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American Political Science Association (APSA) MENA Workshop 2020 for Early-career Scholars

Deadline: March 14, 2020

Applications for the American Political Science Association (APSA) MENA Workshop 2020 are now open. The program is an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the Arab MENA region and advance research on security and international relations of the region.

The 2020 program is part of a multi-year effort to support political science research among early-career scholars in the Arab MENA region, and to strengthen research networks linking Arab scholars with their colleagues overseas. The workshop will be held from May 29 to June 4, 2020 in partnership with the faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences-Souissi (FSJES) at Mohammed V University in Rabat.

Thematic Areas

Thematically, the workshop will be theoretically grounded in critical approaches to Security Studies and International Relation, with discussions structured around two central themes.

Discussions of insecurity will be framed through the question of what makes people insecure, rather than what makes them secure. By inverting the traditional questions of Security Studies that seek to answer how security can be achieved, this question asks fellows to think of the production of insecurity as the key variable to be explained.

Discussions of securitization will reflect on how new patterns of securitization are emerging in the region. By widening the agents of securitization beyond the state, this approach highlights how private companies, social movements, political parties, and even municipalities, are implicated in contemporary securitization in the MENA region.

The workshop will also feature professional development seminars, guest lectures, and panel discussions of fellows’ own research.They especially welcome submissions exploring topics such as:

  • Insecurity
    • Identity: How do the politics of identity in the Arab world, instrumentalizations of sectarianism, gender constructions, and different levels of belonging produce different forms of individual and collective insecurity?
    • Inclusion and citizenship: What processes, such as state formation, nationalism, and civilmilitary relations, shape current experiences of inclusion and exclusion of different people?
    • Technologies of insecurity: How are current technologies, such as drones, different forms of surveillance, and biometrics, producing forms of insecurity?
  • Securitization
    • Discourses: How do actors within and outside of the MENA region frame threat, security, and insecurity?
    • Practices of securitization: In what ways do actors within and outside of the MENA act upon these discourses of securitization?
    • Repression and violence: What forms of violence are enacted on individuals and collectives?

Benefits

  • The organizers will cover participation costs (including travel, lodging, and materials) for up to 20 qualified applicants.
  • Following the workshop, a select group of fellows will be invited to present their research at the September 2020 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Eligibility

  • The workshop is intended for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who are citizens of countries in the Arab MENA region, especially those who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the region. Non-citizens of Arab MENA countries who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the Arab MENA region may also apply.
  • The program is open to scholars in political science and other social science disciplines undertaking research related to the workshop theme.
  • Scholars should apply with a manuscript or research project in progress that they will present at the workshop.
  • Professional fluency in English is required.
  • Applications from scholars working on topics related to the workshop theme are especially encouraged

Application

Applications must be in English and include:

  • The completed online Application Form.
  • A detailed recent Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  • A research statement (2,000 words maximum) describing the work-in-progress you propose to develop and present at the workshop. This statement should outline the focus of the paper, the methods used, the data/fieldwork on which it is based, and how it relates to the workshop theme(s). The research project should not be any part of a co-authored project and should not be an excerpt from a work that is already completed or accepted for publication. Submissions may be derived from a dissertation project if also suitable for publication as a journal article.
  • Two letters of reference on official letterhead and scanned as electronic files. If you are a graduate student, one letter should be from your dissertation supervisor. If you are a researcher or faculty member, letters can come from a former dissertation supervisor, a colleague at your home institution, a university official, or an employer. Your letter-writers should send these letters directly to APSA

For more information, visit APSA.

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