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Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations

William A. Callahan


Visual images are everywhere in international politics. But how are we to understand them? 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.” Sensible Politics explores the visual geopolitics of war, peace, migration, and empire through an analysis of photographs, films, and art. It then expands the critical gaze to consider how “visual artifacts”—maps, veils, walls, gardens, and cyberspace—are sensory spaces in which international politics is performed through ... More

Keywords: visibility, visuality, images, ideology, affect, international relations, theory, politics, China, Europe, Middle East, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190071738
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190071738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Callahan, author
Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science