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Watson Institute Visiting Fellows

December 29th, 2009 No comments

Watson Institute Visiting Fellows
2010 APPLICATION

The Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University seeks several recent PhDs for three year residential visiting fellowships, beginning July 1, 2010. The mission of the Watson Institute is to pursue interdisciplinary research on pressing global issues and to foster more direct engagements between scholarship and policy and public debates. The latest publication about recent developments and current research trajectories can be found in the Watson Institute’s Fall newsletter (PDF).

Successful candidates will pursue their own research and also contribute to the development of collective and collaborative research at the Institute. They will teach one course per semester, chosen in consultation with the Institute’s director, and advise students.

Salary: $55,000 (12 month) plus individual health and dental coverage.

The committee will begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2010.

Brown University is an AA/EEO employer and especially welcomes applications from women and minority candidates.

All Applications must be submitted online. Click here to apply.

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OSI Chevening Scholarships for study in the United Kingdom

December 29th, 2009 No comments

OSI Chevening Scholarships for study in the United Kingdom
For more information see

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/scholarship/news?&sort_on=date&sort_desc=0&start:int=15

DEADLINES:

January 2010

12th – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Oxford Scholarships – 9 Month Research & Master’s Awards
The Open Society Institute offers support for postgraduate study in the UK for doctoral students, junior lecturers, and young professionals from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

18th – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Essex Human Rights Scholarships
The program offers support to students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to pursue postgraduate programs at the Human Rights Centre.

25th – OSI/FCO Chevening/Staffordshire University (MSc in Economics for Business Analysis)
OSI offers support for university graduates from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, or Montenegro with outstanding academic qualifications for the MSc in the Economics for Business Analysis program at Staffordshire University.

25th – OSI/Staffordshire University (MPhil/PhD in Economics)
The Open Society Institute invites university graduates from applicants from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro to apply for this MPhil/PhD in Economics distance-learning program.

29th – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Warwick Scholarships
OSI offers support for scholars from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Mongolia with the chance to read for a master’s course at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Warwick.
February 2010

1st – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Cambridge Scholarships
Scholars from Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan are invited to apply for awards in the social sciences and humanities.

2nd – OSI/FCO Chevening/Royal Holloway University of London Scholarships
This scholarship program provides opportunities for applicants from Pakistan to study for an MSc Democracy, Politics and Governance or MSc Medical Sociology at Royal Holloway.

2nd – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Sussex Scholarships
The Open Society Institute invites applications from suitably qualified students from Albania, Belarus, and Kosovo for a one-year in MA Contemporary European Studies or an MA European Politics.
2nd – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Edinburgh Scholarships (Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria)

The scholarships offer support for independent postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh for students from Georgia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, the occupied Palestinian Territories, and Syria.

2nd – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Manchester Scholarships (Economic Studies)
These scholarships provide opportunities for applicants from Mongolia and Tajikistan to study for a one-year MSc program in economics at the University of Manchester, UK.

2nd – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Manchester Scholarships (Department of Government)
OSI offers support to scholars from Belarus, Mongolia, Russia, and Uzbekistan to participate in a master’s program in politics at the University of Manchester.

2nd – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of York Scholarships
The program offers scholarships to suitably qualified individuals and/or young professionals from Afghanistan and Tajikistan to pursue an MA Post-War Recovery Studies at York.

2nd – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Glasgow Scholarships
OSI cosponsors scholarship opportunities for qualified students from Indonesia to study for an MSc in International Politics.

4th – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of Nottingham Scholarships
The scholarships provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study at the University of Nottingham for students from Indonesia, Jordan, and Syria.

4th – OSI/FCO Chevening/University of St Andrews Scholarships
The scholarships provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, UK, for applicants from Indonesia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

18th – OSI/FCO Chevening/University College London Scholarship (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)
These scholarships support students from Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, or Serbia to undertake master’s studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.

For More information see

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/scholarship/news

IREX – Short-term Travel Grants

December 15th, 2009 No comments

2010-2011 Fellowship Opportunity
Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted
for the 2010-2011 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program

STG provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals to engage in
up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political,
economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

The STG application is now available online at:

http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp

Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm EST on February 2, 2010.

