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February 9th RIPS: Par-delà le volie intégral: an analysis of the French Face-veil ban from a Republican Perspective

In 2011, France banned the wearing of face-veils in the public space. The criminalization of face covering was immediately condemned by prominent NGOs and legal academics of the Anglo-liberal tradition as an unjustifiable infringement on freedom of religion and expression. Here, I show how the ban is not simply consistent with, but necessary under the French republican model. Ultimately, as a friction point between competing rights, the face-veil ban invites us to reconsider the philosophical, political, and historical underpinnings of the human rights ideology and investigate whether their purported universality can accommodate substantive variations in their implementation.

Feb 09, 2016

McMaster's Three Minute Thesis Competition

Political Science PhD student Marguerite Marlin will be competing in McMaster's 4th Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on Feb. 18th at 10:30 a.m.

Feb 01, 2016

January 12th RIPS: Solving the Paradox of Political Success versus Individual Autonomy

An enduring paradox of our political development is the unease we feel about our dominance of the globe. New scholarship develops the argument that our success is based on our singular ability to create highly complex political institutions that produce large amounts of public goods and public services. The effective performance of these state institutions requires coordination by state authorities that puts restraints on individual freedom. Not surprisingly individuals resist restraint on their freedom by our leaders.

Jan 12, 2016

Karen Bird's commentary on gender and ethnic diversity in the new Liberal cabinet

Karen Bird is Associate Professor of Political Science, specializing in comparative politics. Her work has focused mainly on ethnic and gender diversity, intersectionality, and the political representation of women, indigenous groups, and immigrant-origin and ethnic minorities. She is interested in these issues at multiple levels, including in local and national assemblies, and in many countries around the world.

Nov 21, 2015

Book Launch

Orchestrating Austerity: Impacts and Resistance

Nov 20, 2015

Samantha Jackson And Farzin Yousefian Blew Off A Big Wedding To Support Syrian Refugees

Political Science graduate student's wedding funds go to support Syrian refugee family: story goes global.

Nov 20, 2015

Philomathia PhD Scholarship in Water Policy

Philomathia PhD Scholar in Water Policy Approx. $CAD 40K per year for four years

Nov 19, 2015

Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

CALLING ALL POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS Learn about the art of effective advocacy and find out more about how you could be eligible to win prize money.

Nov 19, 2015

The Syrian Conflict and International Violence: A Panel Discussion

Date: Friday, November 27th Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: KTH B124

Nov 18, 2015

OLIP Information Session: Wednesday November 25, 2015

Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP) is a non-partisan educational programmeof the Canadian Political Science Association.

Nov 17, 2015

Is Big Data Watching You?

Dr. Tony Porter discusses the role of Big Data in systems of surveillance and social control.

Nov 16, 2015

ACADEMIC WOMEN'S SUCCESS & MENTORSHIP (AWSM) Lecture Series in the news.

Dr. Karen Bird, along with Political Science students Zaynab Al-waadh, Lindsay Robinson, and Christina Vietinghoff, are part of a cross-campus working group who have initiated the new AWSM Lecture Series.

Nov 07, 2015

The 2015 Canadian Federal Election: What happened? What's next?

Department of Political Science hosts successful post-election forum.

Nov 02, 2015

Making Sense of the 2015 Canadian general election

Peter Graefe weighs in on the outcome of the October 19th vote and its implications for Hamilton.

Nov 01, 2015

October 27th RIPS: Intersections of Exclusion: The Institutional Dynamics of Combined Gender and Ethnic Quota Systems

Despite growing interest in the politics of intersectionality, applications in the domain of electoral reform and political representation have been slow, both in scholarship and on the ground.

Oct 27, 2015

Khaled Al-Kassimi receives the Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

The Department of Political Science would like to congratulate Khaled on this award.

Oct 01, 2015

PAP's Win Silences Its Critics

In a post-election analysis this week, Dr. Netina Tan explains the reasons for the ruling PAP's landslide win and implications for the opposition in Singapore's new political landscape.

Sep 16, 2015

Singapore's 2015 Election: Can the People's Action Party Strengthen its Mandate to Rule?

In a primer for Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada this week, Dr. Netina Tan takes a look at the evolving drama and implications of the snap election, the first electoral battle without its influential leader, Lee Kuan Yew.

Sep 08, 2015