan

    $30,000

    KCC Japan Education Exchange will award a Graduate Fellowship to a Ph.D. level student in Asian Studies for the purposes of doing research in Japan for one year. There are no restrictions as to place of study in Japan, field of study, or age of the applicant. Preference will go to candidates who have a record of teaching effectively about Japan or show promise of doing so in the future, and to candidates who have not yet conducted dissertation research in Japan.

    Applicants must have completed Ph.D. qualifying exams, been advanced to candidacy, and demonstrate research level Japanese language competency. Applicants will be asked to provide written confirmation of their research or study site in Japan. US citizenship is required at the time of application.

    The Fellowship amount is US$30,000 for one academic year beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The Fellowship is nonrenewable and intended to cover all travel and living expenses.

    Application deadline is January 11, 2016.

    Completed applications and all supporting materials must be submitted to the KCC Japan Education Exchange email address: kccjee@comcast.net

    For full details and application materials please go to: www.kccjee.org

    Contact Info: 

    KCC Japan Education Exchange

    Please contact Ms. Kanae Takenaka for direct inquiries.  kccjee@comcast.net

    Contact Email: kccjee@comcast.net
    URL: http://www.kccjee.org/#!graduate-fellowship-program/chod

    CFP: Theatre and Statelessness in Europe

    CFP: special issue of Critical Stages on the theme of  “Theatre and Statelessness in Europe”

    Editors: Azadeh Sharifi and S. E. Wilmer

    Topic of Special Section:

    With the number of refugees from the Middle East and Africa rising rapidly and demonstrations for and against refugees and immigrants taking place in many cities, migration has become a major issue in Europe. Despite the large number of deaths in sea crossings, the member states of the European Union have thus far failed to agree to share the responsibility for housing new immigrants and asylum seekers. While a few EU states have been welcoming them, most have been constructing new barriers to keep them out, such as Spain’s heightened security border fence in Melilla, Bulgaria’s 150 kilometre fence with Turkey, Hungary’s new 175 kilometre fence with Serbia, and Britain’s enhanced Channel Tunnel defenses.

    In reaction to the crisis, Critical Stages is hosting a special section on “Theatre and Statelessness”. We are interested in publishing articles (of about 4500 words) about how theatre makers (such as Ariane Mnouchkine, Christoph Schlingensief, Elfriede Jelinek, Donal O’Kelly, David Edgar, etc.) and/or theatre institutions (such as the Ruhr Triennale, the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, the Maxim Gorki Theatre and the Theatertreffen in Berlin) have responded to this issue. 

    Application procedure

    Abstracts of approximately 250 words (and a brief biog) in Microsoft Word should be submitted to Dr. Azadeh Sharifi (azadeh_sharifi@web.de) and Prof. S E Wilmer (swilmer@tcd.ie)

    Schedule:

    • Deadline for abstracts: 15 December 2015
    • Deadline for confirmation: 15 January 2016
    • Deadline for first drafts: 15 May 2016
    • Feedback: 15 June 2016
    • Final drafts: 15 September 2016
    • Publication: December 2016

    Contact Info

    Prf. Savas Patsalidis, School of English, Faculty of Philosophy

    Aristotle University

    Greece

    Also: Editor-in-Chief of Critical Stages

    Contact Email:  spats@enl.auth.gr
    URL: http://savaspatsalidis.blogspot.gr 

    CFP: Feminist Ghosts: The New Cultural Life of Feminism

    CFP: Diffractions: Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture
    Issue 6 | Feminist Ghosts: The New Cultural Life of Feminism

    Deadline for articles: November 30

    Over the last two decades, feminist scholarship has consistently drawn
    attention to the “post-feminist sensibility” (Gill, 2007) overtaking
    cultural imagination, wherein feminism is only alluded to “in order that in
    can be understood as having passed away” (McRobbie, 2011). Deemed
    responsible for disavowing feminist politics and for encouraging a
    disidentification with feminist struggles on the part of (younger) women,
    this postfeminist turn shifted attention to individual success, financial
    satisfaction and heterosexual realization, ousting the plurality of feminist
    subjectivities.

    Recently, however, feminism seems to have reentered the sphere of public
    awareness, both in political discourse and popular culture. As McRobbie put
    it, “in endless conjuring up a demon that must be extinguished (in this
    case feminism), that demon demonstrates something of its lingering
    alfterlife and its ghostly power” (2011: 183). Phenomena such as Beyoncé’s
    appropriation of Chimamanda Adichie’s talk “We Should All be Feminists”;
    Emma Watson’s speech at the UN Women HeforShe campaign launch, in which she urged men to stand up for women’s rights; several Hollywood actresses coming forward to denounce the gender pay gap and other inequalities in the film business; Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller Lean In on the
    work-family balance; the controversial success of Lena Dunham’s Girls on HBO, among many other instances, have not only contributed to a renewed visibility of feminism in social life, but also to bring forth the new contradictions and challenges (radical) feminism is facing today.

    Within this framework, some authors propose to rethink postfeminism as one
    word “for a productive irritation that helps keep feminist discourse alive
    in contemporary popular culture” (Driscoll, 2015). Others, however, argue
    that this reappearance of feminism in contemporary cultural life is
    concomitant with “an amplification of control of women” (McRobbie, 2015),
    in line with Catherine Rottberg’s diagnosis of a “rise of neoliberal
    feminism” (2013), where classical feminist foundations, such as gender
    equality and emancipation, are made compatible with neoliberal ideas of
    competition, leadership, profit, and accomplishment, while other feminist
    claims and geographies are marginalized and denied visibility. Moreover,
    the very history of feminist thought is being rewritten along these lines,
    and “hijacked” (to borrow Rottberg’s expression) by new interpretations
    unaware of the plurality of feminist subjects and devoid of concerns with
    social justice.

    At a time when a new visibility of feminist imagination seems to be making
    “old” struggles relevant again, but also to coexist or even to contribute
    to new forms of capture and exclusion, how can cultural change be
    envisioned and what kind of practices can bring it into existence?

    This issue aims to reflect on the new cultural life of feminism through
    topics that may include but are not restricted to the following:

    • The representation of women and feminism in the media and the arts
    • Feminism and popular culture
    • Feminism, capitalism and neoliberalism
    • Feminism and social media
    • The history of feminist thought and the subject(s) of feminism
    • Feminist knowledge politics
    • Transnational feminisms and feminist geographies
    • Intersectionality, collectivity and solidarity
    • Feminism and sexuality (sex tourism; sexual trafficking; gendered
    • violence)
    • Feminist pedagogies
    • Activism, political participation and performativity
    • The body politic.

    We look forward to receiving full articles of no more than 7000 words (not
    including bibliography) by November 30, 2015 at the following address:
    info.diffractions@gmail.com.

    Diffractions welcomes articles written in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

    Please follow the journal’s house style and submission guidelines at
    http://www.diffractions.net/submission-guidelines

    Diffractions also accepts book reviews that may not be related to the
    issue’s topic. If you wish to write a book review, please contact us at
    info.diffractions@gmail.com.

    About Diffractions

    DIFFRACTIONS is an online, peer reviewed and open access graduate journal
    for the study of culture, published bi-annually under the editorial
    direction of graduate students in the doctoral program in Culture Studies
    at the Lisbon Consortium - Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

    Find us online at www.diffractions.net

    CFP: Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health

    CFP: Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health

    1st National Conference
    Equity and Justice in Gender, Sexuality, Education and Health
    University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, NSW
    22-23 November 2015

    The Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) announces a Call for Papers for its 1st National Conference, to be held on the Parramatta campus of the University of Western Sydney.

    AFSEH brings together practitioners, educators, students, researchers and policy makers from across Australia, working in the fields of gender, sexuality, education and health.  The forum enables discussion and debate on contemporary issues and concerns, builds and consolidates networks, and develops collaborative initiatives.

    The 1st National Conference seeks to increase the public profile of work on equity and justice particularly pertaining to gender, sexuality, health and education issues today.  The meeting will provide a catalyst for important interdisciplinary work to address these concerns.

    Keynote speakers include Simon Blake (Chief Executive Officer of the UK National Union of Students and formerly Chief Executive Officer of Brook the health charity for children and the National Children's Bureau's Sex Education Forum) and Julie Bates (Director of Urban Realists, lobbyist, 'out' sex worker, harm reduction advocate and sex worker rights activist for more than a quarter of a century)

    We invite abstracts for papers, posters and symposia presentations. Abstracts should be 300 words long and address one (or more) of the themes below. All abstracts will undergo peer review.

    Conference Themes

    ?   Genders and sexualities in health and education: working together for equity and justice

    ?   Digital cultures and youth: rights, ethics and responsibilities

    ?   Intersectionality, sexualities and gender

    ?   Communities, parents and sexual health: whose rights?

