Research conducted within C-SCAP starts from recognition of the fact that a political regime is composed of a range of social and economic institutions as well as collective and individual practices that both express and create ‘a way of life’. Such ‘ways of life’ are a proper object of study for those concerned with Politics and International Relations and we strive to understand them, their management, transformation and contestation; examining the interaction between the institutions involved in the creation of legislation or the formation of foreign policies and artistic productions, political rhetorics and ideologies, experiences of the body, media systems, identity formation and so on. This requires conceptual development and the historical analysis of ideas, values and experiences as they have been expressed, presented and re-presented over time.
The Centre therefore hosts and promotes research that combines the disciplinary strengths of philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, sociology, media and communication studies with the traditions of political studies. While broad in interests its focus can be summed up as a concern with understanding and analyzing the ‘politicization’ of culture and the ‘culturalisation' of politics.
C-SCAP promotes research in this field and organizes conferences and symposia to create opportunities for its development. Already hosting a variety of research projects we are currently expanding into the support of postgraduate and postdoctoral research - enquiries regarding these are welcome.
For further information, please contact: Prof. Roland Axtmann (Director of C-SCAP)
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The Centre has well established links with scholars and with centres with overlapping research interests and with other centres and also with scholars that share our research interests.
Professor Kari Palonen, Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change, Jyviaskyla Finland.
Professor Liz Frazer, New College, University of Oxford
Dr. James Martin, Department of Politics, Goldsmiths
Professor William Connolly, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Theory and International Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Professor Samuel A. Chambers, Department of Politics, Johns Hopkins University
Professor Simon Tormey, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney,
Professor Michael Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Jane Bennett, Professor of Political Theory, The Johns Hopkins University
Dr Thomas Meyer, Research Fellow at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture and Privatdozent at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany
Dr Helmut Kuzmics, Professor of Sociology, Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria
Protest Politics and Civil Society
Professor Axtmann is collaborating with colleagues at the universities of Zurich, Halle and Heidelberg on research concerned with the development and change of protest movements across Europe since 1945. A conference Shaping Europe in a Globalized World? Protest Movements and the Rise of a Transnational Civil Society will take place at Zurich from June 23-26, 2009.
The Humanities as a Source for Creativity and Innovation
Dr. Mark Evans is collaborating with colleagues from the University of Primorska, Slovenia and Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany as well as other institutions in Europe on the development of research looking at the role of the humanities in the development of civil society.
Raymond Williams and the Politics of Culture
Raymond Williams is a foundational figure for those interested in studying the relationship of culture and politics. The archive of Williams’ personal papers is now housed in the library in Swansea University. The project aims to encourage the re-reading of Williams and the reassessment of his contribution to political theory and to the appreciation of the history of culture and politics as well as its contemporary analysis.
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