ANNOUNCEMENT APSA Call for Applications: 2015 Africa Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

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By Andrew Stinson, American Political Science Association

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has launched a call for applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2015 Africa Workshop on “Conflict and Political Violence.” The two-week course will be held at United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya from July 20-31. The organizers, with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will cover all costs of participation for up to 26 qualified applicants.

APSA’s Africa Workshop program is a great opportunity for PhD students and early-career faculty to broaden their academic networks and advance their research towards publication. Each program includes a combination of lectures, group discussion, guest speakers, and local field trips as participants debate classic and cutting-edge political science research on a particular theme. A central component to the group’s analysis of the overarching theme is the particular study that each participant brings with them. Participants will present their own research manuscripts for peer review and continue to refine them over the course of the program. Following the workshop, alumni will be given complimentary membership to APSA and the opportunity to apply for several small grants.

The 2015 program will be led by Professors John Clark (Florida International University, USA), Pamela Mbabazi (Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Uganda), Kennedy Mkutu (United States International University, Kenya), and Beth Elise Whitaker (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA). This year’s theme will examine research on the sources of armed conflict and mechanisms for resolving conflict. Sitting at the nexus between international relations and comparative politics, the program is divided into three parts: the first examines why political actors are sometimes unable to resolve their conflicts peacefully; the second explores the dynamics of conflicts; and the third section will explore mechanisms for resolving conflict. The workshop will address both substantive and methodological issues in the study of conflict and political violence as we seek to increase the visibility of Africa-focused scholarship in the broader political science literature.

Previous workshops have taken place in Maputo (2014), Ouagadougou (2013), Gaborone (2012), Nairobi (2011), Dar es Salaam (2010), Accra (2009), and Dakar (2008). In total, over 200 scholars from across Africa and the United States have participated in the program thus far. Past workshops have focused on a variety of topics, including Religion and Politics, Elections and Democracy, Politics and Gender, Ethnic Politics and Governance Institutions, and Distributive Politics. Participants in this year’s program will join a diverse and active alumni community with great potential for future collaboration.

The APSA Workshop program is truly a unique professional opportunity. I encourage you to check out our website at to review the eligibility criteria and consider putting forth an application. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2015. For questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Andrew Stinson
Manager, International Workshops
American Political Science Association