University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Dr Mark Bailey

Assistant Professor in Politics, School of International Studies

Mark Bailey

Personal details

Contact

School of International Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
AB220, Trent Building
199 Taikang East Road
Ningbo 315100

+86 (0) 574 8818 8035 | mark.bailey@nottingham.edu.cn

Qualifications

PhD The Role of Mythology In World Order (University of Newcastle, UK)

MA (Distinction) International Political Economy (University of Newcastle, UK)

BA (Hons) Politics and History – 1st Class Hounours (University of Newcastle, UK)

Biography

Before joining the School of International Studies in October 2014, I worked in a series of teaching positions at Nottingham, Sheffield, UCL and Lancaster Universities in the UK, specialising in the fields of International Political Economy and International Relations. I have specific interests in the uses of political mythology within discourses of international politics (the topic of my PhD with respect to US foreign policy during the ‘War on Terror’), the political philosophies of Ernst Cassirer and Eric Voegelin, and contemporary utopian thinking.  All of these together have drawn me to focus most recently in my research on the emergence of reactionary populisms in global politics, post-truth politics, spatial manifestations of utopian thought in urban social relations and structures, and the political mythology of the Belt-Road Initiative.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate:

Diplomacy: Past, Present and Future

International Political Economy

Dissertation: Preliminary Analysis

Issues in Global Relations

China, Russia and the US

US Foreign Policy

Postgraduate:

International Political Economy

US Foreign Policy

Diplomacy in a Globalizing World

Core Concepts in History and IR

Expertise summary

International Relations

International Political Economy

Political Mythology 

Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer

Philosophy of Eric Voegelin

US Foreign Policy

Post-Truth Politics and Contemporary Populism

Research

Research Interest

International Relations

International Political Economy

Political Mythology

Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer

Philosophy of Eric Voegelin

US Foreign Policy

Post-Truth Politics and Contemporary Populism

Orcid Account/ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1112-5429

Publications

Publications and Conference papers:

Mark Bailey (2019) ‘Cassirer, Fatalism and Political Myth: Historical Lessons in the Consequences of Pessimism for Scholars of International Relations,’ in Tim Stevens and Nicholas Michelson (eds.) Pessimism in International Relations: Provocations, Possibilities, Politics (Switzerland, Palgrave MacMillan), pp. 53-66, https://doi.org/10.107/978-3-030-21780-8_4

Mark Bailey (2019) ‘The Neoliberal City as Utopia of Exclusion,’ Globalizations, 17, 1, pp. 31-44, https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2019.1603799

September 2019 – European International Studies Association Annual Convention, Sofia, Bulgaria, ‘“Utopianism with Chinese Characteristics”: The Belt-Road Initiative and “China Dream” as Political Myth.’

July 2019 – International Studies Association Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Singapore: ‘“Utopianism with Chinese Characteristics”: The Belt-Road Initiative as Political Myth.’

March 2019 – International Studies Association Annual Convention: ‘Political Myth and Fatalism: Ernst Cassirer’s Warning for the Post-Truth Generation’

September 2018 – European International Studies Association 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: ‘Political Myth and Fatalism: Ernst Cassirer’s Warning for the Post-Truth Generation’

April 2018 – International Studies Association Annual International Conference, Power of Rules and Rule of Power, San Francisco, CA, USA, 4th April- 7th April: ‘Post-Truth Politics and the Technique of the Modern Political Myth: Ernst Cassirer’s Relevance to Contemporary Global Politics’

August 2017 – European Sociology Association 13th Annual Conference, Athens, Greece, (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities, 29th August-2nd September: ‘Hyperliberal Capitalism and the Utopia of Exclusion’

February 2017 – International Studies Association Annual International Conference, Understanding Change in World Politics, Baltimore, MD, USA, 22nd-25th February: ‘Change We Can Rejoice in: Market Utopianism and the War on Contingency’

June 2016 – International Studies Association Annual Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Hong Kong, The Pacific Century? 25th-27th June: ‘US-UK-Chinese Relations in the 21st Century: The End of One ‘Special Relationship’ and the Forging of a New One?’

March 2016 – Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, Brighton, UK, 21st-23rd March: ‘Market Utopianism and the Impossibility of the “Good Life”’

March 2016 – International Studies Association 57th Annual Convention, Exploring Peace, Atlanta, Georgia (US), 16th-19th March: ‘Sino-US Relations: ‘Pacific Dream’ or Global Nightmare?’

July 2015 – 16th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Utopia and the End of the City, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1st-4th July, 2015: ‘Hyperliberal Capitalism and the Utopia of Exclusion’

May 2012 - BISA Post-Structuralist Working Group Conference, Political Violence in International Relations After the Death of God, University of Leeds, May 12th, 2012, 'God’s Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated: Political Violence and Apocalyptic Myth in Modernity'

May 2010 – Department of European Language and Cultures Staff and Postgraduate Colloquium, Myth, Memory, and Identity In Transnational Politics, ‘Cassirer Revisited: Myth and the Philosophy of Symbolic Forms in the Age of Globalisation; the Neo-Zapatista Movement’

February 2010 – Lancaster University Latin American Research Cluster one-day workshop Imaginaries of Modernity in Latin America - ‘Myth, Resistance and the Zapatista Movement: From (Post)Modern Politics of Resistance to a Narrative of Ossification?’

February 2010 – International Studies Association (ISA), New Orleans- ‘Myth, Hubris and the American Neoconservatism’

March 2008 – International Studies Association (ISA), San Francisco- ‘Border Thinking, the Global Justice Movement, and Mythologies of Resistance’

December 2007 – British International Studies Association (BISA), Cambridge – ‘Myth, Psychoanalysis, and the Objectification of World Orders’ (joint paper with Dr. John Gibson)

September 2007– Workshops in Political Theory Fourth Annual Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University – ‘Mythmaking and the Critical Self-Reflection of the Scholar’ 

April 2007 – Northern Network of Critical Global Scholars, “From Dissidence to Defiance” Conference, Newcastle – ‘All History is Contemporary History:  Vico, Myth, Globalisation and the Making of the Historical Subject’

October 2006 – Northern Network of Critical Global Scholars, Newcastle– ‘Mythmaking, Self-Reflection and Critical Scholarship’

April 2005 – Tenth Annual Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest (ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity) – ‘Sorel Revisited?: The Global Justice Movement and the Mythologising of The Activist’

March 2005 – WSWE Graduate Studies Conference (Cardiff)‘The South Strikes Back: “Border Thinking” and the Challenge to the Neoliberal Vision of World Order from Indigenous Peoples’ Movements’

September 2002 – Newcastle University Department of Politics Postgraduate Presentations Series- ‘Gramsci, Mythology and the Transformation of World Orders’