Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

A Taste of Excellence in POLIS: undergraduate student led dissertations conference

07 May 2013 | 9.30am to 5.30pm | Conference

Social Sciences Building SRs 11.13 and 11.14

Conference Agenda 

09:30 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Keynote speech by Gordon Clubb, PhD researcher at the University of Leeds. Venue: Social Sciences SR (11.13)

10:30 Concurrent Panel Sessions A and B

Panel Session A: Rethinking the State: Politics and Polity

Venue: Social Sciences SR (11.13)

Panel Chair/Discussant: Tommy Bajorek, MA in IR and Dissertations SLED Leader at the University of Leeds.

  • Josh Aulak: The Conservative Party in opposition 1997-2005.
  • Serena Natalie Balachandra: Parliamentary representation in the UK: An intersectional critique of state feminism.
  • Joseph Holt: Looking beyond the Nation-State: investigating the relationship between the nation and sovereignty in Europe.
  • Oscar Daniel James Heathrow Townsley: Sortition in the UK: Can the Lot be used to improve the Legislative Process?
  • Robert Prager: The Role of Civil Liberties within Conservative Party Attitudes from 1979 to the Present Day.

Panel Session B: Bargaining with Power: Security and Diplomacy

Venue: Social Sciences SR (11.14)

Panel Chair/Discussant: Alam Saleh, Lecturer in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at Bradford University

  • Silvia Terren: Why would Iran want to build a nuclear weapon?
  • Lucinda Poppy Bethell: Food as a Weapon in War.
  • James Loose: The failure of strategic coercion and the Iranian nuclear programme: Why the use of coercive methods has failed to achieve results in Iran.
  • Luke Sandle: Re-approaching Diplomacy: A Critical Assessment of the Values of Engaging Iran for the United States.

12:00 Lunch

Venue: Social Sciences SR (11.15)

12:45 Concurrent Panel Sessions C and D

Panel Session C: Intersecting Development, International Political Economy and Human Security

Panel Chair/Discussant: Amy Wagner, MA in IR and Dissertations SLED Leader at the University of Leeds

  • Alessandra Martini: Neo-patrimonialism and democratisation in Africa: a critical analysis of a complex relationship.
  • Natanel Abramov: The Arab Jews and the Refugee Question: Are the 20th Century Jewish exiles from Iraq and Egypt refugees and if so what outstanding rights are they still due?
  • Giulia Simula: The economic and political implications of HIPCs and PRSPs: The case of Tanzania.
  • Camille Thomas: UN operations in Bosnia: What Were the Lessons Learned?
  • Christian Halliwell: Muslim Discrimination: An Investigation into Sarkozy and the Republic.

Panel Session D: Re-imagining the International Perspective: Borders, Foreign Policy and International Law

Panel Chair/Discussant: Slawomir Raszewski, Tutor in IR at the  University of Leeds

  • Samuel Jarvis: Obama's Adoption of the Responsibility to Protect: A Constructivist Analysis.
  • Samuel Mohr: Understanding American Christian Zionism: Case Studies of CUFI and CFOIC.
  • Jon Regnart: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Studies: Legalists, Realists and Critical Theorists Unite.
  • Laura Tettmar: African border endurance.

14:15 Coffee break

14:30 Panel Session E: Regional and National Contexts: Security and counterinsurgency in the Middle East

Panel Chair/Discussant: James Worrall, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leeds

  • Michael Kosky: Unsettling the Settlers – The Rise of the Hilltop Youth.
  • Zahra Mahmood: Why build a Wall? An examination of the Israeli Security Fence.
  • Christian Moore: What caused the American military to innovate their war strategy in Iraq?
  • James Neidle: Locating the Power of the Settler Movement.

16:00 Concluding remarks

16:30 Wine reception

Venue: Lounge outside of Social Sciences SR (11.13)

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Location Details

Start with your back to the Parkinson steps. Turn right, go under the link building on your right, turn left after the Michael Sadler building and the Social Studies building is a little further on your left (the door after Equality Unit).

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