Upcoming PAIS events – dates for your diaries
I hope you’ve all been having a good start back to term. It’s week 3 already, and with all of the work and extra-curricular commitments it’s easy to let upcoming events slip by.
I thought I would highlight some of the fun and interesting things that the PAIS department at Warwick are either hosting or supporting.
Students’ Union’s ‘Hidden Histories’ lecture series
This Thursday, the Student Union will be putting on their first event of the ‘Hidden Histories’ lecture series. The aim of this series is to give students a chance to engage with and learn about discourses that are often neglected from the mainstream curriculum. The first lecture has been announced as "A queer history of the Holocaust” on – you can find out more on the Facebook event page: . It is open to students of all disciplines and looks to be a really interesting insight into topics that have not been taught widely, so I would recommend you coming along to take a break from your academic studies!
PAIS Film Club
The next film shown by PAIS Film Club will be ‘The Battle of Algiers’ – – a 1966 Italian-Algerian historical film based on the events of the Algerian War (1954–62). It depicts the struggles that took place between the guerrilla fighters and the French government in North Africa. The film is particularly effective due its cinematography, which attempts to place the viewer directly amidst the action by shooting in a newsreel and documentary style. I studied this film as part of my French A-Levels and would highly recommend giving it a watch! It will take place on and is open to all.
It’s a daunting time of the year and it might be scary to think about what your plans are for after university. However, the department would like to remind you all that you can also visit Chris Manley, the PAIS Senior Careers Consultant, in one of his drop-in sessions held on ) to have a chat about future possibilities.
The Politics Department also works closely with careers advisors to put on workshops for finalist students. The next workshop, titled ‘What Can I Do With My Degree From The PAIS Department?’ will be held tomorrow, on Attendance is allowed on a sign-up basis – so if you haven’t already booked a slot, you can email Justin to see if you can be accommodated.
Academic Support Workshop on Essay Writing Techniques
Following positive feedback from previous years, the department will be running academic skills sessions specifically designed to help you with your PAIS modules. These will be delivered by Dr Sam Cooke – and the first session took place last week. If you missed it, not to worry – she will be delivering another one this Anybody taking a PAIS module is invited, and it is a great way to be reminded of essay writing skills and techniques that will help you approach your deadlines in the most efficient and effective ways possible.
Social Media Pages
If you would like to keep up to date with the department’s activities, I would recommend following the social media pages I’ve linked below. They are updated regularly and will remind you of these kinds of events, which is super helpful given the sheer amount of emails and event invitations we receive. It’s easy to lose track of events, so give the pages a like and keep updated!
The PAIS Department Facebook page can be found here:
The PAIS Undergraduate Twitter account can be found here:
Finally, I’d like to copy the following paragraph from Justin regarding who you can turn to in need of any academic support:
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance if you need to. As exams and deadlines approach, it’s more important than ever to use the resources around you and not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
I hope this is helpful! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions.
All the best with week 3,