Prof Jenny Edkins

BA/ MA Oxon (St Anne's College, University of Oxford); MSc Inf Sci (City University, London); BA Hons (Open University); PhD (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)

Prof Jenny Edkins

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Jenny Edkins is Professor of International Politics. She has published eleven books, including five monographs: Face Politics (Routledge, 2015); Missing: Persons and Politics (Cornell, 2011); Trauma and the Memory of Politics (Cambridge, 2003); Whose Hunger: Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid (Minnesota, 2008); and Poststructuralism and International Relations (Lynne Rienner, 1999). She is currently working on the third edition of the successful textbook, Global Politics: A New Introduction, and completing a sixth monograph, Memory, Security, Politics, for Manchester University Press.

Her focus, aside from her own research, is on collaborative ventures that make space for innovative approaches and bring together those engaged in developing them, including most recently the Gregynog Ideas Lab; the highly-regarded Routledge book series Interventions; and the Journal of Narrative Politics. She is co-director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre Performance and Politics international (PPi). She has contributed to NGO and UK government policy discussions on famine, emergency and missing people. In 2013, she talked about her work in an interview with Stuart Elden.

Her original first degree at Oxford was in physics, with specialisms in nuclear and solid state physics. Her second first degree in the social science

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Current and forthcoming events

Exhibition and Symposium
In April 2017, PPi is hosting a major exhibition Huelas de Memoria/Footprints of Memory and an associated symposium that focuses on questions of absence and presence.

Gregynog Ideas Lab
The sixth Gregynog Ideas Lab takes place from 10-15 July 2017, run this year by Andreja Zevnik (Manchester) and Erzsebet Strausz (Warwick):


Module Coordinator


Current PhD supervision

  • Ira Blaitka
  • Chyatat Supachalasai
  • Yvonne Rinkart (ESRC Studentship)
  • Lydia Cole (ESRC Studentship)
  • Danielle House (ESRC Studentship)
  • Amal Abu-Bakare

Jenny Edkins has supervised more than 20 doctorates to successful completion and examined a similar number; her former PhD students hold posts in Asia, North America, and Europe.

Most recently completed PhD supervisions

Dr Catherine Charrett: A performance in politics: Hamas and the EU through the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections (2014), now Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Gillian McFadyen: Language and silence within the refugee regime. (2014), now Lecturer at Aberystwyth
Dr Reiko Shindo: The politics of categories: re-thinking boundaries in translation (2013), now Lecturer at Coventry University
Dr Megan Daigle: Sexuality, the discoursediscourse of 'prostitution' and governance of bodies in post-Soviet Cuba (2012), author of From Cuba with Love
Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly: Killing in the name: searching for 'the political' in political violence (2012), now Assistant Professor at Warwick University
Dr Madeleine Fagan: Responsibility at the limit: the line between ethics and politics (2009), now Assistant Professor, Warwick
Dr Laura Guillaume: War on the body: dramatising the space of the unknown (2009), co-editor of Deleuze and the body

New & continuing research projects:

  1. Missing persons There are contradictions between relatives' demands for the return of the irreplaceable person & the response of officials & political authorities, for whom persons appear as objectified & instrumentalised. Current work explores naming and identification of missing migrants.
  2. Trauma & memory Events we call traumatic may provide an opening to challenge state- & nation-based politics. The current focus of work includes a narrative account of the site of the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan and an examination of memory and temporality.
  3. Performance & politics The interface between aesthetic politics & political aesthetics and the complex relationship between performance & politics is explored in the Performance & Politics International (PPi) Research Centre and the edited volume International Politics and Performance.
  4. Telling Stories The Telling Stories project involves opening space for narrative accounts in international politics & exploring the implications of this new approach through Telling Stories panels at ISA and Millennium conferences and the Journal of Narrative Politics.
  5. Face politics Deleuze & Guattari note that "If the face is a politics, dismantling the face is also a politics." While contemporary politics could be said to insist on the face & pin us to our faces, Face Politics asks whether there might be another politics, that of the face blind or the faceless, and what that might be like.
  6. Landscapes of detention Confinement without trial in the UK spans sites of detention from internment camps for enemy aliens in war-time to contemporary asylum


