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Political Science Seminars

2017 Seminars

Title: Using Experts to Measure Party Positions
 Dr. Ryan Bakker, Associate Professor, University of Georgia
April 21, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Social Science Centre, Room 4255

Abstract: Research on political parties and elections often rely heavily on quantitative measures of political party positions across a variety of issues/dimensions. Over the past several decades, scholars have employed several different techniques for deriving these measures. Expert surveys are becoming a popular tool for developing measures such as these. In this talk, Dr. Bakker will introduce one of the most widely used sources of party positions, the Chapel Hill Expert Survey, and will discuss some of the main features and criticisms of using expert-based opinions in comparative research.

Title: The Trump Effect: USA & Global Governance
Speaker Panelists:
Chios Carmody (Law, Western), Radoslav Dimitrov (Political Science, Law) Jennifer Mustapha (Political Science, Western), Valerie Oosterveld (Law, Western)
January 26, 1:30 - 12:30 PM
University Community Centre (UCC), Room 56

Abstract: What can we expect from the next 4 years? Many agree we are entering a period of major political changes and uncertainty. This panel will address the likely impact of a Trump presidency on international law, world politics and global governance. Topics include US foreign policy and its consequences on international trade, security, human rights, and climate change governance.

2016 Seminars

Title: A Thucydides Trap? On the ‘Inevitability’ of U.S.-China Conflict
Dr. S. N. Jaffe (John Cabot University, Rome)
November 28, 1:00 PM
Social Science Centre, Room 4103

Abstract: International Relations and Greek Political Thought, Dr. Jaffe draws on his original interpretation of Thucydides’ account of the causes of war to explore arguments surrounding the ‘inevitability’ of growing conflict between the United States and China. Contrary to those who appropriate Thucydides as the original power transition theorist, he argues that the Thucydidean account in fact involves second image claims, which alter the character of the necessity (or ‘inevitability’) of conflict between rising powers and ruling ones. 

Dr. Jaffe is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University and an Associate Researcher at the Berlin Thucydides Center of the Freie Universität Berlin. His book Thucydides on the Outbreak of War: Character and Contest is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Title: Party in the Street: The Anitwar Movement & The Democratic Party in the United States After 9/11
Speaker: Dr. Michael T. Heaney (Organizational Studies and Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Date: November 25, 1:00 PM
Location: Social Science Centre, Room 5220

Abstract: Why did the U.S. antiwar movement stall once it helped elect a president who seemed to agree with its goals, even as wars continued? Interpreting data collected from thousands of participants in the anti-war movement, Dr. Heaney argues that the electoral success of the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama, as well as antipathy toward President George W. Bush, played a greater role in his collapse than did changes in foreign policy. His work challenges conventional understandings of interactions between social movements and political parties.

Title: Borders as Bridges, Borders as Barriers: Concepts and Consequences in Bordering the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory
Speaker:  Dr. Ian Kalman (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Western University)
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: Social Science Centre (SSC), Room 5220

Presentation Abstract:  How do different conceptions of borders engender different ways to legitimate movement within and through a territory?  This presentation discusses the unique geopolitical situation of Akwesasne, a single Mohawk community straddling the boundaries of Quebec, Ontario, and New York State.  In Akwesasne, where the site of the borderline and the sites of border enforcement are conceptually and geographically distant, state efforts at forcing an "ideal type" of border on a population which has historically rejected the border's legitimacy, have had substantial negative impacts on the lives of those dwelling within.  In this presentation, Ian will discuss the ways in which American and Canadian border enforcement policies and on-the-ground practices are rooted in their efforts to operationalize various, and at times mutually incompatible, conceptions of what constitutes a border. Finally, Akwesasne’s own efforts at developing an “alternative reporting” policy are discussed and these efforts within the context of longstanding Haudenosaunee practices of regulating movement at the “edge of the woods”.

Title: Get To Know Your Neighbours Series, Clinton vs. Trump: Is America Ready?
Speakers: Drs. Renan Levine (Political Science, University of Toronto, Scarborough), Jennifer Merolla (Political Science, University of California, Riverside), Matthew Lebo (Political Science, Stony Brook University, NY)
Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: University Community Centre (UCC) Mustang Lounge

Title: Get To Know Your Neighbours Series, Clinton vs. Trump: Is The World Ready?
Speakers: Drs. Don Abelson, Jennifer Mustapha, Peter Ferguson, Aldona Sendzikas
Date: Monday, October 24
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: University Community Centre (UCC) Atrium

Title: The Department of Poltical Science Cocktail Reception with Senator Raynell Andreychuk
 Senator Raynell Andreychuk
Date: Tuesday, March 15
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Social Science Centre Room 3036 (Faculty Lounge)