Dr. Rose Gann, Head of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, welcomed almost 800 political experts from around the world to a special event


Women host exciting events at Nottingham Trent University

Women host exciting events at Nottingham Trent University

Working at Nottingham Trent University opens up opportunities to get involved in a variety of exciting events.

One such event was a conference where Nottingham Trent University welcomed almost 800 political experts from across the world to discuss the theme (Un)Sustainable Politics in a Changing World at the Political Studies Association Annual International Conference. The event included a keynote speech from the Speaker of the House of Commons, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, entitled Politics in an Anti-Politics Age.

A privilege to host a successful event

As as a woman working at Nottingham Trent University, Dr. Rose Gann, Head of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University's School of Social Sciences, had the privilege of hosting the event which featured many exciting and inspirational speakers.

"Being part of such a large collection of leading, contemporary research in one place created a great buzz. The energy and enthusiasm from this event will continue to feed into the Department for some time to come. I am very grateful for all the hard work of colleagues in the Department, as well as our student conference assistants and staff and trustees from the Political Studies Association of the UK – who worked together to make this conference such a success," she says.

Rose is responsible for ensuring the academic leadership and management of the staff and students in the Department. She has the duty of overseeing the course teams to ensure the effective course design and curriculum development as well as ensuring the delivery of Nottingham Trent University's objectives in terms of teaching, learning and the student experience.

She is interested in developing innovations in teaching as well as supporting the development of staff in the department and building the department’s research capacity. She also likes to encourage a lively staff/student community through student led clubs and interest groups as well as through departmental seminars and conferences.

Fascinating panel discussions on current topics

At the conference, more than 500 research papers were presented over three-days, along with nearly 300 panel discussions, dealing with contemporary issues ranging from cutting-edge research on Brexit - what it means and what its impact on Britain, Europe and beyond will be; the proliferation of nuclear weapons; and climate change.

The conference also provided a platform for politicians and other practitioners to get involved in debates and access research which will inform public and private sector policies locally, nationally and internationally.

In his keynote address, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP discussed why he considers the role of Parliament and parliamentary democratic processes as so important and the need for Parliament to communicate effectively externally to ensure the continued growth of public engagement. Although there is much instablity in the political landscape, debates over Brexit had, he said, create interest in parliamentary processes.

“Wherever you go, whether it be down the pub, at the dinner table, standing at the school gate or in conversation with colleagues by the water cooler, there is no doubt people are talking about Brexit, politics and Parliament," he explained. 

But importantly, he insisted that these debates also emphasise a need for Parliament to keep up with technological changes and consider how best to conduct Parliamentary business.

An invaluable networking opportunity with experts

The BBC’s editorial director, Kamal Ahmed, hosted a question and answer session at the conference dinner, giving his insights on the challenges and responses facing the media in how to best to communicate information from around the world.

The event was attended by distinguished academics within political science, including renowned feminist scholar and activist, Professor Cynthia Enloe, who gave a plenary lecture titled Boys don’t always have to be boys: The Local and Global Politics of Exposing and Challenging Patriarchal Impunity.

Cynthia discussed approaches to challenge patriarchal systems and behaviours and made a powerful argument for scholars to push back on responses that question whether a research topic is ‘doable’. She offered powerful case studies as examples of how “Feminist activists and researchers are working to hold accountable local and international perpetrators and enablers of all forms of gendered harassment and violence.” Through this, she demonstrated that the institutional and cultural politics of 'boys will be boys' can be both challenged and transformed.

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