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Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World’ at JNU, Delhi, April 3-6th 2012

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on November 27, 2011

The call for papers for the interdisciplinary conference ‘Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World’ at JNU, In Delhi from April 3-6th 2012 is now open.

The deadline is December 7th, and the list of panels is available at http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2012/panels.php5?View=Panels .

Further details http://www.theasa.org/conferences/asa12/

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Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues, 5th Global Conference, 29th June-1st July 2012

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by santhyb on November 15, 2011

Date: Friday 29th June 2012 – Sunday 1st July 2012

Venue: Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:  This inter- and multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the contemporary experience of Diasporas – communities who conceive of themselves as a national, ethnic, linguistic or other form of cultural and political construction of collective membership living outside of their ‘home lands.’ Diaspora is a concept which is far from being definitional. Despite problems and limitations in terminology, this notion may be defined with issues attached to it for a more complete understanding. Such a term which may have its roots in Greek, is used customarily to apply to a historical phenomenon that has now passed to a period that usually supposes that Di­asporas are those who are settled forever in a country other from where they were born and thus this term has lost its dimension of irreversibility and of exile.

In order to increase our understanding of Diasporas and their impact on both the receiving countries and their respective homes left behind, key issues will be addressed related to Diaspora cultural expression and interests. In addition, the conference will address the questions: Do Diasporas continue to exist? Is the global economy, media and policies sending different messages about diaspora to future generations?

Papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following themes:

1. Movies and Diasporas

The presence and impact of displaced / globalized populations of audiences, spectators and producers of new mainstream /Hollywood/ Bollywood cinema are crucial to the emergence of this post-diasporic cinema, as these narratives from texts to screen constitute a fundamental challenge for the negotiation of complex diasporic issues.

2. Motivational Factors for Research into Diaspora

Factors are numerous including most prominently, artistic and musical creations, intellectual outputs, and specific religious practices and which have made a significant international impact.

3. Myths and Symbols: how to meet, and get to know each other through the use of creative lenses
Diasporas group, re-group and their group myths and symbols change accordingly. Or Diasporas remain dominated, their myths and symbols mirror (or rebel) their domination. This manifestation could take in linguistic, artistic and other creative forms right down to graffiti to propaganda. The effects of Diaspora through a creative lens, as often this is where the true effects of migration and cultural adjustment expose themselves in a personal and celebratory way. These could include:

* Creative Expression as a result of shifting and integrating cultures. Cross cultural and cross disciplinary practices / cross cultural collaboration / representing the self and the nation / connecting history to the future / third space practice

* Shifting Art Practices and how traditional folk based art forms (art / music / literature / dance) can accommodate and represent modern diasporic communities in flux

* New Languages that represent broken boundaries such as graffiti / rap/ interactive & web based art forms / global design aesthetics/ symbolism / sound & vision / poetry and text / Esperanto

4. Public, Private and Virtual Spaces of Diaspora

The controversial meaning of private/public spaces remain fundamental arenas in the re/construction of gendered identities in an in-between space as a Diaspora context nurtures challenges to traditional socio-cultural behaviors. Virtual Diasporas – This questions a range of pre conceived notions about physicality, actuality and place (which in turn open up the discussions around ownership, representation and nation). Virtual diasporas are not limited to the arts of course but the shifts toward new technologies within art and design production are highlighting such issues through various forms of creativity and the critique that surrounds it.

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to those working/researching in philosophy, education, ethics, cinematic/ literature, politics, sociology, history, architecture, photography, geography, globalization, international relations, refugee studies, migration studies, urban studies and cultural studies.

5. Novel ways to think about Diaspora due to globalization

In the new global world in which cultures act simultaneously how should we be thinking about Diaspora?

