On the evening of 19th of April, the MA International Relations students presented their dissertation proposal posters at the First Annual MDX MAIR ProPo Colloquium at the School of Law. The session provided students an opportunity to share their initial research ideas and for their dissertation proposals and receive constructive feedback from their peers and lecturers in the School of Law at Middlesex University Dubai.
Dr. Cody Morris Paris, Deputy Director of Middlesex University Dubai, noted that “The goal of this colloquium is to provide a forum for students to share their ideas, receive constructive feedback, and engage in thoughtful discussion and debates around their research ideas. Many of the students are focused on important, yet challenging, topics, and thus this feedback is crucial to ensure that they are approaching their research questions from the best possible theoretical and methodological direction.
I look forward to reading through the full dissertations in October!”
This year’s cohort of twenty seven students will examine a range of important and timely issues throughout the summer in their dissertations. Just a sample of these topics include: water politics in Egypt and Ethiopia, US Foreign Policy in Iraq, the impact of terrorism in Nigeria. “The ProPo session was an effective way to get immediate advice and feedback on our dissertation proposals from our lecturers and peers. It was an extremely helpful activity getting this opportunity to discuss and shape our own ideas about our work. It was also an enjoyable way to get to know what our peers were working on.” shared Clodagh Emily Byrne, who is examining cultural security, soft power and culture in Ireland.
Aya Amache, who hopes to contribute to current literature on peacebuilding in Syria, added “if it wasn’t for ProPo session, I would have just started writing with no idea where I was headed to.”
Fifteen students had the opportunity of discussing their proposals with their fellow School of Law students from the MAIR and LLB programmes and the Politics and International Relations lecturers Mahine Rizvi Ahmad, Parnian Farnam, Dr Tenia Kyriazi, Dr Belisa Marochi and Dr Cody Morris Paris. The Chair of the MDX Research Committee, Dr Lynda Hylland, also attended the ProPo Colloquium.