Second Week Courses Information

General Course:

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.

Thematic Courses:

The new government of self and other: algorithms, big data, insecurity
Prof. Claudia Aradau

Recent digital transformations have made (big) data and algorithms central to the study of politics and society. Security professionals have mobilised the promise of digital technologies in a race to catch up with the Silicon Valley model of digital economy. This course will explore how the increasing use of algorithms and big data has transformed the practices of governing self and other. While much of the literature on mass surveillance has focused on the production of the ‘quantified self’, less attention has been paid to how relations between self and other, individual and mass, citizens and non-citizens have been rearticulated for the purposes of governance. These sessions are structured around three key elements in the reconfiguration of self/other relations: knowledge, practice and power. We start by asking ‘What knowledge about self and other is produced with algorithms? How is this knowledge deployed for the purposes of governing?’. We then focus on practices of datafication, their performative effects and possibilities for critical interventions. Finally, we explore what algorithmic power means today.
Claudia Aradau is Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies and Co-chair of the Research Centre in International Relations, King’s College London.


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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First Week Courses Information

General Course:

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.

Thematic Courses:

Affective Nationalism: from the War on Terror to the Politics of Populism
Prof. Angharad Closs Stephens

Prof. Stephens’ course will focus on current debates around affect and politics and ask how these might enhance our knowledge and understandings of nations and nationalism. Drawing on literatures in Geography that understand space as relational and lively, as well as critical approaches to International Relations that raise questions about the politics of sovereign determinations, these lectures will bring Geography and IR together to examine key moments in contemporary global politics – from the War on Terror to contemporary examples of Populism. At a time when nationalism is under intense public and scholarly debate, we will pursue a new critical lexicon for addressing the tones and intensities of national feelings, as they arise in everyday spaces – from the home, to the street, to social media timelines. The aim is to offer fresh frameworks for approaching nationalism as well as broader questions of identity, populism and citizenship

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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Roundtables IPS 2017: Videos and audios

On June 29 and July 6, two roundtables were held at the IPS Winter School.

The first table, entitled “Structuralism and then: IPS and the Critique of Limits“, was mediated by Professor Roberto Yamato and was attended by Professors R. B. J. Walker, Michael J. Shapiro, Jef Huysmans and João P. Nogueira.

Already on June 06, Professors Cynthia Enloe, Heather Johnson, Carolina Moulin Aguiar and Professor Jef Huysmans discussed “Borders, boundaries, frontiers.”

Check out the videos:

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Public conference with Cynthia Enloe

Professor Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, was present in the third edition of IPS Winter School, and participated in the public conference “In Times Such as These, In a World Such as This… Why Is a Feminist Curiosity So Crucial?” – an event in partnership with the MulheRIs group.

If you didn’t attend the event, or would like to review the discussion, the video is avaiable

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Last week of classes in the third edition of the Winter School

By the end of the week, the third edition of the International Political Sociology (IPS) Winter School will come to its end. These days were marked by marvelous discussions and lectures that certainly not only made us think critically about the International Relations area of study and reach satisfactory conclusions but also allowed us to get along with each other and create a dynamic and joyful academic environment. Two publics events were held after the regular classes: “Borders, boundaries, frontiers” and “Why Is a Feminist Curiosity So Crucial?”. These events contributed to expand the IPS discussions to a large audience. Soon, all videos of the School’s public events will be available on the blog.

Thematic Course 3: Non-citizenship and Agency: Thinking differently about migration – with Professor Heather Johnson
Thematic Course 4: Investigating International Political Life with a Feminist Curiosity – with Professor Cynthia Enloe
General Course 2: Participation: fracturing the social and political – with Professor Jef Huysmans

Yesterday the IPS Winter School held the second roundtable of the event, with Professors Cynthia EnloeHeather JohnsonCarolina Moulin Aguiar and Jef Huysmans. The panel took place at PUC-Rio’s B8 Auditorium; the Professors discussed the theme “Borders, boundaries, frontiers“.

Roundtable 2: Borders, Boundaries, Frontiers
Professor Cynthia Enloe, Carolina Moulin, Jef Huysmans and Heather Johnson

Also yesterday, a public lecture was held at the School with Professor Cynthia Enloe, who sought to answer the question “In Times Such As These, In A World Such As This … Why Is A Feminist Curiosity So Crucial?“. With a relaxed tone, Professor Enloe was cheered by those present at the end of the event.

Professor Cynthia Enloe
Professor Cynthia Enloe

It has been a pleasure to have you all here with us and we hope to see you next year!