Fellow

Dr Petra Gümplová

Fellows Unit 4

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 196
47059 Duisburg
Germany

Tel: +49 (0)203 29861-140
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199
E-mail: guemplova@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Dr Petra Gümplová joins Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Fellow. She will be conducting her research in Research Unit 4 'Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratization' from April 2017 to January 2018.

Research Project at the Centre

(Dis)Illusions of the Empowered: Moral Psychology of Resistance in Postdemocratic Age

Political theorists and commentators have been busy explaining recent decline of liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. A history of victim mentality, no experience with immigration and with multiculturalism, the failure of post-communist transformation especially to deliver on economic promises of prosperity, the lack of liberal democratic political culture, the history of intolerance of minorities based on the experience of failed efforts to integrate Roma populations, the failures of centrist and liberal parties and elites' leadership have been named and discussed.

Unlike the available explanations, this project (Dis)Illusions of the Empowered: Moral Psychology of Resistance in Postdemocratic Age seeks to tackle the current decline of liberal democracy, so paradigmatically represented in the opposition to migration and attempts at EU's common refugee policy, from a distinct perspective of an interplay between more general post-democratic tendencies plaguing contemporary democracies and misconceived forms of resistance to these tendencies. The project thus seeks to diagnose contemporary liberal democracy and illuminate what might be called a 'moral psychology of resistance' to these tendencies. In the first step, the aim is to elaborate a novel critical diagnosis of contemporary liberal democracy focusing not only on the emphasis on economic rationality but also taking into consideration legal positivization of human relations, fragmentarization and compartmentalization of social roles, and role of new ideologies such as security, autonomy, or good life. In the second step, the aim is to shed light on how these tendencies erode liberal democratic ethos and trigger decidedly undemocratic and illiberal forms of resistance.

The project represents the continuity with my previous work on theory and practice of dissident forms of resistance against communist dictatorships. It follows up on Václav Havel's distinct critical theory approach to analyzing pathologies of modern societies regardless of political regime and resulting from destructive forces such as legalization, bureaucratization, technocracy, and ideology and from his original insight that they have a profound impact on individual moral sources necessary to sustain individual and collective freedom and solidarity. The project also revitalizes his call for distinctly individual forms of resistance against these forces which consist, according to Havel, in regaining moral integrity and acting upon it based on ethics of responsibility for the world. The project can also be imagined as a task of rewriting Havel's essay Power of the Powerless as a resistance manifesto for current age.

Research Interests

  • Democratic Theory and Resistance
  • International Political Theory
  • Global Justice
  • Theory and Practice of State Sovereignty
  • Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism
  • Theories of Globalization
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Territorial Rights and Rights to Natural Resources

Current Projects

  • Natural Resource Justice

Vita

Since 10/2015 University of Erfurt, Germany
Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies
Annemarie Schimmel Fellow
04/2010-09/2015 Justus Liebig University Gießen, Germany
Institute for Political Science
Chair for Political Theory (Prof. Dr Regina Kreide)
Postdoc Research and Teaching Fellow
05/2010 The New School for Social Research, New York
Department of Sociology (Specialization in Political Sociology)
Ph.D., dissertation title: 'Sovereignty and Constitutional Democracy'
09/2009-12/2009 The New School University, New York
Lecturer
04/2008-12/2008 Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
Institute of Philosophy
Researcher
09/2007-12/2008 Charles University, Prague
Faculty of Social Sciences
Lecturer
09/2005-07/2006 Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Institute of Philosophy
DAAD Visiting Doctoral Fellow
05/2004 The New School for Social Research, New York
Department of Sociology (Specialization in Political Sociology)
MA (with Honors)
09/2003-05/2005 The New School University, New York
Lecturer
06/2000 Charles University
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Sociology and Public Policy
MA (Dean's Thesis Honors)
06/1997 Charles University
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Sociology and Public Policy
BA

Publications

Gümplová, Petra (under review): 'Justice and Rights to Natural Resources', in Philosophy and Social Criticism.

Gümplová, Petra, Kalyvas, Andreas, and Kreide, Regina (2016): 'Special Section: Resistance and Democracy', in Constellations 23 (1): 1–142.

Gümplová, Petra (2016): 'The Tragedy of Cologne and Its Aftermath: The Depletion of Civility', in openDemocracy, 10 March.

