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11 December 201717:15

JUS COGENS AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMES: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?

JUS COGENS AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMES: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? Professor Robert Cryer Professor Robert Cryer holds a chair in International and Criminal Law at Birmingham Law School. He has lectured and spoken widely at both national and international level, primarily on international criminal law and public international law more generally. In addition to a number of articles and book chapters he is the author of Prosecuting International Crimes: Selectivity and the International Criminal Law Regime (Cambridge: CUP, 2005 (pb 2011)), which discussed the interrelationship of the personal and material jurisdiction of international criminal tribunals. He also has written on war crimes trials in Asia, most notably as the co-author (with Neil Boister) of The Tokyo International Military Tribunal: A Reappraisal (Oxford: OUP, 2008), which has contributed to the renaissance of scholarship on this Tribunal. He is also co-author (with Hakan Friman, Darryl Robinson and Elizabeth Wilmshurst) of the widely used textbook An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (Cambridge: CUP, 3rd ed,. 2014). He is co-editor of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of International Criminal Justice and is currently working on a number of projects, including a book on the application of international humanitarian law by international criminal tribunals, and other pieces on the sources and history of international law.. Full details
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8 December 201716:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentation by William King, PhD Candidate

‘A Comparative Study of the ‘Yes’ vote for the 2011 AV Referendum and the same areas for the 2016 EU Referendum’. Full details
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7 December 201716:30

Q-Step: Collecting Social Media Data

This workshop provides an introduction to the main methods used to access, download and store social media data. You will learn how to use Twitter's APIs to collect tweets and user details, and how to collect Facebook posts and comments. Basic knowledge of programming in Python is required, and participants are required to attend the "Intro to Python" workshop first.. Full details
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7 December 201712:30

Applying to Law Firms - Planning your strategy

Alison Peyton from Aspiring Solicitors will be giving this workshop on how to plan your strategy for applying to law firms, and will focus on: how to develop your commercial awareness; how to confidently navigate the application process, and; hints and tips to help you succeed. Alison is the Universities and Student Liaison Manager at Aspiring Solicitors. Before that, she worked in the graduate recruitment team at Hogan Lovells for over eight years, during which time she screened many applications and interviewed many candidates! Alison will go through what law firms are looking for, and how you can best present yourself throughout the application process. Aspiring Solicitors is an organisation which provides careers assistance and access to the legal profession for students from underrepresented groups. We do this through a variety of different programmes and opportunities, including mentoring and employability schemes, summer skills workshops, open days with law firms, careers advice and mock interview sessions, and a commercial awareness competition. Since the organisation was set up in 2013, our members have secured over 1100 vacation schemes and training contracts. For more information, please visit www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk.. Full details
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7 December 201712:30

Education Theory Reading Network

Paper by Wilf Carr on Education without Theory has been selected to follow the line of argument of the two previous papers this term.. Full details
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6 December 201717:00

Research talk by Dr Li Li (University of Exeter) Researching Teacher Cognition - A Discursive Approach

Language teacher cognition has become a significant research area in the last decade to promote learners’ active participation in learning, to address the important role of teachers in developing effective pedagogy and to enhance teacher learning. Majority of this research is framed in a cognitive framework, adopting research methodology to gain understanding of teachers’ mental lives.. Full details
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6 December 201714:30

Governance in Turbulent Times – and how to deal with it

My talk focuses on public governance in turbulent times and how to deal with it. I aim to suggest the contours of a design approach in political science with the backing of organization theory. The ambition is to use insights from my latest work on governing turbulence and then to set out design implications from an organizational approach to public governance. Arguably, even in turbulent times research(ers) might specify and advice on how governance processes might be deliberately designed organizationally. I hereby draw a middle-ground in an old turf-war in organization studies and public administration between ‘science’ and ‘craft’. Insights into how organizational factors affect public governance is a necessary precondition for using organization theory to meta-govern. I will advocate that organization theory as ‘craft’ requires organization theory as ‘science’. ‘’Science’ and ‘craft’, or understanding and design, are thus complementary and not opposing as too often assumed.. Full details
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6 December 201713:00

Cake for Comments Series: Giulia Bazzan, Visiting PhD Candidate

Towards effectiveness of food safety regulation across Europe. Full details
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6 December 201713:00

Dr Rebecca Helm leads a research seminar on Individual rights in the age of the disappearing trial.

As criminal justice systems continue to be overburdened, jury-focused systems across the world are increasingly reliant on the vast majority of defendants pleading guilty rather than exercising their right to a jury trial. Despite this, the legal infrastructure designed to protect defendants is still largely focused on trial by jury. My research identifies challenges to defendant rights in this system, with a focus on wrongful convictions arising from guilty pleas. I examine legal infrastructure in the USA and England and Wales and use empirical data and evidence from relevant cases to critique current regulations and to suggest potential reforms. Full details
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6 December 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Daniel Kapust (University of Wisconsin)

“The tragedy of Imperial Republics”. Full details
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6 December 201712:30

How to write a winning application form with Womble Bond Dickenson

Join Head of Recruitment Sam Lee, and Trainee Solicitor and Exeter alumna Rae Ahmed from Womble Bond Dickinson for a workshop focusing on how to write a winning law application. Hear what a transatlantic law firm looks for in their applicants and gain hints and tips to make your application standout from the crowd. Full details
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6 December 201712:00

Catarina Thomson: Foreign Policy Attitudes and Security Policy Preferences in the United Kingdom: Applying Latent Class Models to Elite and General Audience Samples.

CAIS Brownbag seminar. Full details
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5 December 201717:30

Lecture - “The Route to China: A Seaborne Exploration in Medieval Islam” Professor Dionisius Agius FBA

Drinks reception from 5pm in the common room followed by the talk at 5.30pm Lecture Rooms 1 and 2, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter Enquiries to Professor Timothy Insoll, T.Insoll@Exeter.ac.uk The Route to China: Seaborne Exploration in Medieval Islam Dionisius A. Agius FBA Emeritus Al-Qasimi Professor of Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture, University of Exeter, UK Adjunct Distinguished Professor, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abstract Nowadays, when maps, distance and speed have become integral to our life style, we have almost forgotten that world where people relied on camel, horse, donkey, or ship for transport. Whether travel was by land or sea, man perforce had to call upon the experience of generations gone before to endure his safety, but sea transport was always perilous for many reasons, not least that navigational aids were not accurate. The sea proved no barrier to human enterprise; trade and cultural interaction brought together the great civilizations of Islam, India and China. The caravan routes overland, as they have been in the past, were a vital source for trade; their connections with the main harbours led to an expansion of the seaborne trade and, though there were times when it was affected by political instability and natural disasters, trade continued to prosper until the day the Europeans entered the Indian Ocean in 1487, as capitalist predators, disturbing the commercial and cultural system of peoples who had lived in relative harmony since antiquity. This is a journey of Classical and Medieval Islam narrated by people who lived those days; they will tell us their impressions about the cultural, material and commercial significance of the Classic Ships of Islam, their role in the life and interaction of coastal communities; the long tradition of seafaring in the Indian Ocean and seaborne exploration – the route to China.. Full details
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5 December 201717:30

"The Route to China: A Seaborne Exploration in Medieval Islam"

This is the first lecture under the auspices of the new Centre for Islamic Archaeology of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Full details
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5 December 201715:30

The Educational Role of Professional Bodies

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2017/18 academic year. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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5 December 201713:00

Seminar by Dr Steven Jones (University of Manchester) Value-For-Money Discourses in English Higher Education

In England, the notion of ‘value for money’ (VFM) is ubiquitous in discourses of Higher Education. Young people are assumed to make participation decisions based on rational cost-benefit analyses of long-term loan repayments against deferred graduate premium, and VFM is widely invoked as a driver of government policy.. Full details
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5 December 201712:00

Teacher Recruitment Fair 2017

The Teacher Recruitment Fair is open to all PCGE and Education students, and is your chance to meet over 20 graduate recruiters who offer NQT vacancies locally, nationally, and internationally. No need to book, just turn up!. Full details
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5 December 201711:30

CRPR-LEEP Seminar: Fire, tractors and health in the Amazon by Thiago Morello

Fire, tractors and health in the Amazon: a stated preference-based cost-benefit analysis of externality policy. Every year residents of the urban area of Rio Branco, a western Amazon town with 330,000 inhabitants, have their respiratory health threatened by smoke from fires set to prepare land for agriculture. This remains true even with remarkable policy efforts to diffuse fire-free agriculture, monitor fire use and fine non-authorized burnings. The current fire policy is evaluated with a cost-benefit analysis fully based in stated-preference valuation. Potential externality generators (smallholders) and potential victims (urban dwellers) were surveyed with, respectively, discrete choice experiment and contingent valuation methods. An efficiency metric that convoys variance of individual values is proposed and compared to traditional average-based aggregation. Physical impact of pollution in health was estimated with sub-municipal level GIS data for traditional aggregation.. Full details
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4 December 201715:30

Matt Dawson (University of Glasgow) “Morality as Rebellion: Towards a Partial Reconciliation of Bauman and Durkheim”

SPA Seminar series. Full details
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4 December 201712:30

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Emir Emre will present a summary of his PhD research plans on teacher assistant initial training and Alison Black will also present her plans for a special issue journal article about mixed methods research. Full details
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1 December 20178:30

Anne Barlow presenting at the 'Empowering European Families' project final conference in Germany

Anne Barlow presenting at the 'Empowering European Families' project final conference in Germany. Anne Barlow, Professor of Family Law and Policy, University of Exeter, is a member of the Working Group of the EU-funded project Empowering European Families based at the European Law Institute in Vienna. The Working Group looks at ways to resolve the complex legal position of 'international couples' within the EU when relationships break down or one partner dies. On Friday 1 December, Professor Barlow will be presenting at the project’s final conference at the European Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany. The audience will include European policy-makers, academics and practitioners on the unpredictable position of international cohabiting couples who gain and lose rights as they move across borders in Europe. Full details
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30 November 201717:15

Visiting speaker: Shir Hever

The Privatisation of Israeli Security. Full details
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30 November 201713:30

Lesson Study Network

Update on the progress of the review of literature relevant to lesson study by Vivienne Baumfield.. Full details
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30 November 20179:00

Dr Rachel Fenton is a key speaker at the Inside Government's 'Tackling Sexual Violence and Harassment in Higher Education'

Exeter Law School's Dr Rachel Fenton is a key speaker at the Inside Government's 'Tackling Sexual Violence and Harassment in Higher Education' conference at the Hallam Conference Centre, 09:00-16:00, Thursday 30 November 2017. Her case study is 'Empowering Students to Pledge to Tackle Violence and Harassment'. More info here: http://ow.ly/q6z030g68TA. Full details
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29 November 201717:15

Visiting speaker: Alexandra Hyde

The present tense of Afghanistan: British Army wives, the combat zone and the home. Full details
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29 November 201715:00

Guest lecture on the Icelandic constitution

The Human Rights and Democracy Forum of Exeter Law School (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/research/groups/humanrightsanddemocracyforum/) is delighted to welcome special guest lecture by leading Icelandic constitutional lawyer, Ágúst Thór Árnason, on the topic of "Iceland 1944 – 2016: Founding the republic with a new codified constitution". Iceland went through a process of constitutional reform after its banking crisis and our guest was directly involved in the initial stage of the reform as a member of the 2010 – 2011 Constitutional Committee that draft the first report in this process. Ágúst Thór Árnason is one of the leading figures of Icelandic constitutionalism and works at the University of Akureyri (http://english.unak.is/about/staff-search). He is the co-founder of the Polar Law Program at the University of Akureyri with Prof. Gudmundur Alfredsson. Ágúst Thór Árnason will share his experience as one of the drafters and his analysis of the reform as a constitutional law scholar. The lecture will be followed by a discussion.. Full details
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29 November 201715:00

Dead Vermin and Wooden Horses

The Bracton Centre for Legal History Research (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/research/groups/legalhistory/) is delighted to invite you to a special guest lecture by Richard Ireland (University of Aberystwyth) on “Dead Vermin and Wooden Horses”. Richard will be exploring the use of “popular” (ie non-official) punishments in nineteenth-century Wales and Devon. He is a brilliant legal historian and immensely entertaining speaker. If you are thinking about taking legal history as an option next year or would just like to learn more about this fascinating topic, do join us!. Full details
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29 November 201713:30

Finding Internships and Jobs

This session will give you tips and advice on how to plan and apply for internships, work experience and jobs. If you are looking to find an internship during the summer, this is a great opportunity to get some top tips!. Full details
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29 November 201712:45

New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes

This workshop places an emphasis on the relationship between democratic processes and political cohesion that goes beyond the simplistic formula of competitive democrats. Political cohesion, or the commitment to a common political project, is a matter of degree and processes leading to the peaceful resolution of conflict are just one way of contributing to this phenomenon. Indeed, political processes can embody values and produce norms that may legitimate the political system in one way or another and lead to much deeper forms of political cohesion among members of a political community than that which is allowed for by the mere avoidance of violent conflict. On the one hand, we consider the circumstances under which competitive elections can do more than peacefully resolve conflict by contributing in a deeper sense to citizens’ commitment to democratic values. On the other hand, as procedural and substantive democrats recognise, there is much more to democracy than free and fair elections. We therefore expand our inquiry beyond election to understand how other democratic values and activities may contribute towards political cohesion.. Full details
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29 November 201710:00

Employer Visit to Trowers and Hamlins in Exeter

Come and join us for a coffee on Wednesday 29 November 2017 from 10.00 to 12.00 to learn more about what you can expect from a training contract at Trowers & Hamlins in Exeter. Find out about who we are; hear first-hand from our trainees about our graduate recruitment and trainee development programmes; meet our trainees, solicitors and partners; and get a flavour of what it’s like to work at an international law firm in Exeter. Full details
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28 November 201716:00

South West Excellence in Education for Teachers (SWEET) Launch

The Graduate School of Education is proud to launch its new status as a Regional Hub of the Chartered College of Teaching. We are celebrating with a free launch event on the theme of assessment, here at our St Luke's campus. Come and hear Dame Alison Peacock talk about the work of the Chartered College and her own professional learning and educational research. Full details
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28 November 201712:00

STEM Centre meeting

The Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education (STEM) brings together academics and research students concerned with aspects of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full details
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28 November 201710:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Qatar National Research Fund: Metadiscourse proposal. Discussion of QNRF grant proposal led by Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh and Debra Myhill.. Full details
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27 November 201717:00

David McKay on Trump, the Republican Party and Populism

In this talk David McKay will place the Trump phenomenon in historical context and argue that a unique set of circumstances have facilitated the rise of Trump. These include profound changes in the Republican Party, demographic change and the effective use of new forms of communication. While the political outcomes of these changes are deeply disturbing, he will argue that the strength of US civil society and the checks and balances in the Constitution will likely serve to check the worst excesses of Trumpism. The longer term prospects are a probable return to relative political normality. Full details
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24 November 201716:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentation by Andreas Karoutas, PhD candidate (Political Theory)

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23 November 201713:30

Teaching at The British School in Kuwait

Mr Paul Shropshire, the Principal of the British School of Kuwait (BSK), will be giving a presentation on the theme of opportunities for newly-qualifying teachers and those considering teaching as a career at British-system school overseas. Topics will include: An outline of the international schools following the Natonal Curriculum in whole or in part. The positive effect on the British economy of such schools. Global distribution and growth in the sector. Accreditation of schools overseas. BSO status and its importance to newly-qualifying teachers. Advice on the composition of a CV and the application process. Advice on internview technique. Package expectations For more infomration about the school visit www.bsk.edu.kw. Full details
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22 November 201713:30

How to apply to Law Grad School

Please note we will be discussing LLM studies including international opportunities and how to get funding. Full details
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22 November 201713:00

‘Fine words butter no parsnips’: Can the principle of open justice survive the introduction of an online court?

Sue Prince will deliver a talk on ‘Fine words butter no parsnips’: Can the principle of open justice survive the introduction of an online court? Many jurisdictions are embracing technology as a potential gatekeeper for new court processes. In order to encourage less reliance on legal aid and free up judicial resource, policy makers are keen to embrace ‘online court’ solutions, and ‘digital by default’ approaches to resolving legal problems. In British Columbia, Canada, for example, the online small claims process has replaced the court building with an end-to-end pathway-style online process which provides legal advice, mediation, and access to an online judge. In the UK, plans are afoot for all civil cases under £25,000 to be referred to an ‘Online Solutions Court’. In the recent case of R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (2017), Lord Reed said that the court is more than a service to the user and that access to the courts is not of value only to the particular individuals involved but is fundamental to the rule of law and society. The question is whether once the institution of the court is not a place or a building, how can we measure whether the service provided to litigants is fair? Will technology change the nature of the legal process so that the traditional vision of the court has to be amended or qualified? This paper will consider whether the principle of open justice can be upheld effectively in this new technological environment. Open justice exists to protect the right of the public to be informed about what happens in the court; both through their ability to attend individual cases and the right of the media to be in the courtroom and to inform more broadly. Open justice has been upheld by the senior judiciary in significant historic cases such as Scott v Scott (1913) and R v Sussex Justices, ex p McCarthy (1924). Open justice is guaranteed as part of the a right to fair trial, such as in Article 6, European Convention on Human Rights: ‘…everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing…’. The question of openness is therefore essential to the design of the online court.. Full details
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22 November 201713:00

Cake for Comments Series: Amy McKay, Senior Lecturer in Politics, and Antal Wozniak, Research Fellow in Politics

Article Draft Title TBC. Full details
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22 November 201713:00

The online court and open justice

Professor Sue Prince presents, The online court and open justice. Full details
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22 November 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Robert Lamb (Exeter)

Conal Condren’s Political Vocabularies. Full details
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22 November 201712:30

Public Policy Seminar Series: Roberto Baldoli and Claudio Radaelli

What's Nonviolence to do with the European Union?. Full details
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22 November 201712:00

Alex Prichard - The Virtues of Anarchy Reconsidered: On Waltz, the Kantian Moralist of Anarchy.

CAIS Brown bag seminar. Full details
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22 November 201710:00

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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21 November 201717:15

Visiting speaker: Saeed ZarrabiI-Zadeh

Sufism: An Outsider Perspective.. Full details
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21 November 201717:00

Seminar by Professor Carol Taylor (Sheffield Hallam University) Posthumanist/ new material feminist imaginaries for higher education research and pedagogy

Posthumanism is a mobile term, a constellation of theories, concepts, approaches and practices which share an interest in destabilizing binaries, decentering the human, and forging new ways of doing and thinking ethics in relation. Posthumanism has been seen as both a ‘reaction’ to Humanism (Wolfe, 2010) and a recognition that the current era of the Anthropocene is having a destructive impact on the planet and its inhabitants. It is for these reasons that Rosi Braidotti (2013: 2) suggests that the post-human condition has introduced a ‘qualitative shift’ in our thinking about what ‘the basic unit of common reference is for our species, our polity and our relationships’, that Karen Barad (2007: 142) urges attention to ethico-onto-epistemological understandings of how matter comes to matter in more-than-human entanglements, and Donna Haraway (2016) argues for a speculative feminist practice of ‘making kin’ through relational acts of string-figuring.. Full details
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17 November 201713:30

Post-Structural Reading Group (PSRG)

Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the application of post-structural theoretical approaches to educational research. Post-structural theories intersect with some of CenCSE’s interests owing to the open-ended and emergentist nature of this perspective. Full details
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16 November 201717:30

Is teaching for me?

Thinking about a career in Education? Don’t miss our 'Is teaching for me?' panel discussion. Our panel of PGCE alumni will discuss their teaching careers, what it's like to be a teacher, and give you their tips on how you can follow a similar path. The panel will be followed by a drinks reception where you will have the opportunity to speak with our panellists further. Currently our list of panellists are: Maria Freestone (Deputy Team Leader English Team – ISCA) Adam Atkins (Current MA Politics and IR student, former Assistant Head Teacher - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School) The PGCE team will also be there to answer your questions about applying for a PGCE in Exeter. Full details
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16 November 201715:30

Multilingual theme for GSE conference: working group

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16 November 201712:30

CRPL - Centre Meeting

Members of CRPL share an interest in comparing and contrasting learning within and across different professional contexts. Full details
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15 November 201717:30

Carne Ross to introduce screening of The Accidental Anarchist (2017)

Carne Ross, diplomat, author and now filmmaker, will be in Exeter on the 15th of November to introduce a screening of his new film Accidental Anarchist for staff and students. Carne Ross will take part in a Q&A afterwards, chaired by Dr Alex Prichard, senior lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics. The event is supported by the Security and Strategy Institute, Center for Advanced International Studies, and the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. 'Carne Ross was a government highflyer. A career diplomat who believed Western Democracy could save us all. But working inside the system he came to see its failures, deceits and ulterior motives. He felt at first hand the corruption of power. After the Iraq war Carne became disillusioned, quit his job and started searching for answers. This film traces his journey across the globe as he tries to find an answer to the question so many people today are asking themselves - isn't there a better way? For Carne there is. Anarchism offers a solution to the brutalities of Capitalism and the dishonesties of Democracy. It offers a world where people have control over their own lives. From the protesters of Occupy Wall Street, to an anarchist collective in Spain, to Noam Chomsky, the grand old man of anarchism himself, Carne finds people who are putting the theory into practice. His journey eventually takes him to one of the most dangerous places on earth - Syria, eight kilometers from the front line with Isis, where a remarkable anarchist state has risen phoenix like from the flames. A powerful film about one man's epic journey from government insider to anarchist.'. Full details
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15 November 201717:30

Carne Ross to introduce free screening of The Accidental Anarchist (2017), plus Q&A afterwards

Carne Ross, diplomat, author and now filmmaker, will be in Exeter on the 15th of November to introduce a free screening of his new film Accidental Anarchist for staff and students. Full details
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15 November 201713:00

Law Careers Fair 2017 - Sponsored by Michelmores

Our annual Law Careers Fair will be held on Wednesday 15th November from 13.00 - 16.00 in the Great Hall, Streatham Campus. The University's Law Careers Fair will have over 70 exhibitors this year including firms seeking to recruit trainee solicitors, institutions, training organisations and barristers' chambers. It's an ideal opportunity to meet with representatives who are keen to attract and hire Exeter students. It is attended by both Law and non-Law students interested in a legal career. No need to book, just turn up! Please find further information and a full list of exhibitors at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/events/careersfairs/lawfair/. Full details
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15 November 201712:30

Public Policy Seminar Series: Sarah Cooper, Lecturer in Politics & Claire Dunlop, Professor of Politics and Public Policy

Evaluating the Stages Heuristic in Policy Teaching: An Experimental Analysis. Full details
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14 November 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Peter Stone (Trinity):

TBD - please note this is a Tuesday. Full details
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14 November 201711:30

What else can I do with my Law degree?

