Professor Iver B. Neumann, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Professor Neumann will present his recent ethnography of diplomacy. Built on six years of participant observation inside the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it details what diplomats do when they are not on postings, what they think about what they do, and the difference between the two. Neumann will lead with some remarks on how Foreign Ministries emerged historically, and close with a discussion of how diplomats are hierarchised in terms of class and gender.
Professor Iver B. Neumann is the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, formerly Research Director at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Adjunct Professor in International Relations at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His work, since the 1980s, has dealt broadly with group identity formation in terms of the Soviet Union and ‘The West’, leading him on to a second PhD in Social Anthropology and the study of everyday practices of diplomacy and governmentality.
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