Internal Relations: Theorizing Distant Strangers, Narrating Ourselves

This edited collection offers a variously auto-ethnographical and auto-biographical approach to International Relations (IR), wherein the contributors explore how we understand ourselves within the discipline we each construct through our research, teaching and service. We ask: How might we acknowledge the vulnerabilities, hardships, and resiliencies experienced by IR scholars as important to understanding our research and work? This book advances the idea that not only are we engaged in our object of study—for some, “the international”—we are also embedded within our discipline, our institution, our family, our bodies and from these relationships make sense of, and speak of, our worlds. Put simply, the authors construct and share stories about what it is like inside IR: not as discipline with footnotes and literature reviews, but rather as the lived experience of the seven authors in this book.

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Table of Contents 

Editorial: Baring our Internal Relations? [N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel with Jesse Crane-Seeber, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Isaac Kamola, Nicholas J. Rowland, and Delacey Tedesco]

Chapter 1. Opening a Political Account [Delacey Tedesco]

Chapter 2. Theorist, theorize thyself?  [Stefanie Fishel]

Chapter 3. Feminisms I’ve known and loved [Jesse Crane-Seeber]

Chapter 4. Memories from Conferences Past [Isaac Kamola]

Chapter 5. The Personal Is Panoramic: On Surviving the Disciplining of the Discipline [Patrick Thaddeus Jackson]

Chapter 6. Relations to international relations [Nicholas J. Rowland and Stefanie Fishel]

Chapter 7. Worming the world [N.A.J. Taylor]

Conclusion [Stefanie Fishel and N.A.J. Taylor]

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Internal Relations: Theorizing Distant Strangers, Narrating Ourselves is a co-edited book (with Stefanie Fishel) in review with Routledge’s Worlding Beyond the West book series. The expected publication date is early in 2018. 

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A sample of related publication/s 

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Worming the world’, in N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel (eds.), Internal Relations: Theorizing Distant Strangers, Narrating Ourselves, Routledge, c.2018. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel with Jesse Crane-Seeber, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Isaac Kamola, Nicholas J. Rowland, and Delacey Tedesco, ‘Editorial: Baring our Internal Relations?’, in N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel (eds.), Internal Relations: Theorizing Distant Strangers, Narrating Ourselves, Routledge, c.2018. [PDF available on request]

Stefanie Fishel and N.A.J. Taylor, “What are Internal Relations?”. Paper presented at the 57th ISA Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, March 17, 2016. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘The biosphere and me’, Journal of Narrative Politics, Vol.1 No.2, Fall 2015, pp.153-66. [PDF]