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Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries

Lecturer in International Relations

LeonieAnsemsDeVriesDepartment of War Studies

Room K6.18

Department of War Studies

King's College London, Strand

London WC2R 2LS

leonie.ansemsdevries@kcl.ac.uk

020 7848 2857

Office hours:  Monday 13.00-15.00

 

Biography

I am a Lecturer in International Relations and a member of theResearch Centre for International Relations. I previously lectured at Queen Mary University of London, King's College London and the University of Nottingham in Malaysia. I hold a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

My main research interests are: governance and resistance in global politics; critical approaches to war and security; international relations theory (especially critical and post-structuralist approaches); and, migration and refugees. My first monograph entitled Re-Imagining a Politics of Life: From Governance of Order to Politics of Movement (Rowman and Littlefield) was published in November 2014.

I am the co-investigator of the ESRC-funded research project ‘Documenting the Humanitarian Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean’, led by Prof Elspeth Guild (Queen Mary University of London). The aim of the research is to develop a humanitarian response to the European migration crisis, especially in the context of the European Agenda on Migration. We are developing a quantitative and qualitative database that documents the ways in which migrants are governed en route from Southern Italy to the UK, focusing on several transit points along this route. This will help to disentangle the category of ‘mixed migration’, offering insight into who these migrants are as well as the (often inconsistent) migration management practices to which they are subject.

Research Interests

My main research interests are: governance and resistance in global politics; critical approaches to war and security; international relations theory (especially critical and post-structuralist approaches); and, migration and refugees. My research can be divided into two related strands:

Politics of life and security: this research, recently published in Re-Imagining a Politics of Life: From Governance of Order to Politics of Movement (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), is concerned with the character, bounds and potentialities of political life. It both critiques the depoliticisation of life consequent upon currently prevailing practices of (security) governance, especially in the context contemporary movements of resistance, and proposes a politics of movement as a way to re-politicise life beyond its capture in security terms. The notion of the milieu serves as the key conceptual contribution to formulate a notion of politics that includes forces of difference and resistance.  


Governance-resistance: this research challenges the binary relationship governance versus resistance, which, it is argued, naturalises a specific configuration of power. Instead, governance and resistance are approached as a complexity of co-constitutive practices productive of subjectivities, knowledges and discourses. For instance, my work has examined the relationality of practices of governance-resistance in the constitution of refugee subjectivities in Malaysia. Whilst recognising the precarity of irregular migrants in Malaysia, the research moves away from the conception of refugees merely as victims subjected to violence and control, instead drawing attention to affirmative practices of resistance, and the specific context in which they emerge. The research thus examines how refugee subjectivities come into being through a play of governance-resistance, of practices and strategies that may be simultaneously affirmative, subversive, exclusionary and oppressive.

In addition, my research examines how governance and resistance play out in the context of the Mediterranean migration crisis. I am the co-investigator of the ESRC-funded research project ‘Documenting the Humanitarian Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean’, led by Prof Elspeth Guild (Queen Mary University of London). The aim of the research is to develop a humanitarian response to the European migration crisis, especially in the context of the European Agenda on Migration. We are developing a quantitative and qualitative database that documents the ways in which migrants are governed en route from Southern Italy to the UK, focusing on several transit points along this route. This will help to disentangle the category of ‘mixed migration’, offering insight into who these migrants are as well as the (often inconsistent) migration management practices to which they are subject. The first insights from this research have recently been published in an openDemocracy series

Recent publications

Book

Re-Imagining a Politics of Life: From Governance of Order to Politics of Movement (Rowman and Littlefield, November 2014)

 

Research articles

‘Politics of (In)visibility. Governance-Resistance and the Constitution of Refugees in Malaysia’, Review of International Studies (forthcoming)

‘Opposing the Opposition? Binarity and Complexity in Political Resistance’ (with Doerthe Rosenow), Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(6), 2015

‘Political Life Beyond the Biopolitical?’, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 60(134), March 2013.

‘Hobbes, War, Movement’ (with Jorg Spieker), Global Society, 23(4), 2009

‘(The War on) Terrorism: destruction, collapse, mixture, re-enforcement, construction’, Cultural Politics, 4(2), July 2008.  

 

Book chapters

‘Politics on the Line’ in Bradley Evans and Julian Reid (eds.), Fascism in Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri: Securitisation, War & Aesthetics (Routledge, 2013).

‘Hobbes War Movement’ (with Jorg Spieker) in Nicholas Kiersey and Doug Stokes (eds.) Foucault and International Relations. New Critical Engagements (Routledge, 2010).

 

Media articles

‘The Mediterranean Migration Crisis: Transit Points, Enduring Struggles’, open Democracy, 25 February 2016

‘The Transience and Persistence of the “jungle” in Calais’, open Democracy, 27 February 2016

Teaching

I currently teach the following MA modules:

  • 7SSWM079 Theories, Concepts and Methods in International Relations
  • 7SSWM080 Global Governance of Conflict and Security
  • 5SSW2049 War in International Order

 

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