Monday, March 20, 2017

CFPs deadline extended for MWWHA conference on "Reformations and Revolutions in World History"

by Jeanne E. Grant
Call for Proposals
“Reformations and Revolutions in World History”
The Eighth Annual Conference of the 
Midwest World History Association
22-23 September 2017, University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma)
The proposal deadline has been extended to 15 April 2017
and the keynote is announced.
The Midwest World History Association is happy to announce a call for paper, poster, panel, roundtable, and workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, on September 22nd and 23rd, 2017. The conference theme is ‘Reformations and Revolutions in World History.’
Today the world finds itself at a crossroads, just as it has done so many times before and will undoubtedly do so in the future.  The crises faced today – a resurgence in Nationalism, extremism, the continuance of war and its results: refugees, poverty, and hunger – seem to be testing the anchors of contemporary values of peace, tolerance, and humanity.
Far from the first crisis the world has faced, it is nevertheless important to grasp its history and the history of the ideas that have shaped it to understand the events of today. This year, 2017, will see the commemoration of the Protestant Reformation (1517), the Russian Revolution (1917), the independence of India and Pakistan (1947), the first sub-Saharan African Independence in Ghana (1957), and the signature of the Treaty of Rome (1957). Other anniversaries marked in 2017 include, but are not limited to, the Tacfarinas uprising against the Romans in 17 CE, the first official European diplomatic mission to China (1517), US entry into the First World War (1917), the internationalization of the Spanish Civil War (1937), the Palestine Partition Resolution (1947), the 1947 Truman Doctrine, and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.                                                                             
This conference will bring together emerging scholars, early career researchers, established academics from a variety of disciplines, and 6th-12th-grade teachers to provide a platform to explore the implications and significance the Reformation and revolutions have in the world. We encourage contributions from a range of perspectives, including social, political, intellectual and cultural history; social and cultural geography; social and political science; and 9-12 lesson plans. Possible subjects may include, but are not limited to:
  • How has the dynamics of ‘reformation' and ‘revolution' worked with and against one another in world history?
  • What impact have reform and/or revolutionary change had in the world?
  • What effects have revolutionary and/or reformist approaches to crisis had in the past?
  •  How are landmark moments such as the Reformation, and the numerous revolutions in world history, remembered/represented?
  •  To what extent/in what ways are contemporary events the legacy of previous crises, or of attempts to reform/transform the world?
  • How have specific political ideas (liberalism, capitalism, communism, socialism, freedom, justice, governmentality, legitimacy—as well as [post]colonialism and feminism) shaped historical development, particularly in moments of crisis
  • How has world history given rise to new or revolutionary political ideas?
Proposals on any aspect of World History scholarship and teaching are also welcome.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Amy Nelson Burnett, Paula and D.B. Varner University Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Professor Burnett’s work has focused on the Protestant Reformation in Germany and Switzerland, with emphasis on the exchange of ideas through printing and debate. Among her many books, Teaching the Reformation: Ministers and their Message in Basel, 1529-1629 (Oxford University Press, 2008) won the Gerald Strauss Prize awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. Dr. Burnett will deliver a keynote entitled, “Reform, Dissent, and Toleration: The Reformation as a Crisis of Authority.”
Please send an abstract of 250 words, together with a short curriculum vitae, to the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Nikki Magie at no later than 15 April 2017 (extended deadline). Questions about the conference can also be directed to this address. Where a complete panel is proposed, the convener should also include a 250-word abstract of the panel theme. Each panelist should plan to spend no more than 20 minutes presenting her or his paper.
Presenters must register for the conference by 15 August 2017 to be included in the program.
The MWWHA will offer up to three competitive Graduate Student Awards to offset part of the conference costs. Graduate students interested in applying should include a letter with their conference proposal explaining how the conference helps them with their studies, teaching, and/or future career plans as well as how their paper fits with the conference theme and the mission of the MWWHA.
We also invite accepted papers to be submitted to our journal, The Middle Ground, for potential publication:
Further information about the MWWHA, including membership and conference registration (when it becomes available), can be found on our website:
Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 15 May 2017.

To Attend: Christian Bodies, Pagan Images (April 3, 2017)

by Brandie Ratliff
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce the final lecture in its 2016–2017 lecture series:
Monday, April 3, 2017, 6:15 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Christian Bodies, Pagan Images: Women, Beauty, and Morality in Byzantium
Alicia Walker, Bryn Mawr College, explores how Byzantine women’s bodies were put in dialogue with visual and textual portrayals of pagan goddesses and heroines, and how these practices changed in fundamental ways from the early to middle Byzantine eras.
Details at
Contact: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture
Mary Jaharis Center lectures are co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.
Call for papers
"Feeding on Dreams: Exiles and Exile in Late Antiquity."

