Event Agenda

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)

The Politics of Inclusion: International Workshop organized by CROP (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) and UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme

Starts: July 6, 2017

Location: UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France

Description: Despite the fact that there is still no absolute consensus on social exclusion and social inclusion within the context of the social sciences, the concept of social inclusion is broadly accepted to be connected to poverty eradication. As highlighted by several authors, it is usually considered to be an “antidote” to poverty.

The ability to address competing interpretations of social inclusion, and to advance the concept as a key theoretical underpinning of the struggle against poverty, is rapidly emerging as a practical necessity for organizations such as UNESCO and CROP.

This workshop will focus on examining how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets aimed at social and economic inclusion are conditioned by poverty, inequality and power relations, as well as on the types of social transformations that may be able to change the dynamics that keep people disadvantaged.


Transparency International School

Starts: July 10, 2017

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Description: Transparency International School on Integrity (TISI) is an annual anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders.

TISI exposes its participants to the latest developments in the field of anti-corruption and accountability and offers real opportunities to try and implement their ideas in practice.

More information: http://transparencyschool.org/summer-school/

EADI Nordic Conference 2017: Globalisation at the Crossroads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries

Starts: August 21, 2017

Location: University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

Description: Are you interested in development research and global challenges? Are you keen to challenge globalisation, to tackle inequalities, to query (planetary) boundaries, to join the flow of ideas?

The EADI Nordic conference is a joint partnership between EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes), NFU (Norwegian Association of Development Research), the University of Bergen (UIB) and the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI).

The EADI General Conference is organized every third year. It serves as the association’s public forum for academic exchange, reflection and debate on pressing global and developmental questions. In the Nordic context, a biennial Nordic Development conference is organized by one of the respective national development research associations, the most recent one held in Gothenburg in 2015. In 2017, EADI and NFU join forces together with the University of Bergen (UIB) as the local host to invite scholars, policymakers and practitioners to a three-day conference to engage in new approaches to understand global challenges and reflect on paths forward.


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


European Consortium for Political Research - 2017 General Conference

Starts: September 6, 2017

Location: Oslo, Norway

Description: The General Conference is the platform for lively discussion, exchange of ideas and the best thinking in the discipline, and is Europe's biggest gathering of political scientists. Attracting scholars throughout the world, and at all stages of their career, the conference covers the full range of political science. The Academic Programme will consist of lectures, Roundtables and themed Sections and Panels on topical subjects. Each Panel will include 4 – 5 Papers. The Programme will be very broad with Sections covering all the main areas of political science, political theory and international relations.

The key to a successful conference is teaming challenging academic content with a stimulating plenary timetable, which also includes social functions that facilitate effective networking. The General Conference does just this through roundtables, a plenary lecture and an interesting social programme. Oslo, with its world-class museums and galleries, fjords, forests, hills and lakes, also promises to be an exciting backdrop to the Conference.



International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017

Starts: September 11, 2017

Location: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Scharnhorststraße 1, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany

Description: Transdisciplinary Research and Education – Intercultural Endeavours

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference in 2017 is co-organised by Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

The overall objective of the conference is to strengthen communities of transdisciplinary research and education, and to create visibility for theoretical, empirical and transformative advances/results. The focus of the conference is on interculturality. Participants will explore transdisciplinary research and education as intercultural endeavours concerning epistemologies, world-views, practices, and place-based differences.

With this emphasis we will bring together representatives of different world regions, institutions, cultures, and communities. We envisage a space for taking a culturally sensitive look at transdisciplinarity. By doing so, we will also explore interfaces and foster the potential of transdisciplinarity to deal with heterogeneity and difference.


Artem international conference on Organizational Creativity and Sustainability

Starts: September 14, 2017

Location: 94 Rue Sergent Blandan, 54000 Nancy, France

Description: The second edition of the Artem international conference on Organizational Creativity and Sustainability will be held in Nancy, France, from 14 to 16th September 2017.

From the organizers:
"We intend to pursue the discussions initiated during the last edition, as well as exploring new paths. As such, our objective is to bring together scholars and professionals in areas such as engineering, arts and management to further examine and develop the topic of creativity and sustainability in its different dimensions.

Our intention is to approach the topic of creativity and sustainability from different disciplinary and thematic perspectives in theory and practice. We welcome disruptive approaches that challenge the mainstream perspective on organizational and social arrangements and the manner these can solve environmental, social, and economic problems."

Find out more: http://www.artemocc.org/

International CODATA 2017 Conference, “Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science

Starts: October 8, 2017

Location: Saint Petersburg, St Petersburg, Russia

Description: The International CODATA 2017 Conference, “Global Challenges and Data-Driven Science” will explore the fundamental issues relating to the availability, (re-)use and scientific analysis of data that relate to the most significant contemporary global challenges.

Global science is increasingly data-driven. Major international scientific programmes contribute to a collective endeavour to understand contemporary global processes and phenomena that are of deep relevance to contemporary societies. The unprecedented volume of data generated by the digital revolution of recent decades has led to the emergence of distinctive and powerful means of characterising and understanding the complex systems that are at the heart of many global challenges. These developments raise major questions around data collection, stewardship and analysis; and there are timely lessons to be shared between the academic and commercial sectors.

This major scientific conference aims to explore the intersection between data-driven technological and scientific approaches and specific global challenges. It will explore the nexus between:

1. Approaches that permit vast quantities of data to be created, stored, recombined and analysed, with the capacity to integrate data from disparate domains to reveal unanticipated relationships, and with the use of powerful learning algorithms to establish deep relationships in complex systems.

2. And their application to major global challenges including disaster risk, smart cities and urban development and global environmental change.

Find out more: http://codata2017.gcras.ru/index.php

World Science Forum

Starts: November 7, 2017

Location: King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, 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.


Political Science in the Digital Age

Starts: December 4, 2017

Location: Hanover, Germany

Description: IPSA/AISP 2017 International Conference

IPSA is sponsoring an international conference from 4-6 December this year 2017, organized by Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner. The conference, entitled “Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties,“ provides the opportunity for a reflection on the discipline and one of its most relevant challenges, namely digitalization. At the same time, the conference aims to bring together national Political Science Associations, other IPSA members, and the IPSA Research Committees in order to further develop networks and cooperation among these groups. The conference also will be a platform for addressing problems as well as designing ideas for future research within IPSA.



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

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

Starts: July 15, 2018

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada

Description: Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities
Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018

Since the inception of the discipline, sociologists have been concerned with power, violence and justice. Current social, economic and political challenges enhance their relevance. As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and minority communities. States’ failures to meet their responsibility to provide basic resources are often deflected by blaming the most vulnerable. Both global economic and geo-political processes create crises and massive displacements of people and, at the same time, fuel racism, nationalism and xenophobia. We have also seen an increasing buildup of a culture of fear as a powerful tool used by states, corporations and other institutions to generate popular support for curtailing freedom in the name of security. Efforts to curtail the flow of desperate refugees, attest to the reinforcement of national and racialized borders. Despite visible progress on equality issues, violence against women and intersectional violence point to the entrenchment of the gender border around the world. Equally significant is the need to consider the role of state and institutional power relations to ongoing everyday violence. In response to disempowerment, violence, and injustice we have also witnessed nonviolent movements, humanitarian interventions, and peace processes that have empowered communities, reduced violence, and promoted justice. These diverse communities have built solidarities outside the neo-liberal frames of state-global capital nexus.

This XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology will focus on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.


IPSA World Congress of Political Science

Starts: July 21, 2018

Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Description: The next International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress of Political Science, will be held in Brisbane, Australia, on the theme of 'Borders and Margins'.

The Congress will provide an opportunity to network with global scholars. It will have particularly strong local and regional representation, as it will also integrate the annual conference of the Australian Political Studies Association and the biennial Oceanic Conference on International Studies.

The Congress will have a rich programme coordinated by the Programme Co-Chairs Professor Terrell Carver and Professor Füsun Türkmen.

Call for Proposals Opens: 30 MAY 2017
Proposal Submission Deadline: 10 OCT 2017