International Order as a Problem of Political Theology

Room 408 Education Building
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Thursday 13th December 2018 (15:00-16:30)
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Cecilia Davis

The ICCS Seminar Series continues on Thursday 13th December with guest speaker Dr William Bain (National University of Singapore).

William Bain is actively engaged in research and teaching that is concentrated in the areas of international relations, international political theory, and the history of ideas. He is particularly interested in the place of religion in theory and practice of international relations. This interest is focused on the way in which theology, and specifically medieval debates about the nature of God, shape thinking about international order and fundamental instituitons, such as anarchy, the balance of power, and global constitutionalism. His earlier work explores the political theory of empire, especially as it relates to the idea of trusteeship and its implications for contemporary international administration and statebuilding. The principal statement of this work appears in the research monograph, Between Anarchy and Society: Trusteeship and the Obligations of Power (OUP 2003). He is also author of several articles and book chapters on IR theory, particularly the English School approach, as well as security and the history of ideas.

Professor Bain holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (BA) and the University of British Columbia (MA and PhD). Prior to joining the Department of Political Science he held appointments at Glasgow University and Aberystwyth University, and as Visiting Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Professor Bain is co-editor of International Relations, after serving as an associate editor for five years; and he is a member of the the advisory board of Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics. He has served on the editorial board the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (2007-2013) and the advisory board of International Studies Review (2012-2015). He is a Research Associate at the NUS Centre for Legal Theory and Centre of Advanced International Theory (CAIT) at the University of Sussex, and he was previously Deputy Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute for International Relations at Aberystwyth University.

The seminar is free to attend and open to all.