Doing IPS, PhD seminar series 2021/22: Call for papers Deadline 4 June 2021


Into its 4th 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. It will address the need for doctoral candidates to have a forum dedicated to IPS where they can: (1) present their work and receive feedback from peers and senior academics in the field; (2) engage with contemporary IPS research designs and debates; and (3) develop transdisciplinary and cross-institutional relationships with a view to facilitating further discussions and collaborations around common research themes. Lastly, the series will strengthen the analysis and evaluation skills of early career researchers.

IPS is a collective 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. Scholarship inspired by an IPS-approach centre around two related methodological orientations: firstly, understanding the everyday and situated practices as the primary site of power relations, and secondly, thinking processually and relationally. Thinking and writing from an IPS tradition is an active process, with motion and movement a central concern. In place of fixed and unchanging phenomena, IPS emphasises flows, networks, conjunctures and connections, disjunctures and disconnections, tensions, frictions, accelerations, entanglements, crystallisations, relations, alterities, differences, and multiplicities. Broadly speaking, IPS asks, “what are the connections between the international, the political and the social?” Contemporary IPS analyses embrace ethnographic and other anthropological and sociological methodologies, and employ a range of conceptual traditions, including (but not limited to) deconstruction, Foucauldian, postcolonial and decolonial, queer and feminist, assemblage and materiality, and critical race theory. 

Themes in IPS

  • Migration, mobility and borders/border management
  • Citizenship, sovereignty, and exception
  • Resistance
  • Surveillance
  • Technology and STS (Science & Technology Studies)
  • Racialisation, racism and coloniality
  • Socio-legal studies and human rights
  • Transnational sociology of expertise
  • Innovations and interventions in critical theory and methodologies
  • Ethnography and fieldwork methodologies

Doing IPS Seminar Series – Programme and Structure

The series runs over a period of 10-12 months starting from September usually meeting on the last Friday of each month for two hours. The exact time will be determined based on the preferences of the accepted participants. The seminars will rotate between the three host institutions (King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, and London School of Economics and Political Science), with sessions streamed virtually where possible for participants based outside London (see also: Key information below).

Standard sessions

In each two-hour seminar, two participants will present a piece of work-in-progress (around 8,000-10,000 words of a thesis chapter, book chapter, journal manuscript) to the group. In preparation for the session, each presenter will invite a senior academic to act as discussant for their paper. The discussion will be followed by questions and answers with the audience. Each presenter is allocated one hour, and all participants are expected to have read the papers in advance. Presenters are encouraged to invite their supervisors and colleagues interested in their work. We also organise special sessions, such as IPS open discussions, roundtables, writing retreats, etc.. Please email us on with your suggestions. 

Key information

●    We accept applications from doctoral students in any discipline across the social sciences and humanities.

●    Please be aware that this is a forum for extensive and engaged discussion of your work; if you are planning on presenting near to the time you will be submitting your thesis, please make us aware when you apply.

●    We are aware that the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has impacted us all as scholars and in our personal lives in myriad ways. We are very much understanding of these changing circumstances and are committed to being as flexible as possible in whatever way we can. If you’re facing a problem that impacts your ability to engage with our group, please feel free to contact us.

●    Limited travel and accommodation grants are available for travel to London if necessary.

How to apply (deadline: Friday 4 June 2021 at 12:00pm BST)

 Applications to the PhD seminar series should include:

●    A short bio (name, institutional affiliation, the year of your PhD, prospective thesis submission date, key words that describe your research interests)

●    How does your work relate to IPS (broadly defined)? (100 words)

●    Abstract of the work you want to present (250 words)

●    Whether you would like to apply for a travel/accommodation grant (if you live outside of London)

Please send your application to

The deadline for applications is Friday, 4 June 2021 at 12pm BST. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 30 June 2021.

Please email us at if you have any questions or queries.

Doctoral student organisers

  • Josh Walmsley, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
  • Hannah Owens, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London
  • Mirko Palestrino, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London
  • Shruti Balaji, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Mattia Pinto, Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

Senior academic organisers

●       Audrey Alejandro, Assistant Professor of Qualitative Text Analysis, Department of Methodology, London School of Economics and Political Science

●       Jef Huysmans, Professor of International Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

Roundtable: Transversality. Beyond the international and global; but then what?

Organised by Joao P. Nogueira and Jef Huysmans for the Doing IPS Transnational Hub ( and the  EISA Section Doing International Political Sociology.

When: Monday 19 April 2021, 14:00-16:00 London Time.

Where: Zoom – the link will be available from 12 April here:

If you would like us to send you the zoom link via email on 12 April, please register here:

Ever since its inception international political sociology has been defined by its distinct effort to articulate a critique of dogmatic conceptualizations of the international as a site of political life.  One of the key conceptual moves in IPS scholarship was its exploration of the multiple challenges to borders and boundaries.  Through this re-articulation of spaces it became possible to research the circulation of a plurality of flows, relations and connections previously subsumed by the gravitational force of sovereign lines.  IPS was uniquely successful in undoing the dominant representations of the international by thinking through the multiple emergence of fragments and analyzing how they produce heterogeneity and difference.  To do so it mobilized the concept of transversality both to examine processes beyond conventional topologies of scales as well as to open possibilities to observe the fracturing of the international in diagonal, interstitial spaces where bifurcations and disjunctions occur.  As IPS embraces the multiplicity of lines and connections in heterogenous spaces, the paradox of how the ‘various forms of transversal relations navigate their claims to novelty under the fairly established understandings of the social, the political and the international’ offers an interesting point of entry to engage with the concept of transversality.

