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Workshop on “Teaching IR Globally”

Introduction

The “World International Studies Committee” (WISC) and the “Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study” (JIAS) will organize a Workshop on “Teaching IR Globally” from 22–25 January 2018. IR scholars from a variety of countries (see below for a complete list of countries) will discuss how “International Relations” (IR) as an academic discipline is and should be taught globally. Is or must IR teaching necessarily be biased towards a “national” perspective or is it possible (and if so how) to break free from a “methodological nationalism” in which so many academics in the social sciences and humanities seem to be trapped? If a “view from nowhere” is impossible, how should the discipline reflect on this (potentially) inevitable perspectivity?

WISC seeks to bring together academics globally to explore different aspect of international studies from a multitude of perspectives. This includes especially scholars from the Global South. With this goal in mind WISC has already funded a variety of so-called “Exploratory Workshops” in the Global South. Two international workshops for Early Career Researchers on the theme “World Order and Peace. International Politics in the 21st Century in a Global Perspective” will be co-sponsored in December 2017 and later in 2018. Collaboration with JIAS on the workshop “Teaching IR Globally” is part of this endeavor of reaching out beyond the Northern hemisphere.

Final List of Participants

  • Jacqueline De Matos Ala
  • Alexander Astrov
  • Navnita Behera
  • Siba Grovogui
  • Gunther Hellmann
  • Benjamin Herborth
  • Amy Niang
  • Meera Sabaratnam
  • Karen Smith
  • Arlene B. Tickner
  • Ole Weaver
  • Heloise Weber
  • Martin Weber
  • Peter Vale

 

Updated Version of the Program

(Sat, 20 Jan 2018)

Monday, 22 January 2018

Morning

Participants arrive

13:00 – 14:00

Light Lunch

14:15 – 15:30

Opening Session:

- Welcome (Peter Vale and Gunther Hellmann)

- Theme and Aim of the Workshop

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00

Workshop Session I: Delimiting the Subject Matter: ‘International Relations’

Speakers: Siba Grovogui, Meera Sabaratnam and Ole Wæver

19:00

Dinner at JIAS catered by "Lucky Bean"

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

7:30 – 8:45

Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30

Workshop Session II: ‘Introducing’ IR at BA Level – Theory and Subject Matter

Speakers: Jacqui Ala, Navnita Behera, Gunther Hellmann

10:30 – 11:00   

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Workshop Session III: Teaching/ Introducing IR at MA level

Speakers: Alexander Astrov, Amy Niang, Karen Smith

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 18:00

Excursion to Apartheid Musuem

19:00

Dinner at “Dosa Hut”

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

7:30 – 08:45

Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30

Workshop Session IV: Special Themes at MA Level

Speakers: Arlene Tickner, Heloise Weber

10:30 – 11:00   

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Workshop Session V: Research Design, Methods and Didactics

Speakers: Benjamin Herborth, Martin Weber

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 18:30

Excursion to Soweto

19:00

Dinner Johannesburg Country Club

Thursday, 25 January 2018

7:30 – 08:45

Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30

Workshop Session VI: IR, ‘Science’, Epistemology and all that

Speakers: Everybody – Key Question: (How) Should we relate in terms of teaching?

10:30 – 11:00   

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Workshop Concluding Session

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

Afternoon

Free Time / Participants prepare for departure