Annual Student Conference 2013

We are pleased to announce that the third annual POLSIS student conference has been scheduled for 5th June 2013!

The POLSIS student conference is open to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students (from POLSIS, IDD and INLOGOV) interested in multi and inter-disciplinary fields related to social sciences. It is an opportunity to celebrate and promote students’ achievements here at the University of Birmingham!

This conference will give you a chance to give a presentation to a group of academics and peers. An expert panel will be asking questions, generating discussion and judging the various presentations. In addition, there are going to be prizes of £100 for the best three speakers!

The theme for the conference is ‘Victims VS. Villains’ this theme is very much open to your own interpretation. The following blurb should give you a bit more insight into the theme.

From global politics to individuals negotiating everyday life – and all that is in between – decisions are made, and events occur, which create the constructs of victims vs. villains, good vs. bad, right vs. wrong. Be it students protesting against a government they feel has abandoned them, subjects of a dictatorship rising up to call for democracy or even a woman fighting for a her dream to become a bishop. These issues conjure up all sorts of debates and test us to challenge our own judgement of what is right and what is wrong.”

The next part is up to you! We are now accepting abstracts for presentations up to 250 words in length. In these abstracts you can give an outline of what you intend to talk about and the key themes that you intend to tackle. Abstracts are to be sent to Dr Emma Foster at

The deadline for abstract submission is the 18th of February 2013 so don’t delay!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Good Luck!


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