Patricia Owen | The Duck of Minerva


Professor Patricia Owens joins the Hayseed Scholar podcast.

Professor Owens grew up in London, with Irish parents who had emigrated from Ireland during the Troubles, and the conflict in Northern Ireland served as the backdrop to his life and especially his growth. Patricia attended a Catholic school in south London until she was 16, and her Catholicism was less a “religious” factor than a cultural and political identity that shaped her childhood in England at this time. She talks about playing football from an early age, going to Bristol for college, the high-impact period of studying abroad in the mid-90s in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she first encountered political theory, and was a tour manager for local indie rock. June group in 1996:

Prof Owens went to Cambridge for her MA and then to Aberystwyth for her PhD. She reflects on that time and the fellowships and postdocs that happened in the late 1990s and early 2000s in the American academy, and how these shaped what interested her. But there has always been Arendt, a theorist whose work influenced Professor Owens throughout the 2000s (work that Brent connected to especially during his time at KU) and 2010. Professor Owens talks about the Women Project in the History of International Thought, a Leverhulme-funded project that reconfigured our understanding of the history and historiography of international thought (and IR):

She and Brent wrap up with her thoughts on writing, unwinding, and more!


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