Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation – Four PhD Scholarships

Apply now – HDR Scholarships in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation is seeking outstanding scholars for four full-time PhD projects and scholarships in the area of social sciences and humanities.

These scholarships will align with one or more of the Institute’s four research streams:
* Culture and Heritage​
* Development and Human Rights
* Diversity and Identity
* Governance and Security


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CFP: Historical Cultures of Labour under Conditions of Deindustrialisation



This group discusses historical cultures (“Geschichtskulturen”) of labour under conditions of deindustrialisation and postindustrial conditions. How has the historical consciousness of (former) cultures of labour been constructed and articulated in the private, public (counter public) and official spheres? In which ways have changes of labour relations, deregulation and trade unions, the effects on the labour movement and changes of working class identity in deindustrialising and postindustrial regions been memorised? This group looks at the symbolic repertoire of historical cultures of labour and seeks to explore the ways in which the memory of the industrial age is being performed.

We are calling for papers on themes such as industrial heritage, museums and exhibitions, monuments, arts and theatre performences, literature and historiography, including oral history. Please forward your paper proposal (approx. 200 words) including a brief biographical statement to Christian Wicke (Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr University Bochum):


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Urban Commons and Participation of the Industrial Heritage: Two Events of the GSZ in the Context of the Architecture Festival “Make City”

                                            Make-City-Berlin-417x349kép “Make City”
The Festival for Architecture & Urban Alternatives, Berlin 11–28 JUN 2015  

Urban Commons and Participation of the Industrial Heritage:
Two Events of the GSZ in the Context of the Architecture Festival “Make City”

17 JUN 2015
Make City Open!
How are the “Urban Commons” manifested in contemporary architecture?

TIME : 19:00
LOCATION: Bücherbogen, am Savignyplatz, Stadtbahnbogen 593-594, 10623 Berlin
PARTNER: Birkhäuser Verlag & Jovis Verlag

Dozens of publications appear every year on contemporary debates within architecture. One the most current topics is the renaissance of the Urban Commons. Publishing houses DeGruyter and Jovis invite Make City visitors to the Bücherbogen at the Savigny Platz for a presentation of two of their publications: “Urban Commons Moving Beyond State and Market”, published in cooperation with Dr. Martin Schwegmann, and “Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the Urban Commons”, published by the Make City director Francesca Ferguson. How does knowledge about Urban Commons connect with the praxis of architecture and urban planning? A podium discussion will discuss this very question.

No registration required!

26 JUN 2015
Participation and Re-use of Post-Industrial Heritage
The possibilities of participation in heritage conservation and urban development in Europe

TIME: 19:00
LOCATION: Bauhütte, Südliche Friedrichstadt, Besselstr. 1, 10963 Berlin
PARTNER: Bauhütte Südliche Friedrichstadt Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung

There is an increasing demand for participation when it comes to determining the re-use of post-industrial sites. Former employees and local residents want to be part of the decision making process regarding what should be done with examples industrial heritage. This process is related to the wider transformation of the city as a whole and the planning that shapes this development.

In Europe we find a variety of planning traditions which have an impact upon the concept and practice of participation, as well as different understandings of conservation and development.

This discussion will explore the benefits of participation for both planning and production of architecture as well that for heritage conservation. Four experts with experience of different cases from across Europe will help us to understand the possibilities and implications of participation as a method for re-use of the past.

The event takes place in the context of the cooperation project of the DFG and the GSZ “Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation”. A book with the same title by Oevermann/ Mieg was published in this year (2015) by Routledge.

