Advances in International Studies

Advances in International Studies is the IIR's flagship series of academic talks. We invite both established and emerging scholars who make a novel or unfamiliar contributions to our understanding of global politics. Each session will consist of an introductory talk and will be followed by an open discussion in a seminar setting.

29.3.2022; 16:00, Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3, Prague

Prof. Joachim Becker
Vienna University of Economics and Business

Dependent Development: the case of Central Eastern Europe

Central Eastern Europe has been integrated into the European economy in a subordinate way. The dependency approach provides a framework for analysing development patterns in the context of asymmetrical international relations. Since the original framework was developed in the 1960s and 1970s against the Latin background, an updated and modified conceptualization which is adapted to the present European, and especially Central East European context, will be proposed.


22.4.2022; 10:00, Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3, Prague

Prof. Nicola Pratt
University of Warwick

Towards a Situated and Embodied Knowledge of Middle East Geopolitics

This talk, drawing on Nicola Pratt’s 2020 book, Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women's Activism in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, argues for a situated and embodied knowledge of Middle East geopolitics. The seminar will discuss the study of women activist narratives as a method for revealing how geopolitical power is constituted and reconfigured at multiple scales from the personal to the global and the vital role of women’s bodies in this regard. 

26.5.2022; 16:00, Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3, Prague

Dr. Maria Mälksoo
University of Copenhagen

Who’s Afraid of Memory Laws? Theorising Deterrence in Memory Politics

Memory laws regulate the legitimate frames of remembering the past righteous and perpetrators. But who is supposed to be afraid of punitive memory laws? What do memory laws seek to prevent and how is their deterrent effect supposed to be achieved? What can they practically expect to avoid from taking place? Building on the collaborative Volkswagen Foundation-supported MEMOCRACY-project (2021-2024), this talk will engage Central and East European memory laws as unorthodox deterrence devices in national and international ontological security politics. I conceptualise mnemopolitical deterrence and assess the aims and sought effects of various CEE memory laws.


7.6.2022; 16:00, Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3, Prague

Dr. Endre Danyi
Goethe University Frankfurt

Un/common grounds: Tracing politics across worlds

In this paper, we explore possibilities for reconceptualizing cosmopolitics by focusing on sites and situations where the problem of un/commonality plays a central role. Stemming from ethnographic research, we outline a study of democratic politics that extends beyond the politics of a single world and attends to landscapes of political practice that embed, and sometimes deny multiplicity. We follow the chronological unfolding of our fieldwork in Germany and Australia and trace politics across worlds by telling alternating stories about how commonality and uncommonality are achieved in specific parliamentary settings in Frankfurt, Berlin, Darwin and Miliŋimbi – a Yolŋu community in the Northern Territory.