Universität Bielefeld

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Research Training Group
World Politics
RTG 2225

Cooperating Researchers


Professor Jens Bartelson, Lund University

Jens Bartelson
Jens Bartelson received his doctorate from the University of Stockholm in 1993. His fields of interest include international political theory, the history of political thought, political philosophy and social theory. Bartelson has written mainly about the concept of the sovereign state, the philosophy of world community, and the concept of war in international thought.




Professor Colin J. Beck, Pomona College

Colin J. Beck
Colin J. Beck is Associate Professor of Sociology at Pomona College. His main research interest is a classic question of sociology - how and why do societies and institutions change? He primarily examines this question through the lens of revolution, as revolutions are times when alternative social orders are imagined, authored and potentially enacted. In particular, his work on revolutionary waves draws on global-transnational sociology to understand why multiple revolutions occur simultaneously and how they affect each other.



Professor Hauke Brunkhorst, Europa-Universität Flensburg

Hauke Brunkhorst
Hauke Brunkhorst is a Professor of Sociology at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. His research fields are social evolution, sociology of constitutions, legal and political theory. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he was the Theodor Heuss Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York. Recent books include "Critical Theory of Legal Revolutions - Evolutionary Perspectives", London/ New York: Bloomsbury 2014; and "Solidarity. From Civic Friendship to a Global Legal Community", Cambridge/London (MIT Press) 2005.


Professor Eckart Conze, Marburg University

Eckart Conze
Eckart Conze is Professor for Modern History at the Phillips University Marburg. His focus of research is on History of International Relations and German, European and International History of the 19th and 20th century. Specific research interest are historical security research, the history of the Atomic Era and the history of international criminal law.


Professor Andreas Fischer-Lescano, Bremen University

Andreas Fischer-Lescano
Andreas Fischer-Lescano is professor for Public Law, European Law, and International Humanitarian Law at Bremen University. His research interests include the transnational areas of legal policy that govern financial markets, internet regulation, and policies with regard to food sovereignty. Fischer-Lescano is also director of the project 'Transnational Force of Law', an ERC Consolidator Grant. The project aims to identify relevant actors and structures in the emergence of new forms of transnational patterns of legal developments.


Professor Julian Go, Boston University

Julian Go
Julian Go teaches and researches in areas such as comparative-historical sociology; empires, colonialism and post colonialism; social theory; global sociology; and politics & culture. His award-winning scholarship explores the sociology of empires, colonial encounters, postcolonial global formations, and postcolonial thought. Much of his early work has focused upon the United States empire. More recently Julian has been writing about postcolonial thought and social theory and global historical sociology.



Professor Peter Haldén, Swedish Defence University

Peter Halden
Peter Haldén is Associate Professor in Political Science with a speciality in security and strategy and a lecturer in War Studies at the Department of Security, Strategy, and Leadership. Haldén's current research is focused on "Kinship, political order and war in Eurasia." The project investigates the impact of different forms of kinship (e.g. clans, tribes, dynasties) on warfare, strategy and order in a long-term perspective. He is also working on projects on new ways to conceptualize military power, the link between state-formation and war in the contemporary Middle East and on medieval notions of territoriality.


Professor Fatima Kastner, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne

Fatima Kastner
Fatima Kastner is Professor for Theories of Globalization and Digital Transformation at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. Her current research interests include Theories of Globalization and World Culture, Transitional Justice and Human Rights, Digital Society and Robot Law.






Professor Edward Keene, University of Oxford

Edward Keene
Edward Keene is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Oxford University. His research is concerned with modern international history, including the the history of international political thought. He also works on more sociological themes, particularly developing new theories and conceptual tools for analysing stratification in the structure of international society.



Professor Jennifer Mitzen, Ohio State University

Jennifer Mitzen
Jennifer Mitzen is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University, with research interests in international relations theory, global governance, and international security. One line of research has been to develop and empirically illustrate a theoretical framework for studying global governance rooted in the concept of collective intentionality. Her current project theorizes from an ontological security perspective the role of home in the constitution of political subjectivity and the ways it limits political imaginaries in global governance.



Professor Nicola Piper, University of Sydney

Nicola Piper
Nicola Piper is Professor of International Migration and a political sociologist, her broad areas of interest cover migrants' rights, transnational political organising, multi-layered governance of migration and gendered migration. More specifically, her research is on migration governance "from below", that is a rights-based approach to migration derived from (formal and informal) political organising by or on behalf of migrants. She is interested in the discursive framing of rights and the development of political organisations and their networks, advocacy politics, perceptions of solidarity, responsibility and membership in relation to international migration.


Professor Christian Reus-Smit, University of Queensland

Christian Reus-Smit
Christian Reus-Smit is Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. His research interests include aspects of international relations, theory, history and law as well as human rights and ethics & international affairs. Before joining UQ, Professor Reus-Smit held Chairs at the European University Institute and the Australian National University.



Professor Stephan Stetter, Universität der Bundeswehr München

Stephan Stetter
Stephan Stetter is Professor of Global Politics and Conflict Studies at the Universität der Bundeswehr München. His research interests include historical and sociological theories of world society and world politics, theories of conflict, Middle East studies as well as EU foreign politics with a special focus on Euro-Mediterranean relations.





Professor Andreas Wimmer, Columbia University

Andreas Wimmer
Andreas Wimmer is Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy and a member of the Committee on Global Thought. His research focuses on comparative historical sociology, theory, research design, social networks and culture. Wimmer brings a long-term and globally comparative perspective to the questions of how states are built and nations formed, how individuals draw ethnic and racial boundaries between themselves and others, and which kinds of political conflicts and war results from these processes.





Guest lecture by Boris Holzer
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised by the RTG World Politics & Institute of World Society

Guest lecture by Eva Hausteiner
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised by the RTG World Politics & Institute of World Society

Guest lecture by Hannah Bennani
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised by the RTG World Politics & Institute of World Society



Guest lecture by Anja Jakobi (Braunschweig): "Governing Global Illegal Markets - Countering Crime or Regulating Economic Flows"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' organised by the Institute of World Society

Guest lecture by Lene Hansen (Copenhagen): "Images and International Security: How Visual Representations Impact World Politics"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised by the RTG World Politics & Institute of World Society

Guest lecture by Jennifer Mitzen (Columbus): "Symphony or Schism? The Concert of Europe in History and Theory"

Guest lecture by Andrew Zimmerman (Washington): "A Global History of the American Civil War"

Guest lecture by Kamran Matin (Sussex): "The International Constructions of Nationalism: Societal Multiplicity and Nation-Formation"

Guest lecture by Anja Weiß (Duisburg-Essen): "Sociology of Global Inequalities"
(lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

Guest lecture by Theresa Koloma Beck (Munich): "Globalisation an the Everyday. How sociologies of everyday life can contribute to globalisation research"
(lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

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

Guest lecture by Benjamin Tallis (Institute of International Relations, Prague): "Identities, Borderscapes, (dis)orders: Understanding the EU's Migration and Neighbourhood Crisis"
(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'

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

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.

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.


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)

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).

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.