MiReKoc Call for Research Proposals for Post Graduate Students Research Competition on Turkey-related migration issues
At a time when the questions raised by unemployment, retirement pensions and hard work are major stakes in today’s societies, cultural history can shed a new light on work as a notion.
How is it possible to write a “cultural history of work”, an expression which is traditionally associated with sociology, economics and social history? What importance should be attached to working practices and workers in historical analysis? What part is played by work, trades and vocational focuses in the history of cultural practices and representations of work?
It is in the intention of the 2012 Lunéville Conference to reflect on the links between work and culture, by starting a dialogue between several trends of historiography, at the crossroads of several fields and disciplines. The papers will reflect this diversity, focusing on various periods, various countries and relying on various methods and theories.
For that purpose, several themes are suggested.
The definitions and representations of work: the difference between working and not working, reflections on voluntary and unpaid work, militancy, domestic chores, artistic and intellectual work, or working on and transforming oneself through mourning, psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.
The habits and traditions of workers and the role of culture at work ― focusing on trade unions, labour movements, farming, paternalism, or workers’ councils, employment law.
Culture as work: creative work, the various trades related to culture, the vocational focus in arts occupations.
Work as enslavement or as a liberation: (coal-)mining or slavery are the first examples that spring to mind, but the notions of suffering and pleasure at work, linked to the histories of the body and of sensitiveness, could also be treated.
Work and gender, involving social relationships and professional statuses.
Work and migrations: the division of work in various countries, the circulation of workers and production modes in a globalized world.
Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length and will either be delivered in English or in French. Each researcher can either submit a single proposal or a panel composed of various presentations ― from 3 to 4.
All the proposals should be submitted to the following e-mail address, email@example.com, before January 15th, 2012.
For a presentation: a summary (not exceeding 1,500 characters) and a short CV of the author, including his or her publications and articles.
For a panel: name of the person in charge, an overview of the panel (not exceeding 1,000 characters), a summary of the presentations (not exceeding 1,500 characters) and a short CV of the authors, including their publications and articles.
All the delegates must be members of the ISCH (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/isch/) and pay the fees specified at the time of registration.
The Middle East and South Asia Studies Program invites paper proposals for a conference at Wake Forest University. Our chief aim is bring together scholars working on two questions often treated separately. The first day’s program will feature scholars working on questions generated by attempts in Muslim-majority contexts to grapple with minorities in their midst; the second day’s program will highlight research on the experiences of Muslim minorities throughout the world. Synthesis and dialogue will be facilitated by asking presenters from one day to serve as respondents on the other day and keynote speakers whose research explicitly addresses the intersections between the two areas of research. We plan to publish the best papers from the conference.
Among the topics papers might address are the following:
Chaired by: Dr. Niamh Reilly, National University of Ireland, Galway, IE
Co-Chairs: Stacey Scriver, National University of Ireland, Galway, IE & Sara Silvestri, City University London, UK
Last chance to apply – grants available for early-stage researchers…
Senior and emerging scholars from political science and international relations, sociology, gender and women’s studies, human rights and socio-legal studies, development, anthropology, European studies and religious studies are invited to apply to the Religion, Gender and Human Rights: Challenges for Multicultural and Democratic Societies Conference.
Submission Deadline: 29 March 2011
Conference on Religion, Gender and Human Rights: Challenges for Multicultural and Democratic Societies
We would very much appreciate it if you would circulate this announcement among your colleagues and contacts
This conference will examine the nexus of religion, gender, identity, human rights and politics with a particular focus on Europe in a context of globalisation. It will fill a gap in current literature on religion, politics and society, which tends to ignore or treat as secondary the gendered dimensions of these developments.
I would like to introduce you to a new important publishing, a Yearbook of Muslims in Europe published by the well-known Dutch academic publisher Brill in Leiden.
Each annual volume provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Europe. Covering 46 countries of Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Yearbook consists of three sections
The first section presents a country-by-country survey of essential data with basic statistics with evaluations of their reliability, surveys of legal status and arrangements, organizations, etc. providing an annually up-dated reference resource.
The second section contains analysis and research articles on issues and themes of current relevance written by experts in the field.
The final section provides reviews of recently published books of significance. The Yearbook is already an important source of reference for government and NGO officials, journalists, and policy makers as well as researchers. The first volume, covering 2008, was published in November 2009, and the second volume in November 2010. The third volume is being published in November 2011:
The yearbook is led by an editorial team consisting of:
Prof. Jørgen S. Nielsen, Centre for European Islamic Thought, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen , Denmark (coordinating editor).
