This project explores the nature of critique and, more precisely, the current position of academic critique in relation to its manifestation in other social spheres. The intuition behind the project is that it is possible to conceive of self-declared ‘critical’ approaches to exploring social phenomena as now ‘following’ rather than ‘leading’ the critique of social life. This raises troubling questions as to whether or not such approaches are indeed truly ‘critical’ in any meaningful way and how critical approaches in academia require to reinvent their ways of ‘doing’ critique.
The project has produced the following outputs so far:
∴ A special issue of the leading journal Security Dialogue entitled Doing and Mediating Critique, co-edited with my colleagues Rocco Bellanova (PRIO) and Mareile Kaufmann (University of Oslo). See the call for papers here.
∴ A forthcoming edited volume and special issue entitled ‘Post-Critical IR’ to be prepared at a workshop held in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for the Resolution of Conflicts (CRIC) in 2018. Participants include Claudia Aradau, Jef Huysmans, Anna Leander, Michael C. Williams, Vincent Pouliot, Marieke De Goede, Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Keith Krause, Christian Bueger, Ole Waever, Audra Mitchell, and others.
∴ A panel entitled Hierarchies and Symmetries of Critique to be held at the 2017 International Studies Association meeting and including leading scholars in the field like Claudia Aradau, Mark Salter, Keith Krause, Frank Gadinger, and Anna Leander.
∴ A panel entitled Critical and Problem-Solving Theories of Change in World Politics to be held at the 2017 International Studies Association meeting and including leading scholars in the field like Keith Krause, Stefano Guzzini, and Matt McDonald.
∴ A panel entitled Hierarchies and Symmetries of Critique to be held at the 2017 European International Studies Association meeting in Barcelona and including leading scholars in the field like Jef Huysmans, Mark Salter, Rebecca Adler-Nissen, and Keith Krause.