1st Edition

Methodology and Emotion in International Relations Parsing the Passions

Edited By Eric Van Rythoven, Mira Sucharov Copyright 2019
    258 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction: Parsing the Passions

    Eric Van Rythoven, Mira Sucharov, and Brent Sasley

    Part 1: Concepts

    2. Emotion and Experience in International Relations

    Andrew Ross

    3. Emotions and Mindfulness in IR: Moving beyond ‘anti-humanism’

    Elina Penttinen

    4. Trauma, Aporia, and the Undecidability of Emotions on 9/11

    Erica Resende

    Part 2: Macro Approaches

    5. Communitarian emotions in IR: Constructing emotional worlds

    Simon Koschut

    6. The Spiraling Effect: Emotional Representations and International Interactions

    Amir Lupovici

    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

    Jessica Auchter

    12. Empire of Affects: Speculation and Wagers in IR’s Affective Turn

    Anna Agathangelou

    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?

    Neta Crawford


    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.