The International in Security

Lecture Series Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"

Prof. Pinar Bilgin, Bilkent University, Ankara


How to think about security in a world of multiple differences? In this lecture, I build on the contributions of Critical Security Studies (defined broadly) and draw upon the insights of Postcolonial IR to suggest that thinking about security in a world of multiple differences entails inquiring into the international in security and security in the international. By ‘inquiring into the international in security’, I refer to the need for incorporating others’ conceptions of the international into the study of security. By ‘others’, I mean those who happen not to be located on or near the top of hierarchies in world politics, thereby having less influence in shaping various dynamics (including their own portrayal in world politics). By ‘inquiring into security in the international’, I point to the need to understand how others’ insecurities shape (as they are shaped by) their conceptions of the international (including IR scholarship).


Pinar Bilgin is Associate Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University, Turkey. She is the author of Regional Security in the Middle East: a Critical Perspective (2005), The International in Security, Security in the International (forthcoming). Her articles have appeared in Review of International Studies, Political Geography, European Journal of Political Research, Third World Quarterly, Security Dialogue, International Political Sociology, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations and Geopolitics. She is an Associate Member of Turkish Academy of Sciences, Associate Editor of International Political Sociology. Her research agenda focuses on critical approaches to security studies. She has served as the founding governing board member of the European International Studies Association, past president of Central and East European International Studies Association, past chair of the International Political Sociology section of the International Studies Association. She is a member of the editorial board of Security Dialogue, Geopolitics, International Studies Quarterly, Mediterranean Politics, Global Discourse, and ID: International Dialogue.






  • Prof. Pinar Bilgin (Bilkent University, Ankara)
  • Prof. Dr. Gunther Hellmann (Principal Investigator des Exzellenzclusters "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" und Professor für Politikwissenschaft an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
  • Prof. Pinar Bilgin (Bilkent University, Ankara)


13 May 2015, 6.15pm

Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum, HZ6

Presented by:
Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"

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