Postdoctoral Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees are
eligible to apply for the STG Program. In addition to the
pre-departure logistic support provided by IREX staff, the Short-Term
Travel Grant also provides:

* International coach class roundtrip transportation
* A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses
* Travel visas
* Emergency evacuation insurance
* Field office support

Questions may be addressed to the STG Program Staff at stg@irex.org or
by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary,
Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova,
Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

STG is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program

SCHOLARSHIP- Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme, Oxford Univ.

December 15th, 2009 No comments

SCHOLARSHIP- Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme, Oxford Univ.

The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme is expected to
support up to 40 Scholars in the 2010-2011 academic year. This
Programme, launched in May 2007, offers outstanding postgraduate
students and young professionals, primarily from Eastern Europe,
Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East,
support for graduate studies at Oxford University complemented by a
comprehensive leadership development programme.

In seeking to cultivate leaders of the future, the Programme selects
students and young professional with clear leadership potential, and a
demonstrated commitment to contributing to public life. It offers them
the unique opportunity to:

* Pursue fully funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford
with no restriction as to the chosen academic field; and

* Participate in a comprehensive leadership programme providing them with:
– The knowledge and skills needed to contribute to public life in,
and play a transformational role in the development of, their
countries and regions of origin;
– Lasting professional networks across cultures and continents to be
drawn on throughout their post-university careers.

We are asking friends and colleagues around the world to circulate the
attached information through relevant networks in order to increase
awareness of the scheme and widen the pool of eligible candidates for
the next academic year.

As with other scholarships, candidates need to apply through the
official University of Oxford application process by mid January,
2010. Application documents for the 2010-11 academic year are
available on the Oxford University website. Interested candidates must
be accepted by Oxford before being considered for a Weidenfeld
Scholarship. Please note that applications to the Scholarship are
submitted through the Oxford University application form.
Additional information about the programme, the criteria for
eligibility and the application process is attached. Further
information about the programme is available on the Institute for
Strategic Dialogue website www.strategicdialogue.org.

Should you require any further information about the Weidenfeld
Scholarships and Leadership Programme, please do not hesitate to
contact Victoria Fraser, the Weidenfeld Scholarships Programme
Associate, at vfraser@strategicdialogue.org or by telephone at +44 207
493 9333.

The professional relationships fostered at Oxford, combined with our
leadership programme, is paving the way for the trans-cultural,
trans-continental and thus sustainable networks of leaders of our
future. We would be most grateful for your assistance in raising
awareness of the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme by
circulating this information to relevant universities, networks of
students, educational advising centres in your country, and
appropriate professional networks.

Asia Leadership Fellow Program 2010

December 1st, 2009 No comments

Applications invited from Asian Civil Society Professionals for the Asia Leadership Fellow Program 2010

The International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2010 Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP). The ALFP is an opportunity for individuals working in the civil society/NGO sector in Asia to gain increased professional understanding about related issues through workshops, seminars, the retreat meeting, field trips and the public symposium. The Program will be held in Tokyo, Japan for a period of nearly one month and has been scheduled from 12 September to 13 November 2010. The theme of the program is “Asia in Dialogue: Visions and Actions for a Humane Society.”

The fellowship includes a round trip airfare to and from Tokyo, daily allowance to cover accommodation, meals and other incidentals, medical insurance during the stay and other costs related to group activities such field trip and retreat.

Eligible candidates can be from Northeast-,Southeast-and South Asian countries and should be between the age group 35-59 years. Although it is not necessary to have a postgraduate degree, but the candidate should have a good command over English and should demonstrate outstanding leadership ability or potential in his/her profession.
The application form can be downloaded from the link given below. The deadline to submit applications is 11 January 2010. For more information, visit this link.
http://www.i-house.or.jp/en/ProgramActivities/alfp/Call_for_applica…

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CFA- PhD Fellowships Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

November 10th, 2009 No comments

Posted by: Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies will admit
fifteen PhD students to its doctoral program to begin October 1, 2010.
Ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the
other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding.

