|Doctoral student Open Position|
The nccr – on the move is looking for a
To complete a PhD thesis within the research project ‘Migration Governance through Trade Mobilitie’ at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Peter van den Bossche, PD Dr. Marion Panizzon (University of Bern) and Prof. Sandra Lavenex (University of Geneva).
The start date will be 1 February 2019
Full job description including the qualifications required and application details (PDF).
Written by Katarzyna Grabska and Enrico Falzetti
Produced by Katarzyna Grabska in collaboration with AMERA Int.
Documentary, 58 min.
Through the prism of an extraordinary life, this documentary explores the achievements of Barbara Harrell-Bond – academic, refugee activist and a life-long advocate of refugee rights.
The film takes us on a personal journey of a not-so-ordinary woman born in a remote town in South Dakota during the Great Depression, and traces her career from her initial engagement with the civil rights in the late Fifties, to her move to the UK in the mid-Sixties where she studied social anthropology at the University of Oxford in the 1960s, and then to her travels in West Africa where she carried out much of her academic research.
Her first-hand experience of the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria in 1980, and the humanitarian crisis in Sudan in 1982, led her to establish the first refugee studies centre in Oxford, of which she is a founding director, and numerous others around the world. A very strong advocate of legal aid programs for refugees in the Global South, Barbara established a number of these programs including in Uganda, Egypt, South Africa and the UK.
Far from being only an academic, the focus of Barbara’s life-long work has been on refugee rights, and on keeping refugees at the centre of humanitarian interventions. Issues which resonate even more deeply now, in an age in which safe havens for refugees are increasingly being eroded and violations of human rights are on the rise.
We are very pleased to announce Paul Hayes’ presentation of his research next Thursday in CEDEJ Khartoum:
Sudanese Wrestling in East Nile, Khartoum
PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Australian National University
Visiting Scholar, CEDEJ Khartoum
Thursday 6 September 2018
5pm – CEDEJ Khartoum
In this seminar, Paul Hayes, from the Australian National University, will give an update on his ethnographic fieldwork among professional Sudanese wrestlers in Khartoum’s East Nile district. Despite emerging as a popular tourist attraction, Khartoum’s ‘Nuba wrestling’ has received only brief scholarly attention so far. For his research, Paul sets out to understand what it means to be a contemporary Sudanese wrestler in East Nile, noting that the athletes are increasingly non-Nuba. He seeks to make sense of how the sport emerged in Khartoum as a ‘professional’ and ethnically-inclusive variant of the ‘tribal’ sport that continues to be practiced in the Nuba Mountains today, and explores the ongoing tensions and (dis)continuities between the two varieties of wrestling practice. In the seminar, Paul will discuss the project’s objectives and methods, before delving deeper into the rules of the game and the broader social universe(s) that constitute the life of a Sudanese wrestler.
We are very pleased to invite you to a discussion on the contemporary history of Sudan and South Sudan with a special Roundtable
Her first book, Civil Uprisings in Modern Sudan, was inspired by her experience of living in the country during the Arab Spring. She was curious as to why the debates about civil protest and authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa region overlooked Sudan’s proud record of having been the only country in the region before 2011 to have witnessed civil protests that facilitated a transition from military rule to parliamentary democracy. In particular, the book responded to post-2011 debates about the respective roles of Islamism and secular ideologies in the Arab Spring by highlighting the extent to which ‘Islamist’ or other religiously-orientated groups were willing to collobarate with secularists within the student unions and professional associations that led the protests.
She has recently published (Cambridge University Press) a book on the controversial Sudanese Islamist Hasan al-Turabi. The text explores a number of important themes related to broader analyses of Islamist ideology: charismatic leadership (and its limitations); Islamism as a fusion of Western and Islamic ideologies; Islamism as ‘post-colonial’; the important of local political contexts in shaping religious ideology; and Islamist concepts of the Islamic state, democracy and jihad.
Harry CROSS is a PhD candidate at Durham University. His research focuses on the role of banks in Sudan after independence and until the nationalisation of Sudan’s private banking sector in 1970.
Harry is especially interested in the relationship between financial power and political power in Sudan, and interactions between local economic pressures and wider transformations in global political economy.
Cherry LEONARDI is Associate Professor of African History at Durham University and works primarily on South Sudan and northern Uganda. Her research has focused on local-level state formation since the nineteenth century: she is the author of Dealing with Government in South Sudan: Histories of chiefship, community and state (2013). Her current research projects include work on boundaries and land governance, witchcraft and security and access to energy/fuel, and she is also co-director of the South Sudan Museum Collections network.
