CIAP 2018 Winter Symposium hosted at Canterbury Christ Church University

On 18 January 2018, the CIAP (Conference for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics) Winter Symposium 2018 will be hosted by the Politics and IR team at Canterbury Christ Church University, headed by Dr Demetris Tillyris (Lecturer in Political Theory).

Conference description:
The emotional turn in IR and Political History is gaining considerable scholarly acknowledgement, evident in recent works such as ‘Researching Emotions in International Relations: Methodological Perspectives on the Emotional Turn’ (2018, Maéva Clément and Eric Sangar). In addition, political science, having traditionally concerned itself solely with the ‘rational’ public sphere (rather than the ‘emotional’ private sphere), has increasingly questioned its own dichotomisation. In recent years the discipline has identified broader definitions of ‘politics’ and, as a result, new forms of political practice.

The present political climate—frequently characterised by widespread distrust, populist campaigns and extreme rhetoric—necessitates addressing and examining the emotions that underpin so much of the international political process. These informal and overtly affective manifestations of politics are enormously influential, profoundly shaping the democratic process both within and between nations. Moreover, these manifestations are extremely varied in nature, and thus require an interdisciplinary approach to examine them.

This workshop brings together scholars from a range of disciplines, including education, psychology, political theory and sociology. It includes a breadth of academic approaches, from quantifying emotions to the practice of storytelling. In doing so, we illustrate that emotions are cross-disciplinary as political concerns, and that their relevance goes far beyond the study of politics per se.

Conference programme:
You can download the conference programme here.


***UPDATED*** Professor Amelia Hadfield’s Inaugural Lecture: Reform, Rework or Reject? Charting Britain’s European Future

Professor Amelia Hadfield, Jean Monnet Professor and Director of the Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS) at Canterbury Christ Church University, will give her inaugural professorial lecture “Reform, Rework or Reject? Charting Britain’s European Future”.

The lecture will take place 18 January 2018, 6pm, Michael Berry Lecture Theatre, Old Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury CT1 1QU.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Please register by emailing


We are excited to announce that the inaugural lecture will be preceded by a “Brush Up Your Brexit” Roundtable featuring a range of distinguished speakers including Professor Mark Hammond (CCCU) as Chair and Stephen Fidler (Wall Street Journal as Moderator) as well as Professor Michael Bruter (LSE), Professor Andrej Zwitter (Groningen) Dr Kathryn Simpson (Manchester Metropolitan) and Dr Benjamin Martill (LSE).

Time Item
16:00-17:00 Brush Up Your Brexit Roundtable

(Old Sessions House, Of50)

17:15-18:00 Wine Reception

(Old Sessions House, Foyer)

18:00-19:00 Inaugural Lecture

(Old Sessions House, Michael Berry Lecture Theatre)

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow visits Parliamentary Studies Class

The Politics team at Canterbury Christ Church University were delighted to host The Rt Hon John Bercow, current Speaker of the House of Commons, on Thursday 30 November 2017. Mr Speaker was fulfilling a promise he made to visit all universities currently teaching the official Parliamentary Studies module in collaboration with the Houses of Parliament. He addressed a private session with final year students, chaired by Dr Mark Bennister who leads the module. Politics staff as well as A-Level students from our partner school, the Canterbury Academy, were also present.

The Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons (centre), with CCCU Pro-Vice Chancellor David Shepherd (left) and Dr Mark Bennister (right), during the private session with Parliamentary Studies students.

Mr Speaker spent over an hour and a half answering questions from students on a wide range of subjects relating to current parliamentary issues. Subjects included minority government, the modern role of the Speaker, Lords reform, current challenges for parliament, and the Speaker’s own political journey.

The session was a great success as one student commented “I’m sure I speak for everyone in the Parliament Studies class when I say that it was a genuinely amazing opportunity to be able to ask him questions in a private setting, and it’s an event that I’m sure will stay with us for a long time”.

Mr Speaker went on to deliver the first lecture in the Vice Chancellor’s Public Lecture series to a packed audience of 450 members of staff, students and the public. The public lecture ‘The Making of a Modern Parliament’ was also a great success as Mr Speaker gave an entertaining and highly informative talk on the role of Speaker and the reform of Parliament.

The Rt Hon John Bercow during his public lecture “The Making of a Modern Parliament”

Dr Mark Bennister has been teaching Parliamentary Studies for 3 years. The Politics and International Relations programme were awarded the module in a competitive process in 2015. You can find more information about the module here

Myth-Busting in Contemporary Politics – Poster exhibition at the CCCU Sidney Cooper Gallery

The Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS), in tandem with Canterbury Christ Church University’s “Making Politics Matter” programme, and the Sidney Cooper Gallery will host an exhibition entitled “Myth-busting in Contemporary Politics”.

The exhibition will feature posters designed by students at Canterbury Christ Church University exposing a range of myths and fake news on political, philosophical and ethical issues. The exhibition forms part of the “Spinelli Season”, a 6-month series of events organised by CEFEUS designed to encourage public engagement on European and British political issues.

Wednesday 13th December 2017
Sidney Cooper Gallery

October 1917 and After: Reflections on the Russian Revolution

The Politics and International Relations programme at Canterbury Christ Church University in association with the Political Studies Association (PSA) Marxism Specialist Group is delighted to host an afternoon of talks on the Russian Revolution and its significance.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Dr Philip Cunliffe, University of Kent (keynote speaker; author of Lenin Lives)
  • Professor David McLellan, Goldsmiths, UoL, and CCCU (author of Marxism After Marx)
  • Professor Sean Sayers, University of Kent and CCCU (author of Marx and Alienation)
  • Professor Amelia Hadfield, Canterbury Christ Church University (co-editor of Foreign Policy)
  • Dr David Bates, Canterbury Christ Church University (editor of Marxism, Intellectuals and Politics)
  • Professor Mark Cowling, Teesside University (co-editor of Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire)
  • Dr Paul Raekstad, University of Amsterdam

Tuesday 21 November 2017 – 1.00-6.30PM

Of27 | Old Sessions House | Canterbury | CT1 1QU

This is a free public event – to register, please email: