Masterseminar:Poststructuralism a. Security(MR-3/MR-4/Polw-Master-3Akteure,Struk.,Prozesse;IB;Krieg und Frieden;Glob. Regieren/Polw-Master 4.1-4.3 Forschungs-u. Schwerpunktmodul//Polw-IPIR-3 Akteure,Struk.,Proz.;Theorien IB;Krieg u. Frieden;Glob. Reg.


In the previous thirty years, poststructuralism has established itself as a serious field of theorizing within the discipline of International Relations (IR). Yet, the field remains dispersed, and the common poststructuralist denominator often remains in the dark. Its original contribution to genuine IR questions such as peace and security is still hotly debated in the field. Against this background, the seminar introduces different perspectives on poststructuralist security studies, discussing both theoretical and methodical paths towards empirical research.



April 12, 2018: Introduction, organization

Campbell, David (2007) "Poststructuralism", Dunne, Tim/Smith, Steve/Kurki; Milja, eds., International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 203-228 (or a later edition of the article).

Hansen, Lene. 2010. "Poststructuralism and Security." The International Studies Encyclopedia, Robert A. Denemark (ed.), Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 5876-5892.


April 19, 2018: Metatheoretical considerations

Jackson, Patrick Thaddeus (2011) The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations. London and New York: Routledge, ch. 1 and 2.

Nabers, Dirk (2015) A Poststructuralist Discourse Theory of Global Politics. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, ch. 3.


April 26, 2018: Poststructuralism and security

Nabers, Dirk (2018) "Stucturalism, poststructuralism and IR" (unpublished manuscript).

Nabers, Dirk/Stengel, Frank (2018) "Difference, Othering, Antagonism and Security Threats: Exploring the Nexus Between Exclusion, Identity and Security" (unpublished manuscript).


May 3, 2018: Biopolitics, govermentality and security

Chamlian, Lucie (2016) "The Colonisation of the Future: Power, Knowledge and Preparedness in CSDP", Global Society 30 (3), 1-21.

Chamlian, Lucie (2018) "Conducting the Conduct of Academics: Steering, Policing and Mainstreaming in European Union Studies" (forthcoming).


May 17, 2018: War on terror

Nabers, Dirk (2015) A Poststructuralist Discourse Theory of Global Politics. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, ch. 7 & 8.


May 24, 2018: War and ethics

Hutchings, Kimberly. 2008. "Making Sense of Masculinity and War", Men and Masculinities 10 (4): 389-404.

Zehfuss, Maja. 2012. "Killing Civilians: Thinking the Practice of War", The British Journal of Politics & International Relations 14 (3), 423-440.


May 31, 2018: Bundeswehr

Stengel, Frank A. (2018): The Politics of Military Force: Antimilitarism, Ideational Change and Post-War German Security Discourse (unpublished book manuscript under review), ch. 1, 5.


June 14, 2018: Feminism

Sjoberg, Laura (2011) "Gender, the State and War Redux: Feminist International Relations across the "Levels of Analysis"" International Relations 25 (1), 108-134.

Wibben, Annick T. R. (2010) Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach. New York: Routledge, ch. 1 & 2.


June 21, 2018: Postcolonialism

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2000. Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, introduction.

Hall, Stuart. 1992. "The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power." In Modernity: An Introduction to Modern Societies, edited by Stuart Hall, David Held, Don Hubert and Kenneth Thompson, 184-227: Oxford: Blackwell.


July 5, 2018: Poststructuralism and method

Hansen, Lene (2006) Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War. London/New York: Routledge, ch. 5.

Nabers, Dirk (2015) A Poststructuralist Discourse Theory of Global Politics. London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, ch. 6.


July 12, 2018: Wrap up & critique