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
A student on the MA in Violence Terrorism and Security in the School of Politics, International Studies and Terrorism, Garda Commissioner Derek Byrne is on the short-list to replace PSNI Head Matt Baggott.
Derek Byrne has been a police officer for 35 years, currently oversees National Support Services and is currently a part-time student on the MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security, having previously trained alongside counter-terror experts from the FBI and New Scotland Yard.
Derek Byrne is also a member of the Queen’s University Inter-Disciplinary Research Group: Policing Extremes, led by Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, from PISP.
PISP is hosting with OXFAM a European Election hustings event on Thursday 8th May at 7pm in the QUB Council Chamber. Prospective European Parliament candidates will be asked to comment on a series of themes – poverty, gender equality, the environment etc.
All welcome but places are limited.
Please see here for details.
Former PISP students on their careers after Queen’s
April 30th 5-7pm, Room 25UQ.01.011
The Faculty Module Fair will be held on Wednesday 30th April 9.30am-11.30am (information relating to School of Politics and International Studies module choices will be held PFC Foyer)
Advisors of Studies will be available to assist with choices and options relating to degree pathways
Pathway guides: http://tinyurl.com/pisppathways1415
Module descriptions: http://tinyurl.com/pispmodules1415
In the wake of the latest publication from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday 31st March, Professor of Green Political Economy, John Barry looks at the politics behind climate change denial and scepticism and how they have succeeded in delaying long-overdue action.
Full details available here
On April 1st, Professor Galligan, who specialises in the study of gender and politics, takes up a prestigious Visiting Fellowship at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAC) at the European University Institute in Florence for the remainder of the academic year. While at the Centre, she will be researching how gender equality issues and European legislative processes interact. Professor Galligan said: ‘I am looking forward to having my research enriched through participating in the many stimulating and wide-ranging seminars and group discussions on European politics taking place at the Robert Schuman Centre in the coming months.’
President Michael D. Higgins discusses Keith Breen’s recent book, Under Weber’s Shadow, in a Keynote Address on democracy and popular legitimacy in the EU: http://www.president.ie/uncategorized/seminar-on-democracy-and-popular-legitimacy-in-the-eu/
Ukraine is a country of divided loyalties, and it will take goodwill from both the EU and Russia to heal its wounds, says Dr Timofey Agarin in an opinion column of Belfast Telegraph
Timofey Agarin commenting on the situation in Ukraine today on BBC’s "Good morning Ulster" at approx 01hr 13min http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vpfvp
You’ve done the work, now make it count! Submit your work to the Undergraduate Awards
Have your say on the NSS questionnaire and enter your chance to win! The National Student Survey (NSS) is a high profile annual census of nearly half a million students across the UK used to compile information regarding your course. PISPis offering a Prize Draw for all PISP students participating in the NSS survey by Friday the 21st of February.
You can enter yourself into the School prize draw for a chance to win one of the following three prizes:
In order to enter this school exclusive Prize Draw students must print out a copy of their receipt upon completion of the NSS questionnaire (either a screen shot or the confirmation email) and enter this into the NSS raffle box in the School Office (25 University Square). Please see the school website for more complete details and terms and conditions:
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