The Poststructural Politics Group came into existence with its inaugural workshop in November 2001, with first annual report submitted to the BISA AGM in December 2002. The main purpose of the group was set out as being to provide a regular meeting point for academics and research students working with poststructuralist approaches. We noted at that time that many poststructuralists had moved away from a concern with what were often called theoretical issues to an employment of poststructuralist tools in empirical analyses. The working group reflected this shift in the work presented at its meetings and also provided the necessary forum to disagree and provide constructive feedback to each other. With the growing number of people employing poststructuralist methods in IR it has become of increasing concern to people working in this area to be able to debate differences between them in an appropriate environment. The group reached a total of over 200 members, scholars and students from all levels within the first two years, and now stands at over 300 members.
Over the last ten years, the Group and its members have organised workshops, conferences, panels at BISA and ISA and supported travel for its members.
Aggie Hirst is Lecturer in IR Theory and Methods at King’s College London. Her research interests include international and political theory, political violence, war and wargaming, and US foreign policy. She is currently working on two projects, one exploring the US military’s use of videogames as pedagogical tools, and the other addressing the limitations of existing critiques of positivism in IR.
Tahseen Kazi is a Limited Term Assistant Professor at the Department of Politics and International Studies in Georgia Southern University. Her research is on the formation of sovereign and non-sovereign political authority as a product of critique. Her work brings together thought on subjectivity and subject-formation, liberal governmentalities, postcolonialism and resistance. Tahseen is presently working on a book-length project on the liberal ways of authority formation, and their alternatives.
Christina joined Loughborough University in September 2013 as Lecturer in International Relations. Her research interests are situated between IR and Critical Geography. Current research projects focus on international migration asking questions about normative violence on the one hand and on mission persons asking questions about statecraft on the other hand.