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Global Governance and the Worst Case Scenario: Theorizing the International Relations of a Zombie Holocaust

March 23, 2011

ISA 2011 featured a book panel on Daniel Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies.

Stephanie Carvin created, animated, moderated, and even presented on the roundtable. Other participants included Robert Farley (of LGM), Jeremy Youde, myself, Charli Carpenter, and, of course, Dan D. Topics included:

  • The results of zombie-apocalypse simulations;
  • The global health regime and flesh-eating ghouls;
  • Post-Zombie IR theory;
  • The laws of war meet reanimated corpses; and
  • The cyborg menace.

For those of you who missed the panel, we now have a podcast available. Recording quality is uneven — Rob, despite being roughly the size of a hill giant, has trouble switching his voice to any setting other than “mellow.” Charli’s presentation simply isn’t the same without the mashed-up film she played in the background. I did not include Q&A, because I lack permission from the audience to broadcast their comments. But despite these failings, the podcast is well worth your time.

Download here, or indirectly via Kittenboo.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.