Friday, November 23, 2012

CFP: Therapeutic Solutions and Discourses of Self-empowerment

Call for Papers.  Special Edition of Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research.  Therapeutic Solutions and Discourses of Self-Empowerment.    Guest Editors: Alan Apperley, Mark Jones and Stephen Jacobs:  The University of Wolverhampton, UK.    A purported user in an advertisement for the Miruji Therapeutic Massage Chair, which combines a physical massage while simultaneously listening to a mind coaching audio recording, suggests that after a session 'I feel good about myself'. L'Oreal advertisements indicate that you should use their products because 'you are worth it' Professor Richard Layer who was appointed as the 'Happiness Tsar' by the UK Labour Government in 2007 promoted the idea that 'wellbeing' should be integral to government policy. We are bombarded with messages that the primary malaise of contemporary society is stress, and encounter a plethora of panaceas claiming to combat stress. Bookshops have substantial sections containing self-help guides, often replacing or being included in the section on religion. Life coaches inform us that they can transform all aspects of our lives, and successful motivational speakers can fill stadiums.  What all of these phenomena have in common is a discourse on individual wel  lbeing and personal self-empowerment. We argue that this is not simply a passing commercial fad, but that this discourse on wellbeing and self- empowerment are deeply embedded in all aspects of contemporary society – health, education, politics, religion and economics etc., and that the structure of feeling of contemporary culture is best characterized as therapeutic.    Therapeutic culture is clearly linked to the processes of individualization, which, Zygmunt Bauman (Liquid Modernity, 2000: 31) suggests, 'consists of transforming human identity from a "given" into a "task"'.  This task is not only about the quest for a sense of identity which is disembedded from institutional forms and grand narratives, but is also a quest for a sense of agency and personal wellbeing. The contemporary climate, writes  Christopher Lasch, 'is therapeutic, not religious. People today hunger not for personal salvation... but for the feeling, a momentary illusion, of personal well-being, health, and psychic security.' (The Culture of Narcissism, 1991: 7). The effectiveness of the various therapeutic solutions, like the ones listed above, is validated, not through any external authority, but through the evidence of personal experiences – such as the statement 'I feel good about myself'.   We believe that this is a critical area of investigation, as this discourse suggests that the individual has the power to transform their own lives, and negates real structural inequalities in contemporary societies. The rise of therapeutic culture is inherently implicated in the de-professionalization of areas such as education and health, and the de-politicization of the individual.      We are seeking a selection of papers from a range of different academic disciplines, and from scholars from different nationalities, who are concerned with the rise of therapeutic solutions and the notion of self-empowerment in range of different arenas, such as education, health, spirituality, government policy etc.  We are interested in questions such as:    • What are the sources and nature of authority for therapeutic solutions?  • To what extent can therapeutic discourses resist the narratives and institutions of modernity?  • Are therapeutic practices embedded in the power structures of social institutions?  • How do therapeutic solutions articulate individual identity?     Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research is an online academic journal for border-crossing cultural research, including cultural studies as well as other interdisciplinary and transnational currents. Details about Culture Unbound can be found at     Schedule  • Please send a 300- 500 word proposal by 15th December 2012. Please include a short biography.  • Submission of the article 25th April 2013.    For submissions and any enquiries  about this special edition please contact the guest editor directly  Alan Apperley 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Call for Abstracts: International Society for Research on Internet Interventions 6th Scientific Meeting

Call for Abstracts: International Society for Research on Internet Interventions 6th Scientific Meeting

16 - 18 May 2013 Chicago, Illinois

The International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) invites you to attend its 6th Scientific Meeting hosted by the Northwestern University Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

Deadline extended! 3 December 2012

The International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) invites the submission of innovative, high quality research that advances the field of eHealth interventions. ISRII, founded in 2004, promotes the scientific study of information and communication technologies targeting behavioral, psychosocial, health and mental health outcomes. These “Internet interventions” are broadly inclusive of existing and emerging technologies, including, but not limited to, the web, mobile and wireless devices and applications, digital gaming, virtual reality, remote sensing, and robotics. ISRII members include researchers, clinicians, engineers and computer scientists, informaticists, software developers, economists, and policy experts across the public and private sectors, who are committed to fostering excellence in evidence-based eHealth interventions.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Behavioral Intervention Technologies for a Healthy Future: From Design to Dissemination.” This comprehensive program will span basic design and development, clinical trials, integration of eHealth interventions into healthcare delivery systems, dissemination (distribution and marketing), and policy implications. The goal is to generate vibrant discussion and collaboration both within and across each of these areas.

ISRII will be introducing a number of new events this year to both expand the program and further engage members:

Demonstration Displays: An opportunity to share interventions, devices and tools.

The Sounding Board: An interactive forum where attendees can present ideas for interventions and tools that are in formative stages.

