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Announcements for Grad Students – 11/13/09

November 13, 2009

1. EU Center Overseas Study Scholarships

2. Call for Applications – 2010 Manfred Wörner Seminar

3. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009 

4. GPSO Announcements

5. IU Opera Theater presents ‘wild’ new production of Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflote’ 

6. Call for Papers – Fourth Annual AGSA Symposium Exploring Difference

7. Call for Papers – Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia Conference





1. EU Center Overseas Study Scholarships

The EU Center is proud to announce an exciting new funding opportunity for graduate students. The EUC now has $1,000 scholarship to study the EU on an overseas study program.  The information and application is available at


2. Call for Applications – 2010 Manfred Wörner Seminar

 April 29 – May 09, 2010

 The German Marshall Fund invites individual applications for the 2010 Manfred Wörner Seminar from Americans between 25 and 35 years of age at the time of travel who have an outstanding record of achievement in their profession.

 Deadline: For American candidates interested in participating in the 2010 program, the deadline for applications is Friday, January 29, 2010. All applications, whether sent by U.S. Mail or special overnight delivery service, must be postmarked by that date or they will not be accepted. German candidates should contact the German Armed Forces Office at

 Eligibility: Participants should be between 25 and 35 years of age at the time of travel and have an outstanding record of achievement in their profession. We seek candidates in politics, government (both national and local), the media, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector (think tanks and NGOs). Because the Seminar is designed primarily with the interests in mind of those who have not yet traveled to Europe or who have traveled very little in Europe, candidates who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a European university, or who have worked for a period longer than six months in Europe, may not be appropriate for the program. The Fellowship is intended to expand the community of Americans interested in and knowledgeable about Europe rather than to repeat a travel experience for someone who has already traveled extensively in Europe.

 Formal Application Requirements: Complete applications must include:

– Current résumé with full contact information. Please include your e-mail address.

– Cover letter indicating (a) how the candidate learned of the Seminar, (b) how the candidate would contribute to and benefit from the program, (c) the candidate’s date of birth, and (d) the candidate’s valid U.S. passport number, which may be civilian issue or diplomatic issue.

– A pair of passport photos for the seminar brochure (color or black & white).

– Formal letters of recommendation are not required, but are welcome. Only complete applications will be considered.

NOTE: Please do not use staples when putting together your materials.

 The Selection Process: Soon after the application deadline, the Defense Attaché’s staff at the German Embassy and the American Seminar Director from the German Marshall Fund will select the American participants. Immediately thereafter, the American Seminar Director will notify all candidates of the Embassy’s decision regarding who is invited to participate on the upcoming program. At that time, candidates will have the opportunity to either accept or decline the invitation. In addition to the 15 candidates invited to participate in the seminar, the Embassy will select 4 to 5 alternates. In the event that someone withdraws from the American delegation after accepting their invitation, the American Seminar Director will contact the alternates to offer them any opening(s) on the program. Once selected, participants pay a $500 fee to attend the seminar. All other expenses including travel, accommodation, and meals, are paid by the German Government.

 If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Ms. Nicola Lightner

Senior Program Officer

The German Marshall Fund of the United States

1744 R Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009

Tel. 202-683-2635

Fax. 202-265-1662


 Program website:


 3. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009

Place: Workshop Tocqueville Room

513 North Park Avenue

Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

 You are welcome to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided free of charge and soft drinks are available. Copies of Workshop colloquia papers can be found on our website at If you have a question regarding assistance or our Colloquium Series, please contact Gayle Higgins (812-855-0441, We hope you will be able to join us! If you have a disability or need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.


November 16, 2009


Presented by Dr. Derek Kauneckis, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno, and Visiting Scholar, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: The importance of enforcement is central to understanding the creation, evolution and variety of property rights institutions. However, models of property rights enforcement often focus either on a bottoms-up process where right-holders are able to effectively organize to enforce against other appropriators, or a top-down external enforcement mechanism based on legal structures and government activity. This paper develops an analytic framework that examines how a system of nested formal and informal enforcement mechanisms can interact to produce a diversity of property rights regimes. Based on the idea of institutional production, it looks at the incentive structure underlying enforcement activities that are able to produce effective property right institutions. It begins with a conceptual distinction of the process of property rights formation against that of the institutional structure of a particular regime, then outlines a model of property right production involving multiple enforcement agents. The paper concludes by using comparative case studies as empirical examples to illustrate the utility of the model in explaining variation in property rights regimes and the outcome of reform efforts.

