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IPSA´s 70th Anniversary

November, 22 2019 RC 15 joined the event at La Sorbonne University. Here the program and some pics. Happy anniversary, IPSA!

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RC15 Twitter Account

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



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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IPSA 2018, RC 15 Business Meeting

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




5 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/2016 (Location: Berlin / Closing Date 24 April 2015)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for five postdoctoral fellowships for the research program: europe in the middle east – the middle east in europe (EUME)

EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame.

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:

1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) re-examining genealogical notions of mythical 'beginnings', 'origins', and 'purity' in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:

CITIES COMPARED: URBAN CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND ADJACENT REGIONS is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the Mediterranean;

ISLAMIC DISCOURSE CONTESTED: MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES is directed by Gudrun Krämer, Institute for Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on modernity, secularity, and justice;

PERSPECTIVES ON THE QUR'AN: NEGOTIATING DIFFERENT VIEWS OF A SHARED HISTORY is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Seminar for Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. This research group situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East;

TRAVELLING TRADITIONS: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON NEAR EASTERN LITERATURES is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements, translations, and processes of canonization between the Middle East and other regions.

TRADITION AND THE CRITIQUE OF MODERNITY: SECULARISM, FUNDAMENTALISM AND RELIGION FROM MIDDLE EASTERN PERSPECTIVES is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East.

EUME is interested in developing new fields of research that bridge the gap between political science approaches and cultural studies in cooperation with Cilja Harders, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Freie Universität Berlin, and Rachid Ouaissa, Political Science Departement, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg.


The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, philology, political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the overall program 'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe'. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below.

As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2015 and will end on 31 July 2016. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplement depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also invited to apply with their own funding. The working language of EUME is English.


An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
- a curriculum vitae,
- a project description (no longer than 5 pages, and including a title), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship,
- a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter) ,
- the names of two university faculty members who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required).
The application should be submitted by e-mail as three separate word documents or PDF files in English and should be received by 24 April 2015, sent in to:


Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe (EUME) c/o Forum Transregionale Studien Attn: Georges Khalil Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin Fax +49 30 - 89 001 440


europe in the middle east – the middle east in europe (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of the following persons: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient), Cilja Harders (Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Freie Universität Berlin), Kader Konuk (Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen), Gudrun Krämer (Institute for Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin), Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient), Angelika Neuwirth (Seminar for Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin), Rachid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, (Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), and Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and outside, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. It supports four research programs: Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Rechtskulturen, Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, and Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME).

For more information on the ForumTransregionale Studien, please visit www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

For further information on EUME and for detailed information on the research fields, please visit http://www.eume-berlin.de

For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME, please visit
- Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin
- Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, FU Berlin
- Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
- Zentrum Moderner Orient
- Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin
- Institute for Islamic Studies, FU Berlin
- Museum for Islamic Art
- Seminar for Arabic Studies, FU Berlin
- Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg


Political Identities Research Group (PIRG)

**re-posted on behalf of Benjamin J. Newman and Yamil R. Velez**

We are pleased to announce the launch of Political Identities Research Group (PIRG), a research group based in the New York City metro area, and Northeast more broadly, interested in the study of race, class, gender, religion, and sexuality in American politics and comparative contexts.

You can visit our website here: http://www.pirgnyc.org/

Upon visiting our website, you can learn about our group and upcoming meetings, view a list of our Faculty Affiliates at NYC-area universities, and join our Mailing List.

The vision of PIRG is to bring together researchers in Political Science, as well as other disciplines (e.g., Sociology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Psychology), for ongoing meetings showcasing new research in key political science sub-fields related to groups and identity, such as Race and Ethnic Politics, Class and Income Inequality, Women and Politics, Religion and Politics, Sexuality and Politics, and the intersection of these areas.

As a newly organized research group, our goal is to hold three one-day long meetings per academic year with one meeting in the fall, one meeting in the spring, and another meeting in summer. Each meeting will span the course of an entire day, and will be broken into three segments, with the first segment of each meeting consisting of short research presentations (15-20 minutes each), the second segment consisting of methods-oriented workshops focused on helping identity scholars enhance their research through the use of new methodological tools and techniques, and the third involving a break-out session for the purpose of incubating new research ideas and collaboration.


