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In 1991 François Debrix earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Strasbourg.
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In 1993 François Debrix obtained a Master of Arts degree from Purdue University. In 1997 Debrix gained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from this university.
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François Debrix holds a diploma from the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
(Debrix shows how the UN missions in Iraq, Somalia, and Bo...)
Debrix shows how the UN missions in Iraq, Somalia, and Bosnia attempted to simulate a landscape of ordered international politics - a New World Order - by disseminating visual renditions of peaceful intervention and humanitarian assistance. As a result of these sometimes elaborate efforts, Debrix finds, the UN peacekeeping missions of the past decade represent a study in visual simulation, which has nothing to do with actual matters of international life in the 1990s.
(A timely consideration of the meaning of transnational cu...)
A timely consideration of the meaning of transnational cultural interactions today. In an era of increasing globalization, the cultural and the international have borders as permeable as most nations' - and an understanding of one requires making sense of the other. Foregrounding the role of mediation - understood here as a site of representation, transformation, and pluralization - the authors engage two specific questions: How might we make theoretical and practical sense of transnational cultural interactions? And how are we to understand the ways in which the sites of mediation represent, transform, and remediate internationals? Accordingly, the authors consider international issues like security, development, political activism, and the war against terrorism through the lens of cultural practices such as traveling through airports, exhibiting art and photography, logging on to the Internet, and spinning news stories.
(Language matters in international relations. Constructivi...)
Language matters in international relations. Constructivists have contributed to the insight that global politics is shaped by the way agents narrate history and produce discourses about themselves and about the world. This insight has induced a profound reexamination of assumptions in the study of international relations. The contributors to this volume examine (Part I) the critical linguistic/discursive techniques of postmodernists and constructivists, and apply them (Part II) to international relations.
(This book analyzes the methods, effects, and mechanisms b...)
This book analyzes the methods, effects, and mechanisms by which international relations reach the US citizen. Deftly dissecting the interrelationships of national identity formation, corporate ‘news and opinion’ dissemination, and the quasi-academic apparatus of war justification - focusing on the Bush administration's exploitation of the fear and insecurity caused by 9/11 and how this has manifested itself in the US media (especially the tabloid populist media). Debrix explains how all serve to defend and produce state power and develops a model of tabloidized international relations, where responses are both organized by, and supportive of, a strong centralized US government. The field of International Relations sorely needs such analytics, in so far as it explains how people in their everyday lives relate to transnational issues. Tabloid Terror critically covers a wide variety of US popular culture from the Internet to Fox News; analyzes diverse authors as Julia Kristeva, J.G. Ballard and Robert Kaplan and takes into account renowned international relations interlocutors as Don Imus, Bill O’Reilly, and Tommy Franks.
(This edited volume examines the political, social, and cu...)
This edited volume examines the political, social, and cultural insecurities that the United States is faced with in the aftermath of its post-9/11 foreign policy and military ventures. The contributors critically detail the new strategies and ideologies of control, governance, and hegemony America has devised as a response to these new security threats. The essays explore three primary areas. First, they interrogate the responses to 9/11 that resulted in an attempt at geopolitical mastery by the United States. Second, they examine how the US response to 9/11 led to attempts to secure and control populations inside and outside the United States, resulting in situations that quickly started to escape its control, such as Abu Ghraib and Katrina. Lastly, the chapters investigate links between contemporary regimes of state control and recently recognized threats, arguing that the conduct of everyday life is increasingly conditioned by state-mobilized discourses of security. These discourses are, it is argued, ushering in a geopolitical future characterized by new insecurities and inevitable measures of biopolitical control and governance.
('Beyond Biopolitics constitutes a truly serious attempt t...)
