Archive: Giugno, 2013

• PhD Summer School – Arab Spring



DEADLINE: JUNE 28th 2013




The Arab Spring, Domestic Democratic Transitions and the Evolving Euro-Mediterranean Framework


@ Manouba University, Tunisia

August 18-23 2013


The Summer school will see a succession of thematic days each focussing on the international implications and com­parative possibilities associated with societies in transition – i.e. (1) Specific Human Security Questions; (2) Human and Fundamental Rights Pro­tection; (3) Challenges associated with Democratic Transition; and (4) the Hopes and Risks moving forward. Each theme will be the object of a given doctoral workshop covering a series of 45min ses­sions, which will alternatively include either a lecture by a key academics from Europe and beyond; or a roundtable debate on one/two selected PhD paper(s). Interested parties are free to apply before the June 28th deadline.


All PhD students interested in and engaged with the summer school’s topic are welcome to apply by submitting a proposal. The Summer School’s international board will select the participatants among the submitted applications. Thanks to the support of the various partner programs, among which the European Commission’s FP7 research program and its Erasmus Mundus mobility program, about 25 students will be selected and provided with the opportunities and financial support necessary for them to attend and fully enjoy the event.


You can download the call for applications here

• Gender and Crises in Global Politics

The International Feminist Journal of Politics announces


the 3rd Annual IFjP Conference

May 9-11, 2014

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California


 Gender and Crises in Global Politics

We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels on any topic pertaining to the conference theme and sub-themes. We also welcome papers and panels that consider any other feminist IR-related questions.
Keynotes: Jack Halberstam (USC), others to be announced

Call for Papers

If one is to believe what newspapers, news media, and even IR’s journals suggest, the global political arena is (again) in a time of crisis. The Global Financial Crisis still reverberates and is producing the Debt Crisis. The continued violence in Syria, the tensions between Israel and Palestine, the aggression of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the risk of Iran’s proliferation and other militarily volatile situations have been characterized as crises. Environmentalists warn of ecological crisis, health scholars warn of a disease crisis, cyber-security specialists suggest a coming information crisis, and  migration experts warn of population crises. On the other hand, a range of issues are excluded from the categories of crisis.  Why, for example, is rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo not a crisis?  Taken together, these present-day presumed crises and non-crises sit beside a history of global politics that is often told as a connection of crises – wars, depressions, diseases, and natural disasters.
Feminist work in International Relations has addressed many of these crises, both historical and contemporary, yet there is more to be done. The thematic focus of this year’s conference is on feminist theorizing of crisis, as well as of crises. We hope papers will address some of the following questions, both theoretically and empirically:

  • How does an event or social situation come to be constituted and represented as a crisis? What do gender and/or queer lenses tell us about what we recognize as crisis and how we read those crises?

  • Whose suffering constitutes a crisis, and what reactions are warranted? How does crisis policy behavior allow for the omission of concerns and needs of people at the margins of global politics? What do feminist and/or queer approaches to the politics of crisis representation look like?

  • Who/what is the subject of crisis politics? In crises, who is protected, saved, or forgotten? Whose crises demand attention? Whose are ignored?

  • What do gender and/or queer lenses tell us about analyzing crisis in global politics? What unique methods do feminisms bring to identifying and understanding what constitutes crises?
  • Are there feminist and/or queer approaches to crisis management? What challenges do crises present differently from ‘everyday politics’ as traditionally understood? What might a gendered/queer analysis of ‘means and ends’ tell us about crisis? Do gender and/or queer lenses tell us something about crisis strategy generally and/or disaggregate their analyses by types of crises?

  • How does feminist and/or queer theorizing deal with characterizations of  ’times of crisis’? Does feminist and queer work in history, sociology, geography, and politics provide contextualization of such characterizations?

  • What if anything does it do to look at theorizing crisis as in crisis? How do gender/queer lenses think about crises in theorizing – of crisis itself and of specific concepts in crisis located in political economy to security?

We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels on any topic pertaining to the conference theme and sub-themes. We also welcome papers and panels that consider any other feminist IR-related questions.  Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
Any inquiries should be addressed to the journal’s University of Florida gmail address,
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2014.  We will, however, confirm acceptance of submissions before the deadline if we receive abstracts early. Early submission is therefore recommended.

Please submit your abstract on the conference website at:

• Geopolitics Towards Future


Geographical section, Faculty of Political Science – University Niccolò Cusano – Rome, Italy

International Geographical Union – Commission on Political Geography

Società Geografica Italiana



International Conference “Geopolitics Towards Future”

Rome, Italy,

Monday 2nd – Wednesday 4th

September 2013


First Circular – Call for Papers


The Faculty of Political Science of the University Niccolò Cusano – Rome, toghether with the Commission on Political Geography of the International Geographical Union, Società Geografica Italiana and Associazione Italiana di Cartografia (AIC), is organising the International Conference “Geopolitics  Towards Future”.

The Conference will be held starting September 2nd until September 4th 2013 in Rome, in the Niccolò Cusano University Campus, via don Carlo Gnocchi 3.


