Knowing, Narrating, (re)Writing International Relations

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Course Description: 

This course aims to open up knowledge practices and the life worlds they belong to and simultaneously give rise to – modes of telling, ways of sense-making, negotiation and translation – within IR scholarship and world politics as lived experience. It does so from sites and positions that are usually not immediately addressed or recognized
in mainstream debates. Departing from and foregrounding voices from the (imaginary) margins of IR – such as post-colonialism and non-Western IR, narrative approaches, post-humanist feminism, the study of emotions, visual politics, indigenous wisdom, the sociology of IR as a discipline and creative research methods– the course zooms in on what happens when we take seriously the context, perspective and implications of knowledge claims made by different traditions, new interventions and methodologies in a holistic and practice-oriented manner. It sets out
to explore what counter-imaginations may exist to conventional disciplinary understandings regarding statehood, violence, social change and subjectivity as well as what new political horizons and alternative modes of scholarly engagement might unfold from them

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the module students will:
• Be able to navigate various strands of theorizing in International Relations scholarship and gain confidence in building their own conceptual framework
• Be able to confidently work with interdisciplinary approaches in studying contemporary phenomena
• Understand some of the most important ways in which power operates in knowledge practices and cultural production
• Critically assess the relative merits of various theories in and beyond IR
• Develop rounded empirical knowledge of various key issues in world politics, such as gendered and racialized practices of statehood as well as practices of contestation and resistance
• Have explored alternative research methods and epistemologies in thinking selfhood, community and lived experience in world politics


Active participation in seminars: 10%
Two short position papers 40% (20% each - details to be discussed in the first
Term paper: 50%