Tuesday, October 30, 2012

II Школа пишущих исследователей (Школа ПИ) 21-31 января (2013) Санкт-Петербург

Центр независимых социологических исследований (ЦНСИ) и журнал Laboratorium при поддержке Фонда Дж. и К. Макартуров с 21 по 31 января 2013 г. проводят в Санкт-Петербурге вторую Школу пишущих исследователей (Школа ПИ) и приглашают всех желающих подавать заявки на участие.

Школа ПИ рассчитана на тех социологов, антропологов, историков, которые озабочены качеством и техникой написания статей по результатам своих эмпирических исследований. Объединив усилия специалистов в области академического письма, социальных исследователей и редакторов профильных российских журналов, организаторы намерены создать насыщенную экспертную среду, поддерживающую рефлексивную работу участников школы по доработке или переработке своих статей, артикуляции и освоению конвенций письма, практикуемых качественными исследователями, а также выявлению особенностей локальных политик подготовки журнальных статей.

Paving the Way for Young UN Volunteers

Every year, 7,700 volunteers contribute to the work of the United Nations. By mobilising these active citizens, the United Nations volunteer (UNV) programme aims at contributing to peace and development worldwide. The current age limit to participate is 25 but at the beginning 2012 the multilateral organisation stated in their five-year action agenda the ambition to set up a UN youth volunteers programme under the umbrella of UNV. As a crucial part in the preparation of this new initiative, stakeholders gathered in the UNV headquarters in Bonn between 11th and 12th October

During the consultation, various civil society organisations, including youth organisations, as well as the various UN Agencies and representatives from UN Member States, were given the chance to provide critical inputs and ideas on youth volunteering. As part of this wider topic, stakeholders discussed three key aspects. Next to establishing finding common ground on establishing the separate programme for youth, engagement in global advocacy and partnerships for youth volunteerism came to the fore. Finally, participants to the consultation went into the issue of capacity building of national and regional youth schemes.

The European Youth Forum welcomes the expansion of the chances to volunteer within the United Nations for those under 25. Representing European youth, the Forum was present as a stakeholder during the consultations. In this position the Forum and other youth representatives engaged themselves to be involved in all aspects of the new programme, including its conceptualisation, establishment and management. Doing so the Forum continues to stress its message of a rights-based approach to volunteering.

Useful links

Monday, October 29, 2012

СТИПЕНДИИ НА РЕАЛИЗАЦИЮ НАУЧНЫХ ИССЛЕДОВАНИЙ

Второй выпуск конкурса на получение стипендии на реализацию научных исследований - 2013/2014
Центр польско-российского диалога и согласия приглашает всех желающих российских исследователей принять учаcтие в конкурсе на получение стипендии на реализацию научных исследований. Срок подачи заявок на академический год 2013/2014 истекает 31 января 2013 г.
Основные положения конкурса:
  1. Стипендия на реализацию научных исследований присуждается на один или два академических семестра:
а) исследователям имеющим российское гражданство или работающим в российских научных учреждениях, имеющим научную степень и научные достижения, подтвержденные соответствующей документацией, которые ведут или хотят вести исследования в области польско-российских отношений;
б) лицам без научной степени, обучающимся в аспирантуре или имеющим существенные исследовательские достижения в области польско-российских отношений.
  1. Стипендия  присуждается раз в год. Срок подачи заявок на академический год 2013/2014 истекает 31 января 2013 г. Решающим является время поступления бумажной версии заявки в Центр. Заявки следует также отправить на адрес электронной почты stypendia@cprdip.pl. Просим в заглавии электронного письма и на конверте отметить: „wniosek o stypendium badawcze”.
  1. Решение о присуждении стипендии на реализацию научных исследований принимает Директор Центра польско-российского диалога и согласия после ознакомления с мнением комиссии экспертов. Лауреаты будут  извещены по телефону или по электронной почте.
  1. Комиссия – состoящая не менее чем из трёх лиц, в том числе из одного сотрудника Центра и двух лиц с научной степенью, которые не находятся в трудовых отношениях с Центром – оценивает научную ценность проекта, научные достижения заявителя в сфере польско-российских отношений, в том числе публикации и реализованные исследовательские проекты,  значение предложенного проекта  для диалога и взаимопонимания в польско-российских отношениях, а также соответствие запрашиваемой квоты стипендии с предполагаемыми финансовыми потребностями   исследовательского проекта.
  1. Ежемесячная квота стипендии, которую присуждает Директор, не будет меньше чем 3500 злотых и больше чем 3880 злотых для стипендии на два семестра или меньше чем 3500 злотых и больше чем 5000 злотых для стипендии на один семестр.
  1. Стипендиат будет обязан выполнить программу стипендии, то есть реализовать исследовательский план и регулярно участвовать в польской академической жизни, представить один  (или более) промежуточный отчет, а также подготовить общий отчет. о стипендии для утверждения директором Центра. Детально обязанности стипендиата будут определяться  договором, заключенным с Центром.
  2. Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Arab Women and Social Media

Overview – Regional Survey Findings

The societal and political transformations taking place across the region played an instrumental role in challenging stereotypes about Arab women as oppressed and subservient. In particular, the leading role that women have played in orchestrating and participating in social movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen has cemented their position as equal partners to men in transforming the political landscapes in their countries. 

The most obvious acknowledgement of this leadership role was the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an Arab woman, Tawakkul Karman, a leading female Yemeni political activist. Whether Arab women’s civic and political engagement will be enhanced in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” remains to be seen.

Although social media has been a powerful tool throughout these popular movements, whether for mobilization or disseminating information [1], Arab women’s use of social media is low compared to men in the region, as well as in comparison with the global female social media usage average (for example women make up about half of Facebook users globally, while Arab women only make up a third of users in the region).

Report shows Turkish journalists suffering under current regime

The Turkish government continues to oppress journalists through the use of archaic terrorism laws according to a report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) this week.

The report indicates that the country is currently holds more journalists in prison than any other nation in the world, with 76 media professionals in jail and at least 61 of those being held directly as a result of their work.

Highlighting the “Dark Days of Jailing Journalists and Criminalising Dissent,” CPJ asserts:

Turkish authorities are engaging in widespread criminal prosecution and jailing of journalists, and are applying other forms of severe pressure to promote self-censorship in the press. CPJ has found highly repressive laws, particularly in the penal code and anti-terror law; a criminal procedure code that greatly favors the state; and a harsh anti-press tone set at the highest levels of government. Turkey’s press freedom situation has reached a crisis point.”
The report by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that members of the media are being oppressed by terrorism laws which are open to abuse

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Peacebuilding Projects

The goal of many organisations over time is to bring attention to powerful peacebuilding initiatives underway around the world. 

Please explore the resources below, which offer access to a range of contemporary and past projects.

The Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster (http://transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/) is an academic think-tank that examines the ways international legal norms shape conflict-resolution. Much of the past work of the TJI has focused on the civil war in Ireland. The Institute has recently begun offering innovative programs that examine the role of gender in conflict and peace building (http://transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/LLMGenderConflictandHumanRights.htm).

The Karuna Centre (http://www.karunacenter.org/), an American peace building institute, adopts a community-based approach to conflict resolution. It seeks to implement sustainable strategies for conflict transformation and community reconciliation. In previous work in Nepal and Sri Lanka, the Centre has combined attempts to build local capacities with conflict transformation processes using mediated and structured dialogue. 

The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (http://www.historyandreconciliation.org/), based in The Netherlands, works with educational and public policy institutions to promote and facilitate discourses to resolve and acknowledge historical disputes. Areas of focus include Armenia-Turkey, the Middle East, the Former Yugoslavia, and Kenya.

INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) is a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. It combines research, education, and comparative analysis to explore the causes and consequences of conflict and to promote conflict-resolution strategies. INCORE's Conflict Data Service (http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/services/cds/) is a comprehensive database on conflicts and conflict-related issues. 

Conciliation Resources (http://www.c-r.org/) is a UK-based NGO that works mainly in the South Caucasus, Fiji, Uganda, Sudan, and West Africa. It seeks to establish relationships with local civil society organizations and strengthen them through international support. The organization publishes Accord, an international review of peace building initiatives.Conciliation Resources currently has ongoing projects in Colombia and the Philippines. 
Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Peacebuilding NGO communicates with conflict-affected communities on French, Russian and Spanish websites


Conciliation Resources has launched professionally translated websites in FrenchRussian and Spanish, in an effort to inform more people about conflicts affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals.
The new websites include information relevant to the conflicts some French, Russian and Spanish speakers may be affected by, as well as some of the latest news relating to peacebuilding in affected regions.
They are targeted towards civic activists, local community groups and international policymakers, who can benefit from Conciliation Resources’ expertise in peacebuilding and practical resources to aid peacemaking. With communication tools becoming increasingly prominent in peacebuilding work, being able to communicate with audiences in different languages is central to Conciliation Resources’ ongoing and future work.

Неправительственная организация, работающая в области построения мира, запускает профессиональный вебсайт на русском языке

Организация “Ресурсы примирения” запустила вебсайт - www.c-r.org/ru, с профессиональным переводом содержания на русский язык. Цель вебсайта - проинформировать как можно более широкую аудиторию о конфликтах, влияющих на жизни сотен тысяч людей.

Новый вебсайт содержит информацию о конфликтах, влияющих на жизнь русскоязычного населения разных регионов, а также последние новости о предпринимаемых в эти регионах усилиях по построению мира. Целевая аудитория вебсайта – активисты гражданского общества, местные НПО и международные организации, формирующие политику в этой области, то есть, все те, кому может быть полезен миротворческий опыт “Ресурсов примирения” и предлагаемые практические ресурсы в области мирного строительства.

Новый русскоязычный вебсайт включает информацию о регионах конфликта на Южном Кавказе, в которых организация “Ресурсы примирения” ведет работу около двадцати лет.

Union for the Mediterranean and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to develop common synergies

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Secretariat have agreed on defining concrete ways of collaboration based on existing synergies and complementarities, with the aim to create an added value in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

A UfM press release said Secretary General Sijilmassi took part in the opening session of the Mediterranean Focal Points Meeting of the Alliance of Civilizations together with the UN High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, President Jorge Sampaio, and the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gonzalo de Benito.

During his intervention, the Secretary General praised the important role played by the Alliance and the fundamental task developed by President Sampaio. He stressed the importance of culture for the future of Mediterranean cooperation, for its great impact on economic development and economic growth. He also pointed out the need for greater coordination of the different initiatives in the Mediterranean and expressed the Secretariat's readiness to undertake common actions with the Alliance and with the Anna Lindh Foundation, which also plays a fundamental role in developing greater cultural exchange in the region.

The UfM Secretary General also highlighted the importance of the Vienna Forum that will be organized next year by the Alliance, and the Forum of Marseille, to be organized by the Anna Lindh Foundation next April 2013, as two important moments to enhance mutual understanding and civil society exchanges.

The meeting of the focal points, hosted by Spain, reviewed the Mediterranean Strategy of the the Aliiance of Civilisations. As a Member of the Group of Friends of the Alliance, the UfM Secretariat took part in the meeting and is now discussing concrete ways of future collaboration to improve intercultural dialogue and cooperation between diverse nations and communities, specifically on the Mediterranean region. 

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Anna Lindh Foundation brings together Libyan and Tunisian Civil Society Organisations to identify cooperation opportunities


Seeking to map civil society needs in Tunisia and Libya and to identify the main areas of work, the Anna Lindh Foundation is organising, in collaboration with its Head of National Network in Tunisia, the We Love Sousse Association, a meeting under the theme of “Empowerment of Civil Society for Change and Dialogue”, bringing together representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) from both countries with representatives of international organisations and the European Union from 22 to 24 October. 

The meeting will allow the Anna Lindh Foundation and other international organisations to share their programmes with civil society in both Libya and Tunisia and listen to their feedback in order to maximise the benefit from them. The objective is to map the priorities of the CSOs and the challenges they face to adapt the international organisations' programmes, and especially those elaborated by the Anna Lindh Foundation, whose priority is bringing people together and supporting civil society in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.

The Foundation, conceived as a “network of networks” in the 42 Euro-Mediterranean countries, aims to empower and amplify its national network in Tunisia in order to make its financial and training programmes available to more CSOs, in addition to better approaching Libyan CSOs in view of developing a national network in this country.

The meeting is one of the first events of “DAWRAK- Citizens for Dialogue”, the programme launched by the Anna Lindh Foundation following the transformation and reform processes in Arab societies, where civil society will play a key role. This role is at the origin of the idea for DAWRAK, which aims to build the capacities of CSOs and the most dynamic actors of change in the southern Mediterranean and provide them with tools and skills for dialogue, advocacy and networking, enabling them to contribute to developing a culture of citizenship and democratic participation. 

Free Webinar Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Doing well while doing good

Free WebinarIntroduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Doing well while doing good

Time: 10:00 am Costa Rica (12:00 noon EST)

To Attend: 

There is no need to apply. Just send us an e-mail with your information (name, e-mail and country) to centre@upeace.org and we will send you all relevant information.

Webinar Topic:
The worlds of 'working for the betterment of society' and 'private enterprise' are often seen as incompatible. This webinar will talk about a new breed of entrepreneurs, often referred to as 'social entrepreneurs'. They are breaking the old paradigm by creating organizations that take the best of both worlds. Join us for this 1-hour webinar that will challenge you to see yourself as a social innovator.

Facilitator:
Mohit Mukherjee, Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education and M. Ed. Harvard University.

More information at:
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Call for applications: Euro-Arab youth co-operation -- Training of trainers for democratic youth participation

The recently-held symposium in Tunis, Arab spring: Youth participation for the promotion of peace, human rights and fundamental freedoms confirmed the commitment of intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental partners active in youth cooperation to reinforce this process which, among others, will include: 
  • The establishment of a Mediterranean University for Youth and Development in Tunisia, which corresponds to the concept of a summer-university and would complete the range of already existing universities on youth and development organised by the Council of Europe's North-South Centre 
  • The creation of an Arab or Maghreb Youth Centre for Training and Development (League of Arab States) 
  • The development of a regional Euro-Arab online youth platform (League of Arab States) 
  • The creation of a Network of European and Arab youth researchers. 
Furthermore, the Council of Europe, in the framework of its Neighbourhood Co-operation policy and through joint projects with the European Commission the Council of Europe is taking an increasingly important role in supporting the consolidation of democratic developments in the South Mediterranean region.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Call for articles: Online Magazine Seeks English Papers about NGO Sector

Deadline: 10 November 2012
Open to: Journalists and writers interested in the NGO sector from Macedonia and worldwide

“NGO MAGAZINE” is an electronic magazine fully dedicated to the non-governmental sector of Macedonia and beyond. The co-founders of the magazine are European Center SN7 and the Center for Education and Development (CED). The primary purpose of the “NGO MAGAZINE” is media coverage of the non-governmental sector, facilitating communication between NGOs, stimulating young journalists and distributing information and news about the activities of various NGOs.

The editorial staff of the “NGO MAGAZINE” is interested in gathering together all possible external contributions (papers and articles) for the fifth issue of the magazine.

Call for participants: Media forum for young journalists [Russia]

Young journalists and media professionals are invited to attend this media forum in St. Petersburg.

The Mediakongress Journalists in Europe and Asia, the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Union of Journalists and the International Confederation of the Journalist Unions are hosting the VII International Media Forum for Young Journalists November 9 - 11. 

Forum topics include the development of new media, and the role of young journalists in cross-cultural conflict.

Participation is free.

The deadline is October 25. However, the deadline is not fixed, and participants have been able to register immediately before the forum in recent years.

Applications for participation should be sent to: infoATmediacongress.ru. Participants can also complete the application on the forum website.

Source: http://ijnet.org/opportunities/deadline-approaching-media-forum-young-journalists-russia

Publication: Keeping a healthy distance – journalism and humanitarianism in Syria

Journalism and humanitarianism have long had a symbiotic relationship, trading knowledge and publicity to mutual benefit. But do some situations demand the professions distance themselves from each other? In Syria, the stereotyped relationship of aid organizations offering access, transport and insight to journalists in exchange for emotive coverage of a crisis has broken down. Staying at arm's length could be safer and more practical for both in Syria according to panellists who debated the issue of humanitarian communication at the Frontline Club in London.

Humanitarian organizations can offer little practical help to international journalists in Syria, the audience heard, since assistance activity is so constrained by security concerns, bureaucratic obstacles and State suspicion. And where NGOs are operating more freely, but more surreptitiously, in areas controlled by the armed opposition, journalistic caution is imperative lest locations of underground field hospitals be revealed and become subject to attack, or smuggling routes for medicines get interrupted.

Мнение: Границы давления ЕС

Автор: Ненад Радичевич (Ненад Радичевић)

Западные Балканы в последние дни были главной темой заявлений ведущих политиков Европейского Союза, создававших впечатление, что балканские кораблики все еще далеко от европейского берега. 

В то время как общественность Хорватии негодовала по поводу заявления спикера парламента Германии Норберта Ламмерта, что «Хорватия еще не готова к ЕС», не смотря на то, что ее прием запланирован на 1 июля 2013-го, другие страны Западных Балкан были обеспокоены угрозами, что некоторые страны ЕС могут вновь ввести визы для их граждан из-за наплыва лжебеженцев.

Publication: What Does Russo–Serbian Strategic Partnership Mean?


By Stephen Blank

Serbia is the key target of Russian foreign policy in the Western Balkans, as Moscow’s main strategic objective remains forestalling the European democratic integration in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a whole. In that context, keeping Serbia out of NATO and the EU preserves a major outpost of Russian influence and perpetuates an unresolved status quo in the former Yugoslavia, most notably with respect to Kosovo.

Meanwhile Serbia benefits from Russian trade and investment even as it becomes more dependent on those instruments of Russian policy, while other Balkan countries are struggling to break with Moscow. Although the main instruments of Russian foreign policy remain economic and connected with energy revenues and pipelines, the recent visit of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to Russia shows that defense collaboration is also beginning to play a role in the relationship with Russia. Nikolic clearly was looking for help from Russia in Serbia’s present difficult economic environment and by all accounts he got it (Tanjug, September 10).

CrisisGroup Report: "The North Caucasus: The Challenges of Integration (I), Ethnicity and Conflict"

Europe’s deadliest conflicts are in Russia’s North Caucasus region, and the killing is unlikely to end soon. The state has fought back against attacks, first claimed by Chechen separatists, now the work of jihad-inspired insurgents, that have hit Moscow, other major cities and many Caucasus communities. But its security-focused counter-in­sur­gen­cy strategy is insufficient to address the multiple causes of a conflict fed by ethnic, religious, political and economic grievances that need comprehensive, flexible policy responses. Moscow is increasingly aware of the challenge and is testing new approaches to better integrate a region finally brought into the Russian Empire only in the nineteenth century and that has historically been a problem for the Russian state. Diversity in religion, ethnicity, historical experience and political allegiances and aspirations complicate efforts to alleviate local tensions and integrate it more with the rest of the country. Understanding this pluralism is essential for designing and implementing policies and laws that advance conflict resolution rather than make differences more irreconcilable. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Call for applications: Global Education on-line training courses

Following the launching of the Global Education Guidelines – on-line version (re-edition 2012) available from North-South Centre (NSC) website and hard copy available upon request – the NSC Global Education programme offered its first Global Education on-line training course in 2009. Since three courses are offered annually, in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

This introductory online training course on global education (GE), with a particular focus on human rights (HR), targets practitioners in the field of education and development, teachers, social and youth workers, as well as policy-makers, civil servants and local and regional authorities.

THE POWER OF THE HUMAN DIMENSION – A retrospective account of lessons and interactions from a short but meaningful visit to Egypt



Mingling around the tastefully-decorated and dimly-lit Egyptian restaurant, where we feasted on local delicacies with our new friends, it’s hard to believe we’ve only been here for four days. It seems like only a few hours ago, we were discussing Moroccan politics while being treated to delicious mint tea, which flowed like water from Rabat to Casablanca. Though the pervasive generosity among the people of North Africa certainly transcends borders, the uniqueness of the Egyptian culture highlights the countless nuances of a beautiful region, which we’ve only begun to explore. Alas, tonight, our time in this fascinating country is coming to a close. Yet, looking around, judging from the palpable level of laughter and excitement, it seems we’ve been here for much longer. One should never underestimate the socially-cohesive power of a well-seasoned roasted pigeon stuffed with wild rice… Perhaps the world would be a better place if we all subscribed to gastro-diplomacy more often! However, it seems that we must wait, as our host, Dr. Magda Zaki from The League of Arab, underlined, “for the soup to settle” before we can validate this theory. Enough with the culinary metaphors! Muslim-Western relations, as we’re becoming more and more acutely aware, require a deeper level of analysis and comprehension. Yet a few days spent interacting with a number of thoughtful, driven, and incredibly affable Egyptians have underscored the irrefutable power of the human dimension.

Publication: Defining al Qaeda

By Scott Stewart

The Obama administration's efforts to counter the threat posed by al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement have been a contentious topic in the U.S. presidential race. Political rhetoric abounds on both sides; administration officials claim that al Qaeda has been seriously crippled, while some critics of the administration allege that the group is stronger than ever. As with most political rhetoric, both claims bear elements of truth, but the truth depends largely on how al Qaeda and jihadism are defined. Unfortunately, politicians and the media tend to define al Qaeda loosely and incorrectly.

The jihadist threat will persist regardless of who is elected president, so understanding the actors involved is critical. But a true understanding of those actors requires taxonomical acuity. It seems worthwhile, then, to revisit Stratfor's definitions of al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement.

Call for papers for the international workshop ''Youth and Civic Participation: Is a Younger Generation Reshaping European Politics?'' (15-17 May 2013, University of Antwerp, Belgium)


By Christel Van Wonterghem

christel.vanwonterghem@ua.ac.be

Teaser :
On 15-17 May 2013, UCSIA is organizing the academic workshop "Youth and Civic Participation: Is a Younger Generation Reshaping European Politics?". This workshop wants to investigate how a young generation of citizens tries to make sense of current social trends and problems

News :
Whereas some researchers are convinced of the apparent civic disengagement of youth, others suggest that civic participation of young people is stable and that they may still be open to non-institutionalized forms of practicing politics.
By preference, proposals summarize comparative research of different (European) countries and types of participation. The topics are centered around, but not limited to, the following themes:
  • Motives and values that inspire youth to engage
  • Behaviour and forms of civic participation
  • Context and skills that condition youth civic participation
  • Impact and influence of youth civic participation on contemporary politics.
The deadline for submitting your application is Sunday 6th of January 2013. Candidates should send in the completed submission form, accompanied by a short academic curriculum vitae and an outline of the proposed paper. The decision of the selection committee will be communicated by mid-February 2013 at the latest.
Selected participants will present their papers in a panel session (20 minutes in English). A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed book volume on the topic of the workshop.
Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

«Европейская идентичность» в ЕС и России: повседневность и публичный дискурс» , Казань, 6-7 декабря 2012 г.


