Thursday, December 18, 2014

CfP: German Congress of Geography

The German Geographic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie, DGfG) and the Geography Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin extend a cordial invitation to all geographers to participate in the German Congress of Geography in October 2015 in Berlin.
The Call for Papers is now open until 11 January 2015. You are invited to submit your papers to the sessions, which can be found here

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

CFP: The Ideal City: between myth and reality – Urbino (Italy) – 27-29 August 2015

The Ideal City: between myth and reality – Urbino (Italy) – 27-29 August 2015

In the wake of globalization and State rescaling, cities are regaining relevance as social laboratories for new and innovative practices of social inclusion and participation. Within this trend cities are becoming again and more than ever a project. Policy‐makers, planners, inhabitants and mob le people build representations and idealizations that make a big part of the allure of urban life. Cities are imagined, made and remade “by design”. This has long tradition: from the grids of Roman cities to contemporary capitals like Brasilia, from Megalopolis like Shēnzhèn to living experiments like Soleri’s Arcosanti; from urban lives in the Renaissance to the Futurist vertical dreams; from, the 19th‐century garden cities to the current hype for smart cities.
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4th RC21-IJURR-FURS Summer School in Comparative Urban Studie

Research Committee 21 (RC21) of the International Sociology Association, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS) and the University of Urbino Carlo Bo (Italy) invite applications for 25 places on our fourth collaborative School on Comparative Urban Studies, to be held in Urbino (Italy) from August 16th to September 2nd 2015. 
The School is being held in conjunction with the RC21 Conference on the theme of “The ideal city: between myth and reality. Representations, policies, contradictions and challenges for tomorrow’s urban life” to be held on August 27-29, 2015.

Summer School on Comparative Urban Studies – Urbino (Italy) – August 2015

Sunday, December 7, 2014

CfP: Multiple moralities and shadow economies in post-socialism: debating positive and negative incentives to tackle the informal economy

Marie Curie/IAPP Summer School: Zagreb 29 August " 1 September 2015
Call for applicants

In recent years, growing attention has been paid to fighting, or at
least controlling, incomes that are hidden from or unregistered by,
the state for tax, social security and/or labour law purposes.
Starting from the assumption that such non-compliance is not some
minority practice (according to an OECD report, of the global working
population of some three billion, nearly two-thirds - 1.8 billion -
work in the informal economy, see Jütting and Laiglesia, 2009) and
pushed by the need for governments to gather revenues to face the
economic crisis, the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU-27)
and Norway, as well as the EU Candidate countries, have been
earnestly seeking new policy measures to enable the formalization of
undeclared work (see EIRO, 2005; European Employment Observatory,
2004, 2007; Renooy et al, 2004; Williams and Renooy, 2009, 2013).

Two broad approaches have been distinguished towards undeclared work:
a deterrence approach which seeks to engender compliance by detecting
and punishing non-compliance, and an enabling approach which aims to
encourage compliance by either: preventing businesses or people from
engaging in undeclared work from the outset; providing incentives to
enable the transfer of undeclared work into the declared realm, or
facilitating commitment to ~tax moralityTM (Small Business Council,
2004; Williams and Renooy, 2009).

Conventionally, the deterrence approach was dominant across most
European countries. However, the recent crisis and recalculations of
the advantages of formalisation of informal economies have led to
rethinking the way to deal with undeclared economies. Rather than
seek to eradicate the undeclared economy, it is now becoming more
popular an approach to encourage the formalisation of undeclared

Previous research from the GREY project (http://www.grey- has suggested that the informal economy
may be higher the broader is the gap between individual and state
morality. Our understanding is that where a citizen does not see the
advantage of contributing to state development, or when s/e perceives
the state as unreliable, not giving but only taking, or not giving
enough, they are more likely to leave the game. In this respect,
economic actors may even perceive as oemoral  not contributing to the
state (and thus doing something stigmatised by state morality).
Indeed, there is an increasing amount of work in the informal economy
and the emergence of individual accounts that contrast with a state-
led view on individual morality (see, among others, Van Schendel &
Abrahams, 2005; Wanner, 2005, Morris, 2012; Morris & Polese, 2014;
Polese & Rodgers, 2011).

