Winter School

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IAPSS Winter Schools offer a unique combination of lectures, active discussions, and workshops. Casual social events leave time to network with other interesting individuals. While having engaging daily schedules the learning remains always interactive.

The Winter School normally takes place in the beginning of the year. If you search for a skill school in the summertime, please check out our IAPSS Summer School.

During the course, participants gain new experiences and generate fresh ideas for future projects or papers. In-depth training on academic skills is provided next to the comprehensive insight participants gain during the Winter School.

Most of our participants note upon completion of the program that it provided them with a platform to speak up their mind and to critically reflect on concepts and policies. Besides this long-lasting friendships will be established.

For general inquiries please feel free to contact the Winter School team at programs@iapss.org.

Why a Political Science Winter School?

As an international student organization, IAPSS provides networking opportunities to political science students from all around the world to foster socially responsible student activism, high academic proficiency, and the enhancement of political science research throughout IAPSS EventsIAPSS Publications and IAPSS Membership and Career Services. To complete our portfolio of events, we launched the IAPSS Seasonal Schools Program in 2014.

A Perfect Reason to Escape A Harsh Winter

A Winter School, longer than a conference and a smaller participant group, provides a unique format in itself. Students of political science and related disciplines, pre-selected on the basis of a letter of motivation, a CV and an abstract outlining a research proposal, gather in a location perfect to escape a harsh winter. Together with experts from the academia, media, politics and civil society, participants examine, discuss and research on a specific topic. Methodology workshops are offered to strengthen the efficient use of skills and tools needed for academic research and learning in political science. And while institutional excursions provide a opportunity to meet with researchers and policy-makers, there are plenty of opportunities to discover the host city, the nearby environment, and other destinations in the vicinity, as well as a series of social events.

Leaving With A Publication

For many winter schools, after lectures, seminar discussions and individual work, participants leave with an elaborated, well structured and thought through concept for a short research paper that shall be finished within a month from the end of the Winter School. Presentations on the research concept, its design and objectives are usually held in a conference-style setting during the last day of the School. Also, selected papers are considered for publication in a special edition of POLITIKON, one of IAPSS Journals.

IAPSS-CIFE Winter School 2018: Tunis, Tunisia

IAPSS-CIFE Winter School 2018

“The MENA Region in International Relations:
Power, Politics and Ideology”

Organised by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) in cooperation with the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE)

in Tunis, Tunisia

19th – 25th of February 2018

(Arrival Day: 18 February / Departure Day: 26 February)

Applications are open until 30 November 2017

Important Note: Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your application. Applications will be scanned and evaluated from December 1st onwards and applicants will be notified on admission until December 7th. Late applications are possible and accepted on a rolling basis, but have no guarantee to be considered in the assessment process. A timely submission of the application is advised.

The Theme

This IAPSS-CIFE Winter School examines the variety in social, political and economic conditions of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and its implications on the Arab uprisings and vice versa. The Winter School will focus on case studies from our host country Tunisia but will also look beyond its borders. The Winter School allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of the region through lectures from academics as well as local and international NGO’s. We will also apply the newest the methods such as design thinking for policy-making.

The head topic “The MENA region in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology“ features the following four subtopics:

(1) Democratization and Regime Changes in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

This topic is important to understand the domestic and regional factors that have led to the perceived failures and successes of the Arab uprisings of 2011. It also serves to understand why some countries did not witness an uprising at all despite initial protests and are still resilient to potential uprisings.

(2) Political Economy and Economic reform in the MENA-Region: Labor, Rents and Capital

This subtopic deals with the political economy in different sectors and policy fields. It explores the major developmental challenges in the region, such as long-term growth trends, demographic change, education, labor markets, urbanization, water and agriculture.

(3) Security and Power Politics: New Perspectives on Regional Hegemony

Geopolitics play a large role in the domestic situation of countries that are going through a political and social transition. This subtopic offers a macro perspective on the MENA region and aims to set the Arab uprisings in an international context. The question of how far regional issues influence domestic politics is important to understand why countries do what they do and how alliances in the Middle East are formed.

(4) Technology and Telecommunication: Creation and Decay of Revolutions

This topic focuses on the history of technology in resistances in the Middle East and North Africa; how it has developed itself and influenced the political participation. Topics such as telecommunication policy, intelligence and domestic security or digitization may be covered by this subtopic based on the interest of participants.

