Professor James Der Derian

Director of CISS and Michael Hintze Chair

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

James Der Derian is Michael Hintze Chair of International Security Studies and Director of the Centre for International Security Studies. HIs research and teaching interests are in international security, information technology, international theory, and documentary film.

He is author most recently of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2009) and Critical Practices in International Theory (Routledge, 2009), and co-editor with Costas Constantinou of Sustainable Diplomacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He has produced three film documentaries with Udris Film, Virtual Y2K, After 9/11, and most recently, Human Terrain, which won the Audience Award at the 2009 Festival dei Popoli in Florence and has been an official selection at numerous international film festivals. His most recent documentary, Project Z: The Final Global (co-produced with Phillip Gara), premiered at the 2012 DOK Leipzig Film Festival.

He is also author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War; editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations and The Virilio Reader; and co-editor with Michael Shapiro of International/Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics. His articles on international relations have appeared in the Review of International Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Affairs, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Harvard International Review, Millennium, Alternatives, Cultural Values, and Samtiden. His articles on war, technology, and the media have appeared in the New York Times, Nation, Washington Quarterly, Global Agenda, and Wired.

Der Derian recieved a Joint First Class Honours in Political Science and History at McGill University and M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations at Oxford Univeristy where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Research interests

  • International security
  • Information technology
  • International theory
  • Documentary film

Awards and honours

Der Derian has been a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Most recently he was awarded a Bosch Berlin Prize in Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin for 2011.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Critical Practices in International Theory: Selected Essays. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment-Network. New York: Routledge.

Edited Books

  • Constantinou, C., Der Derian, J. (2010). Sustainable Diplomacies. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Der Derian, J. (2013). War becomes academic: Human Terrain, virtuous war and contemporary militarism. An interview with James Der Derian. In Anna Stavrianakis, Jan Selby (Eds.), Militarism and International Relations: Political Economy, Security, Theory, (pp. 59-74). London: Routledge.
  • Der Derian, J. (2012). Quantum Diplomacy, German–US Relations and the Psychogeography of Berlin. In Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman (Eds.), American Diplomacy. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers.
  • Constantinou, C., Der Derian, J. (2010). Sustaining Global Hope: Sovereignty, Power and the Transformation of Diplomacy. In Costas Constantinou, James Der Derian (Eds.), Sustainable Diplomacies, (pp. 1-22). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Daile lmmagini di Guerra all Guerra delle lmmagini (Italian translation of Images of War to a War of Images). Realta Manipolate (Manipulating Reality: How Images Define the World). Florence: Lito Terrazzi.
  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Paul Virilio. In Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughan-Williams (Eds.), Critical Theorists and International Relations. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Der Derian, J. (2008). Becoming Connolly: Critique, Crossing Over and Concepts. In David Campbell and Morton Schoolman (Eds.), The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Journals

  • Der Derian, J. (2013). From War 2.0 to quantum war: The superpositionality of global violence. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 67(5), 570-585. [More Information]
  • Der Derian, J. (2011). Quantum Diplomacy, German-American Relations, and the Psychogeography of Berlin. Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 6(3-4), 373-392. [More Information]
  • Der Derian, J. (2010). Now we are all Avatars. Millennium Journal of International Studies, 29(1), 181-186. [More Information]
  • Der Derian, J. (2008). Critical Encounters in International Relations. International Social Science Journal, 59(191), 69-73. [More Information]

2013

  • Der Derian, J. (2013). From War 2.0 to quantum war: The superpositionality of global violence. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 67(5), 570-585. [More Information]
  • Der Derian, J. (2013). War becomes academic: Human Terrain, virtuous war and contemporary militarism. An interview with James Der Derian. In Anna Stavrianakis, Jan Selby (Eds.), Militarism and International Relations: Political Economy, Security, Theory, (pp. 59-74). London: Routledge.

2012

  • Der Derian, J. (2012). Quantum Diplomacy, German–US Relations and the Psychogeography of Berlin. In Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman (Eds.), American Diplomacy. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers.

2011

  • Der Derian, J. (2011). Quantum Diplomacy, German-American Relations, and the Psychogeography of Berlin. Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 6(3-4), 373-392. [More Information]

2010

  • Der Derian, J. (2010). Now we are all Avatars. Millennium Journal of International Studies, 29(1), 181-186. [More Information]
  • Constantinou, C., Der Derian, J. (2010). Sustainable Diplomacies. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Constantinou, C., Der Derian, J. (2010). Sustaining Global Hope: Sovereignty, Power and the Transformation of Diplomacy. In Costas Constantinou, James Der Derian (Eds.), Sustainable Diplomacies, (pp. 1-22). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

2009

  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Critical Practices in International Theory: Selected Essays. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Daile lmmagini di Guerra all Guerra delle lmmagini (Italian translation of Images of War to a War of Images). Realta Manipolate (Manipulating Reality: How Images Define the World). Florence: Lito Terrazzi.
  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Paul Virilio. In Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughan-Williams (Eds.), Critical Theorists and International Relations. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment-Network. New York: Routledge.

2008

  • Der Derian, J. (2008). Becoming Connolly: Critique, Crossing Over and Concepts. In David Campbell and Morton Schoolman (Eds.), The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
  • Der Derian, J. (2008). Critical Encounters in International Relations. International Social Science Journal, 59(191), 69-73. [More Information]

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