Creating a Concept: ‘Friendship’ in International Relations

This talk will reflect on Dr Berenskötter attempts to form and advance a new (reading of a) concept in the field of International Relations, namely that of ‘friendship’. He will outline his motivations to engage on this journey and discuss the approach he developed, or came to adopt, where and how he found support for this undertaking, as well as the challenges and rewards as he experienced them. Rather than simply a personal reflection, the talk is based on his reading of Koselleck’s notion of a basic concept (Grundbegriff) and carves out the analytical, pedagogical and normative/practical layers in and through which he sees the process of concept formation unfolding.

Capacity is limited to 50 attendees.