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Archive 2009

Dr Ephraim Nimni keynote speaker at Class, Identity and State in Contemporary Capitalism conference

Dr Ephraim Nimni is invited to give a keynote presentation with Professor Samir Amin on the topic: National Self-determination and Cultural Minorities at the conference:
17-18 December 2009, Ankara

organised by
Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences (FPS)
Turkish Social Sciences Association (TSSA)

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Professor Yvonne Galligan appointed Director of the University’s Gender Initiative

Professor Yvonne Galligan, who founded the Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics at Queen’s, has been appointed Director of the University’s award-winning Gender Initiative.

Announcing her appointment, Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson said: “Yvonne brings enormous commitment and skills to this important role. I congratulate her on her appointment.

“This is an area in which Queen’s has led the sector, but we cannot be complacent. The work of the Gender Initiative is vital if we are to maximise the potential of our staff. I look forward to working with Yvonne and her colleagues in the years ahead.”

Professor Galligan is also Director of Research (Governance and Public Policy) in the University’s School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

She said: “I am delighted to be taking up the position of Director of the Queen's Gender Initiative. 

“The QGI is a unique project, showing the University's commitment to removing the barriers to women's progress. This goal is reiterated in the institutional aim to enhance the staff experience. Under my leadership, the Gender Initiative will push forward in fostering a culture of gender equality shared by all in the University.

“It will seek to enhance women's participation in University decision-making, and it will support the contributions of all women to Queen's.”

Established in 2000, Queen’s Gender Initiative has attracted international attention as a role model for other universities and institutions. It has produced a stream of tangible results ranging from the establishment of a central maternity fund and enhanced childcare provision to the introduction of flexible working for clerical staff and a mentoring scheme for female staff.


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EU Enlargement in the Light of the Treaty of Lisbon

Dr David Phinnemore recently gave a keynote address entitled EU Enlargement in the Light of the Treaty of Lisbon to a European Commission-sponsored conference on Community Agencies: Partners in Accession. The three-day conference, held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 25-27 November 2009 brought together more than 120 government officials, policy advisers and technical experts engaged in preparing Turkey, Croatia and the other countries of the Western Balkans for membership of the European Union. Organized by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the conference was the first of its kind to bring together participants from the EU’s Agencies and all current candidates and ‘potential’ candidates for EU membership.

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Marie-Curie Initial Training Network grant for Professor Vincent Geoghegan

Professor Vincent Geoghegan of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy is the Principal Investigator in QUB’s share of a large Marie-Curie Initial Training Network grant on the theme of Global History. The school will receive £148,149 over four years, and will supervise a PhD Fellowship to be awarded to a non-UK student. 14 such fellowships are to be awarded under the scheme, with partner institutions in Germany, Portugal, France, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Turkey and Spain. The extra-European associated partners are in Hong Kong, Senegal, Argentina and Brazil, with four non-academic partner institutions, Institutio Cervantes, Institut Français, Goethe-Institut and the British Council, and a private industrial associated partner, the Hasso-Plattner-Institute für Software-systemtechnik, Potsdam. The total grant is 2,643,956 euros.

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Dr. Alistair Clark to Address International Workshop on Non-Partisan Politics

Dr. Alistair Clark of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, will be addressing an International Workshop on Non-Partisan Politics at Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany on 27th November 2009. The workshop will be attended by delegates from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Poland and a number of other European countries. Dr. Clark will be addressing the question of whether or not electoral reform necessarily leads to greater numbers of non-partisan politicians winning seats. His research ‘The Unintended Negative Consequences of Electoral Reform on Grassroots Independent Representation’ looks at the introduction of the Single Transferable Vote (STV) for local government elections in Scotland in 2007. This was meant to provide fair provision for Independents, and academic analysts clearly would have expected that Independent representation would have increased under such an electoral system. Instead, it fell by around 20%. Dr. Clark examines the reasons for this and his research warns against making a straightforward link between proportional electoral systems and increasing Independent representation.

