Topic Overview:

Collection of data on institutions involved in policy and advocacy work in the Americas, especially with regards to the migration agenda. Review of print and online resources, including relevant literature search. Undertaking analysis of data sets under the guidance of principle researchers. Preparation of written summaries of the research work, as well as graphs and slides. Checking facts, editing research documents and graphs to ensure accuracy. Liaising and networking with other professionals.

Requirements:

Independent analytical thinking, reliability, serious attitude to academic work and a good command of English. Understanding Spanish is advantage.
Metropolitan University Prague, Department of International Relations and European Studies
Research Support and Data Analysis – the Center for Ibero-American Studies
University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Faculty of Economics, Department of Politics and International Relations
Research Fellowship at the Department of Politics and International Relations
Topic Overview:

Research internship at a vibrant and creative research institution ranking among the best in the fields of political science and international relations in the Czech  Republic. We publish regularly in top Czech and international journals, participate in and organize international conferences and collaborate on various externally funded research projects. Members of the Department contributed significantly to the establishment of political science, international relations and security studies as academic disciplines, publishing both popular textbooks as well as key articles and monographs in their respective fields of interest.

The topic of the research the intern will work on, will be set after the intern will contact the Department. There are various research projects at the Department at different times. Research projects cover the following fields – Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies or Development Studies (topics include the study of populism and corruption, public policies, power in IR, conflicts in IR, emerging powers and others).

Task:

Tasks of the intern depend on the research team the intern will be part of and on the discussion between the intern and the supervisor. The intern can engage in the literature review, to write or co-write a scientific article, to prepare his/her own lecture or presentation on a given topic etc.

Requirements:

The student should have general interest and passion in scientific research in the field of Political Science or International Relations. We expect him/her to have some knowledge in the related fields. Fluent English is a must (reading, writing, speaking).

Outcomes:

Expected outcomes depend on the research team the intern will be part of and on the discussion between the intern and the supervisor, it can be literature review, scientific article, lecture or presentation etc.
Palacký University in Olomouc, Faculty of Arts, Department of History
Historical Dimension of Czechoslovak-Brazil Relations
Topic Overview:

Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) and Brazil have a tradition of more than 100 years of bilateral diplomatic relations.  However, historiographies on both sides of the Atlantic never researched them properly. Some topics were the object of  interest but usually it was a one-sided interpretation. I believe this remote academic internship project can change it and introduce a modern internationalist approach and present both sides of a specific problem. Together with my Brazilian intern I plan to identify one specific chapter of Czechoslovak-Brazilian relations and research it from both perspectives. I will study the Czech archives and my counterpart the Brazilian ones, principally the Itamaraty historical archive in Rio de  Janeiro. Together we will then write an article and submit it to a Scopus journal. Possible topics may be: Munich agreement and Brazil; World War II cooperation; economic relations; Brazilian participation on Czechoslovak fairs in the Interwar period and so on.

Task:

Archival research and paper writing.

Requirements:

Interest in history and/or international relations. Experience with archival research is welcome.

Outcomes:

Collaborative publication of one article.

References:

http://dibrarq.arquivonacional.gov.br/index.php/arquivo-historico-do-itamaraty?sf_culture=en; http://ererio.itamaraty.gov.br/pt-br/arquivo_historico.xml; https://minrel.gob.cl/minrel/ministerio/archivo-general-historico/radi/archivo-de-la-cancilleria-de-brasil
Topic Overview:

Research in the field of terrorism studies identifying the causes (enabling factors) of home-grown violence in Europe and the wider world, its relationship to existing ethno-nationalist conflicts, quality of inter-community relations, the role of identity crises in radicalization.

Task:

Research of existing literature, state-of-the-art, work with statistics and data.

Requirements:

Knowledge in the field of political science/IR/international security/conflict resolution or related fields. Conscientiousness and reliability. Analytical skills and experience with data processing software – e.g. MAXQDA or SPSS - would be an advantage, but is not required. Good command of English.

Outcomes:

Collaboration on research and publications.

Additional Notes & References:

Vast array of literature in the field of terrorism studies (especially radicalization and terrorism prevention) and the roots of violence. Literature on (qualitative and quantitative) methodology in social sciences.
Palacký University in Olomouc, Faculty of Arts, Department of Politics and European Studies
Home-grown Terrorism Prevention: Causes/Enabling Factors of Violence, Identity, Ethno-Nationalism and Religion
University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty, Department of Politics
Banning Political Parties in Brazil
Topic Overview:

Very little is known about how and for what legal motives are (and could be) political parties banned in Brazil. This internship will ask the student to work with party laws in Brazil, their historical evolution and reforms, the legal reasons for different  motives of party dissolution, actual instances of banning political parties. I am mostly interested in legal motives that ban  parties for not reaching certain thresholds in elections (either certain number of votes or seats), but details of any other legal reasons are fine as well.

Task:

Looking for laws and historical cases of actual bans of political parties. Making a list of such banned parties and the reasons for their bans. Looking for debates surrounding the adoption of particular reasons of party bans.

Requirements:

This internship is generally suitable for students of political science (or law).

Outcomes:

List of party bans, literature review.
University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty, Department of Politics
Representation of Brazilian Indigenous Women in Politics
Topic Overview:

The election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brasil has caused heated debate about the rights of local indigenous people. The actual  president doesn’t hide his aversion to the indigenous minority, defending big capital and extraction at the expense of  indigenous territorial rights and cultural integrity. At the same time the president also has made himself famous for various  misogynist statements. Taken together presidents’ declarations, first governmental steps and its ideological orientation, the situation in Brasil under the lead of Jair Bolsonaro seems to be especially detrimental for indigenous women that would  experience the negative impact of governmental policies in both temathic fields. That is why this intership will ask students to examine the possibilities of Brasilian indigenous women for political representation. We are especially interested in the  trends of indigenous women’ political representation be it descriptive or substantive under the actual government in comparison with previous ones. In this sense the students would focus on indigenous women representatives in state power structures (parliament, government) and content of policies relevant for this sector of society.

Task:

Analysing trends and structure of  Brasilian indigenous women representation.

Requirements:

This internship is generally suitable for students of political science (or law).

Outcomes:

Reviews of literature/documents, database of indigenous women representatives in state power structures.
University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty, Department of Politics
Threats to Academic Freedom in Brazil
Topic Overview:

The academic freedom has become a hot topic in Brasil when the actual government of Jair Bolsonaro announced its plans to dramatically cut down the budget of Universities with respect to social sciences. These political intentions to restrict leeway of  Universities and getthem under the political control is not exceptional to Brasilian context, considering the highly restrictive  measures of Hungarian government towards Central European University in Budapest. That is why this internship will ask the  students to work with legal measures of actual government that aim at functioning of universities and their research activities. We are mostly interested in the governmental efforts to restrict academic freedom be it limitations on budgets or more indirect forms such as career limitations for politically critical academics and so on.

Task:

Looking for direct and indirect forms of limitation of academic freedom from the part of Brazilian government. Looking for all kinds of restrictions against Universities with respect to social sciences.

Requirements:

This internship is generally suitable for students of political science (or law).

Outcomes:

Reviews of literature/documents, governmental decrees and legal measures, rules and restrictions of academic freedom; possible cooperation on publication.
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