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Science Fiction and International Orders Roundtable

Department of International Relations Literary Festival roundtable discussion

A roundtable discussion on the uses- and limitations- of imaginative fiction in the study of International Relations. This event follows a more general discussion with three celebrated authors of imaginative fiction, Science Fiction and International Orders.

Barry Buzan is Professor of International Relations at LSE, author most recently of The Evolution of International Security Studies (2009) and ‘America in Space: The International Relations of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica’ Millennium - Journal of International Studies August 2010 Vol. 39: 175-180.

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Associate Professor of International Relations at American University, Washington DC and author of The Conduct of Enquiry in International Relations (2010), and "Outside Context Problems: Liberalism and the Other in the Work of Iain M. Banks" (co-authored with James Heilman), in New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction, ed. Clyde Wilcox and Donald Hassler (2008).

Iver Neumann is Research Director of NUPI in Oslo, and author, with Ole Jacob Sending, of Governing the Global Polity (2010), and co-editor, with Dan Nexon, of Harry Potter and International Relations (2006).

Daniel H Nexon is Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and author of The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe (2009), with Patrick Jackson, “Representation is Futile? American Anti-Collectivism in the Post-Cold War Era,” in To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction and World Politics, edited Jutta Weldes (2003) and, with Iver Neumann, co-editor of Harry Potter and International Relations (2006).


Professor Patrick Thaddeus Jackson | talks
Professor Iver Neumann | talks
Professor Daniel Nexon | talks
Professor Barry Buzan | talks


Date and Time:

17 February 2011 at 3:00 pm


1 hour



NAB 2.07
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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Interesting bias

Posted at 12:43 PM on 19 January, 2011 by Farah Mendlesohn

Fascinated to see you have two panels, one academic, one of authors, and not a single woman.

Your academic panellists appear to have rather weak qualifications to be speaking about sf and fantasy, and two offer the same expertise.


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