Alden YOUNG is a political and economic historian of Africa. He is particularly interested in the ways in which Africans participated in the creation of the current international order. Since 2014, he has been an assistant professor in African History and the Director of the Africana Studies Program at Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from Princeton University. He then served for two years as a Dean’s Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.His first book published by Cambridge University Press (Africa Series) Transforming Sudan: Decolonisation, Economic Development and State Formation, 2018 offers a historically grounded account of policymaking in postcolonial Africa. It challenges social scientists’ common perception of the post-colonial African state as rapacious and predatory with institutions that serve little other purpose besides patronage and legitimation. In the place of this narrative, he argues that Sudanese policymakers and officials like their peers across the decolonizing world believed in the potential of the postcolonial state to solve social questions in the public interest.
Alex De Waal gave his book Transforming Sudan advanced praise: « Today, a technocratic, economistic vision of a modern Sudan is a half-remembered dream. Alden Young’s superb book – a combination of political economy and cultural history – brings into focus the important but neglected story of how the country was once a model of planned development, led by an elite of Sudanese and British economists. »
The Sir William Luce Fellowship is awarded annually to a scholar at post-doctoral level, diplomat, politician, or business executive, working on those parts of the Middle East to which Sir William Luce devoted his working life (Iran, the Gulf states, South Arabia and Sudan), and is hosted by Durham University during the Easter term of each academic year.
The Fund is looking for research proposals that examine historic aspects of Iran, the Gulf States, South Arabia and Sudan that throw light on contemporary events. The Fund notes that the University holds a Sudan Archive containing records relating to both Sudan and South Sudan. The Committee administering the Sir William Luce Memorial Fund reserves the right not to make an appointment to a Fellowship.
The Fellowship, tenable jointly in the Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and Trevelyan College, entitles the holder to full access to departmental and other University facilities such as Computing and Information Services and the University Library. The Fellowship also carries a grant, accommodation and all meals for the duration of the Fellowship. Fellows reside at Trevelyan College and are warmly encouraged to take a full part in the life of the Senior Common Room during their residence.
The Fellow is expected to deliver a lecture on the subject of his or her research which will be designated ‘The Sir William Luce Lecture’, and should be cast in such a way as to form the basis of a paper to be published in a special edition of the Durham Middle East Papers series.
Applicants for the 2019 Fellowship (29 April-28 June 2019) should send a CV (of no more than 2 pages), a two to three-page outline of their proposed research and contact details for two referees, preferably by e-mail, by Friday 7 September 2018 to:
The Honorary Secretary
Sir William Luce Memorial Fund
Durham University Library
Find more information here.
We are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar on « Omdurman (1956-1969) : a social history of the ‘national capital' » by Gaafar Elsouri, on Tuesday 14 August- 5pm
Through Omdurman’s Town Planning Board’s sources and oral testimonies of the town’s inhabitants, Gaafar Elsouri will share his Master thesis research on the social history of Omdurman and of the birth and creation of the imaginary of a ‘national capital’ in the early years of Sudan as an independent State.
Gaafar Elsouri is a graduate student in History and Civilization with a specialization on the history of the Global South, at Paris 7 Diderot University.
The purpose of the “Connect Talent” call for applications is to provide support for hosting world-class researchers at a laboratory in the Pays de la Loire region, on the west coast of France. “Connect Talent” seeks to attract technological or scientific breakthrough projects with unquestionable social and economic impact.
“Connect Talent” is intended for leading international scientists, alone or with a team. A leading scientist means a researcher with unquestioned international recognition: quality and dynamics in terms of scientific production, number of citations, distinctions (from the European Research Council, for example), international openness, scope of existing industrial relations, etc.
The call for applications is open to all scientific disciplines. Special attention will be paid to projects that will accelerate the development of an existing dynamic in the region, notably in the fields of production technologies, healthcare, the sea, plants, food, as well as cross-cutting topics in digital technologies, electronics and the human and social sciences.
The award criteria are the following:
– the applicant must have a high academic level and international recognition;
– risk-taking and ambition of the scientific project;
– social and economic impact;
– acceleration of the scientific and technological dynamic in the Pays de la Loire region;
– feasibility (cost, schedule, support methods, governance, collaborations, etc.)
When you go to the Connect Talent website, you can:
1) read the text of the call for applications, which presents the objectives of “Connect Talent”, the selection process and the assessment criteria;
2) learn about research in the region and contact a host institution;
3) download and fill in the application file.
The deadline for filing applications is Monday, October 1 st, 2018. All applications must be posted on the website by the researcher’s host institution.
For further information, you can contact the Region’s services by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce its fourth conference, titled “Power, Borders and Ecologies in Arab Societies: Practices and Imaginaries” to be held in Beirut, Lebanon on April 12-14, 2019.
The Fourth ACSS Conference will be organized around the following three major axes:
- Power, Actors and the Political
- Borders, Migrations and Displacement
- Ecologies, Societies and Violence
The ACSS invites proposals for individual paper presentations and organized panels.
1) Individual Papers
To submit a paper proposal, please complete the online application form including an abstract of 1 page (or approximately 500 words).
2) Organized Panels
To submit a panel proposal (3-4 papers), please fill out the online application form including an abstract of 1 page (or approximately 500 words).
Application Deadline: September 10, 2018
Find more information here.
L’IFRA-Nigeria recrute pour septembre 2019 un(e) nouveau/elle chercheur(e) contractuel(le) en sciences humaines et sociales.
Le/la chercheur(e), titulaire d’un doctorat en sciences humaines et sociales et fort(e) d’une expérience de recherche en Afrique sub-saharienne, travaillera à l’élaboration de programmes de recherche, notamment dans les domaines suivants : Dynamiques religieuses, Villes et environnement, Mobilisations et identités. Il/elle participera également à l’animation scientifique et pédagogique de l’Institut et à sa gestion administrative aux cotés de la directrice.
Il s’agit d’un contrat de deux ans renouvelable jusqu’à 4 ans en poste. Ce poste est ouvert aux candidats de nationalité française ou ressortissant d’un autre pays de l’Union européenne, de l’espace économique européen, de la Suisse ou de Monaco.
La procédure de candidature est ouverte jusqu’au 15 octobre 2018 au soir.
Toutes les informations utiles sont disponibles dans la fiche de poste ci-jointe.
Découvrez les dernières notes de l’Observatoire par ici : http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/fr/content/observatoire-de-l-afrique-de-l-est
Markus Hoehne, « Elections in Somaliland 2017 and their Aftermath », Avril 2018
Summary: In November 2017, a presidential election was held in Somaliland. This report focuses on the technical and political aspects of the most recent voters-registration and the election. For the first time in Somaliland’s history (and even world-wide), biometric technology in the form of iris scanners was used to diminish multiple voting. This report also looks at the immediate aftermaths of the election. The result of the election was contested, which led to tensions and some violent confrontations between the supporters of the main opposition party that had lost and the government forces. The report concludes by outlining report concludes by outlining the main political and economic challenges currently existing in Somaliland.
Roland Marchal, « Mutations géopolitiques et rivalités d’Etats: la Corne de l’Afrique prise dans la crise du Golfe », Mars 2018
Résumé: Le déclenchement de la crise du Golfe en juin 2017 a profondément affecté les pays de l’autre rive de la mer Rouge, en dépit souvent d’une neutralité affichée mais privée de tout contenu. Cette militarisation des politiques de voisinage ne produit pas pour autant un nouvel ordre régional plus cohérent ou apaisé. Au contraire. Mais, au-delà des péripéties de cette crise, on voit poindre de nouvelles politiques internationales portées par d’autres puissances émergentes comme la Turquie et surtout la Chine, voire à terme la Russie.
We are very pleased to announce CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar on « South Sudan and the Politics of Region-craft » by Zachary Mondesire, on Thursday 19 July- 11 am
The seminar will focus on the new nation of South Sudan and what it now means to be South Sudanese in Africa. First, Zachary Mondesire will draw from his MA thesis that outlines the ideologies of racial difference that circulate in Juba defining relationships between South Sudanese themselves as well as with others from the region, whether northward to Khartoum or southward to Nairobi. These ideas emerged from three months of ethnographic research in 2017 in a modest hotel in Juba that operated as a site of refuge during the still-ongoing civil war and hosted Africans of multiple nationalities (Eritreans, Somalis, Ugandans, and South Sudanese of multiple backgrounds). Thinking through the linkages that his interlocutors made between race and national identity led him to ask (1) how Arab positionality, Khartoum, and Sudan continue to be relevant in South Sudanese political community and (2) given the multi-polar racial thinking of his interlocutors that envisions a racial and political geography much broader than the nation-state, what other forms of political community exist beyond the nation-state and towards the idea of multi-state region and how can his research account for them? The second piece of this paper is the conceptualization of Zachary Mondesire’s dissertation research project that will attempt to answer these questions.
Zachary Mondesire is a Ph.D. student in the Anthropology Department at the University of California – Los Angeles. His research focuses on South Sudanese journalists, politicians, and intellectuals in Khartoum and Nairobi, exploring how they think through regional belonging, race, and political community between East and North Africa.
