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Politics and International Relations Weekly Seminar Series

27/09/2011 (10:29) - 01/10/2020 (10:29)

The PIR departmental seminar series is a forum for the presentation of original political research and/or the analysis of significant current affairs. It features both internal and external speakers. The seminar is held every Tuesday afternoon during term time (except reading week).

All seminars are held in FW101 at 5.15 pm unless otherwise notified. All welcome!


Spring Term 2016-2017

10 January: Colonial Legacies and Public Service Bargains in the Commonwealth Caribbean — Martin Lodge (London School of Economics)

17 January: Young and Radical: Accounting for the Nexus between Youth, Radicalism and Media Technologies — Akil N Awan (Royal Holloway, History Department)

24 January: Religion and foreign policy views: Are religious people more altruistic and/or more militant? — Ivica Petrikova (Royal Holloway)

31 January: The quality of divided democracies: What Estonia and Latvia can tell us about democracy in ethnically diverse societies — Licia Cianetti (Royal Holloway)

7 February: EU climate benchmarking: the emergent and contingent politics of norm creation — Caroline Kuzemko (PAIS Warwick University)

21 February: Syria and Chemical Weapons: Why US Foreign Policy Failed — Michelle Bentley (Royal Holloway)

28 February: A political history of encryption — Thomas Rid (King’s College London) TBC

7 March: Gendered Knowledge in Demographic Research — Wendy Sigle (London School of Economics)

14 March: Russia and the Middle East — Roland Dannreuther (University of Westminster)

21 March: Voting at 16: advantages, disadvantages and consequences of lowering the voting age — Kaat Smets (Royal Holloway)


Autumn Term 2016-2017

27 September: Brexit: the outcome of the EU referendum and its consequences — Oliver Heath and David Yuratich (Royal Holloway)

4 October: The politics of shale gas: contested technologies, policy regimes and energy security in Eastern Europe — Andreas Goldthau (Royal Holloway)

11 October: Exclusion, uncertainty and electoral violence — Sarah Birch (King’s College London)

18 October: When domestic politics prevails: the loyalty of national parties in the European Parliament Christel Koop (King’s College London)

25 October: The visual politics of walls: borders, flows, and morality — William Callahan (London School of Economics)

8 November: Beyond networks: the globalization of democracy — Gianluca Sgueo (New York University, Florence)

15 November: The aftermath of the US Presidential election — Clara Eroukhmanoff and Ursula Hackett (Royal Holloway)

22 November: Pacifism is dirty: towards an ethico-political defence — Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary, University of London)

29 November: International cooperation and the refugee crisis: where are we now? — Will Jones (Royal Holloway)

6 December: Jean Monnet Inaugural Lecture: £350 million per week and why Europe needs a budget — Giacomo Benedetto (Royal Holloway)


Spring Term 2015-2016

12 January: “It’s better to light a candle than to fantasize about a sun”: social media, political participation and slacktivism in Britain—James Dennis (Royal Holloway)

19 January: Sophistication differences and the public’s social policy responsiveness to the economy—Ann-Kristin Kölln (University of Gothenburg)

26 January: Basic human values and their contributions to understanding political science phenomena—Anat Bardi (Royal Holloway)

2 February: Imagining the global, conceiving the state: recognition and misrecognition in the early life of Ghana—Julia Gallagher (Royal Holloway)

9 February: The micropolitics of the drives—Nathan Widder (Royal Holloway)

23 February: An ever rule-bound union?—Albert Weale (University College London)

1 March: Just brainwashed? Domestic reception of Russia’s strategic narrative about the West—Joanna Szostek (Royal Holloway)

8 March: Cyberweapons governance: dual-use technology and the politics of virtual coercion—Tim Stevens (Royal Holloway)

15 March: Will the “Internet of Things” set us free or lock us up?—Philip Howard (University of Oxford)

22 March: The politics of competence: parties, public opinion and voters—Will Jennings (University of Southampton)


Autumn Term 2015-2016

29 September: The Human Rights Act"—Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP (House of Commons) 

6 October: 'Public foreplay' or programmes for government? The 2015 manifestos and British Democracy"— Nicholas Allen (Royal Holloway)

13 October: From prohibition to regulation? Examining the global governance of illegal markets — Anja Jakobi (Royal Holloway)

20 October: Dual screening the political: media events, social media, and citizen engagement — Cristian Vaccari, Andrew Chadwick and Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway) 

