Call for Submissions and Conferences

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Ongoing calls are also available.   

Call for Papers
Digital Sustainability - Special Thematic Issue
Digital Policy, Regulation and Governancel Perspectives 

Overview of Special Issue
The issues of digital transformation and sustainability are extremely timely. This is simultaneously the age of digital transformation and the age in which humanity has established a coherent set of sustainability goals to be achieved by 2030, namely the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). What is less commonly discussed is the role that digital technologies, digital skills, and digital social life will play in the pursuit and maintenance of a sustainable future. This special issue offers a forum for that conversation to emerge, as a venue in which social scientists, STS scholars, and other digital scholars can explore the concept of digital sustainability with an eye toward establishing a conceptual framework for defining and theorizing digital sustainability, for studying and assessing digital sustainability, and for plotting out applied methodologies for implementing principles of digital sustainability in real, augmented, and virtual spheres. Thus, the special issue on digital sustainability will open up new scholarly and applied conversations regarding precisely the intersection between digital aspects of human life and wider sustainability concerns for humanity and the planet.

The aims of the project are to connect contemporary scholarship in digital sociology with scholarship concerning sustainability, and thereby to carve out a new sub-field for digital sustainability.

The goals are as follows:
Establish a concept of digital sustainability, and to define the theoretical and conceptual parameters of the idea. Map out methodological approaches for the study and assessment of digital sustainability. Conceptualize how digital sustainability can be enhanced in applied settings. These goals will be met via the academic investigations assembled in the special issue.

Indicative List of Anticipated Themes
-Theorizing digital sustainability
-Measuring sustainability
-Methodologies for assessment of digital sustainability
-Mapping plans to achieve digital sustainability
-Exploration of the role of advanced computing in digital sustainability, such as ---AI, big data, quantum computing, blockchain, cryptocurrency
-Exploration of various forms of social reality as aspects of digital sustainability, such as RL, VR, AR, and XR
-Exploration of digital sustainability and the human-computer interface(s)
-The relevance of digital skills in digital sustainability
-The role of digital infrastructure in digital sustainability
-E-waste, energy usage, and other ecological concerns
-The role(s) of infrastructure, hardware, or software in digital sustainability
-The role of formal social institutions (public, private, or NGO) in digital sustainability 

Early Consideration of Abstracts: 15 August 2020
Notice of Interest: 30 August 2020
Article submission deadline: 31 October 2020
Reviews Returned: 15 January 2021
Revisions Due: 31 March 2021
Publication Schedule: Q3 of 2021

Special issue editors:
Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria University (UK): massimo.ragnedda@northumbria.ac.uk
Glenn Muschert, Khalifa University of Science & Technology (UAE): glenn.muschert@ku.ac.ae

Click here for more information regarding the call for papers.

Call for Book Proposals
Navigating Careers in Higher Education 

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence (SBBCLE), Purdue University, West Lafayette (U.S.A) seeks proposals for the book series, Navigating Careers in Higher Education. The series is through Purdue University Press.

Focus of Book Series

The success of diverse faculty entering institutions of higher education is shaped by varying factors at both the individual and institutional levels. Gender, race, class, ethnicity and immigrant generation as well as their intersections and interplay influence experiences and aspirations of faculty members and administrators. Women have earned half or more of all doctoral degrees for almost a decade yet remain disproportionately underrepresented in tenured and leadership positions throughout academia. Anyone in higher education from across the world can submit a book proposal.

Navigating Careers in Higher Education utilizes an intersectional lens to examine and understand how faculty members and administrators navigate careers and their aspirations to succeed. The series will include edited collections and monographs that adopt an interdisciplinary empirical approach that has theoretical, pedagogical, or policy impacts in addition to enabling individuals navigate their own careers. Books may adopt a US or a global focus and topics may include addressing sexism, homophobia, racism, and ethnocentrism; examining the role of higher education institutions; analyzing the effects of growing non-tenure track faculty; addressing the challenges of pursuing a research agenda that may be perceived as controversial; maintaining a life-work balance; and entering leadership positions. Additional topics related to careers in higher education are also welcome.

Book proposal guidelines are here: http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/pages/prospective-authors.

For additional information and to submit proposals, email butlercenter@purdue.edu

Call for Book Reviewers
World Medical and Health Policy

World Medical & Health Policy is dedicated to the intersection of policy, politics, medicine, and public health. The Journal's objective is to help improve global health by broadly considering policy context, processes, outcomes, and influences. World Medical & Health Policy is seeking book reviewers. If you are interested in reviewing a book, please send me an email at the address below. This call for book reviewers is open to graduate students, health professionals, professional academics of all levels, and independent scholars. We welcome your ideas for books to review and we will gladly also help you find a book that matches your area of expertise. We are especially interested in book reviews associated with health equity and open to a wide range of topics.