BIO: Derek Kauneckis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds a M.S. in International Development from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University at Bloomington. Professor Kauneckis specializes in property rights theory, policy analysis and environmental policy. His research examines the evolution of governance arrangements as they relate to policy outcomes. Current work focuses on property right institutions, collaborative environmental policy, policy instrument design, and state-level science & technology policy.



November 18, 2009


Presented by Lauri Sääksvuori, PhD Candidate, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany, and Visiting Scholar, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: Specialization and impersonal exchange in turn supported by institutional guarantees are not the effect of any human wisdom. To this day, little behavioral evidence exists how the constitutional order emerges from the freedom of choice. This study experimentally investigates the behavioral foundations behind the emergence of institutions that support impersonal exchange. Theoretical analysis introduces a novel game in which both zero sanctions and an endogenously formed incentive compatible institution construct an equilibrium. We observe the level of economic efficiency under a self-governed institutional regime vis-`a-vis solely trust-based economy. Our results emphasize the importance of heterogeneity. The most material message of this study demonstrates the potential counterproductivity of a seemingly universal predisposition to cooperate in the institution formation process.

BIO: Lauri Sääksvuori is a PhD candidate in economics at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Germany. His broad areas of interest are experimental and institutional economics. The ongoing research projects examine the behavioral foundations behind the emergence of institutions, intra-group governance in intergroup conflict and the cognitive origins of human cooperation. His earlier professional experience includes foreign Service in India and information technology research at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology.


 4. GPSO Announcements

 –  Call for participants: ‘Graduate Student Space’  

–  GPSO Research Conference – Committee members needed

–  Printing Allotment Changes for Grad Students

–  Separate Commencement ceremony for Grad Students

–  GPSO Conference Funding

–  Diversity Council Roundtable

–  Paper Submissions for 4th Annual AGSA Symposium

–  Submissions for 17th Annual ACES Conference

–  Job Opportunity for Arts/Humanities PhD student

–  5th Annual Native American Dance, Arts and Crafts …

–  Family Craft Day: Volunteers Needed for Celebratin…

–  “Getting Beyond Covering Content: A Key to Student…

–  “Designing Group Work that Really Works” Campus In…

–  Art Show: Creation – The Art of Making Art

–  PrideFilm Festival at Buskirk-Chumley Theater

–  Battle of the Bands 2009

**These announcements and more can be found at the GPSO blog: and the GPSO website:


 5. IU Opera Theater presents ‘wild’ new production of Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflote’

Not your average Magic Flute

WHAT: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by W. A. Mozart
WHEN: Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan Ave., just north of the intersection at Third Street.
TICKETS: Tickets for the Nov. 13 performance, which is general admission, are $25 ($12 for full-time students of any age with valid ID). Tickets for all other performances are $15-$35 ($10-$20 for students). The Musical Arts Center box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Get ticket information online at, or call the Musical Arts Center at 812-855-7433.


6. Call for Papers – Fourth Annual AGSA Symposium Exploring Difference

Hosted by the Indiana University Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA)

February 19 -20, 2010

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

 Call for Papers


The Fourth annual AGSA symposium theme “Exploring Difference” is intended to provide an opportunity for scholars, who conduct research in anthropologically related work, or other disciplines to expand on how the diversity that is part of the world environment impacts us daily. While this theme has a focus on the four sub-disciplines of anthropology – Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Social Cultural Anthropology- we encourage papers from other fields with anthropological themes or methodologies. Scholars from Area Studies, African American African Diaspora Studies, Biology, History, Communication and Culture, Comparative Literature, Drama, English, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Gender Studies, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Theatre, and other relevant fields of study are encouraged to apply. We also encourage the submissions of papers or panels by undergraduate students as there will be a special panel reserved for undergraduate presentations. Submissions of pre-organized panels are also welcome. Proposed panels will include three or four paper presentations or can be panel discussions. Individual papers will be assigned to a suitable panel. All papers should be no more than fifteen minutes in length (7-8 pages). Only one paper per participant is allowed.

