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7th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference

7th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference

5, 6 and 7 February 2015 Leuven, Belgium

The idea of the Deaf Academics conferences arose from the Amsterdam Manifesto created by some 35 individuals outside of the TISLR conference on July 26, 2000.

The aim of the Deaf Academics conferences is for Deaf academics and researchers:

to present and share our research findings;

gain a better understanding of the issues that we face in the academic environment;

feel empowered to carry on with our work;

maintain a (support) network.

The Deaf Academics conferences are held in International Sign only to provide direct access to academic discourse instead of through sign language interpreters. 

In 2015, the conference theme will be “Deaf Ethnographies and Politics”.

In Leuven we will  organize:

lectures linked to the conference theme;

workshops focusing on specific issues linked to Deaf academics’ practices, experiences and research methods;

seminars on publishing and applying for grants.

Academic, Deaf/Hearing-Impaired Person, Educator, Social Scientist
9th Deaf History International Conference
United Kingdom

9th Deaf History International Conference

July 14-18, 2015 Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

The 9th Deaf History International Conference will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 July 2015.


The Conference theme is Deaf Sporting Heritage.  Over the years, deaf people cherished through sports from grass-roots to elite levels.  The Conference gives everyone the opportunity to have an insight of how important and influential sports have been for deaf people.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
ALTERITY 2014 - Representing Alterity in Society in Crisis: the Construction and Representation of the Other in Society and in Texts

ALTERITY 2014 - Representing Alterity in Society in Crisis: the Construction and Representation of the Other in Society and in Texts

28th July – 31st July, 2014 University of Genoa, Italy

Despite claims of progress being made in the removal of barriers to equal opportunity, the facts often belie the situation, since the creation and maintenance of Alterity continues to represent a mode of subjugation and/or an instrument employed to keep social groups divided and so create or maintain inequality among them.

Indeed, in the world we live in boundaries are always in a state of flux, "responding" to (reacting to and shaping) socio-economic and historical forces and adapting to meet new "needs". In this light, the Other has been variously identified in terms of class, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, depending on time and place, and Otherness has certainly not been overcome as a means of division. What should not be forgotten is that the opposition to the Other has always represented an efficacious tool to divide and rule, as the racist discourses on class, ethnicity, gender, age or religion bring out forcefully, and Otherness continues to be exploited to political, economic and social ends, a phenomenon whose importance increases in most societies, where the divide between rich and poor is growing continually, where the earth’s resources are continually wasted, and exploited to the benefit of the richer parts of the globe.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
New Measures of Age and Ageing

New Measures of Age and Ageing

International Conference

Vienna, Austria, 3-5 Dec 2014

In Europe and other developed regions of the world, life expectancy has increased significantly in recent decades and continues to increase. As people live longer, they also stay healthier for longer. But most studies of population ageing focus on only one characteristic of people: their chronological age. The implicit assumption is that other characteristics relevant to population ageing do not change over time and place. But clearly, they do. 65-year-olds today generally have higher remaining life expectancies and are healthier than their counterparts in previous generations—which is reflected, in many countries, in rising ages of eligibility for public pensions. Many important characteristics of people vary with age, but age-specific characteristics also vary over time and differ from place to place. Focusing on only one aspect of the changes entailed in population ageing but not on all the others provides a limited picture of the process, one that is often not appropriate for either scientific study or policy analysis.

The conference will be devoted to new ways of measuring ageing that more accurately represent the real world. These new metrics for population ageing will include factors such as life expectancy, health, disability, cognition and the ability to work—measures that explain how people live and what they need, not just the number of years they have lived. The economic implications of these new measures of age will be also discussed.

