Professor Roland Bleiker


School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Roland Bleiker teaches international relations, peace studies and political theory. His research explores the politics of aesthetics, visuality and emotions, which he examines across a range of issues, from humanitarianism, security and peacebuilding to protest movements and the conflict in Korea. His most recent book is Visual Global Politics (Routledge 2018). His publications can be accessed at and Interviews and other presentations are availalbe here:

Bleiker directs a cross-disciplinary research program on Visual Politics, which brings together several dozen scholars from across UQ: He grew up in Zürich, Switzerland, where he was educated and worked as a lawyer. He studied international relations in Paris, Seoul, Toronto, Vancouver and Canberra. Bleiker worked for two years in a Swiss diplomatic mission in the Korean DMZ and held visiting affiliations at Harvard, Cambridge, Humboldt, Tampere, Yonsei and Pusan National University as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.


Single-Authored Books

Aesthetics and World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009/2012).

Divided Korea: Toward a Culture of Reconciliation (University of Minnesota Press, 2005/2008). Korean Translation 2009 (Pusan University of Foreign Studies Press).

Popular Dissent, Human Agency and Global Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Awarded the APSA's Crisp Prize for best scholarly book in political science.

Edited Volumes (Selection)

Visual Global Politics (Routledge: 2018).

Emotions and World Politics (with Emma Hutchison), Forum in International Theory, Vol 3/2014.

Mediating Across Difference: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution (with Morgan Brigg) (University of Hawaii Press, 2011)

Autoethnographic International Relations, Forum in the Review of International Studies, Vol 36 No 3 and 4, 2010 (with Morgan Brigg)

Journal Articles (recent and small selection)

"Visual Autoethnography and International Security: Insights from the Korean DMZ," European Journal of International Security, Vol 4, 2019.

“Writing Visual Global Politics,” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 2018.

“Conspiracy and Foreign Policy,” (with Tim Aistrope), Security Dialogue, Vol 49/3, 2018.

“In Search of Thinking Space: Reflections on the Aesthetic Turn in International Political Theory,” Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 45/2, 2017.

“Emotions, Discourse and Power in World Politics,” (with Emma Hutchison) International Studies Review, 19/3, 2017.

"Radical Dreaming: Indigenous Art and Cultural Diplomacy," (with Sally Butler), International Political Sociology, 10/1, 2016.

"Pluralist Methods for Visual Global Politics,” Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43/3, 2015.

"Theorizing Emotions and World Politics," (with Emma Hutchison), in International Theory, Vol 3/2014

"The Visual Dehumanization of Refugees," (with D. Campbell, E. Hutchison and X. Nicholson), in Australian Journal of Political Science, 48/3, 2013.

"Fear No More: Emotions and World Politics," (with Emma Hutchison), Review of International Studies, 34/1, 2008.

"The Aesthetic Turn in International Political Theory," Millennium, 30/2, 2001.

"Forget IR Theory," Alternatives, 22/1, 1997.

Research Interests

  • International Relations Theory
    Rethinking key dilemmas in international politics, including global security threats, through interdisciplinary insights from a range of alternative sources, such as literature, visual art and photography. Current focus on images, emotions and humanitarian crises.
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
    Conflict resolution and peacebuilding in societies divided by the memory of trauma and death. Nonviolence as a strategy of resistance and transformation. Transnational social movements and the conceptualisation of political change.
  • Peace and Security in Korea
    Human security, human rights and development on the Korean peninsula. The role of civil society and non-state actors in the reconciliation process. Engagement with policy-relevant debates.


