IMC Seminar Series


Nick Cheesman
IMC Seminar Series

The Interpretation, Method and Critique (IMC) Seminar Series promotes and celebrates work in interpretive and critical methodologies and methods in the social sciences. It is interdisciplinary and welcoming of all research that places intersubjective meaning-making at the centre of social scientific inquiry, or that identifies with one or more traditions in critical theory and praxis.

The Seminar Series is among the activities of the IMC network, a joint initiative of the ANU’s School of Politics and International Relations, and the Department of Political and Social Change. The network also organises conferences and workshops, classes for undergraduate and graduate research students, podcasts, and more. Visit the IMC webpage for details.

IMC Seminars are on Fridays, 12 - 1pm, Australian Eastern Time (Standard/Daylight) unless otherwise indicated. Not all seminars are recorded. A list of recorded seminars and links is here.

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Interested to present a talk? Keen to know more about the IMC? Write to the convenors:
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Past events

Book Discussion — Mobilizing in Uncertainty: Collective Identities and War in Abkhazia (Anastasia Shesterinina)

26 May 2023

Drawing on nearly two hundred in-depth interviews with participants and nonparticipants in the war in Abkhazia collected over eight months of immersive...

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CANCELLED - Is Queer an Interpretive Method? (Cai Wilkinson)

12 May 2023

This seminar has been cancelled. Cai Wilkinson is an Associate Professor in International Relations, Deakin University. Cai's research focuses on societal...

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A Decolonial Feminist Politics of Fieldwork: Centering Community, Reflexivity, and Loving Accountability (Laura J. Shepherd and Colleagues)

28 Apr 2023

International Studies scholarship has benefitted from insights from Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Geography, and other disciplines to craft a...

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Genealogy as Method: Historicising Political Subjectivities and the Political Unconscious (Adele Webb)

24 Mar 2023

Within the political science scholarship on democracy, there is a modest but growing concern about the need to make more complex our understandings of citizens...

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What is interpretivist interviewing? (Frederic Schaffer)

10 Mar 2023

This talk explores the promise of interpretivist interviewing for political science. That promise is to elucidate, up-close and self-reflectively, how people...

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The Interpretive Aspect of all Social Science Methods (John Dryzek)

2 Dec 2022

Philosopher of science Karl Popper (who believed in objective causal explanation) argued in The Logic of Scientific Discovery that observations in science are...

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Revisiting ontology (and epistemology): Communicating with one’s methodological others (those who think about research in terms of variables) (Peregrine Schwartz-Shea)

18 Nov 2022

In a “new, updated version of KKV”—so says the blurb: “a classic text in guiding strong research design” presents “a unified approach to qualitative and...

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Methods of Interpretive Policy Analysis: A Practice Perspective (Severine van Bommel)

28 Oct 2022

This chapter takes as its focus the actual practice, with respect to methods, of practitioners in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA).  In textbooks on...

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Taking ideology seriously: An interpretive account of ideological experience (Jason Blakely)

14 Oct 2022

This presentation begins by puzzling over various longstanding dilemmas in the study of ideology, attempting to briefly clarify why mainstream political...

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A meta-categorical framework for relational policy theory: re-imagining the Multiple Streams Framework (Nick Turnbull)

13 May 2022

Tripartite theoretical frameworks and metaphors are common in policy theory. We argue that these frameworks have been misapplied, being construed ontologically...

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