Politics and International Studies

News and events

New appointments for Dr Phil Parvin

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Dr Phil Parvin has been appointed as a Senior Research Associate at Balliol College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social Justice, University of Oxford. He will hold these positions for three months, from January to March 2018, and will use them to begin work on his new book on political engagement and democracy.

Dorina Baltag - Thesis Work Published

Postgraduate Research, Dorina Baltag this week submitted her PhD thesis and published some of the work contained in it into the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Special issue, vol.13 (1), 75-96. Her section within this journal focused upon: 'EU External Representation Post-Lisbon: The Performance of EU Diplomacy in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine'. 

Professor Susan Reid Keynote Lecture

Professor of Cultural History, Susan Reid presented a keynote lecture at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, on 25 January 2018. < http://bit.ly/2CMHt2s >. This was delivered as part of the conference Narrating Home in Visual Arts Through an East West Divide, funded by the Centre for Baltic and Eastern European Studies, Södertörn University in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Stockholm.


In addition to this Susan has also recently released two new publications: 

Сьюзан Э. Рейд (Susan E. Reid). «Как обживались в позднесоветской модерности» (“Making Oneself at Home in Late Soviet Modernity”). In Anatoly Pinsky, ed., Posle Stalina (After Stalin: Subjectivity in the Late Soviet Union (1953-1985), 352-97. St Petersburg: St Petersburg University Press, 2018.
<http://eupress.ru/books/index/item/id/285>


Сьюзан Э. Рейд (Susan E. Reid). «Кто кого? Реакция советского народа на Американскую национальную выставку в Москве в 1959 г» ("Who Will Beat Whom? Soviet Popular Reception of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, 1959”). In Beate Fieseler, Rosa Magnusdottir, Michael Wala, eds, SSSR i SSHA v XX veke: vospriiatie "drugogo” (Soviet-American Perceptions), 70-104. Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2017. (Publication funded by German Historical Institute.)

Dr Christos Kourtelis - FEMISE LU Liaison

Dr Christos Kourtelis, lecturer in European and International Politics, has recently taken on the role of LU liaison for FEMISE. This is the largest network of research centres focusing on Euro-Mediterranean relations. More information about FEMISE and its research can be found at the below web address: 
http://www.femise.org/en/le-r%C3%A9seau/about-femise/ 

Austrian Press Agency Interview - Dr Robert Knight

Senior Lecturer in International History, Dr Robert Knight was recently interviewed by the Austrian Press Agency (APA) about British Policy towards the Anschluss of March 1938, which is currently being marked in Austria. 
An article reporting on this interview can be found (in German) through the below link

https://science.apa.at/site/kultur_und_gesellschaft/detail?key=SCI_20180228_SCI77874887440947876

International Children's Day workshop: The well being of children and youth

Holywell Park Conference Centre - Kelvin Meeting Room

 Itinerary: 

Start

End

Title

Authors

10:00

10:20

Introduction

 

10:20

10:45

Picture this! Using drawings to explore pupils’ conceptions of ‘health’

Oliver Hooper, Jo Harris  &  Lorraine Cale

10:45

11:00

Coffee

11:00

11:25

Children First justice: An agenda for change

Stephen Case

11:25

11:50

Protecting children’s rights in a global production network: insights and lessons from the professional football industry

Paul Darby, Eleanor Drywood, James Esson, Carolynne Mason & Serhat Yilmaz.

11:50

12:15

Telling the Whole Story? Using narratives to explore care experienced youths’ experiences of sport and physical activity

Rachel Sandford, Thomas Quarmby, Rebecca Duncombe, Oliver Hooper & Chloé Woodhouse

12:15

13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15

13:40

Neoliberalising education: geographies of private tuition, class privilege and BME advancement

Phil Kirby & Sarah Holloway

13:40

14:05

Disability, Special Educational Needs, Social Class and Segregation in Schooling

Louise Holt, Sophie Bowlby  & Jennifer Lea

14:05

14:25

Mud, wet & tears: Outdoor residentials as opportunities for embodied agency

Jo Hickman Dunne

14:25

14:45

Youth transitions, CSE and street sex work

Rachel Searcey

14:45

15:00

Coffee

15:00

16:00

Discussion - moving forward with research collaboration 

 

Anarchist Studies Network 5th International Conference

Loughborough University

The fight against domination and destruction continues under heavy clouds. A global wave of resistance has once again been met with reaction, as elites turn to barefaced nationalism, racism and misogyny. For the world's majority, such oppression is neither surprising nor new, given the enduring legacy of colonialism and by-now-established forms of neo-colonial exploitation. Meanwhile, hegemonic discourses show a frustrating capacity to co-opt and neutralise: converting anti-capitalism into welfare-populism, ecological resistance into green consumption, and militant intersectionality into liberal identity politics. Anarchist literature and organising are not automatically immune to these problems; posing ideas and practices that are radically free from domination requires critical reflection on assumptions and truths, including one’s own. Despite challenges, anarchists have sustained and grown multiple sites of resistance as well as constructive projects, while boldly spearheading the confrontation with the far right. Confident that the tide will turn again, the flame remains kindled.

In these uncertain times, the elaboration of anarchist analysis bridging theory and practice, scholarly rigour and the insights of social movements, is as necessary as ever. The 5th International Conference of the Anarchist Studies Network will be held at Loughborough University between 12-14 of September 2018.

Online registration is open here.

ASN conferences aim to breach new frontiers in anarchist scholarship, and encourage cross-pollination between disciplines. The central theme for this conference is DECOLONISATION, which we hope will inspire many of the presentations and panels. The purpose is twofold: to stimulate discussion of colonialism and racism as forms of oppression that anarchists oppose, but which continue to be felt in anarchist organising; and to welcome individuals, groups and communities who have not previously participated in ASN events. By recognising the legacy of non-western and anti-colonial thought and action in the anarchist tradition, we want to strengthen the ties between contemporary anarchists and decolonial theory and practice in the struggle against oppression, and to use the recognition of racist and Eurocentric practices and mind-frames to open up the event to marginalised groups.

Loughborough University facilities are fully wheelchair accessible and induction loops are available. Please do get in touch with any specific questions, needs or comments and we will do our best to meet them: asn.conference.5@mail.com