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The Adam Smith Fellowship is a co-sponsored program of the Mercatus Center and Liberty Fund, Inc. Adam Smith Fellowships are awarded to graduate students attending PhD programs in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

The aim of these fellowships is to introduce students to and encourage them to critically engage key thinkers in political economy that they might not otherwise encounter during their graduate studies. As such, Smith Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year and one week during the summer in residence at George Mason University participating in workshops and seminars on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy.

The total award of up to $10,000 includes a quarterly stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center. Fellowship winners are eligible to re-apply each year of their studies. Smith Fellows are also eligible to apply for conference and research support.

In order to apply to the Smith Fellowship, please click the “Apply Now” button on the website (see below) and complete the online application.

The application includes:

A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:

Your graduate school career to date,

Your research and your research interests,

Your familiarity with the thinkers associated with the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy, and

What you hope to get out of the program.

A current resume/CV

If you have any questions, please email

Graduate Student Programs is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. The deadline to apply to the Smith Fellowship is March 15, 2015.

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South Africa

South Africa



Call for Postdoctoral Fellows


The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, is seeking applications from recently or soon to be completed doctoral students who require a host for funding applications for postdoctoral level research. This is not an offer of funding but of an institutional base to enhance a funding application.

SWOP is a vibrant Research Institute with a strong local and international reputation, which provides a collegial environment, the opportunity to collaborate in research projects, international research networks and other activities.

Current postdoctoral fellows are Dr Jacob Mati and Dr Ian Macqueen.

‘SWOP has been a great host for me. I enjoy the deep intellectual debates that SWOP affords everyone in the team, either through breakfast seminars, internal seminars or other visitors that deliver papers.’ Jacob Mati

‘SWOP has provided me with a very supportive home in which to conduct my research. I particularly enjoy the emphasis on engaged research, which sees collaboration with partners outside of the university. We meet weekly to discuss our work and host regular seminars for the public and academics.’ Ian Macqueen


Applications should be consistent with SWOP’s vision to ‘generate a southern perspective on society, work and precariousness through the production of scholarly, engaged and innovative social knowledge’.

Applications should speak to one or more of SWOP’s research clusters and thus contribute to developing our research programmes.


The respective research clusters and co-ordinators are:

– The politics of Precarious Society – Professor Karl von Holdlt

– Mining and Social Transformation – Dr Gavin Capps and Professor Dunbar Moodie

– Decent Work and Development – Professor Eddie Webster

– Nature and Society – Professor Jacklyn Cock

– Gender and social reproduction

– Labour and social movements in Southern Africa


Enquiries can be directed to Miss Abnavien King at or to the respective research cluster co-ordinators.

While SWOP does not directly provide postdoctoral fellowships, it will support your application to the relevant funding organisation.

From time to time we post news of calls for postdoctoral fellowships on our website.



University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Call for 5 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Research and Social Justice (2 years)

An exciting new concept!

This postdoctoral program, generously funded by Ford Foundation, provides focused support for both research publication and concrete engagement with social justice issues and campaigns. You will be located at a Research Institute that combines cutting edge scholarly research with rich experience of supporting labour, women’s, social and environmental movements, as well as progressive government institutions, engaging in struggles to change the world we live in. You will have the time and support to conduct and publish research and lay the foundation for your academic career, as well as participate in an innovative social justice program. You will participate in a collegial and progressive community of scholars.


The Institute

The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) conducts relevant and exciting research on work, labour and social movements, mining and social transformations, environmental crisis, gender orders and contestation, the informalisation of work, society and politics, protest movements, patronage and civil society, collective and political violence, and the challenges of citizenship and democracy. The Institute collaborates with academics, grassroots organizations and government across South Africa and internationally, and is a collegial, team-working organization committed to developing a new generation of researchers and intellectuals. It is located in the most vibrant Humanities Faculty in South Africa, in a university known for cutting edge social sciences research.


The Program

The Fellowship program will include mentoring by experienced scholars, training in writing and presentation skills, research opportunities including research funding, and the opportunity to discuss your work in a vibrant network of scholars. The social justice component will include critical seminars on the interface between academic research and public engagement, and include a social justice project linked to work in labour and broader social movements, grassroots organising and advocacy, public interest litigation/transformative constitutionalism, and efforts to progressively influence policy-making and legislative processes.

