Encouraging innovative theoretical research in International Relations

A latecomer to the modern canon of social sciences, the discipline of International Relations has a relatively narrow core: its roots in Anglo-American politics and academia created a Eurocentric bias; its keen desire to influence policy-making stood in the way of systematic theoretical analysis; and its limited conception of social science impeded the analysis of core norms and values. The Centre for Advanced International Theory thus aims to provide the space for systematic reflection on the concepts, actors, structures, norms, and practices of international politics.

To this end, CAIT invites advanced fundamental research on international politics from within and outside the discipline - including but not limited to international political theory, international historical sociology, international political economy and from all theoretical backgrounds, orthodox and heterodox - free of the requirement for direct policy relevance and reflexive of the knowledge/power nexus.

The Sussex International Theory Lectures showcase the relevance of innovative theoretical work in International Relations; the Sussex International Theory Prize values outstanding innovative theoretical research in International Relations; the annual International Theory Symposium provides the framework for thorough engagement with international theory and Visiting Fellowships, workshops, conferences and reading groups encourage exchange and collaboration in the field.

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2018 Sussex International Theory Prize

We are very pleased to announce CAIT's 2018 Sussex International Theory Prize Winner. The CAIT Prize Committee decided after a stimulating meeting to award the prize for the first time in CAIT's history to joint winners:

Sean Molly, Kant's International Relations: The Political Theology of Perpetual Peace (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press 2017)


 Catherine Lu, Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2017)

It was a real pleasure choosing from a very strong and diverse set of submissions, which further enhances the standing of the Prize in the world of IR and beyond. I would like to thank the CAIT Management Team - Beate Jahn, Louiza Odysseos, Kamran Matin & Akanksha Mehta - for their fantastic work in the prize selection process. 

Both winners will be invited to Sussex in 2019 to deliver the 2018 Sussex International Theory Prize Lectures.


Market and Violence: On the Historical Functioning of Capitalism

The Center for Advanced International Theory (CAIT) and the Political Marxism Research Group are pleased to invite you to a presentation by Professor Emerita Heide Gerstenberger (University of Bremen) on her new book "Market and Violence: On the Historical Functioning of Capitalism".

Heide is a social historian and historical sociologist and was from 1974 to 2005 Professor for "Theory of the Bourgeois State and Society" at the University of Bremen. Her many publications include Der revolutionaere Konservatismus (1969), Zur Politischen Oekonomie der Buergerlichen Gesellschaft: Die Historischen Bedingungen ihrer Konstitution in den USA (1973), and Die Subjektlose Gewalt (1991), which was published to much acclaim in English in 2005 under the title Impersonal Power: History and Theory of the Bourgeois State.

Market and Violence takes her work beyond the analysis of the relation between the historical constitution of capitalism and state-formation in Western Europe, focussing specifically on the dual aspects of the role of violence in the origins and further expansion of capitalism beyond the European shores, and the ongoing - and in many cases - sharpening practices of violence in the reproduction and transformation of capitalism.The book is currently only available in German. An English translation with Brill is planned for 2019.

Heide suggested for background reading this text published in Viewpoint Magazine

Thursday, 14 June, 3-5pm, Arts C233. Refreshments will be provided.


Centre for Advanced International Theory
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton

01273 873374

E cait@sussex.ac.uk


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