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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Xavier Guillaume

Xavier Guillaume
Dr Xavier Guillaume
Lecturer in International Relations
4.24 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 650 3937
Research Interests
International Relations Theory, critical security studies, International Political Sociology, Identity and Alterity, Postcoloniality, Social and Political Theory

Office hours

Semester 1: Tuesdays, 15.30-17.30, or by appointment.

Semester 2: Thursdays, 14.00-16.00, or by appointment.


  • PhD in political science (University of Geneva)
  • MA in political science (University of Geneva)
  • MA in international politics and history (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva)
  • BA in international relations (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva)

Biographical statement

Before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2012, Xavier held a lectureship at the University of Geneva, where he taught a variety of topics, ranging from critical approaches to international relations, international relations theory, security and citizenship, research design and methods, state formation in western Europe, or interdisciplinarity and epistemology in development studies. Xavier was also guest lecturer at the University of Luzern and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. Xavier's approach to the international is trans-disciplinary, at the crossroad of many different "disciplines" and approaches ranging from sociology, critical social and political theory, postcolonial studies, history, security studies and citizenship studies.

Xavier convenes the MA (undergraduate) course on Theories of International Relations and the MSc course on International Relations Theory.



(2011) International Relations and Identity: A Dialogical Approach. London, Routledge (New International Relations Series).

       *Reprinted in paperback edition 2014 

Edited volumes

(2013) with Jef Huysmans. Citizenship and Security: The Constitution of Political Being. London, Routledge (PRIO New Security Studies; hardback and paper).

Journal Articles (selection)

(2013) with Amélie Barras. The safety of authenticity: Ali Kebab or an exploration in the contemporaneity of foreignness and the self’s post-colonial imaginary. European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 16(3), pp. 310-328.

(2012) with Oliver Kessler. Everyday practices of International Relations: People in organizations. Journal of International Relations and Development, vol. 15(1), pp. 110-120.

(2011) Resistance and the International: The Challenge of the Everyday. International Political Sociology, vol. 5(4), pp. 459-462.

(2011) Travelogues of difference: IR theory and travel literature. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, vol. 36(2), pp. 136-154.

(2009) From process to politics. International Political Sociology, vol. 3(1), pp. 71-86.

(2007) Unveiling the 'international:' Process, identity and alterity. Millennium – Journal of International Studies, vol. 35(3), pp. 741-59.

(2006) with the c.a.s.e. collective. Critical approaches to security in Europe: a networked manifesto. Security Dialogue, vol. 37(4), pp. 443-87.

(2002) Foreign Policy and the Politics of Alterity: A Dialogical Understanding of International Relations. Millennium – Journal of International Studies, vol. 31(1), pp. 1-26.

          *Winner of the Northedge Essay Prize 2002.

          *Reprinted (2009) in Approaches to International Relations (vol. 1), edited by Stephen Chan and Cerwyn Moore. London, Sage Publications, pp. 318-339.

Chapters (selection)

(2015)  with Rune Andersen and Juha Vuor. Colours. Making Things International, edited by Mark B. Salter. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

(2015) Collaboration. in Critical Security Methods. New Frameworks of Analysis, edited by Claudia Aradau, Jef Huysmans, Andrew Neal and Nadine Völkner. London: Routledge, pp. 189-207.

(2014) Regimes of citizenship. in Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies, edited by Engin Isin and Peter Nyers. London: Routledge, pp. 150-158.

(2013) Agencement and traces: a politics of ephemeral theorizing. in Reassembling IR Theory. Assemblage Thinking and International Relations, edited by Michele Acuto and Simon Curtis. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 108-114.

(2013) "Criticality". Research Methods in Critical Security Studies, edited by Mark B. Salter and Can E. Mutlu. London, Routledge, pp. 29-32.

(2013) with Jef Huysmans. Citizenship and Securitizing: Interstitial Politics. Citizenship and Security. The Constitution of Political Being, edited by Xavier Guillaume and Jef Huysmans. London: Routledge, pp. 18-34.

(2010) Bakhtin: from substance to process. Interpretive Dialogues: Hermeneutics, philosophical traditions and International Relations theory, edited by Chris Farrands et Cerwyn Moore. London, Routledge, pp. 95-106.


Topics interested in supervising

Xavier is particularly interested in supervising dissertations engaging with international social and political theory, critical approaches to security, identity and alterity, and postcoloniality.

If you are interested in being supervised by Xavier Guillaume, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics