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2009-10 Philosophy Seminar Dates

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in conjunction with the Royal Institute of Philosophy presents a series of Philosophy Seminars.

Details of the programme are available here.


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Centenary Conference on Scholastic Philosophy @ Queen’s University

A Conference will be held at the Queen’s University of Belfast to mark the Centenary of Scholastic Philosophy at the University (1908-2008)

Overall theme: The Irish Contribution to European Scholastic Thought

Venue: QUB

Dates: Thursday 26—Saturday 28 June 2008

The conference will be held under the academic auspices of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy (QUB) and the Irish Philosophical Society (President: Dr Mette Lebech, NUIM, Maynooth)

Organisers: Professor James McEvoy (QUB) and Dr Michael Dunne (QUB & NUIM, Maynooth)

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Dr Michael Dunne: mdunne@qub.ac.uk
before 15 September 2007.

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International Politics and Ethnic Conflict Research Cluster (IPEC)

Seminars – Semester Two 2008-09


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Irish Politics Research Cluster (IPRC)

IPRC Events:  February – May 2009


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The School of Politics hosted the "Beyond the Nation?: Critical Reflections on Nations and Nationalism in Uncertain Times" Conference on the 12th-14th September 2007. The website for the event can be found here.


School Events
The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy maintains a busy schedule of scholarly activity of interest for members of the School, the University and the community in general. Please access the events page for update information on lectures, seminars and other events in the School:


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Political Theory Research Cluster Seminar Series Spring 2008/9

Seminar Series Spring 2008/9


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Irish Politics Research Cluster (IPRC)

Events:  October - December 2008

Details of the programme of  events organised by the Irish Politics Research Cluster (IPRC) are available here


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The Belfast International Terrorism Workshop

16-17 January 2009

Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB)

Organizers: Professor Richard English, Kacper Rekawek, Jessie Blackbourn (QUB)

More information can be found here


The Political Theory Cluster will be hosting a symposium on ‘Post Secularism and Contemporary Society’ on Friday 29 February’ Further details here.


December 2006

Professor Michael Mann (UCLA/QUB), "How closely connected are American economic and military imperialism?", Wednesday 6 December, 4.30pm, Lecture Room 21.101, 21 University Square, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

November 2006

Chris Armstrong (Southampton), "Collapsing Categories?  Fraser on Economy, Culture and Justice".  Wednesday 29 November, 4.30pm, Seminar Room G01.21 University Square, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

The 2nd Seminal Lecture on Democratic Constitutionalism is to be delievered by Professor J.H.H. Weiler, Director of the Global Hauser Law School at New York University.  "Putting the Toothpaste back in the Tube: The European Union without a European Constitution"Monday 13 November, 5.15pm, Room 2.09 Peter Froggatt Centre.

"How to live in fear".  (Professor Zygmunt Bauman).  Wednesday 1 November 2006, 5.00pm, Larmour Lecture Theatre, QUB.  (Sponsored by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, QUB).

Chris Brown (LSE), "Tragedy, "Tragic Choices" and International Political Theory".  Wednesday 1 November, 2.00pm, Conference Room 103.20 University Square.  School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

October 2006

Philosophy Lecture.  John Broome (Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford).  "The unity of reasoning?".  Thursday 26 October 2006, 4.00pm in Room G01/16 University Square.  John Broome has just moved from the University of St Andrews to the University of Oxford, where he is White's Professor of Moral Philosophy.  He is a very distinguished analyst of moral value and its theory; his work emphasises the benefits of applying rigorous economic analysis to moral reasoning and vice versa.  The titles of two recent books, Ethics out of Economics and Weighing Lives, give a good flavour of his work and interests.

