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Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies seminars 2022/23

See the schedule of seminars taking place in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies.

March 2023 Seminars

Seminars will take place in 1 West North 2.4 from 13.15-14.05 GMT.

Tuesday 28th March 2023

  • Speaker: Dr Jonathan Wheatley, Oxford Brookes University
  • Time: 13.15-14.05
  • Title: Do Candidates’ Policy Positions Matter to Voters? Evidence from the 2021 Elections to the Welsh Senedd
  • Abstract: Candidate-based electoral systems are designed to ensure that those elected are individually accountable to voters. However, legislators are only likely to represent constituents’ policy interests if voters cast their ballots for those candidates who are closest to them on policy issues. We study the impact of candidates’ policy positions on voters’ electoral preferences in the 2021 elections to the Welsh Parliament. Using mass online survey data and a fixed-effects approach, we find that despite the “second-order” character of Welsh parliamentary elections, candidates’ policy positions did have an impact on voters’ electoral preferences. However, that effect is small, limited to issues that voters see as particularly important, and only emerges among voters with high political interest. Overall, our findings question one of the core justifications for candidate-based electoral systems.

April Seminars 2023

Seminars will take place in 1 West North 2.4 from 13.15-14.05 GMT.

Tuesday 18th April 2023

  • Speaker: Prof Michael Kenny, University of Cambridge
  • Time: 13.15-14.05
  • Title: Has the British State Forgotten the Art of Territorial Management?
  • Abstract: TBA

Tuesday 25th April 2023

  • Speaker: Dr James Pow, Queen's University Belfast
  • Time: 13.15-14.05
  • Title: Polarisation and Participation: Do Deep Divisions Mobilise Ethnic Hardliners and Deter Moderates?
  • Abstract: In polities with a recent history of ethnic conflict, elections typically remain dominated by the ethnic dimension. As voters seek to maximise the strength of their group’s political representation, other issues and ideological divisions tend to play a lesser role. At the same time, many eligible voters abstain from these often-polarising contests, giving rise to important questions. Do such elections largely mobilise those with the strongest ethnic identities and deter moderates? Or are the attitudes of voters and non-voters fundamentally similar in terms of ethnicity, but different in relevant non-ethnic ways, such as perceived internal efficacy? Using cross-sectional survey data collected after Northern Ireland Assembly elections in 2016 and 2022, this paper seeks to explain the main determinants of voting versus non-voting against a backdrop of ethnic polarization. The findings will deepen our understanding of democratic inclusion and representation in deeply divided places, particularly those with power-sharing institutions.

May Seminar 2023

Seminars will take place in 1 West North 2.4 from 13.15-14.05 GMT.

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

  • Speaker: Prof Edward Welch, University of Aberdeen
  • Time: 13.15-14.05
  • Title: Mosquito Eradication and the Environments of Spatial Planning in Post-War France
  • Abstract: Post-war France was transformed by a sustained period of spatial planning and development, what the French term aménagement du territoire, most notably during the presidency of Charles de Gaulle (1958-69). Alongside motorways, hydroelectric dams and other forms of infrastructure, aménagement produced a string of tourist resorts along the Mediterranean coast. In order to be viable, they required an extensive programme of mosquito eradication (démoustication). This paper explores the politics of mosquito eradication as it played out during the 1960s and government planners clashed with local interest groups concerned by the methods and consequences of démoustication. It goes on to consider broader perspectives on the relationship between spatial planning and the environment opened up by the policy: first in terms of how spatial planning involved the radical reengineering of landscapes and environments in visible and invisible ways; and second in terms of the often unforeseen legacies of those interventions as they have emerged over time, not least as France begins to face the realities of climate crisis.

Past seminars

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Tuesday 7th February 2023

  • Speaker: Emily Clifford, University of Exeter
  • Title: Human Trafficking and Futurescapes of Protection in Global Britain

Tuesday 14th February 2023

  • Speaker: Leah Owen, Swansea University
  • Title: ‘Enemies within, Enemies without’: Exploring the Role of Location and Urgency in Far Right/Extreme Securitising Politics

Tuesday 21st February 2023

  • Speaker: Charlotte Luckner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Title: Does Gender Matter? An Analysis of Women Cabinet Ministers and Their Influence on Climate Policies

Tuesday 28th February 2023

  • Speaker: Dr Anouk Rigterink, Durham University
  • Title: Mining Competition and Violent Conflict in Africa

Tuesday 7th March 2023

  • Speaker: Jess Mezo, University of Bath
  • Title: Jou-Naissance - Or How We Recover from 'the Modern Condition' through Modes of Surrealist Resistance

Tuesday 14th March 2023

  • Speaker: Dr Federica Genovese, University of Essex
  • Title: Papal Dividends: Popes’ Political Communications and Financial Markets

Tuesday 21st March 2023

  • Speaker: Prof Peter John, King's College London
  • Title: Nudge+: How to Encourage Citizen Empowerment in Behavioural Public Policy

Seminar enquires

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