FF counts on 1916 icon to attract female candidates
Fianna Fail has named its women's Dáil candidate recruitment group the "Markievicz Commission" and party leaders have persuaded Professor Yvonne Galligan of Queen's University Belfast, the leading authority on gender in politics, to chair it. Details available here.
Professor Dave Archard has been appointed Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Science in Culture’ Advisory Group. ‘Science in Culture’ is one of the AHRC’s four strategic themes, and aims to develop the reciprocal relationship between the sciences on the one hand, and arts and humanities on the other: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Research-funding/Themes/Science-in-Culture/Pages/Science-in-Culture.aspx
He will hold the position for an initial period of three years.
Elodie Fabre to talk at event on post-referendum Scotland at the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change/ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Hub, University of Edinburgh, on Thursday 26 June.
The event, supported by the British Academy, will debate scenarios for post-referendum Scotland. Dr Fabre will talk about opportunities for citizen engagement in politics after the referendum on Scottish independence.
Dr Stefan Andreasson has been invited to speak on resource nationalism in sub-Saharan Africa's energy markets at the 27th June inaugural symposium of the Africa Research Forum at the University of Lincoln in conjunction with the Lincoln School of Business: Governance in Africa: A One-Day Symposium
Professor Rick Wilford has been invited to deliver The Speaker’s Lecture in the Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings, Stormont at 7pm on 17 June. The lecture, ‘Two Cheers for Consociational Democracy?’ will be given to an invited audience and will be followed by a reception marking Professor Wilford’s impending retirement.
Universities Ireland, the network of university presidents and vice-chancellors on the island of Ireland, sponsored the third in a series of conferences to commemorate the centenary of key events in the history of modern Ireland ranging from the Ulster Covenant, through the First World War and the 1916 Rising, to the foundation of the Irish and Northern Irish Statesin Belfast City Hall on Saturday 14th June under the title Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war.
Programe details available here
A set of five filmed discussions on NI politics & devolution involving Professor Rick Wilford and Dr Cathy Gormley-Heenan (UU) have been published on the NI Assembly’s Education Service website. Designed primarily for sixth formers, the videos range over a number of topics including elections, committees and legislation and can be found at - ‘Academic Reflections’.
A One Day Conference 25 June 2014
Organised by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), and supported by the Political Studies Association (PSA ) Specialist Groups on Britishness and on Irish Politics.
Programme and details available here
Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Chair of Politics in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy has been invited by the FCO and Home Office to contribute to Prime Minister Cameron’s recently commissioned Government Review of the Muslim Brotherhood and of government policy towards the organization. The Prime Minister has commissioned an internal government review into the philosophy, activities, impact and influence on UK national interests, at home and abroad, of the Muslim Brotherhood and of government policy towards the organization.
Researchers at Queen’s have come up with a novel user-friendly ‘app’ to help members of the public decide who to vote for in the upcoming European Parliament elections.
The EU Vox14 app, http://eu1.euvox.eu/uk/, asks a range of questions, including some Northern Ireland-specific ones, in relation to anonymised policy statements, in order to identify which prospective MEP most closely matches a voter’s values. It can be accessed on a smartphone, tablet or any other gadget with internet access.
The Northern Ireland Voting Advice Application (VAA) was developed by researchers at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's, led by Dr John Garry, as part of a larger EU-wide project known as EUVOX.
For further information see here