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Human Development Studies

Short Description

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Academia: http://smucb.academia.edu/BirgitSchippers

During 2017/18 I will be a visiting research fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast (http://www.qub.ac.uk/Research/GRI/mitchell-institute/).


  • MLA1003 Society, Work and the Individual (core unit on Political Concepts: War and Peace)
  • MLA2010 Global Justice (core module)
  • MLA3013 Researching Global Justice (option)

Current Research

I am a feminist scholar working at the intersection of critical political theory, international studies and global ethics. Following the completion of my PhD (QUB 2005), on the notion of marginality in the ideas of the feminist thinkers Julia Kristeva and Judith Butler, I published mainly on gender and feminism and on democracy and participatory political practices. My current research engages with Foucauldian, post-Marxist and other materialist approaches to human rights and international ethics. I am developing this research in two related projects, on 'Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Human Rights' and 'New Materialist Approaches in International Political Theory'.




(2014) The Political Philosophy of Judith Butler, London and New York: Routledge (Routledge Innovations in Political Theory series) (https://www.routledge.com/The-Political-Philosophy-of-Judith-Butler/Schippers/p/book/9781138696402).

(2011) Julia Kristeva and Feminist Thought, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press) (https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-julia-kristeva-and-feminist-thought-hb.html).

Edited books:

(forthcoming 2018) Critical Perspectives on Human Rights, London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

(forthcoming 2018) The Routledge Handbook to Rethinking Ethics in International Relations, London & New York: Routledge.


Articles & chapters:

(forthcoming 2018) 'Towards a Posthumanist Conception of Human Rights?', Critical Perspectives on Human Rights, London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

(forthcoming 2018) 'Introduction', Critical Perspectives on Human Rights, London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

(forthcoming 2018) 'Embodiment and Ethics in International Relations', The Routledge Handbook to Rethinking Ethics in International Relations, London & New York: Routledge.

(forthcoming 2018) 'Introduction', The Routledge Handbook to Rethinking Ethics in International Relations, London & New York: Routledge.

(2016) 'Judith Butler', in Lori J. Marso (ed.), Fifty-One Key Feminist Thinkers, New York & London: Routledge, pp. 26-31.

(2015) 'Violence, Affect and Ethics', in Moya Lloyd (ed.), Butler and Ethics, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (Critical Connections series), pp. 91-117.

(2015) 'Butler, Judith (1956-)', in James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioural Sciences, 2nd edition, vol. 3 Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 56-60.

(2011) 'Political Theory, Academic Writing, and Widening Participation', in Mary Deane & Peter O'Neill (eds), Writing in the Disciplines, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 155-173 (co-authored with Jonathan Worley).

(2010) 'Kristeva's Time?' (Review Article), Feminist Theory, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 87-96.

(2009) 'Judith Butler, Radical Democracy and Micro-Politics', in Moya Lloyd & Adrian Little (eds), The Politics of Radical Democracy, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 73-91.

(2005) 'Civil Society', in Iain MacKenzie (ed.), Political Concepts: A Reader and Guide, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 343-354.

(2002) 'Women's Studies: The Cut(ting) Edge of Contemporary Critical Theory and Practice?', International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 278-83 (co-authored with Ciara Davey).

(1995) 'Zur Kontrolle der nordirischen Polizei', Bürgerrechte und Polizei (Civil Liberties and Police), no. 52, pp. 68-74.


Work in-progress:

'What does a 'critique of human rights' mean?'

'Posthumanism: A useful paradigm for international political theory?'

'What's the matter with human rights? Reading Butler with and against new materialism'


Opinion pieces & other writings:

(2016) 'Women's Human Rights and Diversity Politics,' agendaNI, Feb./March 2016, pp. 106-107 (http://www.agendani.com/womens-human-rights-diversity-politics/).

(2015) 'Lessons from the Marriage Referendum', agendaNI, June/July 2015, pp. 110–111 (http://www.agendani.com/lessons-marriage-referendum/).

(2014/2015) 'Human Rights and Surveillance', agendaNI, issue 68, Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015, pp. 126–127 (http://www.agendani.com/human-rights-and-surveillance/).

(2014) 'When research meets politics: lessons from the Boston College/Belfast oral history project', Compromise after Conflict blog  (http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/compromiseafterconflict/2014/06/17/when-research-meets-politics-lessons-from-boston-colleges-belfast-oral-history-project/).

(2014) 'Era of equality?', letter to the editor, Irish News, 10 March 2014.

(2012/2013) 'Democracy Counts', agendaNI, issue 56, Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013, p. 140 (http://www.agendani.com/democracy-counts/).


Book reviews:

(forthcoming 2017) Ben Golder, Foucault and the Politics of Rights, Journal of Politics.

(2012) Simon Thompson and Paul Hoggett (eds), Politics and the Emotions: The Affective Turn in Contemporary Political Studies, LSE Review of Books blog (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2012/10/04/book-review-politics-and-the-emotions/).

(2012) Matthew Flinders, Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the Twenty-First Century, LSE Review of Books blog (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2012/08/07/book-review-defending-politics-why-democracy-matters-in-the-twenty-first-century-matthew-flinders/).

(2012) Wendy Brown, Walled States, Waning Sovereignty, in Political Studies Review, 10 (2).

(2011) Judith Butler, Frames of War, in Redescriptions: Yearbook of Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory, vol. 15, pp. 231-38.

(2009) Elena Loizidou, Judith Butler: Ethics, Law, Politics, in Political Studies Review, 7 (3).

(2001) Noëlle McAfee, Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship, in Women's Philosophy Review, no. 27, pp. 66-70.

(2001) Luce Irigaray, To Be Two, in Political Studies, 49 (5).


Selected professional activities & affiliations:

  • Convenor of the PSA Global Justice and Human Rights Specialist Group (https://www.psa.ac.uk/psa-communities/specialist-groups/global-justice-and-human-rights)
  • Member of Royal Irish Academy Committee on Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies
  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Irish Undergraduate Awards panel member for International Relations & Politics (2014, 2015)
  • Co-convenor for Royal Irish Academy Symposium on 'Human Rights and the Humanities: Culture and Critique' (7 December 2017)
  • Co-convenor for conference on 'Rights in Diverse Societies: Gender, Migration and Ethnopolitics in the EU' (18-19 November 2016)
  • Co-convenor for Global Studies Association Annual Conference 'Global (In-)Securities' (29 June-1 July 2016)
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University Berlin/Germany (July - August 2016)
  • Affiliated member of Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre


Research Supervision:

I welcome proposals in the following areas:

  • International political theory and global ethics
  • Critical human rights scholarship
  • War, ethics & human rights
  • Gender & feminism, esp. feminist ethics
  • Topics on the work of Judith Butler

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