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Georg Löfflmann

Profile

I joined PAIS in September 2015 as Teaching Fellow for US Foreign Policy and American Politics. From September 2016 to April 2018, I assisted Nick Vaughan-Williams as research fellow with his Leverhulme funded project Everyday Narratives of European Border Security and Insecurity. On 1 May 2018, I began a three-year Early Career Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust with a new research project on populism in the UK, Germany, and the United States.

Between 2011 and 2014, I undertook my PhD studies at PAIS. My PhD thesis is titled: "The Fractured Consensus - How competing visions of grand strategy challenge the geopolitical identity of American leadership under the Obama presidency," and was supervised by Professor Stuart Croft and Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams. The thesis was nominated for the 2016 Michael Nicholson Prize for best doctoral thesis in International Studies.

Previously, I studied International Relations in Germany at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-University, and the University of Potsdam, and Political Science and History at the University of Erfurt in Germany.

Research

My new research project, supported by the Leverhulme Trust's Early Career Fellowship (ECF) is titled: 'The enemy inside the gates: Anti-elite hostility and the political agency of the ‘everyday’ in Europe and the USA.' The project explores the politics of enmity and friendship in contemporary populism, and how right-wing populists, anti-establishment movements and associated media in the UK, the United States, and Germany aim to reorder world politics through reconstructing threats to the nation both internally and externally.

My research monograph, American Grand Strategy Under Obama (EUP, 2017) examines competing discourses of American grand strategy, national security, and geoplitical identity under the Obama presidency. The book explores how the Obama Doctrine posed an internal challenge to the established elite consensus of American exceptionalism and liberal hegemony by emphasising military restraint and 'leading from behind'. From an in-depth analysis of various competing popular, formal and practical discourses of national security and foreign policy, I conclude that American grand strategy under Obama no longer represented a coherent and consistent equation of material resources and political ends, but a contested discursive space, where identity and policy no longer matched up.

My research interests revolve around the interaction of security and identity, discourse and practice, and the role of the everyday in shaping politics, with my research broadly located within critical security studies and related fields, such as critical geopolitics. I am interested, how particular discourses emerge as dominant in the political and public sphere, and how processes of identity formation and meaning making enable or constrain policy choices and provoke resistance against existing political hegemonies.

Publications

Single-authored Research Monographs:
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles: 
Book chapters and other academic publications:
Op-eds, book reviews, etc.:
Work in progress:
  • Book chapter in edited volume by Mark Salter and Sandra Yao, How to do Popular Culture in IR. 

Grants and Fellowships

  • 2017: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2018-2021)
  • 2014: Institute of Advanced Studies (University of Warwick) Early Career Fellowship (2014-2015).

Awards and Prizes

  • 2016 Nominated for Michael Nicholson Prize for best doctoral thesis in International Studies.

  • 2016 Nominated for Warwick University Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University

Teaching

I will be on research leave during the acdemic year 2018/2019. Previously I served as Director for the MA programme in US Foreign Policy and National Security and the undergarduate modules for American Politics, US Foreign Policy and Critical Security Studies, and as seminar teacher for the undergarduate course in International Security.

A particular interest of mine is to integrate my research into popular culture with my teaching and to use pop-cultural devices (films, comicbooks, novels, video games, etc.) as additional resources for input in lectures and seminars.

Recent Conferences

2018: Warwick Graduate Conference in Security Studies 18-19 October. Paper presented: Carl Schmitt and the Return of Enmity: The Populist Challenge to Western Liberalism.

2018: EU in International Affairs Conference, Brussels 16-17 May. Paper Presented with Nick-Vaughan-Williams: ‘European Border Narratives’

2018: ISA, San Francisco 4-7 April. Paper presented: ‘Between Containment, Engagement, and Restraint: American Grand Strategy in the Asia-Pacific’; 2nd paper presented: ‘The Coward’s Weapon? - How Drone Warfare Disrupts the Social Construction of Military Heroism.’

Public Engagement / Media

Multiple TV and radio appearances commenting on American politics and US foreign policy on BBC News, Sky News, France 24, CNBC, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, TRT World, tbs radio Seoul, LBC Radio and local BBC radio.

Expert comment for print publications: L'Orient Le Jour (Lebanon); Telemundo (Spain)

Interviewed for Partly Political Podcast with Tiernan Douieb, 13 November 2018, Episode 120 – Sea Change – Mid Term Elections, Taxpayers Alliance, Brexit Fallout

Interview on Al Jazeera on US national security policy under President Trump (19 September 2018): https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2018/09/donald-trump-turning-national-security-business-180919201949355.html

Interview on the Military-Entertainment-Industry Complex with the Alien Movie Project, Episode 87: 'Battleship' (28 January 2017).

georg

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Research Fellow in International Security

Email: g.lofflmann@warwick.ac.uk

Tel.: +44 (0) 24761 50006

Room: E1.15

Advice and feedback hours:

On academic leave in 2018/2019

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