13 Dec

The Transformation of Foreign Policy

Glass globe on a chessboard
The study of foreign policy is usually concerned with the interaction of states, which date back to the so-called “Westphalian system,” also the time at which modern “foreign policy” vocabulary was invented. Given the close semantic ties between the two, examining foreign policy in earlier as well as in later periods involves conceptual and terminological …
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09 Nov

Of What is Global Health the Symptom

Ebola warning in African village
This lecture articulates a conceptual architecture to account for global health as emerging planetary infrastructure and as epistemological form. Drawing on fieldwork in the recent West African Ebola epidemic, vaccination campaigns in its wake, and global telemedicine it explores three theoretical designs.   The first draws on Foucault’s Birth of the Clinic to explore how the …
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13 Oct

Citizens in Europe

This interdisciplinary collection of essays by a constitutionalist and a political sociologist examines how fragmented societies can be held together by appropriate and effective constitutional arrangements providing for bonds of democratic citizenship. Exploring the political order dilemmas of capitalist democracies, the authors address moral and institutional prerequisites on which the deepening of European integration depends. …
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03 Oct

The Age of Questions

Too Many Questions. Pile of colorful paper notes with question marks. Closeup.
In the first half of the 19th century, a new kind of question came into being. The Eastern, Jewish, woman, labour (worker), and Polish questions were born, along with many others. Over the course of the next century, these would be conglomerated into still bigger ones—the European, nationality, social, and agrarian questions—even as they fractured …
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29 Jun

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Eugen Stancu is Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest and Executive Director of Eurocentrica. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM. Cancelled! Print
28 Jun

Experiments in Justice

This talk analyses the interactions between transnational liberal understandings of “the Rule of Law” and local non-state justice institutions in Bangladesh. Focussing on one specific project run by international donor agencies that aim at activating village courts in Bangladesh, I develop a critique of both top-down and bottom-up accounts of the diffusion of norms and …
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13 Jun

‘Homo Militans’: Paramilitary Individuals’ Motivation in Ukraine

A Russian soldier stands atop an armored personnel carrier in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, in Ukraine.
The undeclared Russian-Ukrainian war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions led both pro-Ukrainian militias and rebels from Donetsk and Luhansk to join in the fighting.  Based on field work amongst paramilitaries in Donbas, this presentation will tackle the questions of why people voluntarily chose to participate in the war and how they articulate their own …
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09 Jun

`I Have Been Very Slow in Writing this Letter to You, Mahatma’

On February 24, 1939, Martin Buber wrote a letter to M.K. Gandhi, the Indian nationalist leader. Buber was reacting to comments made by Gandhi about the inability of Jews in offering non-violent resistance to the Nazi regime and characterising it as helpless and weak.
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06 Jun

Dissidents: Pushing the Boundaries of the Political

The political boundaries in contemporary societies are undergoing processes of constant reconfiguration as old political and social antagonisms are being rearticulated into new ones under conditions of globalization and due to changes in governance strategies and the development of new technologies of influence. Within the multiple and overlapping structures of domination and oppression, power is …
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02 Jun

The Ancient is the Modern

An important Russian justification for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the idea that Ukraine was a recent, or divided, or artificial state. Yet the very people who make these claims present Russian history in a way that suggest deep anxieties about its continuities. In his lecture Timothy Snyder considered the possibility that a troubling question …
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