Inaugural Docent Lecture by Annika Bergman Rosamond: Celebrity in World Politics - Ethical Obligation and Gendering Practices
Convenors: karin [dot] aggestam [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Karin Aggestam) & anders [dot] uhlin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Anders Uhlin)
Annika will situate her ‘docent’ lecture within the broad themes of her research to date, with particular emphasis on celebrity politics and humanitarianism. She asks where the individual is in cosmopolitan thought and IR more broadly? So far there has been limited interest in the role of individuals as agents of cosmopolitan obligation, even if cosmopolitanism tends, ironically, to place the rights of individuals at the centre of its analysis (Bergman Rosamond 2015; 2016; Bergman Rosamond & Kronsell 2017). There is a wide range of individuals worthy of exploration including soldiers, aid workers and mediators, all of whom might engage in acts of ethical and political significance. However, there is an invisibility to such individuals while celebrities are by definition far from anonymous with their ethical messages reaching national and global audiences in no time. In the lecture, Annika introduces the audience to some of the themes in her previous and current work on celebrity with focus on such things as gender, ethical obligation and privilege.
Annika Bergman Rosamond is Associate Professor in International Relations at the Department of Political Science, Lund University (LU). She is also the Director of the MA in Global Studies at the Graduate School, Faculty of Social Sciences,. LU. She received her PhD at Sussex University and has held two permanent lectureships in IR at the Universities of Edinburgh and Leicester. Prior to arriving at LU she held a permanent post as Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Affairs (DIIS). Her main research interests include cosmopolitan thought; feminism and IR/security studies including feminist foreign policy; celebrity humanitarianism and politics, Nordic internationalism as well as Arctic security and world heritage. Amongst other things she is the editor of War, Ethics and Justice: New Perspectives on a Post-9/11 World (with Mark Phythian, 2012) and has published in journals such as Cooperation and Conflict; Internasjonal Politikk; Global Society, Ethics and International Affairs and International Feminist Journal of Politics. Moreover, she has written extensively on celebrity activism.