Christian has studied Political Science, International Relations, and Law during his BA at Bielefeld University and during his MA at Free University of Berlin which he recently completed with a thesis similar to his PhD project. He also studied at University of Copenhagen and Tel Aviv University, visited various summer schools, and already acquired research experience at a Berlin-based interdisciplinary research institute that attends to the complicated relationship between technology like AI and social affairs.
My PhD project attends to ‘the future’ as a neglected concept in the nevertheless future-oriented discipline of IR. It is concerned with exploring and describing the idea(s) of ‘the future’ in IR and international politics under the premise of an interpretive, contextual methodology and asks for what this idea means in relation to its historical, socio-political, theoretical, and material context. The answer to this question then combines an intellectual history with international political theory while also drawing on wider sociological, anthropological, and philosophical thought. It proceeds by mapping past uses of this concept throughout IR’s history via re-reading texts central to the discipline and the overall theme but also senses present understandings via ethnographic interviewing to reflect on or situate this inquiry’s own historical perspective.
Primary Supervisor: Professor Christoph Meyer