Caroline Walsh (QUB), "Rawls, Walzer and Cosmopolitanism", Wednesday 25 October, 4.30pm, Seminar Room G01.21 University Square, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

NLR (Northern Light Review) is hosting a symposium on Education and Community Relations in Northern IrelandThursday 12 October 2006, 09.30 for 10.00am, Parliament Buildings Stormont.  This is an open invitation but numbers are restricted and attendance is only via an official invitation from the sponsor.  Consequently anyone interested should contact the address on the attached invitation and we will then arrange for an invitation to be sent out.

May 2006

A one-day conference is being held on Friday 12 May on the theme of "A farewell to arms?: ending terrorism and insurgencies in a post-Cold War and post-9/11 world". Speakers will include: Professor Adam Roberts (Oxford University), Dr Roger MacGinty (York University), Dr Jean Allain (Law, QUB), Dr Roberto Belloni and Professor Adrian Guelke, as well as research students from the School of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy. The conference will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in the Conference Room in the School of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy. For further information, including the full programme, please contact Adrian Guelke at a.guelke@qub.ac.uk. Download flier here.

April 2006

The School's International Politics and Ethnic Conflict Cluster is sponsoring a talk by Nicole Deittelhoff, Frankfurt Institute for Peace Research, entitled ‘Corporate Security Responsibility: Can a Do Corporations Engage in Providing Security in Conflict Zones?' Thursday, 27 April 2006, 3-5pm, 20.103 (School Conference Room). For further information, please contact: Dr Roberto Belloni (r.belloni@qub.ac.uk) or Professor Antje Wiener (a.wiener@qub.ac.uk).

The School's International Politics and Ethnic Conflict Cluster is sponsoring a talk by Rey Koslowski, SUNY Albany, entitled 'Real Challenges for Virtual Borders,' to be held 6 April 2006, 4-6pm, 20.103 (School Conference Room). For further information, please contact: Dr Roberto Belloni (r.belloni@qub.ac.uk) or Professor Antje Wiener (a.wiener@qub.ac.uk).

March 2006

Wed 29 March, 3pm, 19.103, Richard Woodward, 'Promoting Global Tax Justice? The EU and OECD Harmful Tax Competition Initiatives' (sponsored by the School's European Governance & Gender Cluster).

Graduate Student Project Workshop with Professor James Tully, Wednesday 29 March, 10-12:00AM, Conference Room, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, 21 University Square. PG students will present short research projects and questions for discussion with Professor Tully. Coffee will be available. For further information, please contact: Ms Caroline McNeill c.mcneill@qub.ac.uk or Professor Antje Wiener a.wiener@qub.ac.uk.

1st Democratic Constitutionalism Lecture: ‘Reflections on Democratic Constitutionalism’, given by Professor James Tully, Unversity of Victoria, Canada. Time: Tuesday 28 March 2006, at 16:00. Location: Varsity. The lecture will be open to all, it begins with Tea/Coffee at 4pm and is followed by a wine reception. It is co-sponsored by the Law School and by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's For enquiries: Professor Sally Wheeler, Law: s.wheeler@qub.ac.uk; Professor Antje Wiener, Politics: a.wiener@qub.ac.uk.

Wed 15 March, 3pm, 19.103, Simon Lee 'Gordon Brown and Global Europe: The British Way to European Integration' (sponsored by the School's European Governance & Gender Cluster).

Wed 1 March, 3pm, 19.103 David McCrone, 'Scotland and Europe: examining myths' (sponsored by the School's European Governance & Gender Cluster).

February 2006

Thursday 23 February, 3pm, 20.203, Conference Room, Ann Lane 'The influences of strategy on UK foreign policy making under Blair' (sponsored by the School's European Governance & Gender Cluster).

Information on Peel Prizes in Philosophy available here.

Schedule for Philosophy Speaker Series is available here.

Recognition: Ethics, Politics, Philosophy; a seminar organised by the Political Theory Research Group. February 17-18, Conference Room, 19-22 University Square, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. All welcome.

European Liaison Short Seminar Series: Dr Michelle Cini (Bristol) will speak on 'Political leadership in the European Commission: from Santer to Barroso'. Thursday 16 February, at 11:00 in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building. Further details from Catherine Madden.

