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Moynihan Institute’s Call for Proposal – Summer Research Grants Deadline Date

Call for Proposals for Summer Research Grants Middle Eastern Studies: This year the Moynihan Institute’s Middle Eastern Studies Program will grant awards to PhD and MA candidates from any discipline to support field research in the Middle East during the summer of 2020.  Any student enrolled in a PhD or MA program at Syracuse University may apply. The awards can be used to undergo advanced language training, gather data and increase competitiveness of future proposals for funding. The awards are competitive, and proposals will be evaluated on the basis of (i) originality and significance of the proposed research/study, (ii) organization and clarity of the proposal, (iii) appropriateness and feasibility of the research/study plan in relation to the student’s background and qualifications, and (iv) cost effectiveness. You may apply for more than one summer grant from the Moynihan Institute, but you will not receive more than one in a given year from the Institute.  Awards are ranked separately, so if your proposal is accepted by more than one committee, you will be awarded the better opportunity. Students who received a MESP summer research grant in the last two academic years are not eligible to apply. Complete guidelines are available at:The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, 346 Eggers Hall https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan/mesp/Grants_and_Awards/ For more information contact Havva Karakas Keles,  hkarakas@maxwell.syr.edu Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA): This year the Moynihan Institute’s Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA) will grant awards to graduate students of up to $1,500 to support field research in Latin America and the Caribbean during the summer of 2020. The purpose of the award is to provide students the opportunity to gather preliminary data, make contacts, map topics, and increase the competitiveness of future proposals for funding. Any student enrolled in an MA or PhD program at Syracuse University may apply.   The awards are competitive and proposals are judged on the basis of (i) the quality of the proposed research, (ii) the organization and thoughtfulness of the proposal, and (iii) the appropriateness and feasibility of the research plan in relation to the student’s background and qualifications.   You may apply for more than one summer grant from the Moynihan Institute, but you will not receive more than one in a given year from the Institute.  Awards are ranked separately, so if your proposal is accepted by more than one committee, you will be awarded the better opportunity. If you win an award this year, you may apply for this or another award next year.   Complete guidelines are available at:The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, 346 Eggers Hall https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan/placa/News/2020_Summer_Research_Grants/ For more information contact Havva Karakas Keles,  hkarakas@maxwell.syr.edu Bharati and South Asia Summer Research Grant: The South Asia Center announces the 27th Annual Bharati Memorial Award competition for the summer of 2020 (or AY 2020-21) for grants leading to doctoral dissertation research. Students in PhD programs in the Maxwell School are preferred. Students in other programs may apply, and we will fund them if other funding becomes available. We are especially interested in supporting pre-dissertation research, although short-term dissertation research can qualify. We anticipate awarding 1-5 grants for 2020. Only projects concerning South Asia are eligible. Previous recipients of this or other grants awarded through the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs are eligible, but not top priority. Grants will range from $500 to a maximum of $1500. You may apply for more than one summer grant from the Moynihan Institute, but you will not receive more than one in a given year from the Institute.  Awards are ranked separately, so if your proposal is accepted by more than one committee, you will be awarded the better opportunity. If you win an award this year, you may apply for this or another award next year. These awards are funded by a generous donation in honor of Professor Agehananda Bharati, Syracuse University professor of anthropology for 30 years, Ford/Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement.  Professor Bharati was a world-renowned expert in the cultural anthropology of South Asia, including the field of tantric studies. Complete guidelines are available at: The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, 346 Eggers Hall https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan/sac/Bharati_Memorial_Grant/ For more information contact Emera Bridger Wilson, elbridge@maxwell.syr.edu Center for European Studies: This year the Moynihan Institute’s Center for European Studies announces it will grant awards from $500 – $1,500 to graduate students to support summer field research for MA thesis or doctoral research projects in Europe. The purpose of the award is to provide students the opportunity to gather preliminary data, make contacts, map topics, and increase competitiveness of future proposals for funding. Any student enrolled in an MA or PhD program at Syracuse University may apply. The awards are competitive and proposals are judged on the basis of i) quality of the proposed research, ii) organization and thoughtfulness of the proposal, and iii) appropriateness and feasibility of the research plan in relation to the student’s background and qualifications. “Europe” for the purposes of the grant competition includes any country in the standard geographic area west of the Urals and north and west of the Caspian and Black seas, including Russia, the states of the South Caucasus, and Turkey. You may apply for more than one summer grant from the Moynihan Institute, but you will not receive more than one in a given year from the Institute.  Awards are ranked separately, so if your proposal is accepted by more than one committee, you will be awarded the better opportunity. If you win an award this year, you may apply for this or another award next year. Complete guidelines are available at:The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, 346 Eggers Hall| https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan/ces/Funding_Opportunities/ For more information contact Havva Karakas Keles,  hkarakas@maxwell.syr.edu East Asia Program: The Moynihan Institute’s East Asia Program will grant awards to Syracuse University graduate students of up to $2,000 to support research on East Asia during the summer of 2020.  The research may be conducted in East Asia or other parts of the world.  The purpose […]

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The AGSO presents Dr. Cameron Gokee

Conflict and Community in a West African Shatter Zone If you have any questions or require accommodations, please contact Julia McDaniel Bouley at jumcdani@syr.edu by 02/14.

