Dr Patricia Owens
|Post:||Reader in International Relations (International Relations)|
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Owens joined the Department of International Relations in 2011 after holding previous positions in London and the University of Oxford (where she recieved a teaching excellence award). She was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard; a Visiting Professor at UCLA; the Seton-Watson Research Fellow in IR at Oriel College, Oxford; the Jane Eliza Proctor Research Fellow at Princeton University; a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California, and a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, supported by a grant from the Social Science Research Council. Owens holds graduate degrees from Cambridge and Aberystwyth.
Owens is currently co-editor of European Journal of International Relations; a Senior Research Associate at the Oxford programme on the Changing Character of War and on the editorial boards of Security Dialogue and Humanity: an International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development.
Management Committee, Centre for Advanced International Theory
Research Convenor for International Relations
Owens' current research is a book-length study of the relatively recent invention of the social realm as a concrete historical entity, category of political and international thought, and object of military and political strategy. It's borne of dissatisfaction with existing political theories of international relations, especially the a-historicism of the recent 'social turn'. Rather than a timeless and universally applicable concept, a distinct and identifiable social realm and 'social' explanations for political developments date only to late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century imperial Europe. The project establishes the historical specificity of the social in its international/imperial context; describes the ontology of the social as a form of household shaped by gendered, racial and inter-community hierarchies; suggests the implications for the main theories of politics and international relations; and offers an empirical and historical analysis of how different paradigms of social regulation have shaped 'counterinsurgency' war (with a specific focus on two British late colonial 'emergencies' in Kenya and Malaya; the US strategy during the Vietnam war; and in the US-led multinational campaigns in Aghanistan and Iraq).
Past research has focussed on international political theory (including work on Arendt, Strauss, Schmitt, Habermas, Agamben, Marx); international theory (including classical realism, critical theory, liberalism, cosmopolitanism); the history and theory of warfare and politics (including military intervention, ethics of war, civilian casualties, refugees, counterinsurgency, human security, military orientalism, gender); and political theory (thought of Hannah Arendt).
I am happy to consider supervising research projects in any of these areas.
Owens, Patricia (2013) From Bismarck to Petraeus: the question of the social and the social question in counterinsurgency. European Journal of International Relations, 19 (1). pp. 135-157. ISSN 1354-0661
Owens, Patricia (2012) Human security and the rise of the social. Review of International Studies, 38 (3). pp. 547-567. ISSN 0260-2105
Owens, Patricia (2012) Not life but the world is at stake: Hannah Arendt on citizenship in the age of the social. Citizenship Studies, 16 (2). pp. 297-307. ISSN 1362-1025
Owens, Patricia (2011) The supreme social concept: the un-worldliness of modern security. New Formations, 71. pp. 14-29. ISSN 0950-2378
Owens, Patricia (2011) The return of realism? War and changing concepts of the political. In: The Changing Character of War. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 484-502. ISBN 9780199596737
Owens, Dr Patricia, Baylis, J and Smith, S, eds. (2010) The Globalization of World Politics: an Introduction to International Relations. Oxford University Press.
Owens, Dr Patricia, Baylis, J, Smith, S and Lamy, S, eds. (2010) Introduction to Global Politics. Oxford University Press.
Owens, Patricia (2010) The ethics of war: critical alternatives. In: Ethics and world politics. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199548620
Owens, Patricia (2010) Walking corpses: Arendt on the limits and the possibilities of cosmopolitan politics. In: International Relations Theory and Philosophy: Interpretive Dialogues. Routledge, pp. 72-82. ISBN 9780415462266
Owens, Patricia (2010) Torture, sex and military orientalism. Third World Quarterly, 31 (7). pp. 1041-1056. ISSN 0143-6597
Owens, Patricia (2009) Reclaiming "bare life"? Against Agamben on refugees. International Relations, 23 (4). pp. 567-582. ISSN 0047-1178
Owens, Patricia (2009) Hannah Arendt. In: Critical Theorists and International Relations. Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom and New York, pp. 31-41. ISBN 9780415474658
Owens, Patricia (2008) The ethic of reality in Hannah Arendt. In: Political Thought and International Relations: Variations on a Realist Theme. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 105-121. ISBN 9780199556274
Owens, Patricia (2008) 'Humanity, sovereignty and the camps'. International Politics, 45 (4). pp. 522-530. ISSN 1384-5748
Owens, Patricia (2008) Distinctions, distinctions: "public" and "private" force? International Affairs, 84 (5). pp. 977-990. ISSN 0020-5850
Smith, Steve and Owens, Patricia (2008) 'Alternative Approaches to International Theory'. In: The Globalization of World Politics. Oxford University Press, pp. 174-91.
Owens, Patricia (2007) Between war and politics: international relations and the thought of Hannah Arendt. Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York.
Owens, Patricia (2007) Beyond Strauss, lies, and the war in Iraq: Hannah Arendt's critique of neoconservatism. Review of International Studies, 33 (2). pp. 265-283. ISSN 0260-2105
Owens, Patricia (2005) Hannah Arendt, violence, and the inescapable fact of humanity. In: Hannah Arendt and International Relations: Reading across the Lines. The Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 41-65. ISBN 9781403967831
Owens, Patricia (2005) Hannah Arendt: a biographical and political introduction. In: Hannah Arendt and International Relations: Reading across the Lines. The Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 27-40. ISBN 9781403967831
Owens, Patricia (2004) Xenophilia, gender and sentimental humanitarianism. Alternatives, 29 (3). pp. 285-304. ISSN 0304-3754
Owens, Patricia (2004) Theorising military intervention. International Affairs, 80 (2). pp. 355-365. ISSN 0020-5850
Owens, Patricia (2003) 'Accidents don't just happen: the liberal politics of high-tech humanitarian war'. Millennium, 32 (3). pp. 595-616. ISSN 0305-8298
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