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Here is part one 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.

Here’s the talk I delivered yesterday at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. This is a remix of the civilizations talk I have previously given at GW and Rutgers; this version/performance is more about the configuration of social-scientific disciplinary knowledge than previous versions was, because that’s where my brain is at the moment.

Here’s another rendition of the philosophy of science book talk; this one was delivered 9 March 2009 at Johns Hopkins University. I think this version has a bit too much set-up and not enough punchline, but it did serve to spark a great post-presentation discussion, so I consider it a success.

This may have been one of those talks that was more useful for me to give than for anyone else to listen to — the “poetry” comment and brief riff that occurs at about 18:04 and runs for about thirty seconds, for example, was literally an instance of me thinking out loud, and in the ensuing discussion I basically took that whole point back and replaced it with the notion that the thing that distiguishes science from poetry is the notion that science proceeds by replacing an existing account with another that is by some standard a superior account: “progress,” broadly understood, and not necessarily asymptotically approaching some definitive and final account of The World As A Whole As It Really Is In Itself. All of that will end up in the final chapter, so it was very useful for me to go through it, but again, I’m not sure how useful it is for everyone else. Caveat downloader.

This is a second version of my “requiem for Samuel P. Huntington” talk/presentation. In this version given at the Elliott School at George Washington University on 5 March — the slides have been remixed from the Rutgers version of the talk — I emphasized more strongly the vision of an agonistic social science dedicated to value-clarification. As before I use Huntington’s account of civilizations as a jumping-off point.

Here’s the audio of my comments at the ISA meeting in New York City, February 2009, on a roundtable called “Complexity Science Meets the Relational Turn in World Politics.” Just mp3 audio this time — no slides or video. Maybe next year I’ll start videoing my conference performances — then again, maybe not.

Here’s a recording of a talk I gave earlier today at Rutgers. It’s about civilizational analysis, and the late Samuel P. Huntington, and a few other things too — including some remarks on the purpose of social science. A little sprawling, but I think it holds together.

autism talk

November 4th, 2008 | Posted by ptj in ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

Here’s a presentation I gave to a course in our MA program in Special Education. The topic: autism. My qualifications: my autistic son, and my having read a lot of stuff. Caveat auditor: I’m not an autism expert, but I do know a thing or three (and unlike certain presidential candidates, I don’t confuse autism and Down’s Syndrome).

Here’s a recording of the introductory comments I made at an SIS-American University faculty-PhD student reading group in which we discuss recent IR articles. This session was on Richard Price’s “Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics,” International Organization 62:2 (2008). This is audio only, but it’s in mp4 format; should play fine in iTunes.

Delaware talk

October 24th, 2008 | Posted by ptj in ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

Here’s an audio-and-slides (.m4a) recording of a talk on my philosophy of science book (in progress), delivered at the University of Delaware on 22 October 2008.


October 7th, 2008 | Posted by ptj in ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

Here’s a presentation — audio and slides — I delivered yesterday at Georgetown University as part of a Ph.D. seminar on political science as a vocation. It’s a .m4a file, so you’ll need to download and play it in QuickTime Player or iTunes.