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Dr Lena Tan

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MSc (Econ) (London School of Economics)
BA (Smith College)

Dr Tan is senior lecturer in International Relations and her research interests include identity, IR theory, constructivism, postcolonialism, the construction and constitution of the Global South in IR/ir, twentieth century decolonization, and Indonesian security and foreign policy.

Her research emphasizes and foregrounds general questions such as this: how would we understand, explain and describe international relations if we account for the co-constitutive relations between North and South in the construction of the material and social structures of the international system? This involves re-examining some of the key concepts and theories of International Relations as well as the evolution of the international system through taking the South and the non-hegemonic core seriously, and incorporating the insights from such research for a fuller and richer understanding of world politics.

She is the author of Metropolitan Identities and Twentieth Century Decolonization (NY: Palgrave Macmillan 2015), which challenges the focus on the role of positive norms in these processes, and casts a different light on one of the most important transformations for international politics of the last century.

She is happy to hear from postgraduate students with interests in the above areas, US foreign policy or more generally, international relations.


Teaching


Contact details

Room 4N9, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 8661
Email lena.tan@otago.ac.nz
Office hours – Thursday 4:00 to 5:00pm or by appointment
Research day – Friday

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Publications

Tan, L. (2015). Metropolitan identities and twentieth-century decolonization. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 213p.

Tan, L. (2015). Rethinking the role of ideas and norms in twentieth century decolonization: Constructing metropolitan British identities and responding to Indian nationalism (1929-1935). International Relations, 29(2), 177-197. doi: 10.1177/0047117814526607

Tan, L. (2014). Protecting Africa from the Chinese: U.S. media print coverage of Sino-African relations, 2002-2012. Asian Journal of Humanities & Social Studies, 2(2), 273-282.

Tan, L. (2013). Towards a new international relations? Imperialism, Eurocentralism and difference [Book Review Essay]. borderlands e-journal, 12(1). Retrieved from http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol12no1_2013/tan_newIR.htm

Tan, L. (2012). Indonesian national security during the Suharto New Order (1965-1998): The role of narratives of peoplehood and the construction of danger. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 14(1), 49-70.

Authored Book - Research

Tan, L. (2015). Metropolitan identities and twentieth-century decolonization. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 213p.

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Edited Book - Research

Wiarda, H. J., & Tan, L. (Eds.). (2005). Comparative politics: Critical concepts in political science (Vol. III): The politics of Asia. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 428p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Tan, L. (2006). From incorporation to disengagement: East Timor and Indonesian identities, 1975-1999. In D. Rothbart & K. V. Korostelina (Eds.), Identity, morality, and threat: Studies in violent conflict. (pp. 177-209). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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Journal - Research Article

Tan, L. (2015). Rethinking the role of ideas and norms in twentieth century decolonization: Constructing metropolitan British identities and responding to Indian nationalism (1929-1935). International Relations, 29(2), 177-197. doi: 10.1177/0047117814526607

Tan, L. (2014). Protecting Africa from the Chinese: U.S. media print coverage of Sino-African relations, 2002-2012. Asian Journal of Humanities & Social Studies, 2(2), 273-282.

Tan, L. (2013). Towards a new international relations? Imperialism, Eurocentralism and difference [Book Review Essay]. borderlands e-journal, 12(1). Retrieved from http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol12no1_2013/tan_newIR.htm

Tan, L. (2012). Indonesian national security during the Suharto New Order (1965-1998): The role of narratives of peoplehood and the construction of danger. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 14(1), 49-70.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Tan, L. (2010, June-July). Indonesia: From resolute anti-colonialism to 'civilising' the East Timorese. Verbal presentation at the 4th Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS), Auckland, New Zealand.

Tan, L. (2009, July). Narrating Indonesian identity and the construction of internal security threats during Suharto's new order. Verbal presentation at the International Studies Association and the Brazilian International Relations Association (ISA-ABRI) Joint International Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tan, L. (2008, March). State-making, nation-making and security in less developed countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Verbal presentation at the 49th International Studies Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Tan, L. (2007). Disengaging from territory: Identity, the politics of contestation and domestic political structures: India & Britain (1929-1935), and Indonesia & East Timor (1975-1999) (PhD). University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 275p.

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