MA in Democratic Governance in the MENA Region

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) opens admissions to the second edition of the Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the MENA Region (DE.MA).

Application Deadline: 1 November 2015

DE.MA was created thanks to the support of the European Union and of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. It is based on a partnership between EIUC and the following universities: International University of Rabat (Rabat, Morocco), Birzeit University (Birzeit, Palestine), St Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon), Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy) and a growing network of partner Universities in the Region.

DE.MA is unique in its nature for its features and objectives. Open to professionals and graduates, it will combine a theoretical and practical approach and it will deliver a professional Master’s degree (60 ECTS) from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. This is a multidisciplinary curriculum offering courses in law, political science, sociology and other fields relevant to the study of democratic governance and Human Rights. The first semester from January to April 2016 is held at the EIUC premises in Venice and the second one from April to July 2016 takes place in one of the partner universities in the Master’s Consortium.

DE.MA is meant to play an active role in the ongoing debate about the principles underpinning the transition of political regimes to democracy. It aims at:
• Creating high-profile experts in the fields of democratic governance and the protection of human rights, allowing them to act as promoters of a process leading to the affirmation of the democratic principles;
• Fostering the creation of an élite group of people committed to the promotion of democratic institutions;
• Building a network of experts to be active in political institutions, in national and international, governmental and non-governmental organisations in the Region.

The presence of academics, professionals and students from different countries, coupled with the knowledge-sharing and the international mobility, make of this Master a unique and excellent opportunity to get an in-depth knowledge and to build up skills in the field of democratic governance and human rights. Moreover, participants will be plunged in a truly international environment and will be part of a Mediterranean network of high-level faculty, experts and prestigious international partners.

EIUC offers financial support in the form of a partial contribution towards living expenses and/or a full or partial tuition waiver. This type of financial support is awarded to a limited number of students on the basis of academic achievement, need and geographical distribution.
Furthermore, all participants will be assisted in finding accommodation in Venice and with administrative procedures for getting the visa.

For further information and for applying, please visit

PhD Position UiT Tromsø (Norway)

A 4-year full-time PhD-position is available at UiT Tromsø, Norway on “World War II in European Audio-Visual Culture: Media, Politics of Memory, and Identity”.

Please note the following:
• PhD-positions in Norway are comparably well funded and candidates have full-time faculty positions for four years (including office space). Comparably good wages include full social benefits. Funding for travel included.
• 25% obligatory work load (teaching, project development, …)
• knowledge of Norwegian language is NOT a requirement
• application deadline is August 17, 2015

Please follow the link for the whole announcement and detailed instructions regarding application procedures.

The position will be affiliated to the ENCODE-research group at UiT Tromsø and should closely align to one or both of the group’s major research projects (‘WAR/GAME’ and ‘Between Frozen and Melted Memories’).

Fully funded PhD Studentship (University of Loughborough, England)

An ethnomethodological / conversation analytic study of evidence-based decision-making

Applications are invited for the above studentship commencing 1st October 2015. The Studentship is open to home/EU students. It will run for 3 years, and it includes:
• A fee waiver equivalent to the home/EU rate
• Tax-free stipend of £14,057p.a. for three years

About the project:
Research into how the tools and products of Operational Research (OR) are used in the interactions between analysts and their clients has recently begun to attract academic attention. Using ethnomethodological and  conversation analytic methods, this PhD project will examine the interactional practices that comprise the use of OR tools and products and identify what works and what is less effective.

The site for the PhD research project is the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). One of the challenges faced by Dstl is how best to support Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM), in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and across government, and to increase the use of evidence to support key decisions. It is anticipated that the PhD project will collect and investigate real-time conduct in the use of OR tools and products to support EBDM in a number of application areas.

Professor L. Alberto Franco, Professor of Management Sciences (School of Business and Economics) and Professor Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction (Department of Social Sciences)

Entry criteria
Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.

Applications are made online at

Please upload all the supporting documents listed below:
• A curriculum vitae
• A 500 word personal statement explaining your interest in, and aptitude for, the topic of this research project. In particular we would like to learn about:
• What qualities do you feel you can bring to the project?
• 2-3 samples of writing such as MSc dissertation, journal or conference article, essays from your MSc degree
• Copies of your transcripts/certificates
• Two academic references

Closing date for applications is 30 July 2015.  Please quote reference SBE-AF in the financial section of the application form.  Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly after the closing date.

