News in the departments

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.

Academics in POLSIS and Economics Host Brexit Panel Discussion

Academics in POLSIS and Economics Host Brexit Panel Discussion
Description
As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, University of Birmingham academics organized a high profile panel discussion on Britain and the EU.
Date:
Friday 27th November 2015

POLSIS Staff Member Wins Teaching Award

POLSIS Staff Member Wins Teaching Award
Description
Julian Pänke has been awarded a University of Birmingham Teaching Academy Award for Educational Enhancement and Innovation.
Date:
Thursday 26th November 2015

Intersecting Discourses on Migration in the UK, Germany and Russia

Intersecting Discourses on Migration in the UK, Germany and Russia
Description
This conference on Thursday 05 November 2015 explored immigration and migrant integration discourses and their influences on policy-making. The focus was on three countries: the UK, Germany and Russia.
Date:
Wednesday 25th November 2015

Skopje Honours Its Daughter Mother Teresa

Skopje Honours Its Daughter Mother Teresa
Description
Dr Gëzim Alpion was a keynote speaker at the symposium "Skopje Honours Its Daughter Mother Teresa", which took place in Skopje on 12 September 2015. The event which was attended by Mother Teresa scholars from the United Kingdom, Albania, Kosova, and Macedonia, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Skopje, politicians, religious personalities, and media representatives, was covered widely in the Balkans and generated a number of articles in India and the UK.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Explainer: what is going on in Mali?

Explainer: what is going on in Mali?
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. The hostage situation at a hotel in the Malian capital Bamako comes after months of sporadic violence.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

The Geneva summit thawed the Cold War – so why have we squandered its legacy?

The Geneva summit thawed the Cold War – so why have we squandered its legacy?
Description
Written by Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler and Professor David H. Dunn, University of Birmingham. 30 years ago, Reagan and Gorbachev ushered in a new era of cordial relations. It's time to recapture that spirit.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Podcast: Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies

Podcast: Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies
Description
Speaker: Dr Dawn Walsh (University of Birmingham). This paper focuses on peace agreements which include an element of territorial self-government (TSG). Using international examples including Northern Ireland and Bosnia this paper demonstrates that a lack of trust between conflict parties necessitated the inclusion of a range of guarantee mechanisms which increased confidence that the TSG element of the peace agreement would be respected.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Podcast: Russian adventurism under Putin: Lessons from Ukraine and Syria

Podcast: Russian adventurism under Putin: Lessons from Ukraine and Syria
Description
Speaker: Ambassador Jack Matlock. During his 35 years in the American Foreign Service (1956-1991), Jack Matlock served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from 1983 until 1986, and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to 1983. Before his appointment to Moscow as Ambassador, Mr. Matlock served three tours at the American Embassy in the Soviet Union between 1961 and 1981.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Brokering peace in Nepal

Brokering peace in Nepal
Description
The Times Higher Education's John Elmes talks to Paul Jackson about the politics scholar's central role during negotiations between the Nepalese government and Maoist rebels.
Date:
Thursday 19th November 2015

Paris attacks: how effective has the military response been?

Paris attacks: how effective has the military response been?
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After the terrorist atrocity, Western powers pledged to strike back at Islamic State. They will need to do more than rattle sabres.
Date:
Thursday 19th November 2015

The life of 'Jihadi John': how one man became the symbol of Islamic State

The life of 'Jihadi John': how one man became the symbol of Islamic State
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. US and UK claim the man who bragged about decapitating western hostages has probably been killed in an airstrike.
Date:
Monday 16th November 2015

Rhys Crilley Wins the ISAICOMM 2016 Best Paper Award

Rhys Crilley Wins the ISAICOMM 2016 Best Paper Award
Description
The ISAICOMM Book Award Selection Committee has chosen to honour Rhys Crilley, a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, for his paper, "Through the Mud and the Blood to the Chatroom Beyond: The British Army on Facebook 2009-2012." Crilley's paper was nominated for this award from a pool of approximately 150 papers presented at 33 different ISAICOMM section panels during ISA 2015 in New Orleans.
Date:
Friday 13th November 2015

Our Voices: "Nuestras Voces": Photographic Exhibition, 19-25 November 2015, Foyer, Muirhead Tower

Description
The International Development Department is delighted to announce that an exhibition produced through a project led by Juany Murphy will be launched on Thursday 19th November at 5pm. Juany has just completed her MSc in Development Management with IDD and is a Director of the Otra Cosa Network.
Date:
Friday 13th November 2015

IGS podcast: '"Lay Down Your Arms!" Anti-War Writing in German-Speaking Countries, 1905‒1924'

IGS podcast: '"Lay Down Your Arms!" Anti-War Writing in German-Speaking Countries, 1905‒1924'
Description
Speaker: Professor Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford)
Date:
Thursday 12th November 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals: How did governance get into the SDGs and what does this mean?

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals: How did governance get into the SDGs and what does this mean?
Description
Speakers: Professor David Hulme (University of Manchester).
Date:
Monday 9th November 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Transformative political leadership: Making a difference in the developing world

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Transformative political leadership: Making a difference in the developing world
Description
Speakers: Professor Robert Rotberg (Harvard University).
Date:
Monday 9th November 2015

IDD academic awarded SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015

IDD academic awarded SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015
Description
Dr Jonathan Fisher, Senior Lecturer in African Politics, International Development Department has been recognised with the SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015. Dr Fisher attended a ceremony on Thursday 05 November 2015 to accept his award.
Date:
Friday 6th November 2015

Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?

Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Moscow's mixed messages on the future of the Syrian president is fuelling speculation that it might be preparing to desert its long-term ally.
Date:
Friday 6th November 2015

The inclusiveness test: making change work

Description
The key challenge of development until 2040 is learning how to close the gap between ideals and actual progress. By Alina Rocha Menocal (DLP Senior Research Fellow)
Date:
Thursday 5th November 2015

High Quality Publications Show POLSIS Staff Remain at the Cutting Edge of Research

High Quality Publications Show POLSIS Staff Remain at the Cutting Edge of Research
Description
The last few months have witnessed the continuing flow of high quality publications from staff members in POLSIS demonstrating the department's position at the forefront of research. The books, articles and chapters cover political theory, international relations, security, British politics, rising powers, the European Union and developments in the former Soviet Union.
Date:
Wednesday 4th November 2015
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