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April 15, 2013

CFP Masterclass: The ‘New Authoritarianism’: Russia and China in Comparative Perspective

Deadline: 1 June 2013

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences invites applications for the Masterclass “The ‘New Authoritarianism’: Modern Authoritarian Regimes in Comparative Perspective”, which will take place at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam on 26-27 November 2013.

The Masterclass is targeted at doctoral students and candidates and recent doctoral graduates who study the contemporary political regimes of China and Russia. The Masterclass precedes the Academy Colloquium “The ‘New Authoritarianism’: Russia and China in Comparative Perspective”, equally hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The idea behind the Masterclass is to identify and bring together early career scholars who work on China and Russia. At the Masterclass, you will have the opportunity to present your research and receive comments and feedback from peers as well as senior scholars in the fields of area studies and political science who participate in the Academy Colloquium. The Masterclass welcomes both empirical (single-case and comparative) and theoretical research.

Questions that will be addressed in the Masterclass include (but are not limited to):

-What is the impact of cultural, political, and economic legacies on the nature and form of authoritarian rule in China and Russia?

-How should we understand the concept of legitimacy in an undemocratic context? What forms of legitimacy can be distinguished in such a context?

-What forces strengthen and undermine the hold on power of authoritarian regimes such as China’s and Russia’s?

-To what degree do modern authoritarian regimes learn from each other?

-Do today’s authoritarian regimes challenge the democracy-dictatorship dichotomy and existing theories of political regimes?

-How can scholars of authoritarianism who work on different regions and cases benefit from each other’s insights and findings?

If you are interested in participating in the Masterclass, you are welcome to submit a short CV and an outline of your research project before June 1, 2013. Accommodation in the city center of Amsterdam is arranged and paid for by the organizers. Send your application to Dr. Max Bader at m.bader@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Posted by sarayu at April 15, 2013 10:43 AM