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CfP: CLARC 2018

CLARC 2018

International Linguistics Conference
June 8 – 10, 2018
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Rijeka, Croatia

The Center for Language Research at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, invites you to participate in the international conference entitled Perspectives on Linguistic Diversity. We invite abstract proposals for individual papers and panels.

The submission deadline for both individual papers and panel proposals is November 30, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be announced on January 19, 2018.

The working languages of the conference are English and Croatian.
Proposals for all types of presentations will be evaluated anonymously based on their contribution to the field, quality of content, thematic relevance and quality of abstract.

More information can be found on the CLARC 2018 website.

Call for Field Research Project: The European Union: a bottom up view

Call for Participation in Field Research

Project: The European Union: a bottom up view

Emic interpretations of decline along the Lower Danube (Bulgaria)

Base Camp Danube Km 727, Bulgaria, May – September 2018

Topic: ‘Is the Bulgarian North-west the poorest region in the European Union?’

Abstract: The Call invites participation in field-research activities seeking answer to the question: ‘Is the Bulgarian North-west the poorest region in the EU?’. Our research agenda follows from preliminary findings in the summer of 2017 (see below). They have prompted a need for open and unbiased look at this question. We think that neither popular national assumptions of a proverbially depressed region, nor EU statistics, should take a positive answer to this question for granted. Research of this type will help participants to challenge existing notions of ranking regions, based on economic indexes, as well as on popular assumptions.

Key words: Bulgarian North-West; Lower Danube economies; EU subsidies; Roma communities; major agri-businesses; biosemisosis

Organizers: Prof. Yulian Konstantinov, Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies & Prof. Dr. Henrik Egbert, Department of Economics, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.

Time: The overall period of activities is from May until September 2018. A Base Camp of Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies at Danube Km 727, 16 km. downriver from the Danube port city of Lom, will be continually functioning during this time. Individual researchers choose their own fieldwork periods and sites. A time of more intensive research is planned in the first three weeks of September 2018, when more researchers could be present at the camp.

Seminar: We propose a data-synthesizing seminar at Villa Pomodiana (Km 725), near the village Stanevo, coinciding with the beginning of the grape-harvest on 16-18 September 2018.

Contact: Prof. Yulian Konstantinov ( or Prof. Dr. Henrik Egbert (

For further information, please see the full cal [pdf].

CfP: State, Experts and Nature

Stefan Dorondel
Francisc I. Rainer, Institute of Anthropology Bucharest
Stelu Serban, The Institute for Southeast European Studies Bucharest

State, Experts and Nature
Engineering the Modern Southeast and Eastern Europe Environment

Call for papers for an edited volume

Since the nineteenth century the natural environment in the Western world has undergone dramatic change. The rapid industrialization of the economy and the increase in commodity exchange volume in Western Europe and the US has led to interventions by technical experts seeking to ‘improve’ nature by putting it to work. The wave of ‘improvements’ to the environment through technological means and expert interventions hit Southeast and Eastern Europe several decades later. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, when the nation state had become established in this region, the role of technocracy started to grow and become central to state formation. Modernization of the state and attempts to build new nations (in the modern sense of the word) entailed tremendous interventions in the natural environment in order to subjugate it or put it to work for the benefit of the people. State development required a bureaucracy and a technocracy to oversee technology, water and forest management, ‘environmental policy’ and agriculture. State experts who offered technological solutions and Nature, as the object of this transformation, developed an intricate relationship.

The environmental transformation of Eastern Europe in modern times hardly benefited from consistent policies. Political regimes changed radically during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as did the relationship between the state and the natural environment. Social engineering was enabled by means of environmental engineering.

From several points of view this volume is something of a novelty. Firstly, it explores the Southeastern and Eastern European region from a longue durée perspective (19th century up to the end of the socialist period) describing various instruments, ideologies and technologies that were employed by the state in order to transform the natural environment. It also considers experts (engineers, biologists, geographers etc) commissioned by the state to 2 engage in environmental engineering using various technologies. Finally, the volume explores how communities involved in these changes have been affected and how they reacted to environmental change. An analysis of the relationship between state, experts, technology and Nature in Eastern Europe and its multiple layers and features, is the subject of this volume.

