Together with Benjamin Braun (Princeton & Cologne) and Sebastian Schindler (Munich), I recently edited a special issue of the Journal of International Relations and Development with the title "Rethinking agency in International Relations: Performativity, performances and actor-networks". The contributions explore through detailed empirical studies how political agency – i.e., the capacity to act in politics – is gained, contested and transformed in practice. The introduction, in which we outline our agenda, can be downloaded here.
On Wednesday, 11 September, I will give a lunchtime talk at Columbia University's Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (12 – 2pm, SIPA building, room 1302). I will present a new paper that interprets Clausewitz's theory of war as a theory of practice and explores what practice theorists in International Relations can learn from his writings. More information on the event can be found here.
In a new article that has just been published online by International Studies Quarterly and will appear in one of the journal's next print issues, Sebastian Schindler and I argue that practice theory offers a distinct vantage point on how empirical analysis and normative evaluation can be brought together. A number of recent studies in International Relations have demonstrated the analytical potential of practice theory. We emphasize that practice theory also provides powerful tools for critically examining the practices of world politics. The article is open access and can be downloaded here.
From 27 through 30 March 2019 I will be participating in the 60th Annual Conference of the International Studies Association in Toronto. Together with Tracey Blasenheim (University of Minnesota), I organize a panel on the blurry boundaries of war ("War by other means?", WA24). In the context of this panel, I will present a paper on the relationship between diplomacy and warfare. In addition, together with Christopher Daase (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Dorothy Noyes (Ohio State University) I am convening a panel that explores how exemplary deeds and events shape international politics ("Exemplarity in world politics", FD49). Christopher and I will contribute a co-authored paper on precedents in international politics to this discussion.
I recently moved to New York City to start working on a new research project on practices of diplomacy and warfare (link). Thanks to a generous fellowship from the European Commission, I will be able to spend the academic year 2018/2019 as a postdoctoral fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. In the fall 2019, I will return to Goethe University Frankfurt and continue to work on the project there. Come back to this site to find updates on how the project progresses!
Welcome to my new homepage! I will use this space to collect all relevant information about my research, both past and ongoing. I hope you will find it interesting.