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Film: ‘Dr Who – Planet of the Ood’ and Talk: ‘IR and Sci-Fi’

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The CGC will hold a film screening of Dr Who – Planet of the Ood followed by a discussion with Prof Tony Lang and Dr Bill Vlcek on the subject ‘Other Worlds of our Making – International Relations and Sci-Fi’. Thursday 5 May in School I from 4-6pm. Wine reception to follow.

Professor Catherine Lu: ‘Justice and Reconciliation in International Relations’

The Centre for Global Constitutionalism and the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies are hosting a talk by Professor Catherine Lu of McGill University on Monday, 18 April, 5:00pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre.

Professor Lu will be speaking on the topic – ‘Justice and Reconciliation in International Relations’.  All are welcome.

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Lecture by Professor Antje Wiener from Hamburg University – Mon 4 April

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The Centre for Global Constitutionalism will be hosting a talk by Professor Antje Wiener of the University of Hamburg, a leading constructivist IR theorist, on Monday, 4 April at 5PM in the Arts Building Lecture Theatre.

The topic will be “Contested Norms in International Encounters: The ‘Turbot War’ as Prelude to Fairer Global Fisheries Governance”.

Upcoming CGC Events

‘Protest and Politicization. Critical Theory in Times of Resistance’ Professor Christian Volk, University of Trier, Germany. Tuesday, 8 March, 5 pm-7pm, Arts Building, Seminar Room 2

‘Normalcy and Normativity: Constitutive and Contestatory Practices in Global Governance’ Professor Antje Weiner, University of Hamburg, Germany. Monday, 4 April, 5pm Arts Lecture Theatre

‘Justice and Reconciliation in International Relations’ Professor Catherine Lu, McGill University, Canada. Monday, 18 April, 5pm Arts Lecture Theatre. Cosponsored with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Update on CGC Activities and Events – February 2016

From Professor Tony Lang, Director, Centre for Global Constitutionalism

For some time, the CGC has had a blog option on its website. This has been used by a few of us, but we’d like to encourage more students and scholars with interests in the broadly defined field of Global Constitutionalism to utilize it and submit articles and blog posts (email address below).

With that in mind, let me start things off with a few announcements about the Centre and its activities.

First, I’m very pleased to announce our four interns for the 2015-2016 academic year: Max Curtis, Kate Cyr, Ashley Gierlach, and Christine Kim. In fact, they have been hard at work on projects and activities related to the Centre, and they will be working hard on activities in the coming semester. Welcome to our interns!

Second, two new members of staff in the School of International Relations have joined the Centre. Dr Adam Bower, who recently arrived from fellowships at Oxford University and the European University Institute, focuses on IR theory (especially constructivism and theories of contestation and strategic action), international organizations, disarmament, international humanitarian law, and the International Criminal Court. More specifically, his work examines how legal institutions — especially multilateral treaties– influence international affairs by transforming expectations about appropriate conduct. Dr Mateja Peters, who recently arrived from the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, focuses on global governance and international organisations, peace operations and state-building, questions of international authority, and the broader politics of international interventions in (post-) conflict territories. Both will be working with the Centre on their research themes which will greatly enhance the work of the Centre.

Third, the Centre will soon be issuing its first annual report, a result of the efforts of research fellow Dr Iain Ferguson. Dr Ferguson has developed a methodology for measuring and assessing changes in international law and institutions relating to constitutionalism. The report should appear in late March. Watch this space for more details!

Fourth, the Centre will soon be posting a series of videos describing its mandate and coming projects. These videos will give easy to access information on the Centre and will become a regular feature of our work.

Fifth, Centre Director Professor Anthony Lang along with Centre Board Member Professor Antje Wiener of Hamburg University are currently working on a Handbook of Global Constitutionalism to be published by Edward Elgar Press in late 2016 or early 2017. This Handbook will include a wide range of contributions from scholars all over the world, covering different historical periods and theoretical traditions. A draft introduction to the Handbook is available for viewing here.

Finally, please keep an eye out for our upcoming events. These include lectures by scholars from the universities in Canada and Germany. In addition, we will be working with some of the student groups here at St Andrews to develop alternative ways of advancing our research and activities. Please watch our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) and this website for more details on all our activities. And, do not hesitate to contact us via our email address at globcon@st-andrews.ac.uk

Internships at The Centre for Global Constitutionalism

We will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, 23 September at 3:00 PM in Room 243 of the Arts Building for students and postgrads interested in finding out more about the CGC internships programme. At the meeting, information will be available on the types of responsibilities an internship would entail and the application process.

More information on CGC internships can be found here.

 

 

 

Workshop on Challenging the Narrative of Cost-Free War

An interdisciplinary workshop between the University of Hull, Remote Control and the University of St Andrews.

10th – 11th September 2015
Seminar Room 2,
Arts Faculty Building,
The Scores

Contemporary Western narratives highlight and perpetuate the idea that war has no cost. Drawing on the legacies of the Kosovo war, it has become fashionable to argue that the Western dependence on aerial warfare has few costs for those involved. Indeed this narrative has been cemented in the Western press and government circles through the idea of ‘precision’ strikes, targeted killings of opponents and the all-pervasive myth that Western actions have few consequences on the ground. Using the ideas, narratives and cultures of those on the receiving end of Western strikes this workshop argues that Western narratives ignore the very essence, the substance and the timings of what constitutes opposition to aerial warfare by real people in real places. While it may be comfortable to argue that for example drone strikes have no negative consequences for the West this workshop explores the many ways in which resistance is formed, ferments and fuels counter Western narratives.

For more information on the programme  please click here .