Professors Bo Stråth, Department of World Cultures and Martti Koskenniemi, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Adrian Brisku holds a PhD degree from the Department of History and Civilisation in the European University Institute, Florence (2009). After completing his undergraduate studies in Humanities and English Language in Albania (1999), he graduated from Sussex University with an MA in Contemporary European Studies (2000), as well as from Central European University with an MA in Political Science (2001). He has taught a number of courses on History of Modern Europe in Prague, Czech Republic and on Nationalism and Political Ideologies in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. For three years he co-directed an academic project, Critical Sociology Network - Caucasus Academic Project (2004-2007), in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
Since September 2009, he has been a research fellow at the University of Helsinki within the international research project Europe 1815-1914, funded by the European Research Council. He is currently working on ‘Politics of Change and Stability’ in the Ottoman and Russian Empires, 1815-1914. Main interests include comparative political, intellectual history, as well as economic and legal thought in modern Albania and Georgia and nineteenth-century Russian and Ottoman empires.
‘Politics of Change and Stability’ in the Ottoman and Russian Empires, 1815-1914
Kelly Grotke received her BA in philosophy from Oberlin College, and her MA and PhD in history from Cornell University. Her dissertation on natural law in eighteenth-century Germany (presently a draft manuscript with the working title, Between the Unity and the Manifold: Natural Law in Eighteenth -Century Europe), was completed under the supervision of Isabel Hull (chair), Gregory Alexander, and Rachel Weil. She is an intellectual historian with particular interests in philosophical methodologies and the problems of time, legal history/theory, and the history of liberalism and conservatism. Her recent work has analyzed the importance of methodology and methodological claims within the natural law tradition as it developed in Europe and particularly Germany, with the aim of uncovering the historical and philosophical sense behind ideas about universalism and particularism as expressed in law, science, and politics. She was a Lecturer in German history at Northwestern University for several years, working with Peter Hayes on his courses in modern German history and the history of the Holocaust ; she has also worked at the Northwestern School of Law on property issues with Clint Francis. Prior to joining the EReRe project, she was Director of Research at Harvest Investments, a private-sector independent securities evaluation firm, where she led a project on increasing financial transparency for state and state-regulated entities.
The Challenge Method: Natural law, Natural Philosophy, and Universalism in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Thomas Hopkins read History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge as an undergraduate, before moving to Christ's College, Cambridge to study for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intelletual History. He is currently working towards completion of a University of Cambridge PhD thesis on the work of the political economists, Jean-Baptiste Say and J.-C.-L. Simonde de Sismondi, in relation to the politics and political economy of Europe in the aftermath of the French Revolution, under the supervision of Prof. Gareth Stedman Jones. For the EReRe Project, he will be pursuing his interests in the history of social, economic and political theory into the mid-nineteenth century, looking at French and German perspectives on the idea of 'industrial society'.
"Industrial Society and the State: French and German Perspectives"
Liliana Obregón is Associate Professor of Law (on leave) and former Director of the International Law Program at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Professor Obregón obtained her doctoral degree from Harvard Law School where she specialized in the history and theory of international law and international institutions, with particular interest in the study of Latin American regionalist perspectives. She also holds an MA in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University where she concentrated in Latin American Studies. Representative publications include "Between Civilization and Barbarism: Creole Interventions in International Law," in International Law and the Third World: Reshaping Justice", edited by Richard Falk, Balakrishnan Rajagopal and Jacqueline Stevens, Routledge-Cavendish, London, 2008. "Noted for Dissent: The International Life of Alejandro Alvarez", special edition of the Leiden Journal of International Law, volume 19, No. 4, Cambridge University Press, (2006) . "Creole Consciousness and International Law in Nineteenth Century Latin America" in International Law and Its Others, edited by Anne Orford, Cambridge University Press, (2006) and "In Search of Hope: the Plight of Displaced Colombians" in The Forsaken People, edited by Roberta Cohen and Francis Deng, The Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., 1998.
Writing the World through Law: Lawyers and their International Histories 1758-
Francisco A. Ortega is an associate professor at the History Department and teaches in the Cultural Studies graduate program at National University of Colombia in Bogotá. He is also the former Director of the Center for Social Studies (CES) and currently holds a research position in the same Center. Mr. Ortega obtained his PhD. from the University of Chicago (2000), where he specialized in Colonial Latin American studies and critical cultural theory. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University from 1995 to 1999 and was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 2000 to 2004. He spent 2003 in Colombia as a Fulbright scholar. Mr. Ortega has edited a Spanish language anthology on Michel de Certeau (La irrupción de lo impensado Bogotá 2003) and a newly published collection of essays by US based anthropologist Veena Das and local Colombian authors focusing on social violence, language and interpretation (Veena Das: Sujetos de dolor, agentes de dignidad Bogotá 2008). Since 2003 his main focus of research has been the political culture of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Latin America. He has published in academic journals in the US, México, Peru and Colombia on social theory and colonial Latin American intellectual history.
"Born of the Same Womb, Different in Origin and Blood: Social Fragmentation and the Making of the Gran Colombian Republics 1770-1870"
Markus J. Prutsch, born in 1981 (Wagna, Austria), studied History and Political Science at the Universities of Salzburg (Austria) and Heidelberg (Germany). In December 2005, he was conferred Best Graduate of the Year Award by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Between 2003 and 2006 Markus J. Prutsch worked as research assistant at the Universities of Salzburg and Heidelberg and as associate member of the Military History Research Institute in Potsdam (Germany). Between 2006 and 2009 he was researcher at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).
In June 2009, he was awarded the Bruno-Kreisky-Prize for Political Literature for his book: Fundamentalismus. Das 'Projekt der Moderne' und die Politisierung des Religiösen. Markus J. Prutsch has lectured at conferences and universities in Spain, Hungary, and the United States to name but a few. His main fields of interest are: European political and constitutional history; political theory and philosophy; comparative politics.
Plebiscitary Monocracy. Reflections on the Foundations, Nature, and Long Term Implications of ‘Modern Caesarism’
Markus J. Prutsch homepage
Peter Haldén was affiliated as guest fellow 1.9.2009 - 31.5.2010. Peter Haldén was raised in Botswana, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In 2006 he received his Ph.D. in social and political sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
His research interests are state-formation/state-building, constitutions, European and German history, African and Central Asian societies and international security.
Benno Teschke studied history, politics and international relations at the Universities of Tuebingen, Cardiff, Paris (Sciences-Po) and Berlin, before he completed his doctorate in
International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Thereafter,he was a Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Comparative and Social History at the Universityu of California, Los Angeles and a Lecturer at the University of Wales in Swansea. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Teschke is the author of the Deutscher Prize Memorial Award-winning 'The Myth of 1648: Class, Geopolitics and the Making of Modern International Relations' (translated into German, Japanese, and Russian). Teschke has contribued to a wide range of IR and Social Science journals and is currently conducting research on a monograph on Carl Schmitt's international thought, while also preparing a sequel to his 'Myth of 1648', which carries the story of the co-constitution between regionally differential economic development, stateformation, and military rivalry in Europe into the 18th and 19th centuries.
Minna Vainio, until June 2013
Mathias Haeggström, from July 2013