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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Unity/Disunity: an Interdisciplinary Conference

Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19 AM

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

27-28 June 2013

27-28 June 2013

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


Conference Website


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).