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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CAIT Annual International Theory Symposium

The last day of oppressionCAIT will hold its Annual International Theory Symposium, Wednesday, 30th of January 2019, 3-5pm, Fulton 213. We will discuss Jeffery Webber's The Last Days of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left (Pluto Press 2017). The book was ranked joint third at the 2018 CAIT International Theory Prize, and we thought that its topicality and quality deserve a proper engagement.

We will be joined by Jeffery Webber, who has just moved from Queen Mary's School of Politics & IR to Goldsmiths, University of London.

The aim of the Symposium is to encourage in-depth engagement with innovative and fundamental research in IR. Participants are expected to be familiar with the text under discussion. The event is open to members of CAIT, Sussex faculty, PhD and MA students.

For more details, see:

Annual Symposium 2018-19


Critique in Times of Post-Truth - Dr. Sebastian Schindler

Dr. Sebastian Schindler from the University of Frankfurt's School of Social Science is our latest CAIT Visiting Research Fellow.

Sebastian is a research associate in the working group ‘International Organisations’ at the Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence ‘Normative Orders’. His research is located at the intersection between IR Theories, international organisations, and international political theory. His essay “Man versus State: Contested Agency in the United Nations” was awarded Millennium’s Northedge Prize in 2014. Since 2016, he serves as speaker of the Young Researchers’ Group in the IR section of the German Political Science Association.

Sebastian will present his current work entitled "Critique in Times of Post-Truth" on Friday, 30th of November, 1-3pm, Arts C133 to the Department. Beate will discuss the paper.

More details: Critique in Times of Post-Truth

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.


New Leverhulme project on Women and the History of International Thought (WHIT)

This collaborative and multi-disciplinary four-year project (2018-2022), generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is the first sustained attempt to write historical women back into the history of international thought and the academic discipline of International Relations (IR).

Visit the website: Women and the History of International Thought


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