Conflict Research Fellowship

The Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research grant applications from postdoctoral researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on the drivers of conflict at universities and nongovernmental organizations.

About the Conflict Research Fellowship 

The Conflict Research Fellowship (CRF) offers yearlong support for experienced scholars (based at a university or NGO). The CRF is part of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), a four year, UK Department of International Development funded research program based at the London School of Economics and Political Science that investigates the drivers of violent conflict in five cases: Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Syria. The program focuses on ways in which the political economy of public authority helps to explain the persistence and spread of violence. Successful fellowship candidates will need to examine how different interventions affect violent conflict and/or the risk of renewed violent conflict; analyze « what works » to counter drivers of conflict; and explore the contextual factors that affect the efficacy of such interventions, including the linkages among international, national, state, and local level dynamics.  Successful candidates will contribute to the overall analysis of conflict through case studies of external interventions in four areas prioritized by the program:

  1. Civil society support (including multi-scalar peacemaking and peacebuilding activities, support for reconciliation, and community-level dialogue and mediation)
  2. Security and Justice Sector reform (including DDR/RR, stabilization, regional security networks/arenas, transitional, formal and customary justice) 
  3. Strengthening public authority and legitimacy, including at sub-national levels (the political marketplace, the effects of patronage networks on governance, governance promoting interventions, decentralization and anti-corruption activities)
  4. Resource management (including settlement of land and real estate disputes, governance frameworks, and the role of natural resource competition in shaping public authority).

CRP Fellowship Guidelines

Grants are awarded on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis and are intended to support three months of field-based research, whereas a visiting fellowship can be supported for a maximum of 6 months. Up to 7-9 individual grants of a maximum of £17,000 will be awarded. Women and nationals of the five country cases are strongly encouraged to apply. Please refer to the application guidelines when completing the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult this site.

Research Grant Proposals

The UVC is interested in innovative field-based projects that demonstrate strong potential for high-quality research and analysis, which in turn can inform practical action on conflict and/or facilitate interregional collaboration and networking among researchers and practitioners.

Proposals should clearly describe research objectives and significance, with alignment between research design/method and research questions and goals. Proposals should also demonstrate knowledge of the research subject and relevant literature, and address the feasibility of proposed research activities, including a time frame for project completion. Please consider carefully how your research project has the potential to contribute to a sound and credible knowledge base for how different interventions affect violent conflict and/or the risk of renewed violent conflict. We strongly encourage the inclusion of a brief, but realistic budget outline (keeping within the allotted amount for the grant), to fit appropriately within a six-month project and the page limit required. 

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be postdoctoral scholars, policy analysts, or practitioners based at a university or nongovernmental organization with at least three years of field-based experience since the completion of the PhD (or researchers with equivalent experience who have published one book or two peer-reviewed academic articles).
  • Applications will be considered for the following purposes only: funding to support fieldwork, teaching buy-out at your home institution, or a visiting appointment at a US or European university.
  • Research projects must focus on the core countries of the CRF: Somalia, South Sudan, DRC, Iraq, or Syria.
  • Applicants must also be available to attend a preparatory workshop within the first two months of their fellowship period, and a capstone workshop towards the end of the year-long fellowship.
  • At the end of the fellowship period, recipients must produce an original research output that is suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Application Process

All applications must be uploaded through our online portal.

Do not hesitate to contact program staff at the Social Science Research Council in New York if you have further questions. Program staff may be contacted at uvc@ssrc.org or by telephone at (+1) 718-517-3707.

Requirements

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Completed Proposal & Bibliography
  3. Two (2) Reference Letters
  4. Language evaluation(s) (if required)
  5. Updated CV

Deadline

The application deadline is 6 January 2019. In order to be considered, your application must be completed online and in SUBMITTED no later than 11:59pm (EST). References and language evaluations must also be submitted online by the deadline. 

Latest Report – Observatoire Afrique de l’Est

Dear all,  for those who read French, please find the latest report of the Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Est (CEDEJ Khartoum-Sciences Po CERI), on this link: https://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/sites/sciencespo.fr.ceri/files/OAE7-112018.pdf 

L’Éthiopie d’Abiy Ahmed Ali : une décompression autoritaire

(Novembre 2018), Note 7, Jeanne Aisserge (chercheur indépendante) et Jean-Nicolas Bach (directeur du CEDEJ Khartoum)

Résumé

Le régime éthiopien s’enfonçait dans une profonde crise politique depuis 2014. L’élection d’Abiy Ahmed comme Premier ministre fin mars-début avril 2018 a conduit à un renversement de tendance inattendu et radical. Multipliant les signes d’ouverture et les appels à la paix en politique intérieure et extérieure, celui-ci apparaît aujourd’hui comme le sauveur qui a évité au pays de s’enfoncer dans le chaos. Il s’agit pour le nouveau Premier ministre d’assurer la survie du régime EPRDF, au moins dans un premier temps. Il est trop tôt pour parler de « transition » ou de  » démocratisation « . Aujourd’hui, la prouesse du Dr. Abiy relève de la « décompression » autoritaire qu’il a réussi à enclencher. Les défis plus systémiques restent à relever.

