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International Issues a Key Focus in Trinity’s 2017 Social and Political Review

Posted on 17 April 2017


Trinity students and staff recently celebrated the launch of the 27th volume of Trinity’s Social and Political Review (SPR), which showcases exemplary work by undergraduate and postgraduate social science students in Trinity.  A key element of the SPR’s work in 2017 focussed on issues of international importance.   At the launch, the SPR also awarded the inaugural ‘TCD Trust Prize’ for Best Article, kindly sponsored by the TCD Association and Trust, to Nicolas Yahyaoui, for his article on “The Return of Religion as a Factor of International Relations: the Causes of the Failure of the Secularization Theory”. Nicolas is a student on the M.Phil. in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict programme, a course which attracts a number of international students each year.

The 27th volume of the SPR was formally launched in the historic House of Lords building in Bank of Ireland, College Green with speeches from the Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Trant and Senator Averil Power.  Alexandra who completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Sociology is currently undertaking Trinity’s popular M.Sc. in Development Practice, which combines academic learning and training in international work-based placements, in order for students to better understand international development problems and best practices. 

The Guest of Honour at the launch was Trinity graduate and former Senator, Averil Power. In her speech, Power discussed the importance of debate and discussion in furthering progressive ideas in politics and society.

Each year, students submit their thoughts and ideas to the SPR on a range of subjects across the social science spectrum, demonstrating rigorous critical engagement throughout their articles. In this volume of the SPR, ten outstanding articles were competitively selected for publication, exploring topics such the pathologization of intersexuality, social protection and the end of poverty.  Many of the articles selected for publication had an international theme, such as the following:

  • Development in LDCs? The Case of Zambia
  • The Efficacy of Biopower in Iran, 1966 - 1996
  • Exploring Endogenous and Exogenous Explanations of Failed Peace Processes in Sri Lanka

The SPR saw many successes this year, including one of the highest submission rates in recent memory and a focus on internationally-themed debates and events. In September the SPR co-hosted a debate with The Phil entitled “This House Believes that Terrorism can be Rational”. In December, the SPR ran a writing workshop with the Student Learning Development team in Trinity’s Global Room. To close the year, the SPR co-hosted Hon. Jane Harman, CEO and President of the Wilson Centre in Washington D.C. and former member of Congress, with the Phil on April 17th.  

Please view the 27th volume of the Review here.

Also visit the SPR website here.

About the Social and Political Review
The SPR Board are selected for their dedication to social and political discourse and discussion. The SPR team consists of both postgraduate and undergraduate students from a range of courses within the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. The student board organise all aspects of the Review, including choosing and editing articles for publication, managing sponsorship and finances, designing the journal and launching the publication.

The Board of the Social and Political Review would like to thank our kind supporters for their generous help in producing the journal. This includes the Departments of Sociology and Political Science, Trinity Publications and the TCD Association and Trust, who sponsored the TCD Trust Prize and the printing of the Review. The Board would also like to extend their thank you to the House of Lords staff for assisting in launching the 27th Volume of the SPR.

Further information on Trinity’s School of Social Sciences and Philosophy can be found at: www.tcd.ie/ssp