Junior Research Group "Protest and Reform in the Global Political Economy from the perspective of postcolonial political sciences

The junior research group examines the impact of the global protest movement since the 1990s on institutional reforms within the global political economy (e.g. World Bank, IMF, WTO) using postcolonial concepts (e.g. Othering, Hybridity, Subaltern Articulation and Representation, Provincializing Europe).

Due to its negative social, political and economic consequences, the neoliberal globalisation of the economy has led to the formation of a new global protest movement in the 1990s. This formation has manifested itself in numerous protests against the institutions of the global political economy: foremost addressee being the World Bank, IMF, WTO (as in Geneva 1998, Seattle 1999, Prague 2000, Genoa 2001), but also in the network “Peoples’ Global Action” (PGA), in the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre or in attac.
The group researches the impact of the aforementioned protest in the reforms conducted within the global political economy, especially those carried out by the three aforementioned organisations. The research shall use concepts of postcolonial studies, e.g. Othering and Orientalism (Said), Subaltern Articulation and Representation (Spivak), Provincializing Europe (Chakrabarty) and Hybridity (Bhabha). Possible subject areas of the dissertations might be e.g. the reform of the Structural Adjustment Programmes or the establishing of the Inspection Panel of the World Bank, the proposal of a state insolvency procedure at the IMF, the TRIPS Agreement in the WTO or the debate regarding a currency transaction tax, or multilateral investment agreements.

Call for Applications: 3 PhD Scholarships

Following the collaboration and founding of the junior research group by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation and the University of Kassel, Faculty of Social Sciences, applications are open for three PhD positions remunerated with € 1.450 monthly limited to a maximum period of three years each.
The duration of the paid position is limited to a maximum of three years. The decisions over the scholarships are subject to the selection and funding criteria of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. Applicants must have an excellent university degree as well as being committed either in socio-political or unionised activities.
The application documents of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation can be found on the Foundations' website. These have to be completed and handed in alongside a short summary (ca. 3 pages) sketching the planned research and its implementation within the programme of the junior research group. Should the application be considered for the final round, the applicant will be contacted to hand in a regular summary (ca. 10 pages). An academic recommendation is not needed at this moment, as it will be composed by the head of the group at a later point of time.
Applications have to be sent by 28-Feb-2017 to Prof. Dr. Aram Ziai.