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21st May 2017
ISRF Political Economy Research Fellow Emanuele Lobina – Reorienting Industrial Organisation Theory: From Necessary to Possible Outcomes – contributed to the debate around public ownership of the water industry in a letter published by The Guardian on 21st May 2017.
“What is needed in England and Wales is not tinkering with a privatised system that has failed to deliver on its promises but radically changing the priorities of water operators so that people come before profit. By abolishing the payment of dividends and lowering the cost of financing investment, nationalisation can do just that.”
23rd March 2017
ISRF Mid-Career Fellow Ian Loader – In Search of a Better Politics of Crime – gave a lecture at the University of Melbourne on 23rd March 2017, which was subsequently broadcast on radio by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on 6th April 2017 as part of ABC’s Big Ideas series.
“The liberal philosophy which underpins much of our criminal justice system is committed to protecting individual rights and freedoms. Liberalism, by its nature, is deeply suspicious of state power and wary of the idea that the community should play a bigger role in criminal justice. Ian Loader calls this ‘the liberalism of fear’ and says it’s the reason why there’s such a divide between the views of the public, politicians and practitioners.”
17th February 2017
From April 2017, Josephine Lethbridge will be The Conversation’s Interdisciplinary Editor, funded by the ISRF. Josephine’s role will include working with scholars at The Conversation’s member universities, as well as past and present Fellows of the ISRF, to bring interdisciplinary social research to millions of readers worldwide. Josephine will encourage researchers to write short newsworthy articles, working with them to produce pieces with journalistic flair but no loss of academic rigour. The ISRF hope that, by promoting interdisciplinarity through this partnership with The Conversation, the usefulness of interdisciplinary approaches will reach broader audiences, and that knowledge of such work will spread beyond the confines of academia.
Any ISRF Fellows wishing to pitch an idea for an article to Josephine, or simply interested in knowing more, should contact her directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
17th February 2017
Congratulations to Thomas Hoerber and Co-Editor Emmanuel Sigalas, on the publication of Theorizing European Space Policy
On 17th February 2017, the European Space Agency headquarters in Paris hosted a book launch ceremony – supported by an ISRF Book Launch grant – for Dr Thomas Hoerber & Dr Emmanuel Sigalas’s Theorizing European Space Policy.
“The editors were welcomed by Dr Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Head of the Relations with Member States Department in the Director General’s Cabinet, and about 20 other distinguished guests – including the Director of the Paris office of the German Aerospace Agency, Dr Isabelle Reutzel.
Dr Hoerber started by outlining the achievements of the standing ESSCA space policy research group so far. After a timid start with a first special issue in Space Policy (2012), two rather ground-breaking books have been released, one on European Space Policy, edited by Paul Stephenson and Thomas Hoerber (Routledge, 2016) and the above-mentioned Theorizing European Space Policy, on which the book lauch event focused.”
In 2016, Thomas Hoerber was awarded an ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups award, for the project What Potential for a European Space Policy?.
The ISRF Book Launch Fund is available to existing or previous ISRF award recipients, who may apply for one grant of up to £500 towards the cost of holding an event at which their book (or a book to which they have contributed significantly) is launched.
2nd February 2017
ISRF Mid-Career Fellow Sherrill Stroschein – Ethnic Enclaves, Reversed Politics, and the Entrenchment of Difference – contributed a guest post to the Duck of Minerva blog, exploring three approaches to thinking more systematically about contemporary political events.
25th January 2017
Former ISRF Independent Scholar Fellow Joy White – (In)visible Entrepreneurs: How Young People Use the Urban Music Economy to Create Work and Generate Wealth – presented a paper at the Reggae Research Network Symposium: Scoping the Field in Norwich.
Introduction: Grime is a specifically English musical genre. What started out as a niche practice that articulated the lived experiences of young black men from a particular place, is now an endeavour that attracts a national and international audience. A diaspora cultural form, Grime has been nourished by its black Atlantic connections to the Caribbean, Africa and North America. In this presentation, I reflect on the influence of Reggae on Grime musical production.
11th January 2017
Congratulations to Jayne Raisborough, on the publication of her book Fat Bodies, Health and the Media
On 11th January 2017, the Leeds Beckett Media Research Festival – supported by an ISRF Book Launch grant – saw the launch of Professor Jayne Raisborough’s Fat Bodies, Health and the Media, the result of an ISRF Mid-Career Fellowship.
“Billed as the only festival that doesn’t require wellies, the Leeds Beckett Media Research Festival (#lebeme) demonstrated live Cuban dancing, took us behind the iron curtain on the back on LP covers, gave us shocking insight into the secret space of arms-fairs, made us think critically about our fitness apps, engaged us in protests, had us question the contemporary nature of recycling, and more! The real success of the day lay in the rich interdisciplinary exchange and networking that took place. Media research is alive and well and is certainly a site for cross- fertilisation of disciplinary work championed by the ISRF.”
The ISRF Book Launch Fund is available to existing or previous ISRF award recipients, who may apply for one grant of up to £500 towards the cost of holding an event at which their book (or a book to which they have contributed significantly) is launched.
22nd December 2016
The Independent Social Research Foundation and Organization Studies awarded the 2016 ISRF Essay Prize in Organisation Studies to Simon Stevens (Loughborough University) for his essay Life and Letting Die: A story of the homeless, autonomy, and anti-social behaviour, to be published online in the Organization Studies OnlineFirst listing in January 2017.
12th December 2016
The PeN project – led by ISRF Mid-Career Fellow Julie Parsons – is being hosted at LandWorks, an independent charity that provides a supported route back into the community for current and ex-prisoners (trainees). The PeN project aims are twofold, to work as a personal development tool for trainees, whilst fostering dialogue between trainees and supporters in order to challenge social exclusion.
Support and involvement from the community is vital for successful resettlement, not least in accepting the ‘reformed’ prisoner. Indeed, social reaction is essential, with positive change in behaviour recognised by others and reflected back. This is done on a daily basis at LandWorks between staff, visitors and trainees, but the PeN project broadens this positive reinforcement. Moreover, it enables the 1000+ supporters and wider community to feel more involved, as one of the supporter’s comments “finding ways to make supporters feel valued, without taking time and resources away from trainees is tricky. I’m optimistic the PeN project will really help”
Trainees are provided with basic digital cameras to take photograph whilst they are on site (only). Photographs and accompanying narratives are then posted on the PeN project blog by the lead researcher, as prisoners are not permitted any access to social media. There are no identifying photographs posted on the blog and all participants choose pseudonyms (fake names). Any photographs taken by trainees are discussed with the lead researcher and decisions made on what photographs and narratives to upload.
For example, Matthew (a 22-year-old trainee) – in his blog post entitled ‘choices’ – took a picture of work he’d been spray painting on to the door of the ‘art department’.
I’m doing a mural… and it’s, basically it’s a path which splits into two, and it’s all about your decisions, like choices, like you’ve got the left path which is crime and all the s**t, and you’ve got the right path, which is you know trying to make a change, and then when it goes in here, inside there, you’ll see the path there splits again… and then you’ve got the right side, which you can stay doing what you’re doing, like well, not doing what you’re doing, like where I am now yeah, which comes off level, well, which comes off down this way a bit, but if you go in on the right like, you’re on the benefits, and you’re trying to sort s**t out, and then you’ve got another path which comes up, which is your path with a job, your own place, mortgage, and then yeah, that sort of thing… depending on what choice you make depends on where your life goes, basically… yeah, because that door’s open yeah, in the prison system the people are so used to closing doors on people, open the door you know, let them have a chance to walk through that door you know, it’s kinda, it’s trying to go positive… [it’s called] choices… it’s a door that’s open on a door…
In his post ‘no pressure’, Rodney – a 19-year-old trainee on a community sentence – took lots of photographs of what the ‘LandWorks family’ had been working on together.
