Post-Critical IR?

Many students of IR want to change the world. And this is particularly true for those who take a ‘critical’ approach to the field. There is too much bad in the world. And too little knowledge of how to stop it. Nonetheless, there are few sustained reflections on how critical scholars might change the world. Few texts explicitly connecting the critical promise into critical action; on converting critical theory into praxis or critical problem-solving. Post-Critical IR seeks contributions that do just that.

The project grounds itself by following other fields with strong critical traditions – feminism, postcolonial theory, etc. – in calling for an interrogative ‘post-critical’ turn in IR that asks not what comes after but what might come with critique for it to be more effective in its daily praxis. The prefix post is used here with the same inflection post-colonial scholars give it: not to suggest we are beyond critique (or colonialism, structural oppression, etc.) but that we have reached a situation in which something markedly novel must be added to critique and that discovering this ‘something’ requires sustained theoretical, methodological, and empirical reflection within IR.

Post-Critical IR? is a writing and research project made up of leading scholars from within the discipline of International Relations exploring the future of critical approaches to studying world politics. The project includes numerous workshops, panels, an EISA section, publications, and this online set of resources for Post-Critical IR.

The Post-Critical IR? project is based at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute Geneva, and forms part of the Violence Prevention (VIPRE) Initiative, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The project is led and edited by Jonathan Luke Austin.


EISA Prague 2018 | Call for Post-Critical Panels and Papers!