SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Amitav Acharya and Barry Buzan in conversation with Dan Plesch

Professor Amitav Acharya (American University, Washington), Professor Barry Buzan (LSE), Dr Dan Plesch (SOAS), chaired by Dr Meera Sabaratnam (SOAS)

Date: 20 June 2019Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 20 June 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

Professors Barry Buzan and Amitav Acharya in conversation with Dr. Dan Plesch about their research and work editing the groundbreaking book "Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives On and Beyond Asia". The work argues that given that the world has moved well beyond the period of Western colonialism, and clearly into a durable period in which non-Western cultures have gained their political autonomy, it is long past time that non-Western voices had a higher profile in debates about international relations, not just as disciples of Western schools of thought, but as inventors of their own approaches. 

Amitav Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC. He is the first non-Western scholar to be elected (for 2014-15) as the President of the International Studies Association (ISA), the largest and most influential global network in international studies. Previously he was a Professor at York University, Toronto, and the Chair in Global Governance at the University of Bristol.

Barry Buzan is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the LSE (formerly Montague Burton Professor); honorary professor at Copenhagen, Jilin, and China Foreign Affairs Universities; a Senior Fellow at LSE Ideas; and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Dan Plesch is Director of the Centre for International Studies at SOAS, University of London. Plesch’s research in Strategic Studies currently focuses on applying lessons of war termination and peace building from World War Two to the 21st Century.

The event will be chaired by Meera Sabaratnam. Meera is Senior Lecturer in International Relations. Her research interests are in the colonial and postcolonial dimensions of international relations, in both theory and practice. She has worked on questions of decolonisation, Eurocentrism, race and methodology in IR. She has applied these concepts to the analysis of international development aid, peacebuilding and statebuilding, most recently in her book Decolonising Intervention (2017). Her regional interests are in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Currently she is working on questions of race in IR theory and a postcolonial historiography of the First World War.

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Organiser: CISD

Contact email: fe5@soas.ac.uk