By Prachi Bhuckal,
Content Team Volunteer
The Political Science Department of Lady Shri Ram College for Women organised a guest lecture on 16th February 2017 and attempted to enhance the global political and social knowledge and sense of its student body. Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu, Associate Professor & Chairperson the Department of International Relations at South Asian University, rendered an illuminating session on “International Relations and the Global South: Carving an Identity”. Mr. Mallavarapu holds eminent contributions in the area of International Relations, its theories, disciplinary histories and the pedagogies of International Relations in the Global South.
The session, which was timed at 11:45 a.m., began with a brief introduction of what exactly constitutes International Relations and how it stands as an Anglo-based, ethnocentric discipline. An outline of what classifies as the Global South was also discussed. Finding symmetry in analytical narratives is vital when looking at how International Relations structures an identity. “The Global South is a political category and sense of sensibilities”, according to Mr. Mallavarapu, who called for a historical check on the same.
An intellectual talk raises important questions and many such questions were put up for a better understanding of the subject matter, such as “Can we speak/think of something called ‘Global Justice’?”, “What are the notions of inferiority in this scenario/context?”, “How vital is the decolonisation of the mind?” and many more. The area of diversity, which stands vital in the present-day global view, was also talked about. Mr. Mallavarapu subtly explained how Third World approaches to International Law can contribute in decolonizing International Relations, its virtues and shortcomings.
Many other important topics were also highlighted, such as Imperialism, Theory of International Politics, White World Order, Black Work Politics, Inventions of IR and much more. Altogether, the talk proved to be of immense importance and effect. The leaders of the future took a mind-oriented step forward in hopes of deconstructing the challenging notions and issues that concern International Relations. The Department along with its present study body appeared to be content with the opportunity thus provided to them as the session ended around 1:30 p.m.