Critical Theory

Rethinking Critical IR: Towards a Plurilogue of Cosmologies

Hartmut Behr and Giorgio Shani • Jan 5 2022 • Articles

Critical IR began as a strongly emancipatory and normative project, however, it seems to have lost its initial focus and risks forgoing its emancipatory potential.

The ‘Failure of Critical Theory’ as an Ideological Discourse

Beate Jahn • Dec 18 2021 • Articles

The pressures of neoliberalism generate a discourse that challenges critical theory’s core principles and thus undermines its ability keep alive the theoretical possibility of a just and humane society.

Reflections on Critical Theory and Process Sociology

Andrew Linklater • Jan 24 2020 • Articles

IR needs to focus more on theoretically-informed empirical research of unplanned social dynamics that distinguish process sociology from other social & political inquiry.

Review – Violence and Civilization

Bryant William Sculos • Dec 23 2019 • Features

Linklater provides a historical contextualization of our imagination about the differences between various “civilizations” regarding norms and beliefs about war and harm.

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Critical Theory and Migration

Marcos Farias Ferreira • Jul 4 2019 • Student Features

From a critical perspective, there is only a true solution to this ‘crisis’ when political actors embrace cosmopolitan criteria that balance the interests and rights of everyone involved.

Introducing Critical Theory in International Relations

Marcos Farias Ferreira • Feb 18 2018 • Articles

Critical theory assumes an active role in the betterment of human affairs according to the potential for freedom inherent in modernity and the identification of political alternatives.

10th Anniversary Interview – Melanie Richter-Montpetit

E-International Relations • Dec 5 2017 • Features

Dr Melanie Richter-Montpetit reflects on what books, or other media, published in the last 10 years has made the most impact on the discipline of International Relations.

Beginner’s Textbook – International Relations Theory

E-International Relations • Nov 30 2017 • Features

A lively, readable and relevant foundational introduction to IR theory that will help students to see not only what theories are, but why they matter.

Posthuman International Relations

Matt McDonald and Audra Mitchell • Oct 5 2017 • Articles

A discussion of the posthuman and its relationship to the study of International Relations cannot be narrowly defined, nor can one voice provide conclusive definitions.

Border Thinking and the Experiential Epistemologies of International Relations

Marc Woons and Sebastian Weier • Jun 2 2017 • Articles

Borders cannot be understood separate from the bodies they affect and form. The geopolitics of knowledge cannot be separated from the experience of borders.

Interview – Walter D. Mignolo

E-International Relations • Jun 1 2017 • Features

Professor Walter D. Mignolo discusses the geo- and body-political dimensions of knowledge as the energy fuelling border thinking and decoloniality.

Edited Collection – Critical Epistemologies of Global Politics

E-International Relations • Jun 1 2017 • Features

This book offers an enriched vision of borders, both analytically and politically, that not only seeks to understand but also to reshape and expand the meanings and consequences of IR.

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