I did construction skills, level 1 and level 2… level 1 was just pass/fail and we did carpentry, joinery, plumbing, electrics, er… brick work, block work, plastering, rendering, and then level 2 was pass, merit, distinction, and I got an overall merit, but I got distinctions for technical drawing and electrical installation… but see back then it was just easy… I can’t remember any of it for the life of me, whereas with the carpentry… it’s just, and I really didn’t, I used to hate carpentry, I could not stand it, I couldn’t do it, it made me angry, you know, I’d do the slightest bit wrong and end up just hammering the chisel straight through [and] out the other side just to make myself feel better and then give up on it, but… I don’t know, I come here and it’s a lot… you know, in college it’s like, well you’ve only got one, don’t mess it up… Here you do something wrong and that’s alright, go grab another bit… I tend to learn a lot better in an environment where there is no pressure… and I think that here there is no pressure whatsoever… really, at all, I mean… the most pressure I’ve ever been under is playing Boules against Nolan…
Graham, a 50-year-old former trainee and now woodwork trainer at LandWorks, is shown woodturning below.
In the blog post ‘from trainee to trainer’ Graham says:
I’ve been here 15 months… so I was coming out here on a ROTL (Release On Temporary Licence/day release) from the local prison for the last 12 months [of my sentence] and I think it was around about Christmas time [last year] that I noticed on the 5 year LandWorks plan… to employ one of the trainees coming out from the prison, which I asked the project manager about, I said is that what I think it is? And he said what do you think it is? I said to employ one of the lads coming out, and he said yeah and I said well I’d like that job then… and he said oh right ok, well I’ll think about that then, and let you know, then we spoke about it after Christmas… this was last year, and then I think it was about February that he said it was all agreed with the Trustees so here I am… All of this building was like my erm apprenticeship for the job if you like… can you put it like that? I guess, well that’s what I used to talk to the LandWorks counsellor about… I remember when we were chatting, she’d say, well just get on with it, well make a nice job of it, and the project manager can see what you can do and that, and how you work with the other lads and everything, and that was, well I wouldn’t say it was a plan as such, but it sort of panned out like that, I think… it’s a kind of portfolio, here’s what I can do…
The new PeN blogsite therefore satisfies the two inter-related aims of the PeN project, to share trainees’ photographs and accompanying narratives and to engage supporters and the wider community with the desistance journey. Follow the blog at https://penprojectlandworks.org/blog/
8th November 2016
In April 2016, the ISRF launched its third Flexible Grants for Small Groups competition, aimed at supporting independent-minded researchers from different disciplines who wish to work together towards conceptual innovation in Political Economy – which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences.
Having received a number of strong proposals, a pool of independent external assessors supported the funding of eight projects.
The successful projects (PIs in parentheses) were:
- The Anti-politics of Austerity: Exploring the Scalar and Spatial Dimensions of Political Crisis and Renewal in Europe – Dr Ross Beveridge & Dr David Featherstone (Glasgow University)
- Transnational Business Networks: The European Corporate Elite Through the Lens of Network Analysis and Sequence Analysis – Dr Philippe Blanchard (University of Warwick), Francois-Xavier Dudouet (Université Paris-Dauphine) & Dr Antoine Vion (Aix-Marseille Université)
- Using Critical Reflection to Develop Poverty-aware Professionals – Professor Janis Fook (Leeds Trinity University), Professor Michal Krumer-Nevo (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) & Dr Anna Gupta (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- The Political Economy of State Transformation and Transnational Governance in Asia – Dr Lee Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)
- The International Political Economy of Space: Applying Theory to Space Activity – Dr Sarah Lieberman (Canterbury Christ Church University)
- The Marketisation of Everyday Life – Dr Sidonie Naulin (Institut d’études Politique de Grenoble) & Dr Anne Jourdain (Université Paris-Dauphine)
- The Fourth Quadrant Research Project (4QRP): What can Heterodox Economic Theory Contribute to Responsible Innovation? – Dr Stevienna de Saille (University of Sheffield)
- Political Economies of Illiberal Peacebuilding in Asia – Dr Lars Waldorf & Dr Claire Smith (University of York)
19th October 2016
Congratulations to Joy White, on the publication of her book Urban Music and Entrepreneurship: Beats, Rhymes and Young People’s Enterprise
On 18th October 2016, Routledge published Urban Music and Entrepreneurship: Beats, Rhymes and Young People’s Enterprise – the first book to foreground and develop a complex reading of the socio-economic significance of urban music with particular reference to grime. The book is the culmination of five years of fieldwork – which included an ISRF Independent Scholar Fellowship – and features interviews and ‘behind the scenes’ observation in the UK and in Cyprus.
