CFP: Special Issue, Hegemony 30 Years after ‘Hegemony and Socialist Strategy’

CALL FOR PAPERS

No. 31 / Post, counter or simply hegemony? Political thought and International Relations 30 years after “Hegemony and Socialist Strategy”

To be published in February 2016


In 2015, 30 years will have passed since the publication of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s “Hegemony and Socialist Strategy”. Since its first appearance, this text has become a reference point for theoretical reflection in the Social Sciences ― particularly for left leaning academics―, for its revival of theoretical debate around the notion of hegemony. Gramscian, poststructuralist and deconstructionist influences are intertwined in the theoretical political proposal of these authors. They attempt to move beyond classic Marxism, and class reductionism, to formulate an alternative to the neoliberal paradigm. Agonism and radical democracy are the principal theoretical and practical innovations emerging thanks to the work of these authors.
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‘Angry Eyes’ Derek Gregory Lecture at Newcastle University, March 6

MILITARY RESEARCH AT NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, LECTURE
Professor Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia,
Angry Eyes: the God-trick and the geography of militarised vision

5pm Friday 6th March 2015, Lecture Room G.7
Daysh Building, Newcastle University
Building 31 at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/printablemaps/map-campus.htm)

Abstract

Advocates have emphasised the ability of Predators and Reapers to provide persistent surveillance so that they become vectors of the desire to produce a fully transparent battlespace – a version of Haraway’s ‘God-trick’. Critics have insisted that vision is more than a biological-instrumental capacity, and that it is transformed into a conditional and highly selective visuality through the activation of a distinctively political and cultural technology.
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Job Announcement: Gothenburg University, Lecturer in Peace and Development Research

University Lecturer in Peace and Development Research

Type of employment: Permanent post
Extent: 100 %
Location: School of Global Studies, Gothenburg
First day of employment: By agreement
Reference number: PER 2015/28
Closing date: 2015-02-23

The School of Global Studies is an innovative university environment for research and education in globalization and global issues. We seek a person who would find it stimulating to work in a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary setting.

The School invites applicants for a position in Peace and Development Research with a focus on International Relations. Scholars specialised in International Relations Theory, International Political Economy and/or Peace and Conflict Studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

Subject area

Peace and Development Research

Specific subject description

Peace and Development Research

Job assignments

The Schools education programmes consist of Peace and Development Research, International Relations, Global Development Studies, Global Studies, Human Ecology/Environmental Social Science, Human Rights, Social Anthropology and Regional Studies. The holder of this position is expected to take part in developing the subject of IR and Peace and Development, but also to take part in cross- and interdisciplinary teaching and research within the department, and to actively contribute to efforts to secure external funding. Since the School has further needs of expertise in area/regional studies and human rights, additional qualifications in any of these two areas will be considered a merit. Teaching will be primarily at undergraduate and masters levels, but may also involve some teaching at the doctoral level. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in the Schools curricular development and, when necessary, to perform administrative and leadership tasks. The minimum amount of time allocated to professional development and research is stipulated in the current terms of reference for lecturers at Gothenburg University.

Eligibility

The Swedish Higher Education Ordinance stipulates that applicants must hold a PhD in Peace and Development Research or equivalent, have completed training in teaching at University level or equivalent and are able to demonstrate pedagogical skills. Applicants who lack the relevant training in teaching at University level may be considered for employment initially on a one-year contract (with possible extension for a second year) until such time as they have completed the required training. Thereafter, their contract will be made permanent.

In the selection process equal weight will be given to research and pedagogical accomplishment. Qualifications in IR theory will be awarded particular value in the evaluation of research and pedagogical skills.

Assessment

In the evaluation of research skill, particular weight will be given to the applicants work in recent years and to their ability to independently initiate and conduct research. Scientific skill should be demonstrated in research and publications within relevant fields. The ability to attract external funding is a merit. Assessment of pedagogical skill covers planning, delivery, evaluation, supervision and examination. Pedagogical achievements should be well documented so that their quality can be assessed. Administrative skills are also considered important, as are the ability to work together with society at large and to disseminate information about research and development work. The applicant should be able to conduct teaching, supervision and examination in both Swedish and English. Non-Swedish speakers are expected to learn the language to teaching competence within three years of their appointment. The selection process will involve sample lectures, interviews and references. After assessment of all aspects of the applicants skills that are relevant for this position, the person who is considered best qualified to carry out the required tasks, cooperate with other staff and contribute to the development of our School will be selected.

Additional information

Prior to the recruitment procedure, the University of Gothenburg will have determined the recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore firmly request that contact with media sellers, recruitment sites and the like be avoided.

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact rekrytering@gu.se

CFP: EISA 2015 Section on ‘The Legacy of Foucault in International Relations’

CfP for the 9th Pan-European Conference on IR, Sicily, 23-26 Sep 2015

Section: The Legacy of Foucault in International Relations:  Querying the Bases, Boundaries and Possibilities

Conference Website – http://www.paneuropeanconference.org/2015/  ​

Section Chairs: 

Dr Doerthe Rosenow, Oxford Brookes University, drosenow@brookes.ac.uk

Dr Tina Managhan, Oxford Brookes University, tmanaghan@brookes.ac.uk
Section Rationale:

The Legacy of Foucault in IR:  Where has it taken us, where are we now and where should we go from here?  This conference section theme will invite papers that, rather than adopting particular ‘Foucauldian’ concepts and analytical frameworks to illuminate global political practices, reflect on its usages in terms of the questions raised above.  Looking back, this conference section will invite papers seeking to specifically interrogate the philosophical and political underpinnings of Foucault’s work and the international relations scholarship that has adapted Foucault for its purposes.  What has been lost in translation?  What of Foucault’s own brackets and boundaries might we want to challenge and revisit for our purposes today?  Looking forward, this conference section will invite papers that are working at or against the boundaries of contemporary ‘Foucauldian’ IR or are otherwise involved in the process of taking it forward and querying the spaces of its politics.  In terms of the conference theme, this section is concerned to interrogate the exclusions, hierarchies and re-ifications produced within the very terms of the scholarship that has sought to challenge these things – in other words, our own epistemic violences – and to think creatively and anew about where we might go from here.  In the spirit of the above, this conference section will be open to anyone who thinks their work has something to offer on this theme, but we will be specifically seeking those with interests in (political) philosophy, phenomenology, postcolonialism, critical race studies and gender studies.

Tentative Panel Themes:

In terms of the spirit of “looking forward, looking back”, we currently envision assembling one or two panels that specifically engage with the political, philosophical and theoretical questions underpinning our general conference section theme (as above).  The remaining panels will naturally address these too, but with an emphasis on contemporary topical themes in International Relations.  Among others, we currently advertise following panels:

– Looking Forward, Looking Back: Implications of Foucault’s Philosophy, Politics and/or Ethos for International Relations
– Re-engaging with Questions of Power and the War on Terror
– Re-thinking and Re-imagining Political Struggle in Contemporary IR

We also welcome papers that address other aspects that fit the overall section theme.

Paper proposals (max 200 words) need to be submitted online at: https://www.conftool.pro/paneuropean2015/

  • The deadline for abstracts is 15th January2015

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to receiving your paper proposals.

Best wishes,

Doerthe and Tina

CFP: EISA Section on ‘Construction(s) of the Field of IR’

CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS

SECTION 6: CONSTRUCTION(S) OF THE FIELD OF IR

Section Chairs:

Zeynep Gulsah Capan,
University of Erfurt
zgulsah@gmail.com

Pinar Bilgin,
Bilkent University
pbilgin@bilkent.edu.tr

Panel and paper proposals can be submitted through Conftool (http://www.conftool.pro/paneuropean2015/) by January 15.

If you are interested in organising panels or have any questions please contact zgulsah@gmail.com

The section aims to focus on the following themes and questions;

Constructing the Concepts of IR

Which definitions of the ‘international’, of ‘sovereignty’, of ‘anarchy’ and of violence are predominant within the field. What are the stories of these concepts, how are they defined as objects of study and how are they narrated?

Narrating the Field of IR

How has the story of the field been challenged and reinterpreted thus far? What are the stories of the field that remain to be explored? What is included and excluded from these explorations into the past and present of the field?

Disciplining the Field of IR

How is the field divided into sub-fields and the relationship of the field of IR to other fields such as History; International Law, Economy and Literature. How are the demarcation lines drawn between these fields, how are fields defined and who is included and excluded through the boundaries that are drawn.

Periodization and Silencing in IR

How do periodizations and writings of history work to draw the possibilities of the international.  How is history and historical periodizations written into the field of IR. Whose histories are privileged and whose histories are silenced through the writings of history within the field.

The Future(s) of IR

What are the implications of the discussions around the future of IR theory, the Eurocentric conception of the field and the debates about non-western/post-western IR?