Thursday 9 May 2019

Dr Gillian Tett to deliver Annual Anthropology Lecture 2019

Dr Gillian Tett, US Manager Editor of the Financial Times will be delivering the Annual Anthropology lecture at Queen's University Belfast on Thursday 9 May, 2019 in the Canada Room and Council Chamber. 


Dr Tett is a trained Anthropologist, holding a PhD in Social Anthropology (Cambridge University), based on ethnographic research on marriage rituals in Tajikistan. 

Dr Tett’s anthropological training continues to influence her internationally renowned work as a journalist. In 2006, she predicted the global financial crisis – a prediction made on the basis of a three-year ethnographic study of J.P. Morgan, published as Fool’s Gold in 2009.

Her most recent book, The Silo Effect (2016), examines the cultural and financial problems that result from the human drive to classify, categorise and specialise. Dr Tett’s guest lecture is titled “The Problem of People Watching”.

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Tuesday 9 April 2019

Barrington Lecture at Queen's Management School

The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland's Barrington Lecture will be held at Queen's Management School on Tuesday 9 April at 4.00pm.

The lecture, entitled 'US corporate tax rate cuts: Spillovers to the Irish economy', will be delivered by Daragh Clancy, from the European Stability Mechanism, and will discuss US corporate tax rate cuts and the implications for the Irish economy. Paper available here.

Dr Graham Brownlow from Queen's Management School will discuss the implications of this research for Northern Ireland.

To register your attendance, please contact Dr Alan de Bromhead:

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Monday 11 March

The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics

Queen’s University Belfast will host a public talk on The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter.

Professor Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best-known historians and Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin.

Professor Ferriter’s publications include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009), Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012), A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 (2015) and On The Edge: Ireland’s Offshore Islands, A Modern History (2018). His latest book on which the talk is based, The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics, was published in February 2019. He is a regular broadcaster on RTÉ television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.  

For more information, please visit:

The event is open to the public and free. Registration is not required.

WHEN: Monday 11 March 2019, from 6.15 – 7.15pm. Doors will be opened from 5.45pm and seats issued on a first come, first served basis.

WHERE: Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen’s University Belfast

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Friday 1 March

Gender, Asylum Seekers and Refugees - Belfast Symposium

On the background of different layers of social-cultural, political and economic upheaval the Belfast symposium will ask how different societies cope with the urgency of loss and displacement of different vulnerable people and the transformation of localities as well as increasingly culturalist perceptions of the social fabric in national states.

How does communal live look like in the everyday neighbourhoods in cities and elsewhere? In what ways do (did) orientalist perceptions of the Muslim man and woman prolong a mainstreaming of Anti-Muslim phobia? What kind of alternative experiences and narratives can we collect in order to resist the rise of authoritarianisms?

Three international scholars respond to this urgency, and three discussants will engage with their arguments, before we do have a discussion with the audience:

  1. Professor Halleh Ghorashi, VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    ‘Normalizing power, strong reflexivity and agency: Refugee women, the forgotten category in the public discourse’
  2. Professor Giorgia Dona, UEL, GB/UK
    ‘Narrative formations, tensions and interferences about the Unwanted/Welcome Other and the European Self’
  3. Professor Irem Inceoglu, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey
    ‘Perception of Syrian Refugees in Turkey in relation to the political polarisation’

When: 1 March 2019.
Where: Senate Room, Lanyon Building

For more information, please visit: 

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25 October


Thursday 25 October 

Join us on 25 October in Queen’s University Belfast for the next event in our Global Challenges Debates Series and hear from world-leading experts to discuss some of the greatest challenges facing us today.

Hear from Professor David Livingstone (QUB) and Professor John Hedley Brooke (Oxford).

See further details here.

Monday 21 January

Future of the Corporation, Economy and Society debate

Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with the British Academy, will host a debate on ‘The Future of the Corporation, Economy and Society’.

The Future of the Corporation is a major new initiative by the British Academy that is addressing the purpose of business and asking what its role in society should be. It is led by Professor Colin Mayer FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Professor Mayer and Professor Sir Paul Collier FBA, will be taking part in the debate.

Professor Mayer was the first Professor at the Saïd Business School in 1994, and the first Director of the Oxford Financial Research Centre between 1998 and 2005. He is a Professorial Fellow and Sub-Warden of Wadham College and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College and St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the European Corporate Governance Institute. Professor Mayer is a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, and the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse.

Professor Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He is a Director of the International Growth Centre and a Professeur invité at Sciences Po, Paris. His research covers fragile states, the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies, urbanization in low-income countries, and private investment in African infrastructure and changing organizational cultures. In 2014, Professor Sir Paul Collier received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.

The debate will be followed by a Q&A session.

For more information, please visit:

The debate is open to the public and free. Registration is not required.

WHEN: Monday 21 January 2019, from 5.00 – 6.30pm. Doors will be opened from 4.30pm.

WHERE: Canada Room and Council Chamber, Queen’s University Belfast

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Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March

Energy Justice and Energy Poverty

The Centre for the Study of Risk and Inequality at Queen’s University Belfast will host a two-day conference to discuss the issues surrounding energy justice and energy poverty on the island of Ireland.

Energy and fuel poverty is a major issue for Northern Ireland with official statistics suggesting 42 per cent of households are affected by fuel poverty. This conference intends to address the challenges surrounding energy poverty and to identify pathways to energy justice.

Day one will focus on the academic debate around energy justice and energy poverty with keynotes and paper presentations from leading academics in the field. Day two will be an engagement with policy makers, stakeholders, NGOs and activist groups from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, with the explicit aim of talking ‘policy’ and ‘actual responses’.

The Centre for the Study of Risk and Inequality at Queen’s brings together researchers from across the University to investigate the two-way relationship between risk and inequality.

The Centre for the Study of Risk and Inequality brings together researchers from across the University to investigate the two-way relationship between risk and inequality; that is risk as inequality and inequality as risk.

The Centre is comprised of three strands across which the relationship between risk and inequality will be assessed:

  • finance and the economy;
  • environment;
  • public health.

For more information, please visit:

To attend, please contact Dr Fabian Schuppert at:

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Monday 25 - Sunday 31 March

Imagine Belfast 2019 at Queen's

Queen’s University Belfast will host 20 events as part of the annual Imagine Belfast festival, which aims to address the big issues of our times and promote debate and discussion of diverse opinion.

The week-long festival, which is in its fifth year, begins on Monday 25 March and runs until Sunday 31 March. This year’s festival will be the biggest yet, with 156 events taking place in 50 venues across Belfast and supported by 64 partner organisations and sponsors, including Queen’s University Belfast.


Some of the events taking place at Queen’s University include:

Imagining a sustainable Belfast
How do environmental or energy perspectives on these possible futures relate to social and economic issues such as inequality, joblessness or continuing paramilitary coercive control over communities? Are environmental issues simply too far away from the lived experiences and aspirations for ordinary citizens to be part of their visions for a better future? This event will offer a space for different groups, organisations and citizens to air, discuss and debate different views on what a sustainable Belfast should look like.
Monday 25 March, 6.00 – 9.30pm
Peter Froggatt Centre Room 02/026, Queen’s University Belfast

Imagine: the UK’s future relationship with the EU
As the date for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union draws ever closer, EU leaders have agreed the political declaration that sets out the broad aspirations for the kind of relationship the UK and the EU envisage having after Brexit. But what will this so-called ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership actually look like? Academics from Queen’s University Belfast share their thoughts on the ever-shifting dynamics of Brexit and its impact on key areas. Representatives from the Human Rights Consortium, NI Environment Link and the Freight Transport Association will also contribute to the panel discussions.
Wednesday 27 March, 1.00 - 5.00pm
Canada Room and Council Chamber, Queen’s University Belfast

The Good Friday Agreement: twenty years on
On the day scheduled for the UK’s exit from the European Union, six contributors to the new issue of Irish Pages, “The Belfast Agreement: Twentieth Anniversary Issue,” discuss their views on the achievement of the Agreement (and its relation to Brexit), as well as their highly diverse views, feelings and experience of it over 20 years, including the present moment. Panelists include Monica McWilliams, Professor Glenn Patterson, Ruth Carr, Matthew O’Toole, Patricia Craig, Paul Arthur. Chaired by Chris Agee.
Friday 29 March, 7.15 – 9.15pm
Canada Room and Council Chamber, Queen’s University Belfast

For more information and to book tickets, please visit:

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