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The Future of Constructivist Research in International Relations


Organized by the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford on April 30, 2012, this half-day workshop discussed the contributions of constructivism and what the future constructivist research agenda might look like. The workshop consisted of four sessions: each began with a lead-off presentation of around 15/20 minutes followed by a discussant. Convenor: Professor Andrew Hurrell. 

Session One: 14.15 to 15.00. Professor Kathryn Sikkink,  (McKnight Presidential Chair in Political Science, University of Minnesota and Visiting Professor, Blavatnik School of Government), ‘The Role of Agency in Constructivism’.  Discussant:  Mr Max Thompson (Oxford DPIR). Chair: Professor Duncan Snidal (Oxford DPIR).

Session Two: 15.00 to 15.45. Professor Iver Neumann (Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, LSE), ‘Constructivism and the Turn to Practice’. Discussant: Mr Quentin Bruneau (Oxford DPIR). Chair:  Professor Todd Hall (University of Toronto). Followed by a tea/coffee break.

Session Three: 16.00 to 16.45. Professor Martha Finnemore (University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University), ‘Are legal norms distinctive and what do they add to the analysis of political change?’  Discussant: Dr Travers McLeod (Oxford DPIR). Chair:  Professor Andrew Hurrell (Oxford DPIR).

Session Four: 16.45 to 17.30. Professor Amitav Acharya (UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance, American University), ‘Constructivism and the Study of Global IR’.  Discussant:  Mr Vinicius Rodrigues Vieira (Oxford DPIR). Chair: Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (Oxford DPIR).

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