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 methodology and method. Although much of the field holds the ‘emotions turn’ as laudable, it is commonly seen as facing serious, even prohibitive, methodological challenges.
Using a common framework for making discussions of methodology and emotion mutually intelligible, this work seeks to address this lacuna and will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, research methods and IR theory.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Parsing the Passions
Eric Van Rythoven, Mira Sucharov, and Brent Sasley
Part 1: Concepts
2. Emotion and Experience in International Relations
3. Emotions and Mindfulness in IR: Moving beyond ‘anti-humanism’
4. Trauma, Aporia, and the Undecidability of Emotions on 9/11
Part 2: Macro Approaches
5. Communitarian emotions in IR: Constructing emotional worlds
6. The Spiraling Effect: Emotional Representations and International Interactions
7. Affect, That Old Familiar Feeling
Luke B. Campbell
Part 3: Micro Approaches
8. Encounters Between Affect and Emotion: Studying Order and Disorder in International Politics
Eric Van Rythoven and Ty Solomon
9. Emotions In-And-Out of Equilibrium: Tracing the Everyday Defensiveness of Identity
Amoz JY Hor
10. Cause and Effect: The Methodology of Experimentation
Aaron M. Hoffman
Part 4: Ethics
11. Orienting the Body: Affective Methodology and Embodiment
12. Empire of Affects: Speculation and Wagers in IR’s Affective Turn
Part 5: Conclusion
13. The Power of Emotions, the Emotions of Politics: What do We Need to Know about Emotions to Make Sense of World Politics?
Eric Van Rythoven teaches International Relations and Canadian foreign policy at Carleton University. His research focuses on emotion, international theory, and the politics of security in the United States and Canada. His is the author of articles in Security Dialogue, European Journal of International Relations, Critical Studies on Security, European Review of International Studies, and the Journal of Global Security Studies. He is currently working on a book-length project focused on emotion and the politics of security in the United States and Canada.
Mira Sucharov is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (SUNY Press, 2005), Public Influence: A Guide to Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement (University of Toronto Press, 2019); is co-editor (with Aaron Hahn Tapper) of Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates (University of Toronto Press, 2019), and many columns and op-eds, as well as academic articles on Israeli-Palestinian relations and Diaspora Jewish politics, emotions and international relations, auto-ethnography, pedagogy, and reflections on the craft of being a scholar-blogger. She is a four-time teaching award winner, having received a 2004 Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award, the 2011 Provost Fellowship in Teaching, a 2015 Faculty of Public Affairs Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a 2017 OCUFA award for teaching excellence — the highest university teaching award in Ontario. She is the founding co-chair of the Jewish Politics division at the Association of Jewish Studies, and serves as co-editor of AJS Perspectives.