Call for papers for the International Symposium “Democracy, Participation, Activism”

Deadline: 10 October 2014
Open to: students in the fields of sociology, philosophy, political science, history, anthropology, journalism, etc.
Venue: 12-14 November 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia


Sociology Student’s Club “Diskrepancija” announced the opening of the “Call for Papers” for the upcoming International Symposium “Democracy, Participation, Activism” which will be held from 12th – 14th of November, 2014 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb. With the purpose of reflecting on responsibilities of the political subject, possible alternatives, and, above all, the role of activism, “Diskrepancija” invites sociology students and from other disciplines to submit their proposals.

The suggested topics may include (but are not limited to): liberalism and democracy, democracy as the end of history,  crisis of democracy, tyranny of the majority, terrorism, civic activism, cyber-activism, spreading of knowledge as a form of activism, direct democracy, types of democracy, crisis of participation, responsible decision making, democracy and postmodernism. Aside from a presentations section, they will organize public fora and roundtable discussions in cooperation with professors and civil society associations.


The call for papers is open to students in the fields of sociology, philosophy, political science, history, anthropology, journalism, etc.


Participation at the symposium is free of charge. Accommodation for the presenters will be financially covered by the organizers.


In order to apply you must fill out the application form and send an abstract (up to 250 words) by October 10th, 2014. Upon admission, you are to send the paper to be presented no later than 27  October 2014. Abstracts and papers (the language of which must be Croatian or English) are to be sent to the following e-mail address:

For additional information please contact or visit the official call.


Win a 10-day Filmmaking Assignment to Capture Day of the Dead in Mexico!

Deadline: 17 September 2014
Open to: film students, or anyone who’s trying to build a career in film making and/or presenting
Venue: 30 October – 10 November 2014, San Luis Potosi, Mexico


World Nomads is accepting applications for a travel film scholarship. The winner will spend 10 days documenting the Dia de los Muertos festivities in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He or she will also be mentored by filmmaker and director Brian Rapsey.

Don’t be misled by the name, this ‘spirited’ festival is marked by ceremonies that both honor the dear departed while simultaneously rejoicing in everything living.

On assignment, you will be mentored by veteran filmmaker and director, Brian Rapsey, who will help you hone your craft to become a better storyteller. From your experiences, you will be tasked with producing 4x three-minute travel-themed videos that we will share with the world!

You need to be available to be in Mexico from October 30-November 10, 2014 to participate in the assignment.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Any non-professionals can apply – this is open to film students, or anyone who’s trying to build a career in film making and/or presenting!
  • Minimum age 18 (by application deadline, September 17th) with a current, valid passport and you must be available as per the dates set out. Please note these dates are not changeable in any way.
  •  You may be a resident of any country (subject to obtaining a Mexican visa).
  • You should be a mad-keen auteur with a lust for adventure and burning desire to be a filmmaker and/or presenter.
  • You must be fit and healthy as moderate levels of physical work are involved as well as a number of late nights!


The winner will receive airfare from the country of residence to Mexico, recording gear and and travel insurance. The winner will be expected to produce four, three-minute videos for the World Nomads site.


Applicants must be available to travel Oct. 30 to Nov. 10. The deadline to apply is Sept. 17. Application materials must be sent in English.

For more information, click here.


New York Times ‘Year in Rap’ Student Contest

Deadline: 7 January 2014
Open to: students from anywhere in the world from 13 to 19 years old
Prize: publication of your rap on the New York Times Learning Network blog page


Quick: What rhymes with “Affordable Care Act”? “Edward Snowden”? “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge”? If you can’t come up with at least one answer, you might want to start brainstorming, because the Year in Rap Student Contest is back.

Along with their annual partner, Flocabulary, (creators of the Week in Rap, the Year in Rap and other educational songs, videos and resources for K-12), The New York Times invites you to post your entry by Jan. 7, 2014.

If you’ve participated before, the rules are pretty much the same: just write an informed, engaging 12- to-16-line rap about some aspect of this year’s news.

To help, they’ll be publishing their usual end-of-year quiz and list of 2013 retrospectives that can help you remember the highs and the lows. Both will be available by Dec. 23, so stay tuned — or get ahead now by going back through their weekly news quizzes to see how well you do.

Teachers, they have also posted Flocabulary’s lesson plan and rubric to help in guiding your students through the rap-writing process.

The Contest Rules: Write Your Own ‘Year in Rap’

The rap should be 12 to 16 lines long. Students should choose at least four important New York Times stories from one of the news categories listed below.

