Conference

Alternatives to Incarceration in Latin America and the Caribbean

Drug laws and the region’s untenable prison crisis are at the center of the drug policy debate in Latin America and the Caribbean. The incarceration of low-level drug offenders for exceptionally long sentences has left the region’s prisons bursting at the seams; the impact is not only felt by those incarcerated, but also by their families and communities. Cutting edge research by the Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho (Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law, CEDD) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) sheds new light on the problem and efforts to address it through alternatives to incarceration. The latest investigation …

China-Africa Peace and Security Fellows, NY Workshops

The Social Science Research Council welcomed the cohort of China-Africa Peace and Security Research Fellows, an initiative of the SSRC’s China-Africa Knowledge Project (CAKP) for a two-day event in New York on February 13-14, 2017. The CAKP is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The fellowship program is a collaboration of and based on contributions from the SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF), and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The CAKP fellowship was launched in the spring of 2016, as a pilot program for junior Chinese scholars conducting research on China’s engagement with the United Nations (UN) …

China-Africa Peace and Security Fellows Visit

The Social Science Research Council welcomed the cohort of China-Africa Peace and Security Research Fellows, an initiative of the SSRC’s China-Africa Knowledge Project (CAKP) for a two-day event in New York on February 13-14, 2017. The CAKP is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The fellowship program is a collaboration of and based on contributions from the SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF), and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). The CAKP fellowship was launched in the spring of 2016, as a pilot program for junior Chinese scholars conducting research on China’s engagement with the United Nations (UN) …

IIAS-SSRC Winter School “Media Activism and Postcolonial Futures”

Co-organized by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Social Science Research Council’s Transregional Virtual Research Institute (TVRI). Hosted by C-Centre (Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 13 June 2016, 9.00 am CET We are pleased to invite applications for six days of interactive Winter School training on Media Activism and Postcolonial Futures. Conveners: Francis Lee (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong); Zaharom Nain (The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia); Srirupa Roy (University of Gottingen’s Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Germany) Guest Co-Convener: Paula Chakravartty (Department of Media, Culture and Communication and the Gallatin School, …

New York City Council Hearing on Disconnected Youth

Measure of America codirector Sarah Burd-Sharps was asked to give expert testimony to the New York City Council’s Committee on Youth Services’ Task Force on Out of School, Out of Work Youth on November 22. Burd-Sharps apprised committee members of the key research data on disconnected youth, and discussed with the members the ramifications, potential and extant, of the disengagement of young people in the City. The hearing was led by Council member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, joined by Council members Margaret Chin, Laurie Cumbo, and Darlene Mealy. Joining Burd-Sharps in providing the task force with valuable insight on the issue were …

Working Group on Institutions Conference

On October 28-29, 2016, the Anxieties of Democracy program’s Working Group on Institutions convened its first conference at Princeton University. The conference was generously sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs’ Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and Princeton University’s Department of Politics. The conference brought our Working Group on Institutions’ members into conversation with a diverse array of young scholars and experts, who presented new research and together tested the Working Group’s principal axes of investigation regarding the capacity and performance of democratic institutions. The conference was organized by the Working Group’s co-chairs: Frances Lee, Professor of Government and Politics …

‘Democratic Exclusion: A Think-In in Three Acts,’ featuring Charles Taylor

*Update: Although Professor Taylor was unable to join us for this event due to illness, our explorations were carried out, with his blessing. Please enjoy the livestream below. The Anxieties of Democracy program is delighted to invite you to its second public 2016  “Democracy in the City” event, at Civic Hall: on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for “Democratic Exclusion: A Think-In in Three Acts,” featuring world-renowned political philosopher Charles Taylor in conversation with civic leaders Keesha Gaskins-Nathan, Sarah Leonard, and Tova Wang. Orchestral music conducted by Benjamin Hochman invites further reflection on the theme. Event Live Stream The program:  Democracy, at its roots, means “the power of the …

2016 Democracy Seminar with Professor Charles Taylor

As part of his residency with us in 2016, Professor Charles Taylor, the Anxieties of Democracy program’s second Democracy Fellow, led a two-part Seminar on current ‘anxieties of democracy’. Twelve doctoral students, from diverse disciplines and universities, competed for a spot at the table. This year, The New Yorker’s Joshua Rothman was also in attendance, and featured Taylor’s Democracy Seminar and its participants in his widely-circulated piece, ‘How to Restore Your Faith in Democracy.’ Charles Taylor is Emeritus Professor at McGill University and the recipient of the prestigious Berggruen, John W. Kluge, Templeton, and Kyoto prizes, among other honors. Regarded as one of the world’s most prominent political …

6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health

Two research teams from the SSRC-VASS Vietnam Population Health Study presented their teams’ research findings at the 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Public Health in Bangkok. Dr. Tran Thi Hong (left) and Tran Quy Long (right) co-presented their team’s paper on “Improving Antenatal Care for Vulnerable Women in Vietnam.” Their research found a large increase in the number of pregnant women receiving antenatal care and taking iron supplements within the 12 communes studied. This improvement was less significant, however, among the most vulnerable women in the study, including ethnic minorities and women with lower incomes or education levels. Dr. Nguyen Duc …

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