2019 Millennium Conference

Extraction, expropriation, erasure?
Knowledge production in International Relations

19-20 October 2019, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

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The study of power has animated the discipline of International Relations. Scholarship has unveiled power relationships between states, non-state actors, individuals, organisations, territories, and militaries. To a large extent, these studies focus on power among ‘the researched’, omitting from purview the power relations embedded in research itself. At the same time, various strands of scholarship are examining the power relations within the production of knowledge in International Relations. These interventions are urgent. They compel us to consider how research reflects and reproduces colonial, raced, and gendered power relations in the academy and beyond. They urge confrontation with complicities and responsibilities to research participants, texts, theories, and disciplines encountered in the context of scholarship in International Relations. They call on us to examine the epistemic genealogies of ways of conducting research in International Relations. They ask us to consider what ethical research is, whether it is possible, whether violence is inevitable, as well as what this means for the discipline and the researcher’s place in it.

The 2019 Millennium conference will thus, through various media and formats, engage questions of knowledge production in International Relations including, but not limited to:

  • How does International Relations extract from the people, disciplines, and texts it engages?
  • How do the political economies of knowledge production re/produce raced, gendered, and colonial power relations in International Relations?
  • What does it mean to produce knowledge in the context of the raced, gendered, colonial, neoliberal academy?
  • How are knowledges mis/appropriated? Who and what is erased, subjugated, silenced, de/radicalised, mis/represented in the process of knowledge production on the international?
  • How can epistemological assumptions within International Relations theory and practice be identified, interrogated, deconstructed and transformed?
  • How do processes of knowledge production intersect with pedagogical practices?
  • What is ethical knowledge production?
  • Can participatory or collaborative approaches overcome injustice?
  • Can knowledge production in International Relations be imagined differently?

Keynote Address: Prof Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni
Opening Addresses: Prof Gurminder Bhambra and Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Roundtable participants: Dr Kirsten Ainley, Dr Yolande Bouka, Dr Rosalba Icaza Garza, Prof Siba N’Zatioula Grovogui, Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Prof Errol Henderson, Dr Marsha Henry, Ms Mbalenhle Matandela, Dr Olivia Rutazibwa, Dr Meera Sabaratnam, Dr Sara Salem, Dr Lisa Tilley, Prof Robert Vitalis, and Prof Siphamandla Zondi.

The conference venue is fully wheelchair accessible. An accessibility guide for the conference venue can be found here. Closed captioning will be provided for the keynote address, opening addresses, as well as conference roundtables in the main lecture hall. If you would like to, please let us know about any other accessibility requirements we can assist with on the registration form. 

A selection of contributions will be published as part of a special issue in Millennium: Journal of International Studies vol. 48 (3). If you would like your work to be considered for this issue, please submit it via the ScholarOne online system by midnight (UK time) on 14 November 2019. Traditional manuscripts should be 8,000 to 12,000 words. We welcome different forms of engagement with the theme, so if you would like to submit another type of contribution, please email millennium@lse.ac.uk to discuss it with us.