Important dates:
Deadline for receiving the abstracts: 1st of October 2017
Selection of the abstracts: 1st of November
Deadline for receiving the full papers: 1st of February
Internal review of papers: 1st of April
Deadline for second submission: 15th of June

The volume will be submitted to Yale University Press (The Agrarian Studies Program) or to Routledge (Environmental Humanities series). All questions and abstracts/papers will be submitted to both Stefan Dorondel ( and Stelu Serban (

CfP: Alterity and the Research Imagination Conference (Lisbon, 25-26 January 2018)

Alterity and the Research Imagination
VII Graduate Conference in Culture Studies
25–26 January 2018
School of Human Sciences ׀ Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon
Keynote Speakers
Jess Auerbach ׀ Assistant Professor of Social Science, African Leadership University
Jeremy Gilbert ׀ Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London
Margherita Laera ׀ Lecturer in Drama and Theater, School of Arts, University of Kent
Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius ׀ Associate Lecturer, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London
Preoccupation with theories and practices of representation and othering, across the breadth of various genres and disciplines, has moved forward debates about positioning in research and modes of constructing and producing knowledge. In Meatless Days (1989), a vivid memoir of her girlhood in postcolonial Pakistan, Sara Suleri Goodyear deplores being regarded as an “otherness machine”—a concern Kwame Anthony Appiah (1991) shares in his famous critique of postcolonial literature, culture and critical studies. A host of scholars who tend to conflate the post-isms as such contend that postcolonial theory and praxis are embedded in Western institutions that shape the field. Aijaz Ahmad (1992) and Arif Dirlik (1994) have argued that, owing to its reliance on poststructuralist approaches, postcolonial thought excludes questions of economic and political power structures. A staunch Derridean who uses deconstruction to uncover and disrupt such inevitable hegemonic relations of power in the academy or elsewhere, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1999) has likewise dissociated herself from the postcolonial mainstream. Edward Said (1983), whose groundbreaking book Orientalism (1978) sets out a toolbox for colonial discourse analysis, has grown more and more dissatisfied with the untenable apolitical nature of the theoretical insights of Derrida, Foucault and others. Yet, some scholars, and Said himself, have pointed to the geocultural limitations of his theoretical model. In considering discourses of orientalism and balkanism, for instance, Maria Todorova (1997) argues that, unlike the Orient, the Balkans is a concrete entity that is peripheral, but not completely other, to Europe. Paul Gilroy has challenged the racial and ethnocentric biases inherent within British cultural studies in his first major work There Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack (1987). His discussion of diasporic hybridity (1993), however, has been censured for being gender-neutral. In his seminal essay The New Cultural Politics of Difference (1990), Cornel West locates his polemic on the emergence of the new black (or African-American) cultural worker in a critical historical juncture that might be comparable to what Stuart Hall calls “the end of the innocent notion of the essential black subject” (1988). More recently, Arjun Appadurai (2006) has made the case for research as a human right—an exercise of the imagination that is intrinsic to knowledge citizenship in the era of globalization. This conference considers the theoretical and methodological conundrums researchers and practitioners in the humanities, arts and social sciences face when encountering sites of alterity. We invite proposals that engage with the concept of alterity and subject it to a searching critique through the lenses of multiple disciplines. Themes of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Representations of alterity in film, literature, architecture, the visual and performing arts, etc.
  • Alternative media, politics and creativity
  • Multicultural, intercultural and transcultural communication
  • Critical human geography
  • The everyday—its antecedents and simulacra
  • Sociality and the ethics of care
  • Hybrid modalities of identity and difference
  • Ethnographic translations of radical alterity
The working language of the conference is English.
Individual paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Proposals for panels of 3 papers (90 minutes) or roundtables of 3–5 participants (60 minutes) related to the theme of the conference are welcome. We aim to integrate an ambitious range of perspectives. Proposals incorporating practice as research, or other creative work, are encouraged.
Please send an abstract (250 words) and a brief biographical note (150 words) to All proposals should include a title, your name(s), contact details and, if relevant, institutional affiliation(s). The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 August 2017. Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent on 1 October 2017. The deadline for registration is 15 November 2017.
Registration Fee
€50 (includes admission to all keynotes and plenary sessions and refreshments and lunch breaks during the conference)
Organizing Committee
Amani Maihoub (CECC-UCP)
Gregor Taul (CECC-UCP)
The Lisbon Consortium
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisbon

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies / announcement of scholarships

Beginning November 15, 2017 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies offers the following doctoral positions: up to 3 positions as a research assistant – employment according to the German TV-L in part time (65 %) – and up to 3 PhD scholarships.

