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Preface Introduction: Visualizing International Relations Part I: Visibility/Visuality: A Framework for Analysis 1. Visibility: The Social Construction of the Visual 2. Visuality: The Visual Performance of the International 3. Dynamic Dyads: Visibility/Visuality and East/West Part II: Visual Images 4. Methods, Ethics, and Filmmaking 5. Visualizing Security, Order, and War 6. Visual Art, Ethical Witnessing, and Resistance Part III: Visual Artifacts and Sensory Spaces 7. Maps, Space, and Power 8. The Sartorial Engineering of Race, Gender, and Faith 9. Walls as Barriers, Gateways, and the Sublime 10. Gardens in Diplomacy, War, and Peace 11. Visibility, Visuality, and Mass (Self)Surveillance Conclusion: Sensible Politics

About the Author

William A. Callahan is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His recent books include China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future (OUP, 2015) and China: The Pessoptimist Nation (OUP: 2010). Callahan also makes documentary films: "China Dreams" was broadcast on KCET (Los Angeles) in 2015, "Toilet Adventures" (2015) was shortlisted for a major award by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and "Great Walls" (2019) juxtaposes Trump's wall with the Great Wall of China.


"Sensible Politics is the one book I've read on visual politics that applies critical thinking on what the visual can do - rupture, appeal to the senses, disorient - to the written word. The written word exists in 'dynamic dyad' with the images in the book, while the structure and the chapters interline to create a multisensory experience in reading it: Callahan is not just telling us about such dyadic interactions, he is showing us." -- Professor Sophie Harman, LSE Review of Books "William A. Callahan offers an impressive and genuinely interdisciplinary tour-de-force of visual global politics. Reaching beyond the Western cannon and beyond a conventional focus on images and icons, he compellingly shows how the visual can-and should-be seen as a much broader phenomena that fundamentally shapes how we view and conduct global politics." -Roland Bleiker, Professor of International Relations, University of Queensland

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