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UPTAKE Workshop and Keynote Lecture - 2-3rd November 2017

The Global Europe will holding a workshop and keynote lecture as part of the UPTAKE project, led by the Universities of Kent, Tartu and Uppsala, on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd November 2017.

The worshop is entitled ‘Whither Liberal World Order? Challenges from Russia, Eurasia and Beyond’ will take place on 2nd and 3rd November 2017 at Darwin Conference Suite 1. The workshop is open to all University of Kent staff, PGR and PGT students and does not require any booking.
The workshop's programme can be found here, and further details on the workshop can be found here.

As part of the above workshop there will also be a guest keynote lecture by Professor Georg Sorensen from Aarhus University which will take place on 2 November 2017 at 6pm in GLT1. This will be followed by a drinks reception. The keynote lecture is open to all University staff, and students of all levels, and does not require any booking.

 

 

Previous events

Lecture by Professor Richard Sakwa celebrating 30 years at the University of Kent, 20 September 2017

Invitation: Lecture by Richard Sakwa & Drinks Reception – Wednesday 20 September

30 YEARS ON – A LECTURE BY PROFESSOR RICHARD SAKWA:

'FROM GORBY TO CORBY: THE CLASH OF NEW WORLD ORDERS'

Wednesday 20 September, 17.00, Sibson Lecture Theatre 3, followed by a drinks reception in Sibson Atrium, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7PE

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to invite you to an event to celebrate Professor Richard Sakwa's 30 years at the University of Kent.

After periods working at the University of Essex and then the University of California, Santa Cruz, Richard joined the School on 1 September 1987. Since then, in numerous books, journal articles, chapters and edited works, he has written about the fall of the Soviet Union, the challenges facing post-communist Russia, the nature of the 1989 anti-revolutions, the turbulence in Europe, and developments in global politics. His latest book is Russia against the Rest: The Crisis of Post-Cold War Order (Cambridge University Press, due out in autumn 2017).

Richard will be reflecting on, and trying to make sense of, the last 30 years of Russian, European and global politics, and his time at Kent in the last three decades, in a lecture titled 'From Gorby to CorbyThe Clash of New World Orders'.

The lecture will be on Wednesday 20 September 2017 in Sibson Lecture Theatre 3, commencing at 17.00. There will be opportunity for some discussion afterwards, followed by a drinks reception held in Sibson Atrium from 18.45 until 20.00

This is a free event but please confirm or decline your attendance to Jill Hayes via this link https://doodle.com/poll/tef6fum39rx2z6sz by adding your name and ticking the box if you are able to attend, or add your name and remove the tick, then click the box 'done cannot attend'

Please email Jill Hayes (J.Hayes@kent.ac.uk) confirmation or decline, should you have any difficulty with responding to the RSVP link above

Richard is very much looking forward to seeing you at his celebratory event!

Further details about the lecture can be found here

Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) Conference, 9-11 September 2016

The annual conference of the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) group will be held 9th – 11th September 2016, at the University of Kent. The EPOP conference website can be found here.

A conference schedule is available on the Programme page. In addition to the academic programme, the conference will include:

Two pre-conference workshops                                                                        

Experimental methods in political science, led by Ray Duch (Oxford)                  

Qualitative research methods, led by Edzia Carvalho (Dundee). Details on this workshop can be found here.

Further details of these workshops can be found on the Programme page.

Plenary session on the future of opinion polling                                              

Speakers include Martin Boon (ICM), Patrick Sturgis (Southampton) and Joe Twyman (YouGov).

Conference dinner                                                                                                           

The main conference dinner will be held on Saturday in Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, adjacent to the world-famous cathedral. The guest speaker is Daniel Hannan MEP.

Queries can be directed to: epop2016@kent.ac.uk

 

For more information visit the EPOP conferenence website

The EPOP conference programme can be found here.

Dr Serena Kelly - ‘New Zealand, the EU and the UK: New Zealand’s media representation of BREXIT’ - Tuesday 5 July

Dr Serena Kelly (a visiting researcher from the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, who is visiting the School as part of Professor Richard Whitman’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence project on ‘Normative Power Europe: EU in Asia (NPEEA)’) will be delivering a guest lecture tomorrow (Tuesday 5 July) in KLT5 from 1-2pm on the topic of ‘New Zealand, the EU and the UK: New Zealand’s media representation of BREXIT’.


Dr Kelly’s profile can be found at http://www.europe.canterbury.ac.nz/people/Lecturer-Researcher/skelly/index.shtml.

