Future IR – Newcastle University

Future IR is a blog from scholars and research students in Politics at Newcastle University. By critically examining international politics and recasting disciplinary traditions in international relations, we seek to advance theories, concepts, and empirical studies in relation to the international and global. In doing so, the blog is oriented towards the future of researching and teaching international politics as well as contributing to understandings of the history and diversity of international politics and its global community of scholars.

We Need to Talk About Julia

We Need to Talk About Julia

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s prominent position in Australian life brought into much clearer focus a corrosive culture of commentary on difference. Gillard may have departed, but we really do need to talk about Julia.

Teaching IR with Popular Culture

Teaching IR with Popular Culture

How can we teach popular culture and politics without falling into the “real” politics / “imaginary” culture divide that is premised on an elementary understanding of culture as well as of politics?

British Memory of Colonial Brutality in Kenya and Elsewhere

British Memory of Colonial Brutality in Kenya and Elsewhere

British elite’s are slowly agreeing that Britain’s colonial history needs to be debated as the testimonies and documentary evidence challenge “long-cherished views” of this period of British colonial exploits.

Chinese Soft Power 2.0: The Politics of Fashion

Chinese Soft Power 2.0: The Politics of Fashion

Chinese soft power must be understood in light of China’s domestic politics as much as its international standing. The case of Peng Liuyan – better known as China’s First Lady – shows that this remains as true as ever.

What Does the Zombie Apocalypse Reveal About Canada-US Relations?

What Does the Zombie Apocalypse Reveal About Canada-US Relations?

Pat Martin’s jokes about emergency measures to combat a potential ‘zombie invasion’ are rich with subtext, challenging the conservative Americanisation of Canadian political culture.

Culture, Security, Identity: A Blog from Newcastle University

Culture, Security, Identity: A Blog from Newcastle University

e-IR’s latest blog will feature contributors from Newcastle University’s politics department, who will engage with the themes of culture, security and identity.

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