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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Islam, IR, and the Problem of Universalism: Inserting 'Their' Political Islam into ‘Our’ IR Theory


In addition to the Sheikh Sussex IR Theory Prize Lecture on 21 March, 5-7pm, the Center for Advanced International Theory will also hold on the same day a workshop on 'Political Islam and International Relations: Decolonising IR Theory' in Arts A155, 2-4pm.

The workshop will be co-lead by Faiz Sheikh and Kamran Matin from the Sussex IR Department.  Please come prepared by having read attached readings.

Further details: CAIT Workshop 2018 [PDF 37.40KB]

Both events are organised in contribution to the School of Global Studies' ‘Decolonising Sussex’ Agenda. The workshop is open to colleagues, doctoral, and MA students. Tea and coffee will be served.

2018 Sussex International Theory Prize

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.

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