Details and Information



8th Global Meeting of the Diasporas Research Stream
A Cultures, Traditions, Societies Project

Further Details and Information 2016

Wednesday 6th July – Friday 8th July 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford

Timetable of Dates

Outline Timetable of Dates
Friday 29th January 2016 Submission of 300 word proposal.
Friday 12th February 2016 Notification of proposal review results
Booking Form submissions open
Friday 11th March 2016 Booking Form submission deadline
Invoices issued
Friday 29th April 2016 Payment of Invoices deadline
Friday 3rd June 2016 Submission of 3000 words (max) draft papers and submissions
Wednesday 6th July 2016 Conference Commences

Ethos Statement
Important – Please Note
: The ethos of the ‘Diasporas’ project places strong emphasis on dialogue with the issues raised by the conference as a whole and engagement with the people attending the conference. These two elements are essential to the inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of the event. Over the past few years the success of our projects has rested on the continual interaction between delegates for the duration of the conference and beyond. The Steering Group feel it is essential that delegates should be present for the duration of the conference so as to facilitate the exchange of perspectives for which the conference strives, and which any publication should clearly demonstrate. Failure to attend for the duration of the meeting will automatically exclude eligibility for inclusion in any of the post-conference publications.

Participant Handbook
Participants are strongly encouraged to read the delegate handbook by following this link:

Download the Delegate Handbook

Presentations should be of no more than 20 minutes duration (3000 words max). Responses to proposals should be of no more than 10 minutes duration. Work-in-Progress presentations should be of no more than 15 minutes duration. The time allotted to workshops will be considered on an individual basis. Other forms of presentation will be considered on request.

You need to think about the best way of communicating what you want to say and how you are going to engage your audience. Your audience will be broadly interdisciplinary, consisting of people not just from a range of academic disciplines but potentially from professional, business, ngo, charity and voluntary sector contexts as well. Our events are very much about the creation of dialogue between delegates and so we ask that whilst preparing your presentation you consider the most appropriate way on conveying your idea and engaging with the audience.

Projection of Images:  We are all familiar with ‘death by powerpoint’. We strongly feel that the use of powerpoint to project text does not facilitate dialogue or conversation and consequently do not permit the use of this or similar forms of software for such use.

However, we do encourage, where necessary, visual presentations and the projection of images. Bringing printed copies so that people can take them away and continue their reflections is also welcome. Presenters are also strongly encouraged not to read their papers verbatim: draft papers will be available on the web site prior to the conference beginning and will be available in downloadable .pdf format. We hope that presenters will instead speak to the significant points raised in their papers.

All conference papers will be eligible (subject to conditions) for publication in an ISBN eBook with the Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed ISBN hard copy volume. Our standard model is for such volumes to be strongly dialogical, with chapters showing awareness of and interacting with each other. The decision whether to proceed to hard copy publication will be taken by the Organising Chairs and Steering Group within three weeks of the conference close.

Other possibilities (including digital, paperback and journal options) may also be considered in relation to the overall long term aims of the project.

Conference Registration
The cost for attending the conference is £295. This includes:

  • conference registration fee
  • a free copy of one digital publication emerging from the conference
  • a discounted rate for any hard copy volume(s) emerging from the event (should one or more emerge)
  • discounted rate for any Inter-Disciplinary Press, Fisher Imprints, Graduate Press and Tranquillity Press publications
  • Wednesday afternoon tea and biscuits
  • Wednesday evening wine and drinks reception
  • Wednesday evening 3 course waiter served dinner
  • Thursday morning coffee and biscuits
  • Thursday 2 course waiter served lunch
  • Thursday afternoon tea and biscuits
  • drinks in the conference room
  • Friday morning coffee and biscuits
  • Friday 2 course waiter served lunch
  • Friday afternoon tea and biscuits
  • drinks in the conference room

Payment Process
Participants must complete the online booking form by Friday 11th March 2016 at the latest.
After the deadline has expired, an invoice will be drawn up and sent to you; the invoice will contain all the necessary information for you to pay by bank transfer, cheque, Paypal or credit card.
The invoice must be settled by Friday 29th April 2016.

It is the responsibility of delegates to ensure that payment is made by this date. Failure to receive payment will result in your booking being cancelled.

Payment Methods
There are a number of ways payment can be made.

Payment can be made by cheque, in pounds sterling (gbp) only. Cheque’s in pound sterling must be drawn against a bank with headquarters in the United Kingdom. Cheque’s should be made payable to ‘Inter-Disciplinary.Net’ and sent, with the booking form, to:

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House
149b Wroslyn Road
Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
United Kingdom

We cannot and will not accept cheques made payable in currencies other than GBP Sterling.

Bank Transfer
Payment may be made using bank transfer. Full details to enable a bank transfer are made available on your conference invoice. If paying by this method, you must agree to pay all charges at the sending and receiving banks.

By Invoice
You may request that an invoice be sent to you which you may forward to your institution. It is your responsibility to ensure that the invoice is paid before the payment deadline.

Your invoice will include a link to pay through a secure and encrypted online payment system. Please click the link to use this method. Please also be aware that credit card charges apply as outlined in the next section.

Credit Card
Payment may also be made using credit card. Please Note: card payments are subject to a 3% transaction fee, except for debit cards which are charged at 0.75GBP/ 1.00 Euro per transaction: this is the amount we are charged by the credit card company. We cannot accept American Express or Discovery as a form of payment.

Payment may also be made using Paypal. Please note: a 4% charge applies to all items and services paid for in this way: this is the amount we are charged by Paypal. If paying by this method please send us the email account connected with your Paypal account and we will forward you a request for payment.

We strongly recommend that all delegates take out some form of travel or other insurance in relation any and all travel arrangements or accommodation booked in regard to the conference. This should include cancellation insurance in the event of unforeseen or unexpected circumstances.

All fees are payable in advance. No delegate will be permitted entry to the conference if an invoice is still unpaid.