1976-2016 : La question (irrésolue) du Sahara Occidental : quels enjeux pour quelles recherches en sciences humaines et sociales ? Colloque international – 2 & 3 juin 2016 Paris – Sorbonne

29 February 2016

L’objectif de ce 1er colloque international en sciences humaines et sociales consacré au Sahara Occidental est de réaliser un état des lieux de la recherche en SHS sur cette « question ». Il s’agit d’une part de permettre aux chercheurs d’échapper à l’atomisation de la recherche sur le sujet en leur offrant un espace de rencontre, de dialogue, de partage de résultats et d’expériences de terrain et, d’autre part, d’envisager de futures synergies et mises en réseaux, afin de donner davantage de visibilité à cette production scientifique. Cet objectif est d’autant plus important que l’accès à une information fiable et à des analyses de qualité sur le Sahara Occidental est devenu un des enjeux majeurs du conflit, dans un contexte de prolifération des outils et espaces de communication (réseaux sociaux, sites d’information, télévisions, agences de presse privées, etc.) et d’instrumentalisation de l’information. Les réflexions et discussions seront organisées selon les différentes thématiques esquissées ci-dessous, qui donneront lieu à autant de sessions, constituées de trois ou quatre communications de 20 minutes chacune, suivies de 30 à 40 minutes de débat.

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Call for Panelists: “Saharawi Mobility and Change,” 59th Annual African Studies Association Meeting December 1-3, 2016 Washington DC

29 February 2016

What are the contours of mobility and change in Saharawi culture and society, and how has the practice and meaning of these contours changed over time? This panel seeks to explore this topic of mobility and change as it pertains to difference in Saharawi daily lives that are enacted and/or highlighted via processes of socialization, acculturation, adaptation, co-construction, and/or environmental, educational, economic, political, military, social, legal and mediated opportunities and constraints that have and continue to alter local and transnational contexts, and in turn, prospects, preferences and projections for the future of Saharawi praxis, being, and meaning.

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CfP: Betwixt and Between: The History of Identity and Status Negotiation Across the Sahara (African Studies Association 2015 Meeting)

11 March 2015

This panel examines the ways in which various forms of identity have historically been constructed and used to negotiate social status in the Sahara and on its northern and southern fringes. These forms of identity include religion, race and ethnicity, and gender—and have been complicated over the millennia by migrations throughout the region, both forced and voluntary. The migrations, driven by trade, imperialism, transhumant pastoralism, and environmental change, have resulted in several social fabrics of great diversity.

While diversity can be a source of strength, the societies in and around the Sahara have historically had great difficulty in achieving social and political cohesion. Some of the causes for this political instability arise from the physical environment and the mobile character of camel and cattle pastoralists, but others derive from a history of slavery and other forms of subordination imposed through physical violence. Yet even when a status was originally imposed through an act of violence, it could not be maintained exclusively through those means, but rather also included various forms of cultural interaction, social coercion and negotiation. The papers in this panel examine the history of some of the negotiated relationships in this region in order to illuminate some of the current social and political conflicts.

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Call for Applications: 2015 Africa Workshop Fellows, Nairobi, Kenya – “Conflict and Political Violence”

11 February 2015


The American Political Science Association (APSA) and United States International University-Africa (USIU) are pleased to announce a call for applications from individuals who would like to participate in a workshop on “Conflict and Political Violence.” The two-week workshop will be held from July 20–31, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. The organizers, with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will cover all the costs of participation (including travel, lodging, meals, and materials) for up to 26 qualified applicants. The workshop will be conducted in English.

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CfP: Considering the Western Sahara: Multi-Discipinary Approaches to Post-Colonialism

14 January 2015

This special issue aims to provide an interdisciplinary assessment of the representations of the unresolved colonial conflict in Western Sahara. We invite articles that examine the issue from a variety of angles. Some articles might assess ways in which cultural production on the region addresses the impact of the conflict on the West, including the implications of the apparent failure of the post-national project of a united Europe, the opposed interests of Spain and France in the region, the increasing diplomatic prominence of China in the Maghreb, and the changing position of the U.S. Other articles might adopt the perspective of the Arab and African worlds. How does the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic understand its position in the world? What is the role of Saharawi cultural production in promoting that vision? Still others might focus on neoliberalism, globalization and universal human rights. How are political and economic strategic positions packaged and distributed by the cultural industries? How do contemporary representations of the conflict reconcile the apparently irreconcilable notions of national identity in a transnational economic and political order? How are economic and cultural notions of human rights used to argue for and against the independence of Western Sahara? What are the main strategies deployed by both sides of the conflict to advance their position in the arena of public opinion? How do novels, poems, films and documentaries on Western Sahara coincide or differ from other postcolonial cultural production?

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CFP: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation / Centre d’Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT) Social Sciences Research Methodology Training Workshop for North African Scholars

14 January 2015

The three-day workshop will bring together twenty young Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian scholars researching the relationship between violence and a number of areas of inquiry including social change, political action, revolution and crime. Selected participants will work with international experts to hone the research design on a research project in its early stages of development. Day one will be dedicated to expert lectures focusing on the essential elements of research methodology and design. On day two and three, participants will present their proposals and discuss them with co-participants and experts to ensure that they receive ample feedback to fine-tune their proposals. Participants will also have a chance to discuss ways of incorporating the theoretical tools they acquired on day one into the research design of their respective research projects.

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CfP: Networks of Dependency: Re-configurations of clientelism, patronage, and corruption in the Middle East and North Africa

10 November 2014

This international workshop aims at filling this gap by analyzing the development and the reconfigurations of networks of dependency (i.e. based on clientelism, patronage and corruption) in the region.

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CFP A Sea that Links and Binds: Cooperation, Coercion and Compulsion across the Red Sea from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

9 November 2014

This workshop will explore the dynamics of cooperation, coercion and compulsion in the Red Sea region. These dynamics allowed diverse groups of actors to participate in the making and remaking of the transnational Red Sea social system. Papers will show the ways in which these social forces were, like the men and women who were both their subjects and objects, thoroughly bound into the natural geography of the region. To facilitate discussion, the workshop will focus on the period from the end of the eighteenth century to the present. During this time period, the Red Sea social system rapidly transformed alongside other, rapid political, economic, technological and environmental changes. In response to these changes, individual and collective strategies based upon cooperation, coercion and compulsion were adjusted. For some people, this meant improved personal security. Unfortunately, for others this meant further instability and an increase in the precariousness of everyday life.

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CFP: Conflicts Over Water & Building Bridges with Water

5 September 2014

Center for Conflict StudiesWe invite proposals from graduate students, academics and practitioners in conflict studies and other related disciplines (such as law, human rights, gender, culture and environment) who can offer perspectives from their empirical research (we insist on first-hand, ground-up research) particularly on but not limited to the following conference sub-themes.

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CFP: Building Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Challenges and Policy Options

4 June 2014

The International Affairs Institute (IAI), the OCP Policy Center, the Economic and Social Sciences Research Unit at the Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Institute Hassan II of Rabat and the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP) at the University of Minnesota invite submissions that explore issues and policy responses to address food security and agricultural challenges in the countries of the Southern Mediterranean region within the framework of Euro-Mediterranean relations (deadline: 15/6/2014). Further information here.

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