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4/2007


The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP):

Perspectives from the Mediterranean EU countries


International conference
25-27 October 2007, Rethimnon, (Crete)
Organised by:

The Institute of International Economic Relations, Athens

The Foundation for Mediterranean Studies, Athens

The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, Department of Sociology University of Crete

For further information :http://www.idec.gr/iier

The international relations of the Maghreb, post-9/11, revisited


BISA 2007 Panel Proposal
Call for papers for a BISA 2007 panel proposal. Interested colleagues are invited to check this year's BISA guidelines at: http://www.bisa.ac.uk/2007/index.htm

Deadline for abstracts: 18 April 2007. To be sent to: hakim.darbouche@liv.ac.uk


Theme: The international relations of the Maghreb, post-9/11, revisited
Convenors: Hakim Darbouche, Richard Gillespie and Yahia Zoubir
Description: Policy-making in and on the Maghreb region has always been a challenge. The region s history, characteristics and dynamics account for the place it occupies in international relations. Changing international contexts have often had an impact on the perceptions of threats emanating from the region and accordingly on the strategies to address them. From economic liberalisation to democracy promotion, Western policies towards the Maghreb have, however, never surpassed their architects vested interests in the region. As a result, the polities of the Maghreb remain largely authoritarian, their societies distressed and their economies weak and undiversified.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the region regained prominence in the policies of the US and EU in particular. This focus, however, can be said to be a distraction from more pertinent challenges facing the region and begs the question of how these will be addressed and what impact they are likely to have in the meantime. Inter-state conflict in an area noted for regional tensions remains a plausible scenario and could have serious consequences in and beyond the Maghreb.
The proposed panel will address various themes regarding the international relations of the Maghreb, notably, Moroccan-Algerian relations and the question of Western Sahara, democracy and terrorism, US policy in the Maghreb, EU foreign and economic policy, Spanish and French relations with the region, issues of cross-conditionality and cross-socialisation and the role of the EU, the US and Russia in the region and the political economy of the Maghreb.
The panel welcomes theoretical and empirical approaches to these themes.

4/2007
HALKI INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR 2007: Re-defining security in SEE and the Middle East: Searching for new tools to address regional security problems


12-17 September 2007, Halki
Organised in cooperation with the Balkan Trust for Democracy in Belgrade and the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) and supported by the Hellenic Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Marshall Fund of the United States
This year's Halki International Seminars will focus on the role of the transatlantic institutions in helping local stakeholders address security challenges in the Middle East and in Southeastern Europe.
Good governance, human rights, humanitarian intervention, relations between Islam & Christianity and migration trends and challenges will be among the core focal points.
Discussions will also concentrate on two functional issues that cut across geographic regions: energy security and security sector reform while the 'mutual education' dimension of the workshop will concentrate on the relationship between religious sensitivities and the democratic right of free expression.
The seminar format, as is always the case with our annual Halki International Seminars, will be highly interactive and will include break-out working groups and roundtable discussions, as well as a simulation exercise.
Call for Participants
Applications are welcome from policy-makers, academics, journalists, diplomats, members of parliament and young researchers (post docs and PhD candidates)
Please complete the Halki Application Form and email it to halki@eliamep.gr
Call for Papers
Papers are invited from researchers (particularly from post-docs and PhD candidates in an advanced stage of their research) that focus on the following areas:
Ê% Security issues in the regions examined (Western Balkans, Black Sea, Mediterranean Middle East)
Ê% Migration as a security concern
Ê% Good governance, democracy and human rights
Ê% Security sector reform
Ê% Dialogues of religions and civilizations
Ê% Climate change
Ê% Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
Interested applicants should :
Ê% send a paper abstract (300 words)
Ê% and fill in the Halki Application Form and send it to halki@eliamep.gr
The Halki Application Form can be downloaded from www.eliamep.gr.
Deadline for applications & for paper abstracts:
30 April 2007
Selected papers will be presented during the seminar and will be published as part of ELIAMEP s web publications.
The organisers will cover the following costs: seminar participation fee, accommodation and subsistence.
No travel expenses will be covered; however, there will be travel grants for some applicants

3/2007
Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en torno al Mediterráneo


Organizado por Jiser - Reflexiones mediterráneas
Tarragona, 3 y 4 de mayo 2007
Este proyecto pretende ser un encuentro de jóvenes investigadores, de diferentes nacionalidades, con el objetivo de crear un espacio de conocimiento, reflexión conjunta e intercambio de experiencias en torno al MEDITERRÁNEO. 

