Events

We  run a number of events from regular research seminars, workshops for schools to international conferences, details of which can be found here.

An Evening of Political Comedy hosted by The Department of Politics

Thursday 3 March 2011

20:00

As part of March 2011 Politics Month, the Department of Politics present an Evening of Political Comedy. 

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School's Question Time

Wednesday 22 June 2011

11:00 to 12:45

School’s Question Time

Wednesday 22nd June 2011, 11:00 to 12:45

 

Biography, memoire, expose and inquiry in the secret world

Wednesday 26 October 2011

15.30 to 17.00
Dr David Langley

Dr David Langley 

David Langley, a medical scientist with a background in clinical laboratories and teaching took a research post with the Ministry of Defence in the late ‘80s. After a spell ‘at the bench’, he worked in operational analysis, intelligence assessment and, after 9/11, the protection of critical infrastructure, focussing on weapons of mass destruction and working closely with colleagues across government. Since retirement in 2006, he has combined consultancy with research and teaching in Cambridge.

Drawing on this experience, he will discuss the challenges faced by scholars of the 'secret world’, especially the sources available to them and the impact of their backgrounds and research methods on their work. Exploring the impact of ’9/11’ he will also reflect on the questions raised by advocates of Critical Terrorism Studies.

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International law, liberal interventionism and centre-left British foreign policies after Iraq

Wednesday 9 November 2011

15.30 to 17.00
Professor Jason Ralph, University of Leeds

Professor Jason Ralph, University of Leeds

This paper introduces the early findings of a British Academy mid-career fellowship project.  Its starting point is Tony Blair's assumption that regime change by military force was an 'obvious'  policy for the Labour Party to adopt.  It describes how, during the lead up to war in Iraq, Blair tried to square what he saw as 'doing the right thing' (i.e. supporting the American invasion) with his concept of 'international community'and his party's longstanding commitment to the United Nations. Ultimately, Blair's strategy was reduced to attacks on the procedures that constitute what it means to act on behalf of the international community.  This served only to strengthen the accusation that his brand of centre-left foreign policy was imperialistic. The coalition government's response to the Arab spring, in particular its intervention in the Libyan conflict, was very much influenced by a desire not to repeat Blair's mistakes.  Yet despite this, centre-left opinion remains divided on the legitimacy of the Libyan operation and liberal interventionism more generally. The paper critically engages that opinion in an attempt to help liberal governments navigate the most reasonable course. 

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Roundtable on the Eurozone crisis

Wednesday 16 November 2011

16:00 to 17:30

With events in the eurozone unfolding quickly, an expert panel on European Politics will convene for a roundtable discussion on the impact of the eurozone crisis. They will  unpick what it means for integration and opposition to the EU,  as well as examining the elite response and the case studies of Greece and Italy. 

All are welcome. Wednesday 16th November, 16:00 to 17:30, LTE. 

Results from the 'e-voting' can be viewed here. The audience were asked their opinions on the following questions:

  • Will the Euro survive?
  • Who is to blame for the current situation in Europe?
  • Should Britain help more in financial stability instruments?

Everyday peace indicators: A proposal

Wednesday 1 February 2012

15.30 to 17.00
Dr Roger MacGinty, University of St Andrews

Politics Month

Thursday 1 March 2012

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth, University of Surrey Dr Lou Perrotta Dr Jamie Shea, NATO Professor Sir Mike Aaronson, cii Professor David Chandler, University of Westminster Professor Paul Moorcraft, Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis
Politics Month takes a fresh approach to politics, examining current issues, and in particular international intervention, through a series of events in March aimed at Surrey students, staff, schools and the public. The aim is to understand “Why Does Politics Matter?

Politics' UCAS Day

Wednesday 7 March 2012

11:00 to 16:00

Lecture for Schools: Britain and the EU: A Bad Romance?

Wednesday 7 March 2012

17:00 to 18:00
Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack
This lecture is for for 6th Form students, able KS4 students and other members of the public. To book your free places contact:

Educational Liaison Centre
T: 01483 689376
E: sac@surrey.ac.uk

All lectures are held on the Stag Hill campus in
Guildford,Surrey GU2 7XH.

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth's Inaugural Lecture

Thursday 8 March 2012

18:00 to 19:30
Professor Marie Breen-Smyth, University of Surrey Lord Alderdice FRCPsych, Convenor of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

On International Women's Day, Professor Marie Breen-Smyth will give her inaugural lecture at the University of Surrey entitled When the Past is Present: the Casualty, the Body and Politics. Lord Alderdice FRCPsych will act as an introductory speaker for the lecture which forms part of Politics Month.

Roundtable: Can "we" stop the killing?

