International Relations Theory/Area/History Research Workshop

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof William Callahan CBG.9.05 and Dr Katharine Millar CBG 8.13


This course is open to all interested MPhil/PhD students and faculty in the Department of International Relations. It is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The department was present at the creation of international theory. Its scholars and research students have long played leading roles in inventing and developing the discipline’s paradigms and approaches. In recent decades, international theory has moved beyond its European roots, enhanced by the theories and histories of other peoples and places. Area studies specialists, historians, and scholars from other fields increasingly situate their work in international and global contexts, creating new, interdisciplinary meeting points between IR and other fields in the humanities and social sciences. IR502 is part of the research-training programme for all research students working in the often overlapping spaces of international theory, area studies, and history. The workshop provides a forum in which faculty and research students can present their work on topics including everything from Global, Postcolonial and Feminist IR to IR’s traditional paradigms. The papers are circulated in advance.


A minimum of 6 hours of seminars in the MT. A minimum of 6 hours of seminars in the LT.  Some of these may be delivered online.


This course is not assessed.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2021/22: 2

Average class size 2021/22: 3

Value: Non-credit bearing

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