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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Novo livro – Tribos, Princesas e Demónios : Etnografias do encontro pré‐colonial no Sudoeste do Saara, Francisco Freire

22 January 2014

Este ensaio questiona algumas das estruturas reconhecidas como definidoras da sociedade arabófona do ocidente saariano; sendo destacados os elementos que complexificam a longa inscrição histórica desta população, questionando outros que, mais recentemente, tendem a simplificá‐la. Este contexto é introduzido através de um documento português de meados do século XVI, que a partir da feitoria de Arguim serve a imediata incorporação de uma visão europeia sobre o Saara, ilustrando também a profundidade dos laços desde então estabelecidos com as diferentes populações da região. Será igualmente apresentada uma compilação de tradições orais que actualmente descrevem os iniciais encontros euro‐saarianos, assim como o seu relevo nos mecanismos de filiação tribal e estutária que, até hoje, definem a região.

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Appel à contributions : Politiques de la culture et cultures du politique dans l’Ouest saharien

17 December 2013

Ce projet portera tout autant sur les mobilisations de la culture, ou de ce qui fait culture (représentations, pratiques, normes partagées), par le politique, dans ses déclinaisons classiques (élus, représentants de l’Etat, institutions politiques diverses, arsenal législatif, politiques publiques) et nouvelles (société civile, cyberactivisme, réseaux sociaux), dans le cadre de projets de contestation, d’émancipation ou de gouvernement, que sur les cultures du politique en tant qu’ensembles de « manières de faire » de la politique (codes, normes, valeurs, savoir-faire, dispositifs matériels, usages rhétoriques). Pour interroger ces interactions entre culture et politique, on privilégiera les questionnements thématiques et transversaux ci-dessous, qui constitueront une grille d’analyse commune, sans être pour autant exclusifs d’autres interrogations ou approches.

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Le Centre des études sahariennes (CES), Maroc : Décès de l’éminent chercheur Pierre Bonte, un grand connaisseur du Maroc saharien

7 November 2013

Né le 25 août 1942 dans le département du Nord, le défunt était titulaire d’un Doctorat d’Etat en ethnologie et anthropologie sociale (Paris-EHESS, 1998), membre du Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale du Collège de France et de l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) et Directeur de recherches au Centre national de recherche scientifique (CNRS). Responsable depuis le milieu des années 1960 de nombreuses missions d’étude au Niger, en Algérie, en Mauritanie, au Mali, au Maroc et en Tunisie, M. Bonte est l’auteur de nombreuses contributions scientifiques et d’ouvrages dont L’émirat de l’Adrar. Esquisses historiques, (1998), La montagne de fer. La SNIM. Une société minière du Sahara mauritanien à l’heure de la mondialisation (2001), Les derniers nomades (2004), L’émirat de l’Adrar mauritanien. Harîm, compétition et protection dans une société tribale saharienne (2008),…

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PhD Scholarship in African Studies at the University of Birmingham: Arabic Sources for West African History, West African Manuscripts in the British Library

6 November 2013

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham (incorporating the Centre of West African Studies) and the British Library are pleased to announce a three-year studentship for students commencing their MPhil/PhD in African Studies in September 2014. The studentship is attached to an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership awarded to the British Library for research and cataloguing related to its collection of West African Arabic manuscripts and its forthcoming exhibition: ‘West Africa: Cultures of the Word’. The successful applicant will receive (at UK/EU rate) full tuition fees and maintenance funding (which was £13,726 for 2013/14, increasing annually), plus associated expenses (£550 yearly maintenance payment from AHRC; up to £1,000 per annum from the British Library to cover travel and related costs).

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