The Think Tank: A collaborative discussion around one topic that is a specific challenge to the field.

The ISRII Throwdown: A competition in which small groups of investigators will have an opportunity to work together to conceptualize and storyboard a new eHealth intervention application.

You are encouraged to submit your most innovative and compelling work as one of the following presentation types. Special consideration will be given to submissions that link multiple topic areas, such as the integration of clinical and behavioral science, engineering, design, usability, informatics, assessment, methodology, implementation and dissemination, and policy.

Workshop: Intensive smaller group sessions providing focused education, training or discussion on a method, theory or problem area related to eHealth.

Symposium: Symposia are groups of papers submitted together around a common theme. The presentations tend to be data-driven on projects completed or near completion.

Panel: An audience-interactive format in which invited panelists make short, relatively informal presentations that serve as a springboard for discussion among panelists and between panelists and the audience.

Paper: Oral presentations not otherwise incorporated into symposia or panels.

Poster: A graphically oriented presentation that is displayed on a poster board.

Demonstration: Demos may include such things as running examples of Internet interventions, mobile apps, etc., and will be included in the Poster Session.

Sounding Board: A unique session to provide attendees an opportunity to briefly present ideas or projects in very early stages and to then receive feedback from the audience.

Please see below for further details on each presentation type.

Workshop. Workshops are being solicited and will occur the first half day prior to the beginning of the official conference. They will be made available to attendees for an extra fee. Workshops will run for 3 hours and should focus on unique but related areas of interest to those attending the ISRII meeting. These might include topics such as Machine Learning, Usability, Instructional Design, Gamification, Policy, etc.

Symposia. A Symposium consists of oral paper presentations organized around a common theme. These sessions can be structured in several different ways: for example, the invited papers might be preceded by an overview from the session organizer and followed by a response from a discussant. Symposium sessions will run either 50 minutes or 100 minutes depending on the number of papers included. The length allotted to the papers is up to the session organizer. The proposal must include: (a) a session overview abstract that describes the session’s theme and its importance, as well as its format (e.g., who will chair the session, how long each oral paper presentation will be, whether there will be a Q&A session or open audience discussion following the presentations, etc.); and (b) individual abstracts for each of the oral paper presentations (there must be a minimum of 2, but no more than 5, papers). Because we require all the abstracts up front, it is incumbent upon the session organizer to seek out paper presenters early, get them to produce abstracts, and confirm that each one is willing and able to attend the conference.

Panel Discussion. A Panel Discussion is an audience-interactive format in which invited panelists make short, relatively informal presentations that serve as a springboard for discussion among panelists and between panelists and the audience. In proposing a Panel Discussion, your abstract must indicate who will chair the session, what format it will take, who have been invited to participate as panelists (no more than 5 panelists are allowed), and how many of these invited panelists have confirmed that they are willing and able to attend the conference. Preference will be given to proposals with confirmed panelists.

Paper. Present a Paper for assignment to a concurrent session. If you have a paper that you’d like to present, but which is not already affiliated with a session proposal, you can submit a proposal for an oral Paper presentation. If there are enough other papers on the same topic, the Conference Committee will consider creating a concurrent session for them. Paper presentations can include reports on original research; intervention development; issues of implementation/dissemination; methods and tools, theories and models, etc. Papers are expected to be allotted 10-15 minutes each.

Poster. A Poster is a graphically oriented presentation that is displayed on a poster board. Posters often provide an excellent alternative to oral Paper presentations because they are well-suited for visual data, as well as for promoting discussion about ideas or projects that are in-progress.

Demonstration. Demos include such things as running examples of Internet interventions, mobile apps, etc., and will be included in the Poster Session.

Sounding Board. The Sounding Board is a unique session to provide attendees an opportunity to present very briefly ideas or projects in very early stages and to then receive feedback from the audience. Depending on the number of submissions, the idea is to have 1-2 minute presentations by those included and then informal discussion between audience members and presenters in small groups. If you have an idea you are considering or one that is in an early stage of development, consider presenting it here. You may be surprised by what you get out of it!

Contact ISRII

International Society for Research on Internet Interventions

+1 434 284 4699

154 Hansen Road, Suite 201

Charlottesville, Virginia 22911 USA

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Banff Research in Culture 2013: Dock(ing); or, New Economies of Exchange

Dock(ing); or, New Economies of Exchange

Program dates: May 27-June 14, 2013
Application deadline: January 15, 2013

Application Information can be found here.

Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) is a research residency program designed for scholars engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. BRiC is designed to offer researchers with similar interests from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds an opportunity to exchange opinions and ideas. Participants are encouraged to develop new research, artistic, editorial, and authorial projects, both individually and in connection with others.
During the residency, participants will attend lectures, seminars, and workshops offered by visiting faculty from around the world. The residency will help to develop new approaches toward the study and analysis of culture, as well as creating lasting networks of scholars who might use this opportunity as the basis for future collaborative work.
The Banff Centre is a world-renowned facility supporting the creation and performance of new works of visual art, music, dance, theatre, and writing. The 2013 edition of BRiC is organized in conjunction with the Liverpool Biennial.

BRiC is funded by The Banff Centre, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta and the Office of the Vice-President (Research), University of Alberta. In 2013, BRiC is being organized by Imre Szeman, Sally Tallant, Maria Whiteman, and Visual Arts at The Banff Centre. 

Dock(ing); or, New Economies of Exchange

A dock is the place where the land meets the ocean, where goods arrive from abroad, and where foreigners step onto the surface of the country they are visiting. It is a liminal space of encounters and exchanges, both legal and illegal — a space of furious new activity that can upset the given order, just as often as it confirms it through the smooth operations of legal power and border control. The physical space of the sea wharf is only one of the ways in which 'dock' names a necessary yet potentially dangerous threshold. A dock is also the space in a courtroom where prisoners are placed on trial, exposed to the full power of the law. And when used as a verb, 'dock' names such varied practices as the punishment of workers by withholding payment for their labour, the removal of an animal's tail to bend its body into shape in line with human demands and desires, and the connection of different bits of computer hardware to allow for the exchange of information. 

Banff Research in Culture 2013 is organized in partnership with the Liverpool Biennial. For the city of Liverpool, which has undergone a significant period of de-industrialization and de-population, the docks that line its waterfront constitute a reminder of a more prosperous moment in its development. They are also a site of potential urban re-development and re-imagining, with all the promise and hazards that such gentrification and rebuilding bring with them. BRiC 2013 seeks to bring together critical thinkers intent on exploring the politics played out on physical and metaphoric docks, as well as practices of docking in art, culture, design, critical theory, cultural studies, and urban development. The liminal spaces to which docks point include legal, national, physical and conceptual borders of all kinds — spaces and places where power is exerted over identities and collectivities, and so, too, sites where power is actively challenged with the aim of enabling new possibilities for a new century.

The collective interrogation of docks and docking that will take place during BRiC 2013 constitutes a starting point for understanding some of the major social, political and cultural challenges we face at the outset of this new century. Far from being an end in itself, a multifaceted, multidisciplinary investigation of docks promises to open new vantage points on long-standing problems. In the case of the City of Liverpool, for instance, this includes the very real trials involved in re-constituting genuine civic life in the wake of de-industrialization, the role played by art in this process, and the difficulties of creating new urban possibilities and opportunities that do not follow the problematic script of capitalist gentrification.

We look forward to receiving compelling and original project proposals from thinkers and creators working on a wide range of projects.


Applications to BRiC 2013 are processed through The Banff Centre.

For information on Application Requirements or to Apply to the program, please visit:

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete. 

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:
Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989
Fax: 403.762.6345

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

LAST CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Encyclopedia of

Social Media and Politics, a new 2-volume reference to be published by
CQ Press/SAGE Reference in 2013.

*Please see the list of 38 remaining topics available for assignment below*

Social media are revolutionizing and galvanizing politics in the United
States and around the world. Old modes and methods of political
communication from elites to the masses (top down) and from the masses
to elites (bottom up) are being rapidly displaced by new social media,
and activists are building new movements and protests using social media
to alter mainstream political agendas. Members of Congress now routinely
turn to Twitter to spar with partisan opponents or broadcast messages to
constituents, and use YouTube to post their latest campaign
advertisements. The power of social media in politics is not isolated to
the United States. In the popular uprisings triggered by the Arab Spring
social media have played an enormous part in the organizing of protests
and keeping dissident voices from being completely stifled by repressive
regimes, despite attempts by those regimes to restrict access to the
Internet and social media platforms or technologies. In approximately
400 signed articles, this 2-volume reference work will cover the
phenomenon of social media and politics in an A-to-Z format.

This comprehensive encyclopedia will be marketed to academic and public
libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the
library's electronic services. The General Editor, who will be reviewing
each submission to the project, is Dr. Kerric Harvey, Center for
Innovative Media, George Washington University.

We are currently making assignments with a final deadline for
submissions of December 10, 2012.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it
is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature,
redefining sociological issues in today's terms. Moreover, it can be a
notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your
publishing credits. CQ Press/SAGE Publications offers an honorarium
ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of
the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding
reference with the Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, please
contact me by the e-mail information below. I will provide you with
submission guidelines and a sample article. Please provide a brief
summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines.

Thanks very much,
Lisbeth Rogers
Author Manager

Remaining topics (including words counts) currently available for

1.      2000 Congressional Campaigns   1800

2.      2002 Congressional Campaigns   1800

3.      2008 Congressional Campaigns   5000

4.      Bounce Back (technical)  1000

5.      Bounce Back effect (cultural)       1200

6.      Campaigns, Email             1200

7.      Campaigns, Grassroots   3000

8.      Campaigns, Organizing   3000

9.      Constituency      3000

10.   DeMint, Jim        2200

11.   Ellmers, Renee   2200

12.   Fleming, John     2200

13.   Forbes, J. Randy 2200

14.   Grassley, Chuck  2200

15.   Issa, Darrell         2200

16.   McCarthy, Kevin               2200

17.   McCotter, Thaddeus        2200

18.   Membership Communications Project (data aggregation project) 1200

19.   Menendez, Robert           2200

20.   Musicians and Social Media in Politics 3,000

21.   Multiple Leveraging         1200

22.   Parallel Modeling             1200

23.   Political Base      1800

24.   Predictive Analytics          1800

25.   Real-Time Communication Nodes              1000

26.   Return on Investment      1800

27.   Schumer, Charles              2200

28.   Skunk Ops            1200

29.   Social Security    1800

30.   Spanish 15M Movement 1000

31.   Spending and Debt, Government 2200

32.   Take the Pledge                800

33.   Taxes     1800

34.   Thune, John        2200

35.   Twestival             800

36.   Udall, Mark         2200

37.   Vitter, David       2200

38.   Voter Demographics        2200

Job Announcement | Global Communications | The American University of Paris

Job Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor of Global Communications

Institution: The American University of Paris, France

The American University of Paris invites applications for a full-time position in the Department of Global Communications at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
  • Media communications and development in the global South with a critical political economy or cultural studies perspective. Practical involvement in NGOs and/or humanitarian campaigns a major plus.
  • Emerging technologies, mobile platforms and digital media, including, possibly, social activism and political communications. Scholarly research and practical training highly desirable.
  • Critical studies of culture industries: gaming, music, branding, advertising and PR, fashion, and visual media. Excellent scholarship with career experience ideal.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in Communications, Media studies, or a related discipline by time of appointment (August 1st 2013). ABD candidates may be considered. Proven capacity for research and engaged teaching. Teaching experience within a liberal arts context or familiarity with liberal arts education is desirable. Solid training in communication and media studies methods and theories. Ability in several languages a strong plus.

European Union citizenship or legal right to work in France is not necessary at the time of application. If the successful applicant for the position is a citizen of some other country, The American University of Paris will apply for a visa to allow the person to live and work in France but cannot obtain immigrant visa for spouses and dependents.

We invite and encourage women and underrepresented populations to apply. The University is an equal opportunity employer for whom diversity is an essential source of vitality and strength.

The Institution:  Founded in 1962, The American University of Paris (AUP) is a small, undergraduate and Masters degree-granting institution with a Liberal Arts core, dedicated to the advancement of the Arts & Sciences in an international and multicultural environment. AUP brings together the values of the American higher education system with its location in Paris and Europe. AUP is accredited in the United States of America by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. AUP has cooperative agreements with Eugene Lang College, The New School and other North American and European universities.

The Department:  Dedicated to the international and comparative study of communications, media and culture, the department houses an undergraduate major in Global Communications and two MA programs in Global Communications and Global Communications & Civil Society, with additional MA tracks in Visual Culture and Fashion. The department has 11 full-time faculty, 7 part-time faculty, 100 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students.
The teaching load is six courses per year. Teaching responsibilities range from introductory undergraduate core courses in Communications and Media Studies to MA courses in the following areas: global digital media, social movements, urban communications, transnational flows of identity and meaning, critical cultural studies in branding, museums and fashion, etc. Ability to teach research methods courses a plus. Possibility of teaching courses in the candidate's research area. Commitment to scholarship, excellence in teaching, curricular development & innovation, student advising and university service required. We seek engaged scholars and have high expectations of teaching and scholarly research for promotion. AUP follows an American model of academic promotion (Assistant, Associate, Professor).

Salary Range: Salary and benefits competitive on the French market.

Applications: Please submit a single PDF dossier including: curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of pedagogical philosophy with evidence of teaching effectiveness, statement of research interests and writing samples of recent scholarship to:

Three letters of reference should be sent electronically to: 
or, if preferred, by mail to:

Chair, Global Communications Search Committee
The Office of the Dean
The American University of Paris
31, Avenue Bosquet
75007 Paris

Applications must be sent electronically in PDF format. Review of applications will begin 15th December 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

CFP- Differential Mobilities

Differential Mobilities: Movement and Mediation in Networked Societies

Pan-American Mobilities Network Conference: May 8-11, 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Conference website:

Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions to the conference is November 21, 2012. 

