EVENT – GPU In Conversation – Film Mosaic: Leave No One Behind. Zaatari Village, Jordan.

Film Screening and Discussion

You are warmly invited to GPU’s second ‘in-conversation’ event.

Join us for the London-debut screening of

Film Mosaic: Leave No One Behind. Zaatari Village, Jordan.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on urban refugees, humanitarian architecture and creative methods.

When: Wednesday 8 February, 6pm

Where: Hitchcock Theatre, Arts One, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London.

To be followed by a drinks reception in Arts One Foyer.


Aya Musmar (Petra University/UCL)

Olivia Mason (Newcastle University)

Omar Jabary-Salamanca (University of Brussels)

Hannah Owens (QMUL)

Acting for Change International – a local organisation based in Zaatari Village – produced four mini documentary-style films which speak to the theme of ‘Leave No One Behind’. The films focus on Zaatari Village, a rural host community adjacent to Zaatari refugee camp and the Syrian border. The Film Mosaic is an opportunity to explore how refugee governance is reflected in the ways residents design and build homes, streets, neighbourhoods, and their environment. Urban refugee issues intertwine with larger socio-economic injustices, including systemic gender discrimination, structural racism, and inequality based on mobility. The films were screened in October during the opening week of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival: Global Film Competition.


The Leave No One Behind Agenda is the central, transforming promise in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It represents the unequivocal commitment of all UN Member States to eradicate poverty in all its forms, end discrimination and exclusion, and reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities that undermine the potential of humans and other living beings. The Film Mosaic aims at documenting solutions to these forms of discrimination, creating an understanding of the diversity of the reality in which the LNOB agenda must be resolved. This includes generating new knowledge and insight about sustainable cities, residential areas, buildings, building materials, infrastructure, and other urban practices that promote the fight against inequality.

*Sponsored by Global Politics Unbound and QMUL Impact


Material Crimes, Surviving Society’s podcast – which GPU proudly co-sponsored the launch earlier this year – is finally out (6 December 2022).

“How can infrastructure be criminal? How does a mine, an electricity grid, a prison or a factory, become a perpetrator of violence, insecurity and threat? Material Crimes tries to answer these questions. Each episode investigates a different, discrete piece of infrastructure, tracing its global – often colonial – connections across time and space. They show us how the physical sites of everyday life are intimately linked to networks of private and public actors that inflict violence on spaces and communities often living on the margins. The series also shines a spotlight on the movements people have built to reveal and challenge the infrastructural crimes that harm them.”

The podcast will have a weekly release (every Tuesday), which you can listen to on Spotify (and other platforms) via Linktree:


The link to Material Crimes website is here: https://materialcrimes.com/


GPU is proud to co-sponsor Dr Holly Ryans’ Lines: Making Friends; Crossing Borders exhibition, which will happen throughout February 2023 at the Bloc (Arts One, ground floor).

There will be a launch event and private viewing at 5 pm on 31st January 2023, an event that will be chaired by fellow GPU member Dr Sharri Plonski.

Please find below the registration link for the event:


BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize Winner – Hannah Owens

GPU is proud to see that fellow GPU member Hannah Owens has won the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference Student Paper Prize! Our winner will be mentored through a review process at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (BJMES) by a senior member of the BRISMES academic community. Hannah will have the opportunity of skipping the desk review process and have her paper directly submitted to external reviewers for the final decision about publication.

Channelling (in)security: Governing movement and ordinary life in ‘imagined’ geographies

Hannah Owens’ paper, Channelling (in)security: Governing movement and ordinary life in ‘imagined’ geographies, explores human mobility and security in the Mafraq Governorate (Jordan), interrogating the meaning of space in Amman, Zaatari village, and the road between the two. The paper contributes to critical and vernacular security studies, exploring rural people’s memories and accounts of the encounter with the state apparatus and its security infrastructures. Weaving ethnographic observations, fieldnotes and theoretical references, Owens offers a dense ethnographic engagement with the hierarchies that govern racialised and gendered bodies, and their differential ability to move and navigate space and territory.

More about the Student Paper Prize here: https://www.brismes.ac.uk/awards/brismes-conference-student-paper-prize


Global Politics Unbound would like to invite you to attend their launch on Wednesday, 19 October 2022, from 5 – 9 pm in the 7th Floor Common Room, Graduate Centre, Mile End.

