Posthumanism represents a significant new research direction both for International Relations and the social sciences. It emerges from questions about inter-species relations which challenge dominant perceptions of what it means to be human. Rather than seeing the human species as ‘in nature’ posthumanist thinking considers the species as ‘of nature’. The work of posthumanist thinkers has sought to dispute accepted notions of what it means to be human, raising profound questions about our relations with the rest of nature. The volume commences with an overview of the influence thinkers have had on the development of posthumanist thinking.

Key ideas in International Relations are interrogated and reconceptualised and specific case studies are presented with a focus on inter-species relations. The work allows for a consideration of the limits of the posthumanist move and provides space for critics to argue that such an approach opens the discipline up to a biological determinism, and that a focus on inter-human relations should mark the boundaries of the discipline. The essays collected in this volume provide an overview of contributions from posthumanist thinkers with the particular intention of providing a succinct introduction to the area and should appeal to scholars and students in Politics, IR and philosophy.

chapter |14 pages


Framing the posthuman dialogues in international relations
ByErika Cudworth, Stephen Hobden, Emilian Kavalski

chapter 1|17 pages

Animals and human constitution

Greek lessons, posthuman possibilities
ByCaleb J. Basnett

chapter 2|20 pages

With a posthuman touch

International relations in dialogue with the posthuman – a human account
ByCarolin Kaltofen

chapter 3|20 pages

Telling (hi)stories in the Anthropocene

When forest is multispecies relation
ByAgata Agnieszka Konczal

chapter 5|20 pages

Agency in posthuman IR

Solving the problem of technosocially mediated agency
ByMichael Schandorf, Athina Karatzogianni

chapter 6|19 pages

Posthumanist international relations and ecopolitics

BySebastien Malette, Peter Stoett

chapter 7|15 pages

Worm politics

ByEva Meijer

chapter 8|16 pages

Fish and international relations

ByJ. Samuel Barkin

chapter 9|22 pages

The posthuman way of war

ByErika Cudworth, Stephen Hobden

chapter 10|18 pages

Representing posthumans

Citizenship and the political production of bodies and technologies
ByJohn Hultgren

chapter 11|17 pages

Genetically modified crops and the posthuman politics beyond borders

ByMarco Bernardini

chapter 12|19 pages

Cyborgs, control and transformation

Posthumanist arms control and disarmament
ByMike Bourne

chapter 13|20 pages

Non-lines of sight

Battlespace visualization and the reterritorialization of martial vision
ByIan Roderick

chapter 14|22 pages

The excesses of posthumanism

Some reflections on ‘thinking’ as capacity
ByJessica Schmidt

chapter |13 pages


Beyond the anthropocentric partitioning of the world
ByEmilian Kavalski, Stephen Hobden, Erika Cudworth