Office hours of Prof. Dr. Nabers during non-lecture period and at the beginning of winter semester 2021/22

The following office hours of Prof. Dr. Nabers during non-lecture period and at the beginning of winter semester 2021/22 are confirmed ( until the beginning of the lectures in winter semester 2021/22 only telephone- or virtual online-consultation hours):


Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, June 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, June 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, July 1st, 2021, -no office hours-
Thursday, July 8, 2021,     -no office hours-
Thursday, July 15, 2021,   -no office hours-
Thursday, July 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, July 29, 2021,   -no office hours-
Thursday, August 5, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, August 12, 2021, -no office hours-
Thursday, August 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, August 26, 2021, -no office hours-
Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, September 9, 2021, -no office hours-
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, September 23, 2021, -no office hours-

Thursday, September 30, 2021, -no office hours-
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)
Thursday, October 14, 2021, -no office hours-


Starting with Thursday, October 21, 2021 office hours in winter semester 2021/22 will likely resume on a weekly basis on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (whether online or presence will be decided later).


Short-term changes reserved.

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New publication "Political Difference and Global Normative Orders"

Political Difference and Global Normative Orders, written by Dr. Fränze Wilhelm

  • 1st edition 2021
  • 14,81 cm x 1,75 cm x 21,01 cm
  • 273 pages
  • publication date: June 10th, 2021, published by Palgrave Macmillan
  • ISBN-10: 3030740684
  • ISBN-13: 978-3-030740-68-9



This book critically analyzes the conditions for the struggles of theorizing global normative order in political and IR theory. To make sense of the presence of difference and possibility for global normative order(s) in view of the simultaneous absence of first foundations, the study draws on post-foundational thinking based on the seminal work of German philosopher Martin Heidegger and Argentine political theorist Ernesto Laclau. The author develops a theoretical framework for a hauntological approach to global normative order that provides an alternative and theoretically coherent explanation for the emergence of global order. This is of interest to scholars as well as practitioners (including activists) concerned with global social relations, global political discourse, and the construction of global identity and normative order(s).


Available here:

New release on ocean narratives

The Human and the Sea-
How narrations affect what we're doing with the ocean (only in German language)

  • edited by Ulrike Kronfeld-Goharani, Aletta Mondré, Franziska Werner
  • 1st edition
  • 23,0 cm x 15,0 cm
  • 320 pages
  • publication date: 21st of December 2020, Wachholtz Verlag, Kiel
  • ISBN: 978-3-529-05054-1



Narrations about the ocean, whether world literature like "Moby Dick" or the myth "Blanker Hans" as a synonym for the storm-tossed North Sea are more than pure fiction. This book presents a collection of narrations about the sea and reveals how they affect our perspectives on the ocean.


Available here:


Book on German security policy published: "The Politics of Military Force: Antimilitarism, Ideational Change, and Post-Cold War German Security Discourse"

Frank A. Stengel’s new book The Politics of Military Force: Antimilitarism, Ideational Change, and Post-Cold War German Security Discourse has been published by The University of Michigan Press. The book examines the dynamics of discursive change that made participation in military operations possible against the background of German antimilitarist culture. Once considered a strict taboo, so-called out-of-area operations have now become widely considered by German policymakers to be without alternative. The book argues that an understanding of how certain policies are made possible (in this case, military operations abroad and force transformation), one needs to focus on processes of discursive change that result in different policy options appearing rational, appropriate, feasible, or even self-evident. Drawing on Essex School discourse theory, the book develops a theoretical framework to understand how discursive change works, and elaborates on how discursive change makes once unthinkable policy options not only acceptable but even without alternative. Based on a detailed discourse analysis of more than 25 years of German parliamentary debates, The Politics of Military Force provides an explanation for: (1) the emergence of a new hegemonic discourse in German security policy after the end of the Cold War (discursive change), (2) the rearticulation of German antimilitarism in the process (ideational change/norm erosion) and (3) the resulting making-possible of military operations and force transformation (policy change). In doing so, the book also demonstrates the added value of a poststructuralist approach compared to the naive realism and linear conceptions of norm change so prominent in the study of German foreign policy and International Relations more generally.