Prof. Samim Akgönül, PRISME, Université de Strasbourg, France
Dr Ahmet Alibasic, Islam in South East Europe Forum, Sarajevo, Bosnia
Prof. Dr Brigitte Maréchal, CISMOC, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Dr. Egdunas Racius, Vilnius University, Lithuania
The editors are supported by an international group of editorial advisers, and there are country specialists who assemble the reference data for each of the 46 countries covered.
I am writing on behalf of the editorial team to invite you to write one of the articles of the fourth volume, especially on a current issue related to Muslims in Europe. The article must be between 5000 – 10000 words and will be paid 150 €. The deadline for submitting the articles is 1st December 2011.
We sincerely hope that you will consider this invitation very positively and let me know your response as soon as possible.
I look forward to hearing from you.
CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS
The Migration Research Program at Koç University (MiReKoc), a jointly initiated grant-giving program by Koç University and the Foundation for Population, Migration, and Environment (a Zurich-based Foundation) invites research proposals on Turkey-related migration issues. MiReKoc, which was established in August 2004, pursues the following aims: developing the research capacity on migration issues in Turkey; providing collaboration among researchers and strengthening Turkish research capacities in these fields; connecting the migration issues in Turkey and in its ‘near abroad’, such as neighboring areas in Europe, Asia and Africa; improving the translation of scholarly migration research findings to the policymaking process; providing a better understanding of how migration issues are interrelated to various social, economic, cultural and political issues of domestic and international, or local and global settings. Providing opportunities for research on migration issues at the theoretical and empirical level from different disciplinary angles, MiReKoc promotes multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research practices. In either case, originality is the main concern being evaluated. Whereas quantitative and qualitative research are considered equally important, the Program encourages the use of the wider diversity of research methods, such as survey research, ethnographic research, fieldwork and archival research. The main disciplines which contribute to the Program are economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, international relations, history, law, demography, urban studies, geography, psychology and education. Within the context of these purposes and concerns cited above, the Program holds an annual competition for research grants. In the 2010-2011 period, MiReKoc holds two types of research grant competition: the “Thematically-open” (T-O) Research Competition and the “Thematically-focused” (T-F) Research Competition. The T-O Research Grant Competition is open to any project on Turkey-related migration issues that fits with MiReKoc’s general mandate of migration research. Accordingly, the Program encourages research proposals on various newly emerging migration topics, as well as on other topics which are already better documented and researched yet require some new inquiry, with clear justifications. As far as the T-F Research Grant Competition is concerned, the Program also encourages the submission of research proposals that particularly address the following issues in the field of migration related research and policymaking. • Xenophobia, human rights and discrimination regarding internal and international migrants in Turkey Both internal and international migration has significant consequences for migrant-receiving communities in Turkey. It is within this context that migrants face particular problems of racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the country. How can we conceptualize and classify xenophobic discrimination, behaviors and actions against internal and international migrants in Turkey? How is it possible to develop intercultural understanding to raise public awareness on anti-discrimination and anti-racism issues in the country? What are the links between racism or xenophobia and immigration or the presence of migrants? How can the rights and dignity of different types of migrants, rural-urban migrants, labour migrants, irregular migrants, transit migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey be protected? • Legal frameworks and policy practices on the immigration and asylum flows in Turkey and the effects of these entry policies and practices on the integration of immigrants in the country Intensifying international migration poses several major policy dilemmas for many societies; most world countries are becoming more multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious and multilingual. What is the relationship between integration policies and the legal framework on international migration and asylum flows in Turkey? What are the main policy dilemmas that challenge international migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey? What are the current problems arising from the implementation of policies on international migration and asylum flows in Turkey? • Return migration from Euro to Turkey Since the beginning of labor migration from Turkey in the early 1960s, the country has faced the return migration of its expatriate citizens. The attention paid by a limited number of scholars to the link between development and migration has highlighted the need to review the phenomena of return migration. In addition to this, return migration in a globalized world often implies a type of circular migration and/or the back-and-forth movement of a floating population. In today’s Turkey, we still need to know who returns, when and why and what the distinctions are between various types of returnees. • Large-scale Demographic Studies in Internal and International Migration For decades, Turkey’s population dynamics have been affected by the various types of internal and international migratory flows. Similarly, these migratory movements have enormous impact over the characteristics of population in the country. Despite the fact that there is a long established linkage between the demographic processes and structures and migratory flows, there is a lack of studies and research in the field, in particular the usage of data from censuses and administrative sources in migration studies remains very limited. Therefore, large-scale demographic studies on internal and international migration will be very functional in migration research in the country. * Turkish citizens who are residents of Turkey are eligible to apply for the grants. Temporary residence outside Turkey does not preclude eligibility. Research proposals may include non-Turkish researchers as co-investigators (any non-Turkish researcher may apply, if s/he collaborates with a Turkish researcher residing in Turkey). The Program language is English. Researchers will be asked to submit their proposals by April 09, 2010, using the MiReKoc Grant Application Form. Researchers may ask suggestions and advice from the MiReKoc Secretariat to improve and resubmit their proposals. After a blind-review process by scholars in the field, the MiReKoc Scientific Advisory Committee will choose the 3-10 best research proposals in terms of scientific contribution, policy relevance and feasibility. The individual research funds will range from a minimum US$5,000 to US$45,000. Researchers have to indicate the possibility of securing additional matching funds from other institutions, including their own, for the project submitted. The funded research projects will be announced in late June, 2010.
