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Professor Graham Walker was a participant in the lead item on the BBC Radio Ulster programme ‘Talkback’ on 26 November. He contributed informed commentary on the content of the Scottish government’s White Paper on independence, ‘Scotland’s Future’, and he offered his thoughts on how the outcome of the independence referendum might impact on Northern Ireland, whether the vote is a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’.
Podcast on Scottish Independence available for 30 days
The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy: Theory and Practice, edited by Ephraim Nimni, Alexander Osipov and David J. Smith, will be launched on Friday 29th November. The launch will take place as part of the Peace Journalism Workshop to be held at Riddel Hall Queen’s University, Belfast 12.30PM. Please click here for more details. A light lunch will be served. The book will be launched by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of QUB, Professor Shane O'Neill, with a keynote presentation by the Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke, former UK Home Secretary. The launch is supported by the generous contribution of the School of Politics International Relations and Philosophy and by the sponsorship of Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) of QUB.
While multicultural liberal democracies do sincerely champion equality and individual human rights, they often have considerable difficulty in accommodating culturally diverse minority communities. The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy explores and evaluates non-territorial autonomy (NTA) as an important modality of ethnic and religious diversity management. Deploying both theoretical and empirical approaches, and also including the work of legal practitioners, the essays within the volume examine the challenges and possible solutions offered by different NTA models. In most cases, minority communities do not reside within a compact space. This makes any territorial representation impossible, and it brings into focus modalities of NTA as a possible alternative approach. NTA takes a variety of different forms, such as consociationalism or national cultural autonomy. NTA also encompasses other forms of representation, such as frameworks for accommodating indigenous peoples, juridical autonomy extended to religious communities, or elements of some models of multiculturalism
John Barry (11th November 2013) "Fiddling (taxes and subsidies) while the planet burns and people freeze: the debate about green energy levies", available here
Dr. Ephraim Nimni has been awarded an Ikerbasque Visiting Professorship at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, the Basque Country for the academic year 2013-14. The title of his project is “New Paradigms on National Self Determination and the Basque Case”.
We hope that the first two weeks of the term have been inspiring for you and you are now in full study mood! At the School we put your learning experience and personal development first and see it as our key priority to assist you in both.
To do this most effectively, we would like to hear your views first to be able to offer you the best advice on learning and career development: what would you like to see offered as a part of learning support, whether you would like to see workshops or seminars, on which topics and how often being offered by Joe and myself? To make it quick and easy, we set up a survey and would be very grateful if you can take a max of 10minutes of your time to let us know about your ideas/preferences/expectations by clicking thru to
During the first week of the term Joe Morrison and myself have introduced our role as Student Learning Support team at PISP in most of the core lectures. The survey will help us collect information about your expectations from us and pull some ideas together. We would like to see all students, from all degree programmes and all levels giving us an indication of what is needed to be able to tailor our help better.
Together with the University, we have an ambitious vision about how PISP Staff can help you get the most out of your time in Queen’s, support your graduate outcomes and progress successfully into employment after graduation. By taking part in this survey you will help us help you better! Thanks very much for your time!
Dr Timofey Agarin
School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast
25 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, UK
We are delighted to announce that leading broadcaster Dr. Miriam O’Callaghan will launch Professor Yvonne Galligan and Fiona Buckley’s special issue 'Politics and Gender on the Island of Ireland: the Quest for Political Agency' on Friday 18th October. It will take place in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, at 5.30pm. Welcoming the publication of the special issue, Head of School Professor David Phinnemore said: ‘this is the first comprehensive treatment of women and politics on the island of Ireland since Contesting Politics was published in 1999. Much has happened for women in politics and society since then, and the articles in this special issue of Irish Political Studies edited by Galligan and Buckley bring the story and analysis right up to date. The issues discussed include women’s political representation, electoral politics, peace-building and civil society, the abortion amendment to the Irish Constitution, the application of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, women and multiculturalism, and parliament as a gendered institution. It should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in women, gender and politics on the island of Ireland’.
