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My Final Word to Daniel Drezner on Zombies

[ 7 ] March 31, 2011 |

At the International Studies Association conference a couple of week’s back, both Rob and I were invited to join Stephanie Carvin’s round-table roasting Daniel Drezner for his new book Theory of International Politics and Zombies.

Rob’s presentation refuted some of Drezner’s findings on the empirics; mine refutes one or two rather important assumptions as well as interrogating the normative underpinnings of his book. Here is the video blog version.

(This panel, by the way, was voted among the “Top 20 ISA Panels of All Time” by a “senior academic sitting in audience” via Twitter. My post-ISA content analysis of the conference Twitter hashtag also shows that ‘zombies’ was the fifth most common word tweeted at the entire conference– beaten only by ‘#isa2011’, ‘rt,’ ‘panel’ and ‘http’, and surpassing the words ‘power,’ ‘libya’ and even ‘bitly’ as well as references to the IPad contest being thrown by Routledge Press. What this suggests about the state of IR as a discipline one can only wonder, but Steve Saideman has a few choice thoughts.)


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  1. Brendan says:

    What is the footage of the MIRVing warhead from? It kind of looks like Battlestar Galactica but I don’t remember anything like that.

  2. […] If you have any familiarity with Dan Drezner’s new book, Theories of International Politics and Zombies and/or with IR theory, you have to watch this. […]

  3. Tlaloc says:

    the meaningless gobbledygook reminds me viscerally just how far the social studies have to come before they’re worth treating with anything but derision.

  4. Felix Gaeta says:

    What does your conclusion make you, Dr. Carpenter? A human collaborator?

    No, I think the real answer is that it is you who is the cylon, and Drezner who is the poor dupe.

    After all, it was the Donalde who first recognised you have many copies. This is something which he has since covered up. This makes me wonder if it’s possible the Donalde is merely another model, the author of The Plan, one which you have gone totally off-script by pursuing an interest in human security.

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