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Centre for the Study of International Governance

The Centre for the Study of International Governance (CSIG) is a multidisciplinary research centre based at Loughborough University. Located in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR), the centre brings together researchers from across the university to analyse emerging political challenges from a mix of innovative, cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Questioning international governance entails moving beyond the actions of individual states to inquire into the processes through which governance is conducted in areas above, between or beyond sovereign territories. This raises questions concerning the agents of governance (who is responsible, how are they organized, how are they legitimated), what is being governed (how is it problematised and to what end is governance directed), and how governance is being conducted (what are the logics, rationalities, technologies and practices of governance)?  In asking these questions researchers contributing to CSIG observe, contest and critically enrich debates about some of the most pressing challenges of our day. 

Our research expertise cuts across four principal thematic areas:

Phil Parvin Democracy without participation: A new politics for a disengaged era 18 October 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 12:00-13:00
Chris Zebrowski “Crisis and Emergency Governance theme discussion” 08 November 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Christina Oelgemoller “International Political Theory theme discussion” 15 November 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Giulia Picolino The consequences of rebel governance : preliminary results from Northern Cote d’Ivoire” 13 December 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 12:00-13:00
Giulia Piccolino “Peace and Conflict theme discussion” 13 December 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Nicola Chelotti “Diplomacy and International Governance theme discussion” 07 February 2018 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Christos Kourtelis  'The EU's normative power as hegemony in the EU's neighbourhood policy' 21 February 2018 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Paolo Cossarini  "People’s quest for sovereignty? Victimisation, humiliation, and banal populism in the Spanish/Catalan clash" 25 April 2018 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Ali Bligic  “TBC”  9 May 2018 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
  • “Grant application review session”, March 14, 1-2pm in K109 A session (led by Giulia Piccolino) designed to workshop grant applications for those in their initial stages or close to submission. Application materials will be circulated prior to the event.

  • “Reflecting CSIG in our teaching”, 18 April, 1-2pm in K109 Over the course of last semester, we have been exploring the cutting-edge research of our members. Yet, is this research adequately reflected in our teaching programmes? This session has been set-out to reflect on the current constitution of our teaching programmes in Politics and IR and identify strategies for improving our programmes through research-led teaching

  • “Abstract Writing and Review Workshop”, 2 May, 1-2pm in K109 Abstracts are an important element of any published piece of research. This session (led by Christina Oelgemoller) is designed to reflect on abstracts-in-progress in terms of what they communicate and how they could be improved with a view of strengthening the writing-process. Abstracts will be circulated prior to the event.

  • “CSIG in London away day”, 4 May, noon-4pm in LU LDN CSIG members will be travelling to London thanks to the generous support of LU LDN. The day’s events will be designed to explore opportunities for greater integration between CSIG and those taking place with colleagues at the London campus (LU LDN).
  • On Monday 30th October the 28+ Perspectives project team (led by prof. Helen Drake) opened the doors of its first ever Brexit café (hosted by the Centre for European Research at Queen Mary University London). Over canapés, wine and candlelight, guests enjoyed ‘conversations that matter’, in the spirit of the World Café method. Guests moved between tables where hosts helped shape discussions on the project’s findings and about whatever was on their minds, Brexit-wise. The project’s findings revolved around three major areas: a) the current state of the Brexit negotiations; b) Brexit and populism across Europe; c) the emotional response to and around Brexit using Twitter feeds. Academics and other stakeholders mingled in an atmosphere that they told us was conducive to fresh thinking and frank exchanges.  Further information can be found on the project website: http://www.28plus.eu/#home .

  • On 17 October 2017, CSIG (together with LUNN) organized a public lecture entitled ‘Catalonia’s independence: When nationalism and democracy clash’.  Eunice Romero Rivera (Open University of Catalonia) and Paolo Cossarini (Loughborough University) led discussion on the current constitutional crisis in Catalonia.  The event was lecture captured and can be accessed through the following link.

  • On 5 June 2017, Chris Zebrowski and Dan Sage organized the Organizing Preparedness Practitioner Workshop.  The event brought together emergency practitioners and Loughborough academics to discuss research collaborations in preparation of a major research grant application. The event was sponsored by CSIG and financed with SSPGS seedcorn funding.