27 October: Performing Machiavelli: Philip Bobbitt and the art of statecraft —David Hughes (Royal Holloway)

10 November: Minority representation and electioneering in India, 2014 — Rochana Bajpai (SOAS)

17 November: Constructing new types of great power relations: G2 with Chinese characteristics? — Jinghan Zeng (Royal Holloway)

24 November: Are politicians good enough for democracy? Evidence from experiments with Members of Parliament —Peter Loewen (University of Toronto)

1 December: Distant justice: The politics of the international criminal court in central Africa —Phil Clark (SOAS)

8 December: The new class war: The social and political marginalization of the British working class —Geoffrey Evans (University of Oxford)


Spring Term 2014-2015

13 January: "Why can’t you go around beating up people and killing them?" Marías, language, and betrayal—Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway)

20 January: Government responsiveness in the council of the European Union—Sara Binzer Hobolt (London School of Economics)

27 January: Twisting arms and sending messages: terrorist tactics in civil war—Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (University of Essex)

3 February: “Can I say one other thing?” The delusions of immigration politics—John Mattausch (Royal Holloway)

10 February: From courtesans to dancing boys: cultures of exclusion in Indian performing arts—Anna Morcom (Royal Holloway)

24 February: Public services and contention politics in the European Union—Amandine Crespy (Université libre de Bruxelles and Royal Holloway)

3 March: The EU’s actorness in cyber security: coherence or fragmentation?—André Barrinha (Canterbury Christ Church University)

10 March: Hegelian pragmatism and positive liberty—Michael Bacon (Royal Holloway)

17 March: From valence to the politics of exclusion: understanding British electoral behaviour—Geoffrey Evans (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

24 March: A roundtable on the 2015 UK General Election—Nicholas Allen, Kaat Smets and Cristian Vaccari (Royal Holloway)


Autumn Term 2014-2015

30 September: The Scottish independence referendum: Explaining the outcome—Rob Johns (University of Essex) 

7 October: Conflict in the Middle East: A global and transnational perspective—Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway)

14 October: Disaggregating religion—Cécile Laborde (University College London)

21 October: The 16th century origins of 21st century naval strategy—Beatrice Heuser (University of Reading)

28 October: Institutional performance and vote buying in India—Oliver Heath (Royal Holloway)

11 November: The strangeness of Europe—Chris Rumford (Royal Holloway, University of London)

18 November: Is conservatism a personality disorder?—Rebecca Roache (Royal Holloway)

25 November: What drives support for overseas aid? Evidence from the UK, US, France and Germany—Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson (University College London)

2 December: Politics in the social media era—Jonathan Bright (Oxford Internet Institute)

9 December: Exploiting the forbidden: Syria, chemical weapons and US foreign policy—Michelle Bentley (Royal Holloway)


Spring Term 2013-2014

January 14: Governmentality in Nigeria: Hybridity rather than resistance? — Laura Routley (Newcastle University)

January 21: What happens on Twitter… does not stay on Twitter: the role of social media in online and offline political engagement — Cristian Vaccari (Royal Holloway)

January 28: The Westminster franchise: exporting the Westminster executive abroad — Harshan Kumarasingham (Universität Potsdam)

February 4: The Numbers Game: the politics of counting in Bangladesh, 1971 — Antara Datta (Royal Holloway)

February 11: Witnessing political upheaval: media, protest and the Arab spring — Tim Markham (Birkbeck, University of London)

February 25: Should religious minorities enjoy exemptions from the law? — Jonathan Seglow (Royal Holloway, University of London)

March 4: The UK public and aid: knowledge, corruption and levels of support — Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson (University College London)

March 11: Is immigration a reason to leave the EU? — John Springford (Centre for European Reform)

March 18: Open, hybrid or managed? Online political mobilization and electoral strategy in France and Québec — Thierry Giasson (Université Laval)

March 25: Rating prime ministers: an original survey of British MPs— Group PR3710 (Royal Holloway)


Autumn Term 2013-2014

October 1: The 2013 German election —James Sloam (Royal Holloway)

October 8: Joint Geography-PIR Seminar: Geopolitics and Security — With papers by Stefan Elbe (University of Sussex) and Claudia Aradau (King’s College London)

October 15: The EU budget, Erasmus, research and milk quotas: how reversion points affect you — Giacomo Benedetto (Royal Holloway)

October 22: Epistemic democracy for the real world— Robert B. Talisse (Vanderbilt University)

October 29: Institutional change and global crime governance — Anja Jakobi (Royal Holloway)

November 12:  Competing or complementary? Local and national competitiveness as explanatory factors of turnout in SMP systems — Kaat Smets (Royal Holloway)

