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Research strengths

Members of the cluster work within the broadly defined fields of (global) politics and political violence

Four key research strengths of the cluster fall within the broad research fields of:

  • critical security studies with terrorism and political violence;
  • studies of conflict, war and peace;
  • studies of citizenship, ethics and (human) rights; and
  • studies of critical methods and the politics of knowledge.

Critical security and political violence studies

Within this first area of research, the cluster engages with the logic of violence production by analysing existing conceptions and politicizations of violence and conflict; it also explores the discourses that produce violence. Our specific expertise covers a range of phenomena associated with violence, terrorism and counter-terrorism and their (im)permissibility. Our researchers in this area have contributed to the understanding of:

  • anti-terrorism practices, including war, and their problematic justifications;
  • the role of technology in relation to security and risk assessment;
  • memory and commemoration of violence;
  • the impact of gender on practices of (in)security; and
  • the biopolitics of sovereign power and political philosophy of violence.

Studies of conflict, war and peace

Conflict, war and peace is a field of studies related to the study of violence and terrorism; yet it holds it own specificities. Our researchers in this second area of research developed and significantly marked the understanding and conceptualizations of:

  • transitional justice in post-conflict environment;
  • politics of ethics in war;
  • gender and war;
  • news and media;
  • politics of memory and remembrance; and
  • new technologies and cyber warfare.

Studies of citizenship, migration and (human) rights

The core of this third research area focuses on the effect state practices have on different groups of individuals such as citizens, migrants and how these different groups gets constructed in the discourse of politics and/or rights. In particular, our expertise inquires into the complexities of the relationship between the citizen and migrant, the self and other, insider and outsider in order to understand more about how the politics in/of postmodern society operates. The work of our researches made significant contributions to the understanding of:

  • political terminology and categories such as: 'belonging', 'homeland', 'territory', 'nation' and 'community';
  • the role acts, emotions, desires, forms of protest and resistances have for the formation of political subjectivity;
  • everyday experiences of border practices; and
  • human rights discourse and different conceptions of rights and law.

Studies of critical methods and the politics of knowledge

In critical international politics methods and methodologies are commonly sidetracked and considered a domain of positivism; in this fourth area of specialism our researchers specialize on three different aspects: the role of methods in social science research, the use of methods in research and teaching and, finally, the broader politics of knowledge claims. Our work in this area is looking to make significant contributions to:

  • the study of different forms of political representation: photography, film, the body;
  • the method as a teaching practice;
  • the method conceived as a critical exploration into the conditions of the self;
  • the politics of knowledge claims; and
  • (post)colonial and (post)modern narratives and conditions of knowledge claims.