PSA Annual International Conference 2018 

Conference Plenaries

Monday 26th March

Bursting Filter Bubbles and Opening Up Echo Chambers: The Role of the Academic in Public Debate

11:15 - 12:15, Assembly Room, City Hall

Professor Roger Awan-Scully

Roger Scully is currently Professor of Political Science at Cardiff University. An Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, Roger has been the Director and Principal Investigator for the Economic and Social
Research Council-funded 2016 and 2011 Welsh Election Studies and the 2011 Welsh Referendum Study. Roger’s work explores political representation in Britain and the European Union. He is an accomplished and prolific author, with published titles including: Becoming Europeans? Attitudes, Behaviour and Socialisation in
the European Parliament (2005); Representing Europe’s Citizens? Electoral Institutions and the Failure of Parliamentary Representation (2007); and Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum (2012). Roger is currently writing his first non-academic title, The End of British Party
Politics? which will be published in early 2018. Roger has also published some fifty articles in major academic journals and has contributed chapters to nearly thirty books. Roger is passionate about making politically complex topics understandable to all, and is adept at explaining subjects like elections, polling, devolution
and Brexit to a variety of audiences in an accessible manner. He has written widely on these subjects and has published a widely-read blog, Elections in Wales, for more than four years. Roger broadcasts regularly and works closely with YouGov and ITV-Cymru Wales to produce and report on the Welsh Political Barometer – the only regular opinion poll carried out in Wales. As a consultant, Roger regularly works with both private and public sector organisations to explore the potential implications that major political developments can have on them. Roger’s expertise has been called upon on numerous occasions by specialist committees in the various UK Parliaments. He has also spoken frequently at party conferences, and given many presentations and lectures at public events throughout the UK, across Europe, in North America and in Hong Kong. Roger is the current Political Studies Association Political Communicator of the Year.

Professor Leighton Andrews

Leighton Andrews is Professor of Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation at Cardiff Business School. Formerly Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Public Services in the Welsh Labour Governments from 2009-16, a Deputy Minister in Rhodri Morgan's One Wales Government from 2007-9 and Assembly Member for the Rhondda from 2003-16. Prior to his election to the National Assembly, Leighton was the BBC's Head of Public Affairs in London from 1993-1996. He has chaired the Digital News Taskforce for the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly since November 2016. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Affairs. Leighton has recently been commissioned by Routledge to write a book on ‘Facebook, the media and democracy’.

Laura Hood Politics Editor, Assistant Editor, The Conversation

Laura Hood is Politics Editor and Assistant Editor atThe Conversation She has worked for more than five years as a reporter and news editor for Research Fortnight, a specialist publication focusing on science, technology and higher education policy. She also worked as a reporter for Research Europe, covering French higher education policy and European policy in areas including space and innovation.

In Conversation with Nazir Afzal OBE

12:30 - 13:30, Assembly Room, City Hall

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir Afzal OBE is the former Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service for North West England, a post he held from 2011-2015, Mr Afzal is widely recognised for his key role in prosecuting the ‘Rochdale grooming gangs’ as well as cases related to Violence against Women and Girls, Child Sexual Abuse, Anti-Social Behaviour, Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Stalking. He joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 1991, following a career as a solicitor, and held positions of Director and Community Liaison Director between 2007 and 2011. Since 2017 he has been a member of Independent Press Standards Organisation Complaints Committee. Recently appointed one of the Welsh Government's new advisors for violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Mr. Afzal is also Cohesion Commissioner. Former Pro- chancellor of Brunel University, forthcoming chair of Hopwood Hall College and Patron of 11 Non-governmental Organisations.

Shazia Awan-Scully

Shazia Awan-Scully is a Presenter, Communications Consultant, Writer and Equality Campaigner, working in Cardiff & London. She has presented programmes on BBC Radio Wales and written for a number of national newspapers and magazines.

Carole Pateman: The Sexual Contract 30 Years On

16:15 - 17:45, Council Chamber, City Hall

Professor Carole Pateman

Professor Carole Pateman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Carole Pateman is recognized as one of the world's leading political theorists. Her research and publications have explored a wide range of social and political questions and issues, both historical and current. She has made a profound difference in the way the relationship of gender to politics is analyzed, both historically and in contemporary life. Her research interests extend over Democratic theory and questions about citizenship, including political obligation. Professor Pateman has written four books, co-edited four volumes of essays, and made numerous contributions to scholarly journals. Her first book, Participation and Democratic Theory, has been reprinted 19 times and is considered by many to be the definitive exploration of participatory democracy. In March 2010, Professor Pateman was awarded the title of Academician of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. The Political Studies Association presented her with a Special Recognition Award at the annual meeting of the APSA in Chicago (2013) she was also elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, April 2015.

Monday 26th March

The (Shifting) Ground Beneath Our Feet: Rethinking the Conceptual Underpinnings of the Discipline

11:30 - 12:30, Assembly Room, City Hall

Professor Sanjay Seth

Sanjay Seth is Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies. He has written extensively on postcolonial theory, social and political theory, modern Indian history and international relations. He is particularly interested in how modern European ideologies, and modern Western knowledge more generally, ‘travelled’ to the non-Western world- and what effects this had both on the non-Western world, and on modern, Western knowledge. His current work is focused on whether the presumptions that inform our modern knowledge are ‘universal’, meaning adequate to all times and places- as is usually supposed- or whether they are in fact parochial, presumptions that are specifically modern and Western but that illegitimately pass themselves off as universal. He is a founding co-editor of the international journal “Postcolonial Studies” (1998-), author of Marxist Theory and Nationalist Politics: Colonial India (Sage,1995) and Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India (Duke University Press, 2007) and is editor of Postcolonial Theory and International Relations: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2013).