2018 Workshops


Workshop on “The Evolving Role of Political Institutions in the Arab World”
September 2018 in Rabat + January 2019 in Tunis
The Call for Applications is now closed 

This two-part program will support early-career Arab scholars in networking with colleagues from across the MENA region and revising research related to political institutions in the Arab region and the changing state-society dynamics engendered by the Arab Uprisings post-2010.

The first workshop will be held from September 24-28, 2018 in partnership with the Center for Studies and Research in Social Sciences (CERSS) in Rabat, Morocco. A second workshop will be held from January 28 to February 1, 2019 at the University of Tunis El Manar in Tunisia. Co-leaders for the program are Ahmed Jazouli (Independent Scholar, Morocco), Tofigh Maboudi (Loyola University Chicago, USA), Asma Nouira (University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia), Abdallah Saaf (Mohammed V University, Morocco), and Peter J. Schraeder (Loyola University Chicago, USA). The organizers will cover participation costs (including airfare, lodging, and materials) for up to 20 qualified applicants. The working language of the workshop is English.

Workshop Theme: “The Evolving Role of Political Institutions in the Arab World”

The 2018 program aims to explore the relationships between formal political institutions and political liberalization in the MENA region. The program adopts a broad interpretation of formal political institutions, including (but not limited to) government agencies, legislative and judicial bodies, political parties and organizations, electoral rules and systems, local government, and constitutions. Participants will explore core questions and theories of formal political institutions as well as the implications of these theories for political representation, channeling citizen interests, government performance, and more broadly, political liberalization. By employing diverse theoretical frameworks and case studies, the workshops aim to illustrate how we can better understand the role and influence of institutions and the prospects of political liberalization, accountability, and representation.

To provide a framework for reflection and investigation relating to these topics, the workshop will also focus on research design and methodology, issues associated with manuscript preparation and publication, and other professional development topics. Workshop sessions will include guest lectures, small seminar discussions, and presentations of participants’ research. Following their participation in the full workshops program, alumni will receive 3 years’ membership to APSA and will be eligible to apply for small research grants.

Participants: early-career Arab scholars

The workshop is targeted at PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who are citizens of countries in the Arab Middle East and North Africa. Citizens of countries outside the region who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the Arab MENA region may also be accepted. The program is open to scholars in political science and other social science disciplines undertaking research related to the workshop theme. Scholars should apply with a manuscript or research project in progress which they will share at the first workshop week, improve over the interim period, and present during the second workshop week. Professional fluency in English is required. Applications from scholars working on the following topics are especially encouraged:

  • State Institutions, including the Executive, Parliament, and Judiciary
  • Government Agencies, such as Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Trade, and Tourism
  • Regional and Local Government
  • Constitutions
  • Accountability, Transparency, and Government Performance
  • Elections and Electoral Rules and Systems
  • Political Parties and Organizations
  • Rights, Identity, and Representation

The deadline for application was April 8. We are no longer receiving applications.