[Blueboard] Public Lecture on the Centenary of Cartoons on South Africa's International Relations by Dr. Peter Vale

Office of International Relations oir at admu.edu.ph
Thu Jun 16 18:51:45 PHT 2011

Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology

La Trobe University


Philippines Australia Studies Centre

La Trobe University


Philippines Australia Studies Network

Ateneo de Manila University


invite you 

to a public lecture

On the Centenary of Cartoons on South Africa's International Relations




Dr. Peter Vale

Professor of Humanities, University of Johannesburg


21 June, Tuesday
4.30 - 6.00 pm
Social Sciences Conference Rooms 3 & 4
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City




This discussion is a part of ongoing work on a book on a centenary of cartoons on South Africa's international relations. It considers Anca Pusca's interesting and thoughtful Review Essay on Walter Benjamin in the most recent edition of International: Political Sociology as a point of departure. Pusca's essay draws Benjamin closer to the discipline of International Relations, and weaves his ideas into the "aesthetic turn," and then considers the work of other International Relations writers like Roland Bleiker, Cynthia Weber, and Christine Sylvester. One of Anca Pusca's points is that the life of International Relations-even in the work of these talented colleagues-remains embedded in the "classical International Relations sites" of war, conflict, terror, and so on. Benjamin offers us a bridge to a world less dictated by the boundaries of the discipline and more by the context of the research. Cartoons seem terrific examples of a way to escape the disciplinary limits by focussing on the creative context of the moment when art and International Relations come together. Research on cartoons has brought me into the everyday world of the cartoonist-folk who often make the most telling comments on International Relations' grim world. This is a new opening on the idea that history-as Benjamin argued was not a "succession of key moments"-but a liminal process of "becoming and disappearing"-to quote Benjamin from Anca Pusca's essay. This discussion suggests that International Relations misses important insights by not looking more deeply into the everyday life of cartoons.

Peter Vale is Professor of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg and former Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics at Rhodes University. Among visiting appointments, he has been a Fellow at the International Centre for Advanced Studies, New York University, and Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His interests include social thought in South Africa, critical theory and the future of the Humanities. Most recently, he has published on social theory and Southern Africa security, Cold War thought and the origins of international relations in South Africa. Currently, he is working on a book on cartoons and South African foreign policy. His most recent publications is a co-edited book (with Heather Jacklin) Re-imagining the Social in South Africa: Critique and Post-Apartheid Knowledge (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2009).


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