4th July 2016
As part of her ISRF Mid Career Fellowship project Learning How to be Old: Frames, Feminism and the Production of a Pro-Ageing Instructional Film, Jayne Raisborough (University of Brighton) – in collaboration with filmmaker and Director of Photography Mark Bader and Bader Rudebeck Films – has produced the film ‘Women And Ageing’, which was screened at the ISRF’s 4th Annual Workshop on 1st July 2016.
4th July 2016
As the ISRF’s 4th Annual Workshop on 30th June 2016, Academic Advisor Professor Marilyn Strathern gave a pre-recorded keynote presentation entitled “Tricking Oneself: The Cultivation of Surprise”.
21st June 2016
Dr Jacob Copeman (University of Edinburgh), recipient of an ISRF Early Career Fellowship in 2013 for his project The Politics of Names and Naming in India, has received a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship grant for a continuation of his research. The 12-month project – Names and (dis)identity: A new approach to Indian secularism – will commence in January 2017.
13th June 2016
Former ISRF Mid-Career Fellow Jayne Raisborough – whose ISRF project investigated the real world problems associated with anti-ageing culture – has been appointed to the Chair in Media at Leeds Beckett University, commencing from September 2016.
The move sees Jayne leaving the University of Brighton’s School of Applied Social Sciences for Leeds Beckett’s School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.
24th May 2016
In January 2016, the ISRF launched its third Mid-Career Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in May 2016, and voted to make five awards.
The recipients were Dr Deana Heath (University of Liverpool), Professor Ian Loader (University of Oxford), Dr Martin O’Neill (University of York), Dr Julie Parsons (Plymouth University), and Dr Sherrill Stroschein (University College London).
13th May 2016
ISRF Essay Prize winner Julie Nelson becomes inaugural editor of the Journal of Business Ethics' new section on Business Ethics and Economics
Professor Julie A Nelson, winner of the 2015 ISRF Essay Prize in Economics and an attendee at the foundations’ November 2015 colloquium ‘Reframing the Moral Foundations of Economics’, has been invited by the Journal of Business Ethics to edit a new section on Business Ethics and Economics.
This section invites discussions of the relationship between economics and business ethics. Conventional economic theories about firms and the people involved in them encourage a very narrow focus on profit and monetary incentives. Yet the reality of business is far more complex, and the consequences of ethical or unethical economic behaviour are far-reaching. How can the discipline of economics—and the teaching of economics within business schools–more adequately address issues of business ethics? Are there concerns of economists, either conventional or critical, that business ethicists should take more seriously? Authors submitting to this section are welcome to explore these questions from philosophical or historical perspectives, offer conceptual insights, and/or use quantitative or qualitative methods of empirical analysis.
Click here for more information and on-line submission.
5th May 2016
ISRF FLEXIBLE GRANTS FOR SMALL GROUPS RECIPIENTS MIKE NEARY & JOSS WINN AWARDED LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION FUNDING
Professor Mike Neary & Dr Joss Winn (University of Lincoln), recipients of an ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups award in 2015 for their project Beyond Public and Private: A Model for Co-operative Higher Education, have been awarded a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Small Development Project grant for a continuation of their research. The 12 month project – Co-operative Leadership in Higher Education – will run until July 2016.
