2019 Courses Information

The School discusses and analyzes world politics themes from the theoretical and methodological approach of international political sociology. This year, among other topics, we will discuss movement, community and security policies; race and precariousness, migrations and visibility, failures and creativity, media and hate speech.

General Course:

Critical Theories and International 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:

Failure, Hope & Persistence
Prof. Debbie Lisle

This course outlines and contests the reductive manner in which failure has been conceived in Modernity, and more specifically, in International Relations (e.g. failed states, failed diplomacy, the failure of Great powers). Starting from an acceptance that we are living within structures and orders that constantly fail us, and recognizing that the planet is doomed, it re-imagines an alternative account of failure with more ambiguity, texture and creativity. Drawing from widespread interdisciplinary literatures on pessimism, hope, creativity and futures, it asks instead about persistence and ongoingness: how to live well – how to live ethically – amidst the ruins.
Debbie Lisle, Professor in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, at Queen’s University Belfast.

 

Aesthetic Methods and the Politics of Media
Prof. Michael J. Shapiro

In this course we discuss the problem of precarity and race in world politics looking at a global network of crime organizations that gamble on the games and seek to control the outcomes by recruiting and exploiting young African footballers. As our analysis proceeds we show how the crime drama involving the murder of the young African athlete, Driss Assani (Jeremy Zagba), is a fictional realization of a larger global drama associated with the flow of African and other aspirational footballers that belong to a shadow world behind a sports world. We analyze that global world with resort to documentary and feature films as well as the revelations of investigative journalism.

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.

 

Doing IPS: movement fracturing the social and 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.

This year, the module does this by exploring what it would mean to understand life and matter as movement rather than as community or order and how such an approach changes our understanding of the politics of security. Giving movement primacy challenges conceptions of security and its politics that prioritise community, borders, bounded spaces, and the people as analytical categories.

Jef Huysmans is Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University.

Thematic Courses:

Governing migration through mobility: dispersal, enforced movements and obfuscated visibilities
Prof. Martina Tazzioli

These lectures centre on the use of mobility as a political technology of migration governmentality, bringing attention to how migrants are disciplined, and obstructed not only by being stopped and contained but also by being kept on the move and dispersed across space. This forced hyper-mobility leads migrants to undertake convoluted geographies across Europe and to constantly reroute and repeat their journeys multiple times. In so doing, these lectures question the taken for granted nexus between mobility and freedom.
Martina Tazzioli is Professor at Sawnsea University.

 

The Quest for Universalism and the (Im)Possibility of Politics
Prof. Cristina Rojas

The course examines the modern tendency to enact the world as one and the effects it has on the (im)possibility of politics. To make the case, the course will discuss three main universalizing projects: the civilizing mission in the nineteenth century that ran parallel to expansion of capitalism to the periphery; development and the securitization of the nation-state in the mid twentieth century; and neoliberalism and the crisis of reproduction in the 21st century. The discussion will (briefly) review critical paradigms that counter the universalizing tendencies of modernity (dependency, post-structuralism, feminism, subaltern studies, modernity/coloniality/decoloniality, and political ontology). To assess the extent to which these paradigms offer possibility to politics, I use Rancière’s concept of politics as negotiation between worlds and the historical demand for enacting indigenous worlds that has accompanied modern universalism.

Cristina Rojas is Professor at Carleton University.

5th Edition of the IPS 2019 Winter School | 5ª Edição da Escola de Inverno IPS

The fifth edition of the IPS Winter School will be attended by professors Michael Shapiro (University of Hawaii), Rob Walker (University of Victoria and PUC-Rio), Debbie Lisle (Queen’s University Belfast), Jef Huysmans (Queen Mary University of London), Cristina Rojas (Carleton University) and Martina Tazzioli (Swansea University).

The School discusses and analyzes world politics themes from the theoretical and methodological approach of international political sociology. The seminars, workshops and courses will address the different lines of thought mobilized by international political sociology, thematic innovations and contributions to critical thinking in international relations. This year, among other topics, we will discuss movement, community and security policies; race and precariousness, migrations and visibility, failures and creativity, media and hate speech.

The IPS Winter School is an annual, two-week event whose purpose is to discuss themes and critical approaches proposed by international political sociology. It is aimed at graduate students and early career scholars. The School takes place at the PUC-Rio campus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between July 1st and 5th (first week) and July 8th to 12th (second week) of 2019.

Applications are now open.

