[Themaintainers] infrastructure cfp

Jonathan Coopersmith j-coopersmith at tamu.edu
Wed Mar 7 07:34:45 EST 2018

oh, to be a grad student or postdoc again

CFA: Transregional Academy “Infrastructures, Regions and Urbanizations”
by Barbara Bishay

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung –
Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland in cooperation with
the National University Singapore (NUS) cordially invite doctoral and
postdoctoral scholars from the humanities and social sciences to apply for
a Transregional Academy. It will be convened from September 29th to October
7th 2018 at NUS in Singapore on the topic of “Infrastructures, Regions and
Urbanizations” and chaired by Andreas Eckert (Humboldt- Universität zu
Berlin), Weiqiang Lin, James D. Sidaway (both National University of
Singapore) and Franz Waldenberger (Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien,
Tokyo). It is arranged in cooperation with the Max Weber Foundation
Research Group on Borders, Mobility and New Infrastructures and the Asia
Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.

Deadline: Applications received by *April 8th, 2018* and addressed to:
academies at trafo-berlin.de

*Rationale *
Infrastructure has become a lively domain of scholarship. Whilst often
seemingly mundane and quotidian, the politics, histories and geographies
associated with infrastructures invite critical scrutiny and are a mirror
to wider, socio-economic, historical-geographical and natural trajectories.
It is less than a century since the term infrastructure entered the English
lexicon to signify a range of facilities, amenities and equipment:
“Infrastructure became a word only in 1927, seemingly long after the idea
came into existence.”, as David Alff noted (2017, “Before infrastructure:
the poetics of paving in John Gay’s Trivia”, Proceedings of the Modern
Language Association, 132, 5). Elsewhere, Alff shows how infrastructural
projects, invariably “began as written proposals, circulated as print
objects, spurred physical undertakings, and provoked responses in the
realms of poetry, fiction, and drama. Mapping this process discloses the
ways in which ….authors applied their faculties of imagination to achieve
finite goals and, in so doing, devised new ways of seeing the world through
its future potential” (David Alff, 2017, The Wreckage of Intentions,
Projects in British Culture, 1660–1730, Philadelphia).

Infrastructure has both tangible, material forms, such as roads, cables,
wharfs, power and water grids and more intangible forms, such as formalized
and informal civil society socio-political networks and institutions. The
interactions between these forms and between infrastructures and regions
merit examination. *Regions *may include “areas” (such as Southeast or
Central Asia or territorial states or subnational and cross-border regions)
and the scholarly approaches to them. The latter include a range of area
studies traditions, trans-area studies as well as alternative approaches,
as in the discussions around “Zomia” as a name for a region in-between the
more conventionally-recognized ones of Central, South, East and Southeast
Asia (William van Schendel, 2002, "Geographies of knowing, geographies of
ignorance: jumping scale in Southeast Asia." Environment and Planning D:
Society and Space 20).

Infrastructure can be seen as a form of spatial-temporal “fix” within the
circulation of capital, goods and services. Infrastructures connect places
with different capabilities and power. Especially, if you integrate a
stronger value chain or/and global production network, crucial questions
arise about who, where and what will be able to appropriate value.
Infrastructures consolidate and transform uneven development, regional
value regimes and landscapes at diverse, interacting and often contested
scales. These include territorial states, regional organizations (such as
ASEAN, the EU or APEC and the Trans-Pacific Partnership), cross-border
formations (such as the Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore Growth Triangle,
sometimes known as SIJORI) and cities.

In regard of latter, the problematique of *urbanization* has also become a
very lively subject of scholarly debate. This includes claims that
sociologically and in terms of reconfigurations of space and nature,
urban-centred networks span the globe, and hence the development of
arguments that the appropriate analytical lens should be “planetary
urbanization” bestowing a network perspective on cities, resources and
territories. This work draws on earlier writings on the theme by Henri
Lefebvre (Neil Brenner, ed. 2014, Implosions/Explosions. Towards a Study of
Planetary Urbanization, Berlin).

Such claims about the universalization of the urban have been contested by
a range of scholars attesting the value of other analytical scales and
perspectives (see the forthcoming special issue of Society and Space on
planetary urbanization) on cities, urbanization, rurality, postcoloniality
and social life.

Either way, regions and inter-city dynamics are themselves continually
reconfigured by infrastructure. A significant contemporary example, is
China’s Belt and Road initiative that promises to reconfigure the spaces of
Eurasia and East Asia’s interactions with the rest of Asia, the wider
Indian Ocean and beyond into Africa. What does this signify for Asia’s (and
other) regions and for area studies? How might it be conceptualized through
critical geopolitics and/or mobilities studies?

We invite papers that consider any of these or allied questions from Asia
and other regions, which might include Africa, the Pacific, Europe and the
Americas, or indeed other ways of thinking about regional formations and
knowledges. We are interested equally in contemporary and historical cases,
and diverse and dissident approaches to these questions from across the
humanities and social sciences, at all scales (from bodily to planetary)
and their interconnections.

