Professor James Der Derian

Director of CISS and Michael Hintze Chair
Member of Sydney Nano Institute

Member of The University of Sydney Nano Institute

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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 Event (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. In 2011, he received the Audience Award at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence for his documentary film ‘Human Terrain’, and was awarded a Bosch Berlin Prize in Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin.

In the media

  • ‘Trump Demands a Post-Post-Truth Response’, 30 May 2017 (https://theconversation.com/trump-demands-a-post-post-truth-response-77563)
  • ‘The Cyber-Age Demands a New Understanding of War’, Zacalo Public Square, 20 March 2017 (http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2017/03/29/cyber-age-demands-new-understanding-war-wed-better-hurry/ideas/nexus/)
  • ‘Trump: Tragedy or Farce?’, The Australian, 24 November 2016 (http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2016/11/24/trump--tragedy-or-farce.html)
  • A Cycle of Loss’, Der Tagesspiegel (9 September 2011) (http://www.tagesspiegel.de/zeitung/a-cycle-of-loss/4582478.html)
  • ‘Auch Ike hat eine Strasse verdient’, Berliner Zeitung (January 17, 2011) (http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/archiv/schliesslich-war-dwight-d--eisenhower-nicht-irgendein-kalter-krieger--sondern-ein-visionaerer-politiker-auch-ike-hat-eine-strasse-verdient,10810590,10766094.html)
  • ‘The Human Terrain in the War on Terror’ (9 September 2010) (http://www.tagesspiegel.de/zeitung/the-human-terrain-in-the-war-on-terror/1929220.html)
  • National Security: An Accident Waiting to Happen’, Endpaper, Harvard International Review vol. 27, no. 3 (Fall 2005)
  • “Moore or Less Morality,” Op-ed, Al-Ahram (Egyptian English weekly), July 1-7, 2004
  • “The Art of the Art of War After 9/11”, Op-ed, Providence Journal, September 8, 2002
  • “The Illusion of a Grand Strategy”, Op-ed, The New York Times, May 25, 2001.
  • “Warning: War Games May Prove Deadly”, Newsday Op-Ed, 9 December 1990, reprinted in Department of Defense Current News, 12 December 1990

Feature Documentaries

  • Project Z: The Final Global Event (85 minutes, October 2015), in collaboration with Phillip Gara, official selection of Leipzig DOK Film Festival, distributed by Bullfrog Films.
  • Human Terrain (85 minutes, May 2010; 56 minutes, September 2011), in collaboration with Udris Film, winner of Audience Award at Festival dei Popoli (Florence), official selection of nine international film festivals, distributed by Bullfrog Films and Sideways Film.
  • After 9/11 (56 minutes, 2003), in collaboration with Amedia Productions, broadcast by LinkTV.
  • VirtualY2K (25 minutes, 2000), in collaboration with Amedia Productions, distributed by the Media Education Foundation.

Short Documentaries

  • Q3: Peace and Security in a Quantum Age (12 minutes, April 2016) with Project Q (https://projectqsydney.com/portfolio/q3-q-symposium-2016/)
  • The Bruce Movie (30 minutes, February 2013), with Bruce Kickery
  • Ticonderoga: A Memorial for Michael Bhatia (12 minutes, November 2010), with Phillip Gara and Lindsay Richardson
  • Virtuous War (10 minutes, June 2009), with Phillip Gara (https://vimeo.com/17099704)
  • Disastrous Horizons (10 minutes, October 2008), with Phillip Gara (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpjhuAVe8WQ)

Selected Interviews

  • ‘E-International Relations Interview’, by Federica Caso (5 August 2016) (http://www.e-ir.info/2016/08/05/interview-james-der-derian/)
  • ‘The Psychogeography of Berlin’, NPR Berlin (25 October 2011) (http://www.npr.org/2011/10/24/141657004/the-psychogeography-of-berlin)
  • ‘Berlin Debates Ronald Reagan Square’, Deutsche Welle (3 March 2011) (mediacenter.dwworld.de/english/video/#!/88776/Berlin_Debates_Ronald_Reagan_Square)
  • ‘Machen Anthropologen den Krieg weniger blutig?’, Neues Deutschland(10 February 2011)
  • ‘Wo Killer lernen’, Tageszeitung (8 February 2011) (http://www.taz.de/1/leben/film/artikel/1/wo-killer-lernen/)
  • ‘Wenn Krieg zur Unterhaltung wird’, Deutschlandfunk (22 January 2011) (http://www.dradio.de/dlf/sendungen/marktundmedien/1371121/)
  • ‘War Porn: Part One’, Edge (12 January 2011) (www.next-gen.biz/features/war-porn-part-one)
  • ‘Hearts and Minds’, Brown Alumni Magazine (September/October 2010) (http://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/content/view/2673/32/)
  • ‘James Der Derian on Academics at War’, Wisconsin Public Radio (20 June 2010) (http://m.ttbook.org/book/james-der-derian-academics-war)
  • ‘Revolutionizing Virtual War’, interview with Laura Guillaume, Theory & Event, vol. 13, no 3 (http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/v013/13.3.guillaume.html), 2010
  • ‘Drones become U.S. weapon of choice’, Al Jazeera TV (16 November 2009)
  • Interview, "МОСКВА И ВАШИНГТОН В ГЕТЕРОПОЛЯРНОМ МИРЕ," in Русского Института, (March 26, 2009), Moscow, Russia.
  • ‘Virtuous War? Interview with James Der Derian’, Asrudian Center (November, 2008) (http://asrudiancenter.wordpress.com/2008/11/26/%E2%80%9Cvirtuous-war%E2%80%9D-interview-with-james-der-derian/)
  • Interview, ‘Ameriški guru mednarodnih odnosov’, Mladina(January, 2008), Ljubjlana, Slovenia.
  • Interview, ‘Når halen logrer med hunden’, Ræson (Feburary, 2007), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • ‘Why are we in Iraq?’, one of 16 public figures interviewed in Playboy (August, 2006)
  • ‘James Der Derian on Imagining Peace’, one of 32 scholars, scientists, artists, business professionals, and military experts interviewed for Massive Change, ed. Bruce Mau (Phaidon Press, 2004)
  • Alternatives Internationales, Summer 2002, Interview by Sandrine Tolotti on the ‘New McCarthyism’, Paris, France.

