The Colonial Signs of International Relations

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Himadeep Muppidi traces the subtle influence of colonial forms of knowledge on modern schools of international relations, following the translation and transformation of this knowledge within postcolonial settings. Concentrating on the way in which individuals and institutions read their historical past in light of contemporary criticisms and concerns, Muppidi finds that certain methods for discussing or representing the colonized have become acceptable while others have been condemned. Both, however, can be equally colonial in intent and purpose, and the difference in their reception lies in the "processes of translation" that make one visible, the other invisible, and ultimately maintain the framework of a global colonial order.

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Himadeep Muppidi is associate professor on the Betty Goff Cook Cartwright Chair in International Studies, Department of Political Science, Vassar College. He is the author of The Politics of the Global and editor, with Andrew Davison, of Europe and Its Boundaries: Words and Worlds, Within and Beyond and The World is My Home: A Hamid Dabashi Reader.

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The Colonial Signs of International Relations is a beautiful, insistent, and searing work of art. Combining almost painfully lyrical prose with irreverent, incisive critique, Himadeep Muppidi exposes the unreflective colonizing impulses, intellectual denials, and ethical lapses that founded the theories and practices of international relations. As he grasps for, and wonders at, the absence of humanity in world politics, he charges us all, and by imploring us to do better while suggesting that we cannot, Muppidi turns the challenge on the reader. Haunted by the vivid images of our failures painted here, we cannot refuse. This is precisely why this book should be widely read.

(Janice Bially Mattern, National University of Singapore)

Carefully crafted and beautifully written, this accessible and bracing exercise provides students, scholars, practitioners, and the public with a sophisticated and nuanced explanation and illumination of an international relations that informs the very material and ideological conditions of our everyday lives. This smart, engaging, and challenging work holds up a mirror most of us will be unable to turn away from -- no matter how much we may wish.

(Eric Selbin, Southwestern University)

Himadeep Muppidi brilliantly and sensitively excavates the complex political sites in which the ideational and material aspects of bodies intersect. His is a refreshingly personal inquiry that invites the reader into a complex and engaging series of conversations about why we need to shift our ideational frameworks from the postcolonial to the anti-colonial. Muppidi challenges the reader to rethink how humanitarian discourses embody suffering as a tactic of silencing, effacement, and recolonization.

(Rosemary E. Shinko, Bucknell University)

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