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Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's Junior Scholar's Forum

Monday, November 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
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The inaugural meeting of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Junior Scholar’s Forum.  This forum will be held June 19th and 20th, 2014 at Stanford University.  The purpose of the forum is to bring together newer researchers, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, working in the general areas of civil society, the nonprofit sector, and philanthropy to increase the sense of intellectual community and enhance the quality of research.  

The forum builds on several existing models, including the Stanford-Yale-Harvard Junior Law Faculty Forum that the respective law schools established back in 1999. Scholars in sociology may be familiar with the Young Theorists Conference which is held a day in advance of the annual sociology meetings.  In both cases the goal is to highlight exciting work being done by young scholars and to contribute to the development of their scholarship.  For our first year, our format will be rather expansive; in subsequent years we may limit the range of topics in order to have greater focus.  For this first year we want to cast a wide net and welcome submissions from a robust variety of disciplines and professional schools.  Submissions will be reviewed by a group of senior scholars. Each paper selected will have two discussants, one an established scholar working in the area of research and a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford who is also working on the topic.  The forum will provide ample time for discussion and meals together so that we can build a common community.  

We are open with regards to topic areas, but a list of themes that we are particularly interested in and in which there is active work under way here at Stanford includes the following:

·     The Expansion of Global Governance, particularly Transnational Organizations and their Causes and Impact

·     The Role of Social Movements and Advocacy Groups in Policy Reform or Revolt

·     Efforts at Measuring Effectiveness in the Social Sector

·     The Relationship between Philanthropy and Democracy, and new developments in, and concerns about, Philanthropy

·        New Organizational Forms, ranging from hybrids to B corps, from cooperatives to for-profits with a purported social mission

·        Novel Approaches to Analyzing the Role of Social Capital in Civil Society

·        New Open Models of Public Media and Knowledge, Ranging From Journalism to Encyclopedias to Scientific Production

Papers should be submitted by February 24, 2014, to Sam Spiewak ( Please include Junior Scholars Forum in the subject line. We will select eight to ten papers for the inaugural forum.  The "we” includes both the faculty co-directors of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, other Stanford Faculty, and several distinguished members of the larger academic community who will join us at the June forum.  We will notify everyone of the outcomes by mid-March.  Funding will be provided to cover travel expenses and accommodations will be arranged on the Stanford campus. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Spiewak. 

Paul Brest, Woody Powell, and Rob Reich

Faculty Co-directors

Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

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