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Dr Umut Ozguc

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer, International Relations

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Hum & Social Science

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

umut.ozguc@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 73261

Biography

Umut is a lecturer at International Relations. She is a critical international relations scholar with a research interest in critical ( poststructuralist) border and security studies. She joined Deakin University in 2020 after working as a postdoctoral research fellow in International Ethics at the University of New South Wales.

Her research focuses on the construction of borders in settler colonial states, biopolitics, posthuman borders, and the changing nature of security in the context of global mobility regime. She is interested in genealogical method. Her work cuts across many areas mainly political geography and international political sociology.  

Her work on borders appeared in leading journals in the field including International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Critical Studies on Security, and  International Studies Review. Umut's previous writings focused on human security, racism and managing cultural diversity.

Umut holds a BA in IR from Ankara University, and a MA (Research) and a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales. Umut previously worked as a researcher and a lecturer at several universities including the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, and Sydney University. She is the co-founder of Australian Critical Border Studies Network.

The full list of her publications can be found at google scholar 

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Research interests

Critical IR Theory

Border Politics

Critical Approaches to Security

Settler Colonialism 

Australia's refugee politics 

Border Walls 

Poststructuralism/Posthuman 

Teaching interests

International Relations/Theory

Security Studies

Human Security

Human Rights

Social Movements/Activism

Units taught

AIR720 Transnational Activism and Governance

AIR753 Regionalism in International Relations

AIR203 Human Rights in World Politics

AIR729 Human Security in Global Politics

AIR747 Contemporary International Politics

Knowledge areas

International Relations

International Political Sociology

Conferences

2021 Pandemic Borders: Hotels, Spaces of Detention, Quarantine and Resistance, Online Symposium, Australian Critical Border Studies Network, February 2021 (Co-convenor).

2020  ‘Rethinking Walls and Fences: Entanglements on Posthuman Borders’, OCIS 2020, 9th Biennial Oceanic Conference on International Studies, ANU, 7-11 December 2020.

2020  ‘Pandemic Borders’, Rountable International Relations Theory and the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, International Studies Association (ISA) "Transnationalism in World Politics: Beyond Methodological Nationalism in International Studies" November 5-7, 2020.

2019  ‘The Long “Winter Sleep”: IR’s Colonising Silence on the Question of the Border’, Millennium Conference, Extraction, expropriation, erasure? Knowledge production in International Relations, LSE, London, 19-20 October.

2019 Technologies of Bordering: Creating, Contesting and Resisting Borders, University of Melbourne, 3-5 July.

2019 ‘The affective power of noise on the border’, The 3rd Australian Political Theory and Philosophy Conference, University of Canberra, 15-16 February.

2019 De-Bordering the Border: Towards Cosmopolitan Dialogues, UNSW Canberra (Convenor).

2019 HDR Conferece, Writing in Humanities and Social Sciences, Principal Organiser, UNSW Canberra (Convenor).

2018  ‘The politics of noise’, Insecurities of Sovereignty, Griffith University, 18-19 September.

2018  ‘The New Materialist Conversations in Border Studies’, Panel: Posthuman and Nonhuman in a Future Ecological Politics, Borders and Margins, The 25th World Congress, IPSA, Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 July.

2018  ‘Border Walls as Assemblages’, Panel: Border Walls, Borders and Margins, The 25th World Congress, IPSA, Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 July.

2018   ‘The ‘thingly-power’ of border walls’, The Australian Political Theory and Philosophy Conference, USYD, 17-18 February.

2017  ‘Borders as assemblages: Why do we need ‘new materialist’ conversations in border studies?’, The Interpretation of Global Politics: Methods and Epistemologies After the Event, ANU, 2-3 November.

2017  ‘Politics of Becoming-Other: Alternative Spaces of the Border’, Inaugural Australian Political Theory/Philosophy Conference, The University of Melbourne, 17-18 February.

2015  ‘Walking on the lines with Deleuze and Connolly: Reading border walls as heterogeneous sites’, APSA: The Future of Politics and Political Science, University of Canberra, 28-30 September.

2015   ‘Walls of Israel: A New Research Agenda’ Debating the Middle East and Central Asia, Australian National University, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia), 3-4 July.

2012   ‘Dwelling, enclosures and security’, APSA Continuity and Change in the Middle East and Central Asia, Australian National University, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia), 30 November-1 December.

2012   ‘Border acts: Performativity, undecidability and the Wall in the West Bank’, The Oceanic Conference on International Studies, University of Sydney, Sydney 18-20 July.

Research groups

Co-founder & Co-convenor, Australian Critical Border Studies Network.

Member, POLIS, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University.

2019-2020 Member, International Ethics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW, Canberra.

Awards

Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific,  Teaching Excellence (2018)

Workshop Grant, Australian Political Science Association, with Dr. Suliman and Dr. Aguis ($15000)

Publications

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2021

Rethinking border walls as fluid meshworks

Umut Ozguc

(2021), Vol. 52, pp. 287-305, Security Dialogue, Thousand Oaks, CA, C1

journal article
2020

Painting the wall: becoming-other in a holey space

Umut Ozguc

(2020), pp. 135-141, Jahnne Pasco-White: Kin, Melbourne, Australia, B1

book chapter

Borders, detention, and the disruptive power of the noisy-subject

Umut Ozguc

(2020), Vol. 14, pp. 77-93, International political sociology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2019

Protests as "Events": the symbolic struggles in 2013 demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil

R Mendonca, S Ercan, U Ozguc, S Reis, P Simoes

(2019), Vol. 27, pp. 1-27, Revista de Sociologia e Politica, Curitiba, Brazil, C1-1

journal article
2011

The politics of sameness in the Australian construction industry

Martin Loosemore, Florence Phua, Kevin Dunn, Umut Ozguc

(2011), Vol. 18, pp. 363-380, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Remaking Canadian identity: A critical analysis of Canada's human security discourse

Umut Ozguc

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 37-59, Journal of Human Security, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Everyday Ethnic Diversity and Racism on Australian Construction Sites

Kevin Dunn, Martin Loosemore, Florence Phua, Umut Ozguc

(2011), Vol. 10, pp. 129-148, International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article
2010

Operatives' experiences of cultural diversity on Australian construction sites

Martin Loosemore, Florence Phua, Kevin Dunn, Umut Ozguc

(2010), Vol. 28, pp. 177-188, Construction Management and Economics, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

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