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The Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference 2014 – Call for Papers

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RSC ECC 2014

The Regional Studies Association

Early Career Conference 2014

Call for Papers

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 29 August, 2014

The Regional Studies Association encourages submissions of abstracts to our annual Early Career conference, to be held in Sheffield in October 2014. This exciting conference, sponsored by new open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, will provide PhD students and early career researchers with the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and science. The objective of the conference is bring together students and early career researchers to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment, with a view to getting invaluable feedback and new ideas and learning more about how and where to publish their research results. One session will focus on how the publishing environment is changing and the new opportunities it creates. A number of distinguished Plenary Speakers will be in attendance, in addition to the Editors-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Regional Science. Participants working in the following areas are invited to submit an abstract, though we welcome all submissions with a regional studies or regional science focus.

  • Urban and regional development and policy
  • New challenges in urban planning
  • New economic geography
  • Big data and regions
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Urban and regional governance
  • Politics and territory
  • Innovation and knowledge
  • Mega-regions
  • City regions
  • Regional mapping and visualisation
  • Clusters and smart specialisation
  • Labour markets and migration
  • Spatial justice

Abstract submission will be available online from April 2014. For more information and updates on this event, please go to:

Conference Format

The conference will begin and end with a series of plenary lectures. In between these sessions a number of parallel workshop tracks will be held, all within the ICOSS building at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city centre campus. Papers will be grouped thematically after submission. We will also hold a special ‘how to get published’ session with journal editors and devote one session to more innovative presentation formats.

Information About the Venue

The conference venue is 300m from the nearest tram stop, which connects directly to Sheffield train station (accessible directly from most major UK cities). For international visitors, there is a direct train from Manchester Airport to Sheffield. There are many bars, restaurants and hotels within walking distance of the venue.

For more information, please go to:


Call for Papers – ‘Migration Researchers in the Field: A Graduate Student Conference on Method and Theory’

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‘Migration Researchers in the Field: A Graduate Student Conference on Method and Theory’

Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR)

University of Sussex
8-9 April 2014

The Migration Studies PhD students at the University of Sussex are glad to announce a Call for Papers for their third two-day international graduate student conference. The conference is open to doctoral students across all disciplines, in the UK and beyond, who are working on migration-related issues. We welcome 20-minute presentations on a wide range of topics, with an emphasis on methods and theory.

It is anticipated that the conference will include panels that focus on the following (although submissions are not limited to these areas):

  • Migration policy processes
  • Transnational fields
  • Ethnography of migration
  • Climate-related migration
  • Gender/class issues
  • Irregular migrants
  • Migration and development

This graduate conference is an opportunity for researchers working on innovative migration-related doctoral projects to present their work and receive constructive and critical feedback from interested and qualified peers. Presentations of PhD projects adopting qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives are welcome. We encourage a wide and creative range of themes and contributions to multi-sited and comparative approaches.

The event will coincide with the first Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR)/Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) annual conference, which will take place at Sussex on 10 April 2014. Graduate Conference participants are invited to stay on for this conference, and JEMS will award a ‘best paper’ from the Graduate Conference, which will be subsequently published in the journal after review by the editor. The keynote for the SCMR/JEMS event is Prof Rogers Brubaker (UCLA), who will present on ‘Linguistic and Religious Pluralism: Between Difference and Inequality.’

Date and location: the graduate conference will take place at the University of Sussex, in Brighton, UK, on the 8-9 April 2014.

Deadline for submission: please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by 15 February 2014 to: Accepted participants will be notified by 28 February 2014.

Costs: Participation in the conference is free of charge for speakers, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. A limited number of travel bursaries of £100 each are available for applicants from outside the UK. If you are interested in being considered for one of these, please provide a paragraph-long explanation of why you require such funding.

For more information: please contact
For more info on the Sussex Centre for Migration Research please visit:

Call for papers for CLHLWR Seminar Series 2014.

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Do you want to present your work on life writing, oral history, life narrative?