    ?   Youth-led initiatives: local and international perspectives

    ?   Popular pedagogies and informal education

    It is envisaged that at least two publications will arise from the conference:  a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Sex Education, and a book based on a combination of theoretical and cross-disciplinary educator/practitioner work.

    Please include along with your abstract, the presentation?s title, the presenter?s name and affiliation (or list of presenters? names and affiliations), the conference theme addressed and contact details including an email address.

    Send your abstract to Jawed Gebrael: J.Gebrael@uws.edu.au 

    Abstracts should be received by close of business, Friday September 11, 2015

    Registration information for the conference will be available shortly.  Follow the AFSEH bloghttps://afseh.wordpress.com/

    CFP - Normalcy and Disability: Intersections Among Norms, Law, and Culture

    CFP: 'Normalcy and Disability: Intersections Among Norms, Law, and Culture’

    A Special Issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies
    Published 2017

    Guest Editors: Dr Linda Steele (School of Law& Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong), Professor Gerard Goggin (Department of Media and Communication Studies, University of Sydney) & Dr Jessica Robyn Cadwallader (independent scholar)

    Deadline for abstracts: 1 October 2015

    There is increased scholarly attention to the positioning as ‘abnormal’ of people with disability, as well as people possessing other dimensions of marginalised identity (such as queer, chronic illness, racial and Indigenous minorities, poverty and criminality). Scholars have critiqued the cultural and material role of technologies of diagnosis and therapy, and discourses of biomedicine and science, in the construction of abnormality, as well as the significant and primary role of disability in the positioning of other dimensions of identity as abnormal. In critiquing abnormality, scholars are increasingly drawing attention to the converse: ‘normalcy’. Normalcy is a privileged, yet strikingly vacant and difficult to define, category which gains its existence and status from its relationship to the constitution and ‘abjection’ of abnormality. 
     
    At the same time as this increased scholarly attention to disability, abnormality and normalcy, there have been political and legal advancements in the recognition of these marginalised groups as requiring enhanced human rights and legal protections, reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (‘Disability Convention) and various domestic law reform inquiries.  Law also has the capacity to support the development of technologies that can assist and support people with disability, as well as limiting their development and availability. Yet there are a number of contemporary circumstances that run counter to these political developments. One set of circumstances is technological advancements are making it more possible to give ‘objective’, scientific certification of individuals and categories of individuals as abnormal, echoing existing normative designations in the dominant cultural imaginary. Another set is geopolitical conditions such as armed conflict, forced migration and international development that are themselves generating disability, extreme poverty and dislocation. A third set of circumstances is shifting economic conditions which are demanding the measuring of the economic worth and productivity of abnormal individuals and categories. Together these circumstances are placing people with disability and other abnormal individuals in greater precariousness and legitimating their subjection to violent interventions in their lives and bodies even to the point of death or the prevention of existence.
     
    This special edition of Continuum will consider the place of law in these political, social, scientific and biomedical developments relating to disability and other categories of ‘abnormality’. The special edition will include consideration of how categories of abnormality relate to the privileged position of ‘normalcy’ and how legal interventions in abnormality relate to existing normative designations in the dominant cultural imaginary. This special edition is concerned with how law produces cultural meanings, norms, representations, artefacts and expressions of disability, abnormality and normalcy, as well as how law responds to and is constituted by cultures of disability, abnormality and normalcy circulating in society more broadly. We are interested in papers from a range of disciplinary approaches which critically examine the relationships between law, disability, abnormality and normalcy, such as:

    • The legal construction of disability and/or other dimensions of marginalised identity in terms of abnormality and normalcy
    • The roles of medical discourse, scientific discourse and diagnostic and therapeutic practices in the legal construction of normal and abnormal legal subjectivity
    • The tensions and relationships between legal, media and advocacy representations of disability and/or other abnormal dimensions of identity in relation to rights and law reform developments
    • The role of disability and abnormality in the construction of foundational concepts of law
    • The normal legal subject
    • The roles of normalcy and abnormality in ordering law and legal subjects and in legitimating operation of power and violence (over the normal and abnormal)
    • The relationships between normalcy, equality and discrimination
    • Intersections between dimensions of abnormality, particularly the role of disability in the positioning of other dimensions of marginalised identity in relation to normalcy
    • The relationships between abnormal categories and legal discourses of vulnerability, risk and deviancy
    • Shifts in legal constructions of normalcy and disability over historical periods and between different areas of law or jurisdictions
    • Legal strategies for contesting normalcy
    • Human rights and the construction of or contestation of abnormality and normalcy
    • The cultural effects on abnormality of recent policy shifts such as the Disability Convention, National Disability Insurance Scheme, and other law reform developments
    • The relationship between law, abnormality and normalcy and technological, scientific and biomedical advancements relating to people with disability
    • Legal boundaries between disability and normalcy
    • The role of law in mediating assistive technologies and other dimensions of disability culture

