Candidates standing for Election to EISA Board

Dear EISA members,

Please kindly note that EISA Board Elections ballot will be open between 8-19 April 2019.

Cemal Burak Tansel

I am a Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK. EISA has become a truly pluralist and inclusive space for International Studies scholars in and beyond Europe, and I am committed to further developing it as a resource in the service of the global International Studies community.

I have assumed several organisational roles within the association. In 2017, I acted as programme co-chair for the 11th Pan-European Conference with EISA President Dr Victoria Basham. I organised sections, roundtables and panels at PECs in Sicily, Barcelona and Prague, as well as an EWIS workshop in 2017.

If elected, I will focus my efforts on:

  1. Enhancing the mobility fund to strengthen EISA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly for PhDs, ECRs, colleagues on precarious contracts, scholars from the global South and from under-represented groups;
  2. Building stronger institutional linkages with the International Studies communities in the global South;
  3. Revitalising the association’s online presence and archiving previous PEC content and programmes.

 

Felix Berenskoetter

 I am an open-minded scholar in the field of International Relations, which I consider an interdisciplinary field trying to make sense of world politics. Having grown up in Germany, lived in the US for several years and spent much of my professional life in London, I also am a European citizen with a transatlantic bent. A decade working at SOAS helped to correct my Western-centric education and made me aware of the productive tension between IR and area studies.

I have been a member of EISA since it was founded and am convinced of its mission to connect researchers in Europe, its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and its-membership-driven ethos. I would like to see EISA at the forefront of a conversation about how scholarship in Europe has been, and should be, interacting with knowledge produced in other parts of the world. I also think the Association must have a voice in defending the principle of academic freedom and the value of university for society. Overall, I believe EISA occupies an important place in the shifting landscape of how we study world politics, and I would be honoured to serve on its Board.

See more: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff53269.php

 

Felix Berenskoetter

 I am an open-minded scholar in the field of International Relations, which I consider an interdisciplinary field trying to make sense of world politics. Having grown up in Germany, lived in the US for several years and spent much of my professional life in London, I also am a European citizen with a transatlantic bent. A decade working at SOAS helped to correct my Western-centric education and made me aware of the productive tension between IR and area studies.

I have been a member of EISA since it was founded and am convinced of its mission to connect researchers in Europe, its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and its-membership-driven ethos. I would like to see EISA at the forefront of a conversation about how scholarship in Europe has been, and should be, interacting with knowledge produced in other parts of the world. I also think the Association must have a voice in defending the principle of academic freedom and the value of university for society. Overall, I believe EISA occupies an important place in the shifting landscape of how we study world politics, and I would be honoured to serve on its Board.

See more: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff53269.php

 

 

 

Francesco Strazzari

I work on peace, conflict and security, with a focus on extra-legal governance and political violence. After years in different universities and institutes across Europe, mainly focusing on conflict in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, I am now based in Pisa at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, working on drivers of change and (in)stability in the MENA and Sahel region. I am affiliated with NUPI (Oslo) and SAIS-Johns Hopkins (Bologna). I edit the blog securitypraxis.eu, and my latest book offers a critical reading of the sovereignty-terror nexus. As an advocate of methodological pluralism, I am transnationally active in researchers’ initiatives to address growing restrictions for fieldwork research. I’m particularly sensitive to questions related to scholars in conflict and under authoritarian rule. I believe more should be done to develop exchange and build capacity in international studies among universities in Southern Europe, where an entire generation of young scholars is trapped between crisis and austerity.

See more: https://securitypraxis.eu/francesco-strazzari/

 

Gabi Schlag

 I’m a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tuebingen (Germany). My research focus lies within the field of critical security studies and visual global politics. My recent publications include a special issue on the aesthetics and ethics of visualizing violence as well as a book chapter that discusses the methodological challenges of studying images and emotions. At the University of Tuebingen, I coordinate our Master’s program “Peace Research and International Politics” where I teach courses on conflict analysis, mediation, security institutions and ethics in IR.

I have experienced EISA as a highly open and inclusive organization which attracts academics worldwide. It would be a great honor for me to support the ongoing efforts of the board members to ensure that EISA remains a success story and progresses in new directions. In my view, EISA’s variety of forums, its disciplinary openness and paradigmatic diversity is a great asset and assures that EISA is well equipped for the future.

