Pittsburg graduate conference










The EU Past and Present: Historical and Ongoing Discussions and Debates

Saturday, March 20, 2010

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


The European Union faces challenges that affect its citizens, institutions, and policy-making

capabilities. This conference will highlight student research that addresses some of these broad

challenges. The Organizing Committee of the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the

European Union welcomes papers addressing the theme of the conference. We seek submissions

from all disciplines on topics that include EU politics, governance, economics, security, and

institutions; as well as EU policies including enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and

transatlantic and external relations.


Deadline for Abstract Submission: December 1, 2009


Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length. Preference will be given to abstracts that clearly

specify the paper’s research design, including theoretical and methodological approaches.

Abstracts must be e-mailed as a Word or PDF attachment. Please also include a current C.V.

with your submission. Only authors enrolled in degree-granting graduate or professional

programs are eligible to participate.


The University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Library houses the largest and most complete archive of primary

and secondary source documents on the European Union in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to the

beginning of the European Coal and Steel Community. The EU Delegation Collection is a gift from the

European Commission Delegation in Washington, D.C. Conference presenters will be given a special

opportunity to access the archive for their own research purposes.


Please submit abstracts and any inquiries to: For more information, visit our

website at:

Baltic Borderlands

DFG-funded doctoral research studentships International Research
 Training Group "Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and
 Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region"

> Location: Germany
> Grant Deadline: 2009-11-04

> Starting date: 1st January 2010 (subject to approval from the DFG)
> Value of the studentship: � 13,236 p.a. (consisting of monthly: �
> 1,000 maintenance grant plus a � 103 grant for books and other
> materials).
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Ph.D. position, Liverpool


The Liverpool Law School invites applications for a fully funded doctoral research post & graduate teaching assistant commencing on Monday 21 September 2009. 

Candidates should have a good first degree in Law (or a related discipline) and have completed (or be near to completing) a postgraduate degree in Law at Masters or an equivalent level.  The general field of research within which candidates should wish to conduct their research is business / commercial law (broadly construed).  In any case, the proposed doctoral project should fall within the expertise of an existing staff member capable of acting as primary supervisor: see for full details. 

The post is funded over a 4 year period: two years of part-time MPhil registration combined with teaching and research skills training; then (depending on successful upgrade) two years of full-time PhD registration, during which the post-holder will continue to teach for the Law School.  Previous teaching experience (while desirable) is not required; candidates should be willing to undertake tutorials in one or more core / foundation subjects.  Some summative assessment marking may also be required, according to the Law School’s needs.  Over this period, the Law School will pay all part-time and full-time University fees at the home / EU level (£3,390 FT in 2009/2010); plus a full maintenance grant per annum fixed at the AHRC level (£13,290 in 2009/2010).

Candidates should send a letter of application, an up-to-date CV and their detailed research proposal to Ms Barbara Bryan (Liverpool Law School, Liverpool L69 7ZS; email: by Monday 17 August 2009.  Please note that shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in Liverpool, including the opportunity to meet with their prospective supervisor(s). 

Details of the Law School’s teaching and research activities can be found at our website:  For queries or further information, please contact Professor Michael Dougan (Director of Learning and Teaching; email: or Professor John Harrington (Director of Postgraduate Research; email:

Belarus Inside-Out

Call for authors, artists, journalists, photographers

Deadline: June 11. 2009

PLOTKI magazine, youth portal, and citizen journalism platform are looking for authors, artists, photographers and journalists with an interest in exploring Belarusian life from the inside.

*Project description*

Until recently Belarus has been often seen as a country stuck in the Soviet past.  Today the EU officials consider the possibility of establishing a dialog with "the last European dictatorship", which in its turn is studiously hiding the Belarusian realities behind the facades and proclamations very much reminding those of the Soviet era. Behind them one can find a unique culture, unique problems and unique people who are still in search of their own unique identity. Aim of the international project "Belarus Inside-Out" is to investigate, critically approach and creatively disclose the various aspects of Belarusian reality through the exchange of ideas between Belarusian and non-Belarusian counterparts. Young authors, artists, photographers and journalists from Belarus, Germany, Czech Republic and other CEE countries are invited to contribute creatively to an attempt of making Belarus more understandable to the international public. Together we shall analyze the variety of socio-cultural dimensions of Belarussian everyday life; we shall turn inside out the old stereotypes and create the new ones; we shall look for a unique image of Belarus and spread it around.

