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Madeleine Fagan

BA (London), MSc (London), MSc (Aberystwyth), PhD (Aberystwyth), FHEA


Contact details

Email: M dot Fagan at Warwick dot ac dot uk

Tel: +44 (0)24765 23720

Office: E1.06 Social Science

Advice and Feedback hours: Monday 3.00-4.00, Tuesday 2.00-3.00 (Terms 1 and 2 only)

Postal address: PAIS, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Madeleine Fagan is an Assistant Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies at at the University of Warwick. Her research explores the politics and ethics of the anthropocene.

Her ESRC-funded PhD thesis explored the implications of prominent critical, interpretive, and non-foundational normative theories for rethinking political action. The monograph based on this research, Ethics and Politics After Poststructuralism: Levinas, Derrida, Nancy, is published with Edinburgh University Press (2013, 2016).

Her current research applies this approach to a focus on the the politics of ethical claims about and representations of the anthropocene, as a lens through which to explore the relationships between temporality, subjectivity, spatial imaginations and political community relied upon in these accounts. Initial outputs from this research appear in Political Geography (forthcoming 2019), European Journal of International Relations (2016) and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations (2017) (see Publications page for details).

She holds a BA in War Studies from King’s College, London, an MSc in International Relations from The London School of Economics, an MSc in Postcolonial Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

She took up the post of Assistant Professor in PAIS in October 2016. Previously she held a Global Research Fellowship in the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (2012-2016), and posts in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (2011-2012), and the Department of Politics, University of Exeter (2009-2011).

Research Interests

I welcome applications for PhD supervision in any of the following areas:

The Anthropocene and critical environmental politics; ethics, environment, the Anthropocene and climate change; the politics of nature, time and subjectivity; ecological security; disastrous, catastrophic and apocalyptic visions of environmental futures.

Critical, Normative, and Interpretive Social and Philosophical thought; Poststructuralist philosophy; the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy; theories of responsibility and ethics; theories of time and temporality; theories of subjecticity, identity and political community.

Theories of International Relations, ethics, and global security; Critical, Poststructuralist and post-foundational approaches to global politics; International Political Theory; Contemporary political theory; discourse analysis and critical methodologies; the political implications of ethical theories; aesthetic and everyday approaches to ethics; ethical narratives in film, literature and popular culture; ethics and responses to terrorism in British, European, and global contexts.

Recent conference presentations

  • 'Anthropocene Security', Territory, Law and the Anthropocene workshop, Warwick, December 2017.
  • 'On the dangers of an anthropocene era: periodisation, epochalisation and the geological subject', Anthropocene Mobilities Workshop, Hamburg, June 2017.
  • ‘Security in the Anthropocene: Environment, Ecology, Escape’, Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Atlanta, March 2016.
  • ‘The Domestication of Apocalypse: Ethics and Environmental Disaster’, The Ethics and Politics of Apocalyptic Imaginaries Workshop, IAS, University of Warwick, November 2016.
  • 'Poststructuralist ethics’, BISA Ethics and World Politics working group inaugural workshop, City University London, October 2016.
  • ‘Past Actions, Present Woes: History and Anthropogenic Climate Change’ Seminar Series, University of Exeter, 23 November 2012.
  • 'Climate change and the production of the ethical subject', Temporalities of the Political Workshop, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 30 November 2012.
  • ‘Ethics and the Logic of the Future in International Relations’, BISA-ISA Joint Conference, Edinburgh 20-22 June 2012.
  • 'Drawing the Line Between Ethics and Politics: Implications for Practical Politics', BISA workshop, Postcoloniality and the Limits of Poststructural IR, University of Aberdeen, November 18-19 2011.
  • 'Imagining Ethical Futures: Disaster, Dystopia, Catastrophe', Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Montreal, March 2011.
  • ‘Risking Response: Responsibility and the Other’, Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 26-29 March, 2008.
  • ‘From Difference to Alterity: Thinking the Other in Emmanuel Levinas’, Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 26-29 March, 2008.
  • ‘The Ontopolitics of Response’, Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL, 2007.
  • ‘Difference, Alterity and the Face’, paper presented at the Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association, University of Cambridge, 2007.

Research funding

  • Warwick IAS New Ideas Development Award. To fund speculative meeting for ‘Visualising the Anthropocene’ network. June 2017.
  • Global Research Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, 2012-2016.
  • British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (£500). For attendance at the International Studies Association annual conference, Montreal, March 2011.
  • ESRC 1+3 Doctoral Studentship, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, 2005-2009.
  • University of Wales Gregynog Colloquia Support Fund (£2500), 2005.

Peer Review

Cambridge Review of International Studies, Critical Military Studies, European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, Millennium, Oxford University Press, Political Theory, Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue, Journal of International Relations Research, Palgrave Macmillan, Editorial Review Board for the Journal of International Relations Research.