Call for Papers
ASA Session on Expanding Diversity of Biosocial Research: Opportunities and Challenges

Expanding Diversity of Biosocial Research: Opportunities & Challenges

The use of biological data in sociological research has diversified greatly over the years to the point where various measures can now occupy different places in our theoretical models. With this diversity, social scientists are now studying how "what is under the skin" (e.g., genetics, microbiome, etc.) affects a range of outcomes and how social conditions “get under the skin” (e.g., epigenetics, HPA-axis, inflammation, etc.) to affect health and behavior. New techniques using signals “measured on the skin” (e.g., neuroimaging, electrodermal activity, sleep) are shedding light on how different bodily systems function in response to social circumstances. At the same time, critics question the underlying meaning and interpretations of such measures and raise concerns about biological essentialism and the representation (or lack) of marginalized populations in this research. The papers in this session demonstrate the promises and limitations of biologically-oriented data for understanding how social circumstances affect population health.

Jacob Cheadle, The University of Texas at Austinj.e.cheadle@utexas.edu
Bridget Goosby,The University of Texas at Austinbgoosby@prc.utexas.edu 

 Ongoing Calls for Submission

African Journal of History and Culture  is an open access journal that provides rapid publication (monthly) of articles in all areas of the subject. The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately one month after acceptance. All articles published in AJHC will be peer-reviewed. 


The Journal of Applied Social Science (JASS) publishes scholarly content (ie. research articles, research and evaluation reports, monographs, teaching notes, and book reviews) on a wide range of topics of interest to the social science practitioner--in applied, clinical, or public endeavors. The editors seek manuscripts that give useful information to readers with the potential to improve the way things are done for the sake of institutions, communities, policy, programming, justice, research, and more. Implied by its eponymic title, the journal's audience expects authors to relay empirical information that can make a real difference in people's lives. For more information, please visit our website: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/jax.

Editor: James Lee, San José State University (james.lee@sjsu.edu). JASS is the official journal of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, AACS. Submit manuscripts at SAGE track, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jassPlease create an account if you do not already have one with JASS


Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, a peer-reviewed volume published by Emerald Group Publishing, is inviting submissions for Volume 41 of the series. This RSMCC volume has a special focus on non-state actors and political conflicts but it will also attend to the broader themes of the series. Volume editor Julie Mazzei (Kent State University) welcomes submissions that fall within one of two areas: (1) research focused on the roles and motivations of non-state actors in conflicts or post-conflict situations in the post-Cold War era; or (2) research generally relevant to understanding the dynamics of social movements, conflicts, or change. We are particularly interested in research focusing on the motivations and interests of non-state violent actors (NSVAs) in the post-Cold War era; the role of identity and/or ideology in the conflicts or resolutions of so-called “new wars;” the impact of NSVAs in conflict and/or peace-making; and the ways in which IGOs and NGOs interact with NSVAs in conflicts or post-conflict zones. RSMCC boasts quick turn-around times, generally communicating peer review-informed decisions within 10-12 weeks. For more information, please visit the RSMCC website: https://www.emerald.com/insight/


The official journal of ASA’s Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will publish the highest quality, cutting-edge sociological research on race and ethnicity regardless of epistemological, methodological, or theoretical orientation. While the study of race and ethnicity has derived from a broad and deep tradition of interdisciplinarity, sociology indeed has often been at the forefront of scholarly understanding of the dynamics of race and ethnicity; yet, there exists no journal in sociology devoted to bringing together this important theoretical, empirical, and critical work. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will provide a fulcrum upon which sociologically-centered work will swing as it also seeks to provide new linkages between the discipline of sociology and other disciplines and areas where race and ethnicity are central components. The submission portal can be found at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sre


Taiwan International Studies Quarterly,  Published by the Taiwan International Studies Association. The journal accepts manuscripts in Chinese or English.   Manuscripts or any submission inquiry for Taiwan International Studies Quarterly should email to Executive Editor Dr. Jolan Hsieh at jolan@mail.ndhu.edu.tw

Conferences/Annual Meetings    

11th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors
Navigating Academia to Achieve Promotion: You Can Make It Happen!
October 6-7, 2020 

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence in collaboration with the Purdue University Office of the Provost will hold the 11th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors titled “Navigating Academia to Achieve Promotion: You Can Make It Happen!” on October 6-7, 2020 in a live virtual format. Please take a look at the attached flier with keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and workshop information. Registration is now open and can be found on the conference website.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Day 1: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

  • Keynote by Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, Harvard University
  • Breakout Sessions:
    • Session 1: Enabling Inclusion: Addressing Privilege and Prejudice
    • Session 2: Men as Allies
    • Session 3: Overcoming Challenges in Teaching/Classrooms
    • Session 4: Research and Writing during the Two Crises
    • Session 5: Preparing for Promotion/Tenure: Top Tips

Day 2: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

  • Keynote by Dr. Cheryl Gittens, Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Workshop: How Can Professors Practice Resilience with Vulnerability in the Academic Context? Dr. Tanya Williams, Curriculum Specialist, LeaderShape