Applicants are advised to consult the website of the Forum Transregionale
Studien and the blog Trafo—Blog for Transregional Research as well as the
website of the Inter-Asia Engagements cluster. Those axes would be
included, but far from become exclusive foci, within the Academy, which
invites, case studies, comparisons and connections.

The Academy aims to provide a forum for scholars in social sciences and
humanities who are interested in discussing and exchanging on questions of
material and immaterial infrastructures, regions and urbanization in past
and present societies in diverse contexts.

The Transregional Academy promotes intensive peer-to-peer debates and
encourages new perspectives grown from debates in small discussion groups.
Participants take an active part in contributing to the program’s structure
and content. They present their individual research, co-design thematic
discussion groups, and are involved in organizing the workshops. While most
of the work is conducted in an intensive small-group atmosphere, the
Transregional Academy also presents its work to the public through general
lectures and open panel discussions. For more information on the format
please visit our Transregional Academies blog: academies.hypotheses.org.

The Transregional Academy is chaired by the above-mentioned group of
scholars and organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max
Weber Stiftung in cooperation with the Asia Research Institute at the
National University of Singapore.

The Transregional Academy will invite up to 21 doctoral and postdoctoral
scholars from different countries and academic backgrounds to present and
discuss their current research within an international and
multi-disciplinary framework. The Academy is designed to support scholarly

For questions regarding the concept of the Academy, please contact Franz
Waldenberger: waldenberger at dijtokyo.org; for questions regarding
eligibility and format, please contact Alix Winter:

academies at trafo-berlin.de; T: +49 (0)30 89 001-424; F: +49 (0)30 89 001-440.

*Conditions of Application and Procedure*
Travel, accommodation and provisioning of the participants will be fully
covered. The program targets doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who wish
to present their ongoing projects in both a comparative perspective and in
relation to the questions raised above. Moreover the researchers’ work
should be clearly relevant to the themes of the Transregional Academy. The
working language is English. The application should likewise be in English
and consist of:

— a curriculum vitae;

— an outline of the project (300 words max.) on which the applicant is
currently working;

— a brief motivation letter which describes the relevance of the own
research for the topic of the Academy;

— two suggested readings relevant to the Academy and which you would like
to discuss with other participants (please provide bibliographical data
only, no copies of the suggested readings are required);

— the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no
letters of recommendation required).

*Sent by e-mail as one PDF file by April 8th, 2018 to
academies at trafo-berlin.de <academies at trafo-berlin.de>*

Applicants will be notified with the result of the selection process by
mid-May, 2018. Successful applicants will be asked to submit by August 1st,
2018 the draft of a research paper, draft chapter of their PhD or
comparable work (6,000 words max.) to be discussed at the event.


The event is subject to the provision of funding.

The Transregional Academy is part of the strategic cooperation between the
Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche
Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland. It is supported by the
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für
Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization
that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and
social sciences. It is dedicated to a research agenda that systematically
links disciplinary approaches and the expertise of area studies, by
focusing on entanglements and interactions across national, cultural or
regional borders. The Forum is supported by the Land of Berlin.

The Max Weber Stiftung promotes global research, concentrated around the
areas of social sciences, cultural studies, and the humanities. Research is
conducted at ten institutes in various countries worldwide with distinctive
and independent focal points. Through its globally operating institutes,
the Foundation is able to contribute to the communication and networking
between Germany and the host countries or regions of its establishments.

*For more information please see:*


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CFP: Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence- Krakow, Poland - deadline
by Mike Robinson

*CfP Deadline Reminder: 1 month to go!*

*Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence*

*Krakow, Poland*

*Call for Papers Deadline: 9th April 2018*



Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the world have been
impacted by their Jewish communities; as places of both presence and
absence. Being held as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018,
this Conference is dedicated to addressing Urban Jewish Heritage and the
multi-layered issues it faces, and will bring together academics, planners,
policy makers and community leaders to examine the pasts, presents and
futures for cities with Jewish Heritage.

The Conference recognises that the threats to Jewish heritage are complex
and dynamic and there is a need to identify new thinking to preserve and
sustainably manage both the tangible and intangible aspects of Jewish
culture and to communicate this to a wider audience. As such, it seeks to
address the following questions:

   - What are the pressures upon Jewish heritage in the urban context?
   - How can new and sensitive uses be found for Jewish heritage in towns
   and cities?
   - What management models can be applied to Jewish heritage to ensure its
   - What forms of relationships exist between Jewish heritage sites and
   urban tourism?
   - What are the touristic experiences with Jewish heritage?
   - To what extent is the interpretation of Jewish heritage effective and
   geared to an increasingly cosmopolitan and younger audience?
   - What is the role of the museum in the mediation and representation of
   Jewish heritage?
   - How is the intangible cultural heritage of the Jewish community

Organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage
and the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, in association with the City of
Krakow and Villa Decius Association, we invite abstracts of 300 words to be
submitted as soon as possible but at the latest by 9 April 2018. Please
visit our website for more details:  www.urbanjewishheritageconfere

For queries, please email heritageconference at contacts.bham.ac.uk

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