EVENT – The Meanings of Internationalism: Perspectives from the History of Radical Political Thought (June 10 2022)

About this event

What do we mean when we talk about internationalism? In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, both mainstream and left-wing discourses have brought the question of internationalism to the fore. Yet, as rifts within the left around the NATO/Russia question have deepened, the meaning of internationalism has also shown itself to be nebulous. Internationalism often takes the form of an exhortation to think or act beyond the border or boundary, but its political content remains underdetermined. This roundtable delves into the histories of internationalism, in political thought and in political struggle, in order to help clarify its stakes and possibilities in the present.

Bringing together speakers from across international studies and the history of political thought, the symposium will interrogate the complex and contradictory histories of internationalism in different regions and movements across the twentieth century, asking such questions as: Have practices of internationalism and theories of imperialism always been reliant on one another? What role have the nation, nationalism, or national self-determination played in internationalist struggles? What challenges and limits did internationalist movements encounter – and what legacies and problems do they leave us with today?

Speakers: Maria Chehonadskih (Central Saint Martins), Dilar Dirik (Oxford), Layli Uddin (Queen Mary), Musab Younis (Queen Mary)

Chair: Lukas Slothuus (LSE) with Miri Davidson (Queen Mary)

Organised by Radical International Theory Research Group (Alexander Stoffel, Felix DelCampo, Timor Landherr and Miri Davidson) and Millennium: Journal of International Studies, with the generous sponsorship of the Leverhulme Trust.

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