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Doing IPS Seminar with Dr Akos Kopper, Discussant: Jef Huysmans: Is chess a fitting or misleading metaphor for International Relations?

When: Friday, May 27, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Arts Two Building, room 3.20, QMUL, Mile End Campus

Speaker: Dr Akos Kopper

Chess has been used to represent and symbolize International Relations (IR) both in everyday discussions by non-academics, but also by experts and practitioners of the field, from Graham Allison to Henry Kissinger and Mao Zedong. This talk focuses on the question what image IR projects of itself using the metaphor of chess, foremost by using it in visual references to International Relations on book covers, in advertisements, or in cartoons.

In my talk I discuss, first, visual metaphors’ role in the epistemological process; and second, how images may reinforce and corroborate particular understandings of IR — while at the same time they may also offer captivating critiques of the way we think about and practice International Relations.

Akos KOPPER is a Gerda Henkel Fellow working on a project on emergency and citizenship during the pandemic. Last term he was a visiting researcher at the University of Vienna and visiting lecturer at CEU (Vienna).

He received his PhD from Jacobs University Bremen (2009), MA from CEU (2000), BA from ELTE (1999). For five years with his colleague – Paul Row- he was coordinating editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development, the official journal of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA).

He is a member of CEEISA’s executive board. He has published in journals such as: Democratization, International Studies Review, The Pacific Review, East European Politics, Alternatives, Global, Local, Political, International Political Sociology, European Journal of International Relations, Cultures & Conflits, Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

For those who cannot attend in-person, the seminar will also be streamed. To attend online, Join Zoom Meeting here:

Meeting ID: 893 2449 9119

Passcode: 920432

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