Monthly Archives: May 2017

CFP: Museums Journal – “Alien” (Deadline 1/5/2018)

Call for Submissions 2018

Fwd: Museums Journal – “Alien”


Recognizing the need to critically transform museums, Fwd: Museums strives to create a space for challenging, critiquing, and imagining alternative modes of thinking and production within and outside of museums. This journal is produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Museum and Exhibition Studies Program.


In response to the 2016 election and its immediate aftermath, the theme of our third issue is “alien.” What does it mean to be “alien”? How can we unpack the term “alien” in the context of museums and cultural institutions?

Submission topics may include, but are not limited to:

·      Social and political resistance within museums

·      Museums as sanctuary

·      Politics of representation

·      Labeling practices

·      Repatriation of cultural heritage

·      Community engagement/detachment

·      Occupying digital spaces

·      Alienated labor

·      Migration/removal

·      Centering marginalized groups

·      Queering museums

·      Discomforted visitors

Fwd: Museums invites academic articles, essays, exhibition/book reviews, artwork, creative writing, experimental forms, and interviews. All submissions should follow the guidelines and relate to the journal’s mission statement. We strongly encourage reviews and interviews and require all other submissions to connect to the third issue’s theme, “alien.” Scholars, artists, practitioners, and activists from all fields are welcome to submit.

– Deadline: January 5, 2018 by 11:59 pm (CT)

– Writing: Chicago style (footnotes and bibliography) English manuscripts of up to 2,500 words (with exhibition/book reviews up to 1,000 words, and interviews/profiles up to 1,500 words) as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. There is no minimum word count. Submissions that exceed our word counts will not be considered. Manuscripts written in languages other than English may be considered.

– Visuals: Low resolution B/W and color images of original artwork in TIFF or JPEG format. If your submission is selected, we will request high resolution images of 300 PPI at print size.

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Please email us at with inquiries. Visit our website for submission updates and information about previous issues of Fwd: Museums.

CFP: Conference ‘Materialities of Postcolonial Memory’ DEADLINE JUNE 1

Call for Papers for the Conference ‘Materialities of Postcolonial Memory’ to be held at the University of Amsterdam 7-9 December 2017.
Keynotes will be: Nikita Dhawan, Lynn Meskell, Wayne Modest, and Ann Stoler.

The deadline for abstracts is Thursday 1 June 2017  to be send to<>.

For more information check the conference website:

CFP: I Congresso internacional Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial, Universidad de Navarra

I Congreso Internacional Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial: Preservación, Estudio y Transmission”
FECHA: Quinta-feira, 5 de Outubro de 2017 – Sexta-feira, 6 de Outubro de 2017
LUGAR: Museo de Navarra
ORGANIZA: Cátedra del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial (UPNA)
Podem enviar propostas de comunicação ou posters até dia 2 de Junho. No site aparece 12 de Maio, mas o prazo foi prolongado.
Encontram aqui todas as informações necessárias:

CFP: Uses of the Past symposium, Finland, November


Uses of the Past – Menneisyyspolitiikat

9.–10.11. 2017, Jyväskylä, Finland

“Uses of the Past – Menneisyyspolitiikat” symposium brings together researchers who explore the intersections of the past, present and future. The symposium is open to experts from wide variety of academic fields. The working languages of the symposium are Finnish and English.

Confirmed speakers include Ulf Zander (Lund University), Leena Kurvet-Käosaar (University of Tartu), Kuisma Korhonen (University of Oulu), Jan Löfström (University of Helsinki) and Saija Kaskinen (University of Eastern Finland).

The symposium invites scholars to present papers which critically engage with the following topics

  • the political uses of the past in creating meanings in the present and for the future
  • the use of personal and cultural narratives and visual representations in reproducing the past
  • the interactions of micro and macro levels in politics of the past
  • cultural memory and belonging and the intersections of politics of memory and politics of belonging
  • affectivity, belonging and the past
  • the use of nostalgia in constructing the present and the future.

Abstracts (250 words max) should be sent to Johanna Turunen,, +358 40 805 4511. Deadline for abstracts 19.6.2017.

There will also be a separate workshop for doctoral students arranged prior to the symposium on November 8th 2017. Separate CFP will be announced closer to the event.

More information on the event at

The symposium is organized in cooperation by Society for Cultural studies and three research projects: EUROHERIT (ERC Starting Grant), Arts of Belonging (Kone Foundation), Intersecting Mobilities (Kone Foundation). All research projects are based at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

CFP: International Conference Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage

It is a reminder that the abstract submission deadline for the International Conference: Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage is fast approaching. Given your interest in heritage studies I thought that this conference might be of your interest. Please circulate it among the wider group of your network. Thank you very much!

The conference is organised by the University of Stirling, the Palace Museum in Beijing, and Historic Environment Scotland. The call for papers is now open, and abstract submission deadline is Monday 22 May.

Conference Link:

International Conference: Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage

1-3 September, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The University of Stirling, the Palace Museum in Beijing, and Historic Environment Scotland are pleased to announce a three-day international conference to be held in Stirling from 1 to 3 September 2017.

