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Vanessa Pupavac

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Vanessa Pupavac is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Nottingham. She has previously worked for the UN Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and other international organisations.

Expertise Summary

Postgraduate

M14026 NGOs

Undergraduate

M13039 War, Disaster and Political Psychology

M12089 International Political Economy and Global Development

M10277 International Politics of Humanitarianism

M11006 Problems in Global Politics

M11006 Problems in Global Politics

Research Summary

Vanessa Pupavac's research encompasses international human rights, children's rights, linguistic rights, humanitarian and development politics. In recent years she has been examining the… read more

Recent Publications

  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2012. Global Disaster Management and Therapeutic Governance of Communities Development Dialogue. 58, 81-97
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2012. War-Affected children, International Crisis of Meaning, and the Limits of Rehabilitation Programmes. In: VANDENHOLE, WOUTER and ILSE DERLUYN, CINDY MELS, STEPHAN PARMENTIER AND WOUTER VANDENHOLE, eds., Remember: Rehabilitation, Reconciliation and Reintegration of Children Affected by War Antwerp: Intersentia Publishers. 449-496
  • MLADEN PUPAVAC AND VANESSA PUPAVAC, 2012. Trauma advocacy, veteran politics and the Croatian therapeutic state Alternatives. 37(2), 199-213
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2012. Language rights: from free speech to linguistic governance Palgrave Macmillan.

Current Research

Vanessa Pupavac's research encompasses international human rights, children's rights, linguistic rights, humanitarian and development politics. In recent years she has been examining the international politics of trauma, that is, the influence of Western therapy culture on international aid policy and the rise of international psychosocial programmes. She is also currently examining international language rights and language politics. Her research is underpinned by an interest in contemporary subjectivity and the crisis of meaning in international politics. Vanessa Pupavac is a member of the International Relations, Security and International History. research grouping in the School. She is a member of The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice in the School.

Language rights in Conflict: From freedom of communication to identity protection

I am currently undertaking research on changing concepts of language rights. This research draws upon my background in law and languages. I am tracing the shift from concept of international language rights associated with rights of communication (freedom of speech, pen, movement and assembly) to language rights associated with the recognition and protection of identity. The protection of specific group identities and languages has been seen as important to protect vulnerable minority groups against the powerful public or private social actors. However identity rights may legitimise forms of global governance, which restrict people's freedoms. I am exploring how the shift to international identity rights advocacy relates to global political and economic developments. Western economies like the UK have shifted from production to services and the construction of consumer brands. Enterprises and services from multinational corporations to local government authorities to universities to non-governmental organisations and alternative health practices are increasingly concerned about protecting and marketing their organisational identity. To protect their brand identity, enterprises are ready to invoke (UK) libel laws against external critics or apply confidentiality clauses against internal critics from speaking out about matters, which may embarrass enterprises. Such developments risk chilling intellectual inquiry, public debate and academic freedom in both the sciences and the humanities. In summary identity rights are not simply the rights of the vulnerable, but are also the rights of powerful public and private social actors to silence questions over their activities. Moreover evolving forms of global human rights governance of minorities suggest how identity rights are increasingly the rights of external global advocates to manage communities rather than rights of self-determination. My research is relevant to civil and language rights debates and debates on global governance and biopolitics.