КАЗАНСКИЙ (ПРИВОЛЖСКИЙ) ФЕДЕРАЛЬНЫЙ УНИВЕРСИТЕТ, Институт сравнительных исследований модернизации обществ КФУ, Центр культурных исследований постсоциализма, Центр ЕС VOICES

в рамках проекта КАЗАНСКИЕ ЧТЕНИЯ ПО СОЦИОКУЛЬТУРНЫМ ИССЛЕДОВАНИЯМ

ПРИГЛАШАЮТ ПРИНЯТЬ УЧАСТИЕ в международном междисциплинарном семинаре

«Европейская идентичность» в ЕС и России: повседневность и публичный дискурс»

Казань, 6-7 декабря 2012 г.

Чем сильнее дезинтеграционные процессы заявляют о себе на пространстве единой Европы, тем более острыми оказываются вопросы о том, что такое «европейскость», насколько идентификация с данным общественно-политическим образованием влияет на повседневность людей, проживающих в ЕС, и каким образом идея европейской идентичности конструируется в публичном дискурсе. Эти вопросы проявляют себя в этническом, языковом, религиозном и культурном многообразии, а также в ощущении сплоченности и отчужденности, в наличии и отсутствии установки на общность базовых ценностей, прав и свобод среди жителей ЕС.
Концепт европейской идентичности не менее актуален и для России, которая исторически соседствует со странами ЕС, а в последние десятилетия активно вовлечена в интеграционные процессы с европейскими странами. Такие вопросы как конструирование образ «европейца» жителями России, собственная идентификация себя с европейской общностью, роль представлений о европейской идентичности в формировании отношения к Европейскому Союзу и др. предлагаются для обсуждения на семинаре.

В рамках семинара предполагается также обсудить методологические и методические проблемы исследования идентификации и идентичности жителей таких общественно-политических образований как ЕС, вопросы границ использования качественных методов, и того, какую картину европейской идентичности представляют данные массовых опросов.

Помимо обсуждения предложенных тем на семинаре состоится презентация результатов проекта «Эволюция европейской идентичности: использование биографических методов в исследовании европейской идентичности» (EU 7th Framework Programme). Руководители проекта — проф. Р. Миллер (Queen’s University, Belfast) и проф. Х. Дэвис (Bangor University, UK).

Рабочие языки семинара – английский, русский

Для участия в семинаре необходимо выслать краткое CV и тезисы на русском и английском языке до 250 слов до 4 ноября 2012 года по адресу с пометкой «Европейская идентичность». Благодаря финансовой поддержке Фонда Михаила Прохорова, Европейской комиссии и Фонда «Институт Открытое общество» организаторы оплачивают проезд и проживание участников семинара.
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Young Arab Voices share their thoughts on the Future of Egypt with the Elders

Norway's former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, former US President Jimmy Carter and former Irish President Mary Robinson – three of the so-called Elders group of independent global leaders working for peace and human rights – will engage in a panel discussion with young Egyptians selected by Young Arab Voices, a joint project of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council, which develops skills and opportunities for youth-led debate across the Arab region.

Young people were at the forefront of the Arab revolutions. For their first visit to the region since the Arab Awakening, the Elders will be hearing first-hand thoughts from a wide range of young people in Egypt about the momentous events that have changed their country, and learn about their hopes and expectations for the future. The event will take place on Wednesday 24 October.

The discussion will be moderated by TV host Yosri Fouda and will be broadcast live on ON-TV from the Opera House in English and Arabic (with simultaneous translation). This special intergenerational event will be an opportunity to discuss how to build an inclusive and democratic Egypt, listen to the aspirations of Egyptian youth and make sure their voices are heard in the ongoing debates about the future of their country.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

European Partner Finding Seminar "Volunteering and voluntary services in Europe - creating more opportunities for cross-border volunteering for young people"

13-14 December 2012 | Bornheim/Bonn, Germany

This contact making seminars offers a forum for cross-border volunteering projects and cooperations. It aims to increase the numbers of placements and possibilities for crossborder volunteering in national voluntary services and EVS.

Dear partners in the field of volunteering, we would like to invite you on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth for the European Partner Finding Seminar “Volunteering and voluntary services in Europe – creating more opportunities for cross-border volunteering for young people”. Target group are volunteering organisations which would like to start or to increase the hosting/sending of volunteers across the border. This does not at the first place refer to European Voluntary Service (EVS), but rather to national services which are open to volunteers from other EU countries or to any other volunteer scheme or activity which could be opened or is open for volunteers from other countries. See more details in the attached programme.

Call for Papers: Voluntaris - Journal of Volunteer Services

Teaser :
Voluntaris – Journal of Volunteer Services is a new academic journal which aims to combine scientific and applied perspectives on volunteer services. Academics and practitioners are now invited to submit their paper to be published in the first Volume of Voluntaris – Journal of Volunteer Services (scheduled for March 2013).

News :
Voluntaris – Journal of Volunteer Services is a new academic journal which aims to combine scientific and applied perspectives on volunteer services. The 1st volume is scheduled for 2013.

Although the journal´s primary language is German the editors want to foster the international academic exchange on volunteer services, volunteerism, citizenship service and related topics. This is why explicitly international authors are encouraged to submit their papers.

Articles are welcome from authors with scientific or applied background. They should relate to volunteer services with a theoretic, conceptual, programmatic or empirical approach. Emerging researchers are encouraged to submit their findings from their master´s or doctoral thesis.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Вместе мы сможем преодолеть вызовы равного участия


Партнер Национального Совета молодежных и детских объединений России Национальная Ассамблея молодежных организаций Республики Азербайджан проводит образовательную сессию «Вместе мы сможем преодолеть вызовы равного участия» для молодых мигрантов, беженцев, просителей убежища и внутренне перемещенных лиц, а также представителей молодежных организаций, работающих с молодыми мигрантами, беженцами, просителями убежища и внутренне перемещенными лицами. Целью сессии является повышение компетенций и знаний по теме борьбы с дискриминацией и повышение социального участия маргинальных групп молодых людей с помощью методологий, с которыми участники познакомятся во время сессии.
Образовательная сессия состоится со 2 по 9 декабря в г. Будапешт, Венгрия.
Рабочий язык сессии – английский.
Более подробную информацию, а также профиль участников можно найти в приложенном файле заявки. Обратите внимание, что заполненные заявки необходимо направлять по двум адресам: konulc@gmail.com и ramiz.aliyev@nayora.az с пометкой “Study Session Budapest” в теме письма.
Дедлайн для подачи заявок: 28 октября 2012 года.
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II Дипломатическая школа НАН Беларуси

6-11 ноября 2012 года в рамках III Международной молодежной научно-практической конференции «Научные стремления – 2012» на площадках Национальной академии наук Беларуси пройдёт II Дипломатическая школа для молодых парламентариев и молодёжных лидеров Беларуси и других государств-участников СНГ.
Для непрошедших конкурсный отбор есть возможность платного участия (50 000 белорусских рублей) : Взнос следует перечислять на расчетный счет 3632927800009 ОАО «АСБ Беларусбанк» Филиал №529 «Белсвязь» г. Минск, код 720 Адрес банка: г.Минск, пр. Независимости, 56 УНП 101078490, ОКПО 00019287 Получатель платежа: «Национальная академия наук Беларуси» Назначение платежа: «Организационный взнос за участие в молодежной конференции» ВНИМАНИЕ! Оплата организационного взноса в иностранной валюте запрещена!
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The Citizens Exchange Programme is Now Launched

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

DEADLINE TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS FOR CITIZENS EXCHANGE PROGRAMME IS NOW WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2012 (16:00 EGY TIME).

Are you a member of an organisation in one of the 42Euro-Med countries?

Would you like to take part in a unique training opportunity in another Euro-Med country?

This is your chance. Apply now through your organisation!

In the framework of the Anna Lindh Foundation Regional Programme Citizens for Dialogue - دورك , ALF is launching the Citizens Exchange Programme in the Euro-Med Region, with particular focus on the exchange among Arab civil society organisations, and between European and Arab civil society organisations. This twinning scheme seeks to support exchange of people for grassroots expertise, field work actions and awareness campaigns among Civil Society Organisations members in the Euro-Med region.

The ALF is seeking to engage young people who are active in their communities and have a long term vision of change. In particular, the Citizens Exchange Programme (2012 – 2014) supports the exchange of active youngCSO members in the Euro-Med region for a period of 1 to 3months (preference to 3 months). In principle, thisProgramme is a traineeship service to work on projects related to the following ALF “4D” themes: Dialogue, Diversity, Democracy and Development.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Call for Applications: The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments will admit up to fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme to begin October 1st 2013. Up to ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding.The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. Itinvites applications from candidates whose dissertation project fits one of the Graduate School’s Research Areas. Applications in the fields of education, communication, mediality, and media studies, and Islam and Muslims in the West are especially encouraged. Successful applicants will have a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School, with a ranking, where applicable, of above average. The language of communication is English. Admission is for one year, and, contingent upon a positive evaluation after the first year of study, will be extended for another twelve months. Admission and grantcan be extended for a total of three years. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Call for participants: BBC training for Palestinian and Jordanian journalists

The BBC is leading a series of workshops for those working in the media in Jordan and theoccupied Palestinian territory, as part of the EU-funded Media Neighbourhood Project, in the areas of professional journalism, new media and management. Media professionals have until 23 October to apply.

Workshops will be led by senior journalists and highly-experienced trainers from the BBC, AFP and the other international media organisations in the consortium. The training will be practical and hands on.

Those applying should select one of the three workshops available in each country. If the course organisers are unable to offer applicants their first choice, they may offer a place on one of the other courses.

The courses are:

1) BBC News Reporting Course
Jordan – 11-13 December 2012 (TBC)
Palestine – 16-18 December 2012 (TBC)
  • Making stories relevant and engaging for the audience
  • Understanding the EU and its relationship with its neighbours
  • Journalistic ethics
  • Effective news gathering
  • Professional interviewing techniques

Call for participants:Training "Transitional Justice and Human Rights after Armed Conflicts"

Istanbul, Turkey, November 30 – December 6, 2012

Description of Training:

Training workshop on Transitional Justice and Human Rights after Armed Conflicts will take place in Istanbul, Turkey between November 30 and December 6, 2012. Participants of the training will represent different nationalities from the South Caucasus: Abkhazians, Armenians, Azeris, Georgians and Ossetians. Training workshop will be conducted by European experts.

All costs of transportation to and from the location of the training as well as accommodation, meals, training materials, and per diems will be covered by the organizers.

Training workshop is organized within the framework of the Project Sustainable Cooperation through Education and Networking implemented by Caucasian House – Georgia. Funding for the project is provided by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation and Robert Bosch Stiftung and Open Society Georgia Foundation. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Прием заявок: "MedienForum 2012" -- Германо-Российский ФОРУМ СМИ в Архангельске

До 11 октября объявлен конкурс на дополнительные места на ежегодном Форуме СМИ, который на этот раз пройдет в Архангельске 25-27 октября. Форум проходит при поддержке Министерства иностранных дел Германии, Фонда им. Роберта Боша, Губернатора Архангельской области и Северного (Арктического) университета. Документы для российских участников принимаются до четверга, 11 октября.

