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31Jul 2015

Job Opening: American Politics (University of California, Riverside)

The Department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of American Politics. We seek a scholar with an active research agenda focused on U.S. political institutions, in particular the functioning of democratic governance and the policy making process. The successful candidate should be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and have a record or promise of research publication. Ph.D. is. preferred; candidates who are ABD at the time of application will be considered. Appointment level and salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The appointment will commence onJuly 1, 2016. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

 

Deadline is October 21.

Application materials should be submitted tohttps://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/jpf00371. Hard copy applications may be submitted to the Department of Political Science, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521. Electronic application and submission of materials is strongly preferred.

 

31Jul 2015

Job Opening: Assistant Professor in American or Comparative Politics with a desired specialization in race and ethnicity politics

University of North Texas, Department of Political Science

 

Position

The Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2016 in American Politics or Comparative Politics, with a desired specialization in the field of race and ethnicity politics.  Specifically, we envision hiring a scholar who studies such topics as racial and ethnic politics, immigration, refugees, and/or ethnic conflicts from either an American or comparative perspective.  

 

Qualifications

All applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) A Ph.D. in Political Science (highly qualified ABD candidates will be considered), (2) evidence that demonstrates a potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service will be required of the selected candidate.  Preference will be given to candidates with strong methods skills and who are likely to publish in top-tier journals, seek external funding, and who show a willingness to work with other faculty and graduate students.

 

Job Description

 

The faculty member will be expected to teach upper-level undergraduate courses, and graduate courses in race and ethnic politics that will contribute to the UNT program in Latino/a and Mexican-American Studies program, and will contribute to university-wide efforts to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Additionally, the faculty member will be expected to teach core undergraduate American politics courses (as is required of all faculty irrespective of subfield). The faculty member will continue a record of robust scholarly research, direct graduate research, and provide service to the department, college, and university. The typical teaching load is 2/2.

 

The Department

The Department of Political Science at UNT is a highly productive department with 24 faculty members who are committed to excellence in both teaching and research.  It offers BA, MA/MS, and PhD degrees. Faculty in the department edit the American Political Science Review, and have previously edited International Studies Quarterly and Journal of Political Science Education. The department is also home to the Castleberry Peace Institute.  The Department’s web site can be found at: http://politicalscience.unt.edu.

 

The University

With 36,000 students, UNT is the nation's 26th largest public university. As the largest, most comprehensive university in Dallas-Fort Worth, UNT drives the North Texas region. UNT offers 97 bachelor's, 82 master's, and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a “green light to greatness” by helping its students, region, state, and nation excel. UNT is a public research university deeply committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world.

 

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a narrative describing scholarly research, (4) a writing sample, (5) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., peer reviews, evaluations), (6) a copy of transcripts, and (7) the names and contact information of five references via UNT’s Faculty Jobs portal at https://facultyjobs.unt.edu.

 

Direct inquires to Dr. Val Martinez, search committee chair (valmartinez@unt.edu)

 

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins October 2, 2015, and will continue weekly until the search is closed. 

To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and all supporting materials as close as possible to the review date.  UNT is an AA/ADA/EOE.

31Jul 2015

Call for Proposals for Edited volume on Black elected officials roster

UPDATED BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS ROSTER

(Under contract with Joint Center of Political and Economic Studies)

EDITORIAL TEAM

Andra Gillespie, Emory University

Boris E. Ricks, California State University, Northridge

 

DESCRIPTION

The editors seek contributors/researchers to update The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ (JCPES) Roster of Black Elected Officials (BEOs).  Editors are rebuilding a list of over 12,000 Black elected officials for the first time in more than a decade.  The updated roster will include all BEOs serving in the U.S. by November 2016 (an estimate of about 12,000), including federal, state, and all sub-state (county, city, township, village, etc.) officials.  This includes elected county executives, mayors, councilors, sheriffs, commissioners, school board members, water board members, public service commissioners, judges, state legislators, members of  Congress, etc… 

This project historically marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and will contribute to research questions about the contemporary relevance of civil rights and the enduring impact of social justice.  As Black voters were added to the election rolls, their ballots changed the composition of legislatures, city councils, and state/local commissions everywhere.  Full participation, along with spirited civic engagement, has proved to be both transformative and impactful.

