Researcher biography

Roland Bleiker teaches across international relations, peace studies and political theory. His research explores how key political issues can be re-evaluated through aesthetics, images and emotions. He directs a cross-disciplinary research program on Visual Politics, which brings together several dozen scholars from across UQ:

Bleiker grew up in Zürich, Switzerland, where he was educated and worked as a lawyer. He studied international relations in Paris, Toronto, Vancouver and Canberra. Bleiker worked for two years in a Swiss diplomatic mission in the Korean DMZ and held visiting affiliations at Harvard, Cambridge, Humboldt, Tampere, Yonsei and Pusan National University as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.


Single-Authored Books

Aesthetics and World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009/2012).

Divided Korea: Toward a Culture of Reconciliation (University of Minnesota Press, 2005/2008). Korean Translation 2009 (Pusan University of Foreign Studies Press).

Popular Dissent, Human Agency and Global Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Awarded the APSA's Crisp Prize for best scholarly book in political science.

Edited Volumes (4 out of 9)

Visual Global Politics (Routledge: forthcoming 2018).

Emotions and World Politics (with Emma Hutchison),Forum in International Theory, Vol 3/2014.

Mediating Across Difference: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution (with Morgan Brigg) (University of Hawaii Press, 2011)

Autoethnographic International Relations, Forum in the Review of International Studies, Vol 36 No 3 and 4, 2010 (with Morgan Brigg)

Journal Articles (small selection)

"In Search of Thinking Space: Reflections on the Aesthetic Turn in International Political Theory," Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 45/2, 2017.

"Radical Dreaming: Indigenous Art and Cultural Diplomacy," (with Sally Butler), International Political Sociology, 10/1, 2016.

"Pluralist Methods for Visual Global Politics," Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43/3, 2015.

"Theorizing Emotions and World Politics," (with Emma Hutchison), in International Theory, Vol 3/2014

"The Visual Dehumanization of Refugees," (with D. Campbell, E. Hutchison and X. Nicholson), in Australian Journal of Political Science, 48/3, 2013.

"Fear No More: Emotions and World Politics," (with Emma Hutchison), Review of International Studies, 34/1, 2008.

"A Rogue is a Rogue is a Rogue: US Foreign Policy and the Korean Nuclear Crisis," International Affairs, 79/4, 2003.

"The Aesthetic Turn in International Political Theory," Millennium, 30/2, 2001.

"Forget IR Theory," Alternatives, 22/1, 1997.

Book Chapters (small selection)

"Poststructuralism," (with David Campbell) in Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki and Steve Smith, International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity (Oxford University Press, 2016).

"Visual Assemblages," in Michele Acuto and Simon Curtis (eds), Reassembling International Theory (Palgrave, 2014).

"Between Consensus and Deconstruction: A Feminist Reading of Dialogue," (with Martin Leet) in Jude Browne (ed), Dialogue, Politics and Gender (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

"Imaging Catastrophe: The Politics of Representing Humanitarian Crises," (with Emma Hutchison and David Campbell), in Michele Acuto (ed), Negotiating Relief: The Dialectics of Humanitarian Space (Oxford University Press, 2013).

"Visualizing Post-National Democracy," in M. Schoolman and D. Campbell (eds), The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition (Duke University Press, 2008).

"Globalizing Political Theory," in S.K. White and J. Donald Moon (eds), What is Political Theory (Sage, 2004).