Dr. Benjamin Tallis

Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague


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Employment

2015–present: Senior Researcher, IIR Prague
2015-2016:Co-ordinator of the Centre for European Security of the IIR Prague
2014: IIR Associate Research Fellow, Co-ordinator of the Centre for European Security, IIR Prague
2014–present: Editor-in-Chief, New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and International Relations
2011–present: Lecturer in International Relations, Anglo-American University, Prague
2008–present: Freelance Journalist, Writer and Commentator for various European media outlets.
2006–2007: Strategy, Planning & Performance Officer (P3 Equivalent, Diplomatic Status), EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova & Ukraine (EUBAM), Odessa, Ukraine.
2004–2005: Strategic Analyst & Project Manager (P3 Equivalent, Diplomatic Status), EU Police Mission (EUPOL) ‘Proxima’, Skopje.
2003: Analyst, Police Development Unit, OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje.
2001–2002: Analyst, Investment Banking Finance, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, London. 

  Education

2010–2015: Doctorate (PhD) in International Politics, University of Manchester. Fully Funded ESRC Studentship. Doctoral Thesis: ‘A Moveable East: Identities, Borders & Orders in the Enlarged EU and Its Eastern Neighbourhood’.
2009–2010: Masters (MA) in International Politics (International Relations Pathway) with Research Training, University of Manchester.
2002–2003: Masters (MA) in Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters), University of Bath and Charles University, Prague.
1998–2001: Bachelors (BA Hons) in Economics, University of Sheffield.

Languages

English – Native Fluency
Czech – Intermediate
German – Lower Intermediate
Russian – Basic/ Passive Knowledge

  Areas of Interest

European Security
Borders and the Politics of Bordering
Critical Geopolitics and Political Geography
Central & East European Politics
Post-communism and the Politics of Transition
EU Foreign & Security, Neighbourhood and JHA Policy
Cultural Politics, particularly Architectural and Material Politics of Memory
Critical Pragmatism and Interpretive Research Methodology

  Memberships

  • 2010–present: Member of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the ISA International Political Sociology (IPS) and their Postcommunist States sections.
  • 2010–2014: Member of the University of Manchester ‘Poststructuralist and Critical Thought Cluster’.
  • 2013–present: Member of the European International Studies Association (EISA)

  Teaching Experience

Course Convener and Lecturer

  • Human Security & Terrorism - Perspectives on Contemporary Security (taught 5 times at AAU – 2012-2016) BA/MA
  • Humans on the Move: current aspects of migration in Europe (Charles University, 2015) MA
  • Theories of International Relations (3 times at AAU – 2011-2013). MA
  • Critical & Alternative Approaches to International Politics (AAU, 2012) BA/MA
  • Power Structures - Architecture, Politics & The City (AAU, 2013). BA/MA


Course Tutor

  • Politics of Globalisation – University of Manchester 2013-14 BA
  • Politics of Development University of Manchester 2013-14 BA


2012–2016 (Anglo-American University, Prague):
Course convener and lecturer on the Intensive MA & Upper Level BA Module
POL 359/559: Human Security & Terrorism - Perspectives on Contemporary Security

2015 (Charles University in Prague)
‘Humans on the Move: current aspects of migration in Europe’  (Autumn/Winter Semester)

2013–2014 (University of Manchester, UK):
Course Tutor and TA for second year undergraduate modules
POLI 20711: Politics of Globalisation
POLI 20722: Politics of Development

2012–2013 (Anglo-American University, Prague):
Course convener and lecturer on the Masters (MA) Modules
POL 500: Theories of International Relations
POL 500-C: Theories of International Relations (Part-Time)

Course convener and lecturer on the mixed MA & Upper Level BA Modules
POL 359/559: Human Security & Terrorism - Perspectives on Contemporary Security
POL 447/547: Critical & Alternative Approaches to International Politics
POL 415/515: Power Structures - Architecture, Politics & The City

2011–2012 (Anglo-American University, Prague):
Course convener and lecturer on the Masters (MA) Modules
POL 500: Theories of International Relations
POL 551-C: Security, Conflict & Resolution (Part-Time)

Course convener and lecturer on the Mixed MA & Upper Level BA Modules
POL 359/559: Human Security & Terrorism: Perspectives on Contemporary Security

