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Politics as Anthropology and Area Studies

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Date
Location
SOAS, University of London
Organiser
Dr. Susan Hodgett
Contact details
sl.hodgett@ulster.ac.uk

Programme

10.20am Welcome and Opening Remarks - Dr. Susan Hodgett, Ulster University.

10.30am Professor Jan Kubik, Director, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
“Political Ethnography and Comparative Area Studies”

11.30am Coffee

11.45am Professor Rod Rhodes, University of Southampton.
“Why Ethnography can help Explain Public Distrust of Governing Elites.”

12.45pm Lunch

1.30pm Professor Emma Crewe, SOAS, University of London.
“An anthropology of Parliaments: reflexivity, relationships and performance.”

2.30pm Coffee

2.45pm Discussion on going forward

3.30pm Comments - Professor Mark Bevir, University of California, Berkeley.

4.00pm Close

4.15pm UK Council for Area Studies Associations Meeting.

This event is supported by:

  • Blurring Genres Network: Recovering the Humanities for Political Science and Area Studies
  • Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS)

Speakers’ bios

Jan Kubik

Professor Jan Kubik is the Director of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. Previously he taught at Rutgers University. His publications include: The Power of Symbols against the Symbols of Power. The Rise of Solidarity and the Fall of State Socialism in Poland and Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland, 1989-1993 (with Grzegorz Ekiert). Recent work deals with the relationship between political science and cultural anthropology (Anthropology and Political Science: a convergent approach, with Myron Aronoff); critical analysis of post-communist studies (Postcommunism from Within. Social Justice, Mobilization, and Hegemony, edited with Amy Linch); and the politics of memory (Twenty Years After Communism: The Politics of Memory and Commemoration, prepared and edited with Michael Bernhard).

Rod Rhodes

Rod Rhodes is Professor of Government (Research) at the University of Southampton, Visiting Professor, University of Utrecht; and Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Australia. Previously, he was the Director of the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘Whitehall Programme’ (1994-1999); Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University (2006-11); and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University (2007-8). He is the author of 19 books including, Networks, Governance and the Differentiated Polity. Selected Essays. Volume I. (Oxford University Press, 2017); Interpretive Political Science. Selected Essays. Volume II (Oxford University Press, 2017); Lessons of Governing. A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff (with Anne Tiernan,2014); Everyday Life in British Government (Oxford University Press, 2011); The State as Cultural Practice (with Mark Bevir, Oxford University Press 2010). He is life Vice-President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom; a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). He was also editor of Public Administration from 1986 to 2011. He has been awarded many prizes including, in 2015, the biennial European Consortium for Political Research Lifetime Achievement Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to all areas of political science, and the exceptional impact of his work’.

Emma Crewe

Emma Crewe is a researcher at SOAS (University of London), a research supervisor at the Business School (University of Hertfordshire) and Chair of the international NGO Health Poverty Action. An anthropologist by training, she has worked since the 1980s as an academic, policy adviser, CEO and trustee in international NGOs and grant-makers. She has been researching Parliaments since 1998 and is currently managing a research coalition studying Parliaments and democracy in Bangladesh and Ethiopia with the Hansard Society.