Speakers

Youssef Cherif is Deputy-Director of Columbia Global Centers | Tunis. Youssef is a member of Carnegie’s Civic Activism Network, and a Valdai Club expert. He was previously the Al-Maidan Libya Project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), and an expert affiliated to the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES). He consulted for the Arab Institute for Business Managers (IACE, on Tunisian foreign policy), the UN (implementing the SDG’s in Tunisia and writing the country report), The Carter Center in Tunisia (political affairs), etc. Youssef holds a Chevening Master of Arts in International Relations from the Dept. of War Studies of King’s College London, and a Fulbright Master of Arts in Classical Studies from Columbia University.

Dr. Adam Hanieh is a senior lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and the author of Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East. Prior to joining SOAS, Adam taught at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. From 1997-2003, he worked in the NGO and public sectors in Ramallah, Palestine, where he completed an MA in Regional Studies at Al Quds University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University, Canada (2009). His research interests include political economy of the Middle East; labour migration; class and state formation in the Gulf Cooperation Council; Palestine. He is an international advisory board member for the journal Studies in Political Economy.

Dr. Mohamed Limam is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Jendouba, Tunisia, and a Research Associate at the BORDERLANDS Project, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. His main areas of interests and expertise are EU migration policy toward the Maghreb countries and Tunisian politics. He is one of 246 country experts who contributed to the last edition of the Transformation Index, BTI 2016 and the country report on Tunisia of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Al-Manar University, Tunis.

Dr. Pawel Pustelnik holds a PhD from Cardiff University. He graduated from Social Science Research Methods Masters at Cardiff University as well as from Masters in Global Environmental Governance at Free University in Amsterdam. He also studied International Relations and Diplomacy (BA) at Wroclaw University, Wyszynski University in Warsaw and La Sapienza in Rome. Pawel will be the Lead Coach for the Research Labs and aims to develop bulletproof research proposals with the students.

Florian Zabel works in the areas of innovation management and project design for the German Development Agency (GIZ) in Berlin. Florian holds a Master’s in Political Science and International Development from Humboldt-University of Berlin and Sciences Po Paris. Additionally, he has been educated at the School of Design Thinking of the Hasso-Plattner-Institute and seeks utilize Design Thinking for policy reform and governance innovation. Previously, he has lived in Egypt and Jordan working for GIZ and UNDP on innovation and digitalization in different policy areas (esp. financial, economic and social policy). Florian will be Lead Coach for the Policy Labs focusing on tackling urgent policy challenges in the MENA region with a design thinking approach.

Programme and Venue

This year’s IAPSS-CIFE Winter School will be held in cooperation with the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) in Tunis enabling all participants to dive into a week-long programme with various components: lectures, seminars, research and policy labs. In the evenings we have planned a documentary screening related to the theme of the Winter School as well as social activities to let off steam after the academic programme.

Tunisia lends itself as a perfect destination to explore the changing political reality in the Middle East and North Africa and its underlying causes. Furthermore, it is interesting to examine the process of democratization in Tunisia, which is considered to be the only true democracy in North Africa after the downfall of its authoritarian regime. If you are eager to learn more about the subtopics that this year’s Winter School is going to present, make sure you submit your application within the deadline to enjoy the stimulating academic programme prepared in cooperation with the leading experts in the theme. What is more, you will have a chance to meet fellow students from all over the world and experience Tunisia’s rich and hospitable culture.

Application and Selection Process

Students and junior researchers of all levels, but preferably at least at an advanced level of their undergraduate studies, are invited to submit their applications.

Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS-CIFE Winter School 2018 are requested to submit a written application containing a CV, a letter of motivation (max. 1 page). Your letter of motivation should state at least (a) your previous experiences with the topic, (b) your motivation for joining this Winter School, and (c) how this Winter School would contribute to your development. Be creative! Please note that the application process is competitive due to a limited number of tickets. Decision on admission is mainly based on the motivation letter, which is why we encourage applicants to put a special emphasis on this document.

Please use the form below (at the bottom of this page) to submit your application. In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee (see below) who will be glad to answer them.

What Can Participants Expect?

An academically challenging programme consisting of lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops in a highly interactive and vibrant setting contributing to the personal and academic development of each participant. Lab-formats will apply design thinking for rapid prototyping of research proposals and policy strategies.
Discussing and debating with a range of experts in the field of the MENA region and across different policy fields as well as getting first-hand insights on their current research and teaching methods.
Meeting fellow students and researchers from all over the world interested in a joint multi-perspective examination of the topics addressed.
Exploring sprawling Tunis and its surroundings as well as a variety of social events.
What else to expect? Much more!

Participation Fee and Requirements

IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS-CIFE Winter School 2018 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of €199. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the participation fee. Students from local Tunisian universities (exl. expats) can apply for a tuition waiver. Please write to Farieha Mirzada at seasonalschools@iapss.org if you would like to apply for a waiver. Applications for waivers will be considered after the application for the Winter School has been completed.