FaceEdkins, J. 2018 Visual Global Politics. Bleiker, R. (ed.). London: Taylor & Francis, (Interventions)
Loss of a Loss: Ground Zero, Spring 2014Edkins, J. 2016 Narrative Global Politics: Theory, History and the Personal in International Relations. Inayatullah, N. & Dauphinee, E. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 97-1037 p.
Missing Migrants and the Politics of Naming: Names Without Bodies, Bodies Without NamesEdkins, J. 2016 In : Social Research: An International Quarterly.83, 2, p. 359-389
Face PoliticsEdkins, J. 2015 London: Taylor & Francis. 230 p. (Interventions)
Temporality, Politics and Performance: Missing, Displaced, DisappearedEdkins, J. 2014 The Grammar of Politics and Performance. Rai, S. & Reinelt, J. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 134-14714 p. (Interventions)
Introduction: Opening the Space for a Critical International PoliticsEdkins, J. 2014 Critical International Relations. Edkins, J. (ed.). Taylor & Francis, (Critical Concepts in International Relations)
Facing and DefacingEdkins, J. 2013 International Politics and Performance: Critical Aesthetics and Creative Practice. Edkins, J. & Kear, A. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 40-5920 p. (Interventions)
Time, Personhood, PoliticsEdkins, J. 2013 The Future of Trauma Theory: Contemporary Literary Criticism. Durrant, S., Eaglestone, R. & Buelens, G. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 127-14014 p.
Global Politics: A New Introduction: Second EditionEdkins, J. (ed.) & Zehfuss, M. (ed.) 2013 Second ed. London: Taylor & Francis. 696 p.
Novel Writing in International Relations: Openings for a Creative PracticeEdkins, J. 2013 In : Security Dialogue.44, 4, p. 281 - 29716 p.
Politics and Personhood: Reflections on the Portrait PhotographEdkins, J. 2013 In : Alternatives.38, 2, p. 139-154
Dismantling the face: landscape for another politics?Edkins, J. 2013 In : Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.31, 3, p. 538–55316 p.
Still Face, moving faceEdkins, J. 2013 In : Journal for Cultural Research.17, 4, p. 414-429
International Politics and Performance: Critical Aesthetics and Creative PracticeEdkins, J. (ed.) & Kear, A. (ed.) 2013 Abingdon: Taylor & Francis. 296 p. (Interventions)
Missing: Persons and PoliticsEdkins, J. A. 2011 Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 296 p.
Objects among ObjectsEdkins, J. A. 2010 Autobiographical International Relations: I, IR. Inayatullah, N. (ed.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 19-3012 p. (Interventions)
Missing Persons: London, July 2005Edkins, J. A. 2010 Terrorism and the Politics of Response. Stephens, A. C. & Vaughan-Williams, N. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 19-4324 p. (Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies)
Remembering Relationality: Trauma Time and PoliticsEdkins, J. 2010 Memory, Trauma and World Politics: Reflections on the Relationship Between Past and Present . Bell, D. (ed.). Basingstoke: Springer Nature, p. 99-11517 p.
Critical Theorists in International RelationsEdkins, J. (ed.) & Vaughan-Williams, N. (ed.) 2009 London: Taylor & Francis. 424 p. (Interventions)
Introduction to Critical Theorists and International RelationsEdkins, J. & Vaughan-Williams, N. 2009 Critical Theorists and International Relations. Edkins, J. & Vaughan-Williams, N. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 1-66 p.
Biopolitics, communication and global governance: London, July 2005Edkins, J. 2009 Terrorism and the Politics of Response. Closs Stephens, A. & Vaughan-Williams, N. (eds.). Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, p. 19-4325 p. (Artificial Intelligence)