 *Deadline for proposals: December 18, 2009*

 *Submission Requirements*

• Individual proposals should include a 100-word abstract (including AV needs), and a cover sheet containing name, email address, and institutional affiliation

• Panel proposals should include a session title, the name of a contact person for the session, abstracts for each proposed paper (including AV needs), as well as a cover sheet containing the names, email addresses, phone number and institutional affiliation of each participant

All proposals should be sent via email as an attachment to Lisa Becker ( or Lewis Jones (

*This symposium is open to graduate and undergraduate students in any field*

 Please see for updates and further information


 7. Call for Papers – Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia Conference

 University of Pittsburgh Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia & Center for Russian and East European Studies present: Environment, Identities, and Space in Europe and Central Asia – Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference

February 26-28, 2010

 On the eve of the September 2009 meeting of the G20 in Pittsburgh, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, spoke of the “new challenges of the 21st century” as “challenges that have no respect for borders.” Foremost among these Mr. Barroso listed climate change. He prevailed upon the citizens of all prosperous countries to cease gambling over the reality of environmental change and confront this threat with resolve. As he put it: “The time for playing high-stakes poker is over.”

From the city which welcomed the G20 summit, first heard Mr. Barroso’s call for action, and will host the 2010 UN World Environment Day, we raise a call of our own. The Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh has committed its seventh annual conference to scholarship which seeks to better understand the complex bonds between human beings and their environments. How have societies imagined the “natural” world and their relationship to it? What role did the environment play in shaping identities and spaces – political, cultural, and social? How have images and conceptualizations of environment shifted and how did such changes affect societies, their economies, politics, cultures, and identities? As sites of dramatic cultural, social and political transformations, Europe and Central Asia offer a vast potential in addressing these questions

 We strongly encourage submissions from the widest range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities (and particularly those which cross disciplines) that address the issues of environment, identities, and space, their interplay and the way in which they affect processes in the region. Topics include but are not limited to:

  representations and interpretations in art, literature, geography/cartography, and history

• migration and demography

• policy and controversy

• “alternative voices”: environmentalism and dissident politics

• the shaping of social and cultural identities

• historical legacies of land and resource use

• political violence, war, and ecoterrorism

• energy security, resource management, and cultures of consumption

 Students currently enrolled in graduate programs are welcome to submit abstracts, which should be no more than 250 words long. Please submit abstracts, along with an academic CV (limited to two pages) to no later than December 15, 2009. We will contact the authors of accepted abstracts by January 1, 2010.

 For the Call for Papers, information on GOSECA, and updated conference information, visit:

 Abstract Requirements

Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words. All submissions should be in PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word format in a standard 12-point font and be double spaced. In order to ensure anonymity during the blind selection process, the body of the abstract should not contain the author’s or authors’ name(s) or other personal identifying information other than the title of the paper. The cover page must include: title of submission, author’s or authors’ name(s), institutional and departmental affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), geographic address(es), and a primary phone number. Although we require all of this information, correspondence will occur mainly via e-mail. An academic CV must also be submitted, but please limit these to two pages.

 Paper Requirements

In order to facilitate presentation time limits, and to ensure time for active discussions, paper length will be limited to 8 typed pages, double-spaced, with 12-point font. All accepted participants will be required to submit a copy of the final paper one month prior to the conference.

 Registration Requirements

To better promote a meaningful interdisciplinary exchange, participants are expected to attend all panels for the duration of the conference. Although we cannot provide travel support, we will be happy to arrange housing for the duration of the conference with graduate students. The registration fee is $25.00, which includes meals. Registration fee must be paid by cash or check at registration on February 26, 2010

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