International Politics encompasses a broad array of intersecting concerns and challenges, some of which are unique to today, others of which are endemic to the more-than-human condition. Studying these concerns and challenges involves grappling wicked problems and rehearsing interdisciplinary thinking.
The Chair of International Political Studies II, Amanda Machin, engages with this multifaceted picture, focusing particularly upon issues of ecology, citizenship, identification, inequality, sustainability and democracy, drawing from and augmenting agonistic political theory.
We aim to develop a critical perspective upon environmental and democratic politics, in which environment concerns are understood as posing opportunities as well as dangers for the enhancement and enlivenment of the political realm. We are also geared towards creating a synergy between research and teaching.
Current research includes projects on green populism, bodies of democracy and agonism in the Anthropocene.
This project, together with Nadine Meidert at Zeppelin University, gathers a group of scholars from across Europe from different disciplinary backgrounds, focusing upon issues concerning challenges of citizenship, immigration and populism and their impact upon political identification in Europe. The project includes a two-day workshop held in October 2018, and a forthcoming edited collection.
This interdisciplinary research project funded by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, takes up the relationship between politics and science in order to analyse how processes of “quantification” and “rationalisation” have come to shape our contemporary world. It seeks to develop critical approaches to the current roles of quantitative data, models, and statistical analyses, and will also track historical developments that shed light upon their genesis and proliferation.