Queen Mary's, University of London
PhD Convenor - Patrick Hughes
Queen's University Belfast
The Poststructural Politics Working Group (PPWG) brings together researchers who take inspiration from the wide variety of poststructural approaches to International Relations. Through its constitutive openness, poststructuralism offers a radically different perspective on key questions in International Relations, challenging taken-for-granted understandings of the location of the international, and highlighting the many ways in the which the political is produced and performed.
As researchers we want to interrogate how meaning is generated, scrutinise the consequences of this, and show how deeply problematic attempts at closure are. The areas of thinking, having evolved over the past decades, are around:
- Analytical questions (focussing on discourse, relationality and difference, for example);Politico-ethical questions (asking about limits and violence, representations and truth claims, amongst other questions);
- Political activities or engaged questions (to do with resistance, gender, de-colonial thinking, acting and challenging, making, materiality and performativity, to name but a few);
- Methodological questions (inspired by wanting to understand the production of knowledge, wanting to be able to hold tensions or wanting to destabilise certainties).
Poststructuralism is a broad and diverse field of inquiry, with a common ethos of affirmative critique, which we seek to foster, facilitate and promote. As a working group we are particularly interested in developing, supporting and disseminating research which engages freely and creatively with poststructural approaches, making them relevant to the pressing analytical, political, ethical and methodological challenges of our time.