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​Course Announcement IGS North-South

Spring Semester 2018

Justice & security reform in West Africa

Time
15 February; exact dates tba
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Sibel Gürler
Content

​Internal wars and state fragility are cited amongst today’s key threats to international security because of their alleged potential to contribute to the growth and empowerment of illegal transnational networks and terrorism. As a result, the international community has launched increasingly ambitious and complex peace consolidation and state building projects in conflict affected areas. The promotion of the rule of law and human rights through far-reaching reform of the justice and security sectors (SSR) has become an important component of peace building. SSR is considered crucial for bolstering state authority and promoting efficient and democratic state institutions that safeguard internal peace and stability and, in turn, international security. This is especially true in Africa, which hosts almost half of all current UN peacekeeping missions. Yet, empirical evidence shows that despite the huge efforts put into such state reconstruction ventures, the initially set goals are rarely met. Justice and security approaches promoted within current SSR strategies rarely cater to the needs of local communities. They are neither sensitive to prevailing culture and belief systems nor do they prove sustainable in areas where even basic infrastructure is lacking.This seminar sets out to explore the wider issues surrounding post-conflict reconstruction and SSR while placing a particular geographical focus on SSR operations in West Africa.

Place
tba
Contact
Ursina Bentele (ursina.bentele@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Ursina Bentele (ursina.bentele@swisspeace.ch)

Environmental management and livelihoods

Time
19 February; Mondays, 15:15 - 17:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
5
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
Christian Kull Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
Content

​This course/seminar focuses on theoretical and empirical debates related to reciprocal effects between environmental management practices and lives and livelihoods of "marginal" populations (from rural areas, from developing countries or among minorities). It will draw on classical and current research in sustainable livelihoods, in "political ecology", in development studies and other related disciplines. 

Learning outcome:

1. Assess and contribute to classical and current debates related to reciprocal effects between environmental management practices and lives and livelihoods of "marginal" populations (from rural areas, from developping countries or among minorities).
2. Develop theoretical and conceptual knowledge in sustainable livelihoods, in "political ecology", development studies and other related disciplines.
3. Develop and discuss empirical and theoretical arguments in the field of environmental management and livelihoods.                                                4. Read and communicate in English with a relevant terminology borrowed from development studies, geography, "political ecology" and environmental sciences.

Place
Lausanne (UNIL/Geopolis 2238)
Contact
Christian Kull (christian.kull@unil.ch)
Registration
Registration before February 6, 2018. To register to the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Théories et histoire du développement/Theories and history of development studies

Time
19 February; Mondays, 13:15 - 15:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
4
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
Christian Kull
Content

​Ce séminaire approfondit les théories et approches du développement introduites dans le cours du même titre offert en automne précédent à travers des questionnements et débats et cas actuels. Les thématiques abordées peuvent inclure des sujets divers comme la mondialisation, la pauvreté, des enjeux des grands projets agricoles ou minières, la micro-finance, la technologie, la gouvernance, les droits humains, l'aide au développement, etc. Ces thématiques sont principalement développées et débattu par les participants du séminaire. 

The course language will be French.

Place
Lausanne (UNIL/Geopolis/2207)
Contact
Christian Kull (christian.kull@unil.ch)
Registration
Registration before February 6, 2018. To register to the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Durabilité et anthropologie économique/Sustainability and economic anthropology: (Re-)constructing a "pro-ecological" economic logic?

Time
20 February; Tuesdays, 10:15 - 12:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
6
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
Christian Arnsperger
Content

​Ce cours a un objectif théorique (repenser la façon dont l'économie traite la nature) et un objectif pratique (comment des formes nouvelles de logique économique, ancrées dans une anthropologie holistique et dans une conscience écologique élargie, peuvent être encouragées dans la société actuelle). Dans les deux cas, il s'agira de proposer une vision à la fois critique et constructive permettant de mieux appréhender les enjeux économiques contemporains en lien avec la transition écologique.

Le cours permettra de:
- comprendre comment une véritable "anthropologie de la croissance" s'est installée au coeur de l'économie moderne,
- identifier comment une vision non réductrice de l'homme économique, caractérisée par une anthropologie holistique et une conscience écologique élargie, pourrait permettre de repenser la façon dont l'économie traite la nature,
- comprendre comment des modalités "pro-écologiques" d'éducation, de sensibilisation et d'incitation se développent aujourd'hui dans l'économie,
- voir quels changements ces nouveaux modes impliquent concrètement dans les rapports économiques homme-nature.

