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New Civic Politics

Category: Events

21 Feb 2014

CIRI would like to invite you to the seminar with the titleThe new civic politics: Citizens at the centre of the globalizing world’ by Dr Hatty Boyte from University of Minnesota, USA.

When: Tuesday 11th February, 13-14 hrs
Where: ISS, room 339

Can the ‘globalizing world’ become a citizen’s world, with citizens the foundational agents of democratic society? This ambition involves radical rethinking of the meaning of citizenship and education, bringing work and worksites to the centre of citizenship and transforming education to educate for careers as citizen teachers, citizen business owners, citizen clergy – even citizen civil servants. International movements promoting “people’s power” at the cost of the nation-state are already calling on citizens to take the initiative.  What would citizen-centred democracy in a citizen-centred world look like?

About the author:

boyteDr. Harry C. Boyte is Director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College and Senior Fellow at the Humphrey School, University of Minnesota, and member of the Civic-Driven Change Think Tank in 2008-10 at the ISS. Currently he works as Visiting Professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He is author of several books on democracy and citizenship issues including The Citizen Solution (2008) and Everyday Politics (2004). Dr Harry Boyte is promoting the new research area of “civic studies” in the US. The recent paper presented is built on an earlier paper called: ‘The Politics of Civic Agency’, which can be found here.

This issue below is devoted to Civic Studies, a new volume from “Bringing Theory to Practice/AAC&U”. The AAC&U website describes Civic Studies as “an emerging field that considers public problems and issues from the perspective of citizens, understood as co-creators of their worlds. What knowledge, skills, strategies, and values do citizens themselves require in order to create a good community or a just society? What methods are available to provide citizens with the ideas they need? Posing these questions implies a significant change in mainstream scholarship across most disciplines.” The issue can be downloaded here.

Other links to Harry Boyte and his work:

Call for papers

Category: General| Research

14 Feb 2014

CIRI opens a Call for Papers for the newly established CIRI Working Paper Series. CIRI aims to publish four working papers per year, in March, June, September and December. Working papers should address issues raised in the three CIRI strands  (market, sexuality, and politics) and refer to the concepts that CIRI is developing. Papers addressing more than one strand and developing cross-cutting themes are especially encouraged.

The CIRI Working Paper series is part of the well-known ISS Working Paper series.The first CIRI Working Paper by Bert Helmsing on Analyzing local institutional change. Comparing small farmer participation in high value export chains in Uganda and Peru was published in September 2013 and is available here.

The CIRI Working Paper Series is intended to make research papers available to an audience both within and outside the ISS, with the purpose of inviting comments and provoking discussion. For papers yet to be submitted for publication, this discussion might assist in developing the paper into an improved final manuscript.

For more information, contact the editor – Dr. Sylvia I. Bergh bergh@iss.nl

More information about the Call for Paper here.




In 2013, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) celebrates 100 years’ impact. Throughout the year, the university will be presenting its impact on science, man and society, which started with the foundation of the Nederlandsche Handels-Hoogeschool in Rotterdam in 1913. The last strategic plan At home in the world, dating from 2008, was aimed at expanding the university’s horizon, whilst retaining its roots in Rotterdam. Meanwhile, Erasmus University is increasingly making its impact felt in the world. With our new strategic vision Impact & Relevance, we are taking the next step. This new plan starts where the last one left off: it navigates a course aimed at further strengthening the university’s position internationally. We do this by building bridges: by creating connections between academics, between disciplines, between students and between the university and society.

Even more so than previously, Erasmus University seeks the path of cooperation, essential for the academic impact and social relevance of our knowledge. Social commitment, responsibility and curiosity were already key values of the university. On our way to 2018, we add the values of connectedness and relevance. Knowing that we can only really extend our boundaries by working together.

The strategic plan 2018 is a plan of outlines. It identifies goals and ambitions for the years 2014 – 2018 and establishes the associated policy framework. This plan was drawn up in consultation with departments throughout the university and a large number of external parties. It therefore has the support of many people inside and outside the organisation. Workshops and discussions with the faculties, the University Council, the Supervisory Board, students, supporters, experts, graduates, the municipal council and national government all contributed to this plan.

Now we all need to put our ambitions into action. Academics and students play a key role in this. The Executive Board is making strategic resources available and launching innovation projects to help achieve these goals. This will enable us to keep sight of an Erasmus University which will be proud to apply the motto Impact and Relevance in 2018.

The strategic plan is available here.

International Institute of Social Studies

CIRI aims to scale up and identify synergies between existing research at ISS on civic agency and change agents, as drivers of societal change and development. This blog is a forum on which to share and discuss themes and issues which fall within the broad framework of the programme.

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