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Special CREES/POLSIS Seminar: The production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism

Special CREES/POLSIS Seminar: The production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism
Description
Reflecting the significant interest in the theme of migration among doctoral researcher, CREES/POLSIS organized a special seminar, The Production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism
Date:
Wednesday 9th April 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Britain and the EU: Towards Brexit?

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Britain and the EU: Towards Brexit?
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Tim Bale (Queen Mary), Isabelle Hertner, Tim Haughton (POLSIS) and Nathaniel Copsey (Aston University).
Date:
Wednesday 2nd April 2014

The Conversation: Can the US and Russia talk their way out of crisis in Ukraine?

The Conversation: Can the US and Russia talk their way out of crisis in Ukraine?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Talks between US secretary of state John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Paris, followed after a week of high-level diplomacy, including a phone call between presidents Obama and Putin.
Date:
Tuesday 1st April 2014

Blog: Special CREES/POLSIS Seminar - The production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism

Blog: Special CREES/POLSIS Seminar - The production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism
Description
The special CREES/POLSIS Seminar on The Production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism presented the work of two young scholars: Dr Nikolaos Xypolytas (University of Cyprus) and Dr Bahar Baser (University of Warwick).
Date:
Monday 31st March 2014

The Conversation: Despite the rumble of Russian tanks the main weapon in Ukraine is information

The Conversation: Despite the rumble of Russian tanks the main weapon in Ukraine is information
Description
Written by recent CREES PhD graduate Victoria Hudson. In the information age, success is not merely the result of whose army wins, but also of whose story wins." The words of Harvard scholar Joseph Nye have been borne out in Ukraine.
Date:
Wednesday 26th March 2014

How do you study a problem like Mother Teresa?

How do you study a problem like Mother Teresa?
Description
Dr Gezim Alpion posted on the Hindustan Times, 23 March 2014. Compiling a bibliography on Mother Teresa is a daunting task even for her avid title-spotters. And yet, the most written about woman in modern times is finding it rather difficult to become a serious topic of academic enquiry.
Date:
Monday 24th March 2014

POLSIS students take part in Model NATO in Washington D.C. (2014)

POLSIS students take part in Model NATO in Washington D.C. (2014)
Description
This year, the University of Birmingham delegation had the pleasure of representing the United States at the 29th Model NATO Conference, held in Washington D.C. in February 2014.
Date:
Monday 24th March 2014

The Conversation: Now Crimea's in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?

The Conversation: Now Crimea's in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has now apparently formalised the annexation by announcing two new laws that make Crimea and Sevastopol subjects of the Russian Federation and has signed a treaty to this effect with Crimea's pro-Russian leaders.
Date:
Wednesday 19th March 2014

The Conversation: Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine as EU considers sanctions against Russia

The Conversation: Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine as EU considers sanctions against Russia
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Crimeans have voted by a huge margin to secede from Ukraine. According to early reports released after 50% of the ballots had been counted more than 95% of votes were in favour of joining Russia.
Date:
Tuesday 18th March 2014

New Research Fellows Join CREES

New Research Fellows Join CREES
Description
New Research Fellows Join CREES/POLSIS strengthening expertise on the Caucasus.
Date:
Friday 14th March 2014

The Conversation: How can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia secure a stable future?

The Conversation: How can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia secure a stable future?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The situation in Ukraine is still highly volatile, especially in relation to Crimea and continuing uncertainty about Russia's intentions. But there is a need to consider what a longer-term solution might look like in light of the different demands being made.
Date:
Wednesday 12th March 2014

Win:Win network: empowering women in leadership - 26 March 2014

Win:Win network: empowering women in leadership - 26 March 2014
Description
We are delighted to announce that Norma Jarboe OBE, Director of Women Count and author of a recent report on gender and leadership in higher education will be joining us on 26 March 2014 to discuss her work and the potential benefits for colleagues. The Win:Win network offers a space primarily for academic women at the University of Birmingham to come together, share experiences, develop reciprocal support and facilitate action on issues of gender, diversity, employment, career development and leadership.
Date:
Tuesday 11th March 2014

The Conversation: A divided Ukraine could see two radically different states emerge

The Conversation: A divided Ukraine could see two radically different states emerge
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. It is increasingly difficult to predict what the future holds for Ukraine. One scenario sees the country becoming divided along roughly ethnic lines, with an ethnic Ukrainian western state and a more Russia-oriented eastern state comprising today's southern and eastern Ukraine. So what would the economies of these potential new states look like?
Date:
Tuesday 11th March 2014

Cooperation in the Contemporary World: University of Birmingham unveils latest MOOC

Cooperation in the Contemporary World: University of Birmingham unveils latest MOOC
Description
Experts from the the School of Government and Society including the International Development Department, Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham have introduced a free, open online course today offering a taste of higher education to learners worldwide. Registration is now live for this online course which is scheduled to start in May 2014.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Undergraduate Open Days - 27-28 June 2014

Undergraduate Open Days - 27-28 June 2014
Description
Our Undergraduate Open Days offer you the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from our current undergraduates and teaching staff about living and learning at Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy

Alumni profile: Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy
Description
HR Manager, NHS. My advice to anyone considering studying at Birmingham would be to make the most of your time at university by supplementing your degree with other activities.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology
Description
Graduate Student and IT Administrator. Currently, I am staying in Oxford and preparing my PhD research that I hope to start this year. Before coming to Oxford, I worked for a while, both at an executive recruitment consultancy in London and full-time in IT.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology
Description
Investment Analyst, Bond Dickinson (formerly Dickinson Dees LLP). I have always had a keen interest in social structures and interactions and studying social sciences at the University of Birmingham provided me opportunity to critically engage with key political, social and economic issues facing contemporary societies.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Olga Fraczek, Sociology graduate

Alumni profile: Olga Fraczek, Sociology graduate
Description
Account Executive, Harvard Public Relations.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

IRiS Podcast: Conviviality, Encounter, Diversity, Migration: But Where Did Race Go?

IRiS Podcast: Conviviality, Encounter, Diversity, Migration: But Where Did Race Go?
Description
Speaker: Sarah Neal, University of Surrey. Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014
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