Ayşe Zarakol (Cambridge) will give a public talk about her new book Hierarchies in World Politics on December 18th, 06.00 p.m. at the Geothe University Frankfurt. It will be held in English at the Campus Westend, Seminarhaus room 5.101.
Please find below a short summary of the topic and some information about the author.
This is a book talk based on Hierarchies in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Globalizing processes are gathering increased attention for complicating the nature of political boundaries, authority and sovereignty. Recent examples of global financial and political turmoil have also created a sense of unease about the durability of the modern international order and the ability of our existing theoretical frameworks to explain system dynamics. In light of the inadequacies of traditional international relations (IR) theories in explaining the contemporary global context, a growing range of scholars have been seeking to make sense of world politics through an analytical focus on hierarchies instead. Until now, the explanatory potential of such research agendas and their implications for the discipline went unrecognized, partly due to the fragmented nature of the IR field. To address this gap, this ground-breaking book brings leading IR scholars together in a conversation on hierarchy and thus moves the discipline in a direction better equipped to deal with the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Ayşe Zarakol is Reader in International Relations at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Emmanuel College. Dr. Zarakol’s primary research interests are in international security (with an emphasis on approaches rooted in social theory and historical sociology). More specifically, she works on the evolution of East and West relations in the international order, declining and rising powers, and politics of non-Western regional powers. She is the author of After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West (Cambridge Studies in International Relations, no.118, Cambridge University Press, 2011). Her articles have appeared in journals such as International Organization, International Theory, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, among many others.