Party Activism in Southern Europe
Date:12-13 December 2019
Participating ACE member: Dr Patricia Correa Vila (co-organizer)
Other co-organizers: Oscar Barberà and Juan Rodríguez Teruel (University of Valencia)
Place: The University of Valencia.
This international workshop aims to assess the trends and features of party activism in Southern Europe and discuss new avenues for further research on this area.
Italy Today. Urgent Matters for Discussion: Economic Growth, Populism and Migrations
On 16th October 2019, Davide Vampa presented at the event "Italy Today. Urgent Matters for Discussion: Economic Growth, Populism and Migrations", organised by the Italian Studies Department of the University of Leiden and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His presentation focused on rising populism in Italy and its impact on political dynamics and policies. Read more about this event.
Birmingham Live Music in the post-Brexit era
Aston University, Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre
Agenda: Afternoon session
Tuesday 7th May 2019
16:00 – 16:30 – Arrival and registration
16:30 – 16:35 – Welcome talk (Patrycja Rozbicka, Aston University)
16:35 – 17:05 – Different actors, different views? Birmingham´s live music scene in the post-Brexit era from different perspectives
- The Impact of Brexit on the UK’s live music industry. (Patrycja Rozbicka, Aston University)
- Birmingham, Brexit and the live music scene: the city council’s perspective (TBC, Birmingham City Council)
- Birmingham, Brexit and the live music scene: the industries perspective (Lyle Bignon, Birmingham Music Coalition)
17:05 – 17:55 – Q & A with the speakers
29 MARCH 2019, Aston University, BIRMINGHAM
The theme of this year's conference is 'Sport and Politics of Identity'. The Sport and Politics specialist group is delighted to announce that Professor Ellis Cashmore will be delivering the keynote lecture. Much of Professor Cashmore's work explores the intersection between the dynamics of identity (particularly race and gender), media and sport.
The date of the conference – Friday 29th March – coincides with the day the UK is set to leave the European Union. The conference organisers are welcoming papers that explore the potential impact of Brexit on sport and its role in the wider politics of identity in the UK and Europe. However, the conference is not restricted to neither Brexit nor UK sport-politics. Submissions that deal with all aspects of sport, politics and identity, from all relevant disciplines, are welcome.
ABS-LSS Joint Workshop, 20 March 2019 13:30-15:30 in room MB554
The Economic Aspects of Populism: an Interdisciplinary Perspective
Over the last ten years, populism has become a ‘hot topic’ in political and social sciences. This workshop aims to bring together different approaches to the study of populism by involving colleagues working in ABS and LSS.
The following papers will be presented:
Tomasz Mickiewicz (ABS), ‘Cultural versus Economic Factors of Support for Populism in Europe a fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis’.
The paper discusses the role of economic versus cultural and (formal) institutional factors of populism. It argues that determinants of populism cannot be reduced to the economic dimension (but at the same also not to the cultural dimension).
Maria Kozlovskaya (ABS),Sofia Izquierdo Sanchez (University of Huddersfielf) and Luisanna Onnis (University of Huddersfield), ‘Fake News, Media Consumption and Electoral Behaviour of EU voters’
This collaborative paper focusing on the links between media and electoral behaviour is based on an econometric analysis of European voters’ data.
The presentations will be followed by a discussion by Yaprak Gürsoy and Davide Vampa (LSS). This will also provide an overview of what current research in political science says about the rise of populism and its links with economic factors.
The rest of the workshop will be open to questions from the audience.
We hope many colleagues from LSS and ABS will be able to participate. The workshop will provide a great opportunity to promote research collaboration between the two schools.
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Pop-activism and its three dimensions
1.30-3pm 13th March, Aston University, NW104B
Patrycja Rozbicka, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
Gerald Power, Metropolitan University Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Adam Behr, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
The term of pop-activism has been already recognized in the literature since 1980s. It broadly refers to cases of musicians or people related with music industry, that due to their acquired public presence or stats, aim at enhancing support for particular causes. The main focus of previous research were large initiatives as Live Aid (1985) or Live 8 (2005), which aimed at reduction of poverty in the third world countries and creation of long term awareness about it. However, their success was put to question. We argue, during the seminar, that our understanding of pop-activism needs to be expanded and we need to look beyond (or rather “below”) the grand initiatives. We need historical perspective, to show that those initiatives are not new, as well as, focus on macro and micro aspect, to view pop-activism as an individual endeavor.