Sponsored by the Pan-American Mobilities Research Network in collaboration with the European Cosmobilities Network, this 4th annual conference will feature an exciting mix of scholars and artists working within the dynamic, emergent field of mobilities.

Confirmed keynotes include: Gerard Goggin; Giselle Beiguelman; Micha Cárdenas; Danielle Peers; Vera Chouinard; Ole B. Jensen; Jason E. Lewis; Darin Barney; Skawenatti Fragnito. 


The Pan-American Mobilities Conference is hosted by the Mobile Media Lab in the Communication Studies Department of Concordia University in Montreal.


Please visit the conference website for the full text of the Call For Papers and to access the proposal submission form - as well as for more detailed information on the event and its participants.

CFP Cultural Memory Conference

Call for Papers and Call for Panel Proposals

The Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies (CCCS)

The Balkan Network for Culture and Culture Studies (BNCCS)

Annual Conference 2013: "Cultural Memory"

September 5-6, 2013, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

The deadline for proposals is February 1st, 2013

The Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies (CCCS) and The Balkan Network for Culture and Culture Studies (BNCCS) will organize the first of many to follow, annually-held conferences, under the overarching theme "Cultural Memory".

The interest in the past, and consequently, the interest in collective and individual memory, is quite pertinent to our overall present-day research interests. Finding a way to articulate and express individual and collective identities, which find themselves under the undeniable pressure of globalization, transition and consumer processes, is becoming increasingly important. On the one hand, in today's contemporary, post-modern societies, the various ethnic groups call for recognition, which in turn demonstrates a need for the construction of their pasts, and thus, their cultural memories. On the other hand, if national, regional, religious and/or local cultural identities present today were portrayed as more or less stable entities, today they may be observed as nothing more than events, changes or conflicts usually associated with secularization, industrialization, globalization, migration, or many other political, economic, cultural and/or religious. >From this stance, culture is seen as shaped under the influence of processes that stand in constant mutual tension. In other words, it is located in a state of constant negotiation with the newly present conditions, values, ideas and beliefs, set in circumstances whence the previously dominant segments are no longer present. In such processes, the term memory occupies a central role.

The objective of this first conference is twofold: namely, to contribute to the study of cultural memory by unlocking narratives about the past (and their canonization), and offer relevant critical observations on the manifestations of cultural memory that are not essentially 'narratives'. This approach provides a kind of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary access to cultural memory taken from various perspectives.

In this context, we are faced the following questions: how do we recall, remember and forget? What stories are 'permitted' and which are 'forbidden'? How does the past determine the present and shape the future? How do the various discourses of the past determine the social and personal identities? How are our deepest emotions, desires and fantasies articulated in the present through the discursive space of memory? What are the relations between memory and monuments, archives and museums? How can we understand the dual nature of monuments: as tools of ideologically driven memory (fixed memory) and/or as constant sources of creative construction and opening up of memory? Does technological development influence the process of remembering the past? What are the implications of a digitalization of memory? What kind of history is created by the massive use of digital technologies (i.e., online archives that are encoding/decoding their users' memories in virtual space)? How do the systems used for production affect the ways that use, protect and work with memory? In what ways is cultural tourism associated with memory? How does it reflect the local and global histories in terms of which narratives are being produced and consumed?

On that note, individual and collective memory within the processes of creating identities provides for the contemporary researcher indispensable links to the myriad present-day realities that are at the same time quite problematic. This duality manifests itself in the creative and conceptual forms of expression. Hence, the aim of the conference is to bring closer the various aspects applied in studying cultural memory. The conference aims at fostering a critical dialogue beyond the boundaries set by various disciplines, thus papers from various disciplines and fields are most welcomed, including art history, literature, anthropology, architecture, philosophy, political science, sociology, cultural geography, cultural studies, media and film studies, ethnology and folklore, economics, history, heritage studies, museum studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, tourism studies, transport studies and urban/spatial planning.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Cultural Memory and Identity: family memory; biographical and autobiographical memory; the 'homå'; immigration; the migrant; borders; nationalism; ethnicity; history and changing historical narratives; tradition; violence; trauma and terror; forgiveness; memories of transitions: important personal and national events.

Cultural Memory and Politics: the use of propaganda; the use of cultural memory; the politics of cultural memory; authority; resistance; creating cultural memory; collective remembering and forgetting.

Cultural Memory and Space/Place: architecture; geography (cartography); the city and urbanization; the use of nature in the collective memory; transformed places; monuments, archives, museums.

Cultural Memory and Social Institutions/Cultural Products: myth; religion; art/literature presentation; language; clashing memories, popular culture.

Cultural Memory and Everyday Life: rituals; bodily practices; nostalgia.

Mediated Memories: cultural representations; mass media/digitalized memories; virtual memories.

