Call for Papers

Authority and Knowledge: People, Policy, Politics

An Interdisciplinary Conference

The University of Melbourne

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th February 2014

There is a fundamental relationship between authority and knowledge: the entitlement to know, to speak, and to act relies upon claims of expertise, power and experience. This conference aims to bring researchers together who are currently engaged in research concerning the nature, form and function of authority and knowledge socially, culturally, politically, and institutionally. We welcome papers that address the multifaceted ways in which claims to authority and knowledge permeate everyday social life, political understandings and practices, and policy reform (people, policy, politics).

Please follow this link to view the full call for papers, and to submit an abstract before the closing date, November 30, 2013:

A&K Conference Call for Papers

Traces of War 2013 Symposium

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The NOW Biennial Symposium

20 – 22 November 2013
Magill Campus
University of South Australia

The Narratives of War Research Group Symposium will be held once more in November 2013.

Principal Guest Speaker: Dr Peter Stanley, University of New South Wales, Canberra; former head of the Research Centre at the National Museum of Australia and former Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial. Prof Stanley is Research Professor in UNSW, Canberra’s Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society.

The title for the Narratives of War Symposium takes its theme from the way artefacts, diaries, media, art, music, memorabilia — letters, objects, the trappings of previous existence — indeed all manner of things, might be reflections and evidence of the traces left by war and conflict, and any aftermath and perhaps ensuing peace.

The Call for Papers has been distributed and is available on the NOW website

The NOW Biennial Symposium is also open to the community and aims to offer interested community groups the chance to participate in current research and writing by scholars and researchers who will offer a broad range of papers and presentations. A full program for the symposium will be available in September.

Inquiries about the NOW Traces of War Symposium 2013 can be directed to: or

The NOW website will have continuing up-dates.

If you would like to register your interest please contact:

Narratives of War – Biennial Symposium

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NOW Biennial Symposium
20 – 22 November 2013
Magill Campus University of South Australia

See NOW CFP for PDF.

Traces of War

The title for the Narratives of War Symposium takes its theme from the way artefacts, diaries, media, art, music, memorabilia — letters, objects, the trappings of previous existence — indeed all manner of things, might be reflections and evidence of the traces left by war and conflict, and any aftermath and perhaps ensuing peace. Memories, personal and collective, and perhaps the public rituals of commemoration (although this is contestable) are built on traces – often indeterminable threads which serve to bind communities to a past and thus to a present and anticipated future. This is not an uncomplicated scenario as Pierre Nora has explored in Les Lieux de Mémoire (Nora, P, Les Lieux de Mémoire, 3 volumes, 1984, 1986, 1992, Gallimard; Paris.

Papers are invited which explore this theme. Abstracts of 250 words should be presented with the presenter’s full name, affiliation, contact details (email, telephone and fax) clearly indicated, by 31 July 2013.

As has been the practice for previous NOW symposiums, papers may be invited for submission for publication in the planned peer-reviewed monograph of the same name, Traces of War.

Abstracts should be directed to:

For more information on the NOW Symposium or the Narratives of War Research Group – School of Communication, International Studies and Languages see the Narratives of War Research Group Website.

Any further inquiries about the NOW Traces of War Symposium 2013 can be directed to:; Or

Please note: The theme for the NOW symposium 2013 had been chosen before the current issue of the Journal of War and Culture Studies (Volume 6 ; Number 1) with its theme ‘ Traces of Conflict’ had been published. While the Journal is a useful resource and background for the NOW symposium, presenters at NOW are invited to work as widely as they wish within the theme.

Conference CfP – Conceptualizing Cyber-Urban Connections in Asia and the Middle East

23 – 24 January 2014
National University of Singapore


In the 2010s, we witness a surge of protests and mass movements across the globe. All of these insurgencies have two elements in common. One is that they are intricately connected and facilitated by the Internet. The other is that occupying politically potent spaces in the city is crucial in gaining political leverage for pursuing reform. Connecting these two elements remains inadequately studied, however. The many conferences aimed at understanding the role of new and social media as tools of protest tend to remain in networks of cyberspace, and urban studies have also lagged in linking urban space with cyberspace.