Did you know that 5 years after graduation, law is ranked second in the Russell Group for numbers of students in further study and/or sustained employment? A law degree opens up many career opportunities beyond traditional routes in to the legal profession. Join our careers consultants to have a careers conversation about what other opportunities you can explore. Full details
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14 November 201710:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Student Research Introductions. A session for new and existing students to introduce their research to the Centre.. Full details
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13 November 201712:00

Language and Education Network Research Talk

Noof Al-Harbi: Investigation into the Academic Writing Difficulties of Saudi Postgraduate Students. Full details
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10 November 201716:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentation by Rebecca Mavin, PhD Candidate in Politics (Security, Conflict and Justice)

Since the 1990's, the number of actors working in the field of migration management in Europe has rapidly grown and diversified. This does not only refer to state actors- such as central governments, local governments, and street-level bureaucrats- whose roles and responsibilities in the management of migration have become increasingly confused and disparate; but also to the growing number of non-state actors involved in managing migration, such as private security companies, civil society organisations, and NGOs. This paper frames the diversification and growth of actors in the terms of New Public Management, suggesting that the management of migration has been increasingly dominated by a 'businesslike' approach, characterized by a focus on costs/expenditures and a demand for increased efficiency- thus rendering the management of migration into a complex 'industry'. Through mapping the types of actors involved in this migration industry, and comparing the specific actors involved in three EU states (Italy, Germany and the UK) we show how- despite the different forms of government and types of actors working in each context- this diffuse and monetised approach to managing migration has led to common structural problems, including a lack of clarity concerning who is responsible and accountable for decisions; a lack of consistency in the implementation of policies; and, often, a lack of consideration of the justice of decision-making and the wellbeing of migrants. We therefore conclude that the current, dominant approach to managing migration in Europe is inherently flawed, on account of both its lack of clear organisation and accountability, and it's inability to adequately meet the needs of migrants.. Full details
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10 November 201714:00

Guest speaker: Sophia Tang from Newcastle Law School

The future of EU-UK Civil Judicial Cooperation after Brexit. Full details
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9 November 201718:00

Speed Networking for Careers with Politics and IR Alumni

This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with a number of prestigious Politics and IR Alumni, find out about their careers, and learn about what steps you can take to follow a similar path. All graduates are from within the last six years, so they will be able to provide perspectives and advice on translating an Exeter Politics or IR degree into a successful career. You will have the chance to speak with 3 of the Alumni in 20 minute sessions. However, there will be a food and drinks reception afterwards, where you will have chance to speak with all the Alumni. Full details
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9 November 201710:30

Applying for pupillage workshop

The workshop will focus on advice on applying for pupillage, as well as the BPTC and mini-pupillage and will cover what to do/what not to do in terms of writing your application. The workshop will finish with a Q&A session and you will have the opportunity to ask Tom any general questions on the process of becoming a barrister and his own career aspirations in his chosen field. Full details
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8 November 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Elias Nasrallah, Author

Elias Nasrallah will be talking about his book "Testimonies on the First Century of Palestine" that has just received the 2017 Ihsan Abbas Award for Culture and Creativity. It is is an autobiographical account of Nasrallah’s life, his family, friends and other Palestinians and Israelis. The events cover the period of the past 100 years He documents the social, political and psychological effects of dispossession and tragedy originating from the Balfour Declaration. Nasrallah provides a unique account of the Palestinian suffering and struggle. He documents the story of the Palestinians that remained in Palestine after the Nakbah of 1948.. Full details
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8 November 201713:00

Cake for Comments Series: Prof Clare Saunders, Professor of Environmental Politics, Politics Cornwall

“Corbyn's Cornish Comrades. A preliminary exploration of a survey of rally participants” (draft article). Full details
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8 November 201713:00

Blockchain and DLTs in capital markets: Risk, Politics and Regulation

Blockchain and DLT in capital markets: risks, politics and regulation Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has the potential to revolutionise securities trading and capital markets. DLT has been used to create virtual currencies (or crypto-currencies) such as Bitcoin and Ethereum and could create an alternative financial services system. It is an innovation that can facilitate peer-to-peer trades, bringing about a democratisation of financial services markets. Such a promise is based on the functionality of the DLT resulting in two changes: de-centralisation and dis-intermediation. To this end, the author investigates how DLT can be applied to the whole-life cycle of securities trade – listing (issuing), trading, clearing, and settlement – currently operated by financial market infrastructure (FMI) providers. The paper attempts to answer the following questions: will DLT bring bout the benefits it promises? Will de-centralisation increase market risks? Will dis-intermediation create more obstacles to securities trades? In particular, the author will assess the securities trading on DLT against systemic risk, market conduct risk, and operational risk to the capital market and consider the appropriate regulatory framework to enhance market integrity, operational safety and investor protection. Key words: DLT, blockchain, capital markets, investor protection, market safety, cyber security, RegTech, Fintech. Full details
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8 November 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Teresa Bejan (Oxford)

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8 November 201712:30

How to prepare for the Law Careers Fair

The Law Fair is your opportunity to meet and speak to graduate recruiters and find out whether they are the right law firm for you. It's really important to do some research in advance of the fair, so you have a plan of the stands you wish to visit, and think of questions to ask. Once you have struck up your conversation, it's your chance to impress. Look smart and be yourself! If recruiters / trainees take your name or give you their card, follow up with an email and keep the conversation going. If you decide to apply to the firm, make sure you include information about who you met and the impressions you got from them which have influenced your application and be really positive about why that firm made a good impression on you. Find out more about preparing for the Law Fair by attending this workshop. Full details
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8 November 201712:00

Shahar HAMEIRI (University of Queensland) – International Intervention and Local Politics

Cais Brownbag seminar. Full details
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7 November 201715:30

Medical Student’s View of Science

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2017/18 academic year. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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7 November 201713:00

Seminar by Professor David Hall (University of Exeter) Education professionals and the permanent revolution of public service reform

This seminar examines the implications of what is characterised as a permanent revolution of rapid and thoroughgoing educational reform upon teachers’ professional identities. Full details
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6 November 201715:30

Andreas Kapardis (University of Cyprus) “The Jury Criminal Trial: A Concept Fraught with Contradictions and an Uncertain Future? A Psycho-Legal Perspective”

SPA Seminar series. Full details
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6 November 201712:30

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Centre brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues. Full details
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2 November 201712:30

Education Theory Reading Network

Paper on design based research, Kevin O'Neill 'Designs that fly: what the history of aeronautics tells us about the future of design-based research in education'.. Full details
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1 November 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Yafa Shanneik, University of Birmingham

This is a joint Centre for the Study of Islam and Centre for Gulf Studies Event. Full details
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1 November 201712:00

Irene Fernandez-Molina – A Neighbourhood Issue? Mediation and Conflict Management by Regional Actors in the Libyan Civil War or The Multilevel Politics of Recognition in Protracted/Frozen Conflicts.

CAIS Brownbag seminar. Full details
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1 November 201712:00

Language hub lunch

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31 October 201712:00

STEM Centre meeting

The Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education (STEM) brings together academics and research students concerned with aspects of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).. Full details
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31 October 201710:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

ESRC New Investigator bid: Ruth Newman will present her ESRC bid and seek feedback and ideas which will help to strengthen it. Full details
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28 October 201710:00

"The University under Fire: Academic Freedom and Production of Knowledge in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia"

A one-day workshop on academic freedom. Full details
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27 October 201712:30

Yemen: From War to Famine

Public event, no registration required. Full details
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26 October 201714:00

Perspectives on Work in the Aid and Development industry

Join our speaker, Yasamin Alttahir, for an informal discussion on the challenges and opportunities of working in the aid and development sector. You will gain an insight of the practicalities of working across a broad range of jobs that make up the Development industry. Yasamin Alttahir is project manager of a counter ISIS communications project based in Baghdad and has a decade of experience working in the government, NGO and private sectors within the MENA region and beyond.. Full details
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26 October 201711:30

Careers talk by Alaco

Alaco is a leading business intelligence firm. Adrian Stones, Director of Operations, is visiting to speak primarily to students in the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies about opportunities for Arabic language students at Alaco. Full details
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25 October 201717:15

“Imagining a Peaceful Iraq: visions of stability after ISIS from policy to popular culture”

What challenges do the Iraqi people face in imagining a peaceful society after the onslaught of the so-called Islamic state and almost 80 years of instability? Yasamin Alttahir, project manager of a counter ISIS communications project based in Baghdad, explores the experiences of trauma and insecurity from an Iraqi perspective and poses the question of how meaningful reconciliation and stability could be imagined. This seminar will offer a glimpse from a first-hand account at how Iraqis are articulating not only their pain and frustration, but also their vision of peace and unity through art and popular culture. It will also examine recent research on political participation, economic reform and human rights. No registration required.. Full details
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25 October 201714:00

Perspectives on Work in the Aid and Development industry

Join our speaker, Yasamin Alttahir, for an informal discussion on the challenges and opportunities of working in the aid and development sector. You will gain an insight of the practicalities of working across a broad range of jobs that make up the Development industry. Yasamin Alttahir is project manager of a counter ISIS communications project based in Baghdad and has a decade of experience working in the government, NGO and private sectors within the MENA region and beyond.. Full details
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25 October 201713:30

Professor Anne Barlow: The Shackleton relationships project

The Challenges of Enduring Love and the Shackleton Project Whilst the secret of everlasting love has up until now proved elusive, this alumna-funded empirical research project was set up to consider how the incidence of relationship breakdown could be reduced through better understanding of the ingredients of successful long-lasting relationships alongside the what we know about the common causes of divorce. Using an analytical framework developed from Gottman’s sound relationship house, this project is seeking to understand whether this applies in and beyond marriage. In its last phase, it is seeking to work with school students on how any findings emerging from the project can be engagingly disseminated to older children through an app or game. The paper will also explore the data collection methods adopted and also engage with the challenges of working with untraditional research funding and an interdisciplinary research agenda.. Full details
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25 October 201713:00

Cake for Comments Series: Eva Thomann, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Europeanized solutions to common problems? The customization, outputs and outcomes of EU food safety directives (chapter draft). Full details
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25 October 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: James Muldoon (Exeter)

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25 October 201712:30

Getting Started with your Career Planning (Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Criminology)

Bring along your CV, analyse its strengths and weaknesses and plan next steps for future work experience and a careers in the SPA subjects. Full details
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25 October 201712:30

Public Policy Seminar Series: Angela Cassidy, Lecturer in Politics

History Repeating (Itself?) Badgers, Bovine TB and Long Term Environmental Controversies. Full details
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24 October 201717:00

Seminar by Dr Colin Foster (University of Nottingham) Developing mathematical fluency: exercises or rich tasks?

Achieving fluency in important mathematical procedures is fundamental to students’ mathematical development. The usual way to address procedural fluency in the classroom is by repetitive practice of routine exercises, but is this the only effective way?. Full details
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23 October 201717:00

Dr Ziv Bohrer - Transnational conflicts: A new kind of war?

Transnational conflicts- are they new types of armed conflicts? Do they require novel regulation or the existing international humanitarian law is sufficient?. Full details
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20 October 201712:00

Matthew Channon: Brexit Implications of Autonomous Vehicles

Internal research seminar. Full details
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19 October 201718:00

Alumni talk: specialise your career as an in-house lawyer

Our panel of Law alumni have reached the top of their professions as in-house lawyers, but how did they get there? Were there any defining moments that guided them on their career paths and what indicators can be identified from their time at university that helped them make career decisions? The careers discussion will explore all these questions as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions about the different specialism our panellists have gone in to. We have two Media specialists so if you are interested in hearing more about this area of law, come along to find out. We also have a finance lawyer. Panel discussion 6pm - 7pm Drinks and networking 7pm - 7:45pm. Full details
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19 October - 22 December 201718:00

The Worlds of Mandaean Priests

Mandaeans, sometimes called Sabians, practise an ancient and endangered religion. Conflict in the Middle East has forced them out of their homelands in Iraq and Iran in ever greater numbers. Although Mandaeans depend on their priests for preserving religious knowledge and performing complex rituals, fewer than 50 priests now remain worldwide. We have interviewed priests, recorded the key rituals and shot documentary films in the largest communities of Australia and Sweden. Full details
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19 October 201718:00

The Worlds of Mandaean Priests - Documenting an Endangered Religion

You are warmly invited to the opening reception of the exhibition with a chance to view documentary films and hear an introductory talk by Professor Christine Robins. Full details
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19 October 201713:30

How to become a barrister

The barrister's profession can seem a little mysterious so this session is designed to clearly lay out the path to becoming a barrister from understanding Inns of Courts to applying for Pupillage. Full details
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19 October 201712:30

CRPL - Centre Meeting

Members of CRPL share an interest in comparing and contrasting learning within and across different professional contexts.. Full details
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18 October 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Akanksha Mehta, University of Sussex

Right-wing movements that have mobilised women have had very uneasy encounters with feminism and feminist politics. Focusing mainly on themes of motherhood and the familial, feminist scholars often view the increasing participation of women in the right-wing as a 'problem' that needs to be 'countered,' thereby silencing the multiplicity of narratives, roles, and politics that encapsulate the everyday experiences of right-wing women.. Full details
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18 October 201716:30

Stephen Thorpe "'Art worlds' and 'art fields' in relation to his own practice and the contemporary London art scene"

As part of the MA in Cultural Sociology, artist Stephen Thorpe will be coming to the University of Exeter on Wednesday, 18th October, 2017. Stephen will be presenting on the subjects of 'art worlds' and 'art fields' in relation to his own practice and the contemporary London art scene more generally. This is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students based in sociology, philosophy and anthropology, to gain insights into the nature of art markets, artistic practice, aesthetics and creativity more broadly, from the perspective of the artist. All are welcome. A note on the artist: Referred to by art dealer and patron Charles Saatchi as 'one to watch' and regarded as one of Britain's up and coming contemporary artists, examples of stephen's work can be found at the following: www.stephen-thorpe.com https://www.saatchiart.com/account/profile/154186 https://www.artsy.net/artist/stephen-thorpe. Full details
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18 October 201714:00

GSE Research Review Group

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18 October 201713:00

Lesson Study Network

This network aims to promote understanding about lesson study and related practices (learning studies) in their contexts and across varied phases of education, to support further thinking and research about developing lesson study practices in ITE and CPD and to examine knowledge exchange and other lesson study processes. Full details
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18 October 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Elena Isayev (Exeter)

Migration event. Full details
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18 October 201712:30

Secessionism in Iraq: The Realisation of the Kurdish Dream?

How will this powerful expression of Kurdish self-determination be used by Kurdish leaders? Will they attempt to use it as leverage in Iraq, to gain further autonomy, perhaps through a confederation arrangement? Or will they attempt to turn what has been the Kurdish century-old dream of independence into the reality of a new Republic of Kurdistan?. Full details
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18 October 201712:30

Getting started with your career planning for Politics and IR students

Bring along your CV, analyse its strengths and weaknesses and plan next steps for future work experience and a careers in politics. Full details
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18 October 201712:30

Public Policy Seminar Series: Eva Thomann, Senior Lecturer

The necessity of discretion: a behavioral evaluation of bottom-up implementation theory. Joint paper by Eva Thomann (Exeter), Nadine van Engen (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Lars Tummers (Utrecht University). Full details
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18 October 201712:00

Owen THOMAS – Troops on Trial: Responding to the UK’s Armed Forces Juridification Crisis.

CAIS Brownbag seminar. Full details
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17 October 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Prof Ismail Poonawala, University of California

The presentation considers an overview of modern scholarship on this eminent jurist and historical importance of his works among the Ismailis. It will conclude with specific remarks on the chronology of his approximately 36 works which helps us to better understand the author’s works and his intellectual development.. Full details
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17 October 201710:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Research Update: With new people in the team, and new projects on the boil, this will be an opportunity for everyone to share what they are doing. Everyone will have just 5 minutes to introduce their research focus, and their current plans. Full details
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16 October 201712:30

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Centre brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues. Full details
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16 October 201710:30

Introduction to Career Planning for Mature students

THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO LOW SIGN UP. OUR CAREERS CONSULTANT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE ROOM AT THIS TIME FOR ONE TO ONE APPOINTMENTS. PLEASE EMAIL KATE FOSTER K.L.FOSTER@EXETER.AC.UK. Full details
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13 October 201713:30

Current PhD and Post-Doctoral Research in the Centre for Islamic Archaeology

You are very welcome to come and listen to a number of current IAIS PhD and Research Fellows who will be giving presentations on their research. Full details
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12 October 201712:30

How to become a solicitor

In this workshop, you will learn about the step by step process to becoming a solicitor, from application to training contract, including when and how to apply. Full details
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11 October 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dilip Hiro, Author and Journalist

The root cause of the civil war is the rule by the minority Alawis, a sub-sect within Shia Islam, since 1970. To understand how and why Alawis got into the driving seat one has to look at the French Mandate in 1920. I will do that briefly. Full details
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11 October 201713:00

Presumed married? With Professor Rebecca Probert

Presumed married? Last week the newspapers reported the case of the billionaire property developer seeking to establish that he was never married to the woman he had held out as his wife for 14 years. Counsel for the wife argued that she was ‘entitled to rely on the presumption of marriage and the facts that the parties presented to the world for the totality of the period between 2002 and their separation.’ But how should the court deal with disputes as to whether a marriage ceremony complied with the requirements laid down by law, or even as to whether it took place at all? The conventional answer is that there is a presumption in favour of the validity of a marriage: if there is evidence of a ceremony, it will be presumed that that ceremony was duly performed, while in the absence of direct evidence of any ceremony, the fact that a couple have lived together and been reputed to be married will raise a presumption that they have in fact gone through a valid ceremony of marriage at some point. Yet both the academic literature and judicial decisions display considerable confusion as to precisely what is being presumed, when, and why. In order to chart a route through what has been described as ‘an impenetrable morass’ of case-law, it is necessary to examine the way in which these presumptions have evolved. In the case law of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries there was no single presumption in favour of marriage but rather a range of different approaches depending on the context of the case. Cohabitation and reputation might provide a defence to a suit for jactitation, confirmation of the marriage in a suit for restitution of conjugal rights, or a reason for caution in annulling a marriage. Evidence that long-deceased parties had lived together and been reputed to be married would be regarded as good evidence that there had been a ceremony for the purposes of establishing a right to administration of an estate, but would have to be weighed against any competing evidence. In the common law courts cohabitation and reputation would be accepted as sufficient evidence of a marriage for their purposes, without impinging on the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts to decide what was and was not valid. In the early years of the nineteenth century these different strands became entwined as jurisdiction over the validity of marriages passed from the ecclesiastical courts to the common law courts and a more rigid doctrine of precedent emerged. The presumption began to be stated in more positive terms, and the House of Lords in Piers v Piers held that it could only be rebutted by clear and positive evidence. It began to be taken for granted that there was a rule that cohabitation and reputation gave rise to a presumption in favour of marriage, and in a number of cases courts seem to have attached more weight to the desirability of the marriage having taken place than to the plausibility of this explanation. During the twentieth century there was relatively little need to invoke the presumption, but it was rediscovered in CAO v Bath in order to confer recognition on a long-standing union where it was unclear whether the requisite formalities had been observed. So the presumption has been used for a variety of different purposes at different times, but what should its role be in the very different conditions of the twenty-first century? Should it merely be an evidential starting point, to be rebutted by clear evidence that there was no marriage, or that the only ceremony did not constitute a legally binding ceremony? Or should it be deployed to prevent individuals disclaiming their marriage and the obligations that go with marital status?. Full details
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11 October 201713:00

Cake for Comments Series: Nicholas Dickinson, PhD Researcher in Politics, Exeter ,and Felix Christopher von Nostitz, Teaching Fellow, University of Lille

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11 October 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Sarah Drews Lucas (Exeter)

Linda Zerilli on Political Judgment. Full details
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11 October 201710:30

Civil Service Diversity Internships Talk

In this session, Exeter Alumnus and Civil Service Fast Streamer Jonathan Webb will discuss the Civil Service's Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP) and Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP). These internships are available to undergraduates and graduates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or who have a disability. They aim to give people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like, and put talented undergraduates and graduates on a work placement in a government department. The Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP) is for first-year undergraduates only. For more information please click here: https://www.faststream.gov.uk/early-diversity-internship-programme/ The Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) is for both undergraduates and graduates. For more information please click here: https://www.faststream.gov.uk/summer-diversity-internship-programme/ *This event is for students from BAME backgrounds, socially or economically disadvantaged, or who have a disability.. Full details
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10 October 201714:30

Professor Arjen Van Wittlestoojn Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands; Antwerp Management School, University of Antwerp

