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Politics and International Relations Weekly Seminar Series

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

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

Spring Term 2015-16

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 2015-16

29 September: "The Human Rights Act"—Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP. Note: this event will be held in Founders Main Lecture Theatre.

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. Note: this event will be held in Founders Main Lecture Theatre.

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, University of London)

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, University of London)

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

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, University of London)

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, University of London)

Autumn Term 2014-2015

30 September: The Scottish independence referendum: Explaining the outcome—Rob Johns (University of Essex). Please note this talk will be held in the Founders Main Lecture Theatre.

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

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, University of London)

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

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

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, University of London)

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, University of London and University of Bologna)

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, University of London)

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 and Visiting Researcher, New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway)

March 25: ‘Rating prime ministers: an original survey of British MPs’—Group PR3710 (Royal Holloway, University of London)


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

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

22 January: Tsering Topgyal (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘Reaping the fruits of securitization? Tibetan self-immolations and the Sino-Tibetan conflict’

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

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

19 February: Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘The new mass: the return of political collectivity’

26 February: Mike Spagat (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘Measuring and memorializing the war dead in Kosovo'

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

19 March: Tom Dyson (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘European defence cooperation and the shifting regional and global balance of power’

Autumn Term 2012-2013

2 October: Nicholas Allen (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Reshuffles in British government: reflections on recent changes’

9 October: Greg Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘Mill on liberty’

16 October: Luis Lobo-Guerrero (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘Insuring sovereignty’

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

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

13 November: Michelle Bentley (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘US election 2012: The war on terror and foreign policy challenges’

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

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

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

11 December: Doerthe Rosenow (Royal Holloway, University of London) ‘Occupy Wall Street and political resistance in the 21st century’

Spring Term 2011-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Autumn Term 2011-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010-11 Spring term programme

Wednesday 12 January

Air Commodore William H. Boothby (RAF)

‘Weapons law - taking stock and charting the future’

Wednesday 26 January

Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt (LSE)

‘Why the Germans trust the French but not the Poles: a geographical approach to the contact hypothesis’

Wednesday 2 February

John Abraham (Royal Holloway)

‘Towards a political economy of Hindu nationalism in India: 1998-2004’

Wednesday 9 February

Jamie Bartlett (Demos)

‘The radicalising multiplier: the role of conspiracy theories in terrorist groups’

Wednesday 9 March

Aeron Davis (Goldsmiths)

‘The cultural and communicative disembedding of UK political elites’

Wednesday 16 March

Andrew Chadwick (Royal Holloway)

‘The political information cycle in a hybrid news system: the British prime minister and the “Bullygate” affair’

Wednesday 23 March

Julia Gallagher (Royal Holloway)

‘Britain, Africa and the pursuit of the good state’

2010-2011 Autumn term programme

Wednesday 6 October

Charlotte Epstein (University of Sydney)

‘When the Pre-modern is Post-Modern. Hobbes, Lacan and the Making of the International System’

Wednesday 20 October

Shyamal Kataria (Royal Holloway)

‘Refugee “collective memories” as a source of ethno-national conflict: The case of Khalistan’ (lunchtime session)

Diana Coole (Birkbeck, University of London)

‘Return of the Population Question?’ (evening session)

Wednesday 27 October

Laura J. Spence (Royal Holloway)

‘Governmentality in Supply Chains’

Wednesday 10 November

Anthony King (University of Essex)

‘Contradictions of American democracy’

Wednesday 17 November

Dan Hough (University of Sussex)

‘Norms, values and “doing the right thing”: the reform of parliamentary expenses in the UK’

Wednesday 24 November

John Mattausch (Royal Holloway)

‘Will The Cap Fit? The coalition and migration’

Wednesday 1 December

Niklas Rolf (Royal Holloway)

‘Order and Justice on a Global Scale? The Domestic Analogy in International Relations Theory’

Thursday 2 December

Antara Datta (Royal Holloway)

‘Assam and the Refugee Crisis of 1971: From “Refugee” to “Infiltrator”‘

2009-10 Spring term programme

Wednesday 13 January

Daniel Hough (University of Sussex)

‘The Impact of the 2009 German Elections’

