19th March 2004



Terrorism and human rights will be one of the themes tackled at a major political conference to be staged in Lincoln next month.


Professor Paul Wilkinson, the UK’s leading academic expert on terrorism, will be one of the keynote speakers at the annual conference of the Political Studies Association (PSA) which will be held for the first time at the University of Lincoln from 6th to 8th April 2004.


Professor Wilkinson is Chair of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews and is currently researching the domestic management of terrorist attacks in the UK.


His current research is particularly pertinent given the recent attacks in Madrid and the new anti-terrorism legislation now making its way through Parliament.


The PSA conference will be attended by around 500 political scientists from Britain and around the world. They will hear more than 300 research papers covering a wide range of both domestic and international political topics.


Full details of the conference programme can be found at www.psa.ac.uk


Other conference highlights will include a presentation by BBC political broadcaster Michael Cockerell who, following his latest documentary about prime ministers and their health, will be talking about the TV documentary as source material for the political scientist.


And pollster Peter Kellner, who chairs the YouGov polling organisation, will be talking about why online polling works.


Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell will speak at the annual conference dinner in the university’s sports hall on Wednesday 7th April from 8pm.


Journalists wishing to attend the conference or receive advance copies of any of the papers should contact the PSA’s media adviser, Ivor Gaber, on 07730 955690 or 020 8341 7190

(email: ivorgaber@yahoo.co.uk).


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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