Many students and scholars are interested in studying ideology, but there are few available introductory volumes or reading lists to give methodological and theoretical guidance. My website will now contain a reading list, which I will continue to update, on my 'Teaching' page. You can check out the current version here:
I have had a piece published by the New Statesman discussing the paucity of debates over alternatives to either fully replacing Britain's independent nuclear deterrent. You can access the full article here.
Below are listed all my speaking appearances over the course of Oxford's Michaelmas Term 2015:
- The Origins of the First World War (IR in the Era of Two World Wars 212, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 12th October, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Cold War, Peaceful Coexistence and Containment (IR in the Cold War 213, Undergraduate Paper), Friday 23rd October, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Social Constructivism (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 4th November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Critical and Marxist Approaches to IR (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 18th November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Culture and Identity in International Security (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 25th November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Germany and the Origins of the Second World War (IR in the Era of Two Worlds Wars 212, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 30th November, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Towards an Integrated Theory of Ideology, (Re-energizing ideology studies: the maturing of a discipline), Friday 27th October to Saturday 28th October, University of Nottingham
My comment piece on the UK governments current effort to combat terrorism and ideological radicalization was in today's copy of the Independent newspaper, under: "The Government doesn't understand terrorism — and it's making things worse".
You can read the online version here.
Podcast on 'Unlike Minds: Ideology, Political Violence and Armed Conflict' at the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Seminar series
My talk to the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Seminar series of 26 January 2015 on 'Unlike Minds: Ideology, Political Violence and Armed Conflict' is now available to listen as a podcast. The talk discusses some work in progress of mine concerned with refining understandings of the causal links between ideology, violence and conflict, how the role of ideology should be conceptualised, and how we can better grapple with the ideological diversity of different participants in violence and conflict.
The podcast can be accessed by following the link here.
Liberal Wars: Anglo-American strategy, ideology and practice (Routledge), edited by Alan Cromartie at the University of Reading, has just been published (click title for more info). My chapter considers the similarities between the ways liberal states and non-liberal states have ideologically justified violence against civilians, focusing particularly on British and American aerial bombing in World War II and the post-war era. Other contributors include Richard Overy, Lawrence Freedman, Frank G. Hoffman, Owen Thomas, Patrick Porter and Allan Silver.
I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a new five-year Departmental Lectureship in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations (and also attached to New College) at the University of Oxford. As part of the post I will continue lecturing on the IR Core paper and tutoring at New College, Oxford. I will now also lecture on the other IR undergraduate papers, and help teach the MPhil in International Relations graduate course. I will take up the post on 1st September 2015.