Professor Cilja HardersCilja Harders is the director of the "Center for North African and Middle Eastern Studies" (CMP, www.polwiss.fu-berlin.de/vorderer-orient) at the Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin and has held this position since 2007. She is currently the speaker of "Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe", a joint post-doc programme of Wissenschaftkolleg, Thyssen-Foundation, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie. She recieved her PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg, Germany and has been working as an assistant professor at the Universities of Münster and Bochum. She has extensive research experience in the Middle East, dating back to 1992 (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gulf and Morocco) including affiliations with the American University in Cairo and the French Research Center CEDEJ. She has published on Middle Eastern Politics and Societies, Transformations and Authoritarianism, Politics "from below", Local Governance, Foreign Policies after September 11th, Arab-European Relations, Regional Cooperation in the Middle East, Gender and Violence, Gender and Participation. Cilja Harders directed an interdisciplinary MA-Programme in Gender Studies at the University of Bochum. She is currently a Principal Investigator and Board member of the Graduate School: Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Excellency-Programme of the Fed. Government). She is a member of the Graduate School "Transnational Studies" (FU, WZB, Hertie School of Governance) and Graduate School "Graduate School for Global Studies" (FU, Fudan Shanghai).
The Center for Middle Eastern Politics is part of the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany's largest university. The Center was founded in 1980 and is one of the four main social sciences research institutions for the Middle East in Germany. It hosts German and international researchers. It has participated in RMSH (Réseau thématique des centres européens de recherche en sciences humaines sur l'ensemble euro-méditerranéen 2003-2005) under FP5 and it was a founding member of RAMSES2 (Network of Excellence of Research Centres in Human Sciences on the Mediterranean Area) funded under FP6 (http://ramses2.mmsh.univ-aix.fr). The multidisciplinary network involves 33 universities on both shores of the Mediterranean. The Centers main fields of research, documentation, publication and teaching focus on current political, social and cultural developments in the region such as the state and statehood: authoritarianism, reform and political economy, political and social transformations: gender, migration, poverty, international and regional relations: conflict and cooperation in the Arab world and beyond, and current issues such as Islamism, local governance, Euro-Mediterranean relations, migration and integration in Europe.
Prof. Harders will be engaged in the Issue Area "Political Governance", contributing to the analysis of sub-national and trans-frontier cooperation in the wider Mediterranean basin. According to her findings on the possibility of an escalation of power struggles or a continuation of the prevailing piecemeal system, she will develop scenarios of 'business as usual' and 'muddling through' and give policy recommendations on supporting public reform and decentralisation.
Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
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