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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

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Start: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
Daniel Miller 

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

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Start: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Flights from Freedom

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Start: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
Eva Hoffman

Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

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Start: Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
Alessandro de Arcangelis

Hannah Arendt and the Ancients

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Start: Oct 12, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Hannah Arendt

One of the most original figures of the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) still exerts a profound influence on political thinking today. Her work on revolution, action, totalitarianism, or “the banality of evil” continues to animate debates about democracy, about Israel and Palestine, about feminism and about the nature of political participation - she has even been the subject of a recent film. Miriam Leonard, Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception at UCL, discusses the inspiration that Arendt’s critique of contemporary politics found in antiquity.
12 October 2015
Miriam Leonard

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

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Start: Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Sryian Tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master.
23 September 2015
Gëzim Krasniqi

Fathers, Sons, and Grandfathers: Migration Across Generations

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Start: Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Through the stories of three generations in thirty families, Julia Brannen explores men's lives, migration, employment, fatherhood, father-son relationships and intergenerational transmission over the life course. As the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War unfolds across continents, she traces the stories of migrant generations that have gone before, of Irish grandfathers who left Ireland in the mid-20th century and Polish fathers who came to Britain in the 21st century, together with a group of white British 
9 September 2015
Julia Brannen

Mapping Psychoanalysis

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Start: Sep 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Mapping Psychoanalysis

Ernst Falzeder traces the rise and crisis of psychoanalysis, mapping how the psychoanalytic movement spread and grew from a private discussion circle in Sigmund Freud’s Viennese waiting room to a powerful international force across Europe and the world.
8 September 2015
Ernst Falzeder

The rights & responsibilities of the university sector in the EU referendum debate

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Start: Aug 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM


In this commentary, Lucy Shackleton of Universities UK outlines why UK universities have both the right and the responsibility to inform and influence the referendum debate. 
3 August 2015 
Lucy Shackleton

At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

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Start: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM


In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

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Start: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani

The case for an EU referendum

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Start: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton

How much closer are we to Brexit?

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Start: May 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

If the British general election was a shock to many in the UK, then it was equally so for the chancelleries across the European Union. As much as they had started to think about a British renegotiation and referendum, there has been a very strong sense that the election result would throw that out of the window. Any such thoughts are now firmly gone. This commentary explores the outcome of the British General Election and the implications for a British in-out EU referendum.
Dr Simon Usherwood
8 May 2015

Why we don’t need to panic about Greece

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Start: May 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Media coverage of the talks between Greece and its Eurozone partners sounds increasingly alarming, but is there good reason to panic about Greece? 
Filipa Figueira
7 May 2015

Lord Kerr Speaks for Those Who Care about Britain in Europe

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Start: Apr 28, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL, discusses David Cameron's tactics as he prepares to fight for reform of the European Union. It remains unclear what Cameron wants from the other European governments, but he risks alienating any allies through his current negotiation strategies.
Albert Weale
28 April 2015

Exploring ‘Exploratory Governance': the Hertie Governance Report 2015

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Start: Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

With the Eurozone crisis not yet over, Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL, reviews the Hertie Governance Report 2015 as it analyses the key issues facing the European Institutions in terms of economic governance. As ad hoc solutions are found to deal with urgent matters, what does this mean for political accountability and reform in the EU, and what lessons have been learnt?
Prof. Albert Weale
14 April 2015

In Defence of Rights

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Start: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Philippe Sands, Professor of Law at UCL and practising barrister in international law, and Helena Kennedy, a leading barrister and academic in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues, were members of the 2011 Commission on a Bill of Rights. In highlights from a recent article in the London Review of Books, they discuss how human rights intersect with politics, examine the UK’s strained relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights, and question the possible motivations lying behind the proposed Bill.
Prof. Philippe Sands 
Helena Kennedy
1 April 2015

An interview with the President of the European Court of Human Rights

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Start: Mar 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights since September 2012, has served as a Judge in the Court for over a decade. In a recent interview with the UCL Law Society’s Silk v. Brief, highlights of which are condensed in the blog post below, he discusses the evolving role of human rights in Europe, and explores the complicated relationship between the UK and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Dean Spielmann
23 March 2015

Defining a new political contract for the EU

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Start: Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The EU is faced with the challenges of fashioning practices and institutions that reconcile the conflicting demands on political representatives from their international partners and their domestic constituents. This has been particularly manifest in the eurozone recently, but it reflects a deeper challenge which also concerns non euro-area members such as the UK.
Prof Albert Weale 
19 March 2015

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

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Start: Feb 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France.
Professor Cécile Laborde
26 February 2015

Britain and EU reform

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Start: Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform.
Professor Piet Eeckhout
20 January 2015

Europe and Research Excellence in the UK

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Start: Feb 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Prof. Dame Julia Goodfellow examines the role of EU research collaboration and funding in sustaining and fostering research excellence in the UK.
Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow
9 February 2015

Immigration deserves a proper, open debate.

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Start: Dec 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

In a letter to the Financial Times, UCL's Professor of EU Law Piet Eeckhout outlines his bemusement at the current discourse on immigration in the UK.
Prof Piet Eeckhout
3 December 2014

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

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Start: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014

Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

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Start: Nov 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014

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