Workshop in Securitization and Insecurity in Morocco from APSA

Date limite : 14 mars 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: The American Political Science Association

Spécialités: Lettres Sciences Humaines

Niveau d'études: Troisième cycle

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Workshop in Securitization and Insecurity in Morocco from APSA

American Political Science Association APSA is inviting early-career scholars in the MENA region to participate in the 2020 MENA Workshop. This program is an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the Arab MENA region and advance research on the security and international relations of the region. The 7-day workshop will be held in partnership with the faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences-Souissi (FSJES) at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. 


  • The workshop is intended for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who are citizens of countries in the Arab MENA region, especially those who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the region. 
  • Non-citizens of Arab MENA countries who are currently based at universities or research institutes in the Arab MENA region may also apply. 
  • The program is open to scholars in political science and other social science disciplines undertaking research related to the workshop theme. 
  • Scholars should apply with a manuscript or research project in progress that they will present at the workshop. 
  • Professional fluency in English is required. 
  • Applications from scholars working on topics related to the workshop theme are especially encouraged.

Workshop Theme:

  • Together with selected workshop fellows, the co-leaders aim to engage academic and policy debates about security and international relations of the MENA region and consider alternative understandings of insecurity that focus on the research projects of scholars within the region. 
  • The workshop will also explore various methodological approaches in the study of insecurity and address the challenges that researchers from the region face in producing theoretically and conceptually legible research for a mainly English-speaking audience.
  • Thematically, the workshop will be theoretically grounded in critical approaches to Security Studies and International relations, with discussions structured around two central themes. 
  • Discussions of insecurity will be framed through the question of what makes people insecure, rather than what makes them secure. 
  • By inverting the traditional questions of Security Studies that seek to answer how security can be achieved, this question asks fellows to think of the production of insecurity as the key variable to be explained.
  • By widening the agents of securitization beyond the state, this approach highlights how private companies, social movements, political parties, and even municipalities, are implicated in contemporary securitization in the MENA region. American Political Science Association welcomes submissions exploring topics such as:
    • Insecurity
      • Identity: How do the politics of identity in the Arab World, the instrumentalization of sectarianism, gender constructions, and different levels of belonging produce different forms of individual and collective insecurity?
      • Inclusion and citizenship: What processes, such as state formation, nationalism, and civil-military relations, shape current experiences of inclusion and exclusion of different people in the MENA region?
      • Technologies of Insecurity: How are current technologies, such as drones, different forms of surveillance, and biometrics, producing forms of insecurity?
    • Securitization
      • Discourses: How do actors within and outside of the MENA region frame threat, security, and insecurity?
      • Practices of securitization: In what ways do actors within and outside of the MENA region act upon these discourses of securitization?
      • Repression and violence: What forms of violence are enacted on individuals and collectives?
  • To provide a framework for reflection and investigation, attendees will critically assess the various research designs and methodological choices used to answer these research questions and their utility in testing hypotheses. 
  • The workshop will also include sessions on conducting fieldwork, manuscript preparation and publication, and other professional development topics. 


  • The organizers will cover participation costs (including travel, lodging, and materials) for up to 20 qualified applicants.
  • Following their participation in the full program, alumni will receive 3 years’ membership to APSA and will be eligible to apply for small research grants.

About APSA:

The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen their understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world. The American Political Science Association hosts an annual meeting to enable political scientists to network, connect, engage, and share their research amongst their peers and other scholars in the discipline.

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