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Lecture series: 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft':

06.12.2016, 6.15 p.m., room X-C3-107
Jens Bartelson (Lund):
"From the International to the Global?"


We are pleased to announce that the DFG has approved our Research Training Group application. The new Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ will start 01 October 2017.

The Research Training Group (RTG) deals with the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics. With a pronouncedly research-oriented, interdisciplinary, and international profile, it investigates the pathways that have led to the establishment of world politics as a specific form of politics not somehow resulting from the modern form of the (nation) state, but concurrent with it as well as with the principle of sovereign equality. Using a world society perspective, the RTG inquires how the emergence of world politics has been (and still is) both a corollary of and a precondition for the constitution of modern states. In two main lines of research - `modes of organization´ and `modes of observation´ - it will seek to provide high-quality research output not only within the main participating disciplines (IR/political science, sociology, history, law), but particularly also at the interstices of these disciplines. Through its research program and its institutional affiliations, the RTG seeks to promote a dialogue between the fields and approaches of International Relations, international political sociology, global history, and legal studies in relation to world society approaches.

The speaker of the new RTG is Professor Dr. Mathias Albert.

The Research Training Group will provide up to 10 funded three-year positions for doctoral researchers in the fields of International Relations, History, Legal Studies, and Sociologicy and one funded post-doctoral. These positions will be advertised on this page and through other suitable means in a few weeks.

More information coming up soon.


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