PPWG held its business meeting and sponsored the following two panels at the British International Studies Association 2016 Conference in Edinburgh. Here are abstracts for the two BISA 2016 PPWG-sponsored panels:
‘Political Resistance as Methodology’
Panelists:Lara Coleman (Sussex), Doerthe Rosenow (Oxford Brookes), Maurice Stierl (University of California Davis), Stellan Vinthagen (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Chair/Discussant: Dr Chris Rossdale (Warwick)
Panel Abstract: It is customary to think about political resistance as a set of practices, or as an organised project – conceptions that guide the majority of academic work on the subject. But what would it mean to consider resistance as a methodology, as a way of opening up new questions, resituating debates, and producing new forms and practices of knowledge? Doing so seeks to recognize that sites of resistance are also spaces of learning, rethinking, deconstructing, that ‘resisting subjects’ are involved in particular forms of critical engagement with the world, and that practices of contestation and change are folded along and indicative of myriad relations of power. The papers on this panel draw from a diverse range of empirical projects and encounters with situated practices of resistance in order to consider the possibilities which emerge from conceiving resistance as methodology. They ask how thinking and practicing resistance informs us about the relationship between the local and global, about the power relations which operate within apparent communities of emancipation, and about the possibilities and pitfalls present in movements towards social justice. They also consider the ethics of studying resistance, the purpose and normative potential of academic production, and about the extent to which considering resistance as methodology challenges established forms of academic output and practice. As such, the paper and panel use these reflections on resistance as methodology to consider the place of the academy with respect to both resistance and methodology.
Roundtable on ‘Global Security: Noticing, under-noticing, un-noticed’
Participants: Victoria Basham (Exeter), Kandida Purnell (Aberdeen), Laura Sjoberg (Florida), Elisa Wynne-Hughes (Cardiff), Marysia Zalewski (Aberdeen)
Abstract: What is noticed within the frameworks and practices of global security? What goes un-noticed? Who and what are under-noticed? What is made (im)possible through what is noticed (or not) in world politics? The differences between these words around ‘noticing’ may be regarded as pedantic, and the implications for questions about international political thinking considered obscure. Yet the debacle in late 2015 about the new UK passport design suggests that questions about ‘noticing’ remain very significant, not least for feminist/critical scholars interested in questions of global (in)securities and global (in)justices. Moreover, the passports of dead Syrians and Egyptians were swiftly used following the Paris attacks on the 13th of November 2015 to label such citizens as terrorists and to justify the closing of borders to immigration, rather than identifying them as victims of the attack, or to notice that recent refugees are a product of Western interventions in the Middle East. Motivated by the theoretical arc inspired by the ‘passport row’ (‘the passport’ being an important muscular marker of identities, borders, profiling and global (in)securities), in this Roundtable we will raise questions about the varying ways in which practices of ‘noticing’ persistently matter in global politics and seek to engender further debate about what is at stake, and for whom, in what we notice, under-notice or altogether overlook in contemporary global politics.