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29 April 2015

New visiting scholar at CEP

Stephan Engelkamp has joined the Centre for European Politics as a visiting researcher for 2 months on April 7th. Stephan Engelkamp will be working with Assistant Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen. Stephan’s research revolves around questions of norms and normalization processes, the politics of identity construction, and policy-making in the field of IR and European Governance. Coming from the University of Muenster in Germany, he is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service.


Research areas

  • Theories of International Relations and Political Theory
  • Critical Norm Research
  • Political Anthropology
  • EU Environmental Governance (especially Climate Action and Common Fisheries Policy)
  • Sustainable Politics and Time


since 10/2012

Research Fellow at the DFG-Project "Time Horizons in European Environmental Politics", University of Muenster

05/2008 - 09/2012

Research Fellow at the Chair of International Relations and Development Policy (Prof. Doris Fuchs), University of Muenster

04/2007 - 04/2008

Research assistant at the Chair for South-East Asian Politics (Prof. Susanne Feske), University of Muenster


since 04/2007

Ph.D. Studies at Graduate School of Politics, WWU Muenster

10/1999 - 10/2005

Master's Degree in Political Sciences, History and Communication Sciences, University of Muenster

09/2002 - 07/2003

ERASMUS Year at Sciences Po Strasbourg, France


My research interests revolve around questions of norms and normalization processes, the politics of identity construction, and policy-making in the field of International Relations and European Governance. In this regard, I am particularly interested in connecting critical and interpretive approaches in IR with anthropological theories and methods.

In my PhD dissertation I combine interpretive approaches from IR and theories of exchange relations from Social Anthropology to develop a framework for studying discursive practices of normalization and resistance in various processes of normative change. Drawing on concepts from a broad range of thinkers, including Foucault, Agamben and Derrida, but also Aglietta, Scott and Graeber, I focus on the role of narratives and practices for governing and creating meaning.

Empirically, I am interested in how particular norms normalize and how local forms of resistance emerge, for example in postcolonial contexts of ‘nation-building’, in Germany’s struggles of remembering its past, or in the EU’s attempts of constructing a common identity. The DFG project I am conducting in Muenster analyzes the conditions under which the EU is able to formulate long-term and arguably more sustainable environmental policies and a self-image as a responsible normative actor. Finally, I am interested in experimenting with alternative forms of academic writing, such as auto-ethnographic writing, drawing on fictional literature and popular culture.