  • MA, The University of British Columbia
  • BA, University of Toronto
  • PhD, Australian National University


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Book Chapter

  • Bleiker, Roland (2020). The politics of images: a pluralist methodological framework. Critical Methods for the Study of World Politics: Creativity and Transformation. (pp. 272-288) edited by Shine Choi, Anna Selmeczi and Erzsébet Strausz.London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315104997-21

  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2019). In public: collectivities and polities. A cultural history of emotions: in the Modern and Post-Modern Age (1920-2000+). (pp. 145-159) edited by Jane Davidson and Joy Damousi.London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2019). The politics of photography: Reflections on Salvatore Vitale's How to Secure a Country. How to Secure a Country: From Border Policing via Weather Forecast to Social Engineering — A Visual Study of 21st-Century Statehood. (pp. 267-272) edited by Salvatore Vitale and Lars Willumeit.Zürich, Switzerland: Lars Müller Publisher.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2018). Aesthetic turn in international relations. International relations. edited by Patrick James.Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199743292-0236

  • Bleiker, Roland (2018). Mapping visual global politics. Visual global politics. (pp. 1-29) edited by .London: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.4324/9781315856506-1

  • Bleiker, Roland (2018). Mapping visual global politics. Visual Global Politics. (pp. 1-29) edited by Bleiker, R.ABINGDON: ROUTLEDGE.

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hutchison, Emma (2018). Methods and methodologies for the study of emotions in world politics. Researching emotions in international relations: methodological perspectives on the emotional turn. (pp. 325-342) edited by Maéva Clément and Eric Sangar.Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-65575-8

  • Bleiker, Roland (2018). Visual security: patterns and prospects. Visual security studies: sights and spectacles of insecurity and war. (pp. 189-200) edited by Juha A. Vuori and Rune Saugmann Andersen.London, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.4324/9781315387581-11

  • Butler, Sally and Bleiker, Roland (2017). Embodied witnessing: Indigenous performance art as political dissent. Art as political witness. (pp. 99-115) edited by Kia Lindroos and Frank Moller.Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2017). Multidisciplinarity. Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology. (pp. 319-327) edited by Xavier Guillaume and Pınar Bilgin.London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315446486

  • Premaratna, Nilanjana and Bleiker, Roland (2016). Arts and theatre for peacebuilding. The Palgrave Handbook of Disciplinary and Regional Approaches to Peace. (pp. 82-94) edited by Oliver P. Richmond, Sandra Pogodda and Jasmin Ramović.Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-1-137-40761-0_7

  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2015). Grief and the transformation of emotions after war. Emotions, politics and war. (pp. 210-221) edited by Linda Åhäll and Thomas Gregory.Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Duncombe, Constance and Bleiker, Roland (2015). Popular culture and political identity. Popular culture and world politics: theories, methods, pedagogies. (pp. 35-44) edited by Federica Caso and Caitlin Hamilton.Bristol, United Kingdom: E-International Relations.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2014). Can we move beyond conflict?. Global politics: a new introduction. (pp. 564-589) edited by Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss.Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routedge.

  • Hutchison, Emma, Bleiker, Roland and Campbell, David (2014). Imaging catastrophe: the politics of representing humanitarian crises. Negotiating relief: the politics of humanitarian space. (pp. 47-58) edited by Michele Acuto.London, United Kingdom: Hurst & Co Publishers.

  • Wilson, Erin and Bleiker, Roland (2014). Performing political apologies. Memory and trauma in international relations: theory, cases, debates. (pp. 42-56) edited by Erica Resende and Doville Budryte.New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315882659

  • Bleiker, Roland (2014). Visual assemblages: from causality to conditions of possibility. Reassembling International Theory: Assemblage Thinking and International Relations. (pp. 75-81) edited by Michele Acuto and Simon Curtis.Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137383969.0014

  • Chou, Mark and Bleiker, Roland (2013). Betrayed by Democracy: Verbatim Theater as Prefigurative Politics. Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics. (pp. 231-256) edited by Nancy Sue Love and Mark Mattern.Albany, New York: State University of New York Press (SUNY).

