IR Theory Working Group


This group meets every two-three weeks during the academic year; it is for researchers and post-doctoral fellows working with Checkel, and is run by him. We utilize it as a forum for presentations of work-in-progress (prospectuses, thesis chapters, drafts of conference papers); discussing current trends and controversies in IR theory, be they over ethics, data, meta-theory, theory or method; and critically evaluating arguments in the literature (journal articles, book chapters). The focus is on helping researchers and fellows make better arguments in their projects; skill building; and a bit of professional socialization.


IR Theory Working Group – Schedule of Presentations, First Term, Academic

Year 2021-2022


  • 28 October 2021 – Lars Gjerde, Draft Paper, “Biopolitical and Juridical Creations of the Quarantine Hotel: A Discourse Analysis of the Norwegian Case"


  • 11 November 2021 – Melanie Sauter, Dissertation: Empirical Chapters, “The Fallacy of UN Integration – The Case of Mali”


  • 18 November 2021 – Jeff Checkel, 9.21 APSA Conference Paper, “Process Tracing – Towards a New Research Agenda”


  • 25 November 2021 – Mariusz Bogacki, Draft Journal Article, “What about Europe? European Identity and Spatial Imaginaries of Europe among Poles in Post-Brexit Scotland”


  • 9 December 2021 – Marius Ghincea, Dissertation: Theory Chapter, “Identity Contestation and Foreign Policy Consensus”



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Page last updated on 18 October 2021

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