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PAIS: A Consistently Top-Ranked Politics Department

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick has moved up to 3rd place out of 80 UK Politics Departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. This prestigious league table also continues to place us 1st in the Russell Group for both ‘teaching quality’ and ‘student experience’. This departmental success was announced just days after the news that the University of Warwick has been recognised as the best university in the UK for teaching quality and as runner up University of the Year by The Good University Guide, the internationally respected British university rankings guide published by The Sunday Times.

Professor Matthew Clayton, Head of PAIS, commented: “It is always pleasing when the collaborative efforts of staff and students to sustain an inclusive and productive learning environment are recognised in national league tables, but particularly gratifying this year given the challenges posed by the pandemic. PAIS is a special department in which every member of the community is supported to find their own voice by engaging with the best scholarship in our discipline. I congratulate colleagues and students alike for their work and look forward to our building on this consistent success in the future.”

Dr Justin Greaves, Director of Student Experience and Progression, commented: “This is brilliant news for the PAIS Department and all our students, alumni, and staff. It follows our great success in the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) where we were 1st out of all Politics departments in the Russell Group in all categories, including 1st for overall student satisfaction. These consistent results are a testament to the hard work and brilliance of everyone who works and studies in PAIS, along with our ethos as viewing students as partners, producers, and collaborators, and valuing and acting on student feedback. We will continue to place a strong emphasis on academic support, including on study choices, and employability and skills. I look forward to working with our incoming and returning students to ensure that the PAIS Department continues to go from strength to strength. Congratulations everyone!”

Thank you to all our students and staff for PAIS' continued success.

Wed 22 Sep 2021, 08:37 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

Viva Success For Mahmoud Abdou

Congratulations to Mahmoud Abdou, who passed his viva on the 10th January. His internal examiner was Professor George Christou (PAIS) and his external examiner was Professor Neophytos Loizides from the University of Kent. His thesis on "International law and the territorial controls of non-state armed groups in Yemen and Libya (2011-2015)" was supervised by Briony Jones and Richard Aldrich at PAIS, and is informed by postcolonialism in IR theory and the Third World Approach to International Law (TWAIL). Mahmoud hopes to publish it as a book soon.

Wed 19 Jan 2022, 15:52 | Tags: Staff, PhD

Cornell International Affairs Review, Spring 2022 – Now accepting Submissions

Founded in 2007, the Cornell International Affairs Review (CIAR) is a biannual, student-run academic journal at Cornell University dedicated to publishing undergraduate, postgraduate, and expert scholarship on contemporary international affairs and international relations.

The Review focuses on both traditional political science approaches and multidisciplinary research, and thus welcomes submissions from any relevant field of study. Papers should preferably address events and trends that are not well-established in current international relations scholarship, yet have immediate global relevance and engage a broader and more diverse audience beyond the traditional academic sphere. We particularly encourage papers that seek to address historically underrepresented demographics, as well as lesser-studied regions, individuals, and events, as well as the submission of papers that utilise non-English language secondary scholarship or primary source research.

For further information go to:

Final Deadlines:
• Priority: January 31, 2022
• Final: February 20, 2022

Fri 14 Jan 2022, 14:21 | Tags: Staff, PhD, MA, UG

Online Book Launch: Vernacular Rights Cultures

The Critical South Asia Group at Warwick presents: Vernacular Rights Cultures

How to decolonise global human rights? This panel discussion will launch Sumi Madhok's new book Vernacular Rights Cultures.

Thursday 20 January 2022
17:30 – 19:00 GMT (Online)

About this event

Vernacular Rights Cultures argues that decolonising global human rights requires a serious epistemic accounting of the historically and politically specific encounters with human rights, and of the forms of world-making that underpin the stakes and struggles for rights and human rights around the globe. It demonstrates that subaltern struggles call into being different and radical ideas of justice, politics and citizenship, and open up different possibilities and futures for human rights.

Upendra Baxi (Research Professor of Law, Jindal Global Law School)
Yassin M. Brunger (School of Law, Queen's University Belfast)
Bal Sokhi-Bulley (School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex)
Illan Wall (School of Law, University of Warwick)

Sumi Madhok (Department of Gender Studies, London School of Economics)

Shirin Rai (Warwick Interdisciplinary Centre for International Development; PAIS, University of Warwick)

Register now on Eventbrite.

Stuart Elden awarded Leverhulme major research fellowship

Stuart Elden has been awarded a Leverhulme major research fellowship for three years, to begin on 1 October 2022. The full list of awards is here.

Stuart's project has the title of 'Mapping Indo-European thought in 20th century France', looking at both French and émigré scholars, with a particular focus on Emile Benveniste, Georges Dumézil, Mircea Eliade and Julia Kristeva. The work will use the extensive archives of Benveniste, Dumézil and Eliade, located in Paris and Chicago, and historically situate the work within wider debates about the politics, languages and geography of Europe. Planned outputs include a book and linked articles.

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