The prize honours the work of Susan Strange – one of the most influential figures in British International Studies – and rewards outstanding current work being conducted in the discipline. The prize announcement was made by BISA at its annual conference in Glasgow this week.
The book highlights a significant distortion in current understandings of the history of international relation and offers an alternative ‘archive’ of international thought. This is the second time Professor Owens has won the Susan Strange Prize, which she received in 2016, for her book Economy of Force: Counterinsurgency and the Historical Rise of the Social (Cambridge 2015).
This is a huge honour for the team of editors to win the Susan Strange Prize but also belated recognition of the wide-ranging and formative work of the women thinkers we recover and analyse in the book.
Susan Strange herself is often presented as a lone or exceptional woman in the history of international studies. But this recognition has sometimes obscured the intellectual work and institution-building of numerous other women international thinkers.
Patricia Owens, Professor of International Relations, DPIR and Tutorial Fellow, Somerville College