Science, Technology and Art in International Relations (STAIR)

A map of STAIR's Panel Titles from ISA 2019

Welcome to STAIR

This newly chartered section recognizes that science, technology, and art are at the core of global politics. They shape much of the everyday reality of international security, statecraft, development, design of critical global infrastructures, approaches to social justice, and the practices of global governance. Science, technology and art (i.e., in the form of creativity, the arts, architecture and design) permeate international affairs in the form of material elements and networks, technical instruments, systems of knowledge and scientific practices. Yet, they also challenge existing conceptual approaches and prompt us to step beyond IR canons to seek inter-disciplinary collaborations. Through this new section we generate the space for international Relations (IR) as a discipline and field to engage these matters through productive intellectual research conversations with existing subsections as well as other disciplines. Our intention is that this will facilitate theoretical understandings of how we go about creating, assessing, and deliberating scientific, technological and artistic design and their impact on the shifts of contemporary world order. To use a methodological metaphor, if science, technology and art are held constant in most IR models, STAIR aims to make them variable!


Nicholas Kiersey | Section Chair
April 2021 - March 2023
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Maurizio Tinnirello | Section Program Chair
April 2021 - March 2023
Independent Researcher

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When you become an ISA member, you can add on a STAIR membership for a low fee. Membership dues help to support section activities and awards.

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