This is a full-time programme and is not compatible with other employment. Fellows will be expected to work closely with research staff, and to participate fully in the intellectual life of the institute. Each Fellow’s work programme will fit their specific goals, whether this means focusing on translating PhD research into publications, or undertaking new research and taking this through to publication. Candidates will explain how their own (completed or planned) research is linked to or has implications for social justice. It is preferable that applicants’ work should be broadly aligned with the thematic focuses in SWOP, which include:


  • extractive industries, labour regimes and rural transformations
  • precarious work and social protection
  • environment and society
  • democracy, violence, community formation, movements and citizenship
  • informalisation of work, society and politics
  • changing gender regimes.

The emphasis is on ‘broadly’, such that candidates are able to explore their own interests and adopt fresh perspectives.


Period of Fellowship:

Applications are invited from all continents. The Fellowships will start on 1 May 2015 and cover a period of two years. Fellows will receive funding of R220 000 per year plus medical insurance, and in addition substantial research funding. The second year is conditional on performance in the first year. Applicants must have completed and been awarded their PhDs (though not necessarily graduated) in the social sciences or related fields. There will be two calls for applications, the first closing on 15 December, the second closing 30 February 2015. Potential applicants who anticipate being awarded their PhD’s by 30 February should forward their applications for pre-selection by 15 December as well.

APPLICATION: To apply, please submit the following:

A detailed cover letter motivating your application, including a statement of your current research interests, its relevance to social justice concerns, and outlining what you wish to do with your postdoc Fellowship, should it be awarded to you. Also indicate what publications you might produce during your fellowship, and whether these are to be drawn from completed research or would require additional research.

A brief essay (2 pages) problematising the relationship between academic research and social justice activism, including reflections on your own research field.

A detailed and updated CV.

A copy of two recent publications, or two chapters of your PhD.

Names and contact details (including email addresses) of three referees.

Applications and enquiries should be sent to  or posted to Mondli Hadebe, Society Work and Development Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Private Bag 3, Wits, 2050, South Africa

Closing date for applications: 15 December 2014


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We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2013 Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society and Voluntary Action. The Fellowship was first awarded in 2008, and there are now seven Fellowship recipients whose research and reflection has made a significant contribution towards strengthening leadership for civil society and promoting greater understanding of the importance of voluntary action. The Fellowship will again be awarded in 2013 to a leader in the NGO/not-for-profit sector who would not normally have access to a sabbatical leave. Valued at a maximum amount of $60,000 for up to one year, the award is intended to allow the recipient, at a transitional moment in his or her career, to make a contribution to the sector, through research and reflection.

In recognition of a shared desire to strengthen and support leadership capacity in the voluntary sector as an essential element in advancing development and positive social change, both locally and internationally, the Carold Institute and Cuso International are now working together to promote our respective Fellowship opportunities.

Visit our websites at and for fuller detail on the Fellowships and on past recipients. The new deadline for applications is March 29, 2013, and the 2013 recipients will be announced in June 2013. Please publicize both these Fellowship as widely as possible within your membership and among your networks, and strongly encourage any potential candidates to apply.

For further information, please contact Juliet Huntly at the address below.
The Carold Institute
Alan Thomas Fellowship
Ph: (613) 376-3391   email:



The Provincial Women’s Access to Trades Network is pleased to invite you to our 2013 forum…

Building a Future for Women in Trades
Moving forward through collaboration and partnership

Thursday, February 28, 2013
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mohawk College STARRT Institute
481 Barton Street, Stoney Creek (click here for a map:

For more information on the event or to register please visit:

The Provincial Women’s Access to Trades Network (PWATN) is a collaboration of organizations dedicated to accelerating women’s participation in non‑traditional trades in order to increase women’s access to good jobs and decrease their risk of poverty.



