Dr Bianca Naude
Political Studies and Governance
Political Studies and Governance
Qwaqwa Campus
058 718 5435
Mendi Building

Short CV

 Field of specialisation
International relations 
 Current roles
 Lecturer, Political Studies and Governance
 Education and Training
 Mar 2016 - Dec 2019
PhD Politics, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
 Thesis: "State personhood and world politics: A personology of South Africa as state-person"
 Oct 2013 - Jun 2014
Trilingual Master of Advanced European and International Affairs (Summa cum laude), Centre international de formation europeenne (Nice, France)
 Thesis: "Reflections on the problem of reality in international relations - a three-level analysis of South African foreign policy making" (Published)
 Oct 2013 - Jun 2014
Policy Officer in European and International Organisations/Charge de mission en organisations europeennes et internationales (Nice, France)
 Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
Master of Social Science (Political sociology), University of Lyon II (Lyon, France)
 Thesis: "Ce qui a survecu le temps - analyse multidisciplinaire de la politique etrangere sud-africaine"
 Jan 2010 - Apr 2012
Bachelor of Arts (International politics and philosophy), University of South Africa (Pretoria, South Africa)
 Honours and Awards 
 2018Best Emerging Researcher Award (Humanities)
 2017UFS Excellence in Teaching and Learning Research Award 
 2016UFS Teaching and Learning Innovation Awards: Student engagement techniques
 2016Shortlisted: Turn It In Global Innovation Awards
 2014DAAD Scholarship
 2013IEHEI Foundation Master`s Scholarship
 2012French Government Master`s Scholarship
 Services to the scholarly community
 Peer-reviewer: South African Journal of International Affairs (Routledge)
 Peer-reviewer: International Studies Perspectives (Oxford Journals)
 Peer-reviewer: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Common Ground Publishing)
 Professional memberships
 International Studies Association
 International Political Science Association
 South African Association of Political Studies
 Association for Political Theory


(2019) "Justice and restitution as themes of South African foreign policy: The search for ontological security", South African Journal of International Affairs  26(3):435-454.

(2019) "Regionalism as resistance: South Africa`s utopia of Souths", in E. Feron, J. Kakkonen & G. Rachad (eds.) Regional Challenges to Multilateralism. Berlin & Toronto: Barbara Budrich. Pp. 105-130.

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

(2017) "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).

(2016) "Reflections on a continent torn between yesterday and tomorrow - Review of Poplak and Bloom, Continental Shift, 2016", Historia 60(2):144-146.

(2014) Reflections on the problem of reality in International Relations: A three-level analysis of South African Foreign Policy Making, Published Master`s Thesis, Nice: European Institute.

Publications (Short List)


Conference papers: 

(2020) "South Africa`s Africa Agenda: A mea culpa to the continent?", Paper to be 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)

(2018) "Foreign relationships as a means to an end: A processual-relationalist approach to South African foreign relations", Paper presented at the 2018 CEAPS-OSIPP conference, Bloemfontein, ZA (12 February)

(2017) "The Nelson Mandela Factor: South Africa as reparative-charismatic leader of the Global South", Paper presented at the 2017 UFS-Ossaka-CEAPS conference, Bloemfontein, ZA (13 February)

(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)

(2016) "Singing the same old tune: The politics of identity and the quest for a decolonised South African Foreign Policy", Paper presented at the 2016 conference of the South African Association of Political Studies, Cape Town, ZA (30 August)

Area(s) of Interest

  • International theory;
  • Diplomacy and international negotiations;
  • Subjectivity in the conduct of international politics;
  • Philosophy;
  • Psychoanalytic theory;
  • Quantum theory in the social sciences.

Courses Presented

  • POLS 1514: Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 1524: Introduction to Global Politics
  • POLS 2624: Governance and Transformation in Africa 
  • POLS 2634: Cooperative Governance and Electoral Politics
  • POLS 3714: Conflict and Security Studies
  • POLS 3724: Political Theory and Ideologies
  • POLS 3744: International Political Economy
  • SOCR 6808: Social Science Research

Community Service


Service Learning


T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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