A seminar entitled ‘Virtue, justice, and the human good: non-relativistic communitarian ethics and the life of religious commitment’, by Dr Allyn Fives (NUI, Galway) will be held at 5.00 pm, Wednesday 8th February 2006 Room 19.103 School of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy, 19-21 University Square.

The annual Frank Wright Memorial Lecture: 'Loyalty, Terror, and Faith', by Professor Stephen Howe (Bristol). Tuesday 7 February, at 4pm, Larmour Lecture Theatre, QUB. All welcome.

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December 2005

17-18 December at Portaferry, County Down: Contested Compliance in International Policy Coordination - Bridging Research on Norms and Policy Analysis, a workshop sponsored by the EU Fifth Framework Programme and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Queen's University Belfast. Organisers: Dr Uwe Puetter (Budapest) and Prof Antje Wiener (Queen's), workshop papers are available here. Further details from c.madden@qub.ac.uk.

This year’s Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture will be given by Prof Richard Jenkins. The lecture, on the theme, Groups and Group Rights: Real or Imaginary?, will take place in Room 212, Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast, at 5.30 sharp on Thursday, December 1st. Confirmations of attendance, please, to info@democraticdialogue.org.

November 2005

24 November: Rights Politics: Minority Rights, Human Rights, Citizenship - Postgraduate workshop sponsored by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the Centre of European Studies at Queen's. The programme can be found here.

Friday November 25th, European Liaison Short Seminar 'The EU's next enlargement: what can Romania bring to the European Union?' Speaker: Raduta Matache, deputy Ambassador at the Romanian embassy in London. Senate Room, 11.00am. For further information please contact c.madden@qub.ac.uk.  

Tuesday November 22, European Liaison Short Seminar 'Leading Europe: the UK Presidency of the EU' Speaker: Professor Richard Whitman, Head of the European Programme at Chatham House (formerly the Royal Institute of International Affairs) Seminar Room 1, Institute of Governance building, 11.00am. For further information please contact c.madden@qub.ac.uk.  

The School's Philosophy Public Lectures series commences on Thursday, 3 November 2005. Dr Lilian Alweiss, Trinity College Dublin, will give a lecture entitled "Between Internalism and Externalism. Husserl's account of intentionality" at 4:05 pm in Room G01, 16 University Square. Find a schedule for the November 2005 - May 2006 lecture series here.

October 2005

The 2005 Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference will be hosted by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at The Wellington Park Hotel, 21 Malone Road, Belfast, 21-23 October. Find out more here (call for papers, conference registration form and programme). For more information, please contact Dr John Garry.

Public lecture by Professor Taman Hermann of Tel Aviv University (Israel), speaking on 'Settlers, peace activists and Israels' unilateral disengagement from Gaza' at 5pm on Thursday 20 October in the School Lecture Hall (21.101 University Square). The lecture is hosted by the School and the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict.

Seminar with Susan Fountaine, Visiting Professor from Massey University, New Zealand entitled 'Who's the boss: The girl power frame in New Zealand's Newspapers'. 4 pm, Wednesday 5 October in Conference Room, 20.103, 21 University Square. Hosted by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and The Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics. Further inquiries to m.drennan@qub.ac.uk.

September 2005

Lunch-time seminar with Professor Jane Jenson, University of Montreal: "Social citizenship within the social investment perspective. Britain and Canada compared", Wednesday, 21 September 2005 at 1pm Conference Room (22.103), School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's. In September Professor Jenson will be British Academy Visiting Professor at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

Contested Meanings: Democratic Practice and Principles across Cultural Boundaries; Workshop, Queen’s University Belfast, 22-23 September 2005. Organizers: Antje Wiener, Catherine Madden (c.madden@qub.ac.uk) and Thomas Pfister (t.pfister@qub.ac.uk); Sponsors: EU 6th Framework Programme CONNEX Project Connecting Excellence on European Governance; School of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Centre of European Studies at Queen’s as well as the British Academy. For programme details, please klick here; workshop papers available here.

