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International Relations Research Colloquium- Hilary 2011

Hilary Term 2011

Thursdays 12.30pm – 2.15pm

Manor Road, Seminar Room G* (new location!)

(Sandwiches provided)

Convenors: Professor Andrew Hurrell and Ms Christine Cheng


Week 0,  January 13th:  Getting Published: Books and Journals

Professor Andrew Hurrell, Oxford and Professor Duncan Snidal, Oxford

Week 1, January 20th: Legitimation and the UN Security Council

Professor Jennifer Welsh, Oxford and Dr. Dominik Zaum, Reading

Discussant: Andrea Baumann, Oxford

Week 2, January 27th: Transforming Politics via Delegation to International Courts

Professor Karen Alter, Northwestern

Discussant: Travers Macleod, Oxford

Week 3, February 3rd: (Re)Constructing the liberal peace; How narratives, identification and trust make the peace possible

Mr. Michael Urban, Oxford

Discussant: Mark Fliegauf., Cambridge

Week 4, February 10th: Extralegal Groups

Ms. Christine Cheng, Oxford

Discussant: Emily Paddon

Week 5, February 17th The role of secretariat entrepreneurship in multilateral environmental negotiations: the 1972 Stockholm Conference

Mr. Michael Manuluk, Oxford

Discussant: Nick Chan, Oxford

Week 6, February 25th: The interaction of ideas and interests in China’s foreign policy towards

Japan, 1949-1953

Ms. Amy King, Oxford

Discussant: Chris Oates, Oxford

Week 7, March 3rd Flags on the Table: Norms and Token Forces in Contemporary Military Coalition

Dr. Katarina Coleman, UBC

Discussant: Rebecca Brubaker, Oxford

Week 8, March 10th: Mutual recognition and levels of analysis in international relations

Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Oxford

Discussant: Vinicius Rodrigues Vieira, Oxford

The format of the Colloquium is as follows:  a pre-circulated paper sent to participants one week in advance; a 20 minute presentation by the author speaking to the main arguments of the paper and/or the broader research project of which it forms a part; 15 minutes from a graduate student discussant, then Q&A. Ideally presenters should focus on those parts of their research that raise general analytical or theoretical issues and/or connect with an IR audience outside of their immediate specialization. Those interested in receiving the papers should contact Mrs Marga Lyall ( Please contact Marga by noon Wednesday if you would like a sandwich.

The aim of the Colloquium is to provide a forum where doctoral students, post-docs and faculty can present their work and to give doctoral students the opportunity to discuss shared theoretical and analytical issues within the broader Oxford IR community. It provides doctoral students with the opportunity to act as the discussant of papers presented both by those within Oxford and also outside visitors and major figures in the field. It also provides advanced doctoral students with the chance to present their work to a broad audience and thereby to complement other specific elements of research training. The presented papers and the discussants’ comments form the basis both for discussing how advanced research may best be carried out and for talking about more practical issues (such as how to act as a discussant, how to turn a thesis into a journal article, how to think about publication, how to organize conference panels).  In 0th Week of each term a separate session will be devoted to the in-depth discussion of one such issue.

The Colloquium is open to all graduate students in Politics and International Relations.  Papers will mostly relate to academic International Relations but the Colloquium seeks to draw in those working on the borders of Politics and International Relations and to encourage a pluralist approach in terms of methods and forms of analysis, including from within closely related disciplines and subject areas.