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Hope academics present at political studies conference

Attendees of the Political Studies Association’s (PSA’s) Annual International Conference heard from four Liverpool Hope academics.

Dr Stephen Kelly, Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman, Dr Kate Mattocks and PhD candidate Nina Rogers presented their research at the event in Cardiff.

Lecturer in Digital Media Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman is co-convenor of the PSA Conservatives & Conservatism Specialist Group; and vice chair of the PSA Political Marketing Group. He convened five events at the conference, including four specialist group panels and a political quiz. 

Dr Ridge-Newman, who has published extensively about the Conservatives, Brexit and media - including in three books - presented a paper analysing media discourses concerning the Tories and Brexit.

In 2017, Senior Lecturer in Modern History Dr Stephen Kelly won the PSA Conservatives & Conservatism Specialist Group book prize. Subsequently, Dr Kelly was invited to present on one of the group's panels at the 2018 PSA conference. Chaired by Dr Ridge-Newman, Dr Kelly presented a paper entitled; The Right Approach? Margaret Thatcher, Airey Neave and the Conservative Party's Northern Ireland policy, 1975-1979.

Dr Kate Mattocks, Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations, spoke in a main conference session about 'Gender in the Profession', which was sponsored by the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group and the Political Studies Review journal.

Also invited to speak at the conference was Liverpool Hope PhD candidate Nina Rogers, who presented her paper Moving Beyond the Grocer's Shop: Re-Examining the Origins of Thatcherism on another PSA Conservatives & Conservatism specialist group panel, 'Narratives of Thatcherism'.

Nina Rogers will also present her work at the 'Thatcherism Now' conference hosted by the University of Liverpool, 5th – 6th April 2018. Organised by Antony Mullen of the University of Durham, the event is part funded by Dr Ridge-Newman through the PSA Conservatives & Conservatism Special Group. 

Later this year, Dr Ridge-Newman and his co-convenor Dr Alan Convery, Edinburgh University, will host a PSA Conservatives & Conservatism Specialist Group conference at Edinburgh University, 14th – 15th June 2018.


Picture: (left to right) Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman, Nina Rogers, Dr Stephen Kelly, and Dr Kate Mattocks.

Published on 24/05/2018