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Data Analytics in Foreign Policy

‘Data Analytics in Foreign Policy’ presented by Matthew Steinhelfer, Acting Deputy Assistant, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, part of the PARCC Conversations in Conflict Studies Speaker Series.  Sponsored by PARCC. For more information contact Roxanne Tupper, 315-443-2367, rmtupper@syr.edu.

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Shawn Rochester, Black History Month Speaker

Shawn D. Rochester is the CEO of Good Steward LLC and the founder of PHD Enterprises and the IDEA Institute. He is an entrepreneur and seasoned former corporate development and strategy executive who is an advocate for economic advancement and wealth creation with the Black community. This program is presented by the National Association of Black Accountants Student Organization and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

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Persian Culture and Conversation Table

Come join us for some good conversation in Persian in a relaxed setting. Persian Culture and Conversation Table will be led by Haleh Tabesh. Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies Program, and Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

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Turkish Culture and Conversation Table

Interested in learning more about Turkish culture, language and meeting your fellow students?  Please join us for a Turkish Table! All are welcome to attend (from beginners to native speakers). Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies Program, and Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

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People Power in International Relations

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs Korean Peninsula Affairs Center present People Power in International Relations A Talk by Douglas Hostetter, UN Representative, Pax Christi International Doug Hostetter will discuss his continuing efforts to utilize people power to show governments the way to resolve conflicts from Iran to North Korea. He will draw on his 50-year experience in peacemaking and Track III efforts in conflict zones around the world. Shaped by the nonviolent values of his Mennonite community, when the Cold War led the U.S. to engage in the Vietnam War, Douglas Hostetter refused the draft but volunteered to do his Conscientious Objector service in Vietnam. From 1966 to 1969, under the auspices of the Mennonite Central Committee, he did literacy work with Vietnamese children whose schools the war had destroyed. After Vietnam, Hostetter joined the U.S. anti-war movement and served as a member of the 1970 U.S. National Student Association delegation to Vietnam that negotiated the People’s Peace Treaty, a peace treaty concluded between U.S. students and students in both South Vietnam and North Vietnam. He has continued ever since to engage in active nonviolent peacebuilding with “enemies” in conflict zones around the world. Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and Korean Peninsula Affairs Center. Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

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The Anthropology Club Presents: Zoë Crossland

Zoë will examine the ways in which the dead body is used as an imaginative resource to think about the workings of fact and evidence in popular texts about North American forensic anthropology. If you have any questions or require accommodations, please contact Katelyn Bajorek at krbajore@syr.edu by 18 February 2020.max

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EU-Russian ”Strategic Partnership”: How It All Ended

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs Center for European Studies present EU-Russian ”Strategic Partnership”: How It All Ended A Talk by Arkady Moshes,Program Director for the EU Eastern Neighborhood and Russia Research Program at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (Helsinki) For a long time the EU-Russian relationship was officially referred to as “strategic partnership”. However, starting from mid-2000s the definition was misleading. It simply masked parties’ inability to bridge the value gap, to manage disagreements in economic and energy spheres and to mitigate an open rivalry in the common neighbourhood. A crisis in and over Ukraine, which broke out in 2014, was thus not a break, but a culmination of the trend towards mutual alienation. Reciprocal sanctions were introduced and have been regularly extended since then. The talk will offer an explanation of why the vision of bilateral “strategic partnership” was never achieved and why EU’s failure to engage with today’s Russia is systemic. Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and Center for European Studies Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

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Gods Rape, Kings Rape and Demons Rape: History of Sexual Assault in Ancient India

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs South Asia Centers presents Anisha Saxena, Assistant Professor of History, Onondaga Community College Gods Rape, Kings Rape and Demons Rape: History of Sexual Assault in Ancient India Presently in India a popular argument about the safety of women calls for ‘going back to the ethos of ancient India culture’. This argument assumes that women were ‘safer’ in ancient India and that rape and sexual assault of women did not exist in the past and were introduced in the subcontinent after the Islamic invasions of the tenth and eleventh centuries. Contrary to this popular belief, my talk through detailed and systematic examining of accounts of rape from ancient Hindu-Brahmanical texts demonstrates that women were raped in ancient India, although many of these men writing in Sanskrit considered rape a criminal offense. Contact Emera Bridger Wilson at elbridge@syr.edu with any questions or concerns.

