Events from 29 July, 2015
30th July, 20156.00pm - 7.30pm
The rise of radical Islam organisations such as Al Shabab in Somalia and Boko Haram in Nigeria has led many scholars to adopt a very simplistic approach through linking it to al-Qaeda. There is a dire need to have a different narrative about the root causes of intellectual and religious extremism in Africa and the Arab World.
6th August, 201512-2pm
The Department of Government and International Relations is holding a seminar: ‘Thinking again about Collaboration – Underexplored concepts and neglected elements’.
12th August, 201511:45am-1:30pm
Professor Steven Livington (George Washington University) - Transnational advocacy and digital technologies
In recent years, communication scholars have turned to questions concerning various digital communication platforms and social change. Studies connecting branded social media such as Twitter and Facebook and social movement and contentious politics offer one variant of this vibrant research field. Similar inquiries have been made concerning the Arab Spring. Steven Livingston’s talk expands on these themes with an examination of a wider range of digital technologies.
25th August, 201511:45am-1:30pm
Professor Jeffrey Karp (University of Exeter) - Minding the gab between expectations and perceptions of democracy
Professor Karp's project examines the gap between what citizens desire from democratic politics, and their perceptions of how democracy is functioning in their nation. Karp uses recently released European Social Survey (ESS) opinion data from 29 countries to examine factors that structure perceptions of whether or not elections are conducted fairly, and whether political parties are seen as offering clear choices.
15th September, 201511:45am-1:30pm
Campaigns, parties, pollsters and political scientists increasingly rely on voter registration lists and consumer files to identify targets for registration, persuasion, and as sampling frames for surveys. However, a sizable proportion of the U.S. citizen population does not appear on these lists, making them invisible to list-based campaigns and research. Professor Jackman investigates the size of the unlisted population and the political consequences that follow from a list-based view of the polity.
6th October, 201511:45am-1:30pm
Professor John Keane (Sydney Democracy Network) - Elections since 1945: The contemporary history of elections
When elections are examined from a long-term and global perspective, can we say with any certainty that their significance and functions have changed during our generation? This workshop, and the larger project to which it is linked, are designed to formulate new replies to fresh questions and to challenge and improve our 'big picture' understanding of the contemporary history of elections.
20th October, 201511:45am-1:30pm
Dr Alessandro Nai (University of Sydney) - Rolling in the deep: How values and personality traits affect perceptions of electoral integrity
This research investigates the deep individual underpinnings that determine if and how citizens perceive elections in their country as "free and fair" and globally lacking manipulation and malpractice. More specifically, it aims to uncover how values and the Big Five personality traits affect how citizens perceive the conduct of elections. Understanding this is paramount for a full understanding of electoral dynamics, given that both values and personality traits have been shown to matter greatly for attitudes, opinions and perceptions.