  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2012. Global Disaster Management and Therapeutic Governance of Communities Development Dialogue. 58, 81-97
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2012. War-Affected children, International Crisis of Meaning, and the Limits of Rehabilitation Programmes. In: VANDENHOLE, WOUTER and ILSE DERLUYN, CINDY MELS, STEPHAN PARMENTIER AND WOUTER VANDENHOLE, eds., Remember: Rehabilitation, Reconciliation and Reintegration of Children Affected by War Antwerp: Intersentia Publishers. 449-496
  • MLADEN PUPAVAC AND VANESSA PUPAVAC, 2012. Trauma advocacy, veteran politics and the Croatian therapeutic state Alternatives. 37(2), 199-213
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2012. Language rights: from free speech to linguistic governance Palgrave Macmillan.
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2011. Punishing childhoods: contradictions in children's rights and global governance Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. 5(3), 285-312
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2010. From Materialism to Non-Materialism in International Development: Revisiting Rostow’s Stages of Growth and Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful. In: JENS SORENSEN, ed., Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian Alternatives Palgrave/Macmillan. 47-77
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2010. Weaving postwar reconstruction in Bosnia?: the attractions and limitations of NGO gender development approaches Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. 4(4), 475-493
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2010. International Development Policies and Global Security. In: PINAR BILGIN, ed., Global Security EOLSS Publishers for UNESCO.
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2010. The consumerism-development-security nexus Security Dialogue. 41(6), 691-713
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2010. Between Compassion and Conservatism: A Genealogy of British Humanitarian Sensibilities. In: DIDIER FASSIN AND MARIELLA PANDOLFI, ed., States of Emergency: Anthropology of Military and Humanitarian Intervention Zone Books (distributed by MIT Press). 129-149
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2009. Sigmund Freud. In: JENNY EDKINS AND NICK VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS, ed., Critical Theorists and International Relations Routledge. 171-175
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2009. Children's Human Rights Advocacy. In: GOODHART, MICHAEL, ed., Human Rights Politics and Practice Oxford University Press.
  • STANDISH, ALEX WITH CONTRIBUTING MATERIAL FROM VANESSA PUPAVAC, 2009. Global advocacy and the cosmopolitan citizen in the curriculum. In: STANDISH, ALEX, ed., Global Perspectives in the Geography Curriculum first. Routledge. 160-181
  • VANESSA PUPAVAC, 2008. Changing Concepts of International Health. In: DAVID WAINWRIGHT, ed., A Sociology of Health Sage. 173-190
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2008. Hamlet’s Crisis of Meaning and Meaninglessness in the War on Terror. Mental Health Review Journal. 13(1), 14-26
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2008. A Critical Review of NGO Sustainable Development Philosophy. In: FEWSMITH, JOSEPH and ZHENG, YONGNIAN, eds., China’s Opening Society: Non-State Sector and Governance Routledge.
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2008. Refugee advocacy, traumatic representations and political disenchantment Government and Opposition. 43(2), 270-292
  • PUPAVAC, VANESSA, 2007. 'Witnessing the demise of the Developing State'. In: AIDAN HEHIR AND NEIL ROBINSON, ed., State-building: Theory and Practice Routledge.
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2006. Language rights in conflict and the denial of language as communication International Journal of Human Rights. 10(1), 61-78
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2006. Reconstructing Post-Conflict Cultures: A Case Study of Bosnia. In: Post Conflict Cultures: Rituals of Representation 1. Zoilus Press, London. 133-150
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2006. Humanitarian Politics and the Rise of International Disaster Psychology. In: Handbook of International Disaster Psychology first. 1. Praeger Publishers, Westport CT. 15-34
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2006. The politics of emergency and the demise of the developing state: problems for humanitarian advocacy Development in Practice. VOL 16(NUMB 3-4), 255-269
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2006. Refugees in the Sick Role: Stereotyping Refugees and Eroding Refugee Rights
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2006. Discriminating language rights and politics in the post-Yugoslav states Patterns of Prejudice. VOL 40(NUMB 2), 112-128
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2005. Empowering women? An assessment of international gender policies in Bosnia International Peacekeeping. 12(3), 391-405
  • HUGHES, C. and PUPAVAC, V., 2005. Framing Post-conflict Societies: international pathologisation of Cambodia and the post-Yugoslav states Third World Quarterly. VOL 26(NUMB 6), 873-890
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2005. The Demoralised Subject of Global Civil SocietyÃ. In: Global Civil Society: Contested Futures Routledge, London and New York. 52-68
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2005. Multiculturalism and its Discontents in SFR Yugoslavia and Bosnia: A Critique of the Multiculturalist Rights ModelÃ. In: The UN, Human Rights and Post Conflict Situations. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK. 213-237
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2005. Human security and the rise of global therapeutic governance CSD -LONDON- CENTRE FOR DEFENCE STUDIES-. VOL 5(NUMB 2), 161-182
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2004. War on the couch: the emotionology of the new international security paradigm European Journal of Social Theory. 7(2), 149-170
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2004. Psychosocial interventions and the demoralization of humanitarianism Journal of Biosocial Science. VOL 36(PART 4), 491-504
  • PUPAVAC, C.V., 2004. Humanitarian Politics and the Rise of International Disaster Psychology. In: Handbook of International Disaster Psychology first. 1. Praeger Publishers, Westport CT. 15-34
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2004. International Therapeutic Peace and Justice in Bosnia Social and Legal Studies. VOL 13(PART 3), 377-402
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2003. Securing the Community? An Examination of International Psychosocial InterventionÃ. In: International Intervention in the Balkans since 1995 Routledge, London and New York. 158-171.
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2003. Politics and Language Rights: A Case Study of Language Politics in CroatiaÃ. In: Minority Languages in Europe: Status, Frameworks, Prospects Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Basingstoke, UK. 138-154
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2002. Pathologizing populations and colonizing minds: international psychosocial programs in Kosovo Alternatives. 27(4), 489-511
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2002. The International Children's Rights Regime. In: Rethinking Human Rights: Critical Approaches to International Politics Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Basingstoke, UK. 57-75
  • VANESSA PUPAVAC, 2001. Culture of Violence Theories and Culture of Peace Programmes: A Critique. Cultural Matters series. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2001. The Limitations of SFR Yugoslavia's Multiethnic Education Policies SOUTH SLAV JOURNAL. VOL 22(PART 1), 33-43
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2001. Children under UK Law. In: Direito da Familia e Politicia Social 89-99
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2000. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia: Multiethnic Rights Approach and the Politicisation of Ethnicity Human Rights Law Review. 5(2), 3-8
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2000. From Statehood to Childhood: Changing Approaches to International Order. In: Regeneration of Wartorn Societies MacMillan Publishers Ltd, London. 134-153
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2000. Od nacije-drzave do Kulturne drzave. In: Europa I Nacionalizam 109-123
  • PUPAVAC, V., 2000. Eric D. Gordy The Culture of Power in Serbia. Nationalism and the Destruction of Alternatives Europe-Asia Studies. VOL 52(PART 8), 1557
  • PUPAVAC, V., 1999. ChildrenÃs Rights and the New Culture of Paternalism Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.
  • PUPAVAC, V., 1998. The Infantilisation of the South and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Human Rights Law Review. 3(2), 1-6
  • PUPAVAC, V., 1998. Disputes over war casualties in former Yugoslavia RADICAL STATISTICS. VOL 69, 25-30
  • PUPAVAC, V., 1998. The Post-Yugoslav States Peace Review. VOL 10(NUMBER 2), 143-150
  • PUPAVAC, V., 1998. Cycle of Violence Theories and Conflict Resolution in the Post-Yugoslav States Refuge. 16(6), 16-19
  • PUPAVAC, V., 1997. Children's Rights and the New International Order: A Case Study of Serbia. In: Transition in Central and Eastern Europe Vol. II. 302-316

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