London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Peter Gowan Award

ISET, the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, London Metropolitan University, would like to invite you to a prize-giving seminar on Wednesday 7 December 2011 between 6-8 pm at London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB in the Old Staff Cafe (T1-20)

We are proud to host the awarding of the Peter Gowan Prize for his MA International Relations dissertation. The prize will be awarded to Roberto Orsi who will give a talk on: 'Habermas, the European Union and the Future of European Integration’

Roberto's talk will be followed by discussion and the award of the prize by Professor Mike Newman and Dr Marko Bojcun, Course Tutor of the MA in European Studies.

Roberto Orsi was awarded an MA in International Relations at London Metropolitan University in 2008. His winning dissertation was on:  Habermas and the European Union: Exegisis of Habermas’s view on the European Integration Project and Its Future. He is currently a PhD Candidate and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the London School of Economics.

The Peter Gowan Prize
Peter Gowan (1946-2009) was a Professor of International Relations at London Metropolitan University and an associate member of ISET.  Although he remained committed to a form of Marxism himself and had strong and informed opinions on an amazing range of subjects, he never sought to impose his views as a teacher.  His goal was to force those around him to think and re-think their own views so that they could justify and defend them.  In 2000 he established the MA in International Relations (Interdisciplinary), which he directed until he became ill in September 2008.  His own inter-disciplinary insights shaped the degree, which highlighted North-South relations, while incorporating history, political economy and law as integral elements. The MA in International Relations was of crucial importance to him because its curriculum simultaneously sought to foster personal development and social justice, and because its student body was so multi-national and multi-ethnic that it promoted a genuine form of internationalism. It is therefore natural that one of his final wishes was to establish a prize for an MA International Relations (Interdisciplinary) student dissertation that would reflect the values to which he was so deeply committed himself.

The criteria for the award are as follows:
 1. Any dissertation nominated for the prize will be academically excellent. This will normally be demonstrated by the fact that the examiners at London Metropolitan University have awarded it a distinction, although in some cases a high merit mark may make a dissertation eligible for consideration.

 2. The dissertation should adopt a progressive and critical approach to the topic and include a ‘north-south’ dimension.

 3. While there are no specific ideological or theoretical criteria, the prize would not be awarded to any work that implied that it could be legitimate deliberately to sacrifice human beings on a mass scale in pursuit of a political goal.
For more information about this event please email:

Dr Nick Mai
Reader in Migration Studies
Institute for the Study of European Transformations
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7133


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