Объявление о конкурсе см. по адресу: http://www.po-nemezki.ru/files/0810_AusschreibungTeilnehmer_medienforum_russ.pdf

Предварительную программу см. по адресу: http://www.po-nemezki.ru/files/Programm_RU__mit_Sponsoren.pdf

Партнерский ресурс: youth-in-action.org

Monday, October 8, 2012

Внимание! Приглашаем на лекции <Межэтнические отношения и государственная национальная политика в РФ>

Научно-методический отдел ГБУ <Московский дом национальностей> (ГБУ МДН) рад сообщить вам, что объявлен набор слушателей на ежегодный лекционный курс по программе <Межэтнические отношения и государственная национальная политика в Российской Федерации>, организованный ГБУ МДН, Институтом этнологии и антропологии РАН.
Цель лектория - совершенствование знаний в области межэтнических отношений и национальной политики в Российской Федерации, а также ознакомление целевой аудитории с вопросами этнокультурного развития в современной России, наиболее актуальными проблемами в области этнологии и этносоциологии, молодежной политики, современных тенденций и последствий миграционных процессов в России.
По итогам слушателям будут вручены сертификаты о прохождения курса дополнительного образования, подписанные директором Института этнологии и антропологии РАН, академиком В.А. Тишковым и директором ГБУ <Московский дом национальностей> Н.П. Комаровым.
Лекторий пройдет с 22 по 26 октября 2012 г. Начало занятий в 17.00, продолжительность - 3 часа. (Адрес: ГБУ <Московский дом национальностей> по адресу: г. Москва, ул. Новая Басманная, дом 4, строение 1 (станция метро <Красные ворота>).
Количество участников ограничено! Просьба подтвердить свое участие до 17 октября 2012 г. по E-mail: galinavb@mdn.ru или по телефону (495) 625-43-88.
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Call for papers: The 5th CEE Forum for Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists

The 5th CEE Forum for Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists will be held from Friday, 3 May to Saturday, 4 May 2013 in Greifswald at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in cooperation with the University of Greifswald.

Call for Papers

5th Central and Eastern European Forum for Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists
Greifswald, 3–4 May 2013

The CEE Forum is a platform for young legal, political and social theorists who come from, currently study or work in Central and Eastern Europe or have a research interest in the region. The regional boundaries are understood widely. The target audiences of the conference are young researchers, espe-cially doctoral students and post-docs, without a specific age limit. As in the previous Forums, the conference will be organised in three concurrent panels and will put its special emphasis on two major general topics.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Call for participants: European Citizenship in Youth Work Training Course in Turkey

A new training offer has been published in SALTO's European Training Calendar.

Training course


8-14 April 2013 | Turkey

This training course will encourage the development of a critical, democratic and European Citizenship and in doing so, supporting youth worker in the implementation of youth projects with a European Citizenship dimension.


Aim of the training course

The training course on European Citizenship aims to support the professional development of youth workers and youth leaders by extending their critical understanding of European Citizenship, exploring and experiencing its potential and by enabling them to recognise and integrate European Citizenship in their youth work.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Call for participants for the seminar “The role of youth work in combating segregation in school environments: a seminar for youth workers and actors in formal education”

Teaser:
The Youth Department of the Council of Europe is launching a call for participants for the seminar ''The role of youth work in combating segregation in school environments: a seminar for youth workers and actors in formal education'', which will be held in Strasbourg, 21-24 November 2012. Deadline for applying: 22 October 2012.

News :
By organising this seminar, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe seeks to support the role of youth work, youth organisations and education actors actively engaged in fighting segregation, by promoting the exchange of practices on fighting segregation and identifying principles and approaches applicable to youth, educational, and social policies.

The specific objectives of the seminar are:
  • To review the causes, challenges, and manifestations of school segregation across Europe;
  • To share practices and approaches from the field of youth work and formal education;
  • To identify future actions needed to better equip youth work and policies for addressing segregation in schools;
  • To familiarise participants with the approaches and activities of the Council of Europe in the area of fighting segregation in schools, and supporting intercultural and human rights education;
  • To provide input from the Roma Youth Action Plan and the Enter! project on access to social rights for all young people.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Call for applications: The Humanity in Action Fellowship

Program Dates
May 31 to June 30, 2013: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw


Eligibility

Students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. 


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Publication: Survival of Political Leadership

We focus on political violence as a mechanism that allows the political leader to fight off opposition and increase his chances of re-election. In a collusive equilibrium, the leader allocates a bribe to the army, and the latter responds by producing political violence. Such an equilibrium is more likely, the larger are the public resources available to the leader; the lower is army’s potential punishment and salary offered by the opposition regime; the more severe is the incumbent’s potential punishment; and when the political leader is sufficiently patient, but the army is shortsighted enough.

Author: Sanna Nurmikko


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CBC programmes mark European Cooperation Day with dozens of events

ENPI Cross-Border Cooperation programmes are taking part in European Cooperation Day, organising 42 events aimed at highlighting the everyday practical benefits of cooperation across borders.

European Cooperation Day is celebrated on September 21, but events are taking place all week. It celebrates Territorial Cooperation within the European Union and between the European Union states and its neighbours – a celebration of all the benefits Territorial Cooperation brings to the populations all over these vast territories.

Around 200 events this week celebrate European Cooperation Day, organisedby 72 programmes in almost 40 countries. Besides the fun, the events are an opportunity to discover all the improvements that local initiatives have brought to every aspect of daily life; from creating jobs, to improving health care services, and the protection of environment, transport or energy.

The First Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will take place in Tbilisi on 08-09 October 201

The Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit organises the First Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme to be held in Tbilisi on 08-09 October 2012.

The First Regional Conference will launch the debate on culture policies in the Eastern Partnership region and gather for the first time all stakeholders (public, private, civil society, independent) from the European Union and all six EaP countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.


The objectives of the Conference are:

  • To present the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, its regional dimension and its activities to a wider audience.
  • To launch the regional dialogue between public and private stakeholders from the Eastern Partnership countries on cultural policies and strategies, involving governments and civil society.
  • To present the findings of the analytical base-line studies undertaken by the experts of the Programme on the culture sector and on culture policies of the Eastern Partnership countries.
The conference will gather over 100 participants representing the public and private culture sector of the EaP countries including national authorities, civil society and cultural industries, as well as international organizations and culture actors from EU Member States.

Conflict transformation – seeks to transform the root causes of conflict?

TransConflict is pleased to present additional contributions to the third Peacebuilders’ Panel, which is designed to stimulate debate about peacebuilding and conflict transformation. 

The third debate focuses on the principle that:
“3. Conflict transformation goes beyond merely seeking to contain and manage conflict, instead seeking to transform the root causes themselves – or the perceptions of the root causes – of a particular conflict;”
 Mike Lowe, Discover the Other

“Peace is not an absence of war,” observed the Dutch/Jewish philosopher, Baruch Spinoza, in 1670, “it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.” To people caught up in destructive or violent conflict, Spinoza’s words may seem naively utopian. Of Spinoza’s listed virtues, justice (or injustice) is often one of the reasons for taking up the struggle; confidence (in a victory of sorts) is a reason for continuing in it; while “a disposition for benevolence” seems crazy in the face of an intransigent foe.

Euro-Arab Youth Initiative: Kickers | Sports and Development

Today we would like to introduce you the next youth initiative dedicates to Intercultural dialogue between Arab and Europe parts of the world. 


Shift-Network (Euro-Arab youth Initiative), Intercultural dialogue program in partnership with Bibliotheca Alexandria (Unit of Memory of Modern Egypt) and Earth charter international presents Kickers | Euro-Arab football tournament.



What is Kickers?

In Kickers, we aim to use sports as a Non-Formal education tool to help to empower youth as we believe in the impact of sports on mankind and the positive values are being acquired while practicing it.

Showing how sports can be a mean to get rid of many disasters, raising a slogan of sports against poverty, wars, discrimination, aggression & intolerance, sports to be an effective way of peaceful connection, sports for better childhood and healthy life, therefore KICKERS has been founded as a result of the mutual dialogue among Euro-Arab youth & an idea utilized by SHIFT network to organize a football tournament & conduct a serious of workshops & awareness campaigns giving to youth around the world.

Kickers will represent the first Sports and Development conference in Egypt guiding Egyptian civil society on how to use sports to make a change.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Конкурс для журналистов

Общественная палата объявляет конкурс для российских журналистов на лучшее освещение проблем гражданского общества «Гражданская позиция». Заявки принимаются с 1 октября.
«Этот год насыщен событиями, которые по-разному повлияли на настроения нашего гражданского общества. Но что касается СМИ, то для них гражданская активность стала не просто заметной, а одной из центральных тем», — считает председатель жюри, руководитель Комиссии по СМИ Павел Гусев. «Думаю, что конкурс нам это докажет».
Победителей будут отбирать по шести номинациям:
— Гражданская инициатива (публикация о гражданских инициативах, проявлении гражданской позиции);
— Я — гражданин (публикация об общественном деятеле);
— Акция (публикация о любой гражданской акции, митинге, шествии);
— Инициатива наказуема (о гражданских акциях и инициативах, которые подвергаются разного рода преследованиям со стороны власти);
— Сдвинули с мертвой точки (публикация, получившая широкий резонанс, по результатам которой были приняты решения, в т.ч. со стороны органов власти);
— Лучшая публикация о благотворительности;
Оператор конкурса — Альянс руководителей региональных СМИ России (АРС-ПРЕСС).
Заявки на Конкурс принимаются с 1 октября 2012 года по 1 декабря 2012 года по адресу электронной почты webmaster@domain.ru.
Материалы, представляемые на Конкурс, должны быть опубликованы в период с 1 января 2012 года по 1 декабря 2012 года.
Итоги Конкурса подведут в Москве на последнем пленарном заседании Общественной палаты Российской Федерации 2012 года.
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Political and Security Committee of the European Union in Cairo

The European Union's Political and Security Committee (PSC) met high level Egyptian and Arab League officials during their visit to Cairo on September 30 and October 1, according to a press release from the EU Delegation in Egypt. The purpose of the visit was to deepen PSC ambassadors' acquaintance and understanding of ongoing developments in Egypt and the region, as the European Union attaches great importance to the Southern Mediterranean. 

PSC members met with Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, during which domestic developments in Egypt were discussed. Also, meetings were held with permanent representatives of the League of Arab States, military leaders, and judicial leaders as well as representatives of civil society and media.

The PSC is a permanent structure of the Council of the European Union and plays a central role in the definition of and follow-up to the European Union's response to a crisis. It also contributes to the drafting and implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). In particular, it defines and follows up the EU's response in the event of a crisis. The PSC is permanently chaired by the European External Action Service and comprises ambassadors from the 27 EU Member States. 
Our partner source: youth-in-action.org 

ASCN Conference 11-13 October 2012 - "Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region"

It is our pleasure to announce the programme of the international conference on "Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region" organised on 11-13 October 2012 in Istanbul by the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net in cooperation with Kadir Has University. 

The conference overall will address the interaction of security, democracy and development in the Southern Caucasus and the wider Black Sea region and will offer a forum for the presentation and discussion of on-going research projects. It will consist of thematic panels, roundtables and keynote speeches bringing together researchers and policy makers. Specific topics and debates will be explored within and between these broad themes. Research papers will include contributions from a variety of social science disciplines as well as interdisciplinary work. Panels and roundtables will analyse evolving state level, regional and broader international processes, present new scholarship and allow the exchange of ideas from a wide variety of national, theoretical and intellectual perspectives.