SUBMITTING PROPOSALS

The editorial team welcomes proposals from faculty and graduate students wishing to volunteer their personal time or the effort of their research assistants.  Research team members will be responsible for identifying all of the Black elected officials within an assigned geographic area. The editors encourage proposals from scholars who have special regional knowledge.  Proposals can be submitted to Andra Gillespie (Emory University) at angille@emory.edu or Boris E. Ricks (California State University, Northridge) at boris.ricks@csun.edu by August 10, 2015.

SELECTION PROCESS   

Research Team selections will be announced in September 2015.

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: American Politics / Methodology (Notre Dame)

The Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the level of assistant professor in the field of American politics, with expertise in quantitative methodology. The ideal candidate will have a strong substantive research agenda in American politics, and will be capable of offering graduate courses in advanced quantitative methods, including our introductory course in mathematics for social scientists (in a teaching portfolio that would also include substantive courses at the undergraduate and graduate level).

The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity employer with strong academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are particularly encouraged to apply.  Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at www.nd.edu. 

The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and partners with their job search.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

All applicants should include a CV, letter of interest, writing samples, teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation.

All files should be received by October 1 to receive full consideration. Apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/30637.

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: Latino Politics (Notre Dame)

The Department of Political Science and the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with interests in Latino politics.  The area of focus can be institutions, behavior, or policy and the methodological approach can be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed.  We are especially interested in scholars whose work places Latinos in comparative context with other ethnic/racial groups, addresses issues of intersectionality by gender, social class, generation, or immigration status, and those whose work focuses on social movements or transnational politics. 

 The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity employer with strong academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are particularly encouraged to apply.  Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at www.nd.edu.

 The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and partners with their job search.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

All applicants should include a CV, letter of interest, writing samples, teaching evaluations and three letters of recommendation.

All files should be received by October 1 to receive full consideration. Apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/30635.

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: International Political Economy (Notre Dame)

The Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the level of assistant professor in the field of international relations, with a specialty in international political economy. Candidates must show promise of excellence in research and in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity employer with strong academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are particularly encouraged to apply. Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at www.nd.edu.

The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and partners with their job search.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

All applicants should include a CV, letter of interest, writing samples, teaching evaluations, and three signed letters of recommendation.

All files should be received by September 15 to receive full consideration. Apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/30631

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: International Relations / Comparative Politics (Utah State University)

The Department of Political Science at Utah State University invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor of International Relations/Comparative Politics beginning August 2016. We seek to fill two positions in International Relations.
 
The position is available beginning August 10, 2016. Application review will begin October 2, 2015and will continue until the positions are filled.
 
The Political Science Department at USU is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department serves approximately 350-400 Political Science, Law and Constitutional Studies, and International Studies undergraduate majors and minors and a current group of approximately 20 graduate students.  Additionally, the department provides service courses or general education to students throughout the broader university community.
 
Utah State University is a land-grant university founded in 1888. The university is a Carnegie Doctoral Extensive research institution with approximately 23,000 students (19,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students) from all 50 states and 80 foreign countries. The USU campus is located in Logan, Utah. Logan is located in a picturesque mountain valley with a population of over 100,000, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains in the area make it one of the finest outdoor recreation environments in the nation. Visit http://www.usu.edu for more information about the University, College, and Department.
 
Responsibilities
 
The successful candidates will conduct research and teach courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Research and teaching specializations in one of the following regions is strongly desired: Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East. Applicants with specialization in international security and/or development are especially welcome. Teaching responsibilities will include master’s and upper and lower division undergraduate courses in their areas of specialization as well as teaching Undergraduate Research Methods. Responsibilities will include a primary role in research along with strong undergraduate and graduate teaching, and service. Performance will be consistent with a faculty role in a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University.
 
Minimum Qualifications.
 
Candidates must demonstrate evidence of a strong research profile in International Relations/Comparative Politics. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Political Science or a comparable field of study as of employment date, and demonstrated accomplishment and/or clear potential for success in research as well as undergraduate and graduate teaching in these specialties. They must also generate a satisfactory outcome on a background check.
 
Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to those with a strong research trajectory and demonstrated interest in teaching courses of need to the department.
 
Instructions to Applicants
 
Application is through the following website:
 
Along with the online application, please attach:
1) a cover letter; 
2) curriculum vitae; 
3) The names and email addresses of three references (your references will be sent an email from USU  asking them to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf). 
4) a professional writing sample, e.g. article or manuscript (.pdf, .doc, or .docx format); 
5) a statement of teaching philosophy and, if available, evidence of teaching performance.
6) recent transcripts.
 

