Persistent Conflict in the 21st Century

Persistent Conflict in the 21st CenturyMesto:London , Velika Britanija
Opšte informacije: 

Much of the scholarly debate about contemporary conflicts has focused on root causes and other factors that relate to the initiation of conflict. Much less attention has been directed to understanding why contemporary conflicts are so difficult to end. Once set in motion, violent conflict tends to persist, recur, mutate, and spread across borders as currently seen in places like Afghanistan, Somalia, or Yemen. It has been estimated that the average duration of civil war has increased from two to fifteen years over the past half century and that fifty percent of peace agreements collapse within five years. This conference will put the issues of conflict duration, persistence, and recurrence front and center and will seek to shed light on these understudied and under-theorized dimensions of contemporary conflict.

The conference seeks to foster a multi-disciplinary discussion that draws on a broad range of methods and intellectual resources in the social sciences. We invite proposals for papers particularly from advanced PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, early-career academics and practitioners, that address any of the three broad themes of the conference.

*Conflict Duration and the Stages of Conflict: *The conflict literature has been dominated by discussions of economic and political causes of civil war; for example, the debate about ‘greed and grievance' and the ‘root causes' paradigm. Are these approaches useful in explaining the duration of armed conflicts? Are drives of conflict inception and conflict persistence different? Much of the academic and policy debate has also followed a linear understanding of the stages of conflict and has emphasized the importance of sequencing in international responses, from conflict prevention and crisis management to stabilization and post-conflict reconstruction. The conference will examine the benefits and drawbacks of this paradigm and consider whether the focus on conflict persistence and recurrence is useful in interrogating the assumptions implied in this way of thinking about conflict.**

*Drivers of Conflict Persistence: *The literature has begun to conceptualize the issue of persistence and to theorize some of the 
factors associated with prolonged and recurrent conflict. However, the emphasis so far has been primarily on material factors such as capabilities and resources, which calls for a more sustained examination of the role of agency. Key characteristics of contemporary wars involve organized crime, informal economic activities, human rights violations, and other abuses of power. How are these and other developments related to prolonged and recurrent political violence? Moreover, those who employ violence and those targeted by it routinely offer up normative and identity-based arguments couched in the language of legitimacy, be it religious or political, local or international. This calls for examination of the relationship between narratives and ideological frameworks and their adaptation over time, on one side, and the evolving dynamics of conflict, on the other. **

*External Interventions:* Quantitative evidence on the effects of external interventions (military, economic, or mixed) in prolonged conflicts is mixed. Recent qualitative research has argued that development aid may inadvertently do more harm than good in situations of conflict and fragility. Important questions arise about the impact of external interventions on conflict persistence. For example: What is the role of different forms of external intervention in creating an enabling environment for persistent conflict? Can interventions give rise to perverse incentives that favor extended conflict, or empower various actors who benefit from instability or engage in practices that militate against the emergence of peace? **

Način konkurisanja:

Please send a CV and a paper abstract of 300-500 words to Tom Kirk at t.kirk@lse.ac.uk by *4 January 2011. *For other enquiries, please contact the conference convenor Dr. Iavor Rangelov at i.p.rangelov@lse.ac.uk

Rok za konkurisanje:04.01.2011.

Detaljnije: Persistent Conflict in the 21st Century - Velika Britanija - Seminar, putovanja - Infostud | Znanje http://znanje.infostud.com/seminari-putovanja-volonterski-programi/Persistent_Conflict_in_the_21st_Century/2161?utm_source=mejling_lista_znanje&utm_campaign=seminari_2010-12-06&utm_medium=sadrzaj#ixzz17JZBVNxt


(Izvor podataka: www.infostud.com, 6.12.2010.)


Могућности усавршавања за студенте техничких факултета

16 akademskih kurseva širom EU
četvrtak, 02 decembar 2010 08:28
muzika1BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) je neprofitna i apolitička studentska organizacija, koju sačinjavaju i vode iskljucivo studenti. Čini je više od 80 Lokalnih BEST Grupa (LBG) na isto toliko univerziteta, u preko 30 zemalja širom Evrope. BEST pomaže studentima da postanu internacionalno orijentisani, da bolje razumeju druge kulture i društva i da razviju kapacitete za rad u kulturološki raznolikim okruženjima.