The full programme of the conference is to be found here. A book of abstracts is also available.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

II Школа пишущих исследователей (Школа ПИ) 21-31 января (2013) Санкт-Петербург

Центр независимых социологических исследований (ЦНСИ) и журнал Laboratorium при поддержке Фонда Дж. и К. Макартуров с 21 по 31 января 2013 г. проводят в Санкт-Петербурге вторую Школу пишущих исследователей (Школа ПИ) и приглашают всех желающих подавать заявки на участие.

Школа ПИ рассчитана на тех социологов, антропологов, историков, которые озабочены качеством и техникой написания статей по результатам своих эмпирических исследований. Объединив усилия специалистов в области академического письма, социальных исследователей и редакторов профильных российских журналов, организаторы намерены создать насыщенную экспертную среду, поддерживающую рефлексивную работу участников школы по доработке или переработке своих статей, артикуляции и освоению конвенций письма, практикуемых качественными исследователями, а также выявлению особенностей локальных политик подготовки журнальных статей.

Paving the Way for Young UN Volunteers

Every year, 7,700 volunteers contribute to the work of the United Nations. By mobilising these active citizens, the United Nations volunteer (UNV) programme aims at contributing to peace and development worldwide. The current age limit to participate is 25 but at the beginning 2012 the multilateral organisation stated in their five-year action agenda the ambition to set up a UN youth volunteers programme under the umbrella of UNV. As a crucial part in the preparation of this new initiative, stakeholders gathered in the UNV headquarters in Bonn between 11th and 12th October

During the consultation, various civil society organisations, including youth organisations, as well as the various UN Agencies and representatives from UN Member States, were given the chance to provide critical inputs and ideas on youth volunteering. As part of this wider topic, stakeholders discussed three key aspects. Next to establishing finding common ground on establishing the separate programme for youth, engagement in global advocacy and partnerships for youth volunteerism came to the fore. Finally, participants to the consultation went into the issue of capacity building of national and regional youth schemes.

The European Youth Forum welcomes the expansion of the chances to volunteer within the United Nations for those under 25. Representing European youth, the Forum was present as a stakeholder during the consultations. In this position the Forum and other youth representatives engaged themselves to be involved in all aspects of the new programme, including its conceptualisation, establishment and management. Doing so the Forum continues to stress its message of a rights-based approach to volunteering.

Useful links

Monday, October 29, 2012

СТИПЕНДИИ НА РЕАЛИЗАЦИЮ НАУЧНЫХ ИССЛЕДОВАНИЙ

Второй выпуск конкурса на получение стипендии на реализацию научных исследований - 2013/2014
Центр польско-российского диалога и согласия приглашает всех желающих российских исследователей принять учаcтие в конкурсе на получение стипендии на реализацию научных исследований. Срок подачи заявок на академический год 2013/2014 истекает 31 января 2013 г.
Основные положения конкурса:
  1. Стипендия на реализацию научных исследований присуждается на один или два академических семестра:
а) исследователям имеющим российское гражданство или работающим в российских научных учреждениях, имеющим научную степень и научные достижения, подтвержденные соответствующей документацией, которые ведут или хотят вести исследования в области польско-российских отношений;
б) лицам без научной степени, обучающимся в аспирантуре или имеющим существенные исследовательские достижения в области польско-российских отношений.
  1. Стипендия  присуждается раз в год. Срок подачи заявок на академический год 2013/2014 истекает 31 января 2013 г. Решающим является время поступления бумажной версии заявки в Центр. Заявки следует также отправить на адрес электронной почты stypendia@cprdip.pl. Просим в заглавии электронного письма и на конверте отметить: „wniosek o stypendium badawcze”.
  1. Решение о присуждении стипендии на реализацию научных исследований принимает Директор Центра польско-российского диалога и согласия после ознакомления с мнением комиссии экспертов. Лауреаты будут  извещены по телефону или по электронной почте.
  1. Комиссия – состoящая не менее чем из трёх лиц, в том числе из одного сотрудника Центра и двух лиц с научной степенью, которые не находятся в трудовых отношениях с Центром – оценивает научную ценность проекта, научные достижения заявителя в сфере польско-российских отношений, в том числе публикации и реализованные исследовательские проекты,  значение предложенного проекта  для диалога и взаимопонимания в польско-российских отношениях, а также соответствие запрашиваемой квоты стипендии с предполагаемыми финансовыми потребностями   исследовательского проекта.
  1. Ежемесячная квота стипендии, которую присуждает Директор, не будет меньше чем 3500 злотых и больше чем 3880 злотых для стипендии на два семестра или меньше чем 3500 злотых и больше чем 5000 злотых для стипендии на один семестр.
  1. Стипендиат будет обязан выполнить программу стипендии, то есть реализовать исследовательский план и регулярно участвовать в польской академической жизни, представить один  (или более) промежуточный отчет, а также подготовить общий отчет. о стипендии для утверждения директором Центра. Детально обязанности стипендиата будут определяться  договором, заключенным с Центром.
  2. Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Arab Women and Social Media

Overview – Regional Survey Findings

The societal and political transformations taking place across the region played an instrumental role in challenging stereotypes about Arab women as oppressed and subservient. In particular, the leading role that women have played in orchestrating and participating in social movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen has cemented their position as equal partners to men in transforming the political landscapes in their countries. 

The most obvious acknowledgement of this leadership role was the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an Arab woman, Tawakkul Karman, a leading female Yemeni political activist. Whether Arab women’s civic and political engagement will be enhanced in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” remains to be seen.

Although social media has been a powerful tool throughout these popular movements, whether for mobilization or disseminating information [1], Arab women’s use of social media is low compared to men in the region, as well as in comparison with the global female social media usage average (for example women make up about half of Facebook users globally, while Arab women only make up a third of users in the region).

Report shows Turkish journalists suffering under current regime

The Turkish government continues to oppress journalists through the use of archaic terrorism laws according to a report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) this week.

The report indicates that the country is currently holds more journalists in prison than any other nation in the world, with 76 media professionals in jail and at least 61 of those being held directly as a result of their work.

Highlighting the “Dark Days of Jailing Journalists and Criminalising Dissent,” CPJ asserts:

Turkish authorities are engaging in widespread criminal prosecution and jailing of journalists, and are applying other forms of severe pressure to promote self-censorship in the press. CPJ has found highly repressive laws, particularly in the penal code and anti-terror law; a criminal procedure code that greatly favors the state; and a harsh anti-press tone set at the highest levels of government. Turkey’s press freedom situation has reached a crisis point.”
The report by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that members of the media are being oppressed by terrorism laws which are open to abuse

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Peacebuilding Projects

The goal of many organisations over time is to bring attention to powerful peacebuilding initiatives underway around the world. 

Please explore the resources below, which offer access to a range of contemporary and past projects.

The Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster (http://transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/) is an academic think-tank that examines the ways international legal norms shape conflict-resolution. Much of the past work of the TJI has focused on the civil war in Ireland. The Institute has recently begun offering innovative programs that examine the role of gender in conflict and peace building (http://transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/LLMGenderConflictandHumanRights.htm).

The Karuna Centre (http://www.karunacenter.org/), an American peace building institute, adopts a community-based approach to conflict resolution. It seeks to implement sustainable strategies for conflict transformation and community reconciliation. In previous work in Nepal and Sri Lanka, the Centre has combined attempts to build local capacities with conflict transformation processes using mediated and structured dialogue. 

The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (http://www.historyandreconciliation.org/), based in The Netherlands, works with educational and public policy institutions to promote and facilitate discourses to resolve and acknowledge historical disputes. Areas of focus include Armenia-Turkey, the Middle East, the Former Yugoslavia, and Kenya.

INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) is a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. It combines research, education, and comparative analysis to explore the causes and consequences of conflict and to promote conflict-resolution strategies. INCORE's Conflict Data Service (http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/services/cds/) is a comprehensive database on conflicts and conflict-related issues. 

Conciliation Resources (http://www.c-r.org/) is a UK-based NGO that works mainly in the South Caucasus, Fiji, Uganda, Sudan, and West Africa. It seeks to establish relationships with local civil society organizations and strengthen them through international support. The organization publishes Accord, an international review of peace building initiatives.Conciliation Resources currently has ongoing projects in Colombia and the Philippines. 
Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Peacebuilding NGO communicates with conflict-affected communities on French, Russian and Spanish websites


Conciliation Resources has launched professionally translated websites in FrenchRussian and Spanish, in an effort to inform more people about conflicts affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals.
The new websites include information relevant to the conflicts some French, Russian and Spanish speakers may be affected by, as well as some of the latest news relating to peacebuilding in affected regions.
They are targeted towards civic activists, local community groups and international policymakers, who can benefit from Conciliation Resources’ expertise in peacebuilding and practical resources to aid peacemaking. With communication tools becoming increasingly prominent in peacebuilding work, being able to communicate with audiences in different languages is central to Conciliation Resources’ ongoing and future work.

Неправительственная организация, работающая в области построения мира, запускает профессиональный вебсайт на русском языке

Организация “Ресурсы примирения” запустила вебсайт - www.c-r.org/ru, с профессиональным переводом содержания на русский язык. Цель вебсайта - проинформировать как можно более широкую аудиторию о конфликтах, влияющих на жизни сотен тысяч людей.

Новый вебсайт содержит информацию о конфликтах, влияющих на жизнь русскоязычного населения разных регионов, а также последние новости о предпринимаемых в эти регионах усилиях по построению мира. Целевая аудитория вебсайта – активисты гражданского общества, местные НПО и международные организации, формирующие политику в этой области, то есть, все те, кому может быть полезен миротворческий опыт “Ресурсов примирения” и предлагаемые практические ресурсы в области мирного строительства.

Новый русскоязычный вебсайт включает информацию о регионах конфликта на Южном Кавказе, в которых организация “Ресурсы примирения” ведет работу около двадцати лет.

Union for the Mediterranean and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to develop common synergies

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Secretariat have agreed on defining concrete ways of collaboration based on existing synergies and complementarities, with the aim to create an added value in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

A UfM press release said Secretary General Sijilmassi took part in the opening session of the Mediterranean Focal Points Meeting of the Alliance of Civilizations together with the UN High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, President Jorge Sampaio, and the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gonzalo de Benito.

During his intervention, the Secretary General praised the important role played by the Alliance and the fundamental task developed by President Sampaio. He stressed the importance of culture for the future of Mediterranean cooperation, for its great impact on economic development and economic growth. He also pointed out the need for greater coordination of the different initiatives in the Mediterranean and expressed the Secretariat's readiness to undertake common actions with the Alliance and with the Anna Lindh Foundation, which also plays a fundamental role in developing greater cultural exchange in the region.

The UfM Secretary General also highlighted the importance of the Vienna Forum that will be organized next year by the Alliance, and the Forum of Marseille, to be organized by the Anna Lindh Foundation next April 2013, as two important moments to enhance mutual understanding and civil society exchanges.

The meeting of the focal points, hosted by Spain, reviewed the Mediterranean Strategy of the the Aliiance of Civilisations. As a Member of the Group of Friends of the Alliance, the UfM Secretariat took part in the meeting and is now discussing concrete ways of future collaboration to improve intercultural dialogue and cooperation between diverse nations and communities, specifically on the Mediterranean region. 

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Anna Lindh Foundation brings together Libyan and Tunisian Civil Society Organisations to identify cooperation opportunities


Seeking to map civil society needs in Tunisia and Libya and to identify the main areas of work, the Anna Lindh Foundation is organising, in collaboration with its Head of National Network in Tunisia, the We Love Sousse Association, a meeting under the theme of “Empowerment of Civil Society for Change and Dialogue”, bringing together representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) from both countries with representatives of international organisations and the European Union from 22 to 24 October. 