Cultural Memory and Tourism: 'imagined routes' (mythic highways and meta-narratives); crossing boundaries; war itineraries; violence and displacement; consumerism.

Papers, creative projects, and other non-traditional presentations exploring the aforementioned topics are also welcomed.

The Conference will be held on September 5-6, 2013 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Please submit your proposals to by February 1st, 2013.

Submissions should include a 250-300 word abstract, keywords and a brief bio, as well as a contact address.

The paper proposals should be prepared filling in a paper form.

Please feel free to contact Loreta Georgievska-Jakovleva ( or Mishel Pavlovski ( with any interim questions.

Notifications of acceptance would come no later than February 15th, 2013.

Abstracts will be published and made available with the conference materials. Full papers will be published in the peer-rewieved journal "Култура/Culture".

We are seeking proposals for panels within the scope of the Conference

Panels are organized by internationally recognized experts aiming to bring together researchers on focused topics for an interactive discussion among the panel members and the participants. Panels are an important component of Annual Conference 2013. Panel members are researchers who have done well-known or controversial work related to the theme of the panel. Researchers interested in organizing a special session are invited to submit a formal proposal to by February 1st, 2013.

Before submitting a panel proposal, the organizer of a panel is expected to contact all the proposed panel members and get their agreement to serve as a panel member. A list of questions to be discussed in the panel should be made available to all the panel members well ahead of time for them to prepare their response. Each panel typically allows a certain amount of time for each panel member to present their response before an open discussion is opened.

The panel proposals should be prepared filling in a panel form.


Early registration (till April 1st, 2013): 40 (for members of The Balkan Network for Culture and Cultural Studies - 20)

Late registration (till August 15th, 2013): 60 (for members of The Balkan Network for Culture and Cultural Studies - 40)

On-site registration (or after August 15th, 2013): 80 (for members of The Balkan Network for Culture and Cultural Studies - 60)

The registration fee includes the conference materials, the publication of the abstract and the papers, refreshment breaks, a welcome dinner for all participants of the Conference.


The Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies web site:

Conference web site:

CFP Ray Browne Conference

Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture "Modes of Mobility: Popular Culture in an Age of Technology"

February 8 – February 10, 2013
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

To build on the success of the First Annual Ray Browne Conference, and usher in the fortieth year of the Popular Culture Department at Bowling Green State University, the Popular Culture Scholars Association at BGSU would like to invite any and all students (undergraduates and graduate), scholars, critics, former members of the POPC program and friends of the department to join us for the Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture to be held February 8th through February 10th 2013, on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Ray Browne founded the department of Popular Culture to give students an opportunity to academically consider the cultural forms of their everyday lives. In the past forty years, popular culture has only grown more prominent in society and developed new ways of engaging the public. Popular culture has become increasingly mobile through smart phones, webisodes, memes, and social media blurring the boundaries between producers and consumers. Simultaneously, cultures in general have become increasingly mobile through the spread of and contact between peoples, ideas and technology; making the production and consumption of culture a truly transnational affair. In light of increased cultural mobility made possible by new modes of technology, we must consider how popular culture scholarship has grown (and can continue to grow) to accommodate such new cultural modalities.

Potential topics for papers, panels, and roundtable proposals include, but are not limited to:

• How has the increased mobility in terms of culture, people, and technology had an effect on appropriation of cultures, (anti)nationalism, social and political change, tourism, diasporic experiences and how do we begin to theorize these interactions?
• How do we reimagine/reconstruct literatures, languages, narratives and identities in cyber societies? Has transmedia and convergence culture shaped our interaction with popular texts and affected pop cultural narratives?
• How has new media shaped interactions between popular culture and individuals?
• With increasing shifts in culture, have there been similar shifts in the representation of disabled, gender, sexual, race, and ethnic identities?
• Which new media, texts, genres, etc. deserve attention from academics and scholars?
• How have these shifts altered the study popular culture, and how do we continue to explore them?
• Explorations of specific popular culture texts, genres, trends and approaches

The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 16, 2012. Individual paper proposals should be between 300-400 words. Full roundtable and panel theme proposals can be longer, but should include as much prospective information about the topic and number of possible participants as possible. Please email your abstract and a short biography to The subject line should contain the writer's surname followed by "BCPC13" Abstract. Notifications for decisions will be sent by Friday, December 15, 2012. Please contact PCSA if you have any questions or concerns at or via our website at

Deadline: November 26

UPDATE: CFP: Computer Culture (SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference, February 13-16, 2013)

Extended deadline: December 2 (Was November 16)

