Required to write a think piece (500-1,250 words) about their personal perspectives on global issues, using personal narratives (does your personal â€œstoryâ€ have an impact on how your see the world?). Students must also select an IR thinker, and through an understanding of their â€œstoryâ€ must decide whether their life â€œnarrativeâ€ may have influenced a specific idea/theory they developed or espoused. Students will be required at read ONE piece of academic work (at least 10 pages) written by the author.
Autobiographical Reflexivity: The Self and IR Thinkers
In critical approaches of IR, researchers have sought to contextualise their own writing, particularly when they want to illustrate their research methodology and how certain circumstances and social contexts have shaped their ideas.
The main question to guide your assignment is:do personal â€œstoriesâ€ and narratives (social context, perspectives, childhood, personal background, education, socio-economic background, interactions with individuals, etc.) have an impact on how one views the world, why or why not?
Students are required to:
- Write about their personal perspectives on global issues, using personal narratives (does your personal â€œstoryâ€ or a specific event in your life have an impact on how your â€œseeâ€ the world?);
- Select an IR thinker (see list below; if you have an IR thinker not listed, please see me or your TA for approval) and understand their personal â€œstoryâ€;
- Select and read a specific piece/section of academic work (at least 10 pages) written by the selected IR thinker;
- Write about the IR thinkerâ€™s personal narrative and whether it may have influenced a specific idea/theory they developed or espoused; and
- Students are encouraged to write about themselves and the IR thinker in a comparative manner, where possible
Length:500-1,250 words; use references as required
Some IR Thinkers
E. H. Carr
Post-Structuralism, Critical Approaches
R. B. J. Walker
James Der Derian
Marxist, Critical Theory
Andre Gunder Frank
Jean Bethke Elshtain
J. Ann Tickner
Gurminder Bhambra Historical Sociology
You may want to consult:Martin Griffiths, Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations(London: Routledge, 2007), E-book (Available online; York University library)
For further reading:
- Stephen Gill, Power and Resistance in the New World Order (New York: Palgrave, 2008), Chapter 1: â€œPersonal, Political and Intellectual Influencesâ€, pp. 1-10.
- Ilan Kapoor, â€˜Hyper-self-reï¬‚exive Development? Spivak on Representing the Third World â€˜Otherâ€™,â€™ Third World Quarterly, 25, 4, 2004.
- Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker, â€œAutoethnographic International Relations: Exploring the Self as a Source of Knowledgeâ€, Review of International Studies, 36, 3, 2010.
- Naeem Inayatullah and Elizabeth Dauphinee, Narrative Global Politics: Theory, History and the Personal in International Relations, 2016
- Theory Talks [http://www.theory-talks.org]