The meeting will allow the Anna Lindh Foundation and other international organisations to share their programmes with civil society in both Libya and Tunisia and listen to their feedback in order to maximise the benefit from them. The objective is to map the priorities of the CSOs and the challenges they face to adapt the international organisations' programmes, and especially those elaborated by the Anna Lindh Foundation, whose priority is bringing people together and supporting civil society in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.

The Foundation, conceived as a “network of networks” in the 42 Euro-Mediterranean countries, aims to empower and amplify its national network in Tunisia in order to make its financial and training programmes available to more CSOs, in addition to better approaching Libyan CSOs in view of developing a national network in this country.

The meeting is one of the first events of “DAWRAK- Citizens for Dialogue”, the programme launched by the Anna Lindh Foundation following the transformation and reform processes in Arab societies, where civil society will play a key role. This role is at the origin of the idea for DAWRAK, which aims to build the capacities of CSOs and the most dynamic actors of change in the southern Mediterranean and provide them with tools and skills for dialogue, advocacy and networking, enabling them to contribute to developing a culture of citizenship and democratic participation. 

Free Webinar Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Doing well while doing good

Free WebinarIntroduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Doing well while doing good

Time: 10:00 am Costa Rica (12:00 noon EST)

To Attend: 

There is no need to apply. Just send us an e-mail with your information (name, e-mail and country) to centre@upeace.org and we will send you all relevant information.

Webinar Topic:
The worlds of 'working for the betterment of society' and 'private enterprise' are often seen as incompatible. This webinar will talk about a new breed of entrepreneurs, often referred to as 'social entrepreneurs'. They are breaking the old paradigm by creating organizations that take the best of both worlds. Join us for this 1-hour webinar that will challenge you to see yourself as a social innovator.

Facilitator:
Mohit Mukherjee, Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education and M. Ed. Harvard University.

More information at:
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Call for applications: Euro-Arab youth co-operation -- Training of trainers for democratic youth participation

The recently-held symposium in Tunis, Arab spring: Youth participation for the promotion of peace, human rights and fundamental freedoms confirmed the commitment of intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental partners active in youth cooperation to reinforce this process which, among others, will include: 
  • The establishment of a Mediterranean University for Youth and Development in Tunisia, which corresponds to the concept of a summer-university and would complete the range of already existing universities on youth and development organised by the Council of Europe's North-South Centre 
  • The creation of an Arab or Maghreb Youth Centre for Training and Development (League of Arab States) 
  • The development of a regional Euro-Arab online youth platform (League of Arab States) 
  • The creation of a Network of European and Arab youth researchers. 
Furthermore, the Council of Europe, in the framework of its Neighbourhood Co-operation policy and through joint projects with the European Commission the Council of Europe is taking an increasingly important role in supporting the consolidation of democratic developments in the South Mediterranean region.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Call for articles: Online Magazine Seeks English Papers about NGO Sector

Deadline: 10 November 2012
Open to: Journalists and writers interested in the NGO sector from Macedonia and worldwide

“NGO MAGAZINE” is an electronic magazine fully dedicated to the non-governmental sector of Macedonia and beyond. The co-founders of the magazine are European Center SN7 and the Center for Education and Development (CED). The primary purpose of the “NGO MAGAZINE” is media coverage of the non-governmental sector, facilitating communication between NGOs, stimulating young journalists and distributing information and news about the activities of various NGOs.

The editorial staff of the “NGO MAGAZINE” is interested in gathering together all possible external contributions (papers and articles) for the fifth issue of the magazine.

Call for participants: Media forum for young journalists [Russia]

Young journalists and media professionals are invited to attend this media forum in St. Petersburg.

The Mediakongress Journalists in Europe and Asia, the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Union of Journalists and the International Confederation of the Journalist Unions are hosting the VII International Media Forum for Young Journalists November 9 - 11. 

Forum topics include the development of new media, and the role of young journalists in cross-cultural conflict.

Participation is free.

The deadline is October 25. However, the deadline is not fixed, and participants have been able to register immediately before the forum in recent years.

Applications for participation should be sent to: infoATmediacongress.ru. Participants can also complete the application on the forum website.

Source: http://ijnet.org/opportunities/deadline-approaching-media-forum-young-journalists-russia

Publication: Keeping a healthy distance – journalism and humanitarianism in Syria

Journalism and humanitarianism have long had a symbiotic relationship, trading knowledge and publicity to mutual benefit. But do some situations demand the professions distance themselves from each other? In Syria, the stereotyped relationship of aid organizations offering access, transport and insight to journalists in exchange for emotive coverage of a crisis has broken down. Staying at arm's length could be safer and more practical for both in Syria according to panellists who debated the issue of humanitarian communication at the Frontline Club in London.

Humanitarian organizations can offer little practical help to international journalists in Syria, the audience heard, since assistance activity is so constrained by security concerns, bureaucratic obstacles and State suspicion. And where NGOs are operating more freely, but more surreptitiously, in areas controlled by the armed opposition, journalistic caution is imperative lest locations of underground field hospitals be revealed and become subject to attack, or smuggling routes for medicines get interrupted.

Мнение: Границы давления ЕС

Автор: Ненад Радичевич (Ненад Радичевић)

Западные Балканы в последние дни были главной темой заявлений ведущих политиков Европейского Союза, создававших впечатление, что балканские кораблики все еще далеко от европейского берега. 

В то время как общественность Хорватии негодовала по поводу заявления спикера парламента Германии Норберта Ламмерта, что «Хорватия еще не готова к ЕС», не смотря на то, что ее прием запланирован на 1 июля 2013-го, другие страны Западных Балкан были обеспокоены угрозами, что некоторые страны ЕС могут вновь ввести визы для их граждан из-за наплыва лжебеженцев.

Publication: What Does Russo–Serbian Strategic Partnership Mean?


By Stephen Blank

Serbia is the key target of Russian foreign policy in the Western Balkans, as Moscow’s main strategic objective remains forestalling the European democratic integration in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a whole. In that context, keeping Serbia out of NATO and the EU preserves a major outpost of Russian influence and perpetuates an unresolved status quo in the former Yugoslavia, most notably with respect to Kosovo.

Meanwhile Serbia benefits from Russian trade and investment even as it becomes more dependent on those instruments of Russian policy, while other Balkan countries are struggling to break with Moscow. Although the main instruments of Russian foreign policy remain economic and connected with energy revenues and pipelines, the recent visit of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to Russia shows that defense collaboration is also beginning to play a role in the relationship with Russia. Nikolic clearly was looking for help from Russia in Serbia’s present difficult economic environment and by all accounts he got it (Tanjug, September 10).

CrisisGroup Report: "The North Caucasus: The Challenges of Integration (I), Ethnicity and Conflict"

Europe’s deadliest conflicts are in Russia’s North Caucasus region, and the killing is unlikely to end soon. The state has fought back against attacks, first claimed by Chechen separatists, now the work of jihad-inspired insurgents, that have hit Moscow, other major cities and many Caucasus communities. But its security-focused counter-in­sur­gen­cy strategy is insufficient to address the multiple causes of a conflict fed by ethnic, religious, political and economic grievances that need comprehensive, flexible policy responses. Moscow is increasingly aware of the challenge and is testing new approaches to better integrate a region finally brought into the Russian Empire only in the nineteenth century and that has historically been a problem for the Russian state. Diversity in religion, ethnicity, historical experience and political allegiances and aspirations complicate efforts to alleviate local tensions and integrate it more with the rest of the country. Understanding this pluralism is essential for designing and implementing policies and laws that advance conflict resolution rather than make differences more irreconcilable. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Call for applications: Global Education on-line training courses

Following the launching of the Global Education Guidelines – on-line version (re-edition 2012) available from North-South Centre (NSC) website and hard copy available upon request – the NSC Global Education programme offered its first Global Education on-line training course in 2009. Since three courses are offered annually, in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

This introductory online training course on global education (GE), with a particular focus on human rights (HR), targets practitioners in the field of education and development, teachers, social and youth workers, as well as policy-makers, civil servants and local and regional authorities.

THE POWER OF THE HUMAN DIMENSION – A retrospective account of lessons and interactions from a short but meaningful visit to Egypt



Mingling around the tastefully-decorated and dimly-lit Egyptian restaurant, where we feasted on local delicacies with our new friends, it’s hard to believe we’ve only been here for four days. It seems like only a few hours ago, we were discussing Moroccan politics while being treated to delicious mint tea, which flowed like water from Rabat to Casablanca. Though the pervasive generosity among the people of North Africa certainly transcends borders, the uniqueness of the Egyptian culture highlights the countless nuances of a beautiful region, which we’ve only begun to explore. Alas, tonight, our time in this fascinating country is coming to a close. Yet, looking around, judging from the palpable level of laughter and excitement, it seems we’ve been here for much longer. One should never underestimate the socially-cohesive power of a well-seasoned roasted pigeon stuffed with wild rice… Perhaps the world would be a better place if we all subscribed to gastro-diplomacy more often! However, it seems that we must wait, as our host, Dr. Magda Zaki from The League of Arab, underlined, “for the soup to settle” before we can validate this theory. Enough with the culinary metaphors! Muslim-Western relations, as we’re becoming more and more acutely aware, require a deeper level of analysis and comprehension. Yet a few days spent interacting with a number of thoughtful, driven, and incredibly affable Egyptians have underscored the irrefutable power of the human dimension.

Publication: Defining al Qaeda

By Scott Stewart

The Obama administration's efforts to counter the threat posed by al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement have been a contentious topic in the U.S. presidential race. Political rhetoric abounds on both sides; administration officials claim that al Qaeda has been seriously crippled, while some critics of the administration allege that the group is stronger than ever. As with most political rhetoric, both claims bear elements of truth, but the truth depends largely on how al Qaeda and jihadism are defined. Unfortunately, politicians and the media tend to define al Qaeda loosely and incorrectly.

The jihadist threat will persist regardless of who is elected president, so understanding the actors involved is critical. But a true understanding of those actors requires taxonomical acuity. It seems worthwhile, then, to revisit Stratfor's definitions of al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement.

Call for papers for the international workshop ''Youth and Civic Participation: Is a Younger Generation Reshaping European Politics?'' (15-17 May 2013, University of Antwerp, Belgium)


By Christel Van Wonterghem

christel.vanwonterghem@ua.ac.be

Teaser :
On 15-17 May 2013, UCSIA is organizing the academic workshop "Youth and Civic Participation: Is a Younger Generation Reshaping European Politics?". This workshop wants to investigate how a young generation of citizens tries to make sense of current social trends and problems

News :
Whereas some researchers are convinced of the apparent civic disengagement of youth, others suggest that civic participation of young people is stable and that they may still be open to non-institutionalized forms of practicing politics.
By preference, proposals summarize comparative research of different (European) countries and types of participation. The topics are centered around, but not limited to, the following themes:
  • Motives and values that inspire youth to engage
  • Behaviour and forms of civic participation
  • Context and skills that condition youth civic participation
  • Impact and influence of youth civic participation on contemporary politics.
The deadline for submitting your application is Sunday 6th of January 2013. Candidates should send in the completed submission form, accompanied by a short academic curriculum vitae and an outline of the proposed paper. The decision of the selection committee will be communicated by mid-February 2013 at the latest.
Selected participants will present their papers in a panel session (20 minutes in English). A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed book volume on the topic of the workshop.
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«Европейская идентичность» в ЕС и России: повседневность и публичный дискурс» , Казань, 6-7 декабря 2012 г.


