Concourse: 07/12/13


Friday, July 12, 2013

CFP:Woman in the Cultural Mosaic: Dimensions of Live-space and Active Citizenship


International Multidisciplinary Conference

The Chair of Social Pedagogy and Andragogy at The Institute of Educational Sciences of Pedagogical University of Cracow has the great pleasure to invite you for the conference
which will be heldon 14-15 November 2013 in Cracow, Poland.

The theme of the conference is

Woman in the Cultural Mosaic:Dimensions of Live-space and Active Citizenship

Scientific Committee:

Finland, prof. Vanessa Andreotti
(University of Oulu)
Greece, prof. Pella Calogiannakis
(University of Crete)
Iraq, dr. Farhang M. Muhamad (College of Basic Education, Kurdystan)
Japan, prof. Shunji Tanabe (Kanazawa University)
Poland, prof. Katarzyna Dormus (Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny)
Poland, prof. Elżbieta Dubas (Uniwersytet Łódzki)
Poland, prof. Agnieszka Gromkowska-Melosik (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu)
Poland, prof. Małgorzata Halicka (Uniwersytet w Białymstoku)
Poland, prof. Barbara Kędzierska (Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny)
Poland, dr Beata Kowalska
(Uniwersytet Jagielloński)
Poland, prof. Ewa Skibińska
(Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Poland, prof. Krystyna Slany
(Uniwersytet Jagielloński)
Poland, prof. Zofia Szarota
(Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny)
Portugal, prof. Susana Gonçalves (Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra)
Portugal, prof. Eduardo V. Rodrigues (Universidade do Porto)
Spain, prof. Fernando Barragán Medero (Universidad de La Laguna)
Ukraine, prof. Nadieżda Łucan (Uniwersytet Przykarpacki)
USA, prof. William Gaudelli
(Columbia University)
European Scientific Institute,
President Jovan Shopovski
The main idea of the conference is to create a platform for multidisciplinary discussion of the contemporary role of women in various dimensions of social life, taking into account diversity of cultures, religions, legal and socio-economic opportunities in different areas of the world.

Analysis of manifestations, determinants and barriers of women’s activity is a subject that should have its place in the scientific discourse, especially in terms of the European Year of Active Citizenship. As this multidimensional phenomenon should be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective, we would like to invite researchers and practitioners dealing with contemporary role of women and issues such as respect for others, freedom, equality, solidarity and human rights.

The conference encourages multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research initiatives. To emphasize multicultural dimension of the conference the guests speakers from different countries are being invited. Therefore, we hope that our project will also become a platform for an exchange of experience and practice. Aside the scientific significance of the conference, we hope that our analysis and discussions will also result in the process of integration of women’s dimensions and will be reflected in the programs of social policies. All accepted papers will be published in printed bilingual conference books/proceedings in English and Polish.
Yours sincerely,

President of the Scientific and Organization Committee
Prof. Zofia Szarota Ph.D

Registration form (in English) is available here: pdf / word
Please send abstracts (max. 300 words) to: before 20th of July 2013
The deadline of submission has been extended until 20th September 2013
Conference fee
Conference fee: 350 PLN
Price includes: book proceedings, conference materials, mineral water, coffee, tea and refreshment during breaks, lunches and gala dinner.
This fee does not cover the accommodation.
There are two possibilities of payment:
  1. National guests: You can make payment of conference fee and accommodation
    by bank transfer to:
PEKAO S.A. 71 1240 4722 1111 0000 4852 4687 DK-136
with the note: conference “Kobiety”, participant’s name and surname
  1. Foreign guests: You can pay on the spot before the conference starts
For those who are interested, we can provide accommodation at the hotels:
Za Kolumnami

More on Pedagogical University of Cracow
Pedagogical University of Cracow, named after the National Education Commission, (originally named the National Higher College of Teacher Training and is 1952 the Higher College of Teacher Training) is the oldest pedagogical university in Poland.
The University was founded 67 years ago, in 1946.
In country-wide rankings of colleges it is on the top of the rating among pedagogical colleges.
Presently the Pedagogical University has more than 20 000 students studying in 6 faculties,
20 fields of studies and 40 specialities.
Among highly qualified teaching and academic staff there are 800 academic teachers
including 190 independent scholars.
Organization Committee:
The President of the Committee:
prof. Zofia Szarota

The secretaries of the conference:
Jolanta Maćkowicz, Ph.D.,
Ewa Zawisza-Masłyk, Ph.D.,
Magdalena Lubińska-Bogacka Ph.D.
Other members:
dr Maria Jordan
dr Ewa Pająk-Ważna
dr Małgorzata Rozenbajgier
dr Jolanta Rybska-Klapa
mgr Joanna Łaszyn
mgr Anna Kawula
Additional information for the participants


Getting to Cracow
Cracow airport, John Paul II International Airport Cracow-Balice, provides direct domestic and international connections to many cities in Europe.

A nearby Katowice-Pyrzowice airport (80 kms west of Cracow) offers direct flights to several cities mostly in Germany, UK, Spain, Italy and Scandinavia. Transfers to Cracow are available directly from the airport by different companies, e.g.

The journey by a taxi to the city center from John Paul II International Airport Cracow-Balice
takes around 30 minutes (cost: about 20 EUR).

The train and the public transport connection to the city center is also available
The distance between the airport and the city center is 3 km.
Local transport in Cracow
Cracow has a fairly dense public transport system which consists of tramways and bus lines operated by a municipal company MPK and a number of private-owned minibus fleets. More about: Information:
Poland as European Union Member State and the country of Schengen travel-free area is bound by common regulations concerning entry and short-term stay. We recommend the citizens of non-EU countries to check whether they should possess visa to enter and stay in Poland or not at
Find out more on the conference venue:
Cracow is located in the south of Poland. More on Cracow

See more around Cracow:
Auschwitz Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial and Museum
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Zakopane – Tatra Mountains

CFP: Film Asia 2013 - The Second Asian Conference on Film and Documentary

Call for Papers

FilmAsia 2013 Conference Themes:

1) Social Media and Responsibility; Globalization and Internationalization

As technological innovations and advances have created an ever-growing media net, and where lines have become increasingly blurred between users and consumers, questions of media accountability continue to be a constant source of discussion. Media organizations around the world are becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalization and in response to internationalization. Social media has infused itself in the lives of every young person in the developed world today. And the types of social media that we use are ever growing, evolving and changing. The way we communicate has also changed dramatically moving further away from face-to-face communication. This theme looks at how social media has been used increasingly within films, storylines, and around film and film production, marketing and distribution.

2) Connectedness, Identity and Alienation
Being connected through social networking sites has become an accepted form of communication in today's digitalized world. People can spend hours a day talking on mobile phones, on Skype, or on the Internet, which gives the impression that we are a more connected world than ever before. And communication is lauded. Because of the massive information flow we can call ourselves perhaps the most connected age in history. But is this connectedness, however, real or illusory? Quantity of communication does not guarantee quality. For example, to many sensitive people, when they call a number and hear the words "Please listen to the following options" the sense of connectedness suddenly becomes alienating. The crude mechanics entailed can make people feel suspicious, isolated, and even threatened by an invisible structure they cannot penetrate. A raft of serious existential issues arises out of this. What impact does this have on the self whose identity in the time/space continuum, in the rapidly changing environment, and in these manufactured structures, depends for its development on interaction with perceived reality? What becomes the definition of the human? And what of the awareness of the transcendent in the human spirit from which ethics and aesthetics depend for their existence? Far from being questions of the present moment, these are parameters that will dominate the central problem of human self-understanding as we progress further into the uncharted waters of a highly uncertain future. 

The Asian Conference on Film and Documentary encourages sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Film and Documentary, including: 

Film Direction and Production:  Film Criticism and Theory

Film and Literature: Artistic Correspondence
BiographyFilm HistoryDocumentary History
Archive-Based StudiesFilms and Digital Distribution (Use of the Internet and video sharing)
Anime and Digital Film ProductionFilms, Festivals, and Fans (Audience/Fan responses to film)

NOTE: Successful presentations in these streams may be scheduled alongside relevant papers submitted as a part of the FilmAsia sister conference, MediAsia.

We welcome submissions in the above streams, and propose the following three optional conference themes that have been designed by the conference organizers to inspire research possibilities. The themes are designed to elicit a wide variety of interpretations as avenues of research.

IAFOR Open Film Competition 2013, Osaka, Japan

The Asian Conference on Film and Documentary will show a selection of original short films in the following categories. An overall winner will be awarded a grand prize of $1000 and trophy:

Fiction (under 40 minutes/over 40 minutes)
Documentary (under 40 minutes/over 40 minutes)
Anime (under 20 minutes/under 40 minutes)
Spot News (International/Regional/National; under 20 minutes/under 40 minutes)
Music Video (under 10 minutes)


Call for Papers

Submission Process

Please note that you are asked to submit only ONE proposal of any kind to the FilmAsia 2013 Conference

Individual Presenter (30 minutes paper/60 minute workshop)

You can submit a proposal to present an individual paper or give a workshop at FilmAsia 2013 under the open call for papers. Please submit through the online system by clicking on the ONLINE SUBMISSIONS SYSTEM button below. You will be asked to create your own personal account before you will be able to upload your proposal. You can then return to the system at any time using your user name and password to edit your information and submission. Your proposal will normally be reviewed within two weeks.

If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to register for the Conference. Upon payment of the registration fee your paper or workshop will be scheduled for presentation. If you wish your paper to be published in the Conference proceedings, please ensure that a paper is uploaded through the online system by December 1, 2013.

All papers accompanying accepted proposals will be considered for inclusion in the peer-reviewed Conference journal.

Virtual Presenter

We understand that some presenters will be unable to make the trip to Japan to present their paper, mainly due to financial and/or political restrictions on travel. FilmAsia 2013 has therefore instituted a virtual presentation system to allow the authors of accepted proposals the same publication opportunities as regular presenters.

You can submit a proposal for virtual presentation under the open call for papers through the online system by clicking on the ONLINE SUBMISSIONS SYSTEM button below. You will be asked to create your own personal account before you will be able to upload your proposal. You can then return to the system at any time using your user name and password to edit your information and submission. Your proposal will normally be reviewed within two weeks.

If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to register for the Conference as a virtual presenter. Upon payment of the registration fee your paper will be listed as a virtual presentation. If you wish your paper to be published in the Conference proceedings, please ensure that a paper is uploaded through the online system byDecember 1 2013.

All papers accompanying accepted virtual proposals will be considered for inclusion in the peer-reviewed Conference journal. We do not allow presentations by video-conferencing but virtual presenters are encouraged to upload a video of their presentation onto the FilmAsia 2013 YouTube conference channel. Information on how to do this will be given to you following registration.

Following the Conference you will be mailed a Conference pack including a printed copy of the FilmAsia 2013 programme and a certificate of virtual participation.

Panel Organizer (90 minutes)

As the chair/organizer of a proposed panel, you can submit a proposal through the online system by clicking on the ONLINE SUBMISSIONS SYSTEM button below.

As the chair/organizer of the panel/colloquium, you will be asked to create your own personal account before you will be able to upload your proposal. You can then return to the system at any time using your user name and password to edit your information and submission.

Panels should have at least four participants (including the chair). All the panel/colloquium participants must be listed in the submission, listing the chair or leader as the primary author, and the other presenters as co-authors. Panel organizers are responsible for the arrangement of all the presenters under their proposed topics, and should ensure that all are firmly committed.

Your proposal will normally be reviewed within two weeks.

If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to register for the Conference. Please ensure that you transmit the submission reference number to the other members of your colloquium and invite them to register in timely fashion. Upon payment of the registration fee of ALL PARTICIPANTS your colloquium will be scheduled in the Conference programme.

If you, as the panel/colloquium chair, wish to publish a joint paper associated with the panel/colloquium in the Conference proceedings, please ensure that a paper is uploaded through the online system by December 1 2013.

If you and your panel/colloquium members wish to publish separate papers then they will have to register individually with the system and submit their proposals for review.

General Information

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by July 1 September 15 2013.

All abstracts will be double blind reviewed by a voluntary team, and authors will usually be notified of the decision of the reviewers within two weeks of submission. Those who submit near the July 1 September 15 2013 deadline will normally receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by October 1 2013. As we anticipate a large number of submissions, we strongly advise that you submit in advance of the deadline.

All accepted authors may have their full paper published in the online Conference proceedings. Full text submission is due by December 1, 2013.

Selected papers from the proceedings will be considered for inclusion in the FilmAsia 2013, Conference Journal. This will be fully refereed in accordance with international standards.

Submitting a full paper for inclusion in the proceedings is optional. If you do not wish your paper to be included then do not upload a paper on the system.

The deadline for full conference payment for all presenters is October 15 2013.

IMPORTANT: Authors as Reviewers: A Reciprocal System
Our academic events would not be what they were without a committment to ensuring adherence to international norms of abstract peer review. IAFOR relies on a large number of international scholars from around the world to contribute to a shared vision of promoting and engaging in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, and if you are taking part in an IAFOR event, then that means you.

As all authors have had their work reviewed by at least two reviewers, in the spirit of reciprocity, similarly we ask that all accepted authors be prepared to review up to three abstracts. If your abstract has been accepted then we will usually contact you within a week with the assignation of up to three abstracts, and ask that you try and review these abstracts within one week.

To submit an abstract now, you must first register with our online system.

Please click on the link below


Submission Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 1 September 15 2013
Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two weeks
Deadline for submission of full papers: December 1, 2013
Deadline for full Conference registration payment for all presenters: October 15, 2013
FilmAsia Conference: November 8-10, 2013 

Abstract Submission Process 

Acceptance of Abstract: If your abstract is accepted by the review team and you pay the Conference registration fee by the specified deadline, your submission will be scheduled in an appropriate session for oral or poster presentation at the Conference.

Final Paper Submission Process 

If your abstract is accepted for oral presentation, you are encouraged to submit a full paper before December 1, 2013 for inclusion in the FilmAsia 2013 Online Conference Proceedings. The full article should be submitted in Word (NOT pdf). Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline (December 1), having thoroughly read the paper for errors. If English is not your first language then this is especially important. To facilitate easier processing, reviewing, and publishing all submissions, PLEASE follow this checklist: 

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Single-spacing throughout the document
  • Double space (instead of indent) to designate a new paragraph or section
  • No headers, footers, or page numbers
  • Top, bottom, and side margins no less than 7/8 of an inch or 2.2 cm
  • Cover page that includes title, authors, their affiliations, their contact information, and the topic of the submission
  • Title, authors and affiliations repeated at the beginning of the body of the paper
  • Manuscript not to exceed 5000 words (excluding tables, figures and references) 
  • Manuscripts longer than 5,000 words will be returned for editing

  • Graphs and visuals can be reproduced electronically

Publication and Licensing Issues

Abstracts and follow-up full articles will be published in a Conference proceedings volume to be made available online. Authors retain copyright in their work but through the act of submission to this Conference are agreeing to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License for their work to help ensure continued global access to the work over time. All publications produced for the Conference, including abstracts, full papers and presentation slides will be openly archived eventually on the FilmAsia site.

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One Day Symposium:Edward W. Said: Public Intellectual, Cultural Critic, Activist.

2013 marks a decade since Edward W. Said passed: on 25 September 2003, the world lost a leading public intellectual, cultural critic, activist, fighter, and scholar's scholar. Said is a major figure whose work has had a tremendous impact in various disciplines and fields of study in the Humanities. Rich, multilayered and finely textured, Said offers numerous concepts, tactics, and modalities of intervention that serve us well in understanding, challenging and over-turning dominant power, subject-constituting regimes, and forms of identity-politics. He teaches us what the purpose and aim of the intellectual is. In his own words,  “the intellectual … is neither a pacifier nor a consensus-builder, but someone whose whole being is staked on a critical sense, a sense of being unwilling to accept easy formulas of ready-made clichés, or the smooth, ever-so-accommodating confirmations of what the powerful or conventional have to say and what they do. Not just passively unwillingly, but actively willing to say so in public” (from Representations of the Intellectual). As Tariq Ali notes, ‘his voice is irreplaceable, but his legacy will endure. He has many lives ahead of him’.
In this spirit and as a tribute to Edward Wadie Said, the Department of Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand, will be hosting a one-day symposium. We invite contributions from any field to discuss various aspects of Edward Said’s work.
We strongly encourage postgraduates and early career researchers to be part of this event.
Please send a 250-word abstract and a short bio to by 1 August 2013.
Professor Vijay Mishra, Murdoch University, Australia, will deliver the keynote address.  
The event is free of cost. There will be no catering support (many restaurants are located within close walking distance of the symposium venue). Coffee and tea will be made available throughout the day.
For non-presenters, we would greatly appreciate it if you could RSVP to by 20 September 2013.
CONVENORS: Dr. Vijay Devadas & Dr. Brett Nicholls
VENUE: Department of Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin Campus, Richardson Building, 6th Floor, Room 6N4.
Wednesday, October, 02, 2013

CFP: Centenary of Indian Cinema: Aesthetics, Economics, and Politics

Centenary of Indian Cinema: Aesthetics, Economics, and Politics
University of Otago, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND
3-4 October 2013
The year 2013 marks the centenary of Indian cinema. On May 3 1913, Dadasaheb Phalke screened the first Indian film Raja Harishchandra at Coronation Theatre in what was then Bombay. Today, Indian cinema is, undoubtedly, a global transnational cultural industry — in terms of output and reach, and in terms of the multifaceted relationships to social, economic, cultural, political, ideological, aesthetic, and institutional discourses. It is a significant cultural industry that plays a central role in articulating fundamental modalities of inscribing subjectivities — gender, sexuality, nationalism, caste, class, religion, ethnicity — played out within specific historical moments and fields of power. Further, it should be noted that Indian cinema is a heterogeneous assemblage that includes, in addition to mainstream regional Indian cinemas, documentary films, parallel cinema, short films, digital films, amateur films and those made for the festival circuit. It has, in that regard, numerous countenances. Indian cinema is also radically dispersed in terms of contexts of appearance (airplane screens, computer screens, multiplex halls), fluidity of movement between different media technologies (online movie portals, television and DVDs, mobile technology), and the superfluous integration with other commodity forms (animated films, game art, IPL, and so on). The dispersal of Indian cinema specifically, and cinema more generally, also demands that we ask how do people engage with cinema, how is cinema experienced in the age of media convergence. In short, Indian cinema is a mobile assemblage that interacts with or carries out interactions with other media-systems, popular cultures, bodies, institutions, forms of lives, communities, and urban and industrial developments.
Additionally, the study of Indian cinema has bourgeoned and opened an entirely new field of scholarship, challenged the discipline of Film Studies, set up new courses within University Departments, and fostered a healthy critical intellectual community. This body of scholarship has had a tremendous impact, not only in terms of making visible Indian cinema to academia, but of cultivating a culture of taking Indian cinema seriously as a significant cultural object for scrutiny. That said, this body of scholarship must urgently address the changing media landscape. This is a landscape marked by convergence, multi-platform delivery and consumption circuits, and diverse modalities of production. The Indian film industry is now a multi-billion dollar business and employs thousands of actors and technicians. Hence its commercial and human resource aspects cannot be neglected either. This existing body of scholarship must therefore address questions of how might we ‘study’ Indian cinema beyond the domain of representation. Have we exhausted all options? What is the future of this cinema? Are the theoretical and conceptual approaches and trajectories that inform this body of scholarship sufficient? What new theoretical and conceptual engagements must this cinema be connected to? How do we evaluate the economic impact of this film industry, both inside India and outside, as increasingly Indian films are shot in foreign countries, including New Zealand?
At this critical juncture of Indian cinema’s history and a rapidly changing mediascape, it is time, we believe to reflect on and debate Indian cinema: its pasts, present and future; and its possibilities, potentialities, and limits. We invite papers on any aspect or topic relating to Indian cinema. Please send an abstract (250 words) and a short bio to the following email address ( by 1 August 2013.
The keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Vijay Mishra (Murdoch University, Australia) & Associate Professor Ranjani Mazumdar (JNU, India). There will be other specially invited speakers.
The conference will take place at the Dunedin campus of the University of Otago under the auspices of the New Zealand India Research Institute, which has just been established as a consortium of seven New Zealand universities to promote Indian studies in the country.
The conference organizers expect that the paper presenters will seek funding from their own institutions.
Dr. Vijay Devadas, Department of Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago.
Dr. Sita Venkateswar, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University
Thursday, October, 03, 2013

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Multidisciplinary International Conference: Emerging Era of Education

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