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31.07.24

Call to contributions: Special Issue “Well-Being in the Digital World”

Weizenbaum Journal

 

The Special Issue “Well-Being in the Digital World” of the Weizenbaum Journal of the Digital Society (WJDS) will focus on one of the most pertinent goals the world faces today: ensuring individual well-being. Indeed, with challenges related to mental health becoming particularly pronounced during and in the aftermath of the pandemic, numerous stakeholders question the role of technology in contributing to users’ psychological health.

 

So far, progress in this area has been partly impeded by restricted access to reliable and objective technology-use data. Considering these developments and challenges, this Special Issue aims to provide room and motivate more research into the role of technology in users' well-being and mental health. Specifically, we seek contributions that help to answer the following exemplary research questions:

  • Which role do digital technologies play in users’ well-being? What are the mechanisms behind the observed relationships?
  • Who are the users most at risk to technology-enabled well-being and mental health effects?
  • How can technology be designed and leveraged to ensure users’ well-being?
  • How can technology use be best and most reliably operationalized in research to derive valid cause-effect estimates?
  • What are the long-term effects of remote work and digital collaboration on workers’ mental health and well-being?
  • Which strategies can users rely on to ensure a healthy use of social media?
  • What is virtual and augmented reality's potential in the treatment of mental health conditions in the clinical context?

 

Abstract submission Deadline: 31 July 2024

30.09.2024

Programme d’encouragement pour le développement durable

Office fédéral du développement territorial ARE

 

L'axe thématique du programme de soutien 2024-2025 est « Ensemble pour plus d’impact ». Ce focus thématique concerne l'ODD 17, qui cherche à renforcer les moyens de mettre en œuvre l’Agenda 2030 et les partenariats pour le développement durable.

Le but de ce thème est d’unir les forces et de travailler de manière ciblée afin de prendre de l'élan dans la mise en œuvre de l'Agenda 2030.

 

Vous planifiez un partenariat inédit pour la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable, réunissant différents groupes d'intérêt ? Envisagez-vous de développer des instruments, des méthodes ou des processus qui apporteront plus d'efficacité et de cohérence à la mise en œuvre de l'Agenda 2030 ? Ou souhaitez-vous atteindre le plus grand nombre de personnes possible avec une nouvelle initiative ?

Sont recherchés des projets ayant pour but de créer des partenariats nouveaux et innovants ou de concevoir des méthodes de mise en œuvre ciblées pour le développement durable. Il est également possible de soumettre des projets qui ont un impact à grande échelle en mettant en valeur des idées originales.

 

Les projets doivent participer à la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable (ODD) et prennent en compte les trois dimensions du développement durable – responsabilité écologique, solidarité sociale et efficacité économique – de manière équilibrée et intégrée.

 

Les dossiers sont à déposer jusqu’au 30 septembre 2024.

31.07.24

Call for applications: National Prize for Open Research Data

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

 

Since 2023, the Academies of Sciences Switzerland have been awarding the National Prize for Open Research Data (ORD Prize). This is part of the Action Plan "Open Research Data" implemented by the Academies as part of the National Strategy for Open Research Data. This new prize aims to recognize researchers for innovative practices in the field of Open Research Data (ORD) and aims to promote the transition to open research practices. Open research data promotes transparency, reproducibility, and collaboration within the scientific community and allows society to benefit from scientific knowledge.

 

The ORD prize jury defined two new focus areas for this year’s competition:

(1) Collaborative and/or interdisciplinary reuse of research data

(2) Educational and/or outreach activities related to the reuse of research data.

 

Applications are open until 31 July 2024.

15.06.24

Einreichung von Projektpräsentationen

Open Innovation in Science Center

 

Alle Interessierten (Wissenschaftler:innen, Patient:innen, Angehörige, Patient:innenvertreter:innen, Gesundheitsexpert:innen und -fachkräfte, Lebensweltexpert:innen) sind herzlich eingeladen, Ihr Projekt am „OIS zam: Forum 2024“ zu präsentieren.

Die Einreichung von Projektpräsentationen erfolgt via Email an oiszam@lbg.ac.at und ist bis 15. Juni 2024 möglich. Wir bitten um Einreichungen in deutscher Sprache mit einer maximalen Textlänge von 350 Wörtern. Verwenden Sie zur Einreichung bitte ausschließlich die Vorlage des Open Innovation in Science Centers.

