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Extremism in Europe: What can the EU do?

Start: Feb 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM

European Society Logo
8 February 2016, 6.30pm
Currently at one of its many historical turning points, the European continent and its democratic institutions look at the rise of various extremist movements with fear. The liberal consensus in Europe is threatened by far-right parties in Poland, France, Hungary and other countries; while the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the refugee crisis are triggering many alarms and shacking the foundations of the Schengen Agreement.

Europe's Present Discontents

Start: Feb 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM

8 February 2016, 6.00-8.00pm 
Enormous and as yet unresolved governance challenges loom large for the European Union. Since the beginning of the Euro crisis, the Union has been transformed in many ways, but the prospects for the deepening of European integration have become more uncertain.

IAS Talking Points: The Future of Democracy

Start: Feb 9, 2016 12:00:00 AM

9 February 2016, 6-8pm
Professor Yves Sintomer, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at UCL's Institute for Advanced Studies, will give a talk about the future of democracy, followed by a discussion with Professor Albert Weale and Dr Sherill Stroschein (UCL SPP).

The Making of a European President, and What Needs to Change for 2019

Start: Feb 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Jean-Claude Juncker
11 February 2016, 5.30-7.00pm
In November 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker took office as President of the European Commission, following Europe’s first presidential campaign. The biggest change in twenty years in the way the EU decides its leadership, this new way of electing the Commission President was meant to bring the process closer to the European citizens. Yet, it has also been called a “putsch”,  organised by a small group of European politicians in a Europe in crisis. In the end, Europe's most powerful leading governments were forced to make a humiliating climb-down and accept the election of a leader they did not support, chosen by a process they opposed.

“Those vivid faces of 1916: Pearse, MacDonagh, MacBride and Markievicz”: Ambassador of Ireland to the UK, Dan Mulhall

Start: Feb 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Constance Markievicz
16 February 2016, 6.30pm
As part of our inaugural Constance Markievicz lecture, UCLU Irish Society are proud to introduce his Excellency the Irish Ambassador to the UK, Dan Mulhall. In this centenary year, Constance Markievicz couldn’t be in the limelight more than in any recent years. From a Slade student of art at UCL and the first-elected female MP, to a prominent figure in the Easter Rising, she has remained wildly out of public knowledge for someone who achieved so much. 

Britain, the EU and global trade

Start: Feb 25, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Britain, EU & Global Trade
25 February 2016, 9.30am-12.30pm
A half-day conference on the EU's trade agenda, with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Peter Mandelson, and a high-level panel of politicians, stakeholders, and experts. In association with Policy Network and the European Commission's Office in the UK

The Front National and the Disappearing Gender Gap

Start: Mar 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Nonna Mayer
3 March 2016
The French radical right traditionally attracted more support from men than women. While still more men than women vote for the Front National, this gender gap is closing today. Nonna Mayer, emerita Research Professor at Science Po Paris, is one of the foremost experts on the Front National. She will explore this trend and look into why this is happening. Co-hosted by the European Institute and the Political Studies Association (PSA), her talk will be the inaugural PSA French Politics Annual Lecture. 

Siblings in Psychoanalysis

Start: Mar 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Siblings in Psychoanalysis
5 March 2016
Juliet Mitchell in her work urged analysts to pay more attention to the place of siblings in the subject’s psychic economy and their impact on the psychic structure. The trauma of a sibling’s birth leads the child to question its very existence and to the murderous desire to eliminate the usurper. But the baby being an alter ego also loved by the mother, the challenge is to overcome the violence and accept its sibling as like itself but not identical to itself. This leaves room for more than one person to be the mother’s child and introduces the concept of seriality. In the first part of this conference, Juliet Mitchell in conversation with Rosemary Davis will have an opportunity to revisit her theoretical developments on siblings and expand on the clinical and social implications of her work. 

Brexit Divisions I: What you ought to know about EU referendums and the UK debate

Start: Mar 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Brexit Divisions 1
8 March 2016, 3.00-7.30pm
As the campaigns on Brexit are heating up, this event brings the leaders of the Stronger in and Vote Leave campaigns together with campaign analysts and activists from the UK and other EU referendums elsewhere. They will be looking at how and when referendum campaigns can shift public opinion, providing practical guidance, critical analysis, and comment. What arguments, stories, images or campaign strategies may shape the way people make sense of EU membership and the choice at hand? How will the political language framing the referendum be decisive in shaping the debate? What might be the decisive turning points in the debate, blind spots, or core assumptions? What lessons can be learned from previous referendums, or from scholarship about political behaviour? What is the role of facts in shaping people’s ideas?