The Ecology of Government, Law and Polity. Full details
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5 October 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Ben White, Analyst, Journalist and Author

The occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has now been under Israeli military rule for half a century, during which time - and accelerating in recent years - a de facto, single regime has emerged in Israel and the oPt. Despite such developments, the dominant paradigm for 'conflict resolution' remains a two-state solution. But when different actors mean very different things by such a formula, and when key Israeli political leaders openly reject even the idea of Palestinian statehood, does paying lip service to a 'two-state solution' help conceal and prolong an apartheid reality?. Full details
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4 October 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Martin Moorby (Exeter)

Marx. Full details
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3 October 201717:30

Frontline: The skills you need to succeed in the third sector

Frontline's mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society. Frontline is especially interested in meeting life social sciences students. Full details
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3 October 201715:30

Preparing healthcare scientists for team work

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2017/18 academic year. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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3 October 201714:00

Professor Arjen Van Wittlestoojn, Tilburg University

Science’s Credibility Crisis: Why we have to change our publication practices. Full details
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28 September 201718:30

Speed Networking for Careers with Politics and IR Alumni

This Speed Networking evening will be a fantastic opportunity to speak with a number of prestigious Politics Alumni, and get their tips on how you can use your Politics or IR degree to have a successful career. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Full details
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27 September 201713:00

Cake for Comments Series: Dr Eleanor Gao, Lecturer in Middle Eastern Politics, IAIS

ESRC Grant Proposal: 'Not Free and not Fair: The impact of elections and appointment on legislative behaviour'. Full details
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27 September 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Robin Durie (Exeter)

Complexity Theory and Health Care [Exact title TBC]. Full details
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26 September 201717:00

Welcome/welcome back drinks

Hosted by Exeter Law Staff-Student Community. Full details
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20 September 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Sedat Benek, Harran University

A talk by Sedat Benek (Harran University) on Syrian Migrations in Turkey, followed by the screening of Kevok, a film by Sedat Benek (2016, 15mn). Full details
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18 September 201715:30

Annemarie Jutel (Victoria University of Wellington) “To be a Sociology of Diagnosis or Not to Be: Disciplines,

SPA Seminar series. Full details
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11 September 201718:00

"The Problem of Misperceptions"

While some people may simply lack relevant factual knowledge, others may actively hold incorrect beliefs. These factual beliefs that are not supported by clear evidence and expert opinion are what scholars call misperceptions (Nyhan and Reifler 2010). My current research is principally about misperceptions—the “facts” that people believe that simply are not true. What misperceptions do people hold on issues like immigration, vaccines, and climate change? Who holds these misperceptions? What demographic and attitudinal variables are correlated with holding misperceptions? And ultimately, what can be done to help reduce misperceptions? In this inaugural lecture, I present highlights from my research in this area, and discuss my research plans going forward. If you wish to attend the above lecture and drinks reception, you much reserve a seat. All seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please email ssis-events@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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25 July 201713:00

Cemap/Q-Step 'Cake for Comments' Session

We will discuss Nena Oana's (CEU Budapest) Marie Curie Fellowship Grant Proposal on "Dynamic Representation: Collective Mobilization and Party Support". Full details
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18 July 201711:30

LEEP Seminar: Eliciting values for complex goods: community preferences for the marine environment

Managers and the general public may have different preferences for marine management. This implies that expert-driven planning approaches may not attract the necessary public support to achieve biodiversity objectives. To understand public preferences for management, we elicited spatially explicit non-market values for marine ecological features in South-East Queensland in Australia. Our survey revealed that the Queensland population has higher existence values for different habitat types; for example, sea grass areas were valued twice as much as inshore reef areas. Full details
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13 July 201710:30

Global China Seminar Series - Roundtable on Chinese One Belt One Road Initiative

An Informal Discussion with Prof Zhiqin SHI, Dr Jiahan CAO and Dr Bin MA. See event flyer for more information. Full details
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10 - 11 July 20179:00

2017 Exeter Gulf Conference - "Hegemonic Boundaries and Asymmetric Power in the Gulf"

In recent decades, scholarship on the Middle East has benefited from a dynamic approach to the relationship between identities and boundaries. The post-structural turn encouraged us to think beyond bounded communities to reveal the interconnections, exchanges and forms of relationality that cross and contest perceived cultural and national boundaries. More recently, the Arab revolutions brought our attention to discourses of liberation throughout the region along with collective challenges to hegemonic power and hopes for new moral communities.. Full details
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26 - 28 June 20179:00

Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?

Following the success of the last two previous Kurdish studies conferences here in 2012 and 2015 at the University of Exeter Centre for Kurdish Studies, our next conference event will be held over 2.5 days: 26th – 28th June 2017. The theme for this event will be: Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies? Venue: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Stocker Rd, Exeter, EX4 4ND Further details: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/centres/kurdish/newsandevents/conferences/ or contact z.humble@exeter.ac.uk - Ms Zoe Humble. Full details
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13 June 201717:00

Seminar by Professor Judy Sebba (University of Oxford) 'The educational progress of looked after children: linking care and educational data'

A systematic review by Aoife O’Higgins1 suggested that it is likely that care is a protective factor in educational outcomes. A major study was then undertaken into what factors seem to contribute to these poorer outcomes by linking two national datasets in England, that which records educational factors for all children with the data about their care careers. The analysis focused on the progress at secondary school of young people who had been in care for over a year at the time of taking their ‘school-leaving’ examinations in 2013. Detailed statistical analysis was complemented by interviews with 26 young people and with their foster carers, teachers, social workers and ‘Virtual School headteachers’ who are responsible for supporting their education. The findings are influencing policy and practice in England, for example on avoiding school moves of young people in care. Evaluations of the GLA’s London Fostering Achievement3 and the Attachment-Aware Schools Programme will also be drawn on. 1 O’Higgins, A., Sebba, J. & Luke, N. (2015) What is the relationship between being in care and the educational outcomes of children? An international systematic review. Oxford: Rees Centre 2 Sebba, J., Berridge, D., Luke, N., Fletcher, J., Bell, K., Strand, S., Thomas, S., Sinclair, I., O’Higgins, A., (2015) The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England, The Rees Centre 3 Sebba, J., Luke, N., Plumridge, G. et al., (2016) Evaluation of the London Fostering Achievement Programme. London: GLA. Full details
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12 June 201711:00

DOCTORAL CONFERENCE: Civil Society, State and Democratic Politics: Challenges and Opportunities

PROGRAMME: 11:00 – 12:30 PANEL 1: CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSES IN THE UK 1. Nick Kirsop-Taylor, Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute Diversify, Specialize, Reform, Avoid, or Co-operate: Analysis of the Strategic Responses From Environmental Voluntary Sector Organisations Living under the shadow of austerity 2. Joshua Garland, Department of Politics The Mobilisation of Anti-Fracking Campaigns: Experiences from the United Kingdom 3. Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska, Departement of Politics The Impact of State benefits on Membership Involvement and Political Activities: A Study of Voluntary Membership Organizations in the UK 12:40- 14:10 PANEL 2: DEMOCRATIC POLITICS AND REPRSENTATION 1.Nick Dickinson, Department of Politics Independent Regulation of Political Actors: Symptom or Solution to the Problem of Public distrust in the ‘Political class’ 2.Keith Sutherland, Department of Politics Deliberation and Representation: Squaring the Circle 3.Andreas Karoutas, Department of Politics (TBA) 14:50 – 15:50 PANEL 3: TRANSNATIONAL POLITICS 1. Gertjan Hoetjes, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Information Technology and Transnational Political Activism in the GCC states 2. Sidan Wang, Department of Politics The Rise of China in the Global Governance of Climate Change 16:00-17:00 ACADEMIC CAREERS EVENT “Life after a PhD: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask” Talks by Director of Doctoral Studies prof. Duncan Russel and lecturer Dr. Irene Fernandez-Molina followed by a Q&A-session. Full details
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2 June 201715:30

"Voice of the Ocean" Film Documentary

This film provides an historical narrative of Oman's maritime past from the Bronze Age to present. It examines its rich boatbuilding tradition that developed in Oman, and the different types of dhows that were used. Perhaps most importantly, it documents Oman's participation in the dhow trade in the western Indian Ocean through the voices of those that lived through it. It weaves interviews with the older generation of Omani sailors, fishermen and boatbuilders, with actual footage of dhows sailing in the mid-twentieth century. This invaluable historic footage taken by Alan Villiers and others has never been shown before on film, and provides new and unique visual sources to bring this history to life. Full details
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30 May 201711:30

Beyond 2020 – Future farm funding in Exmoor National Park

A study into the views of farmers in Exmoor National Park on the importance of government funding for farm viability and environmental outcomes, and their preferences on the design of any future scheme that might replace the Common Agriculture Policy following EU exit.. Full details
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24 - 25 May 20179:00

IAIS Postgraduate Conference 2017 - "Conflict, Borders and Contested Space"

Within the context of conflicts in the Middle East which challenge historical borders, the growth of militarised borders in Europe and the US, and the increasing securitisation of migration and the ‘refugee crisis’, the need to understand spatial articulations of conflict has become increasingly critical. In this time of a securitisation of civil space and the militarisation of borders, this conference seeks to explore changing formations of conflict, contestation and dissent, as well as their implications for contemporary academia.. Full details
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23 May 201717:00

CANCELLED Seminar by Professor Keri Facer (University of Bristol)

Due to unforeseen circumstances this seminar has had to be cancelled.. Full details
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23 May 201716:00

John Heathershaw’s new monograph Dictators without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia (co-authored with Alexander Cooley)

The department will celebrate its publication with a seminar featuring John in conversation withguest speakers, an open discussion/Q&A, followed by a wine reception. Full details
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22 May 201714:00

Exeter MPA External Speaker Series: Transparent and Open Government

Professor Suzanne J. Piotrowski , School Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University. Full details
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11 May 201714:00

Professor He Baogang : The Authoritarian and Democratic Pathways to Meritocratic Political Rule: What Can We Learn from China?

Workshop on Democracy in China organised by Centre of Political Thought. Full details
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10 May 201713:00

2017 SPA PGR Conference Keynote: Professor Alesandra Tanesini (University of Cardiff): Collective amnesia and epistemic injustice

Abstract: Communities often respond to traumatic events in their histories by destroying objects that would cue memories of a past they wish to forget and by building artefacts which memorialise a new version of their history. Hence, it would seem, communities cope with change by spreading memory ignorance so to allow new memories to take root. In this talk, I offer an account of some aspects of this phenomenon and of its epistemological consequences. The talk has three aims. The first is to show that the formation and maintenance of collective memories requires that other events are to some extent forgotten. All shared memories, including those which are shared by a large group, are the result of mechanisms that transform initially divergent recollections of the past into an agreed account. Those memories which do not survive this process so that they are excluded from the shared version become forgotten through neglect. The second is to argue that sometimes collective mnemonic silence or forgetfulness is not a mere by-product of the formation of memory. Instead, cognitive effort is specifically directed toward bringing about ignorance. Ignorance, in these instances, is a perverse kind of success. I reserve the term ‘collective amnesia’ for collective forgetfulness of this kind. The final aim is to demonstrate that collective forgetfulness is harmful. Here, I focus exclusively on the harms caused by its contribution to undermining the intellectual self-trust of some members of the community. Further, since some of these harms are also wrongs, collective amnesia contributes to causing epistemic injustices. Full details
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9 May 201717:00

CANCELLED Seminar by Dr Laura Black (University of Manchester)

Unfortunately this seminar has been cancelled, we hope to reschedule in the Autumn term. Full details
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9 - 10 May 20179:30

2017 SPA PGR Conference

Student-led conference providing a platform to showcase the wide range of postgraduate research done in SPA. Presentations will bring together themes from the medical, social, and natural sciences as well as philosophy. Full details
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8 May 201715:30

Roman Frigg (LSE) “How Models Represent”

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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4 May 201717:00

Global governance in Autocratic Context: The Implementation of EITI in Kazakhstan

Abstract: The paper evaluates the functioning of global standards arrangements in an autocratic context. Through the case of an international governance initiative the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the paper investigates how the standardised practices of global governance arrangements are implemented in post-Soviet state autocratic state of Kazakhstan. In doing so the present paper analysis the transnational character of the initiative and how it operates within the recipient country. The findings of the EITI in Kazakhstan illustrate, that domestic context and regime type influence the operationalisation of the initiative. The paper argues that the adoption of EITI standardised requirements follow a specific internal logic that disconnects from its initial purpose. The paper as such urges scholars and policy advisers to further investigate on how global governance arrangements transcend at domestic levels this particularly within autocratic regimes. The paper draws its analytical findings from interviews and survey analysis conducted in Kazakhstan in 2015.. Full details
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4 May 201712:00

CRPL Research Seminar - Dr Michelle Lazarus (Monash University) & Professor Lynn Monrouxe (Chang Gung Medical Education Research Centre (CG-MERC))

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2 May 201715:30

Reducing teacher workload - what can we learn from the medical profession about how clinicians collect and analyse data

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2016/17 academic year. Full details
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2 May 201711:30

The South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP): An Overview

SWEEP is one of only two awards made under the new NERC Environmental Science Impact Programme. Funded for £5million from 2017-22, SWEEP seeks to use NERC and related research to generate economic and/or social improvements in the South West while also enhancing the natural capital of the region. Uniting the University of Exeter, Plymouth University and Plymouth Marine Labs, the programme only started in February 2017 but has already brought together over 40 businesses and policy decision makers who have contributed a further £11m in co-funding. The talk will provide an overview of the aims and early content of the SWEEP programme. Prof. Ian Bateman will talk for approximately 20 minutes, after there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Full details
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3 April 201715:30

Isaac Ariail Reed (Virginia) “Chains of Power and Their Representation”

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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29 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Lisa Wynn

Using an ethnographic case study of intimate violence, this paper examines the link between love and desire, pain and violence, kinship and gender roles, and uses that as a springboard for examining a dilemma of representation: when ethnography is always political, how can we write about, and write against, gender violence in the Middle East?. Full details
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28 March 201715:30

The use of Activity Theory to Investigate Professional Learning

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2016/17 academic year. Full details
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27 March 201715:30

Jackie Leach Scully (Newcastle) “On Strange Ground: Narrative Vulnerability and Identity Repair”

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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22 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London

In this talk I will discuss the problems and opportunities offered in writing a history of the idea of caliphate from the time of the death of Prophet Muhammad down to the present century.. Full details
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22 March 201715:30

Careers in International Justice and Human Rights

On behalf of the International Law Forum at Exeter Law School and Department of Politics, we are pleased to invite you to an expert panel on careers in International Justice and Human Rights, with drinks reception. Event open to students in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. Full details
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21 March 201713:00

Seminar by Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University) 'Religion in Schools: cultural change in Britain and the need for reform'

On the one hand, 25 years of research on changing beliefs and values in modern Britain, and on the other a more recent proposal for change in the way religion is handled in state-sector schools in England and Wales (‘A New Settlement’, with Charles Clarke). After analysing some of the most profound cultural changes in Britain, I suggest how these have a bearing on the future of RE, school assemblies and faith schools. This seminar will be recorded. Full details
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20 March 201716:30

ILF - Denial of humanitarian access during Armed Conflicts Seminar

The International Law Forum at Exeter Law School are pleased to invite you to a seminar on: THE CHALLENGES IN APPLYING IHL IN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIALS - A CASE STUDY OF THE DENIAL OF HUMANITARIAN ACCESS DURING ARMED CONFLICTS. Full details
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16 March 201717:00

PGR-seminar: PhD-student in Politics, Nicholas Dickinson presents his paper:Advice-Giving and Party Loyalty: An Informational Model for the Socialisation Process of New British MPs

Abstract for presentation: Post-election socialisation has frequently been identified as a source of parliamentarians’ disposition towards party loyalty. Yet a recent study of the socialisation experiences of new members in the British Parliament, using tenure as proxy for socialisation, found little evidence of an effect on party loyalty (Rush and Giddings, 2011). This paper develops a new model of parliamentary socialisation and uses the same data to demonstrate that post-entry socialisation did in fact change legislators reported likeliness to behave in accordance with their party leadership’s wishes. Specifically, a framework based on information exchange (advice giving) is used to show that positive interactions with party actors are associated with increased loyalty. Controlling for initial levels of loyalty, members who received more useful advice from party actors were more likely to rate themselves as highly influenced by the party leadership. Full details
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15 March 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Ramon Harvey, Ebrahim College

The centrality of theological and ethical questions for the articulation of Islamic jurisprudence is well-known. A meaningful systematic account of the sharīʿa cannot be given without enquiry into the nature of God and of morality, as well as their relation to the obligations placed upon human beings.. Full details
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15 March 201716:30

CELS Lasok Lecture: "Brexit and Human Rights" by Professor Steve Peers

We have the pleasure to host Professor Steve Peers (University of Essex) for the CELS annual Lasok Lecture. Prof. Peers is well-known for his comments on the current relation of the UK to the EU following the Brexit vote. His lecture is on the topic "Brexit and Human Rights", addressing such questions as: What effect will Brexit have on the protection of human rights in the UK? Will there be any change relating to equality law, workers' rights and data protection rights? What might change regarding human rights and extradition?. Full details
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13 March 201719:00

What did European research funding ever do for us?

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10 - 11 March 20179:00

Decolonizing Teacher Education

An Expert Seminar hosted by the Centre for Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures, Graduate School of Education. Full details
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10 - 11 March 2017

Decolonizing Teacher Education

An Expert Seminar hosted by the Centre for Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures Graduate School of Education. Full details
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8 March 201717:15

Film Presentation

Introduced by Dr Istvan Kristo-Nagy, IAIS, University of Exeter and Associate Producer of the Film. Full details
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7 March 201717:00

Seminar by Professor Graeme Douglas (University of Birmingham) 'Including pupils with special educational needs and disability in national assessment: Comparison of international practice through an Inclusive Assessment Framework'

The assessment of educational progress and outcomes of pupils is important to all concerned with education. This includes testing which is undertaken for accountability and award bearing purposes. This article examines how students with special educational needs and disability (SEND) are included in assessment. An “inclusive assessment” framework is outlined based around three core features: (1) all students are included and benefit from assessment; (2) assessments are accessible and appropriate for the diverse range of children in the education system; and (3) the full breadth of the curriculum is assessed (including curriculum areas of particular relevance to students with SEND). I will reflect upon policies and practice in different countries (especially England, Ireland and the US) to demonstrate how the framework. It is argued that the US and England have highly developed system-based approaches to assessment which seek to “include all” (feature 1) and be “accessible and appropriate” (feature 2). However, the analysis highlights that a consequence of such assessment approaches is the narrowing of the curriculum around topics that are assessed (most notably literacy and mathematics). Such approaches therefore may be at the expense of wider curriculum areas that have value for all students, but often of particular value for those with SEND (feature 3). It is argued that within such systems there may be a danger of neglecting the third feature of the inclusive assessment framework, i.e. ensuring that the full breadth of the curriculum is assessed. A consequence of such an omission could be a failure to assess and celebrate progress in relation to educational outcomes that are relevant to a diverse range of students. The presentation will draw upon a recent paper: Douglas, G., McLinden, M., Robertson, C., Travers, J., and Smith, E. (2016) Including pupils with special educational needs and disability in national assessment: Comparison of three country case studies through an inclusive assessment framework. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 63(1), 98-121. This seminar will be recorded. Full details
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7 March 201715:30

‘Religious Education and the Mary Whitehouse Experience’…

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2016/17 academic year. Full details
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7 March 201711:30

Mr Adrian Colston: Beyond preservation: the challenge of ecological restoration: can you live with ambiguity or do you want to be in charge?

The seminar will cover the story of some new approaches developed in the mid 1990s to address habitat and species loss in England.. Full details
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6 March 201716:30

What are the benefits of carrying out Research using Ethnographic Methods and how can it be used effectively?

CenCSE Research Seminar. Full details
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6 March 201714:00

CELS research seminar - Data sharing and competition law

We have the pleasure to host Prof. Rupprecht Podszun (University of Düsseldorf), holder of the Chair for Civil Law, German and European Competition Law at Düsseldorf, where he moved to last year from the University of Bayreuth, and an affiliated research fellow of Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. His research focus is on media and IT cases, as well as the interplay of intellectual property and competition law. Full details
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3 March 201711:30

A Barrister's perspective on working with tribal communities

Gordon Bennett is a human rights lawyer who works closely with Survival International. He recently published an article in the Guardian on the rights of tribal people to hunt. In this talk, Gordon will reflect on his work as a barrister and how his role interacts with other agencies involved in supporting the human rights of indigenous people. This event is designed to give you a flavour of some of the roles and activities involved in working in human rights with indiginous communities. Students from all disciplines are welcome to come and hear Gordon speak and discuss issues of tribal human rights. Full details
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3 March 2017

Food and Circular Economy South West: All Partners Workshop

Do you run a bakery or dairy business? Attend our free event examining food and the circular economy in the South West. Full details
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1 March 201714:00

Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law Research Seminar Series

We are delighted to host two external speakers in the research seminar series of the Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law in the Law School. Jonathan Sacher, (Partner in Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP) will talk about the London (and International) Insurance and Reinsurance Market while Roman Khodykin, (Partner in Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Visiting Professor, Clare College Cambridge University) will be speaking on International Arbitration (UK and Russian perspectives). Full details
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23 February - 12 May 201716:00

A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile

The exhibition reflects on how the people of each river valley are dealing with threats to their environment and how they are protecting these outstanding sites of natural beauty and cultural importance. Full details
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23 February 201716:00

Opening of A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile

The exhibition reflects on how the people of each river valley are dealing with threats to their environment and how they are protecting these outstanding sites of natural beauty and cultural importance. Full details
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21 February 201713:00

Seminar by Professor Debra Myhill (University of Exeter) 'Do you know your adverbs from your articles? What place for grammar in the Curriculum?'

