German Political Science Quarterly (PVS) just published my article about "Politics and its limits in Clausewitz's thought on war" on its homepage (open access, in German) and will print it in one of its next issues. In the piece, I reconstruct Clausewitz' notion of "politics" through a systematic reading of his works and demonstrate that his thinking is not as outdated as some people claim. On the contrary, his theory of war provides a fruitful analytical framework to understand the transformations of political violence in our time.
From 27 to 29 February 2020, Dorothy Noyes and I organized a conference on the power of examples and their various uses in global politics at the Mershon Center, Ohio State University. With colleagues from different disciplines we explored how examples are set, received, followed and contested in different historical, social, and geographical contexts. Our aim was to elaborate a theoretical framework that conceives of exemplarity as a cyclical process of performance, reception, and uptake through which particular acts become recognized as models and thereby drive social change.
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.