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IR Theory Working Group

International Relations Theory Working Group

This group meets every two weeks during the academic year; it is for researchers and post-doctoral fellows working with Checkel and Guzzini, and is run by them.

We use 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 of Presentations, Second Term, Academic Year 2023-2024


10 January 2024
10.00 - 12.00 | Seminar Room 4 (Badia)
Marius Ghincea, “Manufacturing Consensus: Partisan Contestation, Political Entrapment, and Military Interventions” (Draft Article)

24 January 2024
10.00 - 12.00 | Seminar Room 4 (Badia)

7 February 2024
10.00 - 13.00 (Double Session) | Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana
Ophelia Nicole-Berva, “Stories from the borderlands” (empirical chapters)
Nora Söderberg, “Theorising the infrastructure of migration categories”

21 February 2024
10.00 - 12.00 | Sala del Capitolo (Badia)
Anastasia Prokhorova, “Protection Bricoleurs: A Theoretical Framework for Analysis of Governance in Peace Operations”

 6 March 2024
10.00 - 13.00 (Double Session) | Teatro (Badia)
Mariusz Bogacki, “Explaining the Hong Kong Identity Conundrum – Theoretical Overview” (PhD chapter 3) and “Cultural Identity in post-2019 Hong Kong – Empirical Chapter” (PhD chapter 5)
Jan Lepeu: “The Balkan wars and the bumpy invention of EU sanctioning” (PhD chapter 4)

13 March 2024
16.30 - 18.30 | Seminar Room 4 (Badia)

27 March 2024
10.00 - 13.00 (Double Session) | Seminar Room 4 (Badia)
Liv Kristine Moe, “Theorising Gender and Preventing Violent Extremism" (PhD chapter 2) and "Incels, Activists, and Girlfriends: Gender in Canada’s Countering Violent Extremism Architecture” (PhD chapter 6)
Maxine Both, “(Trans)bordering solidarity in immigration detention: Findings from Italy”

17 April 2024
16.30 - 18.30 | Seminar Room 4 (Badia)
Juliette Saetre, “Why Chile’s Voice Echoed Louder: Tracing Diaspora Mobilisation Amidst the Dictatorships of the Southern Cone” (paper)

Schedule of Presentations, First Term, Academic Year 2023-2024 


18 October 2023
10.00-12.00 | Seminar Room 3 (Badia)
Frederik Windfeld, Draft Article, "Embodied Apprenticeship in International Diplomacy, or: How I Became Another Replaceable Intern at the OECD” 

8 November 2023
10.00-11.30 | Seminar Room 2 (Badia)
Zuzanna Samson, Draft Paper, "The Gender and Racial Lenses of Border (Im)mobility: The Case of Poland"

11.30-13.00 | Seminar Room 2 (Badia)
Lars Gjerde, Thesis Chapters, "The Question of the State and State Power: A Weberian-Foucauldian Theory" (Chapter 2); and "Soft Leviathan? Examining the Politics of COVID-19 in Sweden" (Chapter 6) 

22 November 2023
10.00-11.30 | Seminar Room 3 (Badia)
Selma Kropp, Revised Conference Paper, "The AU’s Children’s Rights Regime: Interaction between Regional and Global Norms"

11.30-13.00 | Seminar Room 3 (Badia)
Jan Lepeu, Thesis Chapters, "Sanctions as a Foreign Policy Practice" (Chapter 2); and "Genealogy of Practices as a Methodology" (Chapter 3) 

5 December 2023
10.00-12.00 | Seminar Room 4 (Badia)
Marius Ghincea, Draft Article, "Political Entrapment: Military Intervention and Foreign Policy Consensus"


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