For this Summer School, we welcome the submission of early stage
researchers with empirically-based papers, based on recent research
by PhD students and early post-docs, as well as theoretically-rich
accounts on the relationship between the formal and the informal
economy, state-citizen dynamics and conflictual moralities.
Contributions may be on (but are not limited to):

Informal, undeclared, shadow, underground and unrecorded economic

Tax evasion and tax non-compliance

Tax morality

Informal economies and governance

Informal economic practices and policy making

Suggestions on how to increase compliance among taxpayers, companies
and stakeholders

Moral foundations and alternative moralities of criminal or illegal

Please submit 200 word abstracts and a short biographical statement
with your current position and affiliation  to:
Deadline for abstract: 15 February 2015

Travel, board and lodging for the selected participants will be
covered by the organisers.

This summer school has been made possible thanks to a generous grant
from the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission (grant
no. 611259)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Funded PhD places available in Digital Humanities at University of Kent

The University of Kent is recruiting for new funded PhD places, to join in the 2015/16 academic year. We have a special interest in proposals for Digital Humanities, Digital Heritage, Spatial Humanities, and cross-disciplinary humanities research.

Eastern ARC is the new research consortium, uniting research capacity in the Digital Humanities and heritage at the universities of Kent, Essex, and UEA. At Kent we are particularly interested in proposals on past built environments, ancient cities, and comparative urbanism, among a few other key areas.
CHASE scholarships: 
CHASE is an Arts and Humanities (AHRC) funded doctoral training centre in which seven universities collaborate. Here we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary humanities research, certainly still including archaeological and historical disciplines and the Digital or Spatial Humanities.
50th Anniversary scholarships: 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Call for Proposals: Special Issue on Travel Writing and the Visual

Studies in Travel Writing, Taylor and Francis
Special Issue on Travel Writing and the Visual

Travelling and moving from one place to another have always been accompanied by some sort of need and desire to record experiences visually. According to McGrane, “To travel is to see – travel is essentially a way of seeing, a mode of seeing: it is grounded in the eye, in our visual capacity” (Beyond Anthropology).
It is through seeing that distant places, foreign people and objects seem to gain consistency. Through the years, sketches, watercolours, photography, film and digital media have framed and recorded every aspect of our movements and experiences of dislocation. What happens then when visual means and products (traditional and digital) come to influence or complement tales of displacement and mobility? In what way does the writing of present and past experiences of departure reflect and respond to visual images? How are issues of identity, gender, race and class expressed through the interlacing of words and images in travelogues? And how do the recording, display and narration of personal and collective experiences of travel provoke and encourage us to experiment with new ways of seeing and being?
We invite article proposals on visual elements of travel texts for a Special Issue of Studies in Travel Writing to be published in 2018. Articles will discuss the relationship between travel writing and visual media, within different geographical zones and historical contexts, in order to discuss and explore: how visual means evoke, engage with, comment on, or develop travel texts; in what way travel texts of any period respond to a visual aesthetic; how recent travel writing has engaged with new visual techniques (e.g. the DIGITAL CAMERA, new modes of image storage and processing etc.).
The following lines of enquiry are of particular interest (although other contributions are also welcome):
-       Representations of landscape; perceptions of urban and rural spaces;
-       Travel in extreme situations and hardship;
-       Written and visual narrations by people with disabilities and illnesses;
-       Children’s travels;
-       Women’s journeys;
-       Mystical and religious journeys;
-       Imagined journeys.
Proposals (in English and between 500-600 words) should be sent together with a brief biography to:, or by 16 December 2014.
Giorgia Alù (University of Sydney)
Sally Hill (Victoria University of Wellington)