Informal enquiries about the project should be made to ( or (

Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management (Pisa, Italy)

Call for Applications for the XIV Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy)- 2016

Applications shall be submitted online at
Applications for admission by non EU citizens shall be sent no later than July 2, 2015 (1st round of selection) or September 17, 2015 (2nd round of selection)
Applications for admission by EU citizens shall be sent no later than October 15, 2015

The Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The curriculum, strongly field oriented, prepares participants for working with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN system and regional organisations, also operating in the context of complex emergencies and joint operations.

The Programme is divided into two didactic modules, running between mid January and the end of July 2016, followed by an internship or field experience of min. 3 and max. 6 months, starting from August 2016, and a presentation of the students’ final dissertation in spring 2017.

Key features:
1 year post-graduate professionalizing and field-oriented programme
*Interdisciplinary nature of the programme with a methodology characterized by a combination of theory and practice
*Lecturers and trainers chosen among high level academics, diplomats, international organizations officers and NGOs activists, thus offering a wealth of both academic and field expertise
*Mandatory internship/field experience in leading organisations working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the field or at Headquarters
*Career service with specific sessions on career coaching and recruiting session with UNV
*International and multicultural student environment

Why should I apply?
You should apply if you are looking for a professionalizing and mission/field-oriented international master programme, as offered by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, an example of academic excellence in training and research. If your training needs include practical skills, besides relevant theoretical knowledge, as well as internship/field-experience with prestigious international organizations, this training programme is highly relevant for you.

The curriculum is strongly multidisciplinary and field oriented and includes courses in: International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Geopolitics, HRs philosophical dimension, Economic Development, Theories and Techniques of Conflict Management, International PK and PB operations, International HR Field operations, International Election Observation missions, International Humanitarian operations, International Project Development, Personal security, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine & First Aid, Essentials of Research and Writing, Career coaching.

The internship is meant to supplement the in-class training with a relevant hand-on experience, to be carried out with a renowned organization working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the field or at headquarters.

Tuition fee:
The tuition fee for the full Programme is 7.500,00 euros, payable in two installments. It covers the following: attendance costs and participation to field trips, didactic material (in electronic format), tutorship, lunch (on class and exam days), access to all facilities of the Scuola (including library and computer rooms). It does not include accommodation costs in Pisa and during the internship, nor travel expenses.

The Master Programme offers one scholarship in memory of Gualtiero Fulcheri – former UN Assistant Secretary General – covering the full tuition fee and to be awarded to the most deserving applicant. Depending on financial availability, reduced tuition fee might be offered to citizens from non-OECD countries who are eligible for a study visa for Italy .

For further details, download the brochure, visit the website, or contact:
Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Via Cardinale Maffi, 27 56126 Pisa – ITALY
Tel. +39 050 882653
Fax +39 050 882665

Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School 2015 (Beijing)

Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School 2015
Beijing, China
July 1, 2015 to July 10, 2015

After the successful experience of last summer, the China Media Observatory at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in cooperation with School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University will operate the SECOND edition of the Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School in Beijing between July 1st and July 10th, 2015.

The program is open to the full variety of academic work in the field of communication and media studies for young scholars, PhD and graduate students who have strong academic interests, especially for those with a background in international communication, intercultural communication, Chinese/European media and culture/language studies. The Summer School aims to bring together researchers from Europe and China to debate contemporary issues in media, communication and cultural studies in Chinese and European media industry.

Inspired from the ECREA Doctoral Summer School, this summer school aims to provide: a highly qualified international setting where academics from several European countries and China will present and discuss their most recent research; and a highly supportive international setting where scholars can present their current work, receive feedback on their research projects from international experts and meet scholars and academics from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the future.

The learning format of the Summer School is divide into three parts:
1) Lectures: each of the invited professors will have 1-2 lectures related to their research necessities. Proposed lecturers and topics will include:

European Faculty
Prof. Giuseppe Richeri, European Media Market & Public Broadcasting Service in Europe; Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland;
Prof. Emili Prado, The European Audio-visual Media Industry, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain;
Prof. Pierre Musso, Modelling of imagination, innovation and creation, Télécom ParisTech/ université de Rennes II, France;
Prof. Stefano Iacus, Sentiment Analysis in Communication Studies, University of Milan, Italy;
Prof. Gabriele Balbi, Introduction to European Media History, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland;
Dr. Guido Keel, The Current State and Future Development of Journalism In the Western World, Zurich University of Applied Science, Switzerland;
Dr. Sharif Mowlabocus,
Mastery of the Swipe: Smartphone Use and the Connection to Neoliberalism and Late Capitalism: A Psychodynamic Approach , University of Sussex, U.K.
Prof. Jia Wenshan, Intercultural Communication,  Dialogic Civilization and the Construction of an Inclusive World Order, Champman University, United States.

