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An archive of completed applications, publications:

FOSS4G - Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial, Denver

Due April 15 -- event on Sept. 12-16, 2011

Sessions will run in seven concurrent tracks with space for around 135 presentations in both a regular program and an academic program. Presentations will either fill 30-minute slots with time for questions or 5-minute lightning talks. Proposals can be submitted online at

Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press: Grassroots Modernism

Completed April 1st:

CONTENTS: Please provide us with enough information to be able to grasp what you are aiming at.

In calling for a Grassroots Modernism, we seek a political and cultural movement towards liberatory and just futures. This future is not the top-down technocratic, homicidal nightmare known as yesterday's modernism. Rather it is a future where our children are crafting their communities, councils and networks, and being. Grassroots Modernism in contradiction explicitly to the current delusions of "impossibility", "aimlessness" and "realism." Grassroots Modernism must be realistic to localized situations and the general human capacity to dream together, and build together… and chill out.

The limitations of current social practices are now clear. Some are just cashed, others are easily normalized within the neo-liberal city. All the while, the earth gets more polluted, our children are educated with crap, and governments tell us we are more and more screwed by some unwitting invisible hand.

Grassroots Modernism doesn't just talk about itself, it is visible in the generative presence of idealistic social formations. It is not art-historical.

To again be modern (here, modern=present in the future), we need to assess how neo-liberal regimes have crushed our capacity to realize our capacities- to articulate new understandings of social wealth, liberated corporeal presences.

We understand how neoliberal ideology from the most cellular level inside our wee bodies on up, has crushed solidarity, denied collective right to a good life, obliterated common interests. Yet as editors, we know that practice within grassroots communities, studios and movements best clarify these notions by demonstrating neoliberalism's creative undoings.

We are looking for critique and reflection on what does and does not work. Now, now that tomorrow is a reality and our ideals are a possibility. That is a good thing, especially when our strategies, tactics, dreams and beauties come into effect.

What we may be looking for:

  • projects from or in the context of collaborative or collective practices.
  • grounded in specific practices
  • grounded in occupation
  • lessons learned
  • constructive criticality
  • that are of the flesh, for our flesh
  • things that effect the ways we think about our lives
  • that are strategic propositions to the readership on constituting movements.
  • affective movement
  • art with a role in a movement
  • strategic propositions toward constituting movement
  • new or old

Note: This submission call is a provocation as much as it is a request for archival material.

Proposals can be sent to us before you have the capacity to understand what it is you might really be writing, creating or organizing.

PlanningTech@DUSP conference at MIT

April 8 2011 (paper deadline 2 weeks earlier)

A half-day conference on urban planning and technology

VISUALIZAR'11: Understanding Infrastructures

Call for Projects and Papers Deadline: March 21, 2011 Call for collaborators: April 11, 2011 Dates of the workshop: June 14 through July 1, 2011

Medialab-Prado and EOI Business School call for projects and papers that will investigate, analyze and represent through data the running of infrastractures and global systems. Selected projects will be collaboratively developed during the Visualizar'11: Understanding infrastructures workshop, that will be held in Madrid from June 16 to July 1, 2011.

Papers will be publicly presented during the previous international seminar on June 14 and 15, 2011.

Possible topics:

  • Energy infrastructures. Power grids, gas and oil distribution networks, renewable energy production networks…
  • Transport infrastructures. Aerial and sea routes, road and rail networks, urban mobility networks…
  • Information infrastructures. Radio and TV broadcasting, data networks, communications satellites, underwater cables, wireless urban networks, terrestrial and mobile telephony.
  • Supply chain infrastracture. Processes and systems of the agro-alimentary production, goods and products distribution networks…
  • Removal Chain. Waste collection systems, treatment plants, recycling processes…
  • Economy and financial infrastructures. Banks, trade zones, processes and agents of the financial markets…
  • Legal infrastructures. International agreements, regulation bodies, territory regulation plans… (See the list of related links and references)

Medialab-Prado’s Visualizar program is a research and education platform devoted to exploring the culture of Big Data and its impact today in science, society and the arts.

Each Visualizar edition includes an intensive project development workshop, a conference, educational activities open to the public and the exhibition of the developed projects.

Those interested may apply until March 21 through the online form available at

Princeton Conference on Environmental Politics

Research Frontiers in Comparative and International Environmental Politics

Call for Papers - deadline March 15, 2011

Princeton University, December 2-3, 2011 Sponsored by Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Dear Colleagues, We are organizing a conference on Environmental Politics at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University on December 2-3, 2011. The conference aims at connecting research communities across continents, presenting cutting-edge research in environmental politics, and identifying future research directions in comparative and international environmental politics. The steering committee will also identify a subset of selected papers for a special issue in a major political science journal. Editors of key political science journals are likely to attend the conference.