Alle Einreichungen werden auf inhaltliche und gesellschaftliche Relevanz sowie Qualität der gemeinsamen Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Akteur:innen inner- und außerhalb der Wissenschaft geprüft. Alle Einreichenden erhalten bis Ende Juni Bescheid, ob Ihre Einreichung für eine Projektpräsentation am OIS zam: Forum 2024 angenommen wurde.

 

Einreichefrist: 15 Juni 2024

22.05.24

Call for Applications: Pathways Autumn School 2024 - Transformative Research for a Just World and a Habitable Planet

future earth

 

The Pathways Autumn School will allow the participants to share and reflect on the ways sustainability science can contribute to transforming societies towards new models which strive to achieve social equity and meet basic needs for all, while safeguarding the planet’s ecosystems and climate. Doctoral researchers and researchers who finished their PhD within the last 10 years (excluding periods of parental leave) who are living and working in Europe are invited to apply. 

 

Date of the autom school: 25-29 November 2024

Deadline Call for Applications: 22 May 2024

31.05.24

Call for papers: Innovation Pathways to Sustainability in Mountains

mrd - Mountain Research and Development

 

What are the characteristics, processes, and impacts of innovation in mountain areas around the world? How do socioeconomic, institutional, technological, scientific, and other types of innovation promote or undermine sustainable development in mountains? Mountain Research and Development invites systematic assessments of innovation processes or action research, case studies and meta-analyses of trends in innovation practices and outcomes, as well as review-based agendas for future innovation policy, action, or research. 

 

Notices of intent are due by 31 May 2024, full papers by 1 October 2024.

01.08.24

Call for Papers: Special Issue ‘Drama Therapy and the Climate Crisis’ 

Intellect Books

 

We have all been witness to a rising number of deadly wildfires, heatwaves, floods and other indicators of a rapidly warming climate. As drama therapists, mental health providers and global citizens, we have a role to play in examining and responding to the toll that the climate crisis is taking on our physical, mental, social and ecological health and well-being. It is the biggest challenge of our time.

 

Like the COVID-19 pandemic, the consequences of climate change affect providers as well as participants and also impact various groups differently based on their access to suitable infrastructure including housing, cooling technologies, adequate nutrition, breathable air and their exposure to environmental racism. In 2021, the American Psychological Association released an updated report in collaboration with the non-profit EcoAmerica, highlighting the inequitable threat of the climate crisis on mental health on populations that are made more vulnerable due to intersecting forms of marginalization. In June 2022, the WHO launched a policy brief urging countries to incorporate mental health support into their climate change responses. In 2023, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their latest report which indicated the significant health impacts, including mental health challenges, associated with increasing temperatures, trauma from extreme events, and loss of livelihoods and culture.

 

We recognize that our efforts may be multifold:

 

We need to be focused on systemic and individual climate mitigation strategies which are efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Drama therapists might support individuals and/or groups in reconnecting to a greater ecology and rehearsing climate mitigation options. Climate mitigation strategies can also be adopted at drama therapy training institutions and sites of practice (e.g. net-zero and green institutions), professional development (e.g. our conferences) and publication practices.

 

As care providers, we also have a role to play in identifying and adopting climate adaptation strategies, those actions that we can take individually and as a community to address the impact of an already changing climate on the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work, care, age, play and die. Drama therapists may support individuals and groups in discovering, rehearsing, playing with, creating and connecting with others about their concerns about our changing climate.

 

Finally, drama therapists, like theatre-makers and artists engaged in this area (e.g Arts and Climate initiative), might contribute to climate change communication strategies on stage and on the page. This Special Issue of Drama Therapy Review is dedicated to drama therapy and the climate crisis.

 

Deadline for Submission: 01 August 2024

No deadline mentioned

INSciTS 2024 Call for Committee Volunteers

International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS)

 

 

Build your network, your expertise, and your profile by becoming an active member of the International Network for the Science of Team Science! INSciTS can give you access to a world-wide network of active and like-minded people, and a really good way to do this is to become an active member of one of the committees helping to build the Network internationally.

