Doing IR differently: relational cosmologies around the world

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On 16 December 2021 Tokyo International University (TIU), in collaboration with the International Christian University Social Science Research Institute, presented an edition of Global Dialogue on doing IR differently. Several authors from BISA journal Review of International Studies (RIS) took part, including several from the current and upcoming special issues.

Based on a forum in International Studies Perspectives and a special issue in RIS, this online panel addressed two challenges. First, what happens if we conceive of International Relations from a relational perspective by assuming relations as prior to the existence of entities. Second, it seeks to pluralise the sources of relational thinking in International Relations by showing how different cosmological traditions view relationality, suggesting the possibility of pluriversal International Relations. Each participant was be asked to speak to the challenges above when answering the following question: how are they doing International Relations differently?

Further reading

Want to know more? Review of International Studies have pulled together the articles on pluriversal relationality from these speakers as a virtual collection. The full collection from an even wider range of authors and perspectives will be published as a special issue in summer or autumn 2022.


  • Anahita Arian (University of Erfurt)
  • Navnita Behera (University of Delhi) - Watch an interview with Navnita and Giorgio Shani and read their article, Provincialising International Relations through a reading of dharma, at DOI:
  • Milja Kurki (University of Aberystwyth)
  • Amaya Querejazu (University of Aberystwyth)
  • Jarrad Reddekop (Camosun College) - Watch an interview with Jarrad and read his article, Against ontological capture: Drawing lessons from Amazonian Kichwa relationality, at DOI:
  • Arlene Tickner (University of Rosario)
  • Tamara Trownsell (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)
  • Chih-yu Shih (National Taiwan University) - Watch Chih-yu's video summary and read his article, Role and relation in Confucian IR: Relating to strangers in the states of nature, at DOI:
  • Kosuke Shimizu (Ryukoku University)
  • Martin Weber (University of Queensland)


  • Christopher Lamont (Tokyo International University)
  • Giorgio Shani (International Christian University)Watch an interview with Giorgio and Navnita Behera and read their article, Provincialising International Relations through a reading of dharma, at DOI:


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