Wednesday 21 March 2012

18:00 to 19:30
Professor Sir Mike Aaronson, Professor David Chandler, Professor Paul Moorcraft
As part of Politics Month, the School of Politics presents a high level roundtable discussion on international intervention. A panel of high level practitioners and academics will discuss whether "we" can stop the killing?

6th Form Conference

Tuesday 27 March 2012

09:30 to 16:30
Dr Lou Perrotta, Dr Jamie Shea, NATO

As/A2 Government and Politics Study Day

Thursday 19 April 2012

10:00 to 15:00

Government and Politics Study Days

Our study days are aimed at As and A2 students and offer an invaluable supplement for students and in particular those studying Edexcel’s Government and Politics As or A2 course. As such students specify whether they wish to attend the As or the A2 study day, both of which run in parallel to each other.

The AS sessions will build on the themes of Edexcel's Unit 1 and 2 examining both People and Politics and Governing the UK. 

The 1.5 hour A2 sessions will relate to Political Ideologies (Edexcel Unit 3 Topic B and Unit 4 Topic B), EU Political Issues (Unit 4 Topic A) and Global Politics (Unit 3 Topic D and Unit 4 Topic D).

All lectures are delivered by academics with a research specialism in the area.

cii Seminar 2 May

Wednesday 2 May 2012

15.30 to 17.00
Ginger Cruz, former U.S. Deputy Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction and current President of Mantid International

This seminar has been cancelled.

Roundtable on Elections

Wednesday 16 May 2012

17:00 to 18:30

The School of Politics has convened a panel of experts to discuss and debate the implications of recent (or up-coming) elections in Russia, France, US, Greece, Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

What happens in Macau?

Wednesday 16 May 2012

14:00 to 15:30
Dr Lam, University of Macau (China)

Dr Agnes Lam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Macau. She is a well-known journalist, political celebrity, and founder of Observatório Cívico (Civil Watch).

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School's Question Time 2012

Monday 18 June 2012

10:30 to 11:30
On  Monday the 18th of June we are hosting our 8th annual School’s Question Time. This is an excellent opportunity for your students to ask challenging questions to a panel or politicians, policy makers and other high-profile public figures. 

Politics Month

Thursday 1 November 2012

The School of Politics aims to explain why politics matters through a series of events examining European Politics as part of Politics Month in November 2012. The events are designed to appeal to our students, staff, school students and the wider public.

Police Commissioner Candidate Hustings

Tuesday 6 November 2012

18:00 to 19:30

Come and hear from the candidates hoping to be Surrey's next Police Commissioner before the elections take place on 15 November 2012. Each candidate will be given the chance to present their policies before taking part in a Q&A session. 

Invitation to CRonEM's Official Launch Debate

Thursday 15 November 2012

18:00 to 19:30
Sir Stephen Wall and Dr Richard Corbett

Jean Monnet Chair Roundtable: Economic Governance for Europe?

Thursday 22 November 2012

17:00 to 18:30

European Political Film Showing

Thursday 29 November 2012

17:00 to 19:00

Join us for a late afternoon film showing of Paris by Night. The film will be introduced by Professor Phil Powrie, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences.

Prospects for a Palestinian State

Tuesday 4 December 2012

16.00 to 18.00
Professor Bassem Ezbidi, Birzeit University; Ina’am R. Al Obaidi, Birzeit University; Professor Mkhaimar Abusada, Al-Azhar University, Gaza

Any Questions?

Friday 25 January 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Topical discussion in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions by the audience. The show is broadcast live from a different location each week with a different panel.  The panel visiting Surrey will consist of Eric Pickles MP, Economist Alison Wolf and Shadow Justice Minister Emily Thornberry.

Extralegal Groups and Post-conflict Transitions

Wednesday 6 March 2013

15.30 to 17.00

Teacher Training: European Union Politics

Wednesday 13 March 2013

16:00 to 20:00

Launch of Whitehall Report "Hitting the Target?"

Tuesday 26 March 2013

17:30 to 19:00
Lieutenant General (Rtd) Sir Graeme Lamb: Former British Army officer and Commander, Field Army; Dr Lou Perrotta: Formerly of the UK Government's inter-departmental Stabilisation Unit; Dr Jamie Shea: Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

At this discussion event, to mark the launch of a new Whitehall Report, 'Hitting the Target?', a panel of experts will debate the practice of intervention in the context of emerging unmanned intelligence and precision-strike capabilities. What - if anything - has changed, and what does this mean for the West?

This report, incorporating papers following from the July 2012 workshop 'Hitting the Target?', is produced in collaboration with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

For more information about the event and registration, please visit RUSI event page

Ever Closer Union? Prospects for the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy

Wednesday 24 April 2013

14:00 to 16:00
Prof Anand Menon (King's College London); Dr Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute, Brussels)

Greening Economics, Greening Society: What is the Role of the EU?