 

Dr Serena Kelly

National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Guest Lecture

‘New Zealand, the EU and the UK: New Zealand’s media representation of BREXIT’

Tuesday 5 July 2016

KLT5

1-2pm

UPTAKE launch event in Brussels, 29 April 2016

The School of Politics & International Relations at the University of Kent, in conjunction with the University of Tartu (PI) and Uppsala, launched their new H2020 UPTAKE project in Brussels. The project aims to develop research excellence in Russian and East European Studies across the consortium of three universities. Led by Professor Elena Korosteleva on the Kent side, the Consortium works on developing inter-institutional research and teaching synergies – by way of publications, workshops, summer schools and research bids – to ‘make a significant contribution to spreading excellence in the Baltic and post-communist Europe more broadly’.

EU referendum seminar on 'The EU's Polity', 21 April 2016, Europe House

EU referendum seminar at Europe House, Westminster

Thursday 21 April 2016

In association with the James Madison Trust for the study of federal systems, The School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent is convening a series of seminars on the EU referendum ahead of the vote on 23 June.

The second seminar will be on the EU's Polity. It will take place on Thursday 21 April 2016, 15.00 18.45 at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, Westminster.

There will be some fantastic experts and leading politicians from across the political spectrum who take different positions on whether to remain or to leave, including; Baroness Julie Smith (Cambridge); Dr Adrian Pabst (Kent); Prof. Catherine Barnard (Cambridge); Sir William Cash MP (Conservative); Lord Bernard Donoughue (Labour); Prof. John Erik Fossum (Oslo); Lord Maurice Morrow (DUP); Richard Corbett MEP (Labour); Diane Dodds MEP (DUP) [tbc];
Bill Etheridge MEP (UKIP); Agata Gostyska-Jakubowska (Centre for European Reform); Timothy Kirkhope MEP (Conservative); Baroness Julie Smith (Cambridge)

There will be two panel discussions –

Panel 1: Ever-Closer Union, National Sovereignty, Democracy and the Four Freedoms

Panel 2: The role of national Parliaments and the European Parliament

The programme and list of speakers can be found here.

Please contact Dr Adrian Pabst if you would like to attend

RSVP: A.Pabst@kent.ac.uk

EU referendum seminar on EU's Political Economy, 22 March 2016, 4-7pm, House of Lords

In association with the James Madison Trust for the study of federal systems, The School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent is convening a series of seminars on the EU referendum ahead of the vote on 23 June. 

The first seminar will be on the EU's Political Economy. It will take place on Tuesday 22 March, 4-7pm in Committee Room G, House of Lords, including a drinks reception.

​Please find attached copy of the invitation and programme. Access to Comm​ittee Room G is via Black Rod's Garden entrance (see map).

There will be some fantastic experts and leading politicians from across the political spectrum who take different positions on whether to remain or to leave, including ​Baroness Sharon Bowles (Liberal Democrat), Lord Maurice Glasman (Labour), Mark Field MP (Conservative) [tbc]​, Dr Julie Smith (Cambridge).

We will debate the economic pros and cons of Britain's EU membership, but also the emerging  economic governance of the EU and relations between euro- and non-euro members.

Please contact Dr Adrian Pabst if you would like to attend or complete the registration via this eventbrite link

RSVP A.Pabst@kent.ac.uk 

Europe Normative Power and its positions towards Thailand - Asst Prof Natthanan Kunnamas, 19 November 2015

Guest Lecture by Assistant Prof Kunnamas titled  "Europe Normative Power and its position towards Thailand" 

Thursday 19th November 2016

13.30-14.30 in Cornwallis Octagon Lecture Theatre 2

Assistant Professor Natthanan Kunnamas is Director of the Interdisciplinary Department for European Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and will be joining the School between 16-26 November as a Visiting Researcher as part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence project. All are welcome to attend her lecture titled “Europe Normative Power and its position towards Thailand"

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Normative Power Europe: EU in Asia (NPEEA) funded by:

Life Long Learning Programme

Bruce Bucknell, British Ambassador to Belarus - 'Elections in the post-Soviet space', 11 November 2015

As part of the School of Politics and International Relations Beacon Project, Diplomacy @ Kent is pleased to welcome Ambassador Bucknell, British Ambassador to Belarus.

Ambassador Bucknell has had a varied career in the Foreign Office, which he joined in 1985. He served as 3rd Secretary in Amman (1988-91), as Consul in Milan (1995-9) and as the 1st Secretary responsible for EU affairs in Madrid (2003-7). Ambassador Bucknell is currently completing his posting to Belarus, where he has been Ambassador since 2012.

Ambassador Bucknell will be presenting '‘Elections in the post-Soviet space - a Belarusian case study’'. The talk will take place on Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 11am in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3.