Global Politics: A New IntroductionEdkins, J. & Zehfuss, M. 2008 London: Taylor & Francis. 568 p.
Biopolitics, communication and global governanceEdkins, J. A. 2008 Cultures and Politics of Global Communication. Constantinou, C. M., Richmond, O. & Watson, A. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 211-23222 p.
Biopolitics, communication and global governanceEdkins, J. 2008 In : Review of International Studies.34, S1, p. 211-23222 p.
Whose Hunger?: Concepts of Famine, Practices of AidEdkins, J. 2008 Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 264 p. (Borderlines; vol. 17)
“Deconstruction”; “Genealogy”; “Poststructuralism”Edkins, J. 2007 Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics . Griffiths, M. (ed.). Abingdon: Taylor & Francis
PoststructuralismEdkins, J. 2007 International Relations Theory for the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction. Griffiths, M. (ed.). Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, p. 88-9811 p.
Missing Persons: Manhattan, September 2001Edkins, J. 2007 The logics of biopower and the war on terror: Living, Dying, Surviving. Dauphinee, E. & Masters, C. (eds.). London: Springer Nature, p. 25-4218 p.
What It Is To Be Many: Subjecthood, Responsibility and Sacrifice in Derrida and NancyEdkins, J. 2007 Derrida: Negotiating the Legacy. Fagan, M., Glorieux, L., Hašimbegović, I. & Suetsugu, M. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 172-19221 p.
The Criminalization of Mass Starvations: From Natural Disaster to Crime Against HumanityEdkins, J. 2007 The New Famines: Why Famines Persist in an Era of Globalisation. Devereux, S. (ed.). Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, p. 50-6516 p. (Routledge Studies in Development Economics)
Whatever PoliticsEdkins, J. 2007 Giorgio Agamben: Sovereignty and Life. Calarco, M. & DeCaroli, S. (eds.). Stanford: Stanford University Press, p. 70-9122 p.
The Local, the Global and the TroublingEdkins, J. 2006 In : Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.9, 4, p. 499-51113 p.
Exposed singularityEdkins, J. 2005 In : Journal for Cultural Research.9, 4, p. 359 - 38628 p.
Through the Wire: Relations of Power and Relations of ViolencePin-Fat, V. & Edkins, J. 2005 In : Millennium: Journal of International Studies.34, 1, p. 1-2424 p.
Generalising the internationalEdkins, J. & Zehfuss, M. 2005 In : Review of International Studies.31, 03, p. 451-47222 p.
Ethics and Practices of Engagement: Intellectuals as ExpertsEdkins, J. 2005 In : International Relations.19, 1, p. 64-696 p.
Forum: Ethics and Practices of Engagement: Intellectuals in World PoliticsEdkins, J. 2005 In : International Relations.19, 1, p. 63-631 p.
Introduction: Life, Power, ResistanceEdkins, J. & Pin-Fat, V. 2004 Sovereign Lives: Power in Global Politics. Edkins, J., Shapiro, M. J. & Pin-Fat, V. (eds.). Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, p. 1-2222 p.
Sovereign Lives: Power in Global PoliticsEdkins, J. (ed.), Shapiro, M. J. (ed.) & Pin-Fat, V. (ed.) 2004 New York: Taylor & Francis. 280 p.
Ground Zero: reflections on trauma, in/distinction and responseEdkins, J. 2004 In : Journal for Cultural Research.8, 3, p. 247-27024 p.
‘Famines’ or ‘mass starvations’: victims, beneficiaries and perpetratorsEdkins, J. 2004 Humanitarian Exchange, 27, p. 6-83 p.
Security, cosmology, Copenhagen??Edkins, J. 2003 In : Contemporary Politics.9, 4, p. 361-37010 p.