Topics of interest include the following:

Life-table-based measures

Measures based on subjective life expectancy and survival probabilities

Measures based on self-reported physical conditions

Measures based on biomarkers

Measures based on cognitive functioning

Economic implications of the new measures

Country case studies

The conference will be co-ordinated by Sergei Scherbov and Warren Sanderson. After scientific review, selected conference contributions will be published in the thematic issue of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2016. The Yearbook is widely circulated in hard copy and freely available on the web ( This rather young journal already has a high impact factor.

Academic, Biostatistician, Geriatrician, Gerontologist, Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
The Anatomy of Un/Reason: The Birth of Mental Illness and its Fate in Postmodern Culture

The Anatomy of Un/Reason: The Birth of Mental Illness and its Fate in Postmodern Culture

October 10-11, 2014 Kraków, Poland

We wish to invite you to attend the International Interdisciplinary Symposium The Anatomy of Un/Reason : The Birth of Mental Illness and its Fate in Postmodern Culture, during which we would like to discuss the aforementioned topics. Our aim is to exchange thoughts on the phenomenon of madness in modern and postmodern times. The Symposium is planned as an interdisciplinary project; one which shall outline the contexts as widely as possible. Hence, next to representatives of literary and cultural studies, we would like to invite scholars of various other backgrounds as well, including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and religious studies. We intend to look into different texts of culture which make mental illness their subject, and to analyse the works of authors afflicted with particular mental disorders.

Academic, Clinical Psychologist, Historian, Physician, Physician Researcher, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Scientist
Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine
United States

Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine

October 3-4, 2014 Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland

The Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine (JASMed) is an annual gathering of early career historians of medicine and public health, coordinated by graduate students.

Founded in 2002 by Prof. Harry Marks with students from Hopkins, Yale and Harvard, the first JASMed conference was held at Hopkins in 2003. Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Rutgers and Columbia also have hosted JASMed conferences over the past twelve years. Our mission is to foster a collegial intellectual community and to provide a forum for sharing and critiquing graduate research among peers.

This year's conference is being coordinated by graduate students in the Johns Hopkins History of Medicine Department. We welcome all participants and hope to expand our conversations to include participants from more institutions and different disciplinary backgrounds!

If you have any questions please contact this year's Chair, Kirsten Moore, via the conference email:

Graduate Student, Junior Investigator, Junior Researcher, Junior Scientist, New Investigator, New Researcher, Young Investigator, Young Scientist
2014 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media
United States

2014 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

August 19 – 21, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Public Health Information Coalition is pleased to announce the eighth annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media to be held August 19 – 21, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.

This conference brings together individuals representing academia, public health researchers and practitioners from federal and state government and the private sector, and provides a forum for collegial dialogue within and across these disciplines. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues and shape the future of health communication, marketing, and media practice.

In 2014, the conference tracks remain the same as those in 2013:  “To Explore Innovative Communication Tools and Technologies”, “To Advance Science”, “To Improve Practice”, and “To Bridge Divides”.

Academic, Health Educator, Health Services Researcher, Journalist, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Gender Summit 4 - Europe 2014

Gender Summit 4 - Europe 2014

30 June - 01 July 2014, Brussels, Belgium

From Ideas to Markets: Excellence in mainstreaming gender into research, innovation, and policy

2014 will see the return of the Gender Summit to Brussels for the Gender Summit 4 - Europe (GS4 - Europe). The GS4 - Europe will, again, bring together experts from research, industry and policy to jointly establish practical and effective ways of improving quality and impact of research and innovation through the inclusion of gender in science knowledge making and application.  The GS4 - Europe will focus on strategies, tools, and processes that promote the concrete integration of the gender dimension into the European Commission's current Horizon 2020, and European Research Area programmes. The Summit will focus on the cross-cutting role of gender and how gender has been and should be integrated within some of the major themes of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, such as personalised health, water resources, energy, environment, transportation.  Speakers and participants will examine the latest research evidence and showcase studies and projects, organisations and strategies that have significantly improved research and innovation quality by integrating the gender dimension into research design and process. The GS4 will expand on the body of the research evidence introduced in previous summit events by highlighting recent developments of relevance to the impacts anticipated in the Horizon 2020 programme themes.