The University of Lincoln School of Social and Political Sciences is currently advertising for a part-time, fixed term Research Assistant to work on this project. The closing date for applications is Friday 13 May 2016 – click here for further details.
4th May 2016
Co-operative Education Conference Paper: Beyond Public and Private - A
Framework for Co-operative Higher Education
Mike Neary & Joss Winn recently presented a paper and poster at the Co-operative Education Conference in Manchester (21-22 April 2016), which will form the basis for two journal articles to be submitted later in the year.
30th April 2016
Former ISRF Early Career Fellow Lara Montesinos Coleman – whose ISRF project revolved around the themes of dissent and resistance, the politics of knowledge, feminist theory, and the political sociology of development and violence – has been promoted to Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex.
30th April 2016
In celebration of the HAU Books re-release of Marcel Mauss’ The Gift (newly translated by Jane Guyer, and with a new foreword by Bill Maurer), SOAS, University of London hosted a panel discussion – featuring, among others, ISRF Academic Advisor Marilyn Strathern and former ISRF Early Career Fellow Jacob Copeman – to reflect on the question: “What did The Gift give to anthropology and the humanities, and what can it still give?”
29th April 2016
ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups Recipients Martin Scott, Mel Bunce & Katherine Wright Awarded AHRC Funding
Dr Martin Scott (University of East Anglia), Dr Mel Bunce (City University London) and Dr Katherine Wright (Roehampton University), recipients of an ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups award in 2015 for their project The Future of IRIN, have been awarded an AHRC research grant for an expansion of their research. The 21-month project – entitled What is humanitarian news? A multi-sited study of how journalists define, debate and reproduce the boundaries of humanitarianism – will begin in July 2016.
28th April 2016
Former ISRF Mid-Career Fellow Derek Hook writes in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies on Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.
What is it that underlies the growing public interest in the figure of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe? Sobukwe has been the subject of a form of historical amnesia – indeed, of a consensus of forgetting – in South Africa for at least the last 20 years. One way of appreciating both the force and importance of the retrieval of this historical legacy is by treating Sobukwe not merely as a biographical narrative or historical persona, but as a signifier. Sobukwe, I argue, functions precisely as a signifier for a cluster of ideas and aspirations routinely excluded – indeed, repressed – from the post-apartheid public sphere. I begin by exploring the various ways in which the signifier Sobukwe has been marginalized, disavowed, reduced (often to a crude form of anti-whiteism), and overwritten by rival political interests. Sobukwe, I suggest, haunts the post-apartheid historical situation; his memory is a reminder of those dimensions of political freedom that remain unattained.Ultimately, however, Sobukwe is not merely a repressed signifier; his name functions as a master signifier for an alternative political future. Sobukwe operates today as one prospective name for a more encompassing project of decolonization that expands beyond the given political and institutional structures of the post-apartheid condition.
28th April 2016
ISRF FLEXIBLE GRANTS FOR SMALL GROUPS RECIPIENT MARTIN BATES UNCOVERS 4000 YEAR-OLD RED DEER SKULL AND ANTLERS IN CARDIGAN BAY
Dr Martin Bates (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David), recipient of an ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups award in 2016 for his project Layers in the Landscape: Deep Mapping in Cardigan Bay, is currently leading a team of research staff from the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology in examining a large red deer skull and antlers believed to be around 4000 years old.
This is a wonderful discovery that really brings the forest and its environs to light. It is wonderful that this find was reported to us so that we could recover these remains for scientific study rather than it ending up on the wall in somebody’s house, lost to the world much as it has been for the last 4000 years.
Dr Martin Bates
The ISRF-funded project aims to combine a group of specialists from diverse fields (artist, storyteller, philologist, geoarcheologist, songwriter and poet) to create a new understanding regarding the interplay of flooding facts and fictions in Cardigan Bay. The recent deer skull find may now play a central role in this project.