КАЗАНСКИЙ (ПРИВОЛЖСКИЙ) ФЕДЕРАЛЬНЫЙ УНИВЕРСИТЕТ, Институт сравнительных исследований модернизации обществ КФУ, Центр культурных исследований постсоциализма, Центр ЕС VOICES

в рамках проекта КАЗАНСКИЕ ЧТЕНИЯ ПО СОЦИОКУЛЬТУРНЫМ ИССЛЕДОВАНИЯМ

ПРИГЛАШАЮТ ПРИНЯТЬ УЧАСТИЕ в международном междисциплинарном семинаре

«Европейская идентичность» в ЕС и России: повседневность и публичный дискурс»

Казань, 6-7 декабря 2012 г.

Чем сильнее дезинтеграционные процессы заявляют о себе на пространстве единой Европы, тем более острыми оказываются вопросы о том, что такое «европейскость», насколько идентификация с данным общественно-политическим образованием влияет на повседневность людей, проживающих в ЕС, и каким образом идея европейской идентичности конструируется в публичном дискурсе. Эти вопросы проявляют себя в этническом, языковом, религиозном и культурном многообразии, а также в ощущении сплоченности и отчужденности, в наличии и отсутствии установки на общность базовых ценностей, прав и свобод среди жителей ЕС.
Концепт европейской идентичности не менее актуален и для России, которая исторически соседствует со странами ЕС, а в последние десятилетия активно вовлечена в интеграционные процессы с европейскими странами. Такие вопросы как конструирование образ «европейца» жителями России, собственная идентификация себя с европейской общностью, роль представлений о европейской идентичности в формировании отношения к Европейскому Союзу и др. предлагаются для обсуждения на семинаре.

В рамках семинара предполагается также обсудить методологические и методические проблемы исследования идентификации и идентичности жителей таких общественно-политических образований как ЕС, вопросы границ использования качественных методов, и того, какую картину европейской идентичности представляют данные массовых опросов.

Помимо обсуждения предложенных тем на семинаре состоится презентация результатов проекта «Эволюция европейской идентичности: использование биографических методов в исследовании европейской идентичности» (EU 7th Framework Programme). Руководители проекта — проф. Р. Миллер (Queen’s University, Belfast) и проф. Х. Дэвис (Bangor University, UK).

Рабочие языки семинара – английский, русский

Для участия в семинаре необходимо выслать краткое CV и тезисы на русском и английском языке до 250 слов до 4 ноября 2012 года по адресу с пометкой «Европейская идентичность». Благодаря финансовой поддержке Фонда Михаила Прохорова, Европейской комиссии и Фонда «Институт Открытое общество» организаторы оплачивают проезд и проживание участников семинара.
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Young Arab Voices share their thoughts on the Future of Egypt with the Elders

Norway's former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, former US President Jimmy Carter and former Irish President Mary Robinson – three of the so-called Elders group of independent global leaders working for peace and human rights – will engage in a panel discussion with young Egyptians selected by Young Arab Voices, a joint project of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council, which develops skills and opportunities for youth-led debate across the Arab region.

Young people were at the forefront of the Arab revolutions. For their first visit to the region since the Arab Awakening, the Elders will be hearing first-hand thoughts from a wide range of young people in Egypt about the momentous events that have changed their country, and learn about their hopes and expectations for the future. The event will take place on Wednesday 24 October.

The discussion will be moderated by TV host Yosri Fouda and will be broadcast live on ON-TV from the Opera House in English and Arabic (with simultaneous translation). This special intergenerational event will be an opportunity to discuss how to build an inclusive and democratic Egypt, listen to the aspirations of Egyptian youth and make sure their voices are heard in the ongoing debates about the future of their country.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

European Partner Finding Seminar "Volunteering and voluntary services in Europe - creating more opportunities for cross-border volunteering for young people"

13-14 December 2012 | Bornheim/Bonn, Germany

This contact making seminars offers a forum for cross-border volunteering projects and cooperations. It aims to increase the numbers of placements and possibilities for crossborder volunteering in national voluntary services and EVS.

Dear partners in the field of volunteering, we would like to invite you on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth for the European Partner Finding Seminar “Volunteering and voluntary services in Europe – creating more opportunities for cross-border volunteering for young people”. Target group are volunteering organisations which would like to start or to increase the hosting/sending of volunteers across the border. This does not at the first place refer to European Voluntary Service (EVS), but rather to national services which are open to volunteers from other EU countries or to any other volunteer scheme or activity which could be opened or is open for volunteers from other countries. See more details in the attached programme.

Call for Papers: Voluntaris - Journal of Volunteer Services

Teaser :
Voluntaris – Journal of Volunteer Services is a new academic journal which aims to combine scientific and applied perspectives on volunteer services. Academics and practitioners are now invited to submit their paper to be published in the first Volume of Voluntaris – Journal of Volunteer Services (scheduled for March 2013).

News :
Voluntaris – Journal of Volunteer Services is a new academic journal which aims to combine scientific and applied perspectives on volunteer services. The 1st volume is scheduled for 2013.

Although the journal´s primary language is German the editors want to foster the international academic exchange on volunteer services, volunteerism, citizenship service and related topics. This is why explicitly international authors are encouraged to submit their papers.

Articles are welcome from authors with scientific or applied background. They should relate to volunteer services with a theoretic, conceptual, programmatic or empirical approach. Emerging researchers are encouraged to submit their findings from their master´s or doctoral thesis.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Вместе мы сможем преодолеть вызовы равного участия


Партнер Национального Совета молодежных и детских объединений России Национальная Ассамблея молодежных организаций Республики Азербайджан проводит образовательную сессию «Вместе мы сможем преодолеть вызовы равного участия» для молодых мигрантов, беженцев, просителей убежища и внутренне перемещенных лиц, а также представителей молодежных организаций, работающих с молодыми мигрантами, беженцами, просителями убежища и внутренне перемещенными лицами. Целью сессии является повышение компетенций и знаний по теме борьбы с дискриминацией и повышение социального участия маргинальных групп молодых людей с помощью методологий, с которыми участники познакомятся во время сессии.
Образовательная сессия состоится со 2 по 9 декабря в г. Будапешт, Венгрия.
Рабочий язык сессии – английский.
Более подробную информацию, а также профиль участников можно найти в приложенном файле заявки. Обратите внимание, что заполненные заявки необходимо направлять по двум адресам: konulc@gmail.com и ramiz.aliyev@nayora.az с пометкой “Study Session Budapest” в теме письма.
Дедлайн для подачи заявок: 28 октября 2012 года.
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II Дипломатическая школа НАН Беларуси

6-11 ноября 2012 года в рамках III Международной молодежной научно-практической конференции «Научные стремления – 2012» на площадках Национальной академии наук Беларуси пройдёт II Дипломатическая школа для молодых парламентариев и молодёжных лидеров Беларуси и других государств-участников СНГ.
Для непрошедших конкурсный отбор есть возможность платного участия (50 000 белорусских рублей) : Взнос следует перечислять на расчетный счет 3632927800009 ОАО «АСБ Беларусбанк» Филиал №529 «Белсвязь» г. Минск, код 720 Адрес банка: г.Минск, пр. Независимости, 56 УНП 101078490, ОКПО 00019287 Получатель платежа: «Национальная академия наук Беларуси» Назначение платежа: «Организационный взнос за участие в молодежной конференции» ВНИМАНИЕ! Оплата организационного взноса в иностранной валюте запрещена!
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The Citizens Exchange Programme is Now Launched

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

DEADLINE TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS FOR CITIZENS EXCHANGE PROGRAMME IS NOW WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2012 (16:00 EGY TIME).

Are you a member of an organisation in one of the 42Euro-Med countries?

Would you like to take part in a unique training opportunity in another Euro-Med country?

This is your chance. Apply now through your organisation!

In the framework of the Anna Lindh Foundation Regional Programme Citizens for Dialogue - دورك , ALF is launching the Citizens Exchange Programme in the Euro-Med Region, with particular focus on the exchange among Arab civil society organisations, and between European and Arab civil society organisations. This twinning scheme seeks to support exchange of people for grassroots expertise, field work actions and awareness campaigns among Civil Society Organisations members in the Euro-Med region.

The ALF is seeking to engage young people who are active in their communities and have a long term vision of change. In particular, the Citizens Exchange Programme (2012 – 2014) supports the exchange of active youngCSO members in the Euro-Med region for a period of 1 to 3months (preference to 3 months). In principle, thisProgramme is a traineeship service to work on projects related to the following ALF “4D” themes: Dialogue, Diversity, Democracy and Development.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Call for Applications: The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments will admit up to fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme to begin October 1st 2013. Up to ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding.The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. Itinvites applications from candidates whose dissertation project fits one of the Graduate School’s Research Areas. Applications in the fields of education, communication, mediality, and media studies, and Islam and Muslims in the West are especially encouraged. Successful applicants will have a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School, with a ranking, where applicable, of above average. The language of communication is English. Admission is for one year, and, contingent upon a positive evaluation after the first year of study, will be extended for another twelve months. Admission and grantcan be extended for a total of three years. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Call for participants: BBC training for Palestinian and Jordanian journalists

The BBC is leading a series of workshops for those working in the media in Jordan and theoccupied Palestinian territory, as part of the EU-funded Media Neighbourhood Project, in the areas of professional journalism, new media and management. Media professionals have until 23 October to apply.

Workshops will be led by senior journalists and highly-experienced trainers from the BBC, AFP and the other international media organisations in the consortium. The training will be practical and hands on.

Those applying should select one of the three workshops available in each country. If the course organisers are unable to offer applicants their first choice, they may offer a place on one of the other courses.

The courses are:

1) BBC News Reporting Course
Jordan – 11-13 December 2012 (TBC)
Palestine – 16-18 December 2012 (TBC)
  • Making stories relevant and engaging for the audience
  • Understanding the EU and its relationship with its neighbours
  • Journalistic ethics
  • Effective news gathering
  • Professional interviewing techniques

Call for participants:Training "Transitional Justice and Human Rights after Armed Conflicts"

Istanbul, Turkey, November 30 – December 6, 2012

Description of Training:

Training workshop on Transitional Justice and Human Rights after Armed Conflicts will take place in Istanbul, Turkey between November 30 and December 6, 2012. Participants of the training will represent different nationalities from the South Caucasus: Abkhazians, Armenians, Azeris, Georgians and Ossetians. Training workshop will be conducted by European experts.

All costs of transportation to and from the location of the training as well as accommodation, meals, training materials, and per diems will be covered by the organizers.

Training workshop is organized within the framework of the Project Sustainable Cooperation through Education and Networking implemented by Caucasian House – Georgia. Funding for the project is provided by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation and Robert Bosch Stiftung and Open Society Georgia Foundation. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Прием заявок: "MedienForum 2012" -- Германо-Российский ФОРУМ СМИ в Архангельске

До 11 октября объявлен конкурс на дополнительные места на ежегодном Форуме СМИ, который на этот раз пройдет в Архангельске 25-27 октября. Форум проходит при поддержке Министерства иностранных дел Германии, Фонда им. Роберта Боша, Губернатора Архангельской области и Северного (Арктического) университета. Документы для российских участников принимаются до четверга, 11 октября.

