Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Christine Andrä, M.A.

Christine is a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Political Science in Tübingen and a PhD candidate at the Department of International Politics in Aberystwyth. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Rhetoric from the University of Tübingen, an M.A. in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research from the University of Frankfurt and an M.Res. in Political and Social Research from the European University Institute in Florence. In 2016/2017, she was a Visiting Fellow at the School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC. From 2011-2012, she conducted applied peace research for Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC).

Research

Christine’s current research interests include history and philosophy of science, historical approaches to International Relations, critical methodology, post-conflict politics, and the role of arts and crafts in International Relations. Earlier research focused on the nexus of natural resources and armed conflict.

Christine’s doctoral thesis is a genealogy of how war became a problem of international politics. Drawing on primary sources collected from archives in Europe and the United States, the thesis analyzes how historical initiatives undertaken in the aftermaths of major international wars made war into an empirically knowable and practically actionable object. At the same time, the thesis undoes genealogy as a method and instead proposes it as a methodology and as a critical practice. Overall, the thesis offers a critique of our contemporary ways of knowing about and acting towards war as well as a reflection upon and an experimentation with the workings of empirical critique.

Current Teaching

Publications and Conference Papers

‘How Not to Take Our Research Methods for Granted: Genealogy as History, Critique, and Practice.’ Paper presented at the EISA Young Researchers Workshop ‘Knowing What and How: Research Methods in Complex Environments’, Barcelona, 09/2017.

‘Doing Exhibitions and IR Differently: A Conversation about Exhibiting International ‘Conflict Textiles’.’ Paper presented at the EWIS workshop ‘Museums, Exhibitions and the Representation of the International’, Cardiff, 06/2017 (with Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Lydia Cole, and Danielle House).

‘A Historical Perspective on Conflict Expertise: The Example of the Carnegie Endowment’s ‘Balkan Commission’ (1912-1914).’ Paper presented at the ESRC Workshop ‘Conflict Experts: Methodology, Authority, Impact’, Aberystwyth, 03/2017.

Oil Investment and Conflict in Upper Nile State, South Sudan. BICC Brief 48 (2013), Bonn, Germany. www.bicc.de/uploads/tx_bicctools/BICC_brief_48.pdf (with Elke Grawert).

‘Kleinbergbau von Gold: Weltmarkt, Perspektiven auf Probleme und Governance-Ansätze.’ In: Hütz-Adams, Friedel; Marie Müller (eds.): Auf der Suche nach dem sauberen Gold: Kleinbergbau von Gold in Peru und der DR Kongo, BICC Brief 46 (2012), Bonn, Germany, 9-20. www.bicc.de/uploads/tx_bicctools/BICC_brief_46_d.pdf (with Friedel Hütz-Adams, Marie Müller).