*Project realization*

The core of the project is a 10 days seminar which will take place in Belarus from the 14th to the 23rd of August 2009. It will consist of two parts: the workshop and the research trip. All participants will gather for a 2 days workshop in the picturesque Belarusian countryside to discuss their project ideas and present first work drafts. The small research teams consisting of Belarusian and non-Belarusian participants will work together on one specific project theme. Each of the teams will then engage in a personal 7 days research trip throughout the country.  After the research trip all of the participants will gather in Minsk for a 1 day of sharing their experience and impressions. The gathered material will later be compiled in a bilingual publication, which will be distributed in the CEE countries. In January 2010 all project outcomes will be presented at release event in Berlin where the participants will meet once more.

There are various aspects of a socio-cultural life and countless topics connected to each of it: from the phenomenon of the generation "Y" to the immigration of youth, from the tragic consequences of Chernobyl disaster to the unique natural wonders, from the co-existence of the various religious confessions to the life of sexual minorities. The project plans to explore the interesting, little-known, controversial, provocative and exciting sides of the Belarusian day-to-day life. We are welcoming your ideas about the topics you would like to cover.


Everybody is invited to apply. We particularly encourage young authors, artists, photographers and journalists with an interest in Eastern Europe and in Belarus in particular. Applicants should be willing to be part of an international team and produce work within their chosen theme in the frame of the project "Belarus Inside-Out".
Since the working language is English, a confident knowledge of English is required. Deadline for application is June 11, 2009.

For more information contact us: Tato adresa je chráněna proti spamování, pro její zobrazení potřebujete mít Java scripty povoleny

*Application procedure*
  Please fill in the following application form, attach your short CV (max. 1 page long) + working samples and send it to Tato adresa je chráněna proti spamování, pro její zobrazení potřebujete mít Java scripty povoleny   until June 11, 2009

° Name

° Age

° Citizenship

° Field of studies and/or occupation

° Motivation for your participation and main interests

° How did you hear about the project?

° Please send us some working samples:

-  as an author/journalists: published/unpublished texts

-  as an artist/ photographer: a small selection of paintings/graphics/photos/comics etc. (max 10 files, web compatible, overall file size no bigger than 5 MB)

° Please send us an idea about your possible contribution to the project "Belarus Inside-Out"

We are very much looking forward to your application!

Many greetings

PLOTKI,, iBelarus


*PLOTKI* is a project from around the bloc. PLOTKI brings together writers, photographers and graphic artists from Central and Eastern Europe in order to create a magazine that investigates our cultural sphere. PLOTKI was founded in 2000 by a group of students from Berlin, Warszawa and Praha. In the meantime plotkisty from all over Central and Eastern Europe have joined us. Our goal is to increase and intensify the contact between former East and West, between neighboring countries and people. (
** is an open blogging platform which mission is to encourage the development of citizen journalism in Belarusian regions. (
** is a team of publicly active young people from Belarus: specialists (artists, designers, journalists) and amateurs of information technologies, leaders on their work and study places. This is a team of creative people who use modern attitudes as the best way of work with the most progressive part of Belarusian society: students and youth. ( 

Summer School in Kraków: 20 Years after the Fall of Communism - Cultural Policy in Central Europe

The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) would like to
refer to the following Call for Application:

Summer School in Kraków:
“20 Years after the Fall of Communism -
Cultural Policy in Central Europe”

In cooperation with the International Cultural Centre, Kraków.

July 8-19, 2009

International Cultural Centre, Krakow

Addressed to: Advanced students, young scholars, young cultural
administrators, NGOs and other candidates active in the field of cultural
management from Eastern and Western European countries.

BarCamp Caspian’09

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the BarCamp Caspian’09 un-conference that will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on March 27-29, 2009  

BarCamp Caspian is an International conference for Information Technologies, Internet and New Media specialists.

It is a part of global ‘BarCamp’ conference movement that is known for its’ open and constructive structure where everybody helps to organize and bring new ideas that make the context always new, interesting, helping and teaching.

The main idea of the BarCamp Caspian’09 is to promote and exchange the current developments that are driving the global Internet industry, new media projects and the working life of those who are scientifically or professionally occupied in this field of activity.

The conference will consist of simultaneous 4 sessions which include presentations, workshops, messages and discussions, will be held at once, each of them being 30 minutes long. More than 50 presentations will be held during the day. Participants are free to choose any sessions and topics to visit and make presentations about.

target group

·         Online journalists,
·         Bloggers, citizen journalism specialists
·         Web 2.0 developers, Internet projects managers,
·         Programmers and web-designers etc.