     
    Please submit an abstract of 300 words by 1 October 2015 to all three editors:
    lindasteele@uow.edu.au; gerard.goggin@sydney.edu.au;
    jess.cadwallader@gmail.com.
     
    If invited, a full paper of no more than 6000 words will be due by 15 February 2016. All articles will be subject to a blind refereeing process.  
     
    Authors are strongly encouraged to contact the editors with any questions or to discuss their proposed topic in advance of submitting an abstract.

    CFP: Special Issue: The Early Modern Military-Medical Complex

    Special Issue: The Early Modern Military-Medical Complex

    Call for Submissions for a thematic issue of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire, slated for publication in December 2016. In 1961, U.S. President Eisenhower famously warned about the dangers of the “military-industrial complex.” This thematic issue of the Canadian Journal of History takes Eisenhower’s rhetoric as a springboard for thinking about the complex relationships between the military, the state, and healthcare. During the early modern period military medicine became an integral part of military planning as well as an attractive area of practice for early modern surgeons and physicians. Since the 1990s, historians of medicine have shown an increased interest in military medicine from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. They have also pointed to the dynamic effects of a growing early modern military bureaucracy. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, European armies saw the development of increasingly elaborate and centralized health care systems, which became integral parts of military administration. For this thematic issue of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire we invite proposals for articles that will explore the changing relationships between early modern armed forces, medicine, society, and the state. Potential authors might want to consider topics such as the administration and treatment of patients in field hospitals and the operational relevance of field medicine, the institutionalization of military medicine and education as well as training and career paths in military medicine, and the relationship between military and civilian medicine and the role of military medicine in the formation of medical knowledge. This thematic issue will develop an international comparative perspective on early modern military medicine and the state. Deadline for abstracts (maximum length 350 words): 15 October 2015 Selected authors will be notified in November 2015. Deadline for full papers: 15 February 2016. Articles may be written in English or French, with a length of 25-35 double-spaced pages (including notes) and will undergo double-blind peer review.

    Please submit your abstract by email to: cjh@usask.ca

    Attn: Dr Sebastian Pranghofer, Guest Editor Helmut Schmidt University University of the Federal Armed Forces

    Contact Info: cjh@usask.ca

    Attn: Dr Sebastian Pranghofer, Guest Editor

    Helmut Schmidt University, University of the Federal (German) Armed Forces

    Matthew Neufeld, Editor

    Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire

    University of Saskatchewan

    Contact Email: cjh@usask.ca
    URL: http://www.utpjournals.com/canadian-journal-of-history

    CFP The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS – THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF HIP HOP MUSIC STUDIES

    Edited by Justin D Burton and Jason Lee Oakes

    Deadlines

    Abstracts (400 words): 1 October 2015

    Chapter Drafts (5k-7k words): 1 March 2016

    Final Drafts: 1 June 2016

    Goals

    The overall goal of the Oxford Handbook series is to “advance an original conception of a given field through a definitive set of essays.” This entry in the Handbook series will aspire to be definitive not in terms of being exhaustive or solely authoritative, but rather, in terms of providing a snapshot of Hip Hop Studies in the mid teens of the 21st century, and in terms of “advancing an original conception” of the field. With this goal in mind, we seek to compile a collection of singular, challenging essays that pay respect to hip hop scholarship of the past by building on that scholarship and suggesting new, emergent trajectories for subsequent scholarship.

    One of our key objectives for this volume is that it speak to and about the contemporary moment—musically, culturally, ideologically, and theoretically. Contributors should thus focus in large part on what hip hop music/culture, in its many iterations, means today—to whom and in what settings; through what expressive means, musical and otherwise; and under what circumstances and socio-cultural conditions. Note, however, this present-centeredness is not meant to exclude historiographic examinations, either of hip hop music or scholarship. To the contrary, we are interested in how and why multiple histories are conceived, canonized, and challenged; and how these histories flow into and inform contemporary expressions, as well as vice-versa, in often-unacknowledged ways. Inspired by the crate-digging DJs who first birthed hip hop music—the DJs who flipped vinyl records from product to source of musical creativity, all in service to the here-and-now demands of the dance floor—we invite writings that are likewise future-oriented, historically-informed, and grounded in the present, seeking out new resonances between these multiple fields.

    Parameters

    We encourage writers to address a wide array of hip hop music and sound—from mainstream to underground; from recorded to embodied; from commercially-oriented to culturally-oriented; from self-designated music to incidental soundscapes to outright noise; and finally, from the grey areas between the above categories to instances that explode these (and other) dichotomies altogether. Although the designated subject of this handbook is music, authors will be expected to link music and sound to other elements of hip hop culture, and also perhaps to musical practices and cultural dynamics extending beyond hip hop. When it comes to methodology, authors are encouraged to draw from multiple disciplines and schools of thought, as well as points of view that originate outside the academy. The view we take toward interdisciplinarity is that it should be found not only between the various articles in the Handbook but also within individual articles.

    We hope the Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies will push the needle both on Hip Hop Studies and on how such work is presented and engaged—ideally, in a more fluid, dialogic form that draws inspiration from hip hop itself. This Handbook is conceived as a dynamic entity, one that will grow alongside its subject and will engage readers in mutual dialogue. To this end, we plan a significant online presence for the Handbook, including a designated landing page through Oxford University Press that will provide digital access to individual articles for purchase. The Oxford portal will allow for the posting of select articles before the printed Handbook goes to press; the posting of article-specific supplemental materials such as playlists, audio-visual materials, interview transcripts, and other information; and finally, the posting of articles falling outside the purview of the printed volume and articles approved after the designated deadline in anticipation of a second printed volume. For authors who are willing, we plan to make summaries and excerpts available to the general public for close reading and commentary—perhaps on a popular annotation-based website or other online public commons—in order to encourage reader engagement and to spur wider interest in the Handbook, linking it to rap and hip hop exegesis as a growing populist trend.

    Submissions

    Please send abstracts of 400 words or less along with a 50-word bio (feel free to also link to a personal website) to [hiphopmusichandbook at gmail dot com] with subject heading “Handbook Proposal” by 1 October 2015. We will send acceptance notifications no later than 1 November 2015. Chapters of 5k-7k words will be due 1 March 2016, and we will work with authors on revisions through the spring in order to amass the entire collection by 1 June 2016 and submit to OUP shortly after.

    Contact Email: justindburton@gmail.com
    URL: http://justindburton.com/hiphophandbook

    CFP Conference: The Cultures of New India

    CFP Conference: The Cultures of New India

    30 January 2016 | University of Brighton
     
    Plenary Speakers
    Prof. Daya Thussu (Co-Director of India Media Centre, University of Westminster; author of Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood, Palgrave/Macmillan)
    Dr Emma Dawson-Varughese (author of Reading New India, Bloomsbury)
     
    The twenty-first century has been full of predictions of Indian success. Declarations of ‘India Rising’, ‘India Shining’, a new ‘Indian Century’ occur regularly. While the economies of Europe and the Americas have stagnated, the economies of Asia appear to be booming and a new generation of Indians now see themselves as the agents of globalization. Many aspects of Indian society appear transformed by this new prosperity with a new class of young, wealthy, urban Indians challenging the stereotypes of life in their country. Yet, commentators on this phenomenon are keen to point out that India’s move from Nehruvian values to liberalizing consumerism has produced a peculiarly Indian version of neoliberalism, one that responds to Indian values of the family and of the state just as much as to any, seemingly, universal ideas about wealth and freedom. At the same time, many of the inequalities of caste, class, gender and region persist. India’s rural poor remains beset by the challenges of the last century and appears immune to the supposed benefits of consumer citizenship that are enjoyed by an urban elite. Corruption, so often associated with India’s state infrastructure, remains the celebrity cause of the self-appointed representatives of Young India. Alongside the anxieties about women workers in the new service- sector industries, India has recently been confronted with a high-profile rape-crisis and a deeply embedded culture of misogyny.

    • How then has culture, both from within and outwith India, responded to India’s new identity?
    • What do literature, film and popular culture have to tell us about the nature of India’s modernity?
    • How do the official and un-official versions of India’s self-presentation compare?
    • How do international impressions of India sit with the nations self image?

