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Weaponized Volunteering:

New Configurations Between Civil Society and Armed Organizations

International Academic Symposium

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21-22 February 2019

In recent years, ‘volunteering’ has been promoted as a popular route for civic participation and for demonstrating ethical conduct (Muehlebach 2012). Simultaneously, ‘the community’ has been increasingly presented as a central element of political reference and moral legitimacy (Parker and Debruyne 2011). Following this trend, state and non-state armed organizations and groups around the globe increasingly mobilize these notions to nurture new alignments and associations, or reframe existing configurations, between civic and militarized actors (Sørensen and Ben-Ari, In print).

A main example of such tendencies is the use of volunteers from the ‘community’ to support the operations of militaries, security and policing organizations, through community policing programs (Cattelino 2004), volunteer networks for homefront assignments in times of emergency (Kulik et al. 2016), or organized volunteering programs of army family members (mostly wives) to support military operations (Gassmann 2010). Under a similar logic, vigilant groups try to re-legitimize their operations by representing their work as a bottom-up, voluntary-based initiative (Kirsch 2010). Other types of civic-military entanglements involving volunteerism are created when militaries, police units and private security firms engage their personnel in volunteering activities beyond their regular security-related tasks. Such events often take place in cooperation with Non-Governmental Organizations or with welfare and educational institutions and are often framed as ‘volunteering’ or ‘community engagement’. They may range from facilitating activities for children, the elderly, or people with disabilities to delivering food and other services to the needy.

These examples indicate an increasing mobility between the civil society and armed forces, which conjoins militaristic ethoses with a glorification of ‘volunteering’ and ‘community engagement’; enabling carriers of weapons and (potential) violence to appear as ‘doing good’. Thus, they seem to require an alternative framework to traditional distinctions between the military and civic spheres (Lutz 2002); challenge classical perceptions of civil society as a non-violent terrain or as autonomous from state intervention (Kaldor 2003); and disentangle the identification of volunteering with morality (Muehlebach 2012). These new configurations may reflect changing social hirarchies, institituional arrangements or power relations in the contexts where they take place.

We invite papers that reflect on these themes by researchers from a broad range of backgrounds in the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, (critical) military and security studies, international relations, volunteering and civil society research). We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers that engage in exploring some of the various forms of ‘weaponized volunteering’. Through this discussion, the symposium seeks to bring refreshing and critical perspectives on this theme to the fields of sociology and anthropology of militaries and armed forces, and volunteering and civil society research.



The symposium is aimed to lead to a special issue in a peer-reviewed academic journal. The symposium will be structured in a way that allows ample time for peer feedback on the papers. Contributors will be expected to submit the full manuscripts approximately three months after the symposium.

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words by 27 October 2018 to ; feel free to email us with any inquiries.


Symposium organizers:

Dr. Itamar Shachar

Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Nir Gazit

Ruppin Academic Center

The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for The Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Erella Grassiani

Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam



Cattelino, Jessica R. 2004. “The Difference That Citizenship Makes: Civilian Crime Prevention on the Lower East Side.” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 27(1):114–37.

Gassmann, Jaime Nicole Noble. 2010. Patrolling the Homefront: The Emotional Labor of Army Wives Volunteering in Family Readiness Groups. PhD Dissertation, University of Kansas.

Kaldor, Mary. 2013. Global Civil Society: An Answer to War. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Kirsch, Thomas G. 2010. “Violence in the Name of Democracy: Community Policing, Vigilante Action and Nation-Building in South Africa.” Pp. 139–62 in Domesticating vigilantism in Africa, edited by T. G. Kirsch. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.

Kulik, Liat, Liora Arnon, and Aya Dolev. 2016. “Explaining Satisfaction with Volunteering in Emergencies: Comparison Between Organized and Spontaneous Volunteers in Operation Protective Edge.” Voluntas 27(3):1280–1303.

Lutz, Catherine. 2002. “Making War at Home in the United States: Militarization and the Current Crisis.” American Anthropologist 104(3):723–35.

Muehlebach, Andrea. 2012. The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Parker, Christopher and Pascal Debruyne. 2011. “Reassembling the Political Life of Community: Naturalizing Neoliberalism in Amman.” Pp. 155–72 in Neoliberal urbanism and its contestations: Crossing theoretical boundaries, edited by Jenny Kûnkel and Margit Meyer. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sørensen, Birgitte Refslund and Eyal Ben-Ari, eds. In print. Rethinking Civil-Military Relations: Anthropological Perspectives. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.




Call for Papers 
Philanthropy & Social Impact

March 14th-16th, 2019

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy will mark the beginning of its 20th anniversary with a research symposium that examines our understanding of the role of philanthropy in creating social impact. The symposium will be held March 14-16, 2019 at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, which will be celebrating its 90th anniversary and its long history of expertise on cross sector partnerships.

There has been a growing understanding of how philanthropy and nonprofit organizations can advance social change through the development of impactful strategies and practices. The aim of the conference is to take stock of intellectual developments and research contributions at the intersection of philanthropy, nonprofits, and social innovation, and to assess the most promising avenues for future work. The symposium will blend plenary sessions with leading contributors to the field with paper panels based on responses to this Call for Papers.

We are seeking submissions of research papers that are both rigorous and relevant for policy and practice. We welcome papers that draw on the various disciplines and professional fields that provide the foundations for the study of philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and social innovation/change, including economics, sociology, political science, history, as well as public policy, public management, and nonprofit studies. We encourage theoretical and methodological diversity, including quantitative and qualitative studies, as well as studies that take a multi-level approach connecting organizational processes with the broader institutional environment. We are keen to hear from individuals at various stages of their careers, particularly junior scholars.

Themes that are of particular interest include:

Philanthropic strategies for social change, including efforts to influence public policy and system change. What are the opportunities for philanthropy to leverage its assets—dollars, knowledge and networks—to impact policy and system change at various stages of the policy process, different venues, and various governmental levels? 

Partnerships, collaborations, and networks to achieve social impact with service delivery, advocacy, and community building. How can philanthropy work with nonprofits and other organizations to solve public problems? 

Social entrepreneurship and new organizational forms to unleash greater impact. What models and structures are emerging that harness the power of markets to solve public problems? 

Innovative financing models that can sustain and scale solutions. What is the potential for impact investing and mission investments to amplify the resources for addressing public problems?

Social movements and community organizing to shape public agendas. How can philanthropy aid in giving greater voice to those with limited access to political processes and institutions? 

Strategic philanthropy. What is the state of philanthropic practice that advances more intentional outcomes—theories of change, logic models, metrics for outcomes and impact, evaluation, and learning? 

Nonprofit capacity building.
 What are the elements of strong and effective nonprofits and how does philanthropy help? 

Public policies toward the sector.
 What public policies can strengthen philanthropy and its nonprofit partners, including tax policy and other sources of support as well as board leadership and practices that contribute to transparency, accountability and legitimacy?

Abstract submission - (approximately 500 words)
November 30, 2018

Notification of acceptance
January 7, 2019 

Submission of full paper
February 22, 2019

Submission Information 
The abstract should include your first and last name, email address and paper title. In addition, please identify which of the eight aforementioned symposium themes your paper will address (e.g., philanthropic strategies for change or social movements and community organizing, etc.).

James M. Ferris 
Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Director, The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California

Elizabeth A. Graddy 
Jeffrey Miller Chair in Government, Business and the Economy
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
University of Southern California 

Send questions, comments and receive future updates about the symposium by emailing 



Cultural Trends Share your Research: Symposium on Program and Policy Evaluation in Cultural Affairs

Taylor & Francis

Decision-makers in the private and public sectors pursue desired outcomes for the creative industries, and the cultural sector in general, through various programs and policies. This puts great importance on empirical analyses of the success, or lack of success, in achieving those desired outcomes. Rigorous evaluation of programs and policies is essential in learning what interventions are more effective than others in achieving goals, the relative cost of programs relative to their outcomes, what are the unintended consequences of programs and policies, and ultimately in improving the efficacy of cultural policy.

