The Markievicz Commission report on women’s political participation was published on 15 January and has attracted much media attention since then. Professor Yvonne Galligan was independent chairperson of the Commission, which was set up by Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin TD in March 2014. The Commission recommends that Fianna Fail must run between 20 and 27 female candidates if it is to comply with the 30% gender quota required by law. Speaking at the launch of the report, Professor Galligan said “the comprehensive recommendations in this report will hopefully see an end to all-male election tickets. Today young women and men expect to be represented by both genders. This report looks to the future as well as taking the upcoming election into account. It recommends that local government and Seanad elections are also subject to candidate gender quotas.”
Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at QUB will speak at a roundtable on public sector reform at the National University of Ireland offices in Dublin on Friday 23rd January. Other speakers include Prof Edoardo Ongaro (University of Northumbria and President of the European Group for Public Administration), Prof Koen Verhoest (University of Antwerp), Prof Colin Scott (University College Dublin) and other academics and senior Irish government officials.
The roundtable is part of a programme on ‘Building State Capacity in Ireland’ organised by the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. It coincides with a meeting of the international Advisory Group for a Research Fellowship on Public Service Reform which Dr MacCarthaigh is currently undertaking.
Professor Graham Walker was consulted in the preparation of feature articles – in which he was liberally quoted - on Irish voting rights in Britain in ‘The Irish Post’ (15.1.15), and on Rangers FC in ‘The Financial Times’ (17.1.15).
Professor Dave Archard has been made Honorary Vice President of the Society for Applied Philosophy, the leading organization devoted to the promotion of philosophical work with a direct bearing on areas of practical concern.
The President of the Society for Applied Philosophy is Baroness Onora O’Neill.
In 2016 Queen’s University will host the Annual Conference of the Society.
Congratulations to Dave.
PISP PhD student, Leonie Maria Tanczer, has recently been published in the Ada journal. Leonie, who is also a fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), interviewed two members of the Electronic Disturbance Theatre 2.0: Carmin Karasic and Micha Cardenas. Both consider themselves to be politically motivated hackers, also known as hacktivists.
The Electronic Disturbance Theatre group have the belief that the Internet should not be used purely as a means for communication and data exchange. Instead it is also a forum for direct action.
To read the interview and find out more about Leonie’s work please visit the website below:
Congratulations to Leonie on the publication!
Congratulations to PISP's very own Professor John Barry who delivered his Inaugural Professorial lecture before the Christmas holidays. Professor Barry spoke on 'Carbon, Capitalism and the Transition from Unsustainability' and encouraged us all to be a little more radical.
To watch Professor Barry's lecture, click on the link below:
PISP is pleased to announce that MA Violence, Terrorism and Security graduate Eric D Gardiner has been recently appointed as Advisor to the President of the USA, at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. Eric will be working on their education platform, the Global Literacy Initiative. He will also be doing research directly for Richard Haass, CFR's President.
Our congratulations to Eric on his new role.
Dr Ephraim Nimni has been invited by the prestigious Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Norway to give a lecture on 12th January with the title: “Shared sovereignty and territory in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. He has also been invited to present a paper at the conference Trans-ethnic Coalition-building within and across States organised by Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies of Uppsala University in Sweden on 7-9 January 2015. The title of his paper is 'Hans Kohn's vision for national-cultural autonomy in Palestine'
It has been confirmed that a maximum of ten studentship places for QUB-China Scholarship Council awards will be funded for 2015-16.
Related details are available here.
PhD Study Commencing 2015
The School of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast is pleased to announce a number of funding opportunities for PhD students beginning September 2015. We welcome student proposals in a wide range of scholarly areas, with particular emphasis on the following:
Details on School funding opportunities available here.
Further information on all these funding opportunities can be found on our webpages: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofPoliticsInternationalStudiesandPhilosophy/ProspectiveStudents/PostgraduateResearchDegrees/
Likewise, you can contact Dr. Debbie Lisle for more information: D.Lisle@qub.ac.uk
Details for these studentship awards are available here.
Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Professor of Politics, was invited to share her expertise at the Cabinet Office, Whitehall on UK policy directions for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
At the workshop a range of UK Government officials from across Whitehall including the Cabinet Office, DFID, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, SIS, GCHQ and Defence Intelligence listened to inputs from Prof. Milton-Edwards as they pertained to Jordan’s domestic as well as regional challenges.
In October the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Policing Extremes held a public lecture and workshop focused on aspects of policing training, accountability, and new forms of community policing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the speakers was Dr. Ignacio Cano who is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Lead Researcher in the Laboratory for the Analysis of Violence in the Department of Social Sciences at Rio State University, Rio de Janeiro. He has published widely on public security and police human rights abuses in Brazil.
Over the course of the two events, Dr. Cano summarized the current state of violent crime and police responses, often resulting in police discharging their weapons and the deaths of suspects. However, he also highlighted a policing program instituted in parts of Rio de Janeiro beginning in 2008 called the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs). In certain areas of the city, UPPs have helped to stabilize violence crime and pioneer a new form of community-led policing. Dr. Cano and Dr. Andrea Mayr from the School of English at QUB also discussed the representation of violence and policing through various forms of media in Brazil. They explained how such imagery forms idealizes conceptions of policing as engaging in violence with suspected criminals, which has been to the detriment of more pacifying approaches such at the UPPs.
First year exam study session with the Learning Development Centre and your Peer Mentors!
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Date: Wednesday 10 Dec. 2014
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
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Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards has been invited to the School of Government and International Affairs, at Durham University to give a lecture on Monday 24th November 2014 entitled “After the Third Gaza War: Hamas and Future Calculations.”
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On behalf of: Professor David Phinnemore, Head of School and Professor Milton-Edwards, Director of Education
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Thursday 13 November 2014, 6.15pm - 8.45pm: Whitla Hall, Queen’s University Belfast
Thursday 20 November 2014, 6.30pm - 8.30pm: Canal Court Hotel, Newry
Thursday 27 November 2014, 6.30pm - 8.30pm: Everglades Hotel, Derry/Londonderry
Details available here
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Professor John Barry has been accepted as a Visiting Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich from May-July 2015. The centre is one of the world’s leading research centres on social science research into environmental issues and sustainability.
Professor Barry will be working on a publication and empirical research project entitled: ‘Beyond economic growth: green political economy, sustainability and human flourishing'.
Many congratulations to Fergal McFerran (third year, PPE) who has been selected by the UK Cabinet Office as a Young Social Action Ambassador in recognition of his excellence in volunteering. As an Ambassador, Fergal will be part of a UK-wide network helping government, as part of its Step Up to Serve initiative, to find exceptional examples of volunteers from across the UK.
Calling all students for nominations for Course Representatives. Represent your course/year at the Student Staff Consultative Committee and help improve your time at Queens! Applications can be filled in at the school office (25 Uni Square).
Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Professor of Politics, was invited to share her expertise at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on UK policy directions in the wake of the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. Prof. Milton-Edwards was invited by the European Council on Foreign Relations to speak at the event.
Congratulations to Dr. Joe Morrison who has been appointed Director of the British Philosophical Association.
The BPA is the subject association for Philosophy as an academic discipline in the UK, it represents the interests and concerns of professional philosophers in discussions with the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Quality Assurance Agency, the Higher Education Authority, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The BPA seeks:
For further information on the British Philosophical Association, see www.bpa.ac.uk