On Wednesday December 6, 14 Politics & IR students, mostly from our Parliamentary Studies modules traveled to Cardiff to see devolved government in action. This was the department’s third visit to the Welsh Assembly and again, the welcome was warm, the visit was informative and the debate was occasionally feisty.
Starting the morning in the Old Debating Chamber in Ty Hywel, the Assembly’s office building beside the Senedd, the group met leader of the Welsh Conservatives (the opposition in Wales) Andrew RT Davies, and senior Labour AM Mick Antoniw. Responding to some probing questions from the group, the pair covered everything from the impact of Brexit on Wales through Enhanced and Reserved powers to how the Assembly has evolved since it first sat 20 years ago.
Moving next door to the main Senedd, the group received a short but sweet tour of the award-winning building before taking in a business session of Ministers’ Questions.
Next term, the group will have the chance to compare devolved government with the Mother of Parliaments as they head for a Parliamentary Day in Westminster.
Daphne’s article with Sofia Vasilopoulou ‘Breaching the Social Contract: Crises of Democratic Representation and Patterns of Extreme Right Party Support’ will be published in print in Government and Opposition’s next print issue this coming January. Government and Opposition, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 26-50.
Dr Georgina Holmes presented a research paper on the pre-deployment training experience of Ghanaian tactical-level military peacekeepers at a two-day workshop on Preventing Sexual Exploitation & Abuse in Humanitarian Settings, hosted by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace & Security, on 30th November – 1st December 2017. The workshop brought together academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss new responses and share good practice.
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Daphne’s article The Paradox of Nationalism: The common denominator of radical right and radical left euroscepticism’, originally published in the European Journal of Political Research (EJPR) in 2012, has just been included in an EJPR virtual special issue on Populism. Info here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1475-6765/homepage/populism.htm
On Thursday, December 14th, Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou and Dr Tim Vlandas will be in Brussels, discussing the electoral success of far right parties in Europe at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) Monthly Forum.
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Daphne’s article ‘Breaching the Social Contract: Crises of Democratic Representation and Patterns of Extreme Right Party Support’ has been included in Government and Opposition’s special collection of free articles across the subject of populism.
It can be accessed for free here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/government-and-opposition/information/populism-in-europe-a-government-and-opposition-collection#articles
The writer and broadcaster Alastair Campbell spent more than four hours in the department talking to students, staff and our local community on Monday, as he delivered the Peter Campbell Memorial Lecture, named in honour of the first Head of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading. Continue reading
By Dr Madeleine Davies (Department of English Literature)
Jess Phillips MP gave a talk at the University of Reading on 16th November and reminded everyone present of the need to fight for social justice, fairness, and equality. The event was very well attended and students, colleagues and members of the local community listened carefully as the MP explained her beliefs and her work. The event was live-streamed and a Twitter feed supplied a steady flow of sound-bites from the talk: ‘women pay the price [of government cuts] and men reap the benefits’ was one of the re-tweeted comments. Continue reading
Dr Rob Jubb has published a discussion note entitled ‘Consent and Deception’ in the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.
It is now available here: http://jesp.org/index.php/jesp/issue/view/36.
The main 2018 ESRC SeNSS PhD studentship competition is now open. The attached ‘Information for UoR staff’ sheet sets out broad competition details for supervisors and I’d be grateful if you could now disseminate this information by forwarding to all relevant staff in your pathway area.
Key deadlines to note are:
- 15 January 2018 – Deadline for candidates to submit their SeNSS applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (UoR Graduate School) for Reading’s institutional shortlisting process.
- 21 January 2018 – Deadline for candidates to apply for admission – however earlier applications are strongly encouraged.
- 1 February 2018 – shortlisted candidates + reserves will be invited to upload final applications to FluidReview.
- April 2018 – decisions
Student-facing advertising is live at www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/funding-and-fees/gs-senss-info.aspx (Reading) and http://senss-dtp.ac.uk/apply-1 (overall consortium).