!!Sovereignty: A Global Perspective
29–30 April 2019, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

!2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE\\[Event website|https://sovereignty.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk]

Sovereignty has been at the heart of political philosophy for centuries, and yet it is far from clear what work sovereignty is actually doing in the modern world. Is sovereignty indivisible? Why are some international interventions acceptable but others condemned or resented? Is sovereignty always popular? What role does sovereignty have in a world of international finance, global information exchange, and supranational regulation? Is sovereignty only relevant to some parts of the world or of global relevance?
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This conference will place the intellectual roots of sovereignty in a conversation with sociological theory and the realities of a globalised world to create a broader context for our contemporary debates.
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This is part of the 2019 programme of [British Academy Conferences|https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/british-academy-conferences].


[Professor Christopher Smith|Member/Smith_Christopher]\\
Professor John Hudson FBA

!Speakers include:

Professor V. Arena, UCL\\
Dr. F. Costa Buranelli, St Andrews\\
Professor J. Ferguson, St Andrews\\
Professor J. Fontein, Johannesburg\\
Professor L. Habberstad, Oregon\\
Professor D. Hammer, Franklin and Marshall College\\
Professor E. Isayev, Exeter\\
Dr. C. Jones, St Andrews\\
Professor S. Legg, Nottingham\\
Professor C. Lundgreen, Dresden University\\
Professor H. Rosa, Erfurt\\
Dr A. Russell, Durham\\
Professor L. Stonebridge, Birmingham\\
Professor A. Sun, Kenyon College\\
Dr. M. Somos, Heidelberg\\
Dr. T. St John, St Andrews\\
Dr. N. Tocci, Istituto Affari Internazionali

!! Summary of the conference

The conference was opened by Principal and Vice-Chancellor of St Andrews University, Professor Sally Mapstone, and Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, MSP, underpinning the significance of the topic in contemporary politics.  Fifty delegates from four continents considered sovereignty across time and space.  Themes included classical antiquity, China and Central Asia from antiquity to now, exile and refugees, and global financial markets.  The conference included keynote lectures from Professor Richard Whatmore (St Andrews) and Professor Hartmut Rosa (Jena/Erfurt), with a response by Professor Christopher Smith and Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge.
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Plans are already underway for publication in the prestigious British Academy conference series.
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Conference organiser [Professor Christopher Smith|Member/Smith_Christopher] said,
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''"This event was only possible through the support of the Academia Europaea and the British Academy, and demonstrated the huge significance of the Curien Fund for inspiring high quality policy-relevant research."''
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More information can be found on the [conference website|https://sovereignty.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk] and the University of St Andrews website. This conference was part of the 2019 programme of [British Academy Conferences|https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/british-academy-conferences].
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