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Dr Stephan Engelkamp

Dr Stephan Engelkamp

  • Academics

Lecturer in International Relations Education

Research subject areas

  • International relations
  • Conflict and security
  • Politics

Contact details


Dr Engelkamp is a Teaching Fellow in International Relations at the Department of War Studies. He previously lectured at the University of Muenster and at the University of Magdeburg in Germany and was visiting professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lille. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate School of Politics Muenster, Germany.

His main research interests are global security governance and processes of normalisation in global and European politics; critical approaches to peace and conflict; international relations theory (especially critical norms research and post-colonial approaches); and political anthropology. His research has appeared in journals such as Alternatives, International Studies Perspectives and European Review of International Studies.

Research Interests

His research interests revolve around questions of norms and normalisation processes, the politics of identity construction, and policy-making in the field of International Relations and European Governance. In this regard, he is particularly interested in connecting critical and interpretive approaches in IR with anthropological theories and methods.

His previous research, which resulted in his cumulative PhD thesis titled ‘Writing Norms. Reflexive Norms Research as Political Practice’, develops a critical approach to study norms in international relations inspired by postcolonial, feminist and anthropological research. It was applied to normalisation processes in state practices in both Western and Non-Western contexts, including a case study on representations of military responsibility in German popular culture. Building on this work, the next phase of his research will focus on the dynamics and discursive shifts in the moral grammar of discourse in German (and European) security and identity politics. Empirically, He is interested in how particular narratives become ‘normal’ and how local forms of resistance emerge, for example in postcolonial contexts of ‘nation-building’, in Germany’s struggles of remembering its past, or in the EU’s attempts of constructing a common identity. Finally, he is interested in experimenting with alternative forms of academic writing, such as auto-ethnographic writing, drawing on fictional literature and popular culture.

Recent Publications

Research articles

  • "Kritische Normenforschung in den Internationalen Beziehungen. Eine Einleitung." [Critical Norms Research in International Relations. An introduction] In Kritische Normenforschung in Deutschland, eds. S. Engelkamp, K. Glaab and A. Graf. Baden-Baden: NOMOS. Schriftenreihe Internationale Beziehungen (Forthcoming 2021) (with K. Glaab and A. Graf)
  • "Kritische Normenforschung: Ein Forschungsprogramm." [Critical Norms Research: A research agenda] In Kritische Normenforschung in Deutschland, eds. S. Engelkamp, K. Glaab und A. Graf. (Forthcoming 2021)
  • "Visualizing peace - The state of the art". Peace & Change 2020 (45:1): 5-27. (with Kristina Roepstorff and Alexander Spencer)
  • "Normenvehikel: Wie erfasst wird, was sich der Erkenntnis entzieht." [Vehicles of norms: How to grasp what escapes perception] In Kritische Normenforschung in Deutschland, eds. S. Engelkamp, K. Glaab und A. Graf Forthcoming 2021) (with K. Glaab and A. Graf)
  • "Moving images: Visual metaphors of peace in the movie Mango Dreams". Peace & Change 2020 (45:1): 126-150. (with Kristina Roepstorff and Alexander Spencer)
  • ‘Normalising knowledge? Constructivist norm research as political practice’ (with Katharina Glaab and Judith Renner), European Review of International Studies, 3(3), 2016 
  • ‘Writing norms. Constructivist norm research and the politics of ambiguity’ (with Katharina Glaab), Alternatives: Global – Local - Political, 40(3-4), 2015.
  • ‘Why we should not cut off the king’s head: Ritual sovereignty and the ‘moral grammar’ of the Thai state’, ASIEN, 135(2), 2015.

Edited volumes and special issues

  • "Special Issue on the politics, policy, and pedagogy of visualising peace. " Peace & Change 2020 (45:1): 5-27. (ed. with Kristina Roepstorff and Alexander Spencer)
  • Kritische Normenforschung in Deutschland. Neue Wege in den Internationalen Beziehungen [Critical Norms Research in Germany. New Paths in International Relations], Baden-Baden: NOMOS. Forthcoming. (ed. with Katharina Glaab and Antonia Graf)
  • "Transformation and conflict in Southeast Asia. Special issue." ASIEN 2008 (109). (ed. with Jos Platenkamp and Susanne Feske)

Book chapters

  • "Bilder des Friedens? Die metaphorische Visualisierung von Frieden im Film". [Images of peace? The metaphorical visualisation of peace in film] In: Visualitaet und Weltpolitik, eds. Axel Heck and Gabi Schlag 2020. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 215-244. (with K. Roepstorff and A. Spencer)
  • "Die Praxis der visuellen Analyse. Ein Dialog". [The practice of visual analysis. A dialogue.] In: Visualitaet und Weltpolitik, eds. A. Heck and G. Schlag 2020. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 311-346. (with L. Bogerts, F. Gadinger, C. Günther, A. Heck, H. Pfeifer, K. Ristic, D. Rothe, G. Schlag, D. Shim and F. Stengel)
  • "The politics of the exception as fiction: Reading Agamben through The Batman." In: The interplay between Political Theory and movies. Bridging two worlds, ed. U. Hamenstädt 2019. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 33-48.
  • The Politics of Exception as Fiction: Reading Agamben Through The Batman’ in Ulrich Hamenstädt (ed.) The Interplay Between Political Theory and Movies (Springer VS, Forthcoming).
  • ‘Agamben und die Theorie der Ausnahme in The Batman’ in Ulrich Hamenstädt (ed.) Politische Theorie im Film (Springer VS, 2016).
  • ‘Memento Reloaded: Constructivism vs. Historical Materialism’ (with Ulrich Hamenstädt) in Ulrich Hamenstädt (ed.) Politische Theorie im Film(Springer VS, 2016).

Reviews and Conference Reports

  • ‘Rezension. Franziska Müller. Im Namen liberaler Normen? Gouvernementalität in den EU-AKP-Beziehungen. Baden-Baden. NOMOS 2015. 355 Seiten. 64 €’, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 57(4), 2016.
  • ‘Rezension. Weiss, Stefani/Joscha Schmierer (Hg.). 2007. Prekäre Staatlichkeit und internationale Ordnung. VS Verlag’, Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, 2(1), 2009.
  • ‘Rezension. Jacobsen, Trudy. 2008. Lost goddesses. The denial of female power in Cambodian history. Copenhagen: NIAS Press’, ASIEN112/113, 2009.
  • ‘Konferenzbericht. Workshop der DGA-Nachwuchsgruppe Asienforschung zum Thema Interdisziplinarität’ (with Katharina Glaab), ASIEN, 109, 2008.



He teaches the following modules:

  • 7SSWN080 Global Governance of Conflict and Security: Theories & Methods (co-convenor)
  • 7SSWN079 Theories, Concepts and Methods in International Relations (co-convenor)


PhD Supervision

Dr Engelkemp is currently unable to supervise new PhD Students.