Andriy Makarenko Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Tabea Michaelis denkstatt-sarl / NRS-insitut
Levente Polyák KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre

Frunze 35 Kiev, Ukraine
Sulzer Stadtmitte Winterthur, Swiss

Heike Oevermann Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung, Humboldt-Universität
Katy Schroth Belius Stiftung  

Registration is required!
(Registration under the following link:


More information and the full program of the festival “Make City ” can be found under the following link:

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CfP: Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identities

Material Culture and Italian Identities

April 28-30, 2016
Queens College, City University of New York
25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan

In Helen Barolini’s multigenerational, women-centered novel Umbertina (1979) the journey of a woven bedspread is a key motif. Umbertina commissions the coperta matrimoniale and treasures it as she emigrates to the United States. The brilliantly hued matrimonial cover, with its intertwined embroidered floral designs, offers the young wife and mother solace amidst the squalor of tenement life. But poverty forces the destitute immigrant to sell the coverlet, and decades later it is displayed at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, its origins and complicated migration story forgotten and lost.

Barolini’s fictional migrating object is an emblematic subject for the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute’s 2016 conference theme. Material culture, broadly defined, includes all objects and things modified by humans, from the hand-crafted (a crocheted doily) to a mass-produced, factory-made object (Olivetti typewriter), including the visual arts (The Sistine Chapel), architecture (Fascist colonial modernism in the Eritrean capital Asmara), and landscapes (a Little Italy). Objects exist, they circulate and are interpreted within different regimes of value whether it be domestic spaces, popular culture, sacred realms, or the world of commodities. How objects are used to communicate, store memories, and elicit narratives are the concern of this conference.

Material culture is inextricably tied to social identities, which are negotiated, reproduced, or contested through spatial and temporal shifts. Material culture studies recognizes how objects are made and subsequently move from one environment to another. The migration and recontextualization of things provide opportunities for transvaluation, when new and evolving meanings are ascribed to inanimate objects at the same time that pre-existing ideologies linger in new places. For example, we see this reinterpretation over time with the Christopher Columbus monument in Pueblo, Colorado, erected in 1905. A symbol of publically displayed ethnicity born out of historical moments, today the statue is a contested site where members of a pluralistic society challenge the fifteenth-century Genovese navigator’s legacy. Such shifts occur in much less publically visible or problematized spaces as well.

This interdisciplinary conference focuses on material culture in the contexts of Italy, its colonies, and its diasporic communities. We are particularly interested in new approaches to the analysis of material culture that draw from the social sciences and the humanities, discovering hitherto unexplored perspectives and expressions.


  • Consumerism and consumption
  • Ephemeral and fragile objects, e.g., textiles, St. Joseph altars
  • Objects and narration
  • Religious material culture
  • Artifacts of daily life and the making of home
  • Tourism and marketing of cultural heritage
  • Heritage objects and heritage sites
  • Monuments and sites of memory
  • Landscapes as material culture, e.g., gardens, cemeteries
  • Nationalism, colonialism, war, e.g., The Obelisk of Axum
  • Objects of stereotype and racism, e.g., an “Organ Grinder and Monkey” salt and
  • pepper shaker
  • Libraries, archives, and museums
  • Collecting and collectors
  • Preservation and conservation
  • Media (photography, film, print) as material culture
  • Material culture studies and the Internet

The official language of the conference is English. All presentations are to last no longer than twenty minutes, including audio and visual illustrations. Thursday evening is dedicated to welcoming comments and reception; sessions and panels will take place all day Friday and Saturday. There are no available funds for travel, accommodations, or meals.


Abstracts for scholarly papers (up to 500 words, plus a note on technical requirements) and a brief, narrative biography should be emailed as attached documents by September 18, 2015, to, where other inquires may also be addressed. We encourage the submission of organized panels (of no more than three presenters). Submission for a panel must be made by a single individual on behalf of the group and must include all the paper titles, abstract narratives, and individual biographies and emails. In addition to academic papers and panels, this conference is open to visual artists discussing their works in the paper/panel format. Submissions by visual artists must include abstracts for papers (up to 500 words, plus a note on technical requirements), up to five .jpgs, and a brief narrative biography.


The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, is a university-wide research institute of the City University of New York, dedicated to the history and culture of Italians in the United States.