In the context of national grammar tests for all 11 year olds, this presentation will explore briefly the contested place of grammar in the curriculum, and will offer a theorised rationale for the benefit of including grammar within the teaching of mother tongue language. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on Halliday’s social semiotic view of how language makes meaning, and on cognitive perspectives which consider the place of metalinguistic thinking in the process of writing. Using findings from a series of studies conducted in the Centre for Research in Writing, the presentation will illustrate how the teaching of writing can make meaningful connections for developing writers between language choices and meaning-making, and support them become more autonomous, independent writers. This seminar will be recorded. Full details
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20 February 201715:30

Rachel Cooper (Lancaster) “The Normal and the Pathological”

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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20 February 201713:00

Problematizing the MA Dissertation (Looking at Feedback to Feedforward)

In this seminar I will present an analysis of tutors’ qualitative feedback on a cohort of 25 full-time MA Education students’ dissertations within the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education. Totalling over 15,000 words, the markers’ comments are roughly equivalent to the length of an MA dissertation and grades awarded ranged from 40% to 83%. The rationale behind this small-scale inquiry is to identify patterns in what the dissertation markers considered to be of importance in terms of reporting perceived strengths and weaknesses of the work. Assessment data were accessed through the university’s EBART system and I suggest that such innovations in the use of technology to facilitate marking open up new possibilities for improving the quality of teaching and learning. I will share the implications of my findings, which are likely to have relevance for both the supervision and marking of future MA Education dissertations. Regarding the potentially sensitive nature of this data, the anonymity of students and markers - one of whom was me - will be upheld.. Full details
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17 February 201715:00

The Refugee Crisis in the Modern World, UNHCR External Relations

Andrej Mahecic is UNHCR spokesman based in London. Formerly a radio and TV journalist, he joined the UNHCR in 1997 and has been working for the UN refugee agency throughout South East Europe, at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva and in numerous emergency deployments to refugee crises in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Andrej will give a formal module presentation on the Refugee Crisis in the modern world, covering forced displacement. Andrej will also speak about his own personal career journey and the field of external relations. The talk will also cover the broader work of the UNHCR and give tips on career opportunities for graduates.. Full details
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17 February 20179:30

Data Visualisation in R

In this workshop we will introduce you to data visualisation in R with two popular packages, dplyr and ggplot2. We will cover most main types of statistical graphics. Full details
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15 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Ross Porter, IAIS

This lecture will present that findings of long-term ethnographic fieldwork at the heart of the recent revolution in Yemen, tracing the history of the event from 2011 to the current civil war.. Full details
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13 - 17 February 201710:30

SSIS Careers Week 13th - 17th February 2017

If you are in Politics, International Relations, Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Philosophy or Arabic & Islamic Studies, you will find the SSIS Careers Week events and drop-ins designed to help at all stages of your career planning. Full details
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10 February 20179:30

Presenting and Visualising Regression Results

This workshop introduces various ways of automating regression output from Stata and R.. Full details
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10 February 20179:00

GRAMMAR IN THE CLASSROOM: NOT WHETHER, BUT HOW

Exeter's Centre for Research in Writing is delighted to host a special one-day symposium with the Survey of English Usage at University College London. Taking place at a time of increasing emphasis on the explicit teaching of grammar within the National Curriculum, the symposium will provide a timely discussion of the current curricular conception of grammar, as well as consider the possible senses in which grammar is most relevant to the English classroom. It will also provide an invaluable opportunity to engage with the cutting-edge work of both centres into the role of grammar teaching and the nature of grammatical development. The day itself will be divided into two parts, with the afternoon session devoted to the featured speakers, and the morning session to related postgraduate research currently being undertaken at both Exeter and Lancaster University.. Full details
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10 February 2017

Food and Circular Economy South West: All Partners Workshop

Do you run a bakery or dairy business? Attend our free event examining food and the circular economy in the South West. Full details
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9 February 201718:30

The British School in Kuwait on teaching opportunities in the Middle East

Mr Paul Shropshire, the Principal of the British School of Kuwait (BSK), will be giving a presentation on the theme of opportunities for newly-qualifying teachers and those considering teaching as a career at British-system school overseas, particularly in the Middle East. Full details
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9 February 201717:00

PGR Seminar: Dr. Huseyn Aliev ( Post-doc) Blood Revenge and Violent Mobilization: Evidence from the Chechen Wars

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8 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Christian Lange, Utrecht University

In this talk, I provide, first, an overview of the Muslim literature about paradise and hell up to ca. 250 AH.. Full details
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8 February 201713:30

The University of Law: Step into Law - How To Convert Your Degree

The University of Law offer the Graduate Diploma in Law at The University of Exeter.. Full details
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7 February 201717:00

Seminar by Professor Tim Oates (Cambridge Assessment) 'Why should we care about what children think? Using assessment gain insights into the mental life of children'

In Wroxham School, primary school pupils present to their parents what they have learned as the core of parental consultation meetings. In schools only a few miles away, National Curriculum Levels continue to be the focus of parental consultations. In Michaela Community School, the pupils complete at home a range of daily subject-based tests. Such dense and frequent assessment would be considered anathema by other schools. This lecture will consider issues of granularity, analysis and precision in assessment - looking particularly at the purpose of assessment. It will draw on international comparative analysis of approaches to assessment as well as experimental work on radical new models in England. This seminar will be recorded. Full details
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7 February 201715:30

Using video-debrief to prevent prescribing errors in newly qualified doctors

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2016/17 academic year. All are welcome to attend.. Full details
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7 February 201711:30

Dr Angela Cassidy: Building a public controversy: advocacy, media and politics in UK debates over bTB since 1971

The contemporary history of bovine TB (bTB) in the UK. Full details
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3 February 20179:30

Data Analysis in R

Building upon the 'Introduction to Programming in R' and the 'Data Visualisation in R' sessions, this workshop provides a brief introduction to major data analysis topics and their implementation in R. Covered topics include: probability distributions, regression analysis, models for binary and categorical data. Full details
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2 February 20176:30

Applying for Pupillage workshop

Exeter alumni Alex Cisneros (LL.B., 2012) and Maya Chopra (LL.B. 2012) will be visiting campus to run a workshop on making pupillage applications. Alex is currently completing a Public law and human rights pupillage and Maya is a criminal barrister. The workshop will focus on advice on applying for pupillage, as well as the BPTC and mini-pupillage and will cover what to do/what not to do in terms of writing your application. The workshop will finish with a Q&A session and you will have the opportunity to ask Alex and Maya any general questions on the process of becoming a barrister and their own career aspirations in their chosen fields. Full details
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1 February 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, Department of Persian, University of Leiden

In this lecture, I will talk about the romance of Layla and Majnun, which has become a source of inspiration for generations of poets since the seventh century, crossing the boundaries of languages, cultures and religions.. Full details
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25 January 201717:30

Visiting Speaker - Dr Michael Feener, Sultan of Oman Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford

This paper explores a diverse range of historic Muslim experiences with and appreciations of pre-Islamic cultural legacies.. Full details
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24 January 20171:30

Getting into the PR and Media sector

This is a great opportunity to find out more about a career working in the PR, marketing and media sector. Local PR and marketing agency, Astley Media, will be running a workshop designed to help you understand how to develop a career in this competitive industry. You will be able to find out what a typical day involves, the types of skills needed and career prospects, while also having the opportunity to work on developing valuable skills that will help you get noticed and secure a job! Spaces are limited, so book on now! Find out more about Astley Media: http://www.astleymedia.co.uk/. Full details
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20 January 201714:00

ESRC SWDTP Studentships Info Day

An afternoon to experience and learn more about what Social Sciences and International Studies Postgraduate Research in Exeter can offer. Full details
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20 January 201714:00

ESRC SWDTP Studentships Info Day

An afternoon to experience and learn more about what Social Sciences and International Studies Postgraduate Research in Exeter can offer. Full details
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19 January 201717:45

Visiting Speaker - Dr Toufic Haddad,

In Palestine Ltd., Toufic Haddad explores how neoliberal frameworks have shaped and informed the common understandings of international, Israeli and Palestinian interactions throughout the Oslo peace process.. Full details
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19 January 20174:30

Is Teaching for Me? - Alumni panel discussion

Interested in a career in teaching? Come along to this event to hear from a panel of alumni who have completed the PGCE course at Exeter as they discuss their professional teaching career so far. You will also have the opportunity to ask our speakers any questions at the end! The PGCE team will be there to answer your questions about applying for a PGCE in Exeter. Full details
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18 January 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Kawa Hassan, Director Middle East & North Africa Program, East West Institute, Brussels

After almost a decade of boom from 2005 to 2013 thanks to its share of the federal budget, foreign and domestic investment, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) faces its most severe economic crisis since 1991. Full details
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17 January 201713:00

Seminar by Paul Warwick (University of Cambridge) 'Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum (DiDiAC): Enhancing classroom dialogue by using Talkwall to 'Think Together''

The DiDiAC research considers how a microblogging tool might affect interactions in ‘dialogic classrooms’. Developed by the University of Oslo, Talkwall is a free micro-blogging tool for engaging students in collective classroom interaction. Using Talkwall, an individual (e.g. a teacher) formulates a question or a challenge before participants (e.g. students), individually or in groups, post messages to a shared ‘wall’ (e.g. large screen/projector). Underpinned by a Vygotskian sociocultural framework, which views learning as a social process mediated by tools, this seminar will report on research in Norwegian (n=5) and British (n=2) secondary schools investigating: i. the potential of Talkwall to enhance existing/promote new forms of classroom dialogue and provide a visualisation of ‘interthinking’ amongst students; ii. how microblog-supported classroom dialogue may contribute to the development of students’ collaboration and critical thinking skills; iii. the skills that need to be attained for students to master digitalised communicative contexts, and how teachers can support this mastery through their pedagogy. Using a design-based approach with teachers working as co-researchers, approximately 400 students are involved. Data collection includes quantitative (e.g. metadata, measuring collaboration/critical thinking, social network/semantic analysis) and qualitative (e.g. observations, video, interviews) approaches. Details of the theoretical underpinning for the research, the strategy for data collection and analysis, and latest project developments (e.g. the outcomes of several teacher-researcher workshops), will also be discussed. During the seminar, participants will have the opportunity to experience using Talkwall using their own mobile/computing devices.. Full details
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17 January 20173:30

Is Teaching for Me? - Alumni panel discussion

Interested in a career in teaching? Come along to this event to hear from a panel of alumni who have completed the PGCE course at Exeter as they discuss their professional teaching career so far. You will also have the opportunity to ask our speakers any questions at the end! The PGCE team will be there to answer your questions about applying for a PGCE in Exeter. Full details
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13 January 20171:30

Journalism workshop: A practical approach to dealing with a story

Simon Vigar, Politics alumnus and Royal correspondent for 5 News, will be running a journalism workshop focused on delivering a news story. Through analysing different scenarios, you will have the opportunity to look at practical ways of dealing with them. The workshop will finish with a Q&A session. Full details
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11 January 201717:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Cengiz Gunes, The Open University

This paper examines the Kurds’ rise as new regional actors in the Middle East and the impact this is having on the regional order.. Full details
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11 January 201717:00

Community of Inquiry as a framework for practice

School Improvement research has demonstrated that the single most important factor in determining the quality of education in our schools is the teacher in the classroom. We also know that teaching is a complex activity and understanding the relationship between teaching and learning is far from straightforward. Much attention has been given to the provision of initial and continuing education that can equip teachers to exercise judgement in the ambiguous, uncertain and immediate contexts of classrooms. However, finding sustainable means of developing such ‘transformative’ teachers (Menter et al., 2010) remains a challenge. The seminar will focus on how metacognitive approaches, increasingly recognised as having the potential to make learning in the classroom ‘visible’ (Hattie and Timperley, 2007), can provide the means of framing practice and support teachers in problem posing and problem solving in a professional learning community. Particular attention will be given to the Community of Inquiry as a framework for practice; we will examine the origins of the idea in the work of the American pragmatists and evaluate its application in social and educational settings.. Full details
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10 January 201713:00

Culture, Narrative and Dialogue: Constructing Civic Identity (Speaker: Professor Helen Haste)

Brexit and the US Election shocked us into realizing that not everyone shares the liberal, globalizing stories. How do different culturally available narratives enter dialogue? How does dialogue construct narrative? What are the educational implications? I will focus on the civic domain but this is only one example of constructing identity.. Full details
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21 December 20168:30

A Technological Licensing Framework for 3D Printed Content: A Focus in China

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7 December 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Assoc Prof Abdel Takriti, University of Houston

Abdel Razzaq Takriti is Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston.. Full details
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7 December 201613:00

The Reliance of International Commercial Arbitration on State Interference

We have a pleasure of welcoming as our guest speaker dr Jaap Baaij, previously Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Law, currently JSD candidate at Yale Law School. Full details
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6 December 201613:00

Seminar by Professor Jane Oakhill (University of Sussex) 'Children’s difficulties with text comprehension: From research to practice'

A substantial minority of children have problems with text comprehension, even though their word recognition is within the normal range. Research has shown that skilled and less-skilled comprehenders differ in a number of ways, and in the first part of this presentation I will discuss the relative contribution of several theoretically relevant skills and abilities to the prediction of reading comprehension (as opposed to single word reading) during the early years of schooling (age 7 to 11). In the second part of the talk, I will consider some open questions and possible future directions for this research, with a particular focus on the relations between vocabulary skills and inference making. I will also consider the implications of the findings so far for helping children to develop and improve their comprehension skills.. Full details
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6 December 201612:00

Teacher Recruitment Fair 2016

Are you a PGCE student? Don't miss our upcoming Teacher Recruitment fair for the opportunity to speak with a number of teacher recruitment agencies and local education authorities. Come along and find out about the NQT vacancies they have available locally, nationally and internationally. There is no need to book in advance. Full details
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6 December 201611:30

Dr Keith Howe: Farming on Exmoor: Towards Brexit

The presentation outlines some of the main physical and financial characteristics of Exmoor farming and explores some of the consequences of policy intervention in this context. Full details
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5 December 201615:30

Marcel Boumans (Utrecht) “Science Outside the Laboratory”

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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5 December 201614:00

Why Hitler saved the judges - on judicial resistance to authoritarian regimes

Prof. Hans-Petter Graver, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law and University of Durham, Institute of Advanced Studies. Full details
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1 December 201613:00

Paradoxes of the Academization Process: A Sociological Exploration of the History of Foreign and Classical Language Education since 1864

Contemporary higher education has become a consumerist affair since student choice was put ‘at the heart of the system’ in 2011. This marketization extends universities’ function as an occupational clearinghouse: choice of degree course is assumed to be related to career aspirations. Yet, such expectations of rational career-accounting prove mythical if we consider the declining uptake of modern foreign languages in English-speaking countries: despite the obvious occupational skills multi-lingualism offers graduates in a globalized economy, fewer and fewer university consumers opt to study foreign languages.. Full details
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30 November 201617:30

Space Law: The Final (Legal) Frontier?

A seminar on the legal framework applicable to military activities in outer space by Wing Commander John Ward (RAF). Full details
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30 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Avigail Abarbanel, Fully Human Psychotherapy

The theory Avigail will discuss has special relevance to understanding the relationship between the individual and the group in general and particularly in the Zionist and Israeli context. Full details
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30 November 201616:00

Anna Craft’s Legacy: The importance of creativity to teaching and learning and its role in resisting and challenging performativity. Reflections on a creative partnership. (Speark: Bob Jeffrey, University of Exeter)

Bob Jeffrey, who worked closely with Anna Craft from the early Nineties, will reflect upon the reasons for developing creativity in education, its successes and its importance for teachers, schools and learners. The period will cover the introduction of the first National Curriculum, SATs , Ofsted inspections, Literacy and Numeracy programmes and increasing performativity in primary schools. He will provide examples of how they opened up a popular space for creativity in education in the UK and more globally which still pertains to today. He will argue that creativity in education is vital as a teaching methodology, crucial for developing learner’s own creativity and a necessary element to maintain a high profile for creativity itself, as Anna did, in order to ensure productive economies and innovatory practices. Full details
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30 November 201616:00

Anna Craft’s Legacy: The importance of creativity to teaching and learning and its role in resisting and challenging performativity. Reflections on a creative partnership. (Speaker: Bob Jeffrey, University of Exeter)

Bob Jeffrey, who worked closely with Anna Craft from the early Nineties, will reflect upon the reasons for developing creativity in education, its successes and its importance for teachers, schools and learners. The period will cover the introduction of the first National Curriculum, SATs , Ofsted inspections, Literacy and Numeracy programmes and increasing performativity in primary schools. He will provide examples of how they opened up a popular space for creativity in education in the UK and more globally which still pertains to today. He will argue that creativity in education is vital as a teaching methodology, crucial for developing learner’s own creativity and a necessary element to maintain a high profile for creativity itself, as Anna did, in order to ensure productive economies and innovatory practices. Full details
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30 November 201614:00

Professor Alastair Hudson: The Synthesis of Substantive Law, Regulation and Practice in the Law of Finance

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29 November 201618:00

Visiting Speaker - Dr Khalil al-Anani, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt since 1981 and unpacks the principal factors that shape the Brotherhood’s identity, organisation and activism, investigating the processes of socialisation, indoctrination, recruitment, identification, networking and mobilisation utilised by the movement. Prof al-Anani argues that the Brotherhood is not merely a political actor seeking power but also an identity maker that aims to change societal values, norms and morals to line up with its ideology and worldview. The author attributes the Brotherhood’s longevity to its tight-knit structure coupled with a complex membership system that has helped them resist regime penetration. The book also explores the divisions and differences within the movement and how these affect its strategy and decisions. The culmination of over a decade of research and interviews with leaders and members of the movement, this book challenges the dominant narratives about Islamists and Islamism as a whole. Full details
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28 November 201615:30

Andy Clark (Edinburgh) "Busting Out – Two Takes on the Predictive Brain"

SPA research seminar - In this talk, I contrast two ways of understanding the emerging vision of the predictive brain. One way (Conservative Predictive Processing) depicts the predictive brain as an insulated inner arena populated by richly reconstructive representations. The other (Radical Predictive Processing) stresses processes of circular causal influence linking brain, body, and world. Such processes deliver fast and frugal, action-involving solutions of the kind highlighted by work in robotics and embodied cognition. What remains, if this radical option is correct, of the traditional picture of inner states bearing familiar representational contents? The answer is not clear-cut. Full details
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26 November 20169:30

2016 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD)

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) at the University of Exeter will host the 2016 African Archaeology Research Day (AARD 2016) meeting on Saturday, 26 November. Full details
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24 November 201613:00

The politics of economic reform in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf - can the 'Visions’ become reality?

This keynote puts the attempts by Arab Gulf States and Iran to launch large-scale development programs into historical and comparative context. Strategic ‘visions’ have been a hallmark of regional policymaking for more than two decades but persistent difficulties in implementation have meant that the plans have fallen far short of intended outcomes. By focusing on the practical and political challenges of technocratic and economic reforms, using specific examples to illustrate broader thematic points, this address analyses what the current generation of officials need to do differently in order to secure more favourable and sustainable results. Although the prolonged fall in oil prices has opened a ‘window of opportunity’ to introduce politically and economically sensitive reforms, the urgency of the fiscal pressures on budgets on both sides of the Gulf means there is little margin for error, and it is vital that decision-makers absorb the lessons from the flawed earlier attempts at reform that did not adequately link their economic and political dimensions. The urgency of the fiscal pressures that face Middle Eastern oil producing states means that policymakers no longer have the luxury of the slow pace of incremental change that has characterized previous episodes of reform in GCC states. Public talk, all welcome. Full details
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23 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Humeyra Iqtidar, King's College, University of London

Dr Iqtidar is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. She is the author of "Secularising Islamists?" (Chicago, 2011) and the co-convenor of London Comparative Political Theory Workshop. She led the ERC funded project "Tolerance in Contemparory Islamic Politics: Political Theory Beyond the West.". Full details
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23 November 201613:00

Video-based Classroom Research and the Development of Professional Vision in Language Teacher Education (Speaker: Professor Dr Britta Viebrock, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt)

The purpose of my talk is to present examples of video-based classroom research as part of a large teacher education project – Linking Pedagogic Expertise through Video Enhanced Learning Scenarios (LEVEL) – carried out at the university of Frankfurt between 2015 and 2018 (and possibly beyond). The project is concerned with the development of future teachers’ professional vision, i.e. their ability to observe and interpret events and situations specific to classroom interaction on the basis of pedagogical knowledge about teaching and learning. Professional vision is understood to be an important element of a more general professional development and an indicator of teaching expertise. In my presentation I will examine the concept of professional vision in greater detail and explain how it is put into effect in the LEVEL-project. In addition, I will have a more general look at classroom videography in foreign language education, which forms the foundation of the video enhanced learning scenarios to be developed in the Level-project. By way of example, I will present data from a research project on the development of transcultural competences through literature in the foreign language classroom. Contextual information on the structure and models of (foreign language) teacher education in Germany will also be provided.. Full details
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22 November 201617:00

Seminar by Dr James Hall (University of Exeter) 'National evidence of how Sure Start Children's Centres combat disadvantage in the early years'

Evidence is drawn from the DfE-funded Evaluation of Children's Centres in England (ECCE) Project - a £3M 5-year longitudinal evaluation of 128 Sure Start Children’s Centres and 3,000 families and children (aged 1-3 years). The talk discusses the common ways that Children's Centres operate, how families tend to use them, and the benefits that can come from this engagement. Disadvantaged families benefit most, which means that austerity cuts to Children’s Centres pose a particular threat to these families. Full details
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21 November 201612:00

What I did with my Politics and International Relations degree

Come along to hear from two alumni from the Politics Department about the variety of things you can do with your degree. This informal event is open to all Politics students. 12.00– 2.00pm Discussion and Q&A with tips on applications, internships, career decision making and more. Networking lunch: time to speak individually to our panel and have some lunch. Due to catering for lunch, booking is essential. Full details
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17 November 201613:30

Law firm application form workshop with David Higgins, Freshfields

David Higgins, and Exeter Law alumnus, works in London for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. His workshop with contain: Timelines for the various options available at Freshfields Training contract. Vacation scheme (for students in their penultimate year at university). Workshops (for students who haven’t yet made up their mind about their career. Workshops last one or two days – they provide a great opportunity to get an inside view of Freshfields). Application forms What the firm looks for in applicants. Highlighting positive ways to ensure an application form get noticed. Giving examples of common mistakes made on application forms. Q&As David would very much like this to be an interactive session. He is very happy to answer any questions not just on Freshfields but also on other law firms and any other aspects of the legal profession. It would therefore be good if the students that attend come prepared with questions they would like to ask him.. Full details
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17 November 201610:30

SPSS Intermediate

This workshop introduces you to the basics of statistical analysis using SPSS focusing on cross-tabulations and correlations in particular. The workshop is taught at the intermediate level and requires basic knowledge of SPSS or the attendance of SPSS Beginners Workshop. For materials and further information visit Q-Step's ELE page. Full details
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16 November 201614:00

Dr Aurel Sari: Killing at a Distance: Aerial Targeting and the Right to Life

Air power has become integral to the warfighting capability of the British armed forces. According to the UK’s Air and Space Doctrine, air power not only harbours significant strategic potential in its own right, but acts as a ‘force multiplier by enabling and enhancing other military and non-military effects’.. Full details
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16 November 201612:30

Barrister Q&A: Ask me Anything!