Объявление о конкурсе см. по адресу: http://www.po-nemezki.ru/files/0810_AusschreibungTeilnehmer_medienforum_russ.pdf

Предварительную программу см. по адресу: http://www.po-nemezki.ru/files/Programm_RU__mit_Sponsoren.pdf

Партнерский ресурс: youth-in-action.org

Monday, October 8, 2012

Внимание! Приглашаем на лекции <Межэтнические отношения и государственная национальная политика в РФ>

Научно-методический отдел ГБУ <Московский дом национальностей> (ГБУ МДН) рад сообщить вам, что объявлен набор слушателей на ежегодный лекционный курс по программе <Межэтнические отношения и государственная национальная политика в Российской Федерации>, организованный ГБУ МДН, Институтом этнологии и антропологии РАН.
Цель лектория - совершенствование знаний в области межэтнических отношений и национальной политики в Российской Федерации, а также ознакомление целевой аудитории с вопросами этнокультурного развития в современной России, наиболее актуальными проблемами в области этнологии и этносоциологии, молодежной политики, современных тенденций и последствий миграционных процессов в России.
По итогам слушателям будут вручены сертификаты о прохождения курса дополнительного образования, подписанные директором Института этнологии и антропологии РАН, академиком В.А. Тишковым и директором ГБУ <Московский дом национальностей> Н.П. Комаровым.
Лекторий пройдет с 22 по 26 октября 2012 г. Начало занятий в 17.00, продолжительность - 3 часа. (Адрес: ГБУ <Московский дом национальностей> по адресу: г. Москва, ул. Новая Басманная, дом 4, строение 1 (станция метро <Красные ворота>).
Количество участников ограничено! Просьба подтвердить свое участие до 17 октября 2012 г. по E-mail: galinavb@mdn.ru или по телефону (495) 625-43-88.
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Call for papers: The 5th CEE Forum for Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists

The 5th CEE Forum for Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists will be held from Friday, 3 May to Saturday, 4 May 2013 in Greifswald at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in cooperation with the University of Greifswald.

Call for Papers

5th Central and Eastern European Forum for Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists
Greifswald, 3–4 May 2013

The CEE Forum is a platform for young legal, political and social theorists who come from, currently study or work in Central and Eastern Europe or have a research interest in the region. The regional boundaries are understood widely. The target audiences of the conference are young researchers, espe-cially doctoral students and post-docs, without a specific age limit. As in the previous Forums, the conference will be organised in three concurrent panels and will put its special emphasis on two major general topics.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Call for participants: European Citizenship in Youth Work Training Course in Turkey

A new training offer has been published in SALTO's European Training Calendar.

Training course


8-14 April 2013 | Turkey

This training course will encourage the development of a critical, democratic and European Citizenship and in doing so, supporting youth worker in the implementation of youth projects with a European Citizenship dimension.


Aim of the training course

The training course on European Citizenship aims to support the professional development of youth workers and youth leaders by extending their critical understanding of European Citizenship, exploring and experiencing its potential and by enabling them to recognise and integrate European Citizenship in their youth work.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Call for participants for the seminar “The role of youth work in combating segregation in school environments: a seminar for youth workers and actors in formal education”

Teaser:
The Youth Department of the Council of Europe is launching a call for participants for the seminar ''The role of youth work in combating segregation in school environments: a seminar for youth workers and actors in formal education'', which will be held in Strasbourg, 21-24 November 2012. Deadline for applying: 22 October 2012.

News :
By organising this seminar, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe seeks to support the role of youth work, youth organisations and education actors actively engaged in fighting segregation, by promoting the exchange of practices on fighting segregation and identifying principles and approaches applicable to youth, educational, and social policies.

The specific objectives of the seminar are:
  • To review the causes, challenges, and manifestations of school segregation across Europe;
  • To share practices and approaches from the field of youth work and formal education;
  • To identify future actions needed to better equip youth work and policies for addressing segregation in schools;
  • To familiarise participants with the approaches and activities of the Council of Europe in the area of fighting segregation in schools, and supporting intercultural and human rights education;
  • To provide input from the Roma Youth Action Plan and the Enter! project on access to social rights for all young people.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Call for applications: The Humanity in Action Fellowship

Program Dates
May 31 to June 30, 2013: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw


Eligibility

Students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world. 


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Publication: Survival of Political Leadership

We focus on political violence as a mechanism that allows the political leader to fight off opposition and increase his chances of re-election. In a collusive equilibrium, the leader allocates a bribe to the army, and the latter responds by producing political violence. Such an equilibrium is more likely, the larger are the public resources available to the leader; the lower is army’s potential punishment and salary offered by the opposition regime; the more severe is the incumbent’s potential punishment; and when the political leader is sufficiently patient, but the army is shortsighted enough.

Author: Sanna Nurmikko


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CBC programmes mark European Cooperation Day with dozens of events

ENPI Cross-Border Cooperation programmes are taking part in European Cooperation Day, organising 42 events aimed at highlighting the everyday practical benefits of cooperation across borders.

European Cooperation Day is celebrated on September 21, but events are taking place all week. It celebrates Territorial Cooperation within the European Union and between the European Union states and its neighbours – a celebration of all the benefits Territorial Cooperation brings to the populations all over these vast territories.

Around 200 events this week celebrate European Cooperation Day, organisedby 72 programmes in almost 40 countries. Besides the fun, the events are an opportunity to discover all the improvements that local initiatives have brought to every aspect of daily life; from creating jobs, to improving health care services, and the protection of environment, transport or energy.

The First Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will take place in Tbilisi on 08-09 October 201

The Regional Monitoring and Capacity Building Unit organises the First Regional Conference of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme to be held in Tbilisi on 08-09 October 2012.

The First Regional Conference will launch the debate on culture policies in the Eastern Partnership region and gather for the first time all stakeholders (public, private, civil society, independent) from the European Union and all six EaP countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.


The objectives of the Conference are:

  • To present the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, its regional dimension and its activities to a wider audience.
  • To launch the regional dialogue between public and private stakeholders from the Eastern Partnership countries on cultural policies and strategies, involving governments and civil society.
  • To present the findings of the analytical base-line studies undertaken by the experts of the Programme on the culture sector and on culture policies of the Eastern Partnership countries.
The conference will gather over 100 participants representing the public and private culture sector of the EaP countries including national authorities, civil society and cultural industries, as well as international organizations and culture actors from EU Member States.

Conflict transformation – seeks to transform the root causes of conflict?

TransConflict is pleased to present additional contributions to the third Peacebuilders’ Panel, which is designed to stimulate debate about peacebuilding and conflict transformation. 

The third debate focuses on the principle that:
“3. Conflict transformation goes beyond merely seeking to contain and manage conflict, instead seeking to transform the root causes themselves – or the perceptions of the root causes – of a particular conflict;”
 Mike Lowe, Discover the Other

“Peace is not an absence of war,” observed the Dutch/Jewish philosopher, Baruch Spinoza, in 1670, “it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.” To people caught up in destructive or violent conflict, Spinoza’s words may seem naively utopian. Of Spinoza’s listed virtues, justice (or injustice) is often one of the reasons for taking up the struggle; confidence (in a victory of sorts) is a reason for continuing in it; while “a disposition for benevolence” seems crazy in the face of an intransigent foe.

Euro-Arab Youth Initiative: Kickers | Sports and Development

Today we would like to introduce you the next youth initiative dedicates to Intercultural dialogue between Arab and Europe parts of the world. 


Shift-Network (Euro-Arab youth Initiative), Intercultural dialogue program in partnership with Bibliotheca Alexandria (Unit of Memory of Modern Egypt) and Earth charter international presents Kickers | Euro-Arab football tournament.



What is Kickers?

In Kickers, we aim to use sports as a Non-Formal education tool to help to empower youth as we believe in the impact of sports on mankind and the positive values are being acquired while practicing it.

Showing how sports can be a mean to get rid of many disasters, raising a slogan of sports against poverty, wars, discrimination, aggression & intolerance, sports to be an effective way of peaceful connection, sports for better childhood and healthy life, therefore KICKERS has been founded as a result of the mutual dialogue among Euro-Arab youth & an idea utilized by SHIFT network to organize a football tournament & conduct a serious of workshops & awareness campaigns giving to youth around the world.

Kickers will represent the first Sports and Development conference in Egypt guiding Egyptian civil society on how to use sports to make a change.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Конкурс для журналистов

Общественная палата объявляет конкурс для российских журналистов на лучшее освещение проблем гражданского общества «Гражданская позиция». Заявки принимаются с 1 октября.
«Этот год насыщен событиями, которые по-разному повлияли на настроения нашего гражданского общества. Но что касается СМИ, то для них гражданская активность стала не просто заметной, а одной из центральных тем», — считает председатель жюри, руководитель Комиссии по СМИ Павел Гусев. «Думаю, что конкурс нам это докажет».
Победителей будут отбирать по шести номинациям:
— Гражданская инициатива (публикация о гражданских инициативах, проявлении гражданской позиции);
— Я — гражданин (публикация об общественном деятеле);
— Акция (публикация о любой гражданской акции, митинге, шествии);
— Инициатива наказуема (о гражданских акциях и инициативах, которые подвергаются разного рода преследованиям со стороны власти);
— Сдвинули с мертвой точки (публикация, получившая широкий резонанс, по результатам которой были приняты решения, в т.ч. со стороны органов власти);
— Лучшая публикация о благотворительности;
Оператор конкурса — Альянс руководителей региональных СМИ России (АРС-ПРЕСС).
Заявки на Конкурс принимаются с 1 октября 2012 года по 1 декабря 2012 года по адресу электронной почты webmaster@domain.ru.
Материалы, представляемые на Конкурс, должны быть опубликованы в период с 1 января 2012 года по 1 декабря 2012 года.
Итоги Конкурса подведут в Москве на последнем пленарном заседании Общественной палаты Российской Федерации 2012 года.
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Political and Security Committee of the European Union in Cairo

The European Union's Political and Security Committee (PSC) met high level Egyptian and Arab League officials during their visit to Cairo on September 30 and October 1, according to a press release from the EU Delegation in Egypt. The purpose of the visit was to deepen PSC ambassadors' acquaintance and understanding of ongoing developments in Egypt and the region, as the European Union attaches great importance to the Southern Mediterranean. 

PSC members met with Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, during which domestic developments in Egypt were discussed. Also, meetings were held with permanent representatives of the League of Arab States, military leaders, and judicial leaders as well as representatives of civil society and media.

The PSC is a permanent structure of the Council of the European Union and plays a central role in the definition of and follow-up to the European Union's response to a crisis. It also contributes to the drafting and implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). In particular, it defines and follows up the EU's response in the event of a crisis. The PSC is permanently chaired by the European External Action Service and comprises ambassadors from the 27 EU Member States. 
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ASCN Conference 11-13 October 2012 - "Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region"

It is our pleasure to announce the programme of the international conference on "Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region" organised on 11-13 October 2012 in Istanbul by the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net in cooperation with Kadir Has University. 

The conference overall will address the interaction of security, democracy and development in the Southern Caucasus and the wider Black Sea region and will offer a forum for the presentation and discussion of on-going research projects. It will consist of thematic panels, roundtables and keynote speeches bringing together researchers and policy makers. Specific topics and debates will be explored within and between these broad themes. Research papers will include contributions from a variety of social science disciplines as well as interdisciplinary work. Panels and roundtables will analyse evolving state level, regional and broader international processes, present new scholarship and allow the exchange of ideas from a wide variety of national, theoretical and intellectual perspectives.

The full programme of the conference is to be found here. A book of abstracts is also available.