Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Cultural Studies
Director: MA International Relations
tel: ++44 (0) 28 9097 3853
My general teaching areas are International Relations, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Visual Culture and Contemporary Social and Political Theory. I run the first year introductory module “Media, Politics & Conflict” as well as contributing to International Relations teaching at all levels in the School. I run my own third year module entitled “War and Visual Culture” which looks at various representations of war in photography, film, museums and the media. I am the pathway convenor for the taught MA in International Relations, and I contribute to MA teaching on Conflict Intervention.
My research interests are interdisciplinary and draw mainly from International Relations, Visual Culture, Social and Political Theory, Media Studies and Cultural Studies. My work explores the relevance of cultural and visual artifacts (e.g. contemporary travel writing, museum exhibits, photographs, art, war films) to world politics, and argues that the cultural realm tells as much about International Relations as the official documents usually privileged in this context. My research engages with a number of contemporary theoretical debates in International Relations and beyond, most notably around issues of difference, mobility, visuality, governmentality and power. I am currently working on a larger project exploring the historical and contemporary relationships between tourism, war and visuality.
Areas of Research Supervision:
I am happy to supervise PhD students in the general areas of International Relations Theory, Poststructuralism, Media Studies, Cultural Studies and Visual Culture. More specifically, I can supervise projects exploring the relationship between International Relations and the Cultural and Visual realms, especially those analysing film, travel writing, the media, contemporary literature, museums, photography, art and performance. Some of the current projects I am supervising include: ‘Cultural Translations of North Korea’ and ‘American Public Diplomacy after 9/11’
“The Surprising Detritus of Leisure: Encountering the Late Photography of War”, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 29, No. 5, 2011, pp. 873-890 [see also “Digging Up the Cold War: An Interview with Angus Boulton” on the Society and Space Webpage