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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, 27-28 June

27 February 2013

"In union there is strength." Aesop

"You cannot conceive the many without the one." Plato "The principle of contradiction makes the thought of unity the measure of heterogeneity." Theodor W. Adorno "In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance." Jeanette Winterson

The conference organisers invite proposals for papers relating to the connected themes of unity and disunity from scholars across a wide spectrum of disciplines. We welcome papers dealing with historical as well as contemporary sources from Europe and beyond, from any disciplinary or inter- disciplinary perspective.

Proposals for panel discussions, performances, artistic installations and workshops are also welcome. The aim of the conference is to interrogate the concepts of unity and disunity from a variety of perspectives. These perspectives might encompass the following, though other interpretations are of course gladly received:

  • Does unity mean homogenisation or the harmonious coexistence of different voices?
  • Does disunity mean opposition and conflict, or is it a space for creative difference?
  • How have models of unity and disunity, of order and chaos, influenced creative works?
  • What fractures and disunities exist within apparent unity?

Submissions may deal with the theme of unity/disunity as a concept in itself, or with unity/disunity in relation to other topics, including but not limited to:

  • Identity/cultural heritage
  • Creativity & the arts
  • Language
  • Religion, ethics and morality
  • International/regional politics
  • The global economy
  • Interdisciplinarity as a discipline
  • Physical/psychological space

Please send in an abstract (250 words), 5 keywords and a brief biographical statement (50 words) to Thoughts Forward. Deadline for submissions is 28th March 2013.

Visit the blog for updates and practical information: unitydisunity.wordpress.com

For further information contact Elizabeth Harvey

UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)