Politics and International Relations


Iain Mackenzie joined the School in 2005. After studying Politics at Glasgow University, Iain was Lecturer in Politics at Queen's University Belfast (1993-2002). During his time there, he developed an interest in the idea of critique; a form of practical, theoretical and creative activity that reaches beyond the indifference that necessarily results from the mere to-and-fro of opinion. This research was significantly enhanced with a year as Senior Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University (2002-2003) where he taught, and learned much from, many of the classics of the critical tradition. From August 2003 until January 2005 he enjoyed the no less demanding role of house-husband, during which time his daughter and son educated him in the creative ways of the (young) critical mind.

His current position at Kent has brought him back to the rigours of political studies. In particular, the ways in which the classics of modern political thought and the contemporary classics of feminist political theory provide an endlessly rich source of inventive, conceptually challenging and analytically powerful critical material that can be brought to bear upon contemporary social and political life.

Iain is the co-director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Critical Thought.

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MacKenzie, I. and MacKenzie, H. (2014). A labial art-politics. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest [Online] 2:69-78. Available at: http://contentionjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/MacKenzieMacKenzieDec2014.pdf.
MacKenzie, I. (2012). Events and the Critique of Ideology. Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies 3:102-113.
Cutler, A. and MacKenzie, I. (2011). Critique as a Practice of Learning. Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 22:88-109.
MacKenzie, I. and Porter, R. (2011). Dramatization as Method in Political Theory. Contemporary Political Theory 10:482-501.
MacKenzie, I. (2008). What is a Political Event? Theory and Event [Online] 11:1-28. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tae.0.0020.
MacKenzie, I. (2001). Unravelling the Knots: Poststructuralism and Other "Post-isms. Journal of Political Ideologies [Online] 6:331-345. Available at: http://www.journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/(42s3f255dnav00jjvtoneb55)/app/home/contribution.asp?referrer=parent&backto=issue,5,5;journal,15,20;linkingpublicationresults,1:104492,1.
MacKenzie, I. (2000). Beyond the Communicative Turn in Political Philosophy. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 3:1-24.
MacKenzie, I. (1999). Berlin's Defence of Value-Pluralism: Clarifications and Criticisms. Contemporary Politics 5:325-337.
Mackenzie, I. (1999). Capitalism, justice and the law. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities [Online] 4:73-80. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09697259908572016.
MacKenzie, I. (1997). Creativity as Criticism: The Philosophical Constructivism of Deleuze and Guattari. Radical Philosophy:7-18.
Book section
MacKenzie, I. and Porter, R. (2016). Evental approaches to the study of events. in: Pernecky, T. ed. Approaches and Methods in Event Studies. Routledge, pp. 25-35. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Approaches-and-Methods-in-Event-Studies/Pernecky/p/book/9781138780521.
MacKenzie, I. (2015). Ideology, Ideologies and Ideologues. in: Marxism, Religion and Ideology: Themes from David McLellan. New York: Routledge, pp. 133-150.
MacKenzie, I. and Porter, R. (2015). The Drama of Schizoanalysis: On Deleuze and Guattari's Method. in: Buchanan, I., Matts, T. and Tynan, A. eds. Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Literature. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 43-62.
MacKenzie, I. (2014). The Meaning of Ideology. in: Geoghegan, V. and Wilford, R. eds. Political ideologies: An Introduction 4th Edition. London: Routledge, pp. 2-18.
Cutler, A. and MacKenzie, I. (2011). Bodies of Learning. in: Hughes, J. and Guillaume, L. eds. Deleuze and the Body. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 53-72.
MacKenzie, I. (2003). Poststructuralism and Postmodernism. in: Finlayson, A. ed. Contemporary Political Thought: A Reader and Guide. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 438-448.
MacKenzie, I. (2002). Idea, Event, Ideology. in: Malesevic, S. and MacKenzie, I. eds. Ideology After Poststructuralism. London, UK: Pluto Press, pp. 11-27.
MacKenzie, I. and Porter, R. (2011). Dramatizing the Political: Deleuze and Guattari. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Available at: http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9780230353244.
MacKenzie, I. (2009). Politics: Key Concepts in Philosophy. London: Continuum.
MacKenzie, I. (2004). The Idea of Pure Critique. [Online]. London, UK: Continuum. Available at: http://www.continuumbooks.com/Books/detail.aspx?ReturnURL=/Search/default.aspx&CountryID=1&ImprintID=2&BookID=116219.
MacKenzie, I. et al. (2003). Political Ideologies: An Introduction Third Edition. London: Routledge.
MacKenzie, I. et al. (1998). Contemporary Social and Political Theory: An Introduction. Open University Press.
Edited book
Bates, D., MacKenzie, I. and Sayers, S. eds. (2015). Marxism, Religion and Ideology: Themes from David McLellan. New York: Routledge.
Dillet, B., MacKenzie, I. and Porter, R. eds. (2013). The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism. [Online]. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Available at: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748641222.
MacKenzie, I. ed. (2005). Political Concepts: A Reader and Guide. [Online]. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Political-Concepts-A-Reader-Guide/dp/0748616780.
MacKenzie, I. and Malesevic, S. eds. (2002). Ideology After Poststructuralism. [Online]. London: Pluto Press. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ideology-Poststructuralism-Social-Sciences-Research/dp/074531807X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394546330&sr=1-1&keywords=ideology+after+poststructuralism.
MacKenzie, I. and O'Neill, S. eds. (1999). Reconstituting Social Criticism: Political Morality in an Age of Scepticism. MacMillan Press Ltd.
MacKenzie, I. ed. (1994). Archaeological Theory: Progress or Posture. [Online]. Aldershot: Avebury. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Archaeological-Theory-Progress-Worldwide-Archaeology/dp/1856287106/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394546513&sr=1-1&keywords=archaeological+theory+progress+or+posture.
Total publications in KAR: 28 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Oriented by the critical tradition in politics and philosophy, his research focuses on the possibility of establishing an idea of pure critique, defined as an idea of critique that does not dissolve into the to-and-fro of opinion. This has led to an engagement with Kant's initial formulation of the idea of critique and to Deleuze and Guattari's innovative works in and of philosophy which he read as exemplary extrapolations and instances of critique, in its purity.

