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Erzsébet Strausz


Assistant Professor

Email: E dot Strausz at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24765 73453
Room: D1.09, Social Sciences Building

Advice and feedback hours:
Wednesday 4-5pm, by appointment.


I joined PAIS as a Teaching Fellow in September 2013. I received my PhD from Aberystwyth University, where I previously taught from 2008. My PhD project explored the politics of academic writing and sovereignty research through a creative re-reading of Michel Foucault’s work while my current research focuses on the possibility of creative transformations in the everyday practices of academic life through exploring alternative vistas of knowledge production, subject formation and social change. I am interested in the critical potentials of narrative writing, storytelling, performativity, autobiography and aesthetic practice in both research and teaching.

At PAIS I am also the departmental coordinator for the joint Modern Languages with International Studies BA Degree Scheme.

Research interests

My broadly defined research interests include:

  • Critical approaches to security and contemporary practices of government
  • Continental philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Critical pedagogy

Teaching and supervision

I am the module director for the third year module Critical Security Studies (PO381) and I lead seminars for the second year module Theories of International Relations (PO219).

Recent publications

  • Strausz, Erzsebet (2013) “Being in Discourse with Foucault: The Practice of Life’s Excess”, Theory & Event 16 Vol. 4.
  • Strausz, Erzsebet and Andreja Zevnik, “Introduction: The Power of Life’s Excess” in Strausz, Erzsebet, Simona Rentea and Andreja Zevnik, eds. (2013) “The Power of Life’s Excess: Contesting Sovereignty from Sites that do not exist” Symposium, Theory & Event 16 Vol. 4.
  • Strausz, Erzsebet (2011) “Foucault’s critique: A topology of thought”, Law & Critique 22, 119-133.