Patrick Vernon

Queer Interventions in Global Politics. How does humanitarian (non)intervention inform global governmentalities of legitimate violence?

Supervisors

Dr Emma Foster and Dr Nicki Smith

Patrick’s doctoral research uses queer and postcolonial theory to explore military humanitarian (non)intervention. Analysing key speeches by UK Prime Ministers, Patrick's research explores how logics of heteronormativity and racism (de)legitimise decisions on whether or not to intervene. Locating these discourses within Global North-South power relations, Patrick considers humanitarian intervention as a performance of British identity and assesses the scope for resisting dominant narratives on intervention. Cumulatively, Patrick's research asks how decisions on whether or not to use force to protect civilians inform global understandings of legitimate violence.

Short Biography

Patrick Vernon is a postgraduate researcher interested in the application of queer theory to the study of violence in global politics. He studied for his undergraduate degree in POLSIS between 2014-2017 and returned to Birmingham to study for an MRes in Sexuality and Gender Studies in 2018, analysing the relationship between heterosexuality and genocidal violence, with a specific focus on the Rohingya Genocide. 

Patrick chaired the interdisciplinary research group, ROLES, during the 2018-19 academic year and organised the 9th Annual Conference. He also participated in the 2019 Association of Social Anthropologists Conference discussion on humanitarian intervention, and is a member of the Gender and Feminist Theory (GAFT) working group. 

Qualifications

  • B.A. (Hons) International Relations with Political Science (Class I), University of Birmingham
  • MRes Sexuality and Gender Studies, University of Birmingham

Research interests

  • Queer and postcolonial theory
  • Discourses of sexuality and violence in global politics
  • Critical security studies
  • Atrocity crimes and humanitarian intervention

Conference Papers

  • Vernon P. (2019) Chair, ‘Keynote Discussion: Envisioned Engagements between Westminster and Sexuality and Gender Academia’, featuring Dr Emma Foster and Jess Phillips MP, 2019 ROLES Conference, 9th May 2019, University of Birmingham
  • Vernon P. (2019) ‘Queering Genocide: Heteronormative Narratives and ‘Doing Sex’ in Myanmar’, 2019 ROLES Conference, 9th May 2019, University of Birmingham
  • Vernon P. (2019) ‘Queering Genocide: Heteronormative Narratives and ‘Doing Sex’ in Myanmar’, 2019ASA Conference: Anthropological Contributions to Humanitarian Intervention, Friday 6th September 2019, University of East Anglia, https://www.theasa.org/conferences/asa19/panels#7986

Journal Articles

Contact details

Email: PXV467@student.bham.ac.uk