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Two interviews with Stuart Elden - about Foucault, territory, terrain and other questions

Two interviews with Stuart Elden have recently been published.

First, a two part interview on the Journal of the History of Ideas blog about his work tracing an intellectual history of Michel Foucault's career - part one and part two.

And second, a podcast with Nico Buitendag on territory, terrain, Shakespeare and other questions - available on Soundcloud or Youtube.

Wed 06 May 2020, 14:02 | Tags: Staff, Research

Global Insights: COVID-19 and the Global South

Thursday April 7 - 4pm-5pm 

The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at Warwick present the second panel in our weekly live-streamed Global Insights series with our partners in Canada, the US, Ethiopia and Germany

Warwick experts from PAIS and the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID) will be joined by colleagues from the Balsillie School in Canada, the Institute for Strategic Affairs in Ethiopia, American University in the US, and Konstanz Universitat in Germany to share their views on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the global south.

Issues addressed in this episode will include gender, elections, food security, migration, security, justice and human rights.


Ann Fitz-Gerald (moderator), Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), Canada


Briony Jones, PAIS/WICID, University of Warwick, researches the nexus between development, peacebuilding and justice.

Shirin Rai, PAIS/WICID, University of Warwick, researches gender, governance and development.

Hallelujah Lulie, Institute for Strategic Affairs, Addis Ababa, researches African security and political elite bargaining.

Rachel Robinson, American University, Washington DC, is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on global health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, and sexuality education.

Jonathan Crush, BSIA and Wilfrid Laurier University, is an expert on migration, food security and hungry cities.

Anja Osei, University of Konstanz, researches democratisation, electoral autocracy and African politics.

About the Global Insights series

“Global Insights” is a weekly live-streamed, moderated panel series which provides different national and regional perspectives on big questions currently facing researchers, policymakers and planners worldwide in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

All are welcome. Sign up for free here:

Tue 05 May 2020, 09:37 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

PAIS to Launch Global Insights Panel Series reflecting on COVID-19 in collaboration with international partners in Canada, the US, Germany and Ethiopia

In collaboration with four of our international partners, PAIS is pleased to present “Global Insights” - a weekly live-streamed moderated panel series which will provide different national and regional perspectives on big questions currently facing researchers, policymakers and planners worldwide in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The first of the weekly Global Insights series will be held on Thursday, 30 April at 4pm-5pm:

COVID-19: Stress-test for the Global Economy

Hosted by Ann Fitz-Gerald, Director, Balsillie School of International Affairs,

University of Waterloo


John Ravenhill (Balsillie School, University of Waterloo)

Stephen Silvia (School of International Service, American University)

Lena Rethel (PAIS, University of Warwick - Director of CSGR)

Gerald Schneider (University of Konstanz)

Tewodros Mekonnen (Instutute for Strategic Affairs, Addis Ababa)


Please sign up for free at Eventbrite:

The edited recording will be posted to the Balsillie School You Tube channel by May 6th

Future sessions will include themes such as The Changing Global Balance of Power; A New Concept of Security; The Future of Democracy; Federalism; Climate Change; Public Health; Technology Innovation; Data, Digitalisation & Governance; Migration and Mobility; Multilateralism and International Cooperation…and more.

Look for more details of the second panel discussion - May 7, 2020: COVID-19 and the Global South.

Wed 29 Apr 2020, 16:10 | Tags: Staff UG Faculty of Social Sciences

PAIS HoD Nick Vaughan-Williams Email Update for Students

Dear PAIS Students,

We hope that you and your family/friends are well and safe during this difficult time.

Student Wellbeing

As always, the health and wellbeing of our students and colleagues remains the top priority of the University and the Department. We would therefore encourage you to reach out to your personal tutor, or to Ben Richardson, as our Director of Student Wellbeing in PAIS, if we can be of help to you. Colleagues in Wellbeing Support Services are also doing all they can to offer services to students via video and telephone so please do continue to make use of the support available to you.

Student Newsletters and FAQs

We hope that you have all signed up for, and been receiving, the central University student newsletter - Please do ensure that you read each issue thoroughly as this is main way for the University to keep you updated of all COVID-19 related issues as they impact on your student experience. Please note that these normally come from the email address. An archive of these student newsletters are available online for you to review.

Many of your questions will also hopefully be answered via the central FAQs, which the University will continue to update. In due course, the University will release more detailed information about learning, teaching, and assessment, which, in turn, will inform the Department’s approach – we appreciate your continued patience with this process.

When it comes to more specific issues, the Department is working closely with the University and seeking approval for our plans. Thank you for your understanding as we work together with the central University to ensure the delivery of solutions that are do-able, clear and ‘joined up’ across the University – we really appreciate it. Please be assured we are doing all that we can, in the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves, to ensure student wellbeing and academic progression.

With all best wishes,

Department of Politics and International Studies

Tue 31 Mar 2020, 13:04 | Tags: Staff, PhD, MA, UG, covid19

PAIS PhD Exchange within the Jean Monnet “BEAR” Network

Congratulations to Laura Vansina who won a mobility grant from the Jean Monnet Network “Between the EU and Russia” (BEAR)! Vansina, a first-year PhD researcher at PAIS working on Russian memory politics, visited the Universities of McGill and Montreal in Canada in February 2020 as part of an exchange fostering inter-university cooperation on research and teaching on the post-communist space. In Montreal, Vansina enhanced her work on her research proposal and taught a class at the University of Montreal.

Vansina writes about her exchange: ‘This research stay proved to be an extremely enriching experience. On the one hand, I acquired an abundance of new research perspectives and experiences that will be invaluable for my further PhD journey. This stay allowed me to expand my network and gain further insights into my research topic.

Not only did I have the opportunity to meet and discuss my ideas with a number of renowned scholars working on the post-Soviet space and memory studies, but I also was offered an opportunity to present my research and teach a class on Russian memory politics.

Arriving in such a multicultural and hospitable environment stimulated me a lot, both academically and personally. It was great to meet so many people with the same research interests and to discover new academic environments and approaches.

On the other hand, I learned how to survive on (-20°C) weather conditions and discovered that snowy patches on frozen lakes convert the less experienced ice skater into a human snowplow. I am very grateful to the BEAR Network for giving me this enriching opportunity. To all my PAIS peers presented with chances such as these, I wholeheartedly recommend accepting them with both hands and making the most of it!’

Tue 25 Feb 2020, 14:30 | Tags: Staff, PhD

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