Selected Articles

Selected grants

2017

  • Project Q: Peace and Security in a Quantum Age; Der Derian J; Carnegie Corporation of New York/Research support.

2015

  • Project Q: Peace and security in a quantum age; Der Derian J; Carnegie Corporation of New York/Research support.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Critical Practices of International Theory: Selected Essays. Abingdon, 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. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Der Derian, J. (2018). War. In Roland Bleiker (Eds.), Visual Global Politics, (pp. 328-331). New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Der Derian, J. (2017). War in the Twenty-First Century: Visible, Invisible or Superpositional? In Jon Simon, Jonathan Louis Lucaites (Eds.), In/visible War: The Culture of War in Twenty-first-Century America, (pp. 249-264). New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  • Der Derian, J. (2016). Avante!. In Scott Nelson and Nevzgat Soguk (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations, (pp. xix-xx). Surrey, England: Ashgate.
  • Der Derian, J. (2015). After-image. In Rens Van Munster, Casper Sylvest (Eds.), Documenting World Politics: A critical companion to IR and non-fiction film, (pp. 223-231). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Der Derian, J. (2015). Virtuous War. In Robin Mackay (Eds.), Simulation, Exercise, Operations, (pp. 21-23). Windsor Quarry: Urbanomic.
  • Der Derian, J. (2015). War. In Michael T. Gibbons (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, (pp. 3825-3831). Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [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. [More Information]
  • Der Derian, J. (2012). Quantum Diplomacy, German-US Relations and the Psychogeography of Berlin. In Paul Sharp, Geoffrey Wiseman (Eds.), American Diplomacy, (pp. 139-158). Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV. [More Information]
  • Constantinou, C., Der Derian, J. (2010). Sustaining Global Hope: Sovereignty, Power and the Transformation of Diplomacy. In Costas Constantinou and James Der Derian (Eds.), Sustainable Diplomacies, (pp. 1-22). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Der Derian, J. (2009). From Images of War to a War of Images. Manipulating Reality: How Images Redefine the World, (pp. 020-025). Florence: Mandragora.
  • 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, Morton Schoolman (Eds.), The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition, (pp. 273-288). Durham: Duke University Press.

Journals

  • Der Derian, J. (2017). 'Every Dog Got His Day': On Diplomacy After Thirty Years. New Perspectives: Journal of Central and Eastern European Politics and International Relations, 25(3), 73-78.
  • 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-US 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]

Film / Video

  • Der Derian, J., Gara, P. (2015). Project Z: The Final Global Event. DVD, Oley, Pennsylvania, United States of America: Bullfrog Films.

2018

  • Der Derian, J. (2018). War. In Roland Bleiker (Eds.), Visual Global Politics, (pp. 328-331). New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]

2017

  • Der Derian, J. (2017). 'Every Dog Got His Day': On Diplomacy After Thirty Years. New Perspectives: Journal of Central and Eastern European Politics and International Relations, 25(3), 73-78.
  • Der Derian, J. (2017). War in the Twenty-First Century: Visible, Invisible or Superpositional? In Jon Simon, Jonathan Louis Lucaites (Eds.), In/visible War: The Culture of War in Twenty-first-Century America, (pp. 249-264). New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

2016

  • Der Derian, J. (2016). Avante!. In Scott Nelson and Nevzgat Soguk (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations, (pp. xix-xx). Surrey, England: Ashgate.

2015

  • Der Derian, J. (2015). After-image. In Rens Van Munster, Casper Sylvest (Eds.), Documenting World Politics: A critical companion to IR and non-fiction film, (pp. 223-231). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Der Derian, J., Gara, P. (2015). Project Z: The Final Global Event. DVD, Oley, Pennsylvania, United States of America: Bullfrog Films.
  • Der Derian, J. (2015). Virtuous War. In Robin Mackay (Eds.), Simulation, Exercise, Operations, (pp. 21-23). Windsor Quarry: Urbanomic.
  • Der Derian, J. (2015). War. In Michael T. Gibbons (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, (pp. 3825-3831). Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [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. [More Information]

2012

  • Der Derian, J. (2012). Quantum Diplomacy, German-US Relations and the Psychogeography of Berlin. In Paul Sharp, Geoffrey Wiseman (Eds.), American Diplomacy, (pp. 139-158). Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV. [More Information]

2011

  • Der Derian, J. (2011). Quantum Diplomacy, German-US 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. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Constantinou, C., Der Derian, J. (2010). Sustaining Global Hope: Sovereignty, Power and the Transformation of Diplomacy. In Costas Constantinou and James Der Derian (Eds.), Sustainable Diplomacies, (pp. 1-22). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2009

  • Der Derian, J. (2009). Critical Practices of International Theory: Selected Essays. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Der Derian, J. (2009). From Images of War to a War of Images. Manipulating Reality: How Images Redefine the World, (pp. 020-025). Florence: Mandragora.
  • 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, Morton Schoolman (Eds.), The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition, (pp. 273-288). Durham: 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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