An Informal Workshop with our PhD Students
Professor K. Theodore Hoppen with Professor Brian Walker and School Ph.D. students in Irish Politics/Political History - Matthew Hunt, Briege Rice, Christopher Hazzard, Massimiliano Nastri and Martin McCleery
On the 4 November the School hosted the John Whyte Memorial Lecture which was given by Professor Theodore Hoppen (University of Hull). The lecture was on the subject of ‘Gladstone, Salisbury, and the End of Irish Assimilationism’.
Pictured with Visiting Speaker Professor K.Theodore Hoppen and Dr Jean Whyte are the John Whyte essay prizewinners Patrick Conroy (UCD), Philippa Brown (QUB) and Conor McRitchie (UCD).
Dr Neophytos Loizides will be presenting a paper on the Kurds and Challenges of Political Accommodation in Turkey at the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe (www.widereurope.ie) at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. The Centre for the Study of Wider Europe (CSWE) is hosting an one day conference on November 18 with the opportunity of the visit to Dublin of Mr Egemen Bagis, Turkey's Chief Negotiator with the European Union. For more info please check http://www.widereurope.ie/
Mark Oaten (former MP) delivered a lecture on coalition governments to the Contemporary Irish Political History Cluster on 28 October. He is pictured here with the Cluster Director Professor Graham Walker.
19 November 2010, Canada Room, Lanyon Building
The Contemporary Irish Political History Research Cluster, under the auspices of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy of Queen's University, Belfast, is pleased to announce a one-day conference on the theme of Ulster Loyalism to take place on 19 November 2010. The event will primarily provide an opportunity for further debate on issues related to dealing with the legacy of the conflict, but by combining the perspectives of academic researchers with community representatives is intended also to reinforce academia's critical engagement with stakeholder organisations, to contribute to ongoing attempts to transfer knowledge and expertise between these sectors, and to provide networking opportunities to facilitate both academic and community-based work. Moreover, it is hoped that through such events, the research agenda of academic institutions committed to evaluating the history and socio-political landscape of Northern Ireland can come to reflect the challenges faced by loyalist communities in the post-conflict context. It is anticipated this event will be relevant to academics and post-graduates with an interest in contemporary Irish politics and history, as well as broader issues connected to conflict transformation and peace-building. If you are interested in attending this event and would like more details, please contact any of the co-organisers, Richard Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org), Joanna Felo (email@example.com) or Sean Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
Doctoral candidate Fiona Buckley received the inaugural teaching and learning award at the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) at the Association’s annual conference on 8th October.
Dr. John Barry, Director of the School’s Centre for Sustainability and Environmental Governance will give a plenary address to the Irish Association of Directors of Nursing & Midwifery conference in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, on Thursday 7th October, entitled ‘Governance, Equality and Expertise in Health Care: Lessons from Cuba’.
PowerPoint presentation available here
Key Concepts in Philosophy has just been published and is co-authored by Paddy McQueen with Hilary McQueen. Paddy is a current PhD student. The book is part of Palgrave's Key Concepts series and further details are available on Palgrave's website at
PhD student Brendan Carey has travelled twice to India for research. In August-September 2008, he spent one month at the University of Hyderabad working on Indian aspects of his research and participating in various Masters and PhD level classes and seminars. Brendan’s research is on the G20 finance ministers and central banker’s forum, specifically the role of India and South Africa in this forum. In November-December 2009 he was in Delhi to conduct PhD fieldwork. He conducted in-depth confidential interviews with three high level G20 'insiders' from the finance ministry and the prime minister's office. He also met with several Indian scholars based at JNU to discuss and receive feedback on his research.
Further visits are planned and invitations have been extended to colleagues in India to come to Queen’s and present seminars on their research
Nicole Klitzsch from the IPEC Cluster has been awarded the prize for the best travel report from the William & Betty MacQuitty Charitable Foundation.
The Foundation has generously supported Nicole's research trip to Nanggroë Aceh Darussalam, the formerly conflict-ridden Indonesian province that had been devastated by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in December 2004.
On the ground, Nicole explored the intertwined nature of protracted social conflict and socio-ecological vulnerability aiming to understand the relationship between disaster and conflict transformation. The MacQuitty Charitable Foundation travel grant offered Nicole an exceptionally precious learning experience and a great motivation for the study of activism in the preservation of the environment and peacebuilding.
Panel Discussion and Book Launch: The Europeanization of Party Politics in N. Ireland.
Friday 25th June, 2 pm in G10, Lanyon North.
Panel speakers will include: Mary C. Murphy (UCC); Katy Hayward (QUB Sociology); Gladys Ganiel (TCD); Peter McLoughlin (QUB Politics); Jim Nicholson (MEP).
The panel discussion will be immediately followed by a reception to mark the launch by Jim Nicholson, MEP, of Hayward, K. and Murphy, M.C. (ed) The Europeanization of Party Politics in Ireland, North and South (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415578912/).
Participants in the ’Group Agents?’ workshop (l-r) Dr Kai Spiekermann (LSE), Dr Fabienne Peter (Warwick), & Prof. Philip Pettit (Princeton) pictured with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Shane O’Neill.