This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops, participation in a research OR policy lab and social events, all Winter School materials, a personal IAPSS-CIFE Winter School 2018 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. However, please consult with your programme coordinator, if the school can be accounted for your regular studies. IAPSS is supportive in case any further documentation is needed.

The participation fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection. The payment can be done via credit card, PayPal and other devices through the IAPSS Webstore (the details for the transfer will be available there upon acceptance). After admission, the fee should be transferred by December 31st, 2017. Later payments are possible upon request and individual agreement.

Please note that IAPSS does not offer any discount or scholarship for this event (with the exception of Tunisian residents). We recommend consulting with your university/academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools. IAPSS can provide an acceptance letter to support external grant/scholarship applications of the participants.

IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the programme. IAPSS Membership comes at only €15.00 (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or €10 (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for €25 and €15 respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to apply for membership in one of the IAPSS Student Research Committees or the Authorial Board of IAPSS’ academic blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities.

Find all information on the services we provide and how to purchase IAPSS membership here.

Your Organizing Committee

Ms. Farieha Mirzada
Head of Winter School
Leiden University

Mr. Thierry Smit
Seasonal School Coordinator
Leiden University

Youssef Cherif is Deputy-Director of Columbia Global Centers | Tunis. Youssef is a member of Carnegie’s Civic Activism Network, and a Valdai Club expert. He was previously the Al-Maidan Libya Project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), and an expert affiliated to the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES). He consulted for the Arab Institute for Business Managers (IACE, on Tunisian foreign policy), the UN (implementing the SDG’s in Tunisia and writing the country report), The Carter Center in Tunisia (political affairs), etc. Youssef holds a Chevening Master of Arts in International Relations from the Dept. of War Studies of King’s College London, and a Fulbright Master of Arts in Classical Studies from Columbia University.

Dr. Adam Hanieh is a senior lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and the author of Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East. Prior to joining SOAS, Adam taught at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. From 1997-2003, he worked in the NGO and public sectors in Ramallah, Palestine, where he completed an MA in Regional Studies at Al Quds University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University, Canada (2009). His research interests include political economy of the Middle East; labour migration; class and state formation in the Gulf Cooperation Council; Palestine. He is an international advisory board member for the journal Studies in Political Economy.

Dr. Mohamed Limam is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Jendouba, Tunisia, and a Research Associate at the BORDERLANDS Project, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. His main areas of interests and expertise are EU migration policy toward the Maghreb countries and Tunisian politics. He is one of 246 country experts who contributed to the last edition of the Transformation Index, BTI 2016 and the country report on Tunisia of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Al-Manar University, Tunis.

Dr. Pawel Pustelnik holds a PhD from Cardiff University. He graduated from Social Science Research Methods Masters at Cardiff University as well as from Masters in Global Environmental Governance at Free University in Amsterdam. He also studied International Relations and Diplomacy (BA) at Wroclaw University, Wyszynski University in Warsaw and La Sapienza in Rome. Pawel will be the Lead Coach for the Research Labs and aims to develop bulletproof research proposals with the students.

Florian Zabel works in the areas of innovation management and project design for the German Development Agency (GIZ) in Berlin. Florian holds a Master’s in Political Science and International Development from Humboldt-University of Berlin and Sciences Po Paris. Additionally, he has been educated at the School of Design Thinking of the Hasso-Plattner-Institute and seeks utilize Design Thinking for policy reform and governance innovation. Previously, he has lived in Egypt and Jordan working for GIZ and UNDP on innovation and digitalization in different policy areas (esp. financial, economic and social policy). Florian will be Lead Coach for the Policy Labs focusing on tackling urgent policy challenges in the MENA region with a design thinking approach.

This overview of frequently asked questions aims to provide you with detailed information on the application and admission process. Please feel free to raise any additional question or clarification by sending us an eMail to seasonalschools@iapss.org

Pre-Application Information

1) How much is the participation fee?

The participation fee is 199,00€. Our staff is working voluntary to organize the school to maintain a student-friendly price while offering a program that can compete with leading seasonal schools programs for political sciences students. Therefore, the paid amount will be spent directly on the program: venue, lecturers, workshop conductors, materials, etc. Next to these shared costs, it also includes individual costs for social events. Our events are organized from students for students.

2) Who is eligible to apply?

The majority of students are in the advanced undergraduate and master’s level, which also equals the core target group of IAPSS. Young professional and early PhD candidates may also join from universities all over the world based on the assessment of their motivation. Participants usually already have already a strong interest in the respective topic or contemplate to seek it as their academic and/or professional specialization afterwards. Based on our experience, participants were able to use our program to get clarity on their future career by finding a branch for future studies, a platform for publications or getting active in IAPSS itself. The possibilities are vast and individuality is a high value in our programs. Our staff will make sure that you gain most out of your experience with us.

