Polis Seminar Series
Polis is a forum for the exchange of ideas on political, social, legal and ethical theory. It has enabled staff, students and guest speakers to come together through a programme of fortnightly seminars and termly symposia. Discussions have always been lively, stimulating and rigorous, and on occasion even impassioned. They have provided a unique and invaluable stimulus to the development of a broad research culture in the political sciences here, at London Metropolitan University.
Previous symposia have included:
Ethics and Politics in the Aristotelian Tradition
Politics and Jürgen Habermas
Radical Intellectual Movements: Past, Present and Future
Democracy and Nationalism in Europe (with London European Research Centre)
Weber, Capitalism and Citizenship (with Weber Studies Group)
Human Rights: Limits and Extensions (with HRSJ Research Institute)
Established in 1990 at the London School of Economics by Dr Kelvin Knight, Polis moved to the University of North London (now part of London Metropolitan University) in 1992. The resounding success of Polis has always been due to the commitment of staff and student volunteers. But now, with the creation of the HRSJ Research Institute, Polis will be able to use the Institute's resources and organisational support.
A new Polis programme is currently under construction and will be publicised later this term.
If you would like to be put on the Polis mailing list or want more information about Polis, please email the HRSJ Research Institute (e-mail address provided below).
New '04/'05 Seminar Series
Venue: Staff Common Room,
Thursday 10th February
Dr Andrius Bielskis (University of Warwick)
"What can the Philosophes of European integration learn from post-modern Aristotelians?"
Thursday 24th February
David Shayler (ex-MI5 whistleblower),
Paul Feldman & Corinna Lotz (authors of the new book 'A World to Win')
"Britain - a failed state?"
Thursday 10th March
Dr Alan Haworth (London Metropolitan University)
“Abstract Individuals and Particular Obligations: A Liberal Response to the Communitarian Critique”
Thursday 7th April
Prof Bill Bowring (London Metropolitan University)
“Moscow and Power: Third Rome, Model Communist City, Eurasian Antagonist — and Power as No-Power?”
Thursday 21th April
“Getting out: Recognising Qualitative Political Change”
Thursday 5th May
Stuart Isaacs (London Metropolitan University)
“Against the ‘Box’: The Political Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott”
Thursday 19th May
Dr Seiriol Morgan (University of Leeds)
Thursday 30th June
Conference ‘Aspects of Social Justice’
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