  • On 24 May 2017, CSIG invited our former student, Bissan Fakih, to deliver a talk on her work in Beirut for The Syria Campaign. The talk starts at 1300 (U020 Brockington extension) and will be followed by a showing of the Oscar winning film about discussion.
  • Ali Bligic published a co-authored article in Political Psychology entitled ‘Trauma, emotions and memory in world politics: The case of the European Union’s foreign policy in the Middle East conflict’
  • Giorgos Katsambekis will be participating in the launch event and Symposium of the Leeds Centre for Democratic Engagement, contributing to Panel 3 of the Symposium which is titled ‘Populism from Below? Grassroots Activism and Radical Democracy.’ More info on the event here: https://cde.leeds.ac.uk/events/centre-for-democratic-engagement-inaugural-symposium-democratic-engagement-in-the-age-of-brexit/
  • Paolo Cossarini published (2017) ‘Indignation as Resistance: Beyond the Anxiety of No Future Alternatives’ in Eklundh, Zevnik, Guittet (eds), Politics of Anxiety, London/New York: Rowman and Littlefield International, pp. 141-164 and is working on a co-edited collection, Populism and passions: democratic legitimacy after austerity for Routledge
  • Chris Zebrowski spoke to an audience of critical thinkers and European diplomats at the Prague Insecurity Conference 29 Nov. 2017-2 Dec. 2018.
  • Ali Bligic signed a contract for a co-authored book with Routledge on the theme of ‘Positive Security’.
  • Giorgos Katsambekis has had a paper accepted for the 2nd Populism Specialist Group (PSA) Workshop at the University of Bath, 23-24 March 2018. His paper is titled ‘Constructing the people of populism: a critique of mainstream approaches.’ Info on the Workshop here: https://psapopulism.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/defining-populism-concepts-contexts-genealogies-2nd-populism-specialist-group-psa-workshop-23-24-march-2018-university-of-bath/
  • Ali Bligic gave a public lecture on December 14 hosted by Free University of Amsterdam, Department of Anthropology, entitled ‘Unmaking the Mediterranean: Radical Human Security and the Migration “Crisis’’’; presented a research paper (‘Emotional Production of Europe’s Neo-colonial Masculinity through Migration Management’) at Queen Mary University of London; gave an online seminar to MA students of University of London, Institute of Paris, about Europe’s migration regime; and then skyped in to public event organised by ULIP on ‘migration crisis’.
  • Paolo Cossarini  was invited to give a lecture at the Department of Culture and Global Studies - Aalborg University (Denmark) in November  on ‘Populism and Passion: mapping the emotions-politics nexus in Spain and Europe’.
  • Giorgos Katsambekis will be submitting a manuscript to Routledge  titled The Populist Radical Left in Europe(co-edited with Dr Alexandros Kioupkiolis).  It is expected to be published in late 2018.
  • Ali Bligic published ‘The Violence of Frontex on the EU Borders’ commissioned by the Civil Society Futures Project and funded by Black Journalism Foundation in January. It’s now reprinted in Red Pepper magazine’s February/March issue.  He also published another piece in the Conversation entitled ‘Turkey is using Syrian refugees as bargaining chips as it moves against the Kurds’ . This came out on Feb 6, and was translated to Portuguese and republished at Esquarda.net news website in Portugal.
  • Paolo Cossarini was interviewed on Catalonian issues by Sky News, Russia Today and TRT Turkish television in October/November 2017.
  • Giulia Piccolino (with Philip A. Martin and Jeremy S. Speight) has published the following report, ‘Les conséquences d’une gouvernance rebelle: enquête au nord de la Côte d’Ivoire’, Bulletin FrancoPaix Vol. 3, no 1 - Janvier 2018, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal.  Accessible here

  • Paolo Cossarini was invited to give a lecture at the Department of Culture and Global Studies - Aalborg University (Denmark) on the 2nd of November - title of Lecture: "Populism and Passion: mapping the emotions-politics nexus in Spain and Europe".