3) Is the program too academically challenging for me?

Don’t underestimate yourself. Even a PhD candidate on geopolitics has maybe never dealt with political Islam, while you may already be an expert in the field as an advanced undergraduate, because you wrote your bachelor’s thesis and multiple course papers on this topic. Our didactical concept will enable a fruitful discussion beyond academic level. However, the selection process will be highly competitive. Our selection committee will take care of an adequate academic, regional and gender balance. And by the way: We will not be just sitting in a class room, but we will also explore Tunis as much as we can! Please also note: The program is highly interactive and requires the willingness to engage in group work. Every participant is obliged to participate in a lab format (research track or policy track) and is supposed to deliver a group output on the last day of the program.

5) Do I need to take part in a so-called lab format?

Yes, it’s obligatory. Don’t be scared! The aim of the lab formats is to gather people with the same interests in the Middle East and North Africa – only separate by the approach they are taking (research or policy). The coordinators on-site will guide you through the two day long group setting. The working groups are also an opportunity to experience an entirely new field and engage in co-creative processes.

6) What are the language requirements?

The program is entirely conducted in English. Student whose mother tongue is not English do not need to submit an evidence of English language, but we count on your self-evaluation. A well written motivational letter is already a good indicator to assess someone’s language skills. Our program has a limited amount of spots to offer highly interactive sessions with in-depth and fruitful discussions – good English skills are obligatory for successful participation. Participants are requested to ‘participate’ actively in the sessions and should be able to communicate sufficiently in English. If you have any official certificates or scores, feel free to mark them in your CV in the application process and/or upload them for us.

7) Is there an application fee?

No, IAPSS does not charge an application fee. In case any fraud cases come to your notice, please contact us immediately.

8) Is accommodation provided?

No, since the past has shown that different participants have different needs and budgets. We recommend to use ordinary booking platforms such as booking.com, Airbnb and hostelworld to browse for accommodation and book accordingly. In the month of February, prices for accommodation are modest. Also think about more social accommodation options such as couchsurfing. In your admission mail, you will find a link to a facebook group, where you can connect to other participants. Use this forum to seek fellows for a shared apartment – past experience has also shown that 10 people gather to rent an apartment and pay a very low daily rate.

Selection Process

1) How long will it take until I know if I have been accepted to the program?

Applications will be reviewed after the deadline within seven working days. Please note that we will only review complete applications including the required documents.

2) How will I be notified about the outcome of my application?

We will notify you via eMail as soon as a decision is reached. Please make sure that you are regularly checking your eMails in this period. There might be a small amount of people who will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified respectively with further information on this procedure.

3) I would like to travel and explore the city instead of attending lectures. Is this possible?

We will not coerce anyone to stay in the seminar rooms, if the person does not wish so. However, you will be investing time and money in this school, and attending the programm is an integral part of the experience. Based on admission, we will send you a link to a Facebook group, where you can get in contact with your fellow participants. If you want to travel around and explore, we recommend doing this before or after the school – use the Facebook group to find your travel mates. This always works out and a lot of long-term friendships have been established! Please note that the program does also include cultural and social events (tbd), so we will not sit in the seminar room all the time.

 

Visa

1) Do I need a visa to take part in the IAPSS Winter School?

To check whether or not you need a visa to Tunisia, please check with the Tunisian representation in your country.

2) Do I get a visa invitation letter?

An individualized visa invitation letter will be issued by IAPSS after successful payment via the IAPSS Webstore. The participation fee has to be paid beforehand, so IAPSS has a security against visa fraud cases. Students who require a visa are requested to pay the participation fee as soon as possible after admission to ensure a convenient visa process. IAPSS will offer help throughout the entire visa issue process.

After admission

1) When do I have to pay the participation fee?

It is recommended to pay the participation fee as soon as possible to guarantee your place in the program. The payment deadline is January 2nd, 2018 for those that have gained admission to the program in the first week of September. The usual time frame is five days after admission, please notify us if the payment process is delayed or you encounter any other financial problems. Please contact seasonalschools@iapss.org with a reasoning in case you want to make a request for a later payment.

2) Can I pay with credit card?

Yes, we highly recommend using this payment method as it is quicker and more secure than other methods. All major credit cards are accepted. Other payment methods include PayPal, Sofortüberweisung, iDeal, etc. – choose the most appropriate for you. Please note that an small fee between 0,5%-3% is automatically charged for transaction fees by the provider of the respective payment method.

3) What should I do if my credit card gets rejected?

