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Keep up to date with the latest news and events from around the department and the wide-ranging projects our staff and students get involved with. More news throughout the School of Government and Society

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Brexit: engaging real-time challenges as they unfold

Description
UK politics and society has been dominated for much of 2016 by the discussion about Brexit, both before the 23 June 2016 referendum and after the monumental outcome to leave the European Union.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Onwards and Upwards: Teaching Excellence and Innovation

Description
Every teaching session in POLSIS is a challenge that we welcome. Making lectures more accessible, getting the most out of discussion in seminars, setting assignments to fulfil the potential of each of our students.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Latvian Ambassador visits Birmingham and meets POLSIS Staff

Description
The new Latvian Ambassador Baiba Braze visited the University of Birmingham on 24 October 2016 and met staff in the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS).
Date:
Monday 24th October 2016

Academic article reprinted in book

Description
Daniele Albertazzi's article (with Sean Mueller) 'Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland' was reprinted in The Populist Radical Right - A Reader, Edited by Cas Mudde.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2016

Politics Society Organises Politics in the Pub Discussion

Description
On Thursday 13 October 2016, the Politics Society organised a 'Politics in the Pub' Discussion and invited Dr Pete Kerr to come and talk about a topic of his choice; modernity in politics.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2016

Referendums: the pros and cons

Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn, Senior Lecturer in International Politics. "Referendum campaigns themselves can be savagely divisive, especially when the prospect of a narrow victory tempts campaigners to use every argument at their disposal. Political division in both the UK and Colombia has been markedly intensified by the 2016 campaigns there."
Date:
Friday 14th October 2016

Gavin Barwell MP talks to POLSIS about Campaigning

Description
Housing Minister and MP for Croydon Central Gavin Barwell visited POLSIS to spoke to staff and students about how to win a marginal seat.
Date:
Wednesday 12th October 2016

EU Referendum debated in POLSIS Special Seminar

Description
This year's POLSIS Seminar series kicked off with a distinguished panel discussing the 23 June referendum on EU membership and its consequences for the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Date:
Wednesday 12th October 2016

Who are Syria's White Helmets, and why are they so controversial?

Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. A volunteer force that provides humanitarian aid in the worst of conditions, the White Helmets are the target of some very caustic conspiracy theory.
Date:
Monday 10th October 2016

Trump stumped in first debate with Clinton – will it cost him?

Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Given the chance to redefine both himself and his opponent, Donald Trump turned in a catastrophic performance – and Hillary Clinton handled him just right.
Date:
Tuesday 27th September 2016

One-Day Conference: "Making Parliaments Work: What Makes For an Effective Parliament?"

Description
POLSIS co-hosts Annual PSA Parliaments & Legislatures Specialist Group Conference held at the Institute for Government, London.
Date:
Thursday 22nd September 2016

Marco Vieira's new publications

Description
Marco Vieira has two new publications out this summer.
Date:
Thursday 22nd September 2016

PhD student wins prestigious MEXT scholarship

Description
POLSIS PhD student Carol Buxton awarded a prestigious Japanese government scholarship to spend 18 months working with Professor Yuichi Hosoya at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.
Date:
Thursday 22nd September 2016

Cinema's potential to influence public attitudes about the ethics and law of armed conflict

Description
New article by POLSIS academic on how cinema has the potential to influence public attitudes about the ethics and law of armed conflict.
Date:
Thursday 22nd September 2016

Marco Vieira awarded visiting research fellowship at Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro

Description
Marco Vieira spent ten days in Rio de Janeiro (June 2016) as a visiting research fellow in the Centre of International Relations at Getulio Vargas Foundation.
Date:
Thursday 22nd September 2016

Anthropoid: new blockbuster interrogates how you justify collateral damage in war

Description
Written by Dr Christopher J. Finlay. Can a Czech soldier justify assassinating a Nazi leader when he knows that it could lead to thousands of innocent citizens being murdered in revenge? If so, how?
Date:
Wednesday 21st September 2016

Years of fixation on defeating al-Qaeda have stunted US foreign policy

Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The US seems stuck in War-on-Terror mode even though reality has moved on.
Date:
Wednesday 21st September 2016

POLSIS Lecturer Wins American Political Science Association Award

Description
POLSIS Lecturer Gerasimos Tsourapas was awarded the 2016 best doctoral dissertation prize by the American Political Science Association's Section on Migration & Citizenship.
Date:
Friday 16th September 2016

IGS podcast: Imagining Germany from the Outside at Houses of Parliament

Description
On Wednesday 14 September 2016, the All-Party Parliamentary British-German Group hosted a seminar of the Institute for German Studies (IGS) in the Palace Building at the Houses of Westminster.
Date:
Friday 16th September 2016

Podcast: Global Governance for the Anthropocene: Nuclear Weapons and the Global Ecology

Podcast: Global Governance for the Anthropocene: Nuclear Weapons and the Global Ecology
Description
This seminar considers the global governance challenges of the Anthropocene in two areas: nuclear weapons, and the global ecology. Speaker: Dr Anthony Burke, Chair: Professor Nicholas Wheeler.
Date:
Friday 16th September 2016
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