The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex invites proposals from researchers, doctoral students and early career scholars who wish to present their work either in the CLHLWR seminar series or in a reading group for work-in-progress. We encourage participation from across schools, institutions and disciplines, and welcome proposals on the (non-exhaustive) list of themes below:

–              Life history, oral history, life writing and life narrative as historical sources

–              The creative arts of life narrative (autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, letters, blogs, photography, documentary)

–              Philosophical approaches to the life story (post-humanism; the ethics of care…)

–              New uses of life narrative in education or training

–              Community projects and development through life story work

–              Life narrative at the intersection of individual and social

–              Reminiscence work, memory, ageing

–              Regeneration and advocacy (trauma, conflict, post-conflict)

–              Digital lives (arts, psychologies, genealogies, technologies)

–              Public history (museums, archives, street-lives)

–              Life narrative and the law (copyright, censorship, ethics, inheritance, human rights)

–              The Mass-Observation Archive as resource and CLHLWR associate

If you would like to present, please send a word document containing:

–              An abstract (300 words) for a 20 minute presentation

–              A brief biography (including name, degree, year and research interests)

–              5 keywords reflecting the main themes of your presentation

–              Your contact details

Abstracts must be received by 1st February 2014 to be considered.

Thank you!

Angela Campos

Administrator at CLHLWR

Call for Papers: Excursions Vol. 5 No. 1 “Boundaries” – Extended deadline: 10 March 2014

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Excursions is the open-access peer-reviewed journal set up and run by Sussex researchers.

‘To be inside and outside a position at the same time – to occupy a territory while loitering sceptically on the boundary – is often where the most intensely creative ideas stem from. It is a resourceful place to be, if not always a painless one.’ –  Terry Eagleton

Boundaries appear everywhere – both physically and psychologically. Some seem definitive and fixed while others move or dissolve over time.  Some we endorse and enjoy, while others are a joy to transgress. As an interdisciplinary journal, Excursions is primarily interested in ways in which boundaries can be overcome, but even this is conditional on certain limits. We invite submissions which engage with a variety of interpretations of the concept of boundaries. These could include, but are not limited to…

Territories : Political and geographical boundaries a

re constant sites of debate and contestation. This area might involve topics such as:

  • Contention, division and non-recognition, e.g. Tibet, Korea, Kosovo
  • The feeling of belonging: migrations, diasporas, asylum seekers, globalisation, multiculturalism
  • International organisations eg. EU, UN, NGOs
  • Pioneers, travellers and the idea of frontiers 

Crossing the Line: Some boundaries are less visible than others; some have only recently been invented. What lines do we cross without even being aware? What other lines do we deliberately cross, feeling that we have no choice? Topics might involve:

  • Hacking and its increasing ‘legitimacy’
  • NSA scandal and state-sanctioned hacking
  • Wikileaks
  • Julien Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden as line-crossers
  • Sabotage, terrorism, espionage, surveillance
  • Subversion and disobedience, e.g. political protests, activism, the Occupy movement, riots etc.

Boundaries of the Self: Theories of the self have gone through many permutations over time. Should the self always be perceived as stable and separate from other selves, or is the self more permeable? Topics might involve:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Political and philosophical conceptions of identity and subjectivity
  • Mental Health, e.g. bipolar depression, multiple personality disorders
  • The Body, e.g. transformation, morphology, body modification, cloning
  • Affect theory and embodied emotion
  • Life writing

Boundaries in Science: Science and mathematics are popularly conceived as being governed and defined by rules and boundaries that are stable and unchanging. But how much is this borne out by reality? Topics might involve:

  • Sound and Light Barriers
  • Earth sciences, e.g. tectonic plates
  • No Boundaries: the universe, the infinite
  • Cells, mutation and replication
  • Ethics in experimentation – what boundaries must/must not be crossed?
  • Space exploration, e.g. Voyager 1 crossing out of our solar system

Imaginative Boundaries: The arts have always explored boundaries in a generative way. That which does not fit comfortably within limits has provided inspiration for countless painters, writers, musicians, film-makers and theorists. Topics might involve:

  • Boundaries of form and style
  • Canonical and non-canonical art
  • Boundaries of fiction/reality
  • Censorship/production/consumption
  • Genre, sub-genre and ‘the literary’

Scholarly papers should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and must follow Harvard style guidelines. We also encourage creative submissions in media such as film, photography, or audio. For creative submissions, please include an abstract and a brief biography (no more than 150 words) along with your submission. All enquiries should be directed to Submissions should be made via our website, no later than 10 March 2014.

EXCURSIONS is a peer reviewed, on-line, inter-disciplinary journal, showcasing innovative and high-quality postgraduate research, run by doctoral researchers at the University of Sussex. Boundaries will be Vol. 5  No. 1

Purity (11-12 July): CFP

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PURITY: A Call For Papers

Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Excursions has had to amend the dates to 11th and 12th July. We have therefore decided to extend our submission deadline until 15th March and still welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, works in progress, and creative performances or displays.

Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.
– Simone Weil

Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature.
– William Faulkner

Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess
a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.

– Salman Rushdie

PURITY is a division, a concept, a value-system, a fallacy, an ideal state, a doctrine, a transfer. It marks the territories of sex and contamination, mathematics and martyrdom, economy and resistance, music and annihilation.

Excursions Journal and the University of Sussex Doctoral School are delighted to announce PURITY, a unique interdisciplinary event, to be held on the University of Sussex Campus, Falmer, near Brighton, on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 2013.

Excursions encourages scholarly debate between academics of all disciplines, choosing topics we feel have relevance to diverse subject areas. We hope this event will encourage cross-disciplinary debate, inquiry and exploration into the scientific, academic, sociological and cultural implications of PURITY in all its forms.

Keynote Speaker

– Robbie Duschinsky, Senior Lecturer in Social Science for Social Work, University of Northumbria

We have chosen to frame the theme in three ways:


These are areas of investigation not only extremely relevant to current academic discourse, but integral to our understanding of PURITY in all its connotations and manifestations.

Call for papers

We invite proposals – from all disciplines – for both academic and artistic contributions to the event. We will consider proposals for individual academic papers (20 mins), pre-formed panels (comprising a series of papers each of 20 mins) and presentations on work in progress (20 mins). The event will include a programme of films and a series of musical, dramatic and verbal performances, as well as experiments, which we encourage proposals for. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the event, we strongly welcome proposals which combine creative work, performance or experiment with a paper on, or discussion of, critical practice.

We will consider applications dealing with, but not restricted to, the following components of PURITY:


    • Economic policies and national identities
    • International identity and foreign/domestic policies
    • Drag and persona performances
    • Intellectual identity
    • Artificial Intelligence and Uncanny Valley
    • Electronic identities: passports, biometrics, body scanning, profile pages
    • Food identities and “positive” consumer choices
    • Religious identities


    • Spectral music
    • Synaesthesia
    • Poisons / toxicology / pharmacology
    • Music and brainwaves
    • The science of music
    • Electronic music and the radiophonic workshop
    • Creativity and drug abuse


    • Marriage and fidelity laws, “honour killings”
    • Codes of resistance within repressed communities
    • History and evolution of censorship
    • Squatting / occupation
    • Media protocol and Internet codes
    • Bankers’ conduct, financial ethics, benefits fraud and accountability


For both academic papers and creative work, please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to, accompanied by your name, institutional affiliation, email address, a short biography, and any audiovisual requirements. For creative work, short excerpts should also be submitted alongside the abstract where possible.

The deadline for submissions is 15th March, 2013. Selected contributors will be offered the opportunity to publish in a special issue of Excursions detailing the proceedings of the event. Please direct any queries to

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CFP: Symposium on tablets, iPads, Kindles, e-readers etc.

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The Tablet Symposium: Examining New Media Objects

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Tablet Device Comparison (Photo credit: Jamais Cascio)

University of Sussex, 10th April 2013

Calling for papers, presentations and discussions of tablets, ipads, k

indles, e-readers and other new media artifacts.

We invite contributions to a one-day symposium at the University of Sussex, hosted by the Centre for Material Digital Culture. The aim of the symposium is twofold. On the one hand it aims to examine questions about the take up of tablets, readers and ipads across many walks of life including academic, artistic, pedagogical, medical, corporate, activist and everyday contexts. On the other hand it aims to create a space of dialogue, discussion and research community across this area.

We welcome empirical, theoretical, critical and creative responses to tablets, e-readers and other artifacts.

Please send abstracts by 22 January 2013 to

Further queries to the conference team are very welcome: Ryan Burns, Russell Pearce, Kate O’Riordan

Centre for Material Digital Culture:

Journal of Democratic Socialism – PGR submissions wanted

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This peer-reviewed journal strongly encourages postgraduate students to submit papers. There is no word limit and accepted articles will be published immediately – and later be assigned to an issue.

Contributors can submit their piece by email to

Find out more at the Journal of Democratic Journalism website

Matt Dawson (Glasgow), Luke Martell (Sussex) and Charles Masquelier (Exeter) – all at Sussex when the journal was set up – launched the Journal of Democratic Socialism about a year ago. So far they have published one issue, and are currently calling for submissions. The journal was set up to provide a clearly needed space for debates revolving around the idea of a democratic form of socialism.