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Ruairidh John Brown

International Studies Tutor , CELE

Qualifications

PhD, The School of International Relations, The University of St Andrews, Scotland (2016)
MLitt in International Political Theory, The School of International Relations, The University of St Andrews, Scotland (2013)
BA(Hons) First Class in Politics and History, The University of Stirling, Scotland (2012)
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, (UK) (2014)

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Ruairidh John Brown

Biography

I joined the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in September 2017 as Content Tutor for International Studies in the first ‘preliminary’ year. Prior to this I completed my PhD at the University of St Andrews. My research focused on how citizens encounter and perceive the States that they inhabit. Finding that many dominate political and International Relations theories overlook the subjective element of political experience, my work sought to design a new approach for considering subject and State relations utilising the philosophical ideas of the Christian Existentialist Søren Kierkegaard. 

I have also worked at a number of academic institutions in the United Kingdom. I taught on first and second year modules for the School of International Relations at St Andrews University between 2014 and 2017, and both tutored and lectured on interdisciplinary ‘sub honours’ modules. I further taught both first and second year modules on Political Theory and the History of Political Thought at the University of Stirling between 2015 and 2017. In addition, I also designed and ran a summer course on Philosophy and Ethics for Oxbridge Academic Programs in 2016 and 2017.

I was nominated by Stirling University Student Union for a Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 for my work in political theory courses.

 

Teaching

Introduction to Politics and International Relations (CELEN068)

Introduction to History (CELEN065)

 

Research Interests

I currently work on the intersection between Philosophy and Theory, and Politics and International Relations. I am particularly interested in the evolution of political ideas and values, and how such concepts may be used to better understand the political world.

 

Publications

(Forthcoming) ‘Review: ‘The Essential Leviathan’’, Hobbes Studies, vol. 31, issue 1, Spring 2018

My immediate intention is to develop my PhD thesis into a Research Monograph.

Workshops and Conference Papers

 

Dialogue with Savages’

A Genealogical Approach to Liberalism’s Difficulty in Engaging with the ‘other’

Given to the First Edinburgh and St Andrews Research Workshop at Edinburgh University, January 2017

 

The Political Encounter: Theorising a New Approach to Understanding the State from the Epistemological Premises of Søren Kierkegaard.

Given to the University of Nottingham UK Postgraduate Conference at Nottingham University, June 2016

 

Inspirational and Motivational Narratives as a foundation for the ‘Political Good Life’ in the Thought of Fredrick Nietzsche.

Given to the 66th Political Studies Association International Conference at Brighton Hilton Metropole, March 2016.

 

The Political Encounter: Theorising a New Approach to Understanding the State from the Epistemological Premises of Søren Kierkegaard.

Given to the Conference of Continental Philosophy and Religion at Liverpool Hope University, July 2015.

 

‘The Limits of Responsibility: A reflection through Kierkegaard on the Existential Ethics of Responsibility’. Given to the Third Annual International Political Theory Conference at St Andrews University, May 2015.

 

‘The Peace of Prudence: The Concept of Authenticity in the Thought of Adam Smith’.

Given to the Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy at St Andrews University, May 2015.

 

‘Let Them be Actors Themselves’: The Role of Citizens and the Role of Government in the Creation of Civic Identity.

Given to the 65th Political Studies Association International Conference at Sheffield Town Hall, April 2015.

 

‘Let Them be Actors Themselves’: The Role of Citizens and the Role of Government in the Creation of Civic Identity.

Given to ‘Informal Politics’ Conference at Charles University Prague, November 2014

 

The Political Encounter: Theorising a New Approach to Understanding the State from the Epistemological Premises of Søren Kierkegaard.

Given to the Olympia Academy in Olympia Greece, July 2014