Tuesday, June 4, 2024

CFP: Three-Day International Conference on “Whither Integrative Humanities? Paths And Challenges” -August 28 - 30, 2024. The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad,

Concept Note

Post-Technological Rationalist thought on natural and social phenomenon is marked by two major emphases: a. The move away from discipline-specific knowledge-systems, towards the construction of a transdisciplinary knowledge base/knowledge regime (Sverker Sorlin 2018), through the configuration of a knowledge-infrastructure to regulate the flow of ideas across established, as well as new/emergent knowledge-sites, and b. The recognition of the slippages across the traditional impact/value binary, with impact increasingly being seen as the first step in the direction of value creation. The emergent knowledge ecosystem suggests the tasks cut out for humanities, factoring in the seamless connection across natural, cultural, and technological phenomena that marks the planetary-scale crises confronting humanity. Offering a socially usable critique of established processes of knowledge production and building cultural structures of preparedness for the unforeseen (Helge Jordheim and Tore Rem 2014) are these crucial tasks. The ‘crisis’ in humanities can now be seen as the proactive response to these crucial, challenging tasks, justly viewed as opportunities. The favorable climate for inter and cross- disciplinary approaches in traditional humanities, and the emergence of bio-, techno-, medical-, geo-, digital-, public- humanities, lend credence to this belief.

The Three-day International Conference on Whither Integrative Humanities? Paths and Challenges offers a forum for scholars interested in understanding and disseminating the new role that humanities has come to assume, by deliberating on ways in which humanities can contribute to the socio-economic, cultural, and environmental challenges facing the world today.

Themes and Sub-Themes (List is not Exhaustive)

Post-Truth and Post-human Knowledge

• The Adventures of Philosophy in the Post-Truth Era

• Rethinking Critical Posthumanities

• Moves beyond Anthropocentrism

• New Academic Posthumanities

Situating the Posthuman Subject

• Apprehending Human and Non-Human Rationality

• Dealing with a Nonconscious Future: Agendas and Strategies

• Reclaiming Agency: Putative Action-Plans for the Cyborg Self

Public Humanities

• Humanities of the Street: Challenges and Responses

• Public Creation and the Discipline: Dealing with Ephemerality and Fluidity

• Knowledge Cocreation Ecosystem: Power, Trust and other Issues

• Citizen Humanities: Emerging Participatory Modes in Natural and Cultural Heritage

Varieties of New Materialism

• Revisiting Ethico-Onto-Epistemology

• Chronicling Acts of Diffractive Reading

• Agential Realism: Re-Configuration and Impact Evaluation

• The Academic Fortunes of New Materialist Vitalism

• Negative New Materialism: A Negative Moment or Constructive Aspect?

• Performative New Materialism: Critical Assessments

Innovative Medicine on the Moral/Ethical Plane

• The Research-Practice Continuum: Ethical Conundrums

• Assisted Reproductive Techniques: Unanswered Ethical Dilemmas

• Neuroethics: Plotting the Field

Technology, Embodiment and Gender

• Ubiquitous Technologies, Embodied Cognition and Interaction

• Technology and Embodiment in Learning Spaces

• Technology and Gender Equality in the Global South

Globalization of the Body

• The Unstable “We”: Vaccine Nationalism and Viral Sovereignty

• Re-configuring the Biomedical Technoscape

• Engaging with Ontological Wholeness and other Myths

• The Political-Economy of the Body: Globalization and Precarity

• Troublesome Discursive Formations: Eugenic Utopias

Alternative Schemes of Thought, Knowledge, and Self-Representation

• Comparative Relativisms: Way out of the Maze or Mission Impossible?

• Critical Constructivism: The Return of the Prodigal `Essence`?

• Epistemological Anarchism: Method’s Radical Other or its Uncanny Double?

• Forms of Self-Representation: Diachronic/Narrative or Episodic/Non-Narrative?

New Perspectives on the Anthropocene

• Deep Ecology: Tracing the Metabolic Connections with other Disciplines

• Varieties of Eco-Feminism: Sustainable Theory?

• Disenchantment and New Animism: Progressive or Atavistic?

• Social Ecology and Bioregionalism: Theorizing Eco-Justice

Understanding the Technological Sublime

• Artificial General Intelligence and the Technological Sublime

• Biotechnological Sublime: Views from the Intersection of Nature, Technology, Art

• Environment Narratives and/on Next Nature
Visuali0ty1and Image Studies

• Images, Circulation and Practices

• Visuality and the New Media

• Everyday Imaging, and Critical Thinking

Minority Discourses: New Approaches

• NewFrontiers in Dalit Literary Studies

• Film Studies

• Graphic Narratives: The Politics of Reception

• Globalization and Diaspora Literary Studies

• Alternative Literature Studies

Literatures of the Global South

• South Asian Literature

• Indian Art and Aesthetics

• Postcolonial Diaspora Art

• Refugee Literature

• Literature and Migration

• Identity: Representation, Culture and Politics

Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Narrative Traditions

• Theorising Orality

• The Ritual Revisited

• Issues in Performance Ethnography

• Performance and Public Spaces

• Folkloristics and Modern Narratives

• Retelling Myths: Critique, Ideology, Aesthetics

• Mythicizing Worldviews

Gender and Sexuality Studies

• Disciplinarity and Gender Studies

• Feminist Praxis

• Women’s Studies

• Masculinity Studies

• Queer Studies

• Gender Responsive Pedagogy: Issues in
  • Ideology and Methodology

Original, Unpublished papers on the above themes are invited from members of university and college faculty and other institutions, independent researchers, research scholars registered with universities and research institutions.

Send your abstract, in about 250 words, with a title, your name, institutional affiliation, email Id and mobile number.

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Last date of Submission of Abstracts: July 5, 2024
● Communication regarding Acceptance of Abstracts: July 15, 2024
● Registration: July 30, 2024
● Submission of Full Papers: August 10, 2024

Send your abstract, in about 250 words, with a title, your name, institutional affiliation, email Id and mobile number.
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Sunday, May 19, 2024

CFP: Orientalism and Asian Studies | Transnational Asia

 Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978) has profoundly affected teaching and research in Asian Studies, raising fundamental questions about why and how we study Asia. Nearly fifty years later, we are faced with a need to reflect on what has changed and remains unchanged since Said’s seminal intervention in Asian Studies. Specifically, Transnational Asia is calling for papers that address pedagogical and instructional issues––in particular, Asian Studies classes in colleges and universities that engage directly with the themes and critiques raised in Said’s Orientalism and its reverberating effects. We are particularly interested in papers illustrating changes in classrooms and on campuses that have happened and are happening hand in hand with changing socio-economic and political conditions, not only in Asia but also in the rest of the world. We especially welcome cross-disciplinary approaches, including language instruction, art, history, area studies, anthropology, literature, ethnic studies, and geography. Prospective contributors are asked to send their abstracts by August 31 to

Transnational Asia: an online interdisciplinary journal is a web-only journal from the Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University. Transnational Asia publishes scholarship that challenges traditional understandings of Asia, moving beyond the confines of area studies and a nation-state focus and capturing the emergent forms of Asia-related, Asia-inspired, and Asia-driven themes and sites of inquiry in the world today.

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Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Sonia Ryang

Co-Editor: Dr. Richard J. Smith

Journal Manager: Amber Szymczyk

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Call for Papers: International #Anthology on #Sylvia #Plath among Strangers around the World

 The international network SPAW (Sylvia Plath around the World) invites scholars to contribute to an international anthology about Sylvia Plath and translation from a global perspective. Scholarly texts, written in English, about a wide range of topics concerning Plath and translation, reception, adaptation and influence are welcome.


Sylvia Plath is a well-known and highly influential 20th century author, and her writing has paved the way for significant changes especially in women writers’ subject matter, literary forms, and techniques from the late 1960s onwards. Plath’s novel The Bell Jar (1963) is a modern classic, and the publication of her poetry collection Ariel (1965) is considered an important literary event in 20th century literary history. Describing Plath’s influence on American poetry, Linda Wagner-Martin claims that ”the results of the impact of Plath’s work are as pervasive as the influence of Ernest Hemingway’s terse yet open prose” (2006: 52), and depicting Plath’s effect on British poetry, Fiona Sampson has asserted that: ”Plath’s influence has passed into the vocabulary of the poetically possible: in English but potentially in the many languages into which she is translated” (2019: 357).


Plath’s influence has indeed transcended national and language borders. For example, Ivana Hostová has shown how Plath was translated into Slovak in the late 1980s, which influenced a number of prominent Slovak women poets in their writing and inspired numerous plays and poems being written of and about Plath. In a similar fashion, Jennifer Feeley has analyzed how different Plath translations impacted Chinese women’s poetry in the 1980s and 1990s resulting in “a bold new gendered poetics that marks a turning point in Chinese women’s writing” (Feeley, 2017: 38). Anna-Klara Bojö has shown that in Sweden, Plath was not received primarily as a feminist poet, but rather as a renewer of modernist lyricisms, and, taking a different angle on the subject of Plath in translation, Sofía Monzón Rodríguez has analyzed how the Francoist censorship board banned Plath’s texts on account of their sexually explicit and profane language.


Although Plath’s prose and poems have been translated into more than 30 languages, research concerning the translation and transmission processes, Plath's reception and influence stretching beyond English language borders is not readily available. We, the editors, therefore invite scholars around the world to contribute to an anthology concerning translation, reception and influence of Sylvia Plath in a global perspective.


We ask interested writers to submit an abstract (about 300 words) before September 15th, 2024.

Preliminary deadline for papers is May 1st, 2025.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, Sylvia Plath and:


· translation and retranslation

· post-translation

· reception

· influence

· literary history

· the literary market

· adaptation into other media, such as plays or music

· literary criticism


Please direct any questions you may have, and send your abstracts to:


/The editors:

Anna-Klara Bojö

Sofía Monzón

Ivana Hostová

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Anna-Klara Bojö, Gender Library and Archive at Gothenburgh University

Sofía Monzón, Utah State University

Ivana Hostová, Institute of Slovak Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences


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Call For Papers: Migrating Minds: Journal of Cultural Cosmopolitanism -- Call for Papers for Vol. 3,

 Migrating Minds: Journal of Cultural Cosmopolitanism (ISSN 2993-1053) is a peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal devoted to interdisciplinary research on cultural cosmopolitanism from a comparative perspective. It provides a unique, international forum for innovative critical approaches to cosmopolitanism emerging from literatures, cultures, media, and the arts in dialogue with other areas of the humanities and social sciences, across temporal, spatial, and linguistic boundaries.

By placing creative expressions at the center of a wide range of contemporary and historical intercultural relationships, the journal explores forms of belonging and spaces of difference and dissidence that challenge both universalist and exclusionary paradigms.

Migrating Minds: Journal of Cultural Cosmopolitanism is hosted by Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and is co-supported by the “Plurielles” Research Group, Bordeaux Montaigne University, France. Its founders and editors-in-chief are Prof. Didier Coste (Bordeaux Montaigne U.), Dr. Christina Kkona (Bordeaux Montaigne U.), and Prof. Nicoletta Pireddu (Georgetown U.).

Each journal issue includes 5-7 scholarly articles (6000-8000 words each) and several book reviews (1000 words each) and/or review essays (3000 words each).  

Migrating Minds: Journal of Cultural Cosmopolitanism invites submissions for Volume 3, Issue 2 (Fall 2025)

It welcomes original and theoretically insightful contributions to cultural cosmopolitanism in connection with the following disciplinary domains and methodological approaches (but not exclusively):

Anthropology; Border studies; Cultural historiography; Cultural sociology; Ecocriticism and environmental studies; Exile, migration, and diaspora studies; Feminism, gender, sexuality, queer and transgender studies; Film and media studies; Global South studies; Mediterranean studies; Nativism and indigeneity; Oceanic and island studies; Performance studies; Philosophy; Poetics and aesthetics; Politics and cosmopolitics; Race and ethnic studies; Transatlantic studies; Translation studies; Transnational and global studies; Visual arts; World literature.

Prospective authors wishing to discuss proposals for articles, book reviews, or review articles can contact the Editors-in-chief at by October 31, 2024.

Full-text articles and reviews should be submitted by February 28, 2025 through the designated online form.

Migrating Minds only accepts unpublished manuscripts that are not under consideration elsewhere. Books proposed for reviews should have been published no earlier than 2023.

Migrating Minds also welcomes articles on a rolling basis and proposals for special issues or sections. Please contact the Editors-in-chief for further discussion.

Migrating Minds articles are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Google Scholar, and WorldCat.





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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Call for Book Chapters- Social Work and Social Change: Education, Research and Practice (Springer)


Social work as human service-based profession has a long and rich history of being intricately linked to social change. From early reformers advocating for better living conditions to contemporary practitioners working for poverty, inequality, racial justice, crime, drug addiction and so on, the profession has consistently strived to create a more equitable society. This edited book aims to explore the complex relationship between social work and social change, exploring how the profession contributes to positive societal transformations and how the concept of social change itself is understood within the social work field. Social work, at its core, is a profession dedicated to promoting social justice and fostering positive societal transformations. While social work is inherently tied to the pursuit of social justice and equity, little is known about the specific mechanisms through which the profession actively contributes to social change. This book seeks to bridge this gap by offering a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted ways in which social work education, practice, and research intersect with and contribute to broader processes of social transformation. Furthermore, this proposed volume explores the intricate and dynamic relationship between social work and social change, focusing on the critical roles of education, practice, and research in driving meaningful progress. We will explore how these three pillars work together to equip social workers with the knowledge, skills, and evidence-based practices necessary to be effective change agents. 

The contribution in this volume should be in position to explore the following questions:    

  • How is the concept of social change itself conceptualized within social work broadly and particularly in its different specializations (e.g., child welfare, gerontology, mental health, social justice social policy, community organizing etc.)? 
  • How does social work education, research and practice contribute to social change at micro, macro and meso levels?
  • What are the various frameworks and approaches used by social workers to promote social change?
  • How do issues of power, oppression, and social justice influence social work's role in social change? 
  • How can social work better measure and document its impact on social change efforts?
  • How do global and technological advancements influence the ways social workers approach and achieve social change? 

We invite social work educators, scholars, practitioners, and researchers engaged in social work and social change to submit chapters that address the central themes outlined above. Contributions can be theoretical, empirical, research-based or practice-oriented, offering diverse perspectives on how each area (education, practice, research) contributes to social change within the social work. We aim to include 15 chapters (maximum) for this proposed volume. 

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Dr. Koustab Majumdar, email-

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Call for papers #Queer Cold Wars: Deconstructing Bipolar Visions of #Gender and #Sexuality

Editors: Tatiana Klepikova (University of Regensburg), Maryna Shevtsova (KU Leuven),
Emil Edenborg (University of Stockholm)

In the twenty-first century, “LGBTQ+” has emerged as a key discursive cornerstone to signal alliances and oppositions and underpin broader geopolitical claims in the international arena. From the US War on Terror, backed by the rhetoric that Jasbir Puar defines as “homonationalism” (Puar 2013) or the EU’s use of LGBTQ+ issues in enlargement processes (Shevtsova 2020; Slootmaeckers 2017) to bans on displaying “abnormal sexual relationships and behaviors” on television in China, the declaration of the “international LGBT movement” an extremist organization in Russia, or police raids in gay clubs in Venezuela, there has emerged a picture of a world allegedly firmly divided into two camps—of states supporting LGBTQ+ rights and ones vehemently opposing them. This binary has often been theorized through the opposition of “homonationalism” vs. “heteronationalism” (see, e.g., Renkin & Trofimov 2023), and its most recent visceral manifestation is Russia’s invasion into Ukraine under the banner of fighting for “traditional values” (see, e.g., Kratochvíl & O’Sullivan 2023). Additional binaries such as Christianity vs. Islam, West vs. “the rest,” and democracy vs. autocracy have often also underpinned this framing.

Yet, how do we reconcile such binary frameworks with facts such as, for instance, a growing sexual and gender diversity within religious institutions in the uncompromisingly Catholic Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, where queer priest:esses have been increasingly appointed as heads of parishes or churches (Bárcenas Barajas 2014; Córdova Quero 2018)? Or with the hosting of events like the Queer Art Festival in Azerbaijan—the country consistently ranked as “the worst in Europe in terms of LGBTQ+ rights” by ILGA Europe (Safarova 2021; ILGA-Europe 2023)? At the same time, signals of conservative developments come from regions firmly seen as the “pro-LGBTQ+ camp”—the introduction of “LGBT-free zones” in Poland (Ploszka 2023), a ban on gender studies in Hungary (Pető 2021), decidedly homophobic claims by the German AfD (Doer 2021), or the denial of gender affirmation to trans-individuals in Florida (Human Rights Campaign 2023). Set alongside each other, these practices decidedly call for a more nuanced approach to the idea of a bipolar world.

The proposed edited volume seeks to deconstruct an alleged bipolarity in international relations and explore the entanglements and slippages between homonationalism and political homophobia as two global forms of ideological and cultural domination. Our reference to and modification of the historical Cold War is intentional. As this concept emphasizes international political competition, tension, and proxy conflicts between two adversary camps, scholars have debunked the myth of their monolithic and dichotomic nature by revealing both the plurality within them and the porosity of boundaries “separating” them (e.g., Klepikova & Raabe 2020). In theorizing the contemporary “queer Cold Wars,” the proposed edited volume attends to such pluralities of actors and political systems that are never uniform or fully aligned in their goals, seeking to explore the roles of states, supranational organizations, transnational movements, and local and global communities. It also advocates for examining the role of the globalized economy and the spreading of neoliberal capitalism as a vehicle for transporting and adopting (and adapting) ideas of homonationalism and political homophobia (think here, for example, of Rahul Rao’s concept of “homocapitalism”; Rao 2015). Finally, it recognizes the alignment of these new “Cold Wars” with the arrival of the era of digital cultures and interrogates the role of digital infrastructures and networks in troubling the alleged binaries.

We welcome papers that seek to trouble binary geopolitical visions of sexuality and gender from the following perspectives and beyond:

  • religion (organized faith, economics of belief, etc.)
  • economic perspectives (humanitarian aid, homocapitalism, etc.)
  • education (schooling, ban on sex education, “protection of minors” discourse)
  • research (challenges to queer research globally, bans of research institutions, ethics of transgressing boundaries of the global West/South/East divides)
  • healthcare (regulations, adoption of ICD-11)
  • media (representations, global cultures of queerness, streaming platforms as vehicles of queerness)
  • culture (literature, film, arts; infrastructures of queerness – festivals, etc.)
  • memory politics (museification; showcasing of national and/or transnational queer histories)
  • mobility (sex tourism, asylum seeking, etc.)
  • digital cultures (networked homophobia; digital activism, etc.)

Contributions from all Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines are welcome (Political Science, Social Science, History, Economics, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Religion Studies, Media Studies, Memory Studies, Education Science, Medical Humanities, etc.)

Timeline and Requirements: Please submit a 500-word abstract and a short bio (one PDF) by May 31, 2024 (to;;

In case of acceptance (communicated by late June), a 4000-word extended draft should be submitted by October 11, 2024. The editors are currently seeking funding to workshop extended drafts among contributors—should this funding be granted, the workshop will take place on October 28–29, 2024 in Leuven, Belgium.

Full papers (up to 7,000–8,000 words, incl. footnotes and references) will be due by February 1, 2025. All contributions will undergo a rigorous peer review before publication. Editors are also securing funding to publish the edited volume in open access. They will submit a proposal to an international publisher following the selection of abstracts submitted in response to the call for papers.

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Editors: Tatiana Klepikova (University of Regensburg), Maryna Shevtsova (KU Leuven),
Emil Edenborg (University of Stockholm)

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Call for papers: "History and Memory: Epistemological Reinterpretation of #Africa's #Past in a #Post_Colonial Context" -Práticas da História: Journal on #Theory, #Historiography and Uses of the Past (#SCOPUS, Open Access)

 Call for papers for Práticas da História: Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past (SCOPUS, Open Access)


Theme: History and Memory: Epistemological Reinterpretation of Africa's Past in a Post-Colonial Context

Editors: João Pedro Lourenço (Instituto Superior de Ciências da Educação de Luanda), Maria da Conceição Neto (Universidade Agostinho Neto)


The extraordinary advances in historiography on Africa and in Africa in the 60s and 70s of the twentieth century, running parallel to the contestation and end of colonial empires, were not accompanied by an equivalent pace of transformation in the teaching of history in African countries, in terms of theories, methods and organization of content to be transmitted. After several decades, the distance remains between the "decolonizing" effort in historiography, with some success, and the way history is taught to young Africans, still reflecting a Eurocentric vision of the history of humankind, whether in periodization or in selection of the most relevant themes. In general, the history of Africa continues to be studied in a fragmented way, with little emphasis on its connections with world history, in which it only appears fully integrated with (as a result of) European expansion and subsequent colonization. Despite the now classic reference to the continent as the "cradle of humankind", there are still narratives that do not take into account the temporal depth of African history, its ancient relationships with other spaces and the diversity of historical situations before, during and after European colonial exploitation. Inadequate and Eurocentric periodizations also prevail, whether for world history (the already much criticized division of the four "Ages") or for the history of Africa (a "pre-colonial period" for millennia of history). UNESCO's commendable efforts were important but insufficient to overcome Africa´s external dependence (mostly from former colonizing countries) in terms of the production of didactic content and means of teaching history, from basic to university level.

It is important to better understand what is happening in different African countries, at the level of the Academy but also in other spaces where social memory and history confront each other, and how political, ideological, economic and linguistic factors interfere in those situations. In the case of the former Portuguese colonies, which will soon celebrate 50 years of independence, there are additional factors, such as the later end of colonial rule and the delay in historiography about Africa that occurred until recent decades, both in Portugal and in Brazil. Despite current progress, most of the bibliography essential for the study of world history, and of the African continent in particular, is not available in Portuguese.

This special issue of Práticas da História is interested in receiving contributions, referring to colonial and post-colonial African contexts, that explore, question and/or reflect on aspects such as:

- The (im)possibility of epistemological autonomy of African Universities: debates and concerns around History Courses, Curricula and Programs.

- The relationship between historical discourse validated by scientific institutions and other forms of social and collective memory, generally ignored in educational institutions, despite their social importance.

- The way in which memory, history and contemporary policies of African national states intersect in spaces of debate and knowledge production, on the continent and beyond.

- The penetration and impact on the historiography of digital humanities - and the possibilities and difficulties, in the African context, of articulating the teaching of History with the world of digital information.

- The place and contribution of historiography and the teaching of History in the construction of memory in Africa, considering the multiple relationships between the constructions of historiographical discourses, public spaces and the public sphere.

- Policies for the construction of archives, public libraries and other infrastructures, as well as the constitution, dissemination and access of funds and collections, a condition for democratic processes in the construction of public memories.

- The relationships between African historiography and Africanist historiography - networks, internationalism, issues of power, publishing markets and their impacts.

- The construction and teaching of "national histories" in the face of the risk of teleological and anachronistic interpretations, projecting current borders into the past.

- The use of the past (known, imagined, manipulated) by different social actors (political parties, unions, churches, groups and social movements, individuals and collectives of citizens or others) as a place of confrontation, contradiction and legitimation.


Proposals (maximum 500 words) must be sent by 31 July to, accompanied by a short biographical note from the author(s). Your acceptance or refusal will be communicated by 10 September. Articles from accepted proposals must be submitted by 15 December. Contributions are accepted in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.


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