Sophie and Ben are both Exeter alumni and both worked for the CPS prior to joining 9 Kings Bench Walk. The Chamber specialises in high level and general crime, offences of serious violence, child abuse, rape cases and fraud, immigration, particularly those cases linked with criminal charges, traffic and regulatory work. As well as finding out about getting pupillage and tenancy, you can also find out about the Chamber’s mini-pupillage and internship opportunities. About our speakers: Sophie Quinton-Carter graduated in 2012 with an LLB (Maitrise) and attended Kaplan Law School to complete her BPTC. Prior to joining the CPS, Sophie worked for the Financial Ombudsman Service. She joined Chambers in January 2016. Sophie specializes in Crime and Regulatory work. Ben Edwards graduated in 2006 with an LLB, and was called to the Bar in 2007. Ben specializes in Crime and Regulatory work. Ben is currently on a 6-month secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. His previous work for the CPS involved working alongside Treasury Counsel and regularly meeting with the Attorney General and Solicitor General. Full details
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16 November 201611:00

Protecting the Marine Environment in Offshore Renewable Energy: A Push Towards Strategic Assessment

Dr Catherine Caine - Centre for European Legal Studies Research Seminar. Full details
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15 November 201618:30

A Night of Negotiation

Join the new group for a night of negotiation followed by a meet and greet at the Ram.. Full details
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15 November 201617:00

Consumer Law Society

The next meeting of the Consumer Law Society will explore the link between consumer & environment protection.. Full details
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14 November 201618:00

Golden Threads and Pragmatic Patches: Fairness in Criminal Justice - Lecture 2: Righting Criminal Justice,

Delivered by Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand as part of the Hamlyn Lecture Series. Full details
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10 November 201612:30

Professional learning in teacher centres – current and historical perspectives

In this seminar I will present a paper that I have been developing with my colleague Dr Tamar Groves, in which we undertake a comparative historical analysis of the role of teachers’ centres in England and Spain from the 1960s-1990s and explore how their distinctive approach to teachers’ professional learning might speak to current debate about a perceived crisis in teaching and teacher education. The paper is in three main parts. First, I will briefly outline the development of teachers’ centres in England and in Spain. Then I will focus on identifying what we consider to be the fundamental elements that constituted the core essence of the teachers’ centre model of teacher professional development. Finally, I will argue that in their brief historical moment, teachers’ centres had the potential to radically shape the teaching profession and that there might be scope for reinventing a refined model of teachers’ centres as part of the twenty-first century teacher re-professionalisation agenda.. Full details
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9 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Stephen Griffith

When he became Anglican Chaplain in Syria in 1997, Stephen was asked to report to the British Council of Churches on the condition of the Syrian Orthodox Community in the Turabdin area of south east Turkey where there had been a drop of population over 20 years of about 90%. He continued covering the area after he left Syria in 2002, and was instrumental in forming the Tur Abdin Focus Group which lobbied for protection for the community until 2015. Set in an overwhelmingly Kurdish context, the Syriac Christians of Turabdin have complex relations with the majority, and often find themselves under pressure from the Turkish government and various Kurdish factions. This lecture talks about the community, its dynamics and relationships as well as its astonishing survival. Full details
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9 November 201613:30

How to Prepare for the Law Fair

This session will provide a basic introduction to the purpose of the Exeter Law Fair and offer some useful information and advice on making the most of the law fair and interacting with the law firms and other exhibitors attending. Please sign up to attend on My Career Zone. Full details
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9 November 201610:30

SPSS Beginners

This Q-Step workshop offers a brief guidance on how to get started with SPSS. It reflects on the drawbacks and benefits of the software and explains how to prepare your data to use in SPSS. The workshop then moves on to demonstrate how you can describe the data in SPSS. There are no pre-requisites for taking the workshop, and no prior knowledge of data analysis is assumed. For materials and further information visit Q-Step's ELE page. Full details
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8 November 201613:30

Graduate Careers in Local Government

The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) is a two-year graduate management development programme for individuals who want to make a difference. We train high-calibre managers who can influence and implement the huge change programme facing local government. Full details
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8 November 201613:00

Seminar by Dr Pallavi Banerjee (University of Exeter) "Do STEM schemes work?"

During the last decade several schemes were run to support STEM education across schools. How successful have they been? Research findings from a project addressing these questions will be shared. Journal articles from this project have now been published and can be accessed here http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/staff/index.php?web_id=Pallavi_Amitava_Banerjee&tab=pubs&view=type. Full details
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3 November 201613:00

Supporting content and language learning through collaborative drawing (exploratory research)… (Presenters: Dr Gabriela Meier & Dr Emese Hall)

Aim 1) Outline key theories and research; Aim 2) Invite participation in a collaborative research project.. Full details
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2 November 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Roderick Grierson, Rumi Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

The culture of the Ottoman Empire has been described as a culture created by the Mevlevi, the Sufi order founded to preserve and nurture the teachings of the mystical poet Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi. The lecture will explore the validity of the claim, describing the origin of the order in Konya after the death of Rumi in 1273 and considering the reasons why it was able to rise to such prominence in a highly competitive milieu, especially in Istanbul.. Full details
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2 November 201613:30

How to apply to a top city law firm - with Herbert Smith Freehills

In this session Exeter alumni / recruitment specialists from Herbert Smith Freehills with give you tips and guidance on applying to a commercial law firm. In this session Exeter alumni / recruitment specialists from Herbert Smith Freehills with give you tips and guidance on applying to a commercial law firm; how to plan and prepare applications and balance prioritising with academic work, be resilient and adaptable when dealing with setbacks and give advice on how to present yourself in applications. Please come prepared to discuss questions about your own applications. Full details
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1 November 201611:30

Mr Gavin Huggett (SIP Project Manager): The Sustainable Intensification Research Platform: One Year to Go (barring any SIP-ups)

A highly requested update on the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP). Full details
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31 October 201616:00

Researching creative intersubjectivities – a journey from language-based collaborations to embodied dialogues

Collaborative learning research generally investigates how school-based peer interaction mediates children’s intellectual development, focusing on the ‘relationship between language and thinking’ (Mercer & Littleton, 2007). There is a paucity of socio-cultural studies exploring the embodied and affective dimensions of peer collaboration, especially in creative contexts (Vass et al, 2014). My earlier work on children’s collaborative creative writing revealed the significance of the affective dimensions in the observed dialogues (Vass et al, 2014). My current research examines the links between music, body perceptions and imagination. The data document participants’ free movement improvisations and collective reflections. This enables the study of bodily imagination in vivo, as it spontaneously evolves during delicately scaffolded opportunities to experience and respond to music via improvised movement. This presentation charts my methodological journey from the study of children’s collaborative discourse towards the analysis of embodied dialogues in order to capture the nature and evolution of creative intersubjectivities.. Full details
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27 October 201613:30

Careers with the Civil Service

Come along to this event to hear from a team of second year "Fast Streamers" as they answer your questions on the Fast Stream and speak about their experiences so far. There are a wide range of roles and opportunities within the Civil Service including working in services such as Finance, Diplomacy, Health, Science & Technology, so there is something for everyone! Our speakers, who include Exeter alumni, will also talk about the Early Diversity Internship Programme, and the summer Diversity Internship Programme; two schemes that give undergraduates the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in a government department.. Full details
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25 October 201612:30

Careers in Germany for PGCE students with Phorms

Susanne Ramírez-Zimmermann, the HR Manager of Phorms Education SE, will give a talk to PGCE students about finding teaching jobs in Germany. Phorms Education SE are looking to recruit graduates from Early Years, Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes for their seven schools in Germany. They offer bilingual education in English and German at their internationally minded private schools with nursery, reception, primary and secondary divisions. Phorms Education SE offers: - an international team with 50 % native English speakers, - an innovative didactic concept - a relocation allowance for international new staff - and a lot more to be presented during Susanne’s talk Please note that you do not need any prior knowledge of the German language as you would be teaching exclusively in English. For more information please visit their website: http://www.phorms.de/en_pms/. Full details
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24 October 201614:00

Jonna Vuoskoski (Oxford) & Sarah Wilson (SMART Project, London) “ Music, Empathy, and the 'Aesthetics' of Wellbeing: Perspectives from Music Psychology and Music Therapy”

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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20 October 201616:00

Data Analysis in Practice: Examples from the Fire Service

Data Analysis in Practice is a series of talks designed to showcase how a range of organisations and industries use data analysis to inform best practice and improve performance. Full details
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20 October 201612:30

Law firm application form workshop with Lara Moore, Ashfords

Lara Moore works in Exeter for Ashfords. You can read more about Lara here http://www.ashfords.co.uk/lara-moore/ Ashfords is a regional law firm with offices in London and across the South West. In this workshop, you will be given the chance to work on your own style of writing, gain an understanding of the do's and don'ts of application form writing, and have the opportunity to ask questions about what it's like working for a large regional law firm. Full details
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18 October 201617:30

Alternative Careers for Law Students

Our panellists have all followed an alternative career with their law degree. Come along to hear how they have used their degree in their career path and any advice for getting into their sector. The talk will include a Q&A session. This is a great opportunity to start exploring your options. The panel discussion will be followed by drinks and networking. Please sign up for this event on My Career Zone. Full details
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18 October 201617:00

Seminar by Professor Adam Dinham & Martha Shaw (Goldsmith University) "RE for Real: Towards a religiously literate curriculum"

RE for Real explored views on the purpose, content and structures of learning about religion and belief in secondary schools. The findings will be considered through the lens of religious literacy, followed by discussion of the implications of the recommendations for future policy and practice in RE and in education more widely. Full details
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18 October 201615:30

Working in the Middle East: FULLY BOOKED

We are delighted to be welcoming back two alumni, Andrew Turner and Daniel Jeffery, who will be discussing working in the Middle East. Both have extensive experience of the Arab world and have followed interesting career paths working in a range of sectors including government, defence and security. Their roles have seen them working in several different countries across the MENA region. If you are interested in developing your own career working in the Middle East, then come along to hear from our speakers and ask any questions during the Q&A session. Our speakers: Andrew Turner (LL.B. European, 1986) Andrew joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a graduate entrant on graduation from Exeter. He studied Arabic with the FCO in London and Cairo, before working as a Political officer in Oman and Syria. On return to London he headed up the teams in maritime issues including Law of the Sea (1994-96) and North Africa (1996-98). He worked in Cape Town 1998-2001 as Head of the Political Section at the British High Commission in South Africa, covering events including South Africa’s second democratic national elections and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Back in London he headed up the FCO’s work on international export controls and Small Arms control 2001-4 and then worked on international counter-terrorism co-operation. He went to Riyadh as Deputy to the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2006-9. Back again in London he was worked in senior roles on strategic finance, IT and promoting the UK’s prosperity. He has just started a new Middle-East focussed role with the Ministry of Defence. Daniel Jeffery (LL.B., 2007 and MA International Relations of the Middle East, 2008) Dan attended Exeter Uni between 2004 and 2008 where he achieved a 2:1 in Law (LLB) and an MA in International Relations of the Middle East and received the Ayubi Memorial Prize for Most Outstanding Dissertation in Middle East Politics. Since graduating Dan interned at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and worked his way up to acting Head of the Middle East & North Africa desk before moving to BAE Systems to work in their Competitive Intelligence Team. Dan then moved to Detica (a specialist cyber security and intelligence company now called BAE Systems Applied Intelligence) where he helped them break into the Middle East after moving to Abu Dhabi. Specifically he headed up a national Government account and was Head of the Commercial Client Group across the Middle East. After a two successful years in this role Dan was made Director of Operational Analysis for the Middle East & North Africa for BAE Systems’ Head Office. In this role Dan devised and executed growth strategies in key markets; project managed key opportunities in the region; and was responsible for governance and financial reporting to the Board of Directors. In 2016 Dan moved to Accenture in the UK where he helped found their UK Cyber Security Strategy practice. In this role Dan has designed, built and delivered a Cyber Academy; worked on a number of projects covering a wide variety of subject matter from Threat Intelligence, through to Governance and Leadership; and Cyber Resilience to name a few.. Full details
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17 October 201617:30

Behind the Barbed Wire. The Hidden Lives of Refugees in the EU 'Hotspot' Detention Camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos

Building on their practical experience in the field, the speakers will share their impressions and knowledge of the current situation of refugees in Lesbos with the support of photographs taken during several visits to this detention camp. Full details
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17 October 201613:00

What’s up on WhatsApp?

Ameya G. Canovi was born in Brazil, but she lives in Italy. She has been an English teacher for 30 years. She is a psychologist and a PhD student. Her research area is in Psychology of education, specifically emergent emotions in classroom interactions. Ameya is visiting the University of Exeter for one month to meet with colleagues to develop her research ideas further. In this talk she will present on her current research project.. Full details
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13 October 201617:30

Dr Kyriaki Patsianta: The Current Position of Migrant Children in Greece

According to the UNICEF, more than one in five migrants arriving in Europe in 2015 were children. An important number of these children are currently stranded in Greece. During this presentation, Dr Kyriaki Patsianta will share her experiences and views with you about the current situation of these children in Greece, building on her work in the field. Full details
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13 October 201617:30

What I did with my Politics and International Relations degree

Our panellists will reflect on their own experiences and share any tips + advice on how you can also get into their career sector. The talk will also include a Q&A session.Please sign up to this event on My Career Zone. The discussion will last an hour, followed by drinks and networking. Full details
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13 October 201617:00

Academic attitudes towards becoming educational leaders

In this seminar I shall draw on my on-going doctoral research into the attitudes of academics towards taking on educational leadership roles. This research has largely been based on a case study of the University of Exeter but I hope ultimately will be of wider value to academics and institutions. In the session I shall:. Full details
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12 October 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Dr Natasha Ezrow, University of Essex

This lecture examines the role of the military during and after the transitions of the Arab Spring, by looking at the cases of Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Syria to offer an explanation for why these states have taken different pathways. Full details
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12 October 201617:00

Consumer Law Society

Come join us for a discussion of privacy issues and how best to regulate data protection. Full details
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12 October 201614:00

Dr Joseph Lee: Synergies, Risks and Regulation of Stock Exchange Interconnections

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12 October 201613:30

How to apply to Law Grad School

In this sessions we will be looking at the range of exciting LLMs available worldwide, many of which have seen successful Exeter graduates get on to. We will look at how to get organised and tackle applications as well as the decision making process about what to do and where. Please note: this is not about the LPC or BPTC but LLM programmes. Please sign up on My Career Zone. Full details
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12 October 201613:00

‘Influence of an American initial teacher education program on pre-service and in-service teachers’

The primary purpose during this seminar will be to describe the research-based initial teacher education program at the University of Alabama. In addition, I will highlight some of the research I have conducted on this program with post-graduate students and colleagues.. Full details
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11 October 201613:00

Dr Phil Durrant (University of Exeter) "Growth in Grammar: A multi-dimensional analysis of student writing between five and sixteen"

Our research team is establishing a corpus of writing from English, History and Science classes produced by children from ages 5 to 16 at schools across England. We will use this corpus to try to understand how children’s language changes as they get older, what linguistic features distinguish higher- from lower-quality writing and how children at different ages shape their language use according to the disciplines and genres they are writing in. In this talk, Dr Durrant will describe the background to the study, what we already know about this area, our methods, and prospects for future work.. Full details
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5 October 201618:00

Sir Jon Day: "What keeps me awake at night?”

Sir Jon Day - Formerly Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee at the Cabinet Office in March 2012. Prior to his appointment, Sir Jon was 2nd Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MOD).. Full details
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5 October 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, University of London

The Arab Spring of 2011 was but the beginning of a long-term revolutionary process, rendered much more complicated than other revolutionary processes by specific socio-political features - rentierism and patrimonialism - of the dominant Arab state system. Another complicating specific feature is the fact that counter-revolution in the Arab region is two-pronged: the revolutionary process confronts not only the established regimes, but also their fundamentalist contenders. Full details
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5 October 201613:30

How to become a barrister

We shall cover all the basic steps from joining an Inn of Court to applying for pupillage. Please sign up for this event on My Career Zone. Full details
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4 October 201612:00

Professor Brett Day: The Value of the English Outdoors: A Cross-Nested Logit Model of Recreation Demand for Greenspaces in England

This paper reports on the development of a recreation demand model for outdoor greenspace in England. Full details
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3 October 201615:30

Robert Stock (Konstanz) “The Cochlear Implant and the Impositions of Hearing”

This talk will discuss media practices of hearing with cochlear implants by focusing on the filmic production of ‘auditory ecologies’. The cochlear implant system is thereby not understood as a mere tool or prosthesis subject to human agency, which can easily be used by its bearers. Rather, the implant system, its social, technical and political ‘impacts’ need to be conceptualized as ‘effects’ of specific situations and environments. By connecting ANT, Sound Studies and Media Studies, it will be argued that the cochlear implant and the actors it assembles can be considered as a particular auditory ecology (Gatehouse et al. 1999). The latter will be described by analysing the long-term documentary film Natalie or the sound after silence, 2013, dir. Simone Jung. By doing so, I will demonstrate how various forms of hearing and non-hearing are constituted cinematographically. We hence propose that films are specific operations that constitute visibilities, invisibilities or (in-)audibility. Such an understanding of film foregrounds the performative production of hearing as an ‘audiovisual event’. Consequently, the description of the reciprocal relationship between user and implant, between image and sound, here understood as an integral part of a complex media ecology, allows us to get an idea of the audiovisual event of enabling and disabling practices of technological hearing. Full details
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3 October 20166:45

Alison Harcourt - Global activism: A case study rights technologies

The lecture shows a gradual move away from international treaties agreement to self-regulatory of copyright protection in standard developing organisations (SDOs). Full details
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29 September 201616:30

The Law on Data - exploring a career in this specialist area of law

Travers Smith provides data protection advice to clients in a diverse range of sectors, covering retail, financial services, online start- ups, pension funds and insurance. This regularly involves giving advice in relation to data protection audit and policy work, online privacy policies, data collection and exploitation, information security breaches and international data transfers. Recent work includes advising: Office in relation to a data security incident; Shazam on obtaining and using geo-tracking data; and A number of financial institutions and private equity houses on their international transfers of data. Our speakers will provide insights in to this complex area of work and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about law and data.. Full details
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28 September 201613:30

How to become a solicitor

We shall cover all the basic steps from application to training contract, including when and how to apply. Please sign up on My Career Zone. Full details
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28 September 201612:30

IAIS Postgraduate Welcome Lecture and Lunch

Special lunchtime lecture followed by welcome buffet lunch. Full details
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27 September 201617:30

Book Launch - Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine

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26 September 201618:30

2016-17 Legal Assistance Programme (LAP) options are here! Interested in applying?

