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:


Musical Materialities in the Digital Age Interdisciplinary Conference: 27th – 28th June

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With support from the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative Fund, Music Materialities in the Digital Age is a 2 day interdisciplinary conference taking place at the University of Sussex on 27th and 28th June.

Music, while summoning notions of intangibility, transience and loss, is also associated with material objects that serve to ground the musical, make the transient permanent and defer loss. Unearthing music’s association with materiality reveals a fascinating array of artefacts, including instruments, scores, transcribing devices, sound recordings and much more. Such artefacts provide vital reference points for historical research as well as inviting new creative uses, rediscoveries and (re)mediations. They also add to the ever-growing archives of past objects, whether stored in ‘physical’ or digital forms. Music’s material traces serve as vital ways of mediating memory, whether in private collections or public exhibitions. Furthermore, the use of musical ‘ephemera’ such as record sleeves, programmes, flyers and posters as a primary means for putting the popular musical past on display in museums and galleries has highlighted the ways in which such objects are not so ephemeral after all.

 The persistence of musical artefacts and musical materialities following the period of their initial use value poses interesting questions. What is the fate of musical artefacts once they become obsolescent? What becomes of music and its objects once relegated to archives? What is the role of musical artefacts in helping us to understand the past? What is the relationship between the physical and the digital in terms of music’s objects? To what extent does a focus on music’s objects challenge the idea of music as a social process? Conversely, what role does musical materiality play in the maintenance and development of rituals long associated with music? What rituals reformulate musical materiality? What does the remediation of the musical past via ‘media archaeology’ have to tell us about present desires, anxieties and needs? What is the role of museums, galleries, sound archives and libraries in these processes?

Working from the premise that musical materiality matters, the aim of this two-day interdisciplinary conference (welcoming speakers from media studies, music studies, cultural studies, museum studies, memory studies and other cognate disciplines) will be to reflect upon the materialities of music objects/technologies in the digital age, with an emphasis on:

  • Processes of remediation
  • Residual media of ‘dead media’
  • Cultural waste
  • Media archaeology (and particular manifestations relating to sound and music, e.g. ‘vinyl archaeology’)
  • The recycling of memory and material culture
  • The digital archive
  • The future of music creation and consumption
  • Nostalgia and ‘retromania’
  • Music as ‘thing’ and/or ‘process’
  • Commodification


Scheduled papers cover a variety of topics, including contexts of reception, production and circulation of digital objects; analysis of residual media and formats (playback devices, vinyl records, cassettes, etc.); the meanings and implications of digitisation; archives, museums and sound curating; musical materiality and digitality in education, the implications of streaming for producers and consumers of music; the evocative power and physicality of music objects. The full programme will be published on the conference website later in May.

Keynotes will be provided by Professor Will Straw and Dr Noel Lobley.

Will Straw is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Professor within the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Straw received his BA in Film Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa) and his Masters and PhD degrees from McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 50s America, and co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock.  He has published widely on music scenes, the music industry and the relationship of music to media.

Noel Lobley is a sound curator who is currently working as an ethnomusicologist Research Associate at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, where he is developing the music and sound collections through a series of curated experiential sound events.  His interdisciplinary research in the anthropology of sound and music explores recorded heritage as a key method for understanding the relationships between archival field recordings, culture and environment.

The conference will include a specially convened panel featuring sound curators Andy Linehan and Cheryl Tipp of the British Library. This session, convened by Professor David Hendy (University of Sussex), is in collaboration with the British Library and the Sussex-based Public Culture Hub.

Registration and Fees

Registration for the conference is now open. Please register by completing the booking form and paying the appropriate fee using one of the payment methods listed on the registration page.


The organisers of the conference ‘Musical Materialities in the Digital Age’ are delighted to offer up to 30 Sussex students the opportunity to register for this 2-day conference at the reduced rate of £25. This represents a 50% saving on the current early-bird student rate and a 60% saving on the regular student rate. The reduced rate is open to any student currently registered at the University of Sussex and covers conference registration, delegate fees, lunch and refreshments on both days of the conference.

To request an application form for the reduced rate please e-mail

Completed forms must be received by 13th June 2014 to be eligible for the fee reduction, but bear in mind that applications will be dealt with as received so early submission is advised. Details of how to pay the reduced fee (£25) will be provided with confirmation of successful applications.

