Author profile: Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Xymena Kurowska

Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is a Reader in International Politics and the Director of the Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. Her current research explores ways and problems of knowing in international politics. She has failed in fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Berlin, New York, Washington, Myanmar and most recently Colombia, but is today grateful for the productive ruptures that these failures have enabled.

Xymena Kurowska is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Central European University (CEU). She received her doctorate in political and social sciences from European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has been a grantee of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme, CEU principal investigator in Global Norm Evolution and Responsibility to Protect project, Marie Skłodowska-Curie senior research fellow at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, and serves as academic rapporteur for EU Cyber Direct.

Building on Ruins or Patching up the Possible? Reinscribing Fieldwork Failure in IR as a Productive Rupture

Failure is produced structurally but experienced personally, and is always hard to take. All academics, by virtue of being academics, are haunted by it.


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