The Europa Hotel lobby was busy yesterday with Irish World Dancing Championship participants rubbing shoulders [Ed – and ringlets] and Political Studies Association conference delegates. The former had ringlets, the latter carried conference guides!
Prof Paul Carmichael from the University of Ulster is co-convening the conference.
This morning the main PSA 2012 conference programme begins. David Blunkett MP joins Peter Riddell and Prof Matthew Flinders in the opening plenary looking at Defending Politics, Politicians and Political Science.
During the day, smaller panel sessions will cover Art and Politics; Gender Representation; Political Party Leadership; Citizen Engagement in Australia; the Greek Crisis; Labour and Northern Ireland; Media, Politics and Influence; the Politics of Administrative Reform; and lots more.
Late this afternoon, there’s a Roundtable Discussion on Northern Ireland (sponsored by the Political Quarterly) with Prof E Kaufmann, Lord Paul Bew, Dr Katy Hayward, Conall MCDevvitt MLA, Malachi O’Doherty and Peter Weir MLA.
Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.