Workshop: Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State

Wed, April 7, 2021
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CEST


An online event hosted by the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University London


Register for free:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aftermaths-race-contemporary-britain-empires-endgame-tickets-147157565239

About this Event

As part of the QMUL Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences series on ‘aftermaths’, this event will bring together five of the contributors to Empire’s Endgame, a bold new intervention in debates around racial capitalism and political crisis in Britain. Moving us away from a focus on individual behaviours in explaining racism, Empire’s Endgame traces the ways in which the legacies of empire—reshaped by global capitalism, the digital environment and the instability of the nation-state—produce race and racism in contemporary Britain.

SPEAKERS 

Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London
Nadine El-Enany is a Reader in Law at Birkbeck School of Law and Co- Director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law
Adam Elliott-Cooper is a Research Associate at the University of Greenwich
Dalia Gebrial is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, working on race and gender in the platform economy
Kojo Koram is is a Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London

CHAIR

Musab Younis is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London

New Research: Project Demed

https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/democracyresearch/

Ksenia Northmore-Ball is working on a team with Anja Neundorf, Katerina Tertytchnaya, and Eugenia Nazrullaeva to develop a theoretical framework to capture citizen support for political regimes. Secondly , in collaboration with the Varieties of Democracies Project, we are creating comparative measures of the two key components of authoritarian indoctrination, education and political communication, which we expect to be at the heart of impacting the formation of citizens’ democratic and authoritarian values. DEMED will create the first-ever global dataset that contains information on autocratic and democratic indoctrination, covering 180 countries from 1900 to today. This comprehensive new dataset will allow us to study the long-term bottom-up causes of democratisation and democratic backsliding. We are currently preparing a new questionnaire for Varieties of Democracies Project that measures indoctrination capacity, character of political education, and models of citizenship.

For more details on Work Package 1 of this project: https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/democracyresearch/projectoverview/workpackage1/

New Publication: Framing immobility: Schengen governance in times of pandemics

By Sarah Wolff

Abstract:

The uncoordinated closing down of internal borders, lock-downs and quarantines have limited the freedom of movement in Europe as never before. How have EU institutions framed this unprecedented immobility and what lessons can be drawn for Schengen as a highly politicized instrument of governance? Adopting a social constructivist approach, we study how between March and July 2020, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council/European Council have framed the debate around immobility in Europe. This article shows that the emergence of the public health frame has mostly been linked by EU Member States to traditional notions of internal security, demonstrating continuity with prior crises. Appeals to a functional-solidarity frame involving more coordination and non-discrimination were made by the European Commission, mainstream Members of European Parliament (MEPs) as well as some countries such as France and Germany. Justified by the public health emergency and compensated by innovative solutions such as the ‘green lanes’ – proving the adaptability of the EU -, the reintroduction of internal border controls has nonetheless been normalised, raising questions about the future of transnational solidarity.

To access the article, please see: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07036337.2020.1853119

Op-Ed: Russia is a broker, not a peacemaker between Israel and Syria

By Chris Phillips, 2 March 2021

A series of Russian-mediated deals between Syria and Israel have recently caught the attention of analysts.

In December, Israeli and Syrian security chiefs reportedly met at Russia’s Syrian Khmeimim airbase, while Russian forces this month excavated a Palestinian cemetery in Damascus with the aim of recovering and repatriating the remains of several Israelis.

What is the role of Russia in these proceedings?

To read more, please see https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/israel-syria-russia-broker-not-peacemaker

New Publication: Did Theresa May Kill the War Powers Convention? Comparing Parliamentary Debates on UK Intervention in Syria in 2013 and 2018

By James Strong

Abstract: This article asks whether Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to bypass the House of Commons and order military action in Syria in 2018 killed the UK’s nascent War Powers Convention, established most visibly when MPs vetoed an essentially similar operation under Prime Minister David Cameron in 2013. It finds that the War Powers Convention survives, but in a weakened state, subject to new caveats that significantly narrow its scope. What happens next depends on the dynamic, unpredictable interaction between what future prime ministers believe, what strategic questions arise and what MPs will accept.

