Dr Chris Rossdale

Dr Chris Rossdale

Dr Chris Rossdale

2.1, 3 Priory Raod,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 3310606

Personal profile

I joined SPAIS as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in 2019. 

My research considers how our understandings of politics shift when we begin from the perspective of social movements and political resistance. This is an approach based on the recognition that we gain unique insights about systems of power by examining attempts to challenge them. I combine ethnographic fieldwork and other qualitative techniques with a range of theoretical frameworks including feminism, queer and postcolonial theory, and anarchism.

My 2019 book Resisting Militarism: Direct Action and the Politics of Subversion was an ethnography of British anti-militarist politics. I engaged with groups like Campaign Against Arms Trade and Stop The Arms Fair in order to think about the nature of contemporary militarism and security politics, and the possibilities and limits of resistance. I am currently writing about the Black Panther Party, and about police/arms trade abolition.



In 2020/21, I'll be teaching:

  • Politics of Rebellion (UG Third Year, Term 1)
  • Global Civil Society (PG, Term 2)

Fields of interest

Social movements, resistance, militarism, race and racism, postcolonialism, queer theory, poststructuralism, feminist theory, anarchism

Key publications

  1. Rossdale, C, 2019, ‘Resisting Militarism: Direct Action and the Politics of Subversion’. Edinburgh University Press
  2. Rossdale, C, 2015, ‘Enclosing Critique: The Limits of Ontological Security’. International Political Sociology, vol 9., pp. 369-386
  3. Rossdale, C & Stierl, M, 2016, ‘Everything Is Dangerous: Conduct and Counter-Conduct in the Occupy Movement’. Global Society, vol 30., pp. 157-178
  4. Rossdale, C, 2014, ‘Dancing Ourselves to Death: The Subject of Emma Goldman's Nietzschean Anarchism’. Globalizations, vol 12., pp. 116-133
  5. Rossdale, C, 2010, ‘Anarchy is What Anarchists Make of it: Reclaiming the Concept of Agency in IR and Security Studies’. Millennium, vol 39., pp. 483-501

Latest publications

  1. Rossdale, C, 2019, ‘Anarchism and Critical Security Studies’. in: Carl Levy, Saul Newman (eds) The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge, pp. 62-80
  2. Rossdale, C, 2019, ‘The Radical Politics of Anti-Militarism’. in: Uri Gordon, Ruth Kinna (eds) Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics. Routledge, pp. 67-81
  3. Rossdale, C, 2017, ‘Encounters at the gate’. Critical Military Studies, vol 3., pp. 287-291
  4. Rossdale, C, 2016, ‘Activism, Resistance and Security’. in: Anthony Burke, Jonna Nyman (eds) Ethical Security Studies: A New Research Agenda.
  5. Rossdale, C, 2016, ‘Occupying Subjectivity: Being and Becoming Radical in the 21st Century’.

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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