Queer Intellectual Curiosity as IR Method
- Queer Intellectual Curiosity as IR Method: Developing a Queer IR Theoretical and Methodological Framework
- Speaker: Professor Cynthia Weber # University of Sussex; Hosted by: Dr Xavier Guillaume # University of Edinburgh
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- Date and Time
- 9th Feb 2015 17:00 - 9th Feb 2015 18:30
- Meadows Lecture Theatre, Medical School, Teviot Place
On the occasion of Cynthia Weber’s presence at the University of Edinburgh for Darcy Leigh’s viva, it is we great pleasure we invite you to join us for an open lecture with Professor Cynthia Weber.
Queer Intellectual Curiosity as IR Method: Developing a Queer IR Theoretical and Methodological Framework.
Cindy will discuss a paper which outlines a theoretical and methodological approach that takes a queer intellectual curiosity about figurations of ‘homosexuality’ and ‘the homosexual’ as its methodological core to offer one way to conduct IR research. A queer intellectual curiosity – akin to Cynthia Enloe’s feminist curiosity (Enloe, 2004) – is a method that refuses to take for granted the personal-to-international institutional arrangements, structures of understanding and practical orientations that figure historically and geopolitically specific understandings of ‘homosexuality’ and ‘the homosexual’. By investigating how these figurations powerfully attach and detach to/from material bodies and are powerfully mobilize in international politics, this approach challenges the common assumption that (homo)sexuality is trivial in international politics.