Humanitarianism, humanity, humanEdkins, J. 2003 In : Journal of Human Rights.2, 2, p. 253-2586 p.
Trauma and the Memory of PoliticsEdkins, J. 2003 Cambridge University Press.
The Rush to Memory and the Rhetoric of WarEdkins, J. 2003 In : Journal of Political and Military Sociology.31, 2, p. 231-25121 p.
Mass Starvations and the Limitations of Famine TheorisingEdkins, J. 2002 In : IDS Bulletin.33, 4, p. 12-187 p.
Forget Trauma? Responses to September 11Edkins, J. 2002 In : International Relations.16, 2, p. 243-25613 p.
After the Subject of International SecurityEdkins, J. 2002 Politics and Post-structuralism: An Introduction. Finlayson, A. & Valentine, J. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 66-8015 p.
Mass Starvations and the Limitations of Famine TheorisingEdkins, J. 2002
Trauma and Responses to September 11Edkins, J. 2001 The global political economy of security. McInnes, C. (ed.). Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University
The Absence of Meaning: Trauma and the Events of 11 SeptemberEdkins, J. 2001
Authenticity and memory at DachauEdkins, J. 2001 In : Cultural Values.5, 4, p. 405-42016 p.
If No Story is Possible: Trauma, Testimony and Biopolitics after AuschwitzEdkins, J. 2001
Trauma, Memory and Sovereign PowerEdkins, J. 2001
Whose Hunger?: Concepts of Famine, Practices of AidEdkins, J. 2000 Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 236 p. (Borderlines; vol. 17)
Legality with a Vengeance: Famines and Humanitarian Relief in ‘Complex Emergencies’Edkins, J. 2000 Poverty in World Politics: Whose Global Era?. Owen Vandersluis, S. & Yeros, P. (eds.). London: Springer Nature, p. 59-9032 p.
Sovereign Power, Zones of Indistinction, and the CampEdkins, J. 2000 In : Alternatives.25, 1, p. 3-2523 p.
Poststructuralism and International Relations: Bringing the Political Back inEdkins, J. 1999 Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 185 p. (Critical Perspectives on World Politics)
Sovereignty and SubjectivityEdkins, J. (ed.), Persram, N. & Pin-Fat, V. (ed.) 1998 Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 200 p. (Critical Perspectives on World Politics)
The Subject of the PoliticalEdkins, J. & Pin-Fat, V. 1998 Sovereignty and Subjectivity. Edkins, J., Persram, N. & Pin-Fat, V. (eds.). Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, p. 1-1818 p. (Critical Perspectives on World Politics)
The politics of emergency: intervention, peacekeeping, humanitarianism and developmentEdkins, J. 1997 University of Manchester. 73 p. (Manchester papers in politics; no. 2)
Jean Bethke Elshtain: Traversing the Terrain BetweenEdkins, J. & Pin-Fat, V. 1997 The Future of International Relations: Masters in the Making?. Neumann, I. B. & Wæver, O. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 312-33827 p.
Legality with a Vengeance: Famines and Humanitarian Relief in 'Complex Emergencies'Edkins, J. 1996 In : Millennium: Journal of International Studies.25, 3, p. 547-57539 p.
David Keen, “The Benefits of Famine: A Political Economy of Famine and Relief in Southwestern Sudan, 1983-1989”Edkins, J. 1995 In : Political Studies.43, 3, p. 5611 p.
Book Review: Patrick Webb and Joachim von Braun, Famine and Food Security in Ethiopia: Lessons for Africa (Chichester; John Wiley and Sons, 1994, 158 pp., £34.95 hbk., £14.95 pbk.)Edkins, J. 1995 In : Millennium: Journal of International Studies.24, 1, p. 184-1852 p.
Post International Politics: An Emerging Dissident LiteratureEdkins, J. & Pin-Fat, V. 1995 The State of the Academy: New Reflections on Political Studies. Lekhi, R. (ed.). London: NetworkPress, p. 97-1037 p.