In search of thinking space: reflections on the aesthetic turn in international political theory

Bleiker, Roland (2017) In search of thinking space: reflections on the aesthetic turn in international political theory. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 45 2: 258-264. doi:10.1177/0305829816684262


Author Bleiker, Roland
Title In search of thinking space: reflections on the aesthetic turn in international political theory
Journal name Millennium: Journal of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-8298
1477-9021
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0305829816684262
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 45
Issue 2
Start page 258
End page 264
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the 15 years since the Millennium special issue on ‘Images, Narratives and Sounds’ scholarship on aesthetic politics has proliferated. Countless inquiries now show how aesthetics is about far more than art: it is about rethinking the fundamental issues that drive global politics. The moment has come to reflect on the contributions of the aesthetic turn and to identify potentials and challenges ahead. I do so by stressing that the key is not agenda-setting, but to continue the search for thinking space: to explore ever new ways of writing, seeing, hearing and sensing the political. I then identify two challenges: first, to push creative work while, at the same time, increasing the ability to speak to a broad audience; and second, to avoid the hubris of overarching explanations and, instead, cultivate pluralism and self-reflexivity. The latter is important to address practices of exclusion, such as those linked to the Western legacy of aesthetic theories.
Keyword Aesthetic turn
International theory
Visual politics
Political theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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