26 Sept 6.30pm Newman Blue LT.. Full details
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26 September 201615:30

Bayesianism and the perception-cognition divide

Perceptual experience and belief are frequently treated as distinct kinds of mental states. A belief might prompt a new perceptual experience, and new experience can confirm or trigger a belief. Despite causal influences of this sort, it was commonly held that perceptual experience is insulated from the information contained in beliefs. However, recent scientific evidence shows that this picture is mistaken: perception is routinely influenced by beliefs and expectations. This evidence of cognitive penetration thus erodes a strict perception-cognition divide. Two recent approaches to the mind, Bayesianism and Predictive Coding, do further damage to the divide. According to these approaches, influences from cognition on perception are not just pervasive, but integral to its functioning. In this talk I’ll argue that if these two approaches are correct, there is no use in saving divide. Perception and cognition do not exist. Understood as paradigm changes, Bayesianism and Predictive Coding imply eliminativism with respect to belief and experience. They constitute a real revolution in the philosophy of mind, and it is time for philosophers to embrace the change. Full details
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26 September 201615:30

Anya Farennikova (Bristol) “Bayesianism and the Perception Cognition

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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23 September - 16 December 2016

The Hidden Face of Iran

What is life really like in Iran?. Full details
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22 September 201618:00

The Hidden Face of Iran

What is life really like in Iran?. Full details
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21 September 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor William Ochsenwald, Virginia Tech University, USA

Professor William Ochsenwald will discuss the historical transformation of education in the major cities of the Hijaz from their conquest by Saudi forces in 1925 to the end of World War II, with an emphasis on curriculum, funding, administrative structures, levels of education, foreign influences and the education of women. Full details
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12 September 201613:00

“There was probably a tear in my eye”: emotion regulation as an individual and interpersonal phenomenon

Emotion regulation (ER) refers to the control we are able to exert over our emotions and is often constructed as a skill that an individual has (or has not) to varying degrees. In medical practice, unregulated emotions impact on doctor and patient well-being. In teachers, such negative emotions (e.g. anger, frustration), increase students' negative emotional experiences. For both groups, unregulated, or inappropriately regulated, emotions can lead to lack of motivation and is associated with mood and anxiety disorders, depression and burnout. In this seminar Lynn will report on the findings from a study examining junior doctors’ emotional regulation as part of a larger GMC-funded programme of research investigating medical graduates’ preparedness for practice. Although participants narrated a range of strategies of how they personally managed work-related negative feelings, with different patterns of regulation being identified by the researchers, participants also narrated times when the wider team rallied around to help them manage their emotions during and following difficult events. Similarities and differences between how emotions are regulated within educational and clinical settings will be explored with the audience.. Full details
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6 September 201615:30

Longitudinal audio diaries in healthcare education research: What, why and how (Professor Lynn Monrouze)

Visiting academic, Professor Lynn Monrouxe (Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan) will be leading the research tea; the theme is 'Longitudinal audio diaries in healthcare education research: What, why and how'. Full details
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3 - 5 September 2016

World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) International Conference

We are very pleased to be hosting the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS), its 10th Annual International Conference, at the University of Exeter, UK from September 3-5, 2016. This is the first time that the WALS conference has taken place in the UK and the second time outside Asia. Full details
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1 September 201613:00

Design-Based Research and Collective Intelligence

Visiting Scholars, Drs Tony Hall and Michael Hogan, are visiting the Centre for Teaching and Thinking Dialogue and will be presenting a seminar on Design-Based Research and Collective Intelligence on 1 September 2016. All are welcome to attend.. Full details
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14 July 201616:30

ITE Networking Event - Centre for Research in Professional Learning - ExPLAIN Network

ExPLAIN - affiliated to CRPL - is a collaborative network open to anyone interested in exploring debates and dilemmas in the current research, policy and practice of professional learning. A forum for the exchange of ideas. All colleagues involved with or with an interest in Initial Teacher Education are warmly invited to attend this networking event.. Full details
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8 July 201610:00

Making CenCSE, Moving Forward

Fran Martin, Kerry Chappell (Centre Co-ordinators) and the CenCSE group would like to invite you to the launch of this new research centre. Professor Keri Facer, from the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, will be keynoting, followed by structured debate around the new Centre's key themes. Full details
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7 - 8 July 2016

Moral Enhancement: The Annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference 2016

The annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference is taking place this year at the University of Exeter, with the topic of moral enhancement. Full details
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5 July 201615:30

Grounded Practice: Putting the 'self' back into self-evaluation

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2015/16 academic year. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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5 July 201612:00

Governing agriculture for rural community sustainability: a case study in the Australian dairy industry

Visiting Lecturer Dr Michael Santhanam-Martin from the University of Melbourne will deliver a seminar for the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute in July. Full details
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4 - 5 July 2016

British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference: Aesthetics and the 4E mind

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29 June 201612:00

Valuing Nature in Decision Making

World-leading researcher Professor Gretchen Daily presents 'Valuing Nature in Decision Making' as a guest of Exeter's new LEEP Institute. Full details
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25 June 201611:00

University of Law – Open Day

Come and find out more about our Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) The conversion course for non-law graduates wanting to become a successful solicitor or barrister. Legal Practice Course (LPC) For students with a GDL or law degree, our LPC is the best preparation to practise as a solicitor, with the skills to succeed in business.. Full details
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25 June 201611:00

University of Law – Open Day

Come and find out more about our Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) The conversion course for non-law graduates wanting to become a successful solicitor or barrister. Legal Practice Course (LPC) For students with a GDL or law degree, our LPC is the best preparation to practise as a solicitor, with the skills to succeed in business. To book your place, please visit the University of Law website: http://cc.law.ac.uk/personal/events/book?et=1. Full details
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25 June 201611:00

University of Law – Open Day

Come and find out more about our Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) The conversion course for non-law graduates wanting to become a successful solicitor or barrister. Legal Practice Course (LPC) For students with a GDL or law degree, our LPC is the best preparation to practise as a solicitor, with the skills to succeed in business. To book your place, please visit the University of Law website: http://cc.law.ac.uk/personal/events/book?et=1. Full details
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23 - 24 June 2016

Budapest conference: European Constitutional Democracy in Peril - People, Principles, Institutions

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21 - 23 June 2016

The International Law of Military Operations: Mapping the Field

A conference convened by the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and the University of Exeter. Full details
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15 June 201618:00

Are we really European? A round table discussion on culture and identity

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11 June 201613:00

Soapbox Science 2016

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9 June 201616:00

Issues impacting the motivation of Iranian university students to learn English

In this talk Shahrzad Ardavani will talk about the issues impacting the motivation of Iranian university students to learn English, and more generally, the teaching of English in Iran from the perspective of socio-economic and political development. Full details
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9 - 10 June 201614:00

Translating Political Langauges: A Sino-European Workshop

The workshop is organised by the Centre of Political Thought in collaboration with Chinese scholars from various universities in Beijing. Full details
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8 June 201618:00

Brexit: Would it leave Britain and Europe less secure?

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7 June 201615:30

Co-construction, co-design and collaboration: developing a professional learning community in schools

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2015/16 academic year. All our welcome to attend. Full details
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6 June 201612:30

Workshop on quantative approaches to gender research

This interdisciplinary workshop introduces early career researchers to quantitative approaches to the study of gender and politics. There is a long tradition of examining issues such as women's representation, participation and policy outcomes using quantitative methods. Full details
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3 June 201614:30

Speaker Prof. Elisabeth Lambert Abdelgawad: The Economic Crisis and the Evolution of the System Based on the ECHR: Is There Any Correlation?

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2 June 201612:00

Ecosystem Services and Human Health: From Big Data to Less Big Case Studies

Dr Brendan Fisher, an internationally renowned academic visiting from the University of Vermont, will deliver a seminar for the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute. Full details
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31 May 201617:00

Seminar by Professor Angela Creese (University of Birmingham) 'Using linguistic ethnography to investigate the multilingual classroom'

Linguistic ethnography (LE) studies how people make use of linguistic and other semiotic signs to constitute social processes. In this seminar paper Professor Creese illustrates how LE provides careful, rigorous and systematic methods to document the resourcefulness of translanguaging as pedagogy in the multilingual classroom. Translanguaging is a means of describing the strategic use to which people put their multilingual resources in contexts of linguistic, social, and cultural diversity. Professor Creese looks at how people draw on their biographically organised repertoires in communication in language classrooms and bilingual homes. She explores the possibility of linguistic ethnography to reveal which social practices are meaningful to participants and specifically describe how encounters between teachers and students about multilingualism in the classroom are recontextualized and revisited in the home. Overall she argues that LE offers a powerful methodological and theoretical approach to understanding how people reconcile conflicting ideologies about multilingualism.. Full details
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31 May - 1 June 2016

Global Uncertainties Workshop: "Contentious Politics and New Dimensions of Diffusion"

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25 May 201619:00

The UK and the EU: Ask the Experts

Take the opportunity to ask a leading panel of specialists about possible implications of the EU Referendum. Full details
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24 May 201618:00

The EU Referendum discussion

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24 May - 25 June 201617:00

On Palestine

Opening: 5-7pm Tuesday 24 May with Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter) and Annie Pfingst.. Full details
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23 - 24 May 20169:00

IAIS and Politics Postgraduate Conference

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and the Politics Department of the University of Exeter will be holding a conference on 23-24 May 2016 to address the current state of uncertainty in Europe, the Middle East and world, and to understand how we, as researchers, should conduct our work within these complex dynamics. Full details
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19 May 201614:30

Professor Lars-Erik Cederman (ETH Zurich) "Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War"

Global Uncertainties Conflict and Methods Seminar Series. Full details
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17 May 201613:00

Seminar by Professor Karen Mattick (University of Exeter) 'Educational interventions to improve junior doctor prescribing'

Prescribing medications is one of the most daunting responsibilities that a newly qualified doctor will take on. In this presentation, I will provide an overview of some of our research in this area, using prescribing as an example of a ‘high stakes’ decision that is made in the context of complex and fast-moving workplace environment. Research into prescribing is much needed. Prescribing errors are common, affecting 7% medication orders, 2% patient days and 50% hospital admissions. Most prescribing errors are associated with antibiotics, where there are additional layers of uncertainty, and long term as well as short term consequences of poor prescribing practice. It is clear that strategies that aim to improve knowledge and technical skills are insufficient. We need to educate doctors to work in an environment where their knowledge and skills may be negated by the numerous complex and overwhelming pressures at play can influence their prescribing behaviour, and where interventions that work in one context may not be successful in another. Full details
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16 May 201615:00

“Troubling Genealogies: Conceptualizing Race, Belonging and Political Subjectivity in South Africa” Katharina Schramm (Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg)

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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12 May 201617:00

Ana Almuedo-Castillo (Exeter): Resisting the sectarian: A paradigm for peacebuilding in Lebanon

The politisation of sectarianism and the institutionalisation of confessionalism as a form of organisation for the political, social and economic life have encouraged the perpetuation of sectarian conflict as a form of interaction in Lebanon. The entrenchment of sectarianism in Lebanese politics and society have drawn a picture of immobile sectarian boundaries and conflict. However, the study of sectarian conflict requires the acknowledgement that sectarianism may not be the only political and social paradigm operating in Lebanon, whilst it is necessary that we study spaces where this paradigm is contested. Resistance and contestation of the sectarian conflict is an ongoing process in any divided society. Lebanese citizens marrying abroad as a way of avoiding the current Lebanese law by which all citizens have to marry under one of the 18 officially recognised religions represent a community that have made the informed decision of not abiding with the sectarian system. These Lebanese may not have mobilised as a group to claim their right to civil marriage; they do form not a collectivity of actors or a social movement, but through their act they have found the path of least resistance to the imposition of sectarianism upon their lives. Everyday forms of resistance against sectarianism happen at the bottom of the society as a quiet, invisible and even unintended practice of contestation. The study of this practice may in the first place provide us with a critical approach to sectarianism, while in the second place it advances a new paradigm for the study of peacebuilding as a bottom-up and intrinsic local process.. Full details
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12 May 201614:30

Dr Nils Metternich (UCL) "Ethnic Exclusion and the Logic of Political Survival"

Recent research provides increasing theoretical and empirical evidence that the exclusion of ethnic groups increases the risk of armed conflicts. This poses an important puzzle: Why do governments exclude ethnic groups in the first place?. Full details
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11 May 201615:30

SPA seminar: Chandré Gould (Institute for Security Studies) & Brian Rappert (University of Exeter) “The Dis-eases of Secrecy”

SPA seminar: Chandré Gould (Institute for Security Studies) & Brian Rappert (University of Exeter) “The Dis-eases of Secrecy”. Full details
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9 May 201616:30

The 'Dyslexia Debate' (Professor Joe Elliott, University of Durham)

Visiting speaker, Professor Joe Elliott, will be talking about the ‘Dyslexia debate’ based on his recent book 'The Dyslexia Debate' published by Cambridge University Press. Full details
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5 May 201617:00

Jan Pieter Beetz (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): Practice makes Perfect, or at Least More Realistic. On a Contribution of Political Realism to International Political Theory

In an age of globalization, the rise of International Political Theory (IPT) can hardly come as a surprise. Economic, technological, political and social developments act as catalysts for a new set of normative questions. The core task of normative political philosophy is to prescribe desirable forms of politics. On the one hand, this concerns the question what should a political order achieve? The contemporary debate surrounds the concept of justice, often understood in socio-economic terms. On the other hand, political philosophers reflect on the question of political legitimacy. When do subjects have to accept rule over them as authority?[1] The real-world developments that animate IPT, such as climate change or the legitimacy of European integration, require political philosophers to answer these questions in a novel and dynamic environment. My claim is that the dominant methodological approaches to reflect upon these normative questions – ‘idealism’ and ‘empiricism’ – are ill suited for the task at hand. These methods remain largely insensitive to the novel context or rely on a static account thereof. An international political theory that aims to contribute toward solutions should methodologically accommodate the dynamic environment at every stage. In this article, I propose that political realism offers a particularly attractive practice-dependent method to theorize norms in this dynamic context. I will illustrate my claim through an application of this method to a salient political challenge in IPT: the EU’s democratic deficit. Full details
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3 May 201617:00

Seminar by Dr Kristine Black-Hawkins (University of Cambridge) 'Achievement and inclusion in Schools'

This research sets out to examine the nature of the relationship between achievement and inclusion in schools, and specifically how schools can support high levels of achievement for diverse groups of students. Four case studies of schools were undertaken, one each from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, so as to learn from the changing policy contexts of the four countries of the UK. The presentation addresses concerns about how schools can respond to differences between learners in ways that support the learning and participation of everyone. The following key questions are considered: • What strategies do schools use to raise the achievement of all students whilst safeguarding the inclusion of others who are more vulnerable? • How can schools ensure high levels of inclusion as well as high levels of achievement for everyone? • How might research into these matters be carried out?. Full details
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3 May 201615:30

Centre for Research in Professional Learning - Research Tea

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2015/16 academic year. Full details
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28 April 201617:00

2016 Lasok Lecture

21st Century European Civil Justice; Looking for the view from the Hedgehogs. Full details
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28 April 201616:45

Jelle Leunis (Vrije Universiteit Brussel): Managing the Use of Armed Force: From Democratic Control to Regulatory Governance

Private military and security companies (PMSCs) are now a familiar presence in complex security environments. Nevertheless, the past decade has illustrated that traditional mechanisms of managing the exercise of armed force, designed with the aim of controlling the uniformed military, were often ill-equipped to hold PMSCs to account. In reaction, diverse stakeholders joined hands to bring this governance framework up-to-date, resulting in several new regulatory initiatives including the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. This paper maps the implications of these initiatives for the norm on the democratic control of armed force. It does so in three steps. First, on the basis of existing literature, it reviews the established ideal-type of democratic control of the military. Secondly, it develops a new ideal-type of regulatory governance of PMSCs, to help us make sense of the values that underlie the aforementioned regulatory initiatives. This ideal-type is tested in three case studies covering a broad spectrum of PMSC clients working in complex security environments, including a government agency, a private corporation and a non-governmental organisation. The paper concludes, thirdly, with comparing these two ideal-types. It reviews the opportunities for the stakeholders and the population to participate in the governance of armed force and maps the impact of the proliferation of PMSCs and of the instruments to govern them on the traditional norm of the democratic control of armed force. On the basis of this comparison, the paper argues that democratic involvement in the governance of PMSCs is no longer founded on a representational basis, as was the case with the military, but on a participatory basis. Since not all stakeholders have an equal opportunity to participate in these governance processes, this might endanger the democratic oversight of armed force. Full details
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27 April 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Jorunn Buckley, Bowdoin College, Maine, USA

Professor Buckley will speak about the Mandaeans, one of the world’s most endangered religious minorities. They are the last Gnostics still living in the Middle East from ancient times, but in the current situation, they are leaving their homeland for the diaspora. Professor Buckley is a leading scholar in the history and religion of the Mandaeans; she has also spent many years doing advocacy work for the Mandaeans. She is also an academic adviser to our research project “The Worlds of Mandaean Priests”, so we are particularly happy to welcome her to Exeter. Full details
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25 April 201619:00

Ask the Experts: The UK and the EU

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14 April 2016

Sufis and Mullahs: Sufis and Their Opponents in the Persianate World

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12 April 201616:00

FootAnstey Open Day - Sign up required

Come along to our open evening and meet us; partners, lawyers and trainees. We'll be holding talks and sharing as much information as possible about what it is like to train and become a lawyer at one of the fastest growing law firms in the UK. To sign up, please email your name and current course to jenna.wickham@footanstey.com. Full details
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31 March 201614:00

Laszlo Horvath, Susan Banducci, Ekaterina Kolpinskaya (Politics), Samuel Vine (CLES): Stereotype threat effects on women's political engagement

Research on symbolic or non-policy effects of gender-balanced legislatures documented 'role model effects', positively impacting women's political engagement as citizens. Yet most of the evidence relies on observational data making it difficult to disentangle whether gender balanced contexts are also cultures where women are simply more politically engaged. Similarly, little has been proposed as to what psychological mechanisms connect women's minority position in politics to citizen disengagement, and the presence of role models to more political engagement. I am presenting pilot study results of two experiments. Broadly, they propose Stereotype Threat accounting for women's decreased psychological engagement with politics, as well as impaired performance on and confidence about political knowledge tests, under numerical imbalance. The opposite, role model effects, are tested under improved numerical balance setups, ranging from ‘token’ (minimal) presence, ‘critical mass’ presence (roughly a third), and complete parity. The basic, ‘picture treatment design’ is administered on an online sample. Study 2 is a laboratory experiment which further investigates if ST processes still apply if the negative emotion of approach (anger), rather than avoidance (fear), was induced. In an attentional bias paradigm, we expose all subjects to image pairs containing one stereotyping and one non-stereotyping political group. With data collected through an eye-tracking device we are able to establish if subjects approach or avoid stereotyping imagery. We further investigate whether the challenge state reverses ST effects, with greater psychological engagement with politics, and improved performance on the political knowledge test. Full details
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23 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Geert Jan van Gelder, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

This lecture will focus on a number of minor poets from the first few centuries of Islam, who were said to be insane (muwaswis, literally "bewhispered"), even though their poetry was not always mad. Full details
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22 March 201617:00

Seminar by Professor Tara Fenwick (University of Stirling) 'Professional responsibility and professionalism: a sociomaterial examination'

Issues of professional responsibility and professionalism are invoked frequently by concerned policy makers and a nervous public alike. In education, critical circles have grappled with the familiar disturbing representations and prescriptions that continue to circulate in the name of improving quality and responsibility. Full details
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16 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago, USA

Sponsored by the Centre for Gulf Studies. Full details
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14 March 201615:00

“The Complex Relations Between Narrative and Suffering” Prof. Arthur Frank (University of Calgary)

SPA research seminar. Full details
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11 March 201612:30

Arlinda Rrustemi (University of Leiden): State-Building through Life Stories: Incorporating Local Perspectives

The presentation focuses on an ongoing research about statebuilding in Kosovo using life stories, comparing the international and local perspectives of international statebuilding. The first stage of the project included the identification of the international perceptions (NATO, EU, UNMIK & EULEX) in state building and the second stage included the identification of the local perspectives (political elites, ngo's, etc) in state building through life stories. The talk will revolve around the design and objectives of the research project and some preliminary findings. The processes promoted by the international community in Kosovo focus mainly on institutions, and it uncovers the main similarities and differences with the emerging local perspectives. The latter emphasizes more the societal processes rather than institutional ones. Recommendations follow on how to bridge the gap between the international and local perspectives since they seem to differ on some aspects and correspond on others. Full details
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10 March 201618:00

Exeter Student Law Review Employability Skills Evening

This is an excellent insight opportunity for those intending to find out more about a firm's professional expectations from trainees and vacation scheme students. Full details
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10 March 201612:30

Denise Laroze (University of Essex): Policy space and opportunity to enter: when a party collapses

The entry and success of new parties has become a regular event in modern democracies. From the emergence of green to protest parties, new movements have entered the electoral arena. This paper addresses one of the less studied aspects of new parties: the dynamic process of party exit and entry into politics. The paper argues that changes to the party system, produced by the collapse of a political party, can lead to the successful entrance of new parties in the next election. The premise is that one party’s loss is a future one’s gain. The empirical results provide strong evidence that the size of the collapsed party has a substantive impact on the level of new parties’ success. Full details
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9 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford

This lecture will examine the noticeably elevated status and wide range of functions that the Medinan Qur'an, in contrast to the earlier Meccan surahs, ascribes to the Qur'anic messenger. The perceptible discontinuity with the Meccan presentation of Muhammad's role raises the question whether the Medinan Qur'an might be recasting and latching on to pre-existing templates of communal leadership. Professor Sinai will proprose that the Christian episcopate yields a surprising number of close overlaps. At the same time, he will also highlight important differences. In the light of the evidence presented, the Medinan Qur'an emerges as engaged in a sophisticated appropriation of a wide range of late antique predecessor traditions. Full details
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9 March 201615:00

Webblocking in the UK and Beyond

Exeter Law Research Seminar Speaker Dr Mark Hyland, University of Bangor. Full details
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9 March 201613:30

The University of Law Mock Assessment Centre

​A session dedicated to preparing Exeter University students for the demands of an assessment centre whilst further enhancing their readiness for the workplace. Queens Building LT7.2. Full details
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4 March 201612:30

The Race for the White House 2016

Mr King will talk about the nomination contests and the 2016 general election. Full details
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4 March 201610:30

Alumni Presentation: Working in the Communications sector

Andrew Honnor is the founder and Managing Partner of financial communications firm, Greenbrook. In this talk, Andrew will discuss his career path working in the communications sector and highlight both the opportunities and challenges within this industry. The event will include a Q&A session. Full details
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4 March 201610:30