Por ello, nuestra pretensión es iniciar un proceso global de acercamiento que permita a corto plazo, conocer las investigaciones que se están realizando, generar foros de debate sobre temas de interés común, y desarrollar, a medio o largo plazo, iniciativas que permitan mantener el contacto y el intercambio reflexivo, a través de la creación de redes de investigación trasnacional.


Meeting of young researchers around the Mediterranean
Organized by Jiser - Reflexiones mediterráneas
Tarragona, May 3-4 2007
This project aims to be a meeting space for young researchers from different nationalities, with the objective to create a space of knowledge, joint reflection and interchange of experiences around the MEDITERRANEAN.

Accordingly, our intention is to initiate a global rapprochement process contributing, in the short term, to disseminating research that is being conducted, to generating debate forums on subjects of common interest, and to developing, in the medium or long term, initiatives that allow maintaining contacts and exchange of reflections, through the creation of international research networks.


For more information see Jiser

3/2007


Conference
La liberté de circuler de l Antiquité à nos jours : concepts et pratiques

Paris, 21-24 mars 2007

Collège de France, 3 rue d Ulm, 75005, salle de réunion

et Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 rue d Ulm, 75005, salle Dussane


En collaboration avec : CNRS (Paris), Collège de France (Paris), Ecole française de Rome, ENS-Paris, EHESS (CRH, Paris), Institut Universitaire de France, MMSH (Aix-en-Provence), Université de Paris 8, Université de Paris 1, USC (Los Angeles)
Mercredi 21 mars (Collège de France, salle de réunion). Président de séance : Pierre Hassner (IEP, Paris)

14h : Ouverture : Claudia Moatti (Paris VIII), Wolfgang Kaiser (Paris 1-Sorbonne)

Problèmes théoriques:

- Daniel Roche (Collège de France), La mobilité : libertés et contraintes

- Etienne Balibar (Professeur émérite, Paris X-Nanterre,) : Une citoyenneté nomade est-elle pensable?

Discussion

- Giulia Sissa (UCLA) : L état parfait et la mobilité humaine, de l Antiquité au moyen âge 

- Gérard Mairet (Paris 8,) : La liberté de circuler existe-t-elle hors des espaces politiques? 


Jeudi 22 mars : ENS, salle Dussane

- 9h-13h : Territorialités et appropriation des espaces. Président de séance : Bernard Vincent (EHESS)

- Christophe Pébarthe (Paris VIII) : La liberté de la mer par l empire dans le monde égéen (5e-4e siècle avant J.-C.)

- Anthony Pagden (UCLA), Grotius' Mare liberum and the battle over the freedom of the seas

Discussion

- Marcello Verga (Florence) : La libertà di circolazione nel pensiero dell Europa (18-20 sec.)

Discussion

- Rony Brauman (chercheur à la fondation Médecins Sans Frontières, professeur associé à Sciences Politiques, Paris) : Les camps de réfugiés: territoire humanitaire, espace d'exception.

Discussion
14h30-18h30 : Economie de la mobilité. Présidente de séance : Laurence Fontaine (EHESS) 

- Alain Bresson (Ausonius, Bordeaux) : Zones monétaires, et espaces de droit en Grèce ancienne

- Philipp Schofield (Wales, Aberystwyth) : Serfdom and mobility in Medieval Europe

Discussion

- Francesca Trivellato (Yale) : Raisons de commerce, Raison d'état: Merchants, Diasporas and Citizenship in the Port-cities of Mediterranean Europe, 1500-1800

- Paul-André Rosental (EHESS, CRH) : Impossibles contrôles : les effets imprévus de la libre circulation des travailleurs migrants (XIXe-XXe siècles)

Discussion
Vendredi 23 mars : ENS, salle Dussane

9h30-13 h : La mobilité des étrangers. Président deséance : Jean-Marie Durand (Collège de France)


- Claudia Storti (Università degli Studi dell Insubria di Varese e Como) : L'étranger mobile entre droit des gens et ius proprium: contradictions (et pragmatisme) de la jurisprudence médiévale?

