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Gurminder Bhambra

BhambraGurminder K. Bhambra is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Social Theory Centre at the University of Warwick. Her research addresses how, within sociological understandings of modernity, the experiences and claims of non-European 'others' have been rendered invisible to the dominant narratives and analytical frameworks of sociology. While her research interests are primarily in the area of historical sociology, she is also interested in the intersection of the social sciences with recent work in postcolonial studies. Her current research project is on the possibilities for historical sociology in a postcolonial world. She is the author of Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (Palgrave, 2007, Winner of the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize) and Connected Sociologies: Theory for a Global Age (Bloomsbury, 2014).

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Jenny Edkins

EdkinsJenny Edkins is Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. She works on international politics and is particularly interested in possibilities of rendering dominant contemporary views of what the world should or must be like ineffectual through detailed explorations of existing alternatives. Her research focuses on personhood and political community. She examines the workings of sovereign power, the instrumentalisation of life, and the possibility of alternatives through detailed studies of famine, security, humanitarian crises, traumatic memory, missing persons, the photograph and the face. Her publications include Missing: Persons and Politics (Cornell, 2011); Trauma and the Memory of Politics (Cambridge, 2003) and Whose Hunger: Concepts of Famine, Practices of Aid (Minnesota, 2000). She is the co-founder of the Aberystwyth Lancaster Graduate Colloquium.

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Jef Huysmans

HuysmansJef Huysmans is Professor of Security Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance at the Open University. He is also Co-Editor in Chief of the journal International Political Sociology, sponsored by the International Studies Association. His work is known for developing key conceptual and methodological innovations in the study of the politics of insecurity and the securitization of migration. Currently he is working on assembling suspicion, security and democracy, the political significance of everyday practices, and acts of citizenship. He is author of Security Unbound. Enacting Democratic Limits (Routledge, March 2014), The Politics of Insecurity. Fear, Migration and Asylum in the EU. (Routledge 2006); and What is Politics? (Edinburgh University Press, 2005).

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Malcolm MacDonald

MacDonaldMalcolm MacDonald is Associate Professor in the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick. His main research interests lie in institutional discourse, with a particular interest in security discourse and medical discourse; and intercultural communication, with a particular interest in intercultural ethics. Malcolm has published widely in journals such as Discourse and Society and Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. He is also editor of the SSCI listed journal Language and Intercultural Communication.

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Louiza Odysseos

OdysseosLouiza Odysseos is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. Her research interests lie at the juncture of international theory and continental philosophy with special emphasis on ethics, critical theory and post-structuralist thought. Her book The Subject of Coexistence: Otherness in International Relations (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) pioneered a philosophical critique of the subjectivist ontology of International Relations, interrogating the much neglected question of coexistence. Louiza's current research project examines human rights in the global liberal order and, in particular, how rights might be theorised as a political technology of government. She is currently researching a monograph provisionally entitled The Reign of Rights: Practices of Governing and Subjects of Resistance in Global Politics.

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Sue Wharton

Sue joined the WhartonCentre for Applied Linguistics at Warwick in 2004. She is interested in all sorts of written discourse analysis to the extent that this can facilitate understanding, and sometimes change, in the social situation of which it is a part. She has looked particularly at the written genres of the TESOL community and at discursive constructions of the family in the UK. She is convenor of the Professional and Academic Discourse research group in the Centre for Applied Linguistics. Recent publications include: Wharton, Sue M. (2013) 'Written feedback as interaction: Knowledge exchange or activity exchange?' The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 4(1), 9-20; Wharton, Sue M. (2012) 'Latent consensus in public debate: media discussion of fathers? rights in the UK.' Communication, Culture & Critique, 5(3), 427- 444.

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