Millennium Conference October 2019 Panel Proposal
This panel sets out to explore the empirical and theoretical interconnections between cultures and practices of secrecy/ignorance and ways of knowing in International Relations. While International Relations has attended to knowledge-making practices as connected to power, the extent to which secrecy and ignorance are part of knowledge-making and unmaking remains underexplored. This panel therefore proposes to bring into conversation insights from secrecy and ignorance studies to bear on the production of knowledge within International Relations, particularly in relation to the gendered, raced and queered ways in which knowledge is (un)made. From queer and critical race theories of ‘passing’, ‘opacity’, erasure and amnesia, to gendered studies of silence and leaky bodies, this panel will explore the relationship between secrecy/ignorance and the unseen and unheard, the hidden, the silenced, the absent, and the opaque through gendered, sexed, and racialised ways of knowing.
In particular, papers that engage with the following areas of investigation that include, but are not limited to:
Please send 250-word abstracts to Elspeth Van Veeren firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28th of June 2019.