POLSIS Seminar Series

The POLSIS Seminar Series hosts a number of seminars throughout the course of the academic year that reflect the broad range of interests of the department.

Forthcoming Events 2017-2018

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Past seminar series events

Podcasts

EU and LGBT Politics Talk at POLSIS Departmental Seminar

EU and LGBT Politics Talk at POLSIS Departmental Seminar
Description
The European Studies Research Group and the LGBTQ+ Network of the School of Government and Society hosted a talk on EU and LGBT Politics in the Western Balkans, by Dr Koen Slootmaeckers (City University).
Date:
Thursday 8th November 2018

Podcast: How Democracies Die

Podcast: How Democracies Die
Description
Harvard University's prize-winning Daniel Ziblatt delivered a talk to staff and students based on his most recent book, 'How Democracies Die', recently recommended by Barack Obama as a book which speaks to the current political moment.
Date:
Monday 15th October 2018

Podcast: Is Democracy in Decline?

Podcast: Is Democracy in Decline?
Description
In this seminar, leading scholars from POLIS, IDD and INLOGOV asked whether democracy can withstand the challenges it faces from disengagement, illiberal populism, and the growing influence of autocratic states.
Date:
Friday 23rd March 2018

Podcast: Reflections on the Italian elections

Podcast: Reflections on the Italian elections
Description
Join three leading experts on Italian politics for an analysis of what happened on 4 March and why and what the results mean for Italy and politics more broadly.
Date:
Wednesday 7th March 2018

Podcast: POLSIS seminar on Religion and Political Violence

Podcast: POLSIS seminar on Religion and Political Violence
Description
POLSIS and the Department of Theology and Religion invited three leading scholars to present on the theme of 'Religiously-based political violence: What does God have to do with it?"
Date:
Wednesday 28th February 2018

Podcast: Problematic Sovereignty on China's Periphery: A case study of Taiwan as a 'Contested State'

Podcast: Problematic Sovereignty on China's Periphery: A case study of Taiwan as a 'Contested State'
Description
Speaker: Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu (Southampton)
Date:
Friday 26th January 2018

Elections expert John Curtice delivers lecture to POLSIS staff and students

Elections expert John Curtice delivers lecture to POLSIS staff and students
Description
Distinguished expert on British elections Prof. John Curtice delivered a lecture on Brexit and British party politics as part of the POLSIS Seminar Series.
Date:
Thursday 28th September 2017

Podcast: Politics and Economics Departments Debate the End of Globalisation

Description
A joint seminar organised by POLSIS and the Department of Economics invited an expert panel to debate the economic consequences of recent political upheaval in Europe and the USA.
Date:
Monday 13th March 2017

Podcast: From Electoral Despair to Where?: Has Brexit Given the Liberal Democrats a Lifeline?

Description
Professor David Cutts presented research based on his forthcoming book-length study of the Liberal Democrats to the POLSIS departmental seminar.
Date:
Monday 6th March 2017

Podcast: The Brexit Negotiations: An EU Perspective

Description
Speakers: Jacqueline Minor, European Commission's Head of Representation and Professor Martin Trybus, Birmingham Law School, Professor of European Law and Policy. Chair: Jamie Gaskarth, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Podcast: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting

Description
Speaker: Dr Antoine Bousquet (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, London).
Date:
Thursday 2nd February 2017

Podcast: From Europe's troubled periphery to security provider: Albanian Foreign Policy in regional and European context

Description
Deputy Foreign Minister of Albania, Dr Odeta Barbullushi, who studied for a PhD at the University of Birmingham spoke to staff and students about the security threats facing her country and the wider Western Balkans region.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

2018 - 2019

2018

9th October - PTR Polsis seminar series

9th October - How Democracies Die