GIR Colloquium | Narrating (for) World Politics: Dis-loca-tions from Abya Yala – School of Social and Political Sciences GIR Colloquium | Narrating (for) World Politics: Dis-loca-tions from Abya Yala – School of Social and Political Sciences

GIR Colloquium | Narrating (for) World Politics: Dis-loca-tions from Abya Yala

Wednesday 11 November, 10:00AM – 11:30AM, via this Zoom link. Please contact Laura Shepherd for further details.


Panel title: Narrating (for) World Politics: Dis-loca-tions from Abya Yala


Abstract: Narrative as art, as politics, as object/subject of research or as a way of writing has reinvented how we do and think world politics in and out of academic disciplines. This panel aims to introduce and illustrate ways International Relations scholars have used narrative to do and see politics with queer and decolonial sensibilities. These narratives are rooted in different locations the pacha (a word in Kichwa language for both time and space) of Abya Yala (the continent of the Americas in Kuna language), from the Andean Highlands to the corridos of colonial Universities. They translate embodied experiences into English to gift the public with new horizons of meaning and action. Most of these stories tell the separation of these scholars from disciplinary times, spaces, and rules to move through/in the pacha of Abya Yala. By participating in the panel, these scholars are re-locating (even if only partially and for nothing but the hope of communal community) their dis-located selves back to International Relations while, also, creating histories of and spaces for solidarity and relationality with The University of Sydney’s employees and students as well as with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Pascha Bueno-Hansen is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware, USA. Her current book project, Dissident Genders and Sexualities in the Andes: Transitional Justice Otherwise, examines the modalities of resistance of people of dissident genders and sexualities to armed conflict, political repression, and authoritarian regimes in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia

Julio César Díaz Calderón are a Ph.D. student of International Relations at the University of Florida, where they hold a Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship. Their current book project titled Aest-ethics of/in/for International Relations: On Conversations Between Cuir Abya Yalan Comrades explores the (im)possibilities of creating conversations and collaborative work between academic disciplines and art/ivisms, as well as the ethics of (not) doing so.

Manuela Lavinas Picq is a Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor in Political Science at Amherst College. She is a professor of International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador. Her research tackles Indigenous politics and sexuality in world politics and Latin America.

Paulo Ravecca is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay. His research focus includes epistemology and the history of political science; the intersections between critical theories (queer, neo-marxist, postcolonial, and poststructural approaches); political economy and international relations; and gender and sexuality. He is the author of The Politics of Political Science: Re-Writing Latin American Experiences (Routledge 2019).


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Nov 11 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am




Prof Laura Shepherd

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