All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

Ambassador Bucknell '‘Elections in the post-Soviet space - a Belarusian case study’' poster

Ambassador Bucknell discussing 'Elections in the post-Soviet space - a Belarusian case study'

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Juris Poikans, Ambassador for Eastern Partnership, 'Challenges and perspectives for the EU', 14 October 2015

As part of the School of Politics and International Relations Beacon Project, Diplomacy @ Kent is pleased to welcome Ambassador Poikans, Ambassador for Eastern Partnership, MFA Latvia.

Juris Poikans began his diplomatic career with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996 and has since held several important postings at the Ministry and at Latvia’s Embassies across Europe and in the USA. He is presently serving as Latvia's Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership as well as the Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova. In his role as Ambassador to the Eastern Partnership he was responsible for co-ordinating Eastern Partnership related policies during Latvia’s recently completed EU Presidency (January   June 2015). His previous postings include Deputy Chief of Mission at Latvia's Embassy to the USA and as Latvia's Ambassador to Slovenia, BosniaHerzegovina and Kosovo.

Juris Poikans will be presenting 'The EU's Eastern neighbourhood: challenges and perspectives for the European Union'. The talk will take place on Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 17.00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2, followed by a drinks reception in Aphra Foyer.

All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

Ambassador Poikans 'The EU's Eastern neighbourhood: challenges and perspectives for the European Union' poster

Ambassador Poikans will also be giving a ‘Master Class’ to MA and PhD students in the School of Politics and International Relations on Wednesday 14th October 15.00-1630. This is a unique opportunity for a small group encounter with a major figure in EU public policy. There is no fixed agenda for the meeting but rather the opportunity to put questions, exchange views and to gain insight into both the role of an Ambassador but also to gain access for questions that form part of the students' studies.

Video of Ambassador Poikans talk

Ambassador Poikans discussing the EU's Eastern Partnership

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Commissioner Fule, ‘European Security 2.0: challenges and opportunities’, 1 October 2015

As part of the School of Politics and International Relations Beacon Project, Diplomacy @ Kent is pleased to welcome Commissioner Füle, former European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy.

Stefan Füle started his professional career at the Czechoslovakian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987 and since then has held many important positions at the Ministry, Czech embassies abroad as well as international organizations such as UN or NATO. Between 2005-9 he served as Czech Permanent Representative to NATO, after which he was appointed European Affairs Minister. Stefan Füle served as European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy between 2010 and 2014 and has recently joined the International Advisory Board of the Central European Strategy Council and he is also a member of the Advisory Board of Friends of Europe.

Commissioner Füle will be presenting ‘European Security 2.0: challenges and opportunities’. The talk will take place on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 6pm in Grimond Lecture Theatre 2, followed by a drinks reception in Grimond Foyer.

All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there. No booking required.

Commissioner Fule, 'European Security 2.0: challenges and opportunities' poster

Professor Korosteleva welcomes Commissioner Fule to the University of Kent

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Jean Monnet Lecture at Brussels School of International Studies - 2 April 2015

Jean Monnet Lectures, Spring 2015
Brussels School of International Studies & Global Europe Centre
University of Kent

With the Support of the LLP Programme of the European Union

Thursday 2 April 2015
13.00-14.30
THE CONFLICTS OF UKRAINE AND THE CAUCASUS:
AN EMERGING REGIONAL WAR IN EURASIA?

Dr. Neil Melvin
SIPRI
(Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)

Registration
This event is free to attend.
Please register by sending an email to bsis@kent.ac.uk, stating your name and affiliation.

Venue
Wilson Room (3rd floor)
Brussels School of International Studies
University of Kent
Pleinlaan / Boulevard de la Plaine 5
B-1050 Brussels

Maps & directions
http://www.kent.ac.uk/brussels/contact/location/maps_directions.html

Workshop 'EU actorness in the Eastern Partnership - Mutual Perceptions and Influences' - 19-20 February 2015

Testing the boundaries of EU actorness in the Eastern Partnership:  Mutual perceptions and influences

19-20  February 2015
University of Kent, Canterbury

This one-day workshop aims at bringing together established scholars and doctoral students from various disciplines – of Social Sciences and Humanities - working on the EU’s perceptions of the Self and its relations with the eastern region. While this may have a political dimension, the workshop is intended to be inclusive of other disciplines, especially of cultural and identity studies.

An inter-disciplinary understanding of the EU’s actorness in the eastern region is at the core of our methodological approach. The overarching goal is to test the boundaries of EU influence in the eastern region, and how this in turn, affects the EU’s own identity and perception of the Self and Others.

Under our proposal, the workshop is to be organised around three different fields related to the diverse branches of the EU’s interaction with its eastern neighbours, examining the political aspects of EU actorness in the EaP, the cultural influences (people-to-people contacts, identity formation, norms and values) and the socio-economic dimension of the EU’s transformative force.

