CFP History of Recent Social Science (London)

London School of Economics and Political Science
3-4 June 2016

This two-day conference will bring together researchers working on the history of post-World War II social science. It will provide a forum for the latest research on the cross-disciplinary history of the post-war social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, economics, psychology, political science, and sociology as well as related fields like area studies, communication studies, history, international relations, law and linguistics. We are especially eager to receive submissions that treat themes, topics, and events that span the history of individual disciplines.

The conference aims to build upon the recent emergence of work and conversation on cross-disciplinary themes in the postwar history of the social sciences. A number of monographs, edited collections, special journal issues, and gatherings at the École normale supérieure de Cachan, Duke University, the London School of Economics, New York University, the University of Toronto and elsewhere testify to a growing interest in the developments spanning the social sciences in the early, late, and post-Cold War periods. Most history of social science scholarship, however, remains focused on the 19th and early 20th centuries, and attuned to the histories of individual disciplines. Though each of the major social science fields now has a community of disciplinary historians, research explicitly concerned with cross-disciplinary topics remains comparatively rare. The purpose of the conference is to further encourage the limited but fruitful cross-disciplinary conversations of recent years.

Submissions are welcome in areas such as:
– The uptake of social science concepts and figures in wider intellectual and popular discourses
– Comparative institutional histories of departments and programs
– Border disputes and boundary work between disciplines as well as academic cultures
– Themes and concepts developed in the history and sociology of natural and physical science, reconceptualized for the social science context
– Professional and applied training programs and schools, and the quasi-disciplinary fields (like business administration) that typically housed them
– The role of social science in post-colonial state-building governance
– Social science adaptations to the changing media landscape
– The role and prominence of disciplinary memory in a comparative context

The two-day conference, hosted by the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics, will be organized as a series of one-hour, single-paper sessions attended by all participants. Ample time will be set aside for intellectual exchange between presenters and attendees, as all participants are expected to read pre-circulated papers in advance.

Proposals should contain no more than 1000 words, indicating the originality of the paper. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 5 February 2016. Final notification will be given in late February after proposals have been reviewed. Completed papers will be expected by 15 May 2016.

The organizing committee consists of:
Craig Calhoun (London School of Economics), Jamie Cohen-Cole (George Washington University),
Philippe Fontaine (École normale supérieure de Cachan), and Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College).

All proposals and requests for information should be sent to Philippe Fontaine.

CFP Language, Indexicality and Belonging: Linguistic Anthropology Conference (England)

Language, Indexicality and Belonging: Linguistic Anthropology Conference
7-8 April 2016U

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Kinga Kozminska, Leonie Schulte, Dr. Nancy Hawker, Dr. Stephen Leonard

This 1.5-day conference brings together leading scholars and graduates in linguistic anthropology and related fields in order to explore the relationship between languages and senses of belonging. Focus is placed on the indexical character of language in the modern, changing world as manifest in communicative practices that are impacted by social, political and economic processes that bring different languages or forms of language into contact. Participants in three dedicated conference panels will examine how global, state, local and institutional aspects of belonging are indexed through language, how these levels can be distinguished from one another, and how linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics can account for related linguistic transformations.

At the conference we would like to address such questions as:
• Are ideas of citizenship on the one hand and national identity on the other being conflated? What role does language play in these debates?
• How do migrants appropriate and challenge existing language ideologies and norms?
• In a globalized world, what does it mean to ‘sound’ local? What does it mean to ‘sound’ like a national? Can local communicative practices transcend local environments?
• How does the development of multiethnolects, such as those emerging in ethnically mixed and economically disadvantaged areas of some European cities, challenge or even redefine understandings of the relationship between language and social class, ethnicity, gender, but also national and local belonging?

We invite 20-mintute-long papers contributing to the debate on the relationship between language and regional, national and transnational affiliations contested on social, economic and policy-based levels.

Preference will be given to papers based on fieldwork conducted in the last three years. The papers given at the conference will be published through open access platforms.

Submissions of 500-word abstracts with keywords and short bios should be sent to

Abstracts will undergo blind review, so please make sure that your submission is properly blinded. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2015. Accepted speakers will be notified on February 1, 2016.

There will be a conference fee, which will be confirmed in December

For more information visit our website which we will be updating regularly.

University of Leeds job ad: Transcultural Cities (UK)

University Academic Fellow in Transcultural Cities
University of Leeds – Faculty of Arts
Closes: 30th September 2015

Our increasingly transcultural cities are substantially shaping research agendas. Transcultural dynamics are central to current sociopolitical debates, from the status of cultural diversity in the curriculum, to effects of immigration on resources in cities, to rights and responsibilities of the local in relation to super-state/supra-state formations.  The School of English wishes to appoint a University Academic Fellow in order to develop this exciting new research field, one which allows us to facilitate internalization and expand partnerships with transcultural third-sector partners in Leeds and the Yorkshire region.

You will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent, and some world-leading, publications.  Acting as catalyst for collaboration across the School, the Faculty, and the Leeds city region, the Fellow will organise seminars with international speakers, network internationally, and build local collaborations.  There is an opportunity to maximise inter-cultural partnerships in the culturally diverse cities of Yorkshire and particularly within the Leeds conurbation.  You will co-supervise PhDs and work on and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes the School of English. You will also be expected to submit grant applications for personal fellowships, for example, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) early-career Fellowship; Leverhulme Fellowship, and small individual or networking research grants as well as work with colleagues across the schools to submit larger grants and to target relevant themed research funding, in particular Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6; ‘Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’and the AHRC’s Translating Cultures theme.

You will have demonstrated research excellence in the broadly defined field of transculturalism and in addition will have begun to develop a strong teaching profile derived in part from this expertise.  You will also have a developed awareness of, and aptitude for, maximising the advantages offered by the funding landscape, including the impact agenda.

You will be exceptionally well placed to make a significant contribution to the School’s research and grant capture, as well as its excellence in research-based teaching, and will be able to enjoy a thriving research community with substantial expertise in the related areas of Critical and Cultural Theory and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures. Outstanding collections and archives are available in the Brotherton Library, one of the leading research libraries in the UK.

Coventry University job ad: International Officer (UK)

International Officer
Coventry University – International Office
Closes: 16th August 2015

Ranked 15th in the Guardian University Guide 2016, and the Times and Sunday Times top Modern University in the UK; strong links to industry, quality teaching and an innovative and dynamic approach to learning are just a few highlights of Coventry University.

Over 24,000 students, including over 8000 international students from more than 130 countries study at our vibrant and diverse campuses in Coventry and London.  September 2014 saw a record intake of international students, which is set to continue. To support this growth and future developments of international provision as a global enterprising university, we are looking to appoint several International Officers to work within our Sales Team.

International Officers support the recruitment of international students to the University. You will work as part of a regional team with extensive overseas travel (approx. 15 weeks a year). You will be responsible for undertaking recruitment missions, managing exhibitions, visiting schools, colleges and career conventions and other activities to drive growth in student recruitment.

You will be educated to degree level, with experience in sales and/or marketing you will thrive on developing business plans and hitting your targets. You must possess strong powers of self-motivation and initiative. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to work to tight deadlines. Ideally, you will have had experience operating successfully in international business development or student recruitment and will be both politically aware and culturally sensitive.

Closing date: 16th August 2015

Fully funded PhD Studentship (University of Loughborough, England)

An ethnomethodological / conversation analytic study of evidence-based decision-making

Applications are invited for the above studentship commencing 1st October 2015. The Studentship is open to home/EU students. It will run for 3 years, and it includes:
• A fee waiver equivalent to the home/EU rate
• Tax-free stipend of £14,057p.a. for three years

About the project:
Research into how the tools and products of Operational Research (OR) are used in the interactions between analysts and their clients has recently begun to attract academic attention. Using ethnomethodological and  conversation analytic methods, this PhD project will examine the interactional practices that comprise the use of OR tools and products and identify what works and what is less effective.

The site for the PhD research project is the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). One of the challenges faced by Dstl is how best to support Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM), in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and across government, and to increase the use of evidence to support key decisions. It is anticipated that the PhD project will collect and investigate real-time conduct in the use of OR tools and products to support EBDM in a number of application areas.

Professor L. Alberto Franco, Professor of Management Sciences (School of Business and Economics) and Professor Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction (Department of Social Sciences)

Entry criteria
Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.

Applications are made online at

Please upload all the supporting documents listed below:
• A curriculum vitae
• A 500 word personal statement explaining your interest in, and aptitude for, the topic of this research project. In particular we would like to learn about:
• What qualities do you feel you can bring to the project?
• 2-3 samples of writing such as MSc dissertation, journal or conference article, essays from your MSc degree
• Copies of your transcripts/certificates
• Two academic references

Closing date for applications is 30 July 2015.  Please quote reference SBE-AF in the financial section of the application form.  Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly after the closing date.

Informal enquiries about the project should be made to ( or (

Study in England 2015

Graduate Study in England, Summer 2015

Are you a graduate student in communication looking to earn 3 credits for a 12-day study abroad experience in England for Summer 2015?

Then please consider CCOM 7070 International Corporate Communication and Culture offered at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College located in Oxfordshire, England, from May 1931, 2015.

The course consists of invited speakers, case studies, site visits, and trips to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford. The main objective of the course is make students familiar with the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which international business transactions take place. Students will also attend a day of seminars at the Harris-Manchester College of Oxford University ending with High Dinner with the Oxford students.

Wroxton College is the British campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, situated in the ancestral home of Lord North in Oxfordshire. The main College building is Wroxton Abbey, a fully modernized Jacobean mansion on 56 acres of its own lawns, lakes and woodlands. Originally constructed as an Augustinian priory in 1215, Wroxton Abbey has accommodated several British monarchs and statespeople such as Theodore Roosevelt. It now houses the College’s classrooms and seminar rooms, the library, fully modernized student lodging facilities, and computer laboratories.

At Fairleigh Dickinson University, participating students are drawn from the MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication and the MA in Organizational Behavior.Students from other universities and colleges are warmly invited to register with permission of the course leader, Gary Radford.

Moving Memories: Remembering Conflict, Protest & Social Unrest in Connected Times (London)

*Moving Memories. Remembering and Reviving Conflict, Protest and Social Unrest in Connected Times*

The one-day seminar explores the role memories play in contemporary political conflicts, protest movements and social unrest that have become increasingly conducted through connective and ubiquitous media. It assembles a rich array of scholarly work and participatory experiences with regard to the impact of past beliefs, tactics and bonds in current times of struggle and rebellion, in terms of remembering past and reviving novel conflicts. It does so with a special focus on the production and circulation of memories for protest via digital technologies, new media and art. The day will end with a round-table discussion and book launch entitled ‘Art Activism in Post-Dictatorship Argentina’

Organized by: Jordana Blejmar (IMLR/University of Liverpool), Andrea Hajek (University of Glasgow), Christine Lohmeier (University of Munich) & Christian Pentzold (Technische Universität Chemnitz/Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin). Sponsored by: The Institute for Modern Languages Research (IMLR), the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), University of London, and the Unit for Global Justice Funds, Goldsmiths
Date: 27 November 2014, 10:00 – 17:00
Place: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Room 243,
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Free and open to all but to attend the seminar please register with Christine Lohmeier.

The full programme and information about the talks and speakers can be accessed from here.

Welcome and Introduction: Katia Pizzi (IMLR/Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory)

Andrea Hajek, Christine Lohmeier and Christian Pentzold – Movements, media and memory: Building blocks of a moving relation

Keynote lecture: Joanne Garde-Hansen (University of Warwick) – Iconomy and Memory: on remembering as digital, civic and corporate currency in Brazil and the UK in a time of social protest

Panel 1: Memory and Activism in Southern Europe
Andrea Hajek (University of Glasgow) – The witches are back! Mediating memories of second-wave feminism in contemporary Italy
Ruth Sanz Sabido (Canterbury Christ Church University) – Selective memories: Memory and anti- austerity protests in Spain
Respondent: Bart Cammaerts (LSE)

Panel 2: Memory and Mobilization in Eastern Europe
Félix Krawatzek (Nuffield College, University of Oxford) – Restaging Russia’s controversial past: memory in political youth mobilization
Rolf Fredheim (Girton College, University of Cambridge) – August 1991 and the memory of communism in Russia
Respondent: Terhi Rantanen (LSE)

Closing round
Pollyanna Ruiz (University of Sussex) – Technology, activism and the dynamics of intergenerational memory
Respondent: Marianne Franklin (Goldsmiths)

Roundtable and book launch – Vikki Bell’s The Art of Post-dictatorship: Ethics and Aesthetics in Transitional Argentina (Routledge, 2014)
Chair: Jordana Blejmar

Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths, University of London) – Post-dictatorship, before memory: Ethics & in/aesthetics
Graciela Sacco (Visual Artist) – Admissible tension
Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra (University of Cambridge) – Nudities: León Ferrari’s political bodies and/in intimate exposure
Claudia Fontes (Visual Artist) – Citizens, tourists and idiots

A wine reception will conclude the day.

Study International Public Relations in London 2015

Study International Public Relations in London Summer 2015!

From the tower of London to Westminster Abbey’s soaring arches, this London-based seminar offers students the opportunity to live in one of the most cosmopolitan cities while interacting with and learning from international public relations practitioners.

The seminar will be held May 31June 26, 2015 at Regent’s University in London. Dr. Ashli Q. Stokes, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and co-author of Global Public Relations: Spanning Borders, Spanning Cultures will lead this year’s seminar. The Public Relations in the United Kingdom program is designed to acquaint students with the complexities of public relations practice in an international setting.  In addition to classes led by Dr. Stokes, students will attend lectures led by some of Europe’s leading practitioners and educators, work on internationally-themed projects, and take part in field trips to public relations firms and other relevant organizations throughout the greater London area.

Students will attend classes directed by Dr. Stokes during the week at Regent’s University London, located in the heart of central London just a short distance from Buckingham Palace and world-famous shopping on Oxford Street. Classroom coursework will be supplemented by visits to various international public relations and related organizations.

Space is limited to 18 students and spots are already being filled. Past attendees have come from schools all over the nation. Don’t miss your chance to study PR in London!

