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New interdisciplinary research network for the study of politics in the Americas

New interdisciplinary research network

Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, will launch a new research network exploring all aspects of politics in the American continent at a conference on 2 May.

The event will have a keynote speech from noted political scientist and Washington Post columnist, Professor Andrew Rudalevige (Bowdoin College), followed by a one day conference on President Trump’s first 100 days.

The network, called The Monroe Group, is designed to encourage dialogue between scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences working on all aspects of politics in the American continent. It has been developed in response to recent expansion of staff and student recruitment working in the field of US and Latin American politics at the University of Reading.  

The Monroe Group will be home to existing UoR researchers and PhD students working in this area and will facilitate new collaborative projects, research grants applications and teaching development across all disciplines, including

  • US foreign policy
  • Climate Change Diplomacy
  • Gender, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Representations, Rhetoric and Media
  • Policy

Engaging with politics workshop

The group will also be running a half-day, multidisciplinary event on 27 June for UoR-based staff already working on politics in the Americas related topics, or those who are interested in developing new research in this area (or just learning more). The objectives for the afternoon are for participants to:

  • Learn more about the themes of the Monroe Group, and how they interlink. 
  • Get to know one-another, what our research interests are, and how they potentially relate to the Monroe Group. 
  • Start to think about major politics in the Americas research questions, and how these might be developed into project ideas/proposals.

As part of the workshop, we would like to invite participants to make short, 5-10 minute presentations about an area of their research related to politics in the Americas.

If you would like to do this, please contact Dr Mara Oliva, Dr Mark Shanahan and Dr Madeleine Davies with a provisional title for your presentation.

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