August 23, 2021

CRITIQUE Virtual Roundtable International Relations in a Post-Truth World – 6 October 2021, 3pm

Event co-hosted with Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos)SKAPECeSeR

Questions of truth and expertise are at the forefront of global political debates, such that it is common to speak of a ‘post-truth’ world and a backlash against ‘expert’ knowledge. From Brexit to climate change, from the Syrian civil war to Covid-19, established ‘truths’ and conventional wisdoms have become the subject of bitter and fierce controversy. What does this mean for scholars of International Relations, who often find themselves at the forefront of these debates? How can we build trust in scholarship and expertise without becoming embroiled in political conflicts? What is the role of critical scholarship now that distrust has gone mainstream? Can scholarship ever be apolitical, and should it aim to be? Does theory help, or hinder, our understanding of the world? And how can we avoid our theories being mistaken for the world itself?

Chair: Prof. Christina Boswell, University of Edinburgh


  • Prof. Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge
  • Prof. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University
  • Professor Beate Jahn, University of Sussex


  • Dr Benjamin Martill, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Kasia Kaczmarska, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Sebastian Schindler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

This panel discussion draws on insights from two recent books on the politics of knowledge in IR from Routledge’s Worlding Beyond the West series.

  1. Benjamin Martill and Sebastian Schindler (2020) (eds.) Theory as Ideology in International Relations: The Politics of Knowledge.
  2. Kasia Kaczmarska (2021) Making Global Knowledge in Local Contexts: The Politics of International Relations and Policy Advice in Russia.