Prof. Dr Florian P. Kühn

Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg
Deutschland

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5233
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: kuehn@gcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Prof. Dr Florian P. Kühn joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Research Fellow from June 2019 to May 2020. He conducts his research in the Research Unit "Global Cooperation and Polycentric Governance".

Vita

04/2018 – 03/2019

Humboldt University at Berlin

Interim Professor of International Relations at the Institute for Social Sciences

Since 2017

Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC)

Associate Researcher

04/2016 – 09/2017

Helmut-Schmidt-University - University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Institute for International Relations

Associate Professor

04/2015 – 03/2016

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

Interim Professor of Comparative Politics and Prejudice Research at the Institute for Political Science

04/2013 – 03/2015

Humboldt University at Berlin

Interim Professor of International Relations at the Institute for Social Sciences

10/2009 – 03/2013

Helmut-Schmidt-University - University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Institute for International Relations

Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer

10/2003 – 09/2009

Helmut-Schmidt-University – University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Institute for International Relations

Researcher and Lecturer

01/2010 – 07/2010

Queen’s Centre for International Relations, Kingston/Ontario, Canada

Visiting Research Fellow

Research Project at the Centre

Ambiguity and Peace – How Ambiguities Influence Global Cooperation

Peacebuilding interventions can be ambiguous endeavours. They take place in a liminal social space offering an ambiguous field which keeps open interpretational freedom so that various practices can be justified and provisionally explained. The research project proposed here for a Käte Hamburger Fellowship 2019/20 within the framework of the “Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation”-theme aims to conceptualise the ambiguities which are part of peace (or conflict) processes. It will develop a framework for analysis of such ambiguities, and explore how they can be a means to understand conflict dynamics in three cases, Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Ukraine. The cases will be analysed with different foci of ambiguity: on military practice, land use and ownership titles, and international treaties. These can be mechanisms for forceful disambiguation, which – other than tolerance for ambiguities – can drive conflict and violence. The variety of cases allows establishing interdisciplinary connections to anthropology, security studies, legal as well as cultural studies. This proposal offers a short description of why ambiguities abound in the world but are seldom recognized in academic research; it explains why this is a research gap in peace and conflict research; and how the new concept helps make sense of global cooperation. It sketches how the analytical concept helps explain the function of ambiguities in conflictive dynamics, and how disambiguation moves create frictions in peacebuilding cooperation. Concluding, it presents some of the guiding assumptions and (early) findings of the case studies Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Ukraine.

Main research questions:
How do ambiguities in conflict understandings contribute to how conflicts play out? How is global cooperation influenced by such ambiguities?
How can ambiguities, deriving from different meanings belonging to different systems of reference, be reconstructed and analysed?

Books and Selected Publications

Kühn, F.P., 2017. Risikopolitik. Eine Einführung. Series ‘Elemente der Politik‘. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. [The Politics of Risk – an Introduction]

Kühn, F.P., 2010. Sicherheit und Entwicklung in der Weltgesellschaft. Liberales Paradigma und Statebuilding in Afghanistan. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. [Security and Development in World Society. Liberal Paradigm and Statebuilding in Afghanistan]

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kühn, F.P., 2010. Illusion Statebuilding. Warum der westliche Staat so schwer zu exportieren ist. Hamburg: edition Körber-Stiftung. [Illusion Statebuilding. Why the Western state is so difficult to export]

Turner, M. & Kühn, F.P., eds., 2016. The Politics of International Intervention. The Tyranny of Peace. London and New York: Routledge.

The Ambiguity of Things: Souvenirs from Afghanistan. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 10 (1), 2016a: 97-115. DOI:10.1080/17502977.2015.1137397.

Introduction: Contemporary Modalities of Violence. IReflect – Student Journal of International Relations, 3 (S1), 2016b: 3-14. online ireflect-journal.de/special-issue-modalities-of-violence

with Pospisil, J., The resilient state: new regulatory modes in international approaches to state building?, Third World Quarterly, 37 (1), 2016: 1-16, DOI:10.1080/01436597.2015.1086637.

with Bliesemann de Guevara, B., On Afghan Footbaths and Kosovar Sacred Cows: Urban Legends of Intervention. Peacebuilding, 3 (1), 2015: 17-35. DOI:10.1080/21647259.2014.969508.

Afghanistan coming asunder: The continuity of the post-9/11 transition. In H.-J. Gießmann & R. Mac Ginty, eds. How regimes change. Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar 2018 (in print).

International Peace Practice: Ambiguity, Contradictions, and Perpetual Violence. In: M. Turner & F. P. Kühn, eds. The Politics of International Intervention. The Tyranny of Peace. London: Routledge 2016a, 21-38.

Blumenberg, under-complex analogy and basic myths in International Politics: Afghanistan and the ‘Graveyard of Empires’. In: B. Bliesemann de Guevara, ed. Myth in International Relations: An Interpretative Approach to Studying International Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan 2016b, 147-172.

with Bliesemann de Guevara. The political economy of statebuilding: Rents, taxes, and perpetual dependency. In: D. Chandler & T.D. Sisk, eds. International Statebuilding: Concepts, Themes and Practices - A Routledge Handbook. London: Routledge 2013, 219-30.

with Turner, M. Introduction: The tyranny of peace and the politics of international intervention. In: M. Turner & F. P. Kühn, eds. The Politics of International Intervention. The Tyranny of Peace. London: Routledge 2016, 1-18.

Was ist Gleichgewicht? Zur Einordnung von Staaten in Systeme und von Systemen in ihren genealogischen Zusammenhang. In: M. Jonas, U. Lappenküper & B. Wegner (Hrsg.). Stabilität durch Gleichgewicht? Balance of Power im internationalen System der Neuzeit. Paderborn: Schöningh 2015, 203-223. [What is Balance? On analyzing states within systems and systems within their genealogy]

„We are all in this together …“: Deutschland in der Ambiguität der Afghanistanintervention. In: M. Daxner (Hrsg.). Deutschland in Afghanistan. Oldenburg: BIS 2014, 193-211. [Germany in the ambiguity of intervention in Afghanistan]

Awards

German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO): Dissertation book award 2010.

Youth Culture Award of the City of Ansbach, 2000, for a decade of engagement in youth work.

Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung (German Peace Research Foundation), stipend 2002-03, one year.