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Bristol Studies in International Theory

Series editors: Felix Berenskötter, SOAS, University of London, UK, Neta C. Crawford, Boston University, USA and Stefano Guzzini, Uppsala University, Sweden, PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This series provides a platform for theoretically innovative scholarship that advances our understanding of the world and formulates new visions of, and solutions for, world politics. Guided by an open mind about what innovation entails, and against the backdrop of various intellectual turns, interrogations of established paradigms, and a world facing complex political challenges, Bristol Studies in International Theory aims to provoke and deepen theoretical conversations in the field of International Relations and demonstrate their relevance.

Specifically, the series seeks to showcase work that (i) engages in conceptual analysis and the creation of new concepts, (ii) harnesses empirical research to build theory, (iii) decentres existing paradigms and explores non-Western perspectives and approaches, (iv) revisits the ideas and arguments of canonical thinkers and/or the evolution of theorizing world politics, and (v) foregrounds ethical questions in world affairs and the ethics and politics of the practice of theorizing. Within this scope, the series is open to different methods and we encourage conversation with neighbouring fields and disciplines.

In addition to standard scholarly explorations (up to 100,000 words) aimed at a specialized audience in the field of International Relations, the series also accommodates shorter interventions (up to 50,000 words) written for a wider audience and offering solutions for concrete political problems.

Call for proposals

If you would like to submit a proposal, or would like to discuss ideas, please email Stephen Wenham at Bristol University Press: s.wenham@bristol.ac.uk

Download the standard monograph proposal guidelines here.

Download the interventions proposal guidelines here.

Download the series referencing style guidelines here.

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International Advisory Board (in alphabetical order):

  • Claudia Aradau, King's College London, UK
  • Jens Bartelson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Pinar Bilgin, Bilkent University, Turkey 
  • Toni Erskine, Australian National University, Australia
  • Matthew Evangelista, Cornell University, US
  • Karin Fierke, University of St Andrews, UK
  • Kimberly Hutchings, Queen Mary University of London, UK 
  • Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University, US
  • Gilbert Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 
  • Anna Leander, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sheryl Lightfoot, The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Cecelia Lynch, University of California Irvine, US
  • Jonathan Mercer, University of Washington, US
  • Heikki Patomäki, University of Helsinki, Finland 
  • Sergei Prozorov, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Yaqing Qin, China Foreign Affairs University, China
  • Fiona Robinson, Carleton University, Canada
  • Justin Rosenberg, University of Sussex, UK
  • Chih-Yu Shih, National Taiwan University, Taiwan 
  • Jennifer Sterling-Folker, University of Connecticut, US



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International Theory at the Margins

Neglected Essays, Recurring Themes

Bristol Uni Press

Broken Solidarities

How Open Global Governance Divides and Rules

Felix Anderl’s book is a stimulating analysis of the decline of the social movement against the World Bank and the rise of a new form of transnational rule. The book observes international organizations and social movements in their interaction, demonstrating how social movements are divided and ruled in the absence of a ruler.

Bristol Uni Press

Care and the Pluriverse

Rethinking Global Ethics

This book examines the concept of the pluriverse alongside global ethics and the ethics of care in order to contemplate new ethical horizons for engaging across difference. Offering a challenge to the current state of the field, this book argues for a rethinking of global ethics as it has been conceived thus far.

Bristol Uni Press

Praxis as a Perspective on International Politics

Bringing together leading figures in the study of international relations, this collection explores praxis as a perspective on international politics and law. It builds on the transdisciplinary work of Friedrich Kratochwil to reveal the scope, limits and blind spots of praxis theorizing.

Bristol Uni Press

The Civil Condition in World Politics

Beyond Tragedy and Utopianism

Bringing together an international team of contributors, this volume draws on international political theory and intellectual history to rethink the problem of a pluralistic world order.

Bristol Uni Press

Snapshots from Home

Mind, Action and Strategy in an Uncertain World

This book brings the parallels between quantum physics and ancient Asian traditions – Daoism and Buddhism – to an investigation of mind, action and strategy in conditions of radical uncertainty. Engaging with both theory and real-world problems, it explores what it might mean to successfully navigate the potentials of a post-pandemic world.

Bristol Uni Press

What in the World?

Understanding Global Social Change

Moving beyond the limits of parochialism, this book develops a truly global perspective on social change. It brings together renowned scholars from across disciplines and provides a range of promising theoretical approaches, analytical takes and substantive research areas that offer new vistas for understanding change on a global scale.

Bristol Uni Press

The Idea of Civilization and the Making of the Global Order

Exploring the significance of Norbert Elias’s reflections on civilization for international relations, this book explains the working principles of an Eliasian approach to civilization and demonstrates how the interdependencies between state-formation, colonialism and an emergent international society shaped the European 'civilizing process.'

Bristol Uni Press