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The Paris attacks: how does extreme violence challenge our categories of thinking?

7 December 2015
During the past fortnight acts of extreme violence in public places in Paris and Bamako have joined recent attacks in cities from  Ankara to Beirut and Baghdad. How are we to make sense of the violent events targeting civilians in the cities we inhabit and travel to? More...

Starts: Dec 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Baroness Catherine Ashton: Reflections on the challenges of foreign policy

8 December 2015
Join the UCL Global Governance Institute and the European Institute for a lecture by Baroness Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and First Vice President of the European Commission, from 2009 to 2014. She will reflect on the challenges of foreign policy.  More...

Starts: Dec 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The Refugee Crisis: Too little compassion or too much? 2015 Sakharov Debate

10 December 2015
Images of children washed up on a beach, newly erected border fences, and citizens welcoming arriving refugees in train stations have been populating our screens. They appeal to our compassion, but they also raise warnings of a populist backlash. This year’s Sakharov debate looks at Europe’s refugee crisis, and the response of the EU and its Member States to it. What remedies have been sought and why has an adequate response proved so elusive? Why and how have our various governments, and societies reacted so differently? How can one member state take in 1.5 million people and others next to none? What arguments are being made in favour of helping, or not helping, refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere? More...

Starts: Dec 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Thomas Piketty and Naomi Klein

14 December 2015 
Thomas Piketty is arguably the most influential writer on inequality in the world today, and Naomi Klein, 'one of the most high-profile social activists' today (Rosie Scammel, The Observer). They will encounter each other for the first time on 14 December to open the conference Socialism, Capitalism and the Alternatives: Lessons from Russia and Eastern Europe with two keynote lectures and a debate, chaired by Paul Mason. The conference is part of a series of events, workshop, and seminars celebrating the Centenary of UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). Register now to avoid disappointment. More...

Starts: Dec 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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FRINGE: the latest addition to IAS

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3rd December 2015
The latest addition to UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) is the FRINGE centre: the centre for the study of social & cultural complexity.

Call for Proposals: Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops at UCL sponsored by French Embassy

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1 October 2015
UCL and the French Embassy have collaborated since 2012 in support of an annual series of workshops with a Science and/or Technology focus. The workshop series is one of two joint initiatives between UCL Grand Challenges and the French Embassy Science & Technology department, the other being an annual series of Conference-Débat lectures, established 2010, on big cross-disciplinary topics, with speakers from UCL and research institutions in France. Deadline: 26 October 2015

Baroness Catherine Ashton to speak at UCL

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Catherine Ashton

9 September 2015
The UCL European Institute and UCL Global Governance Institute are pleased to announce they will host Baroness Catherine Ashton for a talk at UCL on 8th December 2015. 

Registration open for Piketty & Klein 

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SSEES Centenary Conference

26 October 2015

You can now register for our event, on 14 December, with Thomas Piketty and Naomi Klein. As guests of UCL's European Institute and School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), they will open the SSEES Centenary conference Socialism, Capitalism and the Alternatives: Lessons from Russia and Eastern Europe. Other keynote speakers include Chantal Mouffe, Leszek Balcerowicz, Tomáš Sedláček, Paul Mason, and many more.

UCL-Institut Français du Royaume-Uni funded humanities workshops

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18 August 2015 -- DEADLINE 30 September --
Proposals are invited for funding for workshops between UCL and French academics, specifically focusing on research in the humanities, broadly conceived. The UCL-Institut Français du Royaume-Uni partnership in the humanities aims to encourage junior and senior scholars to establish new directions for possible research collaborations – not only in their own areas of expertise, but also across disciplines. 

Universities for Europe: Why is European Union membership important to British Universities?

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3 August 2015
Why is European Union membership important to British Universities? In this video, produced by Universities UK, Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills), the Rt Hon Damian Green MP (Chairman of Conservative European Mainstream) and Professor Michael Arthur (President & Provost of UCL) answer this question.

The Greek Crisis: Comments & Analysis

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7 July 2015
For a range of views on the current Greek crisis, we would like to invite you to view a new blog which features contributions by academics and experts.

Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe

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29 June 2015
In this video interview, Dr. Richard Mole discusses his latest research on the migration of LGBT individuals, arguing that migration has been one of the most effective means of promoting gay rights.

Pademia Research Award Announced

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2 July 2015
The European Institute's recently appointed Research Associate, Dr. Claudia Schrag Sternberg, has been announced the winner of the 2015 PADEMIA Research Award for her book The Struggle for EU Legitimacy: Public Contestation, 1950-2005.

Britain and the European Convention of Human Rights

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27 May 2015
Our latest publication evaluates the reasons for the governments growing concern about the ECHR, it analyses the proposed alternative to the ECHR, The British Bill of Rights, and it further discusses what other options there might be for EHRC reform. 

European Institute Advisory Board

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13 April 2015
We are delighted to announce two new members of the european advisory board: Damian Green MP and Dr Kirsty Hughes.

Job Opportunity

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The UCL European Institute is inviting applications for a Research Associate and Communications Coordinator. Closing date: 1 April 2015

A Call for Drawings

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5 May 2015
Artists, scientists and other professionals are invited to submit drawings for an interdisciplinary research project investigating the role of visual thinking and the role of visualizations in cognitive and creative processes.

Funding Opportunities: UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies

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17 March 2015
Students considering doing an MA in Dutch Culture or History at UCL have new funding opportunities available to them.

Beacon Bursaries

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20 March 2015
Beacon Bursaries of up to £2,000 are available to UCL staff and postgraduate research students who wish to engage the public in their research. Application deadline 20 March 2015.

Call for papers on 'Passionate Politics'

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6 April 2015
UCL graduate students and staff are invited to submit papers for presentation at the upcoming spring FIGS Friday Forum on Passionate Politics.

Pentland Scholarship for the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management

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5 March 2015
The School of Public Policy at UCL invites applications for the Pentland Scholarship to support one individual undertaking its Global EMPA programme run jointly with NYU Wagner in New York. 

UCLU European Society have published the winter issue of EUREKA

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13 February 2015
EUREKA is an award-winning student magazine, dealing with the politics, arts and culture of modern Europe and showcasing some of the finest journalistic and photographic talent on UCL campus. 

Call for abstracts: FIGS Friday Forum

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9 March 2015
The FIGS Friday Forum welcome proposals from graduate students and staff from any department, specifically in the Arts and Humanities, to give a 10-minute presentation on shame.

Second call for papers: Political Discourse: Multidisciplinary Approaches

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6 March 2015
We invite papers from researchers working in all disciplines concerning political discourse analysis to submit a paper for presentation at our upcoming two-day conference on Political Discourse. Submission deadline: 6 March 2015

Research Assistant: Passionate Politics

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2 February 2015
The project Passionate Politics, hosted by the Centre for Transnational History, the European Institute and SSEES between October 2014 and September 2017, is looking for a part-time Research Assistant to research and create content for its digital platform, as well as contribute to the research project more generally speaking.

Warsaw. The Jewish Metropolis: Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Professor Antony Polonsky

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26 January 2015
This new collection of essays, edited by Prof. Glenn Dynner (Sarah Lawrence College)  and Dr. François Guesnet (UCL) reflects on the history of  the Warsaw Jewish community.

SSEES Centenary

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15 Janurary 2015
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) will be celebrating its centenary in 2015.

Job Opportunity: Blog Manager

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23 January 2015
We are looking to recruit a part-time Blog Manager to oversee the set-up, maintenance and coordination of our new "Britain & Europe" blog.

UCL Ranking

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18 December 2014
UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted.

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