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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
eMigrating Landscapes 4: Polish eMigrants
Publication date: Nov 3, 2011 10:29:00 AM
Jun 20, 2013 5:00:00 PM
End: Jun 20, 2013 9:00:00 PM
20 June 2013
The fourth of 8 seminars in 2013, this event focuses on the notion of generation in the poetry of Maria Jastrzębska and the prose of Marek Kazmierski, who will be in discussion with SJ Fowler.
As a whole,
the eMigrating Landscapes Project aims at conceptualizing and presenting
various cultural, literary and artistic perspectives on emigration,
migration and displacement border crossings.
The project website also doubles as the online platform for seminars on Contemporary Emigration and its Literary and Artistic Representations.
eMigrating Landcapes, organized by dr. Urszula Chowaniec and University College London SSEES with the co-operation of Off_Press, Polish Cultural Institute, UCL European Institute and friends, has been created with the aim of initiating and stimulating transnational, transcultural and transdisciplinary dialogues on emigration and migration, displacement and the crossing of numerous borders.
Since the post-communist transformations of the late 1980s and the 1990s in Eastern and Central Europe and the ensuing EU enlargement of 2004, migration has become a significant trait within contemporary Europe and an increasingly important factor in social conflict affecting various parts of the continent. Contemporary migration and/or emigration has brought a new political rhetoric, resulting in social turmoil as well as new cultural, literary and artistic production. In our seminar series in 2013, these problems will be scrutinized based on the discussion on particular literary and cultural events within Polish culture.
The project will cover the following problems within émigré cultural production:
- Notion of generations: is this new emigration different in terms of generational experiences?
- Gender: is gender a chief factor the new art and literature in the emigration context?
- Social background (class): who is Polish émigré culture directed to and produced by?
- Excluded communities (transgression): how are “aliens” processed by the criminal justice system and what is their experience of incarceration in a foreign country?