Silences are powerful political acts in international politics. They can obscure, discriminate, and marginalise, denying voice and visibility. They are thus political and need to be inquired. Yet, they are sometimes taken for granted as concepts and areas of research. This Café aims to discuss silences in international politics. It will invite participants to reflect around various questions such as:
What are silences? How do they matter in international politics/IR? Why should we analyse silences?
How can we make silences speak? How do we research silences methodologically? How can we inquire into something that is not spoken?
The Café will provide an informal setting where to chat about these matters with experts on silences into small groups.