Dr Delacey Tedesco

Research Interests

Much of my research has focused on the boundaries of nature, the city, the subject, and sovereignty, considered as concepts that mobilize claims about the appropriate space and time of politics and that, in their ways, are brought into question by contemporary transitions. My current research develops three interconnected projects at the intersection of critical global politics and urban political geographies, with an emphasis on critical, decolonial, feminist, and place-based work.

Politics and the Urban in Transition

We live, we are told, at a point of radical transition - we are becoming an urban world for the first time in human history. I study global urbanization as a site that intensifies and materializes the boundary insecurities of modern geopolitics and international relations, considering both 'geographic' transitions (rural/urban and nature/culture to global/planetary urbanization) and 'political' transitions (from citizens, states, and the international system to an uncertain urban political condition). Through an innovative reading of aporetic boundaries, I argue that urbanization is a nonlinear dynamic where these geographic and political boundaries are contested, secured, and destabilized.  

Settler Colonial Urbanization and Urban Decolonization

Having lived and worked in Kelowna, Canada - a settler colonial city in the Southern Interior of British Columbia which is facing rapid urbanization - I have traced how the international politics of colonization are enacted and materialized in urban environments. I continue to investigate the international politics of settler-colonial cities and urban decolonization. Approaching Canada’s 150th anniversary in July 2017, I worked with an Indigenous-led, collaborative project that used alternative urban commemorations to question the celebratory narrative of colonial nationalism. I continue to pursue questions of the reproduction of modern political geographies of place and belonging, and the possibiliti emerging decolonial commemorations offer critical insights into political multiplicity. Elements of this work have been presented at the International Studies Association annual convention (February 2017) and is being developed into a series of papers targeting Citizenship Studies, Political Geography and Review of International Studies.

Global Politics of Fashion

My new research program investigates emergent politics under global urbanization through the ‘world of fashion.’ This work intervenes in studies of the aesthetic production of International Relations generally and through fashion specifically (see Behnke 2016) by using fashion to highlight the conceptual, spatiotemporal, and political insecurity created by global urbanization. This work is proceeding through upcoming papers at ISA and the European Workshops in International Studies (Cardiff, June 2017), and will lead to a paper submitted to Security Studies. While this project opens practical impacts for managing urban political and socio-spatial restructuring, the primary research output will be a monograph on emergent practices of global urban political geography and political subjectivity.