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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

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)

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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.

Tom Sorell Receives AHRC-DFG Funding Award

Professor Tom Sorell has just received an AHRC-DFG funding award with Sven Berneker at Cologne University on Vaccine Hesitancy and Epistemology. The value of the UK part led by Tom is over £330,000 over 24 months, starting in February 2022. The project considers the difference between vaccine scepticism and vaccine hesitancy in relation to Covid vaccines and vaccines more generally. Vaccine scepticism rejects expert authority. Vaccine hesitancy is probably something different and is differently justified. The research will explore different influences on vaccine hesitancy, including social media misinformation and views about "natural" and unnatural treatments. The project brings epistemology and applied ethics together, and is informed by empirical health psychology while being primarily philosophical.

You can find out more information on the UK-Germany collaborations on the UK Research and Innovation website.

Mon 22 Nov 2021, 15:41 | Tags: Staff Faculty of Social Sciences Research

Oz Hassan publishes 'Reassessing the European' with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Oz Hassan has published a piece with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was previously a Visiting Scholar. Reassessing the European Strategy in Afghanistan analyses the EU’s approach to reconstruction efforts and democracy assistance following the 2001 invasion and shows why the EU approach was deeply flawed. It argues that the EU will now have to accept lower policy ambitions following the 2021 defeat and start adjusting to a post-American world - available here:

Wed 17 Nov 2021, 16:22 | Tags: Staff, Impact, PhD, MA, UG, International Relations and Security, Research

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