November 19: Joint History-PIR Seminar: Gettysburg Address 150th Anniversary—With papers by Dawn-Marie Gibson (Royal Holloway) and Michael J. Williams (Royal Holloway)

November 26: Women. Know your limits. Experiencing gender in the academy — Heather Savigny (University of Bournemouth)

December 3: Understanding the UK Independence Party: competition and policy development — Richard Whitaker (University of Leicester)

December 10: Leverhulme Lecture: Political learning and socialisation in parliamentary institutions — Donald Searing (University of North Carolina and Royal Holloway)


Spring Term 2012-2013

8 January: What voters want: reactions to candidate characteristics in a survey experiment — Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck, University of London)

15 January: Greening Integration Theory — Alex Warleigh-Lack (University of Surrey)

22 January: Reaping the fruits of securitization? Tibetan self-immolations and the Sino-Tibetan conflict — Tsering Topgyal (Royal Holloway)

29 January: Churg Strauss syndrome, death and the politics of auccession in Nigeria — Sylvester Akhaine (Lagos State University, Nigeria)

5 February: The electoral consequences of continuing austerity policies in Britain — Paul Whiteley (University of Essex)

19 February: The new mass: the return of political collectivity — Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway)

26 February: Measuring and memorializing the war dead in Kosovo — Mike Spagat (Royal Holloway)

5 March: “I went with what I always do…”: A qualitative analysis of “Cleggmania” and vote choice in the 2010 British general election — Kristi Winters (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)

19 March: European defence cooperation and the shifting regional and global balance of power — Tom Dyson (Royal Holloway)


Autumn Term 2012-2013

2 October: Reshuffles in British government: reflections on recent changes — Nicholas Allen (Royal Holloway)

9 October: Mill on liberty — Greg Claeys (Royal Holloway)

16 October: Insuring sovereignty — Luis Lobo-Guerrero (Royal Holloway)

23 October: Politics and cricket in Pakistan — Peter Oborne (Daily Telegraph)

30 October: Whither al-Qaeda? The future of the Islamist threat — Christina Hellmich (University of Reading)

13 November: US election 2012: The war on terror and foreign policy challenges — Michelle Bentley (Royal Holloway)

20 November: “Democratic Deficit” or “Democratic Phoenix”? The participation of young people in British democracy — James Sloam (Royal Holloway)

27 November: Folk theories of democracy — Gerry Stoker (University of Southampton)

4 December: Travels with Alexis de Tocqueville — Jeremy Jennings (Queen Mary, University of London)

11 December: Occupy Wall Street and political resistance in the 21st century — Doerthe Rosenow (Royal Holloway)


Spring Term 2011-2012

10 January: Why do policy issues go in and out of fashion? The case of British politics — Peter John (University College London)

17 January: Adorno on freedom — Andrew Bowie (Royal Holloway)

24 January: Are electoral systems becoming more personalized? — Alan Renwick (University of Reading)

31 January: Pragmatism and deliberative democracy — Michael Bacon (Royal Holloway)

7 February: Secession and the self-determination of peoples — Michel Seymour (University of Montréal)

21 February: Personalized political communication in American campaigns — Rasmus Kleis Nielson (Roskilde University)

28 February: Monumentalizing Europe’s borders: making cultural encounters visible — Chris Rumford (Royal Holloway)

6 March: Performativity in diplomacy: the Bandung Conference of 1955 — Naoko Shimazu (Birkbeck, University of London)

13 March: "Pressing" Canada's Arctic claims: space, security and satire — Alasdair Pinkerton (Royal Holloway)

20 March: Military migrants in the Second World War: the British imperial experience in the Indian Ocean region — Ashley Jackson (King’s College London)


Autumn Term 2011-2012

27 September: The politics of the Eurozone crisis — Giacomo Benedetto (Royal Holloway)

4 October: The Arab Spring: reflections on political resistance and the roots of power — Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway)

11 October: After Caroline: NSS 2002, practical judgement and the politics and ethics of pre-emption — Chris Brown (LSE)

18 October: Social influence in televised election debates: a potential distortion of democracy — Colin Davis (Royal Holloway)

25 October: The post-socialist citizen: adjusting to a new political system — Anja Neundorf (Nuffield College, Oxford)

8 November: Structural group leadership and environmental regime effectiveness — Frank Grundig (University of Kent)

15 November: A semblance of identity: Nietzsche on the agency of the drives and their relation to consciousness — Nathan Widder (Royal Holloway)

22 November: Sluts, sexism and sisterhood: exploring the political narratives of third-wave feminism — Elizabeth Evans (University of Kingston)

