Archive for August, 2016


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160819 CMF Scholarship 2017 Poster

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ICYMI: LWLies x NatStudies? Interesting article from Little White Lies exploring the the way in which cinema can provide a way of understanding the construction of collective identities. Read ‘What cinema teach us about nationalism?’ here.


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*Tuesday 20 September 2016 (lunch and afternoon event)*

The implications of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union are still emerging. However, it is clear that the relationships between Scotland, the rest of the UK and the EU will change dramatically over the next few years.

Join some of the country’s leading experts to discuss what the result means for the future.

Speakers confirmed so far:

Michael Keating, Professor of Politics (Aberdeen) and Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change
Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics (Edinburgh) and Associate Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change
Ailsa Henderson, Professor of Politics (Edinburgh)
Alan Page, Professor of Public Law (Dundee)
David Heald, Professor of Public Sector Accounting (Glasgow)

The event will be chaired by former First Minister, Henry McLeish.




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Banting COnference web graphics

Federalism and the Welfare State in a Multicultural World

This workshop will take stock of the social contract in Canada, focusing on three of its key dimensions: federalism, social policy, and multiculturalism. Each of these needs to be periodically updated, and the most recent federal election, in October 2015, indicates a public desire as well as the political will to renew the social contact. Current realities render this re-examination timely, for the social contract is fraying. Introducing their volume on Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics, Banting and Myles warn: Canadian “governments have not responded energetically to the evidence of growing inequality, and they have not modernized the policy architecture in light of new social risks confronting Canadian families. Action and inaction, sins of omission and sins of commission, have weakened the redistributive state” (2013: 3).

The core of the workshop will be 11 presentations by leading Canadian and international academics – senior and emerging scholars – focusing on three broad themes: federalism, the welfare state, and multiculturalism, as well as a series of structured discussions between academics and policy-makers on the links between academic research and public policy-making (see program below). This structure has been selected in part as a reflection of Dr. Keith Banting’s distinguished contributions to scholarship and public debate, on the occasion of his retirement from the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and Department of Political Studies. While he is retiring, his core interests in understanding the forces that shape the social contract in Canada, and his commitment to linking academics and practitioners, remain as timely and relevant as ever.

General Registration: $177 (plus HST)
Student Registration: $75 (plus HST)
Visit the website for all the location and accommodation details.

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COMMENT: The Olympic Games and Nationalism

Interesting piece in Foreign Policy suggesting that the Olympic Games succeed precisely because they indulge rather than transcend nationalism. Read here.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 05: A Brazilian fan gestures during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 05, 2016. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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The historical sociology of international relations has become firmly ensconced in the discipline – especially in the British context – but questions remain about its future. The core focus has been on specific macro-historical theories of societal development in relation to the international to the relative neglect of questions of method (e.g. should the focus only be on the macro? should issues around historical contingency and continuity be foregrounded? what are the implications of the ‘cultural turn’ in historical sociology?), modes of theorising (e.g. idiographic v. nomothetic approaches), and the production of evidence (e.g. historians versus social scientists). In addition to all of this, there has been little recent debate about variations in understanding the international in historical sociology – beyond the work of those deploying frameworks of ‘uneven and combined development’ and ‘social property relations’. Interestingly, the foundation of a new ISA group ‘Historical International Relations’ has focused on the ‘historical’ rather than the ‘sociological’: how important is the emphasis on the historical or sociological?

The section asks for papers and panels addressing these broad themes in theoretical and/or substantive terms.

Please send your panel proposals and paper abstracts to Bryan Mabee (b.mabee@qmul.ac.uk) and Kamran Matin (k.matin@sussex.ac.uk) by September 1, 2016. Panel proposals should be no more than 300 words long and include a title and abstracts for 4-5 papers. Paper abstracts should be max. 250 words.

Historical Sociology and International Relations Working Group
British International Studies Association

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