Gümplová, Petra (2016): 'Are EU Referenda Good for Democracy', in Public Seminar, 8 May 2015.

Gümplová, Petra (2015): 'Sovereignty and Post-sovereignty', in Philosophica Critica 1 (2): 3–18.

Gümplová, Petra (2015): 'Staatliche Souveränität, Menschenrechte und natürliche Ressourcen' <State Sovereignty, Human Rights, and Natural Resources>, in Christian Volk, and Friederike Kuntz (eds.), Der Begriff der Souveränität in der transnationalen Konstellation <The Concept of Sovereignty in the Postnational Constellation>, Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Gümplová, Petra (2015): 'Souveränität, Postsouveränität, Territorialität' <Sovereignty, Postsovereignty, Teritoriality>, in Regina Kreide, and Andreas Niederberger (eds.), Internationale Politische Theorie <International Political Theory>, Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler.

Gümplová, Petra (2014): 'Rethinking Resistance with Václav Havel', in Constellations—An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 21 (3): 401–14.

Gümplová, Petra (2014): 'Restraining Sovereignty over Natural Resources', in Enrahonar. Quaderns de Filosofia 53: 1–22.

Gümplová, Petra (2012): 'Hans Kelsen’s Critique of Sovereignty', in Jovanović, Miodrag A., and Spaic, Bojan (eds.), Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy in the 21st Century, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Gümplová, Petra (2011): Sovereignty and Constitutional Democracy, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.

Teaching Responsibilities

Guest Professorship:

  • DAAD ISAP Program, Universidad de Antioquia Medellín, Colombia, 'Natural Resources and Global Justice', seminar in a MA Program in Political Philosophy (September 2015)
  • DAAD ISAP Program, Universidad de Antioquia Medellín, Colombia, 'Resistance and Post-democracy', seminar in a MA Program in Political Philosophy (October 2014)

Seminars and lectures:

  • 'Natural Resources and Global Justice', MA Seminar, University of Erfurt, Fall 2016
  • 'State Sovereignty in Theory and Practice', MA Seminar, University of Erfurt, Fall 2016
  • 'Rights to Natural Resources in Conflict', MA Seminar, University of Erfurt, Spring 2016
  • 'Foundations of Modern Political Order', MA Seminar, University of Erfurt, Spring 2016
  • 'Natural Resources and Global Justice', MA Seminar, University of Erfurt, Fall 2015
  • 'State Sovereignty in Theory and Practice', MA Seminar, University of Erfurt, Fall 2015
  • 'Natural Resources and Human Rights', MA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2015
  • 'Foundations of Modern Political Order', BA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2015
  • 'Natural Resources and Global Justice', MA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Fall 2014
  • 'Sovereignty and Its Discontents', MA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Fall 2014
  • 'Foundations of Modern Political Order', BA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2014
  • 'Freedom, BA Proseminar', Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2014
  • 'Sovereignty and Its Discontents', MA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Fall 2013
  • 'Foundations of Modern Political Order', BA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Fall 2013
  • 'Introduction to Political Theory', Lecture, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2013
  • 'Freedom', BA Proseminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2013
  • 'Concepts of Sovereignty', MA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Fall 2012
  • 'Freedom', BA Proseminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Fall 2012
  • 'Political Theory of Love', BA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2012
  • 'Readings in Political Theory', BA Proseminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2012
  • 'Law and Feminism', BA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Fall 2011
  • 'Concepts of Sovereignty', MA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Fall 2011
  • 'Readings in Political Theory', Proseminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2011
  • 'Women, Sex, Law', BA Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Spring 2011

