Masterseminar: Identity and Subjectivity in Global Politics (Module: MR-3, MR-4 und IPIR-3) (200079)

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Identity and subjectivity play an increasingly important role in world politics, be it in national, religious, security, environmental or economic discourses. The seminar will introduce some of the most important philosophical and sociological discussions on identity and difference. It will also critically reflect widely discussed International Relations (IR) theory work on identity, while part three will debate identity issues in global politics. Among others, European, Asian and particular foreign policy identities will be focused here. Requirements: oral presentation & research paper (due March 31, 2017).

Regular time: Tuesday 12-14

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Itinerary:

PART I: Concepts

Session 1, October 24, 2017
Organization, introduction

Session 2, November 7, 2017
Identity: Different concepts

Wendt, Alexander (1999) Social Theory of International Politics. Cambridge: CUP, pp. 224-233.

Session 3, November 14, 2017
Identity and difference (Heidegger)

Heidegger, Martin (1969) Identity and Difference. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, pp. 23-41.

Session 4, November 21, 2017
Antagonism and hegemony

Laclau, Ernesto/Mouffe, Chantal (1985, 2001) Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. London: Verso, part 3.

Session 5, November 28, 2017
Subjectivity

Foucault, Michel (1982) “The Subject and Power”, Critical Inquiry 8 (4), pp. 777-795.

PART II: Cases

Session 6, December 5, 2017
Identity in in US foreign policy

Literature to be discussed with professor

Session 7, December 12, 2017
Identity in German foreign policy

Literature to be discussed with professor

Session 8, December 19, 2017
Identity in postcolonial IR

Literature to be discussed with professor

Session 9, January 9, 2018
Identity in feminist IR

Literature to be discussed with professor

Session 10, January 16, 2018
Identity in the European Union

Literature to be discussed with professor

Session 11, January 23, 2018
Identity in East Asia

Literature to be discussed with professor

Session 12, January 30, 2018
Identity and populism

Literature to be discussed with professor

Session 13, February 6, 2018
Summary, conclusions, critique