Wednesday 27 January

John Sloboda and Michael Spagat (Royal Holloway)

‘Lifting the lid on conflict mortality data: beyond the politics of numbers’

Wednesday 3 February

Stuart Allan (University of Bournemouth)

‘Digital War Reporting’

Thursday 4 February

Sven Biscop (Royal Institute for International Relations, EGMONT)

‘The value of power – the power of values: a call for an EU grand strategy’

Wednesday 10 February

Didem Gulmez (Royal Holloway)

‘Cyprus Conflict: a World Society Perspective’

Wednesday 3 March

Albena Kuyumdzhieva-Venkova (Royal Holloway)

‘Why should we fix something if it is not broken? - A case study of the lobbying regulations in the European Institutions’

Wednesday 10 March

Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway)

‘Global Development: the Role of trans-local Elites’

Wednesday 17 March

Christina Slade (City University)

‘Media and Citizenship: Transnational Television Cultures: Reshaping Political Identities in the European Union’

Wednesday 24 March

BarisGulmez(Royal Holloway)

‘Party-based Euroscepticism in Turkey: Introducing a Third Dimension to the Euroscepticism Literature’

2009-10 Autumn term schedule

Wednesdays 17:00 - 18:30 (Note New Time). All welcome. Room FW101 unless otherwise specified.

7 October: Oliver Heath, 'The Politicisation of Social Diversity in India' (Note: earlier 16:00 start)

14 October: Pepijn van Houwelingen, 'Realism and the EU'

28 October: Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, until recently HM Ambassador to Afghanistan and currently the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (Britain’s opposite number to Richard Holbrook).

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

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

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

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

2008-9 Summer term programme

Wednesdays 13:15 - 14:30. All welcome. Room FW101 unless otherwise specified.

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

6 May: Tom Smith, 'The Global Jihad'

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

3 June, Gracia Abad, 'The North Korean Nuclear Programme and the Six Party Talks'

2008-9 Spring term programme

Wednesdays 13:15 - 14:30. All welcome. Room FW101 unless otherwise specified.

Venue: Windsor 0-05:

14 January: Umar Khan, FATA of Pakistan (Windsor 0-05)

21 January: Colin Fleming, Testing the new war thesis: Armies, Militias, or Mobs? Force structures in the Balkan Wars (Windsor 0-05)

4 February: Gulay Icoz, Turkey's Unsettled Relationship with the European Union since the 1980s (Chair: Yajai Bunnag)

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

4 March: Ruth Yeoman, Justice in Work - Towards Institutional Guarantees for Meaningful Work

18 March: James Sloam, Civic education in the UK, Germany and the US (Chair: Mhairi Wilson)

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

2008-9 Autumn term programme

Wednesdays 13:15 – 14:30. All welcome.

Wed 1 Oct Giacomo Benedetto Consensus and Legislative Politics in the European Parliament: Do the Enlargement of 2004 and the advent of “united” government make a difference? Chair: Ben O’Loughlin

Wed 8 Oct Jonathan Seglow Immigration and Open Borders Chair - Michelle Springfield

Wed 15 Oct Chris Boerl A House Divided: How the Internet is Fragmenting America's Christian Right Chair: Christopher Perkins

Wed 22 Oct Mike Jensen The Internet and the US election Chair: Ben O’Loughlin

Wed 29 Oct MªLuisa Azpíroz Diplomacy in the ‘war on terror’ and its impact on Europe Chair: Ben O’Loughlin

Wed 12 Nov Oliver Heath Title TBC Chair: Isabelle Hertner

Wed 19 Nov Michael Williams Foundations of Failure: Understanding NATO's Predicament in Afghanistan Chair: Monika Barthwal

Wed 26 Nov Ashwani Sharma Contesting Global Economic Governance: synergies created by the alliance of the Third World Coalition with Global Social Movements Chair: Ben O’Loughlin

2007-8 Summer term programme

13:15 – 14:30 in ABS021. All welcome.

28 May Gavin Drewry - The Political Science of Capital Punishment

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

2007-8 Spring term programme

All on Wednesdays, 13:15-14:30 in room MB003 (Management Building).

