Oct 11 2018

New Blog Post at Africa at LSE from Dr Milli Lake

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In her latest blog post for Africa at LSE, Dr Milli Lake of LSE Department of International Relations explores how and to what extent the spotlight on sexual violence has restructured judicial priorities in eastern DR Congo and South Africa.

 

Women’s Rights in “Weak” States: The Promises and Pitfalls of Gender Advocacy in Transition

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Oct 11 2018

Professor Tarak Barkawi wins major AHA 2018 award for ‘Soldiers of Empire’

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We are thrilled to announce that Tarak Barkawi, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Paul Birdsall Prize for the book Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017). Continue reading

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Sep 27 2018

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant awarded for 2018

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Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal 1966-2006

Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal 1966-2006

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant was established by the International Relations Department at the LSE in memory of Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal who was a lecturer in the Department from 1999 until her death in 2006. She taught on nationalism and Africa as well as in the field of international relations theory. Her most well-known publication is Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Horn of Africa published in 2002. Her colleague James Mayall wrote an obituary in The Guardian, plus a longer piece in the IR Department journal Millennium.

The annual grant of £2,500 is intended to support travel and living costs for IR Department students’ research in the fields of Africa, ethnicity and nationalism. The 2018 grant holder is Kelly-Jo Bluen and she gives her reactions, plus details of her project, below. Continue reading

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Sep 19 2018

Introducing Dr Natalya Naqvi

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Dr Natalya Naqvi joined the LSE International Relations Department as Assistant Professor in September 2018.  She introduces herself here: Continue reading

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Sep 11 2018

Internships in the IR Department – reports from previous interns

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Funded by donations from LSE Alumni, our Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme and the LSE Internship Fund provide our undergraduate students with the exciting opportunity to enhance their studies and time at LSE.

Below are some reports from previous interns about their experiences.

Follow this link for more information and how to apply.

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Aug 28 2018

Gender and bias in the International Relations curriculum: Insights from reading lists

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Kiran Phull, Gokhan Ciflikli and Gustav Meibauer, three members of the LSE Department of International Relations have produced an important paper analysing female exclusion in an International Relations curriculum, using the LSE IR curriculum as a dataset. The paper is based on the work of the IR PhD-led Gender & Diversity Project.

It has now been published online in the European Journal of International Relations.

From the abstract:

Following growing academic interest and activism targeting gender bias in university curricula, we present the first analysis of female exclusion in a complete International Relations curriculum, across degree levels and disciplinary subfields. Previous empirical research on gender bias in the teaching materials of International Relations has been limited in scope, that is, restricted to PhD curricula, non-random sampling, small sample sizes or predominately US-focused. By contrast, this study uses an original data set of 43 recent syllabi comprising the entire International Relations curriculum at the London School of Economics to investigate the gender gap in the discipline’s teaching materials.

Download and read the paper here.

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Jul 19 2018

BSc IR Prizewinners 2017-18 announced

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The International Relations Department is delighted to announce the following BSc IR prizewinners this year:

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Jun 28 2018

The Islamic State in Retreat – Post-workshop Executive Summary

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A workshop took place at the London School of Economics on 31 May 2018, funded by the David Davies of Llandinam Fellowship

Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul three-and-a-half years after it fell to the Islamic State

Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul three-and-a-half years after it fell to the Islamic State

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Apr 18 2018

What is Eurocentrism?: Locating a suitable definition for qualitative research on the possible Eurocentric bias in IR

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by Naomi Potter
Naomi is a third year undergraduate student in BSc Politics and International Relations

Shortly after completing our first year at LSE, a group of undergraduate students, including myself, set about to take the concepts and tools we had gained from our studies to investigate why the reading lists we had been given on our International Relations courses were constructed the way they were. Specifically, we wanted to identify whether there was a possible Eurocentric bias embedded within them. In embarking on our project the first essential question which we faced was: what is Eurocentrism? Or, perhaps more accurately, what definition of Eurocentrism is most relevant to our specific study of International Relations courses? Our project codes for content to identify the frequency in which Western examples and terms come up in the readings of LSE’s IR100 course. It was important for us to locate a definition ahead of formulating our code book of words which can be deemed Eurocentric in order to ensure continuity throughout the study. Continue reading

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Apr 17 2018

Yi Jun Mock: Report on his visit to the US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 2018

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Yi Jun Mock
US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 2018

Ji Yun Mock

From the 10th to the 12th of April 2018, I had the distinct pleasure of representing the Department of International Relations at the 58th United States Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC). Since its establishment in 1961, NAFAC has brought 150 civilian and military delegates from the United States and around the world to the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis to discuss key international issues.

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