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

By the end of the week, the third 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. Two publics events were held after the regular classes: “Borders, boundaries, frontiers” and “Why Is a Feminist Curiosity So Crucial?”. These events contributed to expand the IPS discussions to a large audience. Soon, all videos of the School’s public events will be available on the blog.

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Thematic Course 3: Non-citizenship and Agency: Thinking differently about migration – with Professor Heather Johnson
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Thematic Course 4: Investigating International Political Life with a Feminist Curiosity – with Professor Cynthia Enloe
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General Course 2: Participation: fracturing the social and political – with Professor Jef Huysmans

Yesterday the IPS Winter School held the second roundtable of the event, with Professors Cynthia EnloeHeather JohnsonCarolina Moulin Aguiar and Jef Huysmans. The panel took place at PUC-Rio’s B8 Auditorium; the Professors discussed the theme “Borders, boundaries, frontiers“.

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Roundtable 2: Borders, Boundaries, Frontiers
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Professor Cynthia Enloe, Carolina Moulin, Jef Huysmans and Heather Johnson

Also yesterday, a public lecture was held at the School with Professor Cynthia Enloe, who sought to answer the question “In Times Such As These, In A World Such As This … Why Is A Feminist Curiosity So Crucial?“. With a relaxed tone, Professor Enloe was cheered by those present at the end of the event.

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Professor Cynthia Enloe
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Professor Cynthia Enloe

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

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.