For more information, visit https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/faculty-of-economics-and-social-sciences/subjects/department-of-social-sciences/ifp/institute-of-political-science/people/ipol/team/dr-gabi-schlag/

 

Gabi Schlag

 I’m a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tuebingen (Germany). My research focus lies within the field of critical security studies and visual global politics. My recent publications include a special issue on the aesthetics and ethics of visualizing violence as well as a book chapter that discusses the methodological challenges of studying images and emotions. At the University of Tuebingen, I coordinate our Master’s program “Peace Research and International Politics” where I teach courses on conflict analysis, mediation, security institutions and ethics in IR.

I have experienced EISA as a highly open and inclusive organization which attracts academics worldwide. It would be a great honor for me to support the ongoing efforts of the board members to ensure that EISA remains a success story and progresses in new directions. In my view, EISA’s variety of forums, its disciplinary openness and paradigmatic diversity is a great asset and assures that EISA is well equipped for the future.

For more information, visit https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/faculty-of-economics-and-social-sciences/subjects/department-of-social-sciences/ifp/institute-of-political-science/people/ipol/team/dr-gabi-schlag/

 

Akos Kopper

I have 150 words. Not much for an introduction. In a nutshell I am working at a Hungarian University these days (see the link to my CV below), in a rather challenging environment – you have probably heard of CEU. But that is but the tip of the ice-berg (see my colleague’s piece on it: https://verfassungsblog.de/its-not-just-about-ceu-understanding-the-systemic-limitation-of-academic-freedom-in-hungary/).

I would join EISA for three things: 1. While we should have no illusions what organizations like EISA could do against governments threatening academic freedom, they offer room for networking and solidarity; 2. I hope to promote the involvement  of more CEE scholars (especially young ones) in the organization; 3. I believe EISA should co-organize events with organizations representing disciplines at the borders of IR.

Please check my CV at researchgate. My institutional homepage is still in the making. I cannot recall how many times we had been promised that it would work (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332060834_CV_Kopper_2019_March).

 

 

 

Katarzyna Marzęda-Młynarska

Dr hab. Katarzyna Marzeda-Mlynarska is an associate professor at the Political Science Faculty, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin, Poland. She has been a member of the UMCS Department of International Relations, where she teaches courses in both Polish and English, since 2005. She is the Head of Curriculum Design for National Security and an active member of the Faculty Team on the Quality of Education. Dr. Marzeda-Mlynarska is a member of the editorial boards of Athenaneum and Polish Political Science Studies, and the secretary of the Polish International Studies Association’s branch in Lublin. She is highly involved in international cooperation: she has been the Faculty’s International Relations and Erasmus Coordinator, has teaching experience in foreign universities, and has been a member of scientific and organizational committees for many conferences, including the very prestigious Polish Political Science Congress in 2018. For many years she was also involved in cooperation with the public sector, organizing training sessions for public administration officers and civil servants.

See more: https://www.umcs.pl/pl/addres-book-employee,1727,en.html

 

Katarzyna Marzęda-Młynarska

Dr hab. Katarzyna Marzeda-Mlynarska is an associate professor at the Political Science Faculty, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin, Poland. She has been a member of the UMCS Department of International Relations, where she teaches courses in both Polish and English, since 2005. She is the Head of Curriculum Design for National Security and an active member of the Faculty Team on the Quality of Education. Dr. Marzeda-Mlynarska is a member of the editorial boards of Athenaneum and Polish Political Science Studies, and the secretary of the Polish International Studies Association’s branch in Lublin. She is highly involved in international cooperation: she has been the Faculty’s International Relations and Erasmus Coordinator, has teaching experience in foreign universities, and has been a member of scientific and organizational committees for many conferences, including the very prestigious Polish Political Science Congress in 2018. For many years she was also involved in cooperation with the public sector, organizing training sessions for public administration officers and civil servants.

See more: https://www.umcs.pl/pl/addres-book-employee,1727,en.html

 

Marieke de Goede

I am a Professor of Politics at the University of Amsterdam, where I teach European external relations and security. I co-direct one of the research groups at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research (AISSR). I currently hold a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council, called FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial (www.projectfollow.org), and am an Associate Editor of Security Dialogue.

My research focuses on counter-terrorism and security practices in Europe, with a specific focus on financial data. Project FOLLOW studies the ethical and practical challenges of detecting, monitoring, reporting and prosecuting terrorist financing in an increasingly technology- and data-driven context.