Chinese Faculty
Prof. Lu Shaoyang,
The Film Policies and Market in China, Peking University;
Prof. Wu Jing, Critical Approach to Media Culture Studies, Peking University;
Prof. Xu Jing, Media and Public Opinion in China, Peking University;
Prof. Wang Xiuli, “Made in China” and national image, Peking University;
Prof. Guo Zhenzhi, Chinese Media: History and Current Development, Tsinghua University;
Prof. Jin Jianbin, Social Media Literacy in the Case of China, Tsinghua University;
Prof. Shi Anbin, China’s Charm Campaign: Opportunities and Challenges, Tsinghua University;
Prof. Jiang Fei, The Chinese Version of “Soft Power” from the Intercultural Perspective, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

2) Student Feedback Workshops: participating students will present their research projects and receive structured, qualified and multi-voiced feedback on their work from Summer School lecturers and scholars, allowing students to structurally improve the quality of their academic work and stimulate their further research interests;

3) Media Dialogue: Two dialogues with media experts from European and Chinese media organization will be set in the Summer School. Director of Austrian Press Council (Mr. Alexander Warzilek, Vienna) and expert of China Radio International (Dr. Huang Kuo, Beijing) are invited to the 2015 Summer School.

We enrolled 30 students in 2014, including young scholars, PhD and graduate students from China, U.K., Sweden, Canada, Italy, and Singapore. Moreover, we plan to enroll the same number of students in 2015. Ideally, the composition of selected students will be 15 from European institutions and 15 from Chinese institutions.

To apply
All participants are required to email an abstract (about 500 words) of their research projects before May 1st, 2015. The confirmation will be sent by May 10th, and the full draft of research projects should be sent before June 15th, 2015.

Admission fee and payment
550 euros per student including accommodation for 10 days nearby the Campus, all lunches and two dinners (welcome and farewell) and the city visiting tour. 350 euros per student for those who do not require accommodation.

Scholarship awards of 200 euros will be given to the two best student participants, and they will get the chance to be recommended to the ECREA Summer School 2016 as well as the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships Programme.

China Media Observatory at USI  China Media Observatory aims at the systematic monitoring of the evolution of the system of media and communications in China according to the main economic, political as well as social and cultural dimensions. In function of the activities it carries out, the Observatory encourages the exchanges for teaching and research purposes and establishes collaboration agreements with European universities, which have started permanent research activity on media in China, as well as with Chinese universities, that are interested in collaborating and exchanges with our university in the scientific and teaching field. 

School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University Peking University is a pioneer in modern Journalistic education in China. In 1918, Peking University started the first Journalistic course and founded the Journalism Research Institute that was the first of its kind in China. In 1952, Peking University opened the first Journalism Studies program since the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the new School of Journalism and Communication was established in 2001. Founded in 1898, Peking University was the first national comprehensive university in China and became a centre for progressive thought in China across time. Mao Zedong, Chen Duxiu, Hu Shi and many other leaders of China all gained professional experience here. In 2014, The Chinese University Alumni Association and China Education Center considered it as No.1 among national universities. Internationally, both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the World Reputation Rankings recently placed Peking University at 45th position worldwide.

Programme Contacts
Coordinator in Europe: Zhan ZHANG
Coordinator in China: Prof. Jing XU

E.MA. in Human Rights and Democratisation

Deadline for applications for E.MA. 2015/2016 offered by EIUC has been extended to 30 April 2015. Check the admission requirements to apply for this European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation to enhance knowledge, gain practical skills, develop competences and boost career in these fields. This E.MA offers a unique learning and human experience through this intensive one-year Master’s programme articulated in two semesters: a First Semester from September to January in Venice (Italy) and a Second Semester from February to July in one of the 41 E.MA universities in the EU.

The historic and peaceful location of the Monastery of San Nicolò in Venice Lido will be the setting where you will meet, learn, study and debate with our international network of academics, field practitioners and experts in human rights, development and institution building. Join the community of more than 1300 human rights professionals and defenders holding the E.MA Joint Degree and now working in national, international, governmental, inter- and non-governmental organisations, as well as academic institutions, dealing with human rights and democratisation.