For more information visit our website at

http://www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de/en/application/

Applications will be reviewed by the School’s Admissions and Grants
Committee. The complete application package must be submitted by
November 30, 2009 to:

Freie Universitat Berlin
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
Managing Director
Dr Arnim Heinemann
Altensteinstr. 48
14195 Berlin
Germany

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The Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

The Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme

The Global Leaders Fellowship Programme, at Oxford and Princeton, offers post-doctoral fellowships in world politics and political economy for holders of a doctorate who are nationals of a developing country.
Up to six fellowships, with appropriate stipends sufficient to cover full living costs, will be awarded in each of the next two years. Fellows will study at Oxford for one year, followed by a year at Princeton.

At Oxford Fellows are based at the Global Economic Governance Programme and the Centre for International Studies within the Department of Politics and International Relations. At Princeton, the fellows are based in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The programme creates a network of scholars and practitioners with expertise in the key issues surrounding globalisation. Promising early-career scholars are identified, with a particular emphasis on individuals from developing countries, and provided with a rigorous intellectual programme at two world-class institutions with considerable specific strengths in the political, economic, and policy issues surrounding globalisation. The Fellows become part of a network designed to give them support and mentorship.

Objectives of the Programme

The objective of this programme is to contribute to the training of a cohort of scholar-practitioners who will help devise innovative strategies to enhance the value of global institutions to the people of developing countries. We believe that for global institutions to fulfil their potential, they must be better-aligned with the interests of people in developing countries, and that only nationals of the developing countries have the in-depth local knowledge to be able to devise culturally appropriate and politically adept strategies to accomplish this goal. We therefore seek to make a contribution toward increased equity and development in the global political economy by helping to train future leaders.

Fellowships

We are now inviting applications from nationals of non-OECD countries for a number of Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Programme, to start in September 2010.


The Fellows will work on development and the role of the developing country in the global political economy.
The fellowships will be for two years each, with the first year spent at the University of Oxford and the second year at Princeton. The programme intends to establish a network of leading scholar-practitioners in global governance.

The year in Oxford

During their year at Oxford, postdoctoral Fellows will have a college base at University College, where they will be members both of the graduate community and the Senior Common Room. They will also be associates of the Centre for International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Fellows will have extensive opportunities to discuss their research with each other, with Oxford faculty members, and with the numerous visitors who pass through the University.

Fellows will attend:

* The weekly research seminar of the Global Economic Governance Programme (‘Making Globalisation work for Developing Countries’)
* Related research meetings in the Centre for International Studies
* The core graduate training seminars in the Department of Politics and International Relations
* A weekly team meeting of the Global Economic Governance Programme
* An informal GLF reading and research group.

There are many other seminars, conferences and other collaborative activities in the relevant fields in which the Fellows will be able to participate. The Department runs a comprehensive and pluralist research methods training programme for graduates which the Fellows will also be eligible to join.
Fellows will establish connections to Oxford faculty members working in similar or related areas, including the faculties of political science, international relations, economics, development studies, law, sociology, and geography. While at Oxford, Fellows will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate intellectual community, as well as to the community of senior scholars.

The year in Princeton

During their year at Princeton, all Fellows will attend the weekly international relations colloquium, and will be encouraged to participate in other research-related events to interact with the broader research community of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior and senior faculty. In addition, Fellows will meet weekly as a group, often with an invited faculty member, to discuss research or works in progress. Fellows will become part of a research community by learning from and contributing to other active members of this community. They will also have opportunities to interact with other graduate students at Princeton, and in some cases with undergraduates.

Particular attention will be devoted to improving the methodological skills of the Fellows, so that their research will yield better inferences about processes of globalization. The Niehaus Center will organize a series of workshops led by individual faculty members, at which Fellows and faculty will become acquainted with one another. This process will ensure that Fellows and faculty members have opportunities to meet and work together on issues of shared interest. In addition, each Fellow will enroll in two seminars at Princeton, at least one of them methodologically oriented.

At the end of the year, Fellows will be expected not only to have increased the sophistication of and made substantial progress on their research projects but also to have built ties with faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students that will serve them well in the future. Beyond the immediately obvious fields of activity connected to the Niehaus Center and the Woodrow Wilson School, Fellows will also be able to take advantage of other strengths of the University in fields such as science and technology, engineering and ethics.

Time in the Field

During their first year, perhaps during breaks between academic terms, some Fellows will also fit in a brief period of internship or field research in an organization or country of central relevance to their research. In May of each year, all Fellows will attend the Colloquium for Fellows, described below. Fellows are expected to develop a mentorship relationship with at least one faculty member at Oxford, and at Princeton. Mentors will have the responsibility of staying in close touch with the fellow and advising on research questions.
A shared research workshop

In January of each year, all second-year Fellows will convene for a small workshop, led by at least two Faculty members (one from Oxford, the other from Princeton), where they will present draft papers and critique others’ papers, and be critiqued in turn. Undergraduates and graduate students at the host university will be encouraged to attend these workshops and participate in the ensuing discussions.

The Annual Colloquium

A key component of the programme will be the Annual Colloquium of Fellows (alternating between Oxford and Princeton, which all Fellows in the programme (years one and two) 6 will attend. In addition, programme alumni will be invited and, for five years, will be provided with travel bursaries to attend. This will provide an opportunity for Fellows to make formal presentations of their work, hear about others’ work, inspire each other, and communicate their findings, goals and contributions. The Colloquium will solidify and enliven the network which is such an important feature of the programme.

The Colloquium will also bring Fellows together with senior Oxford and Princeton faculty members involved with the programme, the network of senior scholars and scholarpractitioners in developing countries, and dynamic business leaders willing to act as mentors and to share their experience with the Fellows. The purpose of the Colloquium is not only to provide a forum for discussion of Fellows’ research, and to help train first year Fellows, but also to maintain a strong cohort of past Fellows, connected with one another and with the wider Fellowship’s ongoing work on global governance.
Maintaining engagement after the Fellowship years

Fellows will have a broad range of exciting opportunities at the end of their programme. It is the two universities’ combined aim to encourage them to return and to contribute to their own societies, assisting their own countries to contribute to global problem -solving. Fellows will be able to use the Global Leaders Network, whose members will meet every year at the Colloquium, to enhance the effectiveness of their work in their own countries, while maintaining global ties. Over the course of five years, such a programme will create a wellnetworked and cohesive cohort of 30 experts in global governance, engaged in first-rate research, producing innovative ideas for institutional design and policy, and in some cases actively leading in the effort to create humane and democratic governance institutions suitable for an increasingly globalised world.

Reference number: CT09014
Title of Post: Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Programme
Number of posts: Up to 6
Grade of posts: 7
Salary: £28,839 – £35,469 per annum ($55,000 yearly (US Dollars)*)

Applications are invited from nationals of non-OECD countries for a number of Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Programme. The Fellows will work on development and the role of the developing country in the global political economy. Up to six fellowships will be awarded in each of the next four years, beginning in September 2010. The fellowships will be for two years each, with the first year spent at the University of Oxford and the second year at Princeton. The programme intends to establish a network of leading scholar-practitioners in global governance.

The posts are full-time. It is expected that the first year of appointment will be made on the University of Oxford’s salary grade 7, currently between £28,839 and £35,469 per annum.

* The second year of the appointment, at Princeton, will be at a level anticipated to be approximately $55,000 subject to adjustment due to economic conditions.
Duties of the post

The duties of the Fellow are:

* To undertake his/her own independent research within the goals of the GLF programme as described in the Further Particulars and under the broad direction of the GLF Executive Committee, and to complete at least two working papers (or equivalent) during the Fellowship;
* To interact intellectually with other GLF Fellows, to participate in the seminars and activities specified below, and to play an active role in the intellectual life of the relevant university Departments and Centres at Oxford and Princeton;
* Fellows will be expected to reside one year in Oxford and one year in Princeton unless otherwise agreed by the Executive Committee;
* To participate in the annual Fellows’ Colloquium.