Glavna aktivnost BEST-a je omogućavanje komplementarnog obrazovanja za studente, kao značajne dopune obrazovanju koje je već obezbeđeno na univerzitetu. Svake godine, Lokalne BEST Grupe organizuju kurseve koji su podeljeni u 4 sezone (po godišnjim dobima). Ovog proleća, organizuje se 16 akademskih kurseva, različitih tema iz oblasti tehničkih i tehnoloških nauka, kao i iz oblasti menadžmenta, ekonomije, zaštite životne sredine...

Prijavljivanje na kurseve se sastoji od sledećih koraka:

1. otovorite nalog na sajtu http://www.best.eu.org/
2. odaberete kurs na koji želite da odete, kliknete na opciju ''Apply'' (obratite samo pažnju na to da neki kursevi zahtevaju prethodno znanje, kao i na to da se možete prijaviti na najviše 3 kursa u jednoj sezoni)
3. otkucate i pošaljete zanimljivo motivaciono pismo na engleskom jeziku (savete pogledajte ovde:http://www.best.eu.org/student/courses/howToWriteAMotivationLetter.jsp)
4. bićete obavešteni od strane Lokalne BEST Grupe kada treba da dođete na validaciju naloga. Validacija predstavlja način provere redovnosti nekog studenta Univerziteta u Novom Sadu na osnovu overenog indexa
5. Da biste putovali ne treba vam previsok prosek, a nije ni obavezno da budete član BEST-a
6. Smeštaj i hrana su plaćeni, kao i participacija! Vi plaćate samo put koji sami organizujete!

Spisak svih kurseva i detaljnije informacije o temama, terminima i mestima njihovog održavanja, možete naći na sledećem sajtu:


Sva pitanja šaljite na:  novisad@best.eu.org
Rok za prijsvljivanje je 19. decembar.


(Извор: www.youth.org.rs, текст преузет у изворном облику)


The International Summer School on Religion and Public Life

The International Summer School on Religion and Public LifeMesto:Sofia , BugarskaTrajanje:4-18.7.2011.Opšte informacije:

The International Summer School on Religion and Public Life provides a laboratory for the practical pedagogy of tolerance and living with difference in a global society. Its goals are to produce new practices and understandings for living together in a world populated by people with very different political ideas, moral beliefs and communal loyalties. Its focus is on religion, as our religious identities are our most exclusive and our religious communities are those to which we devote our greatest loyalties. In our diverse but increasingly interconnected world, we need to find ways to live together. The school takes these very real, critical and defining differences, especially communal and religious differences between people, as the starting point of a publically shared life.

We look forward to a small but select group of international fellows who may include, religious elites, NGO leaders, school teachers, major actors in the non-profit and third-sectors, as well as political leaders and members of the business communities of different countries. Fellows will be joined by an international faculty and so comprise a cohort from the Americas, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe and elsewhere. The success of the school has always depended on the wide range of people, commitments and views presented. It is through the intense encounter with the truly different that we are forced to rethink our fundamental assessments and so break-through to new ways of knowing, thinking, feeling, and hence, acting.

Način konkurisanja:

Essay: The essay should be no more than five pages, double-space type, and should outline an issue/project in your community which would advance tolerance between different religious and/or ethnic/national groups. The project should relate in some fashion to the problematic of religion and public life and the goals of the ISSRPL. The project may be either ongoing project in which you are involved or a proposal of future work.

Note on Telephone Interview: Applicants may be contacted by telephone as a means to test their fluency in the English language. Fellows who fail to provide a telephone number will not be taken into consideration.

Application >>

Rok za konkurisanje:25.03.2011.

(извор: www.infostud.com, 29.11.2010.)