All the reports of l’Observatoire are available here : http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/fr/content/observatoire-de-l-afrique-de-l-est 

SEMINAR – URBANIZATION DYNAMICS IN GREATER KHARTOUM, Dr. BAKHIT

We are pleased to invite you to CEDEJ Khartoum next Seminar, by Dr. Mohamed Bakhit, Head of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Khartoum :

« Urbanization Dynamics in Greater Khartoum: Examples of Al-Baraka area and South Sudanese people ».

On Thursday 15 November, at 3pm.

Summary: The presentation will examine changes in the urbanisation and the resulting reconfigurations of power relations in the peripheral spaces of Greater Khartoum.  The aim of the presentation is to demonstrate arising divergences as a result of changes in the urbanisation dynamics in Khartoum in the last two decades.


Two examples will be discussed during the presentation to illustrate such dynamics:
1/The construction of identity and different lifestyles of the Al-Baraka shantytown area, located in the north-eastern periphery of Khartoum city in Sudan, populated mainly by migrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and refugees from South Sudan, Darfur and the Nuba Mountains. The presentation focuses on the processes of social identity construction and practiced lifestyles of shantytown settlers, on the bases of generational variations, rural-urban disparities, and ethno-cultural differences between Khartoum city and local people’s home areas in south, western Sudan and South Sudan.

2/The processes of identity, nationality and citizenship changes for a group of South Sudanese people resident in Khartoum since the independence of South Sudan in 2011. The emphasis will be on the everyday experiences and practices of South Sudan communities in Khartoum in obtaining and using nationality documents, and the specific rights and duties generated from such legal status. The presentation will also examine the extent that nationality and citizenship processes reflected certain ideas of national identity sponsored by the state and/or South Sudanese communities in Khartoum.  

Mohamed A. G. Bakhit has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He has been Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, at the University of Khartoum, since August 2016 up to now. Currently, he is the Head of Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, since February 2017. His main research interests are identity change, urbanization, forced migration, minority groups, and citizenship. 
He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Volkswagen Foundation-funded research project “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”, coordinated by the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF), University of Frankfurt, Germany. His postdoctoral project is entitled:Identity, Nationality and Citizenship for Southern Sudanese Communities in Khartoum. The research project runs from 2015 to 2018.His recent publications include“From “Truck Modding” to Auto-Rickshaw Driving:  A Continuous Attempt to Trace Creativity and the Localization of Technology in the Sudan”. In: Körper Technik Wissen: Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks. Markus Verne, Paola Ivanov, Magnus Treiber (ed.). LIT Verlag: Berlin (2017). And peer reviewed article “The citizenship dilemma of Southern Sudanese communities in the post-secession era in Khartoum”. In Égypte/Monde arabe [Online], Troisième série, Le Soudan après l’indépendance du Soudan du Sud 2016. 

SavNat Afrique – Cluster for sustainability research, Strasbourg

Bibliography

– Fassin, É., Fassin, D. (1988) « De la quête de légitimation à la question de la légitimité : les thérapeutiques “traditionnelles”auSénégal»,Cahiersd’ÉtudesAfricaines,vol.28,Cahier110, pp.207-231.
– Ingold, T., (2000), The Perception of the Environment. Essays in Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill, Londres, New York, Routledge.

– Hale, S., Kadoda, G. (2015), “Introduction. Identities evolving, mobilities expanding, and technologies intervening – Things come together” in S. Hale and G. Kadoda (eds.). Networks of knowledge production in Sudan: identities, mobilities, and technologies. Lanham; Boulder; New York; London: Lexington Books, pp. 1–22.

– Calkins, S. (2016), « How “clean gold” came to matter. Metal detectors, infrastructure, and valuation», Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, n° 6, vol. 2, pp. 173–195.

Latest Report Observatoire Afrique de l’Est

Dear all, For those who read French, Please find the latest report of the Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Est (CEDEJ Khartoum-Sciences Po CERI), on this link: https://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/sites/sciencespo.fr.ceri/files/OAE_oct18.pdf

Lutter et contester au Soudan (2009-2018)Note 6 Observatoire Afrique de l’Est, octobre 2018par Clément DESHAYES – Université Paris 8 Laboratoire LAVUE

Résumé: Le Soudan connaît depuis une dizaine d’année un cycle de protestations et de contestations sur fond de crise économique, d’essoufflement du régime militaro-islamiste d’Omar el-Béchir, de guerre civile au Darfour, dans le Nil Bleu et les Monts Noubas et de séparation du Soudan du Sud. Ces protestations protéiformes et parfois innovantes font évoluer le répertoire de l’action collective traditionnel et sont bien souvent une remise en cause de l’ordre politique. Cette note explore l’évolution des formes de mobilisations sociales au Soudan depuis une dizaine d’année ainsi que les rapports qu’entretiennent les mouvements sociaux avec la répression en s’intéressant aux acteurs mais surtout aux pratiques militantes déployées au sein de l’espace social de la contestation.
Reports of the Observatoire are available here: http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/fr/content/observatoire-de-l-afrique-de-l-est

Doctoral position NCCR On the move

Doctoral student Open Position
Open Position
The nccr – on the move is looking for a

Doctoral Student

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).
 

Documentary Screening « Barbara Harrell-Bond: a life not ordinary », with Katarzyna Grabska

Dear all,

You are kindly invited to the screening of the Documentary film:

Barbara Harrell-Bond: a life not ordinary
Thursday 6 September
7pm – CEDEJ Khartoum
In the presence of Katarzyna Grabska 
(co-writter/producer)
Director: Enrico Falzetti

Written by Katarzyna Grabska and Enrico Falzetti

Produced by Katarzyna Grabska in collaboration with AMERA Int.

Documentary, 58 min.

https://vimeo.com/260901002

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.

Seminar by Paul Hayes – PhD Student – « Sudanese Wrestling in East Nile, Khartoum »

Dear all,

We are very pleased to announce Paul Hayes’ presentation of his research next Thursday in CEDEJ Khartoum:

Sudanese Wrestling in East Nile, Khartoum

Paul Hayes 

PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Australian National University

Visiting Scholar, CEDEJ Khartoum

Thursday 6 September 2018

5pm – CEDEJ Khartoum

Abstract

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.

 

Special Roundtable Monday 3 September – Contemporary History of Sudan & South Sudan – with Willow Berridge, Harry Cross, Cherry Leonardi, Alden Young

Dear all,

We are very pleased to invite you to a discussion on the contemporary history of Sudan and South Sudan with a special Roundtable

 
Sudan – South Sudan History Since 1956
Recent Trends
with
Willow BERRIDGE (PhD)Newcastle University
Harry CROSS (PhD candidate)Durham University
Cherry LEONARDI (PhD),Durham University
Alden YOUNG (PhD),Drexel University
Monday 3 September
5 pm – CEDEJ Khartoum
Willow BERRIDGE is a historian of the 20th Century Islamic World, with a particular interest in Sudanese history and the dynamics of Islamist ideology. Her early research focused on policing and prisons in 20th century Sudan. It compared colonial, nationalist and Islamist penal ideologies and policing strategies, exploring important continuities and disconnects between each of three.

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.

She is currently planning new research on the history of forests, hunting and conservation.

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. »

In 2017 he published an article in Humanityentitled: “African Bureaucrats and the Exhaustion of the Developmental State: Lessons from the Pages of the Sudanese Economist,” which uses Sudanese journals to demonstrate how developmentalism gave way in Sudan to austerity.

CALL FOR APPLICATION – SIR WILLIAM LUCE FELLOWSHIP 2019

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
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RN
United Kingdom

Email: luce.fund@durham.ac.uk

Find more information here.

SEMINAR – GAAFAR ELSOURI « OMDURMAN 1956-1969 : A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ‘NATIONAL CAPITAL' »

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 « Connect Talent » International Call for Applications

 

 

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.

Beneficiaries

“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.

Topics

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.

Eligibility requirements

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.)

Applications

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: aap.recherche@paysdelaloire.fr.

Call for Papers: Fourth ACSS Conference « Power, Borders and Ecologies in Arab Societies: Practices and Imaginaries »

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:

  1. Power, Actors and the Political
  2. Borders, Migrations and Displacement
  3. Ecologies, Societies and Violence

Application Instructions

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.

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