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CfP: Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage

International Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage
March 31 – April 4, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan
Ironbridge International Institute of Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and National Taiwan University

In the context of rapid cultural and economic globalisation, over half of the World’s population now live in urban areas. Through rural migration, new economic opportunities and enhanced global mobilities, cities and towns have expanded dramatically resulting in challenges to their character and identity.  Visible changes in skylines and boundaries are also accompanied by less obvious shifts in how cities preserve, present and promote their pasts and traditions against fierce and competitive demands for space. Urban heritage, as the valued tangible and intangible legacies of the past, would appear to be an increasingly important asset for communities and governments alike, allowing cities to mark their distinctiveness, attract tourists and inward investment and, retain a historical narrative that feeds into the quality of life. At the same time, new heritage – the heritage of the future – is being created in cities and towns. This reflects the patterns and trends of wider economic, social and cultural change and is resulting in ‘starchitecture’ and new iconic structures, but also in small scale interventions whereby communities are creating and nurturing buildings, objects, spaces and practices that have meaning and value to them.

In this context, this conference seeks to examine the processes of protecting, planning and promoting urban heritage in the face of on-going changes, pressures and opportunities at the global and the local level. We wish to better understand the ways in which heritage can be mobilised in the development of city well-being and the changing approaches to how it is managed, taking into account issues of ownership, responsibility, local and national economies and identities. Critically we address the question of long term sustainability and pose the question of what will future residents, communities and tourists inherit from their towns and cities?

The Conference aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and we invite papers from all disciplines and fields including: anthropology, architecture, archaeology, art history, cultural geography, cultural studies, design, ethnology and folklore, economics, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, philosophy, political science, sociology, tourism studies, urban history, urban/spatial planning.

We welcome perspectives on all aspects of urban heritage / heritage in the urban context – world heritage, historic urban landscapes, colonial heritage, religious heritage, intangible heritage and traditions, museum heritage, food heritage etc. etc. Potential themes of interest include:

•       Innovative modalities of protection and planning urban heritage
•       Community approaches to and uses of, urban heritage
•       City based tourism and visitor economies of urban heritage
•       Urban heritage as a form of social resistance
•       Heritage as city memory
•       Cosmopolitan urban heritage and re-creating identities
•       Global and mega-city competition through heritage
•       Revitalising the city through heritage
•       Sub-urban  and sub-altern heritage
•       Urban spaces, traditions and intangible heritage

Please send a 300 word abstract of your paper with a clear title and contact details to as soon as possible but no later than October 15th 2015.

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Call for Article: Cultural Contestation: Heritage, Ethnicity and the Role of Government (Palgrave)

Cultural Contestation: Heritage, Ethnicity and the Role of Government (Palgrave)
Edited by Pieter Wagenaar & Jeroen Rodenberg (VU University Amsterdam)

At current we are exploring possibilities to put together an edited volume around the theme ‘cultural/heritage contestation, ethnicity and the role of government’. We intend to have the volume published in the Palgrave Studies in Heritage and Conflict Series (Series Editors dr. Britt Baillie, dr. Ihab Saloul and prof. dr. Rob van der Laarse).

In our view, ample attention is being paid to the ways in which cultural heritage leads to conflict, especially when heritage is used as a resource for identity formation. Yet, what is far less understood is the role of government during such conflicts. Clear is, however, that governments often play such a role, as they take the initiative to try and solve these conflicts, are called in by one or more of the involved parties to solve the conflict, or even cause conflicts over heritage with their actions.

We call on everyone who would consider contributing to send a short abstract to:, Deadline July 4th, 2015

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CfP:Images of Cultural Diversity and Heritage

 Visual Anthropology and European Cultural Heritage, the academic conference and the Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) film festival, are scheduled to take place in September 2015 within the framework of “Images of Cultural Diversity and Heritage” project.

21-26.09.2015,Warsaw (Poland)

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