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13Oct 2019

IPSA 2020: Call for Proposals Extended

CFP for papers and closed panels open until October 24th!

All the info at https://wc2020.ipsa.org/wc/home

Looking forward to hear from you!

25Aug 2019


Osaka (Japan), November 2019

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12Aug 2019

RC15 Twitter Account

Happy to inform we have a twitter account!. Our tag is IPSA-RC 15, so you will find us at @15Ipsa.


06Aug 2019

IPSA 2020 RC15 Panels_ Call for Papers


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29Jul 2019

RC15 in the Special Issue of Participation (vol. 42, August 2019)

Here all the info: https://www.ipsa.org/news/news/special-issue-participation. Enjoy!

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02Jul 2019

Last Call for Panels _IPSA 2020 (Lisbon)

Key dates 20 MAY 2019: Call for Panels Opens 10 JUL 2019: Open Panel Proposal Submission Deadline 07 AUG 2019: Call for Papers Opens 10 OCT 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline: Papers and Closed Panels

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21May 2019

Post doc in Social Sciences

Looking to hire a postdoc to join our team of researchers on the ESRC / GCRF funded project "Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda (RYVU)". This is a joint project by Northumbria University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Loughborough University and Uganda Martyrs University.

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21May 2019

Call for Panels _IPSA 2020 (Lisbon)


We are now accepting panel proposals for the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal from July 25 to 29, 2020!

We welcome panel proposals in Political and Cultural Geography.

Please visit wc2020.ipsa.org to find important deadlines and submission guidelines and to submit proposals for open and closed panels.

And note that the Call for Papers will open on August 7, 2019. Currently, paper proposals may be submitted to closed panels only, by invitation from the panel convenor.

Submit a Panel Deadline for OPEN panels: 10 July 2019 Deadline for CLOSED panels: 10 October 2019

Submit a Paper Call for Papers Opens: 7 August 2019 Deadline for Paper proposals: 10 October 2019

08Apr 2019


The RC15 and the Research Group Space and Power (University Complutense of Madrid) organizes this workshop in Puebla (México). All welcome!

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05Apr 2019


University of Puebla (México), April 11th, 16.00.

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22Feb 2019

POLITICS OF SCALE. New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies (Berghahn Books)

Critical Heritage Studies is a new and fast-growing interdisciplinary field of study seeking to explore power relations involved in the production and meaning-making of cultural heritage. Politics of Scale offers a global, multi- and interdisciplinary point of view to the scaled nature of heritage, and provides a theoretical discussion on scale as a social construct and a method in Critical Heritage Studies. The international contributors provide examples and debates from a range of diverse countries, discuss how heritage and scale interact in current processes of heritage meaning-making, and explore heritage-scale relationship as a domain of politics.

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13Feb 2019

5th Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies

Register on Eventbrite: https://www...

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13Feb 2019

Call for Contributions: Society and Space, "Critical Geographies in Action"

The Society and Space open site <http://www.societyandspace.org>is excited to announce the launch of a new section entitled “Critical Geographies in Action.” We begin this section to call attention to the ways scholars are putting critical geography to use within and outside the academy. In this section, we are looking to publish essays and reflections that focus on scholarly engagement (in terms of research practice, pedagogy, and activism, including campus activism) with social movements, uprisings, artistic interventions, and any other practices that actively seek to transform social and nonhuman environments in more equitable ways. Of particular interest are pieces co-authored between academics and non-academics, works that connect local struggles to broader political questions asked by geographers and movement-workers alike, and essays that highlight the multiple locations of theoretical praxis in scholar-activist work.

To see examples of past contributions, visitors may check out the newly launched section here <http://societyandspace.org/critical-geographies-in-action/>. Please send short proposals and questions to Eric Goldfischer at goldf056@umn.edu. Contributions will be accepted on a rolling basis, and timelines for publication are flexible.

27Nov 2018

Espaces, pouvoirs, politiques publiques – Promotion de la jeune recherche

Table ronde organisée par Marylène Lieber (résidente 2018-2019 de l'IEA de Paris / Université de Genève) et Karine Duplan (Université de Genève), avec le soutien de l’Action Plurigenre de l’Université Paris Diderot, de l’Institut Universitaire de France, de l’IEA de Paris et de l’Université de Genève

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25Nov 2018

IPSA 2018, RC 15 Business Meeting

Political and Cultural Geography Research Committee Business Meeting in Brisbane (Australia), July 2018


09Sep 2015

CFA: Transatlantic Academy Fellowships -- Germany and the United States

Call for Proposals
The Transatlantic Academy is seeking candidates to serve as resident Fellows from September 2016 – June 2017 to examine the research theme “Germany and the United States in the 21st Century.”