“Pop Activism in 1960s Czechoslovakia” Gerald Power, Metropolitan University Prague
This presentation offers an introduction to the pop and rock scenes of 1960s Czechoslovakia, highlighting the commercial, artistic and political contexts in which it operated. It then considers the intersection between popular music - broadly defined - and political activism, in particular the events surrounding the Prague Spring of 1968. While folk performers and their protest songs have long been associated with the student-led activism of '68, this paper will also explore the place of rock and pop within this atmosphere of ferment and challenge.
“Sounding Off: Activists, popular music and party campaigns” Adam Behr, Newcastle University
Activists, whether formally or loosely associated with political parties, occupy a crucial role in the mainstream the political process through their campaigning activities – on and offline. Music, and popular music especially in its various forms, has also long been a key component of political campaigning and messaging, during elections and at other times. This presentation discusses the relationship between the musical components of mainstream political messaging and activist ‘user generated’ content.
Drawing upon work in progress, it looks at the changes in popular music’s place in the campaigning ecosystem, particularly in the face of social media content. From the tightly branded messaging of New Labour’s 1997 ‘Thing’s Can Only Get Better’ campaign, through the welter of music from all corners in 2017 and beyond, the practicalities of pop campaigns are in flux as grassroots activities overlap with central offices. This paper will examine the nature of some of these changes, the tensions that arise for the management and conduct of campaign activities, and some of their potential ramifications.
“Micro-pop activism - a response to state in-activism” Patrycja Rozbicka and Richard James, Aston University
The term of pop-activism has been recognized in the literature since 1980s. It broadly refers to cases of musicians or people related with music industry, that due to their acquired public presence or stats, aim at enhancing support for particular causes. The main focus of previous research were large initiatives as Live Aid (1985) or Live 8 (2005), which aimed at reduction of poverty in the third world countries and creation of long term awareness about it. However, their success was put to question. This paper argues that the initiatives taken at a smaller scale (up to 1000 participants) are much more successful in addressing issues that they see as problematic. While created on an ad hoc basis, they engage community and look after direct solutions to problems that local governments are not able or willing to address. The text is based on interviews and ethnographic study of small-scale gigs in the UK, Greece, and New Zealand arranged around initiatives related to citizenship activism and refugees support. It contributes to the debates on alternative forms of political engagement.
Date: 15 January 2019
Global Britain: Myths, Reality and Post-Brexit Foreign Policy
Participating ACE members: Judi Atkins and Andrew Glencross
Place: Committee Room 5, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
This seminar organised by the Foreign Policy Centre and Aston University seeks to explore the UK’s role in the World post-Brexit. In the post-war era the traditional view of the UK’s international influence was rooted in its membership of NATO, the UN Security Council, the European Union and its close relationship with the United States, enabling it to claim that it was ‘punching above its weight’ on the world stage. However as the UK prepares to leave the European Union it faces an increasingly uncertain world, where the tensions between openness and isolationism are growing stronger both internationally and domestically. The Government has committed to a vision of a ‘Global Britain’ post-Brexit and this debate will explore the Government narrative and alternative ideas for the future.
The debate will explore ideas proposed by some advocates of Brexit around both deepening historic ties with the ‘Anglosphere’ and strengthening the UK’s relationships with emerging markets, looking at the opportunities and challenges involved. The seminar will explore the likely impact of Brexit on the UK’s approach to trade, defence, security and international development, looking at how it will deal with transnational issues such as climate change, cybercrime and international terrorism. It will explore the national myths, narratives and realities that underpin the UK’s conception of its role the world and shape our understanding of what the future a ‘Global Britain’ might be.