Dr. Clark has been central to networks examining small party and non-partisan politics both in the UK and elsewhere. Publications arising from this research include:

Clark, A. (Forthcoming) ‘Breaking the Mould or Fiddling at the Edges? Small Parties in Ireland in Comparative and Systemic Perspective’ in Weeks, L. and Clark, A. (eds.) Minor Parties and Independents in Irish Political Life, Special Issue of Irish Political Studies, 2010.

Weeks, L. and Clark, A. (eds.) (Forthcoming) Minor Parties and Independents in Irish Political Life, Special Issue of Irish Political Studies, 2010.

Copus, C., Clark, A., Reynaert, H. and Steyvers, K. (2009) ‘Minor Party and Independent Politics Beyond the Mainstream: Fluctuating Fortunes but a Permanent Presence’, Parliamentary Affairs, 62, (1), pp4-18.   

Clark, A., Bottom, K. and Copus, C. (2008) ‘More Similar Than They’d Like to Admit? Ideology, Policy and Populism in the Trajectories of the British National Party and Respect’, British Politics, 3, (4), pp511-534.

Copus, C., Clark, A. and Bottom, K. (2008) ‘Multi-Party Politics in England? Small Parties, Independents and Political Associations in English Local Politics’, in Reiser, M. and Holtmann, E. (eds.) Farewell to the Party Model? Independent Local Lists in Eastern and Western European Countries, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, pp253-276. 


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Professor Philip Pettit, Princeton University appointed Visiting Professor

Professor Philip Pettit, Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University has been appointed Visiting Professor at the School of Politics International Studies and Philosophy.

Professor Philip Pettit, Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University has been appointed Visiting Professor at the School of Politics International Studies and Philosophy for the next three years. Professor Pettit, who graduated from QUB with a PhD on the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur in 1970, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost philosophers on account of his work in moral and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and philosophy of the social sciences. Among his many publications are: The Common Mind (OUP 1996), Republicanism (OUP 1997), A Theory of Freedom (OUP 2001), Rules, Reasons and Norms (OUP 2002), Penser en Societe (PUF, Paris 2004), Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society and Politics (PUP 2008). He is the co-author of Economy of Esteem (OUP 2004), with Geoffrey Brennan; and Mind, Morality and Explanation (OUP 2004), a selection of papers with Frank Jackson and Michael Smith.

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Dr. David Phinnemore awarded 2009 PSAI Book Prize

David Phinnemore and Dimitris Papadimitriou (University of Manchester) have been awarded the 2009 PSAI Book Prize for their co-authored work Romania and the European Union: From Marginalization to Membership   (Routledge, 2008). The award was recently made at the annual conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland  held in Liverpool on 9-11 October 2009. The book follows a series of collaborations between the authors including articles in the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies and Revue d’Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest.

The book explores the dynamics behind Romania’s relationship with the European Union that eventually led to its accession in 2007 identifying key developments in relations as well as the challenges Romania faced in its efforts move from the margins of the European integration to EU membership. The analysis contributes to wider debates about the dynamics of EU enlargement and Europeanization through case studies examining the impact of integration on the consolidation of democracy in Romania, the country’s economic development, the reform of its public administration and securing of its external borders. These not only identify the EU’s role in promoting reform, but also the limits of EU influence and the obstacles Romania has had to overcome in meeting the demanding pre-requisites of accession to the EU.

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Graduate employment - Policing for Peace in Timor-Leste

Gordon Peake, a PISP graduate, has just been appointed Senior Policy Adviser, Timor-Leste Police Development Program. In 2007 Gordon published Managing Insecurity: Field Experiences of Security Sector Reform (Routledge). Gordon is considered to be an important expert and policy adviser on Policing and Security Sector Reform.


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Jerusalem City Conflict PISP graduate has his say

Craig Larkin, a former graduate of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy has recently co-authored an article which sheds light on the conflict over Jerusalem between Israel and Palestinians and the role of international heritage agency UNESCO.

