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Antoine Bousquet

Reader in International Relations

Programme Director, MSc War and Humanitarianism

BSc (University College London)
MSc, PhD (London School of Economics)

Antoine Bousquet joined Birkbeck in 2007 and is a Reader in International Relations. His work lies at the intersection of war and political violence, the history and philosophy of science and technology, and social and political theory in the information age. He is the author of The Eye of War: Military Perception from the Telescope to the Drone (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), a multiple award-winning investigation of military perception technologies. His fist monograph The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (Hurst/Columbia, 2009) is a widely cited account of the influence of major scientific paradigms and key associated technologies on the conceptualisation and practice of war in the modern era. Antoine has also contributed peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on subjects that include Cold War computing, the revolution in military affairs, jihadist networks, complexity theory, violent aesthetics, nihilism, and the conceptualisation and historical sociology of war. He regularly gives talks to international audiences at universities, military academies, think tanks, and cultural centres. Antoine currently serves as Digital Editor for the journal Security Dialogue, as part of which he hosts a podcast series.

Antoine is programme director for the interdisciplinary degree MSc War and Humanitarianism

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Research Interests

    • War and society
    • History and philosophy of science and technology
    • Politics of the digital age
    • Social and political theory
    • Enquiries from those seeking PhD supervision in these areas are welcome.  If you are interested in pursuing research in any of these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.



    • The Eye of War: Military Perception from the Telescope to the Drone (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)
      • Recipient of the International Studies Association's 2019 Science, Technology and Art in International Relations Book Prize
      • Recipient of the 2019 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics
    • The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (Hurst & Columbia University Press, 2009)


    Book Chapters

    • 'A Revolution in Military Affairs: Changing Technologies and Changing Practices of Warfare' in Daniel R. McCarthy (ed.), Technology and World Politics: An Introduction (Routledge, 2017)
    • 'War' in Felix Berenskoetter (ed.), Concepts in World Politics (Sage Publications, 2016)
    • 'Wargames' in Robin Mackay (ed.), Simulation, Exercise, Operations (Urbanomic, 2015)
    • 'Prolegomena to Post-Anthropocentric International Relations: Biosphere and Technosphere in the Age of Global Complexity' in Emilian Kavalski (ed.), World Politics at the Edge of Chaos: Reflections on Complexity and Global Life (SUNY Press, 2015)
    • 'Welcome to the Machine: Rethinking Technology and Society through Assemblage Theory' in Michele Acuto & Simon Curtis (eds.), Re-assembling International Theory: Assemblage Thinking and International Relations (Palgrave Pivot, 2014)
    • 'War' in Edwin Amenta, Kate Nash, & Alan Scott (eds.), New Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

    Miscellaneous Publications


    • War and Modern Society (undergraduate)
    • War, Politics and Society (postgraduate)
    • Fields of War and Humanitarianism (postgraduate)

Current PhD Students

    • Sam Mutter - 'The Roles and Effects of Spatial Dysfunctionality in UK Critical Transport Infrastructure Protection '
    • Antonella Patteri - 'Rethinking Bio-Political Borders: Understanding the Self-Securing Dynamics of Migrants through their Resistance/Resilience to Containment Policies'
    • Emma Salisbury: 'The US Military-Industrial Complex and Emergent Technology'
    • Alessandro Colasanti: 'Cyberwar in the International System: Assessing the Impact of the Use of Cyber-capabilities on the Distribution of Power in Interstate Relations'

Antoine Bousquet

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