ICUR2020 - Invitation special session: risk protection for Cultural Heritage and Historical centres

The CERU – European Centre on Urban Risks – is very pleased to welcome you to the 2nd International Conference on Urban Risks (ICUR2020) that will be held in Lisbon on June 25-27, 2020. 
ICUR2020 intends to gather practitioners, researchers and other specialists that study or deal with different risks on urban areas, in order to share their experiences and practices, to discuss risks from diverse perspectives and to cope with the latest results of research. 
Among the several conference topics, which range from the concepts and methods on risk management to the risk assessment of a variety of urban risks, and also comprising topics dedicated to risk treatment and communication, there will be a session dedicated to the Risk Protection for Cultural Heritage and Historical Centres addressing a wide range of sub-topics related to this field (see the attachment and also
The conference will be bilingual (English and Portuguese), although the use of English will be encouraged due to the selection of the best papers to be published in peer-reviewed international journals as the Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
The deadline to submit an extended abstract/short paper is January 31, 2020. Short papers will be published in a proceeding book with ISBN. Additional information can be checked at the Conference website:​

CfP: X Simposio Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA), Quito, Ecuador, 6-9 Julio 2020

Saludos cordiales,
Es un placer informar que está habilitado el portal de registro de propuestas de mesas, ponencias libres, pósters y presentación de libros, para el X Simposio Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Historia Ambiental. El evento se llevará a cabo en Quito, Ecuador, entre el 6 y 9 de junio de 2020.
Para enviar sus propuestas, visite, pestaña “Registro”. El sistema estará abierto hasta el 14 de noviembre 2019.
Si tiene algún problema durante el envío de sus propuestas, escríbanos a simposi…
Agradecemos su apoyo para la difusión de esta información,
Nicolás Cuvi
Departamento de Antropología, Historia y Humanidades
Equipo coordinador 
Quito 2020

Until October 15th : Call for Applications : Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax : January 6-11, 2020

We welcome applications for the Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax (ACL: Parallax), taking place at Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal, between 6 and 11 January 2020. The Campus is organised by the Portuguese research center CIUHCT and is part of the Anthropocene Curriculum initiated by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), which has generated two Anthropocene Campus in Berlin (2014, 2016) and several satellite events worldwide.
Like previous editions, the Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax is an interdisciplinary event in which participants will be working in workshop-like seminars hosted by conveners. We welcome  the attendance of students from higher education institutions, scholars from the sciences and the humanities, artists, and activists. We encourage participants to engage in sketching possible collaborative outputs in several formats (publications, videos, artworks, research projects, etc.) that will circulate in different fora. 
Core topics in the discussion on environmental crisis will be approached through different perspectives: Inequality, Turistification, Big Data, Hacking, Animal Care, Popular Dwelling, Sonic ecology, Technological resistance, etc.
According to its dictionary definition, parallax is «the effect by which the position of an object seems to change when it is looked at from different positions.» The challenges of the Anthropocene demand research actions that cut across disciplinary barriers to create new modes of making and sharing knowledge. But while a transdisciplinary approach is necessary, we should also restrain from aiming at an integrated framework. On the contrary, new actionable insights may spark only from an open, non-hierarchical and even conflictual exchange, in which multiple, and not necessarily compatible, perspectives on reality are at stake. Taking the parallax effect seriously means not to dismiss it as an error or as “apparent” movement. The movement is there, and we must move to follow it.
The Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax uses the parallax effect to engage with issues of environmental and social transformation and collapses highlighted by the term Anthropocene. To that end, we propose to organize a discussion around two intertwined and complementary but often divorced frameworks: on the one hand, systems of social and technological organization, which determine the actions that are possible within a given historical context; and on the other, perception and narrative, which determine our limits for understanding and imagining. Power and discourse are negotiated, challenged, and perpetuated through both means, defining the conditions for living in contemporaneity.
Participants will participate in one seminar from each of the two overarching framework: Systems of Social and Technological Organization and Perception and Narrative. To apply please use exclusively the online application form in No other applications will be considered. Applicants must submit a short CV and motivation letter stating their interest in the Anthropocene Campus Lisboa. The Registration Fee is €150, paid upon acceptance of the application (the fee includes coffee-breaks and lunch for the 6 days of the Campus); information on the payment will be available soon. 
Deadline for application: October 15, 2019.