To access the article use the following link:

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Symposium: The Birth of the Provisional IRA, 1969

The Symposium: The Birth of the Provisional IRA, 1969 - Jointly organised by Prof. Richard English and Briege Rice from the School of Politics - took place on Monday 14th December in QUB and marked a significant encounter across political and ideological divides in Northern Ireland. In front of a jam-packed audience, both academics and Political activists reflected on the fortieth anniversary of the Provisional IRA, a contentious but unquestionably significant development in Irish Politics and History. With this episode predating the birth of virtually all QUB students, the informed debate and fruitful disagreement on show was of great value to them as to others.

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Workshop on gender and the EU - Yvonne Galligan and Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki)

Call for papers to a gender workshop in the next ECPR Joint Sessions!

2010 ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops

22-27 March 2010, Münster, Germany

Gender Perspectives on Democratic Governance in the Multi-level EU Polity

Workshop Directors:

Yvonne Galligan, Queen's University Belfast ( ) Johanna Kantola, University of Helsinki (

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars working in the fields of gender politics and policy in the multi-level EU system.

Moving beyond a traditional focus on gender policies in European nation-states, the workshop seeks to link theoretical, methodological and case-study perspectives that take into account the complex interaction between subnational, national and supranational layers of governance in the pursuit of gender equality in the EU. The workshop is expected to be multi-disciplinary, attracting experts on gender in the European Union working in diverse fields such as political theory, European studies, International Relations, comparative politics, political sociology, law and social policy. It welcomes theoretical papers as well as single or comparative case studies on gender policies, politics and institutions within the EU. Nonetheless, all papers should take into account the different layers of EU governance and also provide a clear elaboration of how the EU polity has been conceptualised in the research.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 1st December 2009.

For more information see:

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School mourns the passing Professor David Evans

Professor David Evans

It is with great sadness that Politics, International Studies and Philosophy announces the death of our colleague, Professor David Evans who passed away on 27 September 2009.  David was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Queen’s during 1978-2007, and Emeritus Professor since then.  He was Head of the Philosophy Department during 1978-92, Dean of the Faculty of Arts 1986-89 and Director of the School of Philosophical and Anthropological Studies 1987-1995.  

Obituary by Professor Jonathan Gorman

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Professors Brian Walker and Adrian Guelke to speak at Princeton
Professor Brian Walker
Professor Brian Walker
Professor Adrian Guelke
Professor Adrian Guelke

In late October, Professors Adrian Guelke and  Brian Walker of the School of Politics, International Relations  and Philosophy will be speaking at different events in Princeton University. There are important links, historical and modern, between their school and Princeton. A former professor of philosophy at Queens, James McCosh, became president of Princeton in 1868 and remains to this day highly regarded as the person who changed Princeton from a minor college to a top, international  university. At present, Philip Pettit, who received his Ph.D from Queens, is professor of politics and human values at Princeton.

Professor Brian Walker is giving a public lecture on 23 Oct. as part of the Fund for Irish Studies Series at Princeton. His lecture is entitled ‘Woodrow Wilson, Barack Obama and the Irish connection: Scotch-Irish, Irish Americans and others in the Irish diaspora’. Very suitably, given the topic, he will be speaking in the James Stewart theatre.

Professor Adrian Guelke will be speaking on the global implications of 1989 for South Africa and other places as part of a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the events of that year that is being organised by the History Department.  He will also be taking part in a pre-conference workshop for post-graduates. 

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Professor Yvonne Galligan addressed the Dail sub-committee on Women’s Participation in Politics
On Wednesday 9th September, Professor Yvonne Galligan addressed the Dail sub-committee on Women’s Participation in Politics, chaired by Mr. Brendan Kenneally, TD. In her presentation, Professor Galligan argued that “Democratic representation is about making use of the widest range of a polity's views, talents and resources to the greater good.  Women are an equal part of the polity and have a responsibility to share in the decisions made for society.  Our political system must find ways of bringing women's knowledge to bear on the challenges Irish society faces.”

