Archive: Gennaio, 2014

• Five positions at the Geography Department, Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Three permanent geography lectureships at Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Job title: Lecturer in Human Geography

Starting date: Flexible

Application closing date: 28.02.2014

Salary: US$3000.00 per month (the salary is tax free. The position includes free accommodation and relocation expenses)


Job Description:

Currently Soran University, a young and fast developing university in the autonomous Kurdistan Region, Iraq, is in the process of developing a research group as part of the Geography Department that will be focusing on two main research strands.

First, the geostrategic situation of the Kurdistan Region, including the issue of being a landlocked nation in a region amidst insecurity and conflict, as well as the nature of the developing (oil and gas based) Turkish-Kurdish Regional Government partnership.

Second, possible internal institutional structures that help not only to avoid the ‘curse’ of oil price volatility, but to solidify democratic structures.


Researchers interested in those or related strands are welcome to apply. We explicitly encourage applications from motivated early career scholars. The research group will enable its members to conduct research on an international level, with funding for participation in international conferences. Teaching and other non-research responsibilities at the Geography Department are flexible and will be individually designed around ongoing research projects. Teaching will be in English. The main purpose of the research group is to develop a research profile in geopolitics and security around natural resources and energy policy, to publish research in international peer-reviewed journals and to supervise PhD students. The advertised positions will be permanent (for administrative reasons all contracts officially run for one year, but will be renewed upon request).


Unlike the rest of the country, the Kurdistan region is secure. In the last ten years there have been no civilian casualties due to terror attacks. There have been no incidences of attacks or threats directed at foreigners.  Direct flights to Europe and the Gulf link the Kurdistan Region directly to the outside world. Interested candidates should feel free to contact Dr. Till Paasche ( informally if there are any questions regarding the position, the university, or life in the region.


For further details on the University and the region, see­­-­­­


Main duties:


– Develop your own geographical research projects in coordination with the research group leader

– Collaborate on original research with other staff from the research group

– Publish research in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals and present research at conferences

– Participate in the drafting of grant applications



– Recruitment and Supervision of PhD students

– Teaching in the undergraduate programme of the Geography Department including appropriate assessment etc.

– Support the curriculum development together with the Head of the Department and the research group leader

– Organisation of methodology workshops for local staff

– Provide guidance and advice to other staff and students



– Undertake required administrative duties

– Other duties appropriate to the post as required by the research group leader and the head of the department


Essential criteria:

– PhD in Geography or related discipline

– Record of high quality publications appropriate with stage of career

– Ability to develop research that corresponds with the interest of the research group

– Teaching experience

– Ability to work as part of a team

– Good organizational skills

– Ability to meet required deadlines


Desired criteria:

– Experience in the supervision of PhD students

– Writing grant applications

– Experience in curriculum development

– Experience in interdisciplinary research


For the application please send your CV, a cover letter, the names and contact details of two referees to We will only contact the referees of those applicants who are being shortlisted.



Two PhD studentships at Soran University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Please note that only Iraqi passport holders are eligible for the studentship.


The Geography Department at Soran University announces a PhD studentship ( We welcome applications from students with Master degrees interested in Kurdish oil and gas geopolitics. Being landlocked, the Kurdistan Region, Iraq faces the critical challenge of making its oil and gas available to international markets. The geopolitical situation in the region indicates that the most likely export route for the KRG’s oil and gas is via the resource hungry Turkey. However, the KRG’s relations with Turkey are not without differences and such co-operation needs careful assessment. The studentship offers an opportunity to analyse this relationship, its implications for the Turkish-PKK peace process, increasing PYD led autonomy in Turkey, as well as possible alternative export routes for Kurdish crude oil and gas.


After completion of the PhD programme, the candidate is required to teach at the University of Soran as a member of staff (position: Lecturer of Human Geography) in the Geography Department for a minimum of four years.


The studentship that runs for four years is part of the new split-site PhD programme meaning that the successful candidate will have an internal supervisor at Soran University (Dr. Till Paasche) and an external supervisor outside Iraq. In this case Professor James D. Sidaway at the Geography Department, National University of Singapore, will take on this role (


Successful candidate are required/have the opportunity to spend one year at the National University of Singapore to work on their PhD and engage with Singapore’s vibrant academic community.


General admission requirements: A Maters degree in (Human) Geography or any related discipline. An English language certificate (TOFEL score of 550 (PB) IELTS (academic) band score of 6). Lower scores may be accepted as conditional split-site candidates. The required English language certificate must be obtained within one year. During the first phase of the PhD the candidate has the opportunity to do intensive English courses at the CLAD language centre associated with Soran University.


For the application please send your CV, a cover letter, the names and contact details of two referees and a one page research proposal to (please merge the documents into one single pdf-file). We will only contact the referees of those applicants who are being shortlisted.

Closing Date for Applications: 28.02.2014


If you have any questions about the studentship please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Till Paasche (

• Antipode Foundation funding opportunities 2014

Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project and International Workshop Awards closes at the end of March.

Grants of up to £10,000 (or its equivalent in another currency) are available to critical geographers collaborating with non-academics and activists or holding events such as conferences, seminar series, summer schools, 

Read all about them…

• Special Session of the CPG at the IGU Regional Conference

Camps. Geographies of the Sovereign Exception

Special Session co-organized by the IGU-Commission on Political Geography journal Political Geography

2014 IGU Krakow Regional Conference, Krakow, Poland, 18-22 August 2014




  • Political Geography lecture at IGU 2014 by Claudio Minca , Unviersity of Wageningen


  • Intervention by Franco Farinelli, University of Bologna, President of the Association of Italian Geographers – AGEI


  • Intervention by Vladimir Kolossov, Russian Academy of Science, President of the International Geographical Union – IGU-UGI



Political Geography lecture at IGU 2014:



Claudio Minca



Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has famously, and controversially, claimed that the camp is the nomos of our time. However, the ‘camp concept’ (and related set of practices) is certainly not new, and has found many diverse manifestations during the last century or so, some of them still present and proliferating also today. Detention camps, training camps, concentration camps, refugee camps, transition camps, tourist camps, are to be found everywhere, and they all seem to be driven by a variable mix of custody, care and control. Also by explicit and/or implicit forms of violence.

Starting from Auschwitz – the most studied camp ever – and the Nazis’ obsession with camps, touching upon my own biographical experience of refugee camps, via the forms of disciplinary encampments of all sorts and nature that dot our contemporary geographies of the everyday, to conclude with reference to Guantanamo and to some recent examples of camps established to temporarily ‘host and protect’ illegal migrants at the margins of Europe, this paper intends to discuss the broader geographies of the camp, intended as a key expression of the Modern and its spatial projections. In particular, it reflects on the topographical imperative that seems to be at the core of all camps, together with the practices of transgression of that same imperative. It also explores the relation between these camp spatialities and ‘the biopolitical’, and in particular the ways in which bodies are governed and mobilized according to the camp logic, including forms of self-discipline.

It concludes by asking whether the camp, as a spatial formation, may indeed be considered the global nomos of our age; and if so, which may actually be the theoretical (and urgently political) implications for our discipline, faced with the geographies of exception imposed precisely by the proliferation of new camps, everywhere.

27th Annual PGSG Pre-conference – USF Tampa April 7, 2014

27th Annual PGSG Pre-conference – USF Tampa April 7, 2014



The Political Geography Specialty Group of the AAG and the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida-Tampa are very pleased to announce that the 27th Annual PGSG Pre-conference will be held at the USF’s Tampa campus onMonday, April 7, 2014. The paper sessions will take place during the day. The PGSG will host a group dinner for pre-conference participants during the evening.

The meeting will be held in Room 3709 of the USF Marshall Student Center (MSC 4100, Tampa FL 33620, 813-974-5213 / 813-974-4180).Campus and parking maps suitable for printing or storing on a portable device can be found at:

Deadlines and registration
Please submit a paper title and a 200 word abstract, along with author contact details (name, institutional address, email address), to Reece Jones and Natalie Koch at no later than February 1, 2014.

Please consider booking your hotel ASAP! Hotels near the USF Tampa campus include:

  • Embassy Suites Tampa – USF/Near Busch Gardens (located inside the campus)
  • Wingate by Wyndham Hotel Tampa (free shuttle service)
  • Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Tampa (free shuttle service)
  • La Quinta Inn Busch Gardens Tampa

For more options, see:


As with our past pre-conferences, there will be a nominal $20 registration fee for faculty only. Faculty, please bring cash if at all possible.

Sponsor: School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Tampa
Local coordinators: Jayajit Chakraborty (, Pratyusha Basu (
Co-organizers: Reece Jones (, Natalie Koch (

• Paper Session of the CPG at the IGU Regional Conference

The Political Geographies of Camps

Convenors: Irit Katz and James D Sidaway

Discussant Claudio Minca


IGU-CPG, Krakow, 18-22 August 2014


Camps have proliferated. Formal and informal camps constructed for/by refugees, undocumented migrants, asylum seekers and Roma/Travellers, appear in Europe. Tens of thousands live in camps in Africa and Asia. Elsewhere; in Oceania and the Caribbean migrants and detainees of the ‘war on terror’ are held in camps.