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: US Political Behavior and Research Methods (Virginia Tech)

US Political Behavior and Research Methods

Department of Political Science 

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in U.S. Political Behavior and Research Methods with strengths in Race & Ethnicity, Political Psychology or Political Communication; additional specialization in Public Opinion is also of interest. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year. This position will begin August 10, 2016. 

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2016. Candidates must have a clear specialization in one of the central areas of U.S. Political Behavior and demonstrate a strong grounding in Research Methodologies, including facility in quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Additionally, successful candidates will have documented effectiveness in both undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as program development to meet the department’s key needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs. 

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to broadly trained candidates who have grounding and skills in a variety of theoretical, analytical, and methodological approaches to U.S. politics, and who can work with undergraduate and graduate students (at the master’s and doctoral levels) in political science and international studies along with non-majors in core curricular courses. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level is strongly preferred. 

Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting, TR0150068, where they will submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing sample, teaching evaluations, along with the recent letters of support from three to five academic references. Screening of applications will begin October 25, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Dr. Karen Hult <khult@vt.edu>, U.S. Political Behavior and Research Methods Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Major Williams Hall, Room 531 (0130), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair. 

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: electronic governance and cybersecurity (Virginia Tech)

Public Policy: Electronic Governance and Cybersecurity

Department of Political Science 

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

 

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of  Assistant Professor of Public Policy (U.S. or comparative) with primary strengths in Electronic  Governance and Cybersecurity. Additional specialization in big data analytics is also of interest.  The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year. This position will begin August 10, 2016. 

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science or a closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2016. Candidates must have a clear specialization in a public policy analysis or evaluation in electronic governance and cybersecurity, including facility in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. Successful candidates will have demonstrated effectiveness in both undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as program development to meet the department’s needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs. 

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have theoretical grounding and skills to use a variety of theoretical, analytical, and methodological approaches to electronic governance, information technology policy, cybersecurity, cyberinfrastructure protection, and/or politics and policy for networked environments. Candidates must be able to work with undergraduate and graduate students (at the masters and doctoral levels) in political science and international studies along with non-majors in core curricular and elective courses. 

Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting, TR0150070, where they will submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing sample, teaching evaluations, along with the recent letters of support from three to five academic references. Screening of applications will begin September 25, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. 

All inquiries can be sent to: Yannis Stivachtis <ystivach@vt.edu>, Public Policy: Electronic Governance and Cybersecurity Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Major Williams Hall, Room 531 (0130), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. 

Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair. For further information on thedepartment, see www.psci.vt.edu 

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

24Jul 2015

Job Opening: American Institutions, Emory University

The Department of Political Science at Emory University seeks to hire a scholar with expertise in American Institutions, to begin in the fall semester 2016. The position is tenure track at the level of Assistant Professor, though in extraordinary circumstances a senior appointment may be considered. We welcome a range of methods and perspectives. The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in both research and teaching.  The candidate should have completed the Ph.D. or be very close to completing the Ph.D. by fall 2016.  The teaching load is four courses per year and benefits are competitive.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by September 7, 2015.  The Department of Political Science, Emory College, and Emory University are all strongly committed to recruiting female and minority candidates.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  Application materials, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching portfolio, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample should be sent electronically to polisci.american@emory.edu.  Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer.  Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

23Jul 2015

Job opening: Political Theory and Constitutional Law Job @ College of Wooster

The Department of Political Science at The College of Wooster seeks to fill a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning in the fall of 2016. We are looking for a broadly trained specialist in Political Theory and Constitutional Law to teach introductory and advanced courses in the Political Science Department, and to supervise independent research projects as part of the College’s Independent Study requirement. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to teach courses and advise research projects in contemporary and modern Western political theory. The candidate also will teach a course in political theory methods and approaches, as well as advanced Constitutional Law classes. In addition, they should have demonstrated experience and preparation to take on coaching and advising duties for Wooster’s nationally competitive Moot Court program.

We prefer candidates who will have completed the Ph.D. in Political Science by the time of appointment and who have had previous independent teaching experience. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of effective teaching (including syllabi and student evaluations), graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation at: http://apply.interfolio.com/30411. Applications received by October 15, 2015, will receive full consideration.  Please contact Angie Bos (abos@wooster.edu), the Chair of the Department of Political Science and search chair, with any questions.

