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.
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.
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