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Hebrew Culture and Conversation Table

Come join us for some good conversation in Hebrew in a relaxed setting. Hebrew Culture and Conversation Table will be led by Michal Downie, Instructor of Hebrew, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies Program, and Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

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The Radical Potential of Mothering During the Egyptian Revolution

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs Middle Eastern Studies Program present The Radical Potential of Mothering During the Egyptian Revolution A Talk by Nadine Naber, Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Global Asian Studies Program, University of Illinois at Chicago This talk is based upon ethnographic research with leftist women activists who participated in the Egyptian revolution of 2011 while mothering young children. It seeks to “unsentimentalize mothering” by exploring its radical potentials within the context of revolution. I argue that mothering, among my interlocutors, is constituted by a radical potential precisely because—contrary to what mainstream narratives and widely accepted feminist accounts would suggest—they do not experience mothering and revolution as conflictual. Instead, their mothering is a practice of resistance to state violence rather than a sentimentalized identity confined to domestic space that supports the nation. Dr. Nadine Naber is an award winning author, public speaker and activist on the topics of racial justice; gender justice; women of color feminisms; Arab and Muslim feminisms; Arab Americans; and Muslim Americans. She has authored/co-edited five books: Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism; Race and Arab Americans; Arab and Arab American Feminisms, winner of the Arab American Book Award 2012 (Syracuse University Press, 2010); The Color of Violence (Duke University Press, 2016); and Towards the Sun (Tadween Publishing/George Mason University, 2018). Dr. Naber began is a scholar-activist and has served on boards such as  the Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC); INCITE! (a network of feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in our homes and communities); the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC. As a Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2003-2013), Dr. Naber co-founded the academic program, Arab and Muslim American Studies. In 2013, she moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago as a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Global Asian Studies. At UIC, she is the faculty founder of the first center on a college campus serving the needs of Arab American students in the United States–The Arab American Cultural Center.  Dr. Naber has been an expert author for the United Nations, has been a TEDX speaker on the topic of Arab Feminism, and is a distinguished speaker for associations such as the American Studies Association. Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies Program, Department of English, Humanities Center, International Relations Program, Department of Women’s & Gender Studies, and Department of Political Science. Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

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Dear Ex – Film Screening

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs East Asia Program present Dear Ex – Film Screening When the husband who left her three years previously finally dies from liver cancer, Sanlian (Ying-Xuan Hsieh) is forced to confront the realities of her relationship. Before his death, Song Zhengyuan (Spark Chen) signed over the life insurance policy which was intended to pay for the education of his teenage son, Song Chengxi (Joseph Huang). The new beneficiary is Jay (Roy Chiu), Zhengyuan’s male lover. Sanlian is stridently furious about this. But, increasingly at odds with his mother, Song Chengxi is fascinated by Jay, and takes up residence in Jay’s gaudy and somewhat insalubrious apartment. Over the course of the film, he gets to know the man that his father loved, and this comic melodrama wrings every last drop of drama from the set up. (https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/dear-ex-macao-review/5135159.article) 100 minutes Directed by Hsu Chih-Yen and Hsu Mag Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and East Asia Program Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

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Environmental Humanities Symposium- Animal City: The Domestication of America

Guest Speaker Andrew Robichaud, Assistant Professor of History, Boston University. Robichaud is the author of Animal City: The Domestication of America (Harvard, 2019). The book explores the central role of animal life and death in nineteenth-century cities, and  traces a web of interconnected social, cultural, political, and environmental changes. This talk is co-sponsored by the CNY Environmental Humanities Workshop and is also part of the Geography, Environment and Society Colloquium Series. Accessibility: To request accommodations, please contact the Geography Department at 315.443.2606 or email datoole@syr.edu.

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Collaborative Methodologies in Conflict Settings

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs Maxwell African Scholars Union present Collaborative Methodologies in Conflict Settings A Talk by Susan Thomson, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Colgate University, Center for Security Studies, Dalhousie University Should researchers conduct interviews in conflict-affected settings? If we can, what are the methodological, ethical and practical challenges of fieldwork? Drawing on 15 years of fieldwork in Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa, Susan Thomson (Colgate University) will discuss the politics of interviewing in difficult settings. Thomson will consider, in conversation with the audience, questions such as, how can we access the people we wish to interview? What kind of relationships are interviews premised upon? What can we learn from interviews, and how does interview data become academic knowledge? Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and Maxwell African Scholars Union Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

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18 Years of Reconstruction: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan

U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko will discuss lessons learned from the U.S. experience in the reconstruction of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2019.  Talk is open to all students, staff, faculty, and the general public. Event is part of the David F. Everett Postconflict Reconstruction Speaker Series, sponsored by the Institute for Security Policy and Law with support of the Department of Public Administration and the Social Science Doctoral Program. For more information about the event or to request accessibility accomodations, please contact Josh Kennedy: jjkenn01@syr.edu.

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