OxPol Blogcast showcases research, analysis, insights, and experiences from the members of the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), and specialist guests from the Oxford academic community and beyond.
Why were the contributions of some thinkers in the field of International Relations erased from history, while others became prominent enough to reach the reading lists of today? Many of those thinkers, whose perspectives never got to see the light of day, happen to be women. On this episode of the OxPol Blogcast, host Anastasia Bektimirova is joined by Dr. Patricia Owens, a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, who is recovering the thinkers lost in the 20th century by writing a gendered history of the intellectual field. Drawing on the multi-award winning Leverhulme Project on Women and the History of International Thought, where she is the principal investigator, as well as on her individual research, Patricia introduces us to the many thinkers whose works she and colleagues have recovered, and discusses the related challenges and creative methodological approaches that archival research can entail. We also address the present state of affairs in academia to see if the practices and politics of the past, that have contributed to some voices being silenced, are echoed today.
This episode is part of the series Women in Politics: Perspectives from the Field and Academia which explores a feminist turn in Political Science and International Relations research, and tries to better understand women’s experiences in politics.