'Beyond Biopolitics constitutes a truly serious attempt to think about the unthinkable.' Guy Lancaster, Political Studies Review: 2014 VOL 12, 93. Beyond Biopolitics exposes the conceptual limits of critical biopolitical approaches to violence, war, and terror in the post-9/11-War on Terror era. This volume shows that such popular international political theories rely upon frames of representation that leave out of focus a series of extreme forms of gruesome violence that have no concern for the preservation of life, a crucial biopolitical theme. Debrix and Barder mobilize different concepts - horror, agonal sovereignty, the pulverization of the flesh, or the notion of an inhumanity-to-come - to shed light on past and present ghastly scenes and events of violence that seek to undo the very idea of humanity. To highlight the capacity of horror to be in excess of both violence and the meaning of humanity, Beyond Biopolitics provides a series of engagements with issues much debated in contemporary critical theoretical circles, in particular war and terror, the production of fear, states and spaces of exception, and alterity as enmity. This work will be of great interest to scholars of critical international relations theory, critical security studies, and international relations.
(Global Powers of Horror examines contemporary regimes of ...)
Global Powers of Horror examines contemporary regimes of horror, into horror’s intricacies, and into their deployment on and through human bodies and body parts. To track horror’s work, what horror decomposes and, perhaps, recomposes, Debrix goes beyond the idea of the integrality and integrity of the human body and it brings the focus on parts, pieces, or fragments of bodies and lives. Looking at horror’s production of bodily fragments, both against and beyond humanity, the book is also about horror’s own attempt at re-forming or re-creating matter, from the perspective of post-human, non-human, and inhuman fragmentation.
(Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in Internatio...)
Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations brings together a diverse array of critical IR scholars, political theorists, critical security studies researchers, and critical geographers to provide a series of interventions on the topic of death and death-making in global politics. Contrary to most existing scholarship, this volume does not place the emphasis on traditional sources or large-scale configurations of power/force leading to death in IR. Instead, it details, theorizes, and challenges more mundane, perhaps banal, and often ordinary modalities of violence perpetrated against human lives and bodies, and often contributing to horrific instances of death and destruction.
In 1991 François Debrix earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Strasbourg, France. In 1993 he obtained a Master of Arts degree from Purdue University. In 1997 Debrix gained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the same university. He also holds a diploma from the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
From 1997 to 1998 François Debrix was an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis. From 1998 to 2004 he worked as an assistant professor at Florida International University and an associate professor there from 2004 to 2011. From 2009 to 2011 Debrix served as an associate chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University. Since 2011 he has been a professor of political science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, as well as a director of the ASPECT Program.
He is the author of Global Powers of Horror: Security, Politics, and the Body in Pieces (2017); Beyond Biopolitics: Theory, Violence, and Horror in World Politics (2011); Tabloid Terror (2008); and Re-Envisioning Peacekeeping: The United Nations and the Mobilization of Ideology (1999). He is also the editor or co-editor of Rituals of Mediation (2003); Language, Agency, and Politics in a Constructed World (2003), and The Geopolitics of American Insecurity (2009). His research has been published in various journals, including New Formations, Alternatives, International Political Sociology, Millennium, Telos, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Third World Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, Political Geography, Society and Space, New Political Science, and SPECTRA.
(Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in Internatio...)2020
(Debrix shows how the UN missions in Iraq, Somalia, and Bo...)1999
(This edited volume examines the political, social, and cu...)2009
(Global Powers of Horror examines contemporary regimes of ...)2017
(This book analyzes the methods, effects, and mechanisms b...)2008
('Beyond Biopolitics constitutes a truly serious attempt t...)2011
(A timely consideration of the meaning of transnational cu...)2003
(Language matters in international relations. Constructivi...)2003
Francois Debrix is a member of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Studies Association (ISA), the International Studies Association-Northeast Region, the International Studies Association-South Region, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Western Political Science Association (WPSA), Cultural Studies Association (CSA); the Association for Political Theory (APT), the International Social Theory Consortium (ISTC), the Social Science History Association (SSHA).
François Debrix is married to Clair Apodaca.