June 2005

A one-day conference on The 1966 Commemoration of the Easter Rising - part of a collaborative project between the School of Politics and International Studies and the Humanities Institute of Ireland - will be held at University College Dublin on 15 June. For more information, contact Catherine O'Donnell.

The IR Cluster Reading Group is meeting on Tuesday, 7 June, at 12:30-13:30, room 10.103 to discuss the Michael Byers' War Law (Atlantic Books, 2005) (copies will soon be available for xeroxing at the European Studies Center). All staff and PG students are welcome. This is a brown bag seminar; feel free to bring your lunch. For further information contact Dr Roberto Belloni or Prof Antje Wiener.

An International Relations Colloquium will be held on Thursday 2 June, 14:00-15:30 in the School Conference Room. PhD Student Kyriaki Topidi will present "Critical Approaches to Minority Rights in the EU".

May 2005

The one-day symposium 'GLOBAL NORMS UNDER SIEGE: Non-Intervention, Human Rights, Abstention from Torture', co-sponsored by the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, will be held on 20 May 2005 at the Institue of Governance, 63 University Street, Belfast. Papers can be downloaded at http://www.qub.ac.uk/polproj/reneg/workshop.htm. For further information contact Ms Catherine Madden.

A one-day European Liaison conference, 'Towards a Constitution for Europe', hosted by the Centre for European Studies, School of Politics and International Studies, will be held on Thursday 19 May in the Canada Room, Queen's University Belfast. Access the programme here. There is no charge for this event; to reserve a place, or for further information, please contact Catherine Madden.

A public lecture on 'US Foreign Policy During the Second Bush Administration' will be given by Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow, The Council of Foreign Relations (US), on Tuesday 17 May at 4pm in Room 209, Peter Froggatt Centre. All are welcome.

An International Relations Colloquium will be held on Tuesday 17 May, 15:00-16:30 (location to be announced). PhD Student Margaret Hagan will present "Mediating Separatist Movements: Western Civil Society Interventions in Ethnopolitical Conflicts on the European Periphery".

The IR Cluster Reading Group is meeting on Wednesday, 11 May, at 12:00, room 21.G02 to discuss the last two chapters (6 and 7) of Christian Reus-Smit, The Moral Purpose of the State, Princeton University Press, 1999 (copies are available for xeroxing at the European Studies Center). All staff and PG students are welcome. For further information contact Dr Roberto Belloni or Prof Antje Wiener.

Dr Alexander Kelle will give a talk entitled "The Securitization of Public Health in the US" on Wednesday 4 May at 4pm in 20.103 (School Conference Room) as part of the School Seminar Series. All staff and students welcome. For further information contact Dr Keith Breen.

April 2005

Dr Oliver Kessler will give a talk entitled "Performativity of Asymmetric Information Models in Global Finance" on Wednesday 27 April at 4pm in 20.103 (School Conference Room) as part of the School Seminar Series. All staff and students welcome. For further information contact Dr Keith Breen.

The School Seminar Series presents two talks on Wednesday 20 April at 4 pm in 20.103 (School Conference Room). Professor Vincent Geoghegan will give a talk entitled "Utopia and the Memory of Religion" and Rebecca Graaf will speak on "Commemorating 1798 in 1998: (Dis)United Irishmen". All staff and students welcome. For further information contact Dr Keith Breen.

An International Relations Colloquium will be held on Tuesday 19 April, 14:00-15:30 (Institute of Governance, 63 University Rd, Seminar Room 2). Presenters: Katy Hayward: "Researching conflict transformation: lessons from the EUBorderConf project" / Diana Schmidt: "Visiting Potemkin Villages or backstage realities? Researching anti-corruption initiatives in Russia." For more information, please contact Diana Schmidt or Prof Antje Wiener.

