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Book Launch: Queer Conflict Research

New approaches to the study of political violence

Add to calendar 2024-05-16 14:00 2024-05-16 16:00 Europe/Rome Book Launch: Queer Conflict Research Hybrid Event Seminar Room 2 (Badia Fiesolana) and Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


16 May 2024

14:00 - 16:00 CEST


Hybrid Event

Seminar Room 2 (Badia Fiesolana) and Zoom

This session of QUALIFIE features a book presentation by Samuel Ritholtz (Oxford University).

For our final event of the year we are very happy to welcome Dr Samuel Ritholtz. Dr Ritholtz will present their recent co-edited volume on Queer Conflict Research, which brings together a team of international scholars, in order to provide a foundational guide to queer methodologies in the study of political violence and conflict. Contributors of the volume provide illuminating discussions on why queer approaches are important, what they entail and how to utilise a queer approach to political violence and conflict. The chapters explore a variety of methodological approaches, including fieldwork, interviews, cultural analysis, and archival research. They also engage with broader academic debates, such as how to work with research partners in an ethical manner. Including valuable case studies from around the world, the book demonstrates how these methods can be used in practice. It is the first critical, in-depth discussion on queer methods and methodologies for research on political violence and conflict.

Dr. Ritholtz will begin the session with a book presentation, after which Esteban Octavio Scuzarello and Anna Reißig will act as discussants. The session will culminate with a Q&A and an open discussion.

About the speaker:

Samuel Ritholtz is a Departmental Lecturer in International Relations at the DPIR, in association with St Hilda's College. Previously, they were a Max Weber Fellow and Part-Time (Assistant) Professor of Qualitative Methods in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the European University Institute. Their earned their DPhil and MSc at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre and my BSc at Cornell University. They have also held visiting research fellowships at the Hertie School (Centre for International Security) in Berlin, and at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, and have worked for the United Nations, in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, as well as for human rights organisations in Washington DC and Buenos Aires.

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