The main topic of the Conference is the “future”, new scenarios and new problems. The approach is mainly geopolitical, geoeconomical and interdisciplinary. The globalized world extensively investigated by experts is going through a long period of crisis. The exit of the crisis is expected and there are many ideas about how to solve it. Serious problems such as resources, the environment and geopolitical scenarios both dynamic and complex as, for example, the endless Arab winter, the islamisation of central Africa, Chinafrica, BRICS; all these need to be studied accurately. Geographers are like doctors at the sickbed of  a world: which are their new prescriptions and their diagnoses? The geographical methodology, the skills acquired throughout the long history of geographical knowledge are instruments that are usable to understand today’s world and its future?

These are the topics that will be discussed in three days of meetings, round tables and seminars. We hope to find an answer.

A selection of papers will be published.

The Conference will be structured into 3 subsequent sessions:

–       Session A

–       September 2nd: Seminar “Geopolitics Towards Future” for doctoral students of the Central European Universities Consortium and will be open to all doctoral and PHD students interested.

–       Session B

–       September 3rd: The traditional meeting of human geographers of the Adriatic region “Adriatic Forum 2013” on “Global integration and networks”. Main Topics: Integration and corridors (Round Table); energy and energy securitization; transportations; planning and cross-border relations; coast management; harbour connections; sea corridors; tourism.

–       Session C

–       September 4th: The symposium on “Global Trends in Political Geography for the 21st Century”. Main Topics: globalization and crisis (Round Table); lost wars; energy and energy securitization; energy and environment; environment; democracy and participation; unemployment; urban security; famine; migrations; integration and diversity; after the Arab spring; Islam and Africa; Chinafrica; BRICS; Middle East problems


Organizing Committee:


Prof. Maria Paola Pagnini, Prof. Anton Gosar, Prof. Milan Bufon, Prof. Michel Korinman.




Registration form: 31st July

Abstract (max 1 page): 31st July

Final paper: 31st July


Registration form and abstracts must be sent to:

Organizing Committee for the International Conference “Geopolitics Towards Future”

(dr. Giuseppe Puligheddu)

Faculty of Political Science – University Niccolò Cusano

Via don Carlo Gnocchi, 3 00186 Rome



All who are interested in geopolitics and geoeconomics are invited to attend the conference. It does not matter which academic discipline you belong to. Interdisciplinary approaches are much appreciated and could be topics in themselves. Certificates of attendances will be released.

Papers selected by the Organizing Committee will  be published in the Proceedings of the Conference.


Languages: English and French



Niccolò Cusano Campus, student residence

Bedrooms with two bunk beds

From Sunday night 1st September to Saturday night 7th September……………………….200 euro


Casa “Severino Fabriani”  via don Carlo Gnocchi, 70 (five walk minutes from the Campus)

12 single bedroom with breakfast……………………………………35  euro /day

12 three bedrooms with breakfast……………………………………90 euro/day

plus 2 euro 1 person/1 night as municipal tax. Children under 10 years do not pay.


Meal  at Niccolò Cusano Campus ……………………………………5 euro


The Campus can be reached by line A of the Rome Underground and bus n. 146 from Battistini Station. There is also a “Cusano” shuttle-bus every half hour from Battistini Station.

How to reach Termini Station from Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumicino Airport: please have a look at , then you can take line A of the Rome Underground (Battistini direction) and bus n. 146 from Battistini Station.

How to reach Termini Station from Ciampino Airport: please have a look at , then you can take line A of the Rome Underground (Battistini direction) and bus n. 146 from Battistini Station. Otherwise you may reach Anagnina Station you can take line A of the Rome Underground (Battistini direction) and bus n. 146 from Battistini Station; for this possibility please look .

• Beyond fortress Europe?

EUGEO 2013  Conference – Rome 5-7 September


Beyond fortress Europe? Bordering and crossbordering processes along the EU external frontiers


The session’s program is available here

• Mapping Conceptual Change in Thinking European Borders


The programme of the European Border Studies Conference

Mapping Conceptual Change in Thinking European Borders

3-5 July 2013, Bergamo, ITALY

is now available here


• Grants to attend Rome EUGEO 2013 Congress

The EUGEO Executive Committee announces the availability of grants for members of those Geographical Societies active in EUGEO, plus 3 additional grants for non EUGEO countries. The aim of this programme is to stimulate young researchers to participate in the EUGEO 2013 Congress in Rome. The programme conditions are:
1. The grant is available for PhD students and young researchers that completed their PhD no longer than six years before April 15th 2013.
2. Interested applicants are kindly required to directly apply to one of his/her country’s EUGEO member (the list is at this link)*. For non member countries 3 grants are available; only in this case application have to be submitted to The application must contain the proposed abstract, a short curriculum vitae and a personal declaration with details about the PhD (date, institution, title of the dissertation, and any other useful information).
2. Each active EUGEO member society can select one candidate for a grant; for non member Countries the EUGEO Executive Committee will select 3 candidates.
3. The candidate will submit or have submitted a paper abstract accepted by the session organizers (or have proposed an accepted session) according to the call that you can find on the EUGEO 2013 website (
4. The EUGEO Executive should be informed ( ) by the member society about the selected application (name, affiliation, PhD details, contact details).
5. Young researchers selected by their Geographical Society (and the 3 selected by Executive Committee for non-EUGEO countries) will receive a grant of € 250 upon registration in Rome. Moreover, their Congress fee of € 100 will be waived or reimbursed after being paid.
6. The money transfer will be settled by cash or bank transfer.
The grant attribution will be communicated to the entitled persons by mid May early June.
* EUGEO and the Congress organizers are not responsible of the selection procedures operated by member societies.
See EUGEO website

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