This call for papers seeks original applications of program and policy evaluation in the creative industries and arts policy. Examples of topics (among many possibilities) include:

  • The effectiveness of ‘creative placemaking’ grants in generating local social and economic change;
  • Tax incentives for local clusters in creative industries;
  • Infrastructure investments to support the development of the creative industries;
  • Minimum standards for domestic content regulations in production and/or distribution of media;
  • Policies designed to increase levels of diversity in audiences, and within arts presenting organizations;
  • Arts education and arts participation;
  • The distribution of vouchers for arts consumption;
  • Tax incentives for charitable donations to the arts, in cash and in kind;
  • International ‘soft power’ cultural programs.

Papers are welcome from all countries (or involving international comparisons), and in all parts of the arts and creative industries.


Submission Instructions

A brief (single-page) abstract that states clearly the program or policy to be evaluated, the available data, and the method to be used should be sent to Michael Rushton of Indiana University at by September 30, 2018. Authors of selected proposals will be invited to share their research at a symposium to be held in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, in Spring 2019, and will be considered for publication in a special edition of the journal Cultural Trends.



Call for Papers

Journal of Behavioral Public Administration Symposium


Experimental and Behavioral Approaches in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Research


Guest co-editors:

Mirae Kim (Georgia State University)
Kelly LeRoux (University of Illinois)
Dyana Mason (University of Oregon)


The Journal of Behavioral Public Administration (JBPA) symposium on the nonprofit and voluntary sector invites manuscripts using experiments and/or behavioral theory to address important questions and inform theories with evidence in the nonprofit and voluntary sector. Studies using experimental methods, including laboratory, field or survey experiments are especially relevant to this issue.

Nonprofit organizations cover a wide range of activities and vary greatly in size. However, due to unobserved factors that are not easily controlled in non-experimental research, many studies in the nonprofit and voluntary sector research field have produced ambiguous results with respect to the direction of the causal relationship.

A number of often discussed issues in the nonprofit sector can be answered through experimental studies. Examples include nonprofits’ rationales to create rainy day funds, why nonprofits enter into a partnership with corporations and why not, what makes nonprofit managers to allocate more or less budget on administrative functions, and whether donors are indeed discouraged by seeing large amount of overhead costs, among many other topics. Against this background, we cordially invite you to submit proposals that broadly fit the symposium theme, including behavioral and/or experimental manuscripts with theoretical or empirical contributions to the following topics:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management
  • Board Governance
  • Charitable Giving
  • Volunteer Behavior or Management
  • Voluntary action
  • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Collaboration
  • Community Engagement
  • Collective Action
  • Nonprofit Marketing & Communications

Symposium guest editors will be responsible for selecting potential manuscripts for the symposium based upon abstract submissions. Full manuscripts for selected papers will then be submitted to the guest editors. Next, selected papers will undergo double-blind peer-review at JBPA. To be considered for this symposium issue of JBPA, please submit an abstract of up to 500 words to Mirae Kim at, no later than November 1, 2018. An invitation to submit an abstract is not a guarantee of publication.



November 1, 2018 Abstract submission deadline

December 1, 2018 Authors notified of invitation to submit a full manuscript

March 15, 2019 Full manuscripts due

Please note that final manuscripts will be submitted by the guest co-editors to JBPA for double-blind peer review with final decisions regarding publication being made by JBPA editors. The submitted papers will need conform to JPBA’s guidelines for paper submissions:


About JBPA:

Journal of Behavioral Public Administration ( is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary open access journal that focuses on behavioral and experimental research in public administration, broadly defined. The journal welcomes behavioral and experimental work that advances theory, applied research about nudge tactics or other practical reforms, replications of previous experimental work, and studies with null findings (provided they are well designed and sufficiently powered). Given its multidisciplinary orientation, JBPA welcomes articles from across the behavioral sciences, including economics, public policy, political science, psychology, sociology, law, communication, and even biology -- provided they have relevance for public administration theory or practice.

JBPA encourages submissions of both basic scholarly and applied work conducted by academics or practitioners. Likewise, JBPA’s readership includes not only behavioral scientists with an interest in public administration but also policy-makers and practitioners in the public and nonprofit sectors. Submission types include research articles, research letters, perspectives and practices, and research syntheses.

Research articles are up to 4,000 words, excluding appendices.

