Event Agenda

2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance: “Confronting Complexity and Inequality"

Starts: December 7, 2016

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Description: The 2016 Conference on Earth System Governance will address the overarching theme of ‘Confronting Complexity and Inequality’.


3rd Conference of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences

Starts: March 10, 2017

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Description: We are pleased to announce that the 3rd ACSS Conference, titled “State, Sovereignty, and Social Space in the Arab Region: Emerging Historical and Theoretical Approaches”, will take place on March 10-12, 2017 in Beirut.

Ethnografilm Festival

Starts: April 11, 2017

Location: Paris, France

Description: More details will be added to the ISSC website soon.

Two Decades of Globalising Social Sciences - Concepts, Strategies, Achievements

Starts: April 26, 2017

Location: Kharazmi University, Tehran, Tehran, W Roodsar St, Iran

Description: World Social Sciences and Humanities Network International Conference


Globalization, Growth and Sustainability - 18th World International Economic Association (IEA) Congress

Starts: June 19, 2017

Location: Santa Fe, Mexico City

Description: The International Economic Association (IEA) is pleased to announce its Eighteenth World Congress to be held in Santa Fe, Mexico City between Monday 19 and Friday 23 June 2017.The congress is jointly organized with the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE, Mexico. The theme of the congress is Globalization, Growth and Sustainability.

The world congress is a global event, and is the sole world meeting embracing all fields of economics, including all areas and all approaches, from theory to empirics. Because of its broadness, it attracts not only scholars but also distinguished economists from non-academic institutions such as central banks and other public institutions from a very wide range of countries, permitting a rich exchange of views.
The upcoming congress will feature research presentations by leading economists from across the globe. More than 500 economists are expected to attend and over 400 papers will be presented in parallel academic sessions. There will also be a number of policy sessions and keynote lectures.

Please visit the website for more details: http://www.iea-world.org/congress-2017-mexico/

Key dates

August 1, 2016 Paper submission opens; registration opens
October 31, 2016 Paper submission closes
January 31, 2017 Notification of paper acceptance
April 30, 2017 Regular registration ends
May 1 – 19 June Late registration ends

Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences

Starts: July 5, 2017

Location: University of Tasmania, Hobart Campus, Churchill Ave, Hobart TAS 7005, Australia

Description: Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences

A conference to be held at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 5-7 July 2017

Deadline for Abstracts: 3 March 2017 (see details below)

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi (Panjab University), Prof. Anne Noble (Massey University) and Prof. Tim Stephens (University of Sydney)

Further information about venue, programme, etc, to follow.

Antarctica rarely makes it onto the map of the humanities and social sciences. While artists have produced responses to the continent for centuries, non-scientific researchers have been reluctant to venture intellectually into the far southern latitudes. The continent’s lack of an indigenous or permanent human population, together with a popular Antarctic exceptionalism which frames the continent as immune to the political, social and economic forces that affect the rest of the globe, has made it seem off-limits to analysis outside of a scientific framework.

Increasingly, however, public attention is being drawn to Antarctica, as the surface of its ice plays host to tourists, proliferating stations, heroic re-enactments, and national manoeuvring; its icy depths reveal the environmental history of our planet; and its ocean currents ominously undermine the glaciers around its edges. While scientific efforts are crucial, understanding the Antarctic region – past, present and future – requires contributions across the disciplinary spectrum. This conference aims to bring together humanities, creative arts and social sciences researchers interested in the Antarctic, fostering a community of scholars who can act in concert with natural scientists to address the issues that face the Antarctic region.


