Taking Back Control – From whom and to what end?

Dr Laura Cashman

Last week I attended a play at the Marlowe Theatre billed as a “post-Brexit satire about what it’s like to be treated as a foreigner in your own land”.

Octopus may have been a dystopian fantasy when writer and producer Asfaneh Grey conceived the play but a year after the EU Referendum, it feels far too close to reality for comfort. The sharpness of the script and the talent of the actresses evoked the dark humour, fear and sadness which permeate the discussions I’ve been having with EU migrants and British citizens, who worry about what our post-Brexit future has in store for us all.

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Public Politics Events – Michaelmas term 2016

politics-public-events-poster_cccu-michaelmas-2016For Michaelmas term 2016, the Politics and International Relations team at Canterbury Christ Church University has once again organised a number of exciting public events with speakers from academia and political practice. Click on the image on the left to download a pdf copy of our schedule or click on the links below to find out more information about each event.

Date & Time Venue Event
04/11/16;

18:00

Old Sessions House Building Israel/Palestine: a never ending conflict?

Professor Alain Dieckhoff (Science-Po, CERI)

ERIS Annual Lecture

09/11/16;

18:00

Lg16 – Lecture Theatre 1 Investor Citizenship

Dr Jelena Dzankic (EUI)

Making Politics Matter

11/11/16

16:00 – 18:00

Berry Lecture Theatre, Old Sessions House Brexit: Local Responses & National Attitudes

Professor Neil Nugent (MMU), Dr Mary Murphy (UCC), Dr Uta Staiger (UCL), Mr James Flanagan (Canterbury & Coastal Liberal Democrats), Dr Mark Hammond (CCCU)

Public Engagement & Debate

11/11/16

18:00 – 20:00

Augustine Hall Migration: Seeing myself in others

Dr Georgie Wemyss (University of East London), Dr Nicola Abbott, Dr Laura Cashman and Dr Harshad Keval (CCCU)

Public Engagement & Debate

22/11/16

18:00

TBC Our post referendum vision

Tim Farron (Liberal Democrats)

Making Politics Matter

24/11/16

18:00

Og32 Between Security and Neglect: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Dr Joao Nunes (University of York)

Politics Lecture

 

Nothing is how it used to be: Calais and Dunkirk two months later

 

By Liza Kummrow, PhD Candidate in Politics and IR at CCCU

Last Friday was a day full of different experiences that left me both angry and emotional. Angry because I could not believe how people could live in such appalling conditions in France when we visited the old part of the Dunkirk camp. Luckily, all the people that used to live there have now been relocated to a much better facilitated and spacious camp, where people live in actual small huts with an own house number, have access to proper bathroom facilities with showers, a small open-space house to charge their phones and get some essential goods etc. Although not all the 2500 refugees that are being accommodated there  have access to electricity or heating it definitely feels like a big improvement to the conditions that people were living in when residing in the old part of the camp.

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Making Politics Matter Event: A Tragedy at Europe’s Shores – A Debate on the current Refugee Crisis

The Politics and International Relations Programme at Canterbury Christ Church University organised the event “A Tragedy at Europe’s Shores – A Debate on the current Refugee Crisis” as part of its Making Politics Matter speaker series on the 30th of September 2015.

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Commentary: Do we have a duty to help refugees?

By Dr David Bates

To avoid any ambiguity in what I am about to say, I want simply to insist that ‘yes we have a duty to help refugees’. Of course few – at least expressly – would disagree with this.

I also want to insist that our duty of aid goes well beyond refugees. Western liberal democratic states have a duty to help asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants. Continue reading “Commentary: Do we have a duty to help refugees?”