Camps create multifaceted geographies of displacement and movement, asylum and refuge. Although camps are frequently created as emergency spaces for the control and management of people, they often become sites of suspended temporariness, a continuing state of exception.


Following the reflections opened by the Political Geography lecture at IGU2014 by Claudio Minca and the interventions of Franco Farinelli and Vladimir Kolossov in the special session “Camps. Geographies of the Sovereign Exception” (co-organized by the IGU-Commission on Political Geography and the journal Political Geography), this session will explore the varied aspects of camps and examine them from different angles; their global political roles, their spatial vocabulary and materiality, the ways they are created, governed and function as spaces of everyday life, and the new forms of politics and political subjects that emerge in them. Case studies and other papers that develop perspectives for comparative research and critical thinking on these varied political geographies of camps will be welcome in this session.

Please send abstracts (max. 250 characters in the title incl. spaces and max. 500 words in the abstract text) through the on-line registration system by ***27th January 2014***

The session will follow special session “Camps. Geographies of the Sovereign Exception” – Claudio Minca and interventions of Franco Farinelli and Vladimir Kolossov (co-organized by the IGU Commission on Political Geography and the journal Political Geography).


• Abstract Submission Deadline extended for the Krakow Regional Conference 2014

The deadline for submission of abstracts for the upcoming IGU Regional Conference in Krakow, Poland, has now been extended to 27th January 2014.
Please remember that the abstracts can be submitted ONLY via the on-line system, and to do that, a participant has to register in the system first, details at:
Visit the conference website for further information

• Postdoctoral Fellowship – Ben-Gurion University

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ben-Gurion University


Geopolitics and Border Studies


Date/duration: 24 month fellowships starting March 2014 or October 2014 (negotiable within this period)

Deadline for Applications: 31 January 2014

The post doctoral fellow will have a Ph.D in any of the following fields: Political Science, International Relations, Geography (Political  Geography speciality preferable but others may also apply).

He / She will work with Professor David Newman in the Department of Politics and Government,  assist in the establishment of the new Chair in Geopolitics, work as part of a research team which focusses on ongoing projects relating to Borders and Territory. In particular the FP7 project on Euroborderscapes and other international consortium work in this area. The Fellow may also become involved in the ongoing management of the editorial review process of  the journal, Geopolitics.

We are especially interested in the ability to think conceptually about borders within a comparative perspective. Interest in, and knowledge of, the Israel-Palestine case study is useful but not essential. We are NOT looking for someone who is only interested in the Israel / Palestine arena.

The fellows must have their PhD submitted by the January 2013 (for post doc to commence in March) or  August 2014 (for commencement in October).


The Fellowship will be for a period of two years (24 months) and will be to the value of $20,000 each year. The Fellow will be expected to establish a research base at Ben Gurion University and to commit to working at the university for a minimum of three full days per week. Preference will be given to candidates who are prepared to commit to working at the university during the entire week.


The following materials should be submitted:

–       CV and list of publications;

–       Proposal for a postdoctoral project;

–       Transcripts of degrees and other relevant material;

–       Two letters of reference.


Please send your application to the following address:


Professor David Newman

Dean, faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ben Gurion University

Beer Sheba, Israel 84105


Application package can be sent by email to:

• Post Doctoral Research Associate – Durham

Post Doctoral Research Associate


Job Description


Durham University seeks to employ a full-time Research Associate to contribute to the work of IBRU, an interdisciplinary consultancy, training, and academic research entity based in Durham University’s Department of Geography. IBRU combines core competencies at the intersection of political geography and comparative and public international law with critical perspectives on borders and bordering. The Research Associate will contribute to ongoing research, conference, and publication projects being undertaken or proposed by IBRU as well as initiating her or his own projects that fall within IBRU’s thematic remit. The Research Associate will contribute to the development and preparation of research grant applications, journal articles and other academic outputs. Additionally, depending on the Research Associate’s skills and experience, the Research Associate may contribute to IBRU’s consultancy and training activities in boundary delimitation, demarcation, and dispute resolution. IBRU is particularly interested in candidates who would complement existing staff interests in maritime regions and other domains that incorporate extraterritorial spaces and activities, as well as in forging links between political geographic and international law perspectives. Interviews will be held in mid-late February, with a start date as soon as possible thereafter. This is a two-year, fixed-term appointment.
More details HERE
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