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Upcoming MA Thesis Defence

Ecofeminist Influences in the MST's Educational System
Natasha Roccato Vieira Camacho
August 1, 2019 at 10:00am in HC 7210

All events are free unless indicated otherwise.

Canadian Journal of Development Studies

Read and share the June 2019 issue of Canadian Journal of Development Studies! Note the introduction to our special section on the future of Smallholder Farms is FREE ACCESS. Also check out the March issue on "China's Changing Food System."

The School provides the editorial office of CJDS.

Simons Working Papers in Security and Development (SWP)

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August 19-23, 2019: Jeff Checkel is teaching an intensive doctoral seminar on 'Advanced Qualitative Methods in Conflict Studies: Case Research and Process Analytics,' at the Research School on Peace & Conflict, Peace Research Institute Oslo.

August 9, 2019: Congratulations to Tamir Moustafa, recipient of the 2019 Lasting Contribution Award from the Law & Courts Section of American Political Science Association! The award is for his first book, published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press under the title, The Struggle for Constitutional Power: Law, Politics, and Economic Development in Egypt. The Lasting Contribution Award is “given annually for work that stands the test of time...work that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts." The award will be presented at APSA 2019 in Washington DC early next month.

August 8, 2019: The Social Science Research Council’s blog The Immanent Frame is running a forum on Tamir Moustafa’s new book, Constituting ReligionCheck out reviews of the book by nine scholars with disciplinary backgrounds ranging from law to politics, anthropology, and religion. You can find the essays as well as Moustafa’s response here.

June 17, 2019: While on sabbatical in Berlin, Jeff Checkel has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies. The School is the graduate training unit of the Excellence Cluster 'Contestations of the Liberal Script,' which is an inter-disciplinary collaboration exploring challenges to the liberal order. Checkel will be carrying out research on the identity politics and populist backlash currently challenging (and undermining) a number of international institutions.

June 12, 2019: A very warm congratulations to Genver Quirino, recipient of the 2019 Best Undergraduate Essay in International Studies Award!

June 11, 2019: We are pleased to announce that we have received the official letter from President Petter's office confirming tenure and promotion for Chris Gibson. Please join us in congratulating Chris on this exciting milestone!

June 6-7, 2019: Jeff Checkel is teaching an intensive doctoral seminar on 'Process Tracing' at the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies, Free University Berlin.

June 4, 2019: Irene Pang has been elected to serve as a council member for the Political Economy of the World System (PEWS) section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Congratulations, Irene!

June 1-7, 2019: Canada’s Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities | Vancouver, BC | Register at https://www.congress2019.ca/
The annual congress is a convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella.

  • June 1, 2019: Nancy Teeple (SFU) will present preliminary findings on paper Canada’s Role in Arms Control and Disarmament, co-authored with Nicole Jackson.
  • June 3, 2019: Nicole Jackson will convene a joint interdisciplinary Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)/Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) roundtable on Russian Security in the 21st Century with scholars Mark Kramer (Harvard U) Nadia Boyadjieva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences/Davis Center, Harvard U) Anne Clunan (Naval Postgraduate Institute), financial support provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • June 5, 2019: Elizabeth Cooper will participate in the opening keynote panel at the Canadian Association of International Development Practitioners. The opening panel's theme is questioning the concept and practice of inclusive development. 
  • June 6, 2019: Elizabeth Cooper will present preliminary findings from a study she is conducting entitled 'Making scholarship more practice and policy relevant: Analysis of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies’ peer review process and its implications'.
  • June 6, 2019: Oskar "Timo" Thoms will present his paper, 'Does decentralization of national police systems help or harm physical integrity protection?' at the CPSA conference.
  • For more, see: https://casid-acedi.ca/news/annual-conference/05-28-2019/casid2019-conference-update-%E2%80%93-student-paper-prize-deadline-today

May 16, 2019: After the conclusion of the 3rd PrepCom last week, Friends of the NPT will have an uphill struggle to produce a successful RevCon in 2020. Paul Meyer's commentary on what is at stake and a critique of a US initiative which threatens to be a major distraction from implementing existing commitments has just been published. Read it here.

May 16, 2019: Chatham House International Affairs Blog has just named Leslie Armijo's co-authored book, The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft, among their "Top 5" in international affairs for April. Great work, Leslie!