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Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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IDD, University of Birmingham: November news

New publications

News and media

Petra Alderman launched her book ‘Branding Authoritarian Nations’ at the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science. You can watch the launch here.

Petra Alderman (with Licia Cianetti) co-authored a blog post, Why it matters how we talk about the ‘global’ autocratisation trend, The Loop.

Nic Cheeseman gave interviews to the Economist and the New York Times about the visit to Kenya of King Charles, and the “tightrope” that he will have to walk when addressing human rights abuses committed during the colonial era. 

The Centre for Elections, Democracy, Accountability and Representation (CEDAR) hosted the inaugural Annual Democracy Lecture in the Houses of Parliament in collaboration with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy on October 17th. The lecture was given by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the Belarussian opposition, and was followed by a discussion between Tsikhanouskaya and Dame Melinda Simmons, who until very recently was the British ambassador to Ukraine.

Heather Marquette will be joining panel discussion on day 2 of RUSI’s inaugural Serious and Organised Crime Conference 2023. The event brings together different sectors to identify and formalise emerging research requirements in support of the UK’s response, 4-5 December 2023.

Bizuneh Yimenu was interviewed by the Africa Defence Forum (ADF), based in the US, regarding the UN’s Special Advisor Warning of ‘Atrocity Crimes’ Across Ethiopia.

Upcoming Events

Sameen Ali (PSA Politics of South Asia Specialist Group co-convenor) will be chairing a series of online book talks this November:

On Wednesday 8th November, Professor Kanchana N Ruwanpura (Professor of Development Geography, University of Gothenburg) in conversation with Tansy E. Hoskins (author and journalist) will discuss Professor Ruwanpura’s “Garments without Guilt? Global Labour Justice and Ethical Codes in Sri Lankan Apparels”. Register at this link

On Thursday 16th November, Dr Diotima Chattoraj (Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University) will present her recently published book “Displacement Among Sri Lankan Tamil Migrants: The Diasporic Search for Home in the Aftermath of War”. Register at this link.

On Thursday 23rd November, Dr Avishek Ray (Assistant Professor, National Institute of Technology Silchar) will present his book, “The Vagabond in the South Asian Imagination:  Resilience, Agency and Representation”. Register at this link.


CEDAR published a new podcast episode, ‘Making Sense of the 2023 Spanish Election

PGR News

Ellen Bomasang organized a gender café titled ‘Understanding and Countering Anti-Gender Movements’ for the Society of Gender Professionals on 16 November 2023.

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