  • Leet, Martin and Bleiker, Roland (2013). Between consensus and deconstruction A feminist reading of dialogue. Dialogue, politics and gender. (pp. 120-145) edited by Jude Browne.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139855938.006

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hutchison, Emma (2013). Reconciliation. The Routledge handbook of peacebuilding. (pp. 81-90) edited by Roger Mac Ginty.Abington, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Bleiker, Roland and Kay, Amy (2013). Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa: pluralist photography and local empowerment. HIV in world cultures: three decades of representations. (pp. 169-202) edited by Gustavo Subero.London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315586939

  • Bleiker, Roland (2012). Conclusion - everyday struggles for a hybrid peace. Hybrid forms of peace: From everyday agency to post- liberalism. (pp. 293-309) edited by Oliver P. Richmond and Audra Mitchell.Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2012). Postmodernism. An introduction to international relations. (pp. 91-102) edited by Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke and Jim George.Port Melbourne Vic., Australia: Cambridge University Press.

  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2012). Ungendering the links between emotions and violence: towards a political appreciation of empathy and compassion. Gender, agency and political violence. (pp. 151-168) edited by Linda Åhall and Laura J. Shepherd.Houndmills, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Brigg, Morgan and Bleiker, Roland (2011). Introduction. Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution. (pp. 1-15) edited by Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker.Honolulu, HI, U.S.A.: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Bleiker, Roland and Young-ju, Hoang (2011). Korean sources of conflict resolution: An inquiry into the concept of Han. Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution. (pp. 248-269) edited by Roland Bleiker and Moragn Brigg.Honolulu, HI, United States: University of Hawai'i Press.

  • Brigg, Morgan and Bleiker, Roland (2011). Post-colonial conflict resolution. Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution. (pp. 19-37) edited by Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker.Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press. doi:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834593.003.0002

  • Bleiker, Roland and Kay, Amy (2011). Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa: Pluralist photography and local empowerment. The culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and healing in music and the arts. (pp. 404-426) edited by Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen.New York, NY, U.S.A.: Oxford University Press.

  • Nilanjana Premaratna and Roland Bleiker (2010). Art and peacebuilding: How theatre transforms conflict in Sri Lanka.. Palgrave advances in peacebuilding: Critical developments and approaches. (pp. 376-391) edited by Oliver P. Richmond.Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Bleiker, Roland and Chou, Mark (2010). Nietzsche's style: On language, knowledge and power in international relations. International relations theory and philosophy: Interpretive dialogues. (pp. 8-19) edited by Cerwyn Moore and Chris Farrands.London, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203865903

  • Bleiker, Roland (2010). Towards a sustainable diplomacy in divided Korea. Sustainable Diplomacies. (pp. 235-255) edited by Costas M. Constantinou and James Der Derian.Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2009). Can we move beyond conflict?. Global Politics: A new Introduction. (pp. 454-482) edited by Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss.London and New York: Routledge.

  • Bleiker, R. (2009). Neorealist Claims in Light of Ancient Chinese Philosophy: The Cultural Dimension of International Theory. Approaches to International Relations Volume IV Non-Western Approaches to International Relations. (pp. 104-124) edited by Chan, Stephen and Moore, Cerwyn.London: Sage Publications Ltd.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2008). Art against terror: Nonviolent alternatives through emotional insight. Nonviolence: An Alternative for Defeating Global Terror(ism). (pp. 169-186) edited by Senthil Ram and Ralph Summy.New York, U.S.: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2008). Emotions in the war on terror. Security and the war on terror. (pp. 57-70) edited by Alex J. Bellamy, Roland Bleiker, Sara E. Davies and Richard Devetak.London, England: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203028094

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hutchison, Emma (2008). Fear no more: Emotions and world politics. Cultures and politics of global communication. (pp. 115-135) edited by Costas M. Constantinour, Oliver P. Richmond and Alison M. S. Watson.Cambridge , U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

  • Bellamy, Alex J. and Bleiker, Roland (2008). Introduction. Security and the war on terror. (pp. 1-6) edited by Alex J. Bellamy, Roland Bleiker, Sara E. Davies and Richard Devetak.London, England: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203028094-5

  • Bleiker, Roland (2008). Visualizing Post-National Democracy. The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition. (pp. 121-142) edited by David Campbell and Morton Schoolman.Durham and London: Duke University Press.