Main Topics
·         Web 2.0; Web projects; Start-ups
·         Social Networs, Blogs, Podcasts, New Media, Citizen Journalism
·         E-commerce, E-business
·         OpenSource, Programming,
·         Mobile Internet and technologies.
And all other topics connected with above.

participants from

Azerbaijan, former Soviet Union countries, Baltic and European countries, Turkey, Iran and all other countries

When? Where?

27-29 March, 2009, Qafqaz University, Baku, Azerbaijan

27 March, Friday: Arrival & City Tours for international participants, Opening night

28 March, Saturday: Presentations day

29 March, Sunday: Special sessions and additional events, Closing ceremony.

Special buses will take participants from special meeting point to venue and back. Participants will be informed before.

Working languages: Russian and English  
For more information and registration, please go to


Organizer: BarCamp Azerbaijan team.

Asef Zeynally 11/1, AZ1001, Baku, Azerbaijan
Phone: (994 12) 4921850
Mobile: (994 50) 6482737



Conference, CEU

The Politics of Inequality and Difference:
Critical Approaches in Anthropology and Sociology
Central European University, Budapest,
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
12-13 June 2009

The main purpose of the present graduate conference is to initiate a critical discussion of the ways in which the acute problems of inequality and difference are currently theorized and methodologically engaged both inter-disciplinarily, in the fields of sociology and anthropology, and extra-disciplinarily, in relation to policy and decision-making. The scope of the conference is thus wide-ranging inviting theoretically informed, methodologically reflexive and politically aware contributions that engage one or both of these major topics. Given the broad research interests of both faculty and students special attention will be devoted to a number of topics clustered in the following four panels:
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Diverse Opportunities (New School TCDS Newsletter)

1) CALL FOR PAPERS: *SEEU Review* is now open until 30 April 2009.

2) CALL FOR PAPERS: BRILL is actively soliciting manuscripts and
proposals for its new series

3) CALL FOR PAPERS: Towards Regional Advocacy for Cooperation in the
Balkans, Tirana, 20-21.3.2009

4) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: RWI Capacity Advancement Fellowship in

5) CALL FOR PAPERS: Political Philosophy Between Tradition and

6) CALL FOR PAPERS: *Energy and Climate Changes - Southeast Europe in

7) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Analytica, a nongovernmental and non-profit
think-tank from Skopje

8) CALL FOR PAPERS: Special call for papers: the revolutions of 1989
and the crisis of 2009

9) CALL FOR PAPERS: Fellowship, IWM, Vienna

10) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic

11) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Fully funded PhD studentship at the
Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London

12) CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on the history of sexuality, Ghent,
13-16.4.2009 [deadline: 1.5.]

13) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 3 PhD positions in Migration and
Development, Maastricht University

14) CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Fulbright Scholarships and Grants

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East Anglia, Conference

Call for Papers

Political, Social and International Studies Post-graduate Research Conference
Shifting Boundaries of the Public and Private
University of East Anglia
Norwich, UK, 5 June 2009

The boundaries between the public and private spheres are central to how we study politics, society and culture, economy, political theory and international relations, amongst others. The public/private distinction encapsulates the division between state/family/individual and market and between individual/family and state. Over the past few decades, the boundaries between these two spheres have shifted as a result of globalization and transformations of legal codes, social attitudes, economic and political systems, the shift from government to 'governance', as well as the emergence of 'new actors' (for example, the EU, NGOs, international organizations, multinational corporations, non-state/sub-state political and military groups, amongst others). Some questions that this conference seeks to address, include, but are not limited to:

. How do we define 'public' and 'private' in today's 'globalizing' world?
. How do conceptions of public and private differ over time or between places?
. How does the development of religion affect both public and private spheres?
. How does new media shape the public sphere?
. How legitimate are non-governmental or other 'new' actors in attempting to define public interest?
. How do 'old actors' (such as political elites, trade unions, professional groups, religions) act in new ways?
. How are religion and politics merging in different contexts?
. What does privatization and the impact of new public management mean for the role of government, the relationship between government and citizens and the provision of public services?

. How is the private sphere being reshaped by international and transnational processes?
. What role should state/regional/international law play in protecting invasions of privacy whilst simultaneously protecting individuals within the private sphere?

. How are identities constructed/managed in the context of transformations?

The conference is open to all post-graduate researchers. Send a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper, a recent CV and your contact details to by 15 February 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by the beginning of March and are required to submit their final papers of 8,000 words by 22 May. Possibilities for publication of presented papers will be discussed during the conference.

By tomorrow information will be available also on the PSI faculty website of


Ms Vanessa Buth
PhD Candidate and Research Administrator
School of Political, Social and International Studies
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom

Tel: (00) (44) (0)1603 593406
Fax: (00) (44) (0) 1603 591262