There are several areas in which volunteer help is always welcomed and appreciated. Below are the committees seeking volunteers and their descriptions.

2025 Annual Program Planning Committee
The Annual Program Committee organizes annual SciTS conferences, such as identifying the conference theme; selecting keynote and plenary session speakers; reviewing and selecting proposals for workshops, panels, oral sessions, and posters; implementing changes suggested by INSciTS members; and performing other functions as needed to ensure the success of annual conferences.

Membership Committee
Members are the core of the Network. Therefore maintaining the membership is important. This committee develops strategies on increasing and retaining membership, and evaluates the needs of the members.

Marketing & Outreach
The Marketing Committee reviews and advises on the marketing activities of the Network. It develops and submits an annual marketing plan to the Board of Directors that will identify and coordinate activities of the INSciTS committees with the purpose of marketing the Network.

Website
The Website Committee shall oversee all websites and applications that enable the Network to create, share, and/or participate in social networking as well as other means of interactions and ideas in virtual communities and networks.

Membership at a committee level fosters international relationships with like-minded colleagues, and may well enhance your professional standing and opportunities. Note that if you are already a committee member you will still need to reach out and volunteer for the upcoming year.

 

No deadline mentioned

31.08.24

Call for Papers: Öffentliche, Transdisziplinäre und Transformative Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft - neues Themenheft

MedienJournal

 

Umbrüche in der öffentlichen Kommunikation, Herausforderungen im Zuge von Digitalisierung, Datafizierung und Automatisierung sowie die gesellschaftlichen Krisen der Gegenwart verlangen eine verstärkte Auseinandersetzung mit unserem Selbstverständnis als Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaftler:innen. In den vergangenen Jahren ist in der deutschsprachigen sowie internationalen Forschung eine wachsende Anzahl an Studien (Arslan, 2024; Fürst et al., 2020), programmatischen Beiträgen (Brüggemann et al., 2023; Krüger & Meyen, 2018), ethischen Reflexionen (Davies, 2018; Krainer, 2023), Monographien (Waisbord, 2020) und Sammelbänden (Bélair-Gagnon & Usher, 2021; Waisbord & Billard, 2024) erschienen, die sich mit dem Verhältnis zwischen Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (MuK) und Gesellschaft beschäftigen.

 

Mit diesem Themenheft wollen wir die Reflexion zu und empirische Bestandsaufnahme von Öffentlicher, Transdisziplinärer und Transformativer MuK vertiefen und insbesondere zur Adressierung der folgenden Fragen einladen:

  • Wie stark schlagen sich Postulate einer Öffentlichen, Transdisziplinären und Transformativen MuK tatsächlich in unserer Forschungspraxis nieder? Welche Austauschformen sind bereits etabliert welche werden dagegen vernachlässigt?
  • Wie können wir die Anwendung transdisziplinärer Methoden und gesellschaftliches Engagement in der Breite unserer Disziplin und quer durch alle Statusgruppen stärken? Wie können wir mehr gesellschaftliche Gruppen intensiver in den Forschungsprozess einbinden (vgl. Schützeneder et al., 2022)?
  • Was sind Indikatoren für gelungene Projekte? Von welchen Good Practices oder Momenten des Scheiterns können wir lernen?
  • Wie kann Öffentliche, Transdisziplinäre und Transformative MuK auch auf die Lehre angewendet bzw. in ihr etabliert werden (vgl. z.B. Brüggemann et al., 2023, S. 5044–5045)?
  • Welche Chancen, Herausforderungen, Grenzen und Fallstricke gibt es (vgl. Schützeneder et al., 2022)? Wie wird beispielsweise damit verfahren, dass in Krisen- und Pandemiezeiten schnelle Antworten der Wissenschaft erwartet werden, obwohl wissenschaftliches Wissen stets vorläufig und die Wissensproduktion zeitintensiv ist? Und wie können wir etwa mit großen Zeitlimitationen im Berufsalltag potenzieller Forschungspartner:innen umgehen, die in Forschungsprojekten partizipieren sollten/könnten (z. B. aus dem Medienbereich)?
  • Inwiefern hat die COVID-19 Pandemie unseren Blick auf Öffentliche, Transdisziplinäre und Transformative MuK verändert (vgl. Fürst, 2021; Nielsen, 2020)?
  • Was können wir aus angrenzenden Disziplinen wie Soziologie, Politik- und Geschichtswissenschaft lernen und wie können wir uns stärker interdisziplinär zu Öffentlicher, Transdisziplinärer und Transformativer Wissenschaft vernetzen?

