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IPSA/APSA Statement on the Central European University (CEU)

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) has released a statement on the conflict between the Central European University and the Hungarian Government, which has now been endorsed by the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA):

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) is deeply concerned about the eventual consequences of the recent proposal by the Hungarian Government to amend the country’s Education Law such that Central European University (CEU) will not be able to continue its work in Hungary. The CEU is a highly respected institution that excels in many disciplines including Political Science. We feel that its closing would be a significant loss for the international political science community as well as for the Hungarian Political Science Association and our Hungarian colleagues.

IPSA is dedicated to the pursuit of the academic study and teaching of political science and its various sub-disciplines. This endeavor which entails close cooperation among political scientists around the world including IPSA’s national member organizations, can only be conducted if the academic freedom of scholars and their institution are respected. We feel that the proposal of the Hungarian government constitutes an attempt to silence an institution that is committed to the preservation of academic freedoms, an institution where political science is studied and taught in a manner which is commended by colleagues from around the world. We consider the proposal to be in violation the academic freedom of our colleagues working at the CEU, and therefore strongly object to its adoption.

IPSA requests the Hungarian Government to reconsider its decision and withdraw the amendment to the country’s Education Law.

İlter Turan


2016 Eurovision Special

In which regular host, Dr Amanda Elliot is joined by guest hosts Associate Professor Anika Gauja and Daniel Skold to discuss the ins, outs, ups and downs of the 2016 Eurovision contest.

In the second annual Eurovision special, the hosts are joined by:

  • Dr Jess Carniel, School of Arts and Communication, University of Southern Queensland.
  • Professor Alison Lewis, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Lukasz Swiatek, Department of Media & Communications, University of Sydney

And discuss the Eurovision audience in Australia and abroad, Eurovision’s push into Asia, what Eurovision tells us about European politics and society, controversies, and the research of newly minted Dr Swiatek’s research on the production side of major events of this kind.

Eurovision 2015

The Nerds finally tackle one of the big issues in international relations: The Eurovision Song Contest


  • Dr Amanda Elliot, Department of Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Anika Gauja, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Live Tweeted by:

  • Ms Erika Nguyen


  • Mr Lukasz Swiatek, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
  • Dr Chris Neff, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia
  • Ms Cindy Chen, Former Honours student, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Mr Daniel Skold, ‘from Sweden’
  • Dr Mark Rolfe, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Australia


This podcast excludes three songs originally included the the broadcast version of the show.