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School of Government & International Affairs

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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Elements of a Theory of Global Politics: from the Holocaust to the 21st Century

7:30am, Great Hall, Durham Castle, David Held, Professor of Politics and International Relations, and Master of University College, Durham University

The issues that increasingly dominate the 21 century cannot be solved by any single country, no matter how powerful. To manage the global economy, prevent runaway environmental destruction, reign-in nuclear proliferation, or confront other global challenges, we must cooperate. But our tools for global policy making - chiefly state-to-state negotiations over treaties and international institutions - have broken down. The result is gridlock. This lecture will explore the dynamics of gridlock and will ask whether we can find any pathways through it for policy reform and breakthroughs in managing global challenges.

David Held is Master of University College, Durham and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Durham University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Director of the Institute of Global Policy, Durham University and Visiting Professor at LUISS University in Rome. He is author of more than 60 written or edited books and of an extensive number of academic articles on democracy, democratsation, globalisation, global governance and global policy – over a 25-year period. David has wide ranging teaching experience at a diversity of university levels, including developing and implementing new degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in both leading research-driven universities and at the Open University, UK.

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Genderism (Or: The Super-Ordination of Masculine over Feminine Social Roles and its Impact on Policy Decision-Making)

4:30pm to 6:30pm, IM201, Al-Qasimi Building, Jules Sisk, PhD

This paper seeks to name and explain a sub-conscious bias that governs government policy. Different from sexism, the concept of genderism seeks to demonstrate how traditionally masculine roles or functions are more valued socially, and are therefore placed higher as policy priorities than traditionally feminine ones. By using the example of three different fields, namely STEM education, political office and post-war peace operations, the argument is presented that current gender mainstreaming initiatives are inherently flawed as they don’t address some of the underlying social value-systems that shape gender inequality. By identifying and understanding genderism, the possibility then arises to properly address gender inequality by questioning social values.

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Thursday 3 November 2016

Hensley Henson Lecture: Seeing the established Church as a serious political player

6:15pm to 8:15pm, Prior's Hall Durham, Rt Hon Frank Field, MP, DL

On Thursday, 3 November at 6.15pm, the Rt Hon Frank Field, MP, DL, will be delivering the annual Hensley Henson Public Lecture on the Church in Politics. The title of his lecture is 'Seeing the established Church as a serious political player'. The lecture will take place in the Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral. Entry is free, but please RSVP to The event is organised by the Centre for Anglican Studies, the School of Government and International Affairs, and the Department of History, in conjunction with Durham Cathedral

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Wednesday 16 November 2016

The Henry Tudor Memorial Address 2016: 'What is a 'War Machine'? Deleuze and Guattari's concept as a critique of Hegel's Political Philosophy'

4:15pm to 6:00pm, Room 201, Al-Qasimi building, Professor Nathan Widder, Royal Holloway

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Monday 28 November 2016

The Religionization of Israeli Society

5:00pm to 6:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Yoav Peled and Horit Herman Peled

This talk presents an examination of the growing saliency of religious personalities, religious themes, and the religious outlook in Jewish Israeli society, in order to test the argument that Israeli society is undergoing a process of religionization, as well as the counter-argument, that secular-religious relations among Jews in Israel went into crisis in the 1980s and that the society had actually secularized, in one way or another, during the 1990s. We seek to explain the causes and significance of these two processes and the seeming contradiction between them, as well as the variance in the trajectory of religionization as between different historical periods.

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Teaching peace in times of conflict: educators on the front line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

4:00pm to 6:00pm, IM201, Al-Qasimi Building, Uri Kuflik

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