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The Spitzenkandidat process and its implications for the UK in the EU

The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat process has created a new set of political and institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

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
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

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
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Unity/Disunity: an Interdisciplinary Conference

Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19:46 AM

Start: Jun 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Jun 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM

27-28 June 2013

When:
27-28 June 2013

Where:
Masaryk Room
4th Floor, UCL SSEES
16 Taviton St
London WC1H 0BW

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unity-disunity

A Postgraduate Conference of the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof Charles Lock (Professor of English at the University of Copenhagen)
  • Dr Tim Beasley-Murray (Senior Lecturer of European Thought and Culture, UCL SSEES)

The conference features papers by UK-based postgraduate students across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines whose work offers us perspectives relating to concepts of unity and disunity. In particular, these are papers that interrogate notions of unity and disunity in an interdisciplinary manner and explore the critical possibilities of the theme.

We invite graduate researchers working in fields related to European languages, cultures & society to respond to this critical interrogation, and in doing so, reflect on how concepts of unity and disunity operate in different theoretical contexts, and whether interconnections between various fields may be achieved or disconnections rendered productive.

The conference will be structured into chaired panels whose organisation reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the conference and an attempt to approach ideas of unity and disunity from a variety of theoretical perspectives and across orthodox disciplinary boundaries.

The panels are as follows:
•    Science, Psychology and the (Dis)unified Self
•    Social hierarchies across cultures – uniting or dividing?
•    Disunified time and space
•    Literary Endeavours Towards Dis/Unity
•    A unified heritage?
•    Crisis, Chaos, and Conflict: European Identities in Disarray

Additionally, a selection of papers from the conference will be published online in the inaugural edition of the Journal of European Languages, Cultures, and Society, a multidisiplinary peer-reviewed academic journal based in UCL.

This event is supported under the UCL European Institute Call for Proposals 2012-13, and by the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (FIGS).