Dr. Andrea Loehr is a physicist turned computational biologist. Dr. Loehr has worked on astrophysics and cosmology at the Max-Planck Gesellschaft, Germany, and at Harvard University. She wintered-over in Antarctica in 2004, managing the South Pole AST/RO observatory and studying star formation in the Milky Way. Her most recent research focuses on bringing optimal care to cancer patients through translational genomics.
Associate Professor Anthony Burke
Anthony Burke is an Australian writer and social theorist, and Associate Professor of Politics at UNSW Australia, Canberra. His books include Fear of Security: Australia’s Invasion Anxiety (Cambridge 2008), Beyond Security, Ethics and Violence: War Against the Other (Routledge 20007), and with Katrina Lee Koo and Matt McDonald, Ethics and Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach (Routledge 2014). He is working on two book manuscripts, Uranium (Polity forthcoming) and Security Cosmopolitanism.
Antoine Bousquet is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Birkbeck College, University of London. His main research interests are the entangled relationship of war and society, the history and philosophy of science and technology, and social and political theory in the digital age. He is the author of The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (2009) and a forthcoming monograph on the logistics of military perception entitled The Martial Gaze.
Arthur I. Miller is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking – in art on the one hand and science on the other. What are the similarities, what are the differences? He has published many critically acclaimed books, including Einstein, Picasso, Empire of the Stars and 137, and most recently Colliding Worlds, as well as writes for the Guardian and The New York Times. He is Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London.
Associate Professor Charlotte Epstein
My interests are in the areas of International Relations theory, particularly in post-structuralist approaches and discourse theory, critical security studies and global environmental politics. In my book, The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of An Anti-Whaling Discourse, I approach the topic of whaling both as an object of analysis in its own right and as a lens for examining the role of discursive power in international relations.
Christopher A. Fuchs is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Previously, he held research positions at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, and Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. From 1996-1999 he was the Lee DuBridge Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. In 2010 he was a winner of the International Quantum Communication Award, and in 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In a recent posting, he described himself as “for the last 25 years having lived and breathed the question of what quantum theory is trying to tell us about the world.” He calls his current understanding of this QBism.
Professor Colin Wight
Colin Wight’s research interests originate in the desire to explore and understand the fragmented nature of International Relations Theory and to embed this understanding in wider intellectual and public debates. Although primarily interested in theory all his work is constructed around the desire to understand, and show, how theoretical work impacts on empirical research; the Political Studies piece on ‘The Agent-Structure Problem and Institutional Racism’ being a good example of this.
Dr. Dean Rickles
Dean received his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2004, with a thesis on conceptual issues in quantum gravity. In 2005 he took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary (split between health sciences and philosophy), on the application of complex systems theory to population health. He joined the department of history and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney in 2007, receiving a 5-year ARC Australian Research Fellowship in 2008 and a 4-year ARC Future Fellowship in 2014. His primary research focus is the history and philosophy of modern physics, particularly quantum gravity and spacetime physics. However, he also has strong interests in cognitive science, econophysics, population health, climate physics, and musicology.
Dr. Frank Smith
Frank L. Smith III is a lecturer with the Centre for International Security Studies and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Previously, he was a research fellow with the Griffith Asia Institute and a pre-doctoral fellow with the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He has a PhD in political science and a BS in biological chemistry, both from the University of Chicago.
Professor Glenda Sluga
Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History, and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on the cultural history of international relations, internationalism, the history of European nationalisms, sovereignty, identity, immigration and gender history. In 2013, she was awarded a five-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship for “Inventing the International – the origins of globalisation”. Her most recent book is Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism. She is currently completing an ARC-funded study of the Congress of Vienna.
Professor Graeme Gill
Graeme Gill is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He has written extensively on Soviet and Russian politics, with his most recent book, Building an Authoritarian Polity. Russia in Post-Soviet Times currently in press. He has also written on the origins and development of the state, democratisation, and the role of the bourgeoisie in political development. He is currently President of the International Council for Central and East European Studies, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
My work, so far, has centered on the ecologies and futures of global warfare. I am interested in the ways war continues to expand, bringing an ever greater collection of participants and technologies into the gravitational pull of violent conflict. I am also interested in various approaches to global relations such as systems theory, cybernetics, and complexity theory, as well as the role new media play in altering the interfaces of global relations. In my spare time I collect vinyl and co-edit The Contemporary Condition with William E. Connolly.
Professor James Der Derian
Professor James Der Derian is the Michael Hintze Chair of International Security and Director of the Centre for International Security Studies. His research and teaching interests are in international security, information technology, international theory, and documentary film. He is author most recently of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network and Critical Practices in International Theory. He has produced four film documentaries: Virtual Y2K, After 9/11, Human Terrain and Project Z.
Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais
Dr Jonathan Bogais is a sociologist (political sociology and intercultural psychology), a specialist in foreign affairs (East Asia and West Pacific) and a strategic adviser. His expertise lies with conflict, violence (structural & political), intercultural relations, negotiation, peacebuilding, geosecurity, the complex relationships between development, security and conflict, and media. Jonathan worked as a practitioner over three decades during which he has had an ongoing involvement in international missions, advised senior diplomats and delegations, and participated in conflict resolution negotiations – including frontline situations. He also reported as a foreign correspondent in Asia.
Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW Australia. Laura’s primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda. She is co-founder of the Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (WPSAC), which was formed in 2012. Laura regularly blogs for WPSAC and other websites including The Disorder of Things and the Gender in Global Governance Net-Work. Laura tweets from @drljshepherd.
Mark B. Salter is professor in the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa. He is editor of “Making Things International 1” and “2”. He is associate editor of both “Security Dialogue” and “International Political Sociology.” He won the Canadian Political Science Association Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2014.
Overcoming the obstacle of first earning a doctorate in theoretical physics, Mark Levinson has since worked as a writer, director, producer, editor and sound supervisor on 40 feature films. As an ADR specialist, he has worked on such films as The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, Goya’s Ghosts, The Pledge, Seven, and The Social Network. He is the writer/producer/director of the narrative feature film, Prisoner of Time, about two former Russian dissident artists in the aftermath of the Soviet Union. Most recently, he directed the documentary feature, Particle Fever, an intimate, insidelook at the particle physics community on the verge of discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.
Mark’s latest documentary feature Particle Fever will be screening at Q2 Symposium. Mark will also be participating on the ‘Time: Historical, Cultural and Relative’ roundtable.
McKenzie Wark is the author, most recently, of Molecular Red (Verso 2015). Among his other books are The Beach Beneath the Street (Verso 2011), Gamer Theory (Harvard 2007), and A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard 2004). His two books on Australian culture and media are Celebrities, Culture and Cyberspace (Pluto 1998) and The Virtual Republic (Allen & Unwin 1997). He is Professor of Media and Culture at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Studies in New York City.
Watch Professor McKenzie’s present the inaugural Q Lecture ‘Exit to the Planetarium‘.
Dr. Megan MacKenzie
Megan MacKenzie’s research intersects critical security studies, feminist theory, and development studies. Her previous research on female soldiers in Sierra Leone considered security-development nexus, which is a key element of the Geosecurity program. Moreover, her work on women in combat relates contributes to debates on the transformation of warfare, in that it considers the crisis and evolution of military identity, and women’s integration into armed forces across the world.
Dr. Simon Reay Atkinson
Simon Reay Atkinson is widely published in the areas of: Complexity & Quantum (Entanglement); Risk, Trusts & Resilience; Synthetic Ecologies & Cyber; Network Law & Stateless Jurisdictions, and Health & Defence Economics. A Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves, a Fellow of the IET, Simon took the aircraft carrier HMS OCEAN from build to operations in Sierra-Leone. An Associate Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies, he has held senior level appointments in Sydney University (Director MPL/Complex Civil Systems Research) and in Defence.
Stephen Kern is an Honorary Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University. His field is modern European cultural history. He is the author of several books, one of which, The Culture of Time and Space 1880-1918 surveys developments in science and culture that reshaped the experience of time and space in the period leading up to and including World War I. He is also the author of The Culture of Love: Victorians to Moderns (1992), A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought (2004), and The Modernist Novel: A Critical Introduction (2011). He is currently working on a general interpretation of modernism.
Rebecca Adler-Nissen’s research focuses on International Relations theory (especially International Political Sociology); diplomacy, sovereignty and European integration as well as fieldwork, participant observation and anthropological methods in IR. Rebecca Adler-Nissen has been a visiting scholar at the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, McGill University/Université de Montréal and the European University Institute in Florence. She is former Head of Section at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-2011).
Vincent Pouliot is an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He is also the Director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) and a Research Fellow at CERI-Sciences Po. Pouliot’s research interests include the political sociology of international organizations, the politics of multilateral diplomacy, and the global governance of international security. His published books include International Security in Practice: The Politics of NATO-Russia Diplomacy (CUP 2010), International Practices (co-edited with Emanuel Adler, CUP 2011) and Diplomacy and the Making of World Politics (co-edited with Ole Jacob Sending and Iver B. Neumann, CUP 2015).
Badredine Arfi is the University of Florida Research Foundation Professor and professor of political science and international relations at the University of Florida. He received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics in 1988 and a Ph.D. in International Relations in 1996, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teaching and research interests include philosophy of social theory, deconstruction, Lacan’s psychoanalytical theory, theories of international relations, international security, Islam and political theory, game theory, and fuzzy and quantum logics. He is the author of International Change and the Stability of Multi-ethnic States (Indiana University Press, 2005), Linguistic Fuzzy Logic Methods in Social Sciences (Springer-Verlag, 2010), and Re-Thinking International Relations Theory via Deconstruction (Routledge, 2012). He is currently working on two major research projects: A first one on Islam, Translation, and Democratic Pluralism to-come and a second one on Religion and IR Theory. He is also finishing a book on Lacan’s Theory of Desire, Fantasy and the ‘Real’ via Deconstruction.
Dr. Sebastian Kaempf
Dr Sebastian Kaempf is Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland (Australia). He holds a BSC and Msc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a PhD in International Politics from the University of Aberystwyth. His research interests are the relationship between ethics and the laws of war in the context of contemporary US warfare and the role a transforming global media landscape is playing in contemporary conflicts. He is also co-convenor of an interactive webplatform, called www.thevisionmachine.com.
Dr. Aim Sinpeng
Dr. Aim Sinpeng is a Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations, the University of Sydney. Her main research agenda is in the areas of democracy, new media and social change in Southeast Asia. She is interested in the relationship between social media and political participation and prospects for social and political change as a result of ICT advancement. She teaches Cybersecurity, Asia Pacific Security and Social Movements.