A Workshop at Yale University, 23-25 April 2018

Organized by Maria Doerfler (Yale University) and Geoffrey Nathan (University of New South Wales)

Being barred from one’s native lands, state and/or community was and continues to be a unique form of punishment.  Individuals or groups might not only suffer from physical, economic and legal privation, but also social and cultural exclusion to the point of a kind of social death.  In Late Antiquity, the degree of political and religious change made exile perhaps more likely for an increasingly diverse group, but may have also changed the nature of exile itself.  Recent work both on conceptual exile and the exile of clerics raises the possibility of expanding the scope of scholarly conversations surrounding the practice in this period.   This workshop’s purpose is to consider different experiences and conceptions of formal and informal banishment to arrive at a more holistic understanding of the social, cultural, and literary phenomenon of exile in late antiquity. 

The organizers thus invite papers to explore the nature of exile and exiles in Late Antiquity (ca.300-650 CE).  We welcome contributors to interpret these concepts broadly, and seek a wide variety of papers and disciplinary approaches.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Political and religious exile
Relegatio, deportatio, postliminium: exile in law
Conceptual exile (spiritual and metaphorical exile)
Treatments of exile in the religions of Late Antiquity
Diasporas and refugees
The archaeology of exile

After the workshop, participants will be invited to submit their revised papers for publication. Please send abstracts of up to 500 words  Alternatively, abstracts may be sent to either Maria Doerfler ( or Geoff Nathan ( by 14 May 2017. For queries, please email either organizer.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CFP: The Journal of Festive Studies

by Patrick Cox, H-NET VP and Editor
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Call for Papers
November 1, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Sociology, Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Social History / Studies
The Journal of Festive Studies, a new peer-reviewed journal published on H-Celebration, invites submissions for its first issue, scheduled for March 2018.
The journal’s stated aim is to draw together all academics who share an interest in festivities, including but not limited to holiday celebrations, family rituals, carnivals, religious feasts, processions and parades, and civic commemorations.
The editors in chief -- Dr. Ellen Litwicki, Professor of History at the State University of New York at Fredonia and Aurélie Godet, Associate Professor of US History at Paris Diderot University -- welcome submissions of original research and analysis from both established and emerging scholars worldwide. Besides traditional academic essays, authors may submit video and photo essays, archival notes, opinion pieces, as well as contributions that incorporate digital media such as visualizations and interactive timelines and maps. Academic essays should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words; other pieces should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. When submitting, please indicate whether the work is to be peer-reviewed as an article or whether you would like to offer something in a different format.
For its first issue, the journal will look at festive studies as an emerging academic sub-field since the late 1960s and seeks submissions that consider some of the methods and theories that scholars have relied on to apprehend festive practices across the world. The specific contributions of the historical, geographical, sociological, anthropological, ethnological, psychological, and economic disciplines to the study of festivities may be explored but, more importantly, authors should offer guidelines on how to successfully integrate them. How can one reconcile, for instance, the discourse of “festival tourism,” dominated by the positivistic, quantitative research paradigm of consumer behavior approaches, with a more classical discourse, mostly flowing from cultural anthropology and sociology, concerning the roles, meanings and impacts of festivals in society and culture?
Contributors may also choose to focus on some of the methodological issues faced by scholars doing qualitative research on festivities across the globe. For example, the practice of participant observation -- one of the main data-collection strategies used by scholars of festivities -- raises significant ethical and epistemological concerns, as affective involvement with the observed inevitably develops and may range from sympathetic identification to projective distortion.
Finally, authors may reflect on whether conclusions about festivities can be derived from the thousands of case studies that are produced every year by scholars, government agents, city officials, and various stakeholders. Can cross-cultural, interdisciplinary theoretical paradigms still be expected to emerge from this growing literature?
All texts should be sent by November 1 2017 to along with the author’s bio and an abstract of c. 250 words. Please contact Ellen Litwkicki ( and Aurélie Godet ( with any questions. Please consult the guidelines for authors in advance of submission.
Contact Info: 
Ellen Litwicki
Contact Email: 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

