Opportunities

The Project on Middle East Political Science is pleased to call for proposals for its fifth annual Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop to be held at Princeton University on November 10 — 11, 2016. Applicants must be post-PhD and pre-tenure and must have a complete book manuscript ready for circulation and discussion by August 1, 2016. Only first book projects will be considered. Each manuscript will be discussed in depth by at least two senior colleagues. The goal of the discussion is to prepare the manuscript for submission to an appropriate press. Research can focus on any aspect of the contemporary politics of the broader Middle East.

To apply please send by 5:00 pm April 15, 2016 to pomepsteam@gmail.com in one PDF document:

  • CV and 2-3 page description of the project
  • A chapter-length writing sample (preferably the introductory chapter of the dissertation/book manuscript)
  • A list of 3 to 5 senior scholars from whom you most would like feedback (including at least 2 of whom are not primarily Middle East specialists)
  • Contact information for at least two academic references (including a dissertation chair)

Please contact Lauren Baker at pomepsteam@gmail.com or 202-994-6789 with questions.

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The twentieth Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS)— sponsored by Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies— will be held July 10-24, 2016 at Cornell University. Students selected for the program will receive specialized instruction from experienced specialists from academic, political and military backgrounds. Twenty-two students will be selected to participate in the upcoming session.

An application for the program, along with more information about the 2016 workshop, can be found in the brochure here (PDF).

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The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut announces the availability of fellowships in civil society and citizenship research in and on the Arab region. The objective of the fellowship is to provide space for critical, inter-disciplinary thinking on civil society (in its most inclusive sense, covering all the space between the State and the Market) and/or citizenship within the Arab region, and particularly to provide space for individuals to conduct and publish research.The Asfari Institute is seeking fellowships on the themes of citizenship and/or civil society. The study can either be focused on a particular country, a region, or a comparison between countries. Furthermore, it can either be a historic or current analytical study. The two themes are:

• (1)  Citizenship: an in-depth study of citizen-state relations, which could include citizens, residents, and/or stateless- citizens. Citizen-state, or society-state relations, are broadly understood to be interactions between state institutions and societal groups or individuals to negotiate how public authority is exercised and how it can be influenced by people, with a focus on the mutual rights and obligations. The study could include various aspects: (1) political life; (2) social and economic rights; (3) legal dimensions; and/or (4) gender and identity.

• (2)  Civil Society: an in-depth study of social movements, including a study on sustainability, discourse and organization, on either a one-issue campaign or a broad campaign, to understand and explore the lessons learned. What are the obstacles and opportunities, and lessons learned, for successful and sustainable social movements? This question could be researched and examined from three perspectives: individual (e.g., what motivates and supports individuals to action?), organizational (e.g., what models of organization are sustainable?), and institutional (e.g., which legislations are prohibitive or supportive to organizations?).

The Asfari Institute may publish research in its entirety or a version thereof as per prior agreement. Fellows are expected to present at least one public lecture on the topic and are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the Asfari Institute by organizing and/or participating in conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions or workshops. Fellowships are preferably 6 months in length, preferably full-time, and include provision of workspace and access to all university libraries and services. The Fellowship also includes an approximate stipend of $3500 per month. (The stipend is subject to local taxes.) For applicants residing outside of Lebanon, one round-trip airfare to Beirut is provided as well.

For more info, click here (PDF).

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“The Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad” project, co-organized by Winni Sullivan and Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, is hiring a two-year Luce postdoctoral fellow in religion, politics, & global affairs.

The postdoc will be based at Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois. Job description and application link are here. Deadline is 2/1/16.

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“Civil Society Revisited: Researching Associational Life in Comparative Perspective”
May 2016 in Beirut – September 2016 in Cairo

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2016 MENA Workshops program. This two-part workshop program is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from across the MENA region and develop current research related to civil society in the Arab region and the changing state-society dynamics engendered by the Arab Uprisings post-2010.

The first one-week workshop will be hosted by the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) from May 16-20. A follow-up workshop from September 11-15 will be hosted by the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

The deadline for applications has been EXTENDED to Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 11 PM (EST).