Watch what Prof. Manfred NowakE.MA Director from University of Vienna, says about the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation!

Heisey Graduate Student Scholarship

Dr. D. Ray Heisey Graduate Student Scholarship
sponsored by the Association for Chinese Communication Studies

Dr. D. Ray Heisey (1932-2011) was Director (1983-1996) and Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Kent State University. He was a renowned intercultural communication scholar who served as Advisor on many Chinese students¡¯ dissertation committees. He had facilitated research collaborations between scholars and students in the US and from the Far East, Middle East, Europe, and North America. He loved traveling and experiencing other cultures, having lived in or visited over 40 countries. Dr. Heisey had taught in Chinese universities and published a great number of research works on Chinese communication studies with Chinese students and scholars. Dr. Heisey was a long term ACCS member. His enthusiasm, dedication to education, and personal and scholarly integrity continue to impact ACCS scholars. In honor of Dr. D. Ray Heisey’s contribution to Chinese Communication Studies, the ACCS has decided to establish a Dr. D. Ray Heisey Scholarship each year. The award amount is $400.

– You must be a current ACCS member
– You must be a second-year, or above, graduate student majoring in the area focusing on Chinese Communication Studies, enrolled full-time at a university.
– You must complete an application form and submit all required materials* to the Committee of Dr. D. Ray Heisey Scholarship.
*Required materials: personal statement, two recommendation letters, current transcript, curriculum vita, and a writing sample.

– The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who has enrolled in the major in second year or above for the semester in which the scholarship is received.
– An above average academic record (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) verifiable by current school transcripts.
– An expressed desire to enter the field of Chinese Communication Studies in a 1-3 page typewritten statement of application.
– Leadership skills and research records, and active involvement in ACCS activities.

The scholarships will be awarded for the academic year (Fall 2014-Spring 2015). The deadline for accepting applications is October 30, 2014. The application form is online.

The Scholarship Committee Members:
Zhuojun Joyce Chen, Chair (2014-2015), University of Northern Iowa
Guo-ming Chen, University of Rhode Island
Hairong Feng, University of Minnesota – Duluth
Mei Zhang, Missouri Western State University
Mei Zhong, San Diego State University

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Chen.

PHD Studentship Cinema (UK)

PhD Studentship in British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound: 1927-1933

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship based at De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre, Leicester. This full-time, three-year PhD will be fully-funded (fees and maintenance) as part of a major project to research the transition between silent and sound cinema in Britain. The overall project will consider the impact of the arrival of sound cinema looking at new technologies, business models, production practices, solutions in cinema architecture and design, and the impact on musicians, audiences and cinema going, as well as the films produced during this transitional period.

Research and supervision
The successful applicant will work as part of a project team based at De Montfort University, Leicester, in partnership with the University of Stirling (UoS). The PhD will be supervised by Laraine Porter (Project Leader) and Steve Chibnall (Professor of British Cinema), and the successful applicant will have a dedicated work station within the CATH Centre’s accommodation. The Centre is part of the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, and is one of the leaders in its field with three major funded projects and over 30 staff, research students and associate research fellows. One of its external partners is The Cinema Museum in London, which will be a vital research resource for the

Other project team members include Senior Researcher, Geoff Brown  (London), Dr Sarah Neely (UoS), Professor John Izod (UoS) and a UoS PhD student ship also to be appointed. The DMU studentship will be based in the Cinema and Television History Research Centre housed within the Leicester Media School.

This PhD studentship will complement the project by considering the impact of the arrival of sound cinema on localised British cinema exhibition, distribution and reception and how new technical demands forced the industry, outside of London, to adapt. Taking account of regional variations in cinema culture and practice, market forces and audience tastes, the student will conduct empirical research on case studies including different cinema chains and associated operations; the impact on subsidiary businesses such as local equipment manufacturers and cinema service industries and the overall effect on local cinema economies, culture and programming. It is expected that the student will open up new avenues of research using resources such as local business and municipal records alongside national cinema business, trades union and associated trades archives. The research will focus on cities and market towns in the Midlands including Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Derby etc.

Indicative areas of research could include:
· The influence of local political, cultural, economic and geographical factors on the speed and nature of the transition to sound cinema and the overall timescales across urban, market town and rural areas
· Local organisations and businesses that thrived or became victims of the new sound technologies and the extent to which national and international factors such as the 1927 Cinematograph Act or the economic depression compounded their fortunes
· What local solutions were deployed, including any localised inventors, manufacturers, architects and suppliers and the kinds of local business models adopted.
· The response of regional audiences to the arrival of sound looking at issues such as regional identity, cultural difference and any localised resistance.

