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Who will organize the “Crossroads in Cultural Studies" in 2016?

The Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) seeks proposals from institutions interested in hosting the biennial “Crossroads in Cultural Studies” conference in 2016 and beyond. Founded in 2002, the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) aims at forming and promoting an effective worldwide community of cultural studies. It is intended as a tool for building strong interdisciplinary and transnational connections by offering meaningful meeting places for the great diversity of committed scholars in this field. The ACS helps establish, maintain and strengthen contacts between cultural studies scholars and workers across different disciplines and within as well as between the different countries and regions of the world, by spreading information and encouraging collaborative work, facilitating the creation and linking of local, national and regional cultural studies groups.

The most important events that the ACS organizes to achieve these objectives are the « Crossroads in Cultural Studies » conferences, which were started in 1996 in Tampere, Finland. Although cultural studies was becoming increasingly international and multi-centered – or rather centerless because of its virtual nature – cultural studies people had scarce opportunities to see each other, to exchange ideas and to socialize. The « Crossroads in Cultural Studies » conferences were designed to fill this gap in the cultural studies community. The conference is not organized around specific themes, though visible subthemes inform plenary and spotlight sessions as well as individual panels.

The 2014 conference will be held in Tampere, Finland. Previous locations include:

  • Tampere, Finland
  • Birmingham, England
  • Urbana, Illinois, USA
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • Lingnan, Hong Kong
  • Paris, France

Conference proposals should address the following details:

  • Concept / vision for the conference (including its contribution to regional and global development of cultural studies)
  • Likely institutional support (financial, facilities, labor)
  • Description of the main conference venue(s)
  • Conference activities / format (including ancillary activities, such as tours, receptions, etc.)
  • Anticipated members of planning and program committees
  • Schedule of important dates (for the overall planning of the conference, publicity, CFPs, and the actual conference dates)
  • Description of local facilities for travel / lodging / meals (airports, shuttle buses, hotels, dorms, restaurants, catering, etc.)
  • Anticipated budget
  • The year(s) for which your proposal is intended (e.g., 2016, 2018, 2020)

The overall proposal should demonstrate sufficient facilities and support for at least 500 attendees for a span of 4-5 days.

We are open to proposals from anywhere in the world but, for 2016, we are especially interested in proposals from institutions located in the global South.

Please direct any inquiries to:

ACS Administrative Secretary

info@cultstud.org

Proposals should be submitted to info@cultstud.org by 15 January 2014

Call for paper: The Fourth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (29 May-1 June 2014)


The Fourth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (29 May-1 June 2014)
Call for paper

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners, including the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, to be held from May 29-June 1, at the Rihga Royal Hotel and the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center.

Conference Theme: Borderlands of Becoming, Belonging and Sharing

Local, national and global cultures have been transformed by an intensification of human migration, mobility and multi-culture with multiple and complex claims of home, identity and belonging. Gloria Anzaldua’s idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways. This conference, which focuses on the borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing, is therefore about examining how the culture of everyday life is regulated and contested across diverse political, economic and social contexts, and whether and how it creates spaces of belonging with others.

The aim of this conference theme is to open up discussion, critical reflection and analysis about emerging social, political and cultural identities that are formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings and their expression and about the possibility of making them shared across differences.

We welcome papers that focus on (but not limited to):

  • Trans-cultural displacement/belonging
  • Belonging and the intersections of gender, race, religion, sexuality
  • -Seeking refuge, unruly belonging(s) and border politics
  • Trauma and joy of becoming and belonging
  • Communication, new technologies and belonging
  • Cultural narratives of belonging/not belonging
  • Cultural politics of survival/transgression
  • New imaginings/formations of home
  • Citizenship beyond borders
  • Multicultural exhaustion/renewal
  • Belonging in the Anthropocene
  • Multiple and complex belongings
  • Re-locating culture across borders
  • Convivial cultures and the imagined communities
  • Creation of shared space(s) of multiple belongings

Submission Procedure General Information

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by February 1 2014. All abstracts will be blind reviewed by a voluntary team, and authors will usually be notified of the decision of the reviewers within two weeks of submission. Those who submit near the February deadline will receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by February 15 2014.

All accepted authors may have their full paper published in the online conference proceedings. Full text submission is due by July 1 2014.

The deadline for full conference payment for all presenters is May 1 2014.

For the detail, please visit: http://accs.iafor.org/Submissions.html

We hope that the 2014 conference theme will encourage academic and personal encounters and exchanges across national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides. We look forward to seeing you (again) in Osaka!

Professor Baden Offord
Professor of Cultural Studies & Human Rights, Southern Cross University, Australia
ACCS/ACAS 2014 Conference Chair

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, Monash University, Australia
Director of the Monash University Asia Institute
ACCS/ACAS 2014 Conference Co-Chair

The Sexualization Report

The Sexualization Report

People are worried about sexualization; about children becoming sexual at too young an age; about the ways in which women may be being defined by their sexuality; and about the availability and potential effects of online pornography, to name but a few of the often repeated concerns.

