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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, 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
10.00-12.00 | 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
10.00-12.00 | 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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