Cultural heritage faces an array of challenges, many of which are replicated across the world. Whilst local circumstances vary, there are opportunities to share experiences and collaborate in finding solutions. As part of the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017, the Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage conference celebrates the newly formed partnership between the University of Stirling, the Palace Museum in Beijing and Historic Environment Scotland. The conference seeks to explore and share approaches to specific challenges in relation to a range of shared issues.

The conference will take place in the City of Stirling, a pivotal location on the nation’s history and a historic site. The main location will be at the stunning University of Stirling and access to other culturally significant sites such as Stirling Castle and the Engine Shed – Scotland’s new national conservation centre. The event will be based around a balance of formal papers, focused workshops and practical site visits.

We invite proposals for panels, individual paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • Assessing Global Challenges.
  • Significance, Value and Meaning in Cultural Heritage.
  • Conservation of Historic Fabric.
  • Technology and Innovation in Heritage.
  • Conservation Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Visitor Management and Engagement

These are some suggested themes – we warmly welcome all contributors on the theme of Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage from any analytical perspective and in a variety of ways.

If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract by completing the online form by Monday 22 May 2017.

  • 500-word abstract (individual paper)


  • 300-word summary plus 300-word per paper (panel)

You will also need to provide the following information: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.

Abstract Submission System:

For further information, please see:
If you have any question, please email

Conference: Propriété et environnement dans les pays en développement / 7-8 juin 2017 / MNHN

Conférence internationale « Propriété et environnement dans les pays en développement »

Organisée et financée par l’ANR Govenpro

Les 7 et 8 juin 2017 au Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle – Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’Évolution

La question de savoir quelles sont les formes de propriété qui participent le plus efficacement à la conservation et/ou à l’exploitation économique des environnements – de la propriété privée à la propriété d’État, en passant par les différentes formes de propriété collectives, communes ou patrimoniales a suscité des débats théoriques intenses et disputés dans le champ académique (Coase 1960; Hardin 1968; Ostrom 1990).

Nous proposons d’embrasser toutes ces théories par le terme – théories environnement/propriété – et d’étudier leur déploiement dans les pays en développement dans la construction de ce que l’on peut appeler des « régimes de ressources » (Vatn 2007, 2015). En effet, nous gageons que loin de s’être imposées de manière monolithique aux cours de phases successives, ces théories ont été mises en œuvre de manière très pragmatique par toute une série d’acteurs nationaux et internationaux pour tenter de les adapter aux usages locaux des ressources naturelles, mais en ignorant souvent les conceptions locales de l’appropriation et de la mise en commun.

Frédéric Thomas Sarah BenabouTarik Dahou (UMR PALOC, IRD-MNHN) ;

Fabien Locher (UMR CRH, CNRS-EHESS) ;

Valérie Boisvert (Université de Lausanne).



Workshop: Access & Control: Urban Public Space and Heritage in an Age of Securitization

Access & Control: Urban Public Space and Heritage in an Age of Securitization

Monday, the 29th May, GSZ

12:00-12:30  Introduction and Greeting
            Heike Oevermann, Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies
Humboldt University of Berlin

12:30-13:30  I. Accessibility

Accessing the Past: The African Burial Ground and the Spatial
Tensions of Power in New York
Jonathan Bach, Global Studies Program, The New School, New York

13:30-13:45  Coffee Break (15 Min.)

13:45-14:45  „Disappearing Heritage” in Eastern Europe: The Castle in Buda, Hungary
Eszter Gantner, Humboldt University of Berlin/Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

14:45-15:45  II. Control

Inheritance and Betrayal: Taming Unrest in China’s Post-socialist City through Historical Preservation
Yukiko Koga, Anthropology Department, Hunter College, City University of New York

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break (15 Min.)

16:00-17-00  Questioning Anxiety: Subway Stations as Heritage Sites
Oksana Zaporozhets, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

17:00-17:30  Summary


Tuesday, the 30th of May, GSZ

10:00-11:00  III. Security

Urban Strategies, Forms of Participation and Securitization in the French Multiethnic Areas
Christophe Foultier, REMESO-ISV Linköping University, Sweden

11:00-12:00  Security, Public Space and Social Capital in Post-socialist Russian Cities: The Complicated Juxtaposition (working title)
Oleg Pachenkov, Center for Independent Social Research (CISR), European University at St.-Petersburg,

12:00-12:15 Coffee Break (15 Min.)

12:15-13:00 Grassroots Urban Activism in St.Petersburg: Keeping Security and Order in the City
Svetlana Moskaleva, Department of Political Science and Sociology in European University at St.-Petersburg

13:00-13:45  Wrap Up  Heike Oevermann

Venue: Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies / Humboldt University of Berlin, Mohrenstr 41, 4th Floor, Room 418

This Workshop takes place at the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin in cooperation with The New School / University of New York.

We would like to say thank you to the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation for supporting this event.