It’s fine to focus on a smaller topic found within a section in The Times. For example, you can write a rap based on just the government shutdown rather than the whole range of national or political news this year. Or, you might focus on 2013 movies rather than covering other news from the Arts section. But you should also feel free to include as many, and as wide a range, of news stories from a particular section as you like. (More about narrowing your choices can be found in this section of the lesson plan.)

Here are the sections from which you can choose:

The rap should be original and must follow Learning Network commenting standards, which means no profanity or vulgar language.

Want inspiration? Here are the winners from 2012 and from 2011. Can you top them?


Submissions must be from students from 13 to 19 years old. (Update:Students can come from anywhere in the world.) No last names please, but an initial is fine, as is a school or class code of some type. (For example, “Ethan G. CHS112.”)

Submissions are allowed from partners and teams as well as from individuals — just remember to submit all of your names when you post your rhyme. (This year we’ll judge all entries the same.)

One submission per student, please. If you’re submitting as part of a team, you should not also submit as an individual.


Publication of your rap on the New York Times Learning Network blog page.


Raps must be submitted as comments on this post HERE by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 7. If you have questions about the contest, please feel free to post them in the comments section as well, and they’ll answer you there.

The top five raps, as judged by The Times and Flocabulary staff using this rubric, will be featured on both The Learning Network and Because of privacy rules that apply to students under 18, they are asking for only your lyrics. While they love YouTube videos of young rappers as much as anyone, please don’t post links to them here.

For more details, please see the official call for submissions HERE.

UNICEF Voices of Youth & The Guardian Writing Contest

Have your say and get published on-line by an international newspaper

Q: What’s the contest about?

UNICEF and The Guardian newspaper regularly produce special features about the role that business can or should play in realising the rights of children:

These features look at issues such as corporate social responsibility programmes and they showcase good examples from around the world. For the next feature – which will be published on The Guardian online at the end of November – UNICEF and The Guardian want to hear your views about the role that businesses can play in the development and well-being of children. By sharing your thoughts on UNICEF’s global youth community – Voices of Youth – the best entry will be published on-line.

So you stand the chance to be published in this next special feature!

Q: Ok, I’m interested. What is the topic that I need to write about?

The question that you should try to answer in your written piece is:

“Why is it important for children & youth to have a voice in business?”

Q: Do you have any tips for me?

· We are looking for your personal views and opinions on this issue.

· Think of any companies whether supermarkets, airlines, phone or internet companies, banks…

· Look for reputable facts and statistics that can help you back up your opinions – for example look up data about how many children there in your country or research successful examples from your country where a business is doing something good for children.

· If you have writer’s block try to think about these questions when you write– they will help you structure it:

– As an online user, in what ways do you think businesses should be impacting/empowering your life?

– As a consumer, how do you think businesses should impact your life and the lives of other children?

– As the next generation of leaders, how do you think technology /consumer based/financial based businesses should be impacting/empowering the lives of children?

– What do you think is the role of businesses when it comes to voicing out children’s needs/concerns?

– If you became a business leader today, what would be one of the first things you would do to make this world a better/safer place for children?

Q: What do I need to know to participate?

· Your piece should be between 300 and 500 words long.

· Your piece needs to be written in English.

· Deadline for submissions is 18 November 2013.

· You must be 24 years old or younger.

· The piece you write must be an original piece written by you. If you use any information from other websites or quotations from people you should indicate who they are from and the sources (name of the book, website URL).

· The winning piece that will appear in The Guardian & UNICEF Sustainable Business Supplement will be selected by a panel of judges from The Guardian and UNICEF. The supplement will appear online-only. Runner-up submissions may be featured too.

· Your name, age, and location will be published in the supplement.

· The editors of The Guardian may edit the grammar of the winning piece for publication purposes.

Q: How do I submit?

· To submit your entry, go to Click on “sign up”.

· Follow the instructions to create an account. Once you have created an account, click on “create a post”.

· Submit your article by creating the post. For detailed instructions consult this section:–do-

· Please tag your article “Guardian Submission”.

· At the end of your article please write your name, your age, and where you are from.

· If you experience any problems with signing up or submitting the article please email Kate ( or Julie (

Win a Filmmaking Trip to New Orleans

Deadline: 6 November 2013
Open to: any non-professionals, minimum age of 18
Prize: travel scholarship for a trip to New Orleans, enrolment in Travel Filmmaking Course


This year, the 2013 Travel Film Scholarship is off to New Orleans to experience one of the most unique and rich cultures in the U.S.  This assignment is about really finding out what makes this melting pot of a city tick – from exploring Mardi Gras traditions to delving into the vibrant music and food scenes that the Big Easy can claim as their very own.