  Other Professional and Public Activities

  • 2015-present Regular and frequent consultations for various ministries of the Czech government, embassies of various EU, North American and Asian countries, as well as for politicians and media from around Europe.
  • 2014: Moderated and participated in a debate on Borders and Migration at FRONTEX Headquarters in Warsaw, as part of the ‘European Day of Border Guards’ conference.
  • 2014: Convened a Panel at ISA Annual Convention 2014 in Toronto - Putting Research in its Place: Critical Pragmatism and the Negotiation of Proximity in the Production of Useful Knowledge
  • 2013: Invited Speaker at ‘Creative Mornings: Prague’ addressing a public audience on ways of understanding Space and Borders – the talk was the headline feature in the global, Creative Mornings Newsletter which is sent to 30,000 people worldwide.
  • 2013: Organised the 2nd Prague Security Conference – Security & The City at Anglo-American University, Prague, 5 Panels with Guest Speakers from University of Manchester and Central European University, Budapest - Supported by the Visegrad Fund.
  • 2013: Winner of the ‘Images of Research’ Competition at the Manchester Science Festival.
  • 2012: Organised the 1st Prague Security Conference – Security Now! Perspectives on Contemporary Security at Anglo-American University, Prague: 4 Panels and Keynote Address from Guest Speaker from University of Manchester – Dr. Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet.
  • 2012: Convened a Panel at ISA Annual Convention 2012 in San Diego – Into the Borderscape: Operationalising the Borderscape Concept 

  Publications

Scholarly Articles (in peer-reviewed journals and journals with impact factor):

Pieces in Edited Collections

  • (2014): The Unbearable Lightness of Being Ignored; Panel Stories. In: Armand, Louis (ed.) Abolishing Prague. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia (re-printed in a new edited collection).
  • (2013): Panel Stories: Public Lies & Private Lives in Paneláks and Sídlištěs. Vlak 4, Prague, London, New York, Melbourne, Paris, Amsterdam: Eqqus Press.
  • (2012): The Unbearable Lightness of Being Ignored: Czech Brutalist Architecture. Vlak 3, Prague, London, New York, Melbourne, Paris, Amsterdam: Eqqus Press.

Other Scholarly Articles

  • (2018): Editorial: ‘The World is (Not) Heated’ (editorial). New Perspectives, 1/2018.
  • Šimečka, Michal – Tallis, Benjamin (2016): Czech Strategic Partnerships: A Practice in Need of a Vision. Policy paper of the IIR, September 2016.
  • Beneš, Vít – Kratochvíl, Petr – Šimečka, Michal –Tallis, Benjamin (2015): The EU and the Refugees: The Way Forward. Policy paper Prague European Summit, 28–37.
  • (2015): Migration as a (future) challenge for V4 countries. Preparation of Section on Schengen and Common EU Border and Migration Challenges for Think Visegrad Report, 11/2015.
  • (2015): Migration as a (future) challenge for V4 countries: The Czech Republic - for Think Visegrad Project, 11/2015.
  • Šimečka, Michal – Tallis, Benjamin (2015): Migration in the Contemporary Context: Potential Consequences for Czech and Slovak Societies. VI Czech-Slovak (MFA) discussion forum, 11/2015.
  • Šimečka, Michal – Tallis, Benjamin (2015): Polish and Czech security policy: A (no) discrepancy report. Warsaw: CSM, Reports 08/2015.
  • Šimečka, Michal – Tallis, Benjamin (2015): Toward a European Global Strategy: Scope for Visegrad Cooperation. Prepared for CZ MFA, 07/2015.
  • Šimečka, Michal – Tallis, Benjamin (2015): A New Security Strategy for Europe: Framing the Discussion. Prepared for Seminar at CZ MFA, 18. 3. 2015.
  • (2015): EU Response to the Migration Crisis: Too Little, But Not Too Late. European Security Spotlight, No. 12.
  • Tallis, Benjamin – Wittichová, Markéta: Offshoring Security: Protecting Migrants and the Schengen Zone. European Security Spotlight, No. 11.
  • (2015): Security Tri-lemma: The UK’s Nuclear Deterrent. European Security Spotlight, No.9.
  • (2015): Ukrainian Mobility: An Opportunity Not a Threat to the EU. European Security Spotlight, No. 8.
  • (2015): From Vicious to Virtuous: Transforming the Ukraine Crisis. European Security Spotlight, No. 6.

