Doing IPS: fracturing the social and the political
Prof. Jef Huysmans
This module examines conceptual and methodological tools of doing International Political Sociology (IPS). It proposes an international political sociology that fractures the social and political through focusing on practices of connecting and becoming. Instead of understanding worlds through dialectics of fragmentation and integration and order and its limits, the module develops concepts and methodologies that focus on transversal relations and immanent creativity.
Jef Huysmans is Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University.
The new government of self and other: algorithms, big data, insecurity
Prof. Claudia Aradau
Drone Warfare and the History of Lethal Surveillance
Prof. Katharine Hall
As drone strikes become an increasingly central component of US military engagements across the globe, they raise questions about new transformations in the practice and geographies of modern warfare. This course looks at the rise of drone warfare and lethal surveillance by examining the history of the development of drone technology over the course of the 20th century. In doing so, it places contemporary debates about war and security within longer modern histories of liberal violence and scientific development and shows how attention to the history of military technology reframes the questions we ask about the present. More broadly, the courses situates this research within the study of war and security in IPS, explores debates in IR in critical security studies and critical military studies, and connects this scholarship to work on war, violence, and security in the field of political geography. Methodologically, it looks at historical sociological perspectives and critical historical geography approaches to the study of war.
Katharine Hall is Professor at Queen Mary University.
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