    We invite proposals (c300 words) for papers that investigate these questions. Among other topics, these might consider:

    • Representations of youth culture
    • Generational conflict
    • Call centre work/ workers
    • Gender and the new India
    • Indian neoliberalism
    • Contemporary Indian nationalities (NRI/PIO and beyond)
    • Indian New Wave and Art Cinema
    • Bollywood as a global brand
    • Communalism and the New India
    • India and social media
    • The languages of Indian culture


    DEADLINE: email your proposal and short bio to C21Writings@Brighton.ac.uk by 30 Sept 2015
      
    Registration (£60/£40): http://bit.ly/1S7hGUz
    Website: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/c21/events
     

    CFP: Children's and young people's rights in the digital age

    CFP: Children's and young people's rights in the digital age (Special issue of New Media and Society)

    Children's and young people's rights in the digital age
    Call for papers for a special issue of NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY

    Editors: Sonia Livingstone and Amanda Third
    Abstracts due (400-500 words): 15th September 2015

    In 1989, Sir Tim Berners Lee released the code that would form the foundation of the World Wide Web, which now boasts an audience of three billion users worldwide. The same year, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the history of the UN. The trajectories thereby set in motion have recently become explicitly intertwined, with growing momentum behind calls for the recognition of the potential of online and networked media for promoting children's rights. At the same time, researchers, child rights' advocates and internet governance experts, among others, are concerned that children's rights are being newly infringed rather than enhanced in the digital age.

    While the past quarter of a century has seen the emergence of a significant literature examining the broad issue of children's rights and, in parallel, a burgeoning field of research on children's new media and digital practices in a variety of national and international contexts, the question of children's rights in the digital age has yet to receive sustained scholarly attention, especially compared with the attention paid to adult rights online. Within popular discourse, children and young people are frequently configured as riding at the forefront of the 'digital revolution'. Nonetheless, as high level debates about global internet provision and governance extend their geographic, political and economic scope, the position of children and young people is barely acknowledged. Further, in the twists and turns of often heated policy debates, children's own experiences, voices and interests are vastly under-considered. This special issue thus seeks to contribute to the definition, empirical evidence base, and theorisation of the field internationally.

    Not only are children's needs and experiences in the digital age often treated as merely a minority interest but they are also often seen as essentially problematic, as demanding exceptional treatment from adult society or causing unwarranted restrictions on adult freedoms. It is important to recognise the fundamental nature of the challenges - this is not just a matter of 'digital rights' but of all children's rights as they may be being transformed in a 'digital age'. Nor is it just a matter of the exceptional circumstances that apply to children, for addressing the rights of children and young people also has implications for adult rights in a digital age. How does a consideration of children compel a wider re-examination of the concepts both of the digital and of human rights?

    If children's rights in the digital age have yet to receive attention in the global North, this is even more acute in the global South. The tipping point has already passed, with two thirds of the world's nearly three billion internet users living in developing countries, many of them children. At present, the evidence regarding their online activities is very patchy, too often drawing on anecdote, practitioners' observations and institutional reports or media accounts. There is thus an urgent need for a scholarly focus on the rights of children and young people within this larger picture of expanding connectivity in the global South. This is vital to foster debates about children's rights informed by dialogues among diverse epistemologies, experiences and normative frameworks.

    This special issue seeks to unpack the ways digital media are impacting - both positively and negatively - children's rights today and, in doing so, to reflect on the ways that children's rights might provide a meaningful counterpoint from which to consider the role of 'the digital' in advancing human rights more broadly. Assembling contributions from leading scholars and practitioners in the field internationally, this special issue seeks to bring fully into view the ways in which children's rights - indeed rights generally - may be being reconfigured by the appropriation of digital networked technologies around the world. Submissions will critically examine the normative and socio-technological assumptions embedded in conceptual, policy and practitioner perspectives. To catalyse the debates, we now call for reflective papers of 6000-7000 words analysing key dilemmas or tensions shaping children's rights in the digital age, as well as shorter empirical or practitioner pieces (3000-4000 words each).

