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Ausschreibung von drei Promotionsstipendien in der Nachwuchsgruppe „Protest und Reform in der globalen politischen Ökonomie aus der Perspektive einer postkolonialen Politikforschung“, Universität Kassel

Die Nachwuchsgruppe untersucht die Auswirkungen der globalen Protestbewegung seit den 1990er Jahren auf institutionelle Reformen in der globalen politischen Ökonomie (z.B. von Weltbank, IWF, WTO) unter Anwendung postkolonialer Konzepte.

Die neoliberale Globalisierung der Ökonomie hat aufgrund ihrer negativen sozialen, politischen und ökologischen Konsequenzen in den 1990er Jahren zu einer neuen globalen Protestbewegung geführt. Diese manifestierte sich in den zahlreichen Protesten gegen die Institutionen der globalen Wirtschaftspolitik, allen voran Weltbank, IWF und WTO (wie in Genf 1998, Seattle 1999, Prag 2000 oder Genua 2001), aber auch im Netzwerk Peoples‘ Global Action (PGA), im Weltsozialforum von Porto Alegre oder in attac. Die Nachwuchsgruppe untersucht die Auswirkungen dieses Protests in Form von Reformen in der globalen politischen Ökonomie, insbesondere in den drei erwähnten Organisationen. Dabei sollen Konzepte der postkolonialen Studien zur Anwendung kommen, wie z.B. Othering und Orientalismus (Said), subalterne Artikulation und Repräsentation (Spivak), Provinzialisierung Europas (Chakrabrty) und Hybridität (Bhabha). Mögliche Themenfelder der Dissertationen sind z.B. die Reform der Strukturanpassungsprogramme oder die Etablierung des Inspection Panels der Weltbank, der Vorschlag eines Staateninsolvenzverfahrens im IWF, die TRIPs-Reform in der WTO oder die Auseinandersetzung um eine Devisentransaktionssteuer oder multilaterale Investititionsabkommen.
Ausschreibung von 3 Promotionsstipendien

Im Rahmen der von der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung und der Universität Kassel, Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften eingerichteten Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe sind zum 1.10. 2017 drei Promotionsstipendien in Höhe von 1.450 € monatlich für eine Laufzeit von maximal drei Jahren zu vergeben.
Über die Stipendien wird nach den Auswahl- und Förderungskriterien der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung entschieden. Bewerber*innen müssen einen überdurchschnittlichen Studienabschluss sowie ein gewerkschaftliches oder gesellschaftspolitisches Engagement nachweisen.
Die Bewerbungsunterlagen der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung finden Sie auf den Seiten der Stiftung. Diese sind zusammen mit einem Kurz-Exposé (ca. 3 Seiten) einzureichen, in dem das geplante Vorhaben skizziert und in das Forschungsprogramm der Nachwuchsgruppe eingeordnet wird. Wenn Sie in die engere Auswahl kommen, ist nach Absprache ein reguläres Exposé (ca. 10 Seiten) nachzureichen. Ein Gutachten muss nicht eingereicht werden, dieses wird für Sie zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt durch den Leiter der Nachwuchsgruppe erstellt.
Einreichungen sind bis spätestens zum 28.2.2017 zu senden an Prof. Dr. Aram Ziai.

Download: Die Ausschreibung als pdf-Datei


Call for Papers: Where have all the classes gone? Collective action and social struggles in a global context, ICDD Workshop at the University of Kassel (Germany), 3-4 December 2015

The so-called new social movements (NSM) have emerged in Western countries from the 1960s and 1970s. The apparent novelty of their struggles was the rupture with class politics and labor movement struggles. Since then, a vast majority of analyses and theoretical contributions have moved away from class struggle analysis and labor-capital antagonisms. In order to make sense of diverse and novel forms of resistance, social movements theories focused on particular aspects such as the institutionalization of political opportunities, the formation of identities or the ways of bringing the protests into public debate. Despite the strength of these approaches in understanding different elements of collective action, the question concerning the role of class politics and the political economy in collective action still remains. Collective forms of resistance continue to be diverse and stem from different contexts. Their demands range from the right to housing to calls against modern violence and slavery, gender equality or access to land and environmental protection. In an increasingly globalizing world, social movements and resistance are formed even in virtual campaigns against global trade agreements that benefit corporations, urban-rural movements against rising poverty, and localized political movements challenging neoliberal policies in their countries. What do all these struggles have in common? How does the global political economy affect them, even those which are apparently not connected to economic issues? Is class still a valid category for understanding resistance? These are some of the questions that the workshop intends to address. The space for exchanging insights is offered to academic contributions from different disciplines and activists. Hence, we especially encourage junior scientists and activists as well to submit their abstracts in this context.