Application deadline: July 23, 2017

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint program by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Universität Regensburg. The School is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative and started in November 2012. Research at the Graduate School is conducted in three broad interdisciplinary fields:

  • Origins and Forms of Social and Political Change
  • Cultural Systems
  • Infrastructure, Migration and Transfer of Knowledge

Research at the Graduate School focuses particularly on interrelations and interdependencies between East and Southeast Europe and other regions of the world.

In the context of its primary focus on East and Southeast Europe, the Graduate School draws on the following disciplines: History, Literary and Language Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Social Sciences, and Law. In the context of cross-regional comparisons and transfer studies the School’s expertise in Area Studies is complemented by insights from Chinese, Japanese and North American Studies.


To view the full call, please visit

“When Things Become Property”: A Book by Stefan Dorondel

The latest book in Berghahn’s series Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy is co-authored by Stefan Dorondel, member of InASEA’s Executive Committee.

When Things Become Property interrogates the mixed outcomes of conferring ownership by examining postsocialist land and forest reforms in Albania, Romania and Vietnam, and finds that property reforms are no longer, if they ever were, miracle tools available to governments for refashioning economies, politics or environments.

Further information on the book is available here.

Déjà Lu, vol. 5

Issue 5 of Déjà Lu has now been published by the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA). This is the biggest issue yet, with 42 articles from around the anthropological world.

The website address for  Déjà Lu is:

CfP: Bodies In Transition – Power, Knowledge And Medical Anthropology


EASA Medical Anthropology Network
2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting
5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal
Local organization: Portuguese Anthropological Association (APA)
Venue: University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences (Av. Prof. Aníbal Bettencourt, 9)

Conference presentation / theme:



To submit a paper proposal please choose the panel you find more adequate from the list of panels:

Send your proposal directly to the panel(s) convenor(s) using the email address(es) provided in the detailed information of each panel.

Paper proposals should be submitted in English and should consist of:
– Paper title, short abstract (up to 50 words), long abstract (up to 300 words);
– Name and e-mail of paper proponent with institutional affiliation.

Paper proponents should note that:
– For future reference, the leading proponent of a paper will be considered the author; the remaining proponent(s) will be considered co-author(s);
– Each author may only present one paper to the congress; an author may, however, serve as co-author in a second paper.

Deadline for paper proposals:  April 1st, 2017.

Paper proposals will be evaluated by panel coordinators. The list of papers accepted will be announced on April 15th, 2017.

Call for Field Research: The European Union: a bottom up view. Emic interpretations of decline along the Lower Danube.

Danube Seminar and Pilot Field Studies – Summer 2017

1 – 15 Aug. (Module 1); 3-10 Sept. (Module 2)

Yulian Konstantinov, Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies

Henrik Egbert, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.


The principal objectives of the events are:

to provide opportunities for researchers from a broad range of social science disciplines (e.g. Sociocultural Anthropology, Sociology, Human Geography, Economics) to participate in a seminar discussion of the proposed topic (Programme, below);

to provide opportunities for pilot field-research (Research Topics and Sites for Pilot Research, below);

to prepare the way for designing and submitting a research-project proposal on the proposed general theme of the events, with a possible additional inclusion of Romania and Ukraine as research sites, and targeting the period 1.06.2018-31.05.2020.
Location and logistics:

The events will take part at a Tent Camp of BSRCS at Km 727 on the Bulgarian bank of the Danube (Google Maps, below). Nearest town: Lom, nearest villages Stanevo (3 km.), Kovachitsa (7 km.). Arrangements for arrival/departure to and from the Camp will be made individually with each participant. We request participants to get in touch with Yulian for further details.


