What All Should PPWG Do in 2016?

We’ve got some ideas for PPWG in 2016/17 and would like to hear what you think of them. Fill out the form below and tell us your thoughts and suggestions. It should only take a few minutes, tops.

Should we put together a journal special issue after hosting a workshop in 2016? Should we go for a large conference on poststructural politics? On the website, should we host a series of ‘webinars’ in which you would discuss recently published papers, or a series of video interviews of people with recent books? What else would you suggest for PPWG?

All this and a bit more on the PPWG Proposed Event Survey. Continue reading

CFP: ISA 2016, The Politics of Digital Technology

Call for Papers: ‘The Politics of Digital Technology’

Panel Proposal for the International Studies Association 57th Annual Conference, Atlanta Georgia, 16-19 March 2016
Convenors: Linda Monsees and David Chandler

The importance of technology, especially digital technologies, for world politics has increasingly caught the attention of IR-scholars. The so-called digital revolution asks us to rethink the role of technology in our current times and to consider how its specific characteristics might challenge traditional political ontologies. It is now widely acknowledged that technology is more than a residual category for theorizing world politics but in the centre of ongoing transformations. These transformations can be observed in real-world political debates and policy-making (Wikileaks and data gathering, the rule of the algorithm, digital humanitarianism, Big Data and the Internet of Things) and also in a growing theoretical interest in science and technology studies (STS) and the ‘material-turn’. Continue reading

CFP: Workshop on Spatial Practices of Postcolonial Governance Cardiff University

Spatial Practices of Postcolonial Governance: Inequalities, Exclusions and Potentials
Postcolonial Governmentalities Workshop
1st – 2nd September 2015, Cardiff University

Workshop Convenors:
Terri-Anne Teo (Bristol University)
Elisa Wynne-Hughes (Cardiff University)

Spatial practices of governance were used as a colonial tool to regulate populations in multiple ways, from the control of migration to the demarcation and spatial restriction of groups according to categories of race and religion. These practices resonate today through the institutionalisation of surveillance mechanisms, exclusionary urban gentrification, and migration policies that secure the movement of populations within and across borders. Examining these urban technologies of regulation can help us understand the power dynamics that shape various transnational inequalities and social divisions. Continue reading