The University of Minho, with the support of the LLP programme of the European Union, is pleased to invite PhD students, master students and young scholars to submit their abstracts for papers for the upcoming seminar in its campus in Braga in February 22-23, 2013 on “Thinking Out of the Box: Devising New European Policies to Face the Arab Spring” (see online programme of the event at http://nepas-project.net/). The University of Minho is a reference point in high-quality teaching and learning, not only for Portuguese universities, but also in Europe.
The main objective of NEPAS is to bring together a transnational and multidisciplinary research network to reflect on how the European Union (EU) should address the long-term consequences of the “Arab Spring” for EU-Mediterranean (North Africa and the Middle East) relations. It also aims at creating a network among young scholars in the Arab world and the European countries and, through two academic seminars, give young scholars the opportunity to present their research in EU-Med relations and of the needs, the requirements and the means of putting into place a more effective policy. The project means to raise the political recognition of the relevance of a new EU-Med approach: help develop a truly Euro-Med culture and improved knowledge about it. The fourth is to translate participants´ knowledge into policy recommendations for EU decision-makers. The organisation also intends to stimulate interest in the fields of Euro-Mediterranean relations and to provide stimulus to students interested in pursuing research in this area. This initiative envisages offering an opportunity to students of all academic levels to meet, visit, and exchange views and experiences with other practitioners and academics. The project aims to appealing to an enlarging community of post-graduate students, who are working on European Integration, in particular on EU policies towards its southern Mediterranean neighbours.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 November, 2012
The workshop invites papers dealing with theoretical and empirical studies of the following topics:
• The Arab Spring: Revolutions or Stalemate?
• Outcome and Perspectives of the Arab Spring
• Geopolitical Implications of the Arab Upheavals in the Mediterranean
• The Arab Spring: the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and International Law Implications
• The Fall of Authoritarianism and the New Actors in the Arab World: What Challenges Lie Ahead?
• A New Mediterranean Political Landscape? The Arab Spring and Euro-Mediterranean Relations
• A New Mediterranean Agenda for a New Mediterranean Political Setting
• All abstracts and papers need to be presented in English
• The maximum length of abstracts is 300 words
• Email your abstract as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Please include the following information in your email:
Institutional affiliation (if any) and a short CV
Contact information (including preferred email address)
Authors whose full abstract has been accepted will be asked to deliver a full paper.
For this purpose the following steps are envisaged:
• September 2012: Call for Papers starts
• 15 November 2012: Call for Papers closes
• 15-30 November 2012: review of submitted abstracts and selection by the Scientific Committee
• 1 December 2012: call for full Papers starts
• 1 January 2013: conference registration opens (no registration fee)
• 15 January 2013: call for full Papers closes
• 31 January 2013: announcement of conference programme
A number of selected papers (conference proceedings) will be published in an E-Book and possibly also in hard copy.
Scholars who want to participate in this seminar are encouraged to travel in the framework of the LLP/Erasmus programme, since the University of Minho will validate their mobility.
• Maria do Céu Pinto: Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Minho.
• Tiberio Graziani: President of IsAG (Institute for Advanced Studies in Geopolitics), Rome.
• Maria Luisa Maniscalco: Full Professor, Roma Tre University, Rome.
• Maurizio Vernassa: Associate Professor, University of Pisa, Pisa.
• Miguel Estanqueiro Rocha: Lecturer in International Relations, University of Minho.
Maria do Céu Pinto
Head of the Department of International Relations and Public Administration
School of Economics and Management (EEG)
University of Minho, Campus of Gualtar,
Braga, 4710-057, Portugal
Phone: +351 253 604523
Fax: +351 253 601380
E-mail: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://nepas-project.net/
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