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NSS Now Open For PAIS Finalists

NSS LogoThe National Student Survey (NSS) is now open at the link below. In partnership with our students, we have built the department together. Thank you! We’d love your feedback on the three or four years you have spent with us.


Why else complete the survey?

  • Treat Yourself – each online participant will receive £5 Eating at Warwick credit, as a thank you
  •  Help Someone Else – for each response, PAIS will donate £5 to the Warwick Cancer Research Centre, our finalists chosen charity
  • Shape the Department - your feedback will help shape the future of the PAIS department

It will take just 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback matters and makes a huge difference as shown on our You Said We Did page.

Please remember the £5 credit only applies to those who complete online so please complete early to ensure you do not lose out.

Simply send your confirmation email – after completing the survey - to to receive your £5.

The results are highly visible, often reported in the media and used by prospective students to help make their university choices. Their high profile has delivered positive, progressive change for PAIS students.

Last year PAIS achieved 94% for overall satisfaction. In recent years PAIS has often had the highest participation rate across the University.

Mon 05 February 2018, 10:47 | Tags: Front, UG

Charlotte Heath-Kelly and Steve Kettell Give TEDx Talks

Drs Charlotte Heath-Kelly and Steve Kettell recently gave TEDx talks, for TEDx Warwick, on the theme of conflict.

Dr Heath-Kelly's talk, The Motivation of Terrorism, explored the motivations of terrorism, as identified through Charlotte's interviews with members of EOKA (a terrorist organization based in Cyprus).

Dr Kettell's talk, The Necessity of Secularism, addressed the role religion plays in warfare and will question society’s habit of hastily blaming religion for conflict.

Fri 09 February 2018, 13:44 | Tags: Front, Staff, Impact, PhD, MA, UG, Research

Jennifer Philippa Eggert Gives Guest Lecture on Gender and Terrorism

Jennifer Philippa Eggert, an Early Career Fellow based at the IAS and in PAIS, was recently invited by Dr. Steve Hewitt to hold a guest lecture on gender and terrorism to the students in his class, at the Department of History of the University of Birmingham, focusing on the history of terrorism.

Fri 09 February 2018, 13:04 | Tags: Staff, PhD

Fourth volume of Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality published, posthumously - expert comment from Prof Stuart Elden

Stuart EldenLes aveux de la chair [Confessions of the Flesh], the fourth volume of French philosopher Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality is published today (Feb 8, 2018), despite Foucault’s expressed wish that there should be ‘no posthumous publications’.

Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography, in Warwick University’s Politics and International Studies Department and Monash Warwick Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University, is one of the leading experts in Foucault’s work.

He comments on the significance of today’s publication and on Foucault’s academic legacy:

“While Michael Foucault worked across many conventional academic disciplines, he was essentially a philosopher who explored questions through historical investigations. Most of his books are titled the history of something – madness, sexuality – or the birth of something – the clinic, the prison. He sometimes described his work as archaeologies – digging down to discover previously unseen layers, or genealogies – tracing roots and lineages of ideas and practices. But this work was always to try to explore larger questions – why do we think the way that we do, or know what we do; how does power work over us; what does it mean to be a subject?

“In many ways Les aveux de la chair is the key to the whole History of Sexuality series. In 1976, with the publication of the first volume, Foucault outlined a thematic treatment of six volumes. The second book, on that plan, was to be on the medieval church and especially the question of confession of sins. Its initial title was La chair et le corps [The Flesh and the Body]. Foucault wrote much of a volume under this title. But he came to realise that crucial issues in the Christian tradition could be traced much further back. So through the late 1970s and early 1980s, which we can see in his lectures and other sources, he explored older and older historical material.

“This book is the result of this work. But Foucault felt that he needed to precede this book with a treatment of pagan antiquity, as he came to realise that many of the issues in the early Christian tradition had links to Greek and Roman texts and practices. So he put this book aside, wrote the books which were published as Volumes II and III, and the intended book on Christianity became Volume IV.

“The book is in three parts. The first discusses how the ancient notion of aphrodisia – a notion we might understand as pleasure, became replaced with the Christian notion of the flesh. That, in turn, precedes our modern understanding of sexuality. The second and third parts of the book discuss being a virgin and being married. These are the two key subjects that the Church fathers are concerned with – the monk and the married man.

“The book is much closer in style to Volumes II and III than some of Foucault’s other works. It is written in an austere style of textual analysis, without the kind of rhetorical flourishes that characterise some of his other work.”

Reflecting on Foucault’s continued relevance, Professor Elden added: “Foucault only rarely wrote about contemporary events. In his lectures and interviews, and especially in his political activism around prisons and health in the early 1970s, he sometimes connected his work to the current moment. But most often he was concerned with the historical analysis of issues. He spoke of his work as a ‘history of the present’, an examination of how we got to where we are, how what is currently taken for granted was made possible. The issues he was concerned with – madness and mental illness, medicine and health, punishment, sexuality and so on – remain pressing issues today and Foucault’s investigation of these issues, and perhaps especially the questions he asked about them, mean he continues to be a regular reference.

“With the publication of his lecture courses, and now this entire book, we are continually finding new work to explore and think with him.”

8 February 2018

Thu 08 February 2018, 13:26 | Tags: Front, Staff, Research

PAIS Student Article Shortlisted for Prize

An article by Columba Achilleos-Sarll, a PAIS PhD student, has been short-listed for the 2017 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association’s Annual Student Essay Competition.

The article, entitled, 'Reconceptualising Foreign Policy as Gendered, Sexualised and Racialised: Towards a Postcolonial Feminist Foreign Policy (Analysis)', can be downloaded for free here:

Thu 08 February 2018, 11:39 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA, UG, International Relations and Security

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