Some pertinent questions in this area that the conference is interested in addressing are: What are some of the ways to identity and define the subject in changing political boundaries where cultural interactions are amplified? What are the processes of social formation and reformation of? Diasporas that is unique to a global age? How do an intensified migration age that is coupled with broader and more flexible terrains of social structures can give Diaspora communities a window of opportunity to redefine their social position in both the country of origin and the host country? How does immigration in an age where the media and the internet are highly accessible, bring individuals to deal with multiple levels of traditions and cultures? What new cross-‘ethnoscapes’ and cross-‘ideoscapes’ are emerging in? In what new methods can we capture the web of forces that influences Diasporas at the same time?

Other aspects of Diaspora that we are interested in having discussions about are:

* Economics of diaspora
* Gendered diasporas
* Queer diasporas ‘flexible citizenship’
* Contested diasporic identities
* Invisible diasporas
* Emerging and changing patterns – is there an ‘American diaspora’ in
China? In Dubai? Etc.
* Stateless or homeless diasporas – diasporas of no return
* Guest workers as diasporans?
* Diasporas created by shifting state boundaries
* Internal (intranational diasporas) – for example, First Nations or
Indigenous/Native migration into urban areas
* Diasporans by adoption or ‘diasporans-in-law’ (partners of diasporans
adopted into diasporic communities, extended diasporas through family
relations, etc.)
* Overlapping diasporas, entanglement
* Competing claims or multiple claims on diasporans Inter-diasporan or
multi-diasporan realities

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th January 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: DIAS5 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Dr S. Ram Vemuri
School of Law and Business
Faculty of Law, Business and Arts
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT0909
Email: Ram.Vemuri@cdu.edu.au

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom
Email: dias5@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘Diversity and Recognition’ series of research projects, which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

For further details of the project, please visit:


For further details of the conference, please visit:


Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we
are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or

Pakistan Workshop, 11-13th May 2012. Secularity, Globalisation and Power

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on November 14, 2011

Both secularity and globalisation are understood to be phenomena that are intrinsically connected to rise of the post Enlightenment modern world. However, in order to understand the relationship between secularity, globalisation and power it is necessary for these themes to be contextualised in order to give them and the links between them, analytical meaning. In the case of Pakistan, a few of the “sub” concerns that emerge from this theme and need to be foregrounded to help frame contemporary Pakistan include:

1. The rise, spread – and perception – of international terrorism.
2. The increasingly interlinked and expansive information and communication systems. These are one of the hallmarks of the ostensibly globalised world and are an essential tool for the propagation of ideas. What does the recent increase in the regulation of the internet tell us about the Pakistani state? Do mobile phone texts and messages on blogs have the capacity to contribute to meaningful social change?
3. The rapid spread of the media in Pakistan. This is linked to debates on religious extremism and power not only because of what the media focuses on but because of the increased “craving” for news that arose in Pakistan post September 11th (Naqvi, 2010). What kind of popular “cravings” does the media respond to? Is it a force for progressive change in Pakistan or simply an inflammatory medium?
4. Changing demographics including an increase of women in the workplace
5. The growth of an urban middle class and consumer society
6. An evolving industrial base and the significant expansion in recent years of the service economy
7. The impact of the 3 Ts – low cost travel, telephone calls and satellite TV – on engagement with the Pakistani (professional) diaspora especially in Europe and North America
8. The internationalisation of Pakistani companies and the overseas interest in Pakistan as an emerging market
The deadline for abstracts is 10th February 2012, after which the organisers will make a selection and inform the participants of their decision. The finished papers would be required two weeks before the workshop, so they can be pre circulated to all participants.

For further information, contact pakistanworkshop@gmail.com or become a fan of the facebook group “Pakistan Workshop”. Further information is also available on the Pakistan Workshop website:

Anushay Malik and Arif Zaman. Pakistan Workshop 2012 Organisers
Full details attached: Pakistan Workshop 2012-1

CFP: Special Issue on Religion and the Internet: The Online-Offline Connection

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on December 28, 2009

Heidi Campbell & Mia Løvheim have put out a call for papers for a special issue of Information, Communication & Society on Religion and the Internet: The Online-Offline Connection, which is also linked in with the 2010 Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture in Toronto.

In particular this special issues aims to explore the relationship between online and offline forms of religious practice and community. Key questions include:

  • What is truly unique about the performance of religion online?
  • How is the practice and conception of religion online connected to offline practices, communities and institutions?
  • In what ways does religion online reflect trends seen offline in religious culture and practice?
  • How do these transformations connect with issues of globalization and glocalization?

You can read the full CFP over at When Religion Meets New Media: http://religionmeetsnewmedia.blogspot.com/2009/11/call-for-papers-for-special-issue-of.html

CFP: South Asia and the West: Entwined, Entangled and Engaged

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on December 28, 2009

Los Angeles, CA, April 10-11, 2010

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the two shall meet,

Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,

When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth.

The popular mind tends to focus on the differences between South Asia and the West, yet throughout history there has been constant interchange, with each side learning from and impacting the other. In 2010 SASA wishes to examine the intertwined nature of East and West, beginning with Alexander the Great’s conquests in Northwest India and continuing through the first use of a decimal zero in the Lokavibhâga, Columbus’ search for a sea route to the Indies, Thoreau’s impact on Gandhi/Gandhi’s on M.L. King, and concluding with today’s bidirectional globalization and the explosive South Asian diaspora.

We particularly invite papers which explore cultural and religious interchanges, entertainment cross-fertilization, economic globalization, and the diaspora experience. Regardless of the theme, however, we welcome papers from all academic disciplines and all periods of time that address the rich tapestry that is South Asia’s past, present and future.

Further details: http://www.sasia2.org/index.html

Director of the Durham Faith and Globalisation Programme

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on June 2, 2009

Durham University Theology and Religion/Social Sciences/Politics and International Affairs
Durham University seeks to appoint a fixed-term (for four years) research-active scholar, to commence on 1st October 2009, who will work as Director of a new teaching and research programme in Faith and Globalisation across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Medicine. S/he will develop, lead and coordinate a new interdisciplinary MA programme in Faith and Globalisation and an associated full programme of research seminars, collaborative research projects and related research activities. Depending on the specific area of research expertise, the appointee will primarily reside within either the Department of Theology and Religion, or the School of Government and International Affairs but with some accountability to both Department and School.

Further details: https://jobs.dur.ac.uk/default.asp

Closing date: 17 June 2009

Postdoctoral Fellow – Dept for Study of Religious Diversity

Posted in Research Fellowships by Pippa on June 2, 2009

The Department for the Study of Religious Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen is seeking Postdoctoral fellows to work in two research programs, comparative study of urban religious aspirations and globalization of religious networks. Excellent applications outside of these programs may also be considered. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Religious Studies, or Asian Studies

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially encourages handicapped persons to submit their applications.

Applications and recommendation letters should be addressed to Professor Peter van der Veer and reach by 15 June 2009 at the

Further details: http://www.mmg.mpg.de/english/contemporaryIssues/JobOffers/postdocs-01_vanderveer/index.html

Ph.D. Fellowship on Migration and Global Inequality

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on March 24, 2009

The Graduate School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen, Denmark invites applications for a joint Ph.D. fellowship between the Faculty of Humanities, the Danish Institute of International Affairs, Copenhagen and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.

The PhD Fellowship is awarded within the area of “Migration and global inequality” and is expected to be enrolled at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Humanities from Sep. 1, 2009. The PhD program is a three year program.

Proposals should explore the double process of flow and closure of globalization; the relationship between flows in terms of migration, instability, movement on the one hand, and attempts to fix these flows in terms of control and governing on the other. Furthermore, both empirical and normative aspects of these processes should be explored – just as fieldwork is encouraged.


For further information contact Nils Holtug, Centre for the Study of Equality and Multiculturalism, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, tel. +45 35 32 88 81, e-mail nhol@hum.ku.dk , web: http://cesem.ku.dk/ and http://mef.ku.dk/, Njalsgade 80, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.

The PhD fellow will also be affiliated with The Danish Research School in Philosophy, History of Ideas and History of Science, web: http://www.phis.ruc.dk/

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Call for papers – Trade Union & working class struggles

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on March 17, 2009

Information, Society and Justice, Volume 2, No. 2, June 2009

Editor: Shiraz Durrani, Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University.