Entry Requirements
· First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject.
· It is expected that applicants will also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject, or show evidence of achieving this by October 2014
· EU applicants will be required to show proof of English language ability to the level of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). An undergraduate or master’s degree taught in a majority English-speaking country and awarded in the last five
years would satisfy this requirement.
· Available only to applicants who are UK nationals or other EU nationals who are permanently resident in the UK.
· Available for full-time registration only
· Applicants must be able to start in October 2014

You will have a background in film studies, cultural studies, or historical studies, preferably with an interest in the business and economics of cinema. Applicants will need to demonstrate an aptitude for scholarly research.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a major British cinema history project and we welcome applications from interested parties.

How to apply
The following documents are required to complete your application:
– A completed Application Form for Admission to a Research Degree Programme
– A completed Annexe to Application Form for Admission to a Research Degree Programme
– Two academic references
– Copies of your highest degree certificate and transcripts
– For EU applicants, proof of your English language qualifications (described above)
– A copy of your CV
– A 2 page personal statement that
a) Demonstrates your excellent academic performance in a field related to the proposed research, with explicit reference being made to your undergraduate and postgraduate research.
b) Explains why you want to undertake this research and what approaches you might take
c) Demonstrates your experience of working with primary and secondary historical sources including archival research.
d) Demonstrates your ability to organise and work independently

Please contact Morgan Erdlenbruch to receive copies of the application, annexe, and reference forms. Completed applications should also be submitted by email to this address. Informal enquiries should be directed to Laraine Porter.

Closing date for applications 5pm Friday 18 July 2014. Interviews will be held at De Montfort University in mid-August.

Erasmus Mundus: Intercultural Mediation 2014-15

Call for scholars scholarship open until 7th of July 2014

Master Erasmus Mundus “Intercultural Mediation: Identities, Mobilities, Conflicts” offers interdisciplinary training for excellence in 4 semesters, Federated by joint research programs within a consortium: Université de Lille (France), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgique), University College Cork (Irlande), Université « Babes-Bolyai » (Roumanie), Université de Wroclaw (Pologne), Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Sénégal), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexique) and Université Fédérale de Rio de Janeiro (Brésil). Des professionnels et des institutions publiques et privées (Professionals and public and private institutions associated with them).

Located in territories shaped by migration, these institutions have been led to question the social changes, cultural and resulting policies and now extend to the global society. It therefore became necessary to train experts of migration, integration, management of cultural and linguistic diversity, with particular expertise in ethics.


USC Annenberg Summer Inst on Diversity in Media

The USC Annenberg Summer Institute on Diversity in Media and Culture
June 16-20, 2013
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
University of Southern California

We welcome applicants for the inaugural USC Annenberg Summer Institute on Diversity in Media and Culture, June 16-20, 2014. The Institute will bring together exemplary doctoral students and faculty members from across the disciplines of Communication and Media Studies and around the nation to discuss issues of race, gender and difference in media, within the shifting conditions of technology, production, circulation and consumption as well as the shifting discourse of difference in the areas of politics, culture and globalization. Approximately 20 doctoral students will be chosen to participate based on submitted papers and recommendations from their advisors.

The Institute will be divided into workshop sessions that feature current work from Institute faculty (listed below) and research seminars in which all participants present and discuss their own work-in-progress. Speakers in the workshop sessions will examine race, gender, and difference in the media from a variety of interdisciplinary and methodological perspectives. The Institute welcomes participants who are involved in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields and who are interested in current critical debates in Communication and Media Studies.

Applications, including a statement of background and interests and a paper that fits within the Institute’s broad topical range, should be sent to: USC Annenberg Summer Institute, School of Communication, USC Annenberg School, 3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089. Applicants should have their faculty advisor send a supporting recommendation to the same address.

The Institute will cover participants’ travel to Los Angeles and housing in USC dormitory space.

Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2014
Notification of Participants: April 1, 2014

Institute Faculty:
Sarah Banet-Weiser, USC
Taj Frazier, USC
Nitin Govil, USC
Herman Gray, UC Santa Cruz
Larry Gross, USC
Sarah Gualtierri, USC
Josh Kun, USC
Stacy Smith, USC
Beretta Smith-Shumade, Tulane University S. Craig Watkins, UT Austin

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