She also drew attention to the work of the Women into Politics organisation, based in Belfast, as an example of best practice in encouraging women to learn about, and engage with, the political process.

The sub-committee is due to make recommendations on actions to be taken by the end of 2009.

A transcript of the discussion is available at

Coverage of Professor Galligan’s presentation was carried by the Irish Times


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Zoe Salmon talks to prospective students about Politics at Queen’s

Zoe Salmon's whistle-stop tour of Queen's

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Professor Richard English elected a Fellow of the British Academy
Professor Richard English

The School is delighted to announce that Professor Richard English has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) during 2009. Professor English, whose work as a political historian has focused mostly on Ireland, and in particular on nationalism and terrorism, said he was 'delighted by the honour of being elected both as an FBA and an MRIA, and to join these two distinguished national scholarly academies'.

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MA Violence, Terrorism and Security Student raises funds for injured war veterans at D-Day Commemoration.

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New QUB Editors for the British Journal of Politics and International Relations

A New Editorial Team for the Newly ISI listed British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPIR)

As of August 2009, a team led by Prof. Richard English at Queen’s University Belfast take over the editorial reins of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. The QUB team has been awarded the role for three years after a highly competitive bidding process overseen by the PSA. In addition to the lead editor, Prof. Richard English, the new editorial team are: Andrew Baker, Alistair Clark, Debbie Lisle, Dan Bulley, Susan McManus, Lee McGowan, Stefan Andreasson, Shane O’Neill, Graham Walker and Mike Bourne.

Now an ISI-cited journal, BJPIR is nothing without its authors, subscribers and readers. The QUB team aim to increase the number of submissions and to continue to publish the best of British political science and of political science on Britain. We would therefore like to encourage all readers to think of BJPIR as the first choice when deciding upon an outlet for your articles, and are happy for authors to get in touch informally regarding ideas for contributions. We look forward to hearing from you!

The QUB team aim to build upon the highly successful tenure of the team at Nottingham led by Prof. Chris Pierson.  Accordingly, the journal’s mission statement remains highly inclusive: ‘BJPIR is committed to acting as an outlet for the best of British political science and of political science on Britain. A fully refereed journal, it publishes topical, scholarly work on significant debates in British scholarship and on all major political issues affecting Britain’s relationship to Europe and the world’. The QUB team hopes to encourage submissions around a number of themes falling within this mission statement. These relate to:  major theoretical, ideological, socio-cultural, electoral and party political developments in the UK, particularly when placed in comparative context; the differentiated and multi-level polity of the UK post-devolution; the UK’s place in the world and as a central actor in international relations and in international organizations; and all major trains of leading scholarship, whether theoretical or empirical, in the areas of politics and international relations.

Popular initiatives such as the annual Special Issue and Controversy sections will continue. In the aftermath of the RAE and in the current political environment, the team aims to develop two sections. Firstly, among many pressures such as the RAE/REF, there is scope for developing work upon the professional issues and challenges that face the twin disciplines of Political Studies and International Relations. These challenges can also reflect theoretical and methodological advances which colleagues are making. To this end, a regular State of the Discipline section is planned to reflect on these challenges. Secondly, as a profession we are regularly asked about the impact that we have. These questions regularly come from policy-makers and are likely to increase in light of the inclusion of ‘impact’ as a factor in the forthcoming REF. Consequently, a further new regular section entitled Policy Matters is also planned in order to highlight and showcase the impact of work by the Political Studies and International Relations communities. Authors with work fitting into either of these areas are highly encouraged to send their work to BJPIR for consideration.

