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

Yesterday, July 26 began the activities of the International Political Sociology Winter School. Throughout the day, students attended the courses taught by Professor Rob Walker – on the subject International Relations and the challenge of interdisciplinary, discussing sociology, politics and international as contested objects; Professor Rita Abrahamsen, discussing the theme “Africa and the International”; and Professor Michael Shapiro discussing “the forces that set people in motion across land and borders and the precarities they face in the process of moving”.

We remind you that our first public event – Roundtable “Structuralism and after: IPS and the Critique of Limits” –  will be held on June 29th, from 4:15 p.m. to 6:00p.m., at RDC Auditorium (PUC-Rio).

Thematic Course 1: Security, Development and Democracy with Professor Rita Abrahamsen
Thematic Course 1: Security, Development and Democracy with Professor Rita Abrahamsen
Thematic Course 2: Contingent Flows: Precarious Lives with Professor Michael Shapiro
Thematic Course 2: Contingent Flows: Precarious Lives with Professor Michael Shapiro
General Course 1: Critical Theories and IPS with Professor R. B. J. Walker
General Course 1: Critical Theories and IPS with Professor R. B. J. Walker

IPS Winter School 2017 First Week Course 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:

Security, Development, Democracy – Prof. Rita Abrahamsen

Profa. Abrahamsen’s 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.

Rita Abrahamsen is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.

Contingent Flows – Precarious Lives – Prof. Michael J. Shapiro

Prof. Shapiro’s course focuses 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 will 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.

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.

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@gmail.com.

Second week of the 2015 IPS Winter School

The 2015 IPS Winter School was finished last Friday, July 10th.

Here are some pictures of the second week courses and debates!

Prof. Vivienne Jabri during her course “Theories of Violence”
Prof. Mike Shapiro during his course “The Politics of Temporalities”
Professors Kyle Grayson, Vivienne Jabri, João P. Nogueira, Jef Huysmans and Mike Shapiro during the “Acting Politics: Democracy, Inequality and Contestation” roundtable
Professors Marta Fernández and Roberto Yamato during their course “Desconstruction, Postcolonialism and Amerindian Perspectivsm”
Closing Session – IPS: The next 10 years
Professors Isabel de Siqueira, Roberto Yamato, Kyle Grayson, João P. Nogueira, Jef Huysmans and Marta Fernández

You are invited to our ROUNDTABLES!

Through its public events, the IPS Winter School wants to strengthen the dialogue between IR experts and other social scientists at a local, national and international level. Four roundtables will prompt discussion on key topics contemporary IR. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Week 1

Roundtable 2 – After Snowden: Security, Surveillance, Rights  
(30/06, 19h – 21h, RDC Auditorium)

Edward J. Snowden’s revelations about the secret US-NSA PRISM program have confirmed the large-scale mass surveillance of governments, companies, and citizens, including some of he United States’ closest allies in Europe and Latin America. In this roundtable, professors Didier Bigo, Monica Herz, Eslpeth Guild and R.B. J. Walker will debate the impact of these practices on national security, diplomacy, human rights, democracy, subjectivity, and obedience.

Week 2

Roundtable 3 – Acting Politics: Democracy, Inequality and Contestation
(07/07, 19h – 21h, B8 Auditorium, Frings Building, 8th floor)

In this roundtable, professors Kyle Grayson, Jef Huysmans, Vivienne Jabri and João P. Nogueira will discuss what does it mean to be political against our current background of growing global inequality and mounting frustration towards national citizenship as the sole mode of political action.

Roundtable 4 – IPS: the next 10 years
(10/07, 17h – 19h, B8 Auditorium, Frings Building, 8th floor)

In this closing roundtable, professors Kyle Grayson, Jef Huysmans, Vivienne Jabri, João P. Nogueira, Marta Fernández, Roberto Yamato e Isabel Rocha de Siqueira get together to discuss the future of IPS’s movement. What have we learned so far? Where do we head from here?