European Liaison Short Seminar Friday 15th April, 11.30am, Senate Room The European Parliament: A Major Player? Speaker: Dermot Scott, Head of the UK Office of the European Parliament Further details from c.madden@qub.ac.uk.  

Professor Russel Keat (Edinburgh) will give a talk entitled "Ethics and the Varieties of Capitalism: A Critique of Jürgen Habermas" on Wednesday 13 April at 4pm in 20.103 (School Conference Room). All staff and students welcome. For further information contact Dr Keith Breen.

March 2005

The IR Cluster Reading Group for staff and PG students has met on 16th March to continue reading Reus-Smit's Moral Purpose of the State. For more information, please get in touch with Dr Roberto Belloni or Prof Antje Wiener.

The Centre for European Studies is hosting a seminar on Thursday 3 March 2005 from 1400-1600. The speaker will be Prof. Ben Tonra from the Dublin European Institute at University College Dublin. He will be presenting a paper on 'The Europeanization of EU Member States' Foreign Policies'. The seminar will be held in Room 20.101 (Conference Room) in the School of Politics and International Studies. All are welcome.

February 2005

The IR Cluster Reading Group for staff and PG students is currently up and running. More information here.

The School of Politics and International Studies presents the Annual Frank Wright LectureDr Brendan Simms of Peterhouse, Cambridge will speak on 'The Lessons of Bosnia'. The lecture will be held on Friday, 11 February at 5 pm in Room 121, South Wing, Lanyon Building.

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December 2004

The Centre for European Studies in the School of Politics and International Studies is organising a public lecture on Friday December 10th, at 11.00am in the Canada Room. Michel Petite, Director General of the European Commission's Legal Service will speak on 'Community litigation and the legal service of the European Commission'. The lecture will be followed by a buffet lunch. If you would like to attend, please contact Catherine Madden at c.madden@qub.ac.uk

The 15th John Whyte Memorial Lecture will be held at 2nd December, 5.00 p.m., Room G07, Peter Froggatt Centre. Professor Michael Kenny (Politics, University of Sheffield) will speak on ‘The myths of civil society’.

The 9th Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture (in association with ‘Democratic Dialogue’ and ‘The Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics) will be held 1st December, 5.30 p.m., Room 209, Peter Froggatt Centre. Professor Christine Chinkin (International Law, LSE) ‘Peace processes, post-conflict security and guarantees of women’s rights: the international context considered’.

October 2004

The School convenes a weekly Research Seminar on Wednesdays at 4 pm, which all are welcome to attend. Further information on this semester's presentations is available here.

September 2004

30th September: The School of Politics and International Studies, The Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) present a one day conference: ‘Interpreting ongoing crises in the Northern Ireland peace process: Civil society dimensions’. Speakers include: Professor Rupert Taylor (University of the Witwatersrand), Dr Feargal Cochrane (Lancaster University), Robin Wilson (Democratic Dialogue), Dr Christopher Farrington (QUB), Dr Cathal McCall (QUB), Michael Potter (Training for Women Network), Roisin McGlone (SICDP), Debbie Watters (Shankill Alternatives), Cllr Mark Langhammer (Labour Party). It will be held on 30th September 2004 in the Senate Room, Queen’s University Belfast. Places will be strictly limited. If interested please contact Christopher Farrington, School of Politics and International Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, 028 9097 3231.

 

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Two conferences for A-level students
The School is organizing 2 A Level conferences on April 19th and 20th.  The first event on April 19th is on ‘The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland’, and the second, on April 20th, looks at ‘Political Power’.  Further information available by contacting pisp@qub.ac.uk.

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Taylor seminar on China's 'Oil Diplomacy' in Africa
Professor Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews, will give a seminar entitled 'China's Oil Diplomacy in Africa: Implications for Democracy and Human Rights' at 3pm on Thursday 3 May in the School Conference Room (20.103 University Square). All are welcome; for further information contact Dr Stefan Andreasson (s.andreasson@qub.ac.uk).

