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Dr. Cai Wilkinson
|Position||Lecturer in International Relations|
|Area||School of Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Phone||+61 3 924 43951|
|Role and profile||
Cai joined Deakin in February 2012 as a Lecturer in International
Relations. She was previously a Lecturer at the University of
Birmingham, UK, where she taught International Relations and Russian.
Her doctoral thesis (awarded 2009), which she undertook at the
University of Birmingham on an ESRC studentship (1+3), was entitled
"Interpreting Security: Grounding the Copenhagen School in Kyrgyzstan".
She has previously published in Security Dialogue, Central Asian Survey
and Europe-Asia Studies, and has also contributed chapters to a number
AIR747 Contemporary International Politics (Unit Chair, Lecturer)
AIR729 Human Security in Global Politics (Unit Chair, Lecturer)
AIS330 & AIS331 International Internship A & B (Unit Chair)
- Securitization Studies;
- Critical Security Studies;
- Interpretive ethnographic methods and fieldwork in IR;
- International norms socialization, localization and resistance;
- Genders and sexualities in IR.
Empirically, Cai's research focuses on the former Soviet Union, particularly
Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
|Current research projects||
1. Mapping International Norm Diffusion Dynamics: The Case of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Kyrgyzstan (Central Research
Grant Scheme 2013).
2. The Securitization of LGBTQ identities in Russia.
3. Nationalism, Sovereignty and Resistance to International Norms in
4. Securitization and Development in Kyrgyzstan.
|Service to the University,
discipline or community
Chair, ISA LGBTQA Caucus
Member of the Deakin Ally Network
Member of the Queer Academics
2011: Award for Excellence, PGCLTHE Teaching Project, University of
2009: School of Government and Society Teaching Prize, University of
2011: Post-Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher
Education (PGCLTHE), University of Birmingham, UK
2009: PhD, University of Birmingham, UK (ESRC 1+3 Award)
2004: MA (Distinction) Russian & East European Studies, University of
Birmingham, UK (ESRC 1+3 Award)
2003: BA Hons (First Class with Distinction in Spoken Russian) Russian,
University of Birmingham, UK
Member, International Studies Association (Chair of the LGBTQA Caucus)
Member, Western Political Science Association
Member, Central Eurasian Studies Society
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK)
"Passing and Perception, Power and Privilege: Identity Management for
Queer academic Fieldworkers". Paper presented at the 53rd annual
International Studies Association Convention, San Diego, US, 1-4 April
Round table participant, "Claiming Space: LGBTQI Scholarship and
Teaching in the IR Classroom", 53rd annual International Studies
Association Convention, San Diego, US, 1-4 April 2012.
"Letting 'Reality' Interfere with Theory: Towards a 'How' of
Fieldwork-Based Securitization Studies". Paper presented at the 52nd
annual International Studies Association Convention, Montreal, Canada,
16-19 March 2011.
Round table participant, "Queer Theory in International Relations
Teaching and Research: Making Connections and Challenging Boundaries",
52nd annual International Studies Association Convention, Montreal,
Canada, 16-19 March 2011.
"Returning Context to Securitization: From Meta-narratives to
Experiences of Security". Paper presented at the International Studies
Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA, 17-21 February 2010.
"Problematic Protests: Adding Action to Securitization’s Words". Paper
presented at the Annual Conference of the Centre for Russian and East
European Studies,University of Birmingham, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
Great Park, UK, 6-8 June 2008.
"Starting Out: Part One: Excitement, Aspirations, Hopes, Expectations".
Presentation with Paul Jordan (University of Glasgow) at the workshop
"Doing a PhD: Issues, Concerns, Approaches", University of Birmingham,
26-27 April 2007.
Round table participant, "The Political Baggage of Political
Ethnography", Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference,
Chicago, USA, 12-15 April 2007.
"You Say Security, We Say Safety: Speaking and Talking ‘Security’ in
Kyrgyzstan". Paper presented at "Methodologies in Peace Research"
Conference in cooperation with the Tampere Peace Research Institute
(TAPRI), Finland, Centre for Peace Studies, University of Tromsø,
Norway, 21-23 March 2007.
"Positioning 'Security' and Securing One's Position: The Researcher's
Role in Investigating 'Security' in Kyrgyzstan". Paper presented at
"Central Asia and the Caucasus: explorations from the field"
Postgraduate Conference, St. Andrews, UK, 9-11 November 2006.
"Narratives of Identities: The Founding and Formalisation of Labrys as
an LBT Space in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan". Paper presented at "Spaces of
Sexualities Unlimited: Still Queerying Geographies?" Conference,
Brighton, 29 August 2006.
“Taking Copenhagen Outside Europe: The Copenhagen School and Societal
Security” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Centre for
Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham,
Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, UK, 10-12 June 2005.
|Research link||View Deakin associated research data|
"Not Just Finding What You (Thought You) Were Looking For: Field Data
"Ethnographic Methods". In Shepherd, Laura J. (ed.) (2013) Critical Approaches to Security: An Introduction to Theories and Methods. Routledge: 129-145.
"From Blogging Central Asia to Citizen Media: A Practitioners'
"Give a State a Bad Name?: Kyrgyzstan and the Risk of State Failure", Global Dialogue 13(1), (2011).
"What’s in a Name?: The Personal and Political Meanings of LGBT for