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Nicolai Gellwitzki

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PhD Candidate

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Nicolai Gellwitzki is a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies. He holds a Bachelor in International Relations from Libertas International University, a MA in International Security from the University of Warwick, and a MRes in Political Science from the University Pompeu Fabra. His supervisors are Madeleine Fagan and Christopher Browning.


Nicolai's PhD project "Public Moods, Emerging Political Subjectivities, and Ontological (In)security during the 'refugee crisis' in Germany" (provisional title) aims to understand the role of public moods in ontological security seeking practices by analysing political and popular responses to the migration crisis of 2015 in Germany.

His broader research interests comprise critical security studies, political psychology, and emotion research in International Relations.


(Article) Narratives, Ontological Security, and Unconscious Phantasy: Germany and the European Myth during the so-called Migration Crisis, with Anne-Marie Houde, Political Psychology (online first).

(Article) From Realpolitik to Gefühlspolitik: Strategically Narrating the European Union at the National LevelLink opens in a new window, with Anne-Marie Houde, Journal of European Public Policy (online first).

(Article) Stimmung and Ontological Security: Anxiety, Euphoria, and Emerging Political Subjectivities during the 2015 'Border Opening' in Germany, Journal of International Relations and Development 25(4): 1101-1125.

(Article) Feeling the Heat: Emotions, Politicization, and the European UnionLink opens in a new window, with Anne-Marie Houde, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 60(5): 1470-1487.

(Book chapter) Emotional Politicisation in Times of Crisis: The Case of the German Discourse on Europe during the 2015 Migration Crisis, with Anne-Marie Houde in Houde, Anne-Marie Houde et al. (eds) “The Politicisation of the European Union: From Processes to Consequences” (Forthcoming), Brussels University Press.

(Working paper) Emotional Politicisation of the European Union: Towards a New Framework of AnalysisLink opens in a new window, with Anne-Marie Houde, Transatlantic Network on the Politicization of Europe (RESTEP), (2021)


2020/2021: Introduction to Politics (PO107)

2021/2022: Theories of International Relations (PO2019) and Nine Ideas in International Security (PO135)

2022/2023: Introduction to Politics (PO107)