This report has been compiled by Feona Attwood, Clare Bale and Meg Barker based on contributions from over thirty academic experts, drawing on research from a wide range of subject areas, including medicine, health and social care, media and communication studies, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, education, and gender & sexuality studies.

You can access the report here http://thesexualizationreport.wordpress.com

The report addresses the wide range of issues relating to sex, sexuality and sexual health and wellbeing that seem to underpin public anxieties that are now commonly expressed as concerns about ‘sexualization’. These include STIs, pregnancy, addiction, dysfunction, violence, abuse, sex work, sexual practices, different forms of sexuality, medicalization, commerce, media and popular culture. It aims to summarize what is known – and not yet known – on each of the main areas of concern.

The report has been written with a range of professionals in mind; people whose job it is to inform and advise others about sex, sexuality and sexual health and who need to draw on the best possible information. This includes journalists and broadcasters, policy makers, educators, therapists and other health professionals. This is very much a living report, offering an overview of what research tells us at the moment. Our intention is to find ways of developing and expanding this, in order to offer professionals an up to date and reliable source of information about a wide range of issues relating to sex, sexuality and sexual health.

Ph.D. Summer School: Cultural Im/materialities: Contagion, Affective Rhythms and Mobilization

Ph.D. Summer School: Cultural Im/materialities: Contagion, Affective Rhythms and Mobilization

2nd Ph.D. Summer School of Cultural Transformations: Cultural Im/materialities: Contagion, Affective Rhythms and Mobilization

23-27 June 2014, Aarhus University, Denmark

The summer school is funded by the Ph.D. programmes Art, Literature and Cultural Studies and ICT, Media, Communication and Journalism and by Centre for Sociological Studies Aarhus University (all Aarhus University). The event is part of a cultural studies summer school network with Warwick University, University of Southern Denmark, Södertörn University and Aarhus University as partners. The first event in 2013 was hosted by Warwick University

Organisers: Associate Professor, PhD, Britta Timm Knudsen, Associate Professor, PhD, Mads Krogh, Assistant Professor, PhD, Carsten Stage, Associate Professor, PhD, Anne Marit Waade

Partners: Warwick University, UK, University of Southern Denmark, DK, Södertörn University, SE, CESAU, DK, Copenhagen Business School, DK

Confirmed keynotes: Professor Georgina Born (Music and Anthropology, Oxford University), UK, Reader Tony D. Sampson (Digital Culture and Communications, University of East London), UK, Professor John Protevi (Philosophy and French Studies, Louisiana State  University), US, Senior Lecturer Luciana Parisi (Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths), UK

Lecturers / workshop organizers / discussants: Jenny Sundén, Södertörn University, Nathaniel Tkacz, Warwick University, Christian Borch, Copenhagen Business School, Representative from University of Southern Denmark, Anne Marit Waade, Aarhus University, Carsten Stage, Aarhus University, Mads Krogh, Aarhus University, Britta Timm Knudsen, Aarhus University, Christoffer Kølvraa, Aarhus University, Louise Fabian, Aarhus University, Camilla Møhring Reestorff, Aarhus University

ECTS: 5 ECTS

Time: June 23-27 2014

Room and Place: Aarhus University

Cost/ Policy: No cost fee, each participant covers travel & accommodation.

Max. number of participants: 30

Description:

The summer school wants to explore the role of affect, suggestive rhythms and contagion for the somatic mobilization of agents across a range of socio-cultural situations (e.g. protest events, dance halls, online forums, catastrophes), practises and processes (e.g. political mobilization and engagement, school bullying, youth loneliness, xenophobic/nationalist panics). In recent years an increasing interest in materiality, space, technology and embodiment has developed in the humanities and social sciences combined with an ‘affective turn’ (Clough, Massumi, Thrift, Seigworth and Gregg, Ahmed) to immaterial dimensions of these phenomena.

This has re-actualised early sociological theories about affective suggestion, contagion and imitation (e.g. Gustave Le Bon and Gabriel Tarde), which offer valuable insights to the analysis of a contemporary cultural landscape characterised by for instance viral/memetic phenomena, mediated/networked/rhythmically coordinated crowds, affective online communication and political modulation of citizen affects (Blackman, Borch, Gibbs, Sampson, Butler). During the summer school we wish to collectively explore the immaterial dimensions of the material social world and vice versa, discuss the potentialities, implications and risks of such analysis in an open interdisciplinary environment.

The event will attract PhD students from a range of academic fields (anthropology, geography, media, cultural studies, aesthetics, sociology, political science etc.) interested in, and doing research on, the affective turn, processes of imitation/suggestion/contagion, the rhythmically attuning mobilisation of bodies, and the im/material dimensions of culture and the social world.