  Columns and Selected Media Appearances:

2018

2017

2016

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  • I slunce vychází. Reportér, 12/2015.
  • The Sun Also Rises. Reporter, 12/2015.
  • Where would mooted Mini-Schengen leave states like Czech Republic. Radio Prague, 20. 11. 2015.
  • A Migrant's Story. Reporter, 10/2015.
  • Czech stance on refugees could risk gains of last 25 years. Radio Prague, 5. 10. 2015.
  • Tallis, Benajmin – Šimečka, Michal (2015): Fighting the wrong battle: Central Europe’s crisis is one of liberal democracy, not migration. OpenDemocracy, London UK, 4. 9. 2015.
  • Discussing migration. Horizont ČT24, 18. 8. 2015.
  • Discussing migration. Slovak National Radio News, 19. 5. 2015.
  • Discussing migration. Slovak National Radio News, 18. 5. 2015.
  • Tallis, Benjamin – Daniel, Jan – Šimečka, Michal (2015): Europe’s Migration Crisis: Central Europe’s Dangerous Game. Open Democracy, London, UK, 18. 5. 2015.
  • Tallis, Benjamin – Daniel, Jan – Šimečka, Michal (2015): Europe’s Migration Crisis: An Alternative View from Central Europe. Visegrad Insight, Warsaw, Poland, 13. 5. 2015.
  • Tallis, Benjamin – Daniel, Jan – Šimečka, Michal (2015): Evropská unie by přežila ve vládě i Tomia Okamuru. Respekt, 7. 5. 2015.
  • Discussing migration. Horizont ČT24, 23. 4. 2015.
  • No end of history, no end of politics, but limits to critique? Visegrad Insight, 2. 2. 2015.
  • Shine on: Bat’a, Zlin and the Spirit of Modernism. The Modernist, UK, 12/2014.
  • Nanovo: From the Cosy Dens of Another Time. The Modernist, UK, 2014.
  • Divided Heaven: The Prague TV Tower. The Modernist, UK, 10/2014.
  • 2013 – One of three expert interviewees contributing the bulk of a feature programme on EU Borders after the introduction and expansion of the Schengen zone on Czech Radio (Český Rozhlas). 20 7. 2013. http://www.rozhlas.cz/plus/cizinci (Zase pasy? Reforma Schengenu a Politika Hranic EU).
  • 2013: Featured expert interviewee in a feature article in Danish Newspaper Weekendavisen on ‘Eastern Europe: Perceptions and Realities’.
  • 2013–2014: My blog, ‘Torn Curtain’ blog has been viewed more than 8,000 times - www.ceethrough.wordpress.com
  • Karel Teige& The Lost Soul of Modernism. The Modernist, UK, 2013.
  • Velvet Underground: The Prague Metro System. The Modernist, UK, 2013.
  • The Continuation of Warsaw by Other Means. The Modernist, UK, 2013.
  • Indecent Exposure: The Czechoslovak Expo ’58 Pavillion. The Modernist, UK, 2012.
  • Concrete Schoolyards: Czech Housing Estates., The Modernist, UK, 2012.
  • Faith, Hope& Charity: Out of Their Labours and Into Our Lives in Eisenhuettenstadt. Umelec, Czech Republic, 2009
  • 2008–2012: Numerous Articles and Opinion Pieces in The Prague Post on Central & East European Politics, Security, Societies and Cultures.