Thursday 9 May 2013

09:00 to 17:30
Dr Mikael Karlsson, European Environmental Bureau;Dr Miriam Kennet, The Green Economics Institute; Prof Molly Scott Cato, Roehampton University;Prof Rüdiger Wurzel, University of Hull

How can we alter our economies and societies to adapt to the environmental crisis? Climate change and biodiversity loss reveal the unsustainability of our economic and social models, and yet a truly green economy remains a long way off. The necessary social changes are equally distant, and debate between academics and policy-makers remains too often a ‘dialogue of the deaf.’

What’s so bad about Killer Robots?

Wednesday 22 May 2013

15:00 to 17:00
Dr. Alexander Leveringhaus, University of Oxford

What’s so bad about Killer Robots?
Ethical and legal challenges in the development of autonomous weapons systems

CRONEM Annual Multidisciplinary Conference 2013

Tuesday 2 July 2013

09:30 to 17:00

Surrey CommEUnicate

Wednesday 17 July 2013

16:00 to 20:00

The EU long ago ceased being purely a matter of ‘foreign policy’, and shapes legislation in a wide range of areas from the environment and education and health to social policy. However, citizens and journalists often struggle to identify when EU issues are relevant to local communities, and across the EU citizens often lack knowledge about how the EU affects them – or what they can do about it.  The aim of this workshop is to start a process through which this situation can be improved in Surrey.

Behind the Lines: Gender in the Bunker of Defence and Security Studies? (politics)

Wednesday 11 September 2013

08:45 to 18:00
Dr Jill Steans

Jeanmonnet@CRonEM Roundtable

Tuesday 22 October 2013

16:00 to 18:00
See below.

Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Dr Jenny Mathers, Aberystwyth

Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy

Wednesday 6 November 2013

15:30 to 17:00
Dr Michelle Bentley Royal Holloway, University of London

cii: Assessing the value of historical approaches to humanitarian intervention

Wednesday 20 November 2013

15:30 to 17:00
Dr Bronwen Everill, King's College London

Croatia – Making a Success of EU Membership

Monday 25 November 2013

09:00 to 17:00
Please see Programme.

Catching the Chinese Wind in Russia’s sails: Russia’s China Policy

Wednesday 27 November 2013

16:00 to 17:30
Dr. Natasha Kurt

CRonEM: Does crisis produce right-wing extremism?

Wednesday 11 December 2013

15.30 to 17.00
Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou, Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics, University of York

Politics Staff-Student Christmas Party

Monday 16 December 2013

17:30 to 19:30

cii CRonEM: Paradise and power ten years on

Wednesday 15 January 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Prof David J. Galbreath, University of Bath and Dr Nicholas Kitchen, LSE

School of Politics Research Day

Tuesday 21 January 2014

10:00 to 17:00

CRonEM: Poverty and Social Policy in Europe 2020

Wednesday 29 January 2014

15:00 to 16:30
Dr Paul Copeland, Queen Mary, University of London

Why the world will never be the same again and what we should do about it

Wednesday 29 January 2014

17:45 to 19:15
Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE PC

To launch Politics Month, the University is delighted to be able to welcome Lord (Paddy) Ashdown to give a lecture on the topic: "Why the world will never be the same again and what we should do about it - Foreign Affairs in the future".

Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE PC

cii: The American Way of Death? Military videogames and militarised violence

Tuesday 4 February 2014

16:00 to 18:00
Dr Nick Robinson, University of Leeds

Politics Month 2014

Tuesday 4 February 2014

The School of Politics presents its annual month of roundtable discussions, debates and workshops. There will be presentations by visiting guest speakers and from Surrey’s very own political experts.

Potential security implications of the Scottish referendum

Tuesday 18 February 2014

16:00 to 18:00
Andrew Neal (Edinburgh)

Lord Hannay of Chiswick: The United Nations Role in Peace Security

Thursday 20 February 2014

16:00 to 17:30
Lord Hannay of Chiswick

Lord Hannay is a long serving British diplomat. He has held various positions in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London since 1959, including ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.

CRonEM: Towards a Sustainable Surrey

Friday 21 February 2014

17:30 to 19:00
Keith Taylor MEP (Green Party, South East Region) Councillor Jonathan Essex (Green Party, Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council) Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack (CRonEM, School of Politics, University of Surrey)

Roundtable: Crisis in Ukraine

Wednesday 5 March 2014

16:00 to 17:30

The School of Politics, the Centre for international intervention (Cii) and the Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM) have organised a Roundtable in response to events in Ukraine.

