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GLOBAL LUNCHBOX | Women's International Thought Project

When: Friday, October 14, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Cindy Pingry  


Category: Academic


Please join us for the Global Lunchbox, a weekly forum convened by the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University featuring conversations with scholars about their current research on a range of critical global issues.

This collaborative and multi-disciplinary project is the first sustained attempt to write women back into the history of international thought and the academic discipline of International Relations. The Women and the History of International Thought project shows how women defined and transformed the substance and practice of international relations as it emerged as a separate intellectual field examining the relations between peoples, empires and states.

Focusing on two major centres of research— Britain and the United States — in the early to mid-twentieth century, the researchers are examining a variety of sites of knowledge production, including academe, but also less obvious pathways to and genres of international thought. Given the influence of European thought on Anglo-American international relations and the erasure of Black intellectuals, the project also examines several Black diasporic and European intellectuals.

Patricia Owens | University of Oxford

Patricia Owens is Professor of International Relations. She went to a state school in London and as the first in her family to go to university did not even think to apply to Oxbridge. Her research interests include twentieth-century international history and theory, historical and contemporary practices of Anglo-American counterinsurgency and military intervention, and disciplinary history and the history of international and political thought. She is Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme Research Project on Women and the History of International Thought and a Co-Investigator on a Danish Council for Independent Research Project, which is a collaboration between scholars with expertise on war, visual methods, quantitative methods and AI/machine learning.

Kimberly Hutchings | Queen Mary University of London

Professor Kimberly Hutchings started her academic career teaching philosophy at Wolverhampton University then moved to the Department of Politics at Edinburgh University, where she taught political and international theory and was also Head of Department. Her main publications include Kant, Critique and Politics (1996), International Political Theory (1998), Hegel and Feminist Philosophy (2003); Time and World Politics (2008); Global Ethics: an introduction (2nd edition, 2018); Violence and Political Theory (with Elizabeth Frazer) (2020); Women’s International Thought: towards a new canon (Co-Editor with Patricia Owens, Katharina Rietzler and Sarah Dunstan). She was a founder Editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory (2000-2004) and Lead Editor of the Review of International Studies, the journal of the British International Studies Association (BISA) (2011-2015). Kimberly was awarded the inaugural British International Studies prize for Distinguished Contribution to the Profession in 2015, and a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Theory Section of the International Studies Association in 2016, and from the Ethics Section of the International Studies Association in 2020. 

Katharina Rietzler | University of Sussex

Katharina Rietzler is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in American History at the University of Sussex, England where she also chairs the American Studies programme. Her research interests include international, intellectual and women’s history as well as the disciplinary history of International Relations. She is, with Patricia Owens, co-editor of Women’s International Thought: A New History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021) and with Owens, Kimberly Hutchings and Sarah Dunstan, the co-editor of Women’s International Thought: Toward A New Canon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022). Her latest journal article, on women’s intellectual labour in foreign policy think tanks, appeared in Diplomatic History in June 2022.

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