Science, Technology and Art in International Relations (STAIR)

Welcome to STAIR

This newly chartered section recognizes that science, technology, and art are at the core of global politics. They shape much of the everyday reality of international security, statecraft, development, design of critical global infrastructures, approaches to social justice, and the practices of global governance. Science, technology and art (i.e., in the form of creativity, the arts, architecture and design) permeate international affairs in the form of material elements and networks, technical instruments, systems of knowledge and scientific practices. Yet, they also challenge existing conceptual approaches and prompt us to step beyond IR canons to seek inter-disciplinary collaborations. Through this new section we generate the space for international Relations (IR) as a discipline and field to engage these matters through productive intellectual research conversations with existing subsections as well as other disciplines. Our intention is that this will facilitate theoretical understandings of how we go about creating, assessing, and deliberating scientific, technological and artistic design and their impact on the shifts of contemporary world order. To use a methodological metaphor, if science, technology and art are held constant in most IR models, STAIR aims to make them variable!


Michele Acuto | Section Co-Chair
February 2015 - February 2017
University College London

Maximilian Mayer | Section Co-Chair
February 2015 - February 2017
Bonn University

Madeline M. Carr | Section Program Co-Chair
March 2016 - February 2017
Aberystwyth University

David Hornsby | Section Program Co-Chair
March 2016 - February 2017
University of the Witwatersrand

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