Course language: French


Place
Lausanne (UNIL/Geopolis/2208)
Contact
Christian Arnsperger (christian.arnsperger@unil.ch)
Registration
Registration before February 6, 2018. To register to the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Research colloquium Political Geography

Time
20 February; Tuesdays 10.00-12.00; exact dates tba
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Content

​In this forum we discuss ongoing research in Political Geography

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Timothy Raeymaekers (timothy.raeymaekers@geo.uzh.ch)
Registration
please register through Timothy Raeymaekers (timothy.raeymaekers@geo.uzh.ch), with cc to Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)

Research colloquium Human Geography

Time
20 February; Tuesdays 16.00-17.00; exact dates tba
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Content

​In this forum we discuss ongoing research in Human Geography

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Martina Locher (martina.locher@geo.uzh.ch)
Registration
Please register through Martina Locher (martina.locher@geo.uzh.ch)

Writing for an Academic Audience: The rules of scientific articles

Time
22 February; Thursdays (12:30-13:45, Swiss time) 22 February, 1, 15, 29 March, 12, 26 April, 9 May (WEDNESDAY!), 24 May 2018
Module
CPM
ECTS
3
Institution
CDE, University of Bern
Lecturer
Dr. Anne B. Zimmermann
Content

​Content: Writing articles for peer-reviewed journals is a must for researchers, as this is the prime means of communicating exciting new results to the scientific community; moreover, an academic career is often evaluated on the basis of the number of peer-reviewed articles one has been able to publish in journals (if possible journals with high impact factors). It is therefore worth learning the rules of writing such articles at an early stage. This e-learning course is designed to introduce researchers to the rules and context of writing scientific articles and to provide researchers with opportunities to advance and improve their own writing. Eight webinars will lead participants through the essential rules, tools, and context of scientific writing, and provide time for questions and answers. Students will also have an opportunity to practice their skills in individual exercises, work on their scientific texts, and act as peers in group assignments. In addition, individual Skype coaching sessions will be offered in June-September 2018. Topics will include understanding who one’s audience is, choosing an appropriate journal, working on key messages, structuring an article (IMRAD), doing the different parts of an article efficiently, writing concisely and precisely, using paragraph structure and other language tricks, how to refer to relevant literature, doing tables and figures, and submitting an article and suggesting reviewers.Completion of assignments is compulsory to pass the course. Students may miss no more than one webinar. A headset and installation of Adobe Flash Player are required to participate in the webinars.
Eligibility requirements: Max. 10 participants. Full members of the IGS North-South will be given priority. But international associate members are also encouraged to participate in this course.
Please consider that participating students need approx. 1 day for preparatory work between the sessions.
It is important that you have good internet access during the sessions. A headset and installation of Adobe Flash Player are required to participate in the webinars.
Learning objectives:
Participants have structured knowledge of, and the necessary skills for, planning scientific articles and writing them effectively; in particular, they know how to:
• Identify their audience and tailor their key messages accordingly;
• Structure a scientific paper according to acknowledged rules (“IMRAD”);
• Write and revise their work for clarity and effectiveness;
• Find help and tools when they work on their theses and prepare their articles for publication in reputed scientific journals.

Place
online
Contact
Dr. Anne B. Zimmermann (anne.zimmermann@cde.unibe.ch)
Registration
IGS North-South (igs-north-south@cde.unibe.ch)

Seminar: Advances in Infection Biology, Epidemiology and Global Public Health

Time
26 February; weekly Mondays (17:15 - 18:00)
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Jürg Utzinger
Content

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Place
Socinstrasse 55, room Kilimanjaro
Contact
Jürg Utzinger (juerg.utzinger@unibas.ch)
Registration
Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

Statistical methods in trial design

Time
27 February; weekly Tuesdays (11:15 - 13:00) or Tuesdays (14:15 - 16:00)
Module
DTM
ECTS
2
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Tracy Glass, Amanda Ross, Christian Schindler
Content

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Place
Socinstrasse 55, room Lhotse
Contact
Tracy Glass (tracy.glass@unibas.ch) Amanda Ross (amanda.ross@unibas.ch) Christian Schindler (christian.schindler@unibas.ch)
Registration
Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

Demography

Time
28 February, weekly Wednesdays (09:15 - 11:00)
Module
DTM
ECTS
2
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Thomas Fürst, Thomas A. Smith
Content

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Place
Socinstrasse 55, room Lhotse
Contact
Thomas Fürst (thomas.fuerst@unibas.ch) Thomas A. Smith (thomas-a.smith@unibas.ch)
Registration
Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

Zurich Lectures cum Graduate Seminar in Development Geography

Time
13 March (public lecture), 14 March (workshop); 14 Marc tbc (individual talks)
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Emily Yeh, University of Colorado Boulder
Content

​We invite an internationally renowned scholar for a public talk, a one-day workshop and for individual talks with PhD students. In spring semester 2018, Emily Yeh, University of Colorado Boulder, will visit us.

