Author profile: Dean Cooper-Cunningham

Dean Cooper-Cunningham

Dean Cooper-Cunningham is an Associate Articles Editor at E-IR. He is a Ph.D. Fellow at the University of Copenhagen working on International Relations Theory and Security Studies, with particular emphasis on poststructuralism, gender, and sexuality. Working under the supervision of Professor Lene Hansen, he is researching the use of alternative communicative acts, primarily visuals, by LGBTQ+ individuals/groups as a means of constructing and contesting security. Dean holds a Masters in International Security from the University of Sussex and completed his undergraduate in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. His research interests are primarily in: security studies, securitization theory, visual politics, gender, political self-sacrifice, and feminist and Queer IR theories.

Analysing but Not Seeing: What’s Missing When We Forget Images in IR

Analysing but Not Seeing: What’s Missing When We Forget Images in IR

Security is not solely constructed discursively but also visually. Dominant securitization theory ignores the latter, leaving it somewhat decontextualized.

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Seeing bride kidnapping and domestic violence as everyday terrorism unpacks the political nature of so-called “private” phenomena and how they reify patriarchal society.

Russia’s Double Historical Amnesia: Constructing the Shakhidki as ‘Black Widows’

Russia’s Double Historical Amnesia: Constructing the Shakhidki as ‘Black Widows’

In a constructed malestream military, women in combat arms are inherently irregular as they take on a twofold irregularity as female fighters and irregular combatants.

Should Irregular Fighters Be Excluded From Legal Protections Such As POW Status?

Should Irregular Fighters Be Excluded From Legal Protections Such As POW Status?

‘Irregular’ is a demonising exclusionary weapon of war applied only to those opposing US goals for the purposes of improving the legitimate guise of its actions.

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