chapter  1
Introduction: claiming the international beyond IR
ByDavid L. Blaney, Arlene B. Tickner
Pages 24

Claiming the International was conceived as the third in a sequence of edited books growing out of a conversation that began at the International Studies Association (ISA) meeting in Montreal in 2004. The conversation traveled for a while under the label, “Geocultural Epistemologies and IR” and morphed into the Routledge book series, “Worlding Beyond the West.” The series promises to focus on the issue of domination of the discipline by the West, explore the role of geocultural factors in determining how knowledge of world politics is produced, and seek out alternative ways of thinking about the “international.” The first two books of both the series and the original trilogy-International Relations Scholarship Around the World (Tickner and Wæver 2009) and Thinking International Relations Differently (Tickner and Blaney 2012)—explore the ways in which the field of International Relations (IR) has globalized via a set of boundary-drawing practices that inform particular modes of worlding and knowledge. The language of production is used intentionally (as opposed to diffusion) in order to highlight the geocultural conditions of possibility of IR as a globalized discipline, as well as the localized contexts beyond the West in which it is received, adopted, adapted, and/or rejected. In other words, the books have been attentive to the situatedness of knowledge and experience.