Dr Alister Wedderburn

MA, The University of Cambridge; MA, King's College London; PhD, King's College London
John Vincent Postdoctoral Research Fellow in International Relations
T: +61 261 250163

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609
  • Poststructuralism 220317

Research interests

Political and International Relations theory; post-structuralist & continental philosophy; the politics of subjectivity; visual, literary, popular and material culture; resistance, activism and global social movements.


I was awarded my undergraduate degree in English Literature by the University of Cambridge in 2008. My MA, from the Department of War Studies at King's College London, was awarded the Simon O'Dwyer-Russell Prize in 2012. In 2017, I completed my PhD in the same department, where my research looked at the parasite – a stock character of ancient Greek comic drama – in order to develop a comic understanding of political subjectivity that could be applied to the study of global social movements. In October 2017 I took up the John Vincent Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in International Relations at ANU.

Researcher's projects

I am currently focused on developing my PhD thesis into a book exploring the relationship between humour, political subjectivity and resistance. In addition, I am doing collaborative work with researchers at the UK government-funded 'Art and Reconciliation' project studying the role played by comic books and cartoons in post-conflict societies.

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