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Posthuman Dialogues in International Relations

Edited By Erika Cudworth, Stephen Hobden, Emilian Kavalski Copyright 2018
    306 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Posthumanism represents a significant new research direction both for International Relations and the social sciences. It emerges from questions about inter-species relations which challenge dominant perceptions of what it means to be human. Rather than seeing the human species as ‘in nature’ posthumanist thinking considers the species as ‘of nature’. The work of posthumanist thinkers has sought to dispute accepted notions of what it means to be human, raising profound questions about our relations with the rest of nature. The volume commences with an overview of the influence thinkers have had on the development of posthumanist thinking.

    Key ideas in International Relations are interrogated and reconceptualised and specific case studies are presented with a focus on inter-species relations. The work allows for a consideration of the limits of the posthumanist move and provides space for critics to argue that such an approach opens the discipline up to a biological determinism, and that a focus on inter-human relations should mark the boundaries of the discipline. The essays collected in this volume provide an overview of contributions from posthumanist thinkers with the particular intention of providing a succinct introduction to the area and should appeal to scholars and students in Politics, IR and philosophy.

    Introduction – Framing the Posthuman Dialogues in International Relations

    Erika Cudworth, Stephen Hobden, and Emilian Kavalski

    Chapter One - Animals and Human Constitution: Greek Lessons, Posthuman Possibilities

    Caleb J. Basnett

    Chapter Two – With a Posthuman Touch: International Relations in Dialogue with the Posthuman – A Human Account

    Carolin Kaltofen

    Chapter Three – Telling (Hi)stories in the Anthropocene: When Forest Is Multispecies Relation

    Agata Agnieszka Konczal

    Chapter Four – Potential of Posthumanist Onto-Epistemology for the Study of International Relations

    Elina Penttinen

    Chapter Five – Agency in Posthuman IR: Solving the Problem of Technosocially Mediated Agency

    Michael Schandorf and Athina Karatzogianni

    Chapter Six – Posthumanist International Relations and Ecopolitics

    Sebastien Malette and Peter Stoett

    Chapter Seven – Worm Politics

    Eva Meijer

    Chapter Eight – Fish and International Relations

    J. Samuel Barkin

    Chapter Nine – The Posthuman Way of War

    Erika Cudworth and Stephen Hobden

    Chapter Ten – Representing Posthumans: Citizenship and the Political Production of Bodies and Technologies

    John Hultgren

    Chapter Eleven – Genetically Modified Crops and the Posthuman Politics beyond Borders

    Marco Bernardini

    Chapter Twelve – Cyborgs, Control and Transformation: Posthumanist Arms Control and Disarmament

    Michael Bourne

    Chapter Thirteen – Non-Lines of Sight: Battlespace Visualization and the Reterritorialization of Martial Vision

    Ian Roderick

    Chapter Fourteen – The Excesses of Posthumanism: Some Reflections on ‘Thinking’ as Capacity

    Jessica Schmidt

    Epilogue – Beyond the Anthropocentric Partitioning of the World

    Emilian Kavalski, Stephen Hobden, and Erika Cudworth


    Erika Cudworth is Professor of Feminist Animal Studies in the School of Social Sciences, University of East London where she teaches International Relations, researches in the fields of international political theory, critical animal studies and gender and generally thinks about things posthuman.

    Stephen Hobden - Reader in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at the University of East London, where he teaches International Relations theory.

    Emilian Kavalski – Associate Professor of Global Studies at the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University (Australia).

    "Posthuman Dialogues is a roller coaster ride, full of the bumps, excitement, challenges and explorations brought about by injecting the alien potentialities of the posthuman into the discipline of International Relations. What these potentialities are, how they might work and how they may challenge dominant anthropocentric perspectives and with what consequences is, quite rightly, a matter of debate and exploration. Highly recommended." - David Chandler, Professor of International Relations, University of Westminster.