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Joint IPRC/IPEC One-Day Symposium 'Political Accommodation after Violent Conflict'
11 May 2007: Joint IPRC/IPEC One-Day Symposium 'Political Accommodation after Violent Conflict'. Speakers to include: Stefan Wolff (University of Nottingham), Roger MacGinty (University of York), Feargal Cochrane (University of Lancaster) (11am - 5pm, PISP Room 20.103, QUB)

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12-15/04/2007 Emergence Conference
An international conference on 'emergence', supported by the Mind Association and the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy will be held at Queen's 12-15 April 2007. Please access the conference website for more information.

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Philosophy Staff and Postgraduate Student Seminar Group – 2006-07

Professor Macdonald would like to invite members of the School Staff and postgraduate students with an interest in Philosophy to attend a Staff and Postgraduate Student Seminar Group for Philosophy

4 pm Thursdays in Lecture Room G01, 16 University Square.

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July 2004

Professor Arend Lijphart (California) is giving a public lecture on 'Power Sharing in Divided Societies' on Monday 5 July, at 4 pm in the School Conference Room, 21 University Square. Further details from Catherine Madden.

June 2004

The 2004 Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Postgraduate Conference is held on 18-19 June at the School of Politics and International Studies, 21 University Square. Download a programme here.

The next European Liaison Short Seminar will be held on Wednesday 16th June, in the Senate Room, QUB, at the later time of 2.30pm. The title of the seminar is "Sharing power with the people – what role for the people and parliaments in any new EU constitution?", and the speaker is Richard Lochhead, Member of the Scottish Parliament. Further details from Catherine Madden.

May 2004

Dr Iain Mackenzie is giving a talk in the School's Political Theory Seminar Series on 27 May at 4 pm in the School Conference Room (20.103). The talk is entitled 'What is a Political Event?'.

Dr Andrew Schaap (University of Melbourne) is giving a talk in the School's Political Theory Seminar Series on 19 May at 4 pm in the School Conference Room (20.103). The talk is entitled 'Assuming Responsibility in the Hope of Reconciliation'.

Dr Nicholas Smith (Macquarie University) is giving a talk in the School's Political Theory Seminar Series on 13 May at 4 pm in the School Conference Room (20.103). The talk is entitled 'Culture and the Economy: the Left-Aristotelian View'.

Visiting Socrates Professor Stephan Stetter (University of Bielefeld) is giving a guest lecture on 11 May at 2 pm in the School Lecture Theatre (21.101). The title of the lecture is 'Border, Religion, Identity: Reflections on the conflicts in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland'.

April 2004

Dr Yvonne Galligan will give a lunchtime seminar, hosted by the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics and the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research, entitled "Do voters in NI want women to represent them?"at 12.30pm on Thursday 29 April in Room 307, Peter Froggatt Centre. Further details from Maureen Drennan.

The 'A' level politics conference will be held on Friday 23 April from 10:00 am to 2:45 pm. Further details from Catherine Madden.

Professor Anthony Payne of the University of Sheffield will give a lecture in the School's Distinguished Scholar Lecture series. The lecture is entitled 'Studying Development in the Age of Globalisation' and will be held on Thursday 1 April, at 5:00 pm in Room 21.101 in the School of Politics and International Studies (21 University Square). All are welcome. For further information, contact Vincent Geoghegan.

March 2004

The next European Liaison Short Seminar is held on 22 March at 11:00 a.m. in the Canada Room, Queen's University. Coffee will be available from 10:45 a.m. The topic is 'Representing Northern Ireland' and the two speakers are Claire Whitten of the Economic and Social Committee and Alban Maginness of the Committee of the Regions. Further details from Catherine Madden.

