IPS Winter School 2017

Guest Faculty

  • Prof. Cynthia Enloe, Clark University
  • Prof. Heather Johnson, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Prof. Jef Huysmans, Queen Mary University of London
  • Prof. Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawaii
  • Prof. R. B. J. Walker, University of Victoria and PUC-Rio
  • Prof. Rita Abrahamsen, University of Ottawa
  • Prof. Carolina Moulin Aguiar (PUC-Rio)
  • Prof. Jimmy Casas Klausen (PUC-Rio)
  • Prof. João Pontes Nogueira (PUC-Rio)

General Courses

General Courses take place every day. One general course offered each week, from Monday to Friday.

General Course 1 – Critical Theories and International Political Sociology

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

Course Description:

The course 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.

General Course 2 – Fracturing Methodologies

Prof. Jef Huysmans (Queen Mary University of London)

Course Description:

The question of the limit has been central to International Political Sociology (IPS). This module examines ‘the limit’ as a methodological device of critical engagements with ‘the international’ and the limitations of international political sociologies of the limit. It proposes an international political sociology that methodologically fractures worlds 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 methodologies that focus on immanent creativity. After introducing the key lineages of ‘fracturing IR’ as a distinct approach within IPS, we examine ‘the limit’ as a critical device and how it has been deployed in IPS. We then introduce various concepts and modes of analysis that fracture worlds through connecting and becoming. The aim is to explore modes of critically engaging contemporary world politics that do not take the question of the limit as the main methodological device of critique. The module seeks to develop an IPS that conceptualises critical politics through the concepts of creativity and lines of flight rather than negativity and domination. The stake of the methodological game is then not in the first instance adequately demonstrating structures of domination but rather understanding how
the present is being enacted into possibilities. The first session will be organised around a lecture on fracturing IR and the question of the limit. Subsequent sessions will run as two hour seminars, close reading a text. Students should read the main text before attending the seminar.

Thematic Courses

Along with our general courses on theory and methodology, our THEMATIC COURSES  familiarize participants with the field’s most innovative research, pressing issues and debates. The thematic courses are 5h15min courses that take place three days (Monday-Wednesday) a week, in two different periods of the afternoon.

Thematic Course 1 – Security, Development, Democracy

Prof. Rita Abrahamsen (University of Ottawa)

Course Description:

The course puts International Political Sociology into practice by examining particular sites of the international where global and local forms of power and authority intersect, combine, and compete. It does so by focusing on the merger of development and security, and the manner in which interventions in the name of security and development reorder and transform practices and politics in diverse African settings, empowering some actors and disempowering others. Combining theoretical engagement with grounded empirical investigation, the course examines how discourses and interventions are never simply imposed on passive recipients, but subject to translations, adaptations and power struggles. Politically the course examines the implications of the merger of development and security for democracy and freedom, and asks whether paradoxically a ‘new utopian militarism’ is strengthening the power and authority of securocrats in diverse African localities.

Thematic Course 2 – Contingent Flows: Precarious Lives

Prof. Michael Shapiro (University of Hawaii)

Course Description:

The focus of the course is on the forces that set people in motion across land- and borderscapes and the precarities they face in the process of moving (as well as in their destinations). The course begin with a focus on Russell Banks’ novel Continental Drift, which (decades ago) anticipated the issues surrounding the contemporary politics of immigration (to be read along with sections from Shapiro and Alker eds Challenging Boundaries: Global Flows and Territorial Identities). Thereafter we will share reactions to a variety of artistic and cultural texts that treat contemporary experiential (i.e., micropolitical) aspects of precarious movement.

Thematic Course 3 – Non-citizenship, Agency and Protest

Prof. Heather Johnson (Queen’s Univerity Belfast)

Course Description:

Migration has become one of the most hotly contested – and caricatured, stereotyped, and manipulated – issues in contemporary politics. Questions are raised about citizenship and belonging, who can move and who can’t, and who is welcome and who isn’t; each of these, at their heart, touch on the ways we understand participation and who can ‘rightfully’ engage in politics. Prof. Johnson’s course will explore these questions, with a particular focus on irregular migration. The Course will unpack critical theorisations of citizenship, mobility, and political agency and ask what doors are opened – and which are closed – when we think through the politics of migration control. It will discuss recent examples of political protest by non-citizens, and bring them into conversation with policy developments across the world in response to border controls, security, and the refugee ‘crisis’. Throughout, the course will explore fundamental questions of activism, solidarity and scholarship and the opportunities and pitfalls that a deep engagement with Non-Citizenship provides.

Thematic Course 4 – Investigating International Political Life with a Feminist Curiosity

Prof. Cynthia Enloe (Clark University)

Course Description:

The course explores how International politics is shaped and reshaped not only by both large structures and states policies but also by everyday workings of power. At both levels ideas about, and practices of masculinities and femininities are at work – usually unacknowledged, routinely denied. Developing feminist investigatory questions and skills can shine a bright light on the gendered interactions of the personal, the local, the national and the international.

Public Events

1st week Roundtable: “Structuralism and after: IPS and the Critique of Limits”
with R. B. J. Walker, Michael J. Shapiro, Jef Huysmans, João P. Nogueira and Roberto Yamato.
Here you can check the video of the event, and here, only the audio, if you prefer.

2nd week Rountable: “Borders, boundaries, frontiers”
with Cynthia Enloe, Heather Johnson, Carolina Moulin Aguiar and Professor Jef Huysmans.
Here you can check the video of the event, and here, only the audio, if you prefer.

Public Conference: “In Times Such as These, In a World Such as This… Why Is a Feminist Curiosity So Crucial?”
with Cynthia Enloe.
Here you can check the video of the event, and here, only the audio, if you prefer.

2017 IPS Winter School organizing committee

Prof. João Pontes Nogueira, PUC-Rio
Prof. Roberto Yamato, PUC-Rio
Mrs. Claudia Darze, PUC-Rio
Mr. Felippe De Rosa, PUC-Rio
Mr. Vinicius Kede, PUC-Rio
Mrs. Marcelle Trote, PUC-Rio