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In December 2010 The Arab Education Forum – Safar fund in cooperation with the Roberto Cimetta Fund and other partner organizations around the Mediterranean launched Istikshaf program to explore mobility in our region.
Istikshaf started with the aim of developing an interactive platform for the questioning of artistic mobility around the Mediterranean, as well as providing mobility opportunities for artists across the Mediterranean divide. After 3 years, Istikshaf developed into an advocacy body for mobility: a coalition that bases its advocacy action on thorough research and grassroots work.
The first symposium conducted for Istikshaf took place in June 2011 in Amman, Jordan with support from the Anna Lindh Foundation. Researchers and travelers submitted papers that were published in a book entitled “Madarat” 3 languages. AR EN FR .
This is the second call for papers related to Istikshaf program.
Background on Istikshaf Mobility Conference:
The second Istikshaf Symposium/Conference aims to be a forum for sharing experiences in the Arab and Euro-Mediterranean region on the impact of mobility for learning, allowing artists, social entrepreneurs, youth and policy makers to share and reflect on their experiences of mobility and how it impacted their professional, personal, and collective journeys.
Stakeholders including researchers, policy makers, and practitioners will be invited to share their research, stories and knowledge to learn from and inspire each other. The conference will also address the many challenges and obstacles youth, artists, and activists face today in their quest for mobility and will propose practical solutions at various levels (governmental, parliamentary, civil society), keeping in mind the specificities of each country in the region.
The objectives of the Conference will be to:
· Present research papers and experiences of policies as well as impact of mobility.
· Present stories of mobility that reflect impact on the personal and professional levels.
· Present best practices and inspirational models, which could be replicated by other groups in other contexts
· Propose practical policy recommendations in relation to the four policy areas (national agenda, Financing mobility, Crossing Borders, Mobilizing communities)
· Extend the outreach of Istikshaf coalition and supporters and thus the pool of resources supporting mobility, including official institutions.
On the call for papers :
Conference design is done along the four main policy issues of Istikshaf Agenda.
We welcome papers addressing one or more of the following themes:
Type of Papers:
- Policy / legal research that tackles one of the four policy issues/topics in your country
- Concept Papers / White papers that discuss the concepts of the policy issues
- Initiatives that were implemented in your country to advocate one of the issues
- Real life experience / stories that can illustrate why and how should we advocate for mobility
- Advocacy campaigns that are implemented/will be implemented in your country/region
MOBILITY ON THE NATIONAL AGENDA
· The role of national governmental and semi-governmental bodies in promoting Mobility (ministries, municipalities, etc..)
· How can we link mobility to national human resource capacity building strategies.
· Governments and Municipalities investing in mobility. Is there a need for a budget?
· Best practices in government funding and procedures.
· How can we convince and encourage a socially responsible private sector.
· Friendly spaces and facilities to support the mobility of people, initiatives and activities.
· Are visa laws in line with human rights principles and best practices in the Arab world?
· Movement across borders: What is really happening?
· How do authorities look at incoming mobility?
· “learning” as a tool for creativity and innovation, and “mobility” as a tool for acquiring experience: Can society and government endorse it?
· The involvement and participation of women, youth, artists and social entrepreneurs in mobility and cultural initiatives: what are the social and economic constraints?
· Mobilizing communities: Examples from the field.
The deadline for submissions is 2 February 2014
Abstracts will be accepted in Arabic, English and French, word count between 250 - 500 words. A committee from the Istikshaf coalition will review all abstracts. Applicants whose papers have been accepted will be contacted by 9 February 2014 in which case full papers will be required by 1st March 2014. Please e-mail abstracts and your CV to: Areej Ghazwi firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please circulate this call to your networks.