Bobst POMEpS

The American University in Beirut: Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Princeton University: Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, in collaboration with the Project on Middle East Political Science are accepting proposals for their conference “After the Uprisings: The Arab world in Freefall, Fragmentation or Reconfiguration?” to be held at Princeton University March 4-5, 2016. The deadline for abstracts is September 5, 2015.

New realities and challenges confront the region. State fragmentation and occasional collapse, sectarian conflicts, authoritarian resilience, stifled civil societies, economic devastation, soaring unemployment, massive refugee flows, the emergence of new non-state actors and the “Islamic State”, recalibrated big power interventions in the region, and the affirmation of long-standing regional powers are some of the new trends and developments facing the Middle East region. Alongside these challenges, there are new opportunities as well. Societies are far more committed to principles of social justice. And civil societies and organizational life are at forefront of many debates. This conference will bring together academics, policy-makers, civil society activists and intellectuals to discuss these pressing issues. [click to continue…]


asfari call
The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, in consultation with the International Labour Organization, are issuing a call for research papers on labor movements and unions and the quest for social justice in the Arab region.

In light of the social and economic problems that the Arab intifadas have highlighted after decades of neoliberal policies, unemployment, corruption and social inequalities under Arab regimes, economic and social reform has become central to the demand of Arab citizens. What role have unions played in the struggle for social justice in the region? How autonomous and representative are these labor organizations? What challenges — imposed by national, regional, and international frameworks — face labor movements, and what opportunities exist – or could exist for them?

Research papers should include:
– A historical overview of labor movements and their progress, impact, and challenges in the past ten years;
– The legal, structural, and financial frameworks of unions;
– The local, regional and international environments’ influence on labor movements, and analytical recommendations for the future.

Each research paper should focus on one particular Arab country, with priority given to: Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, Occupied Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Submissions can be in either Arabic or English and are due by August 28, 2015. See detailed application instructions here

Researchers will be notified by September 25, 2015, and will be paid for the study. All researchers will be invited to a methodology workshop in Beirut, Lebanon in October or November. First drafts of the study are expected by February 2016, when they will be presented in a closed workshop for discussion.



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. The appointment begins July 1, 2016 and an ABD or Ph.D. is required. The position will be responsible for five courses per year with competitive salary and research and travel support.

Hamilton College 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.  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.

How to Apply:

Candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, a list of courses the applicant is prepared to teach, evidence of teaching performance, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation addressed to Phil Klinkner, Chair, Government Department and submit via Interfolio. Cover letters should address the ways in which applicants would further the College’s goal of building a diverse educational environment.  Previous experience teaching or working with diverse student populations is an asset.

Applications will be considered beginning October 1 and those applicants wishing to be interviewed at the APSA annual meeting should submit materials by August 15.




As a part of its When Authoritarianism Fails in the Arab World (WAFAW) program, the European Research Council will be holding an international conference on October 29- 30, 2015 hosted by CERI/Sciences Po in Paris. This year’s theme will be: “With or Without Brothers: Domestic, Regional, International and Transnational, State and Sub-State Political Makeovers of the Islamist Scene (2013-2015).”

For more information, please see the institute’s website or reference the call for papers.

Participants are encouraged to propose papers focusing on the following issues:

• Micro-dynamics of Islamist mobilization post-2013

• Quietist Salafi resilience

• Political and popular interactions with the Organisation of the Islamic State

• Al-Qaida vs. the Islamic State

• Intra-Muslim Brotherhood contestation

• Jihadi movements and diasporas

Deadline for proposals in English, Arabic or French (300 words) is June 30, 2015 (see application instructions here)

Approved first draft papers (4,500 words minimum, in English, Arabic or French) will be sent for circulation by September 20, 2015. In order to enhance the quality of the discussions and debates, it will be mandatory for all participants to send their paper prior to the conference and to circulate it amongst other paper givers. All will be encouraged to have read all the contributions. As such, oral presentations will only be minimal and the conference will dedicate most of its time to interactions between specialists and the audience.


The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to announce a call for proposals for Winter 2015 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 The Monkey Cage. The proposed travel should take place between December 1, 2015 and March 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 Lauren Baker at pomepsteam@gmail.com by 5:00 pm EST, September 15, 2015.


The Project on Middle East Political Science is pleased to call for proposals for its fourth annual Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop to be held at Princeton University on November 13, 2015. Applicants must be post-PhD and pre-tenure, and must have a complete book manuscript ready for circulation and discussion by August 1, 2015. 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 May 1, 2015* to pomepsgwu@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 Cortni Kerr at pomepsgwu@gmail.com or 202-994-2309 with questions.

* Please note new deadline



“The Resource Curse in the Middle East and North Africa”

May 2015 in Qatar – December 2015 in Kuwait

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2015 MENA Workshops program. This two-part workshop program is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from across the MENA region and develop discreet research findings related to the impact of rent wealth on democracy, state-building, political stability, and state-society relations.

The first one-week workshop will be hosted by Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) from May 17-21. A follow-up workshop will be held at the Alsalam Center for Development and Strategic Studies, a research center affiliated with Kuwait University, in early December. The organizers, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will cover all the costs of participation (including travel, lodging, meals, and materials) for the accepted applicants. The working language of the workshop is English.

The 2015 program is part of a multi-year effort to support political science research among early-career scholars in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, and strengthen research networks linking Arab scholars with their colleagues overseas. Previous workshops have been held at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, the Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis (CEMAT), and Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut.

The online 2015 Application Form can be found hereThe application deadline is Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11 PM (EST).


The workshop is principally targeted at Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows of political science who are currently based at institutions in the Middle East and North Africa. A smaller number of applicants from universities in the United States or Europe will also be accepted. The program is open to scholars from any social science discipline undertaking research related to the workshop theme. Applicants are expected to apply with a manuscript or research project in progress, which they will share at the first workshop week, improve over the interim period, and present formally during the second workshop week, with the expectation that they will then submit their piece to a peer-reviewed political science journal soon after the conclusion of the workshop program. Professional fluency in English is required.

Workshop Theme

The 2015 workshops will be led by Justin Gengler (Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University), Michael Herb (Georgia State University, USA), Ghanim al-Najjar (Alsalam Center for Development and Strategic Studies, Kuwait University), Alanoud Al Sharekh (Women’s Research and Studies Center, Kuwait University), and Mark Tessler (University of Michigan, USA). Participants will explore the rentier state literature to debate questions including: How does rent influence citizenship and other policies of the Gulf States and how can we understand this in a wider comparative perspective? How does aid from rich oil states affect political outcomes in aid recipient states in the region? What will be the impact on rentier states of the recent decline of oil prices?

To provide a framework for reflection and investigation relating to these and other relevant questions, the workshop will also focus on issues of research design, modes of and approaches to political science inquiry, and issues associated with manuscript preparation and publication. Workshop sessions will be devoted to small seminar discussions, presentations of participants’ ongoing research, and training on research design and research methods.  Following the workshops, alumni will be eligible to apply for small grants to facilitate further research collaboration.


To submit an application for participation in the workshop, first review the eligibility requirements on APSA’s MENA Workshop website and then follow the web link to the Online Application Form. Completed applications, including all necessary supporting documents, must be submitted by March 14, 2015 at 11 PM (EST). The final list of selected Workshop Fellows will be announced in April 2015.

Applications must be in English and include:

  1. The completed online Application Form.
  2. A detailed, recent Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  3. A 500-2,000 word statement that describes your current research interests and how it relates to the workshop theme. This should be a detailed outline or research plan summarizing the work-in-progress you intend to bring with you to the first workshop and continue to develop over course of the workshop program.
  4. Two letters of reference on official letterhead and scanned as electronic files. If you are a graduate student, one letter should be from your supervising professor. If you are a researcher or faculty member, the letters can be from a former dissertation supervisor, a colleague at your home institution, a university official, or an employer.
  5. A copy of your valid passport

 For questions, contact us at menaworkshops@apsanet.org. Please do not contact the workshop leaders directly.


The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) at the University of Chicago offers a residential post-doctoral scholarship in Political Violence for the 2015-16 academic year. Working with Professors Benjamin Lessing and Paul Staniland, the fellow will contribute to a growing intellectual community studying civil war, criminal conflict, and other forms of violent political contestation, such as armed political parties, security force involvement in politics, and paramilitaries.

The fellow’s responsibilities are 1) to be an active, regular presence in CPOST and the Department of Political Science, and 2) to produce a CPOST working paper summarizing an important aspect of the fellow’s research. This working paper is intended to be the first draft of a manuscript to later be published in a peer-reviewed journal. There are no other requirements. The fellow’s stipend will be $50,000, with benefits.

To apply, please e-mail cpost@uchicago.edu. The applicant needs to submit a CV, unofficial transcript, research statement of 3-5 pages, writing sample of 25-30 pages, and 3 letters of recommendation sent to cpost@uchicago.edu by Friday, February 6, 2015. Expected start date is July 1, 2015.

For questions, please contact Professors Lessing (blessing@uchicago.edu) or Staniland (paul@uchicago.edu).

To learn more about the CPOST Program on Political Violence, please click here.


The Sixth Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) will take place from August 24 to 27, 2015 at the University of Cambridge in the UK. In preparation for the event, the Call for Papers for the workshops being offered this year has just been launched. The deadline to receive paper abstracts and applications is February 20, 2015.

To apply, participants need to submit an abstract of the paper that they intend to write for their selected workshop on the registration page of the GRM website. Successful applicants are eligible for a travel allowance to Cambridge. For more information, please see the below Call for Papers PDF and/or refer to the GRM website[click to continue…]


The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace is offering research grants for individual researchers and for research groups for one semester, one academic year, or two academic years, 2015-2017

For research in the areas of:

  • The advancement of peace, with emphasis on:
    • The peace process in the Middle East
    • Peace economics
    • Media in conflict and in peace processes
  • The contemporary Middle East
  • The contemporary Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America)

Up to $5,000 per year

The grants are intended for:

  • Individual researchers who hold a PhD degree
  • Research groups composed of scholars from any institution of higher learning (the group coordinator must be a Hebrew University faculty member)

For further information, please e-mail or call Andrea at the Truman Institute: truman@savion.huji.ac.il or 972-2-588-2300

Guidelines for submitting research proposals can be found here.

Closing date for applications: January 31, 2015


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