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International Thought and the Talented Tenth

by Katharina Rietzler. Is pedagogical thought a form of international thought? If the study of international relations emerged from the study of race relations, as Robert Vitalis has suggested, education is central to international thought, even in the absence of

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Finding women thinkers in the record

By Joanna Wood. Having been forced to return to the UK a few weeks ago, halfway through my research trip to US College archives, it seemed like a good moment to reflect on why I was there, what I was

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Women Thinkers of the World Economy

by Professor Patricia Owens In International Political Economy: An Intellectual History, Benjamin J. Cohen (2008) argued that a ‘magnificent seven’ individuals shaped the modern discipline of ‘IPE’ when, in reaction to the turmoil of the Oil Crisis of 1973, it

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Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: Women in the Inquiry 1917-19

by Professor Kimberly Hutchings Cynthia Enloe encourages us to ask the question ‘where are the women?’, not only because we should acknowledge women’s role in international politics, but also because the question opens up new angles of inquiry and generates

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The Gender of Knowledge

by Dr. Sarah C. Dunstan Rereading George Eliot’s Middlemarch recently, I was struck by the following line: ‘Young ladies don’t understand political economy, you know,’ said Mr Brook, smiling towards Mr. Casaubon. ‘I remember when we were all reading Adam

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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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