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 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 viewed here and accessed here. Interviews and other presentations are availalbe here.

Roland directs a cross-disciplinary research program on Visual Politics, which brings together several dozen scholars from across UQ. He is Lead-Investigator on a collaborative ARC Linkage Project (2022-2026) that examines The Politics and Ethics of Visualising Humanitarian Crises. The project involves collaboration with the World Press Photo Foundation, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Australian Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières.

Roland is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. 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. Roland also 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.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (complete list see below)

Selection of Books

Visual Global Politics (Routledge: 2018).

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

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

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).

Selection of Recent Publications

"Visual Violence," Interview with Brad Evans, Los Angeles Review of Books, 3 Jan 2022.

“Seeing Beyond Disciplines: Aesthetic Creativity in International Theory,” Australian Journal of International Affairs, 75, 2021.

Visualising Korea: Critical Moments in History, Society and Politics,(with D. Chapman and D. Shim), Special Issue of Asian Stuies Review, 45. 2021.

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

“Writing Visual Global Politics,” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 32, 2019.

“Conspiracy and Foreign Policy,” (with Tim Aistrope), Security Dialogue, 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.

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

Research Interests

  • International Relations: Visual Politics and Emotions
    Theories of International Relations. How images and emotions shape political phenomena, including security, diplomacy and humanitarian crises.
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
    Conflict resolution in societies divided by trauma. Transnational social movements and the conceptualisation of political change. Art and literature as sources of political transformation.
  • Politics and Security in Korea
    Security and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula, including policy-relevant debates.

Research Impacts

Much of my work has revolved around combining theory and practice. I embark on conceptual inquires to rethink entrenched political dillemas. At the moment my main practice-oriented reserach is a four year collaborative project on The Politics and Ethics of Visualising Humanitarian Crises. Funded through an ARC Linkage Grant (2022-2025) this project aims to draw on the power of images to transform practices and policies of aid. In particular, the project develops – and tests - alternative visual strategies that depict humanitarian crises in ways that encourage compassion for victims without entrenching problematic stereotypes. We work with four prominent Partner Organisations that are at the forefront of humanitarian and photojournalistic work: The World Press Photo Foundation, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Australian Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières. The project team consists of myself and five other Chief Investigators: A/Prof Emma Hutchison, from the School of Political Science and International Studies; Prof Matthew Hornsey and Dr Cassandra Chapman from the UQ Business School, as well as A/Prof Sana Nakata from the University of Melbourne and Prof Bina D’Costa from the Australian National University. Involved as well are two Partner Investigators: Prof Fiona Terry, Head of Research at the ICRC, and Prof David Campbell, formerly Director of Communication at World Press Photo and now with The VII Foundation.

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Supervision

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Featured Publications

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  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2021). Visuality of peace and conflict. The Oxford handbook of peacebuilding, statebuilding, and peace formation. (pp. 1-17) edited by Oliver P. Richmond and Gëzim Visoka. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190904418.013.14

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hutchison, Emma (2021). Performing political empathy. The Oxford handbook of politics and performance. (pp. 594-608) edited by Shirin Rai, Milija Gluhovic, Silvija Jestrovic and Michael Saward. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190863456.013.27

  • Bleiker, Roland, Campbell, David and Hutchison, Emma (2021). Refugees, asylum seekers, and emotions. The Oxford handbook of Australian politics. (pp. x-x) edited by Jenny M. Lewis and Anne Tiernan. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198805465.013.14

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hutchison, Emma (2021). Performing political empathy. The Oxford handbook of politics and performance. (pp. 595-608) New York, NY USA: Oxford University Press.

  • 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

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hutchison, Emma (2019). Gender and violence in news media and photography. Handbook on Gender and Violence. (pp. 231-247) edited by Laura J. Shepherd. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi: 10.4337/9781788114691.00023

  • 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 Bleiker, R. ABINGDON: ROUTLEDGE.

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

  • 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.

  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2014). Art, aesthetics and emotionality. Gender matters in global politics: a feminist introduction to international relations. (pp. 349-360) edited by Laura J. Shepherd. London, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis.

  • 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) Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139168557.009

  • 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 (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.

  • Bleiker R. (2004). Globalizing political theory. What is Political Theory. (pp. 124-144) 1 Oliver's Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP United Kingdom : SAGE Publications Inc.. doi: 10.4135/9781446215425.n7

  • 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) 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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