Conduct of Inquiry

Conversations About Inquiry
  • Rediscoveries and Reformulations: Beyond the 2x2? Apr 17, 2016
    At first I thought this book should have come before Ling’s. It seems clear that Ling was influenced by this work—it might have made sense to read this first. As I think on it more and more, I’m glad we didn’t. Having Alker...
  • Sihar & Shenya: a fable for our times Apr 11, 2016
    I think I am probably not alone in finding Sihar & Shenya unlike anything I have ever read in IRT classes. Although we do find excerpts of things like Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War in many manuals (as we can see described i...
  • Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations Apr 3, 2016
            Rather than taking the body as an apolitical body as often seen in IR, Wilcox argues that "we can theorize the body as an effect of practices of IR" and that the body is not only acted upon by violence but is "constitut...
  • Rethinking Diplomacy Mar 27, 2016
    It was striking to me how At Home with the Diplomats echoed my own two and a half years experience with a Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I would posit that the French MFA may be an extrapolated version of the Norwegian one, and both are an extrapola...
  • Beyond Mothers Monsters Whores Mar 21, 2016
    “If women ran the world there would be no war” [1] is a commonsensical phrase that we all probably heard at least once, and it’s the kind of “traditional wisdom” that Gentry and Sjoberg seek to question in Beyond Moth...
  • “Where then does the table come from?” Mar 13, 2016
    Despite the fact that Onuf’s World of Our Makingcontains an extraordinary amount of information and insight, one word effectively captures its overarching essence: irony. Onuf introduces this literary device early on as he elaborates his pos...
  • Makere Stewart-Harawira (2005): The New Imperial Order: Indigenous Responses to Globalization Mar 3, 2016
    Makere Stewart-Harawira (2005): The New Imperial Order: Indigenous Responses to GlobalizationLet us begin at the end.  In the epilogue to her book Stewart-Harawira addresses the challenges an indigenous Maori woman faces while writing ab...
  • Methodological Diversity (bis) Feb 29, 2016
    This is a short follow up on the previous post and ahead of tomorrow's seminar, as revisiting certain parts of this dense text triggered additional reflexions and questions.The analogy between science and religion made in chapter 7 seems both pert...
  • Methodological Diversity Feb 21, 2016
    The preceding sessions of our seminar have started to highlight how IR as an academic discipline lack of self-reflexivity in diverse respects. Obviously failing to offer much varying perspectives in terms of race, gender, social class, geographies...
  • Sandra Harding (2015) Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research Feb 21, 2016
    Hello all, since this is a blog post I am going to try to refrain from making the post like an essay, especially since there is so much rich material to engage in. As a bit of background, as an Antioch graduate the main points of the book were my ...
  • Thinking International Relations Differently Feb 7, 2016
    Arlene Tickner and David Blaney’s Thinking International Relations Differentlyis quite an interesting read and an important addition to the ongoing debate about the Western dominance of the discipline of International Relations and the possi...
  • Robert Vitalis: White World Order, Black Power Politics Jan 31, 2016
    Robert Vitalis (2015), White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations Robert Vitalis's new book White World Order, Black Power Politics is worth the read and - I would say - for anyone not comfortably f...
  • IR and the Problem of Difference, Inayatullah and Blaney Jan 25, 2016
    International Relations and the Problem of Difference offers an insightful perspective on difference and the role it plays in sustaining dominant conceptualizations of sovereignty, economics, and International Relations (IR). Inayatullah...
  • Decolonizing International Relations Nov 24, 2013
    I’m still making my way through the last two chapters, but I felt like posting now. I’ll follow up with some more thoughts later. Krishna mentions Heidegger’s “idea of knowledge as the simultaneous act of disclosure/conceal...
  • Thinking IR Differently- audience receptivity and judgment Nov 17, 2013
    1. Introduction- Receptivity of audienceIn my undergrad feminist musicology class one day, the professor brought up studies done that showed reactions to European tradition women composers from the same time periods versus canonized male composers...
  • Thinking IR Differently--Security and the International Nov 17, 2013
    Before I get into the contributions in sections A and E, I'd like to add a bit to Willow's discussion of the introduction and the framework of the book. The introduction's discussion of the feedback on the previous volume, in which Inanna Hamati-...
  • Public Practice Nov 10, 2013
    Why "competent" practices?Like Duvall and Chowdhury, though perhaps for slightly different reasons, I question this. Maybe it's the word choice I dislike: 'competent' implies for me some sort of previously established 'rule' (and hence power) of w...
  • Rethinking Diplomacy: Iver Neumann (2012), At Home With the Diplomats... Nov 3, 2013
    I enjoyed reading this book. Please, consider the following assertion about the word diploma:  “a document…[that] had to be folded and kept in a wooden contraption that shielded it against the wind” (p 21), this is a ...
  • Week 9 – Rethinking War (Laura Sjoberg, Gendering Global Conflict) - Part 1 Oct 27, 2013
    Gendering Global Conflict, yet another book during the majority of which my reaction was, “Yes! Exactly!” I am particularly drawn to Sjoberg’s quote from Annick Wibben’s work: “the insistence on a singular narrative i...
  • Rethinking the World (part 1) Oct 21, 2013
    I buy a ton of what Onuf is saying (or perhaps more accurately, a ton of what I understand Onuf to be saying, which may be a decidedly smaller sample from the population *statistics! winky face*). Therefore, there are large swaths of this book tha...