Social Movements and Political Change in North Africa: Shaping Technologies for Change
The Irish Social Sciences Platform is pleased to extend a call for papers for a workshop exploring ‘Social Movements and Political Change in Africa: Shaping Technologies for Change’ which will be held at the University of Limerick on June 14th – 15th, 2012.
The events in North Africa in 2011/12 demonstrated on the world stage the potential that social movements have to exact political change. With this in mind, a workshop will be held in order to explore the manner in which social movements have contributed to political change both positively and negatively across Africa since 1989. Special emphasis will be placed on cross-national comparison in order to identify similarities and differences in the character, aims and methods of social movements in North Africa and to explore their role in shaping eventual regime outcomes.
This workshop will examine the interaction between technological change and social, cultural and political life. The manner in which various groups instigate and develop these changes is of great interest due to the manner in which social innovators utilise different types of ‘technological’ developments to further their cause such as traditional technologies like word of mouth or through involvement in civil society movements. In addition, the more recent movements for social change have utilised newer technological advances to disseminate information including social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. This workshop will investigate the manner in technological innovations of social organisation have become embedded and how these ideas have been shaped by the various cultural settings of the countries under investigation.
The following questions will be addressed:
- What have we learnt from popular protest in North Africa that might reshape existing generalisations about social movements and political change?
- In what way have new communication technologies helped social movements in their struggle for political change in Africa?
- Are there emerging patterns in the organisation and character of social movements and are linkages strengthening with them across the continent?
- What challenges exist for social movements in sustaining their support whilst working within new governments?
With these questions in mind we would like to extend a call for paper proposals of no more than 300 words by April 10th. We would particularly welcome submissions that deal with the events in North Africa.
2nd Annual DSAI Postgraduate Workshop
Following on from the extremely successful DSAI Postgraduate Workshop held in the University of Limerick last year, we are pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual DSAI Postgraduate Workshop will be held in University College Cork on 7-8th June 2012 in conjunction with the UCC Centre for Global Development.
The workshop is aimed at postgraduate researchers working on development, conflict and humanitarian issues in third-level institutions on the island of Ireland, and aims to strengthen the sense of community and develop networks between postgraduate researchers, academics and practitioners working on a broad range of issues related to international development.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 16th March 2012. Emails should contain the following information: name, institution, type of degree (PhD/ Masters), year and stage of research, and research questions/ topics. It is expected that around 20 postgraduate students will take part in the workshop. Should a larger number of applications be received, priority will be provided to doctoral level researchers and members of the Development Studies Association Ireland. Further enquiries should be directed to Dug Cubie at: email@example.com
I would be grateful if you could circulate this Call for Expressions of Interest to any postgraduate researchers you feel may be interested in attending this Workshop, and we look forward to seeing you here in Cork.
Call for Papers: UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference
Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights
University College Cork
Call for Papers: 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference, 26th April 2012
The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCHJR) at University College Cork is pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference will take place on Thursday, 26th April 2012. The conference is aimed at postgraduate researchers working in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice and human rights.
The theme for this year’s event is “Transformation and Reform: Structures and Mechanisms for Rights-Based Protections”. The aim is to examine the implications for individuals and rights-based protections that arise from recent proposals for major reforms at the national, European and international level, including proposals for changes to the Irish legal profession and potential constitutional amendments, reforms of the treaties and structures of the European Union, and the UN Treaty Body Reform process. This theme is intended to encourage debate and reflection on the challenging question of ensuring the protection of fundamental rights during periods of change and crisis.
This international one-day event is aimed at promising research scholars from Ireland, the UK and Europe in the areas of law, politics, philosophy and the related social sciences. We are especially interested in papers that relate to human rights, criminal justice, criminal law or the intersection of these fields from a national, European or international perspective. We will also welcome papers dealing with issues that fall within the broad theme of the conference.
The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Christopher McCrudden of Queen’s University Belfast. Professor McCrudden is currently working on an integrated theory of comparative human rights law, and is an expert on equality and discrimination, as well as the relationship between international economic law and human rights.
Papers will be streamed thematically. The two best papers, as selected by the conference organisers, will present their paper to the plenary session of the conference.
Abstracts for papers (max. 300 words) should be submitted to the conference organisers by 20th February 2012. Successful conference submissions will be notified by 20th March 2012. To be considered for the best paper and the opportunity to present to the plenary session, full papers should then be submitted by 16th April 2012. Submissions and further enquires should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information and registration details please visit: www.ucc.ie/en/ccjhr
Please note: a CPD Certificate of Attendance will be available for this conference.
National conference: A Critical Analysis of North-South Educational Partnerships in Development Contexts
I’d like to invite you to attend a SCoTENS-funded conference that we are organising here at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), University of Limerick, on Wednesday November 30th next on the theme of “A Critical Analysis of North-South Educational Partnerships in Development Contexts”. MIC, along with St Mary’s University College, Belfast, has secured external funding from the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) to hold this conference.
The conference on North-South Educational Partnerships will bring together Irish and international experts in the area of educational partnerships and intends to assess and evaluate such partnerships and to consider how future planning and policy decisions, both nationally and internationally, may be improved. The conference will also identify and itemise the key issues to be addressed within sustainable, mutually beneficial teacher education partnerships and will also consider how future planning and policy decisions nationally and internationally may be improved.
The primary concerns of the conference will be to examine:
- Principles of partnership (focusing on a critique/evaluation of partnership modalities)
- Partnerships in practice
- Policy perspectives on partnership
After the conference we intend to produce either an edited book of papers or a journal special edition to disseminate the lessons learnt from North-South educational partnerships in development contexts which may help to inform future collaborative projects in this field.
The likely audience for the conference will comprise people from academia (particularly those specialised in development education), civil society, and non-governmental organisations with a strong commitment to development and development-related areas.
The following will deliver presentations at the conference :
- Paula Nolan (Irish Aid)
- Peter McEvoy (Dublin City University)
- John Oliphant (Lesotho College of Education)
- Gerard McCann (St Mary’s University College, Belfast)
- Mary Kerr (Zambia-Ireland Teacher Education Partnership)
- Fran Martin & Lynne Wyness (University of Exeter)
- Peadar Cremin (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)
- Jonathan Harle (Association of Commonwealth Universities)
Should you wish to discuss any issue in relation to the conference please don’t hesitate to contact me by email, or at my landline (0044-61-204540), or at 00353-87-2213210 (mobile).
If you would like to attend this conference please RSVP to email@example.com before November 23rd 2011.
Registration for the conference, tea/coffee/lunch is free.
Dr Gerard Downes
Post Doctoral Fellow in Global Development and Humanitarian Affairs,
Mary Immaculate College,
University of Limerick,
South Circular Road,