MJ Peterson chaired a roundtable session on "Bridgebuilding in International Relations Scholarship" on Friday March, 18, 2011 at the 2011 International Studies Association meeting in Montreal. The session attracted more than 300 people.
The roundtable brought together scholars working within or at the interstices of conventional international relations (IR) subfields and research traditions to reflect on the theoretical influences which have guided them in their work, discuss insights generated by research that cuts across conventional disciplinary boundaries, and consider the extent to which such research agendas are leading to a broader theoretical synthesis in IR. Organizers asked participants to identify one or more combinations of literatures that they had found useful in their own research, to reflect on the additional insights gained by using the combinations provided, and to reflect on the challenges they faced in dealing with any incommensurabilities of conception contained in the chosen literatures.
Short presentations were given by Peter Katzestein (Cornell), Craig Murphy (UMass-Boston), Joseph Nye (Harvard), Peter Haas (UMass-Amherst), Charli Carpenter (UMass-Amherst), and Kathryn Sikkink (U of Minnesota).
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