Themen dieses Kurses

  • Course Description

    The seminar (CONT), a corrolary to the Theories of International Relations lecture course (JPM043, JPM945), shall introduce students in depth to several streams of theorising in the field of International Relations inspired by continental theory. The readings around which class discussions shall be organised combine original articulations of concepts and theories by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Bruno Latour, or Judith Butler and examples of their use in interrogating the ‘international’.

  • 1. Introduction: (Post-)Whats (October 7, 2021)

  • 2. Genealogy (October 21, 2021)

    • Receive a grade
  • 3. Governmentality (November 4, 2021)

    • Receive a grade
  • 4. Exception (November 18, 2021)

    • Receive a grade
  • 5. New Materialism (December 2, 2021)

    • View Receive a grade
  • 6. Gender, Knowledge and International Relations (December 16, 2021)

    • View Receive a grade
  • Requirements and Assessment

    The final grade shall be a composite of preparatory activity (10%), class participation (10%), presentation (30%) and final exam (50%). Preparatory activity shall consist in successful completion of brief tests on reading assigned to the entire class (A and/or B). These tests must be completed by the due date indicated in the Moodle. Presentation (10 minutes) shall consist of a critical overview of one other piece of reading (Ax or Bx) and relating it to the argument of the reading to which it is linked in the syllabus. The assignment of presentations to be prepared by students shall be done during the introductory session. (No presentations are scheduled for this session.) Handouts (1 page) are to be prepared and distributed to fellow students and the lecturer by the presenter by email at least one day in advance. The final exam will take the form of a submitted research paper (2,000 words, excluding references). Students are expected to use relevant secondary literature to support their argument and follow all standards of academic writing when preparing their papers. They may choose one of the following topics and submit the paper by January 17, 2022:

    1) How can the West‘s intervention in Afghanistan (2001-2021) be conceived as an assemblage and explored from a new materalism perspective?

    2) Explore the global responses to COVID-19 from the perspective of Foucalt’s biopolitics.

    3) Explore the global responses to COVID-19 from the feminist perspective. 


    In line with Opatření děkanky 17/2018, the following grading scale is used:

    91% and more                        A

    81-90%                                   B

    71-80%                                   C

    61-70%                                   D

    51-60%                                   E

    0-50%                                     F

    Attendance is mandatory, but allowance is made for absence of no more than two sessions, one of which must be the introductory session. Students who miss the introductory session are requested to contact the lecturer without delay at to arrange the distribution of class assignments. Students are furthermore requested to report their absence in the other sessions in advance.