call for entries: PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration, Celebrating Diversity and Social Inclusion


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The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite you to submit original and creative videos focusing on the PLURAL+ theme of migration, celebrating diversity and social inclusion.

In a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, it is vital that youth are recognized as powerful agents of social change. PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, human rights and xenophobia, both at local and global levels through video production. Young people aged up to 25 are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.

“PLURAL+ provides youth around the world with the opportunity to submit real stories told by real people, which when widely disseminated help to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding as well as respect for diversity and tolerance,” says Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.

Each year since 2009, a prestigious international jury selects three PLURAL+ International Jury Award winners in each age category (up to 12, 13-17, 18-25). The International Jury Award winners will receive $1,000 as well as be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2017 Festival Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media and possibly as well at the United Nations Headquarters in Fall 2017. PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other prizes and professional opportunities to over 20 of the best videos submitted, partners award winning videos will be invited to present their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.

In addition to the three International Jury award winners, this year PLURAL+ will also provide, for the first time, the “PLURAL+ Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia”, and the winner will also be flown to New York to participate and present his/her video at the PLURAL+ 2017 Festival and Awards Ceremony.

“We all know this to be true: increased participation of youth in the media is essential. These youth – these agents of social change – make up a large portion of today’s migrant population, and they have something valuable to tell us about their migration experiences. And this is what PLURAL+ aims to achieve: to provide young filmmakers with a global platform to share their thoughts and experiences with us,” says Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration.

PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ not only provides young people with an effective platform to raise their voices on key migration and diversity issues, but also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that the powerful expression of youth creativity is a force to be reckoned with.

Further information, including guidelines, rules and regulations and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at:

Deadline for submission is 4 June 2017. Early submissions are encouraged.

Download the entry form and see the instructions on the PLURAL+ website.

Watch PLURAL+ 2016 award winning videos here.

Watch UN in Action television segment on PLURAL+ 2016 here.

PLURAL+ is organized by the UNAOC and IOM with the support of many partners.

CfP: Media Approaches to British and Irish Revolutionary Movements

The conference will be organised under the auspices of Marsh’s Library, Dublin and the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, University of Sheffield

Cato Street and the Revolutionary Tradition in Britain and Ireland

12th-13th September 2017

‘Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.’ John Harrington.

Five men were executed at Newgate on 1 May 1820 for their part in a plot to assassinate the British Prime Minister, Lord Liverpool, and his cabinet. The plotters envisaged that they would lead an insurrection in the aftermath of their ‘tyrannicide’.

The plot is usually referred to as the ‘Cato Street Conspiracy’ after the street in London in which the revolutionaries were arrested. The conspiracy has received surprisingly little scholarly attention, and there has been a tendency among those who have examined Cato Street to dismiss it as an isolated, forlorn, foolhardy and – ultimately – unimportant event.

The violent intent of the conspirators sits uncomfortably with notions of what it was (and is) to be English or British. It even sits beyond the pale of ‘mainstream’ radical history in Britain, which tends to be framed in terms of evolution rather than revolution. Even within a revolutionary framework, Cato Street can be discussed as the fantasy of isolated adventurists who had no contact with, or influence upon, ‘the masses’.

This conference will examine the Cato Street Conspiracy through several different lenses. These perspectives will shed new light on the plot itself, its contemporary significance, and its importance (or otherwise) in the longer history of radicalism and revolutionary movements.

The conference will welcome papers which explore earlier and later revolutionary and insurrectionary ‘moments’ in Britain and Ireland. This longer chronological framework, stretching back as far as the Reformation and forwards into the twenty-first century, will enable scholars to consider whether Cato Street takes on a greater significance in the context of ill-fated entanglements such as the Rye House Plot, the Tong Plot, the Nonsuch House Plot, etc.

The organisers are particularly interested in comparisons and contrasts between the (under-explored) British insurrectionary tradition, and the (perhaps over-explored?) history of Irish revolutionary violence. The topics to be addressed may include (but will not be limited to):

– All aspects of the Cato Street plot itself
– Broader chronological and geographical contexts of revolution in Britain and Ireland, including:
-British and Irish plots and insurrections before Cato Street.
-British and Irish plots after Cato Street (after 1820 the next people to be executed for treason by the British state were the Irish rebels of 1916).
-Race, racism and radicalism (one of the executed Cato Street conspirators, William Davidson, was a Jamaican of African descent)
-Enthusiasm for the French Revolution and other foreign risings and revolts (one of the executed Cato Street conspirators had served in the army of the French republic)
-The fate and influence of transported radicals (five of the Cato Street conspirators were transported to Australia)
-The changing contexts of political violence (national and global) in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries

It is hoped to bring together scholars from a range of related specialisms, including history, journalism studies, English literature, criminology and politics.
Proposals are invited for papers of 20 minutes that address any aspects of the Cato Street conspiracy, its representation, its antecedents, its effect on radicalism, its place in history, or its contemporary resonances.

It is envisaged that the conference will lead to the publication of a high-quality volume of essays in time for the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the plot in February 1820.

For more details about the conference, please see our website:


Professor Adrian Bigham
Professor in Modern History, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, University of Sheffield

Professor Martin Conboy
Professor of Journalism History, Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History, University of Sheffield

Dr Jason McElligott
The Keeper, Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Christopher Shoop-Worrall
Research Assistant, University of Sheffield

Christopher Shoop-Worrall

CFP for British Cinema in the 1960s

*British Cinema in the 1960s: Histories and Legacies*

6 – 7 September 2017

BFI Southbank, London

*Guest speakers include: Richard Lester, Sandy Lieberson, David Puttnam, Rita Tushingham***

This two-day conference, organised as part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Transformation and Tradition in British Cinema of the 1960s: Industry, Creativity, and National Branding’ run by the Universities of York and East Anglia, provides a space for exploring one of the most dynamic decades of British cinema history.

It brings together academic researchers and creative practitioners with personal experience of the period in order to focus on how we construct histories of the film culture of the period (what sources we use, how we interpret them, what the people who lived and worked through the decade recall) and how might we understand the legacies of the period’s cinema, not only in terms of influence on later filmmaking practice but also in broader film appreciation and fandom.

Possible areas of interest include, _but are not limited to_:

·Historicising the 1960s and its cinema

·Archives, sources, methods

·Key sixties concepts and the cinema: individualism, freedom, rebellion, permissiveness, entrepreneurialism

·1960s British cinema and tradition/history/heritage

·Youthquake in British cinema? Issues of youth and age in the 1960s

·Identity politics in 1960s British cinema: class/gender/ethnicity/sexuality

·Losing an Empire, finding a role: engaging with the imperial in 1960s British films

·1960s British cinema and Europe: production, exhibition and reception

·International connections: ‘Hollywood England’ and beyond

·Film in an intermedial context: 1960s British cinema related to other areas of cultural production (television, popular music, literature, theatre, fashion, art, advertising, photography)

·Legacies of 1960s British cinema: influences, remakes, fandoms

Please send 200 word proposals for papers with short biogs to <> by *1 March 2017.*

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