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Seminars and talks

The Department holds regular research seminars during the teaching semesters. Unless otherwise stated, these are on Wednesdays at 12.00 noon in room 4.C.11 (4th floor, Arts Building).

2017 Seminar Series

9 February - BURNS2 - 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Sir Michael Leigh (Director General with the European Commission - Fellow at German Marshall Fund (GMF))
Britain and Europe in a Post-Brexit World

10 February - BURNS2 - 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Dr Jim Headley (Department of Politics); Professor Robert Patman (Department of Politics); Sir Michael Leigh (Senior Fellow - German Marshall Fund (GMF)); Associate Professor Jason Roy (Department of Political Science - Wilfred Laurier University)
Brexit, Trump and the Rise of Post-Truth Populism

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7 March - ARCH4 - 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Elina Noor, Director of Foreign Policy at Malaysia's Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS Malaysia), a think tank of regional and global renown.
Tech and Terror: Radicalisation, Extremism, and the Internet
Although terrorism is a traditional security issue that some countries in Southeast Asia have faced for a number of decades, technology has added a new dimension to dealing with the challenge of radicalisation and recruitment. How is technology being used and abused in propagating extremism? On the other hand, what opportunities are afforded by technology in combatting this threat? This session will also address the online-offline connections in respect to the role of technology and the issue of terrorism.

8 March - Humanities Board Room 5C13 - 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Gerard van Bohemen, Ambassador and Permanent Representantive of the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
New Zealand on the Security Council 2015-16: A view from within
Prior to his role as Permanent Representative, he was Deputy Secretary at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsible for Multilateral and Legal Affairs. In this role, he oversaw the Ministry’s Consular Division, Environment Division, International Security and Disarmament Division, Legal Division, and United Nations, Human Rights & Commonwealth Division. During that period, he was also New Zealand’s Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and New Zealand’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before becoming Deputy Secretary, he was the Ministry’s International Legal Adviser and Director of the Legal Division.

28 March - CAST2 - 5:30 p.m.
Jim Flynn, Emeritus Professor, University of Otago
No place to hide: climate change and urgency
There are two kinds of skeptics: climate change deniers and climate engineering deniers. The latter acknowledge the problem but the political elite will never accept what they propose; and were it accepted, it would have immoral implications for the third world. We must face the fact that climate engineering is necessary to buy time to achieve carbon-free energy and unless this is implemented soon, we will pass a point of no return.

29 March - A4C11 - 12noon
Jason Roy, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Does Trashing Your Opponents Work?

Do negative election campaigns work? Drawing upon data collected from online voting experiments, this talk explores the amount of attention and the relative vote share candidates receive according to the tone of their election campaign (positive or negative) and that of their opponents. The results suggest that negative campaigning increases voter interest, but reduces candidate vote share. In both cases, the magnitude of the effect is found to be conditioned by the number of candidates engaged in similar styled campaigns.

5 April - BURNS1 - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
William Kennedy Memorial Trust 50th Anniversary Speaker Series 2017
The BIG idea whose time has come: A basic income grant for all?
Concern about declining decent work opportunities, growing child poverty, and the prohibitive costs of complex welfare provision all lead to one conclusion: Serious attention must be given to the introduction of a Basic Income Grant, a cash income for every adult/household. The idea is 500 years old, and experimentally applied in a number of places in the world. Is it appropriate for New Zealand, and how will it work?

Professor Philip Nel, Department of Politics, University of Otago
Mr Lowell Manning, President, Basic Income New Zealand (BINZ)
Dr Murat Ungor, Department of Economics, University of Otago

Previous Seminars

2013 Seminars

2014 Seminars

2015 Seminars

2016 Seminars