The event will include a key note lecture by Professor Richard Youngs (Carnegie Europe) on 19th February, and will be followed by a one-day workshop the next day.

Please see below for more information.

Call for papers

Application form

 

Photos along with more information on the event that took place can be found here.

Journal of Common Market Studies Special Issue workshop - Monday 26 January 2015

Dissident Voices in Theorising Europe: Another Theory is Possible

Venue: Darwin Conference Suite 3, University of Kent

9am – 4pm, Monday 26th January 2015

Rationale and Aims of the Workshop

The past decade has witnessed a yawning chasm open between scholarly attempts to theorise European union and the political realities of the EU in crisis. The decade that has witnessed the ascendency of political systems analysis, neo-liberal assumptions of efficiency and Europeanisation studies within Europe has also seen the failure of intergovernmental attempts to reform the EU, economic crisis across Europe, and a collapse in popular support for the European project.

Dissenting voices that attempt to theorise Europe differently and advocate another European trajectory have been largely excluded and left unheard in mainstream discussions over the past decade of scholarship and analysis. Mainstream EU scholarship broadly accepts the premise that the EU is a neo-liberal, state-like political system and that Europeanisation is a one-way process.  Dissident voices theorising Europe challenge these mainstream assumptions and adopt a variety of ontological, epistemological and methodological standpoints. What they share is their starting point that the study of Europe has a dominant set of discursive, intellectual and academic practices which they seek to challenge.

This workshop presents a set of draft papers for a prospective special issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies due for publication in 2016. The special issue presents an array of dissident perspectives. What they do is to open up different possibilities and understandings of the EU. The special issue is polyphonic in seeking a broad range of dissenting voices from different disciplinary and cultural settings.

The purpose of the special issue not to definitively address one analytical problem in EU studies, neither is it to establish a new school or paradigm in EU studies. Instead the shared research question is to explain why the gap between theoretical scholarship and political realities has opened over the past decade, and how to address this mismatch. The special issue argues that another Europe is possible and one that challenges predominant ideas about both the EU and the field of EU studies.

The workshop programme can be downloaded here

This workshop is for invited participants only.

REGAP research network workshop 'Rethinking EU Governance in the EaP Region' - 16 January 2015

Global Europe Centre workshop to be held on

Friday 16 January 2015, 10.30-18.30

Ghandi room, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), Brussels, Belgium

‘Rethinking EU Governance in the EaP Region: for compatible and secure future’

(Supported by the University of Kent EU Partnership Fund)

Workshop summary
The REGAP ‘Rethinking EU Governance in the EaP Region: for compatible and secure future’ research network sets to critically evaluate and rethink the EU governance approach to the contested eastern neighbourhood, in order to develop more sustainable – that is, more effective, legitimate and compatible – forms of EU cooperation with the eastern region, and its main power contestants. The purpose of this workshop is (I) to consolidate and expand the existing network of researchers, coming from Belgium, Germany, Slovakia, UK, and the EaP region; and (ii) to discuss and advance conceptual and methodological frameworks for applying EU governance to practice.
The workshop assembles a specialist team of world-leading researchers from politics, international relations, sociology, economics, legal and cultural studies who have enjoyed a successful track-record of collaboration specifically on the EU/ East European and Eurasian issues, and who have pioneered one of the first comprehensive appraisal studies for the ENP/Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP) comparatively (2008-11), by way of synergising the EU and partner-countries’ perspectives. The network also prides itself on having deep and complementary knowledge of the ENP/EaP policy-priority areas, and exclusive expertise in the impact-generating activities.

This workshop is for invited participants only.

Workshop programme

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Photos of the GEC launch - 9th May 2013

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Professor Richard Whitman (Director, Global Europe Centre), Andrea Mochan, Michelle Flood and Professor Elena Korosteleva (Director, Professional Studies, Global Europe Centre)

David Bearfield, Director of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPS0/EU careers)

Lord Mayor, City of Canterbury

Lord Mayor of Canterbury with students from St Edmund's School

Professor Whitman launches the Global Europe Centre alongside the Lord Mayor of Canterbury and Pro VC (External) Professor Alex Hughes

Conversations sparked at the launch of the Global Europe Centre

Andrea Mochan, Head of Communications, European Commission Office

Lord Mayor of Canterbury with students from the King's School

Michelle Flood, Public Information, Requests and Research, European Parliament Office

Professor Richard Whitman launches the Global Europe Centre

Students from St Edmund's School and King's School take part in the Euro quiz


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Last Updated: 25/10/2017