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30 Sep 2013

CIRI welcomes you to participate in the major FORUM in October 2013:

The inaugural Civic Innovation Research Initiative Forum on Theories and Practice in Civic Innovation: Building bridges among politics, markets and gender/sexuality

When: 8 – 10 October 2013
Where: International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague

CIRI logoThe Forum will be one of the major events of the new ISS programme ‘Civic Innovation Research Initiative (CIRI)’. Founded in January 2013, CIRI will undertake original research with civic institutions in its exploration of how organizations and individuals mobilize to change their societies. We recognize the importance of knowledge production led by researchers and activists working to change the development arena. Based on the history of original research and public engagement at the ISS, the three core strands of CIRI look specifically at civic engagement in (a) market, (b) politics, and (c) sexuality (viz. Background notes below). The Forum will be a critical step for CIRI to build up a vibrant intellectual home that will take on board both academic and activist concerns around citizenship struggles and identities. See the background note about the objectives and format of the CIRI Forum here.

In order to stimulate the participation, exchange and debate, we would like to share short background notes for each CIRI strand:

(a)   Background note for Market strand to download.

(b)   Background note for Politics Strand to download.

(c)   Background note for Sexuality Research Strand (SRI) to download.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in The Hague to participate in the CIRI Forum!

The Forum will be a critical step for CIRI to build up a vibrant intellectual home that will take on board both academic and activist concerns around citizenship struggles and identities. The event will begin with a lunch on 8 October followed by the delivery of Professor Alan Fowler of the annual ISS Dies Natalis 2013 lecture. His lecture on Civic Innovation will be the background paper for Forum discussions. The Forum will aim to explore the connections among the three key strands of the CIRI initiative with debates on key concepts such as representation, embodiment, rights, transformation, rationalities, emotions, incentives, power and measurement. These will be discussed in interactive and participatory sessions and a strictly ‘power point free’ environment. The final plenary on the afternoon of 10 October will be held together with the Development Dialogues organized by the ISS PhD community.

Please see the programme of the CIRI Forum here.
For more information contact

The new Development Research Series (DRS) will be the second to be organized by the ISS ‘Sexuality Research Initiative’ (SRI) of the Civic Innovation Research Initiative. Under the title ‘Bodies in Resistance’ the series continues the debate on why sexuality and gender are integral to development studies showing how the body, (sexualized and desexualized), is embedded in development discourse.

The series will illustrate how shifting forms of oppression and discrimination, including sexual and racial-based discrimination, and gender relations are part and parcel of social movement protest. Speakers from Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, USA and Asia will bring examples of ‘bodies in resistance’ in civic action and movements organizing for social change.

There will be six DRS sessions organized from October to December 2013.

The Opening Session:
Advances in the struggle for transgender rights: insights from Chile, Argentina and Uruguay

Empower_DRS_ilustrative_2We are pleased to invite you to the Opening Session titled ‘Advances in the struggle for transgender rights: insights from Chile, Argentina and Uruguay’ on Thursday 3 October from 17:00 to 19:00 in Aula A (International Institute of Social Studies).

Our guests will be Andrés Rivera Duarte from Organización de Transexuales por la Dignidad de la Diversidad, Chile, in tandem with his respondent Sass Rogando Sasssot, Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines. The opening session is jointly organized with Mama Cash and will be followed by the performance called  “An interactive debate about sex work” by Empower Chiang Mai, Sex Workers Collective. Empower, is a sex worker organization founded in Thailand in 1994 now with five centres across the country. Liz, Lilee and Wi will represent Empower at the ISS. The event will continue by the reception and snacks at the ISS Butterfly Bar.

For more information click here.

CIRI wins Four-Year Project-Based Educational Exchange Programme with Brazil. The programme will apply Governance of Labour and Logistics for Sustainability (GOLLS) as the basis for funded PhD, post doc and staff exchange between Brazil and the Netherlands. The proposal to use the GOLLS has been approved by the Brazilian (CAPES) and Netherlands (NUFFIC/Neso Brasil) governments.

What is GOLLS?

The objective of the GOLLS project is to promote labour rights and human security along and within global value chains. It is set against the debate about whether and how the ‘logic’ of labour and communities involved in production can be conciliated with the ‘logic’ of chain drivers. That is, it is a systematic enquiry into the nature of chain governance and thus has considerable policy significance for Government and social actors.

The project incorporates a series of case studies of products moving from Brazil source, to Brazilian ports and on to Rotterdam. Current case studies (Ports) include:

  • orange juice (Santos)
  • furniture (Rio Grande)
  • acai (Belem/Manaus)

Future case studies are expected to include:

  • soja (Santos)
  • hard wood (Belem)
  • metals-scrap (Santos/Rio/Pecem)
  • other tropical fruits (Pecem/Suape/Salvador)

The project proposal is the result of an Innovation Fund (2012) assisted research process and network developed by Dr Lee Pegler and emanates from his more than two decades of work with labour and development issues and actors in Brazil.

Exchange programme

Over the four years of the project duration, 6 PhDs, 2 one year Post Docs and 8 staff members from the Brazilian partners (6 Brazilian Universities/2 Brazilian NGOS) will be visiting and working on their (GOLLS related) research at the ISS.

It is also expected that a number of post docs/ PhD researchers and staff members from the ISS will travel and work with our partners in Brazil during this period.

Research relevance and outputs

The study comes at a very opportune time – Brazil is engaged in a re-evaluation of its transport logistics strategy and the Netherlands government is explicitly articulating much stronger trade and development relations with Brazil.

A number of outputs (book chapters, working papers, article submissions and conference papers/proceedings) have already emanated from GOLLS. It is expected that this project support will help promote and publicize a more regular and larger volume of publications by a broader number of participants from the two countries.

The project will also open the way for applications to a number of key research funding agencies in both the Netherlands and Brazil.

For further information please contact Dr Pegler pegler@iss.nl.

Karin Astrid Siegmann, ISS Senior Lecturer in Labour and Gender Economics, has been appointed a Visiting Associate Professor Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), one of the largest and leading universities in Pakistan.

Karin Astrid SiegmannDuring her 4-month stay in Pakistan, Dr. Siegmann will be teaching an innovative course on ‘Topics in Labour Economics’ to undergraduate students at the LUMS Department of Economics. Structured around aspects of decent work, the course compares and contrasts conventional with heterodox economic theories and applies them to the analysis of work and employment in Pakistan and the wider South Asian region.

Between 2004-2008, Dr. Siegmann worked as a research fellow for a research institute in Islamabad

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