Lucian Ashworth



Professor in Political Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's (Canada)

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Missing voices in the history of international thought. A critical re-evaluation of global thinking since 1880«

Project outline:
International thought of the last century and a half is not exhausted by what is remembered by the academic field of International Relations (IR). Indeed, IR itself even tends to forget large parts of its own past theorising. This project looks at how several of these lost narratives have been recovered in IR, with particular emphasis on lost approaches dealing with political economy, political geography, feminism, race and imperialism. This includes approaches outside of the English speaking world. I am particularly interested in how the recovery of past approaches affects our interpretations of both the origins and the nature of IR and international thought. (Lucian Ashworth)

Funding of the stay:
Excellence Cluster »The formation of normative orders«

Research partner:
While at the Institute Lucian Ashworth works together with Jens Steffek (Professor of Politics at Darmstadt University and PI of the Clsuter of Excellence »the formation of normative orders«).

Scholarly profile of Lucian Ashworth


Lucian M. Ashworth is a professor in political science at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s Canada. He is an International Relations (IR) scholar, and his main area of interest is the history of international thought. He has published widely on the topics of international thought and the disciplinary history of IR. He is currently working on a new book for Routledge provisionally titled International Relations in the Stream of Time, which is will be published in 2019.

Selected publications:

    A History of International Thought. From the Origins of the Modern State to Academic International Relations, London: Routledge 2014.
    »Mapping a New World: Geography and the Interwar Study of International Relations«, in: International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 57/1 (2013), p. 138–149.
    »The Poverty of Paradigms: Subcultures, Trading Zones and the Case of Liberal Socialism in Interwar International Relations«, in: International Relations, Vol. 26/1 (2012), p. 35-59.
    International Relations Theory and the Labour Party: Intellectuals and Policