Wednesday, 1 June 2011

CFP - PG conference - "Intertexts", Durham University, 23rd September 2011

Call for papers: InterTexts -- a one-day conference on interdisciplinarity

Durham University, Durham, UK

Friday, 23rd September 2011

Abstract submission deadline: 10th June 2011

The tradition of working across disciplinary boundaries has a long
history: literature and visual arts, literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, all feature prominently in the field of literary studies. At present, when humanities face escalating funding challenges and a constant requirement to justify and validate the research carried out, literary scholars increasingly look at other disciplines, expanding their field of inquiry and contributing to a proliferation of research in areas such as literature and law, literature and science, literature and medicine, literature and ecology.

This conference aims to give postgraduate and early career researchers working on interdisciplinary projects an opportunity to present their work and contribute to the discussion on the developments of interdisciplinary research within literary studies. Alongside traditional panels, we will be offering workshops that deal with practical issues, resources and challenges of conducting interdisciplinary research within one of the five interdisciplinary fields at the core of the conference (Literature and Law, Literature and Science, Medical Humanities, Literature and Visual Arts and Literature and Music).

We invite papers focusing on any issue within one of the following interdisciplinary fields:

Literature and Law

Literature and Science

Medical Humanities

Literature and Visual Arts

Literature and Music.

We also welcome proposals discussing challenges and demands of conducting interdisciplinary research. These could include, but are not limited to: proliferation of interdisciplinary research, the value of interdisciplinarity, the future of interdisciplinarity, traditional humanities vs. interdisciplinary research, implications of interdisciplinarity for literary scholarship, traditional methodologies and interdisciplinary research, interdisciplinarity and canonisation or how, if at all, do we define canons within interdisciplinary fields.

Authors of selected proposals will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for consideration by the editorial board of Durham's Postgraduate English journal. The papers will be considered for publication in the special issue of the journal focusing on interdisciplinarity, celebrating ten years of the journal, and coinciding with the launch of its new website.

Please send 250-300 word abstracts proposing 20 minute papers to Kaja Marczewska by 10th June 2011.

Notifications of acceptance, together with more information about Postgraduate English publication opportunities will be sent by 17th June 2011.


UCL SSEES PG Conference: "Crisis: Interruptions, Reactions and Continuities in Central and Eastern Europe", 15-17th February 2012

Crisis: Interruptions, Reactions and Continuities in Central and Eastern Europe

The 11th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe.
The School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
15-17 February 2012

Crises have been common in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. The term crisis
implies that a particular order, whether financial, social or political is thrown into a state of
flux. The resultant instability usually forces those affected to react to the disturbance and
reassert a sense of equilibrium. By unravelling the operation of social and political
mechanisms that are normally taken for granted, crises give rise to a number of questions:
Were crises preceded by a generally accepted order? How did individuals confronted with a
crisis react to the new state of affairs? Were their attempts successful or has instability
This conference examines the concept of crisis from a plethora of disciplinary angles within
the Central and Eastern European context. It offers a platform for discussing a complex set
of interactions, interruptions and continuities that various forms of crises provoke.
The conference invites postgraduate students and early career researchers in the
Humanities and Social Sciences to take part in an interdisciplinary debate about the nature,
meaning, causes and results of crises in Central and Eastern Europe, including South-East
Europe, Russia and the countries of the former USSR. The disciplines include, but are not
limited to, anthropology, art history, cultural and literary studies, economics, geography,
history (medieval to modern), linguistics, politics and sociology. We particularly encourage
comparative and multidisciplinary perspectives, as well as proposals using new research
We look forward to receiving submissions on topics including but not limited to the
following areas:
• financial and economic crises;
• social crises, gender and sexuality struggles, crises of memory and identity, crises of
values, crisis of political activism;
• environmental and energy crises;
• existential crises, crises of the subject, philosophical, religious and confessional
• representation of crises in literature, film and drama
• institutional, political and security crises, crises of regime, succession and legitimacy,
crises of empire;
• urban crises, rural and agrarian crises.

Paper abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief biography should be sent with full contact
details (E-mail, Telephone, Postal Address) to
Paper presentations should not exceed twenty minutes. The language of the conference is
English. A selection of papers will appear in a separate Conference publication.

Further information will be available on the following website in due course:

Deadline: 15 July 2011

PG Conference - "Writing for Young People: The Process", 13th July, 2011, Bath Spa University

*Writing for Young People: The Process*

A day conference for postgraduate student writers for children and young adults

hosted by

the /Writing for Young People Research Group, /Creative Writing Department, Bath Spa University


Wednesday 13th July 2011

10am – 4pm


Bath Spa University Postgraduate Centre,

Corsham Court, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 0BZ

Speakers will include:

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*Children and Young Adult Fiction writers*

· Lucy Christopher (/Stolen, Flyaway)/

· Steve Voake (/ The Dreamwalker’s Child; The Web of Fire; The Starlight Conspiracy; Blood Hunters; FightBack; the Daisy Dawson series; Hooey

· Julia Green (/ Blue Moon; Baby Blue; Hunter’s Heart; Breathing Underwater; Drawing with Light)/

· Debut novelist Moira Young ( /Blood Red Road)/


Liz Cross, Oxford University Press Children’s Publisher

Emma Matthewson, Editorial Director, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

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*Coffee/tea and light lunch will be provided*

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*Cost : this day is free for postgraduate students*

*Please apply before Friday July 1st to: to book a place.

