Events

On this page we list any forthcoming events relevant to the Department of Politics and International Relations. 

Any SSIS staff or postgrads may always attend, although registration may be required (the event will specify if so). Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

See also all events in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

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29 May 201914:00

When States Come Out: Europe's Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility. Talk by Phillip M. Ayoub, PhD Associate Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College

In the last two decades, the LGBT movement has gained momentum that is arguably unprecedented in speed and suddenness when compared to other human rights movements. This book investigates the recent history of this transnational movement in Europe, as well as backlashes to it, focusing on the diffusion of the norms it champions and the overarching question of why the trajectories of socio-legal recognition for LGBT minorities are so different across states. The book makes the case that a politics of visibility has engendered the interactions between movements and states that empower marginalized people - mobilizing actors to demand change, influencing the spread of new legal standards, and weaving new ideas into the fabrics of societies. It documents how this double-edged process of 'coming out' empowers some marginalized social groups by moving them to the center of political debate and public recognition and making it possible for them to obtain rights to which they have due claim. Full details
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4 June 201918:00

Lamprini Rori: Mapping the European far right in Europe.

These seminars provide a series of academic talks into the changing politics and policies of Europe including Brexit and the UK’s changing relationship with the EU.. Full details
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5 June 201913:00

CANCELLED: Introduction to SQL for Data Science

Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Full details
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12 June 201913:00

Louise Richardson-Self: Offensiphobia is a Red Herring

In a recent article in The Journal of Ethics, J. Angelo Corlett (2018) offers a critique of what he calls ‘offensiphobia’: the belief that people have a right not to be offended.We argue that offensiphobia doesn't really exist in higher educational institutions (which Corlett takes this to be the main context for his paper).We therefore attempt to amend his points in such a way that they purport to offer some criticisms of existing university policies and practices. However, as we demonstrate, even with these amendments Corlett’s critique will fail, since his argument that hate speech should not be censured is a bad argument. Finally, we wish to demonstrate that the term 'offensiphobia' is not only misleading, but ideological.It conflates hate speech with offense, and in so doing implies that hate speech cannot seriously harm its targets (beyond those forms of speech already unprotected by the First Amendment).This failure of recognition may even constitute a form of willful ignorance. Full details
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18 June 201918:00

Athanassios Gouglas: Explaining party change across Europe.

These seminars provide a series of academic talks into the changing politics and policies of Europe including Brexit and the UK’s changing relationship with the EU.. Full details
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24 June 2019

Institute of Coding Summer School 2019 at the University of Exeter

For students with little or no experience of programming or coding, the Institute of Coding Summer School at Exeter is an opportunity to enhance your digital skills through a course designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of computer programming and social data analysis. Full details
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27 - 29 June 2019

European Society for Central Asian Studies 2019 Conference (ESCAS)

The 16th biennial conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) will be held at the University of Exeter, 27–29 June 2019. ESCAS seeks to support the study of Central Asia — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and adjacent regions of the Caucasus, Russia, China, Afghanistan and Iran. The theme for the 16th conference is "The Globality of Central Asia". Our conference will assess globalizations from below as well as those from above. We ask how individuals and communities of Central Asia are related to global processes.” Registrations now open. Full details
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