The Agence Française de Développement’s Research Department is organizing a high-level conference every two years. The aim of the conference is to bring together leading academics and policy-makers to discuss key issues in development economics. Over the last years, the AFD’s International Conference has brought up to debate crucial topics such as “Evaluation and its discontents” in 2012, “Energy for Development” in 2014 and “Commons and Development” in 2016.
The next edition of the conference will be held on December 6th and 7th 2018 in Paris and will be focused on inequality, social cohesion and development.
For AFD, fighting inequalities is a mean to improve the society in which we want to live in. In our view, research and actions to fight inequalities are in a constant development that needs a further understanding and must be taken into consideration by all the actors in the society. The AFD has been engaged for some years now to understand the stakes of inequality in order to better address this challenge. The conference’s objective is therefore to contribute to the growing knowledge on inequality, by bringing together practices and research carried out at a global scale.
The 6th of December will be dedicated to a scientific day for which we welcome papers investigating the issue of inequality and social cohesion in developing and emerging countries. Key topics include:
- Fiscal redistribution
- The link between social inclusion, social cohesion and economic inequality
A selection of the papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Income Distribution.
The 7th of December will the dedicated to plenary sessions for which some of the confirmed invited speakers include:
▪ Gaël Giraud (AFD)
▪ Janet Gornick (CUNY-LIS Stone Center)
▪ François Bourguignon (PSE)
▪ James Galbraith (University of Texas)
▪ Murray Leibbrand (University of Cape Town)
▪ Branko Milanovic (CUNY-LIS Stone Center)
▪ Frances Stewart (University of Oxford)
▪ Alice Evans (King’s College)
Submission guidelines and timetable:
For the academic day, we are launching a call for papers (detailed information in the attached document). The deadline for application is August 20th, 23:59, Central European Time (UTC+01:00). Papers must be sent to email@example.com , with the subject “Application – Call for Papers”, imperatively.
Please note that we will only be accepting COMPLETED papers in English or French, with a short abstract of 150 words. The presentation of the selected papers will be exclusively in English.
Decisions will be communicated by October 5th, 2018.
Travel and accommodation will be covered for a very limited number of participants originating from South countries and affiliated to South institutions. These participants will be selected based on the quality of their papers (best scores from the scientific committee) and will be contacted by email by October 5th. For those concerned, please attach the three following documents: a small letter explaining why you fit in the criteria, a passport copy and a proof of affiliation to the South institution.
This postdoctoral position is part of the broader research project Living in cities with terror: effects of diffuse terrorism on urban atmospheres, funded by Initiative d’excellence Paris//Seine and hosted at MRTE Research Group (University of Cergy-Pontoise), in partnership with the Universities of Birmingham (UK), Plymouth (UK) and Heidelberg (GER), since September 2017.
This project aims to understand the ‘weight’ of the threat of terrorism upon city dwellers’ daily experience of urban spaces in European metropolises. A first challenge of the project is to examine how this threat influences urban environments by acting on individuals, their behavior and their representations. The second issue, which is relevant to the first, concerns the understanding of the apparatus of urban security by considering the co-implication of the discourses and practices of public and private actors and the feeling of security experienced by city dwellers. The central hypothesis of the project is that urban environments have a capacity to translate this relation.
The research is conducted on three European countries, France, England and Germany, which have different histories in relation to the terrorist threat. It is conducted in two major phases: 1) the analysis of security policies, and 2) sensory ethnographies in selected cities.
The post-doc will hold a full research position (100%) on this study. He/she will join an interdisciplinary, international research team (French, Italian, British, German), and will be responsible to carry out a part of this study across the above mentioned phases.
The post-doc will:
- Participate (with the other members of the research team) in the analysis of security policies, on the French field and on one of the two other fields. This analysis focuses on a body of legal documents, political speeches, and press articles. Participation in the writing of the synthesis. (30%)
- Construct, conduct and analysis of an ethnographic field survey of inhabitants of the research fields (at least in France and England, Germany if possible). Production of a written summary of this original survey. (70%)
PhD in geography, urban studies, sociology, or anthropology, with a preference for a background in sensory, atmospheres and affect related research. The ability to carry out large-scale ethnographic research, including skills for qualitative analysis (applied to broad documentary corpuses as well as to interviews/observations) is required. Prior experience with sensory and non-representational methodologies, as well as knowledge of the field of critical security studies are very welcome.
The post-doc must be fluent in written and spoken French. Good command of written and spoken English is also expected. Ability to speak and/or read in German would be a plus.
Starting date: October 2018
Contract duration: 12 months
Rate of activity: 100%
Location: MRTE Research Group, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy (Greater Paris)
Salary: 2900 € monthly gross (2300 € monthly neat)
To apply, please send the following documents before the 20th July 2018:
• Curriculum Vitae (detailed)
• A letter explaining your interest in the project
• PhD Thesis or significant publications (max 3)
• Copy of the PhD degree
Any enquiries should be addressed to Damien Masson (Associate Professor in Urban Studies, MRTE) the supervisor : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ébranlé par les soulèvements populaires de 2011, le monde arabe a vécu une séquence appelée à le marquer, en tant que tel et dans son rapport au monde. Pourtant, après une (re)découverte des sociétés, de leurs dynamiques et des registres de mobilisations d’acteurs non- étatiques, nombre d’analyses sont rapidement retombées dans des logiques plus traditionnelles.
Tout d’abord, le monde arabe est présenté successivement comme un ensemble de territoires colonisés ; un enjeu de la Guerre froide ; ou encore le terrain d’expression d’intérêts exogènes – énergétiques, économiques, stratégiques voire religieux. Objet d’un « Grand jeu » aux effets multiples, le monde arabe peine à s’imposer comme acteur à part entière. À l’inverse, perçu comme producteur de conflits, de réfugiés, voire d’extrémisme, il doit être « stabilisé » afin de devenir plus prévisible.
En second lieu, la majorité des études concernent les relations interétatiques, sans entrer dans l’analyse de la fabrique décisionnelle à l’intérieur des administrations. L’attention est dès lors portée sur les intérêts nationaux, la construction de politiques étrangères rationnelles, et sur les interactions qui peuvent être observées dans des cadres bi- ou multilatéraux. Les appareils diplomatiques sont au centre de ces travaux.
Enfin, le monde arabe connaît un traitement par crises. Ces approches tendent à privilégier une vision statique des intérêts des acteurs en présence, éludant souvent les évolutions sur le long terme et les dynamiques.
Si toutes ces approches contiennent leur part de vérité, nous souhaitons les compléter. Aussi le colloque annuel du Cercle des Chercheurs sur le Moyen Orient a-t-il choisi de traiter des « diplomaties parallèles » mises en œuvre dans et avec le monde arabe. Fonction traditionnellement régalienne, la diplomatie est aujourd’hui exercée par de nouvelles catégories d’acteurs, via des canaux multiples et selon les formes variées. Si ces personnalités ou ces groupes ne sont pas forcément des professionnels du champ ni associés à un État, cela ne signifie pas qu’ils ne sachent développer une expertise à cet égard, ou qu’ils ne puissent être à l’origine d’initiatives stimulantes, voire de succès notoires.
À titre indicatif, les contributions pourraient ainsi traiter des thèmes suivants :
- Les biais induits par les approches traditionnelles dans l’analyse du monde arabe (prise en compte des seuls intérêts des régimes, impacts analytiques par exemple à travers des grilles de lecture globalisantes comme l’opposition sunnites-chiites…).
- La prise en compte d’aires géographiques dont les interactions avec le monde arabe sont moins connues (par exemple les interactions entre pays dits non-alignés) ou plus récentes, en étudiant en particulier la manière dont des acteurs des pays émergents (Afrique, Asie…) construisent une diplomatie à l’égard des pays arabes. Les contributions sur les relations intra-régionales ou Sud-Sud permettront de sortir du cadre souvent dominant en relations internationales des rapports entre Orient et Occident.
- Les catégories d’acteurs qui interfèrent avec les politiques des États : organisations internationales (ONU, Banque mondiale, HCR…), régionales (UE, Ligue arabe), les acteurs économiques (cf. affaire Lafarge en Syrie), les groupes de pression, les groupes d’amitié parlementaire, les municipalités, les initiatives populaires, mais aussi les dynamiques transnationales à travers les ONG, la société civile, les diasporas…
La « fabrique » d’un agenda politique par ces acteurs, et la manière dont celui-ci interagit avec d’autres, et en particulier avec les États (renforcement ou concurrence ?) : selon les cas, ils peuvent être en mesure d’influer, de conforter ou de renverser une situation.
L’ensemble de ces contributions, et la publication collective qui fera suite à ce colloque, permettront de consolider des thématiques de recherches pour l’heure embryonnaires.
Les propositions de contributions (3 000 signes maximum) doivent être assorties d’une courte bibliographie et d’un résumé de CV du ou des intervenants.
Elles peuvent être rédigées en français, anglais ou arabe.
Elles doivent être envoyées avant le 15 juillet 2018 à l’adresse : email@example.com
Plus d’information sur l’appel à communications via le lien ci-dessus.