Research Associate for Research Unit 4

Pol Bargués Pedreny, M.A.

Former Team Members

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

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-100
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199

Research Interests

  • Theory and Practice of Peacebuilding and State-building
  • Culture: Constraint or Resource for Cooperation?
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Reconciliation
  • Balkans: Bosnia and Kosovo
  • Politics of Catalonia
  • Sources for Critique

Current Project

Reinventing Culture as a Resource to Design Peace: Peacebuilding and Critique

While during the nineties, peace-building interventions had a top-down, Western-led and liberal approach; today, there is the tendency to include the locals' point of view in an increasingly hybrid and plural endeavour, as a way of rectifying previous failures. However, the tensions persist. For instance, how is it possible to accommodate different ways of social and economic order and, at the same time, strive for international peace or global cooperation? In other words, this research explores the dilemmas we face today when we seek to include culture and different forms of life in the processes of building peace. A potential risk, for example, is that by putting too much emphasis on difference and diversity, there is the possibility of entering an era of solipsism, in which cross-cultural judgements, truths or global projects are more and more difficult to pursue. There is, thus, an important need to explore peacebuilding theory and practices in order to save both cultures and global peace. This research aims to humbly contribute to this contemporary demand.

Vita

2010-2014 University of Westminster, London
Department of Politics and International Relations
Ph.D. Candidate, Thesis: Reclaiming Autonomy and Difference in Peace-building Endeavours
2011-2013 University of Westminster, London
Guest Lecturer
2009-2013 Film Making
'Jaume Muxart: the Angels', Editor, 2013; '3 Kosovos', Director, 2012; 'The Three Turns and Mao Tse Tung', Director, 2010
2008-2009 University of Glasgow
School of Social and Political Science
M.A. in Politics and International Relations
Subject of the thesis: "Kosovo after the War: Politics of Identity and Deconstruction"
2004-2008 Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Degree in Journalism

Publications

Bargués Pedreny, Pol: 'Coming True of the Postmodern Dream: Building Resilient Communities and the Promise of Peace' (under review by Cooperation and Conflict)

Bargués Pedreny, Pol (2014): Review of David Chandler, 'Freedom vs Necessity in International Relations', 2013, in Political Studies Review 12 (3) September

Bargués Pedreny, Pol (2013): Review of Patricia Vieira and Micahel Marder (eds.), 'Existential Utopia: New Perspectives on Utopian Thought' , 2012, in Political Studies Review 11 (3) September

Bargués Pedreny, Pol (2013): Review of Damian Popolo, 'A New Science of International Relations: Modernity, Complexity and the Kosovo Conflict', 2012, in Political Studies Review 11 (1) January

Bargués Pedreny, Pol (2013): 'The Rise of Catalonia: Unravelling the debate on Catalan Independence', Open Democracy, January 14

Bargués Pedreny, Pol (2012): 'Multiculturalism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Kosovo: The Process of Decentralisation', Journal of Global Intelligence & Policy 5 (8), (co-authored with Elisa Randazzo)

Bargués Pedreny, Pol (2012): 'Peace-Building and the Loop of Liberal Multiculturalism: The Case of Kosovo', The Western Balkans Policy Review 2 (2), (co-authored with Elisa Randazzo)

Teaching Responsibilities

Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, London, January 2011-April 2013, Modules Taught:

  • Sovereignty and Intervention after the Cold War;
  • International Security;
  • Humanitarian Intervention;
  • Global Political Economy; and
  • Key Concepts in International Relations

Seminars ans Conferenes

  • 'The Crisis of Peace: From Hybrid Approaches to Radical Spaces of Complexity', ISA Annual Convention, Toronto, 29 March 2014
  • Co-Organisation of the Conference ‘Hybrid Peace and Order: Selfhood and Socio-Political order beyond Individualism and Collectivism’, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, 19 November 2013
  • ‘Coming True of the Post-modern Dream? Agency, Identity and Resilience in Post-conflict Societies’, 8th Pan–European Conference on International Relations, 21 September 2013
  • 'The New Institutionalism and the Diffusion of the Concept of Culture', ISA Annual Convention, San Francisco, 3 April 2013
  • 'Decentralisation in Kosovo' (co-presented with Elisa Randazzo), Goldsmiths and LSE PhD Symposium, Goldsmiths University, London, 18 June 2012
  • 'Closing Remarks: The Future of State-building?', The Social and the Political in Discourses of State-Building, University of Westminster, 27 April 2012
  • Organisation of the post-graduate conference 'The Social and the Political in Discourses of State-Building', University of Westminster, 27 April 2012
  • 'Multiculturalism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Kosovo: The Process of Decentralisation' (co-authored with Elisa Randazzo), Intellect base International Consortium Academic Conference, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 12-14 April 2012
  • 'The Political in Ethnic Politics', University of Westminster, PhD Conference, London, 21 March 2012
  • 'Peace-Building in Kosovo and the Narrow Narrative of Multiculturalism' (co-presented with Elisa Randazzo), Kosovo Public Policy Center, the American University in Kosovo Research Center, and the Victory University College, Managing Diversity in the conference Post-Conflict Western Balkans: Multiculturalism, Multi-ethnicity, and Europeanization, Pristina, Kosovo, 24-25 June 2011
  • 'The failed loop of the narrative of Multiculturalism', University of Westminster, PhD Conference, London, 6 May 2011
  • Organisation of the ‘First Congress iENTER’, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2008