Place
Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich (public lecture) and place tba (for workshop and individual talks)
Contact
Benedikt Korf (benedikt.korf@geo.uzh.ch)
Registration
Please register through Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch). Please include also a brief description of your research topic and affiliation.

Zurich Colloquium in Human Geography

Time
13 March; 17 April and 29 May 2018; 16:00-17:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Emily Yeh, Kathrin Hörschelmann, Sharika Thiranagama
Content

​For the colloquium we invite internationally renowned scholars for a public talk. In spring semester 2018, the following guests will visit us: 13.03. Emily Yeh; 17.04. Kathrin Hörschelmann; 29.05. Sharika Thiranagama

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Karin Schwiter (karin.schwiter@geo.uzh.ch)
Registration
no registration required

Introduction into R-programming

Time
6 April and April 13 2018
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Jan Hattendorf
Content
  

Place
Socinstrasse 55, room Lhotse
Contact
Jan Hattendorf (jan.hattendorf@unibas.ch)
Registration
Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

Health financing and economic evaluation

Time
26 April and April 27 2018 all day
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Manfred Stoemer, Kaspar Wyss
Content
  

Place
Socinstrasse 55, room Lhotse
Contact
Manfred Stoermer (manfred.stoermer@unibas.ch) Kaspar Wyss (kaspar.wyss@unibas.ch)
Registration
Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

Doctoral Seminar in Political Ecology: Political Ecology and Tropical Forests: classical and emerging approaches

Time
14 May - 16 May 2019
Module
DTM
ECTS
1.5
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
Prof Benjamin Neimark, Prof. Christian Kull, Prof. Valérie Boisvert, Dr. Muriel Côte
Content
Content:
Political ecology is an approach to studying diverse issues at the intersection of society and environment.  It differs from ‘a-political’ ecologies in paying particular attention to not just material processes, but also social relations, power dynamics, and discursive framings, often with an associated normative stance emphasising social justice and environmental sustainability.  Political ecology champions place-based, empirical fieldwork as well as the historical and multi-scale context. It is animated by robust theoretical discussions drawing on, for instance, Marxist political economy, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, feminism, actor-network theory, and diverse natural sciences.
This three day interactive seminar seeks to build on the knowledge of both participants and facilitators to identify the value of this approach, to survey recent developments, and to apply the approach to a concrete case in order to contribute to its evolution.  On day one we will review the central tenets of political ecology, and map out key ideas and their genealogies. On day two we focus on recent, path-breaking literature in the field. On day three we apply our ideas to a concrete case study.  The format of the seminar mixes lectures and seminar discussions with numerous participatory activities.
The 2018 edition of this block course will focus in particular on the political ecology of tropical forests. From its beginnings, political ecology has focused on tropical forests as centres of ecological and social contestations and transformations, including the pioneering work of M. Schmink or S. Hecht in the Amazon and N. Peluso in Indonesia.  Tropical forests continue to be epicentres of concern, with new types of transnationally-driven and locally-rooted dynamics of exploitation, plantation, invasion, and conservation.

In this course, we will:
a.    Highlight the features of classical approaches of Political Ecology related to exploitation, plantation, invasion and conservation of tropical forests;
b.    Discuss emerging approaches of Political ecology in the field, their strengths and their gaps;
c.    Engage in the question of how to address forest issues today with Political Ecology perspectives and tools.
Place
Lausanne (UNIL Geopolis)
Contact
Christian Kull (christian.kull@unil.ch)
Registration
To register, please send an email to flore.lafayedemicheaux@unil.ch before March 20, 2018 and answer the following questions: 1. Do you address environmental issues in your thesis? If yes, why/how. 2. Do you address forest issues in your thesis? If yes, why/how. 3. Are you familiar with Political Ecology discipline? If yes, what, in your opinion, are the most inspiring books/texts in this field? Why? 4. What do you want to learn in this course? 5. Do you wish to present your research or to propose a specific topic to be discussed in small groups (within “Off program”)? Please make suggestions here.

swisspeace Summer School: Colombia's Path to Peace

Time
25 June - 29 June 2018
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Laurent Goetschel, Lisa Ott
Content

​How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding the conflict dynamics in Colombia, and how can insights from Colombia advance academic research? swisspeace’s 5-day summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and state building and critically reflects on their relevance for the Colombian context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the Colombian context and reflect on scenarios for future developments.What are the main developments in Colombia since the peace agreement in 2016? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict? How can the root causes of the conflict be addressed and what is the role of external actors in this process? Participants will focus on specific topics relevant to the Colombian context including state formation, local governance, peace mediation and civil society.

Place
tba
Contact
Franziska Sigrist (academy@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
http://www.swisspeace.ch/courses/individual-courses/summer-school.html


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