Cultural Migrations: Displacement and Renewal - A Roundtable Discussion and Symposium on Immigration and Resettlement in the Buffalo/Niagara Region of New York


NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – On September 8 and 9, 2017, The New York Folklore Society, a statewide non-profit arts organization supporting folklife and traditional arts, and the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, will host a Roundtable Discussion and Symposium to explore issues of immigration and resettlement in the context of Western New York.  This two-day participatory program includes panel discussions showcasing the area’s innovative responses to cultural sharing and accommodation, a workshop for artists, music and dance performances, exhibitions, and participatory art experiences.   Themes of the Roundtable Symposiumincludes micro-enterprise in community settings, place making through food, language, and changing neighborhood identities, responses to migration, and public and community health care.

Events will kick off on Friday, September 8, 2017 with a Curator’s talk by Lisa Catalfamo-Flores about her exhibition, El Sueño de América / The Dream of America: Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants, followed by musical and dance performances by members of Buffalo’s newcomer communities. (to be determine)

El Sueño de América / The Dream of America: Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants is a photographic exhibition that takes us from the milking parlors of surrounding counties to the cinder-block homes of Coyula, Guadalajara, Mexico, and back again. This straightforward perspective asks that we consider without bias or stereotype, the work being done, and the lives and sacrifices of the workers. Hard work and separation are underlying themes of these immigrants’ lives.

The program schedule for Saturday, September 9, 2017 begins with registration from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and the program begins with a traditional Thanksgiving Address by Bryan Printup of the Tuscarora Nation followed by Roundtable sessions examining place making through mechanisms of neighborhood revitalization, food, education, and language.   Panelists include Thaw Yee and Daniel Leong of the Karen Society of Buffalo, Amelia Blake of Explore and More Children’s Museum,  and Bryan Printup of the Tuscarora Nation.  Place making through Food and Language will include presentations by Elizabeth Bloom of Hartwick College, Ramin Ganesram, food journalist, and Julie Tay of the Mencius Society for the Arts.

Christina Pope, Regional Director for Welcoming America will provide a plenary address at 11:30 – 12:30, sharing Welcoming America’s three-pronged model for successfully bridging divides between immigrants and longer-term residents in “receiving” communities.  Launched in 2009, the non-profit Welcoming America has spurred a growing movement across the United States, with one in eight Americans living in a Welcoming Community. Their award-winning, social entrepreneurship model is predicated on assisting communities to create and articulate principles for inclusion.

The afternoon sessions beginning at 1:30 will focus upon Micro-Enterprise with panelists Dawne Hoeg of Stitch Buffalo; Ma Theint and Michell Holler of WEDI/West Side Bazaar; and Dr. Mirza Tihic of Syracuse University, providing a glimpse of innovative approaches to entrepreneurship in New York State.  This will be followed at 2:30 p.m. by a session on health challenges and initiatives, with participation by Laura Trolio of the New York Department of Health, Gamileh Jahil of ACCESS WNY, Michael Martin of Native American Community Services, moderated by Wilfredo Morel of Hudson River Health Care.

Participants will then be provided free transportation via the Discover Niagara Shuttle to experience art experiences in community venues.   Details to be announced.  The program will end with a closing address by Bryan Printup of the Tuscarora Nation.

To register, please visit the website of the New York Folklore Society at or call (518) 346-7008 for information.

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A one-day conference organised by the AHRC Heritage Priority Area team in association with the UK Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Thursday 5th October 2017 10am-5pm

The British Academy, London

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area team, in association with the UK Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, invite paper proposals for a forthcoming one-day conference on Heritage Studies: Critical Approaches and New Directions, which will take place at the British Academy in London on Thursday 5 October 2017.

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area - led by Professor Rodney Harrison, UCL - is marking its launch with this conference, as well as a public lecture the evening before, to gain an overview of the current state of the field of heritage studies and to explore new and emerging areas of research amongst UK-based researchers.  The public lecture will be delivered by Dr Karen Salt, Co-Director of the Centre For Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham. 

Further details and tickets for the Launch/Public Lecture can be found on the Eventbrite page

We will also host an evening panel discussion on the role of heritage research in policy and practice directly after the Conference.