Selected Lectures and Conference Papers

  • Re-Moveable East? Central Europe’s Shifting Identities, Borderscapes and Orders. Eastern Europe – Global Area / Das östliche Europa in globalen Bezügen, 3.- 5. 7. 2018.
  • “A (Re-)Movable East: Central Europe’s migrations to and from the EU-European Core”. “Mobility, migration and the remaking of East European identities in a post-Brexit Europe”, Leipzig, 27. 6. 2018.
  • The Rule of Law Under Threat in Central and Eastern Europe. CEELI INSTITUTE ANNUAL MEETING 2018, 25. 6. 2018.
  • Doppelmensch: Split-Subjectivity, Reflexivity and Creativity and in Post-Critical Security Research. International Political Sociology Seminar, Geneva, 21. 6. 2018.
  • Manufacturing Dissent. the ‘Prague Micro Festival’, 25. 5. and 26. 5. 2018.
  • 5th EISA European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Programme Chair and Organiser (together with Benjamin Herborth of RUG), Groningen, June 06-09, 2018.
  • WS K: Beyond “Campfire IR” – Multiplicity as a new common ground for IR theory. 5th EISA European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Groningen, June 06-09, 2018.
  • Making Fieldwork Work: Even in Insecure & Secure Places and with Difficult or Powerful People. Institute of International Relations Prague, 25. 5. 2018.
  • A Portrait of a Syrian Torturer. Institute of International Relations Prague, 24. 5. 2018.
  • Presentation to a delegation of the French Ministry of Interior, 2/2018.
  • ‘Post-Critical IR?’ Copenhagen, 15.-16.3.2018.
  • ‘World Political Compositions’ San Francisco, 3. 4. 2018.
  • Co-convener: Roundtable TD36: Re-Uses of the Other: New Perspectives on the Return of "the East" in European Geopolitical Imaginaries. ISA's 59th Annual Convention, San Francisco, 4.–7. 4. 2018.
  • What is a Borderscape? Conceptualising the Borderscape to Realise the Potential of Critical Border Studies. Öffentlicher Vortrag im Kolloquium des Centers for Political Practices and Orders (C2PO), Universität Erfurt, 16. 11. 2017.
  • Institutskolloquium: What is a Borderspace? Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Tübingen, 15. 11. 2017.
  • What is a Borderscape? Conceptualising the Borderscape to Address Problems of Critical Border Studies, EEGA, Leipzig, 13. 11. 2017.
  • Building Europe through Democratic Processes. Schebek Palace, Prague, 18. 9. 2017.
  • Lost Futures, Lost Worlds: (Central) Europe and ‘the (Post) International’. 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: "The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises," Barcelona, 13.-16.9. 2017.
  • Worlds Known to we who dwell in/on them: Re(dis)covering Landscape in Social and Political Research. 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: "The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises," Barcelona, 13.-16.9. 2017.
  • What is a Borderscape? 4th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Cardiff, 7. -10. 6. 2017.
  • What happens after finding refuge? The integration of Syrian refugees in Germany and Turkey, Global Turkey in Europe, Berlin, 8. 5. 2017.
  • The Pre-History of the Czech Post-International. ISA Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, 22.-25. 2. 2017.
  • Normativities in International Relations roundtable. ISA Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, 22.-25. 2. 2017.
  • Organized the panel: (Re-)Interpreting the Encounter, (Re-)Encountering the Interpreter: New Perspectives on CEE encounters in Europe and the Wider World . ISA Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, 22.-25. 2. 2017.
  • Organized the roundtable: New Perspectives on Central & Eastern Europe’s Role in the Migration Crisis: Responses and Reactions from States, People, Civil Society and the EU. ISA Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, 22. -25. 2. 2017.
  • Making Europe (inte–) Great again: Recovering Europe‘s Lost Future(s). Jak bude vypadat Evropa a svět za dvacet let. Ústav mezinárodních vztahů. 9. 11. 2016.
  • The End of Normative Power Europe? Institute of International Relations Prague, 10. 10. 2016.
  • Czech Foreign Policy in Turbulent Times 2. 8th International Symposium "Czech Foreign Policy". Czernin Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 22. 9. 2016.
  • The Czech-German Strategic Relationship. 8th International Symposium "Czech Foreign Policy". Czernin Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 21. 9. 2016.
  • After the Bratislava Summit: the State of the Political Dialogue on Europe. 8th International Symposium "Czech Foreign Policy". Czernin Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 21. 9. 2016.
    The Czech-Polish Strategic Relationship. 8th International Symposium "Czech Foreign Policy". Czernin Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 21. 9. 2016.
  • The International, Cosmopolitanism & The Possibility of an Avant Garde. Prague Microfestival, 13. 5. 2016.
  • Conference on Euroscepticism & Migration. Institute for Politics and Society. Prague, 7. 5. 2016.
  • Finding Strategy, Losing Identity/ Assembling Strategy, Assembling Identity. The European International Studies Association (EISA)- European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS). Germany, 6–8. 4. 2016.
