Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Faculty member Nicholas Kiersey presents guest lecture in Denmark

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Nicholas Kiersey, associate professor of political science, has once again taken his work to an international level.

In December he traveled to the University of Roskilde in Denmark to give a guest lecture on “Technology & World Politics in Battlestar Galactica.” The topic stemmed from his work on Battlestar Galactica and International Relations (Popular Culture and World Politics), a collection of 10 scholarly essays that he edited with Norwegian political scientist and social anthropologist Iver Neumann.

Kiersey discussed the politics related to the television show “Battlestar Galactica,” its narrations of mankind’s encounters with technology, and what it means for the study of globalization. He also spoke about parallels with the way international relations theory understands the relationship between modernity and world order.

The University of Roskilde is preparing to launch a course dedicated solely to pop culture. Kiersey’s lecture supported these efforts by establishing the idea that pop culture is an area worthy of serious academic study.

Following his trip to Denmark, Kiersey was also invited to present at the Global South caucus of the International Studies Association in Singapore. He discussed a paper entitled “Between US Imperialism and Empire; World Politics and the Globalization of Neoliberal Subjectivity,” which was based on an essay he wrote recently for an edited volume, “The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory Modern Power World Politics: Critical Investigations.”

“It was a fascinating conference for me as I rarely, if ever, get to talk to people in my field who live and work in Asia,” Kiersey said of the event. “I felt that attending the conference gave me the opportunity to share some of my best work with people who might not normally ever come across it. Conversely, I had the opportunity to see what kind of issues and questions are preoccupying the minds of the best scholars in that region.”

A member of OU-C’s faculty since 2008, Kiersey recently earned tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor. He holds a Ph.D. in planning, governance and globalization from Virginia Tech. His work has been published in various academic journals, and he has presented at conferences both within the U.S. and internationally prior to these recent events.

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