Selection criteria

Essential:

* You must be a national of a non-OECD country;
* Substantial experience of working in a non-OECD country;
* A completed doctorate (or evidence of imminent completion) in a subject relevant to global development and the role of developing countries in the world political economy;
* Evidence of outstanding prior academic accomplishment and of plans to develop a career in keeping with the purposes of the GLF programme;
* Evidence of outstanding analytical and research skills;
* Evidence of a clearly articulated research project which contributes broadly to our understanding of how policymakers and institutions in developing countries can develop more effective strategies – particularly in global politics – for dealing with the effects of globalisation in ways which benefit their populations.

How to apply

Candidates are required to submit the following:

1. A current CV.

2. A one-page covering letter

3. A personal details form

4. A personal statement describing his or her training, ambitions, and purposes in pursuing the Fellowship

5. A project statement describing either a research project or policy proposal which contributes broadly to our understanding of how policymakers and institutions in developing countries can develop more effective strategies – particularly in global politics – for dealing with the effects of globalisation in ways which benefit their populations.

The project statement should be not more than 2500 words addressing an analytical puzzle whose solution is important to increasing the capacity to solve global problems affecting developing countries. Successful applicants will specify clearly how they intend to conduct their research and the sources of information and data they plan to use. Examples of potential themes include:

* Enhancing the use of global institutions by developing countries (in trade, monetary affairs, health, or development assistance).
* Analyzing how existing mechanisms of accountability operate on issues of aid and development, and exploring where systemic improvements might be made.
* Exploring the intersections between trade policy and environmental policy, or human rights policy; identifying current institutional arrangements that inhibit 3 problem-solving and investigating how alternative institutions could enhance such problem-solving.
* Analyzing tensions and opportunities in relations between developing countries and multinational enterprises and devising strategies that could enhance the interests of countries and corporations alike.

The committee will look for proposals which develop specific themes in convincing detail, but we will not seek to restrict the range of themes too sharply, since our first priority is to attract the best possible candidates working on issues of global governance from the perspective of (one or more) developing country. Our emphasis on globalisation means that we hope especially to attract proposals on issues relating to: economic and social development, the environment, foreign investment, health, human rights, migration, labour, and trade policy. Often, the most interesting (and institutionally intractable) policy areas fall at the intersections of these broad policy areas.

6. Candidates are also asked to arrange for two referees (not more) to write or email in support of their application to the email or postal address below by the closing date.

Please email applications and references to glf(at)politics.ox.ac.uk or post to the Department of Politics and International Relations, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ by 12:00 noon (UK time) on Monday 23rd November 2009 (UK time). Please quote reference no. CT09014 on all correspondence and state where you saw this post advertised. Fellows will be selected by a committee consisting of six faculty members, three each from Oxford and Princeton. Interviews are expected to be conducted via telephone.

For more information see http://glf.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.asp

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Portugal 2010 – Emerging Scholars Network Section Call for Papers

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

Portugal 2010 – Emerging Scholars Network Section Call for Papers

The Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) invites you to participate in the 2010
International Congress of the IAMCR to be held in Braga, Portugal, from  July
18 to 22 2010.

This year’s theme is “*Communication and Citizenship: Rethinking Crisis and
Change*”.  We call for general academic papers in Communication and Media
Studies as well as papers addressing communication, citizenship, crisis, and
change.

ESN is a section dedicated to the work and careers of emerging scholars.  We
especially look for works in progress from graduate students and new
university instructors/professors who are interested in substantial feedback
and comments intended to advance their projects.  We seek academic work on
any topic in the field of communication.

The ESN organizes emerging scholar panels and joint panels with other
sections. Our emerging scholar panels provide a comfortable environment for
the presentation of theses and works in progress, where emerging scholars
can receive feedback from colleagues also at the beginning of their careers
and from senior scholars who act as respondents to individual papers. We
also organize joint panels with other sections, which allow for the exchange
of ideas with senior scholars in the field and networking.

The ESN operates a mentorship program for emerging scholars who would
benefit from linkages with senior scholars. This program addresses
publication techniques, teaching opportunities, professional involvement,
and other issues.  If you are interested in connecting with a mentor, please
contact the section co-chair, Stefania Milan at stefania.Milan[AT]eui.eu.