  • Twilight Zones. ISA Annual Convention 2016, Atlanta, Georgia 16–19. 3. 2016.
  • Protect me from What I want. ISA Annual Convention 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, 16–19. 3. 2016.
  • Chair at two pannels at ISA Annual Convention 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, 16–19. 3. 2016.
  • Chair & Discussan: Europe’s Migration and Refugee Crisis: Impacts on Euroatlantic Security and Solidarity. Euroatlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment, Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 29. 2. 2016.
  • Chair and Discussant: Central Europe in the Future EU: A Non-Visegrad Perspective. The 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Visegrad Cooperation, Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 18. 2. 2016.
  • Decentralization and mobility in the post-communist state. From Inspiration to Implementation: Europeanisation Process in Ukraine (InIm), Chernivtsi, Ukraine 22–23. 1. 2016
  • New Fences/Nové Ploty 2015. Presentation on 'Europe Re-divided?' Migration, Schengen and the EU, 17. 11. 2015.
  • The Mediterranean: How to prevent human tragedies at sea and adopt a viable and sustainable European immigration policy. Prague European Summit 2015, 13. 11. 2015.
  • New Perspectives on Pluridisciplinarity In Central And Eastern Europe. Chair and Discussant. ESA, Prague 25. 8. 2015.
  • Uncanny Territory: How the EU has made Ukraine into both a Buffer Zone and an Unheimlich Borderland. EISA 2015, Sicily, 24. 8. 2015.
  • Innovations in IR theory and the EU’s external relations: Poststructuralism/ IPS 2.0'. EISA 2015, Sicily, (spoluautorka Xymena Kurowska), 24. 8. 2015.
  • Russo-Ukrainian Crisis and the Consequences for the EU. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 11. 6. 2015.
  • A Moveable East: Identities, Borders & Orders in the Enlarged EU and Its Eastern Neighbourhood. Public Lecture at Anglo-Amercian University, Prague, 12. 5. 2015.
  • Lost at Sea: Human Tragedy, Heightened Expecta ons & Low Politics in EU Migration Management in the Mediterranean, ISA 2015, New Orelans, 18. 2. 2015.
  • Storming the Opera House and Other Ways of Getting it Wrong in Ukraine. ISA 2015, New Orelans. 18. 2. 2015.
  • Baguettes, Knife-Fights and Borders: How EU Bordering Contributed to the 2014 Ukraine Crisis. Symposium on Externalised Bordering in Europe and North America (Sympózium o realizovaném vytváření hranic v Evropě a Severní Americe), EU Centre of Excellence (Centrum EU pro excelenci), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2014.
  • Sixth Senses and Fifth Columns: A Practitioner Turned Researcher Returns to the Field of European Security. ISA Annual Convention 2014, Toronto.
  • Eastern Promises Gone West? The Spatial, Temporal and Social Lives of EU Borders in Central & Eastern Europe. ISA Annual Convention 2014, Toronto.
  • EU Borders, Limit Fetish & The Squeezed Ukrainian Middle: How Security and Fundamental Rights Agendas Combine to Limit Mobility for Ukrainians. 8th Pan European Conference on International Relations - EISA, Warsaw, 2013.
  • Brutalised Brutalism: A Politics of Architectural Memory and Postcommunist Subjectivity in Czech Republic. 8th Pan European Conference on International Relations - EISA, Warsaw, 2013.
  • Stuck in the Middle with You: Critical Pragmatism and Intersubjective Authenticity in Central & Eastern European Security Research. 8th Pan European Conference on International Relations - EISA, Warsaw, 2013.
  • Lines, Traces & Tidemarks in the Borderscapes of the Enlarged EU & Its Eastern Neighbourhood. ISA Annual Convention 2013, San Francisco.
  • Into the Borderscape: Towards a Geopolitical Ethnography. ISA Annual Convention 2012, San Diego.
  • Scaling the Digital Fortress: Control as Power and Resistance in the Emerging Hypersocial World. ISA Annual Convention 2011, Montreal.

Research Projects

  • 2016: ČR, NATO a budoucnost kolektivní obrany v éře hybridního válčení / The Czech Republic, NATO, and the future of collective defence in the era of hybrid warfare. TA ČR, co-ordinator.
  • 2016: Externí aspekty migrační krize: evropské politiky a příspěvek ČR / External aspects of migration crisis: European and Czech policies. TA ČR BETA, co-ordinator.
  • 2016: Návrh perspektiv budoucí spolupráce v česko-německém strategickém dialogu a hodnocení jeho realizace / Perspective proposals for the future cooperation within the Czech-German strategic dialogue, its evaluation and realization. TA ČR BETA, co-ordinator.
  • 2016: Globální strategie EU pro zahraniční a bezpečnostní politiku: proces, obsah a role ČR / A Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy for the European Union: processes, content and the role of the Czech Republic. TA ČR BETA, team member.
  • 2016: Strategická partnerství v zahraniční politice ČR / Strategic partnership in Czech foreign policy. Projekt TA ČR BETA, team member.
  • Migration as a (Future) Challenge For V4 Countries. Think Visegrad grant project, team member.
  • From Inspiration to Implementation: Europeanisation Process in Ukraine. Quadrivium NGO project co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund (more information here)




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