East of Byzantium Symposium: Cultural Heritage Across the Christian East

by Brandie Ratliff
The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce CULTURAL HERITAGE ACROSS THE CHRISTIAN EAST, a symposium exploring the challenges of preserving the cultural heritage of the Christian East.
Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:30 am–5:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Alison E. Cuneo, American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives
ASOR CHI’s Role in the Cultural Heritage of the Christian East
Laurent Dissard, University College London
The Presence-Absence of Arapgir’s Armenian Heritage in Present-Day Eastern Turkey
Karel C. Innemée, University of Amsterdam
Deir al-Surian, A Monastery on Cultural Crossroads
Anton Pritula, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and The State Hermitage Museum
Chaldean Manuscript Collections. ʽAdbīshōʽ of Gazarta: Patriarch, Poet, Scribe and Commissioner
Seating is limited. Additional information and registration at
East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.
For questions, please contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.
A summer school on the study of medieval books with quantitative methods will take place in Paris from the 12th to the 16th of June 2017. It is organized by the Lamop (Université Paris I), the IRHT, the Ecole nationale des Chartes and the University of Namur.

During one week, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the use of quantitative methods in medieval book studies and to practice them with the best specialists. 

The full program and the application form can be found on The deadline for application is April the 13th.

Conferences and workshops will be in french. Registration is free of charge ; a few bursaries for travel and accomodation will be given depending on individual situations and needs.

Octave Julien
Docteur en histoire
Enseignant-chercheur (Pireh / Lamop)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval
vol. 24/2017

Original papers are sought to the scientific journal Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval, vol. 24 (2017), to be published in December 2017. The Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval is a yearly scholarly open access publication, indexed and peer-reviewed. The Revista is the official journal of SOFIME (Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval:, and it is distributed by the University of Zaragoza’s Press.

Our journal is continuously published since 1993, with scientific contributions in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. The submitted articles must be original contributions to the discussion on medieval thought and the transmission of knowledge (from the Middle Ages up to the Early-Modern Period), nonetheless contributions related to the intellectual tradition of Late Antiquity are welcomed too. Papers must be approximately between 5,000 and 25,000 words in length. The deadline for the submission is 1 July 2017. The contributions will be evaluated through a blind peer-review process. To submit a paper, sign up and follow the instructions on our OJS website:

For any further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Committee of the Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval:
On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I am pleased to present the preliminary program for CAPAL17: Foundations & Futures: Critical Reflections on the Pasts, Presents, and Possibilities of Academic Librarianship, the fourth annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). The program can be viewed in full online at:
We are excited to welcome our keynote speakers, Harsha Walia, a South Asian activist formally trained in the law and the author of the award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism and, Lisa Sloniowski, Associate Librarian at York University and co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project.
Registration for the conference is now open and available at the following link: Note that Congress fees are cheaper if you register before March 31st.
There will be a half day pre-conference workshop held on the afternoon of May 29 on the topic of "Exploring Critical Theory in Research and Scholarship" to be led by Dr. Tami Oliphant, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Alberta. Details can be found at:
Also, connect with other conference goers by following us on Twitter at #CAPAL17

Colleen Burgess, Communications Chair 
*Prière de faire circuler dans vos réseaux* *Excusez les envois multiples*

Chères/chers collègues,

Au nom du comité organisateur, je suis heureux de présenter le programme préliminaire de l’ACBAP17 : Fondements et futurs : réflexions critiques sur les passés, les présents et les possibilités de la bibliothéconomie académique, la quatrième conférence annuelle de l'Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels (ACBAP). Le programme se trouve en ligne:
Nous sommes ravis d’accueillir nos conférencières, Harsha Walia, militante sud-asiatique formée en droit et auteure du livre primé Undoing Border Imperialism, ainsi que Lisa Sloniowski, bibliothécaire adjointe (associate librarian) à York University et cochercheure dans le projet « Feminist Porn Archive and Research », financé par le CRSH.

Le formulaire d’inscription à la conférence est dès maintenant disponible en ligne :  Notez que les frais de congrès sont moins élevés si vous vous inscrivez avant le 31 mars.
Veuillez noter qu'un atelier pré conférence aura lieu l'après-midi du 29 mai, la veille de la conférence, au sujet de "Exploring Critical Theory in Research and Scholarship," animé par Mme Tami Oliphant, professeur adjointe à l'École de bibliothéconomie et de sciences de l'information de l'Université d'Alberta. Pour plus de détails, veuillez visiter:

Pour nous suivre sur Twitter et échanger avec les participants, vous pouvez utiliser les mots clic suivants : #CAPAL17 ou #ACBAP17.

