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:
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.
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
Untraining critique and the power of performance
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
A presence (m)otherwise
Teaching about sexual violence in war
Self-contact – the basis of presence
Decolonizing visual ethnography: A transdisciplinary intervention
The drone cut-up project
Trevor McCrisken and Erzsébet Strausz with images and film by Ben Cook
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)
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
The politics of images: a pluralist methodological framework
Collage as an empowering art-based feminist method for IR
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:
‘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