World Ordering from the Margins

Authors Workshop, 13-14 October 2022

There is now considerable agreement in studies of global politics that the international liberal order is in crisis. In this workshop, we take the diagnosis of crisis as an invitation for a broader reconsideration of the analytical toolbox with which international order has been analysed in the past. We propose an alternative approach of world ordering from the margins that emphasizes epistemic, praxeological and symbolic dimensions of world ordering as key factors in situations of high uncertainty and complexity. We aim at using this approach to also capture the meaning-making aspect of world order conceptions, of which only a small section has been influential in shaping the existing world order, while others have had less influence but contain important alternative perspectives that should be explored. We ask which alternative visions of world order are proposed by actors who are located on the margins of world politics in its various dimensions and explore the forms of circulation, appropriation and translation at play.

Workshop Programme

Thursday, 13 October 2022

14:00 – 14:30

Welcome and Introduction

14:30 – 14:45

Coffee Break

14:45 – 16:15

Panel 1

Nicole Doerr: Visual Conceptions of World (Un)order, Racial Justice and Affect in FFF Telegram Channels

Geoffrey Pleyers: Social Movements and Producers of Knowledge

Christine Unrau: A World of Many Worlds? The Mexican Zapatistas’ World Order Conceptions between Centre and Margins

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee Break

16:45 – 18:15

Panel 2

Felix Anderl and Johannes Haaf: A Right to Solidarity? Worldmaking from the Margins through International Law

Farai Chipato: Traveling Theory and Tree of Life: Non-Western Thought and Surplus Population Governance

Bidisha Biswas and Lauren Eastwood: Fighting from the Margins: An Exploration of Global South State Responses to Climate-Induced Displacement



Friday, 14 October 2022

09:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:30

Panel 3

Karolina Kluczewska: Polish Conservative Civil Society and Family-Centred World Ordering

Bernhard Forchtner: Radical Right World Ordering from the Margins: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Swiss Democrats’ Discourse about Global Environmental Issues

Stefan Groth: Dialogues at Europe's Margins

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:15

Panel 4

Adriana Suárez: Dorothy Smith and Walter Mignolo go out for Coffee: Exploring the Colonial Matrix of Power through Institutional Ethnography

Siddharth Tripathi: Whose Wor(l)d and whose Order? Contestations from the Margin(alised)

Patricia Rinck: Peace at the Margins? A feminist Perspective on Peacebuilding as a Means of World Ordering

13:15 – 14:15

Lunch Break

14:15 – 14:45

Workshop Wrap-up and Next Steps