Cai is Associate Head of School (International), Course Director for the Bachelor of International Studies and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. She joined Deakin in February 2012 from the University of Birmingham, UK, where she was a Lecturer in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies and taught International Relations and Russian language.
Cai's research focuses on societal security in the post-Soviet space, with a particular focus on LGBTQ rights in Kyrgyzstan and Russia. She recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Human Rights on resistance to LGBT rights, and has previously published in Security Dialogue, Central Asian Survey and Europe-Asia Studies, as well as contributing chapters to a number of books on securitization, international politics in Central Asia and the use of interpretive ethnographic methods in Critical Security 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.
- Critical Security Studies
- Gender and Sexualities in IR
- Research Design
- Eurasian Politics and Society
AIS203 Japanese Politics, Society and Culture (study tour)
AIR747 Contemporary International Politics (Lecturer, Unit Chair)
AIR729 Human Security (Lecturer, Unit Chair)
AIS330 International Internship A (Unit Chair)
AIS331 International Internship B (Unit Chair)
AIR292 America and the International System (study tour)
- Post-Soviet society and politics, especially Central Asia
- Security and identity
- Securitization theory (Copenhagen School)
- LGBTQ rights in Russia and Central Asia
- Fieldwork methods
- Experiential learning
"A Matter of Moral Security: the Securitization of LGBT People in Russia". Paper presented at the 54th annual International Studies Association Convention in San Francisco, 3-6 April 2013.
Convenor, Critical Security Studies Methods Cafe. Innovative Panel, 54th annual International Studies Association Convention, San Francisco, 3-6 April 2013.
Round table participant, "Where are the 'Women?' Challenges of Data Collection about Gender Diversity in ISA and the Profession". 54th annual International Studies Association Convention, San Francisco, 3-6 April 2013.
Roundtable participant, "Reflexivity in (International) Politics and Practice". Western Political Science Association, Hollywood, 28-30 March 2013. "Anti-gay laws in Russia: fighting back".
Presentation at the Queer Allies/Queer Spaces Symposium (joint RMIT, Deakin and Monash event), RMIT Brunswick, Melbourne, 16 November 2012.
"Passing and Perception, Power and Privilege: Identity Management for Queer academic Fieldworkers". Paper presented at the 53rd annual International Studies Association Convention, San Diego, 1-4 April 2012.
Round table participant, "Claiming Space: LGBTQI Scholarship and Teaching in the IR Classroom", 53rd annual International Studies Association Convention, San Diego, 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, 17-21 February 2010.
"Problematic Protests: Adding Action to Securitizations 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.
Round table participant, "The Political Baggage of Political Ethnography", Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 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 Troms, 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.
Award for Excellence, PGCLTHE Teaching Project, University of
Birmingham, UK, 2011.
School of Government and Society Teaching Prize, University of
Birmingham, UK, 2009.
- The securitization of LGBTQ identities in Russia.
- The politics of LGBT rights in the post-Soviet space.
- LGBTQ experiences of (in)security.
- The politics and practices of LGBT allyship.
- Research ethics and meaningful consent practices.
A Langlois, C Wilkinson, P Gerber, B Offord
(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 710-728, Pacific review, Abingdon, Eng., C1
C Wilkinson, P Gerber, B Offord, A Langlois
(2017), Vol. 3, pp. 5-17, IAFOR : Journal of Asian studies, Nagoya, Japan, C1
C Wilkinson, P Gerber, A Langlois, B Offord
(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 27-65, Australian journal of human rights, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1
(2015), Vol. 43, pp. 417-436, Nationalities papers : the journal of nationalism and ethnicity, London, Eng., C1
(2015), pp. 32-46, Handbook of international security and development, Cheltenham, Eng., B1
(2014), Vol. 13, pp. 363-379, Journal of human rights, Abingdon, Eng., C1
(2014), pp. 137-162, Development in difficult sociopolitical contexts, Aukland, New Zealand, B1
(2014), pp. 50-72, LGBT Activism and the making of Europe, Basingstoke, U. K., B1
(2013), pp. 387-405, Interpretation and method : empirical research methods and the interpretive turn, London, England, B1
(2013), pp. 67-92, Disciplines: The Lenses of Learning, Champaign, IL, B1
C Wilkinson, Y Jetpyspayeva
(2012), Vol. 64, pp. 1395-1414, Europe-Asia studies, Abingdon, England, C1
(2012), pp. 129-145, Critical approaches to security : an introduction to theories and methods, Oxon, England, B1
(2010), pp. 133-155, Stable outside, fragile inside? Post-Soviet Statehood in Central Asia, Farnham, England, B1-1
(2010), pp. 94-115, Securitization theory : how security problems emerge and dissolve, Abingdon, England, B1-1
C Wilkinson, A Kirey
(2010), Vol. 29, pp. 485-499, Central Asian survey, Oxon, England, C1-1
(2008), pp. 43-67, Field work in difficult environments : discussing the divergence between theory and practice, Berlin, Germany, B1-1
(2007), Vol. 38, pp. 5-25, Security dialogue, London, Eng., C1-1
(2005), Vol. 1, pp. 17-21, Danish Society for Central Asia journal, Copenhagen, Demark, C1-1
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