Dr Moran Mandelbaum

Title: Lecturer in International Relations
Phone: 01782 733513
Email: m.mandelbaum@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBA1.034
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Moran Mandlebaum

I joined Keele in January 2014 as a lecturer in international relations. I have a MA in Politics and IR from the University of Haifa (2007) and a PhD from the University of Bristol (2013). Prior to coming to Keele I taught the introductory modules to IR and global politics as well as comparative government and politics. 

My research interests include IR theory, critical security studies, nationalism, emotions and affect, and Israel/Palestine. I am specifically interested in the ways in which various signifiers and discursive projects are able to appeal emotionally to people and entail a bodily affect as part of the process of interpellation. Drawing on psychoanalysis and the works of Slavoj Žižek, I maintain that ‘empty signifiers’ can be successful in hailing people into their socio-political project precisely because they are vague, inconsistent, paradoxical and endless (fantasmatic).

My PhD Thesis investigated critically the fantasy of congruency and unity in the ‘modern international’, which entails the ideal that states and nations, broadly defined, ought to be congruent and that homogeneous societies are concomitant to modernity and progress, security and peace. Drawing on post-structuralist IR theory, my PhD conducted a genealogical inquiry from Giovanni Botero in early modern European thought to contemporary discursive practices of congruency and technologies of homogenisation.

Currently, I am working on three projects. In the first I analyse the current state of the sub-discipline of Critical Security Studies (co-authored with Cerelia Athanassiou and Anna Maria Friis Kristensen) in an attempt to bring the political and the critical back. One of the key themes I look into is the role of nationalism and belonging, as I argue that this can further complement the current focus on bio-politics.

The second project focuses on current gendered practices in Israel as I specifically employ Puar’s concept of homonationalism. I am specifically interested here in the ways in which Israel is rebranding itself as a Western, liberal and secular society thus positioning itself vis-à-vis the Palestinian/Arab/Muslim, who is racially othered/queered.

The third project engages with the Abbé Sieyès’ What is the Third Estate and Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosophy of World History in an attempt to interrogate the relationship between nation and state in their works and how that can be useful in analysing today’s practices of homogenisation.

  • Mandelbaum M. M. (2013).The Gellnerian Modality Revisited: Towards a ‘Genealogy’ of Cultural Homogenisation and Nation-State Congruency, Ethnic and Racial Studies advance online publication, 29 April 2013
  • Mandelbaum M. M. (2013). One State-One Nation: The Naturalisation of Nation-State Congruency in IR Theory, Journal of International Relations and Development 16(4): 514-538.
  • Mandelbaum M. M. (2012). The ‘National Left’ in Israeli Public Discourse: A Critique, Journal of Language and Politics 11(3): 448-467
  • Mandelbaum M. M. (2012). Book Review of Sand S. (2009) The Invention of the Jewish people, National Identities 14(2): 191-94

Selected Publications

  • Mandelbaum MM. 2016. De/Re-constructing the political: how do critical approached to 'security' frame our understanding of the political?. Critical Studies on Security. doi> link> full text>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2016. State, Nation, Society: The Congruency Fantasy and the In/Security of the Body-National/Social. Critical Studies on Security. doi> full text>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2015. The Fantasy of Congruency: The Abbé Sieyès and the ‘Nation-State’ Problématique Revisited. Philosophy & Social Criticism. doi> full text>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2014. The Gellnerian Modality Revisited: Towards a ‘Genealogy’ of Cultural Homogenization and Nation-State Congruency. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37(11), 2014-2033. doi>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2012. One state-one nation: the naturalisation of nation–state congruency in IR theory. Journal of International Relations and Development, vol. 16(4), 514-538. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Mandelbaum MM. 2016. De/Re-constructing the political: how do critical approached to 'security' frame our understanding of the political?. Critical Studies on Security. doi> link> full text>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2016. State, Nation, Society: The Congruency Fantasy and the In/Security of the Body-National/Social. Critical Studies on Security. doi> full text>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2015. The Fantasy of Congruency: The Abbé Sieyès and the ‘Nation-State’ Problématique Revisited. Philosophy & Social Criticism. doi> full text>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2014. The Gellnerian Modality Revisited: Towards a ‘Genealogy’ of Cultural Homogenization and Nation-State Congruency. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37(11), 2014-2033. doi>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2012. One state-one nation: the naturalisation of nation–state congruency in IR theory. Journal of International Relations and Development, vol. 16(4), 514-538. doi>
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2012. The “National Left” in Israeli public discourse: A critique. Journal of Language and Politics, vol. 11(2), 448-467. doi>
  • Mandelbaum MM. The “National Left” in Israeli public discourse: A critique.
  • Mandelbaum MM. 2012. Book Review of Sand S. (2009) The Invention of the Jewish people. National Identities, vol. 14(2), 191-194. doi>

I am the Module Leader of:

  • ‘Gendering Global Politics’ (UG)
  • ‘Securing Global Order’ (UG)
  • ‘The Other Middle-East’ (third level UG)
  • ‘Human Rights and Global Politics’ (PGT)

I also contribute to the PGT module ‘Reading War’

PhD Supervision

Please contact me at m.mandelbaum@keele.ac.uk

I am able to supervise research students on the following topics:

  • International Relations theory
  • gender
  • critical security studies
  • nationalism
  • emotions and affect
  • Israel/Palestine

Please see my research and scholarship tab for more details about my area of expertise.

Further information is available about studying in SPIRE, including funding available for pursuing a doctoral research degree.