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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Professor V Spike Peterson

COFUND Senior Research Fellow at Josephine Butler College, Durham University (April - June 2014)

V. Spike Peterson is Professor of Political Science and International Relations, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona. Prof Peterson is considered to be among the most internationally important senior scholars currently working at the intersections of International Relations, Feminist and Queer Theory, and of International Political Economy. She has held some of the most competitive fellowships the field has to offer (from being Visiting Scholar at University of Southern California’s Centre for International Relations to winning a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Residence), and she has held significant grants (including a MacArthur Foundation Peace and International Cooperation grant).

In the 21st century, conventional family, market and state arrangements are no longer stable. Feminist challenges to sex/gender relations, queer disruptions of heteronormative premises, and neoliberal reconfigurations of formal and informal ‘work’ are transforming gender/sex/erotic relations, household formations and market dynamics. These changes call for a rethinking of analytical premises in the study of global politics. This research project will make a significant contribution towards such an agenda, by bringing together a range of staff from across the University engaged in thinking the political beyond territorial explanation, rethinking the everyday in geographical inquiry and studying the changing cultural economies of money and finance. Drawing on Prof Peterson’s expertise and vast experience in the fields of gender/queer/political theory, this project asks what might it mean to queer conventional analyses of world politics in order to enable transformative analyses of power inequalities across individual, inter-group, national and global levels. The project will begin by way of a high profile workshop to be co-hosted by the CSGS and Geography Department, leading to a special issue of papers by Professor Peterson, Durham staff and international colleagues on the subject of ‘Queering the International’ to be submitted to a leading journal in the field.

“I am enormously grateful for the experience afforded by my fellowship at Durham University and for the extremely productive and research-advancing opportunities it involved.”

Professor V Spike Peterson, University of Arizona