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Scotland after Brexit
SEMINAR WITH SCOTLAND’S MINISTER FOR EUROPE
On 16 February 2017, British Politics Society had the pleasure of inviting its members and friends to a talk on Scotland after Brexit with Scotland’s Minister for Europe, Dr Alasdair Allan. The event was held against the backdrop of the British government’s newly published White Paper, which presents the UK’s overall strategy for its exit from and future partnership with the EU.
In his talk, Dr Allan reflected on Scotland’s relationship with Norway and the EU historically, responses to the referendum result last year, and future relations with the EU, discussing proposals in the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ paper.
The event was opened by BPS board member Řivind Bratberg, while the Q&A session after Dr Allan's talk was chaired by BPS board member Kristin Haugevik.
Ten years after the St. Andrews Agreement
On 30 September 2016, British Politics Society had the pleasure of inviting its members and friends to an autumn seminar on Northern Ireland, featuring two distinguished speakers: Lord Hain of Neath and Dr. Peter McLoughlin.
Lord Hain, who was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2007, reflected on how the process leading up to the St. Andrews Agreement of 2006 might be relevant to contemporary conflict resolution. Dr. McLoughlin, who is a Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, offered his thoughts on the State of Northern Ireland today.
The two talks were followed by a lively Q&A session, led by British Politics Society’s John Todd. The seminar was opened by BPS leader Atle Wold, and it took place at Georg Sverdrups hus at the University of Oslo.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016
The tenth Annual General Meeting of the British Politics Society Norway was held on Tuesday 31 May, 16:30-18:00.
Participants were briefed about BPS activities in 2015, and plans for 2016. Other posts on the program included a presentation of the accounts for 2015 and the budget for 2016.
Michael Keating, Professor, University of Aberdeen
On 10 May, BPS had the pleasure of inviting its members and friends to a seminar discussing Britain's future in - or outside of - the European Union. As the referendum on 23 June approaches, there is a real possibility that a majority of British voters will vote in favour of leaving the EU. What is the likely outcome of the referendum? What is at stake? And what will be the long-term consequences of this momentous decision -for Britain and for Europe?
A full audience got to hear engaging presentations from Professor Michael Keating from the University of Aberdeen, Professor John Erik Fossum from ARENA and PhD Fellow John Todd from the University of Oslo.
The seminar was chaired by British Politics Society's Henry Allen, and it took place at Gamle Christiania café ("Gamla") in Oslo. It was organised in cooperation with ARENA - Centre for European Studies.
WHERE TO, LABOUR?
This was the overarching, rhetorical question asked at British Politics Society’s evening event at Litteraturhuset in Oslo on 15 December 2015
At the seminar, the audience got to hear presentations from Glen O'Hara (Professor at Oxford Brookes University), Annette Groth (Former London correspondent for the NRK) and Paul Beamont (PhD fellow at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences).
The the three presenters reflected on the the Labour party's historical development and present-day challenges, in light of its change in leadership and profile last year.
The seminar was organized by British Politics Society with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through “Europamidler”. The seminar was chaired by Řivind Bratberg, Senior Lecturer at the University of Oslo, while BPS leader Atle L. Wold opened the seminar on behalf of the organizers.
WILL BRITAIN END UP LIKE NORWAY?
This was the key question asked at our evening event at Litteraturhuset in Oslo on 26 October 2015.
An engaged audience got to hear presentations from Isabelle Hertner (University of Birmingham), Christopher Lord (ARENA) and Kristin Haugevik (NUPI/BPS). Presenting their contributions to the summer issue of British Politics Review, the three discussed Britain’s alternatives to full EU membership, as well as the general reactions from Brussels and from key EU member states to David Cameron’s plans to renegotiate, Britain’s membership terms and hold a national referendum by the end of 2017.
Whereas Chris Lord outlined four possible future association models for Britain, on a scale ranging from full membership to full outsidership, Isabelle Hertner concluded that the German position on “Brexit” could be summed up as one of “Nein Danke!” Finally, Kristin Haugevik talked about the relevance of “looking to Norway” for the two sides in the upcoming referendum campaign in Britain.
