Deadline: 31 July 2016
Applications are open for a conference entitled “Social Justice in the Arab World at AUB 2017”, organized by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University.
The organisers seek to assess social movement changes and emerging social justice policies, or the lack thereof, in the Arab world since 2010 – at both the national and local policy levels. They are particularly interested in examining local dynamics to learn about changes in people’s everyday living conditions since 2010, how people organize and mobilize to express their grievances and seek to promote policy changes, and whether any measurable or meaningful changes in state policies related to social justice demands have occurred.
- The evolution of social inequalities;
- Organized and informal social and political protest movements;
- Citizen grievances and social justice demands;
- New forms of organization and activism;
- Roles of trade unions and professional associations;
- Reform of state institutions;
- Decentralization and the role of local authorities;
- Changes in people’s living conditions since 2010.
- Measurable or self-perceived changes for better or for worse in people’s life conditions since 2010, in both material well-being (income, housing, health care, jobs, etc.) and political-social rights (freedom of expression, right to protest, etc.);
- Public opinion/polling evidence for social justice demands;
- Grass-roots and local mobilizations, civil society activism for social justice, and corresponding local power dynamics and accountability;
- Policy-making changes, if any, at local or national levels, including legal protection mechanisms that impact people’s lives (rule of law, human rights);
- Political economy trends, informality, coping, remittances, welfare;
- Any other subjects related to the quest for social justice since 2010.
Proposals are welcome from social scientists and from researchers from the Arab world.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can send their proposals at the address given on the website.
For more information, please visit Social Justice in the Arab World.