Recrafting International Relations by Worlding Multiply

13/08/2021
ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, VOLUME 18, NUMBER 70, 2021

David L. BLANEY* and Tamara A. TROWNSELL**

ABSTRACT
The contemporary IR craft homogenizes a pluriverse of time-spacescapes as if it were a “one-world world.” We propose a strategy of recrafting to engender a nimble discipline for actively encountering ‘the world multiply’ and a generation of scholars capable of engaging various forms of knowing/being/sensing/doing. Worlding multiply requires: (1) taking seriously the plurality of worlds that emerge through distinct existential assumptions and (2) learning how to translate/read across time-spacescapes built through incommensurate ways of doing/being without reducing one to the other. We suggest conscientiously developing tools—new skills, concepts, ways of being—for encountering complexity in both pedagogy and scholarship.

Keywords: Recrafting, Worlding, Ontology, Multiplicity

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* Prof. Dr., Macalester College, Department of Political Science
** Assoc. Prof. Dr., Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Department of International Relations