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Blog: Body / State in An Age of Austerity

Blog: Body / State in An Age of Austerity
Description
On Saturday 22nd February, the University of Birmingham's Gender and Feminist Theory Research Group were delighted to co-sponsor and host the PSA Women in Politics Specialist Group 's bi-annual conference. The conference was oriented around feminist scholarship that has sought to illuminate the ways in which states and bodies are intertwined both in general and in an age of austerity in particular.
Date:
Tuesday 25th February 2014

Podcast: Foucault, Sexuality, and Sustainable Development by Dr Emma Foster

Podcast: Foucault, Sexuality, and Sustainable Development by Dr Emma Foster
Description
In this talk, Dr Foster applies the Foucauldian concepts of biopower and governance to ecology. She describes the rhetoric of the UN's sustainable development policy documents as both gender conservative and heteronormative. She shows how demography itself is a biopolitical instrument and and imagines how a queer approach to ecology might understand nature differently, and outside of the 'resources versus people' dichotomy.
Date:
Tuesday 25th February 2014

Saving Humans Blog: Energy security and saving humans

Saving Humans Blog: Energy security and saving humans
Description
Written by Jonna Nyman. Energy security is increasingly the subject of headlines around the world. Most states rely heavily on fossil fuels to serve their energy needs, and as these fuels are finite they will eventually run out. There is an ongoing debate over whether or not we already have or will hit 'peak oil' in the near future, but either way there is increasing worry over the availability of, and access to, energy in years to come.
Date:
Tuesday 25th February 2014

Saving Humans Blog: Saving humans or saving states?

Saving Humans Blog: Saving humans or saving states?
Description
Written by Jonna Nyman. For some states, growing concern over energy security is turning them inwards as they attempt to maximise their own energy supplies. Much of the US energy security debate is centred around the desire for energy 'independence', an enticing dream of a United States which does not need to depend on anyone else. A key part of the solution presented by policy makers is to maximise domestic fossil fuel production...
Date:
Tuesday 25th February 2014

POLSIS European Studies workshop: Broadening Approaches to the European Crisis

POLSIS European Studies workshop: Broadening Approaches to the European Crisis
Description
On Tuesday 11 February the POLSIS European Studies Research Group hosted a day-long workshop titled, 'Broadening Approaches to the European Crisis: History, Theory, Responses'. The workshop aimed to bring together scholars currently working on the European/Eurozone crisis – based both within and outside of the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 24th February 2014

Saving humans Blog: World Government: Not Quite an Idea Whose Time has Come, but No Longer So Far from the Academic Mainstream

Saving humans Blog: World Government: Not Quite an Idea Whose Time has Come, but No Longer So Far from the Academic Mainstream
Description
Written by Dr Luis Cabrera. I can say without much reservation that I am one of the most avid students of world government alive today. Of course, I'm careful when and where I say that…
Date:
Friday 21st February 2014

Saving humans Blog: Democracy, Rights and European Hopes in Turkey

Saving humans Blog: Democracy, Rights and European Hopes in Turkey
Description
Written by Dr Luis Cabrera. Today I want to shift the focus from India and the Dalit (former untouchables) human rights struggle to Turkey. The two may not be obvious cases to treat in the same book or blog series, but in fact, some important issues intersect in both. In the Dalit human rights case, activists struggling on behalf of a category of persons within a country assert that those persons' rights are being systematically violated.
Date:
Thursday 20th February 2014

Saving humans Blog: Applying Global Pressure to Domestic Justice Issues: India's National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights

Saving humans Blog: Applying Global Pressure to Domestic Justice Issues: India's National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights
Description
Written by Dr Luis Cabrera. Yesterday I wrote about field research I had conducted among unauthorized immigrants in the US and Europe, as well as with immigration authorities and activists. I thought it could be appropriate to follow that up with a brief discussion of some current field research which intersects in some significant ways with the concerns of the Saving Humans initiative.
Date:
Wednesday 19th February 2014