The seminar was co-organized by British Politics Society and ARENA Centre for European Studies, the former’s role as organizer permitted by financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through “Europamidler”.
The seminar was chaired by ARENA’s John Erik Fossum, while BPS leader Atle L. Wold opened the seminar on behalf of the organizers.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015
The tenth Annual General Meeting of the British Politics Society Norway was held on Tuesday 26 May.
Participants were briefed about BPS activities in 2014, and plans for 2015. Other posts on the program included a presentation of the accounts for 2014 and the budget for 2015. The AGM also re-elected Řivind Bratberg and Kristin Haugevik as board members for a two-year period.
As part of the discussion under any other business, the AGM discussed possible future topics for British Politics Review, as well as events organized by the society.
Read the AGM protocol.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014
The ninth Annual General Meeting of the BPS was held on Tuesday 26 August 2014.
The board briefed the AGM about activities in 2013, upcoming plans for 2014 as well as about BPS finances.
Atle L. Wold was elected new BPS leader (replacing Kristin Haugevik), whereas Henry Allen joined the board as a new member (replacing Jannike E. Berger).
Read the protocol.
Atle L. Wold (left) was elected new BPS leader. Henry Allen (right) was elected new member of the BPS board.
SEMINAR WITH ANGUS ROBERTSON, MP, ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE
On 2 June 2014, BPS invited its members and friends to a seminar with Angus Robertson, MP, on the future of Scotland.. The seminar took place at Domus Academica in Oslo city centre (at the University of Oslo, Karl Johans gt 47).
The event, entitled "Independent Scotland: A Northern European partner", was held against the backdrop of the forthcoming independence referendum in Scotland. In his lecture, Mr Robertson mapped out his party’s positions on foreign and defence matters and reflected on prospects for closer cooperation with the Nordic countries in the event of a ”Yes” to independence on 18 September 2014.
Robertson has been a Member of Parliament since 2001, representing Moray. He is the Scottish National Party’s Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, its Parliamentary Leader in the House of Commons, and party spokesman on Defence and Europe.
BRITISH POLITICS AND THE PRESS
On 9 April 2014, BPS invited members and friends to a seminar on British politics and the press. The seminar took place at Uglebo, the Sophus Bugge Building, University of Oslo.
British newspapers find themselves in a cross-pressure between decreasing readership, loss of public trust and political ambitions for tighter regulation. Criminal activities surrounding News of the World are the subject of an ongoing court process and have given the British tabloid press as a whole a severe blow. Meanwhile it is becoming increasingly difficult for the quality newspapers to survive in an ever-tougher market, and newspapers across the board suffer from a loss of trust among politicians and the public alike.
Kjersti Lřken Stavrum, secretary general of the Norwegian Press Association and Ulf Andenćs, former commentator in Aftenposten, debated current and future challenges for the British press. The discussion was led by Řivind Bratberg, scholarly responsible of the British Politics Society.
BPS Annual General Meeting 2013
The eight Annual General Meeting of the British Politics Society Norway was held at Blindern, University of Oslo on Tuesday 17 September 2013.
The board briefed the AGM about activities in 2012, upcoming plans for 2013 and BPS finances.
Atle Wold and Řivind Bratberg were re-elected as board members for a two-year period.
& book launch
On 11 December 2012, BPS invited its members and friends to a Christmas gathering and book launch at Georg Sverdrup's building (the University Library) at Blindern, University of Oslo. Read the full invitation here.
P R O G R A M M E
16:00 | Welcome by Atle Wold
16:10 | Christmas refreshments
16:30 | Book launch, «Det glemte partnerskapet»
Introduction by Kristin Haugevik
Presentation of individual book chapters on political parties (Řivind Bratberg) and energy relations (Christina Solli)
The book can be ordered online via the publisher, Akademika forlag.
Dr Fox talked about current and future challenges in British politics and commented on the relationship with Norway, paying particular notice to the European question and to the High North. Read his speech in full.
