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Feb 20

Conference: Multidisciplinary Futures of United Nations Peace Operations

Monday, February 20, 2023 - 09:00 to Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 17:00

The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Sponsored by the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group and the Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice at The Open University, the two-day conference seeks to bring together scholars developing new theoretical and empirical research on the future of UN peacekeeping operations. We invite papers, panel and roundtable submissions. The submission deadline is Wednesday 7 December 2022.

Jan 30

Book launch: Global Youth Unemployment: History, Governance and Policy

Monday, January 30, 2023 - 17:00 to 18:30


Join authors Prof. Nicola Yeates and Prof. Ross Fergusson from the Department of Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University for the launch of their new book, Global Youth Unemployment: History, Governance and Policy. They will be joined by a distinguished panel of academics to discuss some of the key questions and issues the book tackles.

Dec 15

Economics seminar series: The Welsh Basic Income Pilot

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online. The event is free

The Open University Economics Seminar Series is honoured to host the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford and Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt as they discuss the Welsh basic income pilot for people leaving care. The event will be introduced and chaired by Rajiv Prabhakar.

Dec 6

Online migration seminar with Professor Janine Dahinden

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online via MS Teams

Professor Janine Dahinden will be critically reflecting on the notion of migration drawing on her work on de-migranticization technologies. The online seminar is organised by OU MigrationCentre for Global Challenges and Social Justice (GCSJ) and Open Psychology Research Centre. The seminar will be chaired by Professor Umut Erel, Director of the Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice.

Nov 28

Criminology seminar: ‘In conversation’ with Dr Faith Gordon

Monday, November 28, 2022 - 10:00 to 11:00


We discuss some of Dr Gordon's most important work, exploring what motivates her to conduct her research and what she has sought to achieve. Dr. Faith Gordon is the Deputy Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Professor of Criminology with the Australian National University, ANU College of Law.

Nov 18

Eco-creativity Conference 2022: The Arts Mapping Emotional Landscapes of the Climate and Ecological Crises

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 13:00 to Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 17:00

Virtual Conference, The Open University

In this third edition of the Eco-creativity conference, we invite interdisciplinary, empirical, and ethnographic approaches to understanding the role of arts and creative industries in delineating new ‘emotional landscapes’ of the climate and ecological crises.

Nov 16

Economics seminar series: Green finance, energy transitions and geo-political crisis in Eurasia and beyond

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 13:00 to 14:30

Online. The event is free

Olena Borodyna, Senior Transition Risk Analyst from the Overseas Development Institute and Basani Baloyi from the Institute for Economic Justice in South Africa will discuss the challenges posed in the climate–security nexus.

Oct 14

The OU Graduate Nietzsche Conference

Friday, October 14, 2022 - 09:45 to Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 19:00


In the not-too-distant past, graduates specialising in the study of Nietzsche’s philosophy were relatively rare. Now we are many. Yet, post-pandemic, there are fewer opportunities to present and discuss our research. The graduate community of Nietzsche scholars at The Open University invites graduate researchers with an interest in this subject to submit papers for our OU Online Graduate Conference on Nietzsche.

Jul 29

Workshop: Dwelling on the everyday: Architecture, Ghosts, Ellipses

Friday, July 29, 2022 - 13:30 to 17:30


The two international interdisciplinary workshops that examine dwellings and the ways in which the past resonates in and through them.

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