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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Events



PIR Distinguished Scholar Series

In collaboration with subject areas across the School of Social and Political Science, PIR launched a series of events to celebrate, discuss and examine the work of scholars that have a significant impact on our students’ curriculum and on wider academic life. As part of this series, PIR holds a student and staff vote to decide which scholar to celebrate for the year, followed by events about an author’s key work that year which culminates in a keynote event with the scholar. This has become known as the PIR Distinguished Scholar Series.

The aim of this campaign is demonstrate the ubiquity of an author’s work, and to challenge disciplinary boundaries in academia. We want to show that academic research has the potential not only to develop our understanding of one part of a sub-discipline, but could have an effect and repercussions for a range of debates in the social sciences and beyond. In undertaking this annual series, we also want to engage students in a wide-ranging set of stimulating debates and discussions with academic research and staff more generally. We want to demonstrate that the skills gained in one course can be used in a variety of other settings.

Now going into its third year, the DSS has celebrated the work of the following:

  • In 2017-18, Professor Joan W. Scott (Princeton)
  • In 2018-19, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw (Columbia)

This year we are excited to welcome Professor Cynthia Enloe (Clark University)