Professor Terrell Carver

Professor Terrell Carver

Professor Terrell Carver
Professor of Political Theory

1.3 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
BS8 1TU
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t.carver@bristol.ac.uk

Telephone Number (0117) 928 8826

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Lecturer at the University of Liverpool 1975-79. Lecturer at Bristol from 1980, Reader from 1990, Professor from 1995. Visiting Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, 1985-86; Visiting Fellow at The Research School of Social Sciences of the Australian National University; at the Centre for Asian and Pacific Studies at Seikei University, Tokyo, 1991; and with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo/Kyoto, 1999; Visiting Professor, Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, 2003; Visiting Professor, Senshu University, Tokyo, 2006. Editorial Commission Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe, 1995-. Assessor, Australian Research Quality Framework, Politics & Social Sciences Panel, 2008; Peer-Reviewer, Excellence in Research in Australia, Politics & Social Sciences, 2012. University of Bristol Research Fellowship 1995-96, 2004-05. Arts and Humanities Research Board Research Leave award 2002-03; Arts and Humanities Research Council Leave award 2006-07. Political Studies Association Executive Committee 2000 to date; International Political Science Association Excecutive Committee 2012 to date. Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Research

As a political theorist I have specialised in Marx, Engels and Marxism, and on philosophy and methodology of social science. In particular I have concentrated on textual work in order to raise standards of interpretation. Besides doing my own translations of Marx, I have addressed myself to investigating the exact roles played by Engels in the composition of the Marxian canon and in the interpretative tradition that surrounds it. In doing this I have engaged with deconstructionist and post-modern methodologies, following developments in feminist theory particularly closely. Some of my work has employed feminist and men's studies perspectives on masculinities, and I am now contributing to the political theory of sex, gender and sexuality, in particular in International Relations.

I have researched selected aspects of UK, American, Chinese, South East Asian, Australian and European politics to illustrate what political theory can do. I am co-general editor of two book series: 'Routledge Innovators in Political Theory' and 'Globalization' for Rowman & Littlefield, and also co-editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory. I have been repeatedly re-elected to the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom and have done considerable work to internationalise the profession by initiating and administering programmes of exchange and sponsorship with similar associations all over the world. Currently I am serving on the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association in a similar capacity. And I am an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

In 2002-2003 I was funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Board to finish my book on how men have presented men as overtly gendered and as apparently de-gendered beings in political theory. More recently (2008) I have co-authored/edited (with Samuel A. Chambers) two books on the political theory of Judith Butler. My latest award (207) from the Arts & Humanities Research Council has enabled me to prepare a new English rescension of the manuscripts commonly known as Marx & Engels's The German Ideology: Part One. I am currently preparing a large-scale jointly authored study combining detailed historical work on these manuscripts with philosophical and methodological commentary.

Teaching

Teaching Profile: My teaching interests are in history of political thought, philosophy of social science, gender and feminist theory, International Relations theory, and postmodernism.

I have recently taught or am currently teaching:

  • POLI11101: Political Concepts
  • POLI22201: Interpreting Political Texts
  • POLI30001: Contemporary Feminist Thought
  • POLIM3016: Masculinity/ies and International Relations
  • POLIM3024 Discourse Analysis

I am particularly interested in using video to broaden the notion of 'text' and in simulations to broaden the notion of 'experience' in order to help students engage with political theory and practice. In 2003-04 I undertook an innovative student/teacher exchange in physical and virtual reality with an interdisciplinary colleague at Pitzer College, California. More recently from 2007 I have diversified assessment to include 'impersonations' (e.g. of Machiavelli or Marx), visual illustrations of political theory ideas embedded in PowerPoint slides, 'book reviews in the style of a named periodical', research project work, and 'feature articles for a named publication'.

Fields of interest

Marx, Engels and Marxism; Sex, gender and sexualities



Key publications

  1. Carver, T, Chambers, S & Chambers, S, 2012, ‘Michael J. Shapiro: Discourse, Culture, Violence’. Routledge
  2. Carver, T, 2011, ‘Materializing the Metaphors of Global Cities: Singapore and Silicon Valley’. in: M Steger, A McNevin (eds) Global Ideologies and Urban Landscapes. Routledge, pp. 65 - 75
  3. Carver, T, 2010, ‘Cinematic Ontologies and Viewer Epistemologies: Knowing International Politics as Moving Images’. Global Society, vol 24(3)., pp. 421 - 431
  4. Carver, T, 2010, ‘The German Ideology Never Took Place’. History of Political Thought, vol 31., pp. 107 - 127
  5. Carver, T, 2010, ‘Marx and the Politics of Sarcasm’. Socialism and Democracy, vol 24(3)., pp. 17 - 33

Latest publications

  1. Carver, T, 2017, ‘Making Marx Marx’. Journal of Classical Sociology, vol 17., pp. 10-27
  2. Evans, B & Carver, T, 2017, ‘The Subject of Violence’. in: Histories of Violence: Post-war Critical Thought. Zed Books
  3. Evans, B & Carver, T, 2017, ‘Histories of Violence: Post-war Critical Thought’. Zed Books
  4. Carver, T, 2016, ‘Review of: Gareth Stedman Jones, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion’. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books.
  5. Carver, TF, 2016, ‘Sex, Gender and Sexuality’. in: Jill Steans, Daniela Tepe-Belfrage (eds) Handbook on Gender in World Politics. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 58-65

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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