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The College values diversity, strives to attract qualified women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals belonging to these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its policy of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or political affiliation. The College of Wooster is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act. The College of Wooster is a drug-free workplace.

23Jul 2015

"Climate Terrorism" by Profs. Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle

We are pleased to announce the publication of Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change, authored by RC 15 Board Member Professor Sanjay Chaturvedi and Professor Timothy Doyle. Please consider requesting a copy for your library!

9780230249615.jpgClimate Terror investigates the highly differentiated geographical politics of global warming. It explores how fear-inducing climate change discourses could result in new forms of dependencies, domination and militarized 'climate security'. In this revealing study from Chaturvedi and Doyle, the concept of environmental security is brought to life through cases of the most pressing environmental issues confronting the Global South, which are creating desperate realities for billions of people. The book proposes the following key questions, crucial to our understanding of this issue: Can the climate discourse be re-configured to provide a place where issues of environmental justice and sovereignty are paramount, rather than neo-liberal responses to climate? Can climate change give a voice to the global periphery, and can it be used as a vehicle for emancipation? 

Chaturvedi and Doyle's study concludes by taking note of the more optimistic response of 'emancipatory' groups and networks to concepts such as climate justice and climate debt, and the ways in which these groups have attempted to use this global climate moment for more democratic purposes. Is the climate story, regardless of its diverse intentions, a discourse now captured by the affluent North to control the development of the Global South? Has the emancipatory moment now passed or is there still hope for the re-emergence of subaltern perspectives on climate futures? The authors further discuss the deployment of terror vocabulary to address climate change, which is a part of refurbished designs and technologies of control, regulation and domination in a neo-liberal, post-political, globalized world marked by profound asymmetries in terms of economic growth and human development. They argue for an increased understanding of the environment, not as an external enemy force, but as a diverse nature that is inclusive of people, a nature that has the potential to provide secure access to citizens of all countries to basic nutrition, adequate access to health, appropriate shelter, and a security to practice a diverse range of livelihoods.

Professor Timothy Doyle is Chair of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide, South Australia; Distinguished Research Fellow of Indian Ocean Futures at Curtin University, Western Australia; and Chair of Politics and International Relations at Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. He is Co-Director of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre at Adelaide (IPGRC) and Director of Human and Environmental Security for the Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) in Perth and Chandigarh. 

Sanjay Chaturvedi is Professor of Political Science at Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University, India. He is also the Honorary Director of Centre for the Study of Mid-West and Central Asia, Panjab University, and Founding Vice-Chairman of Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG). He has been a Third Cohort Fellow of India-China Institute, The New School, New York.

23Jul 2015

CFP The State of Nationalism The International Review of the Study of Nationalism

Call for Papers | The State of Nationalism

The International Review of the Study of Nationalism

 

Submissions are now being sought for an exciting new resource for the study of nationalism: The State of Nationalism (SoN).

 

Overview: SoN is a comprehensive, online and open-source guide for the study of nationalism. The guide consists of two key elements: critical reviews of key themes in the study of nationalism and a linked annotated bibliography of sources. This combination makes SoN an invaluable tool for researchers and students in the field. To encourage comparative and theoretically relevant research, the review articles and bibliographies explicitly focus on concepts rather than particular national movements.

 

More information on SoN and its objectives can be found here:www.stateofnationalism.eu

 

Contribution Instructions: We encourage contributions from both early career and established researchers.

 

Review essays should be approximately 2,000 words, and should critically describe developments in the literature and indicate whether there are key points of contention and/or differing perspectives, approaches and methods. Annotations for the article’s sources should also be concise.

 

The articles are published in two venues: the online portal for the State of Nationalism, where they will be linked to the other articles and held in a searchable database; and, as a stand-alone article in the scholarly journal Studies on National Movements. All submissions undergo a rigorous double-blind review process prior to publication.

