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Debbie Lisle

Dr Debbie Lisle

Reader in International Relations and Cultural Studies
(PhD Keele)

Director: MA International Relations

Contact Details
Room 025.03.002
tel: ++44 (0) 28 9097 3853

Teaching Areas
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, as well as examining the role of visual technologies in the execution of war. I am the pathway convenor for the taught MA in International Relations.

Research Interests
My research interests are interdisciplinary and draw mainly from International Relations, Critical Security Studies, Visual Culture, Mobility Studies, Materialism and post-Humanism, 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. More recently, my research has been exploring wider questions about mobility, technology and security with respect to practice and everyday life. Theoretically, my research engages with a number of contemporary theoretical debates in International Relations and beyond, most notably around issues of difference, mobility, visuality, governmentality, biopolitics, materiality, practice and power. I am currently working on a larger project exploring the historical and contemporary relationships between tourism, war and geopolitics.  

Areas of Research Supervision:
I am happy to supervise PhD students in the general areas of International Relations, Critical Security Studies, Visual Culture, Mobility, Materiality, Poststructuralism, Critical War Studies, Urban Politics and Cultural Studies. More specifically, I can supervise projects exploring the relationship between International Relations and the Cultural and Visual realms, either those focusing on the representational register (e.g. those analysing film, travel writing, the media, contemporary literature, museums, photography, art and performance) or those focusing on practice and everyday life (e.g. the Olympics, urban security, travel and tourism). Some of the current projects I am supervising include: ‘American Public Diplomacy after 9/11’ and ‘Affect, Emotion and Security’

Recent/Selected Publications

  • “Energizing the International”, pp. 44-48 in Michele Acuto & Simon Curtis, eds., Reassembling the International (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)
  • “Photography”, pp. 534-541 in P. Adey, D. Bissell, K. Hannam, P. Merriman & M. Sheller, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities (London: Routledge, 2014)
  • “Frontline Leisure: Securitizing Tourism in the War on Terror”, Security Dialogue, 44(2), 2013: 127-146.
  • “Hospitality at the Olympics” pp. 51-77 in Vassil Girginov, ed. Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Volume Two – Celebrating the Games (London: Routledge, 2013) (co-authored with Dan Bulley)
  • “How do we find out what’s going on in the world?” pp. 154-175 in Maja Zehfuss & Jenny Edkins, eds. Global Politics: A New Introduction, 2nd Edition (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • “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
  • “Moving Encounters: The Affective Mobilities of Photography”, pp. 139-154 in David Bissell and Gillian Fuller, eds. Stillness in a Mobile World (London: Routledge, 2010)
  • “How Do We Find Out What’s Going On in the World?”, pp. 147-169 in Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss, eds., Global Politics: A New Introduction (London: Routledge, 2009)
  • “Art, Politics, Purpose” (with Alex Danchev), Review of International Studies, Vol. 35, No. 4, 2009, pp. 775-80
  • “Joyless Cosmopolitans: The Moral Economy of Ethical Tourism”, pp. 139-157 in Matthew Paterson and Jacqueline Best, eds., Cultural Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2009).
  •  “Humanitarian Travels: Ethical Communication in Lonely Planet Guidebooks", Review of International Studies, Special Issue on 'Cultures and Politics of Global Communication', Vol. 34, 2008, pp. 155-172.
  • “Encounters with Partition: Tourism and Reconciliation in Cyprus” in Louise Purbrick, Jim Aulich and Graham Dawson, eds., Contested Spaces: Sites, Representations and Histories of Conflict (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007) pp. 94-117
  • “Benevolent Patriotism: Art, Dissent and The American Effect” Security Dialogue, Vol. 38, No. 2, June 2007, pp. 233-250
  • "Sublime Lessons:  Education and Ambivalence in War Exhibitions", Millennium:  Journal of International Studies, Vol. 34, No. 3, 2006, pp. 185-206.
  • The Global Politics of Contemporary Travel Writing, (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2006).
  • "Local Symbols, Global Networks:  Re-reading the Murals in Belfast" special issue on "Art and Politics", Alternatives:  Global, Local, Political, Vol. 31, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2006, pp. 27-52.
  • “The New Face of Global Hollywood: Black Hawk Down and the Politics of Meta-Sovereignty”, Cultural Politics, Vol. 1, No. 2, July 2005, pp. 165-192 (co-authored with Dr. Andrew Pepper)
  • “Globalization” in Iain McKenzie, ed., Political Concepts: A Reader (University of Edinburgh Press, 2005)
  • “Gazing at Ground Zero: Tourism, Voyeurism and Spectacle”, Journal for Cultural Research, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2004, pp. 3-21 (special issue edited by Debbie Lisle)
  • “Site Specific: Medi(t)ations at the Airport” in Cynthia Weber and Francois Debrix, eds., Rituals of Mediation (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003) pp. 3-29