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IR’s ‘Power Couples’

By Dr. Katharina Rietzler When an upstart discipline constructs its own identity, it tends to focus on “great texts” written by scholars whose capacious minds imagined a whole new range of fundamental questions about the world and the human beings

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A question of knowing: thinkers, thought and sources in the history of women’s international thought

By Joanna Wood Review of the workshop ‘Women and the History of International Thought’ held at as part of the Early Career Workshops at the EISA Pan-European Conference 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria When Sarah Dunstan and I first conceived of this

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Sex, Gender and the Canon

by Professor Patricia Owens How and why are women absent from IR’s canon of so-called ‘intellectual greats’? Here I’d like to share some preliminary answers to this question, drawing on work with Kim Hutchings on canonical women international thinkers. The

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Holding Up Three Quarters of the World

by Dr. Sarah C. Dunstan Speaking in 2005, the celebrated African American civil rights activist and politician, Horace Julian Bond, reflected “There’s a Chinese saying, ’Women hold up half the world. In the case of the civil rights movement it’s

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Women’s Professions

by Dr. Katharina Rietzler It is easy enough to assume that few women thought deeply about international relations in the first half of the twentieth century. Analyses of women’s marginalization from diplomacy, academia and intellectual life invite the conclusion that

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Family, the State and War

by Professor Kimberly Hutchings Conventional accounts of the history of international thought date recognition of the significance of private/ public distinctions for understanding international politics from the latter quarter of the twentieth century, for example, in books such as Jean

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On the Heirs to Agnes Headlam-Morley

By Professor Patricia Owens We currently know very little, and certainly not based on archival work, about the history of women’s international thought inside the Anglo-American academy, the dominant locations of disciplinary IR. Academic women are only one – but

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On the Recovery of Female Scholarly Habitus:

by Dr. Sarah C. Dunstan The 15th January this year was the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Rosa Luxemburg. A commemorative procession through the streets of Berlin to the Friedrichsfelde cemetery where she was buried attracted the attention of

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Merze Tate and Women’s International Thought

by Dr. Katharina Rietzler A few months ago, when we started working on the Women and the History of International Thought Leverhulme Research Project, we had to choose a fitting avatar for our twitter feed (and if you haven’t followed

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Reading Women

by Professor Kim Hutchings One of the aims of this Leverhulme project is to make the ideas and arguments of historical women about international politics visible. Over the past few weeks, I have been familiarising myself with the work of

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