Time transforms the way we see world politics and insinuates itself into the ways we act. In this groundbreaking volume, Agathangelou and Killian bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to tackle time and temporality in international relations. The authors – critical theorists, artists, and poets – theorize and speak from the vantage point of the anticolonial, postcolonial, and decolonial event. They investigate an array of experiences and structures of violence – oppression, neocolonization, slavery, war, poverty and exploitation – focusing on the tensions produced by histories of slavery and colonization and disrupting dominant modes of how we understand present times.

This edited volume takes IR in a new direction, defatalizing the ways in which we think about dominant narratives of violence, ‘peace’ and ‘liberation’, and renewing what it means to decolonize today’s world. It challenges us to confront violence and suffering and articulates another way to think the world, arguing for an understanding of the ‘present’ as a vulnerable space through which radically different temporal experiences appear. And it calls for a disruption of the "everyday politics of expediency" in the guise of neoliberalism and security.

This volume reorients the ethical and political assumptions that affectively, imaginatively, and practically captivate us, simultaneously unsettling the familiar, but dubious, promises of a modernity that decimates political life. Re-animating an international political, the authors evoke people’s struggles and movements that are neither about redemption nor erasure, but a suspension of time for radical new beginnings.

chapter |22 pages


Of time and temporality in world politics
ByAnna M. Agathangelou, Kyle D. Killian

chapter 1|20 pages

International relations as a vulnerable space

A conversation with Fanon and Hartman about temporality and violence
ByAnna M. Agathangelou, Kyle D. Killian

section I|114 pages

Contemporary problematics

chapter 2|16 pages

Time, technology, and the imperial eye

Perdition on the road to redemption in international relations theory
BySiba N. Grovogui

chapter 3|15 pages

The social life of social death

On afro-pessimism and black optimism
ByJared Sexton

chapter 4|11 pages

Temporality and insecurity in international practices

ByTy Solomon

chapter 5|17 pages

Doing time in the (psychic) commons

Black insurgency and the unconscious 1
ByFrank B. Wilderson

chapter 6|15 pages

Outside of time

Salvage ethnography, self-representation and performing culture
ByWanda Nanibush

chapter 7|10 pages

Impolitical mandate

De-fatalizing a port city
BySuvendrini Perera, Annette Seeman

chapter 8|28 pages

The productive ambivalences of post-revolutionary time

Discourse, aesthetics, and the political subject of the Palestinian present
ByNasser Abourahme

section II|118 pages

Neoliberal temporalities

chapter 9|13 pages

Migrant day laborers, the violence of work, and the politics of time

ByPaul Apostolidis

chapter 10|17 pages

Atemporal dwelling

Heterotopias of homelessness in contemporary Japan 1
ByRitu Vij

chapter 11|16 pages

Child’s play

Temporal discourse, counterpower, and environmental politics
ByAndrew R. Hom, Brent J. Steele

chapter 12|16 pages

Childhood, redemption and the prosaics of waiting

BySam Okoth Opondo

chapter 13|12 pages

Temporalizing security

Securing the citizen, insecuring the immigrant in the Mediterranean
ByPinar Bilgin

chapter 14|13 pages

Killing time

Writing the temporality of global politics
ByAslı Çalkıvik

chapter 15|14 pages

Hurricane Katrina and bio-temporalities

Media representations of ‘environmental’ disasters 1
ByMichael J. Shapiro

chapter 16|15 pages

Re-Imagining the anonymous city

Defatalizing the digital present through analog photography
ByCliff Davidson

section III|20 pages

Poetic interventions for social transformation

chapter 17|7 pages

Freedom telling on time

The Arab Revolt’s poems
ByNathalie Handal

chapter 18|4 pages

Poetry: Blunt Balm and Dust to Dust

ByTsitsi Jaji

chapter 19|7 pages

From the Bed & Breakfast Notebooks 1

ByAlexandra Handal