Book Presentation

On the Future of International Political Theory

Essen - 30 November 2017

The globalization of the world has proceeded apace, but the reflection of these processes in political theory is still at the beginning. Power and human rights, violence and gender, migration and democracy: what does it mean that conventional concepts of political theory are losing their analytical power in the face of the financial crisis, global capitalism and growing autocracy? How could a consistently transnational perspective look like that would enable us to acquire appropriate views of the new world order? And what distinguishes a new 'International Political Theory'?

These and other questions have been discussed by Petra Gümplová (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, and Fellow at the KHK/GCR21), Ina Kerner (Professor at the Institute for Cultural Studies, University of Koblenz-Landau and KWI-Fellow), Regina Kreide (political scientist at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen), Franziska Martin (political scientist at the University of Hannover) and Andreas Niederberger (Philosoph at the University of Duisburg-Essen) under the moderation of Volker Heins (Head of the Research Unit at the KWI and the KHK/GCR21).

The authors presented their contributions in the new anthology 'Internationale Politische Theorie: Eine Einführung' by Regina Kreide and Andreas Niederberger (2016). The two editors introduced the young history of International Political Theory (IPT) and presented the structure of the book. Regina Kreide emphasized that simply enlarging and extending political theory to the international level is not enough to answer the question of what the IPT is and should be able to do.
Afterwards Petra Gümplová discussed in her contribution the role of sovereignty and state practice in a global world. She argued against the decline of the state as the discourse of post-sovereignty formulates it. Against the old Hobbes' understanding of absolutist sovereignty, Gümplová placed a democratic form of sovereignty.
Then Ina Kerner presented her contribution in the book, which tries to open up a feminist IPT. In her chapter, Franziska Martinsen deals with violence in transnational space, its justification and criticism. Martinsen stressed that IPT opens up new perspectives. The opening up of new normative perspectives on a global level was also underlined by the two editors Niederberger (democracy) and Kreide (in-/justice).

The event, which took place in German language, was organized by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21), Duisburg in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanitites in Essen (KWI).

Date: 30 November 2017,18-20 h
Venue: KWI, Gartensaal, Goethestraße 31, 45128 Essen