Alumni Presentation: Working in the Communications sector

Andrew Honnor (History and Politics, 1992) is the founder and Managing Partner of financial communications firm, Greenbrook. In this talk, Andrew will discuss his career path working in the communications sector and highlight both the opportunities and challenges within this industry. The event will include a Q&A session. Full details
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3 March 201617:00

Johannes Jaeger (Universität Würzburg): Party Regulations and the legality of Online Voting for Candidates, Leaders and Policy

Online participatory instruments are gaining popularity among political parties. After the German Piratenpartei’s temporary electoral success of the between 2011-2013, the interest of party scholars, journalists and practitioners across Europe on the topic has exploded. Online participation is considered, inter alia, to win (back) younger generations for the democratic process and to stop the “decline of party membership". It’s a matter of common knowledge that political parties and the democratic systems themselves in almost the entire Western world are experiencing similar processes such as the dissolution of social classes or religious traditions as well as low interest of citizens in traditional democratic participation. However, the legal systems in which political parties operate differ widely. Despite the strong international interest in the participatory and deliberative adjustments of the German Piratenpartei, the legal obstacles towards the establishment of a liquid intra-party democracy in Germany have received little attention. Unlike political parties in other jurisdictions, the German political parties are highly regulated by the German Political Parties Act and e.g. the Federal Elections Act. These Acts also include various provisions for the internal decision-making process. This short presentation seeks to explain the possibilities and the limits of modern forms of internet-based participation such as online-voting in leadership elections and candidate selection within German parties. Full details
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3 March 201616:00

A History of Political Television Advertising in America

Mr King will discuss the history of television advertising in American Politics. Full details
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2 March 201617:15

Visiting Speaker - Professor David Thomas, University of Birmingham

Christians living under early Islamic rule often enjoyed considerable social freedom, but they were also constrained by a sense of increasing inequality. In addition to discriminatory legal measures, Muslim religious writings frequently ignored Christianity as a full faith tradition. Religious experts routinely stripped it down into a series of individual teachings which they proved were weak by contrast with the strength of their own Islamic doctrines. Christianity as a tradition of faith was gradually erased from the picture and Christians were silenced as partners in religious debate. Professor Thomas has been a specialist in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations for many years. After undergraduate work at Oxford, he worked in the northern Sudan, where his interest in Islam was kindled. He took this further in theological studies at Cambridge and in PhD research at Lancaster. Professor Thomas worked in parts of the UK for some years on relations between the churches and Muslim communities, and in 1993 he was appointed Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Selly Oak. In 2004 he was promoted to Reader in the Department of Theology and Religion, and in 2007 was appointed Professor of Christianity and Islam. In 2011 he was made Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations.. Full details
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2 March 201613:30

Applying for the BPTC with the University of Law

Speaker:- Charlotte Baker – BPTC Consultant, University of Law. Objective:- Information for students interested in applying for the bar – specifically gaining pupillage. Method:- The session utilises real pupillage application forms and interviews conducted between barristers and soon-to-be pupils to give students a realistic insight into the process (further details are contained in the information document attached).. Full details
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25 February 201618:15

Women in Law Speaker Event

A speaker event with Exeter Women in Business Society, Bracton Law Society, Exeter European Law Society and Women & Law Exeter. Full details
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25 February 201617:00

Dr Anika Gauja (University of Sydney) - Researching Reform: A Qualitative Approach to Understanding Party Change

In this seminar, I discuss some of the theoretical and empirical challenges of studying how political organisations, such as parties, change over time. Reflecting back on a recently completed project on comparative party reform, I address three main questions: first, what is the nature of organisational change, and how can it be measured? Second, what do we mean when we speak of the political party in comparative research? Is it possible to reconcile structure with agency in these organisations? Finally, how can we study organisations that don’t want to be studied? To answer these questions I put forward a three-tiered theoretical framework for evaluating change that captures intra-organisational, competitive and systemic pressures for change, and argue the benefits of adapting heuristics and approaches from related disciplines in furthering our understandings of the internal workings of political parties. I outline a qualitative methodology for the study of parties that triangulates a diverse range of sources of evidence beyond formal rules changes, including interviews, ethnographic observations, and the systematic analysis of party documents and speeches as strategic rhetorical devices. Full details
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25 February 201615:00

Cybersecurity Regulation As A New Generation of Trade Barrier? Challenges for the WTO

Professor Zhixiong Huang of the University of Wuhan (China) will deliver a paper at the research seminar in Peter Chalk 2.3, next Thursday 25 Feb, 3pm. Full details
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24 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Andrea Mura, IAIS, University of Exeter

By assuming Islamism, as a complex, dynamic and highly differentiated discursive universe, the seminar explores the way in which territorial boundaries have variously been negotiated, disputed, and creatively reconfigured within the Islamist matrix. With intersections between political theology, Middle East politics and political thought, and a comparative approach between different eschatological traditions, the lecture draws a cartography of the ‘border’, exposing critical implications for notions of citizenship, antagonism, and religious space in the history of the twentieth-century Sunni Islamic political movement.. Full details
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23 February 201617:30

How to get a career in (American) Politics and other reflections on Washington

Mr Petts will talk about his advice for getting a career in Politics - whether in America or elsewhere. Full details
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23 February 201617:00

**CANCELLED** Seminar by Professor Victoria Carrington (University of East Anglia) 'How we live now: “I don’t think there’s such a thing as being offline'

Unfortunately this seminar has now been cancelled. We hope that we might be able to reschedule for the next season. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Full details
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23 February 201616:00

Enjoying ethnographic writing

Bob Jeffrey has spent over 20 years researching primary school using ethnographic methods and he will show the importance of writing to qualitative research in different literary forms. The intention of the session is to show how detailed written accounts of the contexts of research brings authenticity to the readers of research findings in the way accounts are re-presented in literary forms. He will emphasise the value of the use of literary forms in the research process both in the field and when examining data some distance from the fieldwork. He will suggest that by using the imagination and creative writing skills the researcher can enhance the legitimacy and validity of their ethnographic research. There will be an opportunity for group discussion.. Full details
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22 February 201616:30

Political Polling and Campaign Strategy

Mr Petts will talk about how political polling is conducted and used in American elections. Full details
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22 February 201616:00

Creative Learning in the Primary School

Descriptions and analysis of creative learning is an essential check on the effectiveness of creative teaching. The documentation of creative teaching has more validity if the outcomes of it can be seen to be taken up as creative learning by pupils and students. This session will focus on ethnographic research carried out over some years on the nature of creative learning in the primary school and will show how, given a creative teaching context, young people develop creative skills and understandings. We will examine how they act in relevant creative situations, bring ownership and control to their learning practices and how innovation is developed. Some aspects of the research process will be exemplified to indicate how teachers and prospective teachers might research, identify and encourage creative learning. There will be an opportunity for group discussions.. Full details
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18 February 201617:00

Stijn van Voorst (Tilburg University, the Netherlands):To evaluate or not to evaluate: the initiation of ex-post legislative evaluations by the European Commission

Abstract: Theoretically there are many possible reasons for the European Commission to evaluate its legislation, including the desire to improve policy-making and the need to scrutinize implementation by national authorities. While the Commission nowadays has the norm that both spending and non-spending activities should be evaluated, its own data and existing research show that only a minority of major EU legislation is in fact evaluated. My paper tries to explain this variance in the initiation of ex-post legislative evaluations by applying a rational and political model of evaluation. It tests these models with the help of two datasets, one containing all major EU laws from 2000-2004 and one containing all ex-post legislative evaluations from the Commission from 2000-2014. Full details
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17 February 201617:30

Alternative Careers for Law Students

Come along to this event to hear from a panel of speakers who have followed a less typical career path with their law degree and gain an insight into different areas you too could go into after graduation. Join us for drinks and networking from 6:30pm for the chance to speak with our panellists. Full details
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17 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Vasileios Syros, Academy of Finland

This presentation is a preliminary attempt to look at the evolution of early Islamic and Renaissance Italian advice literature in a comparative perspective, by focusing on some of the major works produced in the 8th century Abbasid Empire and 16th century Italy. I will undertake a comparative analysis of Ibn al-Muqaffa’s (d. ca. 140/757) Adab al-Kabīr and Baldassare Castiglione’s (1478-1529) Il Libro del cortegiano (The Book of the Courtier) and canvass a shared set of themes that inform early Islamic and Renaissance Italian political discourse on the complex relationship between the ruler and his courtiers, the qualities of the ideal adviser and the dynamics of the decision-making process and consultatation. The presentation will also identify new modes of exploring the development of Abbasid and Italian court cultures within a comparative framework and revisiting their relevance in the context of current debates on effective leadership and delegation of authority.. Full details
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16 February 201612:30

PwC Graduate Opportunities in the Middle East careers workshop

PwC in the Middle East are keen to employ Exeter graduates. This workshop will be a skype meeting with Charlotte Edwards, Graduate Recruitment Assistant Manager for PwC in Dubai. She will run through everything you need to know about the Grad programmes in the Middle East. PwC have a number of graduate position in the Middle East: http://pwcmegraduatecareers.ae/pwc/vacancysearch.a... If you would like to learn more about what the graduate scheme is like, and what it's like to live and work in Dubai come along to this small, interactive session. Charlotte will present slides and talk through all aspects of graduate work in the Middle East. This is a skype meeting as Charlotte is based in Dubai.. Full details
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15 February 201617:30

Speaker Exeter Alumnus Marcus Harling - 'How we built the Forum'

Exeter Law School have an exciting opportunity for Law students to hear from the Head of Construction and Engineering at Burges Salmon, Marcus Harling (Exeter Alumus, 1982), who was involved with the construction of Exeter University’s ‘Forum’ building.. Full details
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15 February 201615:00

Christoph Rehmann-Sutter (University of Lübeck) “Livingness: A Husserlian Approach”

SPA Research seminar. Full details
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10 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Mateo Farzaneh, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA

Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Islam. Full details
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10 February 201615:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Ghassan Khatib, Vice President for Development, Birzeit University, Palestine

Sponsored by the European Centre for Palestine Studies. Full details
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10 February 201614:45

Careers in the Humanitarian Sector

Careers in the Humantarian Sector is an event which brings together a panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds. Our panellists will talk about their own experiences of how their careers developed, be it through a linguistic, research or legal training route. As well as three panellists in the room, if the technology allows us, we will skype in to a fourth panellist - Mike Sanderson - currently deployed with the UNHCR in Lesbos where he is overseeing the processing of Syrian refugees. Our panellists: Liz Harris: HR Marketing Officer International Committee of the Red Cross Liz joined the ICRC as an Urdu interpreter in 2002, after graduating from SOAS with a BA in Hindi and South Asian History. She spent three years working in Indian Administered Kashmir, after which she studied Pashto and worked in Afghanistan. She is now based in London and specialises in recruiting linguists for the ICRC. Dr Kelsey Shanks: Research Fellow - ESRC Iraq Disputed Territories, University of Exeter In 2013 I held the position of Research Fellow at the University of York’s Postwar Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), and I am currently a Research Associate at Ulster University’s UNESCO Centre. To compliment my academic interests I have also worked as an Education Advisor to the United Nations, leading research projects for UNAMI Political Affairs and serving as Peace-building Education advisor to UNICEF Iraq. I have completed both the IOM and Control Risks Security Awareness Training (SAIT) for working in fragile and conflict-affected areas and have fieldwork experience in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and South Central Somalia. Abigail Grace: Project Development Worker, Refugee Support Devon Abigail is an FCH graduate (International Relations and Anthropology) from 2014. She is currently working to support refugees and asylum seekers in the role of Project Development Worker for Refugee Support Devon. Mike Sanderson: Lecturer in Law Prior to joining the School of Law, Mike served as a legal officer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in duty stations across Africa and in the former Yugoslavia. Most recently, Mike served as a legal adviser to UNHCR in Sudan and Somalia during the introduction of new citizenship regimes in these states. His scholarly work has appeared in the American Journal of International Law, the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, the European Human Rights Law Review, and the Wisconsin International Law Journal. Mike is currently on secondment with the UNHCR in Lesbos, Greece and will Skype in to the discussion.. Full details
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10 February 201614:30

External Speaker: Prof. Jonathan JOSEPH (Professor, University of Sheffield)

Governing Through Failure and Denial: The New Resilience Agenda. Full details
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10 February 201613:30

ICRC Linguist Careers presentation

The International Committee of the Red Cross regularly recruits Arabic and Farsi speakers for its field operations as interpreters and delegates. Their job is to put the organisation's mandate into action; carrying out humanitarian visits to detainees, monitoring the conduct of hostilities, re-uniting families separated by conflict and organising emergency relief aid are all part of a day's work. Liz Harris will give a presentation outlining the work of the ICRC and what we are looking for in recruits, followed by a question and answer session. Liz joined the ICRC as an Urdu interpreter in 2002, after graduating from SOAS with a BA in Hindi and South Asian History. She spent three years working in Indian Administered Kashmir, after which she studied Pashto and worked in Afghanistan. She is now based in London and specialises in recruiting linguists for the ICRC.. Full details
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9 February 201618:15

Professor Michael Hauskeller - Asking the Right Questions; On Being a Philosopher and Ethicist

Hardly a month goes by without the announcement of yet another significant technological innovation. So much has changed during the past three decades, it is almost impossible to predict with any degree of certainty what we will be able to accomplish and what our world will look like a decade or two ahead. Anything seems possible. This makes it more pressing than ever to figure out what we actually want and what kind of life we should strive for. This talk looks into some of the challenges we face today and tries to identify the role philosophy and especially philosophical ethics must play in a world so rapidly changing as ours.. Full details
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9 February 201618:00

Ulrich Preuss @ Exeter to talk about Citizens in Europe: An interdisciplinary perspective.

This workshop will examine issues of citizenship, democracy and constitutionalism in Europe from legal, political and sociological perspectives. Professor Ulrich Preuss (Hertie) will discuss with us the themes explored in the new collection of his and Professor Claus Offe’s writings on: Citizens of Europe. Essays on Democracy, Constitutionalism and European Integration (ECPR Press, 2016). Full details
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9 February 201613:00

Seminar by David Aldridge (Oxford Brookes University) 'Instructional triangles, belonging, and the knowledge-led curriculum'

In this paper I would like to consider the relationship between the well-known ‘instructional’ or ‘pedagogical’ triangle of teacher, student and subject matter and the hermeneutic situation.. Full details
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3 February 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Professor Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford

As the Great War is remembered in the rest of the world, the part the Ottomans played in that conflict must be taken into account. For it was the Ottoman front, with its Asian battlefields and global soldiers, that turned Europe's Great War into the First World War. And the consequences of that war still resonate in the modern Middle East today. Full details
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3 February 201615:00

Christina Walton: Politics and Charity Law

Law School Research Seminar. Speaker Miss Christina Walton. Full details
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3 February 201612:30

Careers in the EU - Employer Presentation

Paul Kaye, London Office of the European Commission will be giving a talk on EU careers. He will provide information on where an EU career can lead, why it will be a fulfilling career choice, what involves and who they are looking to employ. He will also provide a very clear outline of the application process and the selection procedure, leading you straight into your career at the EU!. Full details
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3 February 201612:30

Careers in the EU - Employer Presentation

Paul Kaye, London Office of the European Commission will be giving a talk on EU careers. He will provide information on where an EU career can lead, why it will be a fulfilling career choice, what involves and who they are looking to employ. He will also provide a very clear outline of the application process and the selection procedure, leading you straight into your career at the EU!. Full details
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2 February 201615:30

Centre for Research in Professional Learning - Research Tea

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2015/16 academic year.. Full details
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1 February 201615:30

“Phenomenology of the We: Reciprocal Empathy, Self-alienation, and Plural Self-awareness” Prof. Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen)

SPA Departmental Seminar. Full details
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29 January 201612:00

Lord Neuberger's visit to Exeter University

Lord Neuberger has requested an informal visit to the Law School primarily so that he may meet our students, he will be giving a short talk and will be hosting a Q & A session with students. Full details
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28 January 201617:00

Felix-Christopher von Nostitz (University of Exeter): An Analytical Framework to study Primaries and their impact on Party Membership

The German Greens as Cases Study. Full details
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27 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Joost Hiltermann, International Crisis Group

IS and Us: How to Confront the Challenge of the Islamic State. Full details
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27 January 201614:30

Dr. Alexandra Lewis: Fundamental, not Universal: The Contested Nature of Education in Civil Wars.

The talk will expose and theorise the crucial role of education in intrastate conflict (in causing or becoming a target of violence), drawing on examples from Yemen to Ukraine, from Somalia to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Full details
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26 January 201619:30

Film Screening and Exhibition Opening

A documentary film by Yiannis Kanakis. Full details
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26 January 201617:30

Last of the Dictionary Men: Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

You are warmly invited to the opening reception of the Exhibition with an introductory talk by Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi. Bridge + Tunnel Productions has developed a unique project, engaging two international artists (Tina Gharavi and Youssef Nabil) to work collaboratively with 14 Yemeni sailors, the last survivors of the first-generation who settled in South Shields. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community.. Full details
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26 January 201617:00

Seminar by Professor Michael Young (Institute of Education) 'Researching the Curriculum: from 'Knowledge of the powerful' to 'powerful knowledge’

This talk will will trace how Professor Young was led to change his approach to the curriculum from his first book Knowledge and Control to the work he has done since his book 'Bringing Knowledge Back' In was published in 2007.. Full details
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21 January 201617:00

Claire Packman: The Engaged Researcher

Have you heard of the ‘impact agenda’? Have you thought about who the audience for your research might be? Have you ever considered ‘public engagement’? Whatever your answers to these questions, please come and share your thoughts with us as we discuss ‘The Engaged Researcher’, and what those words might mean for postgraduate scholars. With Claire Packman, Research Manager (Impact & Engagement) for the College of Social Sciences & International Studies, we’ll consider the merits and the difficulties of involving audiences beyond the academic community with your research. Full details
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21 January 201613:00

THINK research centre seminar: Play and Learning in Finnish Education Policy and Practice

Play is a serious matter to young children across cultures. This is evidenced by the passionate, intensive, and energetic engagement many children invest in this activity. Play experiences are widely recognised to create the foundations for children’s healthy and holistic development. In Finland, children’s opportunities for play are highly regarded in the education of children under seven years old, and lately the interest towards play and playful learning have extended to the education of older children, even adults. In my talk, I will be reflecting on current international research on play and learning and how this scientific evidence is taken up in Finnish education, in its policy and practice. I will draw attention to the possibilities and thresholds, and show how play and learning is also about playing with learning. I will end my talk by considering the changing landscapes of play in the digital era and their consequences for children’s learning, educational practice and teacher professional competencies.. Full details
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20 January 201614:30

External Speaker: Dr. Petros SEKERIS (Principal Lecturer, University of Portsmouth)

Separatist Movements’ Logic of Violence. Full details
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18 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Roham Alvandi, London School of Economics and Political Science

Sponsored by the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies. Full details
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14 January 201617:00

Thibaud Deruelle (Exeter):The Engineer and the Bricoleur: alternative policy solutions in the Multiple Streams Framework

This paper investigates the viability of alternative policy solutions before the decision-making process. Building on the literature about the Multiple Streams Framework, new conceptual elements are used to explain the lock-in of policy solutions. While policy solutions are generally perceived to be mere ideas, specific organizational elements of the policy network show that concrete initiatives can play the same role. In order to make sense of these engineered solutions, the decision-makers have to act as bricoleurs. They recombine initiatives and ideas to develop a fully fleshed policy. This paper is designed as a plausibility probe to determine whether the engineers and the bricoleur can be reasonably considered a relevant conceptual addendum in the field of organizational theory in public policy. It aims to reconstruct the process that led to the creation of a European policy for Disease Prevention and Control. More specifically the process tracing developed should lead to a clearer understanding of the formation of policy solutions, by identifying the work done by policy entrepreneurs and by labelling them either advocates or engineers. Then the role of the Bricoleur will be assessed in the light of the policy that was eventually adopted.. Full details
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13 January 201617:15

Visiting Speaker: Ramita Navai

Sponsored by the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies. Full details
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11 January 201613:00

Language and Education Network Seminar - Dr Simone Smala (University of Queensland, Australia)

As a predominantly English-speaking country, Australia struggles with similar issues to the UK concerning second languages education. Student numbers are down in the classic ‘school languages,’ while societal multilingualism is tolerated without being fully embraced. As in many other countries, there seem to be two sets of opinion about bilingualism. On the one hand it is seen as a positive asset for the careers of native English speakers, but on the other, it is seen as holding back the development of immigrant children. The resulting disregard of the huge source of already existing skills was pointed out by Australian linguist Michael Clyne (2005), who saw a great untapped potential in Australia’s migrant bilingual skills. Full details
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10 December 201517:30

Workshop and Lecture: Professor Leon van den Broeke (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

In this lecture Professor van den Broeke will examine how European states have used “church taxes” and similar instruments to fund religious groups, and how these groups have organized their finances internally, using these and other funds.. Full details
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10 December 201517:00

Claudia Zucca (Exeter): Does the Predisposition toward the Acquisition of Information Influence Citizens’ Political Learning? Evidence from Internet-based Exposure (Poster Presentation)

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9 December 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Prof. Jon HOOVER (University of Nottingham)

Did Ibn Taymiyya confess to being an Ash’ari?. Full details
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8 December 201513:00

CANCELLED:Seminar by Dr Tamara Bibby (Institute of Education) ‘The Creative Self? School? Classroom?’