You’ll spend 10 days in New Orleans under the mentorship of filmmaker and director Brian Rapsey. In that time you will be producing 3-5 three-minute travel-themed videos that will be shared with the world!

Solo Application

You must have solid film making skills, but more importantly, you must shine in front of the camera. People need to be inspired to travel, and to travel with you. The winner will essentially be a one-man show, needing nothing more than a camera and a sense of adventure to unearth a great story.

Team Application

Some of you are excellent filmmakers, with zero desire to see your face on film.  And there are others of you out there that are talented in front of the lens, but are hopeless behind it. So, if you decide to apply as a pair, you can be a combination of one filmmaker and one presenter or two people who can use a camera and stand in front of it.


  • Any non-professionals can apply – this is open to film students, or anyone who’s trying to build a career in film making and/or presenting!
  • Minimum age 18 (by application deadline) with a current, valid passport and you must be available to be in New Orleans from February 26-March 8, 2014 (dates may vary by a few days) to participate in the project
  • You may be a resident of any country (subject to obtaining a U.S. visa).
  • You should be a mad-keen auteur with a lust for adventure and burning desire to be a filmmaker and/or presenter.
  • You must be fit and healthy as moderate levels of physical work are involved as well as a number of late nights!


The Winner will receive:

  • An 10-day bespoke trip to New Orleans
  • Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to New Orleans where you will meet your mentor
  • Enrollment in the MatadorU Travel Filmmaking course (with 3 months unlimited access to the course)
  • Rode Microphones gear: A Video Mic Pro with an XLR adaptor, Smart Lav, Lavalier Mic, plus accessories!
  • UltraPod GO – a light, compact, versatile tripod from Pedco (one per entrant, up to 2 per team)
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads.

The 4 Runner’s Up will receive:

  • Enrollment in the MatadorU Travel Filmmaking course (with 3 months unlimited access to the course)
  • UltraPod GO – a light, compact, versatile tripod from Pedco (one per entrant, up to 2 per team)

The top 50 entries will also receive enrollment in the MatadorU Travel Filmmaking mini-course.


Applications are accepted till 6 November 2013, 2pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time UTC +11). To apply you need to:

1. Compile a maximum 3-minute travel video in English based around one of the following themes:

  • Learn New Skills
  • Your Backyard
  • Local Legend
  • Festival
  • Roadtrip
  • Seek Experiences

Want a bit of advice before you run off and create your film? Check out Brian’s tips HERE.

2. Go to YouTube or Vimeo to upload your video.

3. Create a journal and fill in the entry form HERE, then follow the simple instructions to upload your video into the post. In under 1200 characters tell about your video;

  • What inspired your subject matter?
  • What has been your filmmaking experience to date?
  • What is your ambition as a filmmaker/presenter and what would winning this scholarship mean to you?

Both your written answers and video submission will be equally considered as part of the judging process.

Visit the official website HERE.

Sending your best creations for Scholastic Award

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Invites Entries From Creative Teens

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, has launched a call for entries for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in one of twenty-eight categories, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance’s affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home-school, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

Deadlines for submitting work vary by region and generally range from December 15, 2013, through January 15, 2014.

For complete program information, entry guidelines, and regional deadlines, visit the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

Primary Subject: Arts and Culture
Geographic Funding Area(s): International, National

Hello world!

Welcome to Inari blog, this is a blog to empower young people and their families with information and tips to pursue their interests, and to link them with the communities as engaged citizens.  Before I start, let me talk a little bit about Inari, and myself as her messenger – the RedFoxx.

Inari is the Japanese Goddess of Rice and Prosperity. Inari is one of the most mysterious deities of Japan, because she can be in both male and female forms.  Folklores tell when there is a full moon, she/he will descend from a mountain to the rice fields, with a fox (kitsune) leading the way, to bless the harvest.  She usually holds one or more of the following in Her hands: sheaf of rice, sword, or a jewel. When it’s Spring, disguising as a female, She appears like a beautiful young woman with long beautiful hair, serving as the maiden of the Spring to assist planting of the rice; Summer sees Her as the mother nurturing Her growing grain, and with the harvest in the fall, She becomes the Old Lady.

I hope this blog can be like Inari – as the Goddess of Nourishment, to support our youth’s future success.  And as a messenger Red Foxx myself, I will do my best with Inari’s bless to lead the way for our youth to prosperity.

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