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University of Groningen
Globalisation Studies Groningen

Please find below the second GSG Newsletter, again produced by GSG temporary staff members Marloes Viet and Gerlin de Lange. Please take this Newsletter as an invitation to report your own news and plans to be included in the next Newsletter – to appear in September.
  About the GSG

Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) is an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary institute that spans the entire University of Groningen. It connects academic work of research groups and individuals issues relating to globalisation, development and humanitarianism. Its aim is to stimulate, support and initiate research projects, educational programmes, North-South linkages and project applications in these related fields, thus contributing to the global profile of the university.
  Andrej Zwitter appointed professor in International Relations

On 1 May 2012, Andrej Zwitter became professor by special appointment in International Relations at the Faculty of Law. The chair has been sponsored by the Netherlands Society for International Affairs (NGIZ).
The new professor will teach course units, conduct research and supervise PhD students in the field of International Relations, with particular attention to the interaction between law and politics in international conflict situations. He will join the Political Sciences section of the Department of Legal Theory.
Read more on his work.
  EU Erasmus Mundus Doctoral School application

In combination with partners from the NOHA Network, prof. Joost Herman has submitted an application for an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral School in Humanitarian Studies.
  Dr. Christopher K. Lamont awarded American Institute for Maghrib Studies fellowship for research on Transitional Justice in post-Ben Ali Tunisia

Dr. Lamont was awarded an American Institute for Maghrib Studies fellowship for his research project “Law and Justice after Ben Ali: Charting Transitional Justice in the Maghreb” to support field research in Tunisia. While in Tunisia, Dr. Lamont will be hosted by the Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis and will conduct interviews with human rights activists, government officials, and legal professionals. At the conclusion of his fellowship, Dr. Lamont will deliver a lecture on transitional justice in Tunisia in Tunis.
  New NFP fellowship

Mrs. Peace Buh Tumuheki from Uganda has been awarded a PhD fellowship under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme for her study Educational exclusion in higher education: the case of Makerere University. This is the fourth NFP fellowship for promotion research in the field of lifelong learning  supervised by Jacques Zeelen (Dept. of Adult Education). Mrs. A. Wabule and Mrs. L. Okello are starting their PhD research this year.
  Major conferences and public events GSG

  • 24 May: Public Lecture and discussion: ‘Higher Education: only for the young and the rich?’On the 24th of May, speakers from Columbia University (NY), Gulu University (Uganda) and University of Groningen will discuss the challenges of Higher Education in a globalized world and the position of the Non-Traditional Student.
    Feel free to join in from 4-6 pm in the Academy Building (Heymanszaal) of the University of Groningen.
  • 25-30 May: Second Invitational Conference on Lifelong Learning and Social Exclusion in an International Context, closed conference with African and European researchers. Organised by the Adult Education Department and GSG. Read more.
  • 12-21 June: BSA Summer Academy (Veessen). See below or click here.
  • 18-22 June: Summer School in Development Economics (Ascea, Italy). Read more.
  • 7-16 July: Medical Sciences Summer School Global Health. See below or click here.
  • 9-20 July: The European International Relations Summer School; World Society & Energy Transition (Groningen). See below or click here.
  • 3-13 August: Summer School on Transitional Justice (Sousse, Tunisia). See below or click here.
  • 19-31 August: Land Issues in the Age of Globalisation, EU Intensive Programme of Coimbra Group Development Master Initiative (Szeged and Zanga-Balaton, Hungary). See below or click here (pdf).
  • 13-15 December: Conference: Biographies in Times of Crisis: Exploring religious narratives of Aids in Africa and the African Diaspora (Groningen). Click here for more information.
NOHA students visit Georgia 
From 21 April till 30 April students from the University of Groningen were on a field trip to Georgia. They all study the Erasmus Mundus master programme Humanitarian Action (NOHA).
During this ten day trip the students got an insight in the work of humanitarian organisations and analysed the complex situations of insecurity and humanitarian response strategies. Through meeting experts in the field students had the chance to get in touch with first hand experience in the realities of humanitarian action.
The visit of the NOHA students didn’t go unnoticed. The Georgian state television news even spent a news item on their visit to the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation. Watch this news item.
  Evaluation Research assignments of the MFS2 programme prof. Robert Lensink

