Research seminars

On this page, we list any forthcoming seminars in the Department of Politics. See also the seminars for all of SSIS.

Any SSIS staff or postgrads may always attend. Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

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22 May 20189:00

Challenging Dominant Discourses: Feminist Conversations Across Political Science and Political Theory

Feminist theory is an increasingly plural field, but it remains united by a commitment to challenging what passes for universal or impartial knowledge. This workshop seeks to map connections between feminist methods in political science and political theory in order to share resources for questioning dominant methods across the discipline of politics. We welcome papers that investigate feminist methods in a variety of approaches to politics, including democratic theory, international relations, quantitative measurement, environmental politics, public policy, and normative political philosophy. Submissions may be works-in-progress, finished papers, or even past work. Participants are encouraged to read their own work through the lens of the question “how is this work feminist?” We hope the workshop will address questions such as: What are feminist methods? How do dominant methods marginalize women’s experience? How have technological advancements in quantitative methods reproduced gendered relations of power? How might feminist methods or practices open up interdisciplinary pathways between political science and political theory? How can methods in political science and political theory be intersectional? How does work on gender differ from feminist work? Must feminist projects deploy feminist methods? The workshop will be divided into four sessions: 1) International Relations, 2) Political Theory, 3) Governance and Policy, and 4) Quantitative Analysis. We hope that conference attendees will commit to the whole day in the interest of making connections across different aspects of Politics as a discipline. Each session will culminate in a keynote from a senior scholar in the subfield. Full details
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24 May 20189:00

The German Revolution and the Radical Democratic Imaginary

The German Revolution and the Radical Democratic Imaginary This workshop aims to rejuvenate interest in the theorists and actors of the German Revolution and to place them in dialogue with conversations in radical democratic theory. The workshop will include panels on left-wing communism, radical democracy, Rosa Luxemburg and historiographies of the German Revolution. All interested scholars are welcome to attend. A preliminary draft schedule is included below: Panel 1: 9:30 – 10:45 - Rosa Luxemburg’s Radical Democracy Panel 2: 11:15 – 12:45 - Left-Wing Communism Panel 3: 2:00 – 3:30 - Revisiting the German Revolution: Berlin, Bremen and Beyond Panel 4: 4:00 – 5:30 - Radical Democracy and its Discontents Participants include: Mayra Cotta (NSSR), Thomas Jeffrey Miley (QMUL), Paulina Tambakaki (Westminster), Albert Dikovich (Konstanz), Clive Gabay (QMUL), Paul Mazzocchi (York), Jamie Melrose (Bristol), Merylin Moos, Donny Gluckstein (Edinburgh), Gaard Kets (Radboud), Joern Janssen, Regina Cochrane (Calgary), Felix Petersen (Jerusalem), Benjamin Popp-Madsen (Copenhagen), Olivier Ruchet (Zurich).. Full details
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18 - 25 July 2018

The ninth annual ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics

The ninth annual ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics is an eight-day intensive workshop held at the University of Exeter in southwest England. The school will provide graduate students with a firm understanding of the development, mobilization, agenda-setting role, advocacy efforts, and political success of interest groups and those that lobby for them.. Full details
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