Politics Research Seminar - Professor Helen Drake

Wednesday 12 March 2014

15:45 to 17:15
Professor Helen Drake, Professor of French and European Studies at the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University

Professor Helen Drake presents a talk on "What's in a subject association? What UACES can tell us about European Studies (and higher education) in the UK today".

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Seminar: Anastasia Karatzia

Wednesday 2 April 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Anastasia Karatzia, Doctoral Researcher, School of Law, University of Surrey

Hustings event – European Elections 2014

Tuesday 6 May 2014

18:00 to 20:00
In preparation of the European Elections 2014, The Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM) at the School of Politics, University of Surrey is organising a public Hustings event with candidates that will stand for elections in the South East of England.

CRonEM Seminar: Dr Darren Sharpe

Wednesday 7 May 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Dr Darren Sharpe, Anglia Ruskin University

This seminar has been cancelled. 

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Seminar: Prof David Coen

Wednesday 14 May 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Professor David Cohen, UCL

jeanmonnet@CRonEM

With the support of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union.

China 25 Years Later: Remembering Tiananmen 1989

Monday 19 May 2014

4pm to 6pm

The violent crackdown on protesters on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4th 1989 has fundamentally altered China’s development and remains one of the defining moments of the twentieth century.

This public roundtable pays tribute to those who contributed to the democratic development in 1989 and assess the development of China over the past 25 years. It will remember and revisit the events, look at the current state of human rights in China and the legacy of the student movement for the country and look into the future of China’s integration with the international community.

CRonEM: Devolution in Sweden and the UK: Similar Challenges, Similar Fortunes?

Tuesday 20 May 2014

14:00 to 15:30
Dr Stegmann McCallion, Karlstad University, Sweden

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Seminar: Dr Dario Castiglione-CANCELLED

Wednesday 21 May 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Dr Dario Castiglione, University of Exeter

This seminar has been cancelled.

jeanmonnet@CRonEM

With the support of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union.

CRonEM: Sweden in the EU: An ‘Awkward Partner’ in the North?

Thursday 22 May 2014

10:00 to 11:30
Dr Malin Stegmann McCallion, Karlstad University, Sweden

CRonEM Annual Conference 2014

Monday 30 June 2014

Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, Lancaster University, UK; Professor Carl Stychin, City University, UK

CRONEM: Surrey Euro Forum Teacher Training

Thursday 10 July 2014

16:30 to 19:30

cii: Reconceptualising 'International Intervention'

Wednesday 30 July 2014

See below.

CRonEM: Surrey CommEUnicate Workshop

Thursday 13 November 2014

17.00 to 19.00

Frames In-Between: Street Level Taiwan

Monday 17 November 2014

18:00 to 20:00

An Exhibition featuring the work of Yehlin Lee to launch Taiwan Week - all welcome. The artist will give a talk about his work on Wednesday 19 November. The exhibition runs until Thursday 4 December. 

Oil Disease : Surviving Evil (油症-與毒共存)

Monday 17 November 2014

19:30 to 21:30

In 1979, two major events broke out in Taiwan that dramatically affected the country: the PCBs Poisoning Incident and the Kaohsiung Incident. After nearly three decades, Taiwan became an established democracy in Asia. But the surviving victims (and their second generation who have inherited the poison from birth) of the PCB disaster have been left alone in a never ending struggle to fight the toxin of the century which is flowing in their veins.

Taiwanese Photography and Film

Wednesday 19 November 2014

16:00 to 18:00
Yehlin Lee

Photographer Yehlin Lee talks to accompany his exhibition on Taiwan, followed by a Round Table discussion. 

The Other Side (對岸異鄉人)

Wednesday 19 November 2014

19:30

Another film from award winning director Tsung-Lung Tsai. 2009 was the 60th year that China and Taiwan have stood against each other. While the Chinese and the Taiwanese belong to the same ethnic group and speak the same language, the 300-mile Taiwan Strait remained a severely guarded military zone before the year 2000. It was, in fact, one of the most sensitive political regions in the world.

PR China’s United Front Strategy Towards Taiwan and East Asia

Tuesday 2 December 2014

16:00 to 18:00

The rise of China and the rapid economic integration in the so-called “Greater China region” is re-shaping relations in Asia.

Politics Month: The Role of the Whips in Parliament

Friday 13 March 2015

6pm
Anne Milton MP

Held during Politics Month, this lecture is also part of the UK Parliament’s Open Lecture series. This is a free event taking a more in-depth look at the role of Whips in Parliament and is open to anyone to attend. The lecture has been arranged with the Parliament’s Outreach Service which seeks to spread awareness of the processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament.
 

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