BLM, International Order and Epistemic Communities: International Organization after the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted many embedded, racialized biases of international order. This pandemic has affected our perception of normality, destabilized our cognitive mapping of social order. The tectonic forces it unleashed have brought to the forefront various anti-elitist movements, the BLM being the most vivid example. These movements are becoming mainstream in politics, both internal and international, notwithstanding their appeal to a radical rupture with the past, bulk rejection of normativity, and prevailing social order and its inequities. Why and how the normalcy and normativity disruption could reshape international organization and international order? The paper proposes to look at these dynamics via lenses of epistemic communities underpinning the current international order. The paper argues that these dynamics are within the logics of cognitive and social transformations caused by the post-truth condition and accelerated by the pandemic’s impact.