Current Projects

  • His current research is looking to revisit and extend the idea of pure critique by researching what must be involved for an event to be a genuinely, or purely, critical event. In this work, as well as continuing the engagement with Deleuze and Guattari's philosophical project, he also looks at how the idea of the event is formulated within poststructuralist and post-foundational political philosophy’
  • With Robert Porter (University of Ulster), he is exploring the nature of dramatization as method. Drawn from Deleuze's account of the role of dramatization in Difference and Repetition, the implications of this critical method are being further developed, especially within the domain of political theory.
  • He is also working on the relationship between creative practices and practices of resistance. Building on the work within the MA in Political Theory and Practices of Resistance he is engaged in a reconsideration of the relationship between art and politics.

Research Supervision

Iain is interested in supervising doctoral research in the area of critical political theory, especially that which uses poststructuralist (Foucault, Deleuze, Cixous, Irigaray, Guattari etc) or postfoundational (Badiou, Ranciere, Lefort, etc) philosophers in innovative ways. Thematically, work on ideology, critique and events would be of particular interest. Iain is currently supervising the following students:

Hannah Richter
Discourses of Crisis

Hollie MacKenzie
A labial art-politics

Eirini Glynou-Lefaki (MA by Research)
Remembering and Forgetting: A Portrait of Contemporary Greece

Olga Ntalaka
Hegemonic and Counter-Hegemonic Discourses in Greece

Ben Turner
A Critique of Post-Industrial Subjectivity: On The Political Theory of Bernard Stiegler

Blaise Verrier
The Traitor in Political Thought

Nathiya Ngarmkham
Judgement and Pluralism in Hannah Arendt

Chris Henry
Is a non-didactic critique of capitalism possible?

Demetra Kotouza
Shocks to the Troika: Emerging Subjectivities in Deregulating Greece

Behrad Rahmani
Foucauldian Concept of Critique as Political Art

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