9 January Chris Rumford - 'Europe’s shifting borders'

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

30 January Michelle Springfield - 'The politics of hunger, old theories and new solutions'

20 February John Edwards - 'Hatton v. UK'

27 February Gavin Drewry - 'The Political Science of Capital Punishment'

12 March Hasan Turunc - 'EU Reforms and the legacy of Turkish Military'

2007-8 Autumn term programme

All on Wednesdays, 13:15-14:30 in room Bourne 6-02.

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

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

31 October Joanna Kamiska - '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'

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

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

28 November Michael Bacon - 'Pragmatism, Deliberation, and Democracy'

2006-7 Summer term programme


Wednesday 2nd May 12:30 (Room WIN004) - Alister Miskimmon: ‘Germany and the European Union’s emerging role in crisis management’

Wednesday 9th May at 12.30 (Room WIN004) - Noman Hanif: ‘From power to paradise: Hizb-ut-Tahrir (Liberation Party) and the shadow caliphate’

Wednesday 16th May at 12.30 (Room WIN004) - Steven Haines: ‘The laws of war at sea: The Great Powers and economic warfare in the 21st Century’ CANCELLED.

Wednesday 23rd May at 12.30 (Room WIN004) - Akil Awan: ‘Radical Islamism and nationalism’

2006-7 Spring term programme


Wednesday 24th January at 13.15 (Room WIN004) - John Edwards: ‘Duties, trust and rights’

Wednesday 7th February at 13.15 (Room WIN004) - Ruth Chenoweth: ‘Human worth and work: the structure of meaningful work'

Wednesday 14th February at 13.15 (Room WIN004) - John Mattausch: ‘Departmental ditties: What is the proper name for minority ethnic communities?’

Wednesday 28th February at 13.15 (Room WIN004) - Nathan Widder: ‘The time-politics assemblage’

Wednesday 14th March at 13.15 (Room WIN004) - Mary Francoli: ‘Political representatives, blogs and networked democracy’

Wednesday 21st March at 13.15 (Room WIN004) - Akil Awan: ‘Radical Islamism and nationalism’

2006-7 Autumn term programme


Wednesday 11th October at 13.15 (Windsor 05) - Sandra Halperin: “Trans-local/regional connections in global development: a ‘horizontal’ perspective”

Wednesday 18th October at 13.15 (Windsor 05) - Ben O’Loughlin: “Democratic engagement and re-presentation in Britain after the 2003 Iraq War”

Wednesday 25th October at 13.15 (Windsor 05) - Giacomo Benedetto: “The rejected, the ejected, and the dejected: explaining government rebels in the British House of Commons”

Wednesday 15th November at 13.15 (Windsor 05) - Nick Anstead: “British and American parties: how structures have influenced the development of online electoral campaigning”

Wednesday 22nd November at 13.15 (Windsor 05) - Stephanie Carvin: “Just cause and just means? America and the linking of the purpose and tactics of war after 9/11”

Wednesday 29th November at 13.15 (Windsor 05) - Yenn Lee: “The Internet and civic engagement: the Korean presidential election of 2002”

2005-6 Summer term programme

24th May at 13.15 in Room AS21: Jonathan Seglow: 'Who is my stranger? Moral distance and global justice'

7th June at 13.15 in Room AS21: Monika Barthwal: 'Regional security dynamics in South Asia - a framework for analysis

2005-6 Spring term programme

25th January at 13.15 in Room AS21: Peter Davis: 'Can the international corporate sector play a positive role in the re-construction of post-conflict states?'

8th February at 13.15 in Room AS21: Adrian Baboi-Stroe: 'Anti-corruption policies in post-communist transition: between domestic drive and external pressure'

22nd March at 13.15 in Room AS21: Colin Fleming: 'Re-evaluating the New War Thesis; a Balkan case study'

2005-6 Autumn term programme

October 5 at 13.15 in Room AS21: James Sloam: 'The language of social democracy'

October 19 at 13.15 in Room AS21: Yasmin Khan: 'Is India a Secular country: research ideas and problems'

November 2 at 13.15 in Room AS21: Michelle Springfield: 'The right to food: a political and philosophical approach'

December 14 at 13.15 in Room AS21: Hasan Turunc: 'The AK Party's search for identity, and EU reforms in Turke


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