 

Einreichefrist für Manuskripte: 31. August 2024

 

30.06.24

Special Issue: Educating for Societal Transitions

Higher Education Research and Development Journal

 

This special issue explores innovations in higher education that engage with societal transitions. We welcome scholarly contributions that engage with practices and theories that address the challenges of navigating complexity and change in these uncertain times. This call emphasises that universities cannot work in isolation but must engage collaboratively with other sectors of society. Importantly, it underscores a broader commitment to societal futures that goes beyond economic concerns, challenging the notion that the purpose of university education is to meet industry needs. What are the creative seeds of change emerging in higher education that challenge traditional university boundaries, foster partnerships with external stakeholders, and adopt a longer-term perspective?

 

This call is positioned within the context of approaching 2025, a decade since adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and five years before their targeted achievement in 2030. There is a growing recognition of the necessity for significant societal transitions and an increasing need to share ways higher education can support transition pathways. These transitions are essential to foster more sustainable and equitable practices across various sectors, including education, energy, food, healthcare, transport, and finance, among others. Higher education plays a vital role in preparing students to actively guide such transitions, developing our collective capacity to respond and collaborate across different backgrounds, contexts, disciplines and professions.

 

Submissions exploring the following themes are strongly encouraged:

  • Navigating complexity and change
  • Transdisciplinary curriculum and education
  • Mutual learning and partnerships
  • Social and environmental responsibility
  • Affect and activism in and beyond the classroom

 

Deadline for Applications (full article): 30 June 2024

30.06.2024

Call for Articles: Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences special issue: Co-Creating Transdisciplinary Research and Learning for Transformative Socio-Environmental Change

Taylor & Francis

 

Transformative change is necessary for ensuring human well-being while addressing climate change and increasing biodiversity loss. Integrating knowledge is key for dealing with many complex socio-environmental challenges such as mitigating and adapting to climate change, transitioning to a circular economy, and tackling biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. However, for many of these challenges that the sustainable development goals (SDGs) attempts to face, scientific perspectives alone are insufficient:

 

Societal knowledge is needed to understand and define problems, identify alternatives, evaluate strategies, and design and implement processes. Transdisciplinary collaborations, collaborations that combine diverse societal and scientific knowledge, perspectives and values, provide opportunities to unpack the complexities of the environmental challenges the planet faces.

 

Deadline for Submission: 30 June 2024

30.06.2024

Call for Articles: ISSUES IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES – Call for Papers 

Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity

 

Although interdisciplinarity—and its cognate “transdisciplinarity”—is a hallmark of contemporary knowledge production, it is itself still a contentious concept. What does interdisciplinarity entail, and what is its significance? How are interdisciplinarity and/or  transdisciplinarity distinct from other modes of knowledge production? What purposes does, could, or should interdisciplinarity serve?  

 

This special collection of articles will advance both a philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and a philosophy of interdisciplinarity itself. An assumption of the guest editors is that inter- and trans-disciplinarity can and should also be regarded as a challenge to (disciplinary) science in general and to the academy, raising fundamental and critical questions about science, the organization of the universities, the approaches to nature and to human-nature relations, to experimentation and explanations, forms of knowledge, and more. Acknowledging that interdisciplinary research often consists of case studies rather than more generalizable research, we also welcome articles that build a philosophical approach while integrating more detailed analysis of one or more cases of interdisciplinary research.  

