GLiTCH Project – Call for Papers for Workshop: ‘Everyday Power and Governance in Jordan’ 

Call for Papers for Workshop: ‘Everyday Power and Governance in Jordan’ 
University of Leeds, School of Geography 
Date: 7th – 8th September 2023 
Deadline for Applications: 31st May 2023 


The GLiTCH project is pleased to announce the call for applications for a two-day workshop to be held in-person in Leeds on the 7th and 8th of September 2023. 
The workshop will bring together approximately 10 scholars to present and discuss their work, fine-tune their research, and strengthen collaboration between academics working on related areas of interest. The workshop will be a constructive environment for scholars to present work in progress and get feedback on their writing and ideas from peers. Selected applicants will be requested to submit a draft of their paper in advance of the workshop, to facilitate a more engaged, in-depth critical debate.


Research into Jordan has increased in recent years, and this workshop seeks to take advantage of this intellectual momentum and forge new connections and comparisons in social science studies of the country. Academic work has increasingly appreciated the importance and complexity of different governance practices in the country and broader Levant region, and has increasingly coupled this theoretical turn with in-depth, qualitative research. However, the actual workings and experience of everyday governance, bureaucratic administration, and parallel informal power structures remain under-researched.


This workshop takes the agglomerations of power and authority that can be observed in Jordan as a starting point to explore theoretical broader questions and conceptual approaches. This workshop aims to bring interdisciplinary approaches to the study of amalgamations of power in the country and showcase much-needed qualitative research.


Areas of Interest: 


The workshop welcomes topics related, but not limited to the following:
  • Mobility
  • Bureaucracy
  • Humanitarianism
  • Housing
  • Refugee camps
  • Military and security services
  • Finance and everyday economics
  • Labour
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Digitisation
  • Paperwork
  • Families
  • Resource/environment management
  • Shari’a courts/religious administration


Please note, participants are invited to take these categories as inspiration, not strict guidelines.


Papers are foreseen as being predominantly qualitative, but other forms of data are welcome. We are particularly interested in work which makes use of innovative research methodologies. Research at all stages of development is welcome, as this workshop will be a friendly, constructive discussion amongst scholars of Jordan and the broader Levant region.


Participants will have 20 – 30 minutes to present their paper, and this will be followed by questions and a group discussion. This workshop is committed to building a shared conversation, and so time will be made for more in-depth debates. The workshop will also feature a special session focussing on qualitative research methodologies.


Eligibility Criteria 
This call is open to all scholars working on issues of power and governance in Jordan. Eligible candidates should ideally be at least in the final year of their PhD, but exceptions will be taken into consideration.


Scholars from the region are particularly encouraged to attend, and presentations may be made in Arabic or in English.


This workshop is aimed at researchers who have completed or are currently undertaking qualitative research, and are looking to present their work in progress to academic peers to develop and fine-tune their ideas.


Funds for travel, accommodation, and subsistence are available. We have a strong preference for in-person presentations, but there is the possibility for hybrid presentations where travel and visa issues present obstacles.


Submission Guidelines and Dates 
Applicants should send an abstract of 300 – 500 words to and by 31st of May 2023. You will be notified of your acceptance by 14th of June 2023, and paper drafts should be submitted by 11th of August 2023.


The workshop will be held at the University of Leeds on the 7th and 8th of September 2023 as part of the ESRC funded GLiTCH project. For more information on the broader project, please see: