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Submit to the Dictionary of the Queer International

The Dictionary of the Queer International will be a collection of words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. This dictionary proposes the concept of a queer language of “internationalist universality” as opposed to “neoliberal globalization” and a vision of an international queer language of multi-locality and horizontality. Dictionary of the Queer International is about internationalism, intersectionality, solidarity, the raising of consciousness, and a vision of a shared queer culture.

Call for Participation

Queer speakers around the world are invited to submit words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K., “Pajuba” in Brazil, among others, with a definition and English translation not exceeding 200 words per definition to this email QueerInternationalDictionary[at] There is no limit on how many words each person can submit. Each participant will be properly credited.

The collected volume Dictionary of the Queer International will be published in collaboration with ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2019.



Shelter City Initiative for Human Rights Defenders

Justice and Peace is launching a new call for Human Rights Defenders to participate in the Shelter City Initiative.

The Shelter City Initiative offers human rights defenders (HRDs) a possibility for rest and respite by letting them escape temporarily from a threatening situation. The term HRD is intended to refer to the broad range of activists, journalists, scholars, writers, artists, political figures, lawyers, civil rights defenders, independent media professionals, civil society members, and others working to advance human rights and democracy around the world. Shelter City offer a safe space to human rights defenders at a moment where they are particularly vulnerable and their security can no longer be guaranteed at home. The programme’s objective is to offer the human rights defender a shelter for three months, during which she/he will rest, build up capacity, extend her/his network and raise awareness about the situation in their country. At the end of the programme, participants are expected to return with new tools and energy to carry out their work at home. An important principle of the Shelter City Initiative is that human rights defenders can continue their work while they are temporarily relocated.

From September 2018,  eleven cities in the Netherlands will receive human rights defenders for a period of three months. We are looking for human rights defenders who might be helped with a short relocation programme, because they are threatened or under intense pressure due to their work. Please circulate this message to all interested candidates who you may know.

Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

In order to be eligible to the Shelter City program, you must meet the following conditions:

  • The HRD should implement a non-violent approach in his/her work;
  • They are threatened or otherwise under pressure due to their work.;
  • They should be able to be relocated for a period of maximum 3 months. Limited spots are available for people who are not able to stay for the full 3 months;
  • They are willing and able to return to their country of origin after 3 months;
  • They are willing to speak publicly about their experience or about human rights in their country to the extent that their security situation allows.
  • They can speak basic English (limited spots are available for French or Spanish speaking HRDs);
  • They are willing and able to come to the Netherlands without accompaniment;
  • They are willing to begin their stay in the Netherlands around September 2018.

Note that additional factors will be taken into consideration in the final round of selection, such as the added value of a stay in the Netherlands as well as gender, geographic, and thematic balance.

To apply or submit the application of a human rights defender, please e-mail [email protected]. You will then receive an application form. Application forms must be returned before 11 June 2018. An independent commission will select the participants.

Note that the selected human rights defenders will not be automatically allowed into the shelter programme as Justice and Peace is not in control of issuing the required visas to enter the Netherlands.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].



Call for Applicants: Mentoring Program in Performing and Literary Arts

Call for Applicants from the New York Foundation for the Arts

Deadline: Monday, May 14, 2018

The Mentoring Program in Performing and Literary Arts pairs immigrant artists working in the performing and literary arts, with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support, guiding participants to achieve specific goals to sustain their art practice, while navigating different cultural perspectives in the NYC art world and beyond. The Mentoring Program aims to foster a community, and collaborations, providing opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings. For more information and to apply, click here.


2018/05/11 at Open Engagement 2018

Congratulations to Raphael Daibert with our partner organization, who will be presenting at this year’s Open Engagement conference. The conference will take place May 11-13, 2018 at various venues around New York City, and will focus on themes of Sustainability from the perspective of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. Details and tickets can be found at their website:



How to Play Your World Contest winner!

PS Guelph,, and the Canadian Music Centre are excited to announce the winner of the How To Play Your World Contest! After tallying all of the scores, the first place prize goes to the The Da Vinci Program based at the Arboretum in Guelph! As the winners they will receive an exclusive workshop with author, educator, and musician Richard Marsella for their students, and $3000 to be used towards their educational programming! Their composition titled “Sounding Out the Schoolyard”, which was created by Grade 11 students, can be seen here:



Call for Nominations: Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders

The Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York is opening a new Call for Nominations for the Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. The Centre is planning to host up to eight defenders who are expected to stay in York for 3-6 months. New Fellows are expected to start in York in mid-September 2018 or in special circumstances in early January 2019.