  • Christos Kourtelis has taken the role of LU liaison for FEMISE. FEMISE is the largest network of research centres focusing on Euro-Mediterranean relations. You can find more information about FEMISE at: http://www.femise.org/en/le-r%C3%A9seau/about-femise/ .  He has also published an article in Mediterranean Politics. Kourtelis, C. (2018) ‘From Neglect to Selective Engagement: The EU Approach to Rural Development in the Arab Mediterranean after the Arab Uprisings’, Mediterranean Politics, 23:1, pp23-42, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2017.1358897

  • Giulia Piccolino (along with Philip Martin and Jeremy Speight) has published “Rebel Networks’ Deep Roots Cause Concerns for Côte d’Ivoire Transition” in International Peace Institute Global Observatory, October 12, 2017. Accessible here.

  • Giulia Piccolino presented her paper 'Local peacebuilding and "social cohesion" in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire: a paradoxical engagement?' at 2 conferences in September: the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) conference in Manchester and the 11th Pan–European Conference on International Relations in Barcelona.

  • Giulia Piccolino had a paper co-authored with her research partners, Philip Martin (MIT) and Jeremy S. Speight (Alaska-Fairbanks) accepted for ISA ('When Does Rebel Governance Persist? Militarization and Post-Conflict State-Building in Côte d’Ivoire' AND she'll be organising a thematic stream at the next African Studies Association of the UK (ASA UK) conference in Birmingham next September.

  • Ali Bilgic attended the 11th Pan-European Conference of European International Studies Association in Barcelona (13-16 September) as a co-chair of section called ‘Exploring and Studying Emotions in Global Politics’. He presented two papers entitled ‘Emotional Performances of Sovereignty: Constructing Neo-colonial Masculinity’ and ‘Memory, Trauma and Foreign Policy: EU’s Agency in the Middle East Conflict’.

  • Taku Tamaki attended the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) Conference in Lisbon (August 30th and September 2nd) and delivered a paper titled: ‘Globalization and Nationalism: Abe Shinzo's Beautiful Country Narrative’. 

  • Christina Oelgemoller’s book, The Evolution of Migration Management (Routledge) published earlier this year has been nominated for the ISA-ENMISA book award Details of her book can be found here

  • Ali Bilgic’s co-authored article ‘European Union and Refugees: A Struggle for the Fate of Europe’ was given to the Swedish press: https://www.etc.se/utrikes/forskaren-sa-avgors-eus-ode-av-flyktingfragan and the Minister of Migration of Sweden, Heléne Fritzon, replied to the points we raised in the article: https://www.etc.se/utrikes/sa-sviker-sverige-migranterna-pa-medelhavet (both in links in Swedish)

  • Taku Tamaki’s new piece in The Conversation, ‘Caught between Trump and Kim, Japan is nervous and alone’ has been published. This is being translated into Japanese by Newsphere <http://newsphere.jp/>

  • Phil Parvin presented research at the APSA conference in San Francisco. 

  • Ali Bilgic has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair as of the 1st of September 2017. The chair was established in January 2003 to support the research of ‘an outstanding young academic’. Ali will be working on ‘Migration and Human Security’ at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, though he will continue his work at Loughborough during the 2 year appointment. His inaugural is scheduled for April 12, 2018, in the presence of Queen Maxime in Noordeinde Palace, the Hague, and will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chair. More information about the chair at http://princeclauschair.nl/

  • Giulia Piccolino and Philip Martin (MIT) delivered a presentation on rebel governance and post-conflict transition at the Institut pour la bonne Gouvernance, le Développement et la Perspective (IGDP), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), which was attended by Ivorian researchers from the Université Félix Houphouet Boigny (University of Abidjan) and by foreign researchers, as well as development practitioners.