For further information, contact the MiReKoc office: MiReKoc, Dept. of International Relations, Koç University, Rumelifeneri Yolu 34450 Sarıyer İstanbul Turkey,
tel: +90 212 338 1635, +90 338 1689,
fax: +90 212 338 1642
or consult our website: http://www.mirekoc.com,
Research Training and Funding for Doctoral Students
Organized by the Réseau Français des Instituts d’Études Avancées and the Dissertation Proposal Development (DFDF) Program of the Social Science Research Council
An international conference with leading researchers in Lyon
This program will assist students to prepare for dissertation research on topics related to Multiculturalism, Immigration, and Identity in Western Europe and the United States through participation in a conference of field experts, two training workshops, and summer research under the mentorship of Professors Christophe Bertossi (Institut français des relations internationales, Political Science) and Nancy Foner (City University of New York Graduate Center, Sociology). The conference and workshops will assist students to map and draw upon cross-disciplinary and transatlantic research on immigration, race, and ethnicity in Western Europe and the United States; define their own research questions; assess the utility of various research methods; undertake exploratory summer research; and prepare cogent and fundable doctoral research and funding proposals.
The Research Field:
In both Europe and the United States, contemporary immigration has dramatically affected the social construction of ethnic and racial diversity and reshaped political, public, and academic discourses about diversity, citizenship, and belonging. Immigration and identity have become central to strongly politicized debates in Europe and the United States, but with a focus on different issues with different outcomes. Understanding similarities and differences in patterns of immigration and diversity in Western Europe and the United States calls for comparative research and analysis.
Six students from France and six from United States will be selected competitively. Doctoral students in any discipline of the social sciences or the humanities who meet the following criteria are welcome to apply:
The student’s dissertation research project clearly fits within the research field.
Note: This is the only field of the DPDF Program open to doctoral students not enrolled in a US institution.
For a full description of the program and to submit applications
go to the DPDF Program website:
[At the website select ‘2010’ from the ‘Competitions’ drop-down menu.]
For any questions about the program, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 29 January 2010
Conference on ‘Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions’ in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár, Klausenburg), Romania.
The ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism, together with the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania and the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (ISPMN), will organize an international conference entitled ‘Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions’ on 17-20 June 2010.
Within the European space, issues related to ethno-regionalism and the legal status of national and ethnic minorities are covered by several models, such as federalization, self-rule and autonomy. In the recent decade these models and their consequences influencing European architecture have been widely studied in all sorts of theoretical and empirical frameworks. After the expansion of the EU with the Central and Eastern European countries in 2004 and 2007, and with the coming integration of the Western Balkans and possibly other states from Eastern Europe, there has been a proliferation of multi-ethnic regions and national and ethnic minority cases within or in the close vicinity of the Union. Researchers and speakers from a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, including social and political sciences, history, linguistics, law, economy and area studies will be invited to present empirical and theoretical studies on the minority issue in the European space. The organizers will especially welcome studies on ethno-regionalist politics, as well as on institutional arrangements and policies concerning national and ethnic minorities in the new Member States and the Eastern parts of Europe.
The organizers will select 30 papers for presentation in the following four panels:
(1) Ethno-regionalism in Europe – where the history of ethno-regionalism in the old Member States of the Union and the present state of affairs will be discussed
(2) Models of self-rule and autonomy with respect to national, ethnic and linguistic minorities in the Union: this panel will address the institutional solutions and rights benefiting minorities in old and new Member States and the solutions that are provided form by the Union’s transnational structure.
(3) The historical and the present status of national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe – focusing on the historical, social and economic and linguistic aspects of minorities’ situation
(4) Minority regimes at work – the implementation and the practical consequences of the policies concerning national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.
