In this month’s podcast I’m joined Dalia Gebrial from Rhodes Must Fall Oxford and two stalwarts of TDOT, Meera and Robbie, to discuss ‘Decolonising the Academy’. We take a look at the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and its implications for understanding the relationship between higher education, coloniality and ‘race’. We also ask why is my curriculum white? What can be done change the way in which knowledge is produced and taught in universities? Finally, we explore how decolonising the academy might relate to anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles taking place outside of the university.
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The fourth of our monthly podcasts, turning our attention with ever greater political precision to Corbynmania, Jacorbynism, #JezWeCan, or however you prefer to characterise the arrival of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the UK Labour Party. Since before his victory, Corbyn has been stalked by, and occasionally celebrated for, his views on international politics, from the crisis in Ukraine and associated Great Power rivalries to his views on Hamas and from the (non-)renewal of Trident to the UK’s future role in NATO. David Cameron, for one, has attempted to securitise Corbyn, repeatedly arguing that “the Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security”.
And so we ask: what is a leftist foreign policy? Is such a thing even possible? Should the left, in whatever form, be seeking to capture, remake or resist foreign policy? What do the wishlist strands of a left foreign policy look like? Lee, Meera and I are herded into some kind of order by Kerem, and joined by Chris Emery of the University of Plymouth. author of US Policy in Iran: The Cold War Dynamics of Engagement and Strategic Alliance 1978-81 and this post on the history of covert action in Iran.
As ever, consume, cogitate, argue, and share, share, share. Past and future casts are available on soundcloud.
Further resources, including articles discussed in the podcast:
This month, I step into the role of host for our third ever podcast, on the topic of the arms trade, ways of thinking about it, and the various forms of opposition to it. Helping us make sense of all that are Chris Rossdale of the University of Warwick and Anna Stavrianakis of the University of Sussex. Chris is a participant observer of anti-militarist social movements and the author of numerous pieces on the politics of protest, as well as this post for us on political solidarity. Anna is the author of many pieces on the arms trade and militarism, including Taking Aim at the Arms Trade: NGOs, Global Civil Society, and the World Military Order (Zed, 2010).
The immediate context for our discussion is a whole series of protests against the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Exhibit, due to take place next week in London. One part of that was an academic ‘Conference at the Gates’ earlier today at the ExCeL Centre, and it is on the notion of activist academia that we begin the conversation.
As ever, consume, cogitate, share, discuss and share again. You can also follow past and future casts on soundcloud.
Further resources, including articles discussed in the podcast:
- Stop the Arms Fair
- Lara Montesinos Coleman (2015) ‘Ethnography, Commitment, and Critique: Departing from Activist Scholarship’, International Political Sociology, 9(3)
- Richard Perkins and Eric Neumayer (2010) ‘The Organized Hypocrisy of Ethical Foreign Policy: Human Rights, Democracy and Western Arms Sales’, Geoforum, 41(2)
- Susanne Therese Hansen and Nicholas Marsh (2015) ‘Normative Power and Organised Hypocrisy: European Union Member States’ Arms Exports to Libya’, European Security, 24(2)
- Emma Mayhew (2005) ‘A Dead Giveaway: A Critical Analysis of New Labour’s Rationales for Supporting Military Exports’, Contemporary Security Policy, 26(1)
- Anna Stavrianakis (2006) ‘Call to Arms: The University as a Site of Militarised Capitalism and a Site of Struggle’, Millennium, 35(1)
In this month’s podcast, I’m joined by Kamran Matin and Fred Weber to discuss recent events in Turkey. We cover the apparent sea change in the AKP’s foreign and domestic policy in the aftermath of the 7th June elections. We also unravel the intricacies of Kurdish politics and examine the contradictory interests of NATO. In short, we ask: what the hell is going on in Turkey and what are the implications of Turkey’s actions for the geopolitics of the Middle East?
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Broadcasting from the bowels of disorder, The Dissonance of Things is a new monthly podcast bringing you interviews, discussions and programmes on international relations, political theory, radical and subaltern politics, cultural analysis, and the academy (ivory and otherwise). Casts will be collected for your convenience in a dedicated page (see the menu bar above), or under this category.
In this inaugural cast, Meera, Nivi, Pablo and Maia Pal (who you may remember from this guest post) join host Kerem to discuss sexism in academia – from the everyday to the institutional – and what can be done about it. Building on a number of disciplinary and extra-disciplinary interventions (from the ‘everyday sexism’ panel at ISA 2015 to the global surge of interest in our colleague Saara Särmä’s ‘All Male Panels’ tumblr), we hope this forms part of the ongoing discussion on sexism in academia. So please do carry on the conversation in the comments section below. We promise to read below the line (offenders will be disemvowelled).
Further reading, including articles and websites mentioned in the cast:
- Everyday Power and Privilege in IR
- All Male Panels
- What Is It Like To Be A Woman in Philosophy
- Pluralist’s Guide to Philosophy: ‘Climate for Women’
- Sexual Harassment in Political Science and International Studies
- We Need to Talk About Sexism in Academia
- New Guidelines to Reduce Unconscious Hiring Bias
- Emma Foster et al. (2012) ‘The Personal is Not Political: At Least in the UK’s Top Politics and IR Departments’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 15 (4)
- Daniel Maliniak, Ryan Powers and Barbara F. Walter (2013) ‘The Gender Citation Gap in International Relations’, International Organization, 67 (4)
- Heather Savigny (2014) ‘Women, Know Your Limits: Cultural Sexism in Academia’, Gender and Education, 26 (7)
- Raluca Soreanu and David Hudson (2008) ‘Feminist Scholarship and the Politics of Disciplinary Emotion’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 37 (1)