School seminars

One central theme of work in the School has been how we should understand and think about security, peace and conflict. The School’s strong research environment is evident in a wealth of events and activities. The School-wide seminar series brings major academic figures to St Andrews who offer different perspectives on:

  • political violence and terrorism
  • international security
  • conflict between (and within) state and non-state actors
  • institutional responses to conflict
  • post-war reconstruction
  • normative theories of war and peace
  • human rights
  • regional tensions
  • the social construction of conflict
  • the political economy of peace and violence.

Research students are encouraged to attend these seminars which provide a useful introduction to the dissemination and discussion of academic research across a wide range of topics. There are also occasional conferences, guest lecture series and many other less formal events held throughout the year. Students may also be interested in research seminars being hosted by other Schools.

Seminars take place in the Arts Lecture Theatre on Mondays from 5.00pm to 6.30pm, unless stated otherwise.


Semester 2, 2017-2018

DateSpeakerPaper titleAffiliation
05 February Jussi Hanhimaki Transatlantic Relations: Historical Legacies and the Future of an Alliance The Graduate Institute Geneva
19 February Round Table Freedom of the Press in the 21st Century University of St Andrews
05 March Amitav Acharya School of International Relations Distinguished Lecture American University
02 April Pauline Eadie Natural Disasters and the International Community in the Shadow of Climate Change University of Nottingham
16 April Joonkook Hwang The Korean Peninsula and the Challenges of the Emerging East Asian Order South Korea’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom
23 April Jason Sharman Gunboat Diplomacy: Power and Profit at Sea in the Making of the International System University of Cambridge

Semester 1, 2017-2018

DateSpeakerPaper titleAffiliation
25 September Round Table Strategic Dilemma in East Asia University of St Andrews
16 October Sophia Dingli The Historical Problem of Studying African Armed Forces University of Glasgow
6 November Vassilios Paipais Political Ontology and International Political Thought: Voiding A Pluralist World University of St Andrews
13 November Jaremey McMullin Documenting Post-War Return via Prose and Film; A Case Study of Irreverent Warriors and the ‘Silkies Hikes’ University of St Andrews
20 November Tomas Ayuso Territory is Identity Independent writer and documentary photographer
27 November Maggie Dwyer Soldiers in Revolt University of Edinburgh
04 December Andrey A Pritsepov Post-Western World: a Challenge and an Opportunity? Russia’s Consul General