Decolonization in the Third World: Challenges, Hopes and Limitations

Decolonization in the Third World: Challenges, Hopes and LimitationsMesto:Sherbrooke , Kanada
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In Africa, Latin America and Asia, the end of European colonial domination is a period of particular interest as it leads, almost invariably, to a new era characterized by uncertainty and the unknown. Upon achieving independence, previously colonized countries are often confronted with unprecedented cultural, ideological and political upheaval. This is usually indicative of an effort to exorcise the country's colonial heritage, to rebuild the nation, and to look for ways and means of renewing the culture and social and economic development. The management of independence in the new Third World countries deals not only with which ideological model is best for the development of the nation, but also with establishing proactive socio-cultural, educational and economic policies. These policies are meant to build or re-build societies and nation-states, and to re-establish national identity, as well as combat the inequality and economic under-development inherent to colonialism. However, it would seem that despite important changes and significant results, postcolonial policies must contend with a number of limitations due, in part, to the persistence of prior dependence, to the nature of the political regimes in place and to new forms of economic dependence.

In consideration of the fiftieth anniversary of the decolonization of several African countries, the Lucienne-Cnockaert Research Chair in Modern History of European and Africa will be holding a conference entitled "Decolonization in the Third World: Challenges, Hopes and Limitations" on 17-18 November 2011. This conference will be an opportunity to study the magnitude and complexity of the responsibilities and challenges, and the various administrative paths chosen by the post-colonial societies of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The aim of this conference is first and foremost to examine the objectives and challenges of cultural, educational and economic reforms in the Third World after attaining independence. Researchers will be invited to examine the nature of interracial and interreligious relations, as well as the role of minority groups and demographically diverse populations (women, youth, ethnic groups, descendents of colonizers, regional groups, etc.) in the process of identity-building and socio-economic development within the new nation-states. A critical evaluation of the various reforms undertaken in postcolonial societies will allow researchers to take note of their limitations and their success, however limited the latter may appear to be. Finally, particular attention will be given to the various types of relations established between Third World countries and the Western world as a whole, and with international organizations and institutions such as UNESCO, the UN, the IMF, the Francophonie and the Commonwealth.

Način konkurisanja:

We welcome conference proposals touching upon the following themes:
- Cultural and economic aspects of colonialism
- Discourses and intellectual trajectories of the leaders of independence movements
- The meaning of national symbols: national anthems, mottos and flags
- The nature of the postcolonial State and the ideologies of independence
- Cultural policies established in order to restore a national identity
- Relationships between native populations and the descendents of colonizers
- Policies respecting women and/or minorities
- Studies of particular concepts or ideologies (pan-Africanism, pan-Asianism, non-alignment, post- colonialism, socialism, etc.)
- Management of regional, ethnic and religious diversity
- Economic planning and development
- Neo-colonialism and international relationships between North and South
- International relationships amongst the South
- Interventions of the IMF and the World Bank: challenges and results
- Memories of independence

Researchers, professors and students interested in participating in this conference are invited to send proposals approximately 300 words in length before 1 March 2011.

Registration fees for this conference are $150 CAD. Travel and accommodation expenses may be reimbursed depending on funding received from granting agencies.

Please send proposals along with a brief CV by email to Professor Patrick Dramé: patrick.drame@usherbrooke.ca

Rok za konkurisanje:01.03.2011.

(извор: www.infostud.com 29.11.2010.)


Почео конкурс " Буди ВИП студент"

Конкурс за четврту генерацију стипендиста компаније "Vip mobile" у оквиру пројекта "Буди ВИП студент" отворен је јуче и трајаће до 31. децембра 2010. године.

Најбољих 20 академаца и ове године очекују атрактивне награде: плаћена двомесечна летња пракса у Vip-у, "notebook" рачунар HP Pro Book 4520 s, "smart" телефон HTC Wildfire сa 15.000 динара кредита, три едукативна "soft-skills" семинара у оквиру Vip клуба, предавање стручњака " Telekom Austria Grupe" у оквиру "TAG kluba", као и менторство менаџера Vipa током праксе и мастер студија.

Право учешћа на конкурсу имају редовни студенти завршних година основних студија одабраних државних факултета ИТ и бизнис оријентације Универзитета у Београду, Нишу, Новом Саду и Крагујевцу.

Све информације о пројекту и формуларе за пријављивање заинтересовани студенти могу да преузму на сајту:  www.jasamvip.rs.

(Вест преузета са сајта: www.blic.rs, 26. новембра 2010.)