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Antoine Bousquet

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

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

Antoine Bousquet joined Birkbeck in 2007 and is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. His main areas of specialism cover war and society, political violence, the history and philosophy of science and technology, and social international political and theory. He is the author of The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (2009), an enquiry into 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 ranging from Cold War computing, the future of military organisation, and jihadist terrorist networks to complexity theory and international relations, the conceptualisation and historical sociology of war, and violent spectaculars. He is currently completing a second monograph on the logistics of military perception entitled The Martial Gaze.

Research Interests

  • War and society
  • Political violence
  • History and philosophy of science and technology
  • Politics of the digital age
  • International political and social 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 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, 2016)
    • '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)

    Encyclopaedic Entries

    • 'Clausewitz, Carl von' in Michael Gibbons (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)


    • War and Modern Society (undergraduate)
    • Digital Politics (undergraduate)
    • War, Politics and Society (postgraduate)

Antoine Bousquet

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