The article can be read at https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsab001

James Strong has also blogged about the article here: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/mei/news-and-opinion/items/how-not-to-kill-a-constitutional-convention-theresa-mays-intervention-in-syria-april-2018–dr-james-strong.html and here: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/uk-intervention-in-syria-votes-parliament/.

New Book: The Political Economy of Southeast Asia: Politics and Uneven Development under Hyperglobalisation

Edited by  Toby Carroll, Shahar Hameiri, and Lee Jones

Abstract:

This all-new fourth edition of The Political Economy of Southeast Asia constitutes a state-of-the-art, comprehensive analysis of the political, economic, social and ecological development of one of the world’s most dynamic regions. With contributions from world-leading experts, the volume is unified by a single theoretical approach: the Murdoch School of political economy, which foregrounds struggles over power and resources and the evolving global context of hyperglobalisation. Themes considered include gender, populism, the transformation of the state, regional governance, aid and the environment. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students across multiple disciplines, including political economy, development studies, international relations and area studies. The findings of contributors will also be of value to civil society, policymakers and anyone interested in Southeast Asia and its development.

The book can be found at: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030282547

New Publication: Gender equality in Tunisia: The EU’s tripartite dialogue

By Sarah Wolff

Abstract:

To what extent is the EU projecting democratic norms in the area of gender? Gender equality and women’s empowerment have been at the heart of the EU’s external action since the Arab uprisings. This article is an in-depth study of how the EU interacts with non-state actors in practice, and beyond the recipient-donor relationship, in the format of tripartite dialogue whereby the EU, civil society and the Tunisian government consult each other before any major EU meeting. First, this article reviews what EU democracy projection involves in the field of gender equality. Then it offers a mapping of the local, active participants on feminism and gender equality. Third, the article focuses on an innovative practice of trust-building, that of the gender sub-group of the tripartite dialogue. The main argument is that the dialogue has provided a new venue to project trust-building practices that are central to the consolidation of democracy. Yet this practice is weakened by the lack of considerations of major divides around gender in Tunisian society. Interaction on democratic norms thus remains secluded to a very selective venue. Democracy projection is, however, not fully ‘transversal’ as the Islamist-secularist cleavage, socioeconomic inequalities and divides of the rural peripheries constrain the impact of the tripartite dialogue and subsequent democracy projection.

To read the article, please see: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13629395.2021.1883285

New blogpost: Judith Butler Goes to Norway

By Ida Roland Birkvad

For the very first time, the work of philosopher and queer theorist Judith Butler is being translated into Norwegian, in a publication encompassing extensive excerpts from her books Gender Trouble (1990), Giving an Account of Oneself (2005) and Notes Towards a Performative Theory of Assembly (2018).

Ida Roland Birkvad reflects on why it has taken so long for Butler’s work to be translated into Norwegian.

To read the blogpost, please see: https://thedisorderofthings.com/2021/02/25/judith-butler-goes-to-norway/

New Publication: Debunking the Myth of ‘Debt-trap Diplomacy’

By Lee Jones

Abstract:

Critics of the BRI accuse China of pursuing a policy of ‘debt-trap diplomacy’: luring poor, developing countries into agreeing unsustainable loans to pursue infrastructure projects so that, when they experience financial difficulty, Beijing can seize the asset, thereby extending its strategic or military reach. This paper demonstrates that the evidence for such views is limited. 

To read the report, please see https://www.chathamhouse.org/2020/08/debunking-myth-debt-trap-diplomacy

Op-Ed: Syria war: Will the Arab League welcome back Assad?

By Chris Phillips, 15 March 2021

Syria has been excluded from the Arab League for nearly a decade, but that may be about to change. Last week, the United Arab Emirates called for the war-torn country to be restored to the organisation it helped found in 1945, echoing similar calls by Iraq in January.

To read more, please see https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/syria-war-assad-arab-league-welcome-back-will