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Political Economy Summer Institute: Call for Letters of Interest

[Photograph of 2016 researchers and instructors. Image by Tareq Radi] [Photograph of 2016 researchers and instructors. Image by Tareq Radi]

Over the course of four days, June 9th to June 12th 2016, and in conjunction with ASI and Arcadia University, the Political Economy Project held its inaugural Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) at George Mason University. The summer institute brought together a diverse collection of scholars and graduate student fellows from around the world for a series of workshops on the foundational concerns of critical political economy, with special attention devoted to conducting research in the contemporary Middle East.

The institute served not only as an overview of critical debates and fundamental concepts for student participants, but also as an opportunity for faculty participants to reflect on long-running debates and acquaint themselves with emerging research agendas.

More than eight sessions and discussions on various topics (more details on the website) culminated during the final day with presentations by each of the student fellows on their current research projects, followed by a conversation with the faculty and PEP members. The reading lists produced by the faculty session leaders represent an excellent compendium of basic texts and citations in the tradition of critical political economy. We are working on compiling a public PESI reading list in coordination with PEP’s annotated bibliography project. Stay tuned by visiting our PEP Blog here.



More information on the Summer Institute can be found on our website: 

The Political Economy Project has also held several workshops and conferences in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. These events can be accessed here. We have also launched a yearly Book Prize competition starting in 2015.

We are looking forward to host a second cohort in Summer 2017. Please find the call for letters of interest below. You may download the announcement in PDF format for distribution by clicking on the image.



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Call for Letters of Interest


Political Economy Summer Institute 2017
Call for Letters of Interest

Dear Researchers,

We are writing to solicit Letters of Interest (LOI) from doctoral students and other researchers for a workshop to be held in June 2017 on the political economy of the Middle East. The aim of the workshop is to connect doctoral students and independent researchers with mid-career and senior scholars working in the field of critical political economy. The workshop will consist of three main parts: (1) doctoral students presenting their research and receiving written and verbal feedback from the participants, (2) methodological and theoretical workshop sessions led by faculty scholars, and (3) small break-out group discussions that build on the faculty-led sessions.

Anyone interested in submitting an LOI to attend the workshop should provide the following:

1. Title of your current research project.

2. Institutional affiliation along with name and contact information for your thesis/dissertation advisor (and any additional committee members if possible).

3. Short research narrative (500 word maximum). Please lay out your primary research question, scope of your research, methodology, and where you are in the research process.

4. Expected completion date of Ph.D.

5. List of any relevant publications.

[If you are not a Ph.D. student, you may still apply]

Please submit all LOI by the early deadline of Monday 10 October 2016 to the Pedagogy Working Group at the Political Economy Project at: Late submissions will be reviewed through the end of October, pending available workshop spaces. The committee will review the LOI and invite selected students to submit more detailed proposals of their research to be presented at the workshop. All hotel accommodation expenses will be covered for invited students. Limited fellowships may be offered to support travel, subject to availability.



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