Dr Elisabetta Brighi

Lecturer in International Relations

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I joined the DPIR in August 2014 as Lecturer in International Relations. After receiving a doctorate in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), I was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) and later the first 'Bennet Boskey' Junior Research Fellow in International Relations at Exeter College, University of Oxford. I then held research and teaching positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London (UCL), the University of Milan 'La Cattolica' and the University of Naples 'L'Orientale'.

My field of expertise encompasses international security (war, irregular warfare, terrorism; urban security; the aesthetic and materiality of security), international political theory (pragmatism; new materialism; mimetic theory and international relations); and foreign policy (theoretical approaches to foreign policy; European foreign policy; Italian foreign policy).

I have authored four volumes, most recently Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and International Relations: The Case of Italy (Routledge, 2013). My research has been supported by grants from the Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC), the Istituto Scienze Umane, and the Luigi Einaudi Foundation.

I am based in London and I divide my time between the study of international politics and my activity as a photographer. My photographic investigations of the changing contours of contemporary urban space have been exhibited in galleries in Oxford and London.

My teaching portfolio includes the following modules:

  • International Security
  • Theories of International Security
  • Terrorism Irregular Warfare
  • Human Security
  • International Relations Theory Research Methods - Critical and Interpretative
  • Foundations of International Society
  • Foreign Policy Analysis Comparative Foreign Policy
  • International Relations of the Cold War
  • International Relations between the Two World Wars

I am working on a number of projects on security, camouflage and the urban landscape which are linked on the one hand by an exploration of the changing everyday practices of security and on the other by a theoretical engagement with the work of a thinker neglected in IR, Gaston Bachelard. I am planning to bring these projects together in a monograph provisionally titled 'Security, Aesthetic and Camouflage in the City'.

I am also editing two volumes on mimetic theory in international relations. The first is a special issue on mimetic theory and international security (forthcoming for Journal of Political Theory in 2015), the second is an edited book on mimetic theory and political theory (forthcoming for Bloomsbury in 2016). This is part of a larger interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research project on mimesis in the social and human sciences.

Lastly, I am research-active in European foreign policy and Italian foreign policy. As for the former, I am contributing to a research project on theoretical innovations in European foreign policy analysis. As for the latter, I am currently leading two substantive projects in the area: one concerning the historical roots of the foreign policy priorities, paradigms and dilemmas of the 'Italian Left' and one on the challenges of a post-ideological foreign policy.

2018

Banning Taste: Boycotts, Identity, and Resistance (2018)
Conway, D., Brighi, E., Kaul, N. and Khalili, L. 2018. Banning Taste: Boycotts, Identity, and Resistance. in: Schwabe, A., Pascu, D.F. and Connuck, J. (ed.) The Empire Remains Shop New York, US Columbia University Press. pp. 47-50

2017

Religion and Terrorism (2017)
Brighi, E. 2017. Religion and Terrorism. in: Alison, J. and Palaver, W. (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 395-402

2015

Tramonto e rinascita del pensiero geopolitico in Italia durante la Guerra Fredda (2015)
Brighi, E. 2015. Tramonto e rinascita del pensiero geopolitico in Italia durante la Guerra Fredda. in: Maccaferri, M. (ed.) Intellettuali e politica estera negli anni della guerra fredda’, Special Issue of Memoria e Ricerca – Rivista di storia contemporanea UNKNOWN.
Guerra e teoria mimetica (2015)
Brighi, E. 2015. Guerra e teoria mimetica. in: Altini, C. (ed.) Guerra e Pace: storia e teoria di un’esperienza filosofica e politica Bologna il Mulino.

2012

Geopolitics in the “Land of the Prince”: a passe-partout to global power politics? (2012)
Brighi, E. and Petito, F. 2012. Geopolitics in the “Land of the Prince”: a passe-partout to global power politics? in: Guzzini, S. (ed.) The return of geopolitics in Europe? Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 127-150
Implementation and behaviour (2012)
Brighi, E. and Hill, C. 2012. Implementation and behaviour. in: Smith, S., Dunne, T. and Hadfield, A. (ed.) Foreign policy: theories, actors, cases (2nd edition) Oxford Oxford University Press. pp. 147-167

2011

Resisting Europe? The case of Italy’s foreign policy (2011)
Brighi, E. 2011. Resisting Europe? The case of Italy’s foreign policy. in: Hill, C. and Wong, R. (ed.) National and European foreign policies: towards Europeanization Routledge. pp. 57-71

2009

Introducing pragmatism to international relations (2009)
Brighi, E. and Bauer, H. 2009. Introducing pragmatism to international relations. in: Brighi, E. and Bauer, H. (ed.) Pragmatism in international relations Routledge. pp. 1-8
Conclusions: on the obstacles and promises of pragmatism in international relations (2009)
Brighi, E. and Bauer, H. 2009. Conclusions: on the obstacles and promises of pragmatism in international relations. in: Brighi, E. and Bauer, H. (ed.) Pragmatism in international relations Routledge. pp. 163-170
Hedley Bull, the British committee, and international relations (2009)
Brighi, E. 2009. Hedley Bull, the British committee, and international relations. in: Pizzetti, S. (ed.) La storia e la teoria della vita internazionale Milan Unicopli.