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

February 13-16, 2013

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: December 2, 2012

Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: +1 505 842 1234

    Computer Culture: Call for Papers

    We are accepting papers and forming panels for the area of Computer Culture, as one of the many areas within the 34th annual conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (SW/TX PCA/ACA).
    Computer is broadly defined as any computational device, whether smartphone or abacus, and any form of information technology, including the origins of concepts of interactive text which may predate computational devices as traditionally conceived.
    Culture is rooted in the concept of cultural meaning. We ask not just operational questions such as, "How do people communicate using computers?" but questions of meaning such as, "What does it mean when people communicate using computers instead of using pre-computer approaches to communication?"
    "Computer Culture" can be understood in a variety of ways:
      - the culture of the computer, that is, as computers interact with each other, what culture do they have of their own?
      - the culture around the computer, that is, (sub)cultures associated with the production, maintenance, use, and destruction of computers
      - the culture through the computer, that is, explicit treatment of how computer mediation influences cultural phenomena that exist or has existed in forms that did not involve computer mediation, and what these influences mean
      - the culture by the computer, that is, the ways in which new (sub)cultures or (sub)cultural phenomena have arisen because of computers and understandings of these given awareness of the nature and/or workings of computers
    Example questions associated with Computer Culture would include, but not be limited to:
     * What implications are there because of the powerfulness of (computer/information) technology ___ and are these implications beneficial, detrimental, inevitable, or avoidable?
     * What are the cultural origins of computers, computer/information technologies, and practices (such as ____ ) associated with them? What is the descriptive and prescriptive outlook for the conditions of those cultural forces associated with those cultural origins?
     * How do cultural forces (such as changes from one generation to the next, trends in education or society, or other cultural phenomena) impact (and are impacted by) computer/information technologies/market-forces, and what do these impacts (in either direction or both) mean?
    Paper topics might include (but are not limited to) those that address:
    - issues of (re)presentation through computers (Web site analysis and design),
    - methods of discourse involving computers (blogging, Twitter, social networks, viral video, live feeds),
    - theories focused on the relationship between computers and culture,
    - uses of computers in particular contexts and the impacts thereof (computers and pedagogy, online literary journals),
    - the relationship between computers and cultural forces (such as news, politics, and terrorism),
    - security/privacy/fraud and computers (online security issues, spam, scams, and hoaxes),
    - and others.
    While we will consider any relevant paper, we have a preference for those that involve transferable methodological approaches. This is an interdisciplinary conference, and other conference attendees would benefit from being able to adapt your research methods to their future research.
    Scholars, teachers, professionals, artists, and others interested in computer culture are encouraged to participate.
    Graduate students are also particularly welcome with award opportunities for best graduate papers. More information about awards can be found at
    Specifically, we would like to highlight the following award opportunities:
    The "Computer Culture and Game Studies Award" :
    The "Heldrich-Dvorak Travel Fellowship" :
    Given how papers may often fall into multiple categories, there may be other award opportunities listed at
    which would be appropriate for your paper.  (However, each presenter may only apply for one.)
    If you wish to form your own panel, we would be glad to facilitate your needs.
    Please pass along this call to friends and colleagues.
    For early consideration, submit 100-200 word abstracts and proposals for panels by 2 December 2012 to the conference electronic submission system which can be found at:

    If you have any questions, contact the Computer Culture area co-chairs,
    Andrew Chen ( and Joseph Chaney (

