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As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is
everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark,
Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk
serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...
Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Event Reviews and Resources
Browse these pages for a selection of reviews, reports and resources that have come out of some of our approx. 30 events UCL European Institute organises or supports each year.
Entries may include:
- Institute-authored event summaries
- Power Point presentations from speakers
- Blog entries or newspaper articles
- Book reviews
For any queries on these or other events we have held, please just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent review pages:
Summary and reflection on the UCL European Institute event: an event that managed to combine pessimism with belief in the future.
>> event review
Legacies of European Slave Ownership Workshop
17 September 2012
The workshop held at the Department of History, UCL on 17th September 2012 with funding received from the UCL European Institute, aimed at exploring slave-ownership through a European lens.
>> event review
Honouring the Righteous: Imre Rochlitz
24 April 2012
The European Institute, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL hosted a special evening honouring holocaust survivor Imre Rochlitz, who presented his recently released book Accident of Fate (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).
>> event review, book review, photographs
Martin Porter, Managing Director of Edelman The Centre (Brussels), drew on recent opinion survey data on the state of trust in Government, Business, NGOs and the media. He also discussed specific implications for EU institutions and the conduct of public affairs in it. Prof Richard Bellamy (UCL) responded.
>> event report, power point presentation, photographs
This high-level one-day conference was convened by the UCL European Institute and UCL Grand Challenges in cooperation with the Finnish Institute in London in May 2011. The event brought together leading academic experts, healthcare professionals, consultants and public policy officials to discuss the sector’s key challenges.
>> policy brief, edited publication including 3 commissioned thought pieces, power point presentations, conference report, booklet, photographs.