Prof Dr Pınar Bilgin

Senior Research Fellow

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

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5245
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276





Since 2000

Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Professor of International Relations

08/2019 - 08/2019


Visiting Professor

06/2019 - 06/2019

Amsterdam University

Visiting Professor


09/2015 - 08/2016

University of Southern Denmark

Visiting Professor

Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies

09/2015 - 08/2016

Copenhagen University

Visiting Researcher

Centre for Resolution on International Conflicts

09/2013 - 08/2014

King's College London

Department of War Studies

09/2006 - 05/2007

Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Washington DC

Woodrow Wilson Fellow

Seminars and Conferences

5-9/07/2021: Keynote Lecturer, British Middle East Studies Association (BRISMES) annual conference, 'Nowhere to run? Decolonising the study of the Middle East between Area Studies and International Relations' (online).

09/2021: Academic Year Inaugural Lecture for IRI, PUC-Rio, 'What does it mean to think postcolonially about security?' (online).

21-23/10/2021: Keynote Lecturer, Mexican International Studies Association annual conference, 'How (not) to Globalise IR?' (online).

07/12/2021: How not to decenter European Studies', VICES Webinar 'EU Diplomacy in Global Governance', Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (online).

06/2019: ‘Is Eurocentrism a concern when studying security in Europe? The case of migration crisis in the Mediterranean’, public lecture, University of Amsterdam.

10/2019: ‘Why Globalise International Relations’, Public Lecture, Leiden University.

12/2016: 'Managing (in)security at EU borders’, University of Coimbra Jean Monnet Lecture series, Coimbra, Portugal

2016: 'How (not) to remedy Eurocentrism in the study of world politics’, Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

2016: 'Thinking Critically About Security: Beyond the ‘West’ and the ‘Rest’’, keynote speech at the 1st Afrasian Symposium “Beyond ‘West’ and ‘Rest’? A Critical Inquiry Into the Dichotomized Ontology of International Relations”, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan.

2015: Program Co-Chair, International Studies Association (ISA)

2013: Program Co-Chair, 8th Pan European Conference on International Relations, ECPR 
Standing Group on International Relations/European International Studies Association 
(EISA), Warsaw, Poland.

2009: Program Chair, 7th Central and Eastern European International Studies Association (CEEISA)  St Petersburg, Russia.


Prof Dr Pınar Bilgin joined the research group 'Global Cooperation and Diverse Conceptions of World Order' in January 2023 and will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre until December 2023.

Research Project at the Centre

Globalising IR in Practice

How do we globalise the study of world politics? The proposed research seeks to build a framework for studying world politics with a view to addressing the concerns behind the calls for ‘Globalising IR’, which is about coming to terms with an increasingly globalising world and embracing a plurality of approaches reflective of multiple experiences and interpretations of the international around the world. The goal of the proposed project is to sidestep debates on the state of the discipline, and explore different ways in which students of world politics could engage in globalising IR in practice. Part I of the project will analyse and critically evaluate the practical implications of existing efforts to globalise IR. Part II will focus on one approach in particular, the cultural critic Edward Said’s method of contrapuntal reading, and seek to build a framework drawing on his work as well as others who have utilized his method in the study of history and politics. Part III will seek to illustrate the proposed framework by focusing on an empirical case. The proposed research is designed with a view to the two thematic fields of the Centre for Global Cooperation research. By way of developing the proposed framework, I will explore diverse conceptions of world order on offer not only (or primarily) as discrete and rival conceptions of world/order, but in terms of their historical (and contemporary) connectedness. In the case study, the proposed project will analyse two regional actors, Brazil and Turkey’s attempts at delegitimating the claims of some to speak on behalf of the international community when cooperating for international security.

Research Interests

  • Critical Security Studies
  • International Relations Theory
  • Regional Security in the Middle East and the Mediterranean


  • TÜBİTAK Bilim Teşvik Ödülü / Encouragement Award for Young Scholars 2009
  • Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi Üstün Başarılı Genç Bilim İnsanlarını Ödüllendirme Programı / Award for Young Scholars (TÜBA-GEBİP), 2008
  • Best article published in Politics in 2004, Political Studies Association, United Kingdom, 2004 (co-authored)


Bilgin, Pınar (2020).‘The “Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean” as a Threat fo Women’s Security in the EU? A Contrapuntal Reading’, Geopolitics.

Bilgin, Pınar (2019). 'Regional Security in the Middle East: A Critical Perspective'. London: Routledge, revised and updated second edition.

Bilgin, Pınar (2019). 'Sacralisation: Defying the Politicisation of Security in Turkey', European Review of International Studies, 5(3).

Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology (2017). London: Routledge, Xavier Guillaume, Pınar Bilgin, eds.

Decolonising Asia: Unlearning Colonial/Imperial Power Relations (2017). London: Routledge, Pınar Bilgin, L.H.M. Ling, eds.

Bilgin, Pınar (2016). The International in Security, Security in the International. London: Routledge.

Bilgin, Pınar (2016). “How to remedy Eurocentrism in IR? A complement and a challenge to The Global Transformation” International Theory, 8(3): 492–501.

Bilgin, Pınar (2016). '“Contrapuntal reading” as a method, an ethos and a metaphor for Global IR’, International Studies Review, 18(1): 134–46

Bilgin, Pınar (2012). 'Civilization, Dialogue, Security: The Challenge of Post-Secularism and the Limits of Civilizational Dialogue', Review of International Studies , 38(5): 1099–1115.