Please contact us on winterschool@iapss.org with a detailed description of the problem in order to identify any technical problem in your system before advising you to contact your credit institute.

4) I come from a country where PayPal is not available, and I don’t have a credit card. How can I still pay for my ticket?

Please note that we also accept selected Visa and MasterCard debit cards. In case you do not possess of either, please contact us at finances@iapss.org for alternative payment methods (e.g. wire transfer or WesternUnion). We have members from 90 different countries in the world and have always found a way to make a payment possible.

5) Does IAPSS offer any financial help or scholarships for admitted students?

IAPSS is a voluntarily student-run organization. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any financial assistance or specific discounts. Please check funding options already after submitting your application with the international office of your home university.

6) Can IAPSS provide me with accommodation?

No, unfortunately not. However, we encourage you to check airbnb or couchsurfing for a more authentic and cheap accommodation.

7) Can I cancel my ticket and get it refunded?

If, for any reason, you cannot attend the Convention, restitution of your participation fee (or a part of it) is conditional and subject to deadlines.

(a) If you cancel your participation after payment until, December 31st, 2017, IAPSS will refund 80% of the already paid fee. If you cancel your participation after this date you will only be refunded upon individual case decision.

(b) In case of a rejected visa application, reimbursement of your ticket will be decided upon on a case by case basis. The responsibility for fees and timely application for a visa remains with the participant, and IAPSS is not liable for any fees incurred by the participant due to a rejected visa application. If IAPSS sees that the visa application process was purposely delayed, we may not be able to reimburse the fee after December 31st, 2017. The past experience has shown that with our support, visa application are nearly always successful, if participant start their application as early as possible. Please try to settle to visa issue until December 31st, 2017, to avoid any financial damage.

After the program

1) What documents will I receive upon my successful completion of the program?

Participants will receive a printed formal certificate with a seal as well as a certificate supplement, which states the achievements and details of the participants.

2) When will I received the certificate?

The certificates will be awarded after the final group presentation, which is the final assessment of the school and marks its end. Certificates will be made electronically available on request.

3) Do I get ECTS credits?

If you want to have the IAPSS Winter School on the transcript of your home university, we recommend you to get in contact with your academic advisor to discuss the opportunity to do so. The organizational committee will provide you with any necessary information or document to support this process. The program will equal 75-80 hours of work including attendance of seminars, workshops and trips; preparatory readings and participation in a working group with a final group examination. This workload equals 2-4 ECTS credits depending on the regulations of your home university and the level of your studies. We are in negotiation with CIFE to issue accredited ECTS credits for every participants via a certificate.

4) Will I be able to access course materials after the program?
Yes, our eLearning facility will be permanently available after the program.

2017: Cyprus
If you are an IAPSS alumnus and have photos or other information about this winter school, please contact secgen@iapss.org.
2016: Marrakech, Morocco

IAPSS Winter School 2016

“The Middle East at a Crossroads”

Organized by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) in collaboration with Takamul Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies and Research

in Marrakech, Morocco

February 27th – March 5th 2016

(Arrival Day: February 26th / Departure Day: March 6th)

Applications are currently open until November 22nd 2015

Please use this form to submit your application. You can also find our FAQs here.

what-to-do-in-marrakech-header-940View on Djemaa el-Fnaa: Marrakech’s central square turns into a vibrant spectacle at night

 

The Theme

Revolutions and Regime Changes: The Arab World has witnessed a turning point in its history with the uprisings in 2011. Although a favorite topic among young academics and political science scholars, a deep understanding of what has happened and what is currently happening in this region is still lacking due to, among many other reasons, a lack of communication with people who have experienced the last four years up close. This winter school aims at closing this gap and gaining an in-depth understanding for interested young academics. Our winter school in Morocco is a perfect opportunity to get a close look at how the events of these last years have influenced and brought about not only political, but social changes that can be observed in civil society, youth work, media outlets and even in street art. As events in the Arab World unfold at an exceedingly fast pace, and as these events have not only a regional but a global impact due to new rising actors, it is essential for students of political science to get to know these countries by visiting the region and getting in contact with academic as well as as public and private stakeholders in addition to civil society actors. The covered topics of the winter school are as follows:

1. Revolutions and Counter-revolutions
2. Geopolitics and Regional Hegemony
3. Threats to Security: Terrorism, Salafism and Jihadism?
4. Evolution of Political Islam and its Influence in the Region
5. Migration and Refugee Politics in Maghreb

You can find more detailed descriptions on the sub-topics here.

