Identity, Friendship, Loneliness and Cooperation in World Politics
- The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of identity, loneliness and friendship in IR, grounding students in constructivist and post-structuralist traditions of and contemporary international political theory and encouraging them to produce analysis within the framework of ontological security studies.
- able to conduct the research in the field of ontological security studies, nationalism, securitization of identity, sovereignty, transnationalism
- produces analysis within the framework of ontological security studies
- finds out the role of national identity in international relations
- Capable of defining research questions, setting aims and goals, defining the research object and subject, choosing research methods, and of evaluating the quality of research
- Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
- Introduction. The power of words: using discourse to study (reified?) identity in international politics (critiques of Alexander Wendt)
- Interpretivism, ‘reflectivism’ and ‘post-positivism’ in research of identity in international politics
- Identity and ontological security studies (OSS): current state of affairs in international political theory
- Sovereignty, sovereigntism(s) and ‘geopolitical loneliness’: from ‘politics of loneliness’ towards discussing anthropomorphism in OSS
- Gender, power, xenophobia, intersectionality and the politics of belonging.
- Theorizing emotions in world politics (‘aesthetic turn’ in IR)
- The symbolic and ‘the sublime object of the ideology’ (J.Lacan and psychoanalytical approach to the ‘ontology of the real’)
- From the critique of ideology to ‘cinematic geopolitics’ (S.Zizek, C.Weber and M.Shapiro)
- ‘Sounds of nationhood’ and ‘visualization of the nation\: ‘postdisciplinary studies’ of music, literature & art in world politics
- From solitude to friendship. Speaking of friendship in international relations: what is at stake?
- Written essay(1500-2000 words)
- Oral presentationPresentations on the topic of the class session will be held for about 10 minutes each week. Each student will present at least once.
- Class activity at seminars
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.2 * Class activity at seminars + 0.4 * Oral presentation + 0.4 * Written essay
- The Oxford handbook of international security edited by Alexandra Gheciu and William C. Wohlforth. (2018).
- Revisiting gendered states feminist imaginings of the state in international relations edited by Swati Parashar, J. Ann Tickner and Jacqui True. (2018).