School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Clive Gabay, BA (Leicester), MA (Birkbeck College) PhD (Open University)

Clive

Senior Lecturer

Email: c.gabay@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 5832
Room Number: Arts One, 2.21
Office Hours: Wednesday 1-2pm, and Thursday 11am-12pm

Profile

I graduated in Politics from the University of Leicester and then went on to study for a Masters degree in Imperialism and Post-Colonial Societies at Birkbeck College, UoL, simultaneously working as a researcher for the UK Department for International Development. Following this I returned to do a PhD at the Open University, and in 2010 joined the School of Politics and International Relations at QMUL. Up until 2015/16 most of work concerned the international political economy of state-society relations and international development in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015 however I was awarded a two-year Arts and Humanities Research Leaders Fellowship (Early Career) to pursue a new line of research in critical race studies, which led to my latest book, Imagining Africa: Whiteness and the Western Gaze with Cambridge University Press.

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Twitter: @clivesg

Blog: Colonial Interregnums/African Spaces

 

 

Undergraduate Teaching

POL106 Introduction to International Relations

POL257 The International Politics of the Developing World

POL311 The Politics of the Anti-Colonial

Research

Research Interests:

I have published several articles and two books on civil society globally and in Africa, as well as a number of articles on International Development Policy from a Foucauldian and post-structuralist perspective. More recently however my research agenda has evolved into two areas:

  • Whiteness, racial anxiety and shifts in perceptions of international order;
  • Theorising core categories in Politics and International Relations within an Anarchist intellectual tradition, including citizenship, subjectivity and revolution.

Examples of research funding:

Grants:

2015-2017 Historicising Contemporary Africa Rising Narratives, Arts and Humanities Research Council, £175,000

2014 After 2015: Development and its Alternatives, British Academy Conferences Award, £30,000

2012 A Double-Edged Sword: The Millennium Development Goals and Civil Society in Malawi, British Academy Small Research Grant, £7,500

 

Publications

Books

Gabay, C. (2019) ‘Exploring a European tradition of allyship with sovereign struggles against colonial violence: a critique of Giorgio Agamben and Jacques Derrida through the heretical Jewish Anarchism of Gustav Landauer (1870-1919)’ Contemporary Political Theory, forthcoming

Gabay, C. (2018) Imagining Africa: Whiteness and the Western Gaze (Cambridge University Press) Recipient of an honourable mention for the 2019 British International Studies Association Susan Strange Book Prize

Gabay, C. (2015) Exploring an African Civil Society: Development and Democracy in Malawi, 1994 2014(Boulder: Lexington Books)

Death, C. And Gabay, C. Eds. (2014) Critical Perspectives on African Politics: Liberal Interventions, State Building and Civil Society (London, New York: Routledge)

Gabay, C. (2012) Civil Society and Global Poverty: Hegemony, Inclusivity, Legitimacy (London, New York: Routledge)

Journal articles

Gabay, C. (2018) ‘Decolonizing interwar anticolonial solidarities: The case of Harry Thuku’ Interventions

International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Online version: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369801X.2018.1487319

Gabay, C. (2017) ‘The Radical and Reactionary Politics of Malawi's Hastings Banda: roots, fruit and legacy’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 43: 6, pp. 1119-1135

Gabay, C. and S. Ilcan (2017) ‘The affective politics of the Sustainable Development Goals: Partnership, capacity-building, and big data’, Globalizations, 17(2)

Gabay, C. and Death, C. (2015) ‘Doing Biopolitics Differently? Radical Potential in the Post-2015 MDG and SDG Debates’, Globalizations, 12:4, pp. 597-612

Gabay, C. (2014) 'Two ‘transitions’: the political economy of Joyce Banda's rise to power and the related role of civil society organisations in Malawi' Review of African Political Economy Volume 41, Issue 141, pp. 374-388

Gabay, C. Pugh, J. and Williams, A. (2013) ‘Reassertions of national interest: reflections on the UK Coalition Government's security-development nexus’ Geoforum, 44, pp.  193?201

Gabay, C. (2012) ‘The Millennium Development Goals and Neoliberal Engineering’ Third World Quarterly, 33:7, pp.1249-1265

Death, C. and Gabay, C.  (2012)  ‘Building States and Civil Societies in Africa: Liberal Interventions and Global Governmentality’, Journal of Intervention and State Building, 6:1, pp.1-6

Gabay, C. (2011) ‘Poverty eradication and the elimination of dissent: The Millennium Development Goals and civil society in Malawi’, Globalizations Vol. 8, No. 3

Berry, C. and Gabay, C. (2009), ‘Transnational political action and “global civil society” in practice: the case of Oxfam’, Global Networks, Vol. 9, No. 3, 339-358

Gabay, C. (2008) ‘Anarcho-cosmopolitanism: The universalisation of the equal exchange’, Global Society, Vol. 22, No. 2, 197-216

Book Chapters

Gabay, C. (2010) ‘De-naming the beast: the multiple publicities of the Global Call to Action against Poverty’ in Barnett, C. Mahony, N. and Newman, J (eds) Rethinking the Public: Innovations in Research, Theory and Policy, (Bristol: Policy Press) pp. 127-143

Gabay, C. (2009) ‘Anarchy, Decentralization and Autonomy at the Seattle anti-WTO protests’, in Jun, N (ed) New Perspectives on Anarchism, (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books) pp. 121-133

 

Supervision

Current PhD Students:

Farai Chipato

Felix Mantz

I would be delighted to supervise doctoral theses in the following areas:               

  • Race and International Relations/International Order
  • Contemporary readings of early 20th Century radical political theory and praxis, particularly focussed on libertarians and utopians
  • Anti-colonial political traditions/analysis

Public Engagement

In a previous project I contributed to the development of accountability mechanisms within a large global civil society network, the Global Call to Action against Poverty (www.whiteband.org). More recently I have become a regular contributor to international news stories on contemporary events in Malawi, and political protests in Africa more broadly. I have also acted as a consultant for a BBC World Documentary on Gender in World Politics.