Meilleures salutations,
Colleen Burgess, présidente du comité des communications

Call for Papers
The Mid-America Medieval Association’s 41st annual meeting
Saturday, September 16, 2017
at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Conference Theme: Networks
Plenary Speaker: Dr. Cynthia J. Brown, Distinguished Professor of French, University of California-Santa Barbara
Plenary title: “Paratextual Cues in Late Medieval Books: Detecting Family Female Networks”

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on the conference theme or on any medieval topic.  Panels of 3-4 papers are also welcome. The conference theme of “Networks” might include topics such as: family networks; monastic and other religious networks; intellectual, artistic, professional, or political networks; networks of texts, of manuscripts, of artworks, etc.

Dr. Brown’s most recent monograph, The Queen's Library: Image-Making at the Court of Anne of Brittany1477-1514 (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) examines book production for late medieval elite women in France, including Anne of Britanny’s contemporaries (including Louise de Savoy and Margaret of Austria) and successors, most notably her daughter Claude.  As a recent review puts it, Dr. Brown mobilizes “a truly interdisciplinary range of critical tools to analyse these books’ texts and paratexts, she makes a rigorous and deeply contextualized case for the complex negotiations and political stakes at play in the verbal and visual representation of such women.”  Dr. Brown’s plenary talk is drawn from her newest project which extends her examination of networks of female book owners beyond French borders to the city states of Italy.

Abstracts or panel proposals (with abstracts) to Dr. Kathy M. Krause ( by Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Graduate students are invited to submit their paper for the Jim Falls Paper Prize.  Full conference papers should be sent by September 1, 2017.  More information will be available shortly on the MAMA website:
Call for papers

Historiografías, revista de historia y teoría is an on-line biannual 
publication in three languages devoted to historiographical studies and 
theory of history. With the backing of worldwide specialists and 
professors from various universities, Historiografias was created in 
2010 as the brainchild of the research group assembled by Professor 
Gonzalo Pasamar at the University of Zaragoza (Spain), where its server 
is located:

           As indicated in its Editorial Manifesto (see, Historiografías regards the study 
of historical writings as a field without boundaries, ranging across 
such disparate viewpoints as cultural and intellectual history, 
political history and biography, as well as epistemology and social 
theory, anthropology, sociology and history of science. Hence, the 
objective of the journal is twofold: 1) to examine all the forms the 
writing of history has adopted, without any geographical, chronological 
or cultural restrictions, from historiography in Antiquity to forms 
memories have adopted in other civilizations, including medieval and 
Renaissance writers, and modern ways of writing history all over the 
world, as well as current trends; 2) to give importance to historical 
epistemology and theory in general.

Historiografías calls for original papers to be included under its three 
headings: 1) “Historia y teoría”; 2) “Varia historiográfica”; and 3) 
“Crítica”. The content of these sections is as follows: “Historia y 
teoría” includes essays on historiography and theory and, where 
appropriate, may also cover single subjects. “Varia historiográfica” 
contains analyses of institutions, projects, debates, interviews, and 
scientific events relating to theory and historiographic reflection, in 
addition to a range of other articles (when the History and Theory 
section is devoted to a single issue). “Crítica” contains reviews of 
books and journals devoted to a single topic.

The journal accepts manuscripts in Spanish, English and French, with 
documents being formatted in Word. Works must be original, that is, not 
previously published, nor should they be committed for publication 
elsewhere. Authors must indicate at the beginning of the text the 
institution they work for, along with their professional address and 
email. Some key-words (no more than six) should be included below, in 
Spanish and English, along with an abstract in Spanish and English (no 
more than 100 words), and a profile (no more than eighty words) in 
Spanish and English.

The length of contributions is as follows: “Historia y teoría” and 
“Varia historiográfica”: 10,000 words maximum. This includes footnotes, 
bibliographic references and appendices. Graphical documents (pictures, 
tables, photos, texts, charts, etc.) may also be appended, but only if 
they are of good standard. In this case, their source should be 
indicated and, where appropriate, permission to publish may also be 
required. “Crítica”: 3,000 words, including footnotes and bibliographic 
For further information, see “Instructions for Manuscripts Submission”, 

Original papers should be sent by email to this address:

Manuscripts will be submitted for external assessment by at least two 
accepted experts on the subject.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Call for Papers for Mythcon 48 is now available to download from the main page of the website. Please share widely! Text also below:

The Mythopoeic Society is launching into a series of 50th anniversaries—of the founding of the Society in 2017, of the conception and launch of our scholarly journal Mythlore in 2018, and of our first society conference in 2019. For the fiftieth anniversary of our Society, we would like to see papers and panels relating to gold, and to celebrate the work of our Guests of Honor, to the gold that can be found through library and archival research. As always, papers on any topic relating to J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic fantasy in general, not just our theme, are welcome as well.

