CFP: Technology and Material Culture in African History: Challenges and Potentials for Research and Teaching

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Deadline: August 31, 2022
An international conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, January 4 – 8, 2023

Call for Papers and Roundtables

The conference seeks to consolidate and foster the further development of history of technology and material culture in Africa. By gathering scholars from Tanzania and across Africa, as well as colleagues from other continents, the conference will demonstrate the discipline’s high degree of relevance—to the research and teaching of history and adjacent fields, as well as to contemporary political agendas. The organizers wish to use this event to discuss how historians of technology and material culture may contribute to the writing of a “usable past” for further generations.

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CFP: The Resilience of Society through the Digitalization of Public Administration

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Deadline: August 15, 2022
A special issue of Societies

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The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a health crisis that imposed a series of restrictions on economic activities and community life, which created a gap between planning and implementation. Public administration, which is dependent on a relatively rigid bureaucratic and legislative way of working, may not have been able to implement all the solutions in the private sector, such as teleworking, to reduce this gap. More and more researchers are trying to focus their work on identifying post-pandemic solutions.

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CFP: Society and Sociable Smart City

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Deadline: July 15, 2022
A special issue of Societies

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Modern smart cities are increasingly integrated with technology; computational artefacts blend with the physical landscape and smart applications seek to provide citizens with new experiences. Many paradigms of smart cities are presented, which focus on developing network infrastructures, optimising transportation flows and lowering energy consumption; numerous new services are provided to citizens to enhance their daily routines. However, a city is not just about infrastructure and services; it is about the people, the place and their interactions. A sociable smart city is one rich in infrastructure, which combines and utilises both people and artificial intelligence, empowering and engaging people in activities where urban social interactions thrive, improving the quality of life and culture.

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CFP: The Sustainability of Social Media Research

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Deadline: July 15, 2022
A special issue of Sustainability.

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The objective of this Special Issue is to discuss the sustainability of the research on the Web and social media. “Sustainability” is used here in the original meaning introduced by the 1987 Brundtland Report and revived by Kuhlman and Farrington in this very journal. Rather than balancing environmental protection and socioeconomic development (as in the 1997 UN Agenda for Development), the original definition focuses instead on “the real contradiction which exists between long-term sustainability and short-term welfare.” (Kuhlman and Farrington, 2010:3437). We believe that this contradiction and the consideration of long-term environmental and social consequence is very relevant for online research.

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