Agenda and Rationale

We are particularly interested in proposals that study environmental politics from an international or comparative political economy perspective. Traditionally, IR scholars have emphasized the role of international factors (international regimes, trade, FDI, epistemic communities, IGOs and INGOs) while the comparativists have focused on domestic variables (domestic political institutions, partisanship, economic variables, interest group pressures) to explain environmental policy outputs and outcomes. This conference invites leading scholars to systemically examine the roles of domestic and international factors alone or in interaction to develop more nuanced models of environmental politics across space and time. Some of the broad research areas and questions include (but not limited to):

  • Environmental politics in authoritarian states,
  • Effects of political and economic transitions on the natural environment,
  • The role of citizen preferences and civil society on environmental policy choices,
  • The role of international networks --- e.g., trade, FDI, IGO, NGO --- on environmental policy choices,
  • The effectiveness of voluntary regulations and new forms of governance on environmental policy outcomes,
  • Agenda setting in domestic and global environmental politics.

Expenses Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance has generously offered to cover economy class travel and lodging for paper presenters.

Time Lines

Please email your paper proposal (one page max) to The proposal submission deadline is March 15, 2011. The steering committee will notify authors of selected papers by May 1, 2011. Best regards, Steering Committee Xun Cao, University of Essex ( Helen Milner, Princeton University (hmilner@Princeton.EDU) Aseem Prakash, University of Washington, Seattle ( Hugh Ward, University of Essex (

2011 CARE Request for Proposals

March 22, 2011, 4 p.m. EST EPA Community Action for a Renewed Environment; $75,000 to $100,000 for Level 1 Link to grant site more information

Google Summer of Code

(didn't submit this one)

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects....over a three month period. Since 2005, the program has brought together over 4,500 students and more than more than 4,000 mentors & co-mentors from over 85 countries worldwide, all for the love of code.

Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

Ars Electronica - Digital Communities

  • due March, 18 2011
  • 5-10k euros

The “Digital Communities” category is open to political, social, cultural and artistic projects, initiatives, groups, and scenes from all over the world that are effectively utilizing digital technology to further society and to promote social responsibility. It is open to the initiators and propagators of these communities as well as the developers of the relevant technologies, and is meant to honor those whose work contributes to the establishment and proliferation of digital communities as well as to those efforts that promote better understanding and research.

Projects will also be selected based on both their social and technological engagement, the usage of social software tools, artistic and cultural approaches and the creative implementation of the concept. Special attention will also be paid towards the degree of the visionary and forward looking potential of the projects, their potential for new innovation and the degree to which they have already been realized.

Jurors will place particular emphasis on the reasonableness, appropriateness and openness of the solutions. Digital Communities projects should enable human beings to enjoy the widest possible access to technology, networks, content and the so-called digital commons. The projects singled out for recognition should be able to serve as models to be taken on by others, and should constitute a source of inspiration, encouragement and empowerment.

Shpilman Institute for Photography

March 1st 2011 -- Jeff is lead for this

Grants for individuals and group research will range from US $5,000 up to $15,000. The core is a 500-word research abstract.


Munster, Germany - Perhaps we could submit a paper even if we don't get to go.

February 1, 2011: Submission deadline for workshop and tutorial proposals February 4, 2011: Full paper submission

GEOINFORMATIK 2011 offers two tracks: an english one for science lectures, based on the submissions for the call of paper and the scientific review process. Its main topics are:

Global Change: Modelling spatio-temporal Processes GI in Environment, Climate and Energy Mobile Technologies, Location Based Services Geosensor Networks From Geodata Infrastructures to Spatial Information Infrastructures Volunteered Geographic Information, Neogeography Human Computer Interaction

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Request for Proposals

Feb 4, 2011 - $5000-20,000

Must apply to at least one of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issues: Water Quality for Healthy Beaches and Shellfish Beds; Habitat Conservation and Restoration; Ecosystem Integration and Assessment; Reducing Nutrient Inputs to Coastal Ecosystems; Coastal Community Resilience; and Environmental Education (this last not eligible)

Priority Funding Areas • Build awareness and increase outreach regarding environmental issues of GOMA * Increase access to environmental education programs * Communicate and/or disseminate scientific information to the public * Utilize technology in environmental education or for full details.

Proposal to C4 for March summit meeting

2 paragraphs, ASAP

State Department Open Source Conference

Feb 11th - Washington DC - Jeff leading Feb 12th - unconference, Liz/Sara may lead workshop/session?

Seed Magazine map exhibition

only 200 words, due 31st Jan 2011