A joint project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Transatlantic Academy is located at the GMF office in Washington, DC. Each year, the Academy brings together scholars from Europe and North America to work on a single set of issues facing the transatlantic community. The Academy is an interdisciplinary institution which is open to all social science disciplines, the humanities, and the natural sciences. For more information on the Academy please visit our website at www.transatlanticacademy.org.

In its first eight years, the Transatlantic Academy has looked at immigration and integration in Europe and North America, the changing foreign policy role of Turkey, the transatlantic implications of the rise of China, the competition for natural resources, challenges to the Western liberal order, both from within Western democracies and from rising non-Western powers, the role of religion in foreign policy, and the relationship between Russia and the West. In 2016-2017, the Academy will examine a number of themes related to how the roles of Germany and the United States in Europe and the world are evolving and the implications of these developments for bilateral and wider transatlantic relations, for the future of Europe, and for global affairs.

Germany has become Europe’s indispensable power both in the management of the eurozone crisis and in dealing with Russia in the context of the Ukraine crisis. In the eyes of many, long-serving German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the de facto leader of Europe. Beyond Europe, Germany has emerged as a global economic power, the world’s third largest exporter, dominating European relations with China. As expressed by the country’s own foreign policy officials, Germany is emerging as a Gestaltungsmacht or “shaping power” in an increasing polycentric and less Western world. German leaders such as President Joachim Gauck and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen have begun to explain that Berlin must now take on a larger leadership role but are facing a reluctant public. Meanwhile, the relationship with the United States has come under stress with Edward Snowden’s revelations about National Security Agency surveillance setting off recurrent spying scandals. The United States, meanwhile, has encouraged Germany and other European allies to take more responsibility in Europe’s wider neighborhood as domestic affairs, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America vie for U.S. policymakers’ attention. All of this is taking place in the context of generational change in both Germany and the United States, with the result that new leaders have less personal and political knowledge of each other than was the case in the postwar era.

The Academy invites research proposals from academics which can deepen interdisciplinary understanding of the evolving roles of Germany and the United States in Europe and the world and link this knowledge to a range of policy issues, policy communities, and wider publics through interaction with shorter term practitioner fellows as well as through a series of workshops in Washington, Berlin, and other cities.

Research Themes
The Transatlantic Academy Fellows will spend the year both conducting their individual research and developing a collaborative research project which will result in a series of policy papers offering recommendations for North American and European governments. The Academy invites proposals for research on one or more of the following questions:

What if the European Union Fails? Implications for Germany and the United States – British disengagement, French economic weakness, and German economic strength have made Germany the clear de facto leader of Europe since the outbreak of the euro crisis in 2010. However, the prolonged eurozone crisis and the political confrontation with Greece, as well as the growth of “euroskeptic” parties across the continent and the passing from power of the generations which shaped Germany’s postwar role in Europe, have raised questions about how German opinion-shapers view Europe. Major political and economic turmoil in the European Union could change Germany and would also impact the United States.

  • Is the goal of a European Germany being supplanted by a reality of a German Europe?
  • Is the German “shaping power” losing its European mooring and becoming more of an emerging global power? What are the implications for German foreign policy of a failure or weakening of the European project?
  • How do U.S. policymakers, the American people, and key European countries, especially France and Poland, perceive Germany’s evolving role in Europe and the world?
  • How would a failure or weakening of the European project impact the United States? How would NATO adjust to a damaged EU?
  • What role should the United States play in 21st century Europe?

Germany as a Geo-economic Power – Germany has emerged as one of the great winners of globalization, one of the most globally connected and economically successful countries in the world. It is the third leading export economy in the world and the key rule setter for the eurozone.

  • The economic relationship between Germany and the United States is important for both countries, with high levels of investment and trade. However, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the EU and the United States is unpopular in Germany and may not come into effect. Differences over fiscal policy and international financial affairs have grown between Berlin and Washington, as seen in U.S. government and expert criticism of German political and economic decision-making in the eurozone crisis and Germany’s entry into the China-created Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. What are the key trends in the economic relationship and how can it be improved?
  • How will the pull of Asian markets, especially China, factor into Germany’s role in Europe and the transatlantic relationship?
  • How will Germany’s role in the eurozone develop and with what implications for European integration?
  • What are the implications of geo-economics for Germany’s Moralpolitik? The Bundesrepublik long embraced a values-based foreign policy, however, Germany has clear interests in being a reliable trading partner, including with authoritarian states such as China, Russia, Iran, and the Gulf countries, producing a clear tension between values and interests. Promotion and support of democracy has also been a key U.S. foreign policy goal, despite strategic partnerships with authoritarian states such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt. To what extent can Germany and the United States, as leading democracies, form common approaches in dealing with authoritarian and illiberal governments? Where will German development policy go in the future and to what extent will it be driven by economic interests?

