Book

Sensible politics (2020)

visualizing international relations

in: Oxford scholarship online

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Abstract

Visual images are a powerful force in international relations, and in 'Sensible Politics' William A. Callahan presents a unique analytical framework and a diverse range of sources to understand what visuals mean, and also how they can viscerally move and connect us in 'affective communities of sense.' It 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 where international politics comes alive in the politics of everyday life.