Dr Tom Bentley

Dr Tom Bentley


Dr Tom Bentley
Dr Tom Bentley

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen F36 Edward Wright Building


Tom studied for his BA in Politics at the University of Sheffield, before completing both his MA in War, Violence and Security and his PhD in International Relations at the University of Sussex. In 2014 he was appointed Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen in the department of Politics and International Relations. His book Empires of Remorse: Narrative, Postcolonialism and Apologies for Colonial Atrocity is published by Routledge.


Research Interests

  • Collective memory and memory studies
  • Colonial discourse and postcolonial theory
  • Political apologies

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PI4574 Memory and the Politics of the Past (convenor)
  • PI5022 MSc Theories and Issues in Political Science and IR (co-convenor)
  • PI1513 Introduction to Political Science
  • PI2507 International Political Economy
  • PI2006 Political Ideologies
  • IR3018 International Security


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  • Bentley, T 2019, 'Settler state apologies and the elusiveness of forgiveness: The purification ritual that does not purify', Contemporary Political Theory. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41296-019-00356-6
  • Bentley, T 2018, 'Colonial apologies and the problem of the transgressor speaking', Third World Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 399-417. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2017.1401922
  • Bentley, T 2015, Empires of Remorse: Narrative, postcolonialism and apologies for colonial atrocity. 1st edn, Routledge, London and New York.
  • Bentley, T 2015, 'The sorrow of empire: Rituals of legitimation and the performative contradictions of liberalism', Review of International Studies, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 623-645. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210514000394
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