This volume offers a state-of-the-art study of the diverse methodological approaches and issues in the study of emotions in international relations research.

While interest in emotion and affect in IR has grown in recent years, there remains an absence of sustained engagement with questions of methodology and method. Although much of the field holds the ‘emotions turn’ as laudable, it is commonly seen as facing serious, even prohibitive, methodological challenges.

Using a common framework for making discussions of methodology and emotion mutually intelligible, this work seeks to address this lacuna and will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, research methods and IR theory.

chapter 1|24 pages


Parsing the passions
ByEric Van Rythoven, Mira Sucharov

part I|2 pages


chapter 2|16 pages

Emotion and experience in International Relations

ByAndrew A. G. Ross

chapter 3|15 pages

Emotions and mindfulness in IR

Moving beyond ‘anti-humanism’
ByElina Penttinen

chapter 4|19 pages

Trauma, aporia, and the undecidability of emotions on 9/11

ByErica Resende

part II|2 pages

Macro approaches

chapter 5|18 pages

Communitarian emotions in IR

Constructing emotional worlds
BySimon Koschut

chapter 6|16 pages

The spiraling effect

Emotional representations and international interactions
ByAmir Lupovici

chapter 7|18 pages

Affect, that old familiar feeling

ByLuke B. Campbell

part III|2 pages

Micro approaches

chapter 8|19 pages

Encounters between affect and emotion:

Studying order and disorder in international politics
ByEric Van Rythoven, Ty Solomon

chapter 9|20 pages

Emotions in-and-out of equilibrium

Tracing the everyday defensiveness of identity
ByAmoz J. Y. Hor

chapter 10|15 pages

Cause and effect

The methodology of experimentation
ByAaron M. Hoffman

part IV|2 pages


chapter 11|16 pages

Orienting the body

Affective methodology and embodiment
ByJessica Auchter

chapter 12|18 pages

Sexual affective empires

Racialized speculations and wagers in the affective IR turn
ByAnna M. Agathangelou

part V|2 pages


chapter 13|12 pages

The power of emotions, the emotions of politics

What do we need to know about emotions to make sense of world politics?
ByNeta C. Crawford