How Could the Paris Attacks Alter European Politics?
This event took place at Chatham House, on the 14th of December 2015. Prof. John Gaffney spoke on how the Paris attacks changed European politics. Here is the link to the event at Chatham House: https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/how-could-paris-attacks-alter-european-politics
The chatham house event probed the effects of the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015 upon the future of European politics and in particular far right politics. The event was chaired by the director and Chatham house and the event was attended by 150 people. The panel looked at the issues from three related perspectives; the role of 'islamism' or radical islam in the paris attacks and in European politics generally; the development of right wing populism as a pan-European phenomenon and, conversely, from 'within' nation states - in the case of France looking at the French-specific conditions of these developments - institutions, traditions, history, personalities, the media, and culture. The presentations were followed by a long and lively Q&A.
Watch a short video from the event HERE.
PIR Lunchtime Seminar Series: 2nd meeting - 18th November: The Impact of the Paris Attacks on French and European Politics
Speakers: Professor Simon Green, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the School of Languages and Social Sciences, Dr Virginie Grzelczyk, Politics and International Relations
Summary: Two invited speakers shared with students on the, very up-to-date, issue of the attacks on the French capital on 13th November 2015. The speakers focused on the impact of events on the population of France (Dr Grzelczyk) and more broad consequences of the attacks for the European and British politics (Prof. Green). Students and gathered staff asked a number of interesting questions with regard to the following themes: radicalisation of youngsters and the role that secular education plays in it in France and Belgium; validity, and in fact desirability, of Schengen agreement; security threat and potential French/European/World response; Muslim community responsibility? The debate was also linked to the Asylum seekers regulation, uncertainty of available information, and potential effects of counteracting such events with measures affecting civil liberties.
Staying in the Fast Lane: Britain's Auto Industry in Europe
The relationship between Britain’s automotive industry and the European Union (EU), will be top of the agenda at an event, ‘Staying in The Fast Lane: Britain’s Auto Industry in Europe’, to be hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe this week (12 November).
Leading academics, professionals, trade bodies, practitioners and media commentators will gather to consider the effectiveness of the current relationship of the sector with the EU, and the implications should the UK vote to leave the EU in next year’s referendum. T
There are concerns that should a ‘Brexit’ be realised, then the automotive industries in neighbouring countries, such as Germany, France and Italy, will not only benefit in terms of export sales, but also in terms of shaping future regulation of the sector. Yet others claim that Britain could negotiate a trade deal with Europe and the UK auto industry could thrive if the UK were to leave the EU.
In the past three years, £7.5bn has been invested by major automotive assemblers in the UK, and the sector contributes 4% of UK GDP. Around 45% of UK automotive exports are to the EU, so the ongoing relationship is vital to the continued competitiveness and success of the industry in this country.
Delivering the keynote speech at the event will be Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Read more HERE and see the full programme HERE
Oral History and Cuba: A Changing Society?
As Paul Thompson states in the Preface of his landmark work Voices of the Past, 'the richest possibilities of Oral History lie within the development of a more socially conscious and democratic history' (2000, vi). In the Cuban context, oral history is a vital tool in understanding popular experience, and producing narratives of social change from below. Yet in this context, oral history has sometimes been a challenging experience for researchers, due to the ideological orientation of the Cuban Revolutionary government and the weight of 'official history', serving to narrow access for researchers, and the scope of the sayable for citizens.
This one day international workshop therefore seeks to break new ground, by bringing together academics who have conducted oral history research in Cuba or with Cubans living outside Cuba. It will also count with the presence of Professor Paul Thompson, founder of the Oral History society and founding editor of the journal Oral History, who will offer final remarks to close the day.
The impact of the Charlie Hebdo attack on French and European politics
Lunchtime Current Affairs Talks in Politics and International Relations
Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015
How has the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo impacted the political scene in France, and in Europe? Is it likely to lead to changes in further tightening security measures, or a change in our understanding of free speech? Will it contribute to strengthening populist and xenophobic voices? What are the lessons for Britain?
The event will include a short introductory talk, followed by discussion.
Speaker: Professor John Gaffney, Politics and International Relations
Younger Voters Views of the EU at a Time of Change
Aston Centre for Europe & Interland Joint Seminar on Younger Voters Views, February 2015.
UK–EU relations have frequently been marked by significant differences about the direction of European integration. Nonetheless, for forty years British membership of the EU was regarded as a fixed feature of the political landscape. Since the formation of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government, following the UK General Election of 2010, this situation has changed radically and David Cameron’s referendum pledge has made a British exit from the EU a serious, if far from certain, prospect for the first time since the UK's first referendum on staying in the ‘Common Market’ in 1975.
Presenting the results of our European Commission-sponsored researches, this seminar focuses on just one neglected and overlooked section of the electorate: younger voters living in disadvantaged communities. Recent coverage of public opinion on the European issue in British politics has tended to focus on UKIP’s core electorate of older voters, of white ethnicity, on lower incomes, living in small- and medium-sized towns, who have a higher propensity to have finished formal education at the age of 15. We propose to turn this on its head by looking at marginalised younger voters’ views of Britain’s relationship with the European Union in context, reporting back from a series of events held around the West Midlands on younger voters’ views of the EU and considering these findings in a much broader context with presentations from political scientists, MEPs and other experts.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships at Aston University’s Aston Centre for Europe in Birmingham
The Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) is looking to host exceptional fellows in the framework of the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme. The scheme enables eligible applicants to come to Aston University for a period from 12 to 24 months with the aims of undertaking world class research, career development, and knowledge transfer activities.
Eligible researchers are
- researchers in possession of a doctoral degree or who have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
- who at the time of the deadline for submission (10 September 2015), have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline.
Experience suggests that successful researchers have strong CVs, with publications in well-ranked international journals, and a good range of experience (teaching, industry/non-academic, PhD supervision). The Guide for Applicants will enable full appreciation of the aims and objectives of the scheme - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
ACE is a highly regarded research centre on European issues within the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University. In the UK government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ACE was ranked as the best institute for European area studies research in the UK outside of London, with 81% of our research being ranked as world leading or internationally excellent. Situated in the vibrant city of Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, Aston University offers excellent possibilities and facilities for researchers. For more information on ACE, CLICK HERE.
Expertise at ACE covers a wide range of topics related to European studies, broadly defined, but also many other aspects of political science and international relations. We are especially looking for applications in the following fields, although proposals are heavily encouraged to be multidisciplinary in nature: EU politics, political leadership, political rhetoric, comparative politics (UK/France/Germany), the left in the UK and France, German politics, European cyber security, the European Union's fight against organized crime, housing and planning policy, federalism, political parties, federalism and decentralisation, religion and politics, conflict and security in Asia, rogue states, peacebuilding and transitional justice in the Western Balkans, regional development policy, politics of the welfare state, foreign investments in Central and Eastern Europe, comparative regionalism (Europe/ East Asia) and European external development policy.
If you are interested, please send a full academic CV, a 1,000 word research project outline and a short cover letter outlining why you think a Marie Curie at Aston would boost your career to Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4 May 2015. Selection will be carried out by mid-May, and selected applicants will be appointed a mentor from ACE, who will assist them in preparing the application to the European Commission for the 10 September 2015 deadline.