The American Political Science Association (APSA) MENA Workshop 2020 for early-career scholars

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Application Deadline:Saturday February 29, 2020 at 11:00 PM (EST).

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2020 MENA Workshops. The APSA MENA program is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from across the Arab MENA region and receive feedback on current research.

The 7th annual workshop will be conducted as a 7-day program in Rabat, Morocco from May 29 to June 5, 2020 focusing on “Securitization and Insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa.” A selected group of fellows from the workshop will be invited to present their research at the 2020 APSA Annual Meeting from September 10-13, 2020 in San Francisco, CA. The organizers will cover participation costs (including travel, lodging, and materials) for up to 20 qualified applicants.

This program is an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the Arab MENA region and advance research on the security and international relations of the region. The 7-day workshop will be held in partnership with the faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences-Souissi (FSJES) at Mohammed V University in Rabat. The organizers will cover participation costs (including travel, lodging, and materials) for up to 20 qualified applicants.

Eligible Participants
The workshop is intended for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who are citizens of countries in the Arab MENA region, especially those who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the region. Non-citizens of Arab MENA countries who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the Arab MENA region may also apply. The program is open to scholars in political science and other social science disciplines undertaking research related to the workshop theme. Scholars should apply with a manuscript or research project in progress that they will present at the workshop. Professional fluency in English is required. Applications from scholars working on topics related to the workshop theme (as described below) are especially encouraged.

Workshop Theme
The 2020 MENA Workshop will be led by Samer Abboud (Villanova University, USA), Zaynab El Bernoussi (Al Akhawayn University, Morocco), Omar Dahi (Hampshire College, USA), and Salim Hmimnat (Mohamed V University, Morocco). Together with selected workshop fellows, the co-leaders aim to engage academic and policy debates about security and international relations of the MENA region and consider alternative understandings of insecurity that focus on the research projects of scholars within the region. The workshop will also explore various methodological approaches in the study of insecurity and address the challenges that researchers from the region face in producing theoretically and conceptually legible research for a mainly English-speaking audience.

Application Process
To submit an application for participation in the workshop, follow the web link to the online Application Form. Completed applications, including all necessary supporting documents (in PDF or Word Format), must be submitted by March 14, 2020. Selected fellows will be contacted by the end of March. Applications must be in English and include:

  1. The completed online Application Form.
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  3. A detailed research statement (2,000 words maximum) describing the work-in-progress you propose to develop and present at the workshop. This statement should outline the focus of the paper, the methods used, the data/fieldwork on which it is based, and how it relates to the workshop theme(s). The research project should not be part of a co-authored project and should not be an excerpt from a work that is already completed or accepted for publication. Submissions may be derived from a dissertation project if also suitable for publication as a journal article.
  4. Two letters of reference on official letterhead and scanned as electronic files. If you are a graduate student, one letter should be from your dissertation supervisor. If you are a researcher or faculty member, letters can come from a former dissertation supervisor, a colleague at your home institution, a university official, or an employer.

Should you have any questions or seek additional information contact [email protected]. Please do not contact the workshop leaders directly.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the APSA MENA Workshop 2020

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