Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr Gunther Hellmann

Fellows Unit 4

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

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Prof. Dr Gunther Hellmann joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow from August 2017 to January 2018. He conducted his research in Research Unit 4 “Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratization”.

Research Project at the Centre

Grasping Horizons of Possibility: Narratives about International Futures

Descriptions of the contemporary international situation are imbued with a rethoric of crisis in stark contrast, for instance, to narratives of tremendous opportunity after 1990 ('new world order'). Both imaginations of horizons of future possibility are obviously linked to whatever future materializes (as actuality). The research project will examine the linguistic conditioning of possibilitarian imagination against the background of pragmatist thought (Rorty, Wittgenstein). It will explore the potential applications of possibilistic imagination in line with Rawl's 'realistic utopias' in the field of European security.

Research Interests

  • International Relations Theory
  • Social Theory, especially Pragmatism
  • Foreign Policy, especially German and European
  • International Security, especially European and Transatlantic

Current Projects

  • Security Cooperation among Democracies
  • Germany in Europe


since 2007 Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Cluster of Excellence 'The Formation of Normative Orders'
Principal Investigator, Directorate Member, and Research Field Coordinator
since 1999 Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
Institute of Political Science
Professor for Political Science
2012-2013 Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC, USA
Senior Fellow
Summer 2012 Dartmouth College, Hannover NH, USA
Harris Distinguished Visiting Professor
2009-2012 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Bologna Center
Adjunct Professor
2008-2009 Johns Hopkins University/strong>
Bologna Center
Steven Muller Chair in German Studies
2000-2001 Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany
Research Group 'International Organizations'
Head of Research Group
1993-1999 TU Darmstadt, Germany
Institute of Political Science
Assistant Professor and Jean Monnet Chair Holder
1989-1993 Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Center for Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy
Institute of Political Science
Assistant Professor
1987-1988 Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Kennedy School of Government
Center for Science and International Affairs
Visiting Doctoral Student
1986-1991 Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for Political Science
Doctorate (summa cum laude)

Selected Publications

Hellmann, Gunther, Albert, M., and Deitelhoff, N. (eds.) (forthcoming): Ordnung und Regieren in der Weltgesellschaft <Order and Governmment in the World Society>, Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Hellmann, Gunther (forthcoming): Außenpolitik und Ordnungsbildung. Horizonte der Theoretisierung und Forschung in den Internationalen Beziehungen <Foreign Policy and the Building of Order. Horizons of Theorising and Research in International Relations>, in: Mathias Albert, Nicole Deitelhoff, and Gunther Hellmann (eds.): Ordnung und Regieren in der Weltgesellschaft, Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Hellmann, Gunther, Albert, M., and Deitelhoff, N. (forthcoming): Ordnung und Regieren in der Weltgesellschaft. Ein Problemaufriss <Order and Government in the World Society. An Outline, in:   Mathias Albert, Nicole Deitelhoff, and Gunther Hellmann (eds.): Ordnung und Regieren in der Weltgesellschaft, Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Hellmann, Gunther, and Herborth, Benjamin (eds.) (2017): Uses of the West. Security and the Politics of Order, Cambridge: Cambridge.

Hellmann, Gunther (2017): Verantwortungspolitik. Deutschlands Gewicht in der Waagschale Europas <Responsibility Policy. Germany's Weight on Europe's Balance Scale>, in: Wolfgang Ischinger and Dirk Messner (eds.): Deutschlands Neue Verantwortung, Berlin: Econ Verlag, 62–5.

Hellmann, Gunther (2017): Pragmatismus <Pragmatism>, in: Carlo Masala and Frank Sauer (eds.): Handbuch Internationale Beziehungen, 2nd revised edition, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 359–97.

Hellmann, Gunther (2017): Power and Law as Ordering Devices in the System of International Relations, in: Stefan Kadelbach, Thomas Kleinlein,and David Roth-Isigkeit (eds.): System, Order, and
International Law. The Early History of International Legal Thought from Machiavelli to
, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 464–81.

Hellmann, Gunther, and Valbjørn, Morten (2017) (eds.): The Forum: Problematizing Global Challenges: Recalibrating the ‘Inter’ in IR Theory, in: International Studies Review (online first in July 2017, doi: 10.1093/isr/vix009, including 'Introduction' with Morten Valbjørn, 1–5, and 'Interpreting International Relations', 18–22).

Hellmann, Gunther, and Herborth, Benjamin (2017): Introduction: Uses of the West, in: Gunther Hellmann and Benjamin Herborth (eds.): Uses of the West. Security and the Politics of Order, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1–10.

Hellmann, Gunther (2017): Defending the 'West'? The Transformation of National Security in the European Union, in: Gunther Hellmann and Benjamin Herborth (eds.): Uses of the West. Security and the
Politics of Order
, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 231–53.

Hellmann, Gunther, Fahrmeir, Andreas, and Vec, Miloš (eds.) (2016): The Transformation of Foreign Policy: Drawing and Managing Boundaries from Antiquity to the Present, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hellmann, Gunther, and Jørgensen, Knud Erik (eds.) (2015): Theorizing Foreign Policy in a Globalized World, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hellmann, Gunther, Wagner, Wolfgang, and Baumann, Rainer (2014): Deutsche Außenpolitik. Eine Einführung <German Foreign Policy. An Introduction>, 2nd revised edition, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Teaching Responsibilities

Teaching Summer Semester 2017:

  • "Klassiker" der Internationalen Beziehungen [Classics of International Relations] (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Deutsche Außenpolitik und europäische Ordnung im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert [German Foreign Policy and European Order in the 20th and 21st Century] (Undergraduate Seminar)
  • Forschungspraktikum Teil II: Problem(er)findung in den (i)nternationalen Beziehungen: Methodenfragen und Entscheidungen auf dem Weg zu einem Forschungsdesign [Research Practice Part II: Problem Finding and Funding in International Relations: Method Questions and Decisions on the Pathway to a Research Design] (Seminar/Research Practice)
  • Colloquium for Exam Candidates on Selected Problems in International Relations

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Co-Editor of the Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (since 2002)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of International Relations (since 2014)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Review of International Studies (2011-2015)

Seminars and Conferences

  • 'Wittgenstein, the Pragmatists and the Idea of Social Science', Lecture at the Symposium 'Wittgenstein and Pragmatism', Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Helsinki, 16–17 May 2016 (with Andreas Grimmel).
  • 'The Ends of IR Theory and the Linguistic Turn (Half Way Around)', Lecture at the 'International Politics Research Seminar', Aberystwhyth University (Wales), 10 March 2016; at 'Alternative Cosmologies & the Knowledge Systems in International Relations', Delhi (India), 9–10 January 2016; and at the annual conference of the European International Studies Association, Giardini-Naxos (Sicily), 23–26 September 2015 and at the 'International Studies Association', 18–21 February 2015.
  • 'Shaping Powers and Leadership Challenges in Contemporary Europe: Germany and its Partners in a World out of Joint', Lecture at the Symposium 'Germany as Model. Germany as Partner. Global Germany', Georgetown University, BMW Center for German and European Studies, Washington D.C., 13–14 December 2015.
  • 'Normative Powers and European Foreign Policy in a Minilateralist World', Keynote Address at 36th Annual Conference of the European Union Studies Association-Japan, Kansai University, Osaka, 21 November 2015.
  • 'Germany in Europe', Lecture at Konan University, Kobe (Japan), 20 November 2015.
  • 'Spying among "Friends". Exploring the "Normal" and the "No-go"', Lecture at the Workshop 'Security Communication in Democracies: Security, Order, and Legitimacy in World Politics', Exzellence Cluster 'Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen', Goethe University Frankfurt, Bad Homburg, 5–7 November 2015.
  • 'The Current State and Future of IR Studies in the Global South', Workshop of the 'World International Studies Committee' at the annual conference of the Mexican International Studies Association, 16 October 2015, Cancún, Mexico.
  • 'Strategische Überraschungen' [Strategic Surprises], Lecture at the Planning Office of the German Armed Forces, Berlin, 12 October 2015.
  • 'Wofür muss sich Deutschland wappnen? Die nächsten großen Krisen', Lecture at the Workshop 'Herausforderung Krisenfrüherkennung' at the 'Weißbuch 2016'-process, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Germany, Berlin, 3 June 2015.
  • 'A New Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture?', Lecture at the Conference 'Weimar Forum to the New Geopolitical and Geoeconomics Challenges in Europe' of the Foundation Deutsch-Polnische Zusammenarbeit, Warsaw, 17 June 2015.
  • 'Die EU in der Ukraine-Krise und das Verhältnis zu Russland', Lecture at the Conference 'Europa in Wissenschaft und Politik' of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, European Parliament, Strasbourg, 9–10 March 2015.
  • 'Germany’s Larger Foreign Policy Role', Lecture at the Roundtable "Partners in Leadership – Revisited" of the National Defense University and the Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik, Berlin, 12–13 February 2015.
  • 'European Foreign Policy and the Arc of Crisis in Eastern Europe and the Middle East', Lecture at the Association of Foreign Relations, Taipeh (Taiwan), 13 January 2015.


  • since 2017: President, World International Studies Committee (WISC) (2014–2017 Executive Secretary)
  • since 2017: Member, Board of Trustees, Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen, Essen
  • since 2015: Member of the Board, Aspen Institute Berlin
  • since 2011: Member, Academic Senate, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
  • 2004–2005: Dean, Department of Social Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
  • 2000–2006: Co-Speaker, section of International Politics, Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft (DVPW)


  • 2012–2013: Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC
  • 2008–2009: Steven Muller Chair in German Studies, SAIS Bologna Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1987–1988: Patterson Pre-Doctoral Fellow, CSIA, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • 1982–1985: Research Grant, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Exchange Fellow, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

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