Papers should showcase current research projects or explore emerging and future research directions in critical heritage studies, broadly understood as an interdisciplinary field of research which critically explores heritage in all of its different forms, as well as the social, political and material ‘work’ which it does in the world. We hope to attract a wide range of views and perspectives from a number of different disciplines, and thus welcome postgraduate and early career researchers, academics, practitioners, and other interested parties who are currently based in, or interested in, the UK.

An indicative list of possible themes and areas of focus are given below, but we would welcome papers which engage critically with any aspect of natural or cultural heritage or collections.

  • The relationship between ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ heritage

  • How heritage is defined, mobilised and deployed in different contexts

  • Heritage and climate change

  • Heritage, Brexit and post-truth politics

  • Contested and emerging forms of heritage

  • Changing economies and ecologies of heritage

  • Heritage and power

  • Heritage and posthumanities

  • Heritage and big data

  • Heritage, museums and migration

  • Heritage and wellbeing

  • Heritage and identity

  • Critical engagements with the role of heritage in international development

  • Current and emerging theories and concepts in heritage and museum studies

  • New disciplinary engagements with heritage

  • Histories of heritage

  • Heritage, recycling and circular economies

  • The future of heritage and museums

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 11 August 2017

Acceptance Notification: Friday 18 August 2017

Registration Deadline: Friday 15 September 2017

Conference: Thursday 5 Oct 2017

Proposals for Papers should include a paper title and up to 250 word abstract.  We also ask that you indicate the following in your proposal:

  • Your name, affiliation, and area of research
  • In one sentence, what has been a fundamental obstacle/challenge in carrying out your work/research in the heritage field?
  • Would you prefer to give a 5-minute “lightning talk” or standard 15-minute paper?

Papers will be organised into plenary or parallel thematic sessions consisting of standard papers or shorter “lightning talks”. Where possible we will try to allocate your paper to the format of choice, but in some cases we may need to come back to you to discuss where your paper might best fit with the programming of the event.

Please send any queries and proposals to Hana Morel ( by Friday 11 August 2017 noon.

Please note:

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area team are also planning:

  • A Postgraduate Researcher and Early Career Heritage Researcher Workshop on Wednesday 4th October
  • The AHRC Heritage Priority Area Launch/Public Lecture on the evening of Wednesday 4th October and
  • A Workshop on Heritage and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) on Friday 6th October

Please visit our website at for further details.

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Early Career Researcher-focused event on heritage studies (British Academy, London)



Wednesday 4th October 2017

10am- 5pm, followed by the AHRC Heritage Priority Area Evening Launch/Public Lecture at 6-8pm

The British Academy, London

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership ( team invites you to attend an

All-Day Workshop for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in Heritage Studies at the British Academy in London on Wednesday 4th October

Who Is This For?

We welcome PGRs and ECRs in Heritage Studies across the Arts and Humanities (and affiliated disciplines), from PhD candidates to postdoctoral researchers, within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Independent Research Organisations (IROs), and working within the heritage sector itself, to join the workshop.

We want to use this opportunity to get to know you and to understand your needs as a distinctive part of the UK Heritage Research Community.

At the workshop you will be able to discuss your own work and challenges you have faced with the AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow Rodney Harrison and his team,

who are waiting to hear how we can work with AHRC to help support the careers of Early Career Heritage Researchers.

The Workshop Programme

The workshop will provide an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about how the AHRC supports ECRs, especially in the period following the completion of a PhD

  • Share your research alongside other heritage researchers

  • Learn about new and emerging research topics and the broader context of heritage studies in the UK

  • Form new networks and partnerships between and across HEIs and the heritage sector

  • Develop collective research agendas

The workshop focuses on how to read yourself into grants, and insight on what research bodies are looking for when they read proposals.  It further explores the strengths and benefits of best practice, and gaps you feel are present in your ECR work.  There will be keynote presentations and breakout sessions, as well as information on funding and research career planning in Heritage Studies.

Your input to the day will help shape future research support and policy in Heritage Studies in the UK.

The deadline for applications is Friday 4 August noon. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 14 August 2017.

Feel free to contact for further queries and to submit your application.

Please note:

Evening: The event will culminate in an Evening Launch/Public Lecture and linked networking reception which is an open event.  The lecture will be delivered by Karen Salt, Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham.  A scholar of race, sovereignty, power and politics, a significant portion of her work investigates how nation-states have claimed independence, demanded political recognition and fought for their continued sovereignty within a highly racialised world. Dr Salt also provides service to the wider arts, humanities and social research communities. She is an active grant reviewers and sits as a member on the Peer Review colleges for ESRC and AHRC. She will begin a 3 year appointment as a member of the AHRC Advisory Board this September. 


