1st Edition

Memory and Trauma in International Relations Theories, Cases and Debates

Edited By Erica Resende, Dovile Budryte Copyright 2014
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This work seeks to provide a comprehensive and accessible survey of the international dimension of trauma and memory and its manifestations in various cultural contexts.

    Drawing together contributions and case studies from scholars around the globe, the book explores the international political dimension of feeling, suffering, forgetting, remembering and memorializing traumatic events and to investigate how they function as social practices for overcoming trauma and creating social change. Divided into two sections, the book maps out the different theoretical debates and then moves on to examine emerging themes such as ontological security, social change, gender, religion, foreign policy & natural disasters. Throughout the chapters, the editors consider the social, political and ethical implications of forgetting and remembering traumatic events in world politics

    Showcasing how trauma and memory deepen our understanding of IR, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, memory and trauma studies and security studies.


    Introduction, Erica Resende and Dovile Budryte, Section I: theoretical approaches and debates, 1.Memory, trauma and ontological security Alexandria J. Innes and Brent J. Steele 2. Transitional justice: politics of memory and reconciliation Hun Joon Kim 3. Performing political apologies Erin Wilson and Roland Bleiker 4. Use of memory and trauma in foreign policymaking Douglas Becker 5. Natural disasters: trauma, political contestation and potential to precipitate social change Vanessa Pupavac Healing and reconciliation in contemporary post-conflict scenarios: securitization movement of war trauma in perspective Renata B. Ferreira JustTruth: the role of truth seeking in reconciliation following traumatic events and crisis Laura K. Taylor Section II: cases Trauma as technology of power: memory, aid and rule in contemporary Haiti, Maria Joao Ferreira Remembering and forgetting in Turkish identity and policymaking Brent E. Sasley Memory, trauma and changing international norms: the German Green Party’s struggle with violence and its concern for humanity Hannes Hansen-Magnusson Traveling trauma: Lithuanian transnational memory after World War II Dovile Budryte Remembering the Nicaragua of the 1980’s: perceptions of a failed revolution Marcos Farias Ferreira Humanitarian witnesses and testimonies in arms control and disarmament: a case study of the International Committee of the Red Cross Ritu Mathur Trauma, memory and the politics of climate change: between climate justice and climate security Pedro Fonseca


    Erica Resende is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Graduate Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro.

    Dovile Budryte, is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia Gwinnett College.