Patricia Owens and Katharina Rietzler (eds.), Women’s International Thought: A New History – Cambridge University Press, 2021
Women’s International Thought: A New History is the first cross-disciplinary history of women’s international thought. Bringing together some of the foremost historians and scholars of international relations working today, this book recovers and analyses the path-breaking work of eighteen leading thinkers of international politics from the early to mid-twentieth century. Recovering and analyzing this important work, the essays offer revisionist accounts of IR’s intellectual and disciplinary history and expand the locations, genres, and practices of international thinking. Systematically structured, and focusing in particular on Black diasporic, Anglo-American, and European historical women, it does more than ‘add women’ to the existing intellectual and disciplinary histories from which they were erased. Instead, it raises fundamental questions about which kinds of subjects and what kind of thinking constitutes international thought, opening new vistas to scholars and students of international history and theory, intellectual history and women’s and gender studies.
Recovers and analyzes the important work of Black diasporic, Anglo-American, and European historical women who are missing from existing histories of international thought
Systematically analyses the work of eighteen leading thinkers of international politics in the early and mid-twentieth century
Opens new vistas to scholars and students of international history and theory, intellectual history and women’s and gender studies, and provides a framework for future research
‘A breath-taking eye-opener of a book and required reading for everyone studying international relations and the history of political thought. With cutting-edge scholarship … it reveals new horizons of internationalism, socialism, and solidarity. It unveils fierce critiques of the nation-state and imperialism, centres race and gender as topics within international thought, and reveals the ways in which the politics of race and gender have shaped the field. This book reshapes the field beautifully.’ Hannah Dawson, King’s College London
‘This defies all conventions, categories, and canons to bring new, nuanced histories of women, intellectualism, and internationalism into view. With essays on socialist internationalist theory, war and empire, and global black liberation, these authors show that no study of internationalism – institutional or otherwise – can be complete without rigorous examination of women theorists.’ Ashley D. Farmer, University of Texas, Austin
‘This points the way to a renovation of our canon in a field first named by a woman in 1929. Portending a new historiography, the results so far correct, encourage, and reprimand all those who have tried to write the history of antiracism, human rights, and peace, among so many other international causes and frameworks.’ Samuel Moyn, Yale University
‘By recovering the international thought and practice of a diverse group of brilliant and dedicated women scholars and activists, this essential volume rewrites the history of the field. Often working under duress and at the edges of the academy, these thinkers nonetheless shaped understandings of – and galvanized engagement with – the pressing global problems of their times. We have much to learn from their work, and from their example.’ Susan Pedersen, Columbia University
‘This remarkable collection upends the unspoken consensus of virtually all of those who write about the foundational thinkers and ideas about international relations: that women never mattered.’ Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania
There is a book launch for Women’s International Thought: A New History (CUP, 2021), hosted by the Sussex Centre for Intellectual History on 11 February 2021 – details here.
Speakers include Duncan Bell (Cambridge), Synne Dyvik (Sussex) and Matthew Specter (Berkeley). Chaired by Joanne Paul (Sussex). Join us for a zoom discussion of the book and a live Q&A with the editors.