The roundtable is part of a series in which we explore various concepts and approaches that have been deployed in IPS to escape recurrent territorializations we find ourselves falling into when trying to reimagine the boundaries and the beyond of the international and the global. This roundtable introduces a series of concepts of connecting that create heterogeneity, work disjunctively without centre, and open towards immanent conceptions of politics and the social.

Jef Huysmans (Queen Mary University of London)


Didier Bigo (Sciences Po Paris; King’s College London)
Centrifugal dynamics

Angharad Closs Stephens (Swansea University)

Jonathan Austin (Graduate Institute of International Relations Geneva)

Linda Monsees (Ecole Normale Supérieure)

Joao Nogueira (PUC-Rio)

Roundtable on creative methods, organized by the Doing IPS transnational hub The Power of Creative Methods when Doing Political Analysis

The Power of Creative Methods when Doing Political Analysis

5 March 2021 14:00-16:00 | Zoom Webinar

Register here:

Gathering scholars working in political science and international relations and whose work enact visual arts, performance, photography, sound, and narrative writing, this roundtable addresses the power of creative and visual methods when doing critical work in political science and international relations.

The aim of this roundtable is to discuss why it matters to include creative and visual methods when doing political analysis; how creative methods work in the interplay between research, theory, and communication strategies; what are their potentials, and what are their limits?


Marie Beauchamps (host and coordinator), Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoc fellow, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London.

Yoav GalaiFormerly a photojournalist, now Lecturer in Global Political Communication at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Francesco Ragazzi, Documentary maker, Associate Professor, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University and associated scholar at the Centre d’Etude sur les Conflits, Liberté et Sécurité (France). Security visionFilmmaking as method | 13 attempts to Shoot My Father by Francesco Ragazzi

Gail Ritchieartist and PhD researcher at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University, Belfast. Her most recent studio work and blog can be viewed here: and

Vicki Squire (tbc)Professor of International Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by BoatMaking Home AwayData & Displacement

Ruben van de Ven, artist and PhD candidate in Political Science at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University. His work focused on algorithmic politics through media art, computer programming and scholarly work has been presented at both art exhibitions and academic conferences, and can be found here

Raz Weiner, Theatre maker, performer and researcher of the politics of performance, Queen Mary University of London.

Semester B Progamme announced: TheoryLAB and Doing IPS Work-in-Progress Seminar Series

A new work-in-progress seminar series for staff and PhD students in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London began in January 2019, under the joint umbrella of TheoryLAB and Doing IPS.

This series provides a forum for colleagues to present, and get feedback on, work at various stages of development, whether for conference papers, draft articles or chapters, or funding proposals. By bringing together TheoryLab and Doing IPS, the seminar will be open to those working on a diverse range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical areas.

Those interested in participating or being added to the mailing list should contact the organisers on and

See the new programme, beginning February 2020 below:

Welcoming New Staff: Linda Monsees

Linda Monsees joined the School of Politics and International Relations in January 2020 as a Fritz-Thyssen Researcher. Her project is entitled  ‘Cyberspace and the Changing Configurations of Security’ and concerns the changing reconfiguration of public and private in the context of cybersecurity over the past three decades. She will be working with Jef Huysmans and be involved in the doingIPS working group.

Before joining Queen Mary she has worked at a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Center for Advanced Internet Studies in Bochum. She has recently published a monograph with Routledge titled ‘Crypto-Politics, Encryption and Democratic Practices in the Digital Era’. Her theoretical interests lie in the role of the public and conceptualising the politics of technology. Empirically she has worked on digital encryption, privacy and fake news.

Updated! TheoryLAB and Doing IPS: Work-in-progress Seminar Series

A new work-in-progress seminar for staff and PhD students in SPIR will begin in January 2019, under the joint umbrella of TheoryLAB and Doing IPS.

This series will provide a forum for colleagues to present, and get feedback on, work at various stages of development, whether for conference papers, draft articles or chapters, or funding proposals. By bringing together TheoryLab and Doing IPS, the seminar will be open to those working on a diverse range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical areas.

Those interested in participating should contact the organisers on and

The seminar schedule is below:

Wednesday 30th January – 4.00PM in Arts Two, 3.16

Clive Gabay:  ‘Saying No, not once but twice: Nativism, birthright citizenship, settler colonialism and Gustav Landauer (1870-1919)

Update! The full schedule has now been published, titles will be added nearer the dates.


Presenter Title Time Room


David Williams

John Stewart Mill and the Practice of Colonial Rule in India

4pm – 5:30pm

Laws 1.02


Alex Blanchard TBC 4pm – 5:30pm

Laws 2.07


Joe Hoover TBC 4pm – 5:30pm

Laws G3


Sharri Plonski TBC 4pm – 5:30pm

Laws 2.07


Patrick Pinkerton (TBC) TBC 4pm – 5:30pm

Laws 2.07

15.05.2019 Catherine Charrett TBC 4pm – 5:30pm

Laws 2.07