I am motivated to help further shape EISA and its events as a diverse, critical and relatively young space for IR in Europe and beyond. I think there is scope for EISA to reach out to colleagues beyond Europe and beyond the academe. I would especially be interested in helping further developing programmes for young scholars, for example by furthering career development workshops, ‘how to publish’ events, and grant writing mentoring.

 

Vineet Thakur

Vineet Thakur is University Lecturer in International Relations at the Institute for History, Leiden University. His research interests are in postcolonial approaches to world politics, IR’s disciplinary history, and diplomatic histories of India and South Africa. He is currently writing a biography of the Indian liberal leader, V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, and has authored Postscripts on Independence: Foreign Policy Discourses in India and South Africa (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Jan Smuts and the Indian Question (University of KwaZulu Natal Press, 2017). He has also finished a co-authored book manuscript on the South African origins of International Relations, tentatively titled South Africa, Race and the Making of International Relations. His most recent journal publications are in Millennium, The International History Review, International Political Sociology, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, among others. He holds a doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

As a member of the EISA governing body, I will focus on creating more spaces for debates on the decolonization of the discipline and facilitating engagements with IR/IS organizations in the Global South.

Webpage: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/vineet-thakur#tab-1

 

Vineet Thakur

Vineet Thakur is University Lecturer in International Relations at the Institute for History, Leiden University. His research interests are in postcolonial approaches to world politics, IR’s disciplinary history, and diplomatic histories of India and South Africa. He is currently writing a biography of the Indian liberal leader, V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, and has authored Postscripts on Independence: Foreign Policy Discourses in India and South Africa (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Jan Smuts and the Indian Question (University of KwaZulu Natal Press, 2017). He has also finished a co-authored book manuscript on the South African origins of International Relations, tentatively titled South Africa, Race and the Making of International Relations. His most recent journal publications are in Millennium, The International History Review, International Political Sociology, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, among others. He holds a doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

As a member of the EISA governing body, I will focus on creating more spaces for debates on the decolonization of the discipline and facilitating engagements with IR/IS organizations in the Global South.

Webpage: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/vineet-thakur#tab-1

 

Juha A. Vuori

 Juha A. Vuori is professor of International Politics at Tampere University in Finland, and an adjunct professor (docent) of World Politics at the University of Helsinki. He has served on the board of EISA since 2019 as a member at large and is co-programme chair for the PEC19 in Sofia. Vuori is the current president of the Finnish Peace Research Association, former president of the Finnish ISA, and represents FISA in the WISC general assembly. His research interests include securitization theory and visual security studies, the People’s Republic of China, nuclear weapons, and internet-control and the politics of technology. Vuori’s recent books include Visual Security Studies (Routledge 2018, co-edited with Rune S. Andersen), and Critical Security and Chinese Politics (Routledge 2014). His articles have been published in journals such as EJIR, Security Dialogue, Critical Studies of Security, Global Discourse, Surveillance & Society, New Perspectives, and Asian Journal of Political Science.

A list of Vuori’s publications can be found here: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=2XhTxTsAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

 

Catherine Charrett

I am an Early Career Researcher and Lecturer in International Politics, currently based at Queen Mary University of London.   I was the recipient of a Fellowship Prize from the Independent Social Research Foundation in 2018-2019.  My work is on security and policing technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I work with performative and queer methods, and have written two performance pieces based on my research. My upcoming book with Routledge looks at EU-Hamas relations through the juxtaposition of gender and postcolonial theory, interview and ethnographic material and performance art work.

As a board member for EISA I hope encourage engagement with local knowledge production at the location of the regional and annual conferences.  I think it would be great to organise fields trips, guest speakers, special events (gallery tours, museum tours, city tours) that promote engagement with the city (or even region) in which the conference is held.

See more: https://catacharrett.tumblr.com

 

Catherine Charrett

I am an Early Career Researcher and Lecturer in International Politics, currently based at Queen Mary University of London.   I was the recipient of a Fellowship Prize from the Independent Social Research Foundation in 2018-2019.  My work is on security and policing technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I work with performative and queer methods, and have written two performance pieces based on my research. My upcoming book with Routledge looks at EU-Hamas relations through the juxtaposition of gender and postcolonial theory, interview and ethnographic material and performance art work.

As a board member for EISA I hope encourage engagement with local knowledge production at the location of the regional and annual conferences.  I think it would be great to organise fields trips, guest speakers, special events (gallery tours, museum tours, city tours) that promote engagement with the city (or even region) in which the conference is held.

See more: https://catacharrett.tumblr.com