Despite widespread interest in the politics of the non-Western world, the International Relations (IR) field has been unable to provide an adequate theoretical location for that world. The non-West and its discursive interventions have been largely recognized as signposts of cultural particularity and difference. This presentation offers the contours of an alternative theoretical mapping that integrates Western and non-Western perspectives as co-constitutive accounts of international relations. The challenge and promise of this alternative mapping is illustrated with reference to the question of multiple temporalities and overlapping sovereignties.

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