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Confronting Fragmentation: Socioeconomic and health impacts of the crisis in Syria

Date: Monday 20 June, 16:00 – 17:30
Venue: Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15A George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Speakers: Rabie Nasser and Khuloud Alsaba

Conflicts transform populations’ living conditions and their daily living experiences, and are therefore recognized by the World Health Organizations’ Commission on Social Determinants of Health as structural determinants of health and health inequalities. The past five years in Syria have witnessed intense change in the political landscape with profound and violent results. Earlier this year, the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) published figures from a unique survey of population status conducted in 2014 that has transformed understandings of the impacts of the conflict: since 2011, 470,000 people have been killed as a result of the conflict, a further 1.9 million wounded, and 45% of the population displaced from their homes. The collapse of Syria’s infrastructure and national institutions has contributed to a fall in life expectancy, from 70 in 2010 to 55.4 in 2015.

In this seminar, two of the authors of the report Confronting Fragmentation will present their findings to a UK audience for the first time. Rabie Nasser is a co-founder of the Center, while Khuloud Alsaba has worked with the Center since it was established in 2012 and is a PhD student in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social & Political Science.
The seminar will present data and analyses from the Syrian Center for Policy Research examining the diverse impacts of the conflict on the Syrian population.

The Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR): http://scpr-syria.org/index.php is an independent non-governmental, non-profit entity which undertakes public policy-oriented research to influence and facilitate policy dialogue and advocate policy solutions.

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Neil Davidson’s (University of Glasgow, Department of Sociology) new collection of essays Nation States, Competition and Consciousness will have a book launch at 6pm on Friday the 3rd of June, in Lower Ground Room, David Hume Tower. Jamie Allinson (Politics and IR, University of Edinburgh) is the discussant. More information at: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Nation-States

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On 19 May, the Constitution Unit hosted its third Brexit seminar. Our panellists Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Queen Mary University of London, Professor Jim Gallagher of Nuffield College, Oxford, Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, University of Ulster, and Dr Rachel Minto, Cardiff University discussed the impact that Brexit would have on Devolution and the Union. This briefing paper, written by Robert Hazell and Alan Renwick, explores this topic in further depth. It opens by explaining that public opinion is much more pro-EU in Scotland and Northern Ireland than in England and Wales; this creates the possibility of a divided, and divisive, referendum result if the different nations in the UK vote in different ways. The paper then discusses the process of withdrawal, how the devolved nations would be represented during the Brexit negotiations, and whether a vote for Brexit would trigger a second independence referendum in Scotland. It concludes by considering the long term policy consequences of Brexit, in terms of the scope for greater policy differentiation between the different nations of the UK, and the scope for the devolved nations to develop different relationships with the EU.

Read the briefing paper here.

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A_Life_Beyond_Boundaries_cover_1050-2b13e17141f26373888b3c46493677d6A Life Beyond Boundaries: A Memoir

An intellectual memoir by the author of the acclaimed Imagined Communities
Born in China, Benedict Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at Cornell University, where he immersed himself in the growing field of Southeast Asian studies. He was expelled from Suharto’s Indonesia after revealing the military to be behind the attempted coup of 1965, an event which prompted reprisals that killed up to a million communists and their supporters. Banned from the country for thirty-five years, he continued his research in Thailand and the Philippines, producing a very fine study of the Filipino novelist and patriot José Rizal in The Age of Globalization.

In A Life Beyond Boundaries, Anderson recounts a life spent open to the world. Here he reveals the joys of learning languages, the importance of fieldwork, the pleasures of translation, the influence of the New Left on global thinking, the satisfactions of teaching, and a love of world literature. He discusses the ideas and inspirations behind his best-known work, Imagined Communities (1983), whose complexities changed the study of nationalism.

Benedict Anderson died in Java in December 2015, soon after he had finished correcting the proofs of this book. The tributes that poured in from Asia alone suggest that his work will continue to inspire and stimulate minds young and old.

More details here.

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The Institute of Governance has provided open online access to the full text of the full run of Scottish Government Yearbooks (1976-92).

The Yearbooks provide unparalleled insights into a crucial period in Scotland’s political and social development. This archive is of particular interest to students of nationalism since its contents bears witness to, and carefully analyses, a Scotland in which a devolved Assembly seemed inevitable, a Scotland where those assumptions were dashed through the referendum of 1979, and a Scotland which rejected Thatcherism but endured its radical shaking of key institutions.

The Yearbooks end in 1992, when ‘home rule’ stood reinvigorated and when the question of devolution was again dominating the Scottish political agenda. As the introduction to that final volume notes there was by then “a real sense of an uncompleted agenda” in, and for, Scotland. To address that agenda the Yearbooks morphed, in 1992, into Scottish Affairs, Scotland’s longest running peer-reviewed journal of contemporary Scottish issues.

You can find the archive HERE

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Il numero 3 (2014) di “Nazioni e Regioni” è disponibile on-line.
Disponibile il terzo numero della rivista elettronica “Nazioni e Regioni”, scaricabile qui gratuitamente in versione pdf.

In questo fascicolo:
– Àlex Amaya Quer, Stato e questione nazionale in Romania. Il caso della Transilvania (1918-1960);
– Arnau Gonzàlez Vilalta, La JERC e la costruzione dell’indipendentismo giovanile catalano di sinistra (1973-1994);
– Pål Kolstø, Il nation-building in Russia: una strategia orientata sui valori;
– Stephen Norris, Nazione nomade: cinema, nazione e memoria nel Kazakistan post-sovietico;
– Rigas Raftopoulos, Le radici politiche del nazionalismo greco nel XX secolo. Dal regime di Ioannis Metaxas (1936-40) al regime dei colonnelli (1967-74);
– Aleix Romero Peña, Illuminismo e fueros. L’azione foralista di Mariano Luis de Urquijo.

Completano questo numero 3 (2014) le recensioni di Francesca Zantedeschi, Gaizka Fernández Soldevilla e Xosé M. Malheiro Gutiérrez.

Cogliamo l’occasione per ricordare che il call for papers del n. 4 (2014) resta aperto fino al 30 settembre, data dopo la quale verrà aperto il call relativo al n. 5 (2015).

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