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East Asia Study Group Research Seminar with Dr. Titipol Phakdeewanich

Dr. Titipol Phakdeewanich is based at the Faculty of Political Science at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand. Previously, he has been a Visiting Research Fellow on Human Rights at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Sweden. His research is focused on finding actual solutions to problems experienced by the under-represented, marginalised, and disenfranchised groups within Thailand. In this seminar, Dr. Phakdeewanich discusses the relevance of the Thai ‘patronage system’ as a paradigm for understanding politics in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: 25th February 2022

Time: 09:00-10:00 AM

Venue: Zoom meeting

This seminar is part of the East Asia Study Group (EASG) Seminar Series. For further information, meeting link and passcode, please contact the EASG at easg@warwick.ac.uk


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.

Speakers
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)

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

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

Register now on Eventbrite.


Quantitative Methods Alumnae(i) Series

The QM alumnae(i) events series is back, Season 3! Past and current UG and PGT students share about data analysis, its quickly evolving methods and tools, and related professional prospects. Participants are (were) in one of the QM degrees , or take (took) one of our 10+ QS/POQ options.

Our first date this year is 23.11, with talks about data analysis applied to human rights (UN OHCHR in Geneva), and to OpenStreetMap data and transport (Leeds Institute for Data Analytics).

Follow us here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/currentstudents/postgraduatemasters/academicsupport/qmevents/

Wed 20 Oct 2021, 09:05 | Tags: Staff, PhD, MA, UG, Comparative Politics and Democratisation

NSS 2021: PAIS top in every category among Russell Group peers

NSS logo with the text The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is thrilled to announce that, for the second year in a row, we are placed 1st for “overall student satisfaction” among Russell Group Politics Departments in the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS). This is a position that we are proud to have held for 4 out of the past 6 years.

In the NSS 2021, PAIS came top in every category among Russell Group Politics Departments:

  • 1st for Teaching
  • 1st for Learning Opportunities
  • 1st for Assessment and Feedback
  • 1st for Organisation and Management
  • 1st for Learning Resources
  • 1st for Learning Community
  • 1st for Student Voice
  • 1st for Academic Support

The 2021 results show that we are 1st in the Russell Group on 20 of the 27 NSS questions and in 2nd place on a further 5 questions.

For six years in a row, PAIS has ranked either 1st or 2nd on overall student satisfaction amongst the Russell Group. The 2021 outcomes reflect our best ever performance across all categories in our peer group; they demonstrate our close and effective partnership with the student body and our sustained commitment to the student experience.

Year

PAIS position in Russell Group for overall satisfaction

2021

1st

2020

1st

2019

2nd

2018

1st

2017

2nd

2016

1st

 

Across all programmes with which we are involved - both single and joint honours - we achieved 84% overall satisfaction. The Russell Group average for Politics was 72%.

These impressive outcomes are due to an outstanding team effort among our fantastic students, academics, and professional services colleagues, and demonstrate a partnership which we are extremely proud of. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and support for our teaching and student experience during a very challenging year for all concerned. We are pleased that our approach to blended delivery during restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic was appreciated by our students and we will continue to learn from student feedback to further enhance the student experience in 2021/22.

We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our amazing students and dedicated staff to sustain and build on these strong results, which reflect our deep commitment to research-led teaching excellence. At the start of the new academic year, we will feed back in greater detail to all students and we will discuss and take forward ideas for further enhancement of the PAIS student experience via our Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs).

In particular, we will intensify our work on liberating and decolonising the curriculum, employability and building a sense of community and belonging. We will support and promote student wellbeing and work with partner Departments to ensure continued excellence across all programmes, in particular joint degrees.

*See the Office for Students website for more details and the full data. The results are based on the official Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) subject breakdowns and the 20 Russell Group institutions which met the publications threshold for Politics.


Q-Step Online Seminar: "Terrorism, Trust, and Ethnic Identification in Nigeria"

The next Q-Step research seminar will take place on Zoom next Monday, 15th June, 2pm–3pm.

Robin Harding, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, https://www.robinharding.org/

"Terrorism, Trust, and Ethnic Identification: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Nigeria"

Abstract: Terrorism is increasingly a problem across Africa, but as yet little work has sought to investigate its political effects. Studies in Europe and the US suggest that terrorist attacks can increase political trust, but it is unclear whether we should expect these findings to hold in a context where political institutions are often fragile, and where political violence is frequent. We investigate this question in Nigeria, where terrorism has been widespread and increasing over the past decade. Making use of unexpected attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram, which occurred during the fieldwork of a public opinion survey, we show that even in a context of weak state institutions and frequent terrorist activities terrorist attacks significantly increase political trust. Previous studies in other contexts have attributed such effects to a "rally round the flag" mechanism, whereby people look to national state institutions as the legitimate source of security in the face of terrorist threat. A further implication of this argument is that terrorism should result in a stronger sense of collective national identity. Counter to this, we find that terror attacks in this context actually reduce the salience of respondents' national identity, instead significantly increasing ethnic identification. This fits with arguments from social psychology which suggest that fear and insecurity can lead people to identify more strongly with their in-group. These findings have important implications for understanding the political effects of terrorism in contexts where society is divided along ethnic lines and where ethnic divisions are politically salient.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2747390271?pwd=NVNnYVBOUGNvWndyckxHQXlwczJpZz09

Meeting ID: 274 739 0271

Password: 1234


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