On Tuesday 1 October 2013, the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy hosted a panel discussion focusing on the theme of ‘Political Institutions and Public Engagement’, which was held in the Great Hall at Queen’s University. The main participants were:
The event was chaired by Professor Rick Wilford, during which the panel received questions from an audience including invited guests, as well as students and academics from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.
Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.
Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. It is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For more information go to www.nuffieldfoundation.org/q-step.
The Queen's Q-Step Centreis a collaboration between the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and School of Mathematics and Physics.
Centre Co-ordinators are Prof Mike Tomlinson and Dr Emma Calvert in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work (firstname.lastname@example.org). The coordinator in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy is Dr. John Garry.
The Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, formally partnering a legislative arm of government – the Assembly - with academia. Aiming to encourage debate and improve understanding, KESS provides a forum to present and disseminate research findings in a straightforward format, across the Programme for Government; making those findings easily accessible to decision-makers such as MLAs and Assembly committees, as well as the wider public sector.
KESS is jointly delivered by the Research and Information Service of the Assembly (RaISe), in partnership with all three universities located in Northern Ireland (NI) – the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB - co-founder in 2011), the University of Ulster (Ulster - in 2012) and the Open University (OU - in 2013).
The Series presents networking opportunities, attracting a broad spectrum of attendees. These include: MLAs and their staff; Assembly staff; public and private sector employees; academics; voluntary and community groups; and, members of the public.
Seminars are free and are held on Thursdays from 3 October 2013 through 29 May 2014. Each seminar starts at 1.30pm in Parliament Buildings, located on Stormont Estate.
Further information, including details on registration and the seminar themes is available here
Generating Justice: The social, legal, political and ethical issues of ensuring justice across generations
Senate Room, Lanyon Building.
All are welcome!
The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy celebrated student-nominated excellences in its teaching recently with a double-whammy of award winners:
The QUB Students’ Union Education Awards, celebrated the hard work and dedication of Course Representatives, Peer Mentors, School Representatives and Staff across the University. The Award for Most Inspiring/Motivating Lecturer of the Year went to Dr. Keith Breen (PISP). Keith contributes to all levels of UG and PG teaching in the School and chairs the PISP Student Support Group. Congratulations to Keith.
The QUB Student-Nominated Teaching Award went to Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards. In their nominating statement, her students commenced her for “her unique ability to combine authoritative academic standing with a genuine rapport with everyone she teaches”. Professor Milton-Edwards contributes to all levels of UG and PG teaching in the School and is currently Director of Education. Felicitations to Beverley.
Professor Dave Archard has been appointed a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Advisory Board. The Advisory Board advises the AHRC Council on the development of strategies that reflect the AHRC's Royal Charter and the challenges facing arts and humanities research. It develops and recommends priorities, programmes, and other initiatives that will deliver the AHRC’s strategies, and monitor and report on their progress. He will serve initially for a period of 3 years.
If you would like to attend, please register under http://jotformeu.com/form/32054698463360
Contact: Dr Timofey Agarin email@example.com
Professor Paul Bew has been appointed to chair the Committee on Standards in Public Life, an independent public body which advises the UK government on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK.
For further information on Professor Bew's appointment, see www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23311433 and www.public-standards.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Press-Notice.pdf.
G8 leaders recently arrived in Northern Ireland for their summit on Lough Erne. To mark the occasion, the School of Politics, International Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, in cooperation with the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto and the Department of Employment and Learning, held a pre-summit conference on Friday 14 June 2013.
With the theme of ‘Trade, Transparency, Tax and Terrorism’, the conference provided a unique opportunity to hear from and engage in discussions with G8 experts and world-leading experts on the issues on the G8 Summit’s agenda.
The view the conference presentations and discussions, visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/2013G8Pre-SummitConference/EventWebcasts/
A short video on the event is available at www.qub.ac.uk/home/ceao/Qtv/
The recently published QS World University Rankings for 2013 (www.topuniversities.com) once again see Politics and International Studies ranked in the Global 100 of top universities undertaking teaching and research in the subject area.
Politics and International Studies is one of five subjects at QUB to be ranked in the QS Global 100.