The Political Studies Association of Ireland is holding a postgraduate conference at Queens University Belfast 18th-19th June 2004 entitled ‘Analysing a Changing World- New Challenges for Politics?’ Access the call for paper here.

February 2004

A European Question Time is being organised by the School of Politics and International Studies together with the European Parliament Office in London. Panel members include MEPs for Northern Ireland Jim Nicholson (UUP), John Hume (SDLP) and a representative of the DUP. The event will be held on 27 February, 12:00-14:00 in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building. A sandwhich lunch will be provided and admission is free, but access is by ticket only. Please contact Catherine Madden for further information.

The next European Liaison Short Seminar is held on 19 February at 11:00 a.m. in the Senate Room, Queen's University. Coffee will be available from 10:45 a.m. The topic is 'Northern Ireland: Making Ourselves Heard in Europe' and the two speakers are Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, and Seamus McAleavey, Director of NI Council for Volountary Action.

Dr Simon Caney (University of Birmingham) will give the annual Frank Wright Lecture. The lecture is entitled: Global Justice: poverty, rights and duties. It will be held on 19 February, 5.00 p.m., in Room 209, Peter Froggatt Centre.

The next ESRC Seminar on Europeanisation will take place on 6 February, at 14.00 in the School Conference Room (Room 103, 20 University Square). The speaker will be Professor Michael Keating (European University Institute, Florence), and his topic will be 'Regions and Enlargement'.

January 2004

The next European Liaison Short Seminar looks in detail at the programme and priorities of the Irish Presidency. The speaker is Alan Dukes, Director General of the Institute of European Affairs in Dublin. The seminar will be held on Friday January 23rd, in the Senate Room, Queen’s University, beginning at 11.00am. Coffee will be available from 10.45am. Further details from Catherine Madden.

A lunchtime seminar, entitled ‘Universal Challenges for Women as Candidates,’ will be held by Shannon O'Connell, Programme Director for the National Democratic Institute, at 12.30 pm on Thursday 15 January 2004 in Lecture Room 21.101, 21 University Square.

November 2003

Professor Neta Crawford, Brown University (USA) will be giving a lecture titled 'The Institutionalisation of Fear and the Logics of US Foreign Policy' at 5:00 on Thursday, 20 November in the School of Politics and International Studies Lecture Room.

The first European Liaison Short Seminar of the current academic year will be held on Monday November 17th, at 11.00am, in the Senate Room. Our speaker is Jim Dougal, Head of the European Commission's Representation in the United Kingdom, and former Head of the Commission's Representation in Northern Ireland. The title of the seminar is 'The Press and Europe: You Couldn't Make it Up'. Jim will explore the problems caused by eurosceptic coverage of European issues in the media, from the humorous to the more dangerously europhobic, and will talk about the role of his office in the face of increasingly hostile reporting of European policies and processes. Coffee will be served from 10.45, the seminar will close no later than 12.45. Please contact Catherine Madden if you would like to attend.

October 2003

On 31 October, a one day conference entitled 'Romania and EU Enlargement: The Challenge of Domestic Reform', [http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/hellenicObservatory/events/Romania.htm] will be held at the Hellenic Observatory in the London School of Economics, organized Dr. David Phinnemore of the School of Politics and International Studies in cooperation with Dr. Dimitris Papadimitriou from the University of Manchester. The event brings together senior officials from Romania and the European Commission as well as academics and analysts to discuss Romania's progress towards EU membership. The event is sponsored by the hosts, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Research Analysts) and the British Academy.

September 2003

September 18th 2003, 'From Convention to Constitution: Northern Ireland and the Future of Europe', a one day conference organised by the School of Politics and International Studies with support from the European Commission and the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister. This conference brings together representatives of civil society, the media, civil servants and academics to examine the process that has brought about the draft Constitution for Europe, discusses its key elements and identifies the challenges it raises both generally and specifically for Northern Ireland. Speakers include those involved in the European Convention, media commentators, as well as experts on EU affairs.