IPS Second Week Course Information

General Course:

Participation: fracturing the social and political – Prof. Jef Huysmans

Prof. Huysmans’ course will examine social and political agency in fracturing worlds. The following concepts that fracture the social and political will be introduced: extitutions, the everyday, disputes, and mobility. Each concept will be worked in relation to a topical matter of concern: security, globalisation, surveillance, and migration. Overall, the course will raise questions about human agency, civil society, networking and forms of neo-communality, fractured modes of participation, participation as a form of inclusion, and issues of belonging, knowledge and power.

Each concept is also approached from a methodological angle as a device that does not simply extract information from worlds but also enacts them. As fracturing devices they imply particular modes of assembling knowledge and texts.

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to discern mechanisms of different forms of agency, to recognize distinct ways of participation in fracturing worlds, to construe changing forms and conditions of volunteer activity and forms of networking and neo-communality and to reflect on the manifestation and results of social activity and human agency as well as questions of power through concrete examples.

Jef Huysmans is Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London. He is best known for his work on the politics of insecurity, the securitization of migration, and critical methods in security studies and IR.

Thematic Courses

Non-citizenship and Agency: Thinking differently about migration – Prof. Heather L. Johnson

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.

Heather Johnson is Professor of Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.

Investigating International Political Life with a Feminist Curiosity – Prof. Cynthia Enloe

Prof. Enloe will explore 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.

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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.

Initial details of the 2016 IPS Winter School GENERAL COURSES!

Initial details of the 2016 IPS Winter School GENERAL COURSES are now available!

One general course will be offered each week, between 10:00 and 12:00am, from Monday to Friday. Both courses are compulsory for students.

 
First Week: June 27 – July 01, 2016

 

RBJ Walker, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada, and in the IRI/PUC-RIO, will share his thinking on the relation between “Critical Theories and International Political Sociology”.

Critical Theories and International Political Sociology

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.

Click here for Walker’s profile.
 
Second Week: July 04 – July 08, 2016

Jef Huysmans, Chair in Security Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies of The Open University and director at the Centre for Citizenship Identities and Governance will consider how critical Methodologies and International Political Sociology can benefit from each other.

Fracturing Methods

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.

The course consists of five sessions:

– The social and political life of methods
– The everyday: fracturing global politics
– Media: fracturing global governance
– Motion: fracturing community
– Disputes: fracturing surveillance

Each session will start with an introductory lecture followed by a conversation on implications for research practice.

Click here for Huysmans’s profile.
Please, click here for more information about application, fees, guest speakers and planned activities. For help with application and other enquiries, contact us on ipswinterschool@gmail.com.

Update on Optional Courses!

Along with our general courses on theory and methodology, the 2015 IPS Winter School OPTIONAL COURSES will familiarize participants with the field’s most innovative research, pressing issues and debates. Optional courses are small seminars taught by renowned Brazilian and international scholars that share an interest in the study of the international political sociology.

We are proud to announce that the list of courses includes:

Optional Courses will take place each week, from Monday to Wednesday, in three different periods in the afternoon. Students will choose among the optional courses available for each time slot and will be able to attend up to three optional courses per week.

Please, click here for more information about application, fees, guest speakers and planned activities. For help with application and other enquiries, contact us on ipswinterschool@gmail.com.

More information on general courses!

Initial details of the 2015 IPS Winter School GENERAL COURSES are now available.One general course will be offered each week, between 10:00 and 12:00am, from Monday to Friday. Both courses are compulsory for students.

First Week: June 29 – July 03 2015

RBJ Walker, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada, and in the International Relations Institute, IRI, PUC-RIO, will share his thinking on the relation between “Critical Theories and International Political Sociology”.

Click here for Walker’s profile.

Second Week: July 06 – July 10 2015

Jef Huysmans, Chair in Security Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies of The Open University and director at the Centre for Citizenship Identities and Governance will consider how “Critical Methodologies and International Political Sociology” can benefit from each other.

Click here for Huysmans’s profile.

Please, click here for more information about application, fees, guest speakers and planned activities. For help with application and other enquiries, contact us on ipswinterschool@gmail.com.