Critical concepts and methods: A PPWG virtual event

This event will be in Zoom

In the first of a series of virtual events, the Poststructural Politics Working Group presents two panels, each looking at critical political and methodological issues in the study of world politics. 

Panel One: 13.30-15.00

The Political, the Public, and the People: New Approaches to Populism and Security

Chair: Martin Coward (University of Manchester)

Participants: Caroline Maria Kalkreuth (Kiel University); Mirko Palestrino (Queen Mary University of London); Abhishank Mishra (Jawaharlal Nehru University); Jakub Eberle and Jan Daniel (Institute of International Relations, Prague)

This panel engages with intersecting debates around populist movements and authoritarian governments in contemporary world politics. The participants will present their original research into key political issues such as the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement, the emergence of populist, authoritarian and illiberal governments in diverse locations such as Italy, Tukey and India, and the contentious politics of national security in eastern Europe. The panellists will also share their insights into conceptual issues around affect and temporality, and the ground-breaking work of key thinkers such as Ernesto Laclau. 

Break: 15.00-15.30 

Panel Two: 15.30-17.00 

Critical Methods and Methodologies for International Relations

Chair: Shannon Brincat (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Participants: Shannon Brincat (University of the Sunshine Coast); David Duriesmith (University of Sheffield); Kandida Purnell (Richmond University, London), Dr Natasha Danilova (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Emma Dolan (University of Aberdeen/University of Limerick); Tim Aistrope; (University of Kent)

Critical methodologies are becoming increasingly popular in the discipline of International Relations (IR). This is not only due to the vast array of new areas the discipline has moved into since the ‘Inter-Paradigm Debate’ but also because of the increasingly common awareness of the complex and interrelated nature of the phenomena we study. Yet moving beyond the dominance of mainstream and positivist approaches has taken considerable time and effort – and many new to the discipline lament access to a viable alternative. This panel is an attempt to overcome this problem. The panel outlines a number of alternative and critical methods to IR by bringing together an exciting and diverse array of critical methods and methodologies for the study of world politics, including feminist, post-colonial, dialectical and qualitative approaches, amongst others.

If you are unable to attend both panels you are more than welcome to join us for just one. Registration will close two hours before the event start time.

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