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March 31, 2016

UO Public Impact Fellowship Winner – Joze Moreno Pelayo

Congratulations to International Studies master’s student, Joze Moreno Pelayo, who has won the University of Oregon Public Impact Fellowship, a $6000 award with the opportunity for Joze to promote his research in both the University and broader communities. This award supports excellent research and aims to heighten public awareness about the value of graduate research, particularly research that speaks to critical issues facing society.Joze Moreno Pelayo UO Impact Fellowship

Joze is originally from Venezuela. He plans to study the most pressing challenges that Syrian refugees are facing in the contextual complexity of Lebanon ( which defies many standards of crisis response), and what modus operandi are being applied to adapt to this new social order. Joze tell us, “I will give prominence not only to the refugees, but also to the Lebanese citizens who are already overwhelmed by this protracted social crisis. I will try to make suggestions and contribute to possible cohesive solutions that benefit all the parties involved. I expect my research to serve the interests of policymakers, and also my project aims to encourage cultural engagement from the UO’s  student body to this matter in order to raise awareness of the issue and promote the creation of disruptive initiatives that might improve the lives of Syrian refugees.” Congratulations again to Joze Moreno Pelayo!

March 30, 2016

Professor Stephen Wooten’s research and teaching on food and culture is featured in Eat This Podcast and on Vimeo

This week, a society where to eat alone is unthinkable, where women and men share the responsibility of feeding the community, and where each cook takes a turn to prepare food for all. Mali in West Africa, where Stephen Wooten has been working with the Bamana people since the early 1990s.

http://www.eatthispodcast.com/the-evolution-of-food-culture-in-mali/


 

Learning about People and Culture through Food

 

 

 

 

March 7, 2016

The Arab Uprisings: Five Years Later; Lecture with Prof. Joel Beinin of Stanford, and Prof. Angela Joya of UO

The Arab Uprisings: Five Years Later

Presented by
Professor Joel Beinin, Stanford University
Professor Angela Joya, University of Oregon

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Event Date: Monday, April 18th

Event Location: Lillis Hall, room 282

Event Time: 4 p.m.

RSVP: isp@uoregon.edu

 

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982, His M.A. from Harvard in 1974, and his B.A. from Princeton in 1970.  From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo.  In 2002 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.
Beinin’s research and writing focus on the social and cultural history and political economy of modern Egypt, Palestine, and Israel and on US policy in the Middle East.  He has written or edited ten books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, 2nd edition (Stanford University Press, 2013), co-edited with Frédéric Vairel and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010).

His latest book entitled Workers and Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt was published by Stanford University Press in 2015. Here is a link to his book: http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/arabreform/events/workers-and-revolutions-egypt-and-tunisia 

 

Angela Joya’s research focuses on the impact of economic globalization on the Middle East and North Africa with a particular focus on Egypt and Syria. She conducted fieldwork in Egypt between 2005-2008 where she researched the impact of economic liberalization and privatization on workers and peasants and the role of the state in these processes. She is currently preparing a manuscript tentatively titled The Political Economy of Egypt under Mubarak: Accumulation by Dispossession, Land Relations and Class Reconfigurations. Dr. Joya’s other research interests include the Syrian conflict, the current migrant crisis, Islamist opposition parties and their struggle for power. She has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey.

 

Event Sponsors: the UO Department of International Studies, Rutherford Middle East Initiative, and UO Global Studies Institute.

February 28, 2016

Panel winners of the Graduate Student Research Forum include two IS graduate students !

Two International Studies grad students were winners at Friday’s 7th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum!

https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/node/2360

Panel winners, with a $250 prize each, were Lindsay Massara and Tariq Rahman from International Studies for their work on this panel:

Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures, Crossing Frontiers Panel – “South Asia: Cracking Open the Black Boxes of Law, Democracy, Infrastructure, and Governance,” Sarah Hamid, Media Studies; Patrick Jones, Media Studies; Lindsay Massara, Law and International Studies; and Tariq Rahman, International Studies.

Congratulations to all of our graduate students who participated in the Grad Forum – and a special congratulations to our panel winners, Lindsay and Tariq!

February 27, 2016

International Studies alumna to present at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, on March 5th

SATURDAY, March 5 from 10:35 to 11:50 a.m. in the Many Nations Longhouse

International Studies alumna Heather Wolford will be presenting at the PIELC Conference (Public Interest Environmental Law Conference) at the UO Law School this coming weekend. During her research for her International Studies thesis, Heather participated in election monitoring in Honduras, and she went on to do labor organizing after her graduation.

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“Honduras’ Abolishment of Human Rights and What the United States Can Do About It”

In mid-2014, the Honduran Congress adopted the Establishment of Zones for  Employment and Economic Development Law, a new type of Special Economic Zoning that represents the classic conflict between the corporate model of exploitation of resources/labor and the protection of human rights and the environment. This panel will discuss the national context in which such a law was passed and the threats of violations of domestic and international human rights
protections, specifically ILO 169 about Tribal or Indigenous groups. Because of the implications for trade and investment, the use of an environmental collaborative mechanism under CAFTA-DR is proposed..

Panelists: Heather Wolford, Community and Labor Organizer; Mark Sullivan, Attorney at Law; Tyler Ingraham, Western New England University School of Law, JD Candidate, 2017; Laura Palmese, University of Oregon School of Law, LL.M Candidate

 

PIELC Brochure: http://pielc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/PIELC-2016-Broshure-for-sure.pdf

Articles: http://imaginaurium.com/anarres/2015/08/17/interview-heather-wolford/

Heather’s INTL Thesis: https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1794/18407/Wolford_oregon_0171N_11024.pdf?sequence=1

February 1, 2016

“Interpreting Islam, Modernity and Women’s Rights in Pakistan”

International Studies Department Head, Dr. Anita Weiss was recently interviewed by Dr. SherAli Tareen for his series on new books in Islamic Studies, about her recent book “Interpreting Islam, Modernity and Women’s Rights in Pakistan” (Palgrave Macmillan 2014; Orient Blackswan India, 2015). The interview has just now been made ‘live.’
Click here for the link to the interview.

