2018 Workshops


Call for Applications
Workshop on “The Evolving Role of Political Institutions in the Arab World”
September 2018 in Rabat + January 2019 in Tunis
Deadline: Friday March 30, 2018

APSA welcomes applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2018 MENA Workshops. This two-part program is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from across the MENA region and develop current 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. Download the Call for Applications.pdf here.

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

Applications: due by March 30

Completed applications, including all necessary supporting documents (in PDF or Word format), must be submitted by Friday, March 30, 2018. Selected fellows will be contacted in April 2018. Applications must be in English and include:

  • The completed online Application Form (https://apsa.wufoo.com/forms/2018-apsa-mena-workshop-application-form/)
  • A detailed, recent Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  • A research statement (maximum 2,000 words) describing the work-in-progress you propose to develop and present across the MENA Workshops program. This should outline the main theme of the paper, its methodology, the data/fieldwork on which it is based, and how it relates to the workshop theme. The research statement should not be part of a co-authored project. Submissions should not be an excerpt from an already completed work or one that already has been accepted for publication. Submissions may be derived from an ongoing dissertation project but should function as a stand-alone piece.
  • Two letters of reference on official letterhead and scanned as electronic files. If you are a graduate student, one letter should be from your supervisor. If you are a researcher or faculty member, the letters can be from a former dissertation supervisor, a colleague at your home institution, a university official, or an employer.

For more information, contact menaworkshops@apsanet.org. Please do not contact the workshop leaders directly.