Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sixth annual postgraduate day for the International Studies programme

Friday, 17 June 2011


Members of staff in the department were joined by some of our research students and the current cohort from the MA programme in International Studies and the MA in International Law and International Relations. Prospective MA students were also present and they had the chance to meet and discuss the course with staff and current students.

Guest lecture

Globalisation or Imperialism, or Globalisation and Imperialism? by Professor Ray Kiely We were delighted to welcome Professor Ray Kiely from Queen Mary, University of London. His lecture engaged with two of the key trends in theorising the international since the end of the Cold War. He argued that whilst the term globalisation has for many been superseded by imperialism since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, we should retain aspects of both ideas if we are to understand contemporary world politics. Changes that can be understood as global economic restructuring are significant for Professor Kiely and he argued that these require us to rethink our traditional ways of understanding geo-politics through the term 'imperialism'. His lecture prompted a thoroughly engaging question and answer session. The Department of International Relations, Politics and Sociology is very grateful to Prof Ray Kiely for his contribution to the day.

Postgraduate panels

After lunch various postgraduate panels took place beginning with presentations by two of our doctoral students:
  • Shane Szarkowski presented an overview of part of his doctoral project entitled ‘Sovereignty’s Reconceptualisation and (Failed) Statehood’
  • Miguel Otero-Iglesias who is near the end of his doctoral research spoke about his post-doctoral research plans. This project currently has the working title of ‘The Internationalisation of the Renminbi: A Strategy of Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones’.
This was followed by a number of panels at which MA students gave short presentations on their summer dissertation projects. These covered a range of issues including:
  • Investigating the Potential for a Future Treaty on Adaptation to Climate Change through an Examination of the 2009 Copenhagen Negotiations
  • The effects of domestic anti-terrorism legislation upon young Muslims within the UK
  • The rise and demise of the Sudan (s): a new paradigm in peacemaking