As individuals continue to live in a networked society, with one foot in the virtual and the other in the material world, the more coherent understanding of the changes and transformations in society should include an interrogation of the interdependencies between online and offline domains. How does cyber-activism translate into the production of urban spaces, and, conversely, how does access or lack of access to urban spaces reflect back to online mobilizations?

This multidisciplinary conference aims to bring together young scholars and leading experts and theorists to better understand and re-theorize the ‘cyber-urban’ connections in urban Asia and the Middle East that affect people, networks, and social and built environments. We invite submission of papers that address the reflexivity of cyber and urban spaces, both empirically and theoretically, in different national contexts, pertaining to social change in Asia and the Middle East.

Central questions include, but are not limited to:

  • How do cyber-urban connections materialize in the city?
  • How can we better understand the interplay between online mobilizations and the production or occupation of urban spaces?
  • How do emerging alternative or subaltern cyber-urban spaces inform urban theory?
  • How do spaces (online and offline) contribute to insurgent activities?
  • To what extent does insurgency need both cyberspace and physical space to be successful?
  • How do socially marginalized people engage in online-offline forms of mobilization to gain political leverage or pursue their own projects?
  • How do comparative contexts in Asia and the Middle East differ in any substantial ways in their cyber-urban insurgency experiences?

Paper proposals should include title, an abstract (max 300 words) and a brief biographical sketch (max 150 words). Please submit your proposal by 1 September 2013 to Dr Asha Rathina Pandi at Click here for proposal submission form. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 October 2013 and will be required to send in a draft paper of 5,000 – 8,000 words based on unpublished material by 15 December 2013.

Participants are encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial or full funding is available for successful applicants. Full funding would cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means plus accommodation for the duration of the conference.


Conference Convenors
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr Peter MAROLT (
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr Merlyna LIM (
Arizona State University & Princeton University, USA

Ms Valerie YEO
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block, 469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Tel: (65) 6516 5279
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

Contact Person: Mdm YEO Ee Lin Valerie


REMINDER: Submit your TASA papers for themed sessions

With the refereed paper submission deadline for this year’s TASA conference extended until July 19 there is still time to get your papers polished and submitted. Remember, we are looking to put on three specific themed sessions (see below). If you would like your paper to be considered for one of these streams, please indicate this on the document you submit.

1.      The multiplication of modernity
Recent decades have seen a shift away from Eurocentric, monolithic conceptions of modernisation and modernity. Across social science disciplines including sociology and anthropology, new approaches have focused on diverse modern social formations and sought to articulate a more pluralistic understanding of them. Important examples are the emerging paradigm of ‘multiple modernities’ and Southern Theory. The pluralisation of theories and analyses of modernity they have helped to generate is one of the most important outcomes of the ‘cultural turn’ in social theory and theorising. We invite theoretical and empirical papers examining diverse experiences of and perspectives on ‘being modern’, to contribute to a panel on this trend.

2.      Digital Sociology
The increasing integration of new media technologies into modern societies has vast implications for the production, analysis and communication of sociological knowledge. It affects cultural practices, relations and understandings of self. It also opens up new tools through which these objects of sociological inquiry can be analysed. We invite reflections on the role of the digital in modern culture as well as on how digital tools can be used for sociological analysis and the dissemination of research. In this session we will consider whether we need to reimagine both, the object of sociological analysis and the tools of the trade, to capture this digital turn in modern culture.

3.      Space/Place
Within cultural sociology there has always been an interest in the relationship of space or place to the specific cultural forms that occupy our interest. Whether it be airport lounges, church grounds, sporting venues, politically important places or exquisite landscapes, the negotiation of space is important for understanding the self and its role in society. In this session we seek to further identify these using empirical and theoretical insights to illuminate the role of space and place in cultural sociology.

