Centre for European and International Studies Research


CEISR Research Seminars

All seminars held on Tuesdays, 5.00 - 6.30pm, in Dennis Sciama Building (room DS1.12), except where indicated.

23/10/2018, 5-6.30pm - 'Beyond Boko Haram: Writing the History of a Region in Conflict'

Dr Vincent Hiribarren (Kings College London)
3.03 St Andrews Court.

15/01/2019, 5:00-6.30pm - 'Illuminating Cambridge Admissions'

This paper is a discourse analytical account of the undergraduate admissions interview at the University of Cambridge, a gatekeeping encounter to which researchers have previously been denied access due to its politically sensitive nature. The paper explores interviews within two disciplines, English Literature and Economics, drawn from a broader corpus of over 60 hours of interview data, recorded in 2014. It finds that the admissions interview is, contrary to its name and reputation, best characterized at the interactional level as a teaching scenario in the guise of an assessment interview. The concepts of role, role performance, and role shifting are shown to be particularly useful for capturing the different interactional functions that the admissions interview encompasses, as well as accounting for the systemic breakdowns in communication between interviewer and candidate. These findings are then discussed in relation to the broader societal context, and in terms of future research directions.

Dr Daniel Weston (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
3.03 St Andrews Court 

19/03/2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm - 'From bounded to fuzzy regions in West Africa: The EU’s regional approach and the "making" of the Sahel'

Elisa Lopez Lucia, Visiting Fellow University of Portsmouth
2.16 Park Building

19/03/2019, 5:00 – 6:30pm - 'Language Cramming for Crown and Country: Wartime Japanese programs in Britain and their legacy'

Prof. Kayoka Takeda, Rikkyo University, Japan
3.03 St Andrews Court

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Annual Lecture 2019

Reinventing Grand Strategy: On the Micro-Processes of World Order

This year's Annual Lecture for the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) will be delivered by Professor Thierry Balzacq. Professor Balzacq is an internationally renowned scholar of security and holds the Franqui Research Chair at the University of Namur. Read more.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Park Building, room 3.01