Mark Salter


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3b: Saturday morning
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Current position:

Assistant Professor, American University in Cairo (2000-present) Courses Taught: Ancient Political Theory; Introduction to Political Economy; History and Theory of Political Economy; International Organizations; Global Political Economy; International Political Economy of Population and Movement; Clash of Civilizations; International Relations Theory; African International Relations; Agency, Identity, and History: Foucault and his predecessors.

Master's Thesis Supervision: Karyn C. Miller, "The Discourse of State Sovereignty, Development and Foreign Aid in Sub-Saharan Africa;" Heba Mostafa Rizk, "Economic Sanctions as a Tool of Coercive Diplomacy;" Pamela Ritchie, "Interpretive Revolutions: Michel Foucault's Assistance in Untangling US Foreign Policy Toward Iran, 1977-1981."

Chair, Political Economy Specialization; Member, Academic Honesty Committee, Core Curriculum Committee, Curriculum Committee, Joint Steering Committee of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Programme.


2000 University of British Columbia Lecturer n Courses: International Organization; Contemporary Social and Political Thought; Introduction to International Relations Teaching Assistant (1995-1999) n Courses: Introduction to International Relations; Introduction to Canadian Politics, Political Ideologies, History of Political Thought.

2000 Capilano College Instructor n Introduction to International Relations (201); Introduction to International Organizations (203).


Ph.D. Political Science University of British Columbia (Sept. 1999) n Comprehensive Exams: International Relations and Political Theory n Dissertation: On Barbarians: The Discourse of 'Civilization' in International Theory. n Research Committee: Profs. K.J. Holsti; R.B.J. Walker, Brian Job. M.Sc. International Relations, London School of Economics (June 1995) n Deputy Editor, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol. 24. B.A. (Hons) Politics and Liberal Studies, Brock University (June 1994)


Rights of Passage; The Passport in International Relations. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, forthcoming. (Expected publication, Jan. 2003). Civilization and Barbarians in International Relations. London: Pluto Books, Forthcoming (Manuscript at press, August 2002). "American Post-post-Cold War foreign policy discourse: A double-reading of the war on terror." The Attack on the USA: What Next? Maye Kassem ed. Cairo Social Science Papers, forthcoming. Available at:: "Critical Demographies and International Relations." International Politics. Vol. 38, No.3 (September 2001). "Panarchy and Other Norms for Global Governance: Boutros-Ghali, Rosenau and Beyond." With J.P. Sewell. Global Governance. Vol. 1, No.3 (December 1995). Review of Mihaly Simai's "The Future of Global Governance: Managing Risk and Change in the International System." Millennium: Journal of International Studies. Vol. 24, No.2 (October 1995).

Converence Papers:

The Clash of Civilizations and the War on Terror(ists), International Studies Association- North East, November 2003.

The Bodies of Palestine: Those Obscured Objects of Violence, Department of Political Science, American University in Cairo, 9 April 2002.

The Appearance and Disappearance of Passports in International Relations, International Studies Association, 24-27 March 2002.

The Passport: A Brief History, Research Fellows Seminar, American University in Cairo, 19 March 2002.

American Post-post-Cold War foreign policy discourse:: A double-reading of the war on terror, Department of Political Science, American University in Cairo, 24 Sept. 2002.

A History of the Passport in International Relations: Preliminary Results, Pan-European International Relations Conference, University of Canterbury, 8-10 September 2001.

Travelling Theory: The view from (now)here. Pan-European International Relations Conference, University of Canterbury, 8-10 September 2001.

The Prince and the Plague: Early narratives of the passport, Political Identities in Britain and Early Modern Europe 1200-1500, University of Durham, 28 August 2001.

The Political Economy of Population or 'Stand still while I count you,' Global Turbulence Conference, Simon Fraser University, 19-20 July 2001.

Cradle of Civilization or Clash of Civilizations? Orientalism Reconsidered, University of Exeter, 18-19 April 2001.

Passports and International Relations, XVIIII International Political Science Association, Université de Quebec¸1 August 2001. Critical Demographies and International Relations, Canadian Political Science Association, 1 August 2001.

Studying 'Race' in IR Theory: A world full of color? International Studies Association, Los Angeles, 15 March 2000.

Demography and Danger: Preparing for the 19th/21st Century, International Studies Association West¸29 October 1999.

Crossing the Nile: The importance of barbarians to Europe's international society, International Studies Association, 20 March 1998.

Derrida's Correspondence with Machiavelli, Liberal Studies Association of Canada, University of Toronto, 14 June 1997.

Democratic Pieces: Regions, Similarities and Conflict, with Michael Wallace, International Studies Association, 19 March 1997.

Realism as Resistance: Political Theory as Action, International Studies Association West, University of Oregon, 11 October 1996.

Clash of Civilizations or Clash of Interests: Culture and Conflict in the Post-Cold War Order. Canadian Political Science Association, Brock University, 4 June 1996.

Towards Panarchy? Global Civil Society and the Problematics of Governance, with J.P. Sewell, Academic Council on the United Nations System, 3 June 1994.

Liberal Education and the Great Books. St. Thomas University, 8 March 1993.

Current Projects:

"Travelling Theory: The view from (now)here" Travel in International Relations, Kevin C. Dunn. Larry Swatuk, Birgit Weiss, eds. Manuscript in preparation for submission to Palgrave in June 2002.

Good Neighbors, No Fences: The Longest Undefendable Border in the World: Informed by my general history of the passport in international relations, which is currently under contract to Lynne Rienner Publishers (due in Winter 2002), I want to investigate the border-crossing dynamics at the Canada-US boundary. The world's 'longest undefended border' has recently come under a great deal of scrutiny following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. However, in my research regarding the international passport regime, I found that there was a significant absence of research on the Canada-US border (especially in contrast to the US-Mexico border). My research questions include: What is the history of the Canadian passport? What is the history of Canada-US border control? What is the current policy regarding the Canada-US border? How is the Canada-US border, porous and insecure as it is, actually controlled? The Passport Office, in particular, has been interested in this project for several years, and I look forward to working with them.

Israeli Biopolitics and the Documentation of Palestinian Occupation: One of the vital aspects of the Israeli control of the occupied territories is the network of checkpoints by which the authorities control the movement of persons within and between Palestine and Israel. I would like to expand my research into the general history of the passport, especially the use of the passport as a tool of colonial governments, to the specific case of Palestine. This project speaks to questions of nationality and occupation, mobility as a human right, and the techniques of imperial control. By incorporating the work of Michel Foucault on the topic of 'biopower,' the boundaries of political economy are extended to examine political, economic, and cultural institutions which affect the material lives of the bodies of Palestine and Israel. While a great deal has been written about this subject in general, an inquiry into the specifics of movement control provides an interesting perspective from which to view the Israeli control of the Palestinian population.

International Relations from a Southern Perspective: This reader stems from my teaching experience in both Canada and Egypt. I plan to edit a collection aimed at undergraduate students of world politics which presents viewsof international relations from a global-South perspective, including post-colonial writers on the state, power, legitimacy, sovereignty, war, foreign policy, globalization, and issues such as the environment, disease, population and development.