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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


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Subversive Pedagogies Radical Possibility in the Academy

Subversive Pedagogies: Radical Possibility in the Academy

1st Edition

Edited By Kate Schick, Claire Timperley
November 30, 2021

This interdisciplinary volume examines the place of critical and creative pedagogies in the academy and beyond, offering insights from leading and emerging international theorists and scholar-activists on innovative theoretical and practical interventions for the classroom, the university, and the ...

Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe

Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe

1st Edition

By 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

Edited By Shine Choi, Anna Selmeczi, Erzsébet Strausz
December 05, 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

Edited By Caroline Alphin, François Debrix
October 08, 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

By Alexandria Innes
August 20, 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

By 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

Edited By 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 ...

The Anarchist Imagination Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences

The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Edited By Carl Levy, Saul Newman
April 11, 2019

This is a broad ranging introduction to twenty-first-century anarchism which includes a wide array of theoretical approaches as well as a variety of empirical and geographical perspectives. The book demonstrates how the anarchist imagination has influenced the humanities and social sciences ...

Autonomy of Migration? Appropriating Mobility within Biometric Border Regimes

Autonomy of Migration?: Appropriating Mobility within Biometric Border Regimes

1st Edition

By Stephan Scheel
April 01, 2019

Examining how migrants appropriate mobility in the context of biometric border controls, this volume mobilises new analytics and empirics in the debates about the politics of migration and provides an analytically effective and politically significant tool for the study of contemporary migration. ...

EU Democracy Promotion and Governmentality Turkey and Beyond

EU Democracy Promotion and Governmentality: Turkey and Beyond

1st Edition

By Hanna L. Muehlenhoff
March 05, 2019

This volume draws on a Foucauldian understanding of governmentality to explore how EU civil society funding policies depoliticise civil society organisations. It questions whether international civil society funding always depoliticises civil society organisations, as the literature on ...

Irregular Citizenship, Immigration, and Deportation

Irregular Citizenship, Immigration, and Deportation

1st Edition

By Peter Nyers
December 13, 2018

Deportation has again taken a prominent place within the immigration policies of nation-states. Irregular Citizenship, Immigration, and Deportation addresses the social responses to deportation, in particular the growing movements against deportation and detention, and for freedom of movement and ...

Foucault, Biopolitics and Resistance

Foucault, Biopolitics and Resistance

1st Edition

By Lauri Siisiäinen
November 20, 2018

Political resistance is flourishing. In this context, there is a growing interest to reread Michel Foucault’s work, especially from the late period, from the perspective of resistance, social movements and affirmative biopolitics. Yet what has been missing so far is a book-length, comprehensive ...

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