ISA 2015: Our Innovative Panel on “Art as Subject, Art as Method”

It’s that time of year again. I’ll be participating in the International Studies Association’s Annual Convention for the second year in a row, building on some of the work I was doing before shifting my research to the study of local politics and land use planning.

I was asked by Megan Daigle to participate in one of the ISA’s eight Innovative Panel sessions. It’s called “Art as Subject, Art as Method,” and we’re doing two things differently.

First, short presentations from five of us will explore how we can engage art, craft, and practice in the study of international politics.

Second, we’re not just talking about art and craft: we’re doing it. We’re inviting attendees to participate in the making of a collective collage, or to bring their own projects to work on during the session.

My paper is called “Making space for the unexpected: Knitting in formal spaces as disciplinary critique in International Relations.” In it, I use autoethnographic vignettes to explore the subject, and my talk will also cover some of the parallels between the use of narrative and the act of knitting in professional spaces.

I’ve written on knitting and I’ve written using narrative before, but I’m thrilled to engage these questions in such a unique space.

If you’re attending the conference in New Orleans, I hope you’ll join us on Thursday at 1:45 in the Fountain Room at the Hilton (session TC21). And bring a work in progress!

Update February 15, 2015: I should also say that we’d be thrilled if you would bring some images or other materials to contribute to the group collage project.