Professor Philip Pettit, Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and Human Values, University of Princeton, and currently Visiting Professor at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, delivered a public lecture on the subject of ‘We, the People’ on June 10th 2010, and participated in a workshop organised by the Philosophy and Political Theory research clusters on the subject of his forthcoming book (with Christian List) on Group Agents: On the Possibility, Status, and Design of Corporate Agents.
July 8-9th 2010 Dr John Barry is presenting a paper on ‘Beyond neo-classical economics and capitalism?: degrowth and green political economy’, at the ESRC seminar on ‘Climate change beyond resilience: living with crisis without resorting to the mechanisms that created it’, King's College London.
31st May 2010 Dr John Barry is presenting a paper on ‘How do we get out of the campus and engage with our communities?’ at the ‘Rethinking Education for a Sustainable Ireland’ workshop Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Ireland
The IPE Research Group of the Department of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Birmingham, in conjunction with the BISA International Political Economy Group, announce a two-day workshop on May 27-28 on the reform of global governance in the wake of the credit crunch. Full details, paper abstracts and the up-to-date programme can be found at the workshop blog – http://global-governance-in-crisis.blogspot.com/.
Presenters include: Andrew Baker (Queen’s University Belfast), James Brassett (University of Warwick), André Broome (University of Birmingham), Liam Clegg (University of Birmingham), Alexandra Homolar (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt), Donna Lee (University of Birmingham), Manuela Moschella (University of Trento), Daniel Mügge (University of Amsterdam), Ronen Palan (University of Birmingham), James Perry (Copenhagen Business School), Lena Rethel (University of Southampton), Jan Aart Scholte (University of Warwick), Leonard Seabrooke (University of Warwick), Ole-Jacob Sending (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs), Diane Stone (University of Warwick), Colin Thain (University of Birmingham), Eleni Tsingou (University of Warwick).
Dr. Loizides will be presenting on a panel discussion on “Property Rights and Housing in Urban Environments” in Mitrovica, Kosovo on May 25. The Forum of Cities in Transition is organized by the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Northern Ireland Foundation and funded by the World Bank. The conference will include delegations from the founding cities of Derry/Londonderry, Kirkuk, Mitrovica and Nicosia as well as participants from Mostar, Haifa and Kaduna.
MA students from last year’s National and Ethnic Conflict Management class got their assignment papers accepted for a special issue in Federal Governance, a graduate student journal published by the Forum of Federations. The special issue is co-edited by Dr. Neophytos Loizides and doctoral students Kathleen Ireton and Iosif Kovras.
The special issue focusing on ‘Power-sharing and Reconciliation’ is expected to appear later this year. Further information is available here.
14 May 2010
Conference Room (20 103), 20 University Square
The IPEC Annual Graduate Student Conference on “Violent Conflict and Societies in Transition” took placed on May 14. It included key note addresses by Professor Tom Lodge and Dr Florian Bieber, and presentations of postgraduate research from Queen’s doctoral students (See programme for further details).
For a review and online videos of the conference please see below:
Forum for Cities in Transition:
Philip Dunwoody, a final year politics student, has spent much of the semester interning at the BBC in its news and current affairs department. It has been a fascinating period to be at the BBC given the general election and Philip has made his mark by contributing two pieces, each with his own by-line, to BBC Northern Ireland’s Election 2010 website. He has written a summary, complete with pie charts, of both the unionist and nationalist vote shares since the Belfast Agreement. Philip has also assisted in outside broadcasts for the BBC and will be on hand to help during the television coverage of the election count on Thursday night/Friday morning.
Dr. Nimni will be lecturing on “Theories of Democracy and Community Rights in Multinational States” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 26 May 2010 to the seminar for community, trade union and business leaders sponsored by the European Commission under the rubric “ Improving the Development and Capacity of Social Dialogue and Social Partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina”
14 May 2010
Conference Room (20 103), 20 University Square
All School staff and students are warmly invited and encouraged to attend the upcoming IPEC Annual Graduate Student Conference “Violent Conflict and Societies in Transition”.
Key note addresses by established international academics Professor Tom Lodge, Dr Mads Qvortrup and Dr Florian Bieber, and original research from Queen’s postgraduate students promise an excellent event (See programme for further details).
Please register with Nicole Klitzsch at email@example.com.
MA students from last year’s National and Ethnic Conflict Management class got their assignment papers accepted for a special issue in Federal Governance, a graduate student journal published by the Forum of Federations.
The special issue on ‘Power-sharing and Reconciliation’ is expected to appear later this year. Further information is available here.
The ESRC sponsored interdisciplinary workshop brings together leading academics and key practitioners (including representatives from UK energy companies) to discuss the proposed expansion in nuclear power infrastructure in the UK. Nuclear power is now firmly back on the agenda, both in the UK and internationally, with talk of an impending 'nuclear renaissance'. This (first of three) workshop is dedicated to exploring the nuclear debate from a whole systems equity analysis. Dr. McCauley is presenting some initial findings on the potential of nuclear power in the UK in light of similar experiences in France and the US. The workshop is part of an ESRC large scale grant called InCluESEV (interdisciplinary cluster on energy systems, equity and vulnerability).
30 April 2010