Call for Expressions of Interest at the Institute for Culture and Society

Call for Expressions of Interest: Discovery Early Career Researcher Award applications in Cultural and Social Research    INSTITUTE FOR CULTURE AND SOCIETY    The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) within the University of Western Sydney (UWS) was launched in 2012. ICS constitutes a major national and international Institute for the pursuit of engaged interdisciplinary cultural and social research. Rated 5 ("well above world standard") for Cultural Studies in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, the Institute coordinates interdisciplinary cultural research across the humanities and social sciences and connects Australian cultural and social research to relevant research overseas, particularly in Asia.    With the continuation of the Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme in 2013 (see the website: and a University commitment of significant new funding, ICS is investing in leading cultural and social researchers from Australia and overseas by supporting innovative and outstanding DECRA proposals from applicants up to 5 years post-PhD.    ICS's research program is currently organised into the following research groups:    Knowledge Practice Strands  1. Methods, Disciplines and Social Change  2. Digital Research and Cultural Transformation    Bridging Theme  1. Australian Cultural Fields    Culture and Society Research Themes  1. Intercultural Dialogue and Transnational Culture  2. Institutions, Governance, Citizenship  3. Cultural Economy and Globalisation  4. Heritage, Environment and Society  5. Cities and Urban Cultures    ICS researchers approach culture as a vital dimension of social, political, and economic life. Their practice-oriented, interdisciplinary research produces cutting-edge work in and across the fields of cultural studies, media studies, sociology, cultural and human geography, cultural economy, Asian studies, education studies, and museum and heritage studies. The Institute hosts UWS's role in the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.      Academic staff in the Institute include:    Distinguished Professor Ien Ang (Director)  Professor Tony Bennett (Research Director)  Professor Kay Anderson  Professor Bob Hodge  Professor Donald McNeill  Professor Brett Neilson  Professor Ned Rossiter  Professor David Rowe  Professor Deborah Stevenson  Professor Stephen Tomsen  A/Professor Greg Noble (Director of Higher Degree Research)  A/Professor Robyn Bushell  A/Professor Hart Cohen  A/Professor Kaye Shumack  A/Professor Judith Snodgrass  Dr Fiona Cameron  Dr Philippa Collin  Dr Julie Thorpe  Dr Sonja Van Wichelen  Dr Tim Winter  Dr James Arvanitakis  Dr Gabriela Coronado  Dr George Morgan  Dr Juan Salazar  Dr Russell Staiff  Dr Amanda Third  Dr Emma Waterton  Dr Megan Watkins        EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST    ICS will offer expert assistance to DECRA applications where these fit closely with one or more aspects of its research program. Please consult the Institute's website ( for further details of the Institute's research program.    Please note that applicants seeking the endorsement of ICS need to complete an Expression of Interest form. These are available from UWS Senior Project Development Manager Annette McLaren (, and should be returned to her by 9am Australian Eastern Seaboard time on 10 December 2012.    Prospective applicants are advised to email a brief (1 paragraph) outline of their proposal and their current CV to Annette McLaren when requesting the Expression of Interest form for guidance regarding the fit between their proposed project and the Institute's research, and the levels of research performance that applicants will need to demonstrate.        

EU and US sign joint declaration to make the internet safer for kids

European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have today signed a Joint Declaration in London, committing to make the Internet a safer and better place for children.


Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission - Joint Declaration


Joint Declaration between the Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission


Joint Declaration between the Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission


Monday, November 19, 2012

Graduate Programs in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster

The Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University  (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) is now accepting applications for its PhD  and MA programs. The due date for applications is January 15, 2013, and  details are available here:    McMaster has long been considered one of Canada’s best places for  graduate work in English. As a mid-sized department, taking in about 25  MA and 10 new PhD candidates every year, we offer an alternative to  huge departments where graduate students may receive little individual  contact or exchange. At the same time, we are large enough to cover a  range of fields, from Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century to  Contemporary, and including approaches like postcolonialism and  diaspora, poststructuralism, cultural theory, popular culture,  Indigenous studies, ecocriticism, feminism and gender studies, to name  just a few. Current course offerings include, for example: Visionary  Women; Romanticism, War, and Peace; Indigenous Literature of North  America; Speaking Pictures: Emblems, Metaphor, and Language in Early  Modern Writing; White Civility: The Literary Project of English Canada;  Oh Behave! Postwar Sexualities; and Science Fiction: Mindworlds and the  Boundaries of the Human.    Building on McMaster's strengths in theory and the analysis of  contemporary culture, we offer an interdisciplinary MA in Cultural  Studies and Critical Theory (CSCT), housed in the English and Cultural  Studies department, but drawing on faculty from Theatre and Film,  Communication Studies, Multimedia, Anthropology, and Religious Studies.  CSCT MA students take a core course in Critical Cultural Theory  alongside innovative topic courses such as Celebrity/Culture; The  Secret Life of Things; The New Constellation of Race; The Cultures of  Modernism; The Archive and Everyday Life; The Times We Live In; and  Gender, Violence, and Visual Culture. CSCT students also complete a  Major Research Project of their own design.    All of our full-time graduate students receive funding (including the  opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant), and PhD students have the  further option of completing a diploma in Gender Studies and Feminist  Research:    We warmly encourage prospective MA and PhD students to contact us. We  are glad to talk with you about our programs, our lively, stimulating  graduate community, and the vibrant, affordable, and green city that is  Hamilton.    Dr. Susie O'Brien, Director, CSCT MA Program:  Dr. Mary Silcox, Chair of Graduate Studies:  Admission Inquiries (Graduate Secretary):  (905-525-9140, ext 24732)    Facebook:  Twitter: @MacECS

Sunday, November 18, 2012

8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty: Smart, safe and sustainable cities

In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, this Forum will address the global challenge of urban poverty and the role of technology in making cities Smart, Safe and Sustainable.


Robots under the skin

A team of scientists in Italy have been working on a unique robotic surgery system. They hope that one day robots could take over the work of surgeons in operation theatres.


Green ICT for Sustainable Consumption?

This event aims to bring together high-level scientists and policy-makers to explore, discuss and address pressing questions on the potentials and challenges of Green ICT for enabling Sustainable Consumption. Smart metering and Cloud computing are among the many topics to be discussed.