October 16, 2013
IASTE 2014: Call for Abstracts, "Whose Tradition?"
“Whose Tradition?” is the theme of the fourteenth conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 14-17,
2014. In examining themes of authorship and subjectivity, this conference will seek to uncover in what manner, for what reason, by whom, to what effect, and during what intervals traditions have been deployed with regard to the built environment.
Our current period of globalization has led to the flexible reinterpretation of traditions via the mass media for reasons of power and profit. A proliferation of environments adopt traditional forms of one place and period in a
completely different contextual setting, while new design traditions may privilege image over experience. At the same time, the advent of new mobile technologies with the power to compress and distort
traditional configurations of space and time has allowed for the flourishing of new, empowering practices. Such practices have led to new traditions of urban resistance and uprisings that travel fluidly
between such diverse locales as São Paolo and Istanbul, Madrid and Cairo, and give voice to certain populations previously excluded. Questions of power, the other, and changing configurations of time and
space will open up discussions of the ways in which traditional practices shape the histories and futures of built environments. Papers will explore the following themes: Who: Power and the
Construction of Traditions; What: Place and the Anchoring of Traditions; Where: Mobility and the Reimagination of Traditions.
Scholars from relevant disciplines are invited to submit a 500-word
abstract and short biography by February 17, 2014. Submission details
are available online at: http://iaste.berkeley.edu/
Inquiries should be directed to:
IASTE 2014 Conference, Center for Environmental Design Research,
390 Wurster Hall #1839,
University of California, Berkeley, CA
IASTE is an academic, non-profit association based at the University of California, Berkeley since 1988, and its activities have included the publication of a semi-annual journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and an ongoing Working Paper Series.
2014 APSA MENA Workshops: Call For Proposals
Workshop Leaders for the 2014 APSA MENA Workshop
Deadline: 5:00 PM (EST), November 11, 2013
The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals
from political scientists interested in serving as co-leaders for the 2014 MENA Workshop program.
The program will be conducted as a series of two, related one-week sessions linked by a 3-4 month
break for writing, research, and mentorship. The first of the two workshops will take place in May
or June, with the follow-up workshop scheduled for August or September. The same leaders are
not required to lead both sessions. For a full description of the program and application process,
see the project website.
The APSA MENA Workshops program is a multi-year collaboration in the Arab Middle East and North
African countries to enhance scholarly capacity and networking among early-career scholars. With support
from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, APSA is organizing a series of annual political science
workshops in cooperation with host universities across the region. Along with APSA’s Africa Workshop
program, the MENA Workshops constitute a major component of APSA’s efforts to engage political science
communities outside the United States and support research networks linking US scholars with their
colleagues overseas. The inaugural MENA workshop on “States in Transition, Constitutional Engineering and
Political Science Research” is currently scheduled to take place at the American University in Cairo (AUC)
from February 9-14, 2014.
Each workshop is led by a joint team of senior researchers from universities in the MENA region and the US
or Europe. Workshop leaders serve as academic directors of the program and will be responsible for designing
a unique syllabus and academic program that is structured around experienced and established partnerships.
This includes identifying a university or research institute in the MENA region to host the workshop.
Workshop administration and logistics will be led by APSA staff in conjunction with local host partners. A
modest honorarium will be provided and related expenses (meals, transportation, and lodging) will be
Each one-week program brings together approximately 20 PhD candidates and early-career scholars from
across the MENA region, plus several from the United States and Europe. Over the course of the program,
participants will receive training in basic research skills, engage in discussions of topical literature, present
and refine manuscripts for publication and build professional connections with other scholars. Participants
will be use the period between the two complementary sessions to further their own research with both
mentoring and small grant support. The working language of the program is English.
Application Instructions and Criteria
Leadership proposals should focus on the first of the two workshop sessions. Prospective leaders who may be
interested in leading the May/June session but not the August/September session are still encouraged to apply.
Following the inaugural workshops scheduled to take place at AUC next year, prospective co-leaders should
propose a non-Egyptian institutional partner for the 2014 MENA Workshop program. Leaders may propose
that both sessions be held at the same host institution, or identify two different partner organizations.