 

More information: For detailed instructions on how you can contribute to SoN, please see: www.stateofnationalism.eu/how-to-contribute/

 

To submit an article, or if you have any questions, please contact the co-editors Eric Taylor Woods (e.t.woods@uel.ac.uk) and Robert Schertzer (robert.schertzer@utoronto.ca) 

 

 

SoN is jointly supported by two institutes: the research network, National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the University of East London (UEL). SoN also benefits from partnerships with the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) and the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN). Leading experts provide scholarly support through the Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee

23Jul 2015

CFP CARFMS16

Freedom of Movement: Exploring a Path from Armed Conflict, Persecution, and Forced Migration to Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, and Development

9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Hosted by

the Conflict Resolution Studies Department of Menno Simons College, a College of the Canadian Mennonite University located at the University of Winnipeg

in

Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA

Home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

12–14 May 2016

Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state; and, (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his or her own, and to return to his or her country. Unfortunately, people in situations of persecution, armed conflict, and displacement are prevented from exercising their right to freedom of movement. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates in the 2014 Global Trends Report that war, conflict, and persecution have displaced some 60 million people worldwide, resulting in the highest level since records have been kept. Of these people, 20 million are displaced across borders, with more than half of this refugee population comprised of children. Since its inception in 2011, the Syrian crisis has produced a total of 11 million internally displaced people and refugees. New waves of “boat people,” displaced by violence, are crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and entire oceans to seek asylum, safety, and freedom. Many perish on their dangerous journeys, and others who arrive at their destinations are refused entry or detained.

Much of the responsibility falls on the world’s developing countries, who host nine out of ten refugees. Neighbouring countries, governments, and humanitarian organizations struggle to deal with the social, economic, and political ramifications of these situations. The minority who are resettled face numerous integration issues.

The 2016 CARFMS Annual Conference will gather a diverse group of stakeholders such as academics, researchers, students, government officials, lawyers and lawmakers, community organizations, and practitioners (including from non-governmental organizations) to discuss the question: What strategies can host states, origin states, the international community, private citizens, and civil society undertake to fulfill their collective responsibility to address these escalating global forced migration crises? From interdisciplinary perspectives and diverse regional backgrounds, we invite participants to explore, examine, and recommend theories, policies, and practical responses to the theme of freedom of movement in the context of:

  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding;
  • Human Rights;
  • Development; and,
  • Methodology and Knowledge Production.

We welcome proposals for individual papers, organized panels and roundtables, film screenings, video documentaries and news media clippings, or poster/photo exhibits around these broad sub-themes. 

1.        Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding have the potential to engage people across grassroots to top-level leadership in working towards peaceful relationships and communities. This sub-theme explores and analyzes the interests, motivations, and practices of conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding in addressing social justice and positive peace for refugees and other migrants. How do we commit to conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding practices that address the right to seek asylum in situations of war, armed conflict and persecution? How do structural factors and other root causes (systemic or institutionalized discrimination, cultural imperialism, power-based systems) impact migration and resettlement? How do governments, NGOs, and other actors participate in the different roles, structures, and processes that support or impede freedom of movement? What role can refugees and diaspora communities play in conflict resolution activities that will contribute to post-conflict development, security, and transitional justice? Can freedom of movement and the right to asylum be strategies for conflict transformation? 

2.        Human Rights

Freedom of movement and asylum are fundamental human rights. This sub-theme explores both the actualization and denial of these rights. How are various human rights instruments used to facilitate movement? Who are the actors (individuals, organizations, communities, and governments) who enable movement? What legal and regulatory frameworks can and have been implemented to respect the right to freedom of movement? What restrictions (legal, judicial, administrative or otherwise) serve to prohibit, complicate, or reduce movement and asylum? How does freedom of movement interact with other human rights? Where is the intersection between the human right of freedom of movement and the refugee’s right to non-refoulement

3.        Development

Improving the livelihoods of people migrating due to war, armed conflict, and persecution is imperative. This sub-theme invites contributions that examine innovative strategies for improved livelihoods through economic, social, environmental, and political change in situations of war, armed conflict and persecution. Creating safe and sustainable environments, meeting human needs, and addressing social justice issues are keys to freedom of movement. In situations of short- and long-term displacement, what strategies ensure the timely provision of sufficient, nutritional, and culturally-appropriate food? In protracted displacements, what key strategies enhance skills and develop vocations and small businesses to provide opportunities for young people, increase family income, and build resilience? Considering that the vast majority of migrants are women and children, how do gender considerations inform development planning and implementation? What practices result in meaningful engagement in the decision-making processes that impact the lives of refugees and forced migrants while ensuring peaceful co-existence with host communities? 

4.        Methodology and Knowledge Production

Research in the contexts of migration, war, armed conflict, extreme violence, and serious human rights violations, and development poses particular epistemological, methodological, and ethical questions. This sub-theme explores how knowledge is created, under what structural constraints, and for what purposes. How can non-academics, including forced migrants themselves, overcome structural and epistemological barriers to contributing to research and scholarship? What are the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary research in this area? To what extent do standard research methods need to be adapted to the particular political and practical contexts of war, armed conflict, development, and migration? Is there a need for greater cross-pollination of ideas across conflict studies, development studies, and migration studies? What are the particular ethical challenges of research with forced migrants, and how can these be addressed?

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS

Individuals wishing to present a paper, organized panels and roundtables, film and video documentaries and news media clippings/exhibits, or poster/photo exhibits must submit a 250-word abstract and 100-word biography.

Organized panel proposals or roundtables must include a general title, a 250-word abstract and a title of each paper, as well as 100-word biography of each presenter forming the panel or roundtable.

Please submit your abstract directly online: http://tinyurl.com/ox6oeo2 by September 1, 2015. Earlier submissions are welcome.

We invite filmmakers or producers to submit video documentaries as well as those who wish to present materials in support of their organizations and/or causes, that are directly related to refugees and other forced migrants, to request space on our conference display tables. Please submit a brief outline of your organization and what materials you wish to have included on your display table and whether you will have someone available to answer conference participants’ questions regarding your organization and/or your cause and/or campaign.

More information about the conference can be found on the CARFMS/ACERMF website:http://carfms.org/conferences/9th-annual-conference/. Please keep checking back for updates.

For more information, please contact:

Michele Millard
Centre for Refugee Studies
CARFMS Secretariat
Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 30391
Email: mmillard@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/crs
www.refugeeresearch.net

23Jul 2015

Assistant Professor in the Politics of China -- Hamilton College

The Government Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the politics of China.  Candidates will also be expected to contribute to Hamilton’s program in Asian Studies.

 

Appointment begins July 1, 2016.  ABD or Ph.D. required.   Five courses per year with competitive salary and research and travel support.  Please submit curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, writing sample, a list of courses the applicant is prepared to teach, evidence of teaching performance, and arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation to Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/30160 addressed to Philip Klinkner, Chair, Government Department, Hamilton College.  Your cover letter should address the ways in which you would further the College's goal of building a diverse educational environment.  Previous experience teaching or working with diverse student populations is an asset. We will begin consideration of applications on October 1 and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants wishing to be interviewed at the APSA should submit materials by August 15. Questions can be sent to govsrch@hamilton.edu

 

Hamilton College (www.hamilton.edu) is a residential liberal arts college located in the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York; for applicants with dual-career considerations, Hamilton participates in the regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which posts additional area employment opportunities at www.upstatenyherc.org.  Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community.  Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits.  Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

23Jul 2015

Assistant Professor in the Politics of the Middle East -- Hamilton College

The Government Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the politics of the Middle East. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to Hamilton’s program in Middle East and Islamic World Studies.

 

Appointment begins July 1, 2016.  ABD or Ph.D. required.   Five courses per year with competitive salary and research and travel support.  Please submit curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, writing sample, a list of courses the applicant is prepared to teach, evidence of teaching performance, and arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation to Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/30161, addressed to Philip Klinkner, Chair, Government Department, Hamilton College.  Your cover letter should address the ways in which you would further the College's goal of building a diverse educational environment.  Previous experience teaching or working with diverse student populations is an asset. We will begin consideration of applications on October 1 and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants wishing to be interviewed at the APSA should submit materials by August 15. Questions can be sent to govsrch@hamilton.edu

 

Hamilton College (www.hamilton.edu) is a residential liberal arts college located in the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York; for applicants with dual-career considerations, Hamilton participates in the regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which posts additional area employment opportunities at www.upstatenyherc.org.  Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community.  Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits.  Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

23Jul 2015

CFP Revista de Relaciones Internacionales

CALL FOR PAPERS

No. 32 / Rethinking terrorism from the International”

To be published in June 2016


Terrorism is a well-known word, widely used in politics. Virtually anyone in the word has suffered terrorism or at least has been touched by the counterterrorism measures governments are deploying in our societies. Thousands of people have died or mained in terrorist attacks. Broadcast executions like the ones committed by ISIS are intended to provoke terror and they manage to achieve it.


Because of this, since the 9/11 attacks, the research in the terrorism studies field has increased exponentially and more and more authors started analysing the “phenomenon” of terrorism, the counterterrorism measures that should be adopted -fighting methods similar to the ones used by the people they are supposed to fight, outside any framework of ius in bello (in fact, there is no declaredbellum)-, the repercussions it has on our societies, the roots causes of it, the consequences on its victims and so on.

