Doing Visual IR
European Workshops in International Studies
Jonathan Luke Austin (The Violence Prevention Initiative, Geneva. & The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
Stephanie Perazzone (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)
How do we see the world and its politics? How do we make sense of international events? What do television screens, computer monitors, advertising billboards, and other everyday images do to our sensual appreciation for the global political order? And how might we study all of this? How can the discipline of IR come to terms with the explosion in visual imagery of wars, protests, rallies, street fights, and beyond? This workshop asks questions like these. It is concerned with the still quite nascent shift within IR away from the textual as the principal object of its study and primary mode of its own articulation. However, its main focus will be quite specifically on the methods and methodologies of doing visual IR and the questions of power and politics these methods implicate.
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CALL FOR PAPERS:
AESTHETIC CITIES: EVERYDAY, INTERNATIONAL, URBAN
An EWIS workshop proposal for the European International Studies Association
Groningen, 06-09 June 2018
Deadline for paper proposals: 10 January 2018
Dr Matt Davies, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, Newcastle University and Visiting Professor, International Relations Institute, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Dr Delacey Tedesco, Lecturer in Critical International Relations, University of Exeter
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International Politics and the Grotesque
In his 1974-75 lectures on The Abnormal, Michel Foucault describes a ‘category of historical-political analysis’ that he calls ‘the grotesque’ – a category that he defines by a particular disjuncture between appearance on the one hand and capacity for action on the other: ‘by virtue of their status, a discourse or an individual can have effects of power that their intrinsic qualities should disqualify them from having…’ (2003: 11-12). While Foucault locates the grotesque at the heart of sovereignty and bureaucracy, however, the grotesque – with its ambivalence and ‘clash of incompatibles’ (Thomson 1972) – has also been associated with popular practices of resistance, most obviously perhaps in the work of Mikhail Bakhtin (1984). This panel proposes to bring together these diverse approaches to the grotesque in order to ask how the grotesque might contribute to the study of international politics. What can the grotesque tell us about contemporary political mechanisms and dynamics? How might a diagnosis of the grotesque help us understand political power today? This panel invites contributions that engage a conceptualisation of the grotesque in relation to theoretical problems and/or empirical sites.
Please email abstracts to Claudia Aradau (email@example.com) and Alister Wedderburn (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 25 May 2017.
Call for paper proposals: Bio/Informatics – The Intersection of Life and Code in Global Health Security (Co-organizers: Rebecca Hester, Eva Hilberg and Christopher Long)
This panel seeks to explore the relationships between bio/informatics, charting the increasing interconnection between the biological and the informational within diverse areas of global health, especially in the evolving field of global health security. This interconnection not only opens up new areas of health management and new fields of security, but is also a site of tensions emerging in the process of the informationalization of biological life. Possible themes to be explored include how the idea of “life as code” impacts the practices, infrastructures, and imperatives of global health and vice versa. What forms of informationalized life are perceived as threatening to global health and how are these emergent bio/informationalized life forms being dealt with? In what ways are security imperatives being re-shaped in relation to bio/informationalized life and how, in turn, are bodies and biological systems being transformed by the understanding of life is code? And, more broadly, what are the wider ramifications of the informationalization of biological life for the priorities of global health, specifically through the promotion of the quantification of life and an increasing digitalisation of health interventions?
We are hoping to receive papers from diverse and creative perspectives including mental health, non-human studies, cyborg studies, molecular politics, warfighter health, and others. For more information or to submit a paper proposal, please contact Rebecca Hester with a short abstract by the 29th of May (email@example.com).
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