Prof. Dr. Dirk Nabers

Head of the Research Group on International Political Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences

Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 2, R. 212
Phone: +49 431 880-6325
Telefax: +49 431 880-6333

Office hours

(Appointments via 880-6330 (Mr. Dröse) or if necessary.)

The following office hours of Prof. Dr. Nabers during winter semester 2020/21 are confirmed (until Monday, February 15, 2021 only telephone- or virtual online-consultation hours):


Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (online)


Starting with Tuesday, January 26, 2021 until Monday, February 15, 2021 office hours in winter semester 2020/21 will likely resume on a weekly basis on Tuesdays from 09:50 a.m. until 11:50 a.m.





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Einführung in die Soziologie BA (soz-GM1) (200037)

Kolloquium für Master und Promovierende MA (soz-MA7 (FPO 2018, 1 LP); soz-MA8 (FPO 2015 ff., 7,5 LP)) (200119)

Masterforum IPIR (200504)

Orientierungsvorlesung MA (soz-MA1-1) (200086)

Qualitative Designs und Auswertungsverfahren: Fortgeschrittene Verfahren MA (soz-MA6-4) (200091)

WSF-polw-4 Vorlesung: Internationale Beziehungen (200049)




Current Research

  • IR theories, discourse theory, poststructuralism, International Political Sociology
  • International Security, regionalism


  • The Sustainability Approach on the High Seas (Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean") read more on this project
  • Crisis and Institutional Change in International Politics: The cases of sea-dumped chemical weapons, ocean acidification and eutrophication (DFG; proposal summer 2011) read more on this project
  • Leibniz Graduate School: Regional Power Shifts and the New Global Order (Pact for Research and Innovation; Leibniz-Association, application: September 2008; approval March 2009)
  • Europäisches Netzwerk „Regionale Führungsmächte“ im Bereich Internationale Beziehungen und (Comparative) Area Studies (Pact for Research and Innovation; Leibniz-Association, application: September 2006;  approval March 2007)

Publications (selection)

  • Nabers, Dirk (2019/20, forthcoming) War and Ethical Change. In: Critical Studies on Security,
  • Nabers, Dirk (2019) Discursive dislocation: Toward a poststructuralist theory of crisis in global politics. In: New Political Science, DOI:10.1080/07393148.2019.1596684.
  • Stengel, Frank A. and Dirk Nabers (2019) The Contribution of Laclau's Discourse Theory to International Relations and International Political Economy: Introduction to the Symposium. New Political Science,  DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2019.1596683
  • Nabers, Dirk (2019) Towards International Relations Beyond the Mind. In: Journal of International Political Theory,
  • Stengel, Frank A., David B. MacDonald and Dirk Nabers, eds. (2019) Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter- and Transnational Dimensions (Palgrave Studies in Global Political Sociology) London and New York.
  • "Introduction: Analyzing the Nexus Between Populism and International Relations", in: Frank A. Stengel/David B. MacDonald/Dirk Nabers (eds.), Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter- and Transnational Dimensions, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2019, with David B. MacDonald and Dirk Nabers. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-04621-7_1 (http:// (pre-print (
  • Nabers, Dirk and Frank A. Stengel (2019) Sedimented Practices and American Identity in Donald J. Trump’s Election Campaign, in: Stengel, Frank A., David B. MacDonald and Dirk Nabers, eds. (2019) Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter- and Transnational Dimensions (Palgrave Studies in Global Political Sociology) London and New York, 103-136.
  • "Conclusion: Populism, Foreign Policy and World Politics", in: Frank A. Stengel/David B. MacDonald/Dirk Nabers (eds.), Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter- and Transnational Dimensions (, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2019, with David B. MacDonald and Dirk Nabers. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-04621-7 ( (pre-print (
  • Nabers, Dirk (2019). Poststructuralist Ethics and International Relations. In: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.497.
  • Nabers, Dirk and Frank A. Stengel (2019): Global/International Political Sociology. In: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.371.
  • Nabers, Dirk/ Stengel, Frank A. (2017): Trump und der Populismus. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, .
  • "Crisis as dislocation in global politics", in: Politics. Prepublished August 19th 2016. read the article
  • "Local Practices of European Immigration: The "Right of Death and Power over Life" in German Asylum Discourses", in: Global Society 2016, 30 (3), pp. 484-506. read more
  • "A Poststructuralist Theory of Global Politics", Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2015 (Palgrave Studies in International Relations). read more
  • (co-authored with Philip Nel and Melanie Hanif) "Regional Powers and Global Redistribution", London and New York: Routledge 2014. read more
  • (co-authored with David MacDonald and Robert Patman) "Presidential Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror", London: Ashgate 2012. read more
  • (co-authored with Daniel Flemes and Detlef Nolte) "Macht, Führung und Regionale Ordnung", Baden-Baden: Nomos 2012. read more
  • (co-authored with Nadine Godehardt) "Regional power and regional order", London/New York: Routledge 2011. read more
  • (co-authored with David Shim) “Imaging North Korea: Exploring Visual Representations in International Politics”, in: International Studies Perspectives 2012, 14 (3), pp. 289-306. read more
  • “Punishment, Power, and Subjectivity”, in: International Studies Review 2010, 12 (1), pp. 110-114. read more
  • "Power, leadership, and hegemony in international politics: The case of East Asia", Review of International Studies 2010, 36 (4), pp. 931-949. read more
  • "Filling the void of meaning: Identity construction in U.S. foreign policy after September 11, 2001", in: Foreign Policy Analysis , 2009, 5 (2), pp. 191-214 read more
  • "9/11 and the Rise of Political Fundamentalism in the Bush Administration: Domestic Legitimatisation versus International Estrangement?", in: Global Change, Peace and Security 2008, 20 (2), pp. 169-184. read more
  • "Amerikanische Konstruktionen des Krieges und der Selbstverteidigung nach dem 11. September 2001", in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 2007, 17 (7), pp. 357-378. read more
  • "The Social Construction of the Alliance against Terror - Japan, Germany and the United States", in: Cooperation and Conflict 2006, 41 (3), pp. 305-326.
  • "Allianz gegen den Terror - Deutschland, Japan und die USA nach dem 11. September 2001", Wiesbaden 2005: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (Series "Forschung Politik").  read more