From July 2 to July 6, was held, in International Relations Insitute PUC-Rio, the first week of 2018 IPS Winter School, which students attended the courses taught by Professor R.B.J. Walker, Angharad Closs Stephens and Michael J. Shapiro. R.B.J. Walker discussed 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. Dr. Angharad Closs Stephens focused on current debates around affect and politics and how these might enhance our knowledge and understandings of nations and nationalism. Shapiro discussed genres of precarity with an emphasis on how artistic texts raise awareness of post colonial domination and the historical legacies of global inequality.
In the second week of the event, from July 9 to July 13, students attended the courses taught by Professor Jef Huysmans, Claudia Aradau and Katherine Hall. Jef Huysmans discussed an international political sociology that fractures the social and political through focusing on practices of connecting and becoming and developing concepts and methodologies that focus on transversal relations and immanent creativity. Claudia Aradau discussed the way that algorithms are central to the study of politics and society, focusing on practices of datafication, their performative effects and possibilities for critical interventions and exploring what algorithmic power means today. Katherine Hall focused in 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, looking at historical sociological perspectives and critical historical geography approaches to the study of war.
In both weeks of IPS Winter School 2018 there was a Discussion Session. These sessions had the purpose to engage students to discuss a topic suggested by one of the faculty. The discussions were opened and aimed to facilitate the participation of all. Guest professors suggested few short academic works to read so all the participants have some common ground for the discussion. In the first week, discussion was “Community without unit: locals, nationals, transversals”, coordinated by prof. Roberto Yamato. In the last week, the discussion was “Community without unit: locals, nationals, transversals”, coordinated by prof. Carolina Moulin.
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