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Dr Ian Lamond talks Brexit and Events of Dissent at the University of Bucharest

The capital of Romania is not one of the first places that comes to mind when it comes to discussing the management of events associated with the leave and remain campaigns of the UK referendum on EU membership; however, Dr Ian Lamond was invited by colleagues from the National University of Political Science and Public Administration and the University of Bucharest to do just that.

Ian and the Bucharest Students

Whilst events researchers do not frequently get asked to discuss such historical moments, there is an increasing interest in academics working in fields such as political communication; social movement studies and political sociology to consider them from an events perspective. Ian observed “Both academics and activists are showing an interest in thinking about how dissent enters the media landscape through events” .

As part of his visit he met with Claudiu Crăciun, a political sociologist and candidate for ‘Demos’ (the Democracy and Solidarity Party) who stood in the early stages of Romania’s current presidential race, and Florin Badita, a young activist who was voted European Personality of the Year, in May.

Commenting on his experiences Dr Lamond says “The trip has opened up many opportunities for future collaboration in research into political events and events of dissent”.

Dr Ian Lamond

Senior Lecturer / School Of Events, Tourism And Hospitality Management
An innovative academic interested in pushing the boundaries of scholarship in events studies, whilst exploring novel methods in how to undertake research in the field of events. His background encompasses arts practice, philosophy, cultural theory, political communication and sociology. 

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