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Critical Methods for the Study of World Politics

Creativity and Transformation, 1st Edition

Edited by Shine Choi, Anna Selmeczi, Erzsébet Strausz


320 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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This book develops an approach to both method and the socio-political implications of knowledge production that embraces our embeddedness in the world that we study. It seeks to enact the transformative potentials inherent in this relationship in how it engages readers. It presents a reader-friendly and creative survey of some of the newest developments in critical research methods and critical pedagogy that together go beyond the aims of knowledge transfer that often structure our practices. Each contribution takes on a different shape, tone and orientation, and discusses a critical method or approach, teasing out the ways in which it can also work as a transformative practice. While the presentation of different methods is both rigorously practice-based and specific, contributors also offer reflections on the stakes of critical engagement and how it may play an important role in expanding and subverting existing regimes of intelligibility. Contributions variously address the following key questions:

  • What makes your research method important? How can others work with it? 
  • How has research through this method and/or the way you ended up deploying it transformed you and/or your practice?
  • How did it matter for thinking about community, (academic) collaboration, and sharing ‘knowledge’?

This volume makes the case for re-politicizing the importance of research and the transformative potentials of research methods not only in ‘accessing’ the world as an object of study, but as ways of acting and being in the world. It will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, critical theory, research methods and politics in general.

Table of Contents


three locations

studying in world politics / a reading guide

Erzsébet Strausz, Shine Choi and Anna Selmeczi




this book you are holding

Anna Selmeczi, Erzsébet Strausz, Shine Choi



Ephemeral language: communicating by breath

Marijn Nieuwenhuis



Untraining critique and the power of performance

Catherine Charrett


Connecting with Others

The labor of political theatre as embodied politics: A conversation

Richa Nagar and Anna Selmeczi

Para-citations: fragments on the law and lore of genre

Sam Okoth Opondo

feel (the edges)

Beyond a classroom: Experiments in a post-border praxis for the future

Koni Benson and Asher Gamadze

Anticolonial intimacies: How I learned to stop worrying about IR and start teaching politics

Himadeep Muppidi

A presence (m)otherwise

Sara Motta

Teaching about sexual violence in war

Kimberly Hutchings

Self-contact – the basis of presence

Nicholas Janni



Decolonizing visual ethnography: A transdisciplinary intervention

Rohan Kalyan

The drone cut-up project

Trevor McCrisken and Erzsébet Strausz with images and film by Ben Cook

Pull Toy



An exercise in questions and conversation: Does creativity need to be evaluated?

Shine Choi and Debbie Lisle

Trying not to write an academic book (while at the same time trying to write one)

Marysia Zalewski

How do you make yourself a chapter without organization?

Phil Gaydon, Conor Heaney, Hollie Mackenzie, and Iain MacKenzie



The practice of queer method in International Relations

Cynthia Weber interviewed by Anna Selmeczi and Erzsébet Strausz

Colouring LEP

The politics of images: a pluralist methodological framework

Roland Bleiker

Collage as an empowering art-based feminist method for IR

Saara Sarma




editing collage

About the Editors

shine choi teaches politics and international relations at Massey University. She is also Associate Editor of International Feminist Journal of Politics and co-editor of the book series, Creative Interventions in Global Politics with Rowman and Littlefield.

Anna Selmeczi is Lecturer and Programme Convener of the Masters in Southern Urbanism at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town.

Erzsébet Strausz is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Central European University, Hungary.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

  • Jenny Edkins ( and
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams (

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA


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