Workshop proposals may be submitted by a combination of Junior (assistant professor) and Senior scholars
(associate or full professor), however, the senior scholar must be the lead applicant. We welcome submissions
jointly by either:
A) Two political scientists based in the US/Europe together with two regionally-based scholars, B) Two
political scientists based in the US/Europe who commit to partnering with two regionally-based scholars
nominated by the MENA Project Steering Committee, or C) two regionally-based scholars who commit to
partnering with two political scientists in the US/Europe nominated by the MENA Project Steering
Committee. At least one of the team-members must be based at the regional host institution.
Applications should be written in three sections:
I. Workshop Theme Proposal (1-2 pages)
Prospective co-leaders should specify a thematic focus for each one-week session (or for just the initial one-
week workshop if unable to lead both sessions), from which they will build a reading list and set the schedule
of events. The workshop theme proposal should provide a coherent intellectual foundation for the program.
Any research or substantive theme in political science is welcome. Proposals should address how the theme
and methodological questions to be raised will achieve workshop goals and incorporate new developments in
the field and literature.
II. Substantive Leadership of the Workshop (2-3 pages)
In this section, applicants must provide detailed information on the following:
- Naming the workshop co-leaders and providing an explanation of the professional ties between them. If
submitting a proposal with less than four leaders, include a statement on the team’s current capabilities
and the complementary research expertise or experience that additional co-leaders should bring.
- A specific division of labor among the workshop leaders. For example, which workshop leaders are best
suited to assume responsibility for particular sections? As necessary, include mention of proposed
leadership responsibilities during the period between the two workshop sessions.
- Proposed location and institutional partner, including:
- Specification of, and justification for, a workshop location and host university/research institute
- Overview of recommended host institution and relevant background, including specification of
institutional capacity to host, support, and organize a residential workshop for up to 30
- Explanation of existing ties to local research communities and institutions of higher education
- Specification of, and justification for, a workshop location and host university/research institute
- Commitment to the collective intellectual leadership of the workshop, including devoting sufficient time
- reviewing all participant applications
- finalizing the workshop syllabus and schedule
- attending week(s) of the workshop in residence
- consulting regularly with APSA staff from selection through the end of the workshop
- communicating with applicants in the run-up to the workshop as needed
- reviewing all participant applications
III. Supplementary Information (no page limit)
This section of the application should provide:
- Recent CVs for all proposed workshop leaders.
- A discussion of any relevant experience in organizing workshops.
- A draft reading list and/or workshop schedule (optional)
- A letter of support from the proposed institutional partner (optional)
Application Timeline and Information
Applications should be submitted electronically to APSA in Microsoft Word format, 12-point font, and
double-spaced (except for Section III Supplementary Information, which can be single spaced). Send
applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 11, 2013. Selections
will be announced in December 2013. Prospective leadership teams interested in receiving feedback on their
proposal ideas are encouraged to reach out to APSA well before the submission deadline.
Contact Us: Send an email at email@example.com, or call Andrew Stinson at (202) 349-9364, if you have questions or would like more information about the workshops or application process.
EURAMES Info Service 37/13: Invitation for WOCMES 2014 in Ankara
IV. World Congress for Middle East Studies Middle East Technical University, 18 – 22 August 2014 Ankara / TURKEYThe Turkish Social Sciences Association and the Middle East Technical University (METU) are pleased to invite you to the “Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies” (WOCMES), to be held at METU in Ankara, Turkey from 18th to 22nd August, 2014. The World Congress seeks to address questions, exchange and explore information on the Middle East in the broadest sense. Scholars, researchers, experts and students engaged in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia and the impact of this region on other parts of the world are invited to submit their proposals for panels, papers, roundtables, posters and cultural activities for the Fourth World Congress.
- September 15, 2013 Registration opens
- September 15, 2013 Abstract submission opens
- December 15, 2013 Abstract submission deadline
- February 15, 2014 Notification of acceptance of submitted abstracts
- March 15, 2014 Early Bird registration closes
- June 01, 2014 Advance Registration closes
Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-4)Ankara, Turkey, 18-22 August 2014 The Turkish Social Sciences Association and the Middle East Technical University (METU) are pleased to invite you to the “Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies” (WOCMES), to be held at METU in Ankara, Turkey, August 18th to 22nd, 2014.
