Dr. Xavier Guillaume (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) will talk about how sound matters in the field of international relations (IR). Based on a paper co-authored with Dr. Kyle Grayson (Newcastle University), and drawing upon literature from cultural geography and sound studies, the talk will highlight how sounds contribute to political dynamics that are constitutive of IR, notably as a way to deepen our understanding of how the senses affect international relations.

While much has been written on visuality, the talk aims to broaden some of the initial work undertaken on sound by extending it beyond music and voice. The talk will highlight four original contributions that mark an advance in the understanding of how our senses and relations of power are mutually constitutive.

The theory seminar will be moderated by Senior Research Fellow at NUPI Benjamin de Carvalho.

Xavier recently joined the University of Groningen's Department of International Relations and International Organization. He has previously held positions at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Geneva. He holds a PhD from the University of Geneva and has taught about and researched numerous theoretical and empirical issues such as the identity/alterity nexus in IR theory, Japanese national identity formation from the 16th to the early 20th century, citizenship and security, colors and security, silence and security, everyday and resistance in international relations, processual approaches in IR theory, or representation of Islam in the west.