Research workshops

Territorial Sovereignty in Crisis: Human Security from Calais to Climate Change

Planned for a future date

In this early career workshop, we seek to integrate different philosophical perspectives on sovereignty and territory, with a particular attention to the challenges posed by the refugee crisis, climate change, and the dwindling natural resources in occupied territories. There is an increasing pressure to find answers to questions such as: How do we distribute responsibilities and duties to respond to environmental crisis? Should environmental concerns be part of a theory of just war and intervention? How do we go about assessing the legitimacy of new resource acquisition in territories like Antarctica, or in outer space? Can states claim exclusive resource rights anywhere, as well as extensive powers of border control? How do resource rights influence questions of secession?

These issues have received attention from a variety of philosophical traditions, which have remained for the most part in isolation from each other. This event aims at integrating them and at the same time providing early-career researchers with the opportunity to discuss and gather feedback on their finished work, for improving accessibility and impact of their research. To achieve this, the participants to this pre-read workshop will discuss content, but also style, structure, exposition, audience of the papers, and other relevant elements for the purpose of publication in top-tier journals. The workshop encourages debate among scholars engaged in the territorial rights debate, historical injustice, environmental justice, international legal theory, pragmatism, biopolitics and new materialism.

Governance beyond the Anthropocene: Ecological Issues in European Political Practice and Thought

This workshop took place on 22 June 2018. Supported with a Small Events Grant of £1000 by the Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), the workshop sought to bring together research perspectives from European policy-making, law and political thought to explore how the prevalence of ecological issues such as sustainable energy, resource security and climate change impacts on our understanding of politics. It aimed to create a multi-dimensional insight to how governance might or should conceptualise its scope, subjects and pathways of realisation beyond the Anthropocene.

Focusing on policy-making within the EU, where ecological issues are found to be taking 'centre stage', the connection of European Studies scholarship to broader legal and philosophical debates allows for the critical review of current environmental policies. In particular, the event aimed to draw out the practical-political purchase and applicability of recent ecological thought which calls for the revision of established political and legal notions of life, agency and responsibility.

Research Seminar Series

New Perspectives on Security and Governance

The research group has recently hosted a research seminar series with guest talks from 6 external speakers.

The speakers series began with the following three talks:

  • "Biopolitics and Checkpoint 300 in Occupied Palestine: Bodies, Affect, Discipline" by Dr Jemima Repo, Lecturer in the Politics of Gender, Newcastle University; Discussant: Hannah Richter
  • Who is responsible for Kosovo? The politics of statebuilding and transnational justice" by Dr Aidan Hehir, Reader in Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster; Discussant: Dr Elisa Randazzo
  • “Security and Governance as Anti-philosophy” by Prof Michael Dillon, Emerit. Professor in Politics, Lancaster University; Discussant: Hannah Richter