Objects of Expertise: The Politics of Socio-Material Expert Knowledge in International Relations
This panel invites papers that empirically or theoretically inquire into the ways in which expertise is inseparably linked to objects. Expertise – specialized knowledge that has gained authority by peers and that is accepted by members of the larger public – has been theorized as key source for governance authority. Objects of expertise include IO indicators for measuring poverty or surveys for practices of comparison; scientists use computer-based modelling for studying climate change; deliberation professionals mobilize standardized handbooks and guidelines that carry instructions for participatory events; official documents are instrumental for rule of law promotion. As these examples indicate, objects have a socio-material component. Objects’ matter can be solid, fluid, or digital. Bodies and instruments, databases and power points are involved when producing, as well as performing expertise. In all of these instances, objects play a decisive role in creating specialized knowledge as well as in convincing peers and larger publics of the expert authority of institutions. The aim of the panel is to inquire into a set of questions, among them: What are the functions and roles of objects of expertise in world politics? Who designs these objects and what are the politics of their creation? What do objects of expertise unveil and what do they black-box? How do objects contribute to create as well as to disturb existing order? How and why do political actors delegate decisions to objects of expertise?
Paper Vorschläge bitte bis zum 30.10.2019 an alejandro.esguerrauni-bielefeldde. Die einzelnen Beiträge sollen neben Titel, einem 150-250 Wörter langen Abstract und 5 Keywords auch die kompletten Kontaktdaten aller AutorInnen (Name, Adresse und Email) enthalten. Beiträge können in deutscher oder in englischer Sprache verfasst und vorgetragen werden.
Deadline für das Einreichen von Abstracts ist der 9. August 2019. Der Workshop selber findet am 13./14. November in Heidelberg statt
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Section 12, Doing International Political Sociology: Fracturing Concepts; Transversal Connecting
This section explores concepts and methods of international political sociology that challenge disciplinary imperatives of integrating fragments of life into world orders. International Relations as a social science creates analytical dispositions that pull research into saying something about planetary, global, world, or international orders and histories. Despite an intensified interest in the situated, the everyday, the event, and the local in international political sociology, gaining IR credentials still often requires that these analyses have something to say about big orders, grand transformations and world histories. International political sociology is a site of exploring concepts and approaches that fracture these pulls towards the ‘big’. It does so by inviting conceptual and methodological inventing aimed at replacing sociologies of order with sociologies of transversal connecting. The contributions to this section develop concepts and methods for creating non-integrative understandings of connecting in contemporary politics with the express intention to dilute the disciplinary grip of world order and world historical thought on IR as a social science. Among the conceptual and theoretical devices around which papers and panels can be organised are: primacy of movement, atmosphere, time as becoming, non-scaler connecting, multiplicity, post-critique, non-dialectic politics, …
Call for Papers for the 6th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Kraków, 26–29 June 2019
Convenors: John A. Berten (Bielefeld University/ BIGSSS, University of Bremen; firstname.lastname@example.org) & Dr Matthias Kranke (University of Warwick; email@example.com).
The workshop addresses the lack of forward-looking research in studies of international organisations (IOs, understood as inter-governmental organisations) by developing and empirically exploring the concept of ‘anticipatory global governance’. As a starting point, we draw on constructivist and performative perspectives that see political futures as created and continuously enacted through the activities of IO staff and their governance technologies. IOs directly partake in negotiations over political futures by crafting a range of instruments to make the future knowable and amenable to purposive interventions. To clarify how anticipatory global governance works and what roles IOs assume in it, we wish to engage three broader sets of questions: 1) What are the institutional functions of anticipatory global governance by IOs? Why do IOs develop certain anticipatory practices and utilise certain instruments (agenda-setting, problematisation, justification, legitimation, etc.)? To what extent are these practices and instruments responses to internal imperatives or external pressures? 2) What are the organisational dynamics of anticipatory global governance by IOs? How do IOs make the future (or futures) knowable and governable? Which futures are deemed unknowable and ungovernable, and why? How do specific practices and instruments create empirical evidence about or imaginations of potential futures? 3) What are the political effects of anticipatory global governance by IOs? How does anticipatory global governance shift political discourses, as well as affect domestic and transnational policymaking? To what extent does anticipatory governance entail shifts in power relations and authority? Papers should address one or several of these questions, and can examine various IOs, diverse transnational issue areas and various types of instruments, including estimates, simulations, scenarios (‘war games’), big data and algorithms. We are especially interested in contributions that investigate lesser-known IOs. The workshop is intended to yield a special issue in a suitable peer-reviewed journal.