6 December: Why are we so badly governed? Domestic policy blunders in the UK 1980-2010 — Sir Ivor Crewe (University College, Oxford)

Spring Term 2010-11 

12 January: Weapons law - taking stock and charting the future — William H. Boothby (RAF)

26 January: Why the Germans trust the French but not the Poles: a geographical approach to the contact hypothesis — Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt (LSE)

2 February: Towards a political economy of Hindu nationalism in India: 1998-2004 — John Abraham (Royal Holloway)

9 February: The radicalising multiplier: the role of conspiracy theories in terrorist groups — Jamie Bartlett (Demos)

9 March: The cultural and communicative disembedding of UK political elites — Aeron Davis (Goldsmiths)

16 March: The political information cycle in a hybrid news system: the British prime minister and the “Bullygate” affair — Andrew Chadwick (Royal Holloway)

23 March: Britain, Africa and the pursuit of the good state — Julia Gallagher (Royal Holloway)


Autumn Term 2010-2011 

6 October: When the Pre-modern is Post-Modern. Hobbes, Lacan and the Making of the International System — Charlotte Epstein (University of Sydney)

20 October: Refugee “collective memories” as a source of ethno-national conflict: The case of Khalistan — Shyamal Kataria (Royal Holloway)

                     Return of the Population Question? — Diana Coole (Birkbeck, University of London)

27 October: Governmentality in Supply Chains — Laura J. Spence (Royal Holloway)

10 November: Contradictions of American democracy — Anthony King (University of Essex)

17 November: Norms, values and “doing the right thing”: the reform of parliamentary expenses in the UK — Dan Hough (University of Sussex)

24 November: Will The Cap Fit? The coalition and migration — John Mattausch (Royal Holloway)

1 December: ‘Order and Justice on a Global Scale? The Domestic Analogy in International Relations Theory’ — Niklas Rolf (Royal Holloway)

2 December: Assam and the Refugee Crisis of 1971: From “Refugee” to “Infiltrator” — Antara Datta (Royal Holloway)


Spring Term 2009-2010 

13 January: The Impact of the 2009 German Elections — Dan Hough (University of Sussex)

27 January: Lifting the lid on conflict mortality data: beyond the politics of numbers — John Sloboda and Michael Spagat (Royal Holloway)

3 February: Digital War Reporting — Stuart Allan (University of Bournemouth)

4 February: The value of power – the power of values: a call for an EU grand strategy — Sven Biscop (Royal Institute for International Relations, EGMONT)

10 February: Cyprus Conflict: a World Society Perspective — Didem Gulmez (Royal Holloway)

3 March: Why should we fix something if it is not broken? - A case study of the lobbying regulations in the European Institutions — Albena Kuyumdzhieva-Venkova (Royal Holloway)

10 March: Global Development: the Role of trans-local Elites — Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway)

17 March: Media and Citizenship: Transnational Television Cultures: Reshaping Political Identities in the European Union — Christina Slade (City University)

24 March: Party-based Euroscepticism in Turkey: Introducing a Third Dimension to the Euroscepticism Literature — Baris Gulmez (Royal Holloway)


Autumn Term 2009-2010 

7 October: The Politicisation of Social Diversity in India — Oliver Heath

14 October: Realism and the EU — Pepijn van Houwelingen

28 October: Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles

11 November: Pan-European Campaigning for the European Elections? The case of the Party of European Socialists in 2009 — Isabelle Hertner

18 November: Wielding the axe: British prime ministers and the power to dismiss — Nick Allen

25 November: Why should we fix something if it is not broken? - A case study of the lobbying regulations in the European Institutions — Albena Kuyumdzhieva-Venkova

2 December: Global Development: the Role of trans-local Elites — Sandra Halperin


Summer Term 2008-2009

29 April: Eventual Hermeneutics: The Void of Revolutionary Praxis — Nathan Coombs

6 May: The Global Jihad — Tom Smith

27 May: Gandhi's Assassination and Indian Sovereignty — Yasmin Khan

3 June: The North Korean Nuclear Programme and the Six Party Talks — Gracia Abad


Spring Term 2008-2009 

14 January: FATA of Pakistan — Umar Khan

21 January: Testing the new war thesis: Armies, Militias, or Mobs? Force structures in the Balkan Wars — Colin Fleming

4 February: Turkey's Unsettled Relationship with the European Union since the 1980s — Gulay Icoz

11 February: Radicalisation and the Media — Mina Al-Lami

4 March: Towards Institutional Guarantees for Meaningful Work — Ruth Yeoman

18 March: Civic education in the UK, Germany and the US — James Sloam

25 March: British Military Intervention under the Blair Government — Mhairi Wilson


Autumn Term 2008-2009 

1 October: Consensus and Legislative Politics in the European Parliament: Do the Enlargement of 2004 and the advent of “united” government make a difference? — Giacomo Benedetto

