Dr Julian Pänke

Dr Julian Pänke

Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
Lecturer in European Politics

Contact details

Address
POLSIS - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Julian’s role draws together Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (LANS) and the College of Social Sciences (CoSS). In LANS he is a personal tutor, lead for subjects in social sciences, and oversees the Cultural Programme. In POLSIS he is teaching Comparative Politics. Julian is promoting interdisciplinary learning within the Social Sciences with a specific focus on social enterprise and civic engagement.

Julian is interested in comparative foreign policy analysis, German and East Central European politics. His research explored EU foreign policy, the impact of history on foreign policy making and specifically how tensions between nation- and empire building shape a state’s external behaviour. Thus, more broadly the relation between culture and power. Furthermore, he is excited about possibilities to include questions of civic engagement, practice-based learning and sustainability in the wider curriculum.

Together with Dr Klaus Richter, Julian convenes the interdisciplinary East Central Europe Research Forum (ECERF).

Qualifications

  • Dr. phil. (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)
  • M.A. (Magister Artium) history, political science (FU Berlin, Germany)

Biography

Before joining Birmingham in September 2014, Julian was a researcher with the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. He completed his M.A. (Magister) in History and Poltical Science (focus on IR) at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1999. Afterwards he worked three years with the European University Viadrina on the German-Polish border to examine the impact of historical memories on the foreign policy transformation of Poland and Slovakia after 1989. In 2003 he moved for two years to Tyumen in Russia to teach International Relations at the Tyumen State University (TGU).

After Julian's return to Berlin, he joined the Centre for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) focussing on the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy. In 2007 he earned his PhD and three years later moved on to work as assistant professor with the universities St. Joseph (USJ) and LAU (Lebanese American University) in Beirut (2010-2013). Since 2013 he is associated with the German Orient-Institue (DOI) and the IEP in Berlin. In his free time he likes to travel, reading novels, and watching Asian films.

Teaching

  • Understanding Foreign Policy (POLS-230) (2nd year undergraduate)
  • The EU in a Globalised World (POLS-336) (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Europeanization (POLS-222) (2nd year undergraduate)
  • German Foreign Policy (POLS-G12H) (postgraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

Julian Pänke is interested in supervising research on the following topics:

Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis
German and East Central European Politics
European Union Politics

Research

About

Julian’s role draws together Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (LANS) and the College of Social Sciences (CoSS). In LANS he is a personal tutor, lead for subjects in social sciences, and oversees the Cultural Programme. In POLSIS he is teaching Comparative Politics. Julian is promoting interdisciplinary learning within the Social Sciences with a specific focus on social enterprise and civic engagement.

Julian is interested in comparative foreign policy analysis, German and East Central European politics. His research explored EU foreign policy, the impact of history on foreign policy making and specifically how tensions between nation- and empire building shape a state’s external behaviour. Thus, more broadly the relation between culture and power. Furthermore, he is excited about possibilities to include questions of civic engagement, experiential learning and sustainability in the wider curriculum.

  • Comparative Politics 
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • EU Politics
  • Civic Engagement

Other activities

In LANS, Julian is the Cultural Programme and Sustainability lead. 

In POLSIS, Julian is co-convener of the European Studies Research Group and a member of the academic association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).

Publications

Highlight publications

Paenke, J 2020, '‘The Fourth Reich is here’: an exploration of populist depictions of the EU as German plot to take over Europe', German Politics and Society, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 54-76. https://doi.org/10.3167/gps.2020.380304

Paenke, J 2019, 'Liberal empire, geopolitics and EU strategy: norms and interests in European foreign policy making', Geopolitics, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 100-123. https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2018.1528545

Paenke, J 2017, Die Europäische Nachbarschaftspolitik als geeignetes Stabilisierungsinstrument der EU? in P-C Müller-Graff (ed.), EU-Nachbarschaftspolitik – Nordafrika und Nahost. Schriftenreihe des Arbeitskreises Europäische Integration e. V., no. 102, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, pp. 107-132.

Paenke, J 2016, EU-Lebanese relations: shifting EU policies in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings? in M Wählisch & M Felsch (eds), Lebanon and the Arab uprisings: in the eye of the hurricane. 1st edn, Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series, Routledge, London/ New York. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315715216

Paenke, J 2015, 'The fallout of the EU’s normative imperialism in the eastern neighborhood', Problems of Post-Communism, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 350-363. https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2015.1093773

Recent publications

Paper

Paenke, J 2014, 'Enemy at the Gates? How the EU should cope with Russia in its Eastern Neighbourhood', pp. 1-6. <http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fiep-berlin.de%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F08%2Fpolicy-brief_Paenke.pdf&ei=oECRVdzJMMiX7Abdz4HwCg&usg=AFQjCNEw0sc_eLcWE-K_BFXUeM1KubZPhQ&bvm=bv.96783405,d.ZGU>

Paenke, J 2014, 'Moving beyond the Normative-Geopolitical Ambiguity of the EU’s Imperial Politics in the Neighbourhood: The case of Lebanon', pp. 1-19. <http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fiep-berlin.de%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F08%2FMoving-Beyond_Paenke.pdf&ei=AkKRVc2EOuWc7gaN57XICg&usg=AFQjCNEseCFPSDmNfcTbq-R2UVbNAc5kFA&bvm=bv.96783405,d.ZGU>

Paenke, J 2014, 'Vor dem Kollaps: Libanon im Sog eines levantinischen Bürgerkriegs', pp. 1-11. <http://www.deutsche-orient-stiftung.de/en/publications/doi-kurzanalysen>

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