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Cosmopolitan Dimensions programme (2012) – pdf

Cosmopolitan Dimensions programme


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!

Call for papers advice

On the 29th February 2012, Dr Emma Foster held a training session on ways of writing abstracts and papers, giving this way the opportunity to students to ask questions and understand better the requirements of an academic conference.

Annual Student Conference 2012

Call for papers advice

Education Building, room 408
—Who is it for?
—The conference is open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in the School of Government and Society
—When and where will it be held?
—On Friday 4th May 2012 on campus
—How do I get involved?
—If you would like to deliver a presentation at the conference then email me a summary/abstract of your presentation topic before the 14th March. My email is
What is an abstract?
—The abstract is a summary of your presentation idea
—The purpose of the abstract is, in this instance, to ‘sell’ your presentation idea to a panel in order to potentially be selected to deliver your presentation at the student conference 2012
What should be included in the abstract?
  • —Motivation/problem statement
  • —Methods/procedure/approach
  • —Results/findings/product
  • —Conclusion/implications
Other things to note
—This is not an exact science so abstracts will vary by topic
—The abstract should be between 200-300 words long
—The abstract is being used for selection purposes for the conference and therefore can be altered at a later date for the conference programme
—Any questions?


— This is the official student led webpage for the Annual POLSIS Student Conference! At the moment the page is under construction but there are a lot of surprises to come in the near future! —

For more than a century, the University of Birmingham has continued to provide new outcomes and ways of engaging its students in demanding and nevertheless rewarding academic activities, undergraduate research being an essential component of higher education. Designed to continue the university’s tradition of supporting its students’ outstanding scholarly work as future successful professionals, The School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) is pleased to announce the release of the Second Annual Student Conference – “Cosmopolitan Dimensions”.

The 7th of June 2012 was dedicated to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students (from POLSIS, IDD and INLOGOV) interested in multi- and inter-disciplinary fields related to social sciences, the conference serving as a forum to promote and celebrate students’ achievement and foster communication among them.

By disseminating original, normative and empirical research on topics which assess the dimensions of contemporary cosmopolitanism, students are given the means to build their confidence, expand their network, actively bring their own contribution to the study of their chosen topic, discuss and evaluate ideas in order to make a step closer to a higher level of personal and professional development in an academic environment.

This year’s key note speaker was journalist Ramita Navai. Ramita is currently a journalist at Channel 4, and a correspondent for ‘Unreported World’. Her recent films include: El SalvadorThe Child Assassins; USA: Down and Out; Zimbabwe: Blood Diamonds; Afghanistan’s Child Drug Addicts; Burundi: Boys Behind Bars;Breaking into Israel and more.  In September 2011, Ramita worked undercover in some of the most dangerous places in Syria. She experienced first-hand life as a fugitive in Syria when trapped in a safe house with three of the country’s most wanted men. As the town of Madaya was besieged by the army, the security forces and the militia spent three days raiding houses in search of activists and people who had been seen at protests.The result of this experience can be seen in her film called Undercover Syria.

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Link to the conference’s announcement on the university’s website

Student Conference: Cosmopolitan Dimensions