UCy professor wins UK political studies award
Dr. Stamatoula Panagakou, Special Scientist in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus, is a Political Studies Association (PSA) Specialist Group Speakers Competition awardee. Dr. Panagakou will give a talk at the Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom which will take place in Sheffield on March 30 – April 1. She will also convene an international multi-panel workshop on “British Idealism: Political Philosophy, Civic Pride and Ethical Citizenship.”
British Idealism is a philosophical movement influenced by ancient Greek philosophy, German Idealism, and developments in British thought. It focuses on the philosophical foundations of politics, the ethical nature of the state, and the relation between metaphysics, ethics and politics.
The PSA, founded in 1950, develops and promotes the study of politics. It has over 1,900 members, and has been internationally recognised as a leading association in the study, support and global promotion of political sciences.
Dr. Felicity Matthews, co-organiser of the annual international PSA conference, said: “The PSA Specialist Group Speakers Competition is a competitive fund and the award was made to Dr. Panagakou in recognition of both the quality of her submission, and the support she has shown to the British Idealism Specialist Group.”
The Chair of the PSA British Idealism Specialist Group, Professor David Boucher, added: “The officers and members of the PSA British Idealism Specialist Group are delighted that our application to invite Dr. Panagakou to the Annual PSA Conference in Sheffield was successful.
The competition for this prestigious award is intense.”
He also referred to the award as a recognition of Dr. Panagakou’s work: “She must take a great deal of the credit for making the British Idealist Specialist Group one of the most active and influential in the Political Studies Association, and for promoting and developing the immense amount of activity in this area of research.”