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    Before the 'and' of the world : a deconstruction of the interdisciplinary study of International Law and International Relations

    Yamato, Roberto Vilchez (2023) Before the 'and' of the world : a deconstruction of the interdisciplinary study of International Law and International Relations. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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    Abstract

    In this doctoral thesis, I offer a deconstruction of the interdisciplinary study of International Law (IL) and International Relations (IR). Inspired by the work of Jacques Derrida, I engage in a critical reading of three different but interrelated sets of interdisciplinary studies of IL/IR. Reading their (hi)stories of (inter)disciplinarity, counterdisciplinarity, and alternative interdisciplinarity, I engage with the problem of the politics of international law, a central theme and issue in these interdisciplinary studies of IL/IR. I draw attention to the way in which these studies often focus on politics, law, and the relationship between the two, disregarding the international as (if) a mere supplement. Following the doubled deconstructionist strategy of overturning and displacing logocentric dualisms, I then (re)position my work and give centre stage to the international supplement. In so doing, I propose a post-foundational rethinking of the political difference of the supplement, (re)turning to a more fundamental and macrological reading of the politics of international law. Thus, I engage with traces of the international’s – ontopolitical, logocentric, and ethnocentric – politics of worldmaking, questioning naturalized assumptions about the relationship between the international and the world. Rethinking the boundaries of the international and its constitutive outside, while problematizing the (un)grounding of modern (inter)national law and society, I argue that the international is neither identical to nor coextensive or synonymous with the world. Hence, aiming to provincialize the international and de-anchor the world, I risk in this doctoral work a supplementary rethinking of the politics of international law and worldmaking, while reimagining the interdisciplinary study of IL/IR before the and of a différant world.

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    Item Type: Thesis
    Copyright Holders: The copyright of this thesis rests with the author, who asserts his/her right to be known as such according to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. No dealing with the thesis contrary to the copyright or moral rights of the author is permitted.
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    Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2024 12:32
    Last Modified: 09 Feb 2024 16:53
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/52823
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.18743/PUB.00052823

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