Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The International Relations, Politics and Sociology Programme hold eighth annual postgraduate day

Monday, 17 June 2013

On on 11 June 2013 staff on the International Studies Programme were joined by some of their research students and the 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 our courses with staff and current students.

Guest lecture

Globalization and the Environment: Capitalism, Ecology and Power by Professor Peter Newell. We were delighted to welcome Professor Peter Newell from the University of Sussex. His lecture covered the themes of his most recent book published by Polity Press in 2012. Focusing on the four decades that have passed since the first UN conference was held on the global environment in Stockholm in 1972, his lecture considered the three key pillars of the global economy (trade, production and finance) and whether progress has been made on sustainability. Whilst highlighting the barriers to progress in each area he also sought to put agency back into the story to show how the direction of globalization can be changed. The Programme is very grateful to Professor Newell for his contribution to the day.

Postgraduate panels

After lunch various postgraduate panels took place, beginning with presentations by three of our doctoral students: Can Cinar presented a paper summarising the first year of his doctoral project entitled The Exercise of Political Authority of Credit Rating Agencies. Samentha Goethals provided some thoughts on her initial experiences of conducting fieldwork in Asking the ‘Rights’ Question: Early Reflections on Interviewing Hotel Managers and Migrant Workers. Finally, Matthew Hurley (pictured) gave a paper considering his experiences of conducting qualitative interviews within NATO, in a paper entitled Men Like You: Reflecting on ‘talking gender’ at NATO. 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:
  • Changing Hearts and Minds: The role of the media in shaping US foreign policy and public opinion during Vietnam and Iraq
  • Failed States in International Law and IR
  • The discursive practices of environmental movements’ opposition to tar sands