Saving humans Blog: Studying Global Ethics in its Lived Contexts: Unauthorized Migration and Global Citizenship

Saving humans Blog: Studying Global Ethics in its Lived Contexts: Unauthorized Migration and Global Citizenship
Description
Written by Dr Luis Cabrera. I started my professional (post-university) career as a journalist in Seattle for The Associated Press, the global newswire service. Wire service work has a reputation in the trade as a bit of grind, and there were indeed plenty of overnight shifts spent rewriting local newspaper copy for the wire.
Date:
Wednesday 19th February 2014

IGS podcast: "Wir sind das Volk": 1989 and East German Memorials.

IGS podcast: "Wir sind das Volk": 1989 and East German Memorials.
Description
Anna Saunders (University of Bangor), '"Wir sind das Volk": The Dominance of 1989 in Memorialising the GDR'. Seminar co-hosted with the Department of Modern Languages (German Studies).
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

IRiS Podcast: Struggles against subjection: the consequences of the criminalization of migration on migrants' everyday lives

IRiS Podcast: Struggles against subjection: the consequences of the criminalization of migration on migrants' everyday lives
Description
Speaker: Dr Agnieszka Kubal (University of Oxford). Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

CREES Podcast: Bribes that are Gifts? Theorising Informality from the ground up in Russia

CREES Podcast: Bribes that are Gifts? Theorising Informality from the ground up in Russia
Description
Speaker: Jeremy Morris (Centre for Modern Lanuages). Joint seminar by the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) and the Centre for Modern Lanuages.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

Mother Teresa: the 'demon' saint

Mother Teresa: the 'demon' saint
Description
The late Mother Teresa, one of the world's highest-profile religious figures, was accused of being mad, vain, evil, and also of having an inappropriate relationship with a priest who was her spiritual director, according to newly published research from the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 10th February 2014

Amy Binstead, BA Education and Sociology (1st year)

Amy Binstead, BA Education and Sociology (1st year)
Description
Current student Amy Binstead talks about her experience on the BA (Hons) Education and Sociology undergraduate course in the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014

The Conversation: Al-Qaeda: thinking local in regional turmoil spells trouble for the West

The Conversation: Al-Qaeda: thinking local in regional turmoil spells trouble for the West
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama noted that the threat from al-Qaeda had evolved with affiliates of the terror group taking root in places as diverse as Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Mali.
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Deliberative leadership

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Deliberative leadership
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speaker: John Parkinson (Warwick) Discussant: Andrew Knops.
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014

Full fee bursaries available for postgraduate study in POLSIS 2014-15

Full fee bursaries available for postgraduate study in POLSIS 2014-15
Description
For the Academic year 2014-15, POLSIS is pleased to offer a range of full and partial bursaries for both domestic/EU and non-EU students. Bursaries are competitive and awarded on the basis of academic merit and the potential to achieve academic excellence.
Date:
Thursday 30th January 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: In a Cross-Fire of Integration: Russia, Europe and Political Crisis in Ukraine

POLSIS seminar series podcast: In a Cross-Fire of Integration: Russia, Europe and Political Crisis in Ukraine
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Sarah Whitmore (Oxford Brookes), Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (Birmingham Law School), Kataryna Wolczuk (CREES/POLSIS).
Date:
Thursday 30th January 2014

The Conversation: Ugandan intervention holds little hope for South Sudan conflict

The Conversation: Ugandan intervention holds little hope for South Sudan conflict
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. As the rival factions in the current conflict in South Sudan are about to sign a ceasefire deal in Addis Ababa, concerns remain that Uganda's military intervention in the South Sudanese civil war continue to threaten further regional escalation along well-established and predictable patterns.
Date:
Wednesday 29th January 2014

What you need to know about the causes of the Ukrainian protests

What you need to know about the causes of the Ukrainian protests
Description
Written by Kataryna Wolczuk (University of Birmingham) and Roman Wolczuk (University of Wolverhampton) on The Monkey Cage.
Date:
Wednesday 29th January 2014
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