On making art and doing IR

Hosted by the Department of International Relations

Old Theatre, Old Building


Dr Saara Särmä

Dr Saara Särmä

Academy Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Information Technology, Tampere University

Sara Wong

Sara Wong

PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations, LSE

Dr Audrey Alejandro

Dr Audrey Alejandro

Assistant Professor, Department of Methodology, LSE


Professor William A Callahan

Professor William A Callahan

Professor, Department of International Relations, LSE

Saara Särmä has used art-making as part of her research in multiple ways over the years. In this talk she will introduce playful visual arts-based methods that she has used and developed in her work, such as collages and installations.

Collages and installations can work as modes to study IR issues, and they are important tools in making IR themes visual in accessible form for audiences outside of academia. Furthermore, art-making can be empowering on personal and collective levels, thus Dr Särmä will share with us why she thinks that these methods have transformative potential.

Meet our speaker and chair

Dr Saara Särmä, Tampere University. Saara Särmä is a feminist, an activist, an artist and a researcher. She’s interested in politics of visuality and image circulation, feminist academic activism, and laughter in world politics.

Dr Audrey Alejandro, Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology, LSE

Sara Wong, PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations, LSE

Chair: William A Callahan, Professor in the Department of International Relations, LSE

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