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Plenary Sessions

All lectures took place at the Wolfson Theatre (New Academic Building, LSE) and were open to the public (non-participants). The purpose of these lectures was to allow the exchange of ideas between young researchers and scholars on issues related to Greece and Cyprus. We are extremely grateful to the A.G. Leventis Foundation, for  its generous support.

Plenary Session I: How to Write a PhD (on Greece)

Lecture 1
Speaker: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics; Head of the European Insitute
Date: Saturday 1 July
Time: 09.30-11.00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre (NAB LG.01), New Academic Building, LSE

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This session discussed both generic issues of developing, designing, and writing a PhD, as well as the specific challenges of writing a PhD thesis on Greece (or Cyprus).  It offered guidance to those starting a PhD and to those about to finish writing a PhD thesis.  The following topics were covered:

• What is a research ‘puzzle’?

• Developing your research question (and hypotheses).

-Why? What? How? questions

• The challenges of single country or comparative case studies.

• Framing your questions and evidence.

-‘Testing’ hypotheses and refutability.

-Alternatives: critical theory.

-Finding and using source material.

• What’s new?  Specifying your contribution.

• Who would disagree?  Positioning yourself in scholarly debates.

• How to get published.

• How to apply for PhD places and scholarships.

 

Plenary Session II: The Eurozone Crisis and Democracy: Implications for Greece

Lecture 2
Speaker: Prof. Yannis Papadopoulos, Institute of Political, Historical, and International Studies, University of Lausanne
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics; Head of the European Insitute
Date: Saturday 1 July
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Venue: Wolfson Theatre (NAB LG.01), New Academic Building, LSE

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The starting point of this talk was in terms of the original debate on the place of democracy in the European integration process. The talk highlighted the evolving power balance between ruling institutions and actors, and assessed the impact of the Eurozone crisis upon the democratic credentials of the EU decision-making system. It concluded on the implications for national democracies and for their legitimacy in “receiver” countries, with a focus on the particular case of Greece.

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