Tuesday, May 29, 2012
AiR PROPOSAL - Residency in East Iceland
Writers, composers, artists, musicians, dancers and scholars are eligible to apply for 3-8 weeks residency in Klaustrid at Skriduklaustur, East Iceland every year.
Klaustrið (the Monastery) is a residence managed by The Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson. It is situated at Skriðuklaustur Culture Centre in East Iceland in the beautiful home of the Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson.
The living/working facilities consists of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a living room with big desk for working. Wi-Fi internet connection and a piano in place.
There is no grant along with the residency but the apartment is free of charge and local transportation is guaranteed.
The apartment is only for one person or a couple at time.
Klaustrið uses the following criteria when evaluating applicants:
* Primarily the quality of the applicants project as indicated by submitted application.
* A record of works and curriculum vitae.
* Projects concerning Gunnar Gunnarsson, his life and his works, have priority just as any project concerning East-Iceland, its nature and culture.
Application deadline is 15th June every year for the following year.
Application form is available at www.skriduklaustur.is along with more information.
* Project description, see application form
* Artists CV, please do not send a CV exceeding 2 pages
* A few examples of works (3-5), either as prints, on CD or weblinks
Application should be sent by mail to:
Klaustrið - Gunnarsstofnun, Skriðuklaustur, 701 Egilsstaðir, ICELAND
For further information send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call + 354 471 2990.
The nearest town with airport and all service is Egilsstadir (EGS), (39km). The main international airport is in South-West Iceland, Keflavik (KEF) close to the capital Reykjavik (REK) where the national airport is (700km). Another way to get to Iceland is to travel by sea. There is a ferry linking Danmark, Foryoar Islands and Iceland. The company is called Smyril-line and. Their habour is in Seydisfjordur (65km).
The word sangam in Sanskrit literally means "going together." In most Indian languages, sangam has come to mean such confluences as the "flowing together of rivers" and "coincidence." The intention of Sangam House is to bring together writers from around the world to live and work in a safe, peaceful setting, a space made necessary on many levels by the world we now live in. Our residency programs are designed for writers who have published to some acclaim but not yet enjoyed substantial commercial success. Sangam House seeks to give writers a chance to build a solid and influential network of personal and professional relationships that can deepen their own work, in effect, expanding and diversifying literature. We believe that literature can and must remain a thriving force of illumination for our times.
Assembling writers from various cultural backgrounds broadens the scope of each individual's work. Exposure to regional and national trends in literature, to multiple political and economic obstacles and varied social and cultural milieus enhances each writer's understanding of his/her work, as well as his/her own notions of identity and home. We recognize the dearth of such opportunities in South Asia and strive to encourage the work of those writing in all langauges, regional and dominant. Such a unique environment enriches the work of its participants and the texture of international literature. Our program also facilitates interaction between the visiting writers and the local communities. Cultivating such an intersection infuses the local communities with inspirations and new ideas, while allowing each participating writer to deepen his or her understanding of the diverse emotional and social climates in which literature is conceived and received.
Applications for 2012-2013 must be received by July 31, 2012.
Dates for the next Sangam House Session are
4th November 2012 to 27th January 2013
All applicants are automatically considered for the appropriate fellowships.
The Lavanya Sankaran Fellowship supports new writing from India.
The Nevatia Fellowship supports non-fiction writing in English, especially in the areas of social and cultural change.
The Prakriti Foundation Fellowships support writing in Tamil and Kannada.
The Bianca Pancoat Patton Fellowship supports the work of young women writers from India.
The Asif Currimbhoy Fellowship supports writing for the stage in all Indian languages including English. Asif Currimbhoy was a leading Indian playwright in the 1960s and 70s. He wrote in English and his plays were performed all over the country as well as at the La Mama theatre in New York City.
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous supports contemporary writing in Hindi.
A residency at Sangam House covers only board and lodge. Writers are required to cover travel costs to and from our location.
How to Apply:
All applications must be submitted electronically. Instructions and forms can be found at http://sangamhouse.submishmash.com/Submit .
All notifications will be provided electronically by September 15, 2012.
If you are unable to submit an application electronically, please write with an explanation of the circumstances to:
In South Asia – Arshia Sattar at email@example.com
Outside of South Asia – DW Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org
If selected, all non-Indian applicants will be responsible for obtaining a tourist visa to India 6 weeks in advance of their travel date.
Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the &NOW Festival, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend two months in residence at our campus in Chicago's northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan.
There are no formal teaching duties attached to the residency. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, and offering a series of public presentations.
The completed manuscript will be published (upon approval) by &NOW Books imprint, with distribution by Northwestern University Press.
The stipend is $10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college.
