Network members might be interested in this – a possibility for doing liberatory work?
Together with Tilburg University (Netherlands), (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) UNHCR has established a UNHCR Award for Statelessness Research. The Award will be administered by Tilburg and a call for nominations has already been announced for 2013. A prize pool of € 3,000 will be distributed among the winners in three categories for research at the undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels, as decided by the jury comprised of members from UNHCR and Tilburg as well as other leading academic institutions drawn from all geographic regions. Through this award, UNHCR and the Statelessness Programme will be able to map existing research, identify promising young researchers within the field and monitor ongoing gaps in geographic and thematic coverage of research. This is an innovative way for UNHCR to respond to the request by the Executive Committee in Conclusion 106 to promote research on statelessness. The closing date for nominations for the inaugural award is 1 May 2013, and the winners will be announced on 28 September each year, to coincide with the date of adoption of the 1954 Statelessness Convention.

Further details are available at: http://www.unhcr.org/512628ab6.html


Also in coordination with Tilburg University, UNHCR will co-host an international conference on statelessness in September 2014 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Statelessness Convention. Entitled “The First Global Forum on Statelessness: New Research and Policy Perspectives”, the conference will be a three-day event, inviting leading academics, international institutions, governmental representatives, NGOs and stateless persons themselves.  The event will be multi-disciplinary and have a strong emphasis on policy as opposed to being purely academic. The conference aims to raise awareness, encourage new research, create dialogue and galvanize action on statelessness within the academic and legal communities, government and civil society actors, the media and stateless people themselves. A pre-announcement for the conference is available at:  http://www.unhcr.org/5141e6a29.html


call for articles: Research and Methods in the Study of Social Protest

Special Issue of the Journal, Contention

Research and Methods in the Study of Social Protest:Towards a Crossdisciplinary Dialogue

 Editors: Giovanni A. Travaglino, Brian Callan & Eugene Nulman

Social protest emerges from a complexity of phenomena. Structures and practices of organisations, governments, economies, armies, or interest groups may afford opportunity for the appearance of injustice, inequity, oppression or immorality pushed too far in the minds of individuals, communities, and dispersed networks of peoples and ideals. Clearly we can learn much from a multidisciplinary approach to the wide variety of personal, socio-political and environmental factors that shape the emergence and impact of social protest.

Different traditions have developed dissimilar, and sometimes divergent, sets of analytical tools through which to explore social actions, social movements, social protest and other forms of contention. These differences are often paralleled by a priori epistemological endeavours and ontological claims about the nature of the object of study, the relevance of its proprieties, and the appropriate level of analysis.

While each of the theoretical and empirical apparatuses and their forms of expression and representation obviously have their own strengths, underlying or even unstated axioms can problematize the multidisciplinary endeavour. Indeed methodology is so central to what we do that the certainty afforded by concepts like rigour, objectivity, science, and hermeneutics may blind us to prejudices and persuasions both disciplinary and personal.  Can results be presented apart from their interpretation in anthropology? What is the meaning of ‘objective’ in sociology or psychology? Is a methodological section appropriate in a literary work?

The aim of this special issue is to offer the reader a series of papers which explores, problematizes and accounts for the different methodological ways, empirical needs and theoretical claims of different disciplines involved in the study of social protest (broadly defined). We welcome original papers from the social sciences and humanities concerning:

  • – Overviews of the methods and theoretical apparatuses used within a specific research tradition or discipline  – Examples of case studies, with strong considerations on the methodological issues raised by applied research
  • – Historical analysis on the spectrum of methodologies adopted in the broad field of social protest research
  • – Critical discussions of theoretical, epistemological and methodological issues in a discipline/research tradition
  • – Critical discussions on the multidisciplinary endeavour
  • – Other topics relevant to the methodological process in researching social protest, and express, diffuse this research.

Although we welcome interdisciplinary papers, work conducted within the boundaries of a single discipline is suitable for Contention. Due to the multidisciplinary audience of Contention, authors should however put efforts in explaining key terms and concepts so that these can be understood across disciplines. Papers should be formatted following the usual requirements and submitted tog.travaglino@contentionjournal.org by the 15th of July 2013.