We are pleased to announce that our first meeting will be on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at the University of Connecticut regional campus in Stamford, CT. This meeting will be from 10am to 4pm, after which we will break to The Cask Republic (http://caskrepublic.com/) for drinks and socializing. At this time, we would like to announce a call for proposals for our inaugural meeting. We are interested in receiving proposals in any of our topic areas of interest. Additionally, we are interested in receiving proposals for our methods workshop; such proposals should discuss the method to be presented, as well as how it might assist identity politics scholars in their research. We invite workshop proposals covering topics ranging from experimental methods, causal inference, mediation analysis, text analysis, regression discontinuity designs, multi-level regression and post-stratification, etc. For full consideration, proposals must be submitted by April 15, 2015.

Please RSVP so we can get a head count for the meeting room and food order.

You can RSVP here: http://goo.gl/forms/wfYujTtLyC

You can submit your proposal here: http://goo.gl/forms/e6AcO7p1Ix

As we build steam, we would very much like bring as many scholars in the NYC metropolitan area and Northeast on board with us. We would like to invite you to join our Mailing List and participate in our meetings. Further, if you have any colleagues, including graduate students, that you believe would be interested in our research group, it would be a great help to us if you forwarded this information along to them!


Benjamin J. Newman, University of Connecticut

Yamil R. Velez, Stony Brook University (Wesleyan University Fall 2015)


The 2016-2017 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2016-2017 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

Of the nearly 600 awards being offered this year, currently there are some 43 awards available in the field of geography. Moreover, there are 355 All Discipline awards that welcome teaching and/or research proposals in this field and others, including interdisciplinary projects. These awards are offered in various regions around the world. Click here to view awards available to scholars of geography.

In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright will be offering more opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards or by participating in one our webinars.

The application deadline for most awards is August 3, 2015. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and more program information, please visit our website or contact us at scholars@iie.org.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.


CFA “Trajectories of Change”, Ph.D. Scholarships in Humanities and Social Sciences -- The State of the State: Organizing Power, Authority and Legitimacy


Both the on-going fragmentation in Syria and the progressing territorial disintegration of Ukraine demonstrate currently the radical character of changes in the European neighbourhood. Numerous states are dramatically challenged in their function as administrative, political and territorial entities. They are subject to violent transformations and their viability is being increasingly questioned. Which role do states play in transformation periods and in revolutionary situations? Are they still the key analytical category for analyzing the political change?

The scholarship programme “Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. It offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences, and supports both empirical research and projects centred on theoretical reflection. For 2015, applications dealing with the role of the state in transformation processes are especially welcome. Innovative research questions and comparative approaches are highly encouraged.

The programme offers flexible funding schemes for Ph.D. students at various stages of their dissertation research as well as for graduate students in the phase of Ph.D. project development:

  • Ph.D. Scholarships
  • Dissertation Completion Scholarships
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Grants
  • Fieldwork Grants


  • Applicants must be Ph.D. students of social sciences or humanities. Prospective Ph.D. students can apply for Pre-Doctoral Research Grants.
  • Deadline 26 February 2015 for a stipend starting in September 2015
  • Please apply online at www.trajectories-of-change.de with Ph.D. proposal and two references.

Further information: www.trajectories-of-change.de


New Board elected at the IPSA Conference in Montreal

A new Board of Officers was elected during the most recent IPSA conference, held in the city of Montreal in July, 2014.

RC15_Business_Meeting_participants_-_Montreal_July_2014.JPG Members of the RC 15. From left to right: Johanna Pettersson, Cristina Sarmento, Patricia Oliviera, Przemyslaw Osiewicz, Gabriela de la Paz, Heriberto Cairo Carou, Luna Vives, Alan Henrikson, María Lois, Marina Sanz, Carlos González Villa.


Heriberto Cairo Carou, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.


Luna Vives, Dawson College, Canada.


Przemyslaw Osiewicz, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.

Board Members

Sanjay Chaturvedi, Panjab University, India.

Gabriela De la Paz, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Alan Henrikson, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

María Lois, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

Johanna Pettersson, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Jaime Preciado, Universidad de Guadalajara, México.

Cristina Sarmento, New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Takashi Yamazaki, Osaka City University, Japan.

We thank the members of previous Boards for their hard work!!