Possible areas/topics:

  • – The affective dimensions of materiality, space, technology and things
  • – Aesthetics and affectivity, sensual design
  • – Mobilization within public and private spheres of action
  • – Viral communication, virality in the media, memes, social media
  • – The methodological challenges of analysing cultural materialities and immaterial processes
  • – Theoretical legacies to the ‘affective turn’ and new materialist orientations within the humanities and social sciences; early sociologies of contagion, suggestion and imitation
  • – Moral, media and financial panics
  • – Music culture, sound, dance and rhythm
  • – Industries of affect, affective consumption
  • – Tourism, black spot/dark tourism
  • – Artistic agency, idols and fandom
  • – Crowds, protest culture, social movements, (creative/eventful) activism, political events
  • – Depression, loneliness, bullying, affective exclusion
  • – Charity, empathy and sympathy
  • – Affect, emotion and power, war and affective modulation
  • – Xenophobia, nationalism, the strategic production of fear and hate
  • – Atmosphere, aura, prestige
  • – Sexuality, porn, love and care
  • – The affectivity of catastrophes
  • – Blasphemy, fanaticism and provocative politics

The Ph.D.-summer school will be based on keynote presentations, workshops and students’ own project presentations and organized feedback sessions.

Exam:

The examination will consist of three parts: 1. Full paper hand-in (deadline May 15); 2. Attending workshops and doing group assignments; 3. Paper presentation and discussion of papers.

Deadline for submission:

March 1 2014

Send an email to: Marianne Hoffmeister mho@adm.au.dk

Attach a description of your research topic and project (max. 300 words).

March 15: You will get to know if you participate, and you will be asked to confirm your participation.

Preparation for PhD students:

April 1: The organizers will form groups out of the participants (5 in all) and each group has to organize a slot of one hour each with a social and/or academic content (e.g. academic speed-dating, guided tours in Aarhus for strangers by strangers, exercises between the slots).

May 15: Deadline for submitting a full paper (10 pages)

Preparation for teachers:

March: Organizers must read the abstracts and form participants groups.

Medio May: The group of teachers will be responsible for 3-4 papers, that he/she has read carefully in advance in order to 1) place the paper within the theme of the summer school 2) to be a discussant of the paper and to give an open and constructive feedback at the summer school

About the summer school network (SSCT): The series aims at creating an international environment of constructive academic discussions in the field of cultural studies in order to strengthen this discipline in our respective academic communities and to develop the discipline of cultural studies according to actual developments and new theoretical paradigms. The series aims at improving teaching in cultural studies through a meticulous work on theoretical, methodological and empirical challenges. It is also our intention to build stronger research relations and exchange opportunities between the involved institutions and participants. Network coordinator: Carsten Stage (norcs@hum.au.dk).

New thematic section from Culture Unbound: “Objectification, Measurement and Standardization”

New thematic section from Culture Unbound: “Objectification, Measurement and Standardization”

http://www.cultureunbound.ep.liu.se/current-volume.html

Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research has published a new thematic section entitled “Objectification, Measurement and Standardization”. It is edited by Tord Larsen and consists of eight articles that give a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on how contemporary trends towards increasing quantification of social life relates to issues of governmentality, management, education and technological innovation. Subjects of the different articles range from quantification of insanity in nineteenth century asylums, via norms of listening in the early recording industry to late capitalist logistics, and the simulacra of neoliberal ‘managementality’.

Featured articles are:

  • Tord Larsen, “Introduction: ‘Objectification, Measurement and Standardization’”
  • Theodore M. Porter, “Funny Numbers”
  • Alexandra Hui, “Sound Objects and Sound Products: Standardizing a New Culture of Listening in the First Half of the Twentieth Century”
  • Jens Røyrvik & Petter G. Almklov, “Towards the Gigantic: Entification and Standardization as Technologies of Control”
  • Emil André Røyrvik & Marianne Blom Brodersen, “Real Virtuality: Power and Simulation in the Age of Neoliberal Crisis”
  • Nigel Rapport, “Towards Moral and Authentic Generalization: Humanity, Individual Human Beings and Distortion”
  • Maria Røhnebæk, “Standardized Flexibility: The Choreography of ICT in Standardization of Service Work”
  • Marte Fanneløb Giskeødegård, “The Right Kind of Feedback: Working through Standardized Tools”
  • Haakon Aasprong, “Recreating the Banana Grower: The Role of Private Certification Systems in the Windward Islands Banana Industry”

In addition to this we have also published a new separate article by Christoffer Kolvraa, “The Father on Display: The House of Jean Monnet and the Construction of European Identity”

You can access all articles for free at: http://www.cultureunbound.ep.liu.se/current-volume.html

Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural research is an open access e-journal that seeks to be a forum for contemporary, cutting edge cultural research from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas. We also welcome new article manuscripts in all areas of cultural research, as well as proposals for future theme sections.

Martin Fredriksson
Executive Editor
Culture Unbound
Martin.fredriksson@liu.se