Apply for the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize
Guidelines (Deadline March 1 (formerly April 1), every year):
We invite applications for a writer under forty years old, with no major book publication, to spend two months (February-March or March-April) in residence at Lake Forest College.
Cross-genre works are always welcome. Beyond this, even residency years (with odd year deadlines) look for prose writers. Odd residency years (with even years deadlines) look for poets.
2013 residency, deadline March 1, 2012: poetry
2014 residency, deadline March 1, 2013: prose
2015 residency, deadline March 1, 2014: poetry
2016 residency, deadline March 1, 2015: prose
We are now taking applications exclusively through Submishmash . We will only consider the first 200 submissions.
Send, in one file, WITHOUT your name, contact information, or other identifying marks:
A) A one-page statement of plans for completion
B) No more than 30 pages of manuscript in progress
Your cover letter, pasted into the text box, should include the basic details of your cv: education, employment, significant publications, etc. These may be in narrative form.
Submissions must be postmarked by March 1 (formerly April 1), each year for consideration by judges Robert Archambeau, Davis Schneiderman, and Joshua Corey and that year's guest judge.
Direct inquiries to email@example.com with the subject line: Plonsker Prize.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Inaugural B.B. Ferencz Essay Competition 2012 to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court
The Inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition held to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES Friday, August 31, 2012, at 5:00 PM (Central Daylight Time).
CALL FOR ESSAYS
The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law seeks submissions of essays for the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition, held on the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the International Criminal Court.
ESSAYS QUESTION PRESENTED
The essay must address the following question: Under what conditions may acts that constitute illegal use of armed force and that result in the widespread or systematic attack upon a civilian population be prosecuted as crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, pursuant to the Rome Statute.
ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS
Contestants must be 20 years of age or older. Contestants must have completed their high school studies. Law students, PhD students and young scholars are especially invited to apply. The essay must be written solely by the candidate. The essay should take the form of a law review style article. Submissions must be original and unpublished works of under 6,000 words, including footnotes. Footnotes must conform to authoritative standard rules of legal citation and must include a description of each authority adequate to allow a reasonable reader to identify and locate the authority in a publication of general circulation. The essay must be typed and double-spaced.
Contestants are strongly encouraged to participate in our commitment-free registration process. Please visit our website to register for the competition. Submissions must be made electronically at the following website: http://law.wustl.edu/harris/pages.aspx?id=9126 A complete submission includes a cover page with the author's relevant information (name, current address, contact information and CV) and the essay in a Microsoft Word document. Contestants may submit only one entry. Multiple or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Contestants will be assigned a number, which will serve as an identification number for the purpose of the competition. This will be done in order to ensure anonymity of the authors with respect to the judging of submissions.
The first-place winner of the Essay Contest will receive an award of US$10,000. Second- and third-place runners-up will each receive an honorable mention and a plaque as well as runner-up awards in the amount of US$2,500 each. The first-place winner of the Contest will be invited to St. Louis, Missouri, for an award ceremony that will take place during the International Criminal Court at Ten conference in November 2012. The essay will be included in the symposium issue published by the Washington University Global Studies Law Review resulting from the conference. The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute will cover the winner's travel expenses to St. Louis, including airfare, accommodations and meals.
Further Details: http://law.wustl.edu/harris/pages.aspx?id=9126
2012 Essay Competition 'Next steps to peace in Kashmir'
The Australia India Institute and The Sajid Iqbal Foundation for Peace & Human Rights are happy to announce an essay competition for Kashmiri youth - in the 18-30 year-age group.
The essays must be under 3000 words, original and the participant's own work. The essays must be emailed on or before 7th June, 2012, to firstname.lastname@example.org
The top three essays will be presented at the International Conference on Kashmir slated for 18-19th June, 12, in SKICC Srinagar.
Prizes: First - cash prize of Rs 100,000; Second - cash prize of Rs 50,000; Third - cash prize of Rs 25,000.
Any research or references used in the essay must be cited.
Last Date: 7th June, 2012
World Energy Forum is pleased to announce the 2012 International Energy Essay Contest. As a mission-driven movement, World Energy Forum is dedicated both to educate and campaign for long-term energy solutions by encouraging global conversations on pivotal energy issues.
Since 2012 has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as "International Year of Sustainable Energy for All" the International Energy Essay Contest calls upon university students from around the world to participate in the movement towards an energy-secure future by presenting their thoughts on how this can be achieved.
Through this contest, World Energy Forum hopes to provide a platform for students from different backgrounds with an opportunity to share and expand their unique understanding of the worldwide urgency that must be recognized for important changes toward a safe, accessible, and sustainable energy future.
The winners of the essay contest will receive a number of prizes, including the opportunity to discuss their creative approaches for solving the world's present energy problems at the World Energy Forum's annual high-level energy conference. This year's conference, entitled World Energy Forum 2012: Safe, Accessible, Sustainable - Energy for All, will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 22-24, 2012.
All eligible students can participate in the contest by writing a letter in the form of an essay to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and share their views on the topic: "Sustainable Energy for All - Vision, Reality and Solutions."
Essays should be written and submitted according to the guidelines below.
The essay should be written in English
The essay should contain between 1500 and 2000 words (not including bibliography and citations). Please cite your word count at the end of the essay.
The essay should be typed and double-spaced.
The essay should include a coversheet including: first and last name, telephone number, email address and university name
Students must produce their own work, using information from other sources where appropriate.All references should appear as endnotes. Do not use footnotes.
Information used for research that is not cited in the essay should be listed in a bibliography page at the end.
Participants must be currently enrolled as a student working towards any degree program (eg. B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., M.B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.)Participants' applications must receive a recommendation from a current professor in their field of study
We encourage students of all backgrounds and ability to participate.
How to Enter:
Submit your essay, either:
First & Last Name_ University (eg. John Smith _University of Richmond)
All entries must be received by July 15th, 2012.Under no circumstances will late submissions be accepted.
All eligible essay submissions received by June 15th, 2012 will be reviewed in-house. 10 finalists will be selected for review by a qualified panel including energy experts from:
The United Nations, The World Bank, Academia, Leading energy companies
Essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
The student's understanding of the issue
The student's analysis and reasoning
Quality and use of research
Originality and creativity in treatment of the topic
Clarity and effectiveness of writing and organization
Winners will be notified by July 31st, 2012.
First Place $5,000 cash prize; Essay will be sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Second Place $3,000 cash prize
Third Place $2,000 cash prize
In addition, the top three contestants will receive:
Airfare and accommodation to Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Waived registration fee ($800) to attend The World Energy Forum 2012; Opportunity to be a speaker in The World Energy Forum 2012 session titled: Students for Sustainable EnergyPublication of essay; The top ten essays will be recognized at The World Energy Forum 2012 and will be published on the website.
Contest Entry Deadline: July 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
The awards (three in all) include two stays in London – three days at the Olympic Values Symposium and three days during the London Olympic Games, with travel and accommodation costs covered.
Any student currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning anywhere in the world is eligible to participate in the Olympic Values Essay Competition. Consideration of essays will begin immediately and submissions will be accepted through May 31, 2012.
Interested students should send an email to email@example.com that includes the following English language materials: a curriculum vitae; a 125-150 word biography; and a 400 – 500 word essay that addresses their interpretation of the meaning of Olympic Values for the 21st Century and outlines a creative way to realize them in the years ahead through sport, education, culture, or other public initiatives.
A Joint Committee chaired by Georgetown faculty and Lord Moynihan will lead a three-step selection process. Good essays will be posted as blogs online; Skype or phone interviews will be conducted with a narrower group of finalists; and it is anticipated that awards will be announced by June 11, 2012.
By submitting an email with an essay, participants consent to it being posted as a blog online. Selected students must meet all conditions of participation to take part in the Olympic Values Symposium and attend the London Olympic Games.
As today's young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO's objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.
THEME: "Creating the Future We Want"
Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality.
1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2012) in one of the following age categories: (a) Children (ages up to 14) (b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)
2. Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed.
4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online at http://www.goipeace-essaycontest.org/.
5. Essays must be original and unpublished.
6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by June 30, 2012.
AWARD: The following awards will be given in the Children's category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,300) ... 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$650) ... 2 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift ... 5 entrants
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift ... 25 entrants
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Some Pages of Marine Engineer's Diary
[Former Marine Engineer at Shipping Corporation of India, Sky Watcher, Amateur Astronomer and People Science Activist]
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Venni V. Krishna
Asian Journal of Innovation and Policy (2012) 1: 001 - 030
The status and functioning of Indian universities is explored in the Indian context from an NSI perspective. Whilst NSI is the main guiding post, the very social and economic context of Indian situation reflect the theoretical underpinning of this paper. The First part serves as a background to knowledge institutions and university sector in India. Basically, it identifies the main actors and laboratories, main science and technology agencies and councils and the university system. Given the focus of the paper on Indian universities in a macro historical perspective, the Second part is devoted to trace the growth and structure of university sector in terms of three phases, namely, 1940s to 1980; 1980 to 1990; and the era of liberalization after 1991. The Third part of the paper is devoted to knowledge production and knowledge diffusion. There are some important findings coming out of the quantitative data. It is argued that Indian production of doctorates is falling behind countries like China. Further, Indian universities are yet to achieve Humboltian goal. Finally, the paper has a concluding section which concerns with the current and future challenges facing Indian universities and NIS.