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MA in Legislative Studies and Practice

An innovative post-graduate bursary programme, leading to a Masters in Legislative Studies and Practice, has been developed by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Assembly.  Up to ten bursaries per year will be funded by the Assembly with the first intake in October 2009.  The new programme is the first Masters of its kind in Ireland or the United Kingdom, and will benefit those wanting to play their part in future political life, whether as MLAs or public servants.  The programme will provide participants with opportunity to gain experience in the Assembly, working in core business of the Assembly.  Further information on the MA in Legislative Studies and Practice is available here.

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BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) to be launched in 2009

The School is pleased to announce the creation of a new BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) to be launched in 2009.

More information on the degree for prospective students can be found here.

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MA Provisional Timetable 2009-10

MA Provisional Timetable 2009-10 available here

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Professor Richard English, Elected to the Royal Irish Academy

Congratulations to Professor Richard English, who was elected as Member of the Royal Irish Academy on 16th March 2009.

Membership is by invitation after a rigorous peer-reviewed selection procedure and is reserved for persons who have achieved international distinction in science or the humanities and social sciences, as evidenced by their published work.

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Workshop on Justice and International Wrongdoing

On 2-3rd July, 2009, the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast, will be playing host to a workshop on the theme of justice and international wrongdoing.  The aim of this event is to bring together a range of specialists from philosophy, political theory and IR departments to explore the ways in which international wrongdoing affects the demands of global justice.  Themes to be addressed include the justification of international punishment, collective responsibility, just war theory, and international corrective justice.  Full details can be found here.

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'Rethinking Recognition' - an international workshop on the politics of recognition

'Rethinking Recognition' June 25-7 2009

The School of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy will be hosting an international workshop devoted to exploring the theoretical foundations and social and political implications of the politics of recognition. It is commonly claimed that 'recognition' is a basic human need, but there is considerable debate about the way that the desire for recognition shapes interpersonal relations, social life, and political struggles. What are the implications of the recognition paradigm for our understanding of the self, our grasp of the dynamics of social and political conflict, and our understanding of rights and responsibilities? If the desire for recognition, but interpersonal, and political, is deeply rooted in human nature, what sorts of challenges does this pose for public policy, institutional design, and for the theoretical tools of the social sciences?

This workshop is the final event in an ESRC-funded seminar series on 'The Politics of Recognition and the Dynamics of Social Conflict' coordinated by Prof. Shane O'Neill and Dr Cillian McBride. Further details are available here.

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MA Students Meet the Reconstruction Challenge in Gaza
MA Students Meet the Reconstruction Challenge in Gaza
MA Students Meet the Reconstruction Challenge in Gaza

MA students on PISP programmes in Violence Terrorism and Security and Comparative Ethnic Conflict took part in a high level simulation programme Tuesday 3 March with the task of delivering projects for the Reconstruction of Gaza after the recent war.

Two Teams submitted proposals to a ‘Donor Funding Panel’ for an available $1 million. The first proposal  for ‘Al-Zazzi’ included an immediate relief programme in Rafah to provide food and psychological support for children aged 5-15 years old affected by the war. The second team focussed on vital areas of agricultural development in north Gaza devasted by the war. They proposed the ‘Henan Development’ approach to focus on the repair, rebuilding, clearance and re-stocking of agricultural lands for the local forming community.

Both projects were successful in winning funding from the funding panel.

Reflecting on the simulation of the challenge of post-conflict reconstruction the students agreed that the event had been a success. ‘It was a great opportunity for me to work as group and try to approach that specific task with professional method ‘ said one student. Others commented that it gave a unique insight into the challenges of reconstruction where theory and practice are married together.

The simulation convenor Prof. Beverley Milton-Edwards said, ‘the event reinforces the complex challenges faced by professionals in the field and brings the classroom dynamic alive for students on the programme’.

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Thinking Theoretically about Nationalism, 15 June

Dr Umut Ozkirimli (Istanbul Bilgi University/London School of Economics)
Thinking Theoretically about Nationalism
Monday 15 June, 2-4 pm

Conference Room/20.103, 20 University Square

School of Politics International Studies and Philosophy

Author of Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction (2000); Nationalism and its Futures (edited collection, 2003); Contemporary Debates on Nationalism: A Critical Engagement (2005); Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey (with Spyros A. Sofos); and Nationalism and Turkey-EU Relations.