Nominations for female human rights defenders are particularly welcome. For specific information on eligibility criteria and an overview of the Scheme, please visit this website.

Nominations are accepted from recognised civil society organisations and/or organisations working specifically with human rights defenders.

All the documentation should be sent together in one email from the nominating organisation’s email account. Deadline for nominations is 23:59 GMT Sunday 15 April 2018.



Nature of Cities short story contest

We aspire to future green cities around the globe—cities that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just. What does this mean?

Let’s imagine. What are the stories of people and nature in cities in 2099? What will cities be like to live in? Are they lush and green, verdant and biodiverse? What will cities look like; be made of? How will they be designed and powered? Will they be tall, short, dense, underground or underwater? What of public spaces? Social organization? Mobility? Government? Sustainability and food? Wildlife? Climate change and resilience? Poverty, consumption, wealth, and justice? How will we interact and relate to one another and the natural world? What sort of stories can we tell about our communities and the spaces that shape will them?

You tell us. What are the stories of people and the nature of cities in 2099?

The Nature of Cities would like to announce the Stories of the Nature of Cities 2099 Prize for Urban Flash Fiction with our partners, the University of Utah, the University of Utah’s Center for Ecological Planning + Design, the New York City Urban Field Station, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture, and Trinity College Dublin want to imagine with you. From among all submissions, we’ll choose up to six prize recipients in 2018, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize categories, plus honourable mentions.

  • 1 Gold prize: $3,000 and a place in the collected publication
  • 2 Silver prizes: $1,500 and a place in the collected publication
  • 3 Bronze prizes: $500 and a place in the collected publication
  • Honorable mentions (number to be determined): no prize money, but included in the collected publication

All winning stories will be published as a book by Publication Studios / Guelph, and possibly other venues.

Contest details can be found at The Nature of Cities.

For inquiries please contact: [email protected].



We Remember Andrew Josephs III

For everyone in the Tampa, Florida area, and those who are willing to travel to stand in solidarity, please join the Josephs family and the Tampa community to honor the life of Andrew Josephs III this weekend at Healing In The Arts, Saturday February 10th, 2018. The event starts at 4pm EST at The Portico (1001 N Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33602)…and look out for the complete recording of the Circle Conversation that followed the first Network Gathering of Families United For Justice at the 2017 Allied Media Conference last June in Detroit; coming soon on ArtsEverywhere.



Journey to Black Liberation Symposium

The Journey to Black Liberation Symposium is a follow-up of learnings from the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference at York University. The focus of the JTBL symposium is not just to bear witness to oppression and injustice, but it is to create a cross-borders network of Black activists, academics and other stakeholders looking at sharing ideas, strategizing, educating each other, and community-building in efforts to achieve Black liberation globally. The symposium kicks off on Friday evening at 6:30 in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space of the Harbourfront Centre, and continues Saturday with conversations featuring artists, activists, and academics from a variety of communities. Register here.



Back to the Sandbox exhibition on now

Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy brings together an international group of artists who ask radical questions about the nature and significance of education in contemporary society. Ideas about democracy, creativity, and transdisciplinarity are examined along with ideas of freedom and equality and the institutional heritage of discipline and control. The aim is not only to draw attention to the vital role of education and to the challenges of reform, but also to introduce new perspectives on learning and creativity with potential new educational models in mind.

The exhibition, at the Western Gallery of Western Washington University from January 9 to March 17, includes works of art and educational experiments by prominent artists from around the world. The curator of the exhibition, Jaroslav Anděl, is an independent curator and author of over 40 books on contemporary art. He was founding artistic director of the DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague from 2008 – 2015.

The exhibition and an accompanying catalog are funded in part by a generous support from the Homer Bernard Mathes Endowment and a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. [Image: Eva Kotakova – Sit Straight]



2018 ArtsEverywhere Festival Program

Another exciting edition of the ArtsEverywhere Festival is set to begin on January 18th in Guelph, Ontario! This four day festival of ideas will again feature conversations and performances from a wide array of artists, activists, and academics, including Joseph Heath, Michael Roberson, and Shelley Niro. A special performance on Saturday night will showcase the artistry of Dong-Won Kim and Il-Dong Bae, two of Korea’s most accomplished Pansori musicians. The full festival program can be found here!



Call for contributions: IETM Fresh Perspectives on Freedom of Expression & Censorship

In partnership with Arts Everywhere, we are producing a new publication of the Fresh Perspectives series on the topic of freedom of expression. The author is artist and human rights activist Sidd Joag. Submit Contribution