Germany as a Geo-strategic Power and U.S. Security Partner – While 21st century trends have shown Germany as a geo-economic power, the conflict in Ukraine and Germany’s leading role in crafting the EU’s resulting policy toward Russia suggest that German foreign policy may be changing. What are the implications for NATO and the U.S.-German security partnership? U.S.-German military cooperation was a hallmark of the Cold War and continues to be strong today. However, the U.S. military presence in Europe is now significantly smaller, while Germany’s political culture and role as a geo-economic power have resulted in a lack of defense investment which limits its expeditionary capabilities for missions such as NATO’s in Afghanistan.

  • How does Germany play the part of a geo-strategic power in Central and Eastern Europe, where it faces the ghosts of its past along with a challenge to European security from Russia?
  • Germany’s role in the fight against the Islamic State may be an indicator of change in Germany defense policy. What will be the German role in dealing with this type of challenge and how does it fit with Germany’s approach to counter-terrorism?
  • To what extent are Germany and the United States still natural security partners? Where do interests differ? How should defense ties be developed into the future?
  • What are the prospects for an increase in German defense spending and what are the implications for the future of the force structure and Germany’s military role in both NATO and the EU? How would a geo-strategically stronger Germany impact U.S.-German relations?
  • Will the United States play a lesser security role in Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East in the coming decades, and if so what does that mean for German security and foreign policy?

Transatlantic Relations and Societal Change in Germany and the United States – The United States remains the most powerful country in the world and has some long-term trends in its favor. However, it is clearly less powerful globally in relative terms than it was two decades ago as China and other powers have risen in influence, and Washington is less engaged in Europe than it was even just a few years ago. The U.S. population continues to shift westward away from the Atlantic and towards the Pacific, while an increasing share of the population has family roots in Asia or Latin America rather than Europe. Meanwhile, Germany’s relative power within the European Union has increased in recent years, but its demographic situation of an aging society of 80 million people with negligible population growth conditions its policies and will limit Germany’s global weight over the course of the 21st century.

  • Where is the U.S. foreign policy debate headed with an open presidential election in 2016, and how strong is U.S. domestic support for international engagement, particularly in Europe?
  • How is the German view of the West, both in regard to the United States and to Europe, changing? How is the U.S. view of the West changing? Is the concept still relevant?
  • What is the role of generational change in these changing images? As the report of the GMF Task Force on the Future of German-American Relations points out, nostalgia is not a good foundation for future policies. Given that any German or American under the age of 25 was not alive when the Berlin Wall fell, the different life experiences and values of emerging leaders may lead to a transformation of Germany, the United States, Europe, and the broader West. How do younger citizens on both sides of the Atlantic view the transatlantic relationship and the meaning of the European project? What does generational change mean, not only for future policies, but also for public diplomacy and international exchange programs?

A minimum of four senior and two postdoctoral scholars, three from Europe and three from North America, will work in a collaborative environment from September 12, 2016 – June 16, 2017. Applicants for senior fellowships must have a PhD and professional experience equivalent to that of an Associate Professor. Applicants who combine academic excellence with practical field or policy experience will have an advantage. Fellows will be expected to present their own research and to react to the work of their colleagues on a regular basis while at the Academy. They will also be expected to discuss their research with policymakers, non-governmental organizations and other policy-oriented institutions, both in the United States and Europe. In addition to a generous monthly stipend, Fellows will receive travel expenses to and from the Academy.

Applicants for Postdoctoral Fellowships must have completed their PhD within the last five years. The Academy offers two Postdoctoral Fellowships. One of them, the Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship is reserved for promising young scholars based at German institutions working in a specific field of the humanities. Applications for this fellowship must be made directly to the Volkswagen Stiftung (www.volkswagenstiftung.de). Applications for the other Postdoctoral Fellowship should apply directly to the Academy.

How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in September 2015 with offers made no later than December 2015. Applications for fellowships can be downloaded from the Academy’s website:www.transatlanticacademy.org.

Applicants for Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship must be made via the Volkswagen Stiftung. The deadline for applications to this fellowship is October 1, 2015.

