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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:

‘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


151 Series Titles

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Spatiality, Sovereignty and Carl Schmitt Geographies of the Nomos

Spatiality, Sovereignty and Carl Schmitt: Geographies of the Nomos

1st Edition

Edited By Stephen Legg
December 15, 2011

The writings of Carl Schmitt are now indissociable from both an historical period and a contemporary moment. He will forever be remembered for his association with the National Socialists of 1930s Germany, and as the figure whose writings on sovereignty, politics, and the law provided justification...

Governing Sustainable Development Partnerships, Protests and Power at the World Summit

Governing Sustainable Development: Partnerships, Protests and Power at the World Summit

1st Edition

By Carl Death
September 13, 2011

Multilateral UN summits from Stockholm to Copenhagen have set the pace and direction for the global governance of sustainable development. The 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was a key moment in the evolution of sustainable development as a discourse and summitry as...

Ethics As Foreign Policy Britain, The EU and the Other

Ethics As Foreign Policy: Britain, The EU and the Other

1st Edition

By Dan Bulley
April 21, 2011

Ethical foreign policy has often been considered utopian, unrealistic and potentially very dangerous. Dan Bulley argues for a reconceptualisation of ethics as foreign policy, as both look to how we can, and ought to, relate to others. Inspired by the deconstructive thought of Jacques Derrida, ...

Autobiographical International Relations I, IR

Autobiographical International Relations: I, IR

1st Edition

Edited By Naeem Inayatullah
January 13, 2011

This volume provides a novel approach to international relations. In the course of fifteen essays, scholars write about how life events brought them to their subject matter. They place their narratives in the larger context of world politics, culture, and history. Autobiographical International ...

The Time of the City Politics, philosophy and genre

The Time of the City: Politics, philosophy and genre

1st Edition

By Michael Shapiro
July 21, 2010

The Time of the City is a trans-disciplinary work with a focus on genre-city relationships as they articulate the micropolitics of urban life in diverse cities. Shifting the territorial emphasis of political studies from the mosaic of states to the global network of cities, the book draws on urban ...

Universality, Ethics and International Relations A Grammatical Reading

Universality, Ethics and International Relations: A Grammatical Reading

1st Edition

By Véronique Pin-Fat
November 10, 2009

Universality Ethics and International Relations introduces students to the key debates about ethics in international relations theory. This book explores the reasons why grappling with universality and ethics seems to be a profound endeavour and where we end up when we do. By offering a new way of...

Critical Theorists and International Relations

Critical Theorists and International Relations

1st Edition

Edited By Jenny Edkins, Nick Vaughan-Williams
April 02, 2009

A wide range of critical theorists is used in the study of international politics, and until now there has been no text that gives concise and accessible introductions to these figures. Critical Theorists and International Relations provides a wide-ranging introduction to thirty-two important ...

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