Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship, Germany

The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship is an international researcher mobility program offering a 6-month research stay at two renowned academic institutions in the social sciences: The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK),
one of Germanys leading institutes for advanced study across disciplines, is a foundation of the federal states of Bremen and Lower Saxony and the city of Delmenhorst. The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University
Bremen supported by the German Excellence Initiative.

The program supports research by outstanding scholars in the social sciences (e.g. Sociology, Political Science, Psychology and Demography). Fellows benefit from exceptional intellectual and research conditions. They enjoy both the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars and a graduate school with an outstanding faculty, innovative teaching concepts and an international body of excellent Ph.D. students and Postdocs.

We expect our visiting fellows to have a presence at both institutes, to participate in regular activities of the HWK and to engage in doctoral education/supervision at BIGSSS including teaching a minimum
of one course and taking part in the regular Ph.D.-colloquium. The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship offers financial support and accommodation.

The BIGSSS-HWK Visiting Fellowship welcomes applications worldwide from promising postdoctoral scholars to leading senior researchers. The integration of most major social-science disciplines into one school is a key asset of BIGSSS, its umbrella theme is Changing Patterns of Social and Political Integration. Applicants should have research and expertise in one or more of BIGSSS' three thematic fields:

    Global Governance and Regional Integration 
•    Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life 
•    Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts.

Application and Deadline

Application material to be submitted includes

1.)    a research exposé (max. 4 pages),
2.)    an abstract (max 1500 characters),
3.)    a CV and
4.)    a publication list.

Explanatory notes:

(1) The exposé should provide detailed information about the planned research project and its relation to BIGSSS’ academic program. This includes standard information such as the topic or research questions, how the topic or research question is embedded within current research, e.g. reasons why the project is original and relevant. Information about the methodology (“approach”, perspective) and methods should be included. A reference list of the literature mentioned in the project outline must be included. The evaluation of Fellowship applications involves scientists from different disciplines. The exposé, therefore, should be composed in a form that makes apparent the relevance and outstanding quality of the project and the applicant’s expertise, even to reviewers of the social sciences who are not immediately familiar with the precise subject area.

(2) The abstract should be a summary of the Fellowship project for specialists in your field of research. The abstract should be submitted as a MS Word-compatible text file (doc, docx, rtf) and not as a PDF! Its length should not exceed 1500 characters including blanks. Should an application be successful the abstract may be used for public relation purposes of BIGSSS and HWK.

(3) The curriculum vitae should be in table form, and may be arranged either chronologically or systematically.

(4) There are no specific requirements with respect to the format of the list of publications.

Please send your applications via email to BIGSSS’ Executive Secretary, Dr. Christian Peters ( and to HWK’s Research Manager for the Social Sciences, Dr. Susanne Fuchs (

The deadline for applications is October 20, 2013. Late applications will not be considered. The Fellowship is scheduled for the 2014 winter term (October 2014 - February 2015).
Please find the ad in pdf. here for download.

The Fifth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 12th to 15th June 2014

                                                ACSS2014 - The Fifth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences
12th to 15th June 2014
Osaka, Japan

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Fifth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences, at the Rihga Royal Hotel & the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan from June 12-15 2014. This international, intercultural and interdisciplinary academic conference on the social sciences is organised by IAFOR in conjunction with our global partners, including Waseda University (Japan), London University (UK) & Virginia Tech (USA).

Web address:
Sponsored by: IAFOR - The International Academic Forum


Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global academic community...

Theme: "Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy"

Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.

The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.

Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.

As it enters its fifth year, The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences will again include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations. In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century.

I sincerely hope that we will use this time together, not just for intellectual discovery and discourse, but to establish a common vision and to motivate each other to do our part in the creation of a better world.

We look forward to seeing you in Osaka!

Professor Stuart D. B. Picken
Chairman, IAFOR International Advisory Board
ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Conference Chair

Dr Andrea Molle
Chapman University, USA
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences & 2014 Conference Programme Adviser

Dr Alex Petrisor
Urban-INERC (Romania),
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment & 2014 Conference Programme Adviser

***Call for Papers: Abstract Submissions Deadline: February 15 2014***
To submit a paper through the online system, please click on the submissions tab

IAFOR Global University & Institutional Alliance - Working Together

IAFOR works with our university partners to nurture and encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research. We work with senior administrators and professors in our partner institutions to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. The global partnership alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world's foremost institutions of learning.

For more information about IAFOR, as well as a full list of university and institutional partners, please go to