IRiS Roundtable series – Opportunity or challenge for addressing inequality?

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When: 4th June 2015 (13:00-16:00)           Where: Muirhead Tower, 714/5

Many industrialised societies are becoming increasingly diverse and unequal. However, the relationship between these two phenomena is to date under-examined. In the second IRiS Key Concepts roundtable, we have invited internationally renowned academics with long-standing expertise and interests in inequality to consider a range of questions.  These include:

  • How has inequality changed with the emergence of superdiversity?
  • Does a superdiversity lens help us to address or conceal structural inequality and power relations in contemporary society?
  • What new forms of social mobility and stratification are emerging in the context of superdiversity?

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‘Does Party Ideology Matter After All? A Mixed Methods Approach to Studying Welfare State Change under Left and Right Government Leadership’

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When: 3 June 2015 (2-4 pm).      Where: Muirhead Tower, 710

Dr Stefan Kühner, University of York (http://stefan-kuehner.com/) will present:
Prominent works in the comparative welfare state literature argue that Left and Right government leadership ceased to matter for social policy outcomes. Yet, pooled time-series cross-section (TSCS) analyses of these claims have been limited by a bias on aggregate welfare state effort or social security generosity as the dependent variables; the operationalisation of government ideology by means of Left and Right cabinet shares; and/or the use of time-invariant veto point indices to account for different institutional contexts. This presentation employs fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fs/QCA) to test whether combinations of Left and Right government leadership, cabinet centres of ideological gravity, shifts of ideological centres and constitutional structures were necessary or sufficient conditions for welfare state change across a sample of 108 governments in 12 high-income countries between 1979-2010.

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Social Policy and LGBTQ led Interfaith Event

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Last month, the Department of Social Policy teamed up with the University LGBTQ Association to host an LGBTQ focussed interfaith event as part of LGBTQ History Month. The event was designed as a networking event to create debate in smaller groups and to let speakers and traditional audience members discuss with one another the issues of faith and sexuality.

LGBTQ and faith issues are important in our society of growing multiculturalism. Yet despite this growing diversity and growing public acceptance for gay rights, religion and faith is still an issue today. In general, Anti-LGBT sentiments in religion can both cause personal anxiety over sexual orientation and gender for LGBTQ people, and lead them to being isolated from their culture and community. Stonewall surveys found that 75% of young gay people attending faith schools have experienced homophobic bullying. This isolation can be alleviated through finding more supportive branches of faiths.

The event had speakers included Rabbi Leah Jordan from liberal Judaism, Rose Neelam from the Muslim Women’s Charity the Safra Project, Rev Dr Catherine Shelley from the Anglican Church, Rev Andrew Braizer from the Methodist Church , Fr Patrick Mileham from the Catholic church, and speakers from the University of Birmingham Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Society. Unfortunately, Sikh and Hindu Associations were unable to attend.

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PPE General Election Debates – Steven Brookes (UKIP)

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When: Thursday 12th March (17:30 – 19:00)     Where: Muirhead Tower Room 417

Steven Brookes – UKIP

The PPE General Election Debates are a series of student-led events which in the run up to the forthcoming elections in May 2015, bring together a range of different actors from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance and need for being both politically engaged and informed. Each event will include a talk followed by a question and answer where attendees will be invited to discuss the issues important to them.

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PPE General Election Debates – Lee Barron (TUC)

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When: Thursday 5th March (17:30 – 19:00)       Where: Muirhead Tower Room 417

Lee Barron – TUC

The PPE General Election Debates are a series of student-led events which in the run-up to the forthcoming elections in May 2015, bring together a range of different actors from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance and need for being both politically engaged and informed. Each event will include a talk followed by a question and answer where attendees will be invited to discuss the issues important to them.

Followed by wine and canapes

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PPE General Election Debates – John Blewitt (Green Party)

When: Thursday 26th February (17:30 – 19:00)     Where: Muirhead Tower Room 417

John Blewitt – Green Party

The PPE General Election Debates are a series of student-led events which in the run-up to the forthcoming elections in May 2015, bring together a range of different actors from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance and need for being both politically engaged and informed. Each event will include a talk followed by a question and answer where attendees will be invited to discuss the issues important to them.

Please register for this event

PPE General Election Debates – Andrew Mitchell MP (Conservative)

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When: 19th February 2015 (19:00-20:30)    Where: Muirhead Tower, 417

The PPE General Election Debates are a series of student-led events which in the run-up to the forthcoming elections in May 2015, bring together a range of different actors from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance and need for being both politically engaged and informed. Each event will include a talk followed by a question and answer where attendees will be invited to discuss the issues important to them.

(wine and canapes served from 6:30pm)

To register for this event click here