21st April 2016
On 31 March 2016, a participatory research workshop ‘Anti-Street Harassment Workshop: Reflecting Diversity in Tactics’ was held in Cairo. This workshop was sponsored by the Independent Social Research Foundation and organized by Elisa Wynne-Hughes (Cardiff University), Jutta Weldes and Karen Desborough (University of Bristol). The workshop brought together members of anti-street harassment groups Hollaback! London and HarassMap (Cairo) to compare the strategies they use to address and combat street harassment in different contexts.
14th April 2016
Former ISRF Early Career Fellow Martin O’Neill – Social Justice, Predistribution and the Democratization of Capital: Political Theory and the Future of Social Democracy – discussed economist James Meade’s views that public wealth could fund a fairer society in an article posted by the University of York’s research portal.
Martin’s work on wealth sharing featured in The University of York’s research showcase YorkTalks 2016:
12th April 2016
Call for Papers: Art, Activism and Political Violence | Loughborough University | 20-21 September 2016
Flexible Grants for Small Groups recipients Ruth Kinna & Gillian Whitely will convene a workshop on Art, Activism and Political Violence at the University of Lancaster in September 2016, for which papers are sought (to be submitted by Friday 6th May).
This workshop is the result of a collaboration between colleagues in the Anarchism Research Group and the Politicised Practice Research Group at Loughborough University and is designed to build new relationships between artists and political theorists and to explore questions of political violence and art activism.
31st March 2016
Dr Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck, University of London), recipient of an ISRF Mid-Career Fellowship in 2014 for her project Time Without Qualities, has received a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in in Humanities and Social Science grant for a continuation of her research. The project – Waiting Times: Waiting and Care in the Time of Modernity – will investigate waiting times in relation to mental health, clinical contact time and care, bringing together perspectives from medical humanities, medical history, psychosocial studies, literary studies and new studies of temporality, to think critically about waiting times in mental healthcare provision, the time-space of the GP encounter and practices of care for very elderly people.
30th March 2016
At a meeting at Nice in France – 19-21 November 2015 – the ISRF consulted with a small group of social scientists, students, and others concerned with economics, about ways forward for it as both discipline and profession. What emerged was a strong emphasis on the need for support to methodological pluralism in economics, and for broadening the reach of economics research into areas such as the family and kinship, the firm, business and money; that is, in directions which would naturally involve work with other disciplines. Equally important were the complex and considerable institutional barriers to disciplinary and professional change, and the state of affairs in economics teaching where the student voice is insistent in its demand for a broader and more relevant economics curriculum.
The articles in the latest ISRF Bulletin – Economics: …Serious, But Not Hopeless – were chosen to give a sense of the content of that meeting; of the ideas that were raised, the issues that came up for discussion, the concerns raised about institutional inertia and the over-narrow education and professional formation of future economists. The conversations begun at Nice are a first step in an ongoing process of consultation which the ISRF will continue.
29th March 2016
The Space Act was specifically designed to generate a race for space minerals by stimulating competition and private investment in space flight and space-based mining technologies. Michael Byers of the University of British Columbia recently called for Canada to create similar legislation to maintain dominance as a mining country. But we argue that Canada should, instead, lead in developing new frameworks for the peaceful and sustainable use of outer space.
11th March 2016
In October 2015, the ISRF launched its second Flexible Grants for Small Groups competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, a pool of independent external assessors supported the funding of twelve projects.