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One-Day Symposium - No Place Apart? Celebrating Frank Wright and Comparative Approaches to the Study of Ethnic Conflict

A One-Day Symposium to be held at QUB, Friday 15 May 2009

First Floor Conference Room, Institute of Irish Studies, 53-67 University Road, Queen’s University, Belfast

Programme details

Symposium Poster

This is being organised by Tim Wilson for the International Politics and Ethnic Conflict (IPEC) cluster

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How Can Minds Make A Difference To The World

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Cynthia Macdonald

entitled 'How Can Minds Make A Difference To The World?'

on Thursday 14th May 2009 at 5.00 pm in the Peter Froggatt Centre Room 212

For further information please contact the School offfice Tel: 028 9097 5028

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Conflict Resolution Learning from Northern Ireland

The dynamic and vexing debate about the conflict resolution process in Northern Ireland and its value as applied to other contexts around the globe were debated and discussed by renowned experts from the School of Politics, International Politics and Philosophy at an event facilitated by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Friday 27th March 2009.

The event, attended by the Head of the FCO Sir Peter Rickett, included presentations by Prof. Paul Bew on “How Exportable is the Northern Ireland Experience”, Prof. Beverley Milton-Edwards on “Inclusive Dialogue: from Northern Ireland to Gaza” and “Northern Ireland lessons for a post 9/11 world” by Prof. Adrian Guelke. Sir Peter Rickett and the presenters then engaged in a lively Question and Answer session from the audience.

Concluding the event Prof. Rick Wilford, PISP Head of School , highlighted the value of reflecting on the lessons in moving from conflict to peace in Northern Ireland rather than a direct model for others to follow.

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Undergraduate Internship Scheme

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy has established a limited number of internships at the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Secretariat, most of the political parties at the Assembly, the Equality Commission, the Police Ombudsman’s Office  and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association.

As the number of placements are limited, selection is by competition and applicants will be required to attend an interview conducted by members of the School.  Closing date for applications is Friday, 1st May 2009.

Further details about internships may be obtained from Professor Richard Wilford; and by clicking here.

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Consociational Theory McGarry and OLeary and the Northern Ireland conflict

Wednesday 6th May Book Launch / Roundtable Discussion

Details available here

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Boston College Faculty Exchange
Professor Graham Walker
Professor Graham Walker
Professor Ruth-Ann Harris
Professor Ruth-Ann Harris

Congratulations to Professor Graham Walker, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, who will be taking part in the first Queen's University Belfast and Boston College faculty exchange programme in 2009. 
"I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen to spend time in Boston to further my research project and to establish links with scholars based in the College. I look forward, while I am there,  to promoting Queen’s in every possible way." Professor Graham Walker

The Irish Studies International Research Initiative will welcome Professor Ruth-Ann Harris, Department of History, Boston College, who will visit QUB as part of the faculty exchange during March/April 2009. 

Professor Harris teaches Irish immigration history, concentrating on Irish women and emigration.  In 1994-95 she was the Senior Research Scholar at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast.  Her research concerns Ireland’s social and economic history, and Irish emigration to England and North America.  Harris is the founder and facilitator of the Boston Irish Colloquium, which began in 1993.  She has served as a board member on the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Area Advisory Committee for Western Europe, and Subcommittee for Ireland and the United Kingdom.  She also worked with the Fulbright program as a regular liaison between the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, for the U.S. Information Agency, Irish Scholarship Board, Cultural Affairs Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ireland, and as a Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, on Fulbright Exchange Programs.  Currently, she is working on a book length study of Irish women as immigrants, entitled Thinking Long: Irish Women Write Home.  She is also working on a project analyzing characteristics of Irish immigrants in North America drawn from the "Missing Friends" column, which appeared in the Boston Pilot newspaper from 1831 through 1916.

