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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, Third Term, Academic Year 2023-2024


17 April 2024
16.30-18.30 (Seminar Room 4, Badia)
Juliette Saetre, Draft Article, 'Why Chile’s Voice Echoed Louder: The Impact of Refugee Influx on Transnational Solidarity'

22 April 2024

14.00-18.00 (Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia) - Prospectus Session
Anna Reissig, "Contested Sites: Understanding Border Politics through (In)visibility, Temporality and Memory"
Andreea Tanasie, "Order or Ordering? Culture, Hierarchy and Status: East-Central Europe in World Politics"
Esteban Scuzarello, "Performing Asylum: A Study on the Interaction between Identity and Refugee Status Determination in Mexico and Brazil"
Ediz Topcuoglu, "Futures for the Taking? The Emergence of Strategic Foresight in Regional International Organisations"
Dominik Rehbaum, 'Whose Norms Count? Contestations of European Democracy Promotion'

2 May 2024
10.00-12.00 (Seminar Room 3, Badia)
Ophelia Nicole-Berva, Thesis Empirical Chapter, "Emotional Textures"

15 May 2024
16.30-18.30 (Seminar Room 4, Badia)
Liv Moe, Thesis Empirical Chapter, "Comparing the Body and the Concept of Threat"

28 May 2024
10.00-13.00 (Seminar Room 4, Badia) - Double Session
Zuzanna Samson, Thesis Empirical Chapter, ‘Who Buries the "Unwanted"? Exploring the Funeral Practices for Migrants on the Polish-Belarusian Border and the (Changing) Nature of Ascribed Identity'
Jan Lepeu, Thesis Empirical Chapters, 'Ain’t No Sanctions when You’re Gone: The Premises of EU Sanctioning under the European Political Co-operation' (Chapter 4); and 'Ontological Improvisation: The Balkan Wars and the Bumpy Invention of EU Sanctioning' (Chapter 5)

13 June 2024
10.00-13.00 (Seminar Room 2, Badia) - Double Session
Marius Ghincea, Revised Journal Article, ‘Manufacturing Consensus: Political Contestation, Partisan Entrapment, and Military Interventions’
Mariusz Bogacki, Thesis Empirical Chapter, ‘The National Security Law and Hong Kong Identity: Institutional and Ideological Structures


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”


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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