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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
Call for Papers: Forced Migration - Global Perspectives & Practices
19 March 2013
Student Conference, 12th June 2013, University College London (UCL).
As we turn further into the twenty-first century, our ways of making sense of the world are becoming increasingly compromised. Shifting causes and patterns of human movement are encouraging a reassessment of perspectives and practices towards migration. In terms of forced migration studies, factors such as climate change, food security and the economic crisis, as well as the continuation of existing pressures, like protracted refugee situations and internal displacement, have dramatically altered the field. If people are not forced by the violent or persecutory actions of others to seek protection but feel compelled to leave their home due to natural disasters or poverty, to what extent can they be considered forced migrants?
In the face of this changing context, there is a clear importance in widening our analytical vision beyond Western Europe, fostering a global perspective in order to develop new practices and policies on a global, regional and local scale. Are we now starting to push the boundaries and interpretation of terminologies? Is it time for a whole new theoretical and practical vocabulary to take migration studies into the future?
‘Forced Migration: Global Perspectives and Practices’ is a student conference organised in collaboration with the Migration Research Unit at UCL in order to encourage students from different disciplines to share their current research in this area. This conference seeks perspectives from across the world, including current and historical approaches, on issues and experiences in relation to forced migration. The event aims to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and knowledge between students working on these issues.
We invite all postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level) to submit short abstracts (500 words) of their research by the 15th April 2013 to email@example.com. Presentations during the conference will be roughly 20 minutes for each speaker. We encourage students from any academic discipline to contribute, and papers with an interdisciplinary perspective are especially welcome.
Suggested themes include (but are not limited to):
- Accountability, Rights and Responsibility: State, Society and the Individual
- Agency and Victimhood
- Integration, Citizenship and Belonging
- Blurring of Borders and Boundaries: Concepts, Terminologies and Forms of Movement
- Protracted Refugee Situations, Refugee Camps and Durable Solutions
- International Protection, Regional Responses and Local Policy
- Overcoming Barriers: Advocacy, Activism and Civil and Political Rights
- Social and Economic Rights of Forced Migrants
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Please note that speakers will be expected to contribute £5 towards the cost of the conference.
We also encourage postgraduate students who do not wish to present the paper to attend the conference. If you are interested in attending please email: firstname.lastname@example.org