Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Call for Papers: Convergence in Oceania

Science and Art: Convergence in Oceania
38th Annual UOG CLASS Research Conference
March 10, 2017

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The theme for the 38th Annual Research Conference is Science and Art: Convergence in Oceania.  The conference will convene on Friday, March 10, 2017 on the campus of the University of Guam-Unibetsedåt Guahan.

The organizing committee welcomes proposals related to the multidisciplinary intersections of the Sciences and Arts that converge in Oceania.  Local, regional, and global scholars, scientists, visual and theatrical artists, and students can propose traditional session formats such as the conventional presentation of an academic paper or the informative poster session.  Presenters can also propose innovative sessions to share their research and experiences such as illustrated talks, interactive panels and demonstrations, engaging performances, and Skype presentations.

Regardless of the proposed session format, the objective of the conference is to provide a forum for intellectual engagement and discussions on issues related to the conference theme and relevant or unique to Oceania, an area endowed with significant ecological and cultural diversity.  Local, regional, and global practitioners and scholars who interrogate how those issues manifest in Oceania and/or examine the changing role of Oceania as it grapples with the social forces of globalization are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Proposals should address any of the following topics:
  • Environmental Science
  • Energy and Environment
  • Biology and Ecology of Oceans
  • Education
  • Employment and Poverty Reduction
  • Health and Health Issues
  • Gender and Women’s Empowerment
  • Politics and Governance
  • Context, Change and Continuity in Language
  • Pacific History and Development
  • Sustainable Art Practices
  • Environmental Arts
  • Ecologically Engaged Art
  • Contemporary Art in Pacific
  • Traditional Pacific Arts
  • Geography
  • Pacific Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Tourism
Proposals beyond the range of these topics will be considered if relevant to Oceania. 
Proposals (title, abstract, presenters/institutions) can be submitted here.
You may send questions and inquiries to class.arc38@gmail.com.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE : NOVEMBER 1, 2016
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: DECEMBER 1, 2016
NOTIFICATION OF TRAVEL GRANT RECIPIENTS: END OF DECEMBER, 2016

GUIDE FOR AUTHORS & IMPORTANT DATES
The Call for Proposals is open to faculty and graduate and undergraduate students in any discipline.  Other professionals or artists not affiliated with an academic institution but interested in sharing their relevant professional work through this research conference platform are also encouraged to submit proposals.
Proposals must include a presentation title, an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a list of author(s) and institutional affiliation(s).  If proposing a Skype presentation, please indicate it in the proposal’s Abstract.
Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for discussion.
Presenters will have access to rooms equipped with projectors, but must provide their own laptop.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE : NOVEMBER 1, 2016
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: DECEMBER 1, 2016
NOTIFICATION OF TRAVEL GRANT RECIPIENTS: END OF DECEMBER, 2016
Presenters applying for the TRAVEL GRANT must submit complete proposals by NOVEMBER 1, 2016.  Refer to the “About” page for more information regarding the 
TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR PRESENTERS.

Conference Organizing Committee
  • Dr. Irena Keckes (Chair), Division of Communications and Fine Arts
  • Prof. Lewis Rifkowitz, Division of Communications and Fine Arts
  • Dr. Chris Garcia, Division of English and Applied Linguistics
  • Dr. Yoshito Kawabata, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Dr. Michael Bevacqua, Division of Humanities 
  • Dr. Sharleen Santos-Bamba, CLASS Associate Dean (Acting)
  • Ms. Jessica Urbano, CLASS Dean's Office

The University of Guam is committed to equal opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities by providing access to its services and facilities through the ADA Office. Call 671-735-2995 or TDD 671-735-2243.

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