Andreja Zevnik

Andreja Zevnik (Lecturer in International Politics; Cluster Convener)

Andreja Zevnik


2011: PhD, International Politics, Aberystwyth University

2007: MScEcon International Politics Theory, Aberystwyth University

2006: MA Political Theory and Analysis, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

2006: MA International Relations, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Andreja Zevnik joined Politics DA in January 2012 as a Lecturer in International Politics. Andreja holds a PhD (2011) and MScEcon in International Relations Theory (2007) from Aberystwyth University and MA in International Relations and MA in Political Theory and Analysis, both from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2006). Andreja is a convener of Poststructuralist and Critical Thought Cluster at Politics DA and a convener of CRIPT – British International Studies Association working group on Contemporary Research in International Political Theory.

Aside of that Andreja is involved in a number of activities; she is on the editorial board of CounterPress, academic open access independent publisher in legal and critical theory (; she is currently setting up a book series with Manchester University Press (with Maja Zehfuss); and is involved in the newly created Northern Theory School (

Andreja is also a lecturer and an organizer of a very successful annual summer school in critical and poststructural theory Gregynog Ideas Lab.

She is a member of BISA and ISA.

Contact Information:

Office: ALB, 4.060

T: +44 (0) 161 275 4899


Research Interests:

My main areas of research expertise fall in the intersection of political violence, psychoanalysis, political philosophy and critical theory with law. My research is driven by a question of how to think politics differently. This question is central to all my past and current research and future research projects. The book I am currently finalizing for publication (and that derived from my doctoral work) is entitled Politics beyond Oedipus: the Excess of Body, Life and Law in Guantanamo Detention Centre. The book turns to the question of how to think politics differently by examining the conditions on which we think political and legal subjectivity. Adopting theories of Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, the book sets out to follow a non-Oedipal account of subjectivity, politics and law and illustrate how such ‘non-Oedipal’ politics is materialized in the struggles of Guantanamo detainees and in the legal discourse of Guantanamo.

 My current research interests can be grouped around four vistas:

1)     Critical methodology: I aim to look at what conditions certain claims and am interested into knowing more about the constitution of the self and the knowledge we can posses of the self.

2)     Obscenity: I am interested in the idea of obscenity as a method of study, as a form of aesthetics as well we as a way of tabooing or silencing or rendering dangerous specific aspects of politics .

3)     Lacanian psychoanalysis in particular concepts such as anxiety, perversion within the scope of law and legal discourse.

4)     The idea of the common as a form of thinking political belonging, coming together, political action and resistance outside the spatial, territorial binaries or independently of ‘identity politics’.

Cluster Research Orientations:

Critical Security, Terrorism and Political Violence

Studies of Critical Methods and the Politics of Knowledge.

 Current Projects:

My research interests outlined above closely follow my current research projects:

 1)     The project on obscenity as a method of study is a collaborative project structured around a specialized year 3 UG module and an ISA 2014 workshop; over the years it will culminate in at least two research publications.

 2)     I am starting a project on the idea of the common as a way of thinking differently about the political, political space and political community. I look at different forms of ‘coming-together’, momentary actions and gatherings, and common experience in order to explore the possibilities of different political realms. This is a long-term interdisciplinary and collaborative project that will slowly evolve over the next 3 – 5 years.

 3)     I am part of exploratory project on critical methodologies (Methodological Acts) that aims to establish North-South collaboration in the study of methods.

 4)     I am part of an emerging network that will investigate the relationship between law and resistance. This is a collaborative project currently housed at the Law Department, University of Helsinki.

 I am also a co-investigator (with Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet) on a Cluster led project Politics in Times of Anxiety, which has received strategic funding from the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester. This is a multi-faced two-year project, which will result in a number of activities and individual and collaborative research outputs.

I am also a co-investigator on a project Many Voices, Many Politics (with Aoileann Ni Mhurchu) which aims to bring into dialogue academics and the public on the most pressing political issues. The project is structured around 3 roundtables that will take place in 2013 and 2014. Jean Monnet Centre has awarded funding for one of the workshop.


Books (survey volume):

Jacques Lacan: between politics and psychoanalysis, with Samo Tomsic eds., (Abington: Routledge, forthcoming 2014/2015)

Book Chapters

‘Wounded Images of War’, with Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet, in Emotions, Politics and War, Linda Ahall and Tom Gregory eds., (Abington: Routledge, forthcoming 2014).

Journal articles

‘Life at the Limit: Body, Eroticism and the Excess’, Theory and Event, vol.16, no. 4 (2013), Forthcoming.

‘Introduction: The Power of Life’s Excess: Contesting Sovereignty from Sites that Do Not Exist’, with Simona Rentea and Erzsebet Strausz, Theory and Event, Special Issue on ‘The Power of Life’s Excess’, vol. 16, no. 4 (2013), Forthcoming.

‘Becoming-animal, becoming-detainee: encountering Human Rights discourse in Guantanamo’, Law & Critique, Special Issue:  Politics of the Encounter: Between Immanent and Transcendent Law, vol. 22, no.2 (2011): 155–69.

‘Politics of the Encounter: Subject and Law between Immanence and Transcendence’, editorial introduction, with Stewart Motha and Simona Rentea, Law & Critique, Special Issue, vol. 22, no. 2 (2011): 97–100.

‘Sovereign-less Subject and the Possibility of Resistance’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, vol. 38, no. 1 (2009): 83–106.

Keywords: Politics of aesthetics, political violence, critical methodology, psychoanalysis, practices of resistance, critical approaches to (human) rights.

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