The deadline for submitting abstracts (300 words) is 28 February 2010. Applicants will receive feedback on the acceptance of their paper by 10 March. Papers (5000-7000 words) must be submitted by 1 June 2010. The organizers intend to publish the proceedings of the conference.
The official language of the conference is English. In the case of papers presented in other languages (e.g. Hungarian, Romanian) simultaneous translation will be available.
Participants whose abstracts have been selected are expected to cover travelling expenses only, the organizers will provide for food and accommodation. Cluj-Napoca has excellent infrastructural facilities, such as an international airport that can also be reached by low budget airlines.
Klaus Detterbeck, University of Magdeburg, ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism
István Horváth, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj-Napoca
László Marácz, University of Amsterdam
Márton Tonk, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca
Europe is the world’s largest economic zone in terms of general domestic product. The European Union, however, as its most powerful economic structure with 27 member states, does not have the monopoly on all the exchanges that take place in Europe. Countries such as those of the European Free Trade
Association (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), countries of South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Ukraine, and several others, also participate in the exchanges within Europe. The 23 official languages of the European Union, which are determined when the states become members, are thus supplemented by other languages which also have a role to play.
Within this European zone every country works in one or several languages, which are either chosen or imposed by circumstance, and translation is therefore an inevitable and necessary aspect of all these exchanges. This situation raises the question of the languages from and into which translation occurs, and the norms that apply to these translations.
The pertinence both of the problems involved in translating normative texts and of the question of norms in translation is explained by the large quantity of texts to be translated in a great number of languages on the one hand, and by the desire to “say the same thing” in all these languages on the other. These matters have repercussions on an economic, institutional, socio-cultural and ideological level.
This European multilingualism constitutes a de facto impediment for the translation of the various types of norms elaborated by the institutions of the European Union, such as their regulations, directives and recommendations, as well as the judgments and decisions issued by the supranational courts. The same applies to economic, technical and scientific documents: every language has to be taken into account, whatever its number of speakers may be. A further matter for debate lies in the different translation norms diffused by translator training institutions and in their varying applications among publishing houses throughout Europe. Furthermore, the multilingual environment in which European businesses function raises the problem of the choice of their working language, as they often adopt English at the expense of the national language, which in turn raises the question of source text quality.
The conference aims to bring together translators, linguists, translator trainers, experts working in the European Institutions, as well as people working in the business sector, to discuss the practices and the demands which this European multilingualism generates.
Presentations can focus on any of the following topics:
• Harmonising translation practice in businesses and institutions.
• The use of terminology in a multilingual context, both in the public and private sector.
• Multilingual strategies in business communication and translation.
• European minority languages and translation issues.
• The impact of majority languages on translation norms.
• Problems of source text quality linked to the use of global English.
• The implicit and explicit diffusion of translation norms.
• Norms in translator training.
• Norms in translation as applied by the audiovisual industry and in publishing.
The conference is organised by the Research Group on European Multilingualism (EA 1339, LiLPa), the
Institute for Translators, Interpreters and International Relations (ITI-RI) at Strasbourg University and the College for Languages and Applied Human Sciences of the University of Strasbourg.
200 to 300-word proposals for papers in French or in English, with a provisional title, should be sent to email@example.com by 30 November 2009. The selected papers may be given in French or in English in a 25-minute presentation (+ 5 minutes Q & A).
Registration fee: € 65 (payment before 31 March 2010) or € 100 (payment after 31 March 2010)
Coffee breaks and lunch are provided by the conference organisers.
Accommodation and other meals are paid for by the participants.
30 November 2009: deadline for submission of proposals
30 January 2010: notification of acceptance of proposals
23-24-25 June 2010: Conference
• Amalia Todirascu (University of Strasbourg)
• Antje Gualberto, (University of Strasbourg)
• Arlette Bothorel (University of Strasbourg)
• Ayfer Altay (Hacettepe University of Ankara, Turkey)
• Barbara Kaltz (University of Aix-en-Provence)
• Christopher Gledhill (University of Lille 3)
• Claude Truchot (University of Strasbourg)
• Daniel Gouadec (University of Rennes 2)
• Elisabeth Lavault-Olléon (University of Grenoble 3)
• Ineke Wallaert (University of Strasbourg)
• James Brannan (European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg)
• Jean Dewitz (Université of Strasbourg)
• Jean-François Allain (Council of Europe, Strasbourg)
• John Humbley (University of Paris 7)
• Marie-Paule Jacques (University of Strasbourg)
• Mojca Schlamberger Brezar (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
• Rita Temmermann (Erasmushogeschool, Brussel, Belgium)
• Slaheddine Dchicha (University of Strasbourg)
• Teresa Cabré (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)
• Thierry Grass (University of Strasbourg)