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Captive Minds, Subaltern Subjects? The Function and Agency of Eastern Europe in International Security Studies

Malksoo, Maria (2018) Captive Minds, Subaltern Subjects? The Function and Agency of Eastern Europe in International Security Studies. In: ISA 2019 Annual Convention 'Re-visioning International Studies: Innovation and Progress', 27-30 March 2019, Toronto, Canada. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Historically an object of rather than a subject in international security politics, Eastern Europe (EE) and the region’s specific insecurities are conventionally thought to have hardly informed theory-building in International Security Studies (ISS). Nor does the region with its constituents’ relatively young and occasionally disrupted state-and nation-building, and an obsession with state security thereof, appear as a primary candidate for ‘globalising IR’, commonly associated with overcoming state-focused analysis of international relations. What would it mean to rethink security from the subaltern perspective of EE? Through a critical discourse analysis of the ways EE has featured as a space, trope, and scholarly origin in the major ISS/IR journals over the past quarter-century, this paper delineates the intellectual import-export patterns between ISS and EE area studies. Conceptualising EE and the pertinent area studies as a pattern-effect in the circulatory system of knowledge generation about international security, I contend that EE has been instrumental for the ISS subfield as an exemplary student of the Western theory and practice of IR (‘captive minds’). EE has served as a ritual space for exercising the civilizing mission of the West and testing the related theories (security community building, democratisation, modernisation, Europeanisation, norm diffusion) in practice.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Eastern Europe, International Security Studies, area studies, sociology of knowledge, theory in practice
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2019 10:41 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 11:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76689 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Malksoo, Maria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7110-2050
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