Discussant comments made during the book launch and discussion for Barry Buzan and Amitav Acharya’s edited book Non-Western International Relations Theory, American University, 3 May 2010. Both editors made remarks before my comments, but as usual I didn’t record those since I didn’t have their permission to do so.
I was fortunate enough to be part of a panel on “Geopolitics and Empire” as part of Virginia Tech’s one-day conference “GEOPOL 2010” earlier today. Panelists had what we might call an “academic 10 minutes” (which comes in closer to 15 minutes) to make some remarks on the topic; here’s what I had to say, building on some of my stuff on the legitimation of US foreign policy through the strategic deployment of various commonplaces of “civilization”/”civilizations.”
Shorter book talk, delivered as part of the University of Florida’s workshop on “Epistemology and Method in International Relations.” Not crazy about the workshop title — none of the participants were! — but it was a wonderful workshop all the same.
The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations, round two: a talk delivered at Lehigh University on 24 February 2010, to an audience mainly consisting of undergraduate students. Basically the same slides as the USC talk, but different audiences produce different emphases and an overall distinctive tone.
Here are my comments from the (in)famous Battlestar Galactica panel from ISA 2010 in New Orleans. The paper in question is still rather rough, but I’m happy with the overall shape it’s taking.
My somewhat elliptical discussant comments from a panel entitled “What Language(s) Do You Speak? Knowledge, Networks and the Sociology of IR,” from the 2010 ISA conference in New Orleans.
Here is the live performance of my not-a-classic-of-philosophical-drama dialogue “Two Philosophers Shoveling Snow,” an earlier version of which was posted over at The Duck a few days ago. The attached file is the slides from which Benjamin Herborth and I read the dialogue during a roundtable on critical realism at the 2010 ISA annual meeting. I took the part of “Roy” the critical realist, and gave Benjamin the part of “Will” the pragmatist — and he started his subsequent presentation by announcing that he was not Will. Obviously I’m not Roy, either.
Here’s a talk on my new book “The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations” — scheduled for release this summer — that I gave at the University of Southern California, 25 January 2010. Watch this space for more book talks over the next few months.
Here is part two of my presentation and the 2009 NSF Workshop on Interpretive Methodologies in Political Science. The workshop — held in Toronto, Canada, conveniently just prior to the APSA annual meeting in that city — was on interpretive political science; my presentation was on philosophy of science, research methodology, and such things. Based on my forthcoming book, of course, but a slightly different mix of the same themes I’ve played with in other performances archived here on the site.