IPS Winter School 2019

An intensive academic experience in the theory, methodology and current research on International Political Sociology

The IPS Winter School will offer post-graduate students and early-career scholars an opportunity to engage in an intensive academic experience in the theory, methods and current research in International Political Sociology. Activities include courses, tutorials, workshops, roundtables and informal discussions, in an environment that will facilitate scholarly exchanges and socialization among participants.

The IPS Winter School will contemplate different aspects of academic work, from substantive debates on contemporary IR subjects to training in transferable skills. The Winter School will offer the following activities:

• General Courses in theory and methodology

• Thematic Courses on contemporary IR subjects

• Writing and Publishing Tutorials

• Research Workshops

• Roundtables and Public Events

The 2019 IPS Winter School is open to post-graduate students and early-career scholars who want to pursue an in-depth study of IPS with eminent International Relations scholars. The Guest Professors this year are:

First week (1st - 5th July)
• Prof. R. B. J. Walker, University of Victoria and PUC-Rio
• Prof. Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawaii
• Prof. Debbie Lisle (Queen’s University Belfast)

Second week (8th - 12th July)
• Prof. Jef Huysmans, Queen Mary University of London
• Prof. Cristina Rojas (Carleton University)
• Prof. Martina Tazzioli (Swansea University

The IPS Winter School Program is conceived and structured as two independent but interrelated weeks of intensive learning activities on international political sociology.

General Courses in Theory and Methods consist of two hours seminars every morning from Monday to Friday. (Monday-Friday). There is one general course offered each week.

Thematic courses take place three days a week (Monday-Wednesday), in two different periods of the afternoon (90 minutes sessions).

There will be one Discussion Session each week, on Thursday from, 14h00 to 16h00. These sessions are an occasion for students to engage and discuss a topic suggested by one of the faculty. Discussion will be open and aimed at facilitating the participation of all. Guest professors and other invited academics will also intervene. Guest professors will suggest few short academic works to read so all the participants have some common ground for the discussion. 

The research workshops will provide interested (and, depending on the number of applicants, selected) students the opportunity to present and discuss their work in progress (e.g., MPhil project, PhD proposal, or drafting article) with the Guest Professors and other students of the IPS Winter School community, thus benefiting from different constructive commentaries, questions, and feedbacks.

There will be one public event per week, organized as a roundtable on a relevant theme of world politics and international political sociology. Public events will take place on Thursdays, in the afternoon.

We intend the 2019 IPS Winter School as a whole to be a place of very dynamic, open and intense social engagement. We believe that time outside class is also important for students and professors to meet and get comfortable with each other, so that the academic discussion can be even more passionate and interesting. We believe these exchanges are part of what makes us a productive community.

First Week:

General Course:

Critical Theories and International Political Sociology

Prof. R B J Walker

The course of Prof. Walker will address International Relations and the challenge of interdisciplinarity, discussing sociology, politics and international as contested objects. In addition, he will discuss the places of science and criticism in the production of knowledge in International Relations, as well as question privilege, Eurocentrism and hegemony as research topics for an International Political Sociology.

Thematic Courses:

Failure, Hope & Persistence

Prof. Debbie Lisle

This course outlines and contests the reductive manner in which failure has been conceived in Modernity, and more specifically, in International Relations (e.g. failed states, failed diplomacy, the failure of Great powers). Starting from an acceptance that we are living within structures and orders that constantly fail us, and recognizing that the planet is doomed, it re-imagines an alternative account of failure with more ambiguity, texture and creativity. Drawing from widespread interdisciplinary literatures on pessimism, hope, creativity and futures, it asks instead about persistence and ongoingness: how to live well – how to live ethically – amidst the ruins.

Aesthetic Methods and the Politics of Media

Prof. Michael J. Shapiro

In this course we discuss the problem of precarity and race in world politics looking at a global network of crime organizations that gamble on the games and seek to control the outcomes by recruiting and exploiting young African footballers. As our analysis proceeds we show how the crime drama involving the murder of the young African athlete, Driss Assani (Jeremy Zagba), is a fictional realization of a larger global drama associated with the flow of African and other aspirational footballers that belong to a shadow world behind a sports world. We analyze that global world with resort to documentary and feature films as well as the revelations of investigative journalism.

