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 15, 2016.

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. 


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.

Abstracts may focus on the following areas:

  • How do we define the ‘island’ as an analytical category in North African studies? What are the benefits and detriments of doing so? And what is at stake?

  • How is North Africa similar or different to other regions?  Can the region’s ‘islandness’ help us to conduct interesting or unusual comparative analyses?

  • How has North Africa’s ‘islandness’ shaped broad political and social processes?  How has it shaped its inhabitants’ conceptions of themselves vis-a-vis others?

  • Does engaging with the ‘island’ help us to transcend terms like ‘transcultural’, ‘transformative’ and ‘tolerant’?

Interested parties should submit abstracts (300-500 words) for either the Paper Panel or Works-in-Progress Workshop. Indicate “Paper Panel” or “Workshop” along with your submission. Finally, please provide your institutional affiliation and mailing address, as well as telephone number. Indicate whether a/v equipment will be needed. Deadline for abstract submission: December 12, 2015.

The presentations for the Paper Panel should be in English and twenty minutes in length (i.e., 10 double-spaced pages). Research memoranda for the Works-in-Progress Workshop should provide a 1000-1500 word summary of ongoing and/or proposed research. Accepted participants must submit these materials by March 2, 2016.

Submissions and questions should be directed to the Princeton North African Studies Group: princetonnas@gmail.com.


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.


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.



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.”


The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to invite proposals for papers on the politics of the contemporary Middle East for its seventh annual conference at The George Washington University on May 19-20, 2016. The conference will include workshop discussions of article-length papers with an eye toward preparing them for publication, with each paper read by by multiple senior scholars in the field. It will also feature plenary discussions of topics relevant to the Middle East political science community. Applications are open to scholars in political science or cognate fields at any career stage from ABD onward.  We welcome articles which have been previously submitted to journals and either rejected or sent back for revisions. Authors must commit to delivering full paper to the discussants by April 18, 2016. POMEPS will cover all travel and lodging expenses for the conference.

To apply, please send:
– a CV
– an abstract of 1 single-spaced page describing the paper’s research question, methods, and major arguments
– a list of up to five senior scholars whom you would like to have discuss your paper
– an indication of whether the article has previously been submitted to a journal and its status
Applications must be sent as a single PDF to Lauren Baker at POMEPSteam@gmail.com and received by 5:00 EST December 11, 2015.


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.


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