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International Relations Theory: Views from Beyond the West

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I202, New York, NY 10011

International Relations Theory: Views from Beyond the West

This conference reflects a textbook project for International Relations (IR).  It seeks to amend two main problems in contemporary IR theorizing:

(1) The widespread division of labor in IR whereby “the West”/“the Center” produces theories deemed universal and “non-Western”/“out-of-Center” scholars serve only as native informants when localities deviate from the status quo.

(2) The lack of concepts, debates, and authors from the Global South that address their issues and challenges, obligations, and aspirations.

The conference/project does not seek particularism, but allows for and gives legitimacy to different claims of universalism. We propose, in short, to voice other kinds of IR: that is, how the Global South and the Global North co-make world politics into what it is today.

Students of IR from the Global North and Global South will benefit from this conference/project. Global North students will learn why the Global South experiences “the international” differently but also where some important commonalities may lie. Global South students will finally have a text that speaks to them for them, with concepts and examples that are familiar, and with their needs taken into consideration. Ultimately, this conference/project will help all students develop lives and careers in a globalizing context.

Speakers and panelists include:

Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs Professor L.H.M. Ling; Payal Banerjee, Smith College; Navnita Behera, University of Delhi; Cristina Inoue, University of Brasília; Nizar Messari, Al Akhawayn University; Joao Noguira, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro; Karen Smith, University of Cape Town; and Arlene Tickner, Universidad de los Andes.

Please find the Conference schedule here.

Abstract and Bios
Please find the abstracts and biographies of the contributors to the "International Relations Theory: Views From Beyond the West" Textbook Project.

Conference Papers
 - L.H.M Ling and Carolina Pinheiro "Worldist Dialogics: Creatively Listening to and Speaking with Others"

- Payal Banerjee "Mobility, Surplus, and Subsidies in the World of Flexibile Employment: Indian IT Workers in the US and Corporate Reliance on Immigrant Networks"

- Cristina Inoue and Matias Franchini "Global Environment politics in Brazil, socio-environmentalism, society-nature duality and the challenges of the antropocene"

- Arlene Tickner "Foreign Policy and the Global South: Post-Coloniality or 'Politics as usual'"

- Nizar Messair "War and Conflict in World Politics"

- Navnita Behera "State and Sovereignty: Singular Notion, Multiple Histories: an Outline"

- Karen Smith "Order in International Relations"

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