Archive for July, 2009

An interesting decision by the UK government which – if you follow the logic – suggests that the UK needs a new ‘all inclusive’ flag. Feel free to post suggestions …


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There’s an interesting piece by Gerry Adams in today’s Grauniad: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jul/15/united-ireland-gerry-adams

Read together with the comments we get a snapshot of the contested process of nation formation. The simplistic formulation in the article swiftly begins to unravel in the face of probing questions, but Adams achieves one of his core objectives in that he has initiated discussion on this issue. Colleagues in the vicinity will be especially delighted by the post referring to the Old Firm football clubs.

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Thought I would pass on information about a PhD studentship opportunity in Politics at UoU Jordanstown.

Applications are invited for any topic, although applicants are pointed towards the current interests of the department. Since these include a variety of topics on ethno-nationalism, national identity and conflict nationalism, they might be of interest …

Info as follows:

Department for Employment and Learning N.I. (DEL) funded PhD Studentship in Politics

Applications are invited for a DEL funded PhD studentship tenable in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Jordanstown Campus.

Candidates should have ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance.  Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only.  All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in political science or a cognate area.  Successful candidates will enrol on the 14 September 2009, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £13,290 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 24 July 2009

Interviews will be held during the week beginning 3 August 2009

The studentship is available to study for the degree of PhD in the field of Politics.    Suggested topics are available at:


and it is highly recommended that candidates consult this site for an indication of available potential supervision. The list of suggested topics is indicative only and an applicant is free to suggest any topic that he or she wishes to work on.

For more general advice, please contact Dr. Cathy Gormley-Heenan (c.gormley@ulster.ac.uk )

Apply online


or application materials are available from:  Research Office, University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA, Tel 028 7032 4729, e-mail researchstudent@ulster.ac.uk  ,


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