Board and lodging:

There is tent space for up to 10 people at the Camp. Kitchen, electric generator, other basic facilities. We get food and drinking water from the nearby villages, or from Lom. We use water from the river for cooking and washing.

Warning! Participants should be confident that they are not allergic to insect bites. Daily temperatures in August may get over 400 C. Thunderstorms and strong gales, lasting for several days, tend to hit the location at least once during the summer.



The events are self-financed. While at Camp, participants are expected to contribute to daily expenses (food, mineral water, soft drinks, petrol for transport to and from Kovachitsa, fuel/oil for boat, for electric generator, propane/butane for refrigerators, internet wi-fi (if we manage to install it). Judging from experience this should be not more than EUR 15 per person/day, possibly less according to daily/weekly needs. Wine or other alcoholic beverages are bought individually.


Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.



BSRCS (Bulgarian Society for Regional Cultural Studies), NGO (PIC 923085466),

1000 Sofia, 6 Latinka Str. (Bulgaria). Tel. (+359) 899 175 222.

e-mail (Yulian):


Dr. Henrik Egbert, Professor of Economics. Department of Economics, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Strenzfelder Allee 28, D 06406 Bernburg
Phone: ++49 (0) 3471 355 1332


Full information about the project, including preliminary program, can be found here.

CfPanels: EASA Medical Anthropology Network 2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting


EASA Medical Anthropology Network
2017 Biannual Conference Network Meeting
5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal

Local organization: Portuguese Anthropological Association (APA)
Venue: University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences (Av. Prof. Aníbal Bettencourt, 9)



In 2017 the Biannual Conference of EASA Medical Anthropology Network will be hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, with the prospect of promoting a compact encounter with more plenaries and less parallel sessions. The purpose is to maximize the interweaving of our experiences and understandings across the different niches and orientations within medical anthropology and in exchange with neighboring fields; we hope that bringing back plenary sessions creates room for unpredicted synergies. Around 120 medical anthropologists from around the globe will meet at the University of Lisbon to debate current research and developments and discuss the field’s contribution to gain a broader and deepened understanding of the conference’s overarching topic.

We chose the ubiquitous theme of the body, qualified in its transitional, mobile, itinerant and dynamic character. We welcome panel and paper proposals addressing different understandings of transition – historical processes, colonial encounters, displacements, migrations, social mobility, cyborg and post-human transformations, environmental variances and, last but not least, the multiple dynamics of embodiment – keeping in mind the centrality of power and knowledge as meaningful and critical axes of medical anthropology approaches to body and health. In particular, the ideas of bodies and transition cannot be disjointed from the larger concept of power and knowledge. How do different powers (state, institutions, movements, individuals) and at different levels (inter and trans-national, national, local) act, interact and/or counteract in the construction of the bodies? And how may knowledge play a role in these dynamics?

Starting from the fundamental notion in medical anthropology that it is ‘good to think with the body’ we open many past, current and future fields by critically reflecting why our human body represents so many different meanings, roles, constructions, interpretations and subjectivities. Humans ‘speak’ with pregnant, aged, tortured, modified, disabled, infected and gendered as well as with beautiful, charming and well-toned bodies, but they epitomize all the pervasive nexus of culture and biology. Moreover, women’s and men’s body exerts intrinsically powerful qualities: Whether a body is healthy or ill, strong or frail, provides care or needs care – it matters in its conjunction with other bodies and minds. Nevertheless, these ascriptions and perceptions are never static and fixed attributes, their transitional and casual nature in inter- and intracultural perspective will certainly shape the conference’s theme of ‘bodies in transition’.



Panel proposals should consist of:
– Panel title, short abstract (up to 50 words), long abstract (up to 300 words)
– Name and e-mail of panel proponent with institutional affiliation

All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail to the conference secretariat:

Panel proponents should note that:
– Every panel shall have one coordinator and, if needed, a co-coordinator;
– Proponents shall coordinate one panel only; they can, however, serve as co-coordinator in a second panel. 

Deadline for panel proposals: February 15th, 2017.

Panel proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the list of panels accepted will be announced on March 1st, 2017.


Download Call for Panels as PDF file > here

Conference website >