Terrorism has thus become a very widespread term in politics and is nowadays one of the most powerful words in our contemporary society. Nevertheless, terrorism is not a neutral word: when uttered, it invokes emotions of fear, hatred and panic, being in this sense a highly pejorative word that can be said to have almost reached a “taboo” status. However, in spite of the wide usage of the word, a big question arise if we analyse it closely: what is exactly terrorism? As a matter of fact, there is still no universal definition of terrorism and governments, international organizations, NGOs and scholars seem not to be close to the formulation of a fixed definition of it. But, why does this happen? Why is terrorism so difficult to define and to analyse?

There are many possible answers to these questions but probably it is possible to summarize them all under the idea that with the term terrorism governments and international organizations are supposed to describe very different political phenomena depending on their different political views and interests. Thus, terrorism is best read as a socially constructed word whose meaning is created through a discourse that, as Pierre Bourdieu would argue, has managed to become very strong because of the symbolic capital the political powers behind its formulation own, especially thanks to their position in the political society. “The discursive power works concealing the terms in which it has been constructed and, therefore, malleability and contingency: either the discourse fixes the significance naturalizing it or it loses its power as a discourse” (Brown, Wendy, La política fuera de la historia, Enclave de Libros, Madrid, 2014, p. 175).

Our idea is that it is possible to read terrorism in a different way which is not the one in which the mainstream, “orthodox” studies on terrorism have understood it. Consequently, what we would like to do in this number is to “Rethink Terrorism from the International”. Leaving aside the traditional, orthodox views on terrorism and the mainstream way it is intended, we would like to rethink the concept of international terrorism by analyzing it both from a theoretical and practical point of view. In this sense, many authors from the International Relations and not provide us with theoretical tools that may help us to examine and deconstruct international terrorism: constructivism, reflectionism, the Frankfurt school, the Paris school, Foucault's genealogy and the critical discourse analysis are all approaches that provide us with tools that may help us reconsider what we think we know about international terrorism, its causes and its consequences.

We are thus looking for contributions, both theoretical and practical, that may contribute to the debate on international terrorism, that may help us see it in a new way and may answer the major questions that are related with this new way of understanding and deconstructing international terrorism.

 

DUE DATE:
Abstracts: 7th October 2015.


The abstracts (max. 250 words) should be sent via email to the following address, the deadline being 17th January 2016:
alice.martini@relacionesinternacionales.info

Notification of acceptance or refusal will be done along the week following the deadline.

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SUBMISSIONS:
The articles accepted must be sent no later than the 17th January 2016 and abide by the Style Guide (in Spanish, Manual de Estilo) of our journal for submission to a double blind peer-review. The articles must be uploaded on the Relaciones Internacionales website (www.relacionesinternacionales.info), after registering as an author.


For registration, please follow the instructions posted in the section “Sending articles” on the website: http://www.relacionesinternacionales.info/ojs/about/submissions.html.


For further information and questions please contact:
Alice Martini - alice.martini@relacionesinternacionales.info

 

LANGUAGES:
Articles in Spanish or English will be accepted. 
The articles will be translated into Spanish for publication.

23Jul 2015

Assistant Professor of American Politics -- Tufts University

The Department of Political Science at Tufts University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in American Politics. The position is open with respect to area of specialization, though we are particularly interested in candidates who specialize in fields such as gender and politics, judicial politics, inequality, representation, American political development, parties and elections and religion, among others, or who specialize in an area of public policy (such as environmental policy, social welfare policy, or educational policy, etc.). Promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching is required. Teaching duties are two courses per semester. Ph.D. in Political Science required by September 1, 2016.  Teaching experience preferred. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio at: https://apply.interfolio.com/30494.  The search committee will begin screening applications on October 1, 2015 and will continue until the positions is filled. Please contact Paula Driscoll, Department Administrator, at paula.driscoll@tufts.edu with any questions.

 

Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

30Mar 2015

EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST – THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS 2015/2016

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.

FELLOWSHIPS

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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

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:

eume@trafo-berlin.de

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

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

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

30Mar 2015

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.


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** INAUGURAL MEETING AND CALL FOR PROPOSALS **
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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!

Yours,

Benjamin J. Newman, University of Connecticut

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

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