Available here (30% off with promo code UMSTENGEL), more details here

Article on the “populist danger” published

Frank Stengel’s article “Forget Populism!” has been published in Global Discourse. The article challenges the highly misleading argument, widespread among the media, policymakers and (some) academics, that populism as such is a danger to democracy, Europe, the West, the liberal international order, or all of the above. Even a superficial reading of the actual academic research on populism reveals that anti-elitism and a demand to take the people’s will seriously (the most important distinguishing features of populism) can be an expression of both illegitimate demagoguery and legitimate criticism of an actual lack of democracy. As a consequence, populism as such is neither good nor bad, and pretending otherwise is a recipe for bad science and misguided political action. If journalists, policymakers and academics want to contribute instead of hamper efforts to counter dangerous actors like Donald J. Trump, Viktor Orbán or the German Alternative für Deutschland, they need to stop playing down the danger by calling them populist and instead use terms that make clear what they stand for, such as racist, corrupt and/or authoritarian.

Available here, pre-print here

Symposium on Laclau and International Relations published

The symposium “The Contribution of Laclau’s Discourse Theory to International Relations and International Political Economy”, co-edited by Dirk Nabers and Frank A. Stengel, has been published in New Political Science. The symposium explores what “Essex School” discourse theory can contribute to our understanding of central concepts in International Relations and International Political Economy. The symposium discusses central concepts in IR/IPE, including crisis, security, war, money, representation and populism, and global order.

Available here, more details and pre-prints here

Edited Volume on "Populism and World Politics" published

The new volume “Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter- and Transnational Dimensions”, edited by Frank A. Stengel, David B. MacDonald and Dirk Nabers has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.
This volume is the first to analyze populism’s international dimension: its impact on, and interaction with, foreign policy and international politics. The contributions to this volume engage conceptual theoretical issues and overarching questions such as the still under-specified concept of populism or the importance of leadership and the mass media for populism’s global rise. They zoom in on populism’s effect on both different countries’ foreign policies and core international concerns, including the future of the liberal world order and the chances for international conflict and cooperation more generally.

The volume includes chapters by:

  • Jan Zeemann on the possibility of an emancipatory global populist project
  • María Esperanza Casullo on the importance of leadership for populist movements
  • Precious Chatterje-Doody and Rhys Crilley on global media and populism
  • Dirk Nabers and myself on sedimented practices in Donald J. Trump’s election campaign
  • Brian Budd on Kellie Leitch’s failed campaign in Canada
  • Grant Burrier on the impact of populist presidencies on trade and defense policies in Latin America
  • Daniel Wajner on the impact of classical populism, neoliberal and progressive neopopulism on Latin American foreign policies
  • David B. MacDonald on the foreign policy of Winston Peters’s New Zealand First party
  • Thorsten Wojczewski on Modi’s populist project in India
  • Robert Patman on populist challenges to liberal world order
  • Shane Markowitz on populism as a socio-material phenomenon in the context of genetically modified organisms
  • and Amy Skonieczny on the 2016 US presidential election’s effect on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The book is available online here: or here:



Lectures of winter term 2018/19

The lectures of the International Political Sociology Working Group for the upcoming winter term 2018/19 can be found


[Please note: This information is only available in German !]

EISA Best Dissertation Award for Dr. Frank Stengel

Our research associate Dr. Frank Stengel has won the EISA Best Dissertation Award. His doctoral thesis, which was awarded the top score of "summa cum laude" in 2017, carries the title "Discursive Change and Foreign Policy: A Discourse Analysis of Germany's Changing Stance on the International Use of Force".

Lectures of the summer semester 2018

These will be our lectures for the upcoming summer semester 2018 [Please note: Unfortunately, at the moment the documentation is mainly in German and partly in English].

Please click on this link: summer semester 2018

Lectures of the fall semester 2017/18

The lectures of the International Political Sociology Working Group for the upcoming fall semester 2017/18, can be found here [Please note: This information is only available in German!]

Office Hours during the Semester Break

During the semester break, Prof. Dr. Nabers and Dr. Frank Stengel will hold their office hours on the dates listed below:


Prof. Dr. Nabers:

Last office hour in summer semester 2018:

Thu, 12.07.2018

During the semester break:

Thu, 09.08.18,

Thu, 23.08.18,

Thu, 06.09.18,

Thu, 20.09.18,

Thu, 18.10.18,

short-term changes reserved.







Dr. Frank Stengel:

Until the end of summer semester 2018 (ss 2018) on Friday, the 20th of July, office hours will resume on a weekly basis each Wednesday from 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm.

During the semester break (from 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm):

Thursday, August 23, 2018,

Thursday, September 6, 2018,

Thursday, September 20, 2018,

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Short-term changes reserved.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Nabers: office hours cancellation

Due to external commitments, both the office hours on the 13th and the 27th of June have to be cancelled. Please note, that Prof. Dr. Naber's office hourse on the 20th of June will take place nonetheless!