Topics of interest can include, albeit by no means limited to, studies that focus on:

  1. Actors: Studies focusing on protests and social movements emerging and revolving around class and non-class identities such as migrants, peasants, women, LGBTIH, and youth.
  2. Context or process-tracing: Research tracing processes or focusing on historical conjunctures from which collective action and struggles surface, i.e., neoliberal expansion in the Global South.
  3. Aims and issue-based demands: Studies that examine political, economic or social issues and problems highlighting the demands from which the protests and discontent arises such as right to city spaces, housing, water struggles, free education, and health and rural movements arising against land-grabbing.
  4. Types of conflict: Studies could also explore the features and characters of conflicts whether long term, emerging or recent popular uprisings varying from Brazil, Hong Kong, China, Turkey or Ukraine.

Applications are to be sent to 2015workshop(at) with an abstract of not more than 300 words by August 30, 2015 at the latest. The successful participants will be notified by September 30, 2015. The submission of full papers is requested by November 15, 2015.

The workshop, organized by the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), will take place at the University of Kassel, Germany.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Cenk Saracoglu (University of Ankara), Emma Dowling (Middlesex University)

Contact: 2015workshop(at)

Organizing Committee: Jorge Forero, Aishah Namukasa, Halyna Semenyshyn

Program Committee: Joaquin Bernaldez, Oksana Balashova,  Alexander Gallas, Ismail Doga Karatepe, Verna Dinah Viajar

Call for Papers: June–Uprising in Turkey: Background, Dynamics and Perspectives. Workshop at University of Kassel, 16 May 2014. Organisers: Anıl Al-Rebholz, Emre Arslan, Ilker Ataç, Errol Babacan, Özgür Genç, John Kannankulam, Ismail Karatepe, Bülent Küçük, Aslı E. Odman, Ulaş Şener, Özge Yaka

The mass uprising in Turkey, sparked by the occupation of Gezi Park in Istanbul, did not only trigger new debates regarding the political future of the country. It also opened up a space for critical perspectives on the politics of the last decade. Neoliberal authoritarianism, religious conservatism, media censorship and repression are the salient concepts which are used to analyse the AKP. On the other hand democratization, resistance, political participation, novel daily life practices, cultural diversity and solidarity are associated with the movement that has emanated from the Gezi Park protests. With this workshop, we aim to look into the dynamic relations between the politics and struggles of the last decade and the uprising. Which political, cultural, and socio-economic dynamics characterize the 2000s? How are they related to the current protests in Turkey? Does the protest mark a turning point in the country’s history? And if it is the case, to what extent?

In addition to the examination of the country-specific dynamics, we ask participants to explore the uprising in the framework of a global protest cycle. Occupation and encampment as a new political form of protest as well as resistance against neoliberal authoritarianism/ austerity policies appears as a common global tendency. Questions concerning the crisis of political representation, economic participation, and the practices and modes of political participation follow. How can the protests in Turkey be located in a global context?

For this purpose, with this workshop, we invite you to discuss empirical and theoretical findings on the June-Uprising as well as its background and outcomes. Case studies are welcome, and so are conceptual thematizations. Possible, albeit by no means exhaustive, topics are:

  • What are the major political, cultural and socio-economic transformation processes that need to be taken account to understand the politics of the AKP-government and the mass uprising in Turkey?
  • How is the June uprising embedded in a history of social struggles in Turkey (e.g. the relevance of new segments of working class and trade unions, critical urban movement and new social movements)?
  • What could be the main axis of a comparative perspective to analyse global social movements and struggles?
  • What are the new constitutive practices (e.g. novel daily life practices, grassroot democracy experiments, the modes of participation, domination practices, the repertoire of protest forms)?
  • Who are the actors and the social organizing bodies of the uprising?

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to tagung.juniaufstand(at) by February 7 2014. Abstracts can be submitted either in German or in English. The presentations will be held likewise in both languages. Successful participants will be notified by February 15, 2014. The submission of full papers is due by May 1, 2014.

The workshop will take place on May 16, 2014 at the University of Kassel. We plan to publish the workshop proceedings. Further information will be posted on the workshop website. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the International Center for Development and Decent Work at the University of Kassel and the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation Hessen.

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