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A quinta edição da Escola de Inverno IPS contará com a presença dos professores Michael Shapiro (University of Hawaii), Rob Walker (University of Victoria e PUC-Rio), Debbie Lisle (Queen’s University Belfast), Jef Huysmans (Queen Mary University of London), Cristina Rojas (Carleton University) e Martina Tazzioli (Swansea University).

A Escola coloca em discussão e analise temas da política mundial a partir da abordagem teórica e metodológica da sociologia politica internacional.  Os seminários, oficinas e cursos abordarão as diferentes linhas de pensamento mobilizadas pela sociologia política internacional, as inovações temáticas e as contribuições para o pensamento crítico em relações internacionais.  Neste ano, entre outros temas, discutiremos movimento, comunidade e políticas de segurança; raça e precariedade, migrações e visibilidade, fracassos e criatividade, mídia e difusão do ódio.

A Escola de Inverno IPS é um evento anual, com duração de duas semanas, cujo objetivo é debater temas e abordagens críticas propostas pela sociologia política internacional.  O curso, voltado para alunos de pós-graduação ou acadêmicos em início de carreira, é dividido em duas semanas e vai acontecer entre os dias 1 e 5 de julho (primeira semana) e 8 a 12 de julho (segunda semana) de 2019.

Inscrições Abertas!

End of activities of the fourth edition

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.

General Course 1: Critical Theories and Internatonal Political Sociology with professor R.B.J. Walker
Thematic Course 1: Affective Nationalism: from the War on Terror to the Politics of Populism with Prof. Angharad Closs Stephens
Thematic Course 2: Post Colonial Precarities with Prof. Michael J. Shapiro

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.

General Course 2: Doing IPS: fracturing the social and the political with Prof. Jef Huysmans
Thematic Course 3: The new government of self and other: algorithms, big data, insecurity with Prof. Claudia Aradau
Thematic Course 4: Drone Warfare and the History of Lethal Surveillance with Prof. Katharine Hall

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.

Discussion Sessions 1: Community without Unit: locals, nationals, transversals.
Discussion Session 2: Border Perspectives: (im)mobilities at crossroads.

If you want to know more about the winter school structure and activities, click here. We are looking foward to see you in the next edition of the IPS Winter School.

See the IPS Winter School Public Events ->

Militarization, Surveillance and Violence in Contemporary World Politics | Second Week roundtable

We are pleased to invite you to the our second public event of the fourth edition of the IPS Winter School.

Militarization, Surveillance and Violence in Contemporary World Politics

Militarization plays a central role in the normalization of violence in multiple social and political sites in international relations today. As the diffusion of surveillance disperses insecurities and intensifies exceptions and emergencies, the military ethos occupies an increasingly central place in everyday life and political imaginations. The roundtable discusses the implication of theses processes in the changing practices of counterinsurgency, government of mobility; urban policing; humanitarian operations and other instances of contemporary world politics.

Participants

Jef Huysmans, Queen Mary University of London
Claudia Aradau, King’s College London
Katharine Hall, Queen Mary University of London
Chair | Marta Fernandez , PUC-Rio

 

July 12, 2018 / 16:15 – 18:00 / @ B8 Auditorium

The reemergence of Nationalism in the Contemporary World Politics | First Week Roundtable

We are pleased to invite you to the our first public event of the fourth edition of the IPS Winter School.

The reemergence of Nationalisms in the Contemporary World Politics

After being considered a spent force in the age of high modernity, nationalism has reemerged in the context of post-globalization. This roundtable discusses the conditions that made possible political discourses that articulate notions of nation and people in order to defend the state against perceived threats of fragmentation. It will also debate the multiple spaces and meanings produced by the different expressions of nationalism in contemporary world politics.

Participants

R. B. J. Walker, University of Victoria and PUC-Rio
Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawaii
Angharad Closs Stephens, Swansea University
Chair: João P. Nogueira, PUC-Rio

July 5 – 4:15 p.m. @ B8 Auditorium, PUC-Rio.

 

The event will be held at B8 Auditorium, at PUC-Rio, campus Gávea.

 

 

Extended Registration

The applications for the 2018 IPS Winter School have been extended until June 15, Friday.

Prospective participants should fill in the Application Form (download here) and email it, along with supporting documents, to ipswinterschool@gmail.com.

Applicants that fulfill the eligibility criteria will be contacted with payment information.

Please, click here for more information about application, fees, guest professors, and planned activities. For help with application and other enquiries, contact us on ipswinterschool@puc-rio.br