About the RTG

Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ (RTG 2225/1)

 

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 main goal of the qualification program is to introduce doctoral researchers as quickly and intensively as possible to the working practices of academic research. The idea is that the best research training for doctoral researchers is to pursue their project in a dense research environment with structured support and feedback from both peers and more senior scholars. In addition to a specific study program, the RTG devises a range of instruments that ensure not only optimal feedback, but also stimulate the development of profiles and visibility that enhance future career prospects. English is the working language, as one additional main goal of the RTG is to increase the international orientation particularly of doctoral researchers. Thus, the RTG fits into the overall goal of broad internationalization adopted by Bielefeld University. In terms of research, it builds on, and seeks to strengthen, the tradition of world society research in Bielefeld.

News

Forthcoming:

18/12/2018:
Guest lecture by Theresa Koloma Beck (Munich): "Globalisation an the Everyday. How sociologies of everyday life can contribute to globalisation research"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

08/01/2019:
Guest lecture by Anja Weiß (Duisburg-Essen): "Sociology of Global Inequalities"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

 

Past:

09 and 10/2018:
Second workshop organised by RTG researchers: 'Balance and Competition in World Politics'

24/10/2018:
Guest lecture by Dr. Benjamin Tallis (Institute of International Relations, Prague): "Identities, Borderscapes, (dis)orders: Understanding the EU's Migration and Neighbourhood Crisis"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

01 and 02/10/2018:
First workshop organised by RTG researchers: 'Imagining Belonging in World Politics: Concepts, practices and struggles'

13/09/2018:
Workshop with Deborah Ruggieri "Attention please & the power of persuasion". A workshop for female PhD students funded by the RTGs equal opportunity fund.

12/07/2018:
Guest Lecture by Georgios Varouxakis (London)
"Towards a genealogy of the concept of the West" presented by Prof. Dr. Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary University), Thursday 12 July at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

19/06/2018:
Guest Lecture by Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Observing transnational labor markets through the lens of economic sociology - on the production of a transnational labor market in the meat industry" presented by Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld University), 19 June at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

 

07/06/2018:
Workshop with Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)
Workshop jointly organized with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology on "Boundaries of the International" held by Prof. Dr. Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)

05/06/2018:
Guest Lecture by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Cultural Convergence or Political-economic Divergence: A Comparative Perspective on the Welfare Development in Greater China" presented by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Bielefeld).

08/05/2018:
Guest Lecture by Or Rosenboim (London)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Globalism: Historical Perspectives on a Contested Concept" presented by Dr. Or Rosenboim.

10/04/2018:
RTG newsletter was launched
The RTG successfully launched its newsletter. The first issue is now available online. The newsletter provides an overview of past developments and events of the RTG and informs about future events. The next issue is expected to be published at the end of the summer semester.

02/03/2018:
New doctoral researcher joined the RTG
On 01 March, Karlson Preuss took up his position in the Research Training Group. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on "The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics".

19/12/2017:
A touch of world politics in Bad Salzuflen
The RTG participated in the Annual Retreat of the Institute for World Society Studies on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bad Salzuflen. More.

08/11/2017:
Guest lecture by George Lawson (LSE) on 28 November
>We would like to invite you to the Guest lecture "Global Historical Sociology" by Dr. George Lawson (LSE) on Tuesday, 28 November at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

27/10/2017:
RTG "World Politics" officially launched
Ten international young scientists and eleven principal investigators will investigate the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. More.

13/10/2017:
Official Opening of the RTG on 24 October
We would like to invite you to the Official Opening of the RTG and the guest lecture "'Lies are the Law of the World!' News and Global Media Networks in the Twentieth Century" by Prof. Dr. Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) on Tuesday, 24 October at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

01/10/2017:
The RTG "World Politics" started on 01 October
On 01 October 2017, the Research Training Group "World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society" started. Nine doctoral researchers and one post-doctoral researcher took up their positions.

01/11/2016:
The RTG is approved
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.