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Transnational and

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Regional Dynamics

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Ph.D. Scholarships in
Humanities and Social Sciences

Analysing change

Bucerius Fellow Adam Baczko and Gilles Dorronsoro on the dangers of subcontracting research and remote methodologies in the context of Covid-19: “The Ethical, Epistemological, and Conceptual Need to Resume Fieldwork”

“Too often reduced to a ´collection´ of data, and therefore possible to be outsourced without too many safeguards to companies, or even to students, fieldwork is actually a decisive moment in theoretical questioning. In particular, the sequence - hypothesis/conceptualization, data collection, analysis, publication - describes very poor social science research. In fact, the investigation itself is an essential moment in conceptualization and obligates, especially in crisis contexts, a more reactive modality of theoretical elaboration, with a continual interaction between hypotheses and data production.”

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Analysing change

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Advisory Board Member Isabelle Werenfels comments on Africa policies of Maghreb states: “Maghrebi Rivalries Over Sub-Saharan Africa”

“Morocco is the Maghreb state with the most sophisticated Sub-Sahara policy. Its motivations include attractive growth markets in Africa, frustration over restricted access to Europe, stalemated in­tegration in the Maghreb and the wish to see the Western Sahara recognised as Moroccan. Morocco’s Sub-Sahara policy has heightened tensions with Algeria and awakened ambitions in Tunisia. Algiers, as a significant funder and security actor in the African Union (AU) and “protector” of the Western Sahara independence movement, is seeking to thwart Rabat’s advances. Tunis for its part is trying to follow in Rabat’s foot­steps, hoping that closer relations with Africa will boost economic growth.”
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Programme

“Trajectories of Change” addresses historical and current transformation processes in the European neighbourhood. The programme offers stipends and fieldwork grants for Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences studying political and social change in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as Central Asia.

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Last call was published in 2018

Analysing change

Bucerius Fellow Anne Wolf about the counterrevolution in Tunisia and the rise of Abir Moussi in the POMED Snapshot, November 2020:

“Beyond her anti-Islamist agenda, Moussi supports a range of policies that could threaten Tunisia’s fragile political balance. For example, she seeks to change the constitution to increase the powers of the president, returning Tunisia closer to the authoritarian system that existed under Ben Ali and Bourguiba. Moussi also seeks to weaken the role of political parties in government by promoting the rise of ostensible ‘technocrats,’ rather than members of parliament, as ministers. This is a common strategy used by authoritarian regimes to weaken potential challengers." […] 

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