    Papers on key dilemmas or tensions that respondents to the call might address include:

    • The tension between universal or fundamental human rights and the specific rights demanded by the digital age

    • The tensions between 'adult rights' and 'children's rights'

    • The relationship between children's rights and their citizenship

    • Collective rights versus individual rights 

    • The tension between 'adult power' and 'children's rights'

    • The tension between the universal ('the child', 'rights') and the specific (the lived experiences of children)

    • Hierarchies of children's rights in the digital age

    • Children's rights in the digital age in the global North and global South

    • Empirical or practitioner pieces might address:

    • Children's privacy rights and the role of peers and peer culture

    • Youth participation rights in the mediated public sphere

    • Historical shifts in children's communication rights

    • Child protection in the global South: is the internet helping or hindering?

    • From principles to practice: applying arguments about digital rights in particular domains

    • Who is (or should be) ensuring children's rights online - parents, government, industry?

    • Children's creative workarounds to gain health resources online

    • Evaluating initiatives for e-learning and other digital educational programmes

    • How are children's rights represented or abused in 'big data'

    • Digital exclusion as a barrier to children's communication rights

    • Rethinking possibilities for children's identity and expression in the network society

    • Problems of reputation for networked youth

    • Public policy /multi-stakeholder governance regarding children's rights in the digital age

    • Children's information rights: what are the dilemmas?

    • Education for all - newly possible in the network society?

    • Grooming, hacking, cyberstalking, trolling and other crimes against children online

    • Meanings/limits of "voice" in participatory research on children's rights in the digital age

    • The intergenerational dimensions of children's rights


    Please submit abstracts for either the 'dilemma' papers or 'empirical/practitioner papers' by 15th September 2015 to both editors - Sonia Livingstone (s.livingstone@lse.ac.uk<mailto:s.livingstone@lse.ac.uk>) and Amanda Third (A.Third@uws.edu.au<mailto:A.Third@uws.edu.au>).

    The editors will invite full papers from selected submissions by early October, with full papers to be submitted for independent review by 1st February 2016. It is anticipated that the special issue will be published via Online First by late 2016.


    Professor Sonia Livingstone, DPhil, FBPS, FRSA, OBE
    Department of Media and Communications, LSE
    S105, St Clements Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK
    Web: [http://www.sonialivingstone.net<http://www.sonialivingstone.net]www.sonialivingstone.net<http://www.sonialivingstone.net>
    Blog: [http://www.parenting.digita<http://www.parenting.digita@Livingstone_S>l]www.parenting.digita<http://www.parenting.digita@Livingstone_S>l
    Twitter: @Livingstone_S
    EU Kids Online: [http://www.eukidsonline.net<http://www.eukidsonline.net]www.eukidsonline.net<http://www.eukidsonline.net>
    TEDx talk: http://ow.ly/wwWiC
    Open access papers: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/view/lseauthor/Livingstone,_Sonia.default.html
    Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard
    Fellow and past President, International Communication Association
    Books: Meanings of Audiences (2013), Digital Technologies in the Lives of Young People (2014)

    CFP: Cultural Studies and Marxism Book Series

    Call for Proposals: Cultural Studies and Marxism Book Series

    Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International   

    Book Series Editor: Jaafar Aksikas

    The Cultural Studies and Marxism book series is now seeking proposals for original books and edited volumes.  The series is a timely and valuable contribution to the larger field of contemporary cultural studies. The global capitalist crisis of the twenty-first century has prompted renewed interest in critical political economy and Marxist theory. At the same time, publishing institutions committed to a robust articulation between cultural studies, critical political economy, and Marxism are almost non-existent. The series is dedicated to addressing this situation by highlighting and making available important (and emergent) scholarship at the intersection of these three fields.

    The aim of the series is to publish important theoretical as well as empirical and historical contributions as the basis for vigorous intellectual debate and exchange among cultural studies practitioners and scholars. We are convinced that a project of this kind can make an important contribution to the revitalization and renewal of the politically committed intellectual project of cultural studies. As such, the series also promises to be a vital component of the struggle to produce useful knowledge that enables us to change the social world we live in and make it better and more humane. 

    The peer-reviewed series will publish original monographs and edited collections across the bounds of academic disciplinary agendas, and across the divisions and institutions of cultural studies. We are keen for the series to include as wide a range of voices, practices, formats, approaches, positions, and interests as possible, so while the ‘traditional’ scholarly monograph is welcomed, we would also encourage other formats, such as edited collections, treatises and manifestos. 