As mentioned previously, please feel free to submit papers on any cultural sociology-related theme.

We are looking forward to your submissions!

XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology


The call for papers for the ISA World Congress of Sociology 2014 is out! Held only every four years, this is a great opportunity to showcase your work to the international sociological community.

300 word abstracts need to be submitted online by September 30th, 2013. For details on how to submit a paper please see the conference website.

The ISA Congress is structured around Research Committees, Working Groups and Thematic Groups. By clicking on these in the above link, and then following along the relevant sections, you can peruse their proposed conference streams and tailor your submissions to one of the many options.

RC 16 on Sociological Theory will be of particular interest to many of us cultural sociologist. Our very own, Brad West, is organising a great session on National Futures.

The session invites papers that examine the future of the nation and the establishment of interconnections between the global and national. Where once there was a general consensus that the nation is an outdated source of identity with little role to play in a ‘global’ future, an emerging literature is considering the possibilities of national re-enchantment, the significance of national entities in addressing global problems and broadly the different ways national traditions interact with postmodern forces. This works fills an important gap in the literature on global transformations. Despite most globalization scholars no longer assuming that cultural influences across state boundaries result in a mono-culture, the nation is frequently lost within the local/global binary.

The theme also addresses key failings within sociological theory that while long acknowledging the adaptive powers of capitalism, has conceived of the nation in terms of its inherent qualities that either endure or disintegrate in the face of contemporary socio-political change.

This session thus invites papers that seek to consider the ways in which the nation might have a viable future. Possible themes for papers are how national traditions withstand or incorporate global influences; the role of ritual in national collective memory being reimagined in culturally relevant ways and the constructive role the nation can play in addressing global issues such as climate change, humanitarian aid and terrorism.

Enjoy checking out the sessions and getting inspired to make your submissions.

Hope to see you all in Yokohama in July 2014!


Digital Culture Events

Those interested in digital cultures and the integration of technology into social interactions, you may be interested in the following two events:

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013
Spectrum Gallery, Building 3, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Perth, WA

This symposium examines how digital media are implicated in processes of change. It interrogates how people engage digital media in creative practices that intervene in their own and others’ lives, the intentionalities through which they do this, and the processes and experiences involved.
See DRI_DIGINT_SYMPOSIUM_D4 for further details

Submission deadline 14 July to: Jude Elund on behalf of Lelia Green and Sarah Pink

When: Tuesday 16th July 2013
Where: BSA Meeting Room, Suite 2, 2 Station Court
Imperial Wharf, Fulham, London SW6 2PY

This inaugural event for the BSA’s Digital Sociology group brings together a diverse range of speakers who, in a variety of ways, work within the nascent field of digital sociology. Rather than proceed from a substantive account of what digital sociology is or could be, this event seeks to address the question ‘what is digital sociology?’ through an open and informal exploration of a broad range of exciting work being undertaken by sociologists in the UK which could, in the broadest sense of the term, be characterised as ‘digital’. In casting a spotlight on these projects in such a way the event aims to initiate an ongoing dialogue about the continuities and discontinuities between these emergent strands of digital activity, as well as the broader methodological and disciplinary questions which they pose.
See here for more information on the BSA’s Digital Sociology Study Group.

Kim Allen, Manchester Metropolitan Universitys
Les Back, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ben Baumberg, University of Kent
Laura Harvey, Brunel University
Noortje Marres, Goldsmiths, University of London
Heather Mendick, Brunel University
Mark Murphy, University of Glasgow
Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths, University of London
Helene Snee, The University of Manchester

Delegate rates:
BSA Concessionary Member (student/unwaged/retired) £10
BSA Member £15
Non-member (student/unwaged/retired) £20
Non-member £25

Register at:

For administrative assistance contact: BSA Events Team Telephone: +44 (0) 191 383 0839
Academic inquiries: Dr Emma Head