The successful projects were:
- Responsibility and Human Enhancement. Concepts, implications and assessments – Dr Simone Arnaldi (Jacques Maritain Institute)
- Layers in the landscape: Deep mapping in Cardigan Bay – Dr Martin Bates (University of Wales, Lampeter)
- Building on Positive Convictions – Dr Rod Earle (Open University)
- Henri Lefebvre’s writings on rural sociology, ground rent and the politics of land – Professor Stuart Elden (University of Warwick) & Professor Adam David Morton (University of Sydney)
- What potential for a European Space Policy? – Professor Thomas Hoerber (ESSCA – Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers)
- Art Activism and Political Violence – Professor Ruth Kinna & Dr Gillian Whiteley (Loughborough Univeristy)
- Ethnographic Peace Research Workshop: Examining Strengths, Challenges, and Ethics – Dr Gearoid Millar (University of Aberdeen)
- Swedish/UK research dialogue on critical approaches to autism – Dr Lindsay O’Dell (Open University) & Dr Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist (Umeå University)
- The Pharmaceuticalisation of Prevention: Public Health in the PrEP era – Dr Sara Paparini (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
- Comparing Croatian and Slovenian Prostitution Regimes: Surpassing Exclusions and Securing Human rights – Dr Ivana Radacic (Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences) & Dr Mojca Pajnik (The Peace Institute, Ljubljana)
- Centering Labor at the Artisanal- and Small-scale Mining Frontier: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives – Dr Boris Verbrugge (Radboud University Nijmegen)
- The Marlon James conundrum: Perceptions of masculinity and anti-gay prejudice in Jamaica – Dr Keon West (Goldsmiths, University of London) & Dr Kate Houlden (Anglia Ruskin University)
26th February 2016
A global extinction crisis may threaten the survival of most existing life forms. Influential discourses of ‘existential risk’ suggest that human extinction is a real possibility, while several decades of evidence from conservation biology suggests that the Earth may be entering a ‘sixth mass extinction event’. These conditions threaten the possibilities of survival and security that are central to most branches of International Relations. However, this discipline lacks a framework for addressing (mass) extinction. From notions of ‘nuclear winter’ and ‘omnicide’ to contemporary discourses on catastrophe, International Relations thinking has treated extinction as a superlative of death. This is a profound category mistake: extinction needs to be understood not in the ontic terms of life and death, but rather in the ontological context of be(com)ing and negation. Drawing on the work of theorists of the ‘inhuman’ such as Quentin Meillassoux, Claire Colebrook, Ray Brassier, Jean-Francois Lyotard and Nigel Clark, this article provides a pathway for thinking beyond existing horizons of survival and imagines a profound transformation of International Relations. Specifically, it outlines a mode of cosmopolitics that responds to the element of the inhuman and the forces of extinction. Rather than capitulating to narratives of tragedy, this cosmopolitics would make it possible to think beyond the restrictions of existing norms of ‘humanity’ to embrace an ethics of gratitude and to welcome the possibility of new worlds, even in the face of finitude.
1st January 2016
In July 2015, the ISRF launched its third Independent Scholar Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in December 2015, and voted to make three awards.
31st December 2015
Former ISRF Early Career Fellow Jacob Copeman has co-edited (with Veena Das) a special issue of the South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, entitled ‘On Names in South Asia: Iteration, (Im)propriety and Dissimulation’.
23rd December 2015
16th November 2015
ISRF Editorial Assistant Dr Rachael Kiddey spoke with Professor Olivier Favereau from the University of Paris West to discuss French Nobel Prize winner Jean Tirole’s intervention in the opening of a new academic department of economics.
30th September 2015
Inaugural Conference on Cultural Political Economy: Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy
ISRF Independent Scholar Fellow Dr Joel Lazarus presented his paper Cultivating Self-Belief and Educated Hope: Toward a Contemporary Radical Democratic Practical Theory of and for Transformative Art at the Inaugural Conference on Cultural Political Economy, hosted by the Lancaster University, 1-2 September 2015.
1st September 2015
In January 2015, the ISRF launched its third Early Career Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in June 2015, and voted to make five awards.
The recipients were Dr Nishat Awan (University of Sheffield), Dr Oche Onazi (University of Dundee), Dr Patrick Overeem (Leiden University), Dr Illan rua Wall (University of Warwick), and Dr Jay Wiggan (University of Edinburgh).