Photos by Thomas Solberg
Liam Fox has been a Member of Parliament since 1992, representing North Somerset (until 1992 known as Woodspring). He served as Secretary of State for Defence under David Cameron from May 2010 to October 2011. In the decade preceding 2010, he held successive key positions in the Shadow Cabinet.
Dr Fox is a prominent voice within the Conservative party and the British public at large, notable for his views in foreign and defence policy as well as in broader ideological debates related to his party.
Seminar with Gianfranco Baldini on "Coalition Britain"
On 3 September, BPS invited its members and friends to a seminar on Coalition Britain, edited by Gianfranco Baldini and Jonathan Hopkin (Manchester University Press 2012).
One of the editors, Baldini, gave a talk on how the 2010 general election in Britain changed the British political landscape, seeking to map root causes as well as long-term consequences of the election outcome.
The seminar was held at the Eilert Sundt building at Blindern; University of Oslo.
Comments were given by Dag Axel Kristoffersen, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo
BPS Annual General Meeting 2012
The seventh Annual General Meeting of the British Politics Society Norway was held at Blindern, University of Oslo on Tuesday 5 June 2012.
At this meeting, Kristin Haugevik and Jannike Berger were re-elected, respectively, President and Secretary of the BPS for another two-year period.
Lesley Riddoch and Atle Wold
on Scottish Independence
On 28 February, BPS co-hosted a seminar on Scottish independence with the Students' Union at the Dept of
Political Science, University of Oslo . The seminar was entitled "What
would an independent Scotland be like? Political choices in a new Nordic
A Liberal Vision for Britain?
Seminar with Charles Kennedy
The Rt Hon Charles Kennedy, MP for the Liberal Democratic Party, visited Oslo exclusively to address a BPS seminar on 9 January 2012. The seminar, which was held at the University of Oslo, attracted a substantial audience.
Kennedy used the occasion to reflect upon a series of challenges faced by the Liberal Democrats since entering the coalition government in May 2010. He furthermore paid attention to the issue of Scotland, the seminar itself corresponding with the the British government's announcement of plans for a Scottish independence referendum.
All photos: Tron Trondal
Mr Kennedy also discussed the current
difficulties between Britain and the EU, highlighted by Prime Minister David
Cameron's veto against tighter fiscal coordination among the member states.
Finally, the issue of tuition fees was discussed against the backdrop of the
funding and guiding principles of the higher education sector in the years to
Joint conference with ASANOR
on contemporary challenges in the US and the UK
On 28-30 October 2011, BPS co-hosted a conference at Rica Park Hotel, Drammen with the American Studies Association of Norway (ASANOR). Under the heading "Contemporary challenges in the US and the UK", the event convened academics, teachers and others with an interest in current affairs on both sides of the Atlantic.
All photos: Robert Mikkelsen
Starting off with a keynote lecture by Professor Bernt Hagtvet (University of Oslo) on the decline of the left, the conference included paper presentations and debates on topics ranging from foreign policy and the Arab spring via reforms of political institutions to challenges in teaching British and American Civilisation in Norwegian schools. The event was a great encouragement towards further collaboration between students of the "English-speaking peoples".
Download the full conference program.
Seminar on Norwegian-British relations
On 14 June, BPS invited its members and friends to a seminar on Norwegian-British relations at NUPI in Oslo. The seminar was entitled "The forgotten partnership? Norwegian-British relations in a changing Europe". It covered topics such as foreign relations between the two countries, literary bonds, Norway as a model for Scottish independence, similarities in the two political systems and approaches to Britain in the Norwegian public debate.
Speakers included Tore Rem, Atle Wold, Jan Erik Mustad, Dag Einar Thorsen, Řivind Bratberg & Kristin Haugevik. In addition, the British Ambassador to Norway, Jane Owen, shared some reflections on the relationship with the audience.
Read more about Norwegian-British relations in BPR 4-2011.