This issue of ISJ invites analytical articles, views and experiences of working class struggles and trade union activities from around the world. The need for analysing and understanding the resistance to corporate globalisation is urgent today if we are not to be influenced by the world outlook that corporate mass media sets for us. A new vision of a world at peace with itself can emerge only on the basis of such an analysis. ISJ joins progressive forces around the world in this search for an alternative world.

For further informaiton: call-for-papers-june2009tuworkingclassstruggles

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‘Trade Union and working class struggles’ at London Met University

Posted in Events, News/Information by Pippa on March 17, 2009
Gopal Singh

Gopal Singh and Makhan Singh (aged 20) Nairobi, May 1933. Photo by TL Patel.

Trade Union and working class struggles

Wednesday 25 March 2009

6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.



Shiraz Durrani: Political significance of Makhan Singh in Kenya (1913-73)

Inderjit Gill: Makhan Singh, the family man

Mary Davis: Trade Unions and the British Empire

Richard Ross: Globalisation and workers’ struggles

Amarjit Chandan: What Makhan Singh means to me

Prof. John Gabriel: Chair


Venue: GCG-08 Graduate Centre

London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road

London N7 8DB


RSVP: email dasslectures@londonmet.ac.uk

Website: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/dasslectures

Nearest tube station: Holloway Road (Piccadilly line); buses 43, 271, 153 and 393

Free of charge. All welcome

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The 14th International Migration Conference, Copenhagen

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on January 25, 2009

September 14-18, 2009

The International Metropolis Project (www.international.metropolis.net) is a forum that bridges research, policy and practice on migration and diversity. The project aims to enhance academic research capacity, encourage policy-relevant research on migration and diversity issues, and facilitate the use of that research by governments and non-government organisations.Denmark.January 30, 2009)
Workshop Proposals (Due by
March 2, 2009)

The theme of this year’s conference is “Migration and Mobility – National Responses to Cultural Diversity.” The conference will be held in Copenhagen between the 14th and 18th of September 2009, and is expected to attract between 800 and 1000 delegates for high-level plenary sessions, a comprehensive study tour program and more than 60 concurrent workshops. The conferences are an opportunity for delegates – both expert and novice – to discuss critical issues, identify research and policy gaps, compare international experiences and build the Metropolis network.

The 14th International Metropolis Conference 2009 is organised by the Academy for Migration Studies in

Individual Paper Proposals (Due by


For more information about the 14th International Metropolis conference, we invite you to visit http://www.metropolis2009.org/. Please note that the plenary programme is in draft format and will change.

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Religion and Globalization in Asia: Prospects, Patterns, and Problems for the Coming Decade

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on January 25, 2009

March 13 & 14, 2009 University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain Campus
Presented by The Kiriyama Chair for Pacific Rim Studies at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim

Join us in beautiful San Francisco as keynote speakers Mark Juergensmeyer (UC Santa Barbara), Saskia Sassen (Columbia), Nayan Chanda (Yale)-and nine other presenters — explore the dynamics of globalizing forces on the established and emerging religions of South and East Asia.

One of our central concerns will be to understand “the dialectical tension of codependence and codeterminism between religion and globalization.” How do communication technologies, capital flows, security issues, transnationalism, immigration and migration, and identity politics contribute to social conditions in which some kinds of religious belief and practice prosper and proliferate, while others are adversely affected?

Conference Description:
Few scholars or policy makers twenty years ago could have imagined that the first decades of the 21st century would be a time of explosive and wide-spread religiosity. As modernity progressed and societies became more secular and democratic, religion was supposed to loosen its hold on the ways men and women envisioned their place in the world. On the contrary, the dynamics of globalization-such as communication technologies, immigration and migration, capital flows, transnationalism, and identity politics-have contributed to social conditions in which religious belief and practice not only survive but prosper and proliferate.

Please visit the conference website: http://www.pacificrim.usfca.edu/religionandglobalization.html  

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