Based on your preferred choice of the topic, 5 thematic panels will be formed. During the IAPSS Winter School 2016 all participants will be assigned to a working groups, improved by the lectures covered by at least one lecture and in discussions with experts from academia, while receiving support from workshop conductors. Members in a working group will develop a small research project related to the mentioned subtopics and will present their findings at the end of the Winter School. There is also the option to publish your work and findings in one of the IAPSS devices. Next to lectures and discussion sessions, workshops on research methods will support and sustain your argument(s) and perspective(s) over the chosen topic for the final group presentation over the work done by each working group.

The IAPSS Winter School 2016 will be held in cooperation with Takamul Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies and Research enabling all participants to dive into a week long program with various components: along lectures, seminars and workshops, also readings circles and working groups are going to be held. Next to the academic program, visits to the Old Medina and the hinterland as well as instutional visits are part of the program. Marrakech is the perfect starting point to do so. Mysterious, vibrant and simply stunning – the Red City near the Atlas Mountains is still an untouched destination for mass tourisms, but a perfect destination for restless travellers and people seeking a unique adventure inspired by the ancient cultural life of the city.

Are you interested in Political Science? Do you have a passion for the Middle East? Do you want to meet young scholars from all over the world with a shared interest? You have never been to Morocco or the Middle East – or you simply need a reason to return? Just pack your bag and join us in Marrakech!

Application and Selection Process

Advanced undergraduate and Master’s students as well as early PhD candidates are invited to submit their applications. The application process will start after the elapsed deadline. Applicants will be notified within five working days. Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS Winter School 2016 are requested to submit a written application containing (1) your CV, (2) a letter of motivation (1-2 pages) and (3) a choice for a preferred topic from the list of subtopics provided below in order to be signed up in a working group during the school. Your letter of motivation should state at least (a) your previous experiences with the Middle East, (b) your motivation for joining this Winter School, and (c) how this Winter School would contribute to your development. Be creative! Please note that the application process is competitive due to a limited number of tickets. Decision on admission is mainly based on the motivation letter, which is why we encourage applicants to put a special emphasis on this document.

Please use this form to do your application. You can also find FAQs here.

What can Participants Expect?

  • An academically challenging program consisting of lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops in a highly interactive and vibrant setting contributing to the personal and academic development of each participant.
  • Discussing and debating with a range of experts in the field of Middle East politics and affairs as well as getting first-hand insights on their current research and teaching methods; also featuring so-called research surgeries, which include exclusive one-to-on meetings with our guest professors and workshop conductors to discuss your own research proposals for term papers or dissertation.
  • Meeting fellow students from all over the world interested in a joint multi-perspective examination of the topics addressed.
  • Participation in working groups according to the specific interest of each participant in oder to work on a small-scale group project before, during and after the Winter School. The working groups will work on a fixed topic and present their progress during the last day of the event to fellow participants. This enables the participants to find academic exchange and allows them to share their knowledge and ideas with other participants. Each working group also has the opportunity to publish an academic article in our peer-reviwed flagship journal POLITIKON, if the entire group or individuals are interested in doing so.
  • Being part of the founding of a new IAPSS blog on the Middle East and become an editorial member
  • Access to a fully-fledged eLearning platform with key readings for the school and beyond, but also additional facts, figures and slides provided.
  • Multiple excursions to cultural sides and to the hinterland of Marrakech as well as a variety of social events (incl. documentary screenings, common lunches, reading circles and informal get togethers).
  • What else to expect? Much more!

Your Organizing Committee

Salma H. Soliman (Free University of Berlin, Germany)

IAPSS Seasonal School Coordinator

winterschool2@iapss.org

 

Kristian Xavier Carrera Kurjenoja (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

IAPSS Seasonal School Coordinator

winterschool3@iapss.org

 

Florian Zabel (Sciences Po Paris, France)

Head of IAPSS Events Department

events@iapss.org

Organizing Institutions

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is the worldwide representation and platform for political science students and related studies. IAPSS – politically independent, non-profit, entirely student-run and embracing more than 1.200 individual and about 10.000 collective members from more than 100 countries – generates and promotes political science opportunities for active engagement, career development and academic proficiency for students of political science and related disciplines throughout a variety of events, publications and services throughout the year.

The Takamul Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies and Research (مركز تكامل للدراسات والأبحاثis a newly established centre, which seeks to enhance scholarship among the Middle Eastern countries and beyond. Founded only in 2015, it has already shown by organizing many international conferences that they are able to strengthen the systematic study of the Middle East region.

 

View over Marrakech right up to the Atlas Mountains (Highest Peak: Toubkal 4167m)

 

Participation Fee and Requirements

IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS Winter School 2016seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of 359.00 €. This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops and social events, lunch, all winter school materials, a personal IAPSS Winter School 2016 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. Accommodation can be booked via IAPSS, but can also be self-arranged. The location of the school is easily accessible via busses in Marrakech. The fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection. The payment can be done via credit cards, PayPal and other devices through the IAPSS Webstore.

