Roundtable Event: ‘International Political Sociology and Historical Sociology: Encounters’

Roundtable Event

International Political Sociology and Historical Sociology: Encounters
19 October 2018, 5.30pm-7pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room S-2.08


This roundtable is co-hosted by the LISS DTP funded IPS PhD seminar series and the Research Centre in International Relations (RCIR). In the Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology, Historical Sociology appears as a cognate field of study, something this roundtable wants to build on and suggest points of contact. How can we rethink history from an IPS perspective? What is history in Global Historical Sociology? What is the value of studying time as long durée?


Four distinguished speakers within the subfields of International Political Sociology (IPS) and Historical Sociology will reflect on their own research, focusing on empirical, methodological and theoretical questions on whether an encounter between IPS and historical sociology is possible, what it would look like, and envision possible research avenues.


Possible points to discuss:

  • How do you approach the ‘international’ from your field? (Global historical sociology
    as opposed to fracturing and problematising the ‘international’ in IPS)
  • How do you connect events through time in your research?
  • How do we study historical practices?
  • What mode of temporality is history and what are its limits?
  • How do we approach the archive, and how might an IPS-inspired approach help us
    recover multiplicities and do multi-sited archival research?
  • Can we look at long durée, global processes and transformations from an IPS
  • What is the role of empire, hierarchy and power struggles in your research?


Dr. Leonie Ansems de Vries (KCL), Prof. Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway, University of London), Prof. Jef Huysmans (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr. Ayse Zarakol (University of Cambridge), Alvina Hoffmann (KCL, chair).

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