Tamara Bibby's current work – and this seminar – engages with the work of D W Winnicott and others to develop different ways of thinking about key issues at the heart of pedagogy and the desires and defences of professionals located in educational institutions; specifically omnipotence (the desire to know what is best, to know how to ‘reach’ all learners), creativity (the desire to respond to our own ideas and sense of self), compliance (the normalised expectations of behaviours and outcomes) and the use of an object (how we interact with the sometimes challenging engagements with students and curriculum).. Full details
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2 December 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Dr. Emmanuel BLANCHARD (University of Versailles, France)

Repression of Terrorism and Internment Camps in France during the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). Full details
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2 December 201515:00

Done without doing - reconciling corporate responsibility theory and practice

Exeter Law School Research Seminar: Done without doing- reconciling corporate responsibility theory and practice, Speaker Dr Luke Price. Full details
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2 December 201514:30

External Speaker: Prof. Jason SHARMAN (Professor, Griffith University & LSE)

Deceptive Studies or Deceptive Answers? Competing Global Field and Survey Experiments on Anonymous Incorporation. Full details
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1 December 201517:00

CANCELLED: Seminar by Professor Ian Abrahams (University of Lincoln) 'Conceptions about international misconceptions'

Unfortunately this seminar has had to be cancelled. However, we hope to reschedule it for 2016. Full details
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27 November 201514:00

Visiting Speaker: Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

Gandhi and the Idea of Democracy. Full details
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26 November 201517:00

Alex Neads: Accountability, cohesion and reforming the military institution in Sierra Leone

Following Sierra Leone’s brutal Rebel War, the British government embarked upon a comprehensive programme of Security Sector Reform in Sierra Leone. Central to this was the British-led International Military Advisory and Training Team (IMATT), which sought to transform Sierra Leone’s rag-tag, predatory and coup-prone collection of militias into a cohesive, capable, and accountable armed force. This process sought to address a fundamental tension between civilian control and military potency which lies at the heart of democratic civil-military relations. Scholarly approaches to democratic civil-military relations have accounted for this tension variously; through reference to military demographics, professionalization and training, or direct political control of the armed forces. Instead, this paper argues that by focusing on the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) as a bureaucratic institution, IMATT attempted to underpin both democratic accountability and sustainable military cohesion as mutually supporting facets of the military institution. Yet while the end result may have been a relatively accountable and cohesive armed force, this process fell short of professionalization in the western sense; indeed the process of institutional consolidation in the RSLAF proved to be inherently political. Full details
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26 November 201517:00

Careers with regional law firms: find out more with Stephens Scown

Are you interested in becoming a solicitor? Do you want to find out what it is like training with and working for one of the largest firms in the South West? Join trainees and the graduate recruitment team at the Exeter office of Stephens Scown. Full details
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25 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Dr. Gabriele vom BRUCK (SOAS)

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25 November 201515:00

Information regulation and quantum paradox: Speaker Dr James Griffin, Exeter Law School

The School of Law of the University of Exeter organises research seminar series. The seminars are open to staff, researchers, postgraduate students and the university’s stakeholders. The aims of the seminar series are to stimulate intellectual discussion, provoke thoughts, engage in the debate of current issues, and disseminate research findings. Exeter Law School research seminar series is convened by Dr Joseph Lee, Senior Lecturer in Law. If you are interested in attending any of the seminars, please contact Dr Joseph Lee at j.lee@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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24 November 201517:15

Careers That Make Society Work Panel

5.15-6.15pm – Arrival drinks and nibbles and networking 6.15 – 7.30pm - Panel discussion 7.30 – 8pm - Further networking time following panel discussion Discussion with panelists from charity, NGO and Public sectors. They will talk about the nature of their roles as well as offer insight into what life in their field is really like; including the opportunities, rewards, but also the challenges. Along with handy hints and tips as well as possible roles that are available within their companies. Between them they work across the spectrum of society to help individuals and communities to work better. Before the panel there will be an opportunity to speak with panelists and career’s consultants during the networking reception. As well as the discussion will be preceded by drinks and nibbles, and an opportunity to talk to the panelists individually after the event.. Full details
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20 November 2015 - 29 January 20169:00

Last of the Dictionary Men: Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

The North East of England boasts a proud maritime and industrial heritage that has all but disappeared from today’s landscape along the River Tyne. Within this heritage lies a remarkable Middle Eastern connection – South Shields is the Land of the Arabs! Over the course of 100 years, thousands of seamen from Yemen settled in the small town of South Shields and made it their home. Successful integration of the Yemeni community, it is argued, is one of the key multiculturalism stories that the region has to offer to the nation. In 2005, the Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi, embarked on a journey to discover the legacy of Mohammed Ali’s visit to South Shields in 1977 (one day after the Queen’s Jubilee tour to the region). While filming she met with the Yemeni elders at the Al-Azhar mosque who shared glimpses of their amazing lives, previously unknown and untold. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community.. Full details
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19 November 201518:00

Opening Exhibition Reception: Last of the Dictionary Men - Stories from the South Shields Yemeni Sailors

The North East of England boasts a proud maritime and industrial heritage that has all but disappeared from today’s landscape along the River Tyne. Within this heritage lies a remarkable Middle Eastern connection – South Shields is the Land of the Arabs! Over the course of a 100 years, thousands of seamen from Yemen settled in the small town of South Shields and made it their home. Successful integration of the Yemeni community, it is argued, is one of the key multiculturalism stories that the region has to offer to the nation. In 2005, the Iranian film director, Tina Gharavi, embarked on a journey to discover the legacy of Mohammed Ali’s visit to South Shields in 1977 (one day after the Queen’s Jubilee tour to the region). While filming she met with the Yemeni elders at the Al-Azhar mosque who shared glimpses of their amazing lives, previously unknown and untold. A series of thirteen hand-coloured portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Youssef Nabil, captures the first generation of Yemeni sailors with the pride they embody as individuals and as a community.. Full details
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19 November 201517:00

Dr Claire Dunlop and Professor Iain Hampsher-Monk: 'Meet the Editors'

This session will start with a short introduction of the two journaled by its respective editor, followed by a Q&A session on publishing in journals. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have on academic publishing (process, when and how). Full details
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19 November 201512:00

Language and Education Network seminar with Dr Salah Troudi (University of Exeter)

Critical research in language education, TESOL and applied linguistics in general has been appropriately associated with the wider philosophical framework of critical theory. The works of the ‘Frankfurt School’ with scholars such as Habermas, Horkenheimer, Adorno and Marcuse were influential in the twentieth century in setting up the main agenda of critical theory and its research which was to help establish an equitable society. This is done through a research approach that is emancipatory, seeking action and change in order to alleviate pain in society and redress forms of alienation, discrimination, injustice, exploitation and marginalisation. This research agenda is based on a general view of society and social realities as shaped by the hegemony of powerful economic and political structures, social and educational institutions and discursive practices.. Full details
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18 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Professor Sami ZUBAIDA (Birkbeck College, London)

Middle Eastern food cultures are products of geography, ecology and the mixing and syntheses of historical empires, the most recent being the Ottoman. The discourses of the emerging nation-states and their imagination have included assertion of national and ethnic cuisine: Turkish (or ‘Ottoman’), Iranian, Lebanese, Iraqi, or Arab, Armenian and Kurdish, with implications of historical roots going back centuries. I argue that food cultures are related more to geography than ethnicity or nation, and that what we eat now is the product of historical transformations more than continuities, such as the import of New World products, notably the tomato, and more recent globalised exchanges and innovations. And what is ‘Mediterranean cuisine’?. Full details
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18 November 201514:30

Dr. Lorien JASNY:A Network Approach to Social Learning: An Application to Decision-Making in Collaborative Management

Collaborative management initiatives are increasingly being used in environmental policy with the aims of producing more favourable and more sustainable solutions. How this type of policy deliberation is successful in influencing participants, and whether this influence affects the solutions proposed, however, is unknown. This paper examines networks of mental models to understand deliberation and ‘social learning’ in a small group charged with collaboratively managing natural resources. Full details
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18 November 201512:30

How to become a Barrister

Alex was called to the Bar in 2007 and specialises in the law of international organisations (e.g., the UN, the World Bank and the IMF). He studied at Exeter University (2002-2005) on the double-diplôme (LLB European (French)) and spent a year in Rennes (2005-2006) for his Master 1. Alex will talk through the first steps to becoming a barrister and discuss his own career specialism in Public International law. Full details
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17 November 201517:00

Visiting Speaker: Dr Muhammad Najib Azca (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

While the image of jihad activism has been portrayed in Western media commonly associated with terrorism, my research revealed another side of the picture: it also has unique link to the new dynamic of local politics in the post-authoritarian Indonesia. Focusing on non-local actors of Islamist movements who taking part in religious communal violence in 1999-2002 in eastern Indonesia, called as holy war or jihad, the research found that those who joined in jihad mobilization comes from various networks of Islamist activism: Jihadi, Wahabi, and Political activists. The presentation will centre on jihad actors from political activism network in their post-jihad involvement in eastern Indonesia. Full details
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17 November 201513:00

Seminar by Dr Julia Ipgrave (University of Warwick) 'Young People's Attitudes to Religious Diversity: perspectives from across the UK'

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12 November 201518:15

Special Film Screening of Queens of Syria

An award-winning documentary film, directed by Yasmin Fedda, Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy about the plight of women in war. Winner of the Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary Director from the Arab World at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2014 Special Mention from the UNHCR at the 3rd edition of the Human Rights Film Festival in Tunis 2014 (Human Screen Festival 2014). Full details
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12 November 201517:30

Women in the law, discussion and networking

Hear from a wide range of women who have made it to the top of their profession and gain an insight into the challenges they faced along the way but also the value of choosing such a career path. Networking drinks will follow this event from 7pm. Full details
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12 November 201517:00

Farhad Kerimov (Exeter): Pluralism, Discourse, and Democratic Politics

My dissertation is based on a distinction between plurality as an empirical fact and pluralism as a normatively defined idea of engagement and encounter across differences. I defend the thesis that one of the ways democratic politics can affirm pluralism is to incorporate the normative functions of openness, reflexivity, and agonism as expressed in the works by Iris Young, John Dryzek, and Chantal Mouffe. Full details
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12 November 201516:30

Reflections on Vatican II: Religions in a World of Religious Diversity

Panel discussion to include reflections from Catholic and non-Catholic perspectives. Full details
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11 November 201514:00

Alumni presentation: Working in the Middle East

Chris is a graduate from the University of Exeter (BA Politics, 1975). He has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Jerusalem and Turkey. He currently holds the position of Director of the Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC). In his talk he will give a brief overview of the range of government and business roles he has had in Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He will take questions and discuss opportunities for working in the Middle East, as well as internships with the SBJBC. Joining Chris is Becky Kilsby, Postgraduate Careers Consultant in the Business School. Becky has 20 years experience of working in the Middle East in the Education sector. Becky will contribute to the discussion with her own perspectives on building a career in Dubai. Full details
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9 November 201513:30

BT Legal Commercial Awareness workshop and in-house careers presentation

Our talk is aimed at students who want to understand more about commercial awareness and who are curious about embarking on a legal career in-house. This unique presentation offers an ideal opportunity for students to find out what it’s like to train as an in-house trainee solicitor. You’ll hear from some of our current trainees who will discuss: •their experiences as an in-house trainee and their honest opinions on why they chose to pursue a career in-house •the latest recruitment hot topic: “commercial awareness”, including what it is and how you can start to demonstrate you have it. The talk includes a few case studies to bring the topic to life •the BT Legal Training Contract, including how to apply and some handy tips to make your application stand out The presenters will be welcoming any questions you may have following the presentation.. Full details
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5 November 201517:00

Hilary Aked (Bath): “Pro-Israel lobby in the UK and its repression of the BDS movement”

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4 November 201517:15

Visiting speaker: Professor Blain AUER (Lausanne University, Switzerland)

This talk concerns the construction and production of Persian historiography in India during the medieval period. It considers debates about the knowledge of history in the broader intellectual milieu developing across the Middle East and South Asia in the 13th and 14th centuries. Finally, it attempts to confront broader challenges in the writing of Islamic history in relation to myth and religion. Full details
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4 November 201517:00

Language and Education Network workshop with Yi-Mei Chen (University of Exeter)

As you may be aware that communicative approaches (CLT and TBLT) have been the focus in the area of EFL (English as a foreign language) for more than four decades, however, the approaches are still not fully understood by many EFL teachers.. Full details
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4 November 201515:00

Banking in post-World War Two Britain: Speaker Mr Mark Billings, Exeter Business School

The School of Law of the University of Exeter organises research seminar series. The seminars are open to staff, researchers, postgraduate students and the university’s stakeholders. The aims of the seminar series are to stimulate intellectual discussion, provoke thoughts, engage in the debate of current issues, and disseminate research findings. Exeter Law School research seminar series is convened by Dr Joseph Lee, Senior Lecturer in Law. If you are interested in attending any of the seminars, please contact Dr Joseph Lee at j.lee@exeter.ac.uk. Full details
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4 November 201514:30

External Speaker: Dr. Adrian BLAU (Senior Lecturer, Kings College London)

How (Not) To Draw Contemporary Insights From The History of Political Thought. Full details
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4 November 201512:30

Careers with the Government Legal Services

Lawyers in the Government Legal Service (GLS) have one client: the British Government. It’s a terrific responsibility. As a legal trainee in the GLS, it’s a responsibility you could share. Full details
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4 November 201512:30

Careers with the Government Legal Services

Lawyers in the Government Legal Service (GLS) have one client: the British Government. It’s a terrific responsibility. As a legal trainee in the GLS, it’s a responsibility you could share. Full details
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3 November 201517:00

Seminar by Dr Nigel Harwood (University of Sheffield) 'Experiencing master’s dissertation supervision: two supervisors’ perspectives'

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2 November 201516:00

An International Law Career - Andrew Stott, Olswang, Singapore: with interactive law & data session

An International Law Career with interactive workshop. Andrew Stott (Law Alumnus) will give students an insight into tackling 21st century legal problems involving data, or as he calls it “Chasing the Unicorn – creating the next billion dollar start-up: a case study of the legal and commercial issues involved in launching a disruptor app” Andrew will also discuss how he developed an international law career working in the US and Asia. Andrew Stott, University of Exeter LLB., 2000, Dip. Legal Practice,2002. Andrew has been with Olswang since 2002 and advises companies, financial institutions and individuals on international public and private M&A, investment deals and strategic joint ventures. Andrew has particular experience in working on multi-jurisdiction transactions across Europe, North America and Asia and spent part of his career based in New York. Full details
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31 October - 1 November 20159:30

Early Career Middle Eastern Studies Research Network (MESnet) Workshop

A 2-day workshop consisting of talks and roundtables on Getting Published, Careers in Middle Eastern Studies, Digital Networking & Social Media, and Impact & Relevance (Day 1 - Career Development) and an academic conference where participants can present their research (Day 2 - Academic Conference). Full details
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29 October 201517:00

Zhangmei Tang (Mei @Exeter): Hannah Arendt's Critique of Modernity in Light of Roman Political Thought

Without denying that Arendt’s identity and her indebtedness to Greek antiquity and Heidegger’s critique of modern technology have gained her original perspective on modernity, I will add the relatively marginal Roman factor into the scholarship, and try to prove that Rome is the constructive moment of her political endeavour and her departure from Heidegger.I will trace how Arendt turns to the historical-political situation of the Roman Republic because it faced similar crises to that of modernity in which the thread of ‘tradition, authority and religion’ was broken.. Full details
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29 October 201512:30

Jean Monnet Seminar: Dr Lorenzo Allio, International Consultant (AllioRodrigo Ltd. Switzerland)

Lorenzo will talk to us about his own experience with the tools of 'better regulation' in the EU and discuss where the EU is going with the recent Communication on better regulation (the Timmermans communication) and the negotiation of the inter-institutional agreement on better regulation. Full details
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28 October 201514:30

Dr. Katharine Boyd: Modelling Terrorist Attacks

Many terrorist groups conduct transnational attacks, some in countries very different from their country of origin. In this context, the presentation will explain what factors influence the rate of terrorist group violence. Using Multiple Membership Random Effects Modeling (MMREM), unique country level predictors are identified that influence the rate of terrorist group violence when transnational contexts are included in the analysis. Full details
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28 October 201513:00

Ask a Law Trainee Anything

Hear from a panel of trainee solicitors working in a range of teams from Education to Property Litigation and gain an insight from those recently new in the industry. This is the chance to reflect on your first few weeks at University and ask any career related questions you want answering!. Full details
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27 October 201513:00

Careers working in German Schools

Susanne Ramírez-Zimmermann, the HR Manager of Phorms Education SE, will give a talk to PGCE students about finding teaching jobs in Germany. Phorms Education SE are looking to recruit graduates from Early Years, Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes for their seven schools in Germany. They offer bilingual education in English and German at their internationally minded private schools with nursery, reception, primary and secondary divisions. Phorms Education SE offers: - an international team with 50 % native English speakers, - an innovative didactic concept - a relocation allowance for international new staff - and a lot more to be presented during Susanne’s talk Please note that you do not need any prior knowledge of the German language as you would be teaching exclusively in English. For more information please visit their website: http://www.phorms.de/en_pms/. Full details
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27 October 201510:30

Screening and discussion of Blueberry Soup (73mins) Directed by Eileen Jerrett.

Come and join us for a screening and discussion of this timely film. Full details
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22 October 201517:00

Sefinatu Dogo "Understanding the Evolving changes in the Nigerian Military from a Feminist Sociological Institutional Perspective".

The Nigerian Military changed from its gender position on combat to adopt a policy of inclusion of women in combat training in 2011, 53 years after its creation; with the implication of their deployment in combat roles. This has prompted a series of changes within the institution which are impacting on its gender culture.. Full details
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21 October 201517:00

Language and Education Network seminar with Steven Kurowski (University of Exeter)

Professionalism and Professionalisation of TESOL and TESOL Teachers Through Autonomy or Accountability. Full details
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21 October 201515:00

Buddhist Ethics: Why behave?

Academic Research Seminar, Speaker Dr Nathan Tamblyn, Exeter Law School. Full details
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21 October 201514:30

Ian Bateman, Amy Binner, Brett Day and Carlo FezziI: Bringing the Natural Environment into Analysis and Policy Making

The UK Government recently announced that it will be “building on the work done by the Natural Capital Committee” to formulate a 25 year plan for the natural environment “which benefits people and the economy”. Our new colleagues, some of whom are Natural Capital Committee members/contributors, will showcase various of the methods they developed and applications they conducted for the Committee.. Full details
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21 October 201513:30

Careers that make society work - panel discussion

Our panellists will talk about their roles in social work and the social work post-graduation qualifications available and give you an insight in to what it is really like to work in their field, the opportunities and rewards, but also the challenges. Between them they work across the spectrum of society to help individuals and communities to work better. The discussion will be followed by drinks and nibbles, and an opportunity to talk to the panelists individually. Full details
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20 October 201517:30

Social work for languages students - with Frontline

Frontline's mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society. Frontline is especially interested in meeting languages students / foreign language speakers, particuarly Arabic. Full details
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20 October 201513:00

Seminar by Dr Shelia Trahar (University of Bristol) ‘The Path is made by Walking On It’: Ethical Complexities in Supervising International Doctoral Researchers Using Narrative Approaches?

‘The Path is made by Walking On It’: Ethical Complexities in Supervising International Doctoral Researchers Using Narrative Approaches?. Full details
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14 October 201517:15

Professor Dirk Moses, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

The right of violent resistance to occupation and the protection of international law generally are often asserted by proponents of occupied peoples. If only international law were respected, so the argument goes, indigenous peoples would be able to repel colonists' transformative occupation. In this paper, I challenge this common view by showing how the law of occupation has always favoured the occupier as does international law more generally. If peoples want to resist transformative occupations, they have to face the forces arrayed against them without misplaced trust in the law. Full details
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14 October 201514:30

Seminar: Understanding and Challenging the Construction of Ebola as an International Crisis

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12 October 201515:30

Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh) "Four Kinds of Perspectival Truth"

In this paper, I assess recent claims in philosophy of science about scientific perspectivism being compatible with realism. I clarify the rationale for scientific perspectivism and the problems and challenges that perspectivism faces in delivering a form of realism. In particular, I concentrate my attention on truth, and on ways in which truth can be understood and, has indeed been understood in perspectival terms. I offer a cost-benefit analysis of each of them and defend a version that in my view is most promising in living up to realist expectations.. Full details
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9 October 201517:00

Martin Moorby "The Limits of Political Emancipation".

The presentation clarifies the themes of emancipation from alienation and the comparison of politics and religion in Marx’s ‘On the Jewish Question’. The author argues that ‘species being’ plays two roles in this text: as both an explanatory framework and as teleological conception of human emancipation. Marx thought the human essence the ensemble of social relations (namely, mental conceptions, the body of state institutions, and civil society), and this framed his response to the ‘Jewish question’ as well as yielding an analysis sensitive to the internal relation between these constitutive ‘moments’ of social life. Moorby argues that, rather than a causal account of the relation between civil society, the state, and social consciousness, Marx’s philosophy treats the relation between these elements as mutual and internal.. Full details
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2 - 4 October 2015

Conference on Settler Colonialism in Palestine & Workshop on the Naqab Bedouin

The study of settler colonialism as an historical, geographical and political formation is attracting the attention of more and more scholars around the globe. Our effort will be oriented towards the examination of the settler colonial paradigm’s validity in the context of Palestine. The organisers encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of settler colonialism in Palestine, so as to build bridges between settler colonial studies and other disciplines, as well as to challenge Israel’s alleged exceptionality. Full details
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1 October 201513:30

Travers Smith: Ask me anything about M&A and working for a commercial law firm

Ask me anything about M&A and working for a commercial law firm! Interested in these areas of law but want to find out more? Here's your opportunity to grill two individuals from Travers Smith about what the work is like and involves. Full details
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30 September 201514:00

Jean Monnet Chair seminar: Sonja Puntscher Riekmann

Money, debt and democracy. How the Eurozone crisis management transforms the political economy and representative democracy of member. Full details
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