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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Appel à candidatures: Bourses ‘Carrefours Sahariens’ 2013-2014

8 September 2013

L’Institut Américaine des Etudes Maghrébines (AIMS) et l’Association de Recherche Ouest-Africaine (West African Research Association, WARA) annoncent le premier concours de bourses ‘Carrefours Sahariens’ pour la période 2013-2014. L’initiative ‘Carrefours Sahariens’ cherche à lutter contre la fracture conceptuelle divisant les perceptions publiques et intellectuelles du continent, avec d’un côté, le nord, ‘blanc’, et de l’autre, la zone sub-saharienne, “noire”. Cette initiative tente aussi de modérer cette vision du Sahara comme étant divisé par une barrière infranchissable.

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Call for applications: Saharan Crossroads Fellowships 2013-2014

8 September 2013

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) and the West African Research Association (WARA) announce the second annual Saharan Crossroads Fellowship Competition. Saharan Crossroads seeks to counter the conceptual divide separating North and sub-Saharan Africa and the tendency to view the Sahara Desert as an impenetrable barrier dividing the continent into the northern “white” and sub-Saharan “black” Africa. Countries to the north often find themselves placed in Mediterranean, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies with little consideration of cultural, historical, or artistic contact with sub-Saharan countries, which are often considered more authentically “African.” Despite trans-Saharan cultural contact spanning centuries, this inaccurate perception of Africa as two distinct zones separated by an empty wasteland of desert continues to influence the way people think about this region and the continent as a whole.

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