- Olivia Remie Constable (Notre-Dame, USA) : Liberties and constraints of Muslim travellers in Medieval times

Discussion

- Edhem Eldem (Istanbul) : La mobilité des étrangers et des non-musulmans dans l Empire ottoman au dix-huitième siècle


14h30-18h30: Président de séance : Patrick Le Roux (Paris XIII) 

Droit de partir, droit d entrer

- Claudia Moatti (Paris VIII), Droit de partir : la liberté du citoyen dans la Rome antique

- Nancy Green (EHESS, Paris) : Emigration/Immigration -- deux droits asymétriques

Discussion

- Marc Crépon (CNRS, ENS) : La peur des étrangers. Réflexions sur l hospitalité


24 mars : ENS, salle Dussane

9h30-13h30 : Présidence de séance : Gérard Noiriel (EHESS)

Droit de partir, droit d entrer (suite)

- Niels Frenzen, (USC, Los Angeles): The practice of the right of asylum in the US

- Jérôme Valluy (Paris 1) : Le droit de l asile contre le droit d asile et la liberté de circuler

Quel cosmopolitisme aujourd hui, quelle liberté de circuler ?

- Gérard Noiriel (EHESS), Liberté de circuler : genèse d un travail d Etat (XIXe-XXe)
- Roger Waldinger (UCLA) : Freedom, Community, and the Democratic Deficit:Thoughts on the new American dilemma

- Danièle Lochak (ParisX-Nanterre) : Etats-Nations et liberté de circuler.

Discussion

Discussion générale animée par Etienne Balibar, Henriette Asséo, Pierre Hassner


3/2007


Call for papers - Gender, Borders and Conflict in the Mediterranean
The European Studies Center at the University of Oxford, as part of the Ramses² network of excellence on the Mediterranean area, is organizing a workshop seminar on the subject of Gender, Borders and

Conflict in the Mediterranean region, with a particular emphasis on memories. The workshop will take place in Oxford, on June 13th and 14th 2007. It will address the following questions:


- What is the impact of borders on women in the

region? How do borders affect their legal status, modes of political participation, and social position across the Mediterranean?

- What is the relationship between gender politics, on one hand, and borders and border crossing, on the other? To what extent are women agents capable of changing perceptions (and histories) of borders and thereby transforming conflict? How do women contribute to collective memories and history writing in the region, especially after conflict and war?

- What factors facilitate the crossing of territorial

borders and identity boundaries by women? How are traditional and modern gender identities implicated in the process?

- How does the EU, alongside other international

institutions, influence the practice of border crossing concerning women?
The workshop is based on the assumption that gender relations in the region around the Mediterranean are constantly negotiated at various levels: not solely national but also local and regional.
This inter-disciplinary workshop will bring together researchers as well as practitioners and encourages submissions from the fields of political science, history, sociology, law, economics and anthropology.
Submissions for papers addressing one (or several) of the above questions are welcomed from researchers who work on conceptual issues regarding gender, borders and memories, as well as area-studies specialists focusing on the Mediterranean as such or on South- and South Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. The papers to be delivered can be short and should be concise. Applications for participation from the astern/Southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea are encouraged.
Application should contain: 300 word proposal and CV.
Deadline is March 15th 2007; accepted paper-givers will be informed at the end of March 2007. Please send to: Franziska.Brantner@ sant.ox.ac. uk (also to be contacted for further information).
RAMSES2 is a Network of Excellence on Mediterranean Studies funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme. Launched and coordinated by the Maison Méditeranéenne de Sciences de l'Homme in Aix-en-Provence, RAMSES2 involves 36 academic institutions from Western Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East researching the history, societies and current politics of the wider Mediterranean area. Its ambition is to create a new field of Mediterranean studies by bringing together the hitherto disparate scholarship on the different littoral subregions and countries.

