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Globalisation Studies Groningen
December Newsletter
   
         
  Second Annual GSG Conference

18 December, 2012
We invite University of Groningen colleagues working on issues related to globalization, development and humanitarianism to an inspiring academic networking event on December 18 in conference centre Het Kasteel in Groningen. This meeting serves as an opportunity to present and discuss each other’s academic work, projects, and plans, establishing and expanding contacts with colleagues and thus solidifying the University of Groningen GSG community. The year 2012 has again been full of new initiatives, projects, summer schools and conferences; with the upcoming networking conference we hope to create again a number of fruitful academic synergies and present to you the GSG work. An overview of the programme can be found here.
 
         
         
  GSG-REG Roundtables

Research in Ethics and Globalisation (GSG-REG) started to organize talks by scholars and practitioners in the form of lectures and round tables in 2011. Due to the success of these talks REG decided to continue and broaden its audience beyond the ivory walls of the university. The aim of these talks is to connect the student community and the wider public with experts related to ethics and globalization from a variety of backgrounds in order to foster extra-curricular interest in the fields of ethics, international relations and law. A list of the talks organised this semester can be found below, click on the link for more information:

8 November, 2012
Breaking the News: How Social Media Change Journalism in a Globalizing World

7 November, 2012
Understanding Terrorist Finance
 
10 October, 2012
Memory and the Second World War

8 October, 2012
Transitional Justice in the Former Yugoslavia

We are happy to announce that in future some of these talks will be organized in cooperation with NGIZ-Noord. The REG talks are open to everyone and free of charge. Also for 2012-2013 REG has planned again exciting events. Therefore, in order to stay up-to-date follow us via our facebook page.
 
         
         
  STEM Project

The State of Emergency Mapping project (STEM) goes into the next round. On 11 December, Prof. Andrej Zwitter will present the first results at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) Conference on the Arab Spring, in New Delhi, India.
 
REG offers two research internships with the STEM project. Both IBIO BA students and Law BA students will get ECTS credit points for it. Check out the website for more information or if you would like to apply.
 
         
         
  U4 Conference in Göttingen

Some 50 social scientists from the U4 network universities (comprising professors, postdocs and PhD students from Gent, Groningen, Göttingen and Uppsala) gathered in Göttingen for a conference on 12-14 October 2012. In what was termed a "bazaar conference" (focusing more on existing research than a single topic) they were looking for common research interests and seeking to establish areas for future cooperation. More information on the U4 network and the conferende can be found here.
 
         
         
  Interactive Lecture on Global Ageing

Together with the NGO World Granny and the Discover Development Committee, the GSG organised an interactive lecture on Global Ageing. This was held on the 3rd of December and focussed on NGO’s that centralize their activities around the well-being of elderly in developing countries.
 
The NGO World Granny draws attention to the problem of ageing in developing countries. They address the rapidly increasing problem of ageing, which is of global concern. Why and how, was discussed during this interactive lecture.
 
         
         
  Hela Boujneh - GSG-REG Visiting Research Fellow

GSG-REG was delighted to host Ms. Hela Boujneh in November and December 2012 as a visiting research fellow on transitional justice. Ms. Boujneh brought with her a background in transitional justice scholarship and practice as she participated in Tunisia's national consultation on transitional justice and she is currently working on a PhD jointly supervised by Prof. Lotfi Tarchouna (University of Sousse) and Dr. Chris Lamont (University of Groningen). While at Groningen, Ms. Boujneh contributed to a GSG-REG expert workshop on transitional justice along with Dr. Arnaud Kurze (George Mason University), Prof. dr. Caroline Fournet, Prof. dr. Andrej Zwitter, Dr. Andre de Hoogh, and Dr. Chris Lamont. Ms. Boujneh also delivered a lecture on transitional justice in Tunisia at the Department of International Relations and International Organization's 25th anniversary lustrum conference Imagining Democracy.
 
         
         
  Applied Social Knowledge (ASK) Africa

Applied Social Knowledge (ASK) Africa is a knowledge development initiative hosted within GSG-REG at the University of Groningen. In cooperation with academic partners ASK Africa aims to capacity-build applied social science research capabilities at research and teaching institutions in Africa. ASK Africa will begin with two initial regional foci, the Maghreb and the Horn of Africa. Through joint curriculum development, specialized short courses and academic exchanges, ASK Africa will promote policy relevant research conducted by local researchers on a number of transnational challenges confronting the African continent. Current initiatives: ASK Maghreb, ASK Somalia. Contact: For more information or queries please email us at: reg@rug.nl
 
         
         
  PhD Ceremony Cecile de Milliano



On the 6th of December this year, Cecile de Milliano successfully defended her PhD dissertation on Powerful Streams; exploring enabling factors for adolescent resilience to flooding. Our own Professor Joost Herman proudly admitted Cecile to the degree of doctor of Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action. More information on her topic can be found here.
 
