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Sociology Research


Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya is Principal Research Associate and Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project ARTEFACT as of March 2018, and founding director of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos), since September 2017.

Dr Hamati-Ataya’s research lies at the intersection(s) of world politics, global/world history, social theory, natural and historical epistemology, and the anthropology, history, and sociology of knowledge, science, and technology. Her ongoing project ARTEFACT aims to develop a novel understanding and theorisation of ‘the global’ by examining the constitution and transformation of global political structures from the anthropological perspective of humankind’s epistemic development. Taking as a case-study the emergence and diffusion of four major global agricultural revolutions from the Neolithic to the contemporary era, the project examines the patterns and pathways of socio-epistemic co-constitution and co-evolution that underscore the formation and transformation of increasingly inclusive world systems since human ‘pre-history.'

Dr. Hamati-Ataya is the founding editor of the book series Global Epistemics at Rowman & Littlefield International, and co-editor, with Arlene B. Tickner and David L. Blaney, of the Routledge book series Worlding Beyond the West. She is sits on the editorial boards of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Social Epistemology, and the Journal for the History of Knowledge, and is a member of the Social Epistemology Review & Reply Collective (SERRC), and the Advisory Board of the Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK).

In the past years she has served as chair of the International Political Sociology section of the International Studies Association, as trustee of the British International Studies Association, and as member of the European International Studies Association’s Governing Council.

Prior to joining CRASSH, Dr Hamati-Ataya was a Marie Curie Fellow under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2013-17), Reader in International Politics at Aberystwyth University (2013-18), Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield (2011-13), and Assistant Professor of Political and International Theory at the American University of Beirut (2007-11), where she also served as Head of the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration. She holds a BA, MA, and PhD (Doctorat) in Political Science from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she completed her doctoral thesis in October 2006.

Key Publications - Books

Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf (ed.) The SAGE Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations (London: SAGE, 2018).

Morton A Kaplan, with Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Transcending Postmodernism (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). 

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Hamati-Ataya, Inanna (forthcoming) “Securing Knowledge-Flows: The Past and Future of Community Resilience,” in Alessandro Melis (ed.) Resilient Communities. Rome: D Editore.

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Crafting the Reflexive Gaze: Knowledge of Knowledge in the Social Worlds of International Relations', in The Sage Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations, ed. Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf (London: SAGE, 2018), pp. 13-30. 

Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf 'The Struggle for the Soul of International Relations: Fragments of a Collective Journey', The Sage Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations, ed. Andreas Gofas, Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Nicholas Onuf (London: SAGE, 2018), pp. 3-12.

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'IR Theory and the Question of Science', in International Relations Theory Today (Second Edition)ed. Ken Booth and Toni Erskine (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016), pp. 69-84. 

Inanna Hamati-Ataya and Stephen Norrie, 'From Social Epistemology to Reflexive Sociology', in The Future of Social Epistemology: A Collective Vision (Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society) ed. James Collier (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015), pp. 39-53. 

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Introduction: The Unknown Kaplan: Synoptic Knowledge After Postmodernism' in Transcending Postmodernism, by Morton A Kaplan, with Inanna Hamati-Ataya (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 1-40.

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Worlding Beyond the Self? IR, the Subject, and the Cartesian Anxiety', in Claiming the International, ed. Arlene B Tickner and David L Blaney (New York: Routledge, 2013), pp. 27-44.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Hamati-Ataya, Inanna (2020) Reflexivity and International Relations. Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, ed. Patrick James. Oxford University Press.

Hamati-Ataya, Inanna (2019[2012]) Behavioralism [revised version]. Oxford Reference in International Studies, ed. Renée Marlin-Bennett. Oxford University Press. 

Inanna Hamati-Ataya (2018) The ‘vocation’ redux: A post-Weberian perspective from the sociology of knowledge. Current Sociology. Vol 66, Issue 7.

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'IR, the University, and the (Re)Production of Order: Between Perversions of Agency and Duties of Subversion', in 'Sites of Knowledge (Re)production: Towards an Institutional Sociology of International Relations Scholarship', ed. Félix Grenier and Jonas Hagmann, International Studies Review, 18, 2 (2016): pp. 366-378. 

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Outline for a Reflexive Epistemology', Epistemology & Philosophy of Science, 42, 4 (2014): pp. 46-66.

Inanna Hamati-Ataya (2014) Transcending objectivism, subjectivism, and the knowledge in-between: the subject in/of ‘strong reflexivity’ Review of International Studies  Volume 40, Issue 1, pp. 153-175

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Reflectivity, Reflexivity, Reflexivism: IR’s “Reflexive Turn” – and Beyond', European Journal of International Relations 19, 4 (2013): pp. 669-694.

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'IR Theory as International Practice/Agency: A Clinical-Cynical Bourdieusian Perspective', Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 40, 3 (2012): pp. 625-646.

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, 'Beyond (Post)Positivism: The Missed Promises of Systemic Pragmatism', International Studies Quarterly, 56, 2 (2012): pp. 291-305.

Job Title:
Research Associate