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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


132 Series Titles

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Affective Heritage and the Politics of Memory after 9/11 Curating Trauma at the Memorial Museum

Affective Heritage and the Politics of Memory after 9/11: Curating Trauma at the Memorial Museum

1st Edition


Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas
March 31, 2021

This book critically examines the institutional curation of traumatic memory at the 9/11 Memorial Museum and its evocative power as a cultural storyteller. Memorial Museums are evocative spaces. Drawing on aesthetic practices deeply rooted in representing the ‘unrepresentability’ of cultural trauma...

Rethinking the Body in Global Politics Bodies, Body Politics and the Body Politic in a Time of Pandemic

Rethinking the Body in Global Politics: Bodies, Body Politics and the Body Politic in a Time of Pandemic

1st Edition


Kandida Purnell
March 22, 2021

This book rethinks the body in global politics and the particular roles bodies play in our international system, foregrounding processes and practices involved in the continually contested (re/dis)embodiment of both human bodies and collective bodies politic. Purnell provides a new, innovative, and...

Humanitarianism, Human Rights and Security The Case of Frontex

Humanitarianism, Human Rights and Security: The Case of Frontex

1st Edition


Nina Perkowski
December 31, 2020

Examining the relationship between humanitarianism, human rights, and security in the governance of borders and migration, this book analyses the case of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), challenging the common assumption that humanitarianism and human rights provide a critical ...

A New Political Imagination Making the Case

A New Political Imagination: Making the Case

1st Edition


Tony Fry, Madina Tlostanova
November 13, 2020

The book presents the case for the making of a new political imagination by offering a critique of existing political institutions, philosophy and practices that are unable to provide the thinking, means and leadership to deal with the complexity and crises of specific locales and the world at ...

Nation-branding in Practice The Politics of Promoting Sports, Cities and Universities in Kazakhstan and Qatar

Nation-branding in Practice: The Politics of Promoting Sports, Cities and Universities in Kazakhstan and Qatar

1st Edition

Kristin Anabel Eggeling
May 20, 2020

This book investigates the political implications of country promotion through practices of ‘nation-branding’ by drawing on contemporary examples from the sports, urban development and higher education sector in Kazakhstan and Qatar. Nation-branding has emerged as a central practice of ...

Cultures of Violence Visual Arts and Political Violence

Cultures of Violence: Visual Arts and Political Violence

1st Edition

Ruth Kinna, Gillian Whiteley
April 29, 2020

Investigating art practitioners’ responses to violence, this book considers how artists have used art practices to rethink concepts of violence and non-violence. It explores the strategies that artists have deployed to expose physical and symbolic violence through representational, performative and...

Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe

Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe

1st Edition

Maurice Stierl
April 28, 2020

Over the past few years, increased ‘unauthorised’ migrations into the territories of Europe have resulted in one of the most severe crises in the history of the European Union. Stierl explores migration and border struggles in contemporary Europe and the ways in which they animate, problematise, ...

Critical Methods for the Study of World Politics Creativity and Transformation

Critical Methods for the Study of World Politics: Creativity and Transformation

1st Edition

Shine Choi, Anna Selmeczi, Erzsébet Strausz
December 09, 2019

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 creative ...

Necrogeopolitics On Death and Death-Making in International Relations

Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations

1st Edition

Caroline Alphin, François Debrix
October 10, 2019

Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations brings together a diverse array of critical IR scholars, political theorists, critical security studies researchers, and critical geographers to provide a series of interventions on the topic of death and death-making in global ...

Colonial Citizenship and Everyday Transnationalism An Immigrant’s Story

Colonial Citizenship and Everyday Transnationalism: An Immigrant’s Story

1st Edition

Alexandria J. Innes
August 22, 2019

This book uncovers the contradictions and convergences of racism, decolonisation, migration and living international relations that were shaped by the shift from colonialism to postcolonialism and from nationalism to transnationalism between the 1950s and the present. It takes up the story of...

The EU, Hamas and the 2006 Palestinian Elections A Performance in Politics

The EU, Hamas and the 2006 Palestinian Elections: A Performance in Politics

1st Edition

Catherine Charrett
August 08, 2019

This book addresses how institutional and diplomatic rituals shaped the European Union’s sanction of Hamas after the latter’s success in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections. Through a lens of performance and performativity it explains how socialisation and the duress of performative rituals ...

Methodology and Emotion in International Relations Parsing the Passions

Methodology and Emotion in International Relations: Parsing the Passions

1st Edition

Eric Van Rythoven, Mira Sucharov
June 20, 2019

This volume offers a state-of-the-art study of the diverse methodological approaches and issues in the study of emotions in international relations research. While interest in emotion and affect in IR has grown in recent years, there remains an absence of sustained engagement with questions of ...

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