EGS2014 Aim

The key aim of EGS204 is to promote a standards-based and systematic operationalization of gender in research and innovation process as a core quality condition in study design, research content, and processes, in order to foster smarter, sustainable, and effective European science endeavour.

EGS2014 Outputs    

Expert review of the latest approaches for conducting gender sensitive research and innovation.

Recommendations for improving research practice through the attention to the role of gender specified in Horizon 2020 under Article 15, which states that: “Horizon 2020 shall ensure the effective promotion of gender equality and the gender dimension in research and innovation content”.

Defining a standard-based approach for integration of the gender dimension in research and innovation, including maximising its cross-cutting role.


Improving quality of research and innovation content, process and practice

Enhancing efficacy and socio-economic impact of research and innovation

Ensuring effectiveness of research and innovation policy

Securing efficient R&D human capital

The subjects and topics for the programme of the European Gender Summit 2014 are grounded by the grand challenges identified in the EC Europe 2020 strategy, i.e. health, ageing, energy, environment, climate change, but also the more specific topical objectives of HORIZON 2020, such as food security, more efficient transport, emerging bio, ICT and nano technologies, advanced manufacturing and processing, and contribution to economic growth.  Gender in these contexts, and other research topics, will be explored during the Summit under these four major themes.


The programme is focused on new studies, methods and tools that can help analyse and understand the gender dimension and dynamics as research variables and as components of individual, collective and institutional conditions determining behaviour.

The major tracks are:

1. Health, demographic change, wellbeing, aging changing nature if work

2. Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime systems, nutrition, and the bio-economy

3. Secure, clean and efficient energy, including energy use

4. Smart, green and integrated transport (urban and rural), including changing transport use

5. Climate change, resource efficiency and use, environmental issues

6. Inclusive, innovative, secure societies, including cultures, and coping strategies in emergencies and disasters

7. Emerging and enabling technologies, including human need, social innovation, and innovation process

8. Any other research and innovation where consideration of gender issues contributes to efficacy of knowledge.

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences 2014
United States

Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences 2014

October 9-10, 2014 Boulder, Colorado

With support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and the Population Association of America, the Institute of Behavioral Science and University of Colorado Population Center are hosting the 5th annual conference entitled Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences. The goal of this conference is to showcase behavioral and molecular genetic studies that enhance demographic and social scientific inquiry. The two day conference will include a 4 hour advanced statistical genetics workshop. Researchers from any of the biological or social sciences are encouraged to participate.

Conference contact

Rajshree Shrestha
(303) 492-5548

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Geneticist , Molecular Biologist, Social Scientist
Centre for Death and Society Conference 2014 Social Death
United Kingdom

Centre for Death and Society Conference 2014 Social Death

7-8 June 2014 Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, Bath, United Kingdom

Social death can refer to the extinction of an individual’s social or legal identity/agency, either before or sometime after physical death, and may be self or other inflicted; it can also refer to the death of a social group or culture. Before physical death, it can mean being treated as a thing or commodity, disintegration of social networks, extreme isolation, or forced removal of individuals/groups from their group/land of origin/belonging. After physical death, the deceased’s social identity and even possibly agency can be kept alive in a number of ways. The term ‘social death’, often meaning rather different things, has been developed independently by researchers in a range of fields, including gerontology, dementia, psychology and death studies, but also mental health, the history of slavery, and genocide studies.

Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) annual conferences are not general death studies conferences, but focus varied disciplinary perspectives on a specific topic.

This conference will, we believe, be the first time that scholars and practitioners from diverse fields will meet together to discuss the concept of social death – its utility, conceptualisation, history, and politics. As in previous CDAS annual conferences, our aim is to bring together research and knowledge that has hitherto been somewhat fragmented.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Gerontologist, Psychologist, Social Scientist, Social Worker