CFP: State Socialism, Heritage Experts and the Internationalism in Heritage Protection after 1945

CFP: State Socialism, Heritage Experts and the Internationalism in Heritage Protection after 1945
University of Exeter and Herder-Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Member of the Leibniz-Association
21.11.2017-22.11.2017, Exeter
Deadline: 20.06.2017

Publication: Jochen Gerz-Octave Debary / Goethe Institut 22 mai 2017


Seminar: Tang Yun ” The Anxiety of ‘Rootlessness’: Identity Politics and Neo-Heritage in Chengdu after the Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008″

Ethnologue invitée par le Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, Tang Yun (Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu, Chine ; actuellement chercheuse invitée à Oxford) présentera une conférence intitulée :

« The Anxiety of ‘Rootlessness’: Identity Politics and Neo-Heritage in Chengdu (Sichuan, China) after the Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008 ».

Cette conférence est ouverte à tous. Venez nombreux!


  • Mercredi 31 mai 2017 de 10h à 12h


  • EHESS – Salle BS1_28 (1er sous-sol)
    54 boulevard Raspail – 75006 Paris

Résumé de la conférence

The Earthquake of 2008 in Sichuan not only dramatically changed landscapes, but also brought a new movement of construction to the affected region. This new movement welcomes enormous investment as well as a new trend of urbanization, reinvention of heritage and transformations of locality. Chengdu, as the capital of Sichuan, is the field where all discourses, practices and experiments interact.
To understand what happened to Chengdu people’s daily life and how people embedded themselves in these processes, this talk presents three case studies, which together present a holistic view on Chengdu, covering the dimensions of economy, politics, ethnic relations, history and etc.
The first case study is on Shuijingfang, a famous provincial heritage site located in the city center. In the last decades, this community was transformed by several urban plans, especially the latest one carried out by a government sponsored heritage project and a tourist development company’s development. Most of the former neighborhoods were moved into different parts of the city, while the few that remained struggled to reshape their memory of their locality in this new landscape.
The second case study is on Kunshan, a pilot community/village in The Campaign to Build a New Socialist Countryside and the later Campaign of Urban-Rural Integration. The former villagers became new citizens, leaving their old houses and being resettled into the ‘new village’ designed by urban planners; giving up agriculture and renting their fields to some companies to plant trees and flowers; balancing their new identity of citizen with their ‘old’ rural lifestyle.

The third case study is on the ‘new’ trend of migration in Chengdu. Migrants are not new to Chengdu citizens. Some of them came from the more remote and ‘backward’ minority areas. But since 2008, more migrants have rushed into Chengdu in the neo-liberal economy encouraged in post-earthquake construction. Many of them gradually formed ‘ethnic communities’ in the city. But urban life was never easy for them. To adapt to urban life and overcome all difficulties in the city, they sought their cultural tradition from their hometown. Take Yi as an example. They introduced and modified some Yi traditional rituals into their urban life. Those rituals are for pacifying souls that are believed to be responsible for their misfortunes.
In conclusion, this talk will give some reflections on: (1) the hybridity of cities in contemporary China; (2) the nature of hierarchic relationship between urban and rural communities; (3) identity politics embedded in the post-quake construction and neo-heritage movement.

Présentation de Tang Yun

Tang Yun est anthropologue, spécialisée sur le Sud-Ouest de la Chine. Ses sujets de recherche portent sur le paysage, l’environnement, la catastrophe et la religion populaire. Depuis 2010 elle est professeure associée à la School of Ethnological Studies au sein de la Southwest University for Nationalities (Chengdu, China). Elle est vice directeur du Center for Anthropology and Ethnology Research (SWUN) et éditrice du Journal of Southwest University for Nationalities. Depuis le mois d’octobre 2016, et ce pour un an, elle est chercheuse invitée à la School of Anthropology et au Musée d’ethnologie de l’université d’Oxford (UK).
Dans le cadre de sa recherche doctorale (2005-2008), elle a analysé des questions traitant du paysage, des légendes et de l’historicité dans le corridor Tibeto-Yi (Sud-Ouest de la Chine). De nombreuses enquêtes de terrain dans la région lui ont permis d’ouvrir ses intérêts de recherche à l’anthropologie de l’environnement, les disaster studies, ou encore la religion. Depuis 2012 elle travaille sur le culte des montagnes sacrées, le paysage, les mythes et les pratiques religieuses au Kham (l’une des trois provinces traditionnelles du Tibet).

Elle a dirigé le projet “Local Experience and the Construction of Long-term Scientific Measure of Disaster Control in Southwest China” qui fut financé par le National Social Science Fund (Chine). Elle participe actuellement au projet international “The Local in China’s Heritage: Theoretical and Methodological Reflections” financé par le Leverhulme Trust (UK).

Tang Yun a publié deux ouvrages en chinois :

  • “In the Name of Mountain: The Landscape, Rumor and Historicity in the Cultural Contact in Central Guizhou” (2008) Beijing : The Ethnic Publishing House.
  • “Stone of Otherness: the Ritual, Landscape, and Perception of Disaster” (2016) Beijing : The Ethnic Publishing House.