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Professor Paul Bew shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize

The Politics of Enmity 1789-2006 by Paul Bew (Oxford University Press) has been shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize which was created in 1977 and given in memory of the British ambassador who was murdered by the IRA in 1976.

Speaking for the judges, historian Roy Foster said: "The function of this prize is to enhance understanding between people, and to this end we have shortlisted for the 2009 prize works that illuminate the processes of history and memory in Ireland."

The paperback edition of Professor Bew’s book has just been published by Oxford University Press.

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Democratic Governance in a Global Era: Building a stronger relationship between Political Philosophy and International Political Economy

One day workshop - 20.103, Conference Room, 13th March 2009, 9.30pm All welcome.

The following papers will be presented:

  • 'Democratic 'what' in a 'where-when'? The onto-politics of inter-disciplinary mash-up' James Brassett (University of Warwick)
  • "Democratizing the Global Order: From Communicative Freedom to Communicative Power." James Bohman (St Louis)
  • "Dividing the Responsibility for Global Distributive Justice."  Henry Richardson (Georgetown)
  • “How can International Organizations contribute to inclusive democratic governance? The case of corporate governance as Micro-Embedded Liberalism,” (Andrew Baker, QUB)
  • "Property Rights and the Resource Curse." Leif Wenar (King’s College, London)
  • “New Forms of Global Regulation: Legitimacy, Accountability and Institutional Design.” Anthony McGrew (Southampton)
  • Revolving Doors and Linked Ecologies in the World Economy: Policy Locations, Legitimacy and the Practice of International Financial Reform, Leonard Seabrooke and Elein Tsingou (University of Warwick)
  • ‘Recognition Theory and Global Injustice’. Shane O’Neill (QUB)

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Annual Frank Wright Memorial Lecture

Annual Frank Wright Memorial Lecture organized by the School of Politics, Philosophy, and International Studies, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor James Bohman (St Louis) "Living Without Freedom: Cosmopolitan Constitutions and the Rule of Law." Thursday 12th , March 5pm (Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building)

Wine Reception to follow in Queen’s Welcome Centre at 6pm.

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Open day for UCAS applicants Friday 27th February

Dear UCAS applicant

We are delighted that you are currently holding an offer to study with us next year.  We very much hope that you will make the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s your firm choice.

The School is pleased to invite all UCAS applicants holding offers for our undergraduate degrees (Politics, Philosophy, International Studies, PPE) to attend an Open Day on Friday February 27th.    This will provide an opportunity for you to visit the University campus, to find out more about the degrees we offer, to meet some of our staff and current students, and to see the facilities the University offers (library, Students Union, student accommodation, sports centre).

Our programme for the day will begin at 10.00, and will run through to 3.00pm, with a light lunch provided.  Parents or guardians are welcome to come along, and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have about the University, about our School, or our degree programmes.  

If you are interested in coming to our Open Day, you must reserve a place by contacting Caroline McNeill (, and please let Caroline know how many places in total you wish to book. A full programme and campus map will be sent to all those who register to attend.

I look forward to meeting you on February 27th, and in the meantime, I wish you well with your studies,

Catherine Coll 
School Manager

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School Success in RAE 2008

The UK Research Assessment Exercise – RAE 2008 – has produced very impressive results in its assessment of research carried out in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s.  Over 50% of the research was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and the School performed very well in relation to Departments in other UK Universities.   Of 58 UK Politics Departments, QUB came 11th, in terms of the average grade for research multiplied by the number of people submitted; within the prestigious Russell Group, QUB Politics was ranked 8th.   Queen's Philosophy was also confirmed as excellent, with 65% of its research activity rated either in Category 4* or Category 3* (i.e. world leading or internationally excellent). These impressive results reinforce QUB’s position as one of the leading centres in the UK for world-class research in Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

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