  • David Roberts has published an article in Politics concerning the pedagogical implications of the ‘pictorial turn’ with data generated from PHIR politics and IR students!  To access the article follow the link:  http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/28zVZJmSHIgj5QaXK975/full

  • Taku Tamaki has given three talks: “Globalization vs. Nationalism: Abe Shinzō’s Beautiful Country Narrative” (International Studies Association Hong Kong conference); “Japan’s Image of South Korea Today: The Lessons from Ajia Shisō”(Hebrew University of Jerusalem); and “Japanese National Identity and Cool Japan” (Swedish Institute of International Studies, Stockholm). He has also published an online article “Japan has Turned Its Culture Into a Powerful Political Tool” in The Conversations. <https://theconversation.com/japan-has-turned-its-culture-into-a-powerful-political-tool-72821>.

  • Giulia Piccolino’s article 'A victor’s peace? Peacebuilding and statebuilding in post-2011 Côte d’Ivoire' has been accepted for publication in African Affairs – the premier journal in the field. Publication is scheduled for October 2018.

  • Ali Bilgic has published 'The European Union and refugees. A struggle over the fate of Europe', co-authored with Michelle Pace in Global Affairs. Vol.3 No: 1, 89-97. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23340460.2017.1322252.  He has also joined the Editorial Board of Mediterranean Politics.

  • Ali Bilgic delivered a public lecture to launch his book at University of Bristol on May 3: 'Turkey and the West: What Gender Analysis Offers' and delivered a staff seminar the following day: 'Emotional Performances of European Neocolonial Masculinity: Life to be Feared, Despised and Cherished'.

  • Chris Zebrowski presented a paper entitled ‘Acting Local, Thinking Global: Globalizing Resilience through 100 Resilient Cities’ at the Localizing Global Security: Technologies, Protocols, Infrastructure Conference at Marburg University in Germany

  • Giulia Piccolino has been attending the 7th European Conference of African Studies in Basel.  She has also become co-coordinator of the AEGIS Collaborative Research Group on Politics and International Relations.  She’ll be taking organizing a formal reception and/or a roundtable with policy makers at the next ECAS conference in Edinburgh, 2019.

  • Robert Knight has delivered a series of talks linked to the publication of his book, Slavs in Post-Nazi Austria at the Institute for Ethnic Questions in Ljubljana, Klagenfurt University, and Vienna University. The Vienna newspaper Der Standardreviewed the ‘excellent study’ which profoundly re-examines some current historical interpretations of Austria’s Slovene minority. He has had a panel proposal, sponsored by the Central European History Association, accepted for next year’s American Historical Association annual conference in Washington, https://www.historians.org/annual-meeting/future-meetings

  • Paul Madrell delivered a lecture at the Memorial Centre Leistikowstrasse in Potsdam, Germany, (Soviet KGB's investigative prison in East Germany) in which he presented his research on Cold War espionage. The link ishttps://www.potsdam.de/event/vortrag-und-diskussion-der-gedenk-und-begegnungsstaette-leistikowstrasse 

  • Giulia Piccolino has been awarded a Santander Mobility Award to undertake research on the consequences of rebel governance in Cote d'Ivoire this summer.

  • Taku Tamaki has been invited to speak at a workshop on Public Image and Narrative-Making in Japan-Korea Relations at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem http://truman.huji.ac.il/event/public-image-and-narrative-making-japan-korea-relations,  His paper is titled, 'Japan's Image of South Korea Today: Lessons from Ajia shiso'.

  • Helen Drake has published a co-authored paper 'Sixty-years on: France and Europe from the Treaty of Rome to the 2017 elections', in Modern and Contemporary France http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09639489.2017.1302674.  She has also been awarded an innovation in academia award – and invited to Athens to accept it. Full details coming on PHIR news and events.

  • A podcast interview featuring Taku Tamaki on Japanese textbooks and future-oriented diplomacy was launched 20 April (also discussed at http://theconversation.com/anthill-12-dont-remember-this-76430)

  • Moya Lloyd has published an article in Review of International Studies: ‘Naming the dead and the politics of the human’, 2017, Vol. 43, issue 2: pp. 260-279 - based on her Leverhulme fellowship research.

  • Christina Oelgemoller has published her monograph ‘The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North’ in the prestigious Routledge Interventions series. This series provides a form for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural and feminist approaches to international relations and global politics. The book is an exciting and significant contribution to PHIR's development of international political theory.