Research letters are up to 2,000 words in length, excluding appendices. They include applied trials (e.g., nudge tactics by government agencies), replications, or other empirical studies that can be presented in a more concise format.

Perspectives and practices are submissions that focus on theoretical perspectives on behavioral public administration, or that discuss practical issues involved in applying behavioral science in government or nonprofit settings. These submissions are up to 4,000 words in length.

Research syntheses are up to 8,000 words and include meta-analyses or systematic reviews that seek to integrate and learn form a body of previous empirical work related to behavioral public administration.




Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics

The Ethics of the Commons


Submission Deadline: 15 December 2018


Guest editors

Helen Haugh, University of Cambridge, UK,

Marek Hudon, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium,

Camille Meyer, University of Victoria, Canada,

Ana Maria Peredo, University of Victoria, Canada,


Introduction to the Special Issue

The concept of ‘the commons’ has a long history (Sison & Fontrodona, 2012) and during the last three decades has generated increasing excitement in the scholarly literature. A major factor in the surge of interest has been the work inspired by Elinor Ostrom, Nobel memorial prize in economics sciences laureate for 2009, especially when linked to the economic and social crises that have fostered interest in different ways of organizing economic life. Recovering and implementing the concept of the commons has been hailed by scholars and practitioners as a way of creating new collective wealth (Akrivou & Sison, 2016; Bollier & Helfrich, 2014; Tedmanson et al., 2015), and for addressing what are seen as the societal ills created by neoliberalism (Caffentzis, 2010).


This is a call for submissions to a special issue of the Journal of Business Ethics aimed at providing an overarching perspective on the ethical dimensions and drivers of the phenomenon labelled ‘the commons’. In its broadest sense, ‘the commons’ is understood to refer simply to resources of many kinds, e.g., open access and public goods, where no individual person has the right to exclude others from enjoying their benefits. Ostrom focuses on the common property regime - a tighter concept of the commons wherein some group succeeds in making a ‘common pool resource’ a shared benefit by establishing the right of exclusion from it and managing it in a way that avoids the infamous ‘tragedy of the commons’ (Ostrom, 1990, 1999; Ostrom & Hess, 2008).  This special issue particularly welcomes more bounded conceptualization of the commons.


To learn more, click here.




The EMES International Research Network, in partnership with the FairShares Institute for Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship (FSI) and Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, are pleased to announce the 7th EMES International Research Conference on the theme “Sustainable development through social enterprise, co-operative and voluntary action”.


The conference will take place on June 24-27, 2019, at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom (UK). The aim of this conference is to be a meeting place for scholars from across the globe who have developed contributions to scholarship on the social and solidarity economy, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, cooperative development and voluntary action.


The conference will be co-organized by the EMPOWER-SE Cost Action as well as other partner institutions and supporters. We are pleased to launch the full call for papers, which includes relevant information about the conference rationale, themes and organizers:


Regular updates on the Conference are sent via the EMPOWER-SE and EMES news alerts and the social media (Facebook and Twitter). The hashtags for the event will be #7EMESconf and #EMPOWERSE_EU.


Questions about any aspect of the Conference can be sent to


Important Dates:


·         Opening of abstract submission – 8th October 2018

·         Submission of abstracts deadline – 8th January 2019

·         Notification to authors – 28th February 2019

·         Deadline for early-bird registration – 1st April 2019

·         Deadline for conference registration for presenters – 3rd May 2019

·         Full paper submission (for awards) – 24th May 2019

·         Programme publication – 31th May 2019

·         Deadline for registration for non-presenters – 17th June 2019

·         Conference opening – 24th June 2019



Conference Save the Date Announcement & Initial Call for Papers


Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Governance

A Conference for
Researchers and Practitioners


Sponsored by

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

University of Missouri – Kansas City


The Nonprofit Quarterly


April 11-12, 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.


The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and The Nonprofit Quarterly are pleased to announce and invite proposals for paper presentations for their 2019 Conference on Nonprofit Governance.  This year’s conference theme, Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Governance, highlights the need to continue to develop an increasingly diverse array of insights and perspectives in order to critically examine the world of nonprofit governance and boards. This conference challenges practitioners and researchers to come together to examine from multiple perspectives how we engage in governance and how governance and the work of boards is and will continue to be evolving in these challenging and dynamic times. In particular, this conference will encourage participants to consider the growing body of alternate perspectives on nonprofit governance that are being advanced to challenge the conventional views on nonprofit governance and its practice. 


