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Post-Brexit Politics: A Social Psychological Interrogation of Community and Citizenship

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This seminar series, funded by the British Psychological Society (BPS), seeks to explore the key social psychological problems around community and citizenship in post-Brexit times.
November 2016 - November 2017

On 23 June 2016, the British public voted in a much discussed and heavily pollicised referendum to leave the European Union. The pre-referendum debates and the heated discussions following the vote show that the referendum rekindled older socio-political cleavages but it also created new divisions. Yet, the apparent split between political leaders and their formal constituencies points not only to fissures, disharmonies and fault-lines in a taken-for-granted sociopolitical landscape - it also indicates previously unrecognised new connections on the basis of shared hopes and (betrayed) interests. In this context, many have argued that Brexit marks a whole new era for politics in the United Kingdom and internationally – as is also evidenced by the more recent election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.

The seminars are organised by Eleni Andreouli (OU), Stephanie Taylor (OU), Paul Stenner (OU), David Kaposi (OU) and Caroline Howarth (LSE).

Seminar 1: Brexit and Social Fragmentation (OU, Milton Keynes, 31 January 2017). The first seminar will address the rise of social fragmentation as a result of the rise of right wing and populist politics and the broader socio-political and economic crisis across Europe and the West.

Seminar 2: New Identities in the Post-Brexit Era (OU, Milton Keynes, 6 April 2017). The second seminar will explore the development of new identities and the reconfiguration of existing identities and allegiances in the post-Brexit era.

Seminar 3: Prospects for Psychology and the Social Sciences (London School of Economics, 14 June 2017). The third seminar will discuss the future of social psychology and the social sciences more broadly, and set the ground for international and interdisciplinary collaborations in the post-Brexit era.


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