New Publication

On the 10th May 2017 the ”Ocean Atlas. Facts and Figures about Our Relationship with the Ocean” was published under the scientific co-responsibility of Dr. Ulrike Kronfeld-Goharani.

The publishers – the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (national foundation), the University of Kiel Future Ocean Cluster of Excellence and the monthly magazine “Le Monde diplomatique” – want to point out the most important dimensions of our interaction with the ocean and its coasts. According to them, it is imperative to rethink our relationship with the ocean and its resources that are important parts of our environment and that urgently need international protection. On 23 graphically illustrated double pages the Atlas provides compact knowledge and current data on the ocean.

The Ocean Atlas is available free of charge via download under or in printed format.

Office Hours

Due to the retirement of our secretary Christel Naumann, from now onwards the office will be manned from Tuesday to Thursday from 09:00 to 12:00 until a replacement has been found.

Thank you for understanding.

During this period of transition please turn to Malte Kayßer ( regarding appointments with Prof. Dr. Nabers.


Prof. Dr. Dirk Nabers: office hours changed

Due to a seminar taking place at the same time, Prof. Dr. Dirk Nabers' office hours have to switch over from each Thursday to each Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 for the summer term 2017.

This change will be effective from Tuesday, the 11th of April onwards.

Lectures of the summer term 2017


The lectures of the International Political Sociology Working Group for the upcoming summer term 2017, can be found here [Please note: This information is only available in German!]


Office Hours Prof. Nabers


During the semester-break from February and March 2017 Prof. Nabers will hold his office hours on a biweekly basis from 10:00 - 12:00:

Thu.    02.02.

Wed.   15.02.

Thu.    02.03.

Thu.    16.03.

Thu.    30.03.

Thu.    06.04

Beginning with the second week of the spring semester (11.04.2017), Prof. Nabers' office hours will resume on a weekly basis each Tuesday from 10:00 - 12:00.


New Publications

Dirk Nabers´ and Lucie Chamlian´s contributions to the special issue "Foucault Meets EU Studies" have been published in Global Society. You can access the articles here and here.

Workshop: Laclau's Contribution to IR: Rethinking Core Concepts

On the 15th/16th of April 2016 the workshop "Laclau's Contribution to IR:Rethinking Core Concepts" took place in Kiel.

Participants were Dirk Nabers, Martin Nonhoff, Delf Rothe, David Shim, Ty Solomon, Nicola Nymalm, Frank A. Stengel, Lasse Thomassen, Fränze Wilhelm, Stefanie Wodrikg, Josche Wullweber and Jan Zeemann.


list of presentations

New Book Release

Dirk Nabers (2015) A Poststructuralist Discourse Theory of Global Politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

This book develops a discourse theory of crisis and change in global politics. Crisis is conceptualized as structural dislocation, resting on difference and incompleteness. Change is seen as the continuous but ultimately futile effort to gain a full identity. The incompleteness and contingent character of the social represents the most important condition for democratic politics to become possible and for a theory of crisis and change to become conceivable.

In this new understanding, crisis loses its everyday meaning of a periodically occurring event. Instead, crisis becomes an omnipresent feature of the social fabric. It represents the absence of ground and of social foundation, and it rests within the subject as well as the social whole. more

Current issue "Zeitschrift für Friendens- und Konfliktforschung" (ZeFKo)

Stefanie Wodrig published the article "Zwischen Herrschaft und Emanzipation: Regionale Interventionen im östlichen und südlichen Afrika " in the current issue of "Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung" (4/1). Taking Burundi (1995-2009) and Simbabwe (2000-2013) as her example, she demonstrates the inherent paradox of regional interventions: although they contribute to an emancipation from global power structures, they reinforce regional power relations at the same time.

This article is only available in german. You can find the article here.

What is the status of marxism?

The edited volume "Was ist der Stand des Marxismus?" by Sebastian Klauke, Alex Demirovic and Etienne Schneider has recently been published. Further information can be found here.

Workshop "Foucault Meets EU Studies"

On the 20th of March 2015 the workshop "Foucault Meets EU Studies" took place in Kiel

.Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee

left to right: Beste Isleyen, Sven Opitz, Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Marieke de Goede, William Walters, Lucie Chamlian, Didier Bigo, Michael Dillon, Dirk Nabers, Valentin Gros.

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee

In the seminar-room during one presentation.