International Relations, Politics and Sociology Programme hosts its Annual Postgraduate Day 2018
Wednesday, 04 July 2018
Our current MA International Relations and MA International Security students were joined by both academic staff and two of our PhD students.
were impressed with both the quality and diversity of research projects
undertaken by students within our postgraduate community.
Guest lecture: Race
and the Undeserving Poor: From Abolition to Brexit’ by Professor Robbie Shilliam
were delighted that Prof Robbie Shilliam was able to give the keynote address
during the morning session. Robbie’s lecture gave us an insight into his
current book, very recently published by Agenda Publishing. It was a delight to
host him only a few weeks before he takes up a new post at Johns Hopkins
University in the US.
provided a thought-provoking discussion of Brexit and how it has been portrayed
by many as a victory for ‘ordinary’ people. He highlighted how a racialized
understanding of a deserving poor, the ‘white working class’ currently employed
by many politicians and commentators, needs situating within a much longer
history of British imperialism. He has recently written a blog, which covers
the themes of his keynote address, which can be found at: https://thedisorderofthings.com/2018/06/27/race-and-the-undeserving-poor/
lunch, we enjoyed presentations from two students at very different stages of their
research degree projects. Kian
Pourkemani is moving towards the completion of his PhD research on the law
of self-determination and its recognition within international law. He gave us
an overview of the some of the main findings of this comparative study. Jasmin Dall’Agnola then gave us a taste
of her project, which she began at the start this academic year, on the impact
of globalization on national identities in Post-Soviet societies.
current MA cohort then completed the proceedings for the afternoon. Four panels
were organised to enable them to give short presentations on the dissertation
projects, which they are embarking on over the summer.
panels highlighted the wide range of topics that our MA students are
investigating. Some examples of these include:
- To what extent has Russia aimed to hold influence over its 'near abroad'
since the collapse of the USSR?
- Intensive industrial farming and the impact on the environment.
- How Orientalism explains 'othering' between the West and Islam in the
- Has the influence of gender on female political leaders changed over time?
- How is the intersection of race, class and gender an underlying issue of