Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations

ISBN : 9780190071745

William A. Callahan
384 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Visual images are everywhere in international politics. But how are we to understand them? In Sensible Politics, William A. Callahan uses his expertise in theory and filmmaking to explore not only what visuals mean, but also how visuals can viscerally move and connect us in "affective communities of sense." The book's rich analysis of visual images (photographs, film, art) and visual artifacts (maps, veils, walls, gardens, cyberspace) shows how critical scholarship needs to push beyond issues of identity and security to appreciate the creative politics of social-ordering and world-ordering. Here "sensible politics" isn't just sensory, but looks beyond icons and ideology to the affective politics of everyday life. It challenges our Eurocentric understanding of international politics by exploring the meaning and impact of visuals from Asia and the Middle East. Sensible Politics offers a unique approach to politics that allows us to not only think visually, but also feel visually-and creatively act visually for a multisensory appreciation of politics.



Introduction: Visualizing International Relations

Part I: Visibility/Visuality: A Framework for Analysis

1. Visibility: The Social Construction of the Visual

2. Visuality: The Visual Performance of the International

3. Dynamic Dyads: Visibility/Visuality and East/West

Part II: Visual Images

4. Methods, Ethics, and Filmmaking

5. Visualizing Security, Order, and War

6. Visual Art, Ethical Witnessing, and Resistance

Part III: Visual Artifacts and Sensory Spaces

7. Maps, Space, and Power

8. The Sartorial Engineering of Race, Gender, and Faith

9. Walls as Barriers, Gateways, and the Sublime

10. Gardens in Diplomacy, War, and Peace

11. Visibility, Visuality, and Mass (Self)Surveillance

Conclusion: Sensible Politics


William A. Callahan is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His recent books include China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future (OUP, 2015) and China: The Pessoptimist Nation (OUP: 2010). Callahan also makes documentary films: China Dreams was broadcast on KCET (Los Angeles) in 2015, Toilet Adventures (2015) was shortlisted for a major award by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Great Walls (2019) juxtaposes Trump's wall with the Great Wall of China.