Carl Death

Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

Carl DeathBiography: Carl joined the University of Manchester in August 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, after four years in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, and a year in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. He has conducted research in South Africa, Tanzania and New York, and has held visiting researcher positions at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University, and the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. He is convenor of the BISA Africa and International Studies working group, and is an Associate Editor of the journal International Relations.

Research Interests: Carl’s research has been primarily located at the intersection of three fields: African politics and development (particularly post-apartheid South Africa), environmental politics and sustainable development, and critical theories, particularly Foucauldian governmentality analysis. An important contribution of his work to the field of governmentality studies has been a focus upon the constitutive role of dissent, protest and resistance, in particular through Foucault’s concept of ‘counter-conducts’. These thematic issues have been explored in some depth through specific case studies, including South African ‘green economy’ discourses, the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, the environmental impact assessment for the Koeburg nuclear power plant, and the ‘greening’ initiatives surrounding the FIFA 2010 ‘African’ World Cup. He is also interested in literatures on postcolonialism and poststructuralism, summit diplomacy, and the symbolic and theatrical dimensions of power.

Current Projects:

The Green State in Africa (monograph under review)

Special issue on Counter-Conducts (under review)

Biopolitics and the radical potential of the SDGs (post-2015 MDGs) (Globalizations, forthcoming)

Publications :

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Keywords: African politics, environmental politics and sustainable development, and work on social movements and resistance in global politics.

PhD Supervision:

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