Concourse: January 2017


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Institute of Advanced Studies in English
 FEBRUARY 03-05, 2017


The academic fraternity world over is preoccupied with various ways of understanding language, literature and culture. In addition to their interrelations and interdependence, the new ideas and approaches emerging from various disciplines like literary theory, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis alongside technological revolution and socio-cultural transformations, have a bearing on our study of language and literature. The conference aims at exploring this dynamics with a focus on the complementary nature of language, literature and culture and their centrality in human life.

This year, we especially encourage papers that examine the intersection of digital technology and the Humanities. What are the new methodologies, theories, and sites of study that are emerging from this intersection? What kind of collaborations between the Humanities and Sciences must we envision for 21st century education and research? Papers that take up these and related issues should be submitted under the Digital Humanities, New Media Studies, and Future of Humanities Studies tracks.

Tracks for Discussion and Presentation

The ICLLC 2017 will address a range of important tracks including the following:

  • Language, Literature and Ideology
  • Culture, Communication and Identity
  • Cultural Studies
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • Diaspora Identities
  • Feminist and Gender studies
  • Language, Gender and power
  • Postmodernism
  • Ecocriticism
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Contemporary Literature and Media
  • Science Fiction
  • Digital Humanities
  • New Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Future of Humanities Studies

Keynote Speech will be given by Bill Ashcroft, Australian Professorial Fellow, School of Arts and Media, UNSW, Sydney.
A Special Plenary on Digital Humanities will be given by Padmini Ray Murray.

Submission of Abstracts

Proposals (abstracts) can be submitted to as an attachment with 'Submission of Abstract' typed in the subject field. Proposals should include title, author's name/s, affiliation, contact email address and 150 word abstract of your paper. Approval/Acceptance of the proposal will be communicated in 5-6 working days.

Abstracts received till January 15, 2017 will be scheduled in the printed program. Late submissions will be adjusted on the site.

Publication of Conference Papers

Conference presenters may choose to submit their full papers for publication. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in two stages:

1. Full articles received from registered participants by January 05, 2017, will be reviewed and published in the pre-conference issues of our refereed, international journals published at the Institute of Advanced Studies in English, Pune:Asian Journal of English Studies and Asian Quarterly: An International Journal of Contemoporary Issues (ISSN 2227-2606 and ISSN 2229-581X).
2. Full articles received after January 05, 2017, will be reviewed and published in the post-conference issues of these journals.

Authors need to observe the following guidelines for submission of articles for publication;
1. Soft copy should be submitted in Microsoft Word format using Times New Roman
2. Title: 15 words maximum, 14 pts centered
3. Abstracts: maximum 150 words, 10 pts. italics and aligned on both sides
4. References: please use MLA style for references
5. Maximum permitted length is 3000 words
6. Articles should be written as continuous expository narrative - not as lists of points or PowerPoint presentation
7. Please ensure that the article is thoroughly checked and proofread before submission
8. Please avoid using certain advanced word features like background or font colors, drawing objects, highlighting, embossing and other complex Word text formatting


The registration process will be open from July 01, 2016. Participants from outside India are advised to register at least three months in advance so that they get enough time for completing the formalities for getting Indian Visa. These participants are also requested to submit the following details along with registration: Name (Surname, Given Name and Father's Name), date and place of birth, nationality, passport number, date and place of issue, expiry date and registered address. These details will be submitted to the Indian Ministry of External affairs in order to facilitate issuing of visa.

Preferred mode of registration is to email, as an attachment, the completely filled in registration form and to use the money transfer facility. Our bank information is as follows:

Bank Account Name: Principal, Institute of Advanced Studies in English
Bank account Number: 20104462641
Bank Name and Branch: Bank of Maharashtra, Aundh Branch, Pune 411007 (India)
IFSC Code: MAHB0000118
Branch Code: 0118

Important: For easy identification of your payment when we receive it, please send a scanned copy of the bank transfer receipt to

We will send you confirmation as soon as we have received the official receipt from the bank. For international bank transfers it can take a few days for the remittance to be received.

However, in case the above procedure cannot be followed, completely filled in registration form along with a Bank Draft (drawn in favor of Institute of Advanced Studies in English, Pune) for the registration fee may be sent to the following address;

Institute of Advanced Studies in English
Sankalp Park, New D P Road
Aundh, Pune 411067 (India)

Registration Fee

Rs. 5000/- for Indian and US $ 180 for International Participants
For students: Rs. 3500/- for Indian and US $ 120 for International Participants

Registration fee covers the conference kit that includes printed material, scribbling pad and a pen, tea/coffee on the first day and lunch and tea/coffee for the next two days.

Participants who need printed and scanned copies of invitation letter/ confirmation of registration for visa should send registration details to with 'Request for Invitation Letter/Confirmation of Registration' typed in the subject field.

Registration Form
ICLLC 2017
1. Name of Participant: .....................................................................................

Nationality ........................................

2. Affiliation/Institute: ......................................................................................

3. Address as per Passport: ...............................................................................

4. Contact Details; Cell: .................................. E-mail: ....................................

5. Registration Fee of Rs./ US $ ................. paid by
(a) Demand Draft drawn in favor of Institute of Advanced Studies in English, Pune

No........................ Date ..................... Bank .................................................

(b) transferred to the bank account on ...../...../ 2016/17 (bank transfer receipt enclosed)

6. Are you making a presentation?: yes/ no

7. Do you require assistance for accommodation?: yes/ no

8. Signature ................................... Date : .......................

Please copy, fill-in and email this form to or print and send by post along with Demand Draft at the following address;

Institute of advanced Studies in English
Sankalp Park, New D P Road
Aundh, Pune 411067


The conference will be held at the MDC, YASHADA located approximately 500 mtrs from Pune University Main Gate, on Baner Road, Aundh, Pune 411007. MDC is a premier state-of-the-art conference center in central part of Pune city. The auditorium, conference rooms, guest rooms and dining hall are air-conditioned, comfortable and equipped with computers, LCD and sound system.


The organizers will not provide accommodation. There are all types of hotels (budget to seven star) in the city of Pune and the participants are advised to book accommodation at their own descretion. Google search will privide you innumerable options. Here are the contact details of some hotels close to the venue:

1. Hotel sahara (1.5 kms from the conference venue)
Senapati Bapat Road, Near Chatushrungi Temple, Pune 411016
Cell: 09822033345; Landline: +91-20-25655405/06
2. Bhairavee Exclusive Residency (2.5 kms from the conference venue)
Varsha Park, Baner Road, Pune 411045
Cell:09850209199; Landline: +91-20-27293999/27293613
3. Hotel Swaroop (3.5 kms from the conference venue, closer to the center of the city)
Prabhat Road, Lane No 10, Pune 411004
Cell: 09422830745; Landline: +91-20-25672662/3/4
4. Hotel Deccan Park (4 kms from the conference venue)
Near British Library, Fergusson College Road, Pune 411004
E-mail: Landline Numbers: +91-20-25656511/65808089

The tariff of these hotels is moderate and works out cheaper if there are two occupants. All the four hotels are located in good localities and with all the normal facilities. Participants are advised to book at their own discretion. A limited number of beds (in two/three-bed rooms) are available in Gokhale Institute Guest House. We recommend this facility, especially for student participants. The contact details are as follows:

Contact Person:
Dr Prabhash N Rath, Officer on Special Duty,
Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, BMCC Road, Pune 411004.
E-mail: /
Landline: +91-20-25650287/25678311

International Film Studies and Cinematic Arts Conference-CINECRI '17 / IV. 

12th to 13th May 2017

Istanbul, Turkey

LILA '17 / IV. International Linguistics and Language Studies Conference will be held at Nippon Meeting Halls in Istanbul. The conference is coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and will be organized by BILSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions). Since 2014, more than hundred presentations by scholars from different places of the world has been hosted by DAKAM's LILA Conferences and three proceedings books have been published.

All abstracts are going to be selected according to double blind reviews and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings E-Book with an ISBN number that will be given to you in a DVD box during conference registration.

We invite you to join us at the event in Istanbul and would like to emphasize that proposals from different parts of the world are welcomed.


Phonetics and Phonology





History of Linguistics

Historical Linguistics and Language Change

Language Acquisition





Evolution of Language

Language Development

Cognitive Studies of Language

Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistic Anthropology

Language Documentation and Endangered Languages

Sign Languages

Language and Philosophy/ Philosophy of Language

Text and Discourse Analysis

Computational Linguistics

Mathematical Models

Machine Translation and Multilingual Processing

Translation Studies


Quantitative Linguistics

Corpus Studies

Language Education


Abstract submission:  MARCH 31, 2017

Registration:  MAY 27, 2017

Full papers submission: JUNE 2, 2017

Venue: NIPPON Meeting Halls in Istanbul


Call For Papers: What’s Left? Marxism, Literature and Culture in the 21st Century
 University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
  Deadline: 20 March, 2017

The crisis and collapse of Marxism as the dominant paradigm of left intellectual thought undoubtedly remains one of the most seismic shifts in the ideological history of the late twentieth century. With the collapse of actually existing socialism in the Soviet Union, the pressure of postmodern concepts, and the rise of new social protest movements in the spheres of race, gender, and sexual orientation, Marxism came to appear the ‘signifier par excellence of theoretical hubris, redundancy and error’ (Pendakis and Szeman, 2014). In the twenty-first century however, precipitated by the succession of economic and ecological crisis scenarios, Marxist criticism has experienced a critical resurgence. Alongside soaring sales of Volume 1 of Capital, Fredric Jameson, David Harvey, and Alex Callinicos have provided new formal readings of Marx’s seemingly ‘inexhaustible’ text (Jameson, 2011). 

In contemporary literary study, Emily Johansen and Alissa G. Karl have distinguished a subset of fictions termed the ‘neoliberal novel’ which, in its focus on time, temporality, and zero-hour work practices, is ‘particularly attuned to the economic rationalities of its time’ (Johansen and Karl, 2015). Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism (2009) and John Holloway's Crack Capitalism (2010) have sought out more viable projects of critique by exposing capitalism’s false closures and fault lines. In gender theory Nina Power has read female emancipation outside the ideological climate of consumerism where female desire is routinely rendered as an ‘apparent abdication of any systematic political thought’, while in sociology Frédéric Lordon has affirmed the need for ‘a structuralism of relations and an anthropology of passions’ to properly understand class domination, and our willingness to work for others.

Largely moving away from the post-structuralist concerns of identity, difference, representation, and language, the ‘economic turn’ in contemporary thought has reintroduced a host of ‘real-world’ materialisms, and a new receptivity to theories of gender, ecology, and revolution. Accompanying the apparent epistemological exhaustion of post-structuralist approaches, it remains the task of a Marxist criticism to draw practical conclusions about its current intellectual and political mission. Following on from the success of the conference What’s Left? Marxism, Literature and Culture in the Twenty-first Century, held at the University of Lincoln in July 2016, submissions for a special issue journal are invited. 

Topics for submission may include, but are not limited to:

Science-fiction and Utopia
• (Post) Apocalypse/Dystopia
• ‘Unhappy marriages’ & Queer Unions (Marxism/ Feminism/ Psychoanalysis/ Queer theory
• Marxism and contemporary film 
• Protests, Political Movements, Manifestos
• Literature as praxis and theory
• Marxism and pulp forms – comics, graphic novels, marginal forms 
• Dialectics and totality
• Marxism, ecology, and the Anthropocene

Please send abstracts (500 words max) to Andrew Rowcroft ( by 20th March 2017 (please note, this deadline has BEEN EXTENDED). Final articles of 7,000-8,000 words, including references and bibliography, will be due by 1st July 2017.

Contact Info: 
Andrew Rowcroft
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom
Contact Email: 

Monday, January 30, 2017

 Two-Day National Seminar

School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies 
20-21 March 2017        
Venue – SRTM University, Nanded.

From 1980s onwards, the cultural and the postcolonial approaches caused a major paradigm shift in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Translation Studies, an evolving field at the time, reflected these shifts as well, as is shown by the work of translation theorists such as Susan Bassnett, Harish Trivedi, Lawrence Venuti and Sherry Simon, to name a few. As we move forward in the 21st Century, we live the local and the global simultaneously today. The increasingly global and multicultural world in which we live has rendered translation more and more important both as an actual, material practice and as a cultural phenomenon to be critically analyzed. The relative increase in human contact across linguistic-cultural boundaries (be they regional, national, continental, etc.) that has occurred in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has generated, in turn, an increased need for communication across boundaries. At the same time, it has become evident that this communication/transmission is not equal or objective in nature. The increasing need for cross-linguistic translation does not necessarily imply that the world is a more benign and communicative place. Indeed, we are living periods marked by spiked political and cultural antagonism and tension between geo-linguistic entities, at both the local and global levels. 
Contemporary debates and avenues of inquiry in the field of Translation Studies recognise these geopolitical realities that frame the practice of translation today. They also recognise the new forms and processes that translation involves today, be it due to the evolution of new information technologies or genres or approaches or ideologies (machine translation, computer-aided translation, audio-visual translation, translation of oral histories, translation to and from local/regional languages, translation for knowledge production, etc.). Therefore, for theorists as well as for practitioners, it is now the moment to revisit accepted definitions, limits, processes and functions of translation. What is translated, how it is translated, who translates and for whom are questions that merit further debate, given the shifting terrains that Translation as a practice, and Translation Studies as a field, inhabit today. 

Translation: Localization and Globalization
Translation and Contemporary Indian Literatures
Translation: Appropriation, Resistance and Recovery
Translating Gender
Translating Ideology
Translation and New Technologies
Translating Popular Culture
Translating Children’s Literature
Translation: New Theoretical Paradigms
Translation and Knowledge Production

Abstracts and Papers are invited in English, Hindi and Marathi

Important Dates
Submission of Abstract (maximum 300 words): 15 February 2017
Intimation of Acceptance of Abstract: 20 February 2017
Submission of Full Length Paper and Registration: 6 March 2017

Contact Information:

Registration Fees and Modalities:
U.G. and P.G. Students: Rs. 300/- (I.D. Card is mandatory)
M. Phil and Ph.D. Scholars: Rs. 500/- (I.D. Card is mandatory)
Faculty and Others: Rs. 800/-
Mode of Payment: By Electronic Transfer or D.D......................................
Last date for payment: 6 March 2017

Only for participants from outside Nanded city.
Accommodation will be provided on sharing basis at the cost of the participant.
Accommodation will be provided upon request on first come first served basis.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

 IAFOR funded The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film 2017

Conference Theme: "History, Story, Narrative"

Tuesday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 12 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017

Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 1, 2017

Conference Theme: “History, Story, Narrative”

Historians are far from the only interested party in writing history. In a sense it is an interest we all share – whether we are talking politics, region, family birthright, or even personal experience. We are spectators to the process of history while being intimately situated within its impact and formations.

How, then, best to write it? Is it always the victor’s version? Have we not begun increasingly to write “history from below”, that lived by those who are not at the top of the power hierarchy? Are accounts of history always gender-inflected, hitherto, at least, towards men rather than women? Who gets to tell history if the issue is colonialism or class? How does geography, the power of place, intersect with history? What is the status of the personal story or narrative within the larger frame of events?

This conference addresses issues of writing history from literary and other discursive perspectives. That is to say: novels, plays, poems, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, travel logs and a variety of styles of essay. One thinks of Shakespeare’s history plays, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Shi Nai’an’s The Water Margin, Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine. It also addresses oral history, the spoken account or witness, the Hiroshima survivor to the modern Syrian migrant.

Which also connects to the nexus of media and history. The great “historical” films continue to hold us, be it Eisenstein’s October: Ten Days That Shook the World (1925) or Gone with the Wind (1940). We live in an age of documentaries, whether film or TV. There is a view that we also inhabit “instant” history, the download to laptop, the app, the all-purpose mobile. How has this technology changed our perception, our lived experience, of history? What is the role of commemoration, parade, holiday, festival or statuary in the writing of history?

The different modes by which we see and understand history, flow and counter-flow, nevertheless come back to certain basics.

One asks whether we deceive ourselves in always asking for some grand narrative. Can there only be one narrator or is history by necessity a colloquium, contested ground? Is national history a myth? And history-writing itself: is it actually a form of fiction, an artifice which flatters to deceive? What, exactly, is a historical fact?

This conference, we hope, will address these perspectives and others that connect and arise.

For the fourth year, The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film will be held alongside The European Conference on Arts & Humanities. Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.

In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending a warm welcome to you in Brighton.

The conference theme for EuroMedia2017 is "History, Story, Narrative", and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:

  • Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
  • Digital Media and Use of New Technology in Newsgathering
  • Communication Theory and Methodology
  • Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender and Communication
  • Media Disaster Coverage
  • Media History
  • International Communication
  • Law, Policy & Media Ethics
  • Newspapers & Magazines as Print/Digital Media
  • Mass Communication
  • Broadcast Media & Globalization
  • Journalism
  • Education & Scholastic Journalism
  • Sports, Media & Globalization
  • Media Management and Economics
  • Political Communication and Satire
  • Visual Communication
  • Media & Education: Training journalists
  • Social Media & Communication Technology
  • Film Direction and Production
  • Film Criticism and Theory
  • Film and Literature: Artistic Correspondence
  • Biography
  • Film History
  • Documentary History
  • Archive-Based Studies
  • Films and Digital Distribution (use of the internet and video sharing)

Abstract Submission Process

In order to present at the conference, your abstract must first pass a double blind peer review. Upon payment of registration fees, your presentation will be confirmed. Learn more about conference streams.


Abstracts submission: February 28, 2017
Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two weeks of submission
Full conference registration payment for all presenters: June 1, 2017
Full paper submission: August 12, 2017

How to Submit
Create your account. Your email address will be used as your username and you will be asked to submit a password.
Submit your abstract of no more than 250 words, choosing from the presentation formats listed below (Individual, Poster or Virtual).
Submit well before the submission deadline in order to benefit from Early Bird rates.
Your proposal will normally be reviewed within two to three weeks after undergoing a double blind peer review. Those who submit near the extended deadline will usually receive results by March 14, 2017.
If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to register for the conference. Upon payment of the registration fee, you will be sent a confirmation email receipt.
Status of Submission
The status of your abstract can be checked by logging in to the online submission system. The status will be displayed in the "Your Submissions" area. If your paper is accepted, a notification email will be sent to the registered email address. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at

You can return to the system at any time using your username and password to edit your personal information. If you wish your paper to be published in the conference proceedings, please ensure that a paper is uploaded through the online system by August 12, 2017.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Call For Papers: Re-framing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia (London, June 2017)
Abstract Deadline: February 17, 2017

Location: SOAS University,United Kingdom

In recent years, the decision to engage with colonial and postcolonial archives has become increasingly commonplace within Southeast Asian film, photography and visual culture. Whilst this renewed interest in archival materials has resulted in an increased awareness of the complexities of lens-based media, it has also allowed practitioners to challenge both the dominant narratives of colonialism and their neo- and postcolonial legacies. In the case of Cambodia and its diasporas, this archival impulse – and its accompanying modes of (re-) appropriation – is exemplified by films such as Rithy Panh’s La France est notre patrie [‘France is our Homeland’] and Davy Chou’s Golden Slumbers. Whereas the former offers an insight into the hypocrisies of French colonial rule, the latter takes its lead from the development of twentieth century Cambodian cinema. Yet despite differing in their aims and emphases, these projects share a number of common characteristics – namely, a desire to foreground the importance of preserving and revisiting archival materials: two imperatives which have acquired a particular significance in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Taking its lead from these recent developments, this symposium will explore the ways in which colonial and postcolonial film and photographic archives have been rearticulated within a range of Southeast Asian political and aesthetic contexts. How have artists and filmmakers sought to subvert existing power relations through the use of colonial images? To what extent have archival materials and technologies allowed for an investigation into the emancipatory potential of the lens? How have these techniques been utilised by diasporic populations? Though preference will be given to submissions which focus on Southeast Asia, we also welcome papers that draw comparisons with other postcolonial contexts. Possible lines of enquiry include:
  • The political and aesthetic implications of re-situating images
  • Hindu-Buddhist aesthetic conventions and their use/subversion in colonial and postcolonial lens-based practices
  • The ethics, politics and artistic innovations of documentary work
  • Contemporary artistic practices which explore the themes of space, place and home
  • The return of European filmmakers and photographers to the postcolony.

The symposium will be accompanied by screenings of two feature-length films by Cambodian filmmakers and a series of short films by emerging filmmakers from Southeast Asia. This programme, we believe, will provide a further opportunity to address the themes raised by the symposium.

The conference and screening programme are organised by Dr Joanna Wolfarth, Dr Fiona Allen, and Annie Jael Kwan independent curator, The Asia Projector.

To submit a paper, please send paper titles, abstracts of c. 500 words and a 2-page CV to

Deadline for abstracts: 17th February 2017
Contact Info: 

Dr Fiona Allen, Dr Joanna Wolfarth and Annie Jael Kwan

Contact Email: 

CFP: Funded Conference on City and the Process of Transition – from Early Modern Times to the Present
University of Wroclaw, June 8th – 10th 2017
Deadline: Extended up to February 28, 2017.

Location: Poland
Subject Fields: European History / Studies, Humanities, Modern European History / Studies, Urban History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies

The Doctoral Adam Galos Circle for the History of the 19th and the 20th Centuries invites PhD students and early career scholars to participate in the international conference titled City and the Process of Transition – from Early Modern Times to the Present to be held at the Historical Institute of the University of Wroclaw, June 8th – 10th 2017. The intention of the organizers is to challenge questions concerning the behavior of the city dwellers who faced the lack of stability, resulted primarily from the progressive urbanization and globalization since the early modern era.

We propose to focus on the following issues:

1) Authority and Citizens

We encourage to consider relations between state power and municipal self-government, as well as the attitudes of both of these authorities towards city dwellers. The proposals may address the impact of the policy applied by different levels of officials in terms of: hygiene, health, safety, justice, culture (education, art, fashion), customs (beliefs, mentality, values) or interpersonal relations (clientelism, rivalry, conflicts of interest). Lastly, the question of political and social emancipation of different groups of inhabitants will be equally important.

2) Multicultural Relations

A city was (and still is) an area of a constant inflow of people from outside. One may recall the history of Jewish settlement or the 19th and the 20thcentury migrations. Hence, the cultural diversity in the urban space was present in different spheres: public, private, intimate. Therefore, the key topics and themes of this part of the conference will include attitudes towards migrants and the coexistence of different ethnic, religious and cultural groups (their adaptation, assimilation, integration).

3) Between Ideal and Reality

People have always created a vision of "ideal city": Atlantis, Heavenly Jerusalem, Campanella’s City of the Sun, Le Corbusier's Chandigarh, Niemayer’s Brasilia until today's Jing-Jin-Ji. We would like to confront the idea of the ideal city and real transformations of the urban space, but also to elucidate the consequences of the city’s 'expansion' into suburban areas together with the influence of urbanization and economic changes on daily life.

The aforementioned perspectives suggest the main directions of discussion, although other proposals dealing with the main theme of the conference are also invited.

We are committed to establish an interdisciplinary forum, hence the invitation is addressed to representatives of various scientific disciplines: historians, art historians, architects, urban planners, ethnologists, anthropologists, cultural studies experts, sociologists, literary scholars, psychologists etc.

Conference languages: Polish, English

The submission of paper proposals (the limit of words: 350) should be done by 28th February 2017 via the registration form below:

Applications will be considered by the members of the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences of the University of Wroclaw. The notification as to whether the proposal has been accepted will be sent by 15 th March 2017.

The organizers do not cover accommodation or travel expenses, but they are responsible for conference materials, meals and publication. There is no additional conference fee.

Academic Advisory Board:

Prof. Grzegorz Hryciuk

Prof. Malgorzata Ruchniewicz

Prof. Krzysztof Ruchniewicz

Prof. Grzegorz Strauchold

Prof. Leszek Ziatkowski

Contact Info: 
Enquiries regarding any aspect of the conference:

Magdalena Gibiec

International  Conference on Formation of Culture in Diaspora

General problematics of the conference

The definition of the concept of «diaspora» is one of the major questions under discussion in contemporary social sciences, both from a theoretical and from a practical point of view. Different fields of research, such as history, ethnology, cultural anthropology, sociology, political science tend to use the term with different meanings. As a consequence, some specific definitions of the word “diaspora” can occasionally contradict one another. The present project does not pretend to solve these problems of terminology nor does it intend to present the whole spectrum of diasporas existing in the modern world, or known from historical sources. The material of our project will deal with three diasporas usually considered as classical examples of this phenomenon, as “stereotypical ethnic diasporas” which have long and complex histories: the Jewish, the Greek and the Armenian diasporas. As is well known, the word “diaspora” (from Ancient Greek: διασπορά) was first employed during the Hellenistic period to designate the scattered Jewish population, and it was, later on, also used for Armenian and Greek communities. This choice of material has the advantage to narrow down the broad problematics of research about diasporas in order to precisely formulate the core problem which this project intends to discuss: the mechanisms presiding over the formation of culture in classical (prototypical) diasporic societies (in “mobilized diasporas”, to use the terminology of the American scholar J. Armstrong; or, as the Israeli specialist G. Sheffner calls them, in “diasporas with historical roots”).

The problem thus defined can be treated both at the level of macro-phenomena and at the level of micro-phenomena. On the one side, the studies involved in the conference will take into account the larger context and address some of the central questions of contemporary research concerning the evolution of a culture in a multiethnic, multiconfessional and multilinguistic society. The formation and the cultural particularities of diasporic societies offer a unique material to study the following phenomena: the general trends of contemporary culture towards heterogeneity; the processes of cultural divergence, convergence and synthesis; the coexistence of centripetal (archaizing, conservative) and centrifugal (innovative, assimilatory) orientations in the development of communities. On the other side, the conference will aim at defining the concept of diasporic culture and at distinguishing it from other forms of culture having some typological similarity. It will focus on the following preliminary hypothesis: a diasporic community develops a particular type of culture based on specific social, religious and communicative practices, textual traditions, symbolic interpretations of historical events (charged with ethnic or religious significations), etc.

The increased geographic mobility of people and the easier access to developed means of transportation has stimulated the formation of diasporas in the contemporary world: the number of diasporic communities and the rhythm of their creation have grown. In the last decades, the process of globalization has tended to erase the old frontiers between ethnic groups. It has caused a homogenization of national economic, political and cultural differences and, finally, a diminution in the significance of national identities for small communities as well as for some more numerous ethnic and cultural groups. Nevertheless, the reality of the beginning of the 21st century witnesses a contradictory trend: the economic and political globalization in Asia and in Europe has led to the growth of diasporas which goes hand in hand with the intensity of migratory processes and with the slow political and cultural adaptation and assimilation of the migrants. These new diasporas have created new mechanisms of social development; they have developed new forms of dialogues between religious and ethnic groups and they have also, without doubts, engaged in new conflicts. In these conditions, a study of the processes which lead to the development of a diaspora are all the more actual that it is nowadays necessary to predict the evolution of smaller social and ethnic groups within a society.