BPS Annual General Meeting 2011
The sixth Annual General Meeting of the British Politics Society Norway was held at Blindern, University of Oslo on Monday 23 May 2011.Read our formal regulations here
At this meeting, Atle L. Wold and Řivind Bratberg were re-elected, respectively, Vice President and Scholarly Responsible for a two-year period each.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (© Crown copyright)
Seminar with Mads Qvortrup
on Tony Blair's political leadership
BPS invited its members and friends to a seminar with Mads Qvortrup, Research Director at Cranfield University and the UK Defence Academy. Qvortrup presented a paper entitled "Tony Blair: The Anatomy of a Contender".
Comments were given by Kristin M. Haugevik, Research Fellow at NUPI and Leader of the British Politics Society Norway.
The seminar took place at Blindern, University of Oslo on 16 December 2010. It was hosted by the Research Programme on Democracy & the Comparative Democratic Politics Seminar.
Seminar with Řivind Bratberg
BPS invited its members and friends to a seminar with Řivind Bratberg. scholarly responsible in the BPS. Bratberg shared his thoughts on the new Con-Lib coalition government and the present political situation in Britain.The seminar took place on Wednesday 20 October at Blindern, University of Oslo. It was hosted by the student association British Society Blindern.
Read more about the coalition government in BPR 3-2010.
Seminar with Dr. Jeremy Crang
on Scotland and WWII
British Politics Society had the pleasure of inviting to a guest lecture by Dr. Jeremy Crang, University of Edinburgh, entitled: "Scotland and the Second World War: A Military History". The seminar took place on Friday, 3 September at Blindern, University of Oslo.
BPS Annual General Meeting 2010
The fifth Annual General Meeting of the British Politics Society, Norway was held at Blindern, University of Oslo on Monday 30 August.
At this meeting, Kristin M. Haugevik was elected new President of the British Politics Society and Jannike E. Berger new Secretary, both for a two-year term. Atle L. Wold and Řivind Bratberg were elected, respectively, Vice President and Scholarly Responsible for a one-year period.
Our formal regulations can be read here.
Professor Andrew Gamble
Seminar with Andrew Gamble
on the UK general elections
Andrew Gamble, Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge, addressed a full audience at a BPS seminar at Blindern, 16 March 2010. The seminar was entitled "The UK general election: Prospects for Britain and beyond".
Professor Gamble reflected upon the dominant issues of the upcoming general election and likely implications for British politics at home and abroad.
The talk was followed by a Q&A session.
Read more about the 2010 general election in BPR 2-2010.
Photo: Peter Holme
[16 February 2010]
Seminar with John Hutton
on British politics after New Labour
John Hutton, MP for the British Labour party since 1992 and a former Cabinet Minister, was the keynote speaker at a BPS seminar at Blindern, 16 February 2010. Mr Hutton reflected on New Labour's twelve years in government, the upcoming general elections and the future of British politics more generally.
Click here to read Mr. Hutton's speech in full-text.
[11 May 2009]
BPS Annual General Meeting 2009
British Politics Society, Norway invited all members to its Annual General Meeting 2009. The AGM took place on Monday 11 May 2009, at Blindern, University of Oslo
Our formal regulations can be read here.
[30 April 2009]
Seminar on the Thatcher years in British politics
Řivind Bratberg and Kristin M. Haugevik were invited speakers at Frokost med Bernt at Blindern on 30 April 2009.
Together with Aftenposten commentator and BPR guest writer Ulf Andenćs, they offered presentations on the Thatcher years in British politics. The seminar was entitled "There is no such thing as society".
Read more about the event.
Learn more about Thatcher's premiership in BPR 1-2009.
[15 April 2008]
Kenneth Clarke, Ian Bache and Marit Nybakk on Britain in Europe
BPS hosted a seminar to mark the 35 years
of British EU membership. The seminar took place on 15 April 2008 at the
University of Oslo and was entitled "Britain in Europe: Still the awkward
Download BPR 1-2008 to read more about Britain in Europe
[9 May 2007]
Seminar on "300 years of British Union"
BPS marked the 300th anniversary of the
Union of Great Britain by inviting its members and friends to a seminar on
Blindern, University of Oslo on 9 May 2007.
Read BPR 1-2007 to learn more about the Anglo-Scottish Union.
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