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October 25, 2012

CFP Workshop: EU External Environmental Governance Beyond its Neighbourhood

Deadline: December 31 2012
Workshop will take place : 19 & 20 April 2013, in Berlin

This workshop adopts a wide angle on a broad variety of different external governance efforts in which the EU engages, including international negotiations, policy promotion and the use of market power. It strives to analyse the effectiveness of different EU external environmental governance efforts, to identify different patterns EU external environmental governance and to explore the conditions in non-EU countries and internationally that enable or impede effective EU external governance.

The slow progress of international climate negotiations and the 'failed' leadership of the European Union at the Copenhagen conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change attracted significant scholarly attention. Finding consensus on a suitable post-Kyoto Protocol agreement poses major challenges. The difficulties with the 'traditional' multilateral way of governing global environmental problems through treaties gave rise to a search for solutions that complement and support these efforts. The EU has set ambitious domestic climate targets and strives for similar commitments of other major polluters. In other environmental policy areas such as chemicals policy, the EU also leads by adopting and promoting ambitious regulation. Apart from multilateral negotiations, the EU's toolbox comprises bilateral agreements, cooperation efforts with non-EU jurisdictions at different levels of governance, coercion and incentives, and external effects of EU pioneering policy through learning, competition and emulation.

Studies show that the further remote from the EU's neighbourhood a jurisdiction is located, the more important become domestic conditions in non-EU countries because the EU's leverage diminishes. The workshop stresses this aspect and strives to investigate the interplay between non-EU domestic factors and the EU's external governance activities. EU scholars recently have paid increasing attention to the external effects of EU policies and institutions on countries beyond the EU's neighbourhood. They propose conceptualisations of EU external governance and Europeanisation beyond Europe. This workshop aims at contributing to this emerging field by focusing on the area of environmental policy.

We invite paper proposals that cover, in particular, the following aspects and questions. Ideally, papers will cover a number of these elements. Both individual case studies and comparative studies are invited.

- Different EU activities and mechanisms: What kind of external governance tools and activities (international negotiations, policy promotion, capacity building, conditionality etc.) does the EU engage in with what result? Conditionality figures highly in the EU's neighbourhood and accession policy. However, it becomes less salient in EU external governance beyond its neighbourhood. What mechanisms prevail in external environmental governance?

- Different domestic factors in third countries: The success of EU external governance efforts depends on certain scope conditions. Which domestic factors foster the effectiveness of or constitute a barrier to EU external environmental governance?

- Different levels of governance: Not only nation states, also subnational entities and international organisations can be subject to external effects of EU environmental policy. How can we characterise the EU's external environmental governance in a multilevel context?

- Different regions and countries: How can we characterise EU external environmental governance in different countries and regions of the world? Are there differences with regard to the EU's approach and its effectiveness?

- Different institutional embeddedness: To what extent is a non-EU jurisdiction embedded in regional networks that are not directed towards Europe (Asia, Latin America, Africa etc.)

- Different policy subfields: How can we characterise EU external governance in different areas of environmental policy? Are there differences between policy types (for example product- vs. process-related) and policy areas (for example climate change vs. biodiversity)?

Interested authors are invited to send an abstract (max. 500 words) to Katja Biedenkopf ( and Diarmuid Torney ( by 31 December 2012. Invited paper givers will be asked to submit their final paper by 5 April 2012.

The workshop is funded by the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) "The Transformative Power of Europe" of the Freie Universität Berlin. Accommodation and travel expenses will be covered for invited paper givers.

Posted by sarayu at 02:56 PM

October 18, 2012

CFP Workshop: Shared History, Shared Geography: The Ottoman East

Deadline: December 15, 2012

Over the last three decades scholars of the Middle East have raised new questions and used new methods that have forced them to reconsider approaches of the former generations of scholarship. These include, but are not limited to, critical interrogations of modernization theory and the provenance of the nation-state form. Accounts exclusively based on Armenians, Kurds, Syrians, missionaries, etc. have emerged, while the historiography of the Ottoman East has largely been concerned with governmentality studies. Welcome as these changes may be, the respective turns have had little impact on our study of the Ottoman Empire’s eastern borderlands (defined roughly as the area bounded by Ankara, Mosul, and Kars).

The Ottoman East has been viewed largely, both by contemporary Ottoman statesmen and modern-day historians, as a periphery of the Ottoman enterprise centered in the imperial capital and western Anatolia. These accounts posit the imperial center as the active agent of history, seeking to civilize or bring order to its borderlands. This workshop will begin to provincialize the center as it attempts to understand the Ottoman East on its own terms.

The Shared History, Shared Geography: The Ottoman East workshop is organized by University of Michigan Graduate Students (Richard Antaramian, Dzovinar Derderian, Ali Sipahi with faculty advisor Prof. Kathryn Babayan) and seeks to bring together younger scholars (graduate students engaged in research or those having defended their dissertations in the last three years) studying the Ottoman East for the period 1839-1950. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary and connected approach, submissions should consider:

• center-periphery relations/locality/provinciality: what did the state mean in the Ottoman East?
• tax collection and land issues
• trans-imperial networks and agents
• cosmopolitanism/parochialism
• the circulation of people, money, ideas, and goods
• cultural aspects (nomadic culture, provincial literature, folklore, etc.)
• inter-communal relations/sectarianism/ethnic divisions
• social geography
• gender and sexuality

Successful applicants will need to submit a paper of no more than 20 double-spaced pages by March 1, 2013 to be circulated among workshop participants.

Some funds are available to cover travel expenses. Per donor guidelines, preference will be given to those traveling from the Republic of Armenia.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 15, 2012. Please send an abstract (250 words /single spaced) along with a CV to

Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan
1080 South University Ave., Suite 3633
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Posted by sarayu at 03:08 PM

CFP: Cine y… Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies on Film in Spanish

Begun in 2008, the relatively young journal Cine y… is issuing a call for papers to be considered for upcoming issues.

Cine y… Revista de estudios interdisciplinarios sobre cine en español/Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies of Film in Spanish is a scholarly journal dedicated exclusively to the study of film in Spanish. Under the auspices of the Department of Hispanic Studies of Texas A&M University, the journal is published twice yearly.
Cine y publishes articles, interviews, and book reviews, generally in English, though the works can be sent in Spanish, and they would be translated by personnel in the department. As its title, Cine y… suggests, the journal seeks to publish studies which do more than study films in Spanish. Cine y… invites studies which look at film and society, history, literature, gender, psychology, etc. To be considered for publication, articles should study film(s) in Spanish from an interdisciplinary perspective. Articles and interviews of no longer than 15 double-spaced pages, Word- and MLA style-formatted, should be sent digitally to one of the names listed below for review by the editorial board.

Posted by sarayu at 03:00 PM

October 10, 2012

Job: U.S. Embassy in London Seeks Specialists in Russian Current Affairs

Deadline: October 15

An office of the US Embassy London based in Berkshire is looking to recruit full time officers specializing in Russian current affairs.

Duties will include coverage of media developments and breaking news, production of translations and multimedia, web content management, research, and written analysis.

The positions will occasionally involve working evenings and weekends.


Knowledge of Russian current affairs and media (degree-level or equivalent)
Working fluency in Russian and the ability to translate into English from Russian
Fluency in Central Asian and/or Caucasus languages desirable
Strong English writing skills
Strong technical skills and knowledge of social media, web content management and digital media tools
Self motivated individual with proven team working skills and flexibility

This position offers career opportunities, competitive salary and benefits package, including paid holidays and private health plan.

Starting salary: £27,000-£34,000 per annum subject to experience.

Please apply by COB 15 October 2012.

The subject line of the email should read "Russian Current Affairs Officer" and you must include the following:

Cover letter identifying how you meet the above qualifications and clearly stating your interest, qualifications and language expertise
CV (Please note that as an equal opportunity employer, we ask that you do not include your gender, race, religion, date of birth, age, marital/family status within your CV.)
Scanned documentation in support of your legal right to work in the UK, e.g. citizenship or residency, in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 (Please note that applicants not providing this information in their application will not be considered.)

Only short listed candidates will be notified within 14 days of the closing date.

The application can be found at

Posted by sarayu at 01:34 PM

October 09, 2012

CFP Conference: Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability

Deadline: October 15, 2012

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - June 25-27, 2013

The current economic crisis of debt, the euro and unemployment takes place in a framework of highly dynamic creative and destructive processes occurring at various levels: globalization, heightened nationalisms, continued migration, shifting cultures, rising inequality, concerns over security, climate change, sustainable development, etc. And the intellectual challenge of grappling with these changes provides the foundations for an exciting meeting, held in one of the founding capitals of a global Europe. Submit your proposal today!

Submit your proposal

The Council for European Studies (CES) welcomes proposals for papers, sessions, and symposia for the 20th International Conference of Europeanists. The Program Committee strongly encourages proposals for symposia, panels and roundtables. Submit a proposal now. Proposals Due: October 15, 2012


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Posted by sarayu at 10:36 AM

October 04, 2012

Course: Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy

Deadline:March 31, 2013

The Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) is a two-year-long international Masters course funded by the European Commission, jointly offered by Central European University (Hungary), Institut Barcelona d’Estudies Internacionals (Spain), the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), and the University of York (UK).

The Mundus MAPP Consortium is hosting outstanding third-country scholars who are interested in contributing to the study program and strengthening academic partnerships with the Consortium. Eligible candidates must be employed by an institution of higher education in any country except the 27 Member States of the European Union. Selected academics are hosted for a period of minimum of two weeks and maximum of three months in one of the Consortium's institutions. In addition to conducting research in one of the disciplines Mundus MAPP draws on, they are required to teach or develop elements of the Mundus MAPP program (e.g., independently offer or contribute to courses, supervise thesis projects of Mundus MAPP students, participate in Mundus MAPP study visits). After ending their visiting scholar activities, visiting scholars are expected to contribute to the promotion and dissemination of the Erasmus Mundus Programme in general, and Mundus MAPP in particular, in their higher education institution and country of origin.

Interested academics are invited to elaborate on their proposed contribution to Mundus MAPP in their application form. The exact form of contribution is determined by a contract between the visiting scholar and the Mundus MAPP Consortium.

The European Commission supports academics contributing to Mundus MAPP by special scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus Programme. The Consortium selects, and forwards a list of scholars to be supported each year to the European Commission for approval.

Academic visits may start as early as September 2013 and continue during the 2013-2014 academic year, but should take place during teaching terms.

Application deadline:

March 31, 2013
(In case not all funding can be distributed at this early stage the Consortium will accept late applications until June 15, 2013.)

To apply please check:

Further inquiries:

Posted by sarayu at 03:26 PM