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interpretive explanation

December 8th, 2016 | Posted by ptj in ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

Audio (and slides) from a talk entitled “Interpretive Explanation” delivered to the Group on International Theory, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, on 2 December 2016. Work in progress; the usual disclaimers apply.

Finland PhD presentation

October 15th, 2015 | Posted by ptj in ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

Audio (and slides, here) from a talk delivered at the University of Tampere, Finland, 9 October 2015. The audience was PhD students and faculty, thinking through the question of knowledge in international studies.

This isn’t actually the title I gave for the talk at the time, and this isn’t the first time I gave the talk — I had given previous versions of it at Oxford and Aberystwyth over the past week too. but I think this is the best version, and I also think that this title captures much better what I am actually talking about. So it will probably be the title of the article or chapter I end up writing. Eventually. In the meantime, here are some slides, and here’s the audio of the talk.

BISA/ISA 2012 — fear of relativism

September 30th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

Recording of my remarks on a panel on pluralism and diversity in international studies, BISA/ISA joint meeting, Edinburgh, 20 June 2012. A written version of these remarks, featuring the addition of a Star Wars-themed example, appeared here, and I suspect that there will be another version someplace else before too long.

Better late than never! My discussant comments for a panel on Aesthetics and Politics, Edinburgh BISA/ISA joint meeting, 20 June 2012. I touch on some methodological issues that might be intriguing for those doing work in this area.

SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 13

May 3rd, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The final podcast lecture in my Spring 2012 SIS-301 “Theories of International Politics” class — and the last podcast of the last time I will teach this class for a while, since I become Associate Dean in a couple of months ad that’s a full-time administrative gig. So, perhaps fitting that the topic of this last podcast lecture is Naeem Inayatullah and David Blaney’s radical reexamination of IR as an enterprise, which raises some fundamental questions about the purpose of IR theory and IR scholarship. Is it science? Is it philosophy? Does it matter? Questions to ponder.


SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 12

April 19th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The twelfth lecture in the series: theory and methodology, or, why we have to know something about methodology in order to figure out what is actually going on in a piece of theory.


SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 11

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The eleventh in the ongoing series. This week, relational theory: boundary processes and sovereign practices, especially the formation of identities.


Audio of my remarks at the panel “Telling the Tale of Constructivism” at ISA 2012. An edited version of the text I spoke from and around will soon be a blog post over at Duck of Minerva.

Unfortunately this recording only contains my discussant comments, and neither of the musical performances by two of the panelists. Nor does it contain my singing of a verse of The Doors’ “The End” to close out the festivities. Guess you had to be there.