Archive | August, 2021

Call for book chapters- Decolonizing Fieldwork: A Practical Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Decolonizing Fieldwork: A Practical Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences Editors: Kira Jumet (Hamilton College) and Merouan Mekouar (York University)  In January 2016, the brutal killing of Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old Cambridge University student  who was conducting fieldwork in Cairo, Egypt, marked a turning point for Western scholars working on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The abduction, torture, and  subsequent death of the young graduate student shook the academic community focusing on  that area of the world and reminded many more of the numerous difficulties faced by researchers  conducting fieldwork in authoritarian settings. Since then, a number of new publications have  sought to examine the challenges faced by social scientists conducting research in the MENA  region (Bank and Busse (2021), Krause and Szekely (2020), Clark and Cavatorta (2018), among  others) as well as other non-democratic regions such as Central Asia (Janenova 2019, Driscoll  2021), parts of the Caribbean (Bell 2013), parts of Sub-Saharan Africa (Laher, Fynn and Kramer  2019), Eastern Europe and Russia (Goode 2010, 2016), and East Asia (Reny 2016, Wang 2019).  However, while these contributions addressed and theorized about the important challenges faced by Western academics conducting research under authoritarian regimes (Glasius et al.  […]

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Call For Applications: 2022-2023 International Fellowships – Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth (Germany)

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) invites scholars working in the field of African Studies to apply for fellowships in the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA). In the academic year 2022-2023, the BA offers up to twenty short- and long-term fellowships, divided into the three categories (a) Individual Fellowships (b) Fellow-Tandems and (c) Fellow Groups. The fellowships are designed to enable scholars of African Studies, while immersed in a vibrant community of researchers from more than fifteen academic disciplines, to pursue projects significant to the Cluster’s theoretical and thematic agendas, in particular to the general theme of the 2022-23 academic year, Spatialities (see further below). Fellows will be in residence for periods ranging from one to ten months, during which they will carry out their research in an efficiently managed environment with excellent working conditions. In order to create synergies among fellows as well as between Cluster members and international scholars, we highly encourage the application in tandem or as groups. WHO ARE THE BAYREUTH ACADEMY FELLOWS? The Bayreuth Academy Fellows are part of an international group of junior and senior scholars –professors, postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral students– affiliated with the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence to advance research and scholarly debates in African […]

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