 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Responses to “What is inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity” and to “What should inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity be,” or equivalent global questions, critically building upon existing literatures 
  • Development of criteria, dimensions or elements for a conceptual clarification or a philosophy of inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity, including a justification of the criteria 
  • Articulations of ethics, value systems or normative basis in light of interdisciplinary research or teaching 
  • Tracing the history of inter- and trans-disciplinarity back to the 1970s or to earlier decades and linking it to the history of environmentalism, to the ambivalences of technological advancement, to the crisis of human-nature relations or to feminist, post-colonial and other critiques of science 
  • Reflecting on inter- and trans-disciplinarity as a cultural critique of (late modern) knowledge production. Are they still critical concepts or have they lost their critical momentum and original spirit? 
  • Situating and clarifying inter- and trans-disciplinarity in the light of concepts such as mode-2 science, post-normal science, post-paradigmatic science, post-academic science, technoscience, problem-oriented research, post-disciplinarity, triple helix research, transformative research, transition science, participatory action research, citizen science, technology assessment, sustainability research, social-ecology, etc. 
  • Expositions of how interdisciplinary thinking fits into the cultural history of thought and knowledge, and the tradition of the university system 
  • Conceptual and methodological analysis of cross-disciplinary connections between philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and other fields of research, such as sociology of sciences, philosophy of science, psychology, literature, environmental studies, political science, etc. 
  • Exploration of the impact of more recent philosophical debates around e.g. diversity, pluralism, epistemic virtues, positionality on interdisciplinarity. 

 

Deadline for Submissions: 30 June 2024

30.06.2024

Call for Papers: Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies

Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Although interdisciplinarity—and its cognate “transdisciplinarity”—is a hallmark of contemporary knowledge production, it is itself still a contentious concept. What does interdisciplinarity entail, and what is its significance? How are interdisciplinarity and/or  transdisciplinarity distinct from other modes of knowledge production? What purposes does, could, or should interdisciplinarity serve?  

This special collection of articles will advance both a philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and a philosophy of interdisciplinarity itself. An assumption of the guest editors is that inter- and trans-disciplinarity can and should also be regarded as a challenge to (disciplinary) science in general and to the academy, raising fundamental and critical questions about science, the organization of the universities, the approaches to nature and to human-nature relations, to experimentation and explanations, forms of knowledge, and more. Acknowledging that interdisciplinary research often consists of case studies rather than more generalizable research, we also welcome articles that build a philosophical approach while integrating more detailed analysis of one or more cases of interdisciplinary research.  

 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Responses to “What is inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity” and to “What should inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity be,” or equivalent global questions, critically building upon existing literatures 
  • Development of criteria, dimensions or elements for a conceptual clarification or a philosophy of inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity, including a justification of the criteria 
  • Articulations of ethics, value systems or normative basis in light of interdisciplinary research or teaching 
  • Tracing the history of inter- and trans-disciplinarity back to the 1970s or to earlier decades and linking it to the history of environmentalism, to the ambivalences of technological advancement, to the crisis of human-nature relations or to feminist, post-colonial and other critiques of science 
  • Reflecting on inter- and trans-disciplinarity as a cultural critique of (late modern) knowledge production. Are they still critical concepts or have they lost their critical momentum and original spirit? 
  • Situating and clarifying inter- and trans-disciplinarity in the light of concepts such as mode-2 science, post-normal science, post-paradigmatic science, post-academic science, technoscience, problem-oriented research, post-disciplinarity, triple helix research, transformative research, transition science, participatory action research, citizen science, technology assessment, sustainability research, social-ecology, etc. 
  • Expositions of how interdisciplinary thinking fits into the cultural history of thought and knowledge, and the tradition of the university system 
  • Conceptual and methodological analysis of cross-disciplinary connections between philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and other fields of research, such as sociology of sciences, philosophy of science, psychology, literature, environmental studies, political science, etc. 
  • Exploration of the impact of more recent philosophical debates around e.g. diversity, pluralism, epistemic virtues, positionality on interdisciplinarity. 

 

Deadline for Abstract-Submission: 15. January 2024

Deadline for Submission: 30.June 2024

8.5.23

Call for papers for MRD’s MountainDevelopment and MountainAgenda sections

MRD

 

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) invites submissions focusing on transformation knowledge and target knowledge. How can we solve problems and tap opportunities for greater sustainability? Articles in the MountainDevelopment section should offer validated insights from development interventions, local practices, and policy efforts. And: What sustainable development do we want? Articles in the MountainAgenda section should systematically review—and conclude with agendas for—research, development, or policy. Submissions are welcome anytime.

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