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‘Intimate Geopolitics and Global Inequalities: The pleasure and pain of border crossings’ – Professor V. Spike Peterson

Co-organised by the Critical Global Politics Cluster and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL). Professor V. Spike Peterson took part in an ‘in conversation’ event with Dr Aoileann Ní Mhurchú that eschewed the traditional lecture…

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Intimate Geopolitics Workshop, 03/11/2016-04/11/2016

‘Intimate Geopolitics’, a two day workshop organised by Aoileann Ní Mhurchú and Elena Barabantseva, brought together researchers from a wide array of disciplines to explore the links between ‘the intimate’ and ‘geopolitics’. Comprising three panels and a roundtable, the workshop…

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‘Privilege: The Secret Weapon of Right-Handed Scissors’

‘Privilege: The Secret Weapon of Right-Handed Scissors’ – V. Spike Peterson, 28.10.2016 As part of the Pankhurst lecture series, which aims to honour and continue Manchester’s radical political history, the University of Manchester was delighted to host Visiting Leverhulme Professor…

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‘Getting Intimate to Rethink International Relations’ workshop

The Critical Global Politics (CGP) Cluster in conjunction with the Global Political Economy (GPE) Cluster were delighted to host ‘Getting Intimate to Rethink International Relations’, a workshop organised around Visiting Leverhulme Professor V. Spike Peterson’s pioneering work on intimacy. Comprising…

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Why Leaving the Eu Doesn’t Matter

By Susannah O’Sullivan On Friday 24th June Britain saw a close to months of toxic campaigning on both sides of the referendum campaign as a majority of voters sanctioned an exit from the European Union. In many ways this vote…

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Who Will We Love with Our Bombs Today

by Susannah O’Sullivan Who most deserves our help today Mr. Cameron? Perhaps it is the migrants knocking at our door in Calais, desperate for a break after a long and arduous trip across Europe. No, they can have more police…

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A Practical Guide to Identifying and Challenging ‘Acadicking’ in International Relations

I attended a conference over the weekend in which Cynthia Enloe gave an excellent account of the purpose and uses of concepts in critical theory. Enloe contends that when people identify patterns within seemingly random and singular behaviours and practices,…

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Responding to the Politics of ‘the Best we can Hope for’

I joined twitter a few weeks ago because it’s what a young and supple academic is supposed to do. Within a week some messaged me to say, “I see you have put on weight.” I have yet to be told…

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If you’re not in we can’t win!

This Saturday at 8.30 pm I am imploring everyone to watch trite national lottery quiz show, In It to Win It. The quiz is hosted by Dale Winton, a man whose banality is matched only by his propensity to resemble…

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Roundtable: What is the future of Critical Global Politics?

To launch the Critical Global Politics Cluster (formerly the Post-structural and Critical Thought Cluster), a roundtable will be hosted, featuring: Nick Vaughan-Williams (University of Warwick), author of Beyond Biopolitical Border Security: Spatial Technologies of Power in Europe (Oxford University Press,…

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