Politics and International Relations

About

Luca joined the University of Kent as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in September 2012 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014. Prior to this, Luca was a lecturer at the University of Surrey (2012), an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sussex (2011), and held teaching positions at the University of Queensland, Australia and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2010). He received his PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2009.

His research focuses on questions of religion, secularity, postsecularity, security and political violence in international relations. He is the author of Europe’s Encounter with Islam: The Secular and the Postsecular (Routledge 2012), the co-editor of 2012 Special Issue of the Review of International Studies ‘The Postsecular in International Relations’, and the co-editor of Towards a Postsecular International Politics: New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power (Palgrave 2014).

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Available for comment on: Secularization Islam in Europe Postsecularity Michel Foucault Italian Politics Languages: English Italian  

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Publications

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Book
Mavelli, L. (2012). Europe's Encounter with Islam: The Secular and the Postsecular. [Online]. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415693295/.
Edited book
Mavelli, L. and Petito, F. eds. (2014). Towards a Postsecular International Politics: New forms of community, identity, and power. [Online]. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Postsecular-International-Politics-Religion-Relations/dp/1137341777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409675000&sr=8-1&keywords=towards+a+postsecular+international+politics.
Monograph
Wilson, E. and Mavelli, L. (2014). Faith and the Asylum Crisis: The role of religion in responding to displacement (Policy Paper). British Council / Sustainable Society.
Article
Mavelli, L. (2015). Governing Uncertainty in a Secular Age: Rationalities of Violence, Theodicy and Torture. Security Dialogue [Online]:1-16. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0967010615613489.
Mavelli, L. (2014). Widening participation, the instrumentalization of knowledge and the reproduction of inequality. Teaching in Higher Education [Online] 19:860-869. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2014.934352.
Toros, H. and Mavelli, L. (2014). Collective evil and individual pathology: The depoliticization of violence against Afghan civilians. International Politics [Online] 51:508-524. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ip.2014.23.
Mavelli, L. (2013). Between Normalisation and Exception: The Securitisation of Islam and the Construction of the Secular Subject. Millennium: Journal of International Studies [Online] 41:159-181. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0305829812463655 .
Toros, H. and Mavelli, L. (2013). Terrorism, Organised Crime and the Biopolitics of Violence. Critical Studies on Terrorism [Online] 6:73-91. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2013.765701.
Mavelli, L. (2012). Postsecular resistance, the body, and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Review of International Studies [Online] 38:1057-1078. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210512000472.
Mavelli, L. and Petito, F. (2012). The postsecular in international relations: an overview. Review of International Studies [Online] 38:931-942. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S026021051200040X.
Mavelli, L. (2012). Security and secularization in International Relations. European Journal of International Relations [Online] 18:177-199. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354066110396592.
Mavelli, L. (2008). Appropriation and Redemption in Contemporary Western Discourses on Islam in Europe. St Antony's International Review [Online] 3:74-93. Available at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/stair/stair/2008/00000003/00000002/art00008.
Mavelli, L. (2008). Political Church, Procedural Europe and the Creation of the Islamic Other. Journal of Religion in Europe [Online] 1:273-301. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/187489208X336542 .
Book section
Mavelli, L. and Wilson, E. (2016). Postsecularism and International Relations. in: Haynes, J. ed. Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 251-269.
Mavelli, L. (2016). The Governmentality of Terrorism: Uncertainty, Risk Management, and Surveillance. in: Jackson, R. ed. Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies. New York and London: Routledge.
Mavelli, L. (2015). Europe’s identity crisis, Islam in Europe, and the crisis of European secularity. in: Tottoli, R. ed. Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 185-197. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415691321.
Mavelli, L. and Petito, F. (2014). Towards a Postsecular International Politics. in: Mavelli, L. and Petito, F. eds. Towards a Postsecular International Politics: New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-28. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Postsecular-International-Politics-Religion-Relations/dp/1137341777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409675000&sr=8-1&keywords=towards+a+postsecular+international+politics.
Mavelli, L. (2014). Secularism, Postsecularism, and States of Exception in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and Its Aftermath. in: Mavelli, L. and Petito, F. eds. Towards a Postsecular International Politics: New forms of community, identity, and power. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 171-198. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Postsecular-International-Politics-Religion-Relations/dp/1137341777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409675000&sr=8-1&keywords=towards+a+postsecular+international+politics.
Mavelli, L. (2008). Immanence and Transcendence in the Political Thought of William Connolly. in: Finlayson, A. ed. Democracy and Pluralism The Political Thought of William E. Connolly. London: Routledge, pp. 144-164. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415473507/.
Edited journal
Mavelli, L. and Petito, F. (2012). The Postsecular in International Relations (2012 Special issue of the Review of International Studies) Mavelli, L. and Petito, F. eds. [Review of International Studies ]. Available at: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=RIS&volumeId=38&seriesId=0&issueId=05.
Review
Mavelli, L. and Norton, A. (2015). Luca Mavelli and Anne Norton review each other’s books on discourses on islam, the west and post-secularism. European Political Science [Online] 14:196-202. Available at: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1057/eps.2015.11.
Total publications in KAR: 21 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Luca’s research places itself within the growing body of literature on religion in international politics, with a particular focus on secularization in its historical and theoretical dimensions and how it shapes contemporary international relations.

His research has explored: Europe’s secular tradition and its role in Europe’s conflictual encounter with Islam; the relation between security and secularization in International Relations; the securitization of Islam as a mechanism of reproduction of secular subjectivity; and the concept of postsecularity, with a particular focus on the concepts of postsecular resistance and its relevance in the context of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. His current research focuses on the relation between secularization and violence.

Methodologically, Luca is particularly interested in Michel Foucault’s view of critical research as a ‘history of the present’ grounded in the assumption that ‘not everything is bad, but everything is dangerous’.

Research Supervision

Luca is interested in supervising PhD students on topics related to his research interests and more broadly in the field of religion and international politics.

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