For the evaluation of the second round of the co-financing programme of the Dutch government, the WOTRO has launched several calls, asking for innovative evaluation methodologies. A consortium led by prof. Robert Lensink (chair of the GSG Board of Governors) has been awarded two evaluation assignments, for MFS2 programmes in India and in Ethiopia.
  Intern for RUPS project (Research on Rural-Urban Poor in informal Settlement)

Nienke Busscher has joined the GSG and the RUPS programme as intern. The RUPS programme has been started by prof. dr. Leon Verstappen of the Faculty of Law, together with different partner universities, in order to stimulate students to conduct research abroad on land-related issues. Land rights in developing countries are often not administered and/or not respected by different actors. Therefore, many people face an insecure future when it comes to land and consequently their livelihood. The RUPS initiative is set up to develop comparative research on the social-legal position of these vulnerable people living in informal settlements. Dutch students are linked with students from the country of research and a local development organisation to conduct fieldwork. The first pilot project was conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia in September 2011 on forced eviction in kampongs.
Nienke Busscher has an MSc in Int. Development Studies (Communication Technology and Policy) from Wageningen University and is preparing a PhD study on issues of land rights and development.
  GSG-REG Convenes Crisis of Legitimacy Conference in Rijeka, Croatia

GSG’s Research in Ethics and Globalisation Section (GSG-REG) hosted a conference on the crisis of legitimacy confronting global governance in Rijeka, Croatia with GSG’s strategic partners, the Faculty of Philosophy and the Department of Cultural Studies, at the University of Rijeka. The conference was opened by a lecture on transitional justice and legitimacy by Dr. Chris Lamont on 7 May. The following day panels explored various themes such as the emergence and resilience of protest movements from the United States to the Western Balkans and transitions in North Africa. Click here to read the whole article.

The GSG is currently working on the following projects:
GSG Web Community
The development of the GSG Web Community with personal ‘profiles’ of all RUG researchers active on Globalisation, is progressing. You will all be contacted in the coming months to have your best Profile.
You can contact Marloes and Gerlin via e-mail: M.viet@rug.nl and Gerlin.de.Lange@rug.nl
Read more: http://www.rug.nl/gsg/Projects/web-community-project
African Biosafety Network of Expertise - Read more 
The Company Pride Platform - Read more
LISBOAN – Erasmus Academic Network - Read more

The Humanitarian Genome Project - Read more

Making Democracy Network - Read more  
  Summer Schools

BSA Summer Academy Biotechnology and Society in Africa
Veessen, 12-21 June 2012
At the meeting in November BSA decided to organise a Summer Academy on biosafety regulation for about 20 African regulators from 10 different countries. This first summer course will have the character of a pilot course. The course will have a broad scope and will address food sovereignty and food security by dealing with biosafety issues. It aims to identify gaps of knowledge with respect to societal and institutional conditions in the African context.
A second important topic of the summer course is development of the BSA-program itself. As such the summer course may serve as a vehicle for research and capacity building in the longer run. To realize this ambitious program it is aimed to extend the Groningen BSA-group and to constitute a European consortium on this topic.
The application deadline for this Summer Academy is closed.
Read more
Ceres Summer School -  International Development Studies: A challenge for the future?
Amsterdam, 25-26 June 2012
In this neo-liberal, globalized age, the concept of development is changing rapidly. Apart from a declining enthusiasm among politicians and diminishing budgets for development cooperation, there are significant qualitative changes.
At the CERES Summer School there will be taken a closer look at the consequences of this situation for research. By furthering scholarly debate, this Summer School hopes to take stock of new approaches for researching development issues.
Read more
Medical Sciences Summer School Global Health
Groningen, 7-16 July 2012
The application deadline for this Summer School is closed.
Read more

The European International  Relations Summer School; World Society & Energy Transition.
Groningen, 9-20 July 2012
Read more

Summer School on Democracy and Transitional JusticeSousse, Tunisia, 3-13 August 2012
The application deadline for this Summer School is closed.  
Read more

EU Intensive Programme “Land Issues in the Age of Globalisation” of the Coimbra Group Development Master Initiative (CGDMI)
Szeged and Zanga-Balaton, Hungary, 19-31 August 2012
The programme focuses on land reform and conflicts over land in development processes, including planning, social, environmental and historical aspects of the subject. It is a highly interactive 10-days learning experience with much field work and case work assisted by specialized professors from the European Network.
Read more (pdf)
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