3/2007


'Researching the Mediterranean'
This important research resource provides in-depth studies of the current state of research on the Mediterranean and Middle East in the UK and Spain.
The book is the product of a project directed by Richard Gillespie (University of Liverpool) and Iván Martín (Casa Árabe, Madrid) that involved the commissioning of two country studies and then their in-depth discussion at an 'Encuentro' of some 50 researchers, from Britain and Spain, held in March 2006 in Barcelona.
Both the UK study (by Emma Murphy and Michelle Pace) and the Spanish study (by Miguel Hernando de Larramendi and Bárbara Azaola) are published in the book, together with other papers from the Encuentro and a set of 5 proposals designed to enhance the infrastructure serving the Mediterranean and Middle East research communities.
FREE copies of this work can be obtained by individual researchers and/or for institutional libraries from the British Council in Madrid, which has published the report in collaboration with CIDOB and IEMed, both based in Barcelona.
For a copy of Researching the Mediterranean, please contact Maureen McAlinden (maureen.mcalinden@britishcouncil.es)

2/2006


The British International Studies Association Working Group on International Mediterranean Studies and the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark announce a forthcoming workshop on 
EUROPE'S LEGACY? FROM COLONIALISM TO DEMOCRACY PROMOTION. THE CASE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
to be held at the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, Odense, Denmark between April 21-22, 2007.
The workshop seeks to cast empirical and theoretical light upon an increasingly important aspect of European politics: attempts by the European Union to export democracy to other regions. It will therefore focus on a crucial aspect of the EU s external policy and will add value to ongoing debates about the EU s neighbourhood policy relations which stop short of membership.
Through this closed workshop, and as a related issue to the key question this event will address, participants will seek to investigate critically the recent emergence of socio-political movements in the wider Mediterranean in an effort to understand the current transformations in the Maghreb, the Mashrek and the Middle East.
Contributors will reflect on Europe's legacy (colonial periods in the Mediterranean region and post-colonial legacy), the EU's efforts at 'democratization' in the region and the impact on the ground especially as regards the emergence of socio-political (Islamist, in some cases) movements.
As part of the two-day programme a public panel-debate about the overall-theme has been arranged.
Funding for this workshop has, thus far, been secured from UACES, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo, the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies (Odense), the BISA working group on International Mediterranean Studies, the Danish Institute of International Affairs and the European Research Institute (University of Birmingham).
For more information on this event please contact the workshop organizers:
Michelle Pace and Peter Seeberg
Dr Michelle Pace

Research Councils UK fellow

EU Enlargement, EMP & ENP
European Research Institute

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 8222

Fax: +44 (0) 121 414 7329

email: m.pace@bham.ac.uk
Dr Peter Seeberg, Associate professor, Ph.D.

Head of Department & Director of Studies

Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies

University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55

DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark

Phone +45 6550 2183/2177 Direct +45 6550 2176

Mobile +45 2238 5470 Fax +45 6550 2161

Mail: seeberg@hist.sdu.dk

Web: www.humaniora.sdu.dk/middle-east

1/2006


Call for papers: The political geographies of the Mediterranean: conflicts and boundaries
Session in the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference 2007 28th 31st August 2007, at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG, London.
Historically a source of cultural and economic dynamism, the circulation of people, objects, ideas and ways of life across the Mediterranean has taken a new edge with current global geopolitical and geo-economic processes. In the midst of greater connectivity and fluidity of exchanges and ongoing processes of de- and re-territorialization, the Mediterranean re-emerges as a hotspot for international conflicts. Analysts predict a deterioration of political stability in the region in the coming decades due to, inter alia, acute environmental degradation, scarcity of fossil fuels, and growing structural economic and demographic disjunctures between Europe, the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. Political, cultural and environmental conflicts and instabilities often underpin processes of regionalisation and yet little is know about the relationship between the conflictive nature of the region and emerging socio-spatialities.
This session explores the emerging Mediterranean socio-spatialities within the increasingly transnational, instable and unsustainable nature of social, political, economic and environmental life in the region. We welcome papers that go beyond predominant ways of conceiving social relations as occurring in self-enclosed territories (e.g. nation-state) and are sensitive to the complex and contingent processes of de- and re-territorialization, de- and re-scaling and continual openness and bordering of social, environmental, political and economic life (e.g. the EU, the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, Euro-regions such as the Latin Arc) .
Keywords: Mediterranean, Sustainability, Conflict
If you would like to present a paper in this session, please send a title and an abstract (of no more than 200 words) to either Ramon Ribera-Fumaz or to Javier Caletrío Garcerá by 28th of February 2007.

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