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Summer 2016 TRE Grants

November 16, 2015

The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to announce a call for proposals for Summer 2016 POMEPS Travel – Research – Engagement grants. The competition is open to academic political scientists at career stages from PhD students to senior faculty from any institution, and is not restricted to U.S. citizens or residents. Awards of up to $3,000 will be offered to support research travel to the broader Middle East. The research should be in support of an ongoing academic research project. Grant recipients are required to submit at least one article based on their research to POMEPS for possible publication on Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. Opportunities for POMEPS workshops and conferences are often extended to applicants. The proposed travel should take place between March 1, 2016 and September 1, 2016.

POMEPS especially encourages proposals as part of the Islam in a Changing Middle East initiative. The Arab uprisings have created dramatically new opportunities and challenges not only for Islamist movements but also for the academic and policy communities that study them. Islam in a Changing Middle East seeks to support scholars in adapting to the deluge of new information and evidence. Applications should include:

  • Current CV
  • Research proposal* including:
    • Location of travel
    • Travel schedule
    • Description of project/research plan
    • Budget estimate

    * there is no specific page requirement

  • Proposed Monkey Cage article topics

Interested candidates should submit proposals in one PDF file to Stephanie Dahle at pomepsgw@gmail.com by 5:00 pm EST, January 19, 2016.*

*Deadline extended for MLK holiday weekend

Past recipients of TRE grants are eligible to apply, but please be advised that priority will be given to those who have not previously received funding. 

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CALL FOR PAPERS
Symposium: “Jazīrat al-Maghrib”: North Africa as an Island
2 April 2016

Princeton University, Princeton New Jersey
Keynote Speaker: Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona
Submission Deadline: 12 December, 2015

Jazīrat al-Maghrib: North Africa as an Island is a one-day interdisciplinary symposium organized by Princeton University’s North African Studies Group to bring together graduate students and scholars in North African Studies to explore the ‘island’ as an analytical category in our field. As a small strip of fertile land located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, North Africa has been described since the ninth century as ‘jazīrat al-maghrib’ (Island of the West). Despite the term’s ancient roots, jazīrat al-maghrib still has traction in modern narratives of North Africa. While featured in many discussions, the ‘island’ as an analytical category is rarely defined, conceptualized, or afforded any critical attention. Moreover, the rise of ‘Island Studies’ in interdisciplinary, regional studies has complicated notions of ‘isolation’ and ‘insularity’ in relation to island societies, arguing that that islands are consistently defined by forces that promote both isolation and connectedness.
Through a morning Paper Panel and afternoon Works-in-Progress Workshop, our symposium seeks to explore these tensions as they relate to North Africa – conceptualizing, scrutinizing, and problematizing the island as an analytical lens. We hope to engage with theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary debates. Therefore, we encourage submissions from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to: anthropology, sociology, history, political science, international relations, art history, women’s studies, classical and ancient studies, and area studies.

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Bridging the Gap, an initiative dedicated to strengthening the relationship between scholars of international relations and the foreign policy community, annually holds a professional development institute for professors and a workshop for PhD students who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research.

Please see below for details on the applications for each program.

2016 New Era Foreign Policy Conference (NEFP)
Sunday, March 6, 2016 – Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Location: School of International Service at American University
Application Deadline: December 11, 2015
For Doctoral Students or Recent PhDs

The New Era Foreign Policy Conference is an annual two-day workshop for Political Science Ph.D. students, post-docs, and foreign policy experts. Participants are asked to assess the medium-term challenges and opportunities currently facing the United States, to critically examine the macro-level goals that underpin American foreign policy, and to devise the strategies and policies meant to achieve these goals. On the basis of these discussions, participants are encouraged to generate and shape policy-relevant research ideas. In the past, these ideas have contributed to participants’ dissertation projects and have also resulted in conference papers, published academic articles, and pieces in policy journals.

Rather than the presentation of papers with panels and discussants, the format of the conference is a series of workshops and scenario-planning sessions. At past conferences, the PhD students have been joined by policy experts with experience at the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Brookings Institution, NPR, the United States Mission to the United Nations, Foreign Policy magazine, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

2016 International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI)
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Thursday, June 9, 2016
Location: School of International Service at American University
Application Deadline: January 8, 2016
For Professors (all ranks) and Post-docs

IPSI is a weeklong professional development program for professors of all ranks and post-docs in the field of international affairs who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research.

The Institute delivers an intensive curriculum designed to teach participants how to develop and articulate their research for a policy audience, what policy-makers are looking for when they look to IR scholarship, whom to target when sharing research, and which tools and avenues of dissemination are appropriate. IPSI also provides a forum for scholars to develop professional networks with their colleagues and the broader policy community.

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The Hoover Institution is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time Curator of the Middle Eastern and North African Collection position. The appointment is for an initial three-year limited term, with the possibility of renewal. This is a career track position.

Under the direction of the Director of the Hoover Library & Archives, the Curator of the Middle Eastern and North African Collection develops and pursues acquisition opportunities, formulates policies and plans programs for the Middle Eastern and North African Collection, and participates in related activities as described below. The geo-political area generally covers the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan, and collections related to those regions elsewhere in the world.

Core duties include: collection development, outreach, development, publications, reference assistance, administration, and special projects (see more here)

Candidates with a PhD in Middle Eastern and North African studies or related field strongly preferred, with strong knowledge of 20th and 21st century Middle Eastern and North African history, politics, economics, and culture. Other requirements are: fluency in written and spoken Arabic, with knowledge of other regional languages preferred; professional experience in scholarship and/or libraries and archives, with a proven record of accomplishment and publications; interest in collecting born-digital materials and willingness to work with other staff in exploring best practices in this area; ability to work collegially and to organize and manage team-based projects; strong organizational and project management abilities; excellent written and oral communication skills; administrative and managerial experience; proven record of sound judgment, initiative, and leadership; and demonstrated experience in addressing acquisition issues and ethics, particularly with ownership problems (provenance and cultural property) and appraisal; understanding of library and archival theory and practice, particularly the role and impact of acquisitions on library and archives activities; and firm understanding of intellectual property, copyright, privacy, and other access issues preferred.

Interested candidates should apply online with a cover letter and resume.

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Middle East Law and Governance (MELG) is inviting proposals for a special issue devoted to water.

Environmental issues and climate change have become not only major points of political dispute, but have also called for new approaches in the social sciences to account for systemic challenges that cross the accepted borders of social science disciplines. In the Middle East and North Africa, issues of the environment become particularly complex due to political instability, international intervention, regional conflicts, and the rise of trans-national armed groups. While recent scholarship on Middle East and North Africa has focused on social movements in light of what many have dubbed “The Arab Spring,” that same period witnessed considerable violence and correlatively, extensive demographic displacement (internally and across borders). These recent population displacements, coupled with the associated difficulty of accessing scarce resources, have generated what has been called a “water security” problem.

MELG invites proposals for papers that reflect on what scholars and policy researchers often call “water security” in the Middle East and North Africa. Assuming the state as a principle actor in natural resource management, “water security” regards water as a scarce resource for which need all too often increases in contexts of crises, demographic shifts, and climate variations. However, the primacy of the state in managing water as a resource is also a point of contest among some. This tension is manifest in their preference for the phrase “water sovereignty”, which recognizes the role of informal actors and opens the analysis to distinct questions about formal and informal management, local/regional/or centralized control—questions that allow for an interrogation of the state itself. In other words, water is both an object of analysis and an analytic vehicle through which to assess governance policies, whether by formal state actors or informal parties and social groups. Moreover, more than mere object to be regulated or analytic vehicle for reflecting on governance, water can also exercise a kind of agency that, in its capacity to create and destroy, exercises power over human societies.

Without privileging one expression or another (though acknowledging their salience), or containing the analytic scope of water, MELG invites scholars to consider how water offers a fruitful analytic vehicle by which to reflect on and assess the governing processes and conditions between people, state agencies, and other institutions in the Middle East and North Africa.

All proposals should not exceed 1500 words and must be received by November 30, 2015. Please send all proposals electronically to Ms. Vanessa Zhang (vanessaz.zhang@utoronto.ca) with the subject: “MELG Water Issue.”

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