Second Week:

General Course:

Doing IPS: movement fracturing the social and political

Prof. Jef Huysmans

This module examines conceptual and methodological tools of doing International Political Sociology (IPS). It proposes an international political sociology that fractures the social and political through focusing on practices of connecting and becoming. Instead of understanding worlds through dialectics of fragmentation and integration and order and its limits, the module develops concepts and methodologies that focus on transversal relations and immanent creativity. This year, the module does this by exploring what it would mean to understand life and matter as movement rather than as community or order and how such an approach changes our understanding of the politics of security. Giving movement primacy challenges conceptions of security and its politics that prioritise community, borders, bounded spaces, and the people as analytical categories.

Thematic Courses:

Governing migration through mobility: dispersal, enforced movements and obfuscated visibilities

Prof. Martina Tazzioli

These lectures centre on the use of mobility as a political technology of migration governmentality, bringing attention to how migrants are disciplined, and obstructed not only by being stopped and contained but also by being kept on the move and dispersed across space. This forced hyper-mobility leads migrants to undertake convoluted geographies across Europe and to constantly reroute and repeat their journeys multiple times. In so doing, these lectures question the taken for granted nexus between mobility and freedom.

The Quest for Universalism and the (Im)Possibility of Politics

Prof. Cristina Rojas

The course examines the modern tendency to enact the world as one and the effects it has on the (im)possibility of politics. To make the case, the course will discuss three main universalizing projects: the civilizing mission in the nineteenth century that ran parallel to expansion of capitalism to the periphery; development and the securitization of the nation-state in the mid twentieth century; and neoliberalism and the crisis of reproduction in the 21st century. The discussion will (briefly) review critical paradigms that counter the universalizing tendencies of modernity (dependency, post-structuralism, feminism, subaltern studies, modernity/coloniality/decoloniality, and political ontology). To assess the extent to which these paradigms offer possibility to politics, I use Rancière’s concept of politics as negotiation between worlds and the historical demand for enacting indigenous worlds that has accompanied modern universalism.

Places are limited to 35 participants per week and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Prospective participants should be post-graduate students or early-career scholars.
Deadline for application is Friday, May 31st 2019. Candidates may choose to apply for:

• Option 1: both weeks

• Option 2: first week only (01 – 05 July, 2019)

• Option 3: second week only (08 – 12 July, 2019)

Prospective participants should fill in the Application Form and email it to
Applicants that fulfill the eligibility criteria will be contacted with payment information.
A reduced fee is available for (“early-birds”) registration paid in full by Tuesday, April 30th 2019.

Fees are (Brazilian Reais):
• One week: R$ 1.300,00 / R$ 1.000,00 (Reduced fee)
• Two weeks: R$ 1.950,00 / R$ 1.500,00 (Reduced fee)

Final registration will be confirmed upon full payment of the fees. All payments should be made until Friday, June 14th. The School does not provide accommodation or meals.
•This year the IPS Winter School is offering a limited number of exemptions to the payment of the fee to students who present their work in the Research Workshop.  If you are intersted in applying to an exemption please indicate so in the Application Form.

The IPS Winter School takes place at the headquarters of the International Relations Institute (IRI), in the campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). The University is located in Gávea, a neighborhood located in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro.

For more information about application, fees, guest professors, and planned activities, please  visit

O aluno que preencher satisfatoriamente os quesitos frequência e aproveitamento terá direito a certificado.

The students that fulfill the minimum requirement of course attendance (2 general courses + 3 optional courses + 2 skills training sessions) will be entitled to a certificate.

Vagas limitadas - 35
A realização do curso está sujeita à quantidade mínima de matrículas.
Bolsas de Estudos: devido à natureza autofinanciada dos cursos oferecidos pela CCE, não há viabilidade financeira para a concessão de bolsas de estudo.