GPU and the Teaching Team of POL334 Migration and the Politics of Belonging’
are excited to invite you to listen to a cluster of brilliant third year students showcasing the
written and visual work they developed as part of the module.

POL334 had two central objectives. The first was for students to rethink the politics behind the everyday production of myths and narratives on contemporary migration and mobility
The second, for them to bring attention to how their everyday lives have been shaped
through various mobilities, encounters and connections, eventually prompting a shift
away from fixed and sedentary imaginaries of home and belonging.

By showcasing some of the best written and visual work that came out of this
pedagogical experiment, we aim to start a conversation on the benefits and
Challenges of moving in and out the tick boxes of academic writing and
onto the politics involved in encouraging students to reflect on the self.

Francis Bancroft 2.40

5-7 pm

Original Artwork: Sarah Pereda Morilla

UPDATE – LINES EXHIBITION (co-sponsored by GPU) – Opening Hours

Following the successful launch of Dr Holly Eva Ryan’s exhibition LINES: Making Friends; Crossing Borders, the exhibition space will be open to walk-ins in February during the following slots:

  • 30th January week
    • Thursday: 10am-4pm
    • Friday: 10am-1pm
  • 6th February week
    • Monday, Tuesday: 10am-4pm
    • Wednesday: 10am-1pm
  • 13th & 20th February weeks
    • Monday: 10am-4pm
    • Friday: 10 am-1pm

You can visit LINES at other times by appointment.

Please email H.Ryan@qmul.ac.uk for booking and enquiries.

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


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:



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! 

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

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. 

CFP: ERCs’ Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Politics of the Middle East

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, 30th November 2021 at midnight GMT


This is a cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional seminar series which aims to bring together a diverse body of early career researchers (postdoctoral, PhD candidates, and advanced masters) working on the politics of the Middle East. It addresses the need for early career researchers studying this region to have a forum where they can: (1) present their work and receive feedback from peers and more senior academics in the field, (2) engage with contemporary research designs and theoretical debates, and (3) develop cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional relationships to facilitate further collaborations, particularly across geographic borders. More widely, the series will strengthen the regional knowledge and analytic skills of early career researchers.

Building on the success of last year, the 2022 Series seeks to recruit up to 20 presenters whose work makes original theoretical and empirical contributions to the production of knowledge on the politics of the Middle East. Although there are constraints on the number of presenters, we are keen to include as many participants as possible in the seminar series. Applicants not accepted as presenters will be invited to participate as members of the audience.


The themes of interest include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Coloniality, decoloniality, postcolonialism and anticolonialism
  • War, conflict, and political violence
  • Resistance, revolution, and regime change
  • Authoritarianism, authoritarian resilience, and hybrid regimes
  • Citizenship, foreignness, and alienation
  • Race and racism
  • Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and minority religions
  • Queer, LGBT, and gender studies
  • Culture, identity, and nation-building
  • Sovereignty, independence, and the fragile state
  • Neoliberalism, World Bank and IMF, and international political economy
  • Alternative and indigenous theories of and/or from the Middle East
  • Innovative methods of research and fieldwork
  • Informal politics, resistance, resilience

Programme and Structure

The series runs over a period of 12 months starting from January 2022 usually meeting on the last Monday of each month. It meets monthly for a two-hour session with the exception of the opening session, which will be longer to allow for introductions. In line with the academic calendar, we will not hold sessions in July or August. All events will be held online and papers will be circulated at least one week prior to each session.

Participants are expected to attend every session and are required to read the papers being presented in advance and prepare questions and comments. As the intention of the seminar series is to foster meaningful and rigorous dialogue and forge long-term linkages between early career researchers, we would like to stress the importance of commitment from participants. If you feel your attendance throughout the full year will not be possible, please do not apply to present, but attend as an audience member.

Standard sessions

In the ten standard sessions, two participants will present a piece of work-in-progress (8,000-12,000 words of a thesis chapter, book chapter, journal manuscript, book proposal etc.) to the group. Participants will be paired on the basis of complementary thematic, geographic or disciplinary concerns.

Each presenter will invite an academic of their choice to act as discussant. It is your responsibility to organise a discussant and send your paper to them in advance of the session. Organisers will be on hand to advise the presenters in arranging discussants.

Each presenter is allocated one hour, and all participants are expected to have read the papers in advance. Presenters will provide a 10 minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes of feedback from the discussant, finishing with a 30 minute Q&A with the seminar participants.

Presenters are also encouraged to invite their supervisors and colleagues interested in their work.

Non-standard sessions

We are committed to our participants’ intellectual and professional development. We will therefore also run writing retreats and special sessions that will be organised ad hoc throughout the year and are keen to gather and accommodate requests for sessions that will be of interest to the group. We will also be organising workshops and master-classes in coordination with the seminar participants, hopefully hosted by other institutions.


We accept applications from early career researchers in any discipline across the social sciences and humanities.

Applications should include:

  • A short bio (name, professional title or status, thesis title, and keywords that describe your research interests)
  • ●      A short statement of interest indicating how you will benefit from participation and an acknowledgement of your commitment throughout the full year (150 words)
  • Abstract of the work-in-progress you plan to present (250 words)

Please send your application via this form: https://forms.gle/3Ae3SkG6gdLJVvyt9

***Applications will only be accepted through this form.***
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 30th November 2021 at midnight GMT

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at pome.seminarseries@gmail.com.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in December and the first session is to be held in late January 2022.


Dina Hosni (Frankfurt Goethe/American University in Cairo)

Hannah Owens (Queen Mary)

Rasmieyh Abdelnabi (George Mason University)

*We are looking for individuals to join our organising committee. Tasks include running sessions and handling administrative issues collaboratively. We are looking for three people. If you are interested please email us at pome.seminarseries@gmail.com.

Doing IPS at the European International Studies Association

Doing International Political Sociology has organised 15 panels and roundtables for the On-line Pan-European Conference 2021 of the European International Studies Association (EISA). You can access the programme here: https://eisa-net.org/programme/#topanchor 

For further details filter in the programme page for the section S08 Doing International Political Sociology

List of panels and roundtables:

Panel: Rethinking the Study of International Interventions through Transversal Lines of Inquiry

Roundtable: The emergence of natively digital international politics

Panel: Borders, mobility, security.

Panel: An IPS of counterpolitics, resistances, affects.

Panel: Imagining places: maps, movement and nationalisms

Roundtable: Contemporary explorations of the problem of the International in IPS

Panel: Rethinking International Social Sciences

Panel: International Political Sociology of rights, processes, organizations.

Panel: Inhabiting the Ruins I: navigating failure, anxiety and endurance

Panel: Fracturing moral authority: Transversal approaches to normative orders 

Panel: Transversalizing the International

Panel: Inhabiting the Ruins II: navigating failure, anxiety and endurance

Panel: Regimes of power/(non)knowledge in governing borders and mobility

Roundtable: The social as a key stake in IPS. Forget rules and norms; think relations with a difference?

Panel: New Research in International Political Sociology