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. Tweets as @alaninbelfast. Blogs about cinema and theatre over at Alan in Belfast. A freelancer who writes about and reports from civic, academic and political events, reviews cultural performances, chairs discussions, and live-tweets, streams and records lectures and conferences. He delivers social media training, coaching and consultancy, produces podcasts, is a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland, FactCheckNI board member, and is a member of the Corrymeela Community.