Greed for gold: Tolkien's dwarves and gold lust, economic systems in fantasy and fantasy gaming
Gold as a color: color symbolism in fantasy and heraldry
Gold as an element, and other fantastic elements and materials like mithril, octarine, meteorite metal, unobtanium, or the list of semi-precious gems in Tolkien's “Errantry”
The Golden Age—in fantasy and myth, of fantasy as a genre

Primary and secondary materials about the Inklings and other fantasy authors in the archives at Marquette University, the Wade Center, Oxford University, and other locations
Fan material and society archives
Materials in collections at the University of Illinois, especially the Center for Children’s Books
Archives, libraries, writing, and research IN fantasy

July 28-31, 2017, in Champaign, Illinois

 William Fliss, Archivist at the Marquette University Special Collections and Archives
 Laura Schmidt, Archivist at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College

Send abstracts of 200-500 words to:
Janet Brennan Croft,
By April 30, 2017
See for details on our student paper award!

Janet Brennan Croft
Head of Access and Delivery Services
Rutgers University Libraries
Alexander Library 109
169 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Editor of Mythlore, A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature
Reminder: Call for Papers
The AG Spätantike und Frühmittelalter (working group "Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages")
is hosting a session on
"Über alle Kanäle: Aspekte von Kommunikation in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter"
(Aspects of Communication in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages)
Contributions from various disciplines are welcome. Please submit your abstract to Roland Prien,, until March 20th, 2017.More information on the AG SFM: Reminder: Call for Papers
The AG Spätantike und Frühmittelalter (working group "Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages")
is hosting a session on
"Über alle Kanäle: Aspekte von Kommunikation in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter"
(Aspects of Communication in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages)
Contributions from various disciplines are welcome. Please submit your abstract to Roland Prien,, until March 20th, 2017.More information on the AG SFM: 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Roman Society Research Center of Ghent University (  ) is proud to announce the following workshop:

Warfare and Food-Supply in the Late Roman Empire 

Ghent, 21 April 2017

Location: KANTL, Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal en Letterkunde

Organised by Jeroen Wijnendaele (  and Wouter Vanacker  (

In 1998, Paul Erdkamp published his pioneering study Hunger and the Sword on the significance of logistics, landscapes and the feeding of the Roman Republic's armies during wartime. The same period also  saw a surge in renewed interest on the Late Roman army, including such studies as Hugh Elton's Warfare in Roman Europe, AD 350-425 and Martijn Nicassie's Twilight of Empire. While studies on various aspects pertaining to the Roman army in both era's have been prolific over the past two decades, there  is still a noticeable lacuna. In Framing the Early Middle Ages, Chris Wickham already remarked that "surprisingly, not much work has been done on the  supply aspect of the Late Roman military logistics." 

The empire-wide organization of the annona militaris was arguably the single most important economic activity affecting the Mediterranean world and its European hinterlands. Successful supply to the army could make the difference in its performance during war in all its guises, from raids, to sieges and pitched battles. Yet these very same logistics  also formed a double-edged sword that could be turned against the Empire in times of adversity. Local communities, urban governments and civilian elites could be equally affected by these ramifications.

This workshop will bring together an international team of scholars focusing on both the general concept of the Late Roman military food-supply and other crucially related issues to help advance our knowledge on this long-neglected theme. 
9-9:30: Welcome and Coffee  9:30-10:30. Paul Erdkamp (Vrije Universiteit Brussel): War, Food Supply, and the Economic Decline of the Roman West
10:30-11:30. Philip Rance (Freie Universität Berlin): The Farmer and the Soldier should be Friends – Justinian’s Legislation on the Provisioning of Soldiers in transit
11:30-12:30. Alexander Sarantis (Aberystwyth University): The quaestura exercitus and 'centralised' military provisioning in the Balkans: an archaeological and socio-economic perspective

12:30-13:30 Lunch  13:30-14:30. Jeroen Wijnendaele (Ghent University): Food as a Weapon? The African Grain-supply during Late Roman Civil War  
14:30-15:30. Mark Humphries (Swansea University): Valentinian, Vandals, and Victuals: responses to crisis in the mid-fifth century west

15:30-16:00 Coffee  16:00-17:00. Doug Lee (University of Nottingham): Food Supply and Military Mutiny in Late Antiquity

  Those who are interested in attended are kindly advised to contact the organizers