Post-Critical IR? | Practicing Critique

The first Post-Critical IR? workshop took place in Copenhagen in March 2018. Over the next few weeks, a series of videos will be released from the workshop based on the presentations given by participants. This presentation is by Professor Keith Krause of the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and is titled ‘Practicing Critique: Fieldnotes and Reflections from the Diplomatic […]

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Post-Critical IR? | Critics and Conservatives

The first Post-Critical IR? workshop took place in Copenhagen in March 2018. Over the next few weeks, a series of videos will be released from the workshop based on the presentations given by participants. The series begins with Jean-Francois Drolet and Michael C. Williams discussing ‘Conservatives and Critics.’ This is a provocative meditation on the ways on […]

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Lecture | Institute for International Relations Prague

In May 2018 I visited the Institute for International Relations (IIR), Prague, and participated in a series events, beginning with a lecture entitled A Portrait of the Syrian Torture that was given to an audience of students, diplomats, and other professionals. During my time in Prague, I also presented my work on violence prevention at the Institute’s […]

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Publication | A Parasitic Critique for IR

My latest publication entitled A Parasitic Critique for IR is now forthcoming at the International Political Sociology (IPS). The paper explores the state of critique in contemporary social science, suggests weaknesses in its rhetorical formulation, and draws on field experience to suggest an alternative ‘parasitic’ and ‘compositional’ form of critique. Abstract This paper introduces the concept of a ‘parasitic […]

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World Political Compositions

World Political Compositions Making Sense of the International Visit:! WORKSHOP Announcement Convenors: Jonathan Luke Austin (Graduate Institute, Geneva) Anna Leander (Graduate Institute, Geneva; PUC-Rio) Deadline: 20.03.2018 Submit: How do we make visceral, real, and lived sense of the International? The World Political Compositions project draws together contributions around the concept of composition, in the aesthetic sense of […]

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Post-Critical IR? | Call for Papers

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EISA 2018 Prague | Call for Papers & Panels

Jonathan Luke Austin (Graduate Institute, Geneva)
Anna Leander (CBS, Copenhagen, PUC-Rio, IHEID)

Deadline: 01.02.2018

Many students of IR want to change the world. And this is particularly true for those who take a ‘critical’ approach to the field. There is too much bad in the world. And too little knowledge of how to stop it. Nonetheless, there are few sustained reflections on how critical scholars might change the world. Few texts explicitly connecting the critical promise into critical action; on converting critical theory into praxis or critical problem-solving. Post-Critical IR seeks contributions that do just that.

The section grounds itself by following other fields with strong critical traditions – feminism, postcolonial theory, etc. – in calling for an interrogative ‘post-critical’ turn in IR that asks not what comes after but what might come with critique for it to be more effective in its daily praxis. The prefix post is used here with the same inflection post-colonial scholars give it: not to suggest we are beyond critique (or colonialism, structural oppression, etc.) but that we have reached a situation in which something markedly novel must be added to critique and that discovering this ‘something’ requires sustained theoretical, methodological, and empirical reflection within IR.

In particular, we invite three types of contributions to this section:

● Theories of post-critique within IR.
What theoretical coordinates might orient a ‘post-critical’ stance towards studying world politics? How can we learn from other fields here? What would it mean to think post-critically about the world?

● Fractures underlying the status of critique within IR.
What is undermining the status of critical approaches to the social sciences? Socially, politically, and intellectually? To what degree are critical IR scholars themselves self-implicated in this demise? And how can they reverse it?

● Practices of post-critique within IR.
What might we do – practically speaking – differently by embracing the horizons of a post-critical IR? How might our scholarly practices shift? How might our engagement with the world change?

Contributors are asked to be creative in interpreting these three possible themes as they wish, and in intertwining them as far as is possible. We invite both full panel and individual paper submissions for the section. Any queries should be directed at and further details are available at


University of Economics (VSE) and Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague
September 12-15, 2018
Conference Theme:
‘A New Hope’: Back to The Future of International Relations
Section Title:
Post-Critical IR? Hope for Changing the World Political (S38)
Closing date for submissions:
February 1, 2018


Call for Papers | Doing Visual IR

Doing Visual IR European Workshops in International Studies  Deadline: 10/01/2018 Convenors: Jonathan Luke Austin (The Violence Prevention Initiative, Geneva. & The Graduate Institute, Geneva) Stephanie Perazzone (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) Keynotes: Professor Roland Bleiker, University of Queensland Professor Lene Hansen, University of Copenhagen Queries: Abstract: How do we see […]

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