Events in the School of Government and Society

IDD Guest Seminar Series 2014/15POLSIS Seminar Series 2014/15Festival of Social Science 2014Postgraduate Open Day - Wednesday 03 December 2014

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from around the school and the wide-ranging projects our staff and students get involved with.

Forthcoming events

Why there is no "new Cold War" (or the use and abuse of history).

Why there is no "new Cold War" (or the use and abuse of history).

Date
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 427
Description
Dr. Andrew Monaghan will speak about the propsects for a second Cold War between Russia and the West.
Researching change and continuity in rural Ethiopia: 20 villages over 20 years – the WIDE research project

Researching change and continuity in rural Ethiopia: 20 villages over 20 years – the WIDE research project

Date
Monday 27th October 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 417
Description
Speaker: Catherine Dom, Mokoro Ltd, WIDE Research Team.
Workshop: The End of Stasiland?

Workshop: The End of Stasiland?

Date
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Location:
Edgbaston, Room 420 Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham
Description
The aim of the event is to review both the history of the fall of the Berlin Wall and shifting representations of the GDR since 1989.
Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Date
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Location:
G15 - Muirhead Lecture Theatre
Description
Chair: Tim Haughton, Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton), Discussant: Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).

Shaping the 21st century public servant

Date
Monday 3rd November 2014
Description
This ESRC Festival of Social Sciences event focuses on what needs to be done so that people working to deliver public services can embody the values, attitudes and behaviours that are needed for 21st Century public services.
Corporate Responsibility in Developing Countries

Corporate Responsibility in Developing Countries

Date
Tuesday 4th November 2014
Location:
G15 - Muirhead Lecture Theatre, Muirhead Tower (R21 on Campus Map)
Description
Speaker: Ms. Donna Guest, Senior Advisor on Southeast Asia at Institute for Human Rights and Business
Parliament and the Legislative Process

Parliament and the Legislative Process

Date
Friday 7th November 2014
Description
This ESRC Festival of Social Science workshop will provide an in depth exploration of the legislative process in the UK for AS and A level Government and Politics students.
They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain - Film showing and discussion

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain - Film showing and discussion

Date
Monday 10th November 2014
Location:
G15 - Muirhead Lecture Theatre, Muirhead Tower (R21 on Campus Map)
Description
Ms. Anna Roberts, Director of Burma Campaign UK. Dr Matthew Walton, Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at University of Oxford.
Scrutiny of Contracts and Arms-length Arrangements

Scrutiny of Contracts and Arms-length Arrangements

Date
Tuesday 11th November 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham
Description
This seminar is designed for both councillors and officers to identify the salient issues and learn of good practice from other authorities.
The Green State in Africa: Environmental politics, climate change and social movements

The Green State in Africa: Environmental politics, climate change and social movements

Date
Wednesday 12th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 417
Description
Speaker: Carl Death, University of Manchester.
EU: The State of the Union

EU: The State of the Union

Date
Wednesday 12th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead tower - Room 121
Description
Chair: Tim Haughton (POLSIS), Speakers: Sara Binzer Hobolt (LSE) and Nathaniel Copsey (Aston) and Christopher Bickerton (Cambridge).
Chairing Scrutiny: A Training Workshop for Scrutiny Chairs

Chairing Scrutiny: A Training Workshop for Scrutiny Chairs

Date
Friday 14th November 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham
Description
Chairing Scrutiny is different from chairing traditional service committees - putting even experienced service chairs at a disadvantage. The seminar will explore the skills required to support good scrutiny and the special demands it makes on those who take the chair.
Scrutiny at a Crossroads

Scrutiny at a Crossroads

Date
Tuesday 18th November 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus, Muirhead Tower
Description
One day seminar - Primarily because of the harsh financial regime local government is working within many councils are questioning the role and purpose of scrutiny. This seminar is designed to address these issues head on by recognising the threats and opportunities faced by scrutiny and developing best practice.
Russia and Germany after the Cold War: A New Relationship?

Russia and Germany after the Cold War: A New Relationship?

