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Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Tina would welcome the opportunity to supervise students who are doing research in the areas of 'critical security studies' and/or 'gender and global politics' - particularly in relation to issues pertaining to identity, embodiment and/or emotion in global politics.
Her research interests are broadly in the areas of critical security studies; postcolonial studies; and feminist, psychoanalytic and international relations theories with a particular focus on the politics of identity. Her first book explored articulations of motherhood and social movement formation across three distinctive foreign policy moments in postwar United States in order to shed light into the material and discursive practices that have enabled and constrained particular iterations of American sovereignty. Through this project and others she has become increasingly interested in the 'politics of the body' in terms of the ways that individual and collective bodies negotiate, embody, and subvert cultural meaning in national contexts and the implications for foreign policy and security practice. Currently, she is exploring the limits of discursive approaches to critical understandings of the 'war on terror,' drawing insights from critical psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, and postcolonial and critical race studies to reinvigorate questions pertaining to the politics of knowing, the role of fear and jouissance in the 'war on terror,' and other embodied experiences of 'being at risk.'
Engaging with the unconscious, the excess, the uncanny and the spectacular dimensions of the ‘war on terror’ – as made evident, for example, in the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2013 manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers – leads this book to probe the so-called ‘order of things’ that has made this war intelligible in both mainstream and critical approaches to Security Studies and International Relations. Specifically, this book brings to light and theorizes the obscene pleasures of the ‘war on terror’ and its supplementary precautionary risk logic. Coming to grips with this (i.e., the pleasures of risk), ultimately via an engagement with critical psychoanalytic theory, leads this book to argue that we may be other than we think we are within critical International Relations traditions. Furthermore, albeit without discounting the madness, if not desolation, of the present (extending from the ‘war on terror’ to the politics of Brexit and Donald Trump), it suggests there may be some relief in that yet.
Forthcoming: Unknowing the 'War on Terror': The Pleasures of Risk (London: Routledge, 2020).
Gender, Agency, War: The Maternalized Body in U.S. Foreign Policy (London: Routledge, 2012).
"We All Dreamed It: The Politics of Knowing and Un-knowing the ‘War on Terror,’" Critical Studies on Terrorism 10.1 (2017), 22-43.
"Kettling and the ‘Distribution of the Sensible’: Investigating the Liminality of the Protesting Body in a Post-Political Age," Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, 3 (2012), 52-67, electronic document available at: http://www.krisis.eu/index_en.php.
"Highways, Heroes and Secular Martyrs: The Symbolics of Power and Sacrifice," Review of International Studies 38.1 (2012), 97-118.
"Grieving Dead Soldiers, Disavowing Loss: Cindy Sheehan and the Im/possibility of the American Antiwar Movement," Geopolitics 16.2 (2011), 438-66.
"Shifting the Gaze from Hysterical Mothers to Deadly Dads: Spectacle and the Antinuclear Movement," Review of International Studies 33.4 (2007), 637-54.
Tina Managhan is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. She completed her PhD at York University in Toronto, Canada. She has research interests in critical security studies; international relations theory; and feminist, psychoanalytic and postcolonial theory.