6 weeks starting 7 February
Double Double Land
209 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Although the sixties are looked at as the high watermark of radicalism and rebellion in North America, it is actually the decade that followed that saw the highest frequency of labour unrest and worker militancy since the era of the depression. It was during these years that the power of organized labour was at its height, and the intra-union struggle of rank-and-file workers came the closest to realizing a true integration of the race- and gender-based social movements born of the 60s with the traditional American labour movement. Arguably, it was the failure to do so that made the crushing of labour’s power in the latter half of the decade possible, quickly ushering in the era of neo-liberalism that has prevailed to this day. Will an understanding of the past help put us back in control of our future?

The Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly in partnership with the Foundation for Social Economics is proud to present a six-week film series spotlighting some of the now nearly forgotten labour-themed cinema of the 1970s. Each film will be preceded by a short talk detailing an episode from that decade’s labour history.

Films (subject to change):  ‘JOE’ [1970]; ‘THE ROWDYMAN’ [1972]; ‘THE MOLLY MAGUIRES’ [1976]; ‘F.I.S.T.’ [1978]; ‘BLUE COLLAR’ [1978]; ‘NORMA RAE’ [1979].

Free: donations accepted
Beverages for sale
Social following each film



The Journal of Continuing Higher Education (JCHE) announces a Call for Manuscripts for its upcoming issues. JCHE strives to support continuing higher education by serving as a peer reviewed forum for the reporting and exchange of information based on research, observations, and professional experience relevant to the field. Issues are published in the winter, spring, and fall. JCHE is published by Routledge.

The Journal of Continuing Higher Education considers four types of articles:

Major articles—current research, theoretical models, conceptual treatments—of up to 7,000 words on:
• organization and administration of continuing higher education
• development and application of new continuing education program directions
• adult and non-traditional students
• continuing education student programs and services
• research within continuing higher education and related fields

Manuscripts should demonstrate implications for both the theory and practice of continuing higher education.

“Best Practices” articles of up to 4,000 words. These “Best Practice” articles contain descriptions of new, innovative, and successful programs or practices. The programs or practices should be replicable and of significance to continuing education.

• Book reviews of current publications in the field–prospective authors are advised to consult with the editor prior to preparing book reviews.

• Opinion pieces of up to 2,000 words addressing issues directly relevant to continuing higher education.

For best consideration for the Spring 2013 issue, manuscripts should be received by March 15, 2013. Manuscript submission guidelines are available online at or through ACHE’s website: Potential authors should feel free to consult with JCHE editor James K. Broomall, University of Delaware. He can be reached at or (302) 831-2795.

Please share this announcement with colleagues and graduate students who may be interested in submitting manuscripts to JCHE. The Journal has published outstanding graduate student work in the past.




from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

In our annual look at CEO compensation, we find Canada’s highest paid 100 CEOs had reason to break out the bubbly: by 1:18pm on January 2nd, the first official working day of the year, Canada’s top 100 CEOs had already pocketed $45,448. It takes the average Canadian an entire year of full-time work to earn that.

This year, we produced a short factsheet, Overcompensating: Executive Pay in Canada, which highlights some key numbers around executive pay in Canada and also includes a list of Canada’s highest paid 100 CEOs. Download the factsheet here:



by Alec Macgillis, New Republic

It has been a dispiriting year for organized labor. Unions contributed greatly to the re-election of Barack Obama and the Democrats’ retention of the Senate, but were punched in the gut before they could savor the victories. Michigan’s Republican legislature and governor rushed a bill through the lame-duck session, making the birthplace of the United Auto Workers a “right-to-work” state.

Few have fought harder to keep labor from this plight than Jerry Tucker. An outspoken dissident, Tucker urged an alternate course for American unions for more than three decades, one with a broader progressive message and greater empowerment of rank and file workers. Labor could desperately use Tucker’s guidance today, but it’s too late: He died in his hometown of St. Louis on October 19 of pancreatic cancer, at age 73.

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The Austerity Allstars present: Bugger the Bankers – The Official Video



by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, The Bullet

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first economic policy initiative of 2013, which took him to Oakville in early January to trumpet yet another $250-million in auto subsidies, ought to raise some very fundamental questions. The heady free market rhetoric of recent decades was often cast in terms of the economic benefits associated with multinational corporations escaping the confines of nation states by being able to go global. In fact, what economic globalization has really been about has been the ability of these corporations to rely on the support of so many more states than ever before. And they have secured such state support while using the whip of competitiveness to discipline their workers – and to discard them when convenient.

