Dr Bianca Naude
Senior Lecturer
Political Studies and Governance
Political Studies and Governance
Qwaqwa Campus
Mendi Building

Short CV

Professional memberships

International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP); International Studies Association (ISA); International Political Science Association (IPSA); South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS); Association for Political Theory (APT)



(2022) Revisiting state personhood and world politics: Identity, personality and the IR subject. New York & Oxon: Routledge (https://www.routledge.com/Revisiting-State-Personhood-and-World-Politics-Identity-Personality-and/Naude/p/book/9781032102306).

Chapters in edited books

(2023) (Re)thinking security for the African context. In African Security in the Anthropocene, edited by H. Solomon & J. Cocodia. Cham: Springer (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-25151-1_2).

(2022) South African foreign policy and the search for ontological security. In South African Foreign Policy Review, Vol. 4, edited by J.A.K. van Wyk, L. Masters & P. Mthembu. Pretoria: HSRC. Pp. 21-37.

(2021) Beyond disciplinary dogma: An ontological security approach to terrorism and its study. In Directions in International Terrorism, edited by H. Solomon. Gateway: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 11-31 (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-3380-5_2).

(2019) Regionalism as resistance? South Africa’s utopia of Souths. In Revisiting Regionalism and The Contemporary World Order, edited by É. Féron, J. Käkönen & G. Rached. Leverkusen-Opladen & Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers. Pp. 105-130.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

(2023) Covid-19 travel bans and the reactivation of African trauma. International Affairs 99(3):1109-1126 (https://doi.org/iiad088).

(2019) Justice and restitution as themes of South Africa’s foreign relations: The search for ontological security. South African Journal of International Affairs 26(3): 435-454 (https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2019.1663759).

(2018) Beyond the lecture hall: Skills-building for first year political science students from a rural university campus. International Studies Perspectives 19: 235-249 (http://dx/doi/org/10.1093/isp/ekx014).

(2016) States have emotions too: An affect-centered approach to South African foreign relations. South African Journal of International Affairs 23(4): 475-493 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2016.1269244).

Other scholarly outputs

(2016) Reflections on a continent torn between yesterday and tomorrow. Review of Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak, “Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa’s Changing Fortunes”. Historia 61(2): 144-146.



Invited presentations and workshops

(2022) "Women in Foreign Policy Research". Roundtable organized by the British International Studies Association (BISA) Foreign Policy Working Group (08 March). https://www.bisa.ac.uk/members/working-groups/fpwg/events/women-foreign-policy-research-and-beyond.

(2022) “`I know my truth`: Grappling with reality and relativism in the South African decolonization discourse". Paper presented at the Limits of Decolonization Seminar, Bloemfontein, ZA (24 February)

(2021) "An unbearable likeness of Being: Ontological insecurity and the creation of enemy others". Paper presented at a webinar on the Politics of Othering and Discrimination, organized jointly by the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) and the University of the Free State, (21 April). Available online at: https://isgap.org/media/2021/04/the-politics-of-othering-and-discrimination/.

(2018) "Teaching for empowerment: Rethinking assessment activities to enhance the student experience". Presentation at the Qwaqwa Academic Staff and Leadership Development workshop on Large Class Teaching: Coping with numbers.  Phuthaditjhaba, ZA, (16 March).

(2017) "Education for Sustainable Development: Revisiting transformation for the Qwaqwa context". Presentation at the 2017 Qwaqwa Research Day on invitation of the Vice-Principal for Academic Affairs. Phuthaditjhaba, ZA (21 June).

(2017) "Beyond the lecture hall: Teaching for Sustainable Development". Presentation at the Inaugural UFS Teaching and Learning Conference on invitation of the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Bloemfontein, ZA (10 March).

Selected conference papers

(2023) "Out damned spot; out!" Self-hate, identification reaction, and catharsis in intergroup conflict. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Hate speech at the crossroads of aggression, anxiety, and resonance: From linguistics to politics and beyond. Public Discourse Research Group, University of Navara, Pamplona, Spain (06-07 June 2023). 

(2022) "Dealing with a bruised ego: A former colony’s journey with the emotions of guilt, humiliation, pride and shame". Paper to be presented at the Symposium on Emotions and Foreign Policy in Global International Relations: The West and the Rest. Public Discourse Research Group, Navarra, Spain, (07-08 June).

(2021) "Narcissism and the IR Subject: Toward a theory of state personality". Paper presented at the 2021 IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Lisbon, Portugal (11 July).

(2020) "South Africa`s Africa Agenda: A mea culpa to the continent?". Paper presented at the 2020 CEAPS Conference, Bloemfontein, ZA (10 February).

(2019) "The South African Self as the Colonial Other". Paper presented at the 2019 CEAPS Conference, Bloemfontein, ZA (11 February).

(2018) "Regionalism as resistance? South Africa`s utopia of Souths". Paper presented at the Regional Challenges to Multilateralism conference, Tampere, FI (14 September).

(2016) "States have emotions too: South African Foreign Policy as product of collective affect". Paper presented at the 70th annual conference of the New York State Political Science Association, New Paltz, USA (22 April).

Area(s) of Interest

International Relations Theory; Psychoanalytic Political Theory; Evolutions in the Global Order; The International Relations of the Global South; Foreign Policy Analysis; Research Methodology; Philosophy of Science.

Courses Presented

  • POLS 1524: Introduction to World Politics and Global Governance

  • SCSR 2622: Social Science Research

  • POLS 2634: Cooperative Governance and Electoral Affairs

  • FRAP 6814: Francophone Africa in the Modern Political World

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