For more information please visit the Music Materialities In the Digital Age website.


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:

Durham University Conference 8th March 2014 – Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the Nineteenth Century to Now

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Literary Dolls Conference

Registration is open for this one-day interdisciplinary conference on 8th March 2014 (International Women’s Day) at Durham University, UK. We seek to examine and discuss how presentations of femaleness in text contributes to and creates what it means to be female.

We are interpreting “text” broadly to encompass all interpretable objects from all disciplines. We welcome creative practitioners, academics and community workers to examine how text informs the social understanding of femaleness, and how this impacts on the lived experience of women and female children around the world.

We have speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and details of the programme can be found at

The conference will be followed by a wine reception with folk singers to represent another form of text and a conference dinner with our keynote speakers. Keynote speakers at the conference include the winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jane Smiley; Professor Maggie O’Neill (Durham University); Dr Kate MacDonald (University of Ghent).

To register visit

If you have any questions about registration or payment please contact:

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

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The Tablet Symposium: Examining New Media Objects

Tablet Device Comparison
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:

Beyond the Field: Opportunities and Challenges for Contemporary Social Science Research

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Download this information in a PDF: CFP Beyond the Field (PDF)

From the reading of texts, music, art, and films as symptomatic of wider social realities, to the imagination and writing as practices of social research, unconventional ‘fieldwork’ and empirical research is becoming increasingly prominent in the social sciences. Research areas such as (but not limited to) memory; imagination; affect; practices of reading, writing and representation; socially and politically embodied cognition; technology and virtual environments; and visual imagery have been incorporated in social science research projects. Whilst this does not challenge the social scientific credentials of these inquiries, it does create a number of opportunities and challenges for the social science researcher.

Beyond the Field, invites postgraduate research students working on ‘post-positivist’ research projects to reflect on the research practices they employ and the implications of these methods for their research. The conference will take place at Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics on the 9th and 10th of November 2012. In bringing together postgraduate research students- both within and beyond the field of International Studies- we aim to allow research students to share their experiences and thoughts about these methods, as well as to generate ideas about how research training programs might better support students whose research goes beyond conventional qualitative and quantitative analysis.

We invite submission of papers exploring researchers’ experiences of employing unconventional research methods, as well as those reflecting on the following issues:

  • The methods and practice of research outside and beyond the empirical and the quantifiable
  • The implications of studying memory, technology, literature, visual imagery and the imagination for the social sciences.
  • The significance of new research practices for the philosophy of social science
  • How this research can be best supported by research training programs.

There will be up to 7 scholarships available for PhD candidates, which cover one night’s accommodation in Aberystwyth and a travel grant of up to £50. These will be allocated according to the quality of the submissions. Please indicate whether you wish to be considered for one of these awards when submitting a proposal.

 For more information on the conference, and administrative arrangements, please visit our blog at:

Please submit proposals for papers (no more than 250 words) to the convenors no later than Friday 24 August.

Best regards,

Carolin Kaltofen ( or Tom Marshall (

TRASH Art evening and PG conference: registration now open

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Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies presents:


An evening of art, film and sound at The Basement, Brighton
Thursday 13th September 2012


A one day postgraduate conference at the University of Sussex
Friday 14th September 2012

Registration is now open on the TRASH blog, where you can also find out more information about the two events.

Conference fees: £10 or £5 (students)

Thursday evening tickets: £5


Twitter: @SCCS_

Trash operates as a physical and symbolic manifestation of consumer society and its associated debris; it celebrates the filthy, excessive and grotesque; and it expresses how power communicates and classifies abject bodies. It not only describes the devaluation of trash culture, but it also refers to the material practices and processes through which we deal with ‘waste’ in all its forms.

In this one day postgraduate conference participants will rummage through the trash heap of history, art, media, culture, politics, and society in order to uncover new scholarly approaches and methods that continue to appropriate and recycle theories of trash.

A range of papers from postgraduate researchers will consider the decayed, disposed of, degraded and decried from a range of academic disciplines.

To coincide with TRASH at the University of Sussex there will be an evening of art, film and music at The Basement in central Brighton on Thursday 13th September from 7.30pm. A range of practitioners will exhibit their work, providing the opportunity for researchers to engage with the theme of trash outside of the academy.

Doctoral School logoTRASH is supported by the Doctoral School’s
Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) fund.