*Submission Guidelines:*

Submissions are due the January 31, 2010.  Panelists will be announced
mid-March.  Full papers are due April 30, 2010.

Individual abstracts may only be submitted to a SINGLE section. Please do
not submit the same abstract to two or more different sections of IAMCR.

Abstracts should be submitted on the IAMCR website,
http://www.iamcr2010portugal.com. Questions may be addressed to the section
chair, Sara Bannerman at sara.bannerman[AT]gmail.com.

Submission must include author name(s), affiliation, address, e-mail
address, and paper title. If you are submitting a work in progress, we
welcome your submission! Please state that it is a work in progress in your
abstract.

Please take a look at our website (http://esn.colostate.edu) for more
information.  See also the attached document for suggestions on how to write
an abstract.

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The 8th Chinese Internet Research Conference

October 27th, 2009 No comments

Call for Papers
The 8th Chinese Internet Research Conference
School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University, China
June 29-30, 2010

Internet and Modernity with Chinese Characteristics: Institutions, Cultures and Social Formations

By June 30 2009, the number of netizens in China has reached 338 million, surpassing the total population of the United States. Already the country with the largest number of Internet users since 2008, Chinese Internet now boasts of 2.1million websites and more than 100 million blogs. The fast changing landscape of Internet usage in China has seen both quantitative and qualitative developments. In fact, the visions and thrills of getting online parallel China’s ambition to build a modern society with Chinese characteristics. The Internet has penetrated into social institutions, political processes, cultural activities and people’s everyday life. It is time we look beyond numbers and events and delve deeper into the fabric of China’s social life in order to understand how the Internet integrates, counteracts or cooperates with institutional, cultural and social forces in seeking and creating a modern form of existence. The theme of the 8th Chinese
Internet Research Conference, “Internet and Modernity with Chinese Characteristics: Institutions, Cultures and Social Formations,” is designed to bring together scholars, experts and leaders in the field to explore these fascinating developments and trends.

This will be the very first time this conference is held in mainland China. We aim to open a forum where different perspectives and expectations meet, communicate and interact, and where the agendas and hopes of the Chinese population are heard, discussed and analyzed on an international scale. The working languages of the conference will be both English and Chinese, and we will provide translation service if necessary. The forms and contradictions in which China tries to conceptualize and materialize modernity, and how the Internet is helping out in this process are the main focus of this conference. Specific topics include but are not limited to:

Mediations between the global and the local
The political economy of the Internet and information industry in China
Internet as alternative media
Virtual communities and identity formation
Social relations on the Internet

With these topics, we hope to explore the following questions: How global influences and local initiatives meet, interact and converge through and about the Internet? Is Internet the agent of globalization and homogeneity or that of local independence and particularity? With increasing capitalization and commercialization of the Internet in China, what is the dynamic relationship among state, market and civil society? What creative uses of the Internet are made by Chinese netizens? Does the Internet serve as an alternative media that meets new challenges of a society in transformation? What are the different relationships that exist between the Internet and the so-called traditional media? How do people interact and form groups through the Internet and other information technologies? How do various virtual communities operate? What is the significance of virtual communities in the formation of identities and values for different social groups in China?
What power relations are maintained, challenged or undermined by the Internet? What institutional, social and cultural experiments are being conducted on the Internet that can enlighten our imagination of a just form of social organization?

Paper Submission
We welcome proposals of quantitative, qualitative and critical studies from all disciplines. Panel proposals are welcome too. Both English and Chinese proposals will be considered. We assume that the language of proposal will also be the language of presentation.
Preference will be given to papers and panels that significantly advance understanding of the role and impact of the Internet and associated technologies in China, including advancing theoretical understandings, methodological approaches, and sophistication of analysis.
A proposal of approximately 1000 English words or Chinese characters is due by Jan. 15, 2010. Submissions should be sent to Dr. Wang Weijia atwwj@pku.edu.cn and Dr. Wang Xiuli at xiuli.wang@pku.edu.cn. Accepted papers will be announced on February 15, 2010. Completed papers should be submitted by April 24, 2010.

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