January 27, 2016

Internship Opportunity

This posting is not endorsed by the INTL department, but has been chosen to share with our students and alumni.

Job Position: Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Internship
Location: New York, NY

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) is launching its 12-week, 2016 Internship Research Assistant program for graduate students or professionals. GFDD is seeking outstanding individuals with data analysis and research skills in order to support its ongoing socio-economic sustainable development programs, including the creation of research publications. The primary duties of the Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant include gathering and analyzing information in the areas of:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Dominican diaspora in New York
  • Dominican heritage in New York
  • Opportunities for improving New York – Dominican Republic relations

About the position
The internship position of Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant is a part-time/full time position and has duration of 12 weeks with the ability to work with a minimum of supervision. The internship is paid. The Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant will have his/her own desk space with Internet connection at 780 Third Avenue, Midtown, New York City or 1629 K Street NW, Washington, DC. There is the possibility of an extension in the duration of the program, depending on the results.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant will have the unique opportunity to examine issues of contemporary interest, and explore topics that are part of the GFDD agenda by:

  • Conducting research using online resources and publications.
  • Proofreading; editing; verifying references; compiling bibliographies and summarizing research materials.
  • Writing of factsheets and reports.
  • Find innovative ways to present collected data and communicate information through the audiovisual medium.
  • Support in-person research with interviews and strategic visits.
  • Collaborating in any of GFDD ongoing projects, when necessary.
  • Performing other duties assigned by supervisor.

Skills, Knowledge, and Requirements

  • The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate/graduate student in the field of economics, sociology, or other social science related field, with a background and/or interest in international relations.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, as well as data collection and project management skills.
  • Highly organized, with attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy a must (MS Office suite and internet applications). Proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • High capacity for preparing papers and presenting research results on the requested topics in a very short time.
  • Self starter, with ability to conduct independent research; work independently with little or no supervision and as part of a team for extended periods of time.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of both domestic and international sustainable development issues.
  • Must be proficient in English and Spanish.

Additional tasks and responsibilities will be assigned as the research needs of the project evolve.

About GFDD
GFDD is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of global collaboration and exchange relevant to Dominican professionals, general audiences and institutions in the homeland and abroad. The Foundation conducts research, enhances public understanding, designs public policies, devises strategies, and offers capacity building in areas crucial to social, economic, democratic and cultural sustainable development.

GFDD creates, facilitates, and implements wider scope international human development projects, building on its own experience, expertise and strong national and international networks.

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Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) is launching its 12-week, 2016 Internship Research Assistant program for graduate students or professionals. GFDD is seeking outstanding individuals with data analysis and research skills in order to support its ongoing socio-economic sustainable development programs, including the creation of research publications. The primary duties of the Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant include gathering and analyzing information in the areas of:

Application Process
Applicants must send the following documents to jobs.office@globalfoundationdd.org

  • Cover Letter (indicating academic interests or areas of interest);
  • Resume;
  • 3 to 6 page Writing Sample of a recent research paper;
  • 3 References;
  • 1 letter of recommendation.
November 23, 2015

INTL Profs. Angela Joya and Anita Weiss to participate as panelists for “Global Perspectives on the November 13 Terrorist Attacks on Paris: A Panel Discussion”

“Global Perspectives on the November 13 Terrorist Attacks on
Paris: A Panel Discussion” will provide an academic forum for
sharing of information and informed reflection in response to the
recent terror events. It will take place in the EMU Ballroom from noon – 2 p.m. on
December 3.

Panelists include Cory Browning, Angela Joya, Matthias
Matthijs, Fabienne Moore, Sebastián Urioste, and Anita Weiss. .

For local news coverage of the event, click here!

October 9, 2015

INTL Assistant Prof. Angela Joya contributes to a roundtable on refugee crisis

Featured on Jadaliyya.com

Read more by visiting the link below-

Roundtable On Refugee Crisis: Historical Legacies, Political Context, and Legal Mechanisms

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/22871/roundtable-on-refugee-crisis_historical-legacies-p

September 1, 2015

UO delegation to Karakorum International University in Gilgit, Pakistan

UO delegation to Karakorum International University in Gilgit, Pakistan, crossing Attabad Lake in Hunza. Formed on January 4, 2010 from a massive landslide in the Karakorum mountains, the lake submerged entire villages as well as a portion of the Chinese-built Karakorum highway (KKH). Ducks Jonathon Campbell (CAPS) and Anita Weiss (International Studies) sport the O in Shishkat with Sultan Abbas (KIU, International Relations) and their gunman Gul Abbas, haveldar (deputy) of Nagar Police station in Hunza, as their car is loaded on a wooden ferry to cross the lake at Attabad.

UO delegation to Karakorum International University in Gilgit, Pakistan, crossing Attabad Lake in Hunza. Formed on January 4, 2010 from a massive landslide in the Karakorum mountains, the lake submerged entire villages as well as a portion of the Chinese-built Karakorum highway (KKH). Ducks Jonathon Campbell (CAPS) and Anita Weiss (International Studies) sport the O in Shishkat with Sultan Abbas (KIU, International Relations) and their gunman Gul Abbas, haveldar (deputy) of Nagar Police station in Hunza, as their car is loaded on a wooden ferry to cross the lake at Attabad.

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