The ‘Intimate Geopolitics’ project aims to bring together academics across international politics well as from other discipline areas such as Gender Studies, Sexuality/Queer Studies, Sociology, Geography, Anthropology and Cultural Studies within UoM and across other Universities in the UK to explore how geopolitical processes are internalised, resisted, and regulated through intimate spaces such as institutions of marriage, intergenerational relations, social reproduction, aspects of love, emotions, and affect.


The Critical Global Politics research cluster, in relation to this project, is currently hosting Professor V. Spike Peterson as a visiting Leverhulme Professor. Professor Peterson’s ground-breaking interdisciplinary work, which is widely celebrated across the discipline of Politics and beyond, engages and develops the themes of Queering IR, the intimate, care and reproductive economies, the institution of marriage and global householding practices – which are all key to the ‘Intimate Geopolitics’ project as they highlight the inextricable constitutive character of intimacy and the international.


Dr. Aoileann Ní Mhurchú and Dr Elena Barabantseva will be the primary academic contacts during Professor Peterson’s stay in Manchester, as the two instigators of the ‘Intimate Geopolitics’ research initiative. Together they have researched and published in internationally excellent publications around the topic of ‘intimacy’ linked to themes of intergenerational migration, diaspora politics, marriage, borders, motherhood and nationalism. Ní Mhurchú’s research focuses on questions of intergenerational migration, citizenship, migrant motherhood, and bordering practices. Barabantseva’s current research project looks at the dynamics and regularisation practices of marriage migration in China’s border contexts.
For examples, see;
Ní Mhurchú, A (2015) ‘Ambiguous Citizenship, Irregular Citizenship: From Inside/Outside to Being-Caught-In- Between’,International Political Sociology, 9(2):158-175.
Ní Mhurchú, A ( 2016) ‘Thinking with Reproduction: Maternal Time, Citizenship, Migration and Political Subjectivity’, Subjectivity 9(1): 17-37.
Barabantseva, E (2015) ‘From “Customary” to “Illegal”: Yao Ethnic Marriages on the Sino- Vietnamese Border’, Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, June: 57-81.
Barabantseva, E (forthcoming) ‘When borders lie within: ethnic marriages and illegality on the Sino-Vietnamese border’, International Political Sociology, 9(4): 352-368.


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