Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


International Studies

First Advisor's Name

Francois Debrix

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Patricia Price

Third Advisor's Name

George Kovacs

Date of Defense



What constitutes the meaning of a place? In what ways does place affect our ways of thought? This study seeks to explore the geopolitical relationship between place and the study of International Relations (IR). By re-conceptualizing the category of place as a situated and geo-historical marker of human identity, new spaces of inclusion and collaboration in Latin American-U.S. relations can be uncovered, linking the study of phenomenology to contemporary IR theories. With attention on the lived-experience and existential nature of geopolitics behind Latin American-U.S. Cold War relations, the study of geopolitics can be de-colonized from the monopoly of dominant centers of knowledge, displacing the historical exclusion of responses and alternatives from the marginalized developing world. The displacement of these imperial forms of thought thus gives rise to a critical pedagogy of international relations as a practice constituting everyday life, re-thinking the history of the discipline in order to broaden its horizons.




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