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In recent decades, the field of international law has seen a multiplication of methodological approaches, a growing variation in methods and a critical reflection on central epistemological and stylistic registers. Changes in the course of the discipline have thereby often been fueled not by new substantive claims in existing (doctrinal, analytical or political) controversies, but through the emergence of different modes of seeing, thinking and writing. The aim of the new Asser lecture and workshop series is to explore various new ways of ‘doing’ international legal scholarship. This includes a focus on the opportunities, pitfall and politics of varying methodological approaches, their embedded epistemological, sociological or philosophical commitments as well as the particular technical crafts they demand. Researchers participating in the workshops will not only gain a better grasp of how to position themselves in an increasingly complex methodological landscape. They will also enhance their understanding of what is at stake in the various ‘turns’ that are continuously performed in international law (such as the ‘turn’ to practice, history, discourse, political economy, critical sociology, materiality, geography or aesthetics to name but a few).
Programme: 'Method, methodology and critique in international law' 16 December 2020 – 14.00. Introducing the Asser workshop series on method, methodology and critique in international law – Dimitri Van Den Meerssche and Wouter Werner 20 January 2021 – 11.00. Political economy – John Haskell and Ntina Tzouvala 17 February 2021 – 14.00. Historiography – Rose Parfitt and Nehal Bhuta 17 March 2021 – 14.00. Postcolonialism and critical race theory – Luis Eslava and Ayça Çubukçu 21 April 2021 – 14.00. Critical sociology and discourse analysis – Sara Dezalay and Antoine Vauchez 19 May 2021 – 14.00 STS and ANT – Marieke de Goede and Gavin Sullivan 9 June 2021 – 14.00. Legal anthropology and ethnography – Emma Nyhan and Matt Canfield 22 September 2021 – 14.00. Posthumanism and new materialism – Matilda Arvidsson and Sara Kendall 20 October 2021 – 14.00. Critical geography – Nik Rajkovic and Sofia Stolk 17 November 2021 – 14.00. Architecture, space & design – Renske Vos and Amin Parsa 15 December 2021 – 14.00. Aesthetics, affect & emotion – Emily Kidd White and Rebecca Sutton December 2021 (dates tbc) Concluding two-day workshop with keynote speaker Gerry Simpson
Full program here.