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Dr. Ronan O’Callaghan

Lecturer in International Relations

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH307

+44 (0) 1772 89 3056

Ro-callaghan@uclan.ac.uk

Ronan joined the School in 2015 after completing his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2013. His research interests include ethics and war, IR theory, poststructural philosophy, the politics of violence and contemporary forms of political resistance.

Full Profile

Qualifications:

Ph.D. International Relations, The University of Manchester, Manchester
M.A. International Relations, The University of Manchester, Manchester
B.Sc. Government and Public Policy, University College Cork, Cork

Research:

Ronan’s research sits at the nexus between IR theory, poststructural philosophy and just war theory. His current research focuses upon the relationship between human rights discourse and contemporary justifications of war. In particular, he is interested in the incorporation of rights discourse in the justification of 2003 the Iraq War. Ronan’s future research will explore the topic of ‘Violence and Revolutionary Subjectivities’. This research challenges the idea that emancipatory politics necessitates the violent creation of new forms of subjectivity. This research draws upon numerous contemporary ‘revolutionary’ and emancipatory political movements as a means to articulate a new understanding of the relationship between subjectivity and political change.

He is currently in the process of publishing a single authored monograph on the ethical dimensions of the Iraq War with Routledge.

Publications

R. O’CALLAGHAN (Forthcoming) Ethics as Response: Walzer, Just War Theory and Iraq, London, Routledge

R.O’CALLAGHAN (2012) “Secular theology and noble sacrifice: the ethics of Michael Walzer’s Just War theory,” Review of International Studies, Vol. 39, Issue 2, pp.361-383

Research Activities

Co-Organised workshop titled, “Community, Critical Thought and Political Alternatives.” Workshop held by the Poststructural and Critical Thought Research Cluster at the University of Manchester on September 17th 2013. Keynote Speaker: Angharad Closs Stephens.

Reviewer for Political Perspectives: Graduate Journal

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

Undergraduate:

  • Politics, Power and the State (PO1101)
  • Alliances, Coalitions and Organisations in International Relations Since 1945 (IR1002)
  • Research Methods in Politics and International Relations (IR2102)
  • Ethics, War and Society (IR3001)

Social Media

Regular contributor to Global Critical Politics Political

Horizons blog:
https://politicalhorizons.wordpress.com/

Conferences

Panels Organised

Co-Organised panel titled, “Just War Theory II: The Tradition and its Critics,” for the 53rd International Studies Association Annual Convention, “Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age,” San Diego, California, April 2012.

Co-Organised panel titled, “Ethics, Politics, Action: Derrida and Contemporary International Relations,” for the 52nd International Studies Association Annual Convention, “Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition,” Montreal, Canada, March 2011.

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

International Studies Association (ISA).
British International Studies Association (BISA)
Critical Global Politics Research Cluster


Conferences

Panels Organised

  • Co-Organised panel titled, “Just War Theory II: The Tradition and its Critics,” for the 53rd International Studies Association Annual Convention, “Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age,” San Diego, California, April 2012.
  • Co-Organised panel titled, “Ethics, Politics, Action: Derrida and Contemporary International Relations,” for the 52nd International Studies Association Annual Convention, “Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition,” Montreal, Canada, March 2011.

Papers Presented

  • O’ Callaghan, Ronan (2015), “Violence and Revolutionary Subjects,” Millennium Journal of International Relations Conference, “Failure and Denial in World Politics,” London, United Kingdom.
  • O’ Callaghan, Ronan (2013), “The Politics of Valuation: Neoliberal Logics and the Reproduction of the Academy,” 2013 British International Studies Association Annual Conference, “Beyond the Ivory Tower: IR and the Real World,” Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • O’ Callaghan, Ronan (2012), “Fighting a just war in theory and in practice,” 53rd International Studies Association Annual Convention, “Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age,” San Diego, California.
  • O’ Callaghan, Ronan (2011), “The Ethics of Political Action: Derridean Responsibility and Michael Walzer’s Supreme Emergency,” 52nd International Studies Association Annual Convention, “Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition,” Montreal, Canada.
  • O’ Callaghan, Ronan (2010), “Talking about War?: Secular Theology and Noble Sacrifice in Walzer’s Just War Discourse,” Millennium Journal of International Relations Conference, “International Relations in Dialogue,” London, United Kingdom.
  • O’ Callaghan, Ronan (2010), "Filling the Space Left by God: Theology and the Language of Rights in Michael Walzer's Just War Theory," Political Spaces, the Aberystwyth-Lancaster Graduate Colloquium, Durham, United Kingdom.