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Nottingham Postgraduate Conference: Politics without Borders

Date: 12 June 2014
Location: Nottingham, United Kingdom
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12 June, 2014 - University Park, Nottingham, UNITED KINGDOM

The second annual Nottingham Postgraduate Conference on Politics and International Relations "Politics without Borders: A cross-disciplinary exploration of the challenges facing a globalised world" will be held on Thursday 12 June 2014 at University Park, University of Nottingham. We invite submissions for papers from doctoral candidates, early career researchers and practitioners. Keynote speaker: Professor Gerry Stoker Professor of Governance & Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance, University of Southampton. Submissions should include a paper title and abstract (200-300 words), full name(s), current position, and at least 3 keywords by 28 February 2014. Please submit proposals electronically to the appropriate panel organisers, as listed below:

International Relations

Organisers: Filippo Boni and Caryl Thompson

Topics with a regional or international focus, including:

  • Sovereignty, territory and the nation-state

  • European Politics, European Governance and International Institutions

  • Conflict and warfare – causes and diffusions

  • Military and defence issues, including civil-military relations and terrorism

  • The geopolitics of energy

International Political Economy

Organisers: Gorkem Altinors and Oana Burcu

Both theoretical and empirical topics in primarily critical strands of IPE, including:

  • Theoretical debates in IPE

  • Uneven and combined development of capitalism

  • Austerity and resistance

  • Neoliberalism, financialisation and the global economy

  • Democratisation, governance, imperialism and globalisation

  • Structure and Agency: Relations with the state and non-state actors 

Political Theory and Ideology

Organiser: Ignas Kalpokas

Topics looking at looking at the problem of borders in the broadest possible sense, including:

  • The state and sovereignty in the era of globalisation

  • Democracy, representation & the popular will in contemporary political struggles

  • Divisions and inequalities within states and radical political mobilisation

  • Approaches towards friendship and enmity, inclusion and exclusion, particularism & universalism

  • ‘Ideology’ versus ‘objectivity’ and the role of ideologies in modern politics

  • Borders within Political Theory and between ‘theory’ and the ‘real’ world of politics 

British Politics

Organisers: Alison Gardner and Fiona Williams

Topics relating to political debate regarding the role of Britain, and what it means to be British, in a globalised world:

  • Concepts of national identity, migration, immigration and post-colonialism

  • Devolution, regionalism and intra-national governance

  • The shifting boundaries of the state and society, including the role and influence of the private sector and ‘big society’

  • The impact of the financial crisis, globalisation and trans-national political structures and movements

  • Political debate in the UK, from extremism to the legacy of coalition 

A workshop on advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, co-hosted by Methods and Data Institute at the University of Nottingham, will also be held following the conference on Friday 13 June, 2014. For further information, please contact Isabel Taylor

Limited financial assistance may be available for presenters. If you would like to apply, please submit no more than 300 words with your proposal detailing the reasons for requiring funding.

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