Dr. Antonio Cerella

Lecturer in International Relations

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH308

+44 (0) 1772 89 2798

Subject Areas: Politics and International Relations

Antonio joined the School in September 2012, having previously been visiting research fellow at University of Sussex, Department of International Relations (February 2011–August 2012) and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London (September–December 2009). His field of expertise encompasses political theory, international security (irregular warfare and political violence), international ethics (religion and violence, just war theory), and the relationship between art, politics and aesthetics.

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PGCHE, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Ph.D. International Relations, Scuola Normale Superiore (SUM), Florence

M.A. Political Science, Scuola Normale Superiore (SUM), Florence

B.A. ‘Laurea’ in International Studies and Diplomacy, University of Bologna, Bologna


Antonio’s research interests lie at the crossroad of international political theory, continental philosophy and security studies. His research currently focuses on two main areas: a) revisiting some of the classics of political thought – such as Thomas Hobbes, Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and René Girard, among others – to critically analyze the crisis of modernity, and its political, epistemic and institutional implications. In particular: the problem of political order in the post-Westphalian age, the ethical foundation of that order, the meaning and relevance of ethics in the so-called ‘age of disenchantment’; and b) exploring – from a critical perspective – the new forms of violence in contemporary international relations, with a specific focus on martyrdom, self-immolation, and the dynamics of radicalization.

He co-edited and contributed to the Special Issues ‘Mimetic Theory and International Studies’ [Journal of International Political Theory, 2015], ‘Carl Schmitt: Political Theology and Modernity’ [Journal for Cultural Studies, 2016], and to the volume ‘The Sacred and the Political. Explorations on Mimesis, Violence and Religion’ [Bloomsbury, Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy Series, 2016].

He is Convenor of CRIPT– British International Studies Association working group on Contemporary Research on International Political Theory


Cerella, A. (2016). “Encounters at the End of the World: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and the Tyranny of Values”. Journal for Cultural Research, Vol. 20(1), pp. 20–40, doi: 10.1080/14797585.2016.1141833

Cerella, A. and Gallo, E. (2016). “Machiavelli Reloaded: Perceptions and Misperceptions of the ‘Prince of Realism’”. International Politics, Vol. 53(4), pp. 435–446, doi: 10.1057/ip.2016.8

Cerella, A. and Bradley, A. (2016). “The Future of Political Theology and the Legacy of Carl Schmitt”. Journal for Cultural Research, Vol. 20(1), pp. 1–12, doi:

Cerella, A. (2016) “The Myth of Origin: Archaeology and History in the Work of Agamben and Girard”, in The Sacred and the Political: Exploration on Mimesis, Violence and Religion (London & New York: Bloomsbury), pp. 213‒236.

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Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Global Politics [PO1109]
  • Globalisation: History, Theories and Approaches [IR2101]
  • Terrorism and Security [CJ3025]
  • Concepts and Theories in International Relations [IR4010]
  • Research Methods in International Relations [IR4013]
PhD Supervision

  • Shakil Akhtar, The Politics of Betrayal: Pakistani-US International Relations since 1971 – [Completed 2015]
  • Stephen Haraldsen, The Geography of Citizenship in West Cumbria: Globalisation and the Role of the Nuclear Industry – [Director of studies]


Research Activities

Convenor of CRIPT– British International Studies Association working group on Contemporary Research on International Political Theory