Friday, November 16, 2012

CFP: The Fifth Biannual conference of the RECEPTION STUDY SOCIETY


The Fifth Biannual conference of the RECEPTION STUDY SOCIETY

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 26-29 2013

The Reception Study Society promotes informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields: reader-response
criticism and pedagogy, reception history, history of reading and the book, audience and communication studies, institutional studies, and gender, race, ethnic, sexuality, postcolonial, religious, and other studies.

Proposals for panels and papers in any of these areas are now welcome. Please submit proposals of 250 words or less, along with a one-page cv, to Amy Blair at by April 15, 2013.

Keynote Speakers will be:

John Carlos Rowe
Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
            "The Reader Writes back: Interactivity and the New Dynamics of Reception"
His current scholarly projects include The Rediscovery of America: Multicultural Literature and the New Democracy
and Blackwell’s Companion to American Studies.

Ernest Mathijs
Associate professor of film studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
            "Between Interpretive and Affective Communities: Cultists, the  Aesthetic Experience, and Reception Studies."
He has recently published The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero (2008); with Xavier
Mendik (eds), The Cult Film Reader (2007); and with Martin Barker (eds), Watching The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien World Audiences (2007).

Joan Rubin
Professor of History, University of Rochester
            "Print Culture and the Cosmopolitan Reader"
She has written Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America (2007) and a collaborative History of the Book in America (2000).

Reduced rate rooms will soon be available from the Doubletree Inn in downtown Milwaukee (414-273-2950 or 414-727-1575).

Selected conference papers will be solicited for publication in the RSS journal Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, which will be published by Penn State University Press as of the fall of 2013.  For information about the RSS, including membership information, or the journal, please visit our website: .

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Call for Abstracts: 8th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence

Call for Abstracts: 8th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence

June 2-4, 2013 – Miami, Florida

Abstract Submission Deadline – February 15, 2013

The goal of the 8th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence is to provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-science HIV treatment and biomedical prevention adherence research, as well as current behavioral and clinical perspectives in practicum. Our ultimate hope is that this dialogue translates into evidence-based implementation of approaches for real world clinical and community settings.


After attending this conference, participants will be able to:

Identify successes and challenges in HIV treatment adherence in various settings and populations worldwide

Explain behavioral and clinical aspects of adherence that reflect a variety of HIV treatment team perspectives (e.g., patients, physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, mental health professionals, adherence specialists)

Describe current perspectives on biomedical HIV prevention interventions, including pre-exposure prophylaxis [PrEP], antiretroviral-based microbicides, and preventive and therapeutic vaccines

Discuss the implications of HIV treatment and biomedical prevention adherence for individual, community, and public health

Identify adherence assessment tools and interventions that can be integrated into patient care and/or as components of prevention interventions


The target audience for this conference includes physicians, nurse-practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, behavioral researchers, social scientists, epidemiologists, social workers, case managers, AIDS service organization (ASO) staff, and allied healthcare and lay professionals working in the field of HIV medicine.

Abstract submissions are encouraged in a wide variety of specific domains, including:

• Linkage to and retention in care

• Treatment preparation/readiness

• Maintaining adherence in treatment-experienced patients

• Pharmacodynamics

• Pharmacokinetics and drug monitoring/sequencing

• Pharmacoeconomics

• Adherence measurement and data analysis

• Adherence research in resource-constrained settings

• Cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic issues in treatment initiation and adherence

• Adherence in the context of comorbid conditions

• Adherence in pediatric/child/adolescent populations

• Adherence interventions (pharmacy-, clinic-, community-based)

• Healthcare system, staffing, and structural factors in treatment access and adherence

• Enabling technologies (text messaging, drug packaging, electronic monitoring, software, web)

• Operations and implementation research on adherence

• Research/initiatives to promote adherence intervention adoption and dissemination

• Treatment adherence in relation to HIV prevention/transmission/risk behavior

• Adherence to emerging biomedical HIV prevention methods (e.g., PrEP, microbicides)

Abstract contents will be either research-based data using established scientific methods or demonstrate experience and information from individuals or institutions working in the field.

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Public Consultation "Lighting the Future: Accelerating the Deployment of Innovative Lighting Technologies"

The Commission is seeking the views of all interested individuals and organisations on the relevant issues involved by collecting replies on specific questions set out in the Green Paper "Lighting the Future: Accelerating the Deployment of Innovative Lighting Technologies".


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Joint EU-US eHealth Events in Boston

Following the successful joint EU-US Transatlantic eHealth workshop held at the eHealth Week 2012 in Copenhagen there was a follow-up 2 day joint event focused on the EU-US eHealth Marketplace and the Transatlantie eHealth Cooperation Assembly held in the State House in Boston, Massachusetts (USA), on the 23rd and 24th October. Read on for a summary of these exciting events that were held under the auspices of the EU-US eHealth MoU and the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC).


Monday, November 12, 2012

European Social Innovation Competition

This Competition is launched by the European Commission in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos. The aim is to find the best social innovation solutions to help people move towards work or into new types of work. Over 25 million Europeans are out of work. On top of that, many people are stuck in low-paid jobs or sense that they have few opportunities on the job market – sometimes because of their gender, age or a handicap. This Competition invites any European to come up with new solutions to create new opportunities for work, and for better work. Not doing anything about unemployment and under-employment is not just cruel and wasteful; the corrosive effects of high unemployment will cast a shadow over the economy and our society for years to come. The Competition, launched on 1 October 2012 with as deadline 21 December 2012, includes a strong mentoring component for shortlisted entries. Eventually the three best proposals (indicative maximum) will each be awarded with a prize of 20,000 euros in May 2013. A second prize competition will be launched in 2014.


Europe Going Digital

The Italy Summit: New routes for growth, Financial Times Conference, Milan


First Open International Forum on mobile technologies for social inclusion

The Forum will focus on analyzing and raising awareness about the needs and mobile-based solutions for groups under risk of digital exclusion in LATAM (low-income and isolated communities, chronic patients and people with disabilities). Relevant stakeholders from all over the world will participate providing their expertise from technological, social and politic-economical perspectives. The M-Inclusion awards for “Apps4Change” Challenge Program 2012, which recognizes groundbreaking mobile solutions for social inclusion, will take place during the conference. M-Inclusion is a project co-funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme. The consortium, led by Telef√≥nica, also includes Futura Networks Colombia, Innovation Engineering, Econet, the Nokia Technology Institute of Brazil, the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, Cayetano Heredia University in Peru and the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain.