Dr Clara Eroukhmanoff

Dr Clara Eroukhmanoff

Lecurer in International Relations

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Clara’s research is broadly situated in Critical Security Studies and explores the role of language, art and emotions in securitisation processes. She is particularly interested in the ways in which Islam has been securitised since the September 11 attacks and the subsequent (counter)-radicalisation discourses and practices in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as Islamophobia, and the affective responses of solidarity to victims of terrorism. She explores how elite speakers like the president of the United States, the police and the intelligence community in the US construct the threat of terrorism. Her more recent work explores the visual responses communicated through memes like ‘Je suis Charlie,’ ‘I love Manchester’ and ‘One Love’ and the kind of emotional governance and narratives these digital movements bring forward. This work is situated in the wider affective and visual turns in International Relations.

Prior to joining LSBU, she was a teaching fellow at Royal Holloway (London) in the department of Politics and International Relations. She has been awarded a PhD by the University of St Andrews on the securitisation of Islam in the United States. She is currently working on her first monograph with Manchester University Press on this topic, where she develops the idea of 'indirect securitisation' and applies it empirically to the ways in which Muslim communities are securitised in the United States. She has published in Critical Terrorism Studies, International Studies Review and Critical Studies on Security.

Clara is co-convener of the BISA Working Group on “Emotions in International Relation,” along with Naomi Head (Glasgow) and Amanda Beattie (Aston). She is also a research fellow at the Centre for International Public Policy (CIPP) at Royal Holloway and a research associate at the University of Cambridge (POLIS).

Clara is the Course Director for the International Relations programme and teaches Introduction to International Relations (DSS_4_IIR1) and International Relations Theory (DSS_4_IIRT1).

She has previously taught a number of courses in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, the University of Edinburgh and Royal Holloway (London).

Clara thoroughly enjoys teaching and building a strong relationship with her students. Her philosophy of teaching relies on developing a critical approach to IR by turning the subject ‘on its head’ from the second half of the term.

She was awarded ‘best teacher in improving the life of students’ at Royal Holloway in 2017.

Clara’s current research examines the ways in which Islam and the Muslim population are securitised in the United States from the G.W Bush to the Trump administration. She is more particularly interested in what she refers as an ‘indirect securitisation,’ a securitisation that occurs through indirect securitising speech acts and the affective process of indirect securitisations.

Clara is also interested in how gender is intertwined with international security and foreign policy, for example, what Trump’s “grabbing them by the pussy”and “locker room banter” comments during the 2016 US election campaign can say about the structure of the international system and US foreign policy or the ways in which the feminisation of military weapons and the infantilisation of ISIS legitimise the War on Terror. More generally, Clara’s research is critical in the sense of thinking change, agency and emancipation from hegemonic structures.

Her more recent work focuses on the role of affective and visual responses to terrorist attacks in Europe manifested through memes such as ‘Je suis Charlie,’ ‘One love’ and ‘I heart MCR’ and how these constitute citizen-lead counterterrorism responses. A central theme of this work is to investigate the kind of affects solidarity memes charge the atmosphere with and create alternatives that go beyond dominant narratives of the war on terrorism. She is keen to collaborate with artists on this project.

Most recent publications

Eroukhmanoff, C Securing diplomacy in the war on terrorism: a critical perspective. In: Diplomatic Security. Stanford University Press, Stanford,

Eroukhmanoff, C Scholars’ agency in securitisation: a leap forward. The Duck of Minerva [blog],

Eroukhmanoff, C ‘It’s not a Muslim ban!’ Indirect speech acts and the securitisation of Islam in the United States post-9/11. Global Discourse / Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 8. 5-25. DOI 10.1080/23269995.2018.1439873

Eroukhmanoff, C and Teles Fazendeiro, BTF Emotions and Time: Approaching Emotions through a Fusion of Horizons. In: Researching emotions in International Relations: Methodological perspectives for a new paradigm. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 255-276. ISBN 978-3-319-65574-1 DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-65575-8

Eroukhmanoff, C Securitisation Theory. In: International Relations Theory. E-International Relations Publishing, Bristol,

Bentley, M and Eroukhmanoff, C and Hackett, U 100 Days of Trump: Security and Foreign Policy Implications. Critical Studies on Security, 5. 1-2. DOI 10.1080/21624887.2017.1355153

Eroukhmanoff, C A Feminist Reading of Foreign Policy under Trump: Mother of All Bombs, Wall, and the “Locker Room Banter”. critical studies on security, 5. DOI 10.1080/21624887.2017.1355156

Eroukhmanoff, C A Critical Contribution to the “Security-Religion” Nexus: Going Beyond the Analytical. International Studies Review, 18. 366-378. DOI 10.1093/isr/viw008

Eroukhmanoff, C The remote securitisation of Islam in the US post-9/11: euphemisation, metaphors and the “logic of expected consequences” in counter-radicalisation discourse. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 8. 246-265. DOI 10.1080/17539153.2015.1053747

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Clara Eroukhmanoff is co-convenor of a research group on ‘emotions in International Relations’ along with Naomi Head (Glasgow) and Amanda Beattie (Aston).

Clara is a fellow at the Centre for International Public Policy at Royal Holloway University and a research associate with the University of Cambridge (POLIS) where she worked on a project entitled ‘Media, Faith and Security’ with Roxanne Farmanfarmaian and funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant. With Roxanne and other research associates, she organised a day workshop at the House of Lords with members of the media, members of parliament and various faith communities, in order to reach an understanding and respect of religious practice and freedom of press in a post-Charlie attacks environment.

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