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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?What are their effects, on societies, individuals, victims and perpetrators? How do they threaten, not only our lives, but also our habits of thought? How do our respective academic disciplines equip or fail us in the understanding of these events? How can/must  we think them anew? 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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Call for Papers: Erasmus Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe

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The UCL European Institute is part of a new Erasmus academic network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA). The network will hold its first annual conference in Brussels on 12 and 13 June 2014.

Asymmetrical Encounters: E-Humanity Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815–1992'

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How did the large and cultural powerful countries Britain, France, and Germany influence public debates in smaller countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg? 

President Spielmann of the European Court of Human Rights appointed Honorary Professor at UCL

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Dean Spielmann

President Dean Spielmann of the European Court of Human Rights has been appointed Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Laws for five years. The appointment takes effect in May.

Workshop: Lost worlds of East European Jewry: images and narratives

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Associated with the joint lecture Lost worlds of East European Jewry: images and narratives, we have a very limited number of places still available for a PhD workshop with students and staff from UCL and the Sorbonne on 23 January 2014.

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