Doctoral Candidate Position, "Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies and China’s “Green” Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia"

Volkswagen Foundation “Freigeist” Fellowship Research Group
Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies and China’s “Green” Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia
1 Doctoral Candidate Position (4 years)
The Volkswagen Foundation “Freigeist” Fellowship Research Group Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies and China’s “Green” Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia invites applications for one funded position for a doctoral candidate (salary group TV-L 13, 75%, 4 years, additional funds for field research available). Deadline is January 15, 2020.
The doctoral candidate will research the environmental aspects of Chinese investments in Southeast Asia from an ethnographic perspective, carrying out one year of ethnographic field research in the region. Applicants should speak at least one local language. A Master’s degree in the social sciences is required, and preference will be given to applicants with a background in social anthropology, human geography, and/or environmental studies. The successful applicant will also be expected to actively contribute to project team activities, together with the PI and the postdoc, such as reading groups and the organization of workshops. Knowledge of Mandarin is a plus.
Disciplinarily grounded in social anthropology, with methodological and analytical inputs from the environmental humanities, the research group investigates the environmental aspects of Chinese infrastructure investments in Southeast Asia from an ethnographic and comparative perspective. China’s global investments abroad are increasingly framed within the language of “green” development, a rhetoric that sits uneasily with China’s own multiple, and often conspicuous, environmental crises domestically. Scholarship on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has thus far focused on its geopolitical and fiscal aspects, while research on the ecologies of Chinese building ambition has investigated the environmental impacts of individual projects. In bridging these, this project will contribute nuanced understandings of how environmental issues surrounding Chinese infrastructure are negotiated between Chinese planners and engineers, officials, environmental NGOs and local communities. Each member of the research team will focus on one particular case study, but the project includes periods of collaborative research to foster connections, consistency and comparison.
Potential candidates are invited to suggest a specific research focus and field site within the context of Chinese investments in infrastructure in Southeast Asia. Examples of potential case studies for the doctoral candidate are the following:
- The Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima railway in Thailand
- The Laos section of the Kunming-Singapore Railway Project
- The Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone in Cambodia
- The Hai Phong Port in Vietnam
The Environing Infrastructure Research Group is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), a joint initiative of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Deutsches Museum. The RCC is the largest Center for Advanced Study in the environmental humanities worldwide and hosts numerous international scholars working on environmental topics. The doctoral candidate will be based in Munich and affiliated with the Doctoral Program in Environment and Society at the RCC. The doctoral candidate will engage with and profit from the RCC’s lively research community, its regular Colloquia series and workshops, as well as interactions with scholars working across the environmental humanities.
Please submit your application by 15 January 2020 as a single PDF to Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar..
The following documents are required:
- An academic curriculum vitae (including publications and awards, if applicable);
- A letter of motivation in which you summarise a) your experience and interests; b) why you are applying for this position; and c) why you are the best candidate (2 pages max);
- A project outline detailing the proposed regional case study as well as a sketch of how you would address the topic theoretically and methodologically (2 pages max);
- Your Master’s thesis (if in a language other than English, please provide a table of contents and a summary of max. 5 pages in English)
- The names and contact information of two academic referees (NB: these will only be contacted if you are shortlisted).
We welcome candidates with experience outside of academia (e.g. working at NGOs, think tanks or in industry) and encourage applicants from Southeast Asia.
Interviews for the position will be held in February 2020. The position will begin in September 2020 at the earliest.
For applicants unfamiliar with the German academic system, a TV-L 13 75% position provides a liveable salary, full tuition, and benefits including full healthcare, pension contributions, six weeks paid vacation, and parental leave (if required). As the candidate will be a state employee, they are required to have German health insurance and to make contributions to the German tax and social welfare system. Please note that knowledge of German language is not required for this position. Working hours are flexible, and the RCC offers a family-friendly working environment. The RCC can also assist, if necessary, with work permits and visas. We especially seek applications from qualified individuals with disabilities and welcome applications from women.
For further information and questions regarding the position, please contact the PI Dr. Alessandro Rippa (Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar.).


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