Following Day: The ECR workshop will also precede the conference Heritage Studies: Critical Approaches and New Directions in association with the UK Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies held on Thursday 5th October at the British Academy, which we also invite you to attend. ECRs will have the opportunity to present their work at this event.

You will need to register for both of these events separately.

For further information, please visit our website at

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CfP: digital cultural heritage : FUTURE VISIONS London

13-15 November 2017 at University College London, Stratford UK
Conference convenors Dr Kelly Greenop, Dr Chris Landorf and Mr Peter McLennan

Innovative new data collection and digital visualisation techniques can capture and share historic artefacts, places and practices faster, in greater detail and amongst a wider community than ever before. Creative virtual environments that provide interactive interpretations of place, archives enriched with digital film and audio recordings, histories augmented by crowd-sourced data all have the potential to engage new audiences, engender alternative meanings and enhance current management practices. At a less tangible level, new technologies can also contribute to debates about societal relationships with the historical past, contemporary present and possible futures, as well as drive questions about authenticity, integrity, authorship and the democratisation of heritage.
Yet for many, gaps still exist between these evolving technologies and their application in everyday heritage practice. Following the success of a sister conference in Brisbane, Australia in April, this symposium will focus on the emerging disciplines of digital cultural heritage and the established practice of heritage management, providing a platform for critical debate between those developing and applying innovative digital technology, and those seeking to integrated best practice into the preservation, presentation and sustainable management of cultural heritage. Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Sarah Kenderdine (EPFL, Switzerland) and Professor Andong Lu (Nanjing University, China).

Call for papers: This symposium is designed to encourage critical debate across a wide range of heritage-related disciplines. We welcome papers from practitioners and academics working in cultural heritage and related fields such as architecture, anthropology, archaeology, geography, media studies, museum studies and tourism. We particularly encourage papers that explore the challenges of digitising tangible and intangible cultural heritage, those that identify issues with digitisation and digital interaction, and those that address the theoretical challenges posed by digital cultural heritage.

Submission details: Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted no later than Monday, 7 August 2017 via the online form available at:

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers (5,000 words maximum) following the conference for peer-review and publication in the conference proceedings. For any other queries please contact Chris Landorf at

Key dates

Abstracts due: 07 August 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance: 18 September 2017
Early bird registration closes: 30 October 2017
Conference: 13-15 November 2017
Full papers due: 18 December 2017
Notification of paper acceptance: 12 February 2018

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CfP - Researching Digital Cultural Heritage - Manchester, 30th November - 1st December 2017


Researching Digital Cultural Heritage

International Conference

Manchester, 30th November - 1st December 2017  


Call for Papers

"Researching Digital Cultural Heritage" is a 2-day international conference in Manchester (30/11 - 1/12 2017), jointly organised by the University of Manchester and Newcastle University. The conference proposes a critical examination of established and emerging theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks in researching cultural heritage spaces, objects, audiences and practices in the digital realm. This includes both the impact that digital media have in developing new research methodologies and frameworks of analysis of cultural heritage; and the practice of researching digitally mediated or digitally constituted heritage objects, spaces and interactions and the environments in which this research takes place.

We invite proposals for 20min presentations that focus and critically reflect on theoretical, methodological, ethical, or analytical approaches in researching cultural heritage in the digital realm. Indicative themes include:

  • Current and emerging research design, methodologies, methods and tools in researching cultural heritage in the digital realm (e.g. digital ethnography, social network analysis, visual analysis, sentiment analysis, text mining, big data, data visualisation, digital archives, web and social media analytics)

  • Digitally enabled collaborative, participatory and reflexive approaches in cultural heritage design, research and practice

  • Ethical considerations and processes in researching digital cultural heritage

  • Researching digital materiality in cultural heritage

  • Researching social media and digital games as cultural heritage

  • Researching audiences in digital cultural heritage environments

  • Researching organisational strategies, structures, processes and workforce in digital cultural heritage

  • Digital/online cultural heritage spaces as research environments

Please find the full Call for Papers and proposal template on the conference's webpage:

Deadline for Proposals: Friday 21st July 2017

Conference email address:   

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