Social and Political Theory research group

The Social and Political Theory Research Group brings together scholars from political science, international relations, sociology and philosophy who share an interest in 'theory' broadly defined.

About us

The Social and Political Theory Research Group brings together scholars from political science, international relations, sociology and philosophy who share an interest in ‘theory’ broadly defined. Members have interests that range from analytical moral and political philosophy and the history of political thought to critical social theory and poststructuralist approaches to social science.

For further information about the research group contact:
Dr Christopher Finlay, Email: c.j.finlay@bham.ac.uk

Activities

The core activity of the group is its seminar series. Research group seminars offer colleagues the chance to circulate work in preparation and seek comment from the other theorists at the University. The usual format involves a brief presentation by the author on the piece they shared with colleagues followed by questions and discussion. Doctoral students and students on the MA programmes are welcome to attend.  Themes are drawn from the ongoing projects in which members are involved.

In recent years members of the group have edited the European Journal of Political Theory, one of the leading academic journals in the field.

Members of the group also regularly organise panels at national and international conferences, as well as organising major workshops and conferences at Birmingham. One such event was a section at the European International Studies Association annual meeting in Giardini Naxos, Sicily, on 'International Political Theory and the Ethics of Violence' which hosted four panels on themes such as just war theory, revolution, pacifist ethics, and the concept of violence. This was chaired by Christopher Finlay.

Conferences organized by the group at Birmingham include one entitled 'Should Political Theory Get Real? Liberalism and the Turn to Realism in Recent Political Theory'. Keynote speakers included William Galston (Brookings Institution, Washington DC), Richard Bellamy (London) and Adam Swift (Oxford). Papers presented at the conference appeared in a special issue of the European Journal of Political Theory (Vol. 9, No. 4, 2010).

Other recent Theory group conferences have included one entitled ‘Global Crisis and Constitutionalization’ which featured Antje Weiner (Hamburg) as keynote speaker.

Members

Academic members:

NameJob titleSchool or DepartmentEmailTelephone
Dr Ross AbbinnettSenior LecturerSchool of Social Policyr.abbinnett@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 7739
Dr Shelley BudgeonSenior Lecturer in SociologyDepartment of Political Science and International Studiess.budgeon@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 415 8621
Dr Justin CruickshankSenior LecturerDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesj.cruickshank@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6063
Dr John William DevineTeaching Fellow in PhilosophyDepartment of Philosophyj.devine@bham.ac.uk
Dr Christopher FinlayReader in Political TheoryDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesc.j.finlay@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 5091
Dr Laura JenkinsLecturer in Political ScienceDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesl.m.jenkins@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 4710
Dr Peter KerrSenior Lecturer in PoliticsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesp.kerr@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 7745
Dr Andrew KnopsLecturerDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesa.knops@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 2728
Dr Will LeggettSenior LecturerDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesw.p.leggett@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 415 8628
Dr Richard NorthLecturer in Political TheoryDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesr.north.2@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 4711
Dr Jonathan ParryBirmingham Fellow in PhilosophyDepartment of Philosophyj.parry.3@bham.ac.uk
Dr Adam QuinnSenior Lecturer in International PoliticsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesa.j.quinn@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 5313
Dr Richard ShortenLecturer in Political TheoryDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesr.c.shorten@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 7570

For further information about the research group contact:
Dr Christopher Finlay, Email: c.j.finlay@bham.ac.uk

Social and Political Theory research group is part of the Department of Political Science and International Studies.