Professor Roland Bleiker

Professor

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
bleiker@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51068

Overview

Roland Bleiker teaches across international relations, peace studies and political theory. His current research focuses on the role of images and emotions in politics. He directs a cross-disciplinary research program on Visual Politics, which brings together several dozen scholars from across UQ: https://hass.uq.edu.au/visual-politics.

Bleiker grew up in Zürich, Switzerland, where he was educated and worked as a lawyer. He studied international relations in Paris, 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.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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 (4 out of 9)

Visual Global Politics (Routledge: forthcoming 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 (10 out of 55)

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

“Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa: Pluralist Photography and Local Empowerment” (with Amy Kay), International Studies Quarterly, 51/1, 2007.

"A Rogue is a Rogue is a Rogue: US Foreign Policy and the Korean Nuclear Crisis," International Affairs, 79/4, 2003.

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

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

Book Chapters (7 out of 56)

"Poststructuralism," (with David Campbell) in Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki and Steve Smith, International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity (Oxford University Press, 2016).

"Visual Assemblages," in Michele Acuto and Simon Curtis (eds), Reassembling International Theory (Palgrave, 2014).

"Art, Aesthetics and Emotionality," (with Emma Hutchison) in Laura J. Shepherd (ed), Gender Matters in Global Politics (Routledge, 2014).

“Between Consensus and Deconstruction: A Feminist Reading of Dialogue,” (with Martin Leet) in Jude Browne (ed), Dialogue, Politics and Gender (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

"Imaging Catastrophe: The Politics of Representing Humanitarian Crises," (with Emma Hutchison and David Campbell), in Michele Acuto (ed), Negotiating Relief: The Dialectics of Humanitarian Space (Oxford University Press, 2013).

"Visualizing Post-National Democracy," in M. Schoolman and D. Campbell (eds), The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition (Duke University Press, 2008).

"Globalizing Political Theory," in S.K. White and J. Donald Moon (eds), What is Political Theory (Sage, 2004).

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.

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

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

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

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

  • Bleiker, Roland (2014). Can we move beyond conflict?. In Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss (Ed.), Global politics: a new introduction 2nd ed. (pp. 564-589) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routedge.

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

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

  • Bleiker, Roland (2014). Visual assemblages: from causality to conditions of possibility. In Michele Acuto and Simon Curtis (Ed.), Reassembling International Theory: Assemblage Thinking and International Relations (pp. 75-81) 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. In Nancy Sue Love and Mark Mattern (Ed.), Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics (pp. 231-256) 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. In Jude Browne (Ed.), Dialogue, politics and gender (pp. 120-145) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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

  • Bleiker, Roland and Kay, Amy (2013). Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa: pluralist photography and local empowerment. In Gustavo Subero (Ed.), HIV in World Cultures: Three Decades of Representations (pp. 169-202) Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

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

  • Bleiker, Roland (2012). Postmodernism. In Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke and Jim George (Ed.), An introduction to international relations 2nd ed. (pp. 91-102) 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. In Linda Åhall and Laura J. Shepherd (Ed.), Gender, agency and political violence (pp. 151-168) Houndmills, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Brigg, Morgan and Bleiker, Roland (2011). Introduction. In Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker (Ed.), Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution (pp. 1-15) 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. In Roland Bleiker and Moragn Brigg (Ed.), Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution (pp. 248-269) Honolulu, HI, United States: University of Hawai'i Press.

  • Brigg, Morgan and Bleiker, Roland (2011). Post-colonial conflict resolution. In Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker (Ed.), Mediating across difference: Oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution (pp. 19-37) Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Bleiker, Roland and Kay, Amy (2011). Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa: Pluralist photography and local empowerment. In Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen (Ed.), The culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and healing in music and the arts (pp. 404-426) 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.. In Oliver P. Richmond (Ed.), Palgrave advances in peacebuilding: Critical developments and approaches (pp. 376-391) 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. In Cerwyn Moore and Chris Farrands (Ed.), International relations theory and philosophy: Interpretive dialogues (pp. 8-19) London, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A: Routledge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bellamy, Alex J. and Bleiker, Roland (2008). Introduction. In Alex J. Bellamy, Roland Bleiker, Sara E. Davies and Richard Devetak (Ed.), Security and the war on terror (pp. 1-6) London, England: Routledge.

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

  • Bleiker, R. (2007). Dealing with a nuclear North Korea: Conventional and alternative security scenarios. In Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald (Ed.), Critical security in the Asia Pacific (pp. 215-230) 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. In Elizabeth A. Cole (Ed.), Teaching the violent past: History, education and reconciliation (pp. 249-274) Lanham, MD, U.S.A.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

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

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

  • Bleiker, R and Hoang, Y (2006). Remembering and Forgetting the Korean War: From Trauma to Reconciliation. In D.Bell (Ed.), Memory, Trauma and World Politics: Reflections on the Relationship Between Past and Present 1 ed. (pp. 195-212) 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. In Mark Beeson (Ed.), Bush and Asia: America's evolving relationship with East Asia 1 ed. (pp. 196-212) London and New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bleiker, R. (2000). Globalisation, identity and prospects for peace. In: T-J. Kwon and D-S. Kim, World Order and Peace in the New Millennium. World Order and Peace in the New Millennium, Seoul, (3-25). 26-27 May, 2000.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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