Please note that IAPSS does not offer any discount or scholarship for this event. We recommend consulting with your university/academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools.

IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the IAPSS Winter School 2016. IAPSS Membership comes at only 15 EUR (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or 10 EUR (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for 25 and 15 EUR respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, IAPSS Delegations, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to participate in IAPSS’ political science journals POLITIKON and ENCUENTRO LATINO AMERICA, and the IAPSS’ IR blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities condensing political science opportunities such as internships, jobs, conference calls and more. Find all information on the services we provide and how to apply here.

Contact

You attended the IAPSS Winter School 2016 and need further documentation of your participation or support regarding your paper? Do you have questions or inquiries regarding the IAPSS Winter School 2016? Then do not hesitate to contact us at: winterschool@iapss.org.

 

Applications are currently open until November 22nd 2015

Please use this form to submit your application. You can also find FAQs here.

2015: Sakarya and Istanbul, Turkey

IAPSS Winter School 2015

“Turkey, the EU & the Middle East: Political Transformation & Challenges for Future Cooperation”

Organized by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) & hosted by The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Sakarya University

in Sakarya & Istanbul, Turkey

February 1st – February 7th, 2015
(Arrival Day: January 31st, Departure Day: February 8th)

 

The Theme

Over the course of the last decades, Turkey has undergone an intensive political, societal and economic transformation. Situated in both Europe and Asia, Turkey is embedded in a highly dynamic and conflict-dominated region. Long-lasting internal and cross-border conflicts incl. the Kurdish separatist movement, Turkey’s democratisation and the division of Cyprus, as well as recent ones, with the emergence of IS till to Turkish borders and Turkey’s role as disputed emerging energy transit corridor have been defining both its internal and foreign policy.

Granted with candidate status for the European Union in 1999, the country has been since in a challenging negotiation process. Throughout the last decade, civil society in the country has become more visible and active in political debate, with the Gezi Park protests gaining international attention in 2013. Rapid economic growth has put Turkey on the first place of the fastest growing economies in Europe and Western Asia since 2011, also resulting in a greater regional economic integration and socio-economic vulnerability.

How did it happen? What are the determining factors and transitional processes? What are the leading actors and institutions? And what are the consequences on the short- and long-term?

During the IAPSS Winter School 2015, participants researched, examined and discussed on a large variety of crucial topics in political science regarding Turkey, the Middle East and its interconnection with Europe, in order to understand its domestic and foreign policy, the country’s economic development, Turkish civil society as well as its role in regional conflicts, trade and integration.

Application Process

Individuals interested in participating in the IAPSS Winter School 2015 were requested to submit a written application containing:

  1. A short CV (max. two pages, without photograph),
  2. A letter of motivation (max. two pages) and
  3. An abstract (of max. 300 words, incl. a title and five key words) summarising the idea for a short paper (8-10 pages) about a preferred topic from the provided range of topics, to be written before during the event and to be completed within a month from the School (deadline: February 28th)

The topics addressed were as follows:

  1. Turkish Politics in Transformation
  2. Development and Challenges of the Turkish Economy
  3. Turkey and the European Union
  4. The Turkish Civil Society
  5. Turkey’s Foreign Policy (with special regards towards the greater Middle East)
  6. The Arab Spring and Regional Repercussions

Based on the participants’ preferred choice of the topic, a division into six teams was made. During the IAPSS Winter School 2015 all participants worked further on their topics individually as well as in their teams. Every topic was covered by at least one lecture and in discussions with experts from the academia. Next to lectures and discussion sessions, daily workshops dealing with the methodology of academic research and writing aimed at enhancing social science research methods in order to strengthen the research design and paper draft of each attendee.

Key Dates & Deadlines:

Call for Applications: December 15th / January 15th (for students residing in Turkey only)

Arrival: Saturday, January 31st – to Sakarya University, throughout the day

Academic Program: Sunday, February 1st – Saturday, February 7th

Departure: Sunday, February 8th– from Sakarya University, throughout the day

What Could Participants Expect?