Global Politics Unbound is a research group within Queen Mary University of London’s School of Politics and International Relations. It invites research on the uneven and entangled nature of international politics, the continuities and frictions of colonial and capitalist relations, the raced, classed and gendered structures that undergird our everyday practices, and the different struggles and actors that seek to transform them. Overall, the idea behind our collective work is to see the world as connected, and to explore what that means to the study of global politics.

On the night, we will be serving delicious nibbles, wine and soft drinks. We will also be running a photo competition showcasing your research through pictures, photos, or any image that best represents your current work. There are four prizes from Pages of Hackney to be won. Please send any images which you would be happy for us to share to spir-global-politics-unbound@qmul.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,

Global Politics Unbound

Email: spir-global-politics-unbound@qmul.ac.uk


GPU is proud to co-sponsor the launch of Material Crimes, a podcast produced in collaboration with Surviving Society.

Come and celebrate the launch of Material Crimes, a podcast produced in collaboration with Surviving Society! We’ll hear from the authors behind our season one episodes – Daniel Selwyn, Mor Cohen, Sharri Plonski, and Shereen Fernandez – who will discuss the relationship between infrastructure, capitalism, and colonialism with Surviving Society’s regular hosts, Chantelle Lewis and Tissot Regis and the rest of the creative team. Artworks made for the project by Frederick Kannemeyer will also be on display. There may even be a sneak preview of some of the episodes…….

We will also have some refreshments for everyone to enjoy.

The event will be held in the Brockway Room at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL, 6.30 – 9pm. The launch is free, but entry will be on a first come first served basis, so get there early! You can RSVP using this Eventbrite link. We look forward to seeing you there! 

CALL FOR PAPERS – Doing IPS, PhD Seminar Series 2022/23 (deadline 10 July 2022)

IPS is a collaborative intellectual project that seeks to challenge the fundamental oppositions within traditional theorising, such as that between politics and society, the individual and the collective, structure and agency, internal and external, international and national or local.

Into its 5th year, the ‘Doing IPS’ PhD Seminar Series introduces graduate students to research inspired by International Political Sociology’s (IPS) commitment to challenge methodological and conceptual assumptions in their research disciplines, and ask new questions about transdisciplinary modes of inquiry. In addition to address the need for doctoral candidates to have a forum dedicated to IPS, the series will strengthen the analysis and evaluation skills of early career researchers.

Key Information from the Organizers

  • We invite applications from doctoral students in any discipline across the social sciences and humanities.
  • A commitment to attend all seminars throughout the year as well as to participate actively in the discussions is expected from participants.
  • The Doing IPS Seminar series will take place in-person this year, hence priority will be given to participants who can commit to come in-person to the sessions. We understand travel will not always be possible, but we are seeking to, once again, foster a supportive and collegial environment, which is best facilitated by an in-person experience.
  • Please be aware that this is a forum for extensive and engaged discussion of your work; if you are planning on presenting near the time you will be submitting your thesis, please make us aware when you apply.
  • Limited travel and accommodation grants are available for participants based outside London (to be considered on a case-by-case basis).

Deadline is 10th of July 2022. All details about the application are enclosed in the brochure below:

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.

Register to the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-meanings-of-internationalism-an-evening-symposium-tickets-332768177577

Special Issue – The Reconfiguration of Twenty-First Century Latin American Regionalism: Actors, Processes, Contradictions, and Prospects

In this special issue of Globalizations, Rowan Lubbock and Ernesto Vivares (FLACSO-Ecuador) seek to unsettle the staid narratives about regional integration within mainstream scholarship, by offering a multi-dimensional perspective on the making of regional spaces from above and below. Covering a range of contemporary regional institutions in Latin America (MERCOSUR, Pacific Alliance, ALBA-TCP, and UNSASUR), as well as regionalisms from below (indigenous/peasant regionalism), the SI aims to bring a more holistic understanding to an ever-expanding area of scholarship on both sides of the Atlantic.

The special issue is available in its entirety at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rglo20/current.

The Trans Allegory and International Studies: A Conversation with Professor Emma Heaney

How has the figure of the trans feminine shaped contemporary scholarship in the field of mobility, migration, and transnational politics? In recent years, numerous scholars have turned to trans theory as a source of inspiration to rethink foundational assumptions, concepts, and narratives within international studies. This new trend raises critical questions about the purpose, methods, ethics, and political implications of knowledge production that draws on the lives of transgender people. To discuss the treatment of transgender people within international studies, Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars Alexander Stoffel and Ida Birkvad are joined by Emma Heaney, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at William Paterson University.