8 October: Immigration and Open Borders — Jonathan Seglow

15 October: A House Divided: How the Internet is Fragmenting America's Christian Right — Chris Boerl

22 October: The Internet and the US election — Mike Jensen

29 October: Diplomacy in the ‘war on terror’ and its impact on Europe — Luisa Azpíroz

12 November: Title TBC — Oliver Heath

19 November: Foundations of Failure: Understanding NATO's Predicament in Afghanistan — Michael Williams

26 November: Contesting Global Economic Governance: synergies created by the alliance of the Third World Coalition with Global Social Movements — Ashwani Sharma


Summer Term 2007-2008

28 May: The Political Science of Capital Punishment — Gavin Drewry 

4 June: The Beijing Consensus and China's Foreign Policy — Gracia Abad


Spring Term 2007-2008 

9 January: Europe’s shifting borders — Chris Rumford

16 January: Parties, Election Campaigning and the Internet: Toward A Comparative Institutional Approach — Nick Anstead and Andrew Chadwick

30 January: The politics of hunger, old theories and new solutions — Michelle Springfield

20 February:  Hatton v. UK — John Edwards

27 February: The Political Science of Capital Punishment — Gavin Drewry

12 March: EU Reforms and the legacy of Turkish Military — Hasan Turunc 


Autumn Term 2007-2008

10 October: From Power to Paradise, Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the shadow Caliphate — Noman Hanif

24 October: British and American campaign finance in comparative perspective: old institutions and new technologies — Nick Anstead

31 October: The role of new member countries in the development of Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU: The role of Poland and the Eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy — Joanna Kamiska

14 November: France, Britain, Germany and the emerging EU-NATO relationship in the field of external crisis management — Luis Simon

21 November: Understanding Security in South Asia: Is the Securitisation Framework Enough? — Monika Barthwal

28 November: Pragmatism, Deliberation, and Democracy — Michael Bacon


Summer Term 2006-2007

2 May: Germany and the European Union’s emerging role in crisis management — Alister Miskimmon

9 May: From power to paradise: Hizb-ut-Tahrir (Liberation Party) and the shadow caliphate — Noman Hanif

23 May: Radical Islamism and nationalism — Akil Awan


Spring Term 2006-2007 

24 January: Duties, trust and rights — John Edwards

7 February: Human worth and work: the structure of meaningful work — Ruth Chenoweth

14 February: Departmental ditties: What is the proper name for minority ethnic communities? — John Mattausch

28 February: The time-politics assemblage — Nathan Widder

14 March: Political representatives, blogs and networked democracy — Mary Francoli

21 March: Radical Islamism and nationalism — Akil Awan


Autumn Term 2006-2007 

11 October: Trans-local/regional connections in global development: a ‘horizontal’ perspective — Sandra Halperin

18 October: Democratic engagement and re-presentation in Britain after the 2003 Iraq War — Ben O’Loughlin

25 October: The rejected, the ejected, and the dejected: explaining government rebels in the British House of Commons — Giacomo Benedetto

15 November: British and American parties: how structures have influenced the development of online electoral campaigning — Nick Anstead

22 November: Just cause and just means? America and the linking of the purpose and tactics of war after 9/11 — Stephanie Carvin

29 November: The Internet and civic engagement: the Korean presidential election of 2002 — Yenn Lee


Summer Term 2005-2006 

24 May: Who is my stranger? Moral distance and global justice — Jonathan Seglow

7 June: Regional security dynamics in South Asia - a framework for analysis — Monika Barthwal


Spring Term 2005-2006 

25 January: Can the international corporate sector play a positive role in the re-construction of post-conflict states? — Peter Davis

8 February: Anti-corruption policies in post-communist transition: between domestic drive and external pressure — Adrian Baboi-Stroe

22 March: Re-evaluating the New War Thesis; a Balkan case study — Colin Fleming


Autumn Term 2005-2006 

5 October: The language of social democracy — James Sloam

19 October: Is India a Secular country: research ideas and problems — Yasmin Khan

2 November: The right to food: a political and philosophical approach — Michelle Springfield

14 December: The AK Party's search for identity, and EU reforms in Turkey — Hasan Turunc


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