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Forget(ting) feminism? Investigating relationality in international relations

Zalewski, Marysia ORCID: 2019. Forget(ting) feminism? Investigating relationality in international relations. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 32 (5) , pp. 615-635. 10.1080/09557571.2019.1624688

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What kind of theoretical or methodological changes are needed to more effectively theorize global politics? This question is one increasingly posed, one reason being the ever burgeoning weight of violence on our global political landscapes. To investigate this, the central concept examined at the workshop from which this special section emanates was relationality. Motivated by feminist scholarship, my initial question was, ‘Why did we not focus the whole workshop around feminist theory?’ This question is posed alongside the clear knowledge that the workshop was not ‘about’ feminism and thus it might not seem rational to choose such a focus. Yet given the concept and practice of relationality was so deeply embedded in feminist work, I wondered how feminism could have been forgotten. In this article, I explore the idea of ‘forgetting feminism’ through a further question, namely, ‘Is sexism (still) at work in international relations [IR]?’ This involves a perusal of the work of sexual politics and sexism, IR’s putative ‘failure to love’ and a personal, relational detour into the life, work and career of Lily Ling—corporeally suddenly absent but remaining a vital part of the work in which we are all engaged.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
ISSN: 0955-7571
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 20 February 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 01:50

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