Conference for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics 2016

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  • Location: Fairbairn House (University of Leeds), Clarendon Road.
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About CIAP

The Conference for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics (CIAP) is an annual conference that concentrates on the study of political issues between disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It aims to build bridges between disciplines and further awareness of scholarship from diverse backgrounds. Based on a changing annual theme the conference invites academics to consider approaches that might at first glance seem to be outside of their discipline.


Yuri van Hoef is a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on friendship in politics, specifically the role of friendship between heads of government in International Relations.

Gisli Vogler is is an ERC doctoral researcher at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, He is particularly interested in forms of realism and Hannah Arendt’s account of political judgement and his recent work includes a critical realist contribution to the conceptualisation of power.

Audrey Dugué-Nevers is a doctoral researcher in Politics and International Studies, in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on China and soft power, specifically China-EU and how this American foreign policy concept meshes in a different political and cultural context, and is wielded to alter a state’s image and enhance international cooperation.

Joshua Hobbs is a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. Josh is particularly interested in the role of sentiment and moral psychology in understanding our obligations to distant others. His research seeks to address the motivational deficit in rationalist accounts of cosmopolitan duties.

Alex Prior is a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. Alex researching Parliament and public engagement. His academic interests include democratic narratives, symbolic representation and the role of affect in political engagement.

Demetris Tillyris has recently completed a PhD in Political Philosophy at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on problems of political morality, moral conflict and public ethics, with a particular focus on problems of dirty hands in public life.

Keynote Speakers

Mihaela Mihai, University of Edinburgh

Mihaela Mihai is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, and primary investigator of Illuminating the “Grey Zone”: Addressing Complex Complicity in Human Rights Violations, a project funded by the European Research Council.

Her current research interests connect political theory, political science, and law, as she considers the role of political emotions, judgement, the politics of memory, art and politics, and gender. Alongside significant journal article contributions on these topics, she recently published a monograph with Columbia University Press, Negative Emotions and Transitional Justice and is the co-editor of Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility and the Right to Politics and On the uses and Abuses of Political Apologies.

Elizabeth Frazer, University of Oxford

Prof. Elizabeth Frazer is Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at The University of Oxford, and has been an official Fellow and Tutor in Politics at New College, Oxford since 1991.

Elizabeth’s current research interests include political education and broader understandings of ‘what politics ought to be’, as well as political violence and its justification. ‘Drawing the line between violence and non-violence in Gandhi and Fanon: Deceits and conceits’, an article written in collaboration with Kimberly Hutchings, was published last year by Routledge in the edited volume Masquerades of War.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Panel TA1: The Role of Emotions and Sentiments in Cosmopolitan Civic Education (1)
Subin Nijhawan, Goethe University Frankfurt

  • Emotions and global discourse competences as an integral part for promoting international solidarity and cosmopolitanismSubin Nijhawan, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • About the quantification of emotions and its relevance for education – Philipp Lepenies, Free University Berlin
  • Why emotions matter in civic education – “Betroffenheit” as a leitmotif in German civic education – Marc Meller, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Education for citizenship(s) and emotions – A comparison of national and cosmopolitan perspectives in Namibia and Germany – Mona Hasenzahl, Goethe University Frankfurt

Panel TA2: The Role of Emotions and Sentiments in Cosmopolitan Civic Education (2)
Subin Nijhawan, Goethe University Frankfurt

  • The Critical Global Educator: global citizenship as sustainable development – Maureen Ellis, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Cosmopolitan democratic education for all – Julian Culp, Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • Non-hierarchical imagination and the possibility of solidarity – Mihaela Miahi, Edinburgh University

Panel TA3: Legislative Disruptions in East-Asian Parliaments
Adam Tyson, University of Leeds

  • Legislative Disruption in East Asian Parliaments – Axel Klein, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Sarah K. Kichberger, Ruhr University Bochum
  • Hannes B. Mosler, Free University Berlin

Panel TA4: Emotions and Political Evils
Demetris, Tillyris, University of Canterburry

