Call for Projects for Peace

Call for Projects for Peace
Receive a $ 10.000 grant to do your Project for Peace as JGU-student!

Have an idea for how to help your community? Are you ready to take action around a social issue you feel passionate about? Interested in peace-building and conflict-resolution? If any of these things are true, you might be interested to learn more about Projects for Peace.

Projects for Peace is a global program by Middlebury College that encourages young adults to develop innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. The program provides selected students with $10,000 grants to carry out their projects over the summer. In 2024, the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is partner of the initiative, see: Summer Grants | Middlebury

In this context, we are looking for students and student groups from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz that seek to develop and implement such Projects of Peace and receive a $ 10.000 grant!
We are looking for any projects that seek to address conflict, conflict transformation, conflict resolution, peacebuilding or any other issues related to conflict in broad sense and across academic disciplines. This especially applies to projects that work with local community in Mainz and the region or seek to address specific communities elsewhere. Overall, the call for projects is very open and flexible to any ideas and projects. For a list of past projects see: Project Archive | Middlebury

• Students must be enrolled at JGU Mainz (at least some members of the project team);
• Students may be of any age, any major, or any year;
• Students may come from any discipline and any background;
• Students may implement the project alone or with others including civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, communities);
• The project may take place anywhere in the world, including in Germany and Mainz.

Submission Process
• The internal JGU-deadline is 30 January 2024;
• Students should submit a proposal narrative and a proposal budget in English; for more information, see here: Guidance | Middlebury
• Projects should be submitted via email as one file to the Campus Liaison Officer Dr. Friedrich Plank,

Contact and Help
Please contact Dr. Friedrich Plank ( for any questions;

Come to the information meeting on 15 January 2024, 18:00, room 02-617 (Georg Forster Building)

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Important !!!

Due to current events, the International Politics department regularly uses additional manual and technical procedures to effectively combat plagiarism and to ensure fair assessments. We take legal action against persons who intentionally attempt to deceive.

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Edited Volume on worldwide implications of Brexit published

At least since 2016, Brexit has been one of the dominating issues in European politics. Most recently, the passage of the “Internal Market Act” has intensified the uncertainties surrounding the UK's exit from the EU. A “hard Brexit” without a trade agreement at the end of the year seems increasingly likely.

The lively public and academic debate surrounding Brexit has so far focused primarily on the reasons and consequences of Brexit for Great Britain, the EU or individual member states. But the myriad uncertainties that have unfolded since the announcement of the British in/out-referendum have also left deep marks worldwide. As a result, external partners of the EU are not only changing their perception of the EU and Great Britain but are already adapting their foreign policy in light of these developments and uncertainties.

The newly published edited volume “Changing Perceptions of the EU at Times of Brexit Global Perspectives”, edited by Prof. Natalia Chaban, Prof. Arne Niemann and Johanna Speyer, is dedicated to these international implications of Brexit, which can already be observed today. In 15 country studies, internationally recognized experts trace the developments in various strategic partner countries around the globe. In their conclusion, the three editors interrogate these country specific findings for regional similarities and develop policy recommendations for European external action.

The research project which lead to this volume was funded, inter alia, by the European Commission as part of the Jean Monnet chair (Erasmus +), the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the JGU Mainz.

The edited volume "Changing Perceptions of the EU at Times of Brexit. Global Perspectives ” has been published by Routledge. The following code guarantees a 20% discount on the purchase price: SOC20 (please enter the code at checkout).

Natalia Chaban, Arne Niemann und Johanna Speyer (eds)

Changing Perceptions of the EU at Times of Brexit. Global Perspectives

Routledge, July 2020: 306 pp.

ISBN (Hb): 978-0-367-27666-9 | £120.00

ISBN (eBook): 978-0-429-31706-4


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Within the Jean Monnet Chair sponsored series “Careers with European Studies and International Relations” Johannes Rabenschlag will give a talk that is entitled:


Consulting by day - research by night: Career in the private sector while doing a PhD at the University


Tuesday, 2 June, 12:15 – 13:45 via Skype for Business


If you want to take part, please write an Email by 1 June, 23:59 to Laura Hähn who can provide you with the link for the Skype for Business session. There will be time for your questions.


Best wishes
Arne Niemann

Professor of International PoliticsJean Monnet Chair of European Integration Studies




Informations about the electronic exam

Dear students,
the electronic exam for the lecture “The Politics of European Integration” will take place on Thursday, 20 February 2020 from 8:45-12:00 in Rooms N33, KR1 and KR2 in the Faculty of Natural Science and Data Centre (Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 21).

The exam will be written in two groups:
Group 1: MIEPP and Erasmus/exchange students: 8h45-10h, Room N33
Group 2: all BA/B.Ed students: 10h00-12h00, Rooms N33, KR1 und KR2

For identification purposes, you must bring your ID card/ Passport and your student identity card (Note that a driver’s licence or the like is not sufficient!).

Best wishes,
your International Politics Unit

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Review of electronic exam, winter term 2018/19

The results of the module examination in the field of International Relations in the are now available and will be published promptly by the examination office in JOGU-STINe.

You can review your exam at the following date by appointment:

17 April 2019, 10:00 to 12.00 and 14:00 to 17:00

To register, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Johanna Speyer ( by 2 April 2019 at the latest. Mrs. Speyer will arrange with you the exact time of your appointment.

Workshop 2018

External Perceptions of the EU after Brexit


Workshop hosted by the Jean Monnet Chair at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 28-29 June 2018

On June 23rd, 2016, 52% of the British voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). Since then, the upcoming withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the EU has been heavily discussed in Europe and around the globe. Whereas this debate revolves mainly around the future of the UK and UK-EU relations, little attention has been paid to the reactions of third countries and its effect on the EU's role in the world.

However, Brexit is very likely to have a substantial effect on EU external policy. Not merely because of the loss of a major Member State who is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and maintains a special relationship to the US and the Commonwealth, but also because it tarnishes the integrational success story the EU strives to embody. The UK's planned divorce and specifically the current "period of uncertainty" which ensued after the referendum are thus likely to impact considerably on third countries' perceptions of the EU and influence expectations and policy options worldwide. These images, in turn, condition the effectiveness of EU foreign policy: Only if the EU is seen as attractive, its actions as legitimate, valuable, credible and coherent, European (public) diplomacy and external action will be effective.

The workshop External Perceptions of the EU after Brexit takes up this theoretical angle and discusses the effect of Brexit on external perceptions of the EU and European foreign policy with academic experts from around the globe as well as with policy-makers from Brussels. The event will be lead jointly by Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban (National Centre for Research on Europe [NCRE], University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Prof. Dr. Arne Niemann and Johanna Speyer (both University of Mainz). Thereby, it draws on the NCRE’s leading expertise in EU external perceptions. Research to make an academically and socially relevant contribution to a topical and highly relevant process.

For further information on the event, please contact Johanna Speyer (


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