Sussex European Institute

Welcome to the Sussex European Institute

Founded in 1992, the Sussex European Institute (SEI) is the leading research and postgraduate training centre on contemporary European issues.

SEI facilitates a dialogue between scholars based in various departments across and beyond the University of Sussex, including disciplines such as History, Sociology, Politics, Law, International Relations and Postcolonial Studies, Anthropology, Migration Studies, and European Studies. Our community of scholars also works closely with practitioners, policy makers and the voluntary sector.

Europe is often seen as a realm - or even cradle of - democracy, freedom, and rights. Other times, European integration is viewed as in perpetual crisis. In our understanding, Europe not only takes shape through such projected self-images, but also constitutes itself through European states’ and institutions’ historic and contemporary actions – which have crafted internal power asymmetries and produced global inequalities.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 17 November 2021, Public Opinion on State Funding of Parties

Public Opinion on State Funding of Parties

Date: Wednesday 17 Novemember 2021

Time: 14:00 - 15:50

Venue: Freeman G31

Speaker: Danielle Annie May, Aarhus, DK

Wednesday 24 November 2021, Small Worlds in Europe: Investigating the Determinants of Non-Statewide Party Success

Small Worlds in Europe: Investigating the Determinants of Non-Statewide Party Success

Date: Wednesday 24 November 2021

Time: 14:00 to 15:50

Venue: Ashdown House 102

Speaker: Jonathan Parker, University of Sussex

Wednesday 01 December 2021, Anglo-Irish relations in the wake of Brexit 

Anglo-Irish relations in the wake of Brexit 

Date: Wednesday 01 December 2021

Time: 14:00 15:50

Venue: Ashdown House 102

Speaker: Etain Tannam, Trinity College Dublin

 Past Events

Wednesday 27 October 2021, The Role of Parties and the state in Institutionalising Party Systems in South Asia

The Role of Parties and the state in Institutionalising Party Systems in South Asia

Date: Wednesday 27 October 2021

Time: 14:00 - 15:50

Venue: Ashdown House G5

Speaker: Albertus Schoeman, University of Sussex

Wednesday 13 October 2021, Beyond the Cartel: Parties, Anti-System and Democracy in the 21st Century

Beyond the Cartel: Parties, Anti-System and Democracy in the 21st Century

Date: Wednesday 13 October 2021

Time: 14:00 - 15:50

Event: Online via zoom

Speaker: Jonathan Hopkin (LSE)

Wednesday 23 June 2021, The Ongoing Politics of Brexit and Ireland

The Ongoing Politics of Brexit and Ireland

Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Time: 4-6pm London UK time

Venue: On-line via Zoom

Speakers: Prof Katy Hayward, Prof Brigid Laffan, Prof John O’Brennan

Chair: Dr Neil Dooley, University of Sussex

Abstract

The ‘unique circumstances on the island of Ireland’ have fundamentally shaped the negotiations around, the outcomes of, and the aftermath of Brexit. While the impact of Brexit on Ireland and Northern Ireland barely featured during the 2016 referendum campaign, it quickly became one of the thorniest and most defining issues in negotiations. Despite pledges to ‘get Brexit done’ and the UK formally exiting the EU on January 31st 2021, tensions and negotiations around the Northern Ireland protocol have persisted. Ireland was, and remains absolutely central to the ongoing politics of Brexit.
Presented by the Sussex European Institute, this workshop will explore questions around the centrality of Ireland's interests in Brexit negotiations, the current UK government position on the Northern Ireland protocol, the impact of Brexit and ‘de-Europeanisation’ on British-Irish relations and how the politics of Ireland/Northern Ireland understood and framed by UK political elites. It will broadly consider, if the politics of Brexit are ongoing, what role will ‘the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland’ play in their evolution?

Presented by the Sussex European Institute, this workshop will explore questions around the centrality of Ireland's interests in Brexit negotiations, the current UK government position on the Northern Ireland protocol, the impact of Brexit and ‘de-Europeanisation’ on British-Irish relations and how the politics of Ireland/Northern Ireland understood and framed by UK political elites. It will broadly consider, if the politics of Brexit are ongoing, what role will ‘the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland’ play in their evolution? 

Wednesday 17 March 2021, Europe's unsafe environment anti-migrant violence in COVID times

Date: Wednesday 17 March 2021

Time: 4-5pm London UK time

Venue: On-line via Zoom

Speaker: Dr Maurice Stierl, University of Warwick

Abstract

The Covid-19 crisis has prompted a range of novel mobility restrictions that have impacted migrant and displaced communities particularly harshly. Focussing on the situation at Europe’s external borders, I will examine the drastic anti-migrant deterrence and racialised containment measures that have emerged over the first year of the pandemic. Although these measures need to be understood in the continuity of the EU border regime, we can nonetheless observe a shift: from hostile Europe to unsafe Europe. While practically, Europe’s manifold hostile environment policies vis-à-vis precarious migrants persist, the Covid-19 emergency has allowed to justify ‘keeping them out’ or ‘containing them elsewhere’ in the name of their own protection, far away from Europe’s unsafe environment, plagued by a rampant pandemic.

Chair: Dr Aleks Lewicki, University of Sussex

 

 

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