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School of Politics and International Relations

Doing IPS Symposium: Transversalising the social and political: writing time; making space

When: Friday, April 14, 2023, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Graduate Centre, Room 201, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End , Mile End Campus


Transversalising the social and political: writing time; making space.

Transversalising the social and political: writing time; making space.

This symposium explores practices of both space and time making and how they transversalise the political, social and international. IPS inherited the dominance of spatialising the social and political from IR and its concerns with drawing lines between insides and outsides, separating levels and thinking geographical politics. However, IPS has also been one of the scholarly sites for creating new concepts and methodologies that explore how space is not given but always made and in motion. And then, there is time. It is a bit a cliche to say that space and time are always combined. But what would it mean to give analytical and political primacy to time rather than space in IPS? The symposium explores current developments in space and time making in IPS. More specifically, it has two main aims:

  • to set up a debate on how modes of space making, and the spatial concepts and methods that are being used to analyse them, fracture positionality and identities in contemporary international politics;
  • to explore if giving primacy to temporalities leads to distinctive transversalising approaches in international politics and IPS.

This double aim is framed within the ongoing interest in IPS in fracturing familiar repertoires of analysis and practice and the value of understanding contemporary challenges in transversal terms.

The symposium also includes a closed session aimed at setting up a transatlantic writing support network between PhD students and early career researchers from Europe and Latin America.

The symposium follows on from the Winter School in International Political Sociology organised at PUC-Rio in July 2022. The Winter School combined introductions to IPS with mentoring sessions and seminars on creative writing, publishing, creating collaborations, and grant applications aimed at PhD students and early career researchers.

This event is funded by a British Academy Writing Workshop Grant (WW20200143), the LISS-DTP, and the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. Click here for more information.

Provisional Program

12:00 - 13:00     Light lunch (Graduate Centre, Ground Floor Foyer)

13:00 - 13:15     Introduction (by Jef Huysmans)

13:15 - 13:45     Keynote address (by João Nogueira)

13:45 - 14:00     Tea & Coffee Break

14:00 - 15:15     Roundtable on Space Making (with Angharad Closs Stephens, Lydia Cole, Hannah Owens, and Renata Summa)

15:15 - 15:30     Tea & Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:45     Roundtable on Time Making (with Tasniem Anwar, Paulo Chamon, Mirko Palestrino, and Ritu Vij)

16:45 - 17:00     Tea & Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:00     Mentoring Scheme Session (Closed session - by invitation only)

All sessions will take place in-person at Queen Mary University of London (Graduate Centre, Room 201). To join in online, click here.


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