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.