Memory and Trauma in International Relations

Theories, Cases and Debates

Edited by Erica Resende, Dovile Budryte

© 2013 – Routledge

296 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:
Hardback: 9780415637268
pub: 2013-11-05
US Dollars$145.00

Look Inside

About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

  • Jenny Edkins ( and
  • Nick Vaughan-Williams (

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA


Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General