2007

Chi governa la PESD? (Who governs ESDP? The actors, institutions and politics of the European security and defence policy) (2007)
Brighi, E. 2007. Chi governa la PESD? (Who governs ESDP? The actors, institutions and politics of the European security and defence policy). in: Andreatta, F. (ed.) Il futuro della difesa europea (The future of European defence) Bologna il Mulino.

2006

La politica estera dell’Italia (Italy’s foreign policy) (2006)
Brighi, E. 2006. La politica estera dell’Italia (Italy’s foreign policy). in: Annuario IAI-ISPI: L’Italia e la 2006 politica internazionale Bologna il Mulino.

2017

Italy in the Middle East and the Mediterranean: The evolving relations with Egypt and Libya (2017)
Brighi, E. and Musso, M. 2017. Italy in the Middle East and the Mediterranean: The evolving relations with Egypt and Libya. Italian Politics. 32 (1), pp. 70-89.

2016

The Globalisation of Resentment: Failure, Denial, and Violence in World Politics (2016)
Brighi, E. 2016. The Globalisation of Resentment: Failure, Denial, and Violence in World Politics . Millennium: Journal of International Studies. 44 (3), pp. 411-432.
Foreign Policy and the Ideology of Post-ideology: The Case of Matteo Renzi’s Partito Democratico (2016)
Brighi, E. 2016. Foreign Policy and the Ideology of Post-ideology: The Case of Matteo Renzi’s Partito Democratico. The International Spectator. 51 (1), pp. 13-27.
Realism and Geopolitics in Italy during the Cold War: Decline and Revival (2016)
Brighi, E. and Rosenboim, O. 2016. Realism and Geopolitics in Italy during the Cold War: Decline and Revival. Memoria e Ricerca. 1, pp. 9-24.

2015

An alternative vision of politics and violence: Introducing mimetic theory in international studies (2015)
Brighi, E. and Cerella, A. 2015. An alternative vision of politics and violence: Introducing mimetic theory in international studies. Journal of International Political Theory. 11 (1), pp. 3-25.
The mimetic politics of lone-wolf terrorism (2015)
Brighi, E. 2015. The mimetic politics of lone-wolf terrorism. Journal of International Political Theory. 11 (1), pp. 145-164.

2012

Security, society and the Games (2012)
Brighi, E. 2012. Security, society and the Games. e-IR.info.

2011

The renaissance of geopolitics in post-1989 Italy (2011)
Brighi, E. and Petito, F. 2011. The renaissance of geopolitics in post-1989 Italy. Geopolitics. 16 (4), pp. 819-845.

2009

Pace/Guerra: note per un lessico politico moderno (Peace/war: notes for a modern political lexicon) (2009)
Brighi, E. and Chiaruzzi, M. 2009. Pace/Guerra: note per un lessico politico moderno (Peace/war: notes for a modern political lexicon). RISP. 1, pp. 113-146.

2007

How to change your foreign policy in 100 days: a new course with the Prodi government? (2007)
Brighi, E. 2007. How to change your foreign policy in 100 days: a new course with the Prodi government? The International Spectator. 42 (1), pp. 129-140.
Europe, the USA and the ‘policy of the pendulum’: the importance of foreign policy paradigms in the foreign policy of Italy (1989–2005) (2007)
Brighi, E. 2007. Europe, the USA and the ‘policy of the pendulum’: the importance of foreign policy paradigms in the foreign policy of Italy (1989–2005). Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans Online. 9 (2), pp. 99-115.

2006

‘One man alone’? A longue durée approach to Italy's foreign policy under Berlusconi (2006)
Brighi, E. 2006. ‘One man alone’? A longue durée approach to Italy's foreign policy under Berlusconi. Government and Opposition: an international journal of comparative politics. 41 (2), pp. 278-297.

2005

Foreign policy as dialogue (2005)
Brighi, E. 2005. Foreign policy as dialogue. World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations Bulletin. 1, pp. 141-146.

2000

La politica estera e di sicurezza in Europa (European foreign and security policy) (2000)
Brighi, E. 2000. La politica estera e di sicurezza in Europa (European foreign and security policy). Quaderni di Scienza Politica. 9 (1), pp. 67-104.
Has European “Uncommon foreign policy” a future? (2000)
Brighi, E. 2000. Has European “Uncommon foreign policy” a future? The Johns Hopkins Review of International Affairs. 3 (1), pp. 34-48.

2016

The Sacred and the Political: Explorations on Mimesis, Violence and Religion (2016)
Brighi, E. and Cerella, A. (ed.) 2016. The Sacred and the Political: Explorations on Mimesis, Violence and Religion . London Bloomsbury Academic.

2013

Foreign policy, domestic politics and international relations: the case of Italy (2013)
Brighi, E. 2013. Foreign policy, domestic politics and international relations: the case of Italy. London Routledge.

2010

Il Mediterraneo nelle relazioni internazionali (The international relations of the Mediterranean) (2010)
Brighi, E. and Petito, F. (ed.) 2010. Il Mediterraneo nelle relazioni internazionali (The international relations of the Mediterranean). Milan Vita e Pensiero.

2009

Pragmatism in international relations (2009)
Brighi, E. and Bauer, H. (ed.) 2009. Pragmatism in international relations. London Routledge.

2003

International relations at LSE: a history of 75 years (2003)
Brighi, E. and Bauer, H. (ed.) 2003. International relations at LSE: a history of 75 years. London Millennium Publishing Group.

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