Every year, the Government Department arranges a residential weekend to Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. A former Royal residence, the Lodge is now managed by an educational trust which offers the venue for short academic conferences. The trip provides a great opportunity for staff and students to socialise together in a beautiful setting, whilst engaging in an exciting programme of lectures and debates.
Students have the opportunity to explore the grounds of Windsor Great Park or visit Windsor Castle during the free afternoon on Saturday; there is also a social event at the Lodge on Saturday night. Students may also choose to go to the Royal Chapel on Sunday morning.
This year's retreat was entitled 'Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Middle East'. It brought together several of the world's leading specialists of Islamic theology, comparative democratization, and Middle East area studies. Past conferences have explored topics ranging from 'Political Conflict and Political Order in the 21st century' to 'Liberty and Security in an Age of Terror' and included distinguished speakers from the LSE as well as the UK and international universities and institutions.
For more information about Cumberland Lodge, visit: www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk
The Arab Revolutions and the return of the question of legitimacy
Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary, the Aga Khan University
Freedom! Justice! Dignity! The meaning of the Arab Spring
Mr Brian Whitaker, The Guardian newspaper.
Explaining change and stability in North Africa during the Arab Spring: Framing social mobilization, democratic revolutions and routing authoritarianism in Tunisia and Algeria
Dr. Frederic Volpi, University of St. Andrews
Democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa: International Perspectives from Democracy Support
Professor Peter Burnell, Warwick University
Can Salafis be political actors like all others? The transformations of the Salafi movement in the wake of the Arab Spring
Dr. Stephane Lacroix, Sciences Po
Saudi Islamist Mutations
Professor Madawi Al Rasheed, Kings College London