The core idea of the planned conference is based on the hypothesis that there exist universal processes of cultural development in classical diasporic communities. One of the tasks of the conference is directly linked to this first stance: to create a methodological basis to describe diasporic cultures and to produce a typological comparative analysis of the social and ethnic processes in the three diasporas under study. The methods which will make possible the resolution of the fundamental questions of this conference will also have to be innovative. Only an interdisciplinary approach can lead to the exhaustive study of diasporic communities in all their variety.

Other more specific issues addressed by this project have received little, or no attention from contemporary research. The study of the development of classical diasporas in recent times supposes to deal with the following themes: 1) repatriation and the representations it implies about the “new” and “old” homeland; 2) the role of modern technologies such as the development of social websites and media, and impact of new tools and means of communication in the evolution of diasporic cultures; 3) the formation of virtual communities united by an ethnic or ethno-religious belonging and their contribution to diasporic identities.

Methodological approaches:

The very topics of the present conference calls for the interdisciplinary approach for implementation of the project's objectives. The conference organizing team plans to invite experts who apply methods drawn from culture studies, literature studies, ethnology, sociolinguistics, ethnolinguistics, and special linguistic methods. For some more certain issues the organizing team plans to invite experts in historical research, dialectology, contact studies approaches. The conference's results may be further applied to work with other language groups and culture phenomenon being results of excessive intercultural contacts.

Please send your abstracts (maximum 300 words, including references) to the conference committee, by email ( by March 1, 2017.

NB: It's advisable to authors to state what research method(s) they apply in their work.

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance or non-acceptance by March 20.

The conference will be held from 4 to 9 September 2017 at the Saint-Petersburg State University, Institute of Philosophy.

The conference is hold within framework of the project supported by the grant from the RSCF.

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CFP: The  International Conference on Gender and Sexuality Studies , 2017

Due date: May 7th 2017


Skirvin Hilton Hotel

1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

September 28 – 30, 2017

IGSS Call for Papers

The International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference is hosted by the Women’s Research Center and the BGLTQ+ Student Center at the University of Central Oklahoma. “The Center” hopes to promote intellectual engagement with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality issues by hosting annual conferences.

The Center invites proposals for presentations at the Second International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference. This international interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals for presentations in a variety of formats that address issues of gender and sexuality in the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and STEM fields. We invite students, faculty, staff, scholars, and activists to propose papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations. We also welcome proposals to present or perform creative work including creative writing, drama, music, and visual art.

Instructions for submission

Paper, workshop, panel and round table discussion submission guidelines:

1. Initial submissions should include a 350-word abstract.

2. You may submit your abstract in Word or PDF format.

3. If The Center has questions on the proposal, we will reach out to you via email.

4. Include your name, affiliation, phone number, and email address in your document.

Creative art submission guidelines:

1. Creative art includes art displays, writing, drama, music and visual arts.

2. If your work falls into one of the above categories, you are required to submit a 350- word description of your creative artwork.

3. If The Center has questions on the proposal, we will reach out to you via email.

4. You may submit your abstract in Word or PDF format.

5. Include your name, affiliation, phone number, and email address in your document.

General instructions

1. Abstracts should be submitted to

2. The deadline to submit your paper for consideration is May 7, 2017, Sunday, before 11:59PM.

3. The Center’s decision is final.

For more questions, please reach out to Dr. Lindsey Churchill, Director of the Women’s Research Center and the BGLTQ+ Student Center, at