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Apr 6

Citizenship Studies seminar series: ‘Ordinary Citizenship’: Anthropological Approaches

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 15:00 to 16:30


As part of the Citizenship Studies seminar series, Professor Catherine Neveu uses empirical research carried out in France and other contexts to discuss the gains to be obtained by exploring citizenship processes “through the ordinary”.

Apr 5

Open Politics: How UK Parliament works – campaigning webinar

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - 18:00 to 19:00

FREE Online event

Part of Open Politics seminar series, after an introduction to UK Parliament, this session focuses on the practicalities of working with members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and how to engage with the legislative process.

Mar 30

Economics seminar series: Health and industrial policy in and after Covid-19: Economic context from UNIDO's Industrial Development Report (IDR) 2022

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - 13:30 to 15:00

Online via MS Teams

OU Economics Seminar Series 2022

Health and industrial policy in and after Covid-19: Economic context from UNIDO's Industrial Development Report (IDR) 2022.

Mar 17

Online conference: Reading for/and Escape

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 09:45 to Friday, March 18, 2022 - 20:00


Explore reading for escape as an instrumental practice, as well as reading and escape as a series of cultural or personal associations in this free online conference.

Mar 11

Arts-based Methodologies for Global Challenges Workshop

Friday, March 11, 2022 - 14:00 to 17:00

Virtual event, The Open University

This workshop invites contributions around new teaching and research methodologies which can aid expressive and reflective engagement with contemporary global challenges exacerbated by the climate crisis. CFP is open.

Feb 22

Open Politics: How UK Parliament works – introductory webinar

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 18:00 to 19:00

FREE Online event

Part of our Open Politics seminar series, this interactive webinar explores ways to get your voice heard and participate in democracy, explains the process of elections and the difference between government and parliament.

Nov 30

Inaugural Lecture: Children of migration as brokers of 'care'

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK6 7AA

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Sarah Crafter will explore what it means for children and young people to be ‘brokers of care’ in the context of migration.

Nov 19

Eco-creativity 2021: Art, Music, Ritual and Global Climate Politics

Friday, November 19, 2021 - 13:00 to 17:00

Virtual Conference, The Open University

This 2021 Conference is hosted by the Religious Studies, Art History, Music and Politics Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 September 2021

Nov 3

Being a Changemaker, making a difference: an event to launch the Changemakers guide for UK Parliament Week 2021

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:00

Online, via Microsoft Teams

We’re building on our partnership with UK Parliament Week, and the work undertaken so far by ‘Open Politics’, with the launch of a brand new guide to making political and social change. The guide encourages people to engage with the UK Parliament in particular, as well as politics more generally, giving people the essential knowledge and tools needed to make change.

Oct 19

Economics Seminar: Climate Change, Sovereign Debt, and the Looming Debt Crisis in the Global South

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 13:00 to 14:30

Online via Teams

In this seminar, Professor Ulrich Volz, founder of the Centre for Sustainable Finance at University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute, will be setting out the challenges of mobilising finance for a sustainable transition.

Dr. Elva Bova, economist at the European Commission and formerly at the International Monetary Fund, will act as discussant.

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