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UACES-IACES Joint Seminar Series

UACES and IACES are delighted to announce the creation of a Joint Seminar Series ‘The UK, Ireland and the European Union in a time of crisis’. This important and timely initiative will bring together scholars from across these islands and beyond to consider and reflect on common crises, shared challenges and emerging opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

The first seminar in the series, The UK, Ireland and the European Union in a time of crisis: Confronting the Coronavirus Pandemic, will take place online from 1:00 – 2:30 pm on Friday 26 February, and will feature an official launch of the series by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD.

The speakers for this first joint seminar are Dr Eleanor Brooks (University of Edinburgh), Professor Fiona Kearney (University College Cork and Director, The Glucksman Gallery), Professor Tamara Hervey (University of Sheffield) and Noelle OConnell (CEO, European Movement Ireland).

The event will be chaired by Nick Startin, UACES Chair and Senior Fellow at the Global Governance Institute.

Registration for the seminar is via Eventbrite, here.

UACES 51st Annual Conference
6-8 September 2021
***CfP open**

The Call for Papers for #UACES2021 is open and the deadline for submissions has been extended to 28 February 2021. Submit your papers and proposals via ConfTool.

The UACES 51st Annual Conference welcomes contributions on all areas of contemporary European Studies from across academic disciplines including (but not limited to) law, economics, geography, history, sociology, public policy and politics. We accept proposals from established academics, practitioners and well-prepared doctoral students.
UACES particularly welcomes proposals from BIPOC academics, scholars from under-represented geographies (eg the Global South) and scholars from disciplines that are less well represented at UACES conferences including anthropology, cultural studies and history.
Participants can submit a proposal for a pre-organised panel, a non-traditional panel or an individual paper. Those seeking to create or fill out a panel can use the UACES members’ email list or tweet #UACES2021.
UACES as an organisation actively promotes gender balance in the formation of panels at its annual conference and at UACES sponsored events. As such, it does not permit all-male panels. Please take this into account when submitting panel suggestions.
The deadline for submitting proposals is now midnight on Sunday 28th February 2021.

 Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies (Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) & MUSSI host
How Britain Ends: discussion with Gavin Esler and response from
Prof Brigid Laffan

Wednesday 3rd March 1600-17.30 Via Zoom


The Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies and MUSSI will host a discussion about an important new book, How Britain Ends: English Nationalism and the Rebirth of Four Nations (Apollo Books, 2021) by Gavin Esler.
Gavin Esler is the Chancellor of the University of Kent and one of the best-known broadcasters in the world, as host previously of the flagship Newsnight programme on BBC2, a presenter with BBC World News, and as a reporter where he had postings in Northern Ireland and the United States, amongst others.  The response to the book will be provided by Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute. The event will be moderated by Professor John O’ Brennan, and there will be a Questions and Answers session following the contributions of the speakers. The event is part of a series organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, in partnership with the Maynooth Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI).
The event is open to all and to join you must register via the link below


Launch of “Women doing politics differently” – developing local caucus with women councillors
The National Womens Council invites you to join us at our members and friends meeting.
Starts: 4 March 2021 11:00
Ends: 4 March 2021 12:45
Location: Zoom
The event is free. Please register here.
We will launch the findings of research carried out in 2020 examining interest in local women’s caucuses and what supports are necessary for their development. The research included a survey with women councillors, focus groups and one to one interviews with stakeholders. Women continue to be seriously underrepresented in Local Government and make up just 25% of all councillors. Caucuses are one of the mechanisms that can support women’s representation at local level.
Claire McGing – Gender and Politics researcher has carried out this research on behalf of NWC and will present the findings.
Peter Burke Minister of State for Local Government and Planning will respond to the findings.
Perry Aritua, Executive Director, Women’s Democracy Network Uganda Chapter will share the experiences of facilitating the development of caucus in five districts in the West Nile region of Uganda.
This will then be followed by a wide-ranging panel discussion with Cllr Sarah Kiely, Cllr Darcy Lonergan, Cllr Cathy Bennett, Cllr Miriam Murphy and Cllr Uruemu Adejinmi sharing their experiences of how caucus can work in different local and regional contexts.
The webinar will be co- chaired by Orla O’Connor, Director, NWC and Louise Lovett, Chairperson, NWC.
The event is free. Please register here.
The webinar will be supported by ISL Interpreters . If you have any other accessibility needs, please get in contact with Susan McCormack by the 25th February to support our preparations.
This research was kindly supported by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Public Management Challenges and Policy Analysis in Ireland
11 March 2021; 4.00 – 5.30PM
The Public Policy Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of Ireland is pleased to host the joint launch of:
Policy Analysis in Ireland, edited by John Hogan (Technological University Dublin) and Mary P. Murphy (Maynooth University), published by Policy Press, Bristol University Press
And a Special Issue of Administration: The Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Ireland, celebrating the contribution of Dr Richard Boyle to public management research in Ireland
4 pm                      Welcome by Dr Conor Little (University of Limerick & Co-Chair of Public Policy Specialist Group) &
publication editors Dr Mary P. Murphy (MU) and Joanna O’Riordan (IPA)
4.10pm                 Prof Iris Geva May, Policy Analysis Book Series Editor – International challenges for policy analysis
4.25pm                 Dr Richard Boyle (IPA) – Reflecting on public management in Ireland
4.35pm                 Panel responses: Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Dermot McCarthy and Prof Niamh Hardiman
5.00pm                 Q and A
5.20pm                 Close by Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh (QUB, Co-Chair of Public Policy Specialist Group).


Europe and the Future of Ireland’s Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector
The illustrated report and full video of our November 2020 conference on Europe and the Future of Ireland’s Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime sector is now available on the IACES website. A summary of the findings and conclusions from this conference is also available in a recent piece published by IACES Vice President, Jonathan Evershed, on RTÉ Brainstorm.Europe and the Future of Ireland’s Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Communicating Europe Initiative.
We are always happy to post blogs and op-eds on the IACES website. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Jonathan Evershed at Alternatively if you know of colleagues or graduate students who might be interested, please feel free to share their details with Jonathan.


ENDS-next newsletter Monday March 1st