Noel Parker

Noel Parker

Associate professor, research and development

Member of:

  • Political Theory

  • Since 2003, Associate Professor in Political Theory and the History of Ideas at the University of Copenhagen, and previously Reader in European Politics at the University of Surrey (UK). From 1977 to 1993, he was a member of the academic staff at the British Open University.  He holds a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in the History of Ideas, a Maîtrise de Philosophie, and Ph.D. in Government (from the London School of Economics).

     

    Current research interests centre on the spatial, geopolitical and identity construction of socio-political orders: their borders, boundaries and margins; and empires as non-sovereign-state forms extending over space.  Longer-standing interests have been the meaning and historical evolution of practices of contention such as revolution and terrorism; and the validity and force of survivals from Enlightenment thought. 

    • Spring 2014: Honorary Research Fellow at University or Sussex Centre for Advanced International Theory
    • Spring 2010: Honorary University Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK

     

    Publications include:

    • Books: Empire and International Order. Aldershot: Ashgate.; The Geopolitics of Europe’s Boundaries: Spaces, Centres and Margins, 2008; Margins in European Integration (with Bill Armstrong). 2000. Palgrave; Revolutions and History: an Essay in Interpretation. 2000. Polity; Portrayals of Revolution: Images, Debates and Structures of Thought on the French Revolution. 1990. Wheatsheaf.
    • Articles: Critical Border Studies: Broadening and Deepening the ‘Lines in the Sand’ Agenda (with Nick Vaughan-Williams: introduction to special issue). 2012. Geopolitics, 17(4), 727-733; Parker, N., &. (2012). Picking and Choosing the ‘Sovereign’ Border: A Theory of Changing State Bordering Practices. (with Rebecca Adler-Nissen); Geopolitics, 17(4), 773-796; Imperial power and the organization of space in Europe and North America (with Magali Gravier: introduction to special issue). 2011. Journal of Political Power, 4(3), 451-455; Imperialism, Territory and Liberation: On the dynamics of empire stemming from Europe. 2011. Journal of Political Power, 4(3), 355-374; Empire as a Geopolitical Figure. 2010. Geopolitics, 15(1), 109-132.

Teaching

  • Basic undergraduate course on political theory and the history of political ideas
  • MA-level teaching on: Terrorism, Empires, Identity v. otherness, Space and territory, America and Europe, Ideology, Religion and politics
  • Ph.D. supervision on: international society, political identities

Fields of interest

Borders, Empire, Enlightenment, European identity, Identity, Imperialism, Margins, Regionalization, Revolution, Spatiality, Territory, Terrorism, World History

Primary fields of research

  • The spatial, geopolitical and identity construction socio-political orders, notably:
  1. their borders, boundaries and margins;
  2. empires, with regard to their role as non-state political entities that extend to create order beyond their own boundaries. 
  • Longer-standing interests have been
  1. the meaning and historical evolution of practices of contention such as revolution and terrorism; 
  2. the validity and force of survivals from Enlightenment thought.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Empire and International Order

    Parker, Noel (ed.), Apr 2013, Aldershot: Ashgate. 168 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Empire as a Geopolitical Figure

    Parker, Noel, 2010, In : Geopolitics. 15, 1-2, p. 109 - 132

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Picking and Choosing the ‘Sovereign’Border: A Theory of Changing State Bordering Practices

    Parker, Noel & Adler-Nissen, Rebecca, 2012, In : Geopolitics. 17, 4, p. 773-796 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    The Geopolitics of Europe´s Identity: Centers, Boundaries and Margins

    Parker, Noel (ed.), 2008, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 252 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. The Space of Cities

    Parker, Noel (Lecturer)
    29 Oct 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  2. Empires Past, Present and Future I & II: European and American Reflections’, and ’…prognoses’.

    Parker, Noel (Organizer)
    1 Jun 2009 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

  3. Beyond the border: Drawing new lines around political order.

    Parker, Noel (Organizer)
    1 Jun 2009 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

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