Marta Bashovski

Assistant Professor of Political Science
BA Hons (University of British Columbia), MA and PhD (University of Victoria)
Phone: 306.586.4242 ext. 259 | Office: CM 315

Research Interests

  • Politics of knowledge and politics of language
  • Contemporary social and political thought
  • History of political thought, particularly early modern and Enlightenment thought
  • International relations theory
  • Theories of resistance and dissent
  • Critical methodologies and practices of critique
  • Politics of narrative and aesthetics
  • History and sociology of the social sciences

Most of my research is in the politics of knowledge and the politics of language, broadly understood. This includes studying how the categories and stories through which we understand our political worlds affect our possibilities for political action. It also includes thinking about cultural objects like novels, music, and film as part of political theory, and as expressing political views.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about teaching and learning as critical community-building practices. A reflection can be found HERE.

Current Scholarly Projects

I am currently working on two book manuscripts. The first, entitled Art as Thought: A Methods Manifesto and co-written with Dr. Danielle Taschereau Mamers (University of Toronto) examines how political theorists mobilize visual art as a form of critical and creative political thinking. The second, entitled Determinations of Dissent, looks at the knowledge practices through which recent social movements have been interpreted by journalists, academics and activists, and the historical contexts and consequences of these interpretations.

Representative Publications

  • “Everyday cruelties: political economies of migration and indifference.” Global Studies Quarterly 2(2), April 2022. HERE.
  • “The looping effects of IR’s concepts: Bartelson on ontogenetic war and the politics of classification” in Symposium on Jen’s Bartelson’s War in International Thought, Millennium: Journal of International Studies 48(1), September 2019, p.79-89. HERE
  • “The politics of sideways glances.” Journal of Narrative Politics 4(2), Spring 2018, p. 141-144. HERE
  • “Curiosities.” Peninsula: Journal of Relational Politics, March 2017. HERE
  • “Returning to the Politics of Form: Levine’s Forms, and Jameson’s The Ancients and the Postmoderns,” Theory & Event 19(3), July 2016. HERE