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by Peter Dreier, Common Dreams

Today Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is viewed as something of an American saint. His birthday is a national holiday. His name adorns schools and street signs. Americans from across the political spectrum invoke King’s name to justify their beliefs and actions, as President Barack Obama will no doubt do in his second Inaugural speech and as gun fanatic Larry Ward recently did in outrageously claiming that King would have opposed proposals to restrict access to guns.

So it is easy to forget that in his day, in his own country, King was considered a dangerous troublemaker.

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Moderated by Abbie Bakan.


• “Socialist Feminism in Canada: A Brief History.” Meg Luxton is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University.
• “Marxist Feminism: Keywords and Key Concepts.” Shahrzad Mojab is Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.

Presented by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.

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We look forward to welcoming you all to Toronto in April. Please make sure to bring some sensible shoes (along with your passports), since you will have four chances for educational walks during the conference.

Here is the current plan:
On the Street at UALE 2013

• Why are we doing this? Because we know that workers and educators both learn as much from experiences as from formal conference presentations.

• Who is doing this? A lively group of eight people is writing the programs and will guide them, using as a starting point the publication “Mapping Our Work: Toronto Labour History Walking Tours”, prepared by the School of Labour at George Brown College and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 79, with support from Toronto’s Labour Council. All are active in union, community, arts and equality struggles. Copies of that publication will be provided to all conference participants.

• Where will they go? All walks leave from the lobby of the Metropolitan Hotel.

(1) Toronto’s Old Town (2.5 hours, including lunch): The first one (for which we request advance registration and payment of $20) leaves at 9:30 on Wednesday morning, and tours sites of the earliest labour struggles in Toronto’s “old town.”

(2) “The Ward” (1 hour): The second walk leaves at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, and takes participants to various close by sites in the historic “St John’s Ward” neighbourhood, where successive generations of immigrants arrived. The tour ends at the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, for a reception, dinner and a labour arts program.

(3) Union Station (2.5 hours, including lunch): The third walking tour leaves at noon on Thursday and goes through Toronto’s historic railway station, Union Station, to highlight the history of African-Canadian workers.

(4) Spadina Avenue (2.5 hours, including dinner): The fourth tour leaves on Friday at 5:30 p.m. to explore Spadina Avenue, with its rich history of labour militancy, political struggles, and the contributions of Jewish and Chinese-Canadian workers’ organizing.

• Should we reserve? As people register for the conference on-line, they can pay $20 to confirm their participation in the first tour. Before leaving on that Wednesday morning tour, we ask that participants check in and pick up their conference kit. That way, they can avoid line-ups at the desk, and return comfortably in time for the conference opening. Part of that check in process will allow for reserving other outings, so that we can plan the number of guides and confirm reservations for meals.

• How much will tours cost? We are trying to get union sponsorships for all four events. At most, the programs will cost $20 each, with a meal included.

• Will the timing interfere with the regular program? For the second walk, people will leave after the conference plenary session, and end at the site of the evening reception and dinner. For the third, timing might be tight, and depending on the number of participants we may delay the start of the afternoon sessions by a few minutes. For the fourth, the walk starts after the end of the UALE membership meeting, which should be shorter than usual since there are no elections this year. Depending on that, the walk may start as early as 5:00.

• What if walking is hard for me? These outings are designed as walks, and will be challenging for people with limited mobility. Some may prefer to take a taxi from the hotel directly to and from the location of the meal. Some may prefer to stay in the hotel, for informal networking and evening film screenings on Thursday and Friday. For a special treat, on the second floor of the hotel is one of Canada’s best Chinese restaurants, Lai Wah Heen, expensive but fabulous.

For more info on UALE’s April 17-20, 2013 conference in Toronto:



Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit

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Sara Motta



Dear colleagues and friends,

The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), University of Nottingham, is excited to announce two one month visiting fellowships between February-March 2011 and May-June 2011.

This opportunity is available to academics, activists, community educators and others who believe that they could benefit from a stay with us at the Centre and believe they could fruitfully help us to continue to develop our work.

See the link below for further information:

Our best wishes
Sara Motta and Tony Burns
CSSGJ Co-Directors




‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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