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The Coloniality of Humanitarian Intervention is a book that scrutinises the practice of humanitarian intervention to explore the extent to which racism and heteronormativity, rooted in colonial understandings of time and space, are enacted through the UK’s responses, failed responses and non-responses to atrocity crimes. Taking humanitarian intervention as its central focus, it uses queer international relations scholarship to draw attention to the ongoing coloniality of the British state and of liberal norms of violence in world politics more broadly. 

This book launch will feature an introduction by Professor Vivienne Jabri (King's College London) and will have Dr Patrick J. Vernon (King's College London), Dr Andrew Delatolla (University of Leeds) and Dr Jamie J. Hagen (Queens University Belfast) in conversation about the research and arguments presented in the book.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception. Register early to secure your place. 


Dr Patrick J. Vernon is a Lecturer in Gender and War Studies in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Their research studies the role of gendered, sexual and racialised representations in discourses and practices of security. They are particularly interested in the study of political violence from the micro to the global level, having researched topics including online abuse, hostile media representations of minoritised groups, bordering practices, genocide and humanitarian intervention. Patrick has published work in journals including Millennium, International Studies Review, International Political Sociology and The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Dr Andrew Delatolla
is a Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds, his research interests centre on the intersections of race and sexuality in relation to statehood and state formation. His research focuses on the international relations and politics of the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and the Ottoman Empire) through an international historical political sociological lens.

Dr Jamie J. Hagen
is a Lecturer in International Relations at Queen’s University Belfast where she is founding co-director of the Centre for Gender in Politics. Her work sits at the intersection of gender, security studies and queer theory. Jamie brings a feminist, anti-racist approach to her work, bridging gaps between academic, policy and activist spaces. She has published in journals including International Affairs, Peace Review and Critical Studies on Security. She co-developed the 2023 Queering Women, Peace and Security: A Practice- Based Toolkit (in English and Spanish) with Colombia Diversa and Christian Aid, and is co-editor of the recently published edited volume Queer Conflict Research: New Approaches to the Study of Political Violence (BUP).

Professor Vivienne Jabri
is Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and Principal Investigator of the project, Mapping Injury, a UKRI Frontier Research Grant. Her research focuses on international political theory, critical social and political theory, postcolonialism, and feminist perspectives, with specific interest in the politics of conflict, violence and security practices. She has worked with the arts, developing research and co-curating an exhibition, Traces of War and more recently, working on an arts and conflict project, Conflict and Injury: Injurious Acts I and II, funded partly through the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, with an exhibition scheduled to take place in early 2023.

At this event

Vivienne  Jabri

Professor of International Politics

Patrick J. Vernon

Lecturer in Gender and War Studies

Event details

The Exchange
Bush House North East Wing, Aldwych , WC2B 4BG