Dr Tatevik Mnatskanyan
Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance
Dr Tatevik Mnatsakanyan’s specialism is in theories of International Relations and Diplomacy, and the study of security and insecurity, with a particular emphasis on critical approaches to security.
Dr Tatevik Mnatsakanyan’s specialism is in theories of International Relations and Diplomacy, and the study of security and insecurity, with a particular emphasis on critical approaches to security drawing on sociological, cultural as well as linguistic and literary studies. Tatevik convenes and teaches the International Security and Peace-building modules, as well as convenes and co-teaches the module Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures 1.
Tatevik completed her PhD in Politics (International Relations) at the University of Exeter in 2015, and joined the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance
in 2016. Her previous degrees are in Diplomacy, as well as Linguistics, and Area Studies. Before joining Loughborough University London, Tatevik taught International Relations in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. She also has several years of experience working for the World Bank Yerevan Office
and the Embassy of Armenia
, London. She draws on her previous work experience and studies in several disciplines to inform her teaching and research.
Tatevik's research is broadly concerned with modes and practices of (in)security, their critique, forms of resistance, and the relationship of the latter to power and politics. Substantively, her work has been in the area of US and UK security policy, particularly around the so-called “war on terror,” and critique and resistance thereof; while her developing research includes dialogical approaches to normative international relation and diplomacy.
Tatevik completed her PhD in Politics (International Relations) at the University of Exeter, UK in 2015. She also holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster, London, and an MA in Political Science and International Studies from the American University of Armenia. Her undergraduate education was in Linguistics and Area Studies, from Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Armenia.
Tatevik gained several years of teaching experience at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter, during and after completion of her PhD, before joining Loughborough University London.
Current research and collaborations
Tatevik is currently working on a book project advancing her PhD thesis. Drawing on the philosophy of Mikhail Bakhtin and critiquing predominant post-structuralist approaches to security, she develops a relational framework taking seriously the constitutive encounters across domains of official legitimation, critique and anti-war resistance. Applying the framework to “war on terror” in the US and the UK, and moving beyond the question how “war on terror” was initially constructed and legitimised, the book asks why “war on terror” endured and transmuted into new forms, despite significant public critique in both countries.
In work related to this project, she examines how Bakhtin's thought, particularly his study of the carnivalesque, and its advancements in cultural studies, can help reimagine resistance and its relationship to violence and sovereign power.
‘The Carnivalesque and Resistance,’ in Jenny Edkins (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations (London: Routledge, February 2019).
Tatevik is also working on journal articles in the areas of securitisation theory, and on denial of complicity in the politics of (in)security, examining the relationship of denial to power and violence.
Current PhD / research supervisions
Tatevik currently supervises one PhD student, whose research is on the politics of migration and deportations.
Interests and activities
Tatevik has co-founded, edited and contributed to the academic blog/e-journal I Think Therefore IR, an Exeter-based postgraduate researcher initiative dedicated to public discussion and debate.