Multiplicity: Take Two

What is the idea of ‘Multiplicity’? And how convincing are the claims that it can be used to overcome longstanding problems in social and international theory? Since this idea was introduced in 2015, it has been the subject of numerous conference panels, roundtables, workshops, forums, edited volumes and publications by over fifty academics. And yet, arguably, it has also been quite widely misunderstood, even among some of those who have adopted it as a research focus. Why should this be, and what can be done about it? This talk poses these questions and attempts to present the idea afresh – a kind of ‘Multiplicity: Take Two’. Does this new presentation help clarify the idea? And if not, does that suggest that there are more fundamental problems with the idea itself?