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PhD scholarship opportunity available on governance of the EU

A PhD Scholarship is available in the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, Victoria BC Canada to work on a project headed by Dr. Amy Verdun funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. The PhD funding consists of CAD $ 18,200 per year (a mix of Grad Awards, a PhD Fellowship and Research Assistantships (RAship)) plus $3,000 Teaching Assistantship (TA) per year for four years (and possibly some limited funding for a fifth year) is available for the successful candidate. The project focuses on governance of the European Union (EU) with particular reference to the recent COVID-19 crisis. The successful PhD candidate will be researching a particular dimension of a recent EU crisis and offer lessons learnt from their study for the recent Covid-19 crisis as part of this SSHRC-funded broader project. Interested candidates are encouraged to include in their motivation letter a brief research proposal of their proposed PhD thesis topic that would focus on a crisis that the EU has gone through (e.g. Brexit, migration, economic governance crisis, or a direct focus on the Covid-19 crisis). Limited funding is available for fieldwork and conference attendance. The deadline for both Canadian and international applicants is 15 January 2022. Applicants are requested to apply to the PhD programme in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria . They should indicate their interest in working on the project in their letter of interest. Further information can be found on UVic’s Department of Political Science website

ASRI talk: Wed, Jan 19, 12:30-1:50 pm

Animals and Society Research Initiative "Landscapes of Death: Political Violence Beyond the Human in the Peruvian Andes" María Elena García, PhD, Associate Professor in the Comparative History of Ideas, U of Washington and author of Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru (U of California Press, 2021) · Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 12:30 – 1: 50 p.m. (PST) · Online presentation (Zoom) This lecture is a preliminary exploration of the impact of political violence on other-than-human life in Peru during the war between the state and the Shining Path (1980-2000). Taking an iconic photograph of dog hangings in Lima as a point of departure, Dr. García explores the significance of framing this project through and with Indigenous understandings of violence as, among other things, the brutal severing of relations with human and non-human kin. Pre-registration is required for this online lecture. Participants will receive Dr. García’s paper in advance of the lecture. For more information and to register, visit the ASRI website - Distinguished Lecture Series.

POLI Speakers Series: Lora Viola, Friday, January 21, 10am

Lora Anne Viola, Freie Universitat, Berlin “The Closure of the International System: How International Institutions Create Political Equalities and Hierarchies” Friday, January 21, 10 am (PST) In response to challenges facing the current international institutional order, many scholars argue that international institutions have historically acted as motors of inclusion and democratization in global governance. This talk, based on The Closure of the International System, challenges this view, arguing that the history of the international system is a series of institutional closures, and that a core purpose of institutions such as diplomacy, international law, and international organizations has been to legitimate a stratified system of political equals and unequals. The coexistence of equality and hierarchy is a constitutive feature of the international system and its institutions. This tension is relevant today as multilateral institutions are challenged by disaffected citizens, non-Western powers, and established great powers discontent with the distribution of political rights and authority. Lora Anne Viola is Professor of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and Chair of the Politics Department at the FU's John F. Kennedy Institute. She received her PhD and MA degrees from the University of Chicago and her BA from Columbia University. Her research interests include international relations theory, the development of international organizations, global governance, diplomacy, and US foreign policy. In addition to her recent monograph, The Closure of the International System (Cambridge University Press, 2020), she has recently published Trust and Transparency in an Age of Surveillance (Routledge Studies in Surveillance Series, 2021) and Historical Institutionalism and International Relations: Explaining Institutional Development in World Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016). Her research has appeared in academic journals such as International Studies Quarterly and Review of International Studies. Her work has been the recipient of numerous awards, including ECPR's Hedley Bull Prize, ISA's Chadwick Alger Best Book Award, ISA’s Diplomatic Studies Best Book Award, APSA’s Jervis Schroeder Honorable Mention Award, and APSA’s Alexander George Award.

Tenure track position in Indigenous Politics. Deadline: January 31, 2022

ASSOCIATE or ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN INDIGENOUS POLITICS (TENURE-TRACK) UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Sciences The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself. We acknowledge with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. The University of Victoria is committed to the ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community both inside and outside the classroom. Please see the Welcome to the Territory video from Elder Elmer George (Songhees Nation), Department of Political Science The successful candidate will be joining an active Political Science department with vibrant MA and PhD programs, including an interdisciplinary focus on Indigenous Nationhood. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at for information on the research interests of department faculty and programs it offers. Job Summary The Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track position in Indigenous Politics at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor. In addition to maintaining an active research program in Indigenous Politics, the candidate will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and be prepared to build and expand the department’s offerings. This includes teaching and supervision in the Indigenous Nationhood graduate certificate, which serves to train students in the field of Indigenous politics, law and governance ( Qualifications Applicants should have completed a PhD in Political Science or a related field. Applicants should have an established publication record that indicates promise of research excellence appropriate to their stage of career, and a well-developed research program in Indigenous Politics. In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous scholars. Candidates from this group are asked to self-identify in their cover letter. Additional Information Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process. UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity and this particular search is limited to scholars who self-identify as Indigenous. Read our full equity statement here: The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record. Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence. Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association ( All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Application Deadline and Procedure To apply, please send the following application materials to 1) cover letter (including statement of self-identification as an Indigenous person), 2) curriculum vitae 3) writing sample 4) statement of teaching philosophy and experience 5) confidential letters from three referees (sent by e-mail under separate cover). Potential applicants who have questions about the position are encouraged to contact the Chair, Scott Watson, at Deadline for application materials is January 31, 2022.

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