IPS Winter School 2016

Guest Faculty

  • Prof. Marieke De Goede, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. Jef Huysmans, Queen Mary University of London
  • Prof. Debbie Lisle, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Prof. Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawaii
  • Prof. Ritu Vij, University of Aberdeen
  • Prof. R. B. J. Walker, University of Victoria and PUC-Rio
  • Prof. Thiago Rodrigues, Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Prof. Jimmy Casas Klausen, PUC-Rio

General Courses

General Course 1 – Critical Theories and International Political Sociology

Prof. R. B. J. Walker (University of Victoria and IRI/PUC-Rio)

Course Description:

International Relations and the challenge of interdisciplinarity. Sociology, politics and international as contested objects. Science and critical in the production of knowledge in International Relations. For an International Political Sociology: privilege, eurocentrism and hegemony as research topics.

General Course 2 – Methods in motion, or how to do methods critically

Prof. Jef Huysmans (Queen Mary University of London)

Course Description:

Methods have increasingly been placed at the heart of theoretical and empirical research in International Relations. This course explores what is at stake in foregrounding ‘method’ in the production and validation of knowledge and how International Political Sociology as a practice of fracturing IR can be methodologically enacted. First the course will introduce what it means to take methods as practices rather than fixed sets of instructions. In doing so, it questions the conception of methods as mere techniques of extracting and organising empirical material and introduces the social and political life of methods. The course then moves onto the methodological fracturing of IR by means of four conceptual devices. Each implies particular modes of assembling knowledge and texts that fracture international relations and thus acts as a methodological vehicle for doing International Political Sociology.


Thematic Courses

Along with our general courses on theory and methodology, our THEMATIC COURSES will familiarize participants with the field’s most innovative research, pressing issues and debates.

Thematic Course 1 – Precarity and the International

Prof. Ritu Vij (University of Aberdeen)

Course Description:

Precarity has emerged as the center-piece of a wide-ranging discourse on transformations in the meaning and nature of work, labor and employment under conditions of widening global inequalities. For some the global precariat is indicative of a class-in-the-making whose political potentiality resides in its project of re-constituting social order in accordance with ‘ decent-work’ or, alternatively, post-work social imaginaries. For others, precarity as a post-welfare state ‘ Northern’ condition offers yet another Eurocentric model of labourism of little relevance to conditions of dispossession and surplus populations, and one that puts under erasure questions of ‘subaltern labour’ in the Global South. Introducing students to some of the key issues at stake in this debate, this course explores the discourse on precarity and how it constellates new hierarchies of meaning and politics around questions of work and labour within the international.

Thematic Course 2 – War and Visual Culture: From Semiotics to Surveillance

Prof. Debbie Lisle (Queen’s University Belfast)

Course Description:

This course helps students engage with the tradition of visual and cultural research within the field of IPS. It is specifically concerned with getting students to connect the skills of semiotic visual analysis to more recent non-representational accounts of embodied, material and digital surveillance. Students will take the skills they learn discursively analysing visual texts and apply those to embodied realms (cities, museums, mega-events) digital sites (social media) and specific case studies (airports).

Thematic Course 3 – Speculative Security

Prof. Marieke de Goede (University of Amsterdam)

Course Description:

This course focuses on the intersections between finance and security, through exploring the broad notion of ‘Speculative Security.’ Despite the fact that finance and security are now conventionally relegated to different societal and epistemic domains, it would be hard to disentangle them historically as technologies of dealing with the uncertain future. For example, the histories of colonial conquest and financial innovation are inextricable and jointly premised on novel time horizons and commodifications of the future that had been unthinkable in the Middle Ages. We are accustomed to thinking about finance as the first modern domain squarely oriented to the uncertain future as both a source of threat and an opportunity. Financial speculation regards itself primarily as a security technology: one that seeks to secure a fickle future, tame uncertainty and insure against disaster. The domain of security can similarly be thought of as a technology of the future; one that works through a probabilistic comprehension, calculation and colonisation of uncertain futures. This course explores the linkages between finance and security as technologies of acting on the uncertain future. As such, it stages a dialogue between the disciplinary fields of International Political Economy (IPE), and what can be called ‘critical security studies.’ As we will see, this dialogue is relevant to a wide variety of empirical topics and methodological approaches, including for example the study of financial markets, counter-terrorism, insurance technologies, contemporary policing, economic governance and border security. The course is structured around a dialogue between contemporary work and that of key thinkers who are part of the intellectual heritage of IPS.

Thematic Course 4  – Thinking the Event: Philosophy, Politics, and Genre

Prof. Michael J. Shapiro (University of Hawaii)

Course Description:

This course will be focused both on philosophical contributions to conceiving and locating events that effect a variety of global locations and on artistic and culture texts that treat their experiential consequences (e.g. on moments and aftermaths of the bombing of Hiroshima, Hurricane Katrina, the sarin gas attack on Tokyo commuter trains, and the Kobe Earthquake). Further, the course will focus on the blurred boundary between documentary and aesthetic subjects in the texts with which we will be dealing.

2016 IPS Winter School organizing committee

  • Prof. João Pontes Nogueira, PUC-Rio
  • Prof. Paulo Esteves, PUC-Rio
  • Prof. Marta Fernández, PUC-Rio
  • Prof. Roberto Yamato, PUC-Rio
  • Mrs. Claudia Darze, PUC-Rio
  • Mrs. Aurélie Delater, PUC-Rio
  • Mr. Vinicius Kede, PUC-Rio
  • Mrs. Alessandra Becker, PUC-Rio
  • Mr. Vinicius Santiago, PUC-Rio
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