Job: 2 Asst. Prof. Positions at the University of Groningen

2 Assistant Professors International Relations and Security Studies (2.0 fte) (214339-40)


The Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen offers a fulltime position for Assistant Professor. The Department of IRIO is committed to top tier research combined with high quality education. This commitment to excellence is apparent at both the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels. IRIO, with over 50 staff members, provides high quality, interdisciplinary and international Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. Students and staff are drawn to studying international relations and international organization in an integrated manner from historical, political, economic and legal angles. The Department provides an international working environment for an increasing number of foreign students and research staff. The Bachelor and Master degree programmes are taught in English. There are currently about 1,000 students registered for the various IRIO programmes. Additionally, the Department contributes to the Erasmus Mundus 1,5-year Master degree programme in Humanitarian Action, coordinated by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). Research in the Department of IRIO is organized in the Centre for IR Research (CIRR) around five chairs, respectively in: History & Theory of IR; IR and Security Studies; International Political Economy (IPE); History & Theory of European Integration; and Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action.

Job description

The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%) in the field of International Relations, with an emphasis on theories, methodologies and issue areas in Security Studies. In teaching, candidates are expected to provide BA and MA level courses, as well as PhD supervision. Depending on disciplinary background, candidates must be able to contribute to basic introductory courses in areas such as IR Theory, political science, international organization, European integration, international economics, international law, and/or social science research methodologies; as well as specialized courses related to their own research interests. The supervision of students will play an important part in the position. Participation in managerial committees related to the organization of the degree programmes or research grant applications will be expected. In research the candidate is expected to develop her/his own research projects (both individually and in small teams).


The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary department. The candidate ideally comes from an interdisciplinary background of which International Relations, Political Science, International Law, International Economics or social sciences are component parts. We are looking for candidates with a specialization in (sub-fields) of Security Studies, with a clear interest in theorizing ‘politics of security’ across time and space.

The candidate’s qualities are demonstrated by:
• a completed PhD
• proven research results, supported by a list of publications
• further research potential and plans
• confirmed experience in academic teaching, at various levels and in various formats
• excellent demonstrable oral and written skills in English
• excellent social and communicative skills
• being prepared to learn Dutch within a period of two years.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen is offering a salary based on qualifications and experience of between € 3,259 (salary scale 11) and € 5,070 (scale 12 of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position, excluding 8% holiday allowance and an annual bonus of 8.3% and participation in a pension scheme for employees. This is a tenure position; the decision on tenure will be taken on the basis of a formal assessment after two years.

The starting date for the appointments is preferably 1 February 2015.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

The procedure may include a lecture or presentation.

You can apply by submitting a letter, curriculum vitae and list of publications before 10 November 2014 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Only submissions via the application form will be considered.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Prof. dr. Luis Lobo-Guerrero

Chair of History and Theory of International Relations
Department of International Relations and International Organisation
University of Groningen

Book: The Politics of Carbon Markets

The Politics of Carbon Markets

Edited by Benjamin Stephan, Richard Lane

Routledge – 2015 – 298 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Environmental Policy

Carbon markets are in the middle of a fundamental crisis. A crisis marked by 
collapsing prices, fleeing actors, and ever increasing greenhouse gas levels. 
Yet carbon trading remains at the heart of global attempts to respond to 
climate change. Not only this, but markets continue to proliferate - 
particularly in the Global South. This edited volume helps to make sense of 
this paradox. It brings two urgently needed insights to the analysis of 
carbon markets. First, the markets must be understood in relation to the 
politics involved in their development, maintenance and opposition. Second, 
this politics is multiform and pervasive. Implementation of new techniques 
and measuring tools, policy development and contestation, and the structuring 
context of institutional settings and macro-social forces all involve a 
variety of political actors and create new forms of political agency. This 
book has assembled 12 contributions (see below for more details) bringing 
together a variety of approaches (actor-network-theory, governmentality 
studies, hegemony and discourse theory, neo-Gramscian political economy, 
etc.) that focus on this politics of carbon markets. These study the total 
extent of the carbon markets, from their prehistory to their contemporary 
expansion and wider impacts. In total, this wide-ranging political 
perspective on the carbon markets is invaluable to an audience interested in 
ecological markets, climate change governance and environmental politics.
A flyer with further information and a 20% discount code if you order the 
book through Routledge can be found here:
If you are interested in reviewing this book please get in touch with Megan 
Smith at Routledge to receive a free review copy:

