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Associate Professor Vicki A. Spencer

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MA (Flinders)
BA Hons (Flinders)
BA (Flinders)

Vicki Spencer is an Associate Professor of political theory. Previously she taught at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University of South Australia. She is the author of Herder’s Political Thought: A Study of Language, Culture, and Community (University of Toronto Press, 2012), and the co-editor of Visions of Peace: Asia and the West with Takashi Shogimen (Ashgate, 2014), Disclosures with Paul Corcoran (Ashgate, 2000), and a special edition of The Australian Journal of Politics and History: Rethinking Nationalism. Her research encompasses seventeenth and eighteenth-century European thought and contemporary political theory with a focus on culture, identity and the concepts of recognition and toleration.

Her most recent book is a collected edition, Toleration in Comparative Perspective (Lexington, 2017), which disrupts the assumption in Western political discourse that toleration is a uniquely Western idea by examining comparable ideas in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism.

She has supervised PhDs, Masters and Honours dissertations on a wide range of topics including models of heroic thought, hermeneutics, religious toleration, models of forgiveness in transitional societies, democratic free schools, Nietzsche and Hannah Arendt. Her teaching interests traverse both contemporary political theory and the history of modern political thought and she is happy to supervise students in applied theory.


Teaching


Contact details

Room 4S3, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 9615
Email vicki.spencer@otago.ac.nz
Office hours - Tuesday 2.00 - 3.00pm
Research day - Monday

On Research and Study leave from 1 July 2017 to 3 February 2018

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Links

New Zealand Political Studies Association
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Herder's Political Thought: A Study on Language, Culture and Community

ISBN: 978-1442643024

Amazon

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Visions of Peace: Asia and The West

ISBN: 9781138269965

Routledge

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Toleration in Comparative Perspective

ISBN: 978-1-4985-3017-0

Rowman and Littlefield


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Publications

Spencer, V. A. (2012). Herder's political thought: A study of language, culture, and community. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 354p.

Shogimen, T., & Spencer, V. A. (Eds.). (2014). Visions of peace: Asia and the West. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 208p.

Spencer, V. A. (2015). Kant and Herder on colonialism, indigenous peoples, and minority nations. International Theory, 7(2), 360-392. doi: 10.1017/S1752971915000032

Spencer, V. A. (2014). Rethinking cultural and political nationalism. Politics, Groups & Identities, 2(4), 666-673. doi: 10.1080/21565503.2014.970561

Spencer, V. A. (2014). Democratic citizenship and the "crisis in Humanities". Humanities, 3(3), 398-414. doi: 10.3390/h3030398

Authored Book - Research

Spencer, V. A. (2012). Herder's political thought: A study of language, culture, and community. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 354p.

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Edited Book - Research

Shogimen, T., & Spencer, V. A. (Eds.). (2014). Visions of peace: Asia and the West. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 208p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Shogimen, T., & Spencer, V. A. (2014). Introduction. In T. Shogimen & V. A. Spencer (Eds.), Visions of peace: Asia and the West. (pp. 1-9). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Spencer, V. A. (2014). Indigenous inspiration and Herder's peace woman. In T. Shogimen & V. A. Spencer (Eds.), Visions of peace: Asia and the West. (pp. 139-160). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Spencer, V. A. (2009). Viewing Islam through Enlightenment eyes. In T. Shogimen & C. J. Nederman (Eds.), Western political thought in dialogue with Asia. (pp. 109-134). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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Journal - Research Article

Spencer, V. A. (2015). Kant and Herder on colonialism, indigenous peoples, and minority nations. International Theory, 7(2), 360-392. doi: 10.1017/S1752971915000032

Spencer, V. A. (2014). Democratic citizenship and the "crisis in Humanities". Humanities, 3(3), 398-414. doi: 10.3390/h3030398

Spencer, V. A. (2014). Rethinking cultural and political nationalism. Politics, Groups & Identities, 2(4), 666-673. doi: 10.1080/21565503.2014.970561

Spencer, V. (2008). Language, history and the nation: An historical approach to evaluating language and cultural claims. Nations & Nationalism, 14(2), 241-259. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2008.00334.x

Spencer, V. (2007). In defense of Herder on cultural diversity and interaction. Review of Politics, 69, 79-105.

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Journal - Research Other

Spencer, V. A. (2014). Dialogue: Why does culture matter? Politics, Groups & Identities, 2(4), 661-665. doi: 10.1080/21565503.2014.970562

Spencer, V. A. (2013). [Review of the book Rethinking social justice: From ‘peoples’ to ‘populations’]. Political Science, 65(2), 241-243. doi: 10.1177/0032318713507195a

Spencer, V. A. (2012). [Review of the book Herder on Humanity and Cultural Difference: Enlightened Relativism]. Mind, 121(481), 229-232. doi: 10.1093/mind/fzs041

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Spencer, V. (2009). Recognition, tolerance and humility. Proceedings of the Midwest Political Science Association 67th Annual National Conference. Retrieved from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p363250_index.html

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Spencer, V. (2014). Neutrality and multiculturalism. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. (pp. 88). Retrieved from http://nzpsa.com/past-nzpsa-conferences/

Spencer, V. A. (2013). Humility as a civic virtue. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. Retrieved from http://nzpsa.com/past-nzpsa-conferences/

Spencer, V. A. (2011). Forms of public recognition. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. (pp. 11-12). Retrieved from http://nzpsa.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/nzpsa-2011-conference-abstracts.pdf

Spencer, V. (2007). Viewing 'Islam' through enlightenment eyes. Proceedings of the Australasian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. APSA. Retrieved from http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/psi/news-and-events/apsa/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Spencer, V., Smits, K., Winter, S., & MacDonald, L. (2013, December). Why does culture matter? Panel discussion at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. A. (2011, November). Forms of public recognition. Verbal presentation at the Postcolonial Studies Research Network Conference: Citizenship in an Era of Global Crisis, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. A. (2010, September). The politics of humility. Verbal presentation at the Australian Political Studies Association Conference: Connected Globe: Conflicting Worlds, Melbourne, Australia.

Spencer, V. (2009, September). Concepts of power in Montesquieu's Persian Letters and Montagu's Turkish Embassy Letters. Verbal presentation at the Otago/Sydney Early Modern Seminar: Women, Philosophy and Literature in the Early Modern Period, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Lam, C., Spencer, V., Green, K., & Broad, J. (2009, September). A history of women's political thought in Europe 1400-1700 [Roundtable Discussion]. Verbal presentation at the Otago/Sydney Early Modern Seminar: Women, Philosophy and Literature in the Early Modern Period, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. (2009, December). Herder's peace woman. Verbal presentation at the Visions of Peace: The West and Asia Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. (2009, November-December). Concepts of power in Montesquieu's Persian letters and Montagu's Turkish embassy letters. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. (2009, August). The historical use of philosophy to underpin modern theory and practice in political science in general. Verbal presentation at the Philosophy in Social Science: Implications for Political and International Theory Workshop, Wellington, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. A. (2009, January). Montagu's Turkish experience. Verbal presentation at the 38th British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Oxford, UK.

Spencer, V. (2008, July). John Locke on tolerance and humility. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Political Science Association Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Spencer, V. (2008, August). John Locke's doctrine of toleration. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. (2006, December). Viewing 'Islam' through enlightenment eyes. Verbal presentation at the International Symposium: Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. (2006, August). Iris Marion Young on representations, fixed identities and co-sovereignty. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Spencer, V. (2006, September). Young on fixed identities and co-sovereignty. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle, Australia.

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