Political Theory research group

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

About us

The Political Theory Research Group brings together scholars from political science, international relations, sociology and philosophy who share an interest in ‘political theory’ broadly defined. Members have interests that cover the history of the political thought, analytical political philosophy, continental political theory, feminist theory, international ethics and the study of political ideology.

For further information about the research group contact:
Mark Weman, Email: m.wenman@bham.ac.uk

Richard Shorten, Email r.c.shorten@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).

Members

Academic members:

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

NameJob titleSchool or DepartmentEmailTelephone
Dr Laura JenkinsLecturer in Political ScienceDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesl.m.jenkins@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 4710
Dr Andrew KnopsLecturer in Sociology
Departmental Extenuating Circumstances Officer
Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminologya.knops@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 2728
Dr Richard NorthReader in Political TheoryDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesr.north.2@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 4711
Dr Adam QuinnSenior Lecturer in International PoliticsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesa.j.quinn@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 5313
Dr Andrew ReidTeaching FellowDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesa.reid@bham.ac.uk
Dr Richard ShortenSenior Lecturer in Political TheoryDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesr.c.shorten@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 7570
Dr Dominic WelburnLecturer in Political Theory Department of Political Science and International Studiesd.j.welburn@bham.ac.uk
Dr Mark WenmanSenior Lecturer in Political Theorym.wenman@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6520

Staff

Doctoral researchers

For further information about the research group contact:
Dr Mark Wenman, Email: m.wenman@bham.ac.uk or Dr Richard Shorten, Email: r.c.shorten@bham.ac.uk

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