Leverhulme Visiting Professorship V. Spike Peterson

Length of Leverhulme Visiting Professorship: 1 July 2016 until 22 December 2016


Visiting professor: V. SPIKE PETERSON, Ph.D., Professor of International Relations, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona. Courtesy affiliations in Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, International Studies, Institute for LGBT Studies, & Center for Latin American Studies. [Academic Profile]


This visiting professorship, hosted by the Critical Global Politics research cluster at the University of Manchester (UoM), aims to produce a network under the innovative research theme ‘Intimate Geopolitics’, a new project being developed within Politics at UoM. This project taps into growing interest around geopolitical processes of security and governance linked to intimacy and subjectivity of the everyday. This visit will facilitate sustained discussions and analyses of how such processes occur through the intimacies of desire, affect, emotion and in intimate spaces such as of social reproduction, marriage arrangements, intergenerational relations and mobility.


Professor Peterson is world-renowned for her pioneering inter-disciplinary contributions in developing the themes of Queer International Relations (IR), the intimate, care and reproductive economies, and inequalities in state-making linked to marriage. This visit will involve important academic and public events to develop a new theoretical and empirically-driven network which will expand ‘intimate geopolitics’ as an emerging area of inquiry and lead to a series of outputs including a special issue of a leading journal.


During her visit Professor Peterson will give several lectures, seminars, a masterclass and lead workshops (internal and external) which will provide a focal point to work with staff within UoM in developing a network across the fields of Queer IR, geopolitics, and studies of the ‘globally intimate.’ Through four external lectures at other UK universities, and two public Leverhulme Lectures – including one as the keynote at an international workshop – Professor Peterson will publicise her pioneering research and increase awareness of, and collaborative interest in, the new research theme of ‘Intimate Geopolitics’. Her influential publications, recent path-breaking work, and shared research interests with UoM staff and beyond will generate collaborative publications, including a leading interdisciplinary journal special issue.


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