  • Should we fight populism with compassion/pity as political emotions? Two perspectives from political philosophy – Anne-Kathrin Weber, University of Giessen
  • Terrorism and fear – do terrorists really want to scare? – Ersun N Kurtulus, TED University
  • Eonhou Song, Stanford University

Panel TB1: Emotions, psychoanalysis, and politics (1)
Ana Chupeska-Stanishkovska, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University of Skopje

  • Implosion of imagery in to politics – Ana Chupeska-Stanishkovska
  • On Macedonian biopolitics – A populist dictatorship and a transition – Prof Ljubomir Danailov Frchkoski, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University of Skopje
  • Ruins of violence and affect: Between disavowal and ethical interpretation – Margarita Palacios, Birkbeck, University of London

Panel TB2: Emotions, psychoanalysis, and politics (2)
Graham Smith, University of Leeds

  • Reconsidering affects in politics – Prof. Jelica Šumič Riha, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Democracy on couch – Maria Aristodemou, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Metapsychology of social tissues: An illustration with the case of Guilad Shalit – Jonathan Davidoff, UCL

Panel TB3: Analysing Friendship in IR
Graham Smith, University of Leeds

  • International friendship as a category of analysis – Andrea Oelsner, University of Aberdeen
  • Friendship in International Relations: A framework for analysis – Natalia Piotrowska, University of Kent
  • Friendly encounters: The rhetoric of friendship in colonial diplomacy – Evgeny Roshchin (Finland)
  • The personal and the international: how the relationships of the political elite affect International Relations – Ryan Donovan O’Connor and Yuri van Hoef (Leeds, UK)

Panel TB4: Friendship, Time and Trust
Felix Berenskoetter, SOAS

  • Friendship, time and trust – Felix Berenskoetter, SOAS
  • Building trust under power asymmetry, is it possible? A case study of the Sino-French normalization in the 1960s – Ganyi Zhang, Free University Berlin
  • Trust and distrust in the 4th image: Examining social bonding in interpersonal diplomatic interactions – Marcus Holmes, College of William and Mary

Friday, 21st October 2016

Panel FA1: Narratives of political engagement and disenchantment
Alex Prior, University of Leeds

  • Nathan Manning, University of York
  • Hilary Pilkington, University of Manchester
  • Jo Warner, University of Kent

Panel FA2: Negative Emotions in the Public Sphere: A Philosophical Perspective
Rosa Hardt, University of Edinburgh

  • Shame and Inequality – Alfred Archer, Tilburg University
  • Fear and the Basic Income – Lauren Ware, University of Sterling
  • In Defence of Taking Offence – Emily McTernan, UCL

Panel FA3: Emotions and the Problem of Dirty Hands
Stephen de Wijze, University of Manchester

  • The persuasive use of moral horror in political leaders’ tragic dilemmas – Jaime Dow, University of Leeds
  • Dirty hands and pain – Demetris Tillyiris, University of Leeds
  • The function of emotions in dirty hands – Christina Nick, University of Leeds

Panel FB1: Friendship and the Polity
Graham Smith, University of Leeds

  • Friendship as agent of social and civic construction or element of social resistance – Ana Romero-Iribas, Universidad Rey Jan Carlos
  • Civic friendship – Agnieszka Nogal
  • Political friendship as the space of distance and equality – Verbena Giambastiani
  • JS Mill’s principle of “perfect equality”, friendship and sympathy in the private and public realm – Elżbieta Filipow, University of Warsaw

Panel FB2: The Emotional basis of war and peace in IR
Arash Heydarian Pashakhanlou, Sheffield Hallam University

  • Fear in International Relations: Aggression and Restraint – Arash Heydarian Pashakhanlou, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Pavam Ghalendar, University of Cambridge
  • Maéva Clement, University of Versailles/Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Ainius Lasas, University of Bath

Panel FB3: Rethinking Friendship: Rethinking Politics
Astrid Nordin, University of Lancaster

  • Decolonising friendship – Astrid Nordin, University of Lancaster
  • Between LaBoetie and Dostoevsky: Ideas of friendship – Luigi Lonardo, Kings College London
  • The uncanny affects of friends and enemies: Kristeva contra Schmitt – Graham Smith, University of Leeds