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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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.

2018 Sussex International Theory Prize

Nomination Deadline Extension to 10 May 2018

The Centre for Advanced International Theory invites nominations for the 2018 Sussex International Theory Prize for the best piece of research in International Relations published in book form in 2017.  

In 2011, the Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT) was established by the Department of International Relations within the School of Global Studies of the University of Sussex.  The core mission of the Centre is to support and disseminate innovative fundamental research in international theory.

To this end, the Sussex International Theory Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of innovative theoretical research in International Relations. Last year’s Prize was awarded to Faiz Sheikh for his book Islam and International Relations: Exploring Community and the Limits of Universalism (Rowman & Littlefield 2016).

In the summer of 2018, the prize will be awarded for the best piece of research published in book form in 2017.


  • The recipient will be invited to present his/her research in a Public Prize Lecture at the University of Sussex.
  • The winner receives £150 worth of books from Cambridge University Press and a two-year print and online subscription to International Theory.



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