CAIT Director's Theory Talk online
CAIT Director Professor Beate Jahn's interview with Theory Talks is now online. Her Theory Talk #50 is on the State of Nature, Liberalism’s Other, and Classical Theory in International Relations:
'International Relations Theory is profoundly entangled with the thought of classical theorists such as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Their concepts and ideas serve as the universal foundations upon which the edifices of our discipline are built. Yet rarely are the core concepts we borrow from them problematized as cultural constructs that in and by themselves served to legitimate violence and domination. Beate Jahn has dedicated herself to unearthing some of contemporary IR’s classical underpinnings, linking contemporary intervention to classical constructions of self and other through philosophy. In this Talk, Jahn—among others—elaborates on the cultural construction of the state of nature; relates it to the identity processes at work in liberalism; and explains the importance of classical theory in International Relations.'
You can find her talk here: http://www.theory-talks.org/
Theory Talks is 'an interactive forum for discussion of debates in International Relations with an emphasis of the underlying theoretical issues. By frequently inviting cutting-edge specialists in the field to elucidate their work and to explain current developments both in IR theory and real-world politics, Theory Talks aims to offer both scholars and students a comprehensive view of the field and its most important protagonists.'
The Centre for Advanced International Theory encourages innovative theoretical research in International Relations. You can find a full list of its activities here: www.sussex.ac.uk/cait