Event: Lola Frost “Taking Risks” at KCL

Taking Risks Exhibition
This exhibition is the first event of Lola Frost’s Leverhulme Artist’s Residency in the Department of War Studies, Kings College London.  This exhibition of paintings will be on show in level-2, Somerset House East Wing, Kings College London, Strand Campus from the 7th to the 25th October 2014 and maps a precarious engagement with body and place, a risky encounter that challenges the viewer’s certainty of their own place in the world by disrupting scale, distance and depth of field. This exhibition is poised between two bodies of work titled Coming Alive (1997 -2013) and South (2013-). The former might be characterised as a vertical emergence from an interior psychic depth, and the latter as a horizontal expansion toward the unknowable ‘flesh’ of the world. This artist’s residency includes a collaborative project with academics in the Department of War Studies on the idea and practice of productive risk taking, including taking aesthetic risks. Risk is commonly understood as a negative or dangerous condition that needs to be avoided or managed. Against this view, this artist’s residency will be an opportunity to consider how productive risk practices might have critical, ethical and political implications for the current international order.  More  details of this residency’s events, dates and locations are here

CFP: Brighton Conference on Complicity

CFP: University of Brighton Conference on COMPLICITY

A two-day conference exploring issues of complicity, organised by the University of Brighton’s Understanding Conflict: Forms & Legacies of Violence research cluster.

Tuesday 31st March – Wednesday 1st April 2015
University of Brighton, UK


DEADLINE: 1st December 2014

The problem of complicity is a longstanding feature of everyday moral experience, and yet comparatively little work focuses explicitly on it. Furthermore, in an increasingly neo-liberal world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid complicity both in its creation of a particular model of the person and with its attendant demands on how we live, on what we do and do not do and on how we think. If Georgio Agamben is right to insist that ‘Today’s man … has become blind not to his capacities but to his incapacities, not to what he can do but to what he cannot, or can not, do’ (‘On what we can not do’, Nudities, 2011, p.44), then complicity is taking centre stage in our everyday lives. It thus requires our attention in terms both of practice and of theorization.

This conference will seek to begin that work. We invite proposals (max. 300 words) that address one of the broad inter-related themes outlined below:


What is complicity?
Issues might include:

– What counts as complicity and why? What counts as non-complicity and why?

– What are complicity’s logical limits? Is there anything that cannot be (re-)described as complicity?

– What to do? What to avoid? What to not do?

– If there are degrees of complicity, how might they be characterised?

Theorising complicity in relation to related moral-political issues
Issues might include:

– How does the problem of complicity relate to that of “dirty hands”?
– What are the relations between complicity, personhood and moral agency?
– Complicity versus integrity?* Reasonable and unreasonable excuses
– Chains of complicity: moral overload; moral distance; moral paralysis political overload;
political distance; political paralysis
– Commission and omission
– Complicity and the means/ends problem
– Complicity and/with violence
– Complicity and culpable ignorance
– The importance of moral disruption
– The relation of complicity to asymmetries of power; in or out of the tent?
– Complicity, hypocrisy and necessity
– Complicity and power


Empirical cases

Issues might include:

How to act on a committee
– Whistleblowing
– Voting
– Lifestyles; petitions; protest; charities
– Conflict resolution; conflict transformation
– Specificities of the neo-liberal world
– The egoism of non-complicity, Impotent self-flagellation versus principled refusal
– Accepting tainted money: research grants and the like-
Embedded journalism, War photography
– Anthropological research, charitable work
– The armed forces
– Trade, business and “the market”
– Research, advocacy and silence
– Bodies
– Gender, sex and their interconnections
– Making use of power one thinks one ought not to have.

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to a wide range of people working in and studying, among other areas, cultural studies, philosophy, political theory, media studies, photography and journalism, art practice and visual studies, film studies, the armed forces, international security, armaments, banking, finance and globalisation, politics and geopolitics, sociology, NGO and charitable sectors, colonialism and post-colonialism, health studies and NHS, queer theory, women’s studies and women and the family.

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be emailed by 1st December 2014 to

For more information on the work and scope of the University of Brighton’s Research Cluster
Understanding Conflict: Forms and Legacies of Violence