Dr Alister Wedderburn
MA (Cambridge), MA, PhD (King’s College London)
Alister joined the Department in October 2017 as the John Vincent Postdoctoral Fellow. He received an MA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2008, and another from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London,for which he was awarded the Simon O’Dwyer-Russell Prize in 2012. In 2017, Alister completed his PhD in the same department, where his research looked at the parasite – a stock character of ancient Greek comic drama – in order to develop a comic understanding of political subjectivity that could be applied to the study of global social movements.
Alister’s work more broadly is concerned with the relationship between international relations and visual, literary, and popular culture. In addition, he is also interested in political and international political theory, post-structuralist and continental philosophy, and practices of resistance.
Alister teaches the graduate course, Special Topics in International Relations INTR8018, which in Semester 1, 2019, will focus on Cultural Approaches to International Relations.
Culture, as a concept, has often fallen by the wayside in international relations theory.
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