1st Edition

Science, Technology, and Art in International Relations

Edited By J.P. Singh, Madeline Carr, Renée Marlin-Bennett Copyright 2019
    232 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together 19 original chapters, plus four substantive introductions, which collectively provide a unique examination of the issues of science, technology, and art in international relations. The overarching theme of the book links global politics with human interventions in the world: We cannot disconnect how humans act on the world through science, technology, and artistic endeavors from the engagements and practices that together constitute IR. There is science, technology, and even artistry in the conduct of war—and in the conduct of peace as well. Scholars and students of international relations are beginning to explore these connections, and the authors of the chapters in this volume from around the world are at the forefront.

    1. Science, Technology, and Art in International Relations: Origins and Prospects

    J.P. Singh

    PART I: Foundations of STAIR Scholarship

    Renée Marlin-Bennett

    2. A Role for Phenomenology in IR Scholarship

    Alena Drieschova

    3. How to Discomfort a Worldview?: Social Sciences, Surveillance Technologies, and Defamiliarization

    Rocco Bellanova and Ann Rudinow Sætnan

    4. World-Viewing as World-Making: Feminist Technoscience, International Relations, and the Aesthetics of the Anthropocene

    Cara Daggett

    5. Emerging Science and Technologies: Diplomacy, Security, and Governance

    Margaret E. Kosal

    6. Constructed ‘Cyber’ Realities & International Relations Theory

    Ben Wagner

    7. Constructing an Inventive Order of Rights: The Geopolitics of Island-Building in Transnational Waters

    Venilla Rajaguru

    8. IR’s Constitutive Absence and the Promise of STAIR

    Maximilian Mayer

    PART II: Sites and Demonstrations in STAIR Scholarship

    Madeline Carr

    9. "The heart is a pump. Or is it?": The Politics of Biomedicine, the Objectivity of Science, and the Way We Know the World

    Christina Hellmich

    10. Thinking through the Science, Technology, and Art of Medicine: An Agenda for International Relations

    Alison Howell

    11. Oceanic Artscapes and International Relations

    Camellia Webb-Gannon

    12. From the Globe to the Germ, and Back

    Michele Acuto

    13. Science in the International Political Economy

    David J Hornsby

    14. Creativity as a Worldview: Power in Collaborative Practices

    Willow Williamson

    PART III: Reflexivity in STAIR: Social Context and Ethics for the Future

    J.P. Singh

    15. Reflexivity and Political Analysis: If Everything is Socially Constructed, How Can we Construct Theories?

    Peter M. Haas

    16. Art and Agency: Alternative Spaces for Subaltern Voices

    Mónica Trujillo-López

    17. Cookbooks, Politics, and Culture

    Ilan Zvi Baron

    18. Human/Nonhuman Assemblages in STAIR: Understanding Distributed Agency in International Relations

    Kathleen P. J. Brennan

    19. Resistance to a Worldview

    Ritu Mathur


    J.P. Singh is Professor of International Commerce and Policy at Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, USA.

    Madeline Carr is Associate Professor of International Relations and Cyber Security at University College London, UK.

    Renée Marlin-Bennett is Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

    "This important volume opens up fresh and fruitful avenues for expanding our conceptions of what constitutes international relations. STAIR offers insights into contemporary change and disruption, new dimensions of power, and the importance of a much wider scope for analyzing human intervention in the world. Covering a range of sites, from biomedicine, cyberspace, cultural identity, and the literal construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, the contributors have set a new and exciting agenda for research." - Susan K. Sell, The Australian National University

    "This book provides a first-rate overview for both new and seasoned scholars who want to explore a wide range of theoretical viewpoints and in-depth understandings of issues in science, technology, and arts. Its essays on foundations, case studies, social context, and ethics explore the full range of cutting-edge scholarship in STAIR research. Scientists and policymakers will find in it a generous inventory of perspectives to update their knowledge, while students can use it as a survey of the best minds in this emerging field." - Mark Zachary Taylor, Georgia Institute of Technology

    "This volume introduces to International Relations a conversation on human creativity that is wide-ranging in both theoretical and empirical terms. From island-building to germs, from artscaping to world-making, this collection establishes the study of Science, Technology and Art as an exciting new vista for students and scholars of global politics." - Robbie Shilliam, Author of The Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections

    "A volume titled Science, Technology, Art and International Relations may sound like an intellectual smorgasbord.  It’s not.  Instead, it’s a skillful collage whose nineteen chapters defy intellectual  boundaries. They invite the reader to look twice at our commonsense perceptions.  In this volume even conventional pieces of technology, like a heart pump, become a window into the structure, ideas, and processes of global society.  If you don’t leave its pages without at least two unconventional insights about global affairs, you haven’t paid attention to its prose and art." - Peter Cowhey, University of California San Diego