The World Congress seeks to address questions, exchange and explore information on the Middle East in the broadest sense. The invitation is aimed at scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups interested in studies on North Africa, Middle East, Muslim states of Central Asia as well as other regions of the world which are directly or indirectly affected by affairs in these areas.
After the highly successful experiences of the three previous WOCMES meetings held in Mainz (Germany) in 2002, in Amman
(Jordan) in 2006, and in Barcelona (Spain) in 2010, WOCMES Ankara will bring this unique event to the Eastern Mediterranean
region. The Mediterranean, with its history of human and cultural exchanges, is a privileged environment for WOCMES-4 to
unite experts from all over the world, to exchange new ideas, to strengthen and build regional and global networks for joint
Ankara will undoubtedly be an exciting setting to meet and discuss Middle Eastern Studies. Turkey has always been a
significant center in the Mediterranean and the Arab-Islamic world for obvious reasons. Within this context, Ankara stands out as a meeting point for researchers studying the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
The Middle East Technical University (METU) ranked as one of the World’s Top Universities by several ranking
institutions offers an excellent environment for WOCMES 2014.
- The overall objective of the Congress is to offer the possibility to share and exchange research, experiences and ideas between more than 2000 interdisciplinary experts from all branches of the humanities, social sciences and related disciplines, from all over the world. In this respect, WOCMES-4 particularly wishes to foster the participation of experts from different regions of the world and to facilitate their engagement within new or existing networks of research and exchange.
- WOCMES-4 will be taking place at a time during which political and economic changes have been witnessed in the region since the last Congress in Barcelona. Issues in relation to such important political and economic changes are certainly intriguing to all researchers and specialists of the region from within and without. The contributions by participants from many different disciplines will no doubt raise debates and shed new light on many topics concerning the daily lives of people in the region.
- WOCMES-4 will attract the attention of local and international media as well as actors and institutions in political, economic and cultural spheres who are expected to attend the Congress and disseminate and promote the exchange of ideas far beyond academic circles.
- A large number of associations, research centers, universities, international organizations and other institutions from all over the world have already started to organize meetings, exhibitions, symposia, plenary sessions, panels, roundtables and poster presentations.
- Cultural and artistic works on different aspects of the region will also be placed under the spotlight, thanks to a variety of exhibitions; a film festival with roundtable discussions and a book fair attended by booksellers, publishers and authors; as well as a selection of artistic events.
- WOCMES-4 will be a great opportunity for all participants to visit Ankara, the modern, capital city of Republic of Turkey with its centuries long history of different Anatolian civilizations. The working languages of the conference are English and French.
- Institutions planning to hold major events like conferences, symposia and exhibitions under the umbrella of WOCMES-4 are kindly requested to inform the WOCMES Secretariat before 15 February 2014.
- The detailed Call for Panels and Papers has been issued on 1 October 2013.
- Deadline for the registration of panels and papers, roundtables and poster presentations is 15 December 2013. For further information on the World Congress see www.wocmes2014.org.
ContactWOCMES Secretariat TURKISH SOCIAL SCIENCES ASSOCIATION Aziziye Mah. Hosdere Cad. Hava Sk. 25/1, 06540 Cankaya - Ankara / TURKEY Phone: +90 312 441 45 24; Fax: +90 312 441 45 96 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.wocmes2014.org
October 08, 2013
Boren Awards Application Announcement
The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and
Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards
provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and
graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe,
Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add
important international and language components to their educations.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic
backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught
languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean,
Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages
Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further
their study of Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof,
Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic
year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language
study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients
commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
National Application Deadlines
Boren Fellowship: January 28, 2014
Boren Scholarship: February 5, 2014*
*Many institutions have an earlier on-campus deadline.
Visit our website for information about your campus deadline and Boren
For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of
our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please
visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff
at email@example.com or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.
The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education
Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International
October 07, 2013
Junior Fellows Program for Graduating Seniors
Sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Endowment offers approximately 10 one-year
fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals
who have graduated during the past academic year to work as research
assistants to the Endowment's senior associates.
Established Date: 04/20/2001
Follow-Up Date: 11/01/2014
Review Date: 10/02/2013
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-2103
Web Site: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/about/index.cfm?fa=jrFellows
Program URL: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/about/index.cfm?fa=FAQ
The Carnegie Endowment’s deadline is January 15 (or the Friday before
if the January 15 falls on a weekend or holiday). However, most
schools set an earlier deadline (some as early as November) to receive
and review applications. Consult your university for application
deadlines and details on the school’s application process.
Award Type(s): Fellowship
Research Grants/R & D
Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
U.S.A. Citizenship (including U.S. Territories)
United Kingdom Institution
U.S.A. Institution (including U.S. Territories)
Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $37,000 YEAR
Duration: 1 YEAR(s)
Indirect Costs: Unspecified
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: Professional/Academic Assoc & Soc.
Junior Fellows provide research assistance to
scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment’s programs. Junior Fellows
have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal
articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level
officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize
briefings attended by scholars, journalists, and government
officials. The sponsor's programs areas are: Democracy; Nuclear
Policy; Energy and Climate; Middle East Studies — Native or
near-native Arabic language skills essential; South Asian Studies —
Strong background in international relations, strategy and military
issues, comparative politics, and/or international political economy
is essential. Quantitative data manipulation skills essential (fluency
in R, SPSS, or Stata a plus). Note: Foreign language skills not
required; China Studies (Asia Program) — Mandarin Chinese reading
skills a huge plus; Japan Studies (Asia Program) — Japanese language
skills required; Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program) — Background
in politics and economics of the region and knowledge of quantitative
techniques a plus; Economics (Asia Program) — Mandarin Chinese reading
skills a huge plus; and Russian and Eurasian Studies — Excellent
Russian language skills required.
Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have
graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started
graduate studies is eligible for consideration (except in cases where
the student has completed a joint bachelor's/master’s degree program).
The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating
universities via designated nominating officials. You need not be a
U.S. citizen if you attend a university located in the United States.
All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a
full 12 months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation.
Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the United States
for the full year (August 1 through July 31) may apply for the
program. If you attend a participating school outside of the United
States, you must be a U.S. citizen (due to work permit
Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior
fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $3,083.33 per month
($37,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.
October 01, 2013
Faculty Research in International Business Award Competition 2014
Application Guidelines for 2014
The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)/ Global Initiatives announces its
faculty research awards for 2014. This competition is open to all full-time faculty in all University of
Michigan schools and departments. For more information contact Vicki Simon at (734) 936-3917 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org Applications will be accepted until 25 November 2013.
Awards are made by the CIBER executive committee. Faculty from all disciplines are eligible, including
political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, communications, psychology, engineering, law,
public policy, public health, and education, as well as all business disciplines. The committee uses the
following criteria, presented in their order of importance:
- The extent to which the project makes an original, practical, and significant addition to our
knowledge and understanding of international business.
- Cost-effective and realistic design of the research project. Research methodologies, the
qualifications of the applicant(s), and the project budget will be taken into account.
- The extent to which the project contributes to the professional development of the faculty
Samples of funded proposals may be viewed if requested.
Awards will be for amounts up to $10,000 annually for a period of one to three years. The following
expenses are allowable:
- Data collection expenses, including purchases of primary data and publications, subscription fees,
duplication costs, software, and on-line search charges. Greater detail is required when data
collection is outsourced to non-University institutions or individuals. Purchase of equipment (e.g.,
laptops) is not allowable.
- Travel, both domestic and international, including transportation, meals, and accommodations.
(Must meet U-M or Federal funding guidelines)
- Research assistants, who must be compensated according to University of Michigan guidelines.
Applicants must explain why any departmental allocations for research support are not sufficient
to complete the project.
The application has three parts:
- Research narrative, maximum of two-thousand words. Describe your research objectives, the
design of the project, your qualifications and those of any collaborators, and the research output to
be generated. Explain your motivation for pursuing the project and the contribution the proposed
research will make to your career development.
- A one-page, detailed budget and justification that adheres to the allowable expenses described
above and includes short explanations of unusual items. Be sure to include any other committed
or potential funding sources in your budget. You only need to show a budget for the first year of
multi-year projects. Expenditures for the first budget may begin on 10/1/2013 and must conclude
- Curriculum vitae for all faculty participants.
Mail proposal to:
Center for International Business Education & Research/ Global Initiatives
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
701 Tappan Street, K3340
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
Or e-mail proposals to email@example.com
Proposals may be submitted on or before 25 November 2013. The committee meets in early December,
and we anticipate that decisions will be announced before the semester break.