Date
Tuesday 18th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 429
Description
Speaker: James Sherr (Chatham House). IGS 'Not The First World War Centenary' seminar
Reflections on the Revolutions in Europe: 1989 a Quarter of a Century On

Reflections on the Revolutions in Europe: 1989 a Quarter of a Century On

Date
Wednesday 19th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead tower - Room 121
Description
Chair: Dr Richard Connolly (POLSIS/CREES). Speakers: Michael Bernhard (Florida), Graham Timmins and Tim Haughton (POLSIS/CREES).
Title TBC

Title TBC

Date
Thursday 20th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 417
Description
Speaker: William Gumede, Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of Witwatersrand.
The World Food Situation

The World Food Situation

Date
Tuesday 25th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower (R21 on Campus Map), Room 417
Description
Speaker: Professor Tim Benton, Champion for Global Food Security, University of Leeds.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: The Uses and Misuses of History

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: The Uses and Misuses of History

Date
Wednesday 26th November 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 121
Description
This round-table will discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - one of the most complex and protracted ethno-territorial conflicts in the post-Soviet space. It will focus on the role of historical narrative in the political discourse of all parties involved in the conflict. We will gather together scholars and policy-makers with in-depth empirical, scholarly and political experience of this turbulent region.
Postgraduate Open Day - Wednesday 03 December 2014

Postgraduate Open Day - Wednesday 03 December 2014

Date
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Location:
Edgbaston Campus
Description
The next Postgraduate Open Day will be held on Wednesday 03 December 2014. You can now book your place. The postgraduate open day gives you the opportunity to talk to our experts and find out more about the wide portfolio of taught and research opportunities available to you at the University of Birmingham. Whatever stage you are at with your career, a visit to the open day will clarify your options and help you plan your next step.
Using aid as a sanctioning device: The case of budget support suspensions?

Using aid as a sanctioning device: The case of budget support suspensions?

Date
Thursday 4th December 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower, Room 417
Description
Speaker: Dr Nadia Molenaers, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp.
Aid Transparency in Fragile States

Aid Transparency in Fragile States

Date
Friday 5th December 2014
Location:
Muirhead Tower (R21 on Campus Map)
Description
Speaker: Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Former Secretary of State for International Development. This is a joint seminar with the Birmingham International Development Forum.
Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII

Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII

Date
Wednesday 10th December 2014
Description
Speaker: Randall Hansen (University of Toronto). IGS 'Not The First World War Centenary' seminar
Ethnic minority political representation in Britain: the end of the Race Relations Paradigm?

Ethnic minority political representation in Britain: the end of the Race Relations Paradigm?

Date
Wednesday 21st January 2015
Description
Speaker: Maria Sobolewska (Manchester)
The Palatine Wedding of 1613 and its Impact on Confessional Politics

The Palatine Wedding of 1613 and its Impact on Confessional Politics

Date
Wednesday 21st January - Wednesday 4th March 2015
Description
Sara Smart (University of Exeter). IGS / Modern Languages seminar.
EU as an international security actor

EU as an international security actor

Date
Wednesday 28th January 2015
Description
Speaker: Adrian Hyde-Price (Gothenburg), Discussant: Derek Averre (POLSIS/CREES).
From "Coventration" to Reconciliation: Coventry and Dresden after 1940/45

From "Coventration" to Reconciliation: Coventry and Dresden after 1940/45

Date
Thursday 5th February 2015
Description
Speaker: Dr Stefan Goebel (University of Kent). IGS 'Not The First World War Centenary' seminar.
Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning (5 day course)

Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning (5 day course)

Date
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Location:
Edgbaston Campus
Description
03, 04 and 05 March and 28, 29 April 2014. This Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning focuses directly on the current challenge of coping with public service funding cuts at a time of rising service needs and expectations.
DEFA's Last Gasp: Melancholy and the End of East German Filmmaking

DEFA's Last Gasp: Melancholy and the End of East German Filmmaking

Date
Wednesday 4th March 2015
Description
Speaker: Nick Hodgin (University of Lancaster). IGS / Modern Languages seminar.
The rise of populism in Europe

The rise of populism in Europe

Date
Wednesday 11th March 2015
Description
Speakers: Daniele Albertazzi (Modern Languages) and Peter Kerr (POLSIS).
Whither German Memory? Towards an Integrated Model of Remembering

Whither German Memory? Towards an Integrated Model of Remembering

Date
Wednesday 18th March 2015
Description
Speaker: Bill Niven (Nottingham Trent). IGS / Modern Languages seminar.
IRSPM Conference 2015

IRSPM Conference 2015

Date
Monday 30th March - Wednesday 1st April 2015
Location:
University of Birmingham
Description
Public management faces a 'perfect storm' of challenges ranging from growing expectations and demand, demographic change and financial constraint. Whilst some have sought to look for stability in weathering the storm, others have argued for more radical alternatives.

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