CFP: "Diaspora Strategies: Encouragement, Evolution, and Engagement" 9-10 September, 2011 UCD Clinton Institute of American Studies, Dublin, Ireland

Diaspora Strategies: Encouragement, Evolution, and Engagement
9-10 September, 2011 UCD Clinton Institute of American Studies, Dublin, Ireland

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Gabriel Sheffer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Gabriel Sheffer is Emiterus Professor at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has researched and published extensively on diasporas. His publications include Diaspora Politics: At Home Abroad, which was awarded the Israeli Political Science Association Prize for best book in 2004. During his career, he has been a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Max Planck Institute, amongst others. He has also served as a member of the editorial boards of leading journals and publications such as Diaspora and India Journal of Diaspora. He is a regular contributor to Israeli newspapers such as Ha`aretz, Ydioth A'haronot, and Ynet.

Kingsley Aikins (Networking Matters)

Kingsley Aikins worked for The Ireland Funds for 21 years and during that time over a quarter of a billion dollars was raised and distributed to over 1200 projects in Ireland, North and South. These projects were in the areas of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. The Funds are now active in 39 cities in 13 countries around the world and over 40,000 people attend more than 100 events annually. He is also co-founder on Networking Matters.

Tim Finch (Institute for Public Policy Research)
Tim Finch is ippr’s Director of Communications and is an expert in the areas of politics and media and strategic communications. He has degrees in politics from the London School of Economics and the University of Essex. His research and publications on diaspora strategies include GlobalBrit: Making the most of the British diaspora. He worked for a number of years for the BBC, latterly as a senior political journalist based at Westminster. He is a trustee of Asylum Aid, the Zimbabwe Association and the Ramphal Centre, and sits on the Housing and Migration Network.

There is much more to learn about diaspora engagement. Part of its promise lies in its extraordinary diversity- there is a diaspora partner for every dimension of development and for every corner of the earth. But for diaspora engagement policy to be most effective, it needs to move beyond the familiar language of using, tapping, or even exploiting diaspora ties into the language – and practice - of mutuality and reciprocity.” (Migration Policy Institute)

This conference will engage with one of the most pertinent political discourses emerging in recent decades, diaspora strategies. The conference aims to examine the definitional, theoretical and practical frameworks of diaspora strategies. It will examine historical connotations of the subject matter as well as more contemporary policy implications. It will examine the role diaspora strategies play in both the domestic and foreign policy of Ireland. Furthermore, it will locate such discourses within the broader international community, drawing out comparative analysis on questions of nationalism, identity and representation.

Possible topics:

Defining Diaspora: How do we define ‘diaspora’? Are there competing definitions of the term? How do they inform our understanding of different diasporas?

Diaspora Frameworks and Agency: How are diasporas structured, or indeed, are they? How do they evolve? Who or what instigates these processes?

Diaspora, Homelands and Hosts: What role does the perceived homeland play in diaspora consciousness? Does it have to be real, or can it be imagined? What is the relationship between diasporas and their homelands? Concurrently, what role does a host country play in a diaspora strategy?

Diaspora Strategies and Engagement: What is a diaspora strategy? Who should encourage diaspora strategies? What is their purpose? How can we progress to the language and practice of mutuality and reciprocity?

Diaspora Sections: Where can diasporas be strategically engaged? Historically, what had their role been in such areas as conflict resolution, philanthropy, and Foreign Direct Investment?

Diaspora Language: How central are native languages to diaspora communities? How many retain their language as a form of identity and community?

We invite single paper and panel proposals for this conference. Please send an email to with the following information

1. Name, contact details and academic affiliation
2. Paper title
3. 200-300 word abstract
4. Brief CV or biographical statement


The conference is kindly supported by the UCD Graduate School of Arts and Celtic Studies.

European Research and Mobility Grants for European Studies ‘Charles V European Award’

European Research and Mobility Grants for European Studies ‘Charles V European Award’ from the European Academy of Yuste Foundation -
2011-2012 SESSION: European Union Foreign Relations and Foreign Policy, and Cooperation in the Mediterranean
The European Academy of Yuste Foundation announces its European Research and Mobility Grants for European Studies ‘Charles V European Award - Javier Solana Madariaga’ and its “VI Summer Doctoral Seminar in Contemporary European Multidisciplinary Studies” with the academic support of SEGEI (SocioEconomic Governance and European Identity) Research Network, to take place at the Royal Monastery of Yuste (Extremadura, Spain) in the second semester of 2011.

This European grants announcement, related to the ‘Charles V European Award - Javier Solana Madariaga', is addressed to European students, and also from countries in the Mediterranean which are not EU Member States, working on a Ph. D. dissertation in history, political sciences, economics, law and other human and social sciences or in other scientific fields, on the “European Union Foreign Relations and Foreign Policy, and Cooperation in the Mediterranean”, who have not enjoyed a ‘Charles V European Award grant’ in the past.

The European research and mobility grants for European Studies ‘Charles V European Award-Javier Solana Madariaga’ of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation are aimed at supporting the necessary research to prepare the contribution to be submitted at the summer doctoral seminar, the researchers’ travel to participate in the seminars organised in the framework of the this grants edition, and to publish the final version of their contributions.

Candidates should submit their applications from May 16, 2011 to June 25, 2011.

The announcement and the application forms in Spanish, English and French can be found at the European Academy of Yuste Foundation’s website: