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    Dr Simon Obendorf

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Social and Political Sciences
    College of Social Science

    About Simon Obendorf

    Prior to taking up my position at the University of Lincoln, I taught at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University in Australia and at UNSW Asia (University of New South Wales) in Singapore. In addition to undergraduate degrees in both law and politics, I hold a doctorate in international relations from the University of Melbourne. My PhD thesis examined international theory from the perspective of everyday materials regarding sexuality in postcolonial Asia. When not in front of a computer screen or a classroom, I can usually be found browsing a bookshop, watching a movie or documentary, planning my future travels, or engaged in an ongoing quest for the perfect espresso.

    Department Responsibilities

    At first-year level I lecture in the modules “Global Conflicts and Contexts”, “Key Social Science Concepts” and “Sociological Imagination”.

    I teach and coordinate the second-year modules “Regions and Regionalisms” and “Internationalising Cultural Studies” and provide lectures to second-year modules “Thinking International Relations”, “Foreign Policy Analysis” and “Researching Politics and International Relations”. Together with Claire Randerson I convene the second-year “Model United Nations” module.

    At third-year level I teach and coordinate the capstone international relations module “Globalization and Developing Societies” as well as a module entitled “Body Politics”. I also contribute lectures to the “Human Rights” module and supervise final-year students’ independent studies.

    My postgraduate teaching includes the Masters-level module “Postcolonial Studies” which I coordinate and teach, as well as contributions to postgraduate modules including “Global Issues in Gender and Sexuality” and “International Human Rights.” I also supervise MPhil and PhD candidates.

    Together with colleagues in the School, I arrange and lead an annual overseas study tour for students of international relations. These tours involve both visits to key international organisations and political institutions as well as briefings from diplomatic, military, political and civil society figures. In recent years, students on these tours have visited New York City, Washington DC, Brussels, The Hague, Strasbourg and Geneva.

    Together with Dr Ana Jordan, I co-convene the School’s Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster.

    Subject Specialism

    International Relations, Postcolonial Studies, Asian Studies, Gender & Sexuality

    Qualifications

    • Doctor of Philosophy — University of Melbourne, 2007
    • Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours) — University of Melbourne, 2000
    • Bachelor of Laws with Honours — University of Melbourne, 2000

    Awards

    • Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend — Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Commonwealth of Australia, 2000
    • Published Research Prize — Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, 1999
    • Raynes Dickson Memorial Exhibition for Human Rights Law — Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, 1999
    • Robert Craig Exhibition for Law and Society in Southeast Asia — Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, 1999
    • Jessie Leggatt Scholarship for Law and Society in Japan — Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, 1999

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and Consultancy

    Co-Editor, Institute of Postcolonial Studies Occasional Papers (2003-present) ISSN: 1448-2339
    Member and Hon. Secretary, Editorial Board of Writing Past Colonialism series, University of Hawai’i Press, 2003-2006.
    In-service training: ‘Diverse Genders and Sexualities: A Context for Service and Communication for Health Care Providers’ for the Sexual Health Unit, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania, July 2004.
    Research Intern, Parliament of Victoria. ‘Women‘s Health in the Victorian State Electoral Province of Chelsea’ (Victorian Parliamentary Library, 1996).

    Research Interests

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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