Seminars and Conferences

Invited Talks

  • 'Rights to Natural Resources and Human Rights', Lecture at Imre Kertész Kolleg, 6 February 2017, Jena, Germany
  • 'Global Public Goods and Natural Global Commons', Comment on Global Public Goods volume edited by Inge Kaul, German Institute for Development, 24 January 2017, Bonn, Germany
  • 'Natural Resources: A Conceptual Outline', Lecture in SFB 1095 'Schwächediskurse und Ressourcenregime', 30 November 2016, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 'Getting Legality Right in the EU Refugee Crisis', Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Seminar Series, 9 March 2016, SOAS University of London, UK
  • 'Rights to Natural Resources and Human Rights', Talk at III Congreso Internacional de Teoría Crítica, 16 September 2015, Universidad de Antioquia Medellín, Colombia
  • 'El derecho a los recursos naturales: entra la teoria y el derecho internacional', Public talk with simultaneous translation, 23 October 2014, Universidad de Antioquia Medellín, Colombia
  • 'Resistance to Post-Democracy: Rethinking political action with Václav Havel', Political Theory colloquium, 6 February 2013, Trier University, Germany
  • 'Exceptionalism: A New Paradigm of Law and Politics', a keynote talk given at the Foucault/Schmitt: Normalization, Concrete Order, European Polity workshop of the Excellence Cluster in the Foundations of European Law and Polity at the University of Helsinki Law School, 28 May 2012, Finland
  • 'Democracy and Resistance', Political Theory colloquium, 2 May 2012, University of Greifswald, Germany
  • 'Sovereignty, Territoriality, and Environmental Ethics', paper presented at the conference Sociedad, Ecologia y Animales: Discusiones Pendientes, 22 March 2012, Universidad de Antioquia Medellín, Colombia

Recent Conference Papers

  • 'Rights to Natural Resources: Law or Morality?', International Conference on the Sociology of Law, 1–2 December 2016, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • 'Justice and Rights to Natural Resources', IV. Tagung für Praktische Philosophie, 29–30 September 2016, Universität Salzburg, Austria
  • 'Rights to Natural Resources and Human Rights', MANCEPT Workshops 2016, 7–9 September 2016, University of Manchester, UK
  • 'Justice and Rights to Natural Resources', seventh meeting on Ethics and Political Philosophy, 15–16 June 2016, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
  • 'Liberal Constitutional Response to Terrorism', Philosophy and Social Science Conference, 18–22 May 2016, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 'Getting the Legality Right in the EU Refugee Crisis', Eighth Central and Eastern European Forum for Young Legal, Social, and Political Theory, 22–23 March 2016, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
  • 'Constitutionalism in a Permanent Crisis', Sovereignty and the Problem of Crisis Conference, 26–27, 2015 November, University of Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
  • 'Rights to Natural Resources and Human Rights', Philosophy and Social Science Conference, 20–24 May 2015, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 'Restraining Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources', seventh Central and Eastern European Forum for Young Legal, Social, and Political Theory, 27–28 March 2015, University of St. Kliment Ohridsky, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 'Legality, Ideology, and Individual Resistance', Critical Theory Workshop Reimagining Critique in Times of Crisis, 6–10 June 2014, Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 'Natural Resources and State Sovereignty: A Theory', Philosophy and Social Science Conference, 22–25 May 2014, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 'Restraining Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources', International Interdisciplinary Workshop Transnational Process and the Modern State: Changing Modes of Socio-Political Organization through Transnationalization, 24–26 April 2014, Trier University, Germany
  • 'Restraining Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources', AK Umweltpolitik/Global Change Conference Globaler Wandel und Macht, 10–11 February 2014, Berlin, Germany
  • 'Sovereignty and Post-sovereignty in Theory and Practice', ECPR General Conference, 4–7 September 2013, Bordeaux, France
  • 'Sovereign Territoriality and Resources Ownership', Philosophy and Social Science Conference, 9–13 May 2012, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 'Rethinking Resistance with Václav Havel', paper presented at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities 16th Annual Conference, 22–23 March 2013, Birkbeck University of London, UK
  • 'Politics in the Permanent State of Exception', Gardens of Justice Critical Legal Conference 2012, 14–16 September 2012, Stockholm, Sweden

Awards

  • Prize of Jan Hus Foundation for Junior Faculty, Czech Republic, November 2008
  • Dissertation Fellowship, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA, September 2006–May 2007
  • DAAD Graduate Scholarship, JWG Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 2005–July 2006
  • Transregional Center for Democratic Studies Fellowship, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA, September–December 2004
  • Graduate Faculty Dean’s Fellowship, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA, September 2002–May 2005
  • DFG Grant KR 1582/4-1 for the International Conference Democracy & Resistance, 18–20 June 2012, Justus Liebig University Giessen (€10.000, together with Prof. Regina Kreide), June 2012
  • Vize 97 Foundation of Václav Havel and Dagmar Havel Prize, September 2001

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