  • Bleiker, R. (2007). Dealing with a nuclear North Korea: Conventional and alternative security scenarios. Critical security in the Asia Pacific. (pp. 215-230) edited by Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald.Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hoang, Young-Ju (2007). On the use and abuse of Korea's past: An inquiry into history teaching and reconciliation. Teaching the violent past: History, education and reconciliation. (pp. 249-274) edited by Elizabeth A. Cole.Lanham, MD, U.S.A.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2007). Postmodernism. An introduction to international relations: Australian perspectives. (pp. 86-95) edited by Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke and Jim George.Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

  • Bleiker, Roland (2007). Postmodernism. An Introduction to International Relations: Australian Perspectives. (pp. 86-95) edited by . Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139168557.009

  • Bleiker, Roland (2006). Aesthetic turn in international political theory. Approaches to international relations: Realism. (pp. 297-321) edited by Stephen Chan and Cerwyn Moore.London, U.K.; New York: Sage Publications.

  • Bleiker, R and Hoang, Y (2006). Remembering and Forgetting the Korean War: From Trauma to Reconciliation. Memory, Trauma and World Politics: Reflections on the Relationship Between Past and Present. (pp. 195-212) edited by D.Bell.Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK; New York, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9780230627482

  • Bleiker, R (2006). The contradictions of 'hawk engagement': An analysis of Washington's Korea policy. Bush and Asia: America's evolving relationship with East Asia. (pp. 196-212) edited by Mark Beeson.London and New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. doi:10.4324/9780203965078

  • Bleiker, R. (2005). Alternatives to Peacekeeping in Korea: The Role of Non-State Actors and Face-to-Face Encounters. Peace Operations and Global Order. (pp. 143-159) edited by Alex J. Bellamy and Paul Williams.United States of America: Routledge.

  • Bleiker, R. (2005). Of things we hear but cannot see: Musical explorations of international politics.. Resounding International Relations: On Music, Culture and Politics. (pp. 179-195) edited by M. I. Franklin.New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Bleiker, R. (2005). Order and Disorder in World Politics. International Society and its Critics. (pp. 179-192) edited by Alex J. Bellamy.United States of America: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/0199265208.003.0011

  • Bleiker, R. (2005). Political boundaries, poetic transgressions. The Global Resistance Reader. (pp. 411-422) edited by Louise Amoore.London and New York: Routledge.

  • Bleiker, R. (2005). Seattle and the struggle for a global democratic ethos.. Critical Theories, International Relations and 'the Anti-Globalisation Movement'. The Politics of Global Resistance. (pp. 195-211) edited by Catherine Eschle and Bice Maiguashca.United States of America: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203428016

  • Bleiker, R. (2005). Writing human agency after the death of God. The Global Resistance Reader. (pp. 92-98) edited by Louise Amoore.London : New York: Routledge.

  • Bleiker, R. (2004). Globalising political theory. What is Political Theory. (pp. 124-144) edited by S. K. White and J. D. Moon.London, U.K: Sage Publications.

  • Evans-Kent, Bronwyn and Bleiker, Roland (2003). Peace beyond the state? NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mitigating Conflict: The Role of NGOs. (pp. 102-118) edited by . Frank Cass. doi:10.4324/9780203503898

  • Bleiker, Roland (2002). Living with rupture: Postmodern perspectives on international events. International relations and the "third debate" : Postmodernism and its critics. (pp. 15-42) edited by Darryl S. L. Jarvis.Westport, CO, U.S.A.: Praeger.

  • Bleiker, R. (2001). East-west stories of war and peace: Neorealist claims in light of ancient Chinese philosophy. The Zen of international relations: IR theory from East to West. (pp. 177-201) edited by S. Chan, P. Mandaville and R. Bleiker.Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave.

  • Bleiker, R. (2001). Forget IR theory. The Zen of International Relations: IR Theory from East to West. (pp. 37-66) edited by S. Chan, P. Mandaville and R. Bleiker.Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.

  • Bleiker, R. (2000). The 'end of modernity'?. Contending images of world politics. (pp. 227-241) edited by G. Fry and J. O'Hagan.Basingstoke, U.K.: Macmillan Press.

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