Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

International Relations, Politics and Sociology Programme hosts its Annual Postgraduate Day 2018

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

International Relations, Politics and Sociology Postgraduate Day 2018

Our current MA International Relations and MA International Security students were joined by both academic staff and two of our PhD students.

Staff 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

We 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.

He 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/

Postgraduate panels

After 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.

Our 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.

These 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 post-9/11 world.
  • 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 global inequality?