“Youth Activism in the MENA Region: Between Islamization and Secularization”
Organized by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS)& Takamul Center for Studies and Research
in Marrakech, Morocco
February 18st – February 24th 2019
(Arrival Day: February 17th, Departure Day: February 25th)
The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) herewith calls for applications for its Winter School 2019, jointly organized with Takamul Center for Studies and Research. The destination we have chosen for our event is fascinating – Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech is one of Morocco’s four Imperial Cities, along with Méknes, Fes and Rabat. With its abundant cultural and historical background, it surely will make the most relevant place to discuss an important youth question concerning the future of MENA region.
This winter school is a perfect opportunity to follow and interpret the events of the last decade that have influenced and brought about political and social changes in the MENA region. At the heart of many of the recent movements for political change have been young people with their aspiration for a different and brighter future. We are going to examine thoroughly the broadened spectrum of youth activism in the region and the relation it has to secularization and islamization by outlining the surge of youth activism and the outcome of the the active involvement of young people in the political process and civic activities. We will examine the prerequisites of active youth societies and the benefits that can be extracted from them. With the help of European and North-African imminent political scientists, we will be looking for answers to some of the following questions:
- Does the youth activism in the region decrease the propensity to violence? ;
- Why do young people in the region emigrate; does the active civic engagement incline them to stay in their home countries?
- Does youth activism imply stronger civic values and increased employability?
- Is civic participation linked to secularization or Islamization?
Apply before December 18th, 2018.
Costs: 200 EUR. IAPSS events are designed to be socially, culturally, religiously and politically inclusive by bringing students of political science and related disciplines from various academic backgrounds, political contexts, level of studies, age and gender together. This aims to create an interactive and multidisciplinary space of social and academic debate and interaction. Taking into account global income disparities, the IAPSS Summer School 2018 seeks to offer a student-friendly, low-cost participation fee of 200 €. This participation fee includes access to all lectures, workshops and social events, all Summer School materials, a personal IAPSS Summer School 2018 participation kit, and an official Certificate of Participation and a Certificate Supplement stating the details of your achievements. The fee has to be transferred in advance in order to confirm your participation, but only after you have been notified on successful selection.
Further Remarks: Please note that IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in the IAPSS Winter School 2019. IAPSS Membership comes at only 15.00€ (for citizens of Europe incl. Russia and Turkey, the United States, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia) or 10 EUR (for all other countries) per year (discounted rates for two-year membership are available for 25 and 15 EUR respectively) and offers you a wide range of benefits, including priority access to IAPSS Conferences, IAPSS Delegations, and IAPSS Study Trips as well as the opportunity to participate in IAPSS’ political science journals POLITIKON and ELA – ENCUENTRO LATINOAMERICA, and the IAPSS’ IR blog A Different View. Also, members receive the biweekly IAPSS News & Opportunities condensing political science opportunities such as internships, jobs, conference calls and more. Find all information on the services we provide and how to apply here.
Do you want to learn, examine and discuss in-depth youth activism in the MENA region? If the answer is yes, then apply for the IAPSS Winter School 2019 in Morocco – until January 23rd!