Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Dr. Christine Andrä

Christine Andrä is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (UK), and a Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen. In February 2019, she successfully defended her doctoral thesis, entitled “A Genealogy of the Problem of War in International Politics”, at Aberystwyth University. 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. She was a Faculty Fellow at the School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC (2016/17) and a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen (2018/19). She also has experience in applied peace research, which she gained while working for Bonn International Center for Conversion (2011/12).

Research

Christine’s current research interests within the fields of IR and peace and conflict studies include post-conflict politics, historical IR, history and philosophy of science and of knowledge, as well as interpretive, historical, creative and critical methods. Previous research focused on the nexus of natural resources and armed conflict.

Christine’s doctoral thesis develops 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 project 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, instead proposing it as a reflexively critical praxis. 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.

Forming part of a collaborative project conducted jointly by researchers from Aberystwyth University and the University of Antioquia (Colombia), Christine’s postdoctoral research explores the potential of creative, material and narrative methods for peace and conflict research. Entitled “(Un-)Stitching the Subjects of Colombia’s Reconciliation Process”, the project’s main aim is to study the changing subjectivities of former FARC fighters in the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in Colombia, as well as how these ex-combatants are perceived by the communities they now settle in. Christine is conducting a meta-study of the project’s methodology, which uses narrative interviews, textile making, and arts exhibitions not merely as methods for generating data to inform the analysis of ex-combatants’ role in the process of reconciliation and reincorporation, but also with a view towards actively contributing to this process.

Teaching

  • Studying Knowledge in International Politics (Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen, Wintersemester 2018/19)
  • International Post-Conflict Politics (Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen, Sommersemester 2018)
  • Approaching the Political (Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Sommersemester 2016)
  • International Politics between the Two World Wars (Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Wintersemester 2014/15)
  • Introduction to the Study of Political Science (Institute for Political Science, University of Frankfurt, Wintersemester 2010/11)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • “Knowing through Needlework: Curating the Difficult Knowledge of Conflict Textiles”, Critical Military Studies, online first: doi.org/10.1080/23337486.2019.1692566 (with Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Lydia Cole, Danielle House).

Conference-Papers

  • “Problematization as Process, Object and Analytic of Research, and Critique – A Proposal for Problematizing (not just) War Otherwise”, Millennium Conference, London, 10/2019.
  • “Problematizing War: Towards a Genealogical Analysis”, EISA Conference, Sofia, 09/2019.
  • “How Not to Take Our Research Methods for Granted: Genealogy as History, Critique, and Practice”, 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’”, EWIS Workshop ‘Museums, Exhibitions and the Representation of the International’, Cardiff, 06/2017 (with Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Lydia Cole, Danielle House).
  • “A Historical Perspective on Conflict Expertise: The Example of the Carnegie Endowment’s ‘Balkan Commission’ (1912-1914)”, ESRC Workshop ‘Conflict Experts: Methodology, Authority, Impact’, Aberystwyth, 03/2017.

Other Publications

  • "Konflikttextilien: Analytischer, ästhetischer und politischer Stoff für Friedensforschung und -arbeit", Wissenschaft und Frieden 38(4), Schwerpunktheft ‘Ästhetik im Konflikt’, 2019, wissenschaft-und-frieden.de/seite.php?artikelID=2396 (with Berit Bliesemann de Guevara).
  • “Stitching In/Justice: The Political Art of Conflict Textiles”, ARTIJ Blog, 2019, artij.org/en/blog.html (with Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Lydia Cole, Danielle House).
  • "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).