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IBEI Junior (Assistant) Professor Position 2008

The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) invites applications for a full time tenure-track position in International Relations at the Assistant Professor level. The position begins in September 15th 2008. The contract will be offered for 5 years. At the end of the 4th year, the Assistant Professor will be evaluated. In case of a positive evaluation that demonstrates an outstanding performance, the Assistant Professor will be offered a permanent contract. To apply for this position, candidates must have a Ph.D. obtained within the last five years (preferred before September 2005). The Assistant Professor is expected to teach in the IBEI Master's degree program and to participate in the IBEI activities and research programs. Salary will be in line with a Lecturer in the Catalan public university system. All applications must be sent in by December 1st, 2007. Interested persons must send a letter of interest; their complete Curriculum Vitae; a report of teaching and research activities that credits teaching experience and research potential; a sample of previous research; an statement about their research project; and three letters of recommendation to the following address:

IBEI -- Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
Research Coordination
Elisabets, 10
08001 Barcelona

or by e-mail

The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals is a graduate teaching and research institution recently created through the initiative of the CIDOB Foundation and five universities in Barcelona (the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, the Open University of Catalonia, and the Technical University of Catalonia) and is financed through public funding. The Barcelona Institute for International Studies supports research in all fields of international political economics, international relations, international security, foreign policy and comparative politics.

Further information about the IBEI and its Master's degree in International Relations can be obtained through the following address:

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Doctoral fellowship in risk studies

The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and the Institute for Risk Management and Societal Safety, University of Stavanger are strengthening risk research and will soon start a large project on the social determination of risk with an application to critical infrastructure and mass transportation protection in the Norwegian civil aviation sector.

The research will include two PhD projects, one with focus on developing a social theory of risk assessment (PRIO), the other with focus on societal security and risk management in the Norwegian setting (University of Stavanger).

The second PhD fellowship, based at the University of Stavanger, will be announced later in the Autumn.

Minimum requirements are Masters Degree in the social sciences or humanities with specialization in social or political theory, or a related field. The PhD candidate will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of other researchers working on related aspects of risk determination in Norway. The positions give the opportunity to work in a leading international research environments and to contribute to an important new area of research.

The full announcement text and project description is available
from project leader J. Peter Burgess ( +47 22 54 77 00.

Deadline: 3 September 2007

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JIRD - Call for new Editor

Journal of International Relations and Development
Call for a new Editor/Editorial Team (2008-2012)

The Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA) is looking for a new editorial team to take over the running of JIRD from the present Editor-in-Chief Stefano Guzzini, at the beginning of 2008.

As a CEEISA journal, published by Palgrave/Macmillan in association with the Centre of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, JIRD strives to reflect the wide range of interests in International Relations and International Political Economy. It addresses a range of global issues and leading theory debates. An important part of its mission is to stimulate and disseminate theory-aware research and scholarship in Central and Eastern Europe and throughout the international academic community.

The CEEISA wishes to maintain the high international standing that the journal has achieved in the past decade, and is therefore looking for a new editor with the strength and institutional support to sustain the tradition and position established by the previous editors. The post may be filled by either an editor or an editorial team headed by one person. The successful applicant/applying team must be based permanently at a European university or research institute, be fluent in English and have an internationally recognised track record of scholarship. The length of the tenure is expected to be four years.

Applicants should send the following information:

1. A statement of expressing interest in editing the journal, and a vision for the journal in the next four years;
2. A full resume and, if applicable, a full resume of all the suggested members of the Editorial Team - preference may be given to applicants who have included a scholar from the Central and Eastern European region as a member of their Editorial Team;
3. A letter from the Home Institution stating its commitment to support the potential editor. A statement about the provided financial and administrative support by the Home Institution could be an advantage in the selection process.

The successful applicant will have at their disposal an Editorial Assistant based at the Centre of International Relations, and/or some financial support to organise the editorial work at his or her Home Institution.

Please send your submissions via e-mail to Zlatko Sabic at Applications will close on 1 October 2007. It is envisaged that the handover process starts on 1 January 2008, and under any circumstances is to be completed by 30 June 2008.

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Call for Book Editor

Dear Colleague,

Richard Koenigsberg has contracted with a major scholarly publisher to create and develop a Book Series entitled:

IDEOLOGIES OF WAR, GENOCIDE AND TERROR: Sources and Meanings of Political Violence in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

We seek an Editor for the first volume of this series entitled:

DYING AND KILLING FOR NATIONS: The Meaning of Warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

This interdisciplinary volume will consist of papers from creative scholars presenting research, insights and theories from the fields of history, anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology and military studies-with the goal of illuminating the causes and meanings of an institution or activity whose persistence threatens the survival of the human species.

Key elements of this position involve receiving and evaluating submissions, working with authors to refine their contributions, and helping authors deliver articles according to guidelines provided by the publisher.

PLEASE RESPOND VIA EMAIL TO and/or call 718-393-1081 telling us why you are qualified for this project and how you can contribute significantly to its success.

A description of the volume appears directly below:

With best regards,
Orion Anderson

Description of the First Volume of the book series:

Dying and Killing for Nations: The Meaning of Warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

Nearly one-hundred million people died in the Twentieth Century as a result of wars initiated by states. In the years before September 11, 2001, the power of the institution of warfare seemed to be diminishing. Boundaries between nations weakened as the global village predicted by Marshall McLuhan began to emerge. Recently, however, we have returned to a world dominated by ideologies of conflict and political violence.

Journalists and historians produce accounts of the massive violence generated by warfare. But do we really understand why wars have occurred and continue to occur? This volume will present research and theoretical perspectives interrogating the causes and meanings of warfare.

Because wars have recurred throughout history, people often conceive of this activity as an immutable element of society, even as human nature. Viewing war as a socially constructed institution, this volume seeks to understand why human beings have created and become attached to a form of behavior whose primary product is destruction and self-destruction.

Some scholars suggest that political violence today differs from previous forms of violence in that groups no longer seek to achieve concrete goals, but rather die and kill in the name of sacred ideals. This volume builds on the assumption that warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries always has represented a clash or competition between sacred symbols. Collective acts of violence have occurred-are considered legitimate and righteous-when undertaken in the name of idealized objects given names like "France," "Germany," and "America."

This interdisciplinary volume will consist of articles presenting the insights of scholars from the fields of history, anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology-with the objective of illuminating the causes and meanings of an institution or activity whose persistence threatens the survival of the human species.

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Lecturer in International Relations

University College London (UCL) wishes to appoint a Lecturer to join its International Relations team and contribute to research and teaching in International Relations within the Department of Political Science.

UCL is a multi-faculty college of the University of London with a population of over 17,000 students, from more than 130 different countries. It is ranked in most league tables as one of the top five universities not only in the UK but also in Europe and among the top 25 world wide. The UCL Department of Political Science has quickly established itself as a leading international centre for political research. Britain's only department to specialise in graduate teaching and research, it offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of politics, including international relations, political theory, comparative politics and public policy-making and administration.

The new lecturer will be expected to undertake research of the highest international standards within his or her own specialist field which will contribute to the research standing and culture of the School. Candidates must have a proven track record of publications in leading journals and a demonstrated ability to win grant-funding. They will be expected to contribute to courses for the popular MSc in International Public Policy and to offer complementary optional courses to the programme. Applications are welcomed from any area of IR.

This appointment is available from 1 September 2007 on the UCL salary scale Grade 7/8 at Lecturer A/B in the range £30,012 per annum to £40,335 per annum plus £2,572 London Allowance per annum.

Further details of the post including the application procedure may be requested from

UCL is Taking Action For Equality.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 2nd July 2007.

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