    The series also seeks to be a space where connections amongst Cultural Studies practitioners across generations and locations are formed. Because the alliances built by Cultural Studies practitioners in the U.S. and the global north are deeply shaped by the global south/Third World perspectives, the series will also be open to contributions from scholars and practitioners in and outside of the U.S., including those who may offer a transnational perspective on practicing Cultural Studies.

    Editorial Collective

    • Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois, USA
    • Sarah Brouillette, Carleton University, Canada
    • Iain Chambers, The University of Naples “L’Orientale,” Italy
    • Douglas Kellner, UCLA, USA
    • Fredric Jameson, Duke University, USA
    • Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
    • Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
    • Toby Miller, University of California—Riverside, USA
    • Mathias Nilges, St. Francis Xavier University, USA
    • Adolph L. Reed, University of Pennsylvania
    • Paul Smith, George Mason University, USA
    • Carol Stabile, University of Oregon, USA 
    • Imre Szeman, University of Alberta, Canada
    • Slavoj Žižek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Editorial Advisory Board:

    • Wail Ismail A. Barry, Ain Shams University, Egypt
    • Barbara Foley, Rutgers University, USA
    • Ann Gunkel, Columbia College Chicago, USA
    • Don Hedrick, Kansas State University, USA
    • Darko Suvin, McGill University, Canada
    • Tiziana Terranova, The University of Naples “L’Orientale,” Italy 

    The series will be published by Rowman & Littlefield International.  More information on the series can be found on our website here: http://www.rowmaninternational.com/series/cultural-studies-and-marxism.

    Authors and Editors interested in writing or editing future books in the series should contact series editor, Jaafar Aksikas at BOTH Jaksikas@colum.edu AND Jaksikas@gmail.com 

    To submit a proposal, please download the proposal form here: http://www.rowmaninternational.com/working-with-authors/submitting-a-proposal and send it to the series editor Jaafar Aksikas at BOTH Jaksikas@colum.edu AND Jaksikas@gmail.com 

    CFP: Rosa Luxemburg and the Contemporary: Imperialism, Neoliberalism, Revolution

    Call For Papers
    Rosa Luxemburg and the Contemporary: Imperialism, Neoliberalism, Revolution

    This issue of New Formations will propose a rethinking of the legacy of revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg in the twenty-first century. In particular, essays included in the issue will draw on Luxemburg’s writings in order to address pressing issues of the contemporary world. At a time when neoliberal policies strengthen the smooth running of imperialist dispossession and continue to break the oppressed classes through new forms of precariat, debt, marginalisation, militarism and impoverishment, Luxemburg’s inheritance seems to acquire an unexpected poignancy. Luxemburg’s uncompromising commitment to socialism as only alternative to the violence of capitalism can inspire engaged movements fighting social justice in many contexts of the globe. In particular, the issue will focus on Luxemburg’s reflections on imperialism as the forcing of trade relations with non-capitalist surroundings as antidote to the ‘standstill of accumulation’ inherent to the unfolding of capitalism’s history.

    Theories of imperialism through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have contended with Luxemburg’s proposition by emphasising its limitations, errors and blind-spots. Yet, do Luxemburg’s theories on imperialism retain any meaning or validity in a postcolonial era? Can Luxemburg’s legacy help redefine the struggle against contemporary forms of neoliberalism, imperialism and accumulation? Can a debate on Luxemburg shed light on the meaning of the postcolonial as historical category and its political and social implications? Can Luxemburg’s thought help to redefine the meaning of social engagement today? The twenty-first century seems to confirm Rosa Luxemburg’s prediction that capitalism would be incapable of becoming universal without damaging the environments, societies and forms of life that are necessary for its reproduction. Contemporary wars, ecological crises, social unrest and the violence of neoliberal economy testify to the paradox that Luxemburg examined in her work: the full domination of capitalism on the planet would correspond to a scenario verging on total destruction and hence the breakdown of capitalism itself. According to Rosa Luxemburg, this ‘barbaric’ aspect of capitalism requires the re-opening of history through active revolutionary intervention.

    Confirmed contributors

    • Stephen Morton
    • Paul LeBlanc
    • Peter Hudis
    • Helen Scott 
    • Rory Castle
    • Filippo Menozzi
    • Kanishka Chowdhury

    We welcome contributions from all disciplines. Final essays will be expected to be 7,000-9,000 words in length. For more information about New Formations see http://www.newformations.co.uk

    Deadline for abstracts 30 September 2015
    Contributors will be told if their abstracts have been accepted by October 30th 2015
    Deadline for full essays: May Day 2016