Nomadic Political Theory

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

Prof. Erik Ringmar, Lund University, Sweden


This lecture examines the way nomadic peoples have been treated throughout history by sedentary peoples, but also the way nomadsArabs, Mongols, etc. – have built empires founded on an alternative, non-territorial, basis. This historical discussion will provide the basis for an argument about life in a post-territorial future. Nomads, the thesis will be, can teach us a lot about how international politics will be organized in the future.


Erik Ringmar teaches political science and international relations at the University of Lund, Sweden. He has a PhD from Yale University, and taught for 12 years in the Government Department at the LSE in London. He has also worked in China for seven years, the last two years as professor of international relations at Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai. He has written four academic books and some forty research articles. His most recent book is Liberal Barbarism: The European Destruction of the Palace of the Emperor of China (2013).







  • Prof. Erik Ringmar, Lund University, Sweden


24 June 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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