We invite papers from a broad range of disciplines – including history, literary and cultural studies, creative arts, sociology, politics, geography and law – that engage with the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Contributions from scientists interested in engaging with the HASS community are encouraged. Both proposals for individual papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes question time) and interdisciplinary panels are welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Antarctic texts and subtexts
Antarctic cryoscapes
Anthropocene Antarctica
Ice cores as cultural and political objects
Submerged issues in the Antarctic region
Connections and collaborations between the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences (particularly oceanography and bathymetry)
History of polar science
Antarctic historiography
History and politics of the Southern Ocean
Digging into the past: archives, artefacts, archaeology
Subantarctic islands: histories and cultures
Postcolonial Antarctica
Ice and identity politics
Antarctic nationalisms
Polar geographies and geopolitics
Antarctica and the global commons
Transpolar connections
Polar mobilities, vertical and horizontal
Antarctic tourism and travel
Inhabiting the ice: structures and dwellings
Polar heritage and museums
Antarctic aesthetics
Antarctica and emotions
Antarctic futures
ABSTRACTS of up to 250 words, including a short bio note, in WORD doc format, should be emailed to antarcticassag@gmail.com by 3 March 2017, with notification of acceptance by 31 March 2017. There will be an opportunity for selected papers to be expanded into one or more publications stemming from the conference.

For enquiries please contact antarcticassag@gmail.com.

This is the third joint conference of the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group and the History Expert Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Local sponsors include the Multidisciplinary Environment Research Group, the Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath, and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (University of Tasmania).

Convenor: Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Leane (School of Humanities/IMAS, University of Tasmania)

Advisory Committee:

Dr Ben Maddison (School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, U. Wollongong)

Dr Jeff McGee (Faculty of Law/IMAS, UTAS)

Dr Steve Nicol (Adjunct Professor, IMAS, UTAS)

Miranda Nieboer (Postgraduate Candidate, School of Humanities/IMAS, UTAS)

Hanne Nielsen (Postgraduate Candidate, School of Humanities/IMAS, UTAS)

Dr. Carolyn Philpott (Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS)

Transformations 2017

Starts: August 30, 2017

Location: Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR), University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Main theme: ‘Sustainability transformations in practice’.
Sub themes:

- Conceptualising sustainability transformations
- Designing transformation and transformative forms of design
- Conditions and practices for transformation
- Research for transformation
- Creativity and innovation for enhancing thinking and practice of transformation
- Linking practice with policy


World Science Forum (exact dates TBC)

Starts: November 10, 2017

Location: Jordan

Description: The next World Science Forum will take place in 2017, hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, under the theme “Science for Peace”.

The Forum is organized on or around 10 November to mark World Science Day for Peace and Development, an internationally celebrated day dedicated to science.


POLAR 2018 - Joint SCAR and IASC conference

Starts: June 19, 2018

Location: Davos, Switzerland

Description: Call for Sessions

The organizers of POLAR2018 are now accepting session proposals for the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference “Where the Poles meet“, which will be held on 19 - 23 June 2018.

A template to submit session proposals, including a brief session description, the contact information of the session conveners and other details, is available here. This pages uses google forms; if the use of google forms is blocked by your institute, please email polar2018@slf.ch to receive a word document. We are looking for sessions that cover a broad range of topics across the spectrum of Polar and high altitude research, such as, but not limited to, climate, glaciology, social and human sciences, ice sheets, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, biology, astronomy, geology, economic aspects, sustainable development, technology and education. There will be oral and poster sessions as well as e-poster sessions with a mini-oral.
The organizing committee strongly encourages session topics that encapsulate research conducted in both the Arctic and Antarctic.
We also encourage including early career scientists as conveners and encourage diversity regarding conveners’ nationalities, gender, and where possible, indigenous peoples.
The tasks of the conveners include:
Soliciting submissions for their session;
reviewing the abstracts submitted for the session;
working with the International Scientific Organizing Committee to arrange the program of their session, including oral and poster presentations and
chairing the session.
Depending on the session proposals received, the International Scientific Organizing Committee might have to merge similar session where necessary and appropriate.

Dates to remember
Session proposal submission deadline: 30 November 2016
Notification of lead conveners: 31 March 2017
Further deadlines can be found here.

Any questions should be directed to: polar2018@slf.ch

The co-chairs of the International Scientific Organizing Committee
Martin Schneebeli
Karin Lochte
Huigen Yang