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Complexity and the International Arena

Date: 6 November 2009 Time: 9.00 am - 16.30 pm

In association with the London School of Economics Complexity Group and funded through the ESRC Research Seminar, 'Applied Complexity Science as the New Framework for Public Policy', The Department of Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University is pleased to announce a seminar on

'Complexity and the International Arena'

Institute for Advanced Studies, Meeting Room 2/3

Friday 6 November 2009

Seminar concept

For decades, international relations experts and practitioners have recognised the growing interdependence, connectedness and complexity of the global environment. Despite this, and a variety of intellectual challengers, realism with its simple and parsimonious tools based on a traditional scientific Newtonian paradigm remains the dominate framework in international relations and policy. The Complexity approach, emerging out of the physical and natural sciences in the late 20th century, can provide both a new, more realistic, paradigm and a range of simple and commonsensical tools (both metaphorical and modelling based) that can help move academics and practitioners beyond the limits of the current debates. In this workshop we will bring together a range of younger and established academics to explore the potential and practicality of integrating the new 'science' of complexity into the international arena.

The seminar is free and open to all. However, due to the limited space available participants must register in advance with the workshop administrator, Emilie Secker Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Papers for the presentations will be made available in advance of the seminar on the workshop website.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Robert Geyer, Emilie Secker

Organising departments and research centres: Politics and International Relations


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