         
         
  Tunisian Youth Politicians in Groningen

GSG-REG is delighted to announce that we will be hosting Tunisian Youth Politicians from the Tunisian School of Politics with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy for a two day intensive masterclass on 8-9 January 2013 that will support the NIMD in facilitating inter-party dialogue among youth members of Tunisia's political parties. We would like to invite RUG students to participate in this exciting opportunity to debate Tunisian youth politicians on a number of topical challenges facing the region. GSG-REG looks forward to welcoming you along with this dynamic group of youth politicians to Groningen in our first of many events planned for 2013. For more information and to register please email the RuG contact person for this event, Dr. Chris Lamont: c.k.lamont@rug.nl
 
         
         
  Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory

June 24, 2013
Second Annual GSG-REG Summer School on Transitional Justice, Cres (Croatia)

Research in Ethics and Globalisation (REG) and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Rijeka are delighted to announce our Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory in the Mediterranean which will be held on the island of Cres, Croatia from 24 June to 4 July 2013.
 
         
         
  Prof. Andrej Zwitter nominated editor-in-chief

Prof. Andrej Zwitter has been nominated editor-in-chief of the new open source journal Politics and Governance. Politics and Governance is an innovative new offering to the world of online publishing in the Political Sciences. An internationally peer-reviewed journal, Politics and Governance publishes significant, cutting-edge and multidisciplinary research drawn from all areas of Political Science.
Read more about this journal on their website.
 
         
         
  GSG-REG Expert Workshop

November 27, 2012
The Rule of law and Grassroots Justice: Rethinking the State, Civil Society and Transitional Justice

On the 27th of November, GSG and REG successfully organised an expert workshop on; The Rule of law and Grassroots Justice: Rethinking the State, Civil Society and Transitional Justice.  An international panel of experts reflected during the workshop on both the state of transitional justice and transitional justice beyond the state to examine the role of non-state actors in shaping transitional justice policies. More information on the topic and the workshop can be found on our website.
 
 
 
         
         
  International Lustrum Conference

28-29 November 2012
The Department of International Relations and International Organization announced its 25 anniversary lustrum conference entitled “Imagining Democracy: Arab Spring, Asian Visions and Western Lessons” which was held in the Senaatskamer of the Academy Building from 28-29 November 2012.

Presenters explored the conference theme in a wide range of geographic settings ranging from Tunisia, Egypt and Syria to Japan, China and Indonesia. Students were given the change to engage directly with scholars conducting groundbreaking new research in the field.
 
         
         
  The Humanitarian Genome Project

In one of our previous newsletters we reported about the Humanitarian Genome Project that Chamutal Eitam works on
together with Dr. Liesbet Heyse. A few months later, and it’s time for an update; read here about their recent activities and results so far.
 
         
         
  International PhD Workshop China

Participation in the International PhD Workshop China and Collaboration between GSG and Chinese universities
 
Prof Joost Herman and Dr Yongjun Zhao attended the International PhD Workshop in Beijing, China during 24-25. Organized annually by the China Education Association for International Exchange, this workshop was aimed at facilitating the interactions between potential Chinese PhD candidates and representatives of foreign universities. The latter have growing interests in attracting the most qualified candidates through this medium.
 
GSG’s mission at this workshop was to promote the newly created inter-faculty PhD hubs to the Chinese students and educators and to select suitable candidates for the hubs. Almost 50 potential PhD applicants were interviewed by Prof Herman and Dr Zhao, who are in the process of shortlisting the candidates in working with relevant faculties. The trajectories of these PhD applicants match the hubs and the wider faculty programmes.
Prior to the workshop, Prof Herman gave a public lecture on the Dutch government’s humanitarian aid policy at the Centre for African Studies, School of International Relations, Peking University.
 
Besides, the meeting with the China Agricultural University’s College of Humanities and Development Studies - the Vice Dean Prof Ting Zuo and the Head and Deputy Head of Department of Development Studies Prof Gubo Qi and Prof Xiuli Xu - resulted in further commitments of both institutions in strengthening partnerships in a diverse range of innovative activities.

We are proud to annouce that Dr. Yongjun Zhao has joined the GSG team as assistant professor in Gglobalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action.
 
         
         
  Psychological impact of Microfinance in Sri Lanka

Dr. Nina Hansen is conducting research in Sri Lanka on the psychological and social changes of marginalized people that received access to financial services (trainings and micro credits). She did this in cooperation with the GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation), one component of their development program is the ‘Promotion of the Microfinance Sector’. The project started in 2009 and with the help of Dr. Nina Hansen and her team, they recently carried out a cross-sectional study to examine the economic, psychological (i.e. empowerment) and social (i.e. social networks, social cohesion) impact of its activities. The data is being analysed as we speak and expected to be published by the end of January. For more information please contact Dr. Hansen: n.hansen@rug.nl 
 
         
   
   
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