This highly participative conference will employ the Midwest Center model that has successfully guided its academic-practitioner conferences.  It serves as a relatively intimate gathering of those who are serious about sharing and shaping governance ideas and learning, and it offers opportunities for formal and informal discussion and dialogue among the researchers, consultants, executives, and academics who are most engaged in addressing these challenges.  Central to the conference is sharing insights generated in recent governance research.  Equally central are the opportunities for dialogue that enable us to build on and look beyond the theory and research as experienced leaders who are exploring new and innovative strategies and approaches in their communities and organizations.  Half of the conference breakout sessions will be facilitated (non-presentation) dialogue sessions, each focused on a specific issue or topic of interest.   Among the key themes and topics we expect to explore at this conference:


Ø  Addressing the Dynamics that Undermine Inclusion in Nonprofit Governance

Ø  Power, Influence and Engagement: Who Really Governs Nonprofits and How?

Ø  Governing the Nonprofit Commons: Applying Ostrom’s Insights to Today’s Governance Challenges

Ø  Employing a Critical Perspective in Our Conception and Study of Nonprofit Governance

Ø  The Nature of Nonprofit Governance in an Era of Neoliberal Democracy

Ø  The Changing Nature of Governance in a Digital Environment

Ø  The Nature of Governance of Hybrid Organizations: Is It Different?

Ø  Governance in and of Networks and Alliances

Ø  The Blurring of Nonprofit and Public Sector Governance

Ø  Stakeholders, Stockholders, and the Changing Nature of Nonprofit Governance


These topics illustrate many (though certainly not all) of the kinds of questions and issues that we are likely to explore at the 2019 conference.   We welcome and invite papers that focus on any aspects of nonprofit governance and boards, including governance of public-benefit charities, hybrid organizations, and social enterprises.  We consider papers that are empirical, papers that are conceptual, and prescriptive papers if they are based on theory and research.  Presentations are 15 minutes in length and at least one presenter must register for and participate in the full conference.


The deadline for receipt of proposals is January 14, 2019.  Proposals should be no more than 3 pages.  For empirical papers, proposals will include a statement of the issue(s) to be considered, an overview of the relevant literature, a statement of the methods used and a summary of the anticipated results.  Proposals for conceptual papers should not exceed 3 pages and must include a statement of the issue(s) to be considered, an overview of the relevant literature, a statement of the thesis or theses to be developed, and how these add to our understanding.  Please send proposals to Review Coordinator, Cindy Laufer. They may be sent as email attachments to: or mailed to the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, The Bloch School of Management, 5110 Cherry, Suite 310, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 31, 2017.


About the Conference

The conference begins on Thursday morning, April 11, 2019, and runs through mid-afternoon on April 12.  The conference will be held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, and multiple options for lodging will be made available.  Registration for the conference will open January, 2019. 


Questions about the conference may be directed to conference co-directors, David Renz ( or Brent Never (






Call for Submissions
Philanthropy & Education is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the inaugural November 2016 publication. The journal is sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University and published by Indiana University Press.
The journal’s mission is to promote scholarship and inform practice around philanthropy, which is broadly defined as including, but not limited to: fundraising, volunteerism, civic engagement, alumni relations, corporate social responsibility, prosocial behavior development, and the professionalization of the field of practice. Thus, Philanthropy & Education seeks to publish empirical and scholarly studies that are accessible to practitioners with clear implication for implementation.
The Editorial Board will welcome papers from all aspects of education (K-20+), both domestically and internationally, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to: anthropology, economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology, public administration, religious studies, social work, and sociology. To further the journal's mission, Philanthropy & Education encourages submissions from scholar-practitioners, particularly those who have recently completed their dissertations.
More information about Philanthropy & Education, as well as detailed submission guidelines and instructions, can be found here: Question can be directed to:
We look forward to reviewing exciting submissions in the coming months




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