States of emergence, states of knowledge: A comparative sociology of international relations in China and India

States of emergence, states of knowledge: A comparative sociology of international relations in China and India
States of emergence, states of knowledge: A comparative sociology of international relations in China and India

Principal speaker

Associate Professor Peter Marcus Kristensen

Presented by: Associate Professor Peter Marcus Kristensen, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

This seminar will examine the relationship between the geopolitical rise of new powers in international relations and knowledge production in International Relations. It draws on the science studies literature on the "co-production" of science and politics to conceptualise and analyse this relationship between the "state of emergence' and "state of knowledge'.

Dr Kristensen will argue that the "state of emergence' should not only be conceptualised as a real-world condition external to science that imposes itself on an otherwise pure internal "state of knowledge', but also as a scholarly sensibility, ethos and motivation that operates "within' it. His paper illustrates the argument ethnomethodologically by interviewing IR scholars in China and India on how they themselves make sense of the emerging condition and justify their own positions and actions within it. Based on the interviews, Dr Kristensen identifies four co-productive registers connecting the state of emergence to the state of knowledge (the constitutive, civic, infrastructural, and psychological) but also finds that scholars in China and India differ in their enactment of these registers.

Peter Marcus Kristensen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. His main fields of research are International Relations Theory, the sociology of International Relations, rising/emerging powers and non-Western perspectives on international relations.

Date: Thursday 20 February 2020

Venue: Nathan campus, Bray Centre Council Chambers (N54), Meeting room 2.02

or Gold Coast campus, Health Sciences, Meeting room (G05), Meeting room 3.18

Time: 12.00pm - 1:20pm

To RSVP, please contact Natasha Vary on (07) 3735 5322 or events-gai@griffith.edu.au by 12.00pm Monday 17 February 2020.


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