Tom Lundborg

Tom Lundborg

Senior Research Fellow

Tom Lundborg is a Senior Research Fellow at UI and Associate Professor in Political Science at the Swedish Defence University. From 2010 to 2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher at UI, and between 2014-2017 he is the principal investigator of the project “Time and Discourses of Global Politics”, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR).

From 2013-2014 he worked as a lecturer in Political Science at Stockholm University. He studied Political Science, History and Philosophy at Stockholm University (BA), Security Studies at Aberystwyth University (MA), and International Politics at Aberystwyth University (PhD).

His research addresses contemporary issues in global politics and security. He is especially interested in how ideas about time and space shape our understanding of global politics, and how those ideas impact on the formation of political subjectivity. His research is interdisciplinary and draws upon international relations, philosophy and political theory.

He has published peer-reviewed journal articles in European Journal of International Relations, Security Dialogue, Review of International Studies, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, International Political Sociology, and Theory & Event. He is the author of Politics of the Event: Time, Movement, Becoming (Routledge, 2012), and has written book chapters for several edited volumes.

Areas of expertise

Transnational security, perceptions of time and space in global politics, the global war on terror

Selected publications

‘The Virtualization of Security: Philosophies of Capture and Resistance in Baudrillard, Agamben and Deleuze’, Security Dialogue 47(3) (2016): 255-270.

‘The Limits of Historical Sociology: Temporal Borders and the Reproduction of the “Modern” Political Present’, European Journal of International Relations 22(1) (2016): 99-121. Open access.

‘The Folding of Trauma: Architecture and the Politics of Rebuilding Ground Zero’, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 37(3) (2011): 240-252.

‘Critical Infrastructure, Resilience, and Molecular Security: the Excess of “Life” in Biopolitics’, International Political Sociology, 5(4) (2011): 367-383. With Nick Vaughan-Williams.

‘What Lies Beyond Lies Within: Global Information Flows and the Politics of the State/Inter-state System’, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, 36(2) (2011): 103-117.


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