Felix Roesch


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    Research Interests

    Affect, European Emigre Scholarship, Emotions, Intellectual History, International Political Theory, Japanese Political Thought, Historical International Relations, Political Realism, Practice Theory


    Felix Rösch works on encounters of difference in transcultural contexts particularly focusing on transatlantic relations and exchanges between Central Europe and Japan, investigating their effect on international political thought. He is also interested in diplomatic practices and emotions. In doing so, Felix pursues an interdisciplinary approach in which he combines comparative political theory with international political sociology and international historiography. Amongst others, he has published with Cooperation and Conflict, the Review of International Studies, Ethics & International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, and International Studies Perspectives. His most recent books include The Concept of the Political (2012), Émigré Scholars and the Genesis of International Relations (2014), Power, Knowledge, and Dissent in Morgenthau’s Worldview (2015), and Modern Japanese Political Thought and International Relations (2018). Felix co-edits the Global Political Thinkers and Trends in European IR Theory book series.


    Area of Expertise:

    • International Relations
    • International Relations Theories
    • History and Sociology of Knowledge of International Relations

    Vision Statement

    With my focus on International Political Theory, particularly the nexus between classical realism and critical theory as well European emigre scholarship, I aim to contribute to a rising discourse in International Relations. Elaborating on their commonalities allows understanding their profound analyses of crises and the importance of their normative aspirationsfor a reconsideration of the human in politics. This not only suggests new understandings of our present-day crises, but it also provides visions and strategies for responses to some of the most pressing problems of twenty-first century world politics.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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