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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.

Schedule: First Term, Academic Year 2020-2021

  • 1 October 2020 – Jeff Checkel, Conference Paper (APSA): “Research Transparency and Open Science: Can We Have Too Much of a Good Thing?”
  • 15 October 2020 – Melanie Sauter, Dissertation: Empirical Chapter, “When Health Security becomes National Security: Violence against Ebola Responders in the DR Congo”
  • 29 October 2020 – Wolfgang Minatti, Dissertation: Theory Chapter, “Civilian Agency, Governance and Legitimacy in Civil War: Towards a Procedural Theory of Legitimacy in Conflict Settings”
  • 12 November 2020 – Marius Ghincea, Dissertation: Theory Chapter, “A Theory of Identity Change”
  • 3 December 2020 – Mariusz Bogacki, Group Discussion: “Identity Formation - In IR Theory and Beyond”
  • 17 December 2020 – Jan Lepeu, Dissertation: Theory Chapter: “Beyond the Logic of Coercion: The Normative Aspects of International Sanctions”


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