Critical Theories and Internatonal Political Sociology
Prof. R B J Walker
The course of Prof. Walker will address International Relations and the challenge of interdisciplinarity, discussing sociology, politics and international as contested objects. In addition, he will discuss the places of science and criticism in the production of knowledge in International Relations, as well as question privilege, Eurocentrism and hegemony as research topics for an International Political Sociology.
RBJ Walker, professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada, and in the IRI/PUC-RIO.
Affective Nationalism: from the War on Terror to the Politics of Populism
Prof. Angharad Closs Stephens
Angharad Closs Stephens is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Swansea University.
Post Colonial Precarities
Prof. Michael J. Shapiro
Prof. Shapiro’s course focuses on genres of precarity with an emphasis on how artistic texts – e.g., films and stories – raise awareness of post colonial domination and the historical legacies of global inequality. From Sam Okoth Opondo & Michael J. Shapiro “Cinematic Encounters and Frontiers of Precarity”: In the opening pages of The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Fatal Journeys (2016) report on the “identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants, ” we encounter the story of Giuseppe Giardino, a gravedigger on the island of Lampedusa who provides a chilling summation of the condition of precarity, disposability, and the thresholds of detectability characteristic of today’s migratory condition. Speaking about his involvement in the burying of migrants who drowned at sea, Giardino points to the crucifixes marking the graves where numerous unidentified migrants are buried and commiserates with those whose “families don’t even know they’re dead and lying here in Lampedusa… Heeding the insights from the evidence of violence and death emerging from these forensic analyses, and acknowledging, as Pugleise does, that a spectral slow violence, a violence that exists below the threshold of attention and visibility, is intricately intertwined with the spectacular deaths rendered recognizable through forensic and other forms of expert necrography, this course seeks to perform a different aesthetic necrography. One that, owing to the world made visible or sensible through the cinematic apparatus and with attentiveness to the politics of genre, apprehends genres of expression, forms of life, and “attritional violence” that are dispersed across space and time but can be crystalized or brought into focus in ways that do not only reveal the violence of the state and predatory criminal entities , but also engages the forms of counting that they privilege, and the very genres of man that they are predicated upon.
Michael J. Shapiro is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His work is often described as “postdisciplinary”, drawing from such diverse fields as political philosophy, critical theory, cultural studies, etc.
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