Extended Discounts IPS 2017

Registration discounts for the IPS 2017 Winter School have been extended and will go until next Friday, the 26th!

Do not miss the opportunity to participate. In this edition, the invited teachers are Cynthia Enloe, Jef Huysmans, Heather L. JohnsonRB J WalkerRita Abrahamsen and Michael J. Shapiro.

Candidates may choose to apply for:

  • Option 1: first week only (June 26 – June 30, 2017)
  • Option 2: second week only (July 03 – July 07, 2017)
  • Option 3: both weeksFees are (Brazilian Reais):
  • One week: R$ 1.300,00 / R$ 1.000,00 (Reduced fee until May 26th)
  • Two weeks: R$ 1.950,00 / R$ 1.500,00 (Reduced fee until May 26th)Prospective participants should fill in the Application Form (download here) and email it, along with supporting documents, to ipswinterschool@gmail.com by Wednesday, 31 May 2017.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.

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.

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.

Applications are now open!

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 IPS Winter School are now open. Places are limited to 35 participants per week and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Prospective participants should be graduate students and/or early career academics. Deadline for application is Wednesday, 31 May 2017
 
Candidates may choose to apply for:
  • Option 1: first week only (June 26 – June 30, 2017)
  • Option 2: second week only (July 03 – July 07, 2017)
  • Option 3: both weeks
Prospective participants should fill in the Application Form (download here) and email it, along with supporting documents, to ipswinterschool@gmail.com by Wednesday, 31 May 2017.

Applicants that fulfill the eligibility criteria will be contacted with payment information. A reduced fee is available for registration paid in full by Friday, 19 May 2017.

Fees are (Brazilian Reais):
  • One week: R$ 1.300,00 / R$ 1.000,00 (Reduced fee)
  • Two weeks: R$ 1.950,00 / R$ 1.500,00 (Reduced fee)
Please, click here for more information about application, fees, guest professors, and planned activities. For help with application and other enquiries, contact us onipswinterschool@gmail.com.

Confirmed Guest Teachers

The professors who will be attendin the IPS Winter School this year are confirmed!

The third edition of IPS will take place between the 26th and 30th of June (first week) and 3rd and 7th of July (second week) of 2017.

New information about the courses will be made available soon.

New dates for the third edition (2017) of the IPS Winter School

Dates confirmed for the third edition of the International Political Sociology Winter School. The school will take place from June 26th to June 30th (first week) and July 3rd to 7th (second week) of 2017.

The IPS Winter School is a 2-week course that seeks to create an academic environment conducive to the debate about critical theories of International Relations, organized by IRI / PUC-Rio.

New information about the courses and teachers of the next edition will be made available soon!

Last week of classes in the second edition of the Winter School

By the end of the week, the second edition of the International Political Sociology (IPS) Winter School will come to its end. These days were marked by marvelous discussions and lectures that certainly not only made us think critically about the International Relations area of study and reach satisfactory conclusions but also allowed us to get along with each other and create a dynamic and joyful academic environment. Below, you will find a few moments from our productive meetings.

It has been a pleasure to have you all here with us and we hope to see you next year!

1st week Roundtable: The limits of critique: resistance and contestation in world politics today
2nd week Roundtable: Fracturing IR: Re-reading the lineages of IPS
1st week Writing and Publishing Tutorial
2nd week Writing and Publishing Tutorial