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:

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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

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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.