For more information and an application please contact Jessica Hirsch, Program Coordinator, atjhirsch@transatlanticacademy.org or 202-683-2644.

Dr. Stephen Szabo, Executive Director
The Transatlantic Academy
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
1744 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20009
United States of America

09Sep 2015

Job Opening: 2 positions, American Politics, University of Tennessee

The Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for two tenure track, assistant professor positions in American Politics to begin Fall 2016. We are looking for candidates who can support the American politics field in the Ph.D. program. We seek candidates with primary research and teaching interests in American national institutions, (including but not limited to the presidency, Congress, or the federal bureaucracy), and/or mass political behavior (including but not limited to voting, campaigns and elections, political socialization, or political attitudes and opinions). The successful candidates must have strong research skills, including training in quantitative and/or formal methods, and must have a clear research agenda that will lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals. We are particularly interested in applicants who address substantively important questions using rigorous analytical approaches. Preference will be shown for applicants with teaching and research interests that complement existing departmental interests, have a record of extramural funding commensurate with experience, and demonstrate evidence of college/university teaching excellence. The positions are 9-month, tenure-track appointments, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. More information about the Department is available at: http://web.utk.edu/~polisci. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, and teaching evaluations (if available). All applicants should request letters from three references to be sent directly to the search committee. All the requirements for a Ph.D. in political science must be finished at the time of appointment. All materials should be mailed or sent electronically to: Professor Nathan Kelly, 1001 McClung Tower, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0410. Review of applications will begin October 5 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or inquiries, contact Professor Nathan Kelly [nkelly@utk.edu].

09Sep 2015

Job Opening: American Politics, Williams College

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track, entry-level assistant professor position in American politics, specializing in race and politics, beginning in 2016-17. The Department especially welcomes candidates with additional expertise in related fields, such as urban politics, media and politics, interest groups, religion, social movements, public policy, or comparative race and ethnicity. In exceptional circumstances, a senior appointment is possible. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter how they will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences if hired.


Candidates should have the Ph.D. in hand by September 2016. Please send a letter detailing current research interests and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample of no more than 40 pages (one chapter or one article), evidence of teaching success, and three letters of recommendation to: apply.interfolio.com/ #30846...... Applications are due on October 1. Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website (http://www.williams.edu).Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.


All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here: http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/.

Ms. Nancy Bellows 
24 Hopkins Hall Dr
Williamstown MA, 01267

09Sep 2015

CFP AAG 2016: Borders and Sovereignty

Title: Borders and Sovereignty

This session will focus on borders and sovereignty and is open to papers that address the following theme(s): the history of borders and territorialities; how borders shapes the lives and/or livelihoods of borderlanders; how people in border areas influence the border and are influenced by the border; how modern state borders to control people’s movements; the use of new technologies and instruments to control people’s movement across borders; new opportunities and conflicts created by the hardening of borders; and the movement of people and goods across borders.


When to Submit

Send an email inquiry to me now if you are interested in joining this session (ferdoush@hawaii.edu). Abstracts are due to me by October 20, 2015.



Reece Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Md Azmeary Ferdoush, PhD student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

09Sep 2015

Job Opening: Race and American Politics, Brandeis University

The Department of Politics and the Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) at Brandeis University invite applications for a full-time, joint, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Race and American Politics. The successful candidate will begin her or his term in the Fall of 2016. This search is part of an ongoing cluster hire initiative in African Diaspora Studies at Brandeis University, which aims to broaden and strengthen our intellectual community of scholars engaged in the study of people of African descent. We seek applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on African American politics with an ability to engage in the experiences of other peoples of African descent and communities of color. We encourage applicants with teaching and research interests in, for example, one or more of the following areas: campaigns and elections, political behavior, state and local politics, judicial and criminal justice politics and policies, including incarceration related issues, immigration, and public/social policy. Applicants with the ability to teach courses in quantitative methods will also be viewed favorably. We prefer candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science. ABDs must show evidence of significant progress toward completion of the PhD and some evidence of teaching excellence to qualify for consideration. The course load is 2/2: one course in AAAS and one course in the Politics Department every semester. Courses will be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Service expectations will be shared equally between both departments. Ph.D. must be in hand by the start of the appointment.    Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a chapter or article length writing sample, and three letters of reference electronically at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6000 by October 15, 2015. Questions about the position can be directed to: Daniel Kryder, Chair, Politics Department (kryder@brandeis.edu) or Chad Williams, Chair, African and Afro-American Studies Department (chadw@brandeis.edu). Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

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