Interested students may also contact Dr. Ashli Stokes for more information.

CFP History in the Making: Arab Media

History in the Making: Arab Media and Processes of Remembering
Conference organised by the Arab Media Centre
Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI),
Date: Friday 24 April, 2015
Venue: University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus,
309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Keynote Speaker:  Kay Dickinson, Concordia University, Montreal. Author of Off Key: When Film and Music Won’t Work Together (2008) and co-editor of The Arab Avant-Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East (2013).

‘If history is a term that means both what happened in the past and the varied practices of representing that past, then media are historical at several levels’. These words of Lisa Gitelman in her 2008 book, Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture, highlight the multiple ways in which media are implicated in our retelling of history. It is not just a question of journalism being seen as the first ‘rough draft’ of history (an observation credited to a former publisher of The Washington Post), or the fact that what are now sometimes called ‘legacy media’ were themselves new media several decades ago. It is also the role of films and other entertainment media in our awareness and understanding of the past, as well as the deliberate or unwitting silencing of histories through the highly selective processes of media representation. Such silencing is compounded when archives, or parts of archives, are neglected or destroyed.

Yet digital media and political upheaval in Arab countries raise new theoretical and practical questions about historical records. On one hand, online archiving of user-generated content seems to contradict the old maxim that history is written by the victors. On the other, who now has the right to be forgotten? Online digital infrastructures make it possible to trace dissident voices and sources in ways that threaten to sustain the entrenched control mechanisms of dictatorships.

Perhaps because Arab media outlets have expanded so rapidly in recent years, historical dimensions of media development or media use in the region have received limited attention. Eric Davis noted in the 1990s how much writing about the Arab world suffers from a ‘presentist’ fallacy, whereby inadequate or cursory coverage of historical forces contributes to essentialist constructions, which in turn represent the Middle East as incomprehensible political spectacle. More recently Walter Armbrust has pointed out the dangers of what he describes as a ‘relentless presentism’ and predominant ahistoricism in Arab media studies, born in his view from a form of technological determinism.

This one-day conference will seek to address issues raised by the place of media in history, the function of media artefacts as historical sources, and the processes involved in documenting and storing media images and accounts that will make the past accessible to future generations. A focus on history seems appropriate for what will be the tenth in the Arab Media Centre’s series of annual international conferences.

We welcome papers from scholars and media practitioners that engage critically with the issues outlined above. Themes may include, but are not limited to, the following:
·       Arab media history and historiography
·       The place of history in Arab media studies
·       Methodological questions in researching Arab history: the place of media
·       Oral histories of Arab media
·       Formation of film and broadcasting through colonial and postcolonial times
·       Suppressed histories from the media sector
·       Historicising the rise of subversive media across different political contexts
·       Archiving and digitizing: who decides what and how?
·       The performance of museums and libraries in preserving media artefacts
·       Translation of historic media texts
·       Gender, media and social history
·       Media and memory studies
·       Historic patterns in media coverage of Arab affairs
·       Audience feedback in 20th century Arab media

This one-day conference, taking place on Friday, 24th April 2015, will include a keynote address, plenary sessions and parallel workshops. The fee for registration for all participants, including presenters, will be £110, with a concessionary rate of £59 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in February 2015.

The deadline for abstracts is Monday, November 3rd, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified early in mid-December 2014. Abstracts should be 300 words. They must be accompanied by the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter. Please send all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and give the file and message the title ‘AMC 2015’ followed by your surname. The file should be sent by email to the Events Administrator, Helen Cohen, at

Participants fund their own travel and accommodation expenses.

There will be various openings for publication of selected conference papers, which will be discussed further after the conference.

Study abroad England 2014

Graduate Study in England, Summer 2014

CCOM 7070 International Corporate Communication and Culture
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England
May 20 – June 2, 2014
3 credits, graduate level, Communication

The course consists of invited speakers, case studies, site visits, and trips to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford. The main objective of the course is make students familiar with the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which international business transactions take place. Students will have two full-day opportunities to work with students from the MA in Corporate Communication offered by the University of West London. Students will also attend a day of seminars at the Harris-Manchester College of Oxford University ending with High Dinner with the Oxford students.

Wroxton College is the British campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, situated in the ancestral home of Lord North in Oxfordshire. The main College building is Wroxton Abbey, a fully modernized Jacobean mansion on 56 acres of its own lawns, lakes and woodlands. Originally constructed as an Augustinian priory in 1215, Wroxton Abbey has accommodated several British monarchs and statespeople such as Theodore Roosevelt. It now houses the College’s classrooms and seminar rooms, the library, fully modernized student lodging facilities, and computer laboratories.

At Fairleigh Dickinson University, participating students are drawn from the MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication and the MA in Organizational Behavior.Students from other universities and colleges are warmly invited to register with permission of the course leader, Dr. Gary Radford.