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International Biopolitics

Foucault, Globalisation and Imperialism

M.G.E. Kelly

In this article, I present a new Foucauldian reading of the international, via Foucault's concept of 'biopolitics'. I begin by surveying the existing Foucauldian perspectives on the international, which mostly take as their point of departure Foucault's concept of 'governmentality', and mostly diagnose a 'global governmentality' or 'global biopolitics' in the current era of globalisation. Against these majority positions, I argue that analysis of the contemporary international through the lens of Foucauldian biopolitics in fact shows us that our world system is marked by a parasitic imperialism of rich sovereign states over poor ones, carried on at the level of populations.

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‘The feeling of pursuing an ideal’

A League of Nations civil servant reflects on his work

Jane K. Cowan

Three decades before the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the international community – in its newly institutionalised guise as a League of Nations – was charged by its covenant to guarantee the rights and protections of a more limited number of people: those considered to be ‘persons belonging to minorities of race, religion or language’ in certain primarily east European states. The everyday work of ‘supervising’ the minorities treaties was carried out by newly recruited members of an entirely unprecedented genre of administration: an international civil service whose role was to support the League of Nations in all its various activities. This paper draws on unpublished interviews from 1965 and 1966, archival documents and first‐person retrospective accounts in which international civil servants describe and reflect on their work on minorities treaty supervision in the new international institution widely seen as an ‘experiment’. Focusing on the accounts of one important figure, the Spaniard Pablo de Azcárate (who served in the Administrative Commissions and Minorities Questions Section of the League of Nations Secretariat from 1922 to 1933), it explores the ethos, aspirations, frustrations and working practices of international civil servants in an institution still in formation and not yet fully bureaucratised.

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Andrew A. Szarejko

Every instructor's Introduction to International Relations (IR) course differs somewhat from other versions of this same course. From the means of student assessment to the assigned readings, there are many ways in which the details of this course

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From Cabaret to International Festivals

The Accidental Cultivation of a Curatorial Approach

Robyn Archer

who “cared for” their collections. The word has now spread to many of the things that I do, including the way I have “put together” large international arts festivals. In the world of arts festivals there now appears to be a clear divide between what

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International learning experiences at home in Japan

The challenges and benefits of taking English-medium courses for Japanese students

Yukiko Ishikura

). In the field of higher education, the international mobility of students, faculty and researchers, their knowledge and ideas, degrees, schools, programmes, curricula, and even educational philosophies can be seen as a result of globalisation. The

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Jan Ifversen

In this text, I will take a look at the beginnings of the international collaboration on conceptual history that led to the international association, History of Concepts Group (HCG), to yearly international conferences, to doctoral training

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Decolonising Durkheimian Conceptions of the International

Colonialism and Internationalism in the Durkheimian School during and after the Colonial Era

Grégoire Mallard and Jean Terrier

Today, the public interest in the theme of de/colonisation is taking many forms in a wide variety of domains. In the academic world, a new generation of scholars, especially from the social sciences and from international law, has prompted all

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Timo Pankakoski and Antto Vihma

Fragmentation has become a key concept in the analysis of international law and global governance in recent years. For many, fragmentation has both positive and negative aspects, but scholars are divided over which aspect is predominant. The

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Christiane Lemke

, poses a challenge to international engagement. The current crisis in the international order is fueled by nationalism and populism. In this crisis several principles are called into question: liberalism, as well as pluralism in the domestic setting

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Mei Qu

Nowadays, building international partnerships is no longer just an individual academic's personal issue, but involves a variety of actors who come from ‘government, education or private sectors’ and ‘global, national or local domains’ ( Knight