30th June 2015
The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Cambridge Journal of Economics awarded the 2015 ISRF Essay Prize in Economics to Professor Julie A. Nelson (University of Massachusetts, Boston) for her essay Husbandry: A (Feminist) Reclamation of Masculine Responsibility for Care, published online in the Cambridge Journal of Economics’ advance access listing in Autumn 2015.
1st May 2015
In November 2014, the ISRF launched its first Flexible Grants for Small Groups competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, a pool of independent external assessors supported the funding of nine projects.
The successful projects were:
- Relatedness and Relationships in Mental Health – Dr Zoe Boden (London South Bank University) & Dr Michael Larkin (University of Birmingham)
- Financialisation, Social Investment and Europe’s Social Question – Dr Charles Dannreuther (University of Leeds)
- Keeping Up or Falling Behind? Personal debt: examining the role of social comparison and income inequality across Europe – Dr Julia Gumy (University of Bristol) & Dr Leen Vandecasteele (University of Tubingen)
- Comparative Studies of Labour Relations in Chinese-Invested Enterprises Overseas – Professor Pál Nyíri (Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam)
- Modelling the Vital Brain: Interdisciplinary Engagements between Social Science and Neuroscience – Professor Nikolas Rose (King’s College London)
- The Future of IRIN – Dr Martin Scott (University of East Anglia), Dr Katherine Wright (University of Roehampton), and Dr Mel Bunce (City University)
- Critical Realism and accounting research workshop series – Dr Stewart Smyth (University of Sheffield)
- Beyond public and private: A model for co-operative higher education – Dr Joss Winn (University of Lincoln) & Professor Mike Neary (University of Lincoln)
- The Transnational Anti-Street Harassment Movement: Everyday insecurities and security practitioners from London to Cairo – Dr Elisa Wynne-Hughes (University of Cardiff) & Professor Jutta Weldes (University of Bristol)
1st January 2015
In July 2014, the ISRF launched its second Independent Scholar Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in December 2014, and voted to make two awards.
30th June 2014
In January 2014, the ISRF launched its second Mid-Career Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in June 2014, and voted to make six awards.
The recipients were Dr Sarah Amsler (University of Lincoln), Dr Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck, University of London), Dr Matt ffytche(University of Essex), Dr Richard Powell (University of Oxford), Dr Jayne Raisborough (University of Brighton), and Professor Martin Thomas (University of Exeter).
28th May 2014
The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour awarded the 2014 ISRF Essay Prize in Social Theory to Professor Kenneth J Gergen (Swarthmore College) for his essay From Mirroring to World-Making: Research as Future Forming.
1st October 2013
In August 2013, the ISRF launched its first Independent Scholar Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in September 2013, and voted to make two awards.
30th June 2013
In January 2013, the ISRF launched its second Early Career Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in June 2013, and voted to make five awards.
The recipients were Dr Kimberley Brownlee (University of Warwick), Dr Lara Coleman (University of Sussex), Dr Julia Laite(Birkbeck, University of London), Dr Audra Mitchell (University of York), and Dr Martin O’Neill (University of York).
30th November 2012
In May 2012, the ISRF launched its first Mid-Career Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in November 2012, and voted to make five awards.
The recipients were Dr David Graeber (Goldsmiths, University of London), Dr Jonathan Hearn (Edinburgh University), Dr Derek Hook (Birkbeck, University of London), Professor Matt Matravers (York University), and Professor Pál Nyiri (Vrije University of Amsterdam).
31st January 2012
In August 2011, the ISRF launched its first Early Career Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in January 2012, and voted to make five awards.
The recipients were Dr Jacob Copeman (University of Edinburgh), Dr Bregje De Kok (Queen Margaret University, Belfast), Dr Oliver Dowlen (Queen Mary, University of London) , Dr Juliane Reinecke (University of Warwick), and Dr Andrea Ruggeri (University of Amsterdam).