  • Meeting with more than 3 dozens of students, both international and from Turkey, interested in a multi-perspective examination of the topics addressed
  • Preparing a short paper (8-10 pages) before, during and after the IAPSS Winter School 2015, which attendees outlined in a short presentation during the last day of the event to fellow participants (max. 10-15min, each)
  • Discussing and debating with a range of experts in the field of Turkish, Middle East and EU politics and getting first-hand insights on their current research and teaching
  • Daily workshops on academic writing and research, methodology, debating and presentation to enhance the participants’ academic skills
  • Enjoying a fantastic day in Istanbul, one of the most vibrant metropolises on the planet, with a full-day guided tour included
  • Social evening events incl. documentary screenings, an afternoon at nearby Lake Sapanca and informal get togethers

Participation Fee (2015)

Category A: 150,00 EUR (ca. 420,00 TRY) – only for students from Sakarya University

This includes lunch, a one-day excursion to Istanbul, all IAPSS Winter School 2015 reading and research materials, a personal IAPSS Winter School 2015 participation kit, access to all program components and social events in the evening as well as an official certificate of participation.

Category B: 280,00 EUR (ca. 785,00 TRY) – for other Turkish students & students residing in Turkey

This includes accommodation in Sakarya (8 nights), all meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners), a one-day excursion to Istanbul, all IAPSS Winter School 2015 reading and research materials, a personal IAPSS Winter School 2015 participation kit, access to all program components and social events in the evening as well as an official certificate of participation.

Category C: 370,00 EUR – for international students

This includes accommodation in Sakarya (8 nights), all meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners), a one-day excursion to Istanbul, all IAPSS Winter School 2015 reading and research materials, a personal IAPSS Winter School 2015 participation kit, access to all program components and social events in the evening as well as an official certificate of participation.

Further Remarks:  Transportation to Sakarya had to be arranged by the attendees. IAPSS did not cover travel expenses to/from Sakarya. We recommended to consult with the participants’ university / academic institution for individual financial support for participation and travel costs. Also, a range of foundations and academic institutions offer grants and scholarships for seasonal schools. If selected, attendees were offered to receive a personal visa invitation letter / letter of confirmation, if needed.

The Organizers

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is the worldwide representation and platform for political science students and related studies. IAPSS – politically independent, non-profit, entirely student-run and embracing more than 1.100 individual and 11.000 collective members from more than 90 countries – generates and promotes political science opportunities for active engagement, career development and academic proficiency for students of political science and related disciplines throughout a variety of events, publications and services throughout the year.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (SAMEC) is a body of Sakarya University in Sakarya, Turkey. It is one of the largest clusters of Middle Eastern scholars in Turkey. Founded in 2013 to strengthen the systematic study of the Middle East region, SAMEC is responsible for both teaching and research. With its more than 25 staff, SAMEC organizes different postgraduate programs. More information are available here.

Requirements

Please note that IAPSS Membership was required in order to participate in the IAPSS Winter School 2015. IAPSS Membership comes at only 15 EUR (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or 10 EUR (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for 25 and 15EUR respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, IAPSS Delegations, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to participate in IAPSS’ political science journals POLITIKON and ENCUENTRO LATINO AMERICA, and the IAPSS’ IR blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities condensing political science opportunities such as internships, jobs, conference calls and more. Find all information on the services we provide and how to apply here.

Contact

You attended the IAPSS Winter School 2015 and need further documentation of your participation or support regarding your paper? Do you have questions or inquiries regarding the IAPSS Winter School 2016? Then do not hesitate to contact us at: winterschool@iapss.org.

The IAPSS Winter School 2015 in Sakarya, Turkey was held from February 1st to 7th, 2015. 30 participants from 20 different countries participated in this week-long event on “the EU and the Middle East: Political Transformation and Challenges for Future Cooperation”. Throughout a series of lectures, academic workshops as well as discussion sessions, the participants were provided with a comprehensive overview on Turkish as well as regional politics by high-ranking lecturers from universities in Sakarya, Istanbul and Ankara.

Each participant at the IAPSS Winter School was set to produce a concept for an academic paper throughout the week, supported by workshops and working group sessions to review, examine and enhance the chosen methodology, the theoretical framework and the overall research objectives. On the very last day of the School, the participants presented their first paper drafts and research, followed by lively and controversial Q&A sessions. 6-8 of these papers will be selected for publication in a special issue of POLITIKON, one of IAPSS’ Journals (submissions are to be made until February 28th).

Overall, the IAPSS Winter School 2015 was a great success, featuring not only academic highlights but also a day-long excursion to the Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and its economic and cultural center as well as social events in the evening. Based on both an on-site and online evaluation, we will work with dedication to further improve our Seasonal Schools program.

We would hereby like to thank the participants of the IAPSS Winter School 2015 for their great interest, commitment and dedication, as well as the Organizing Committee and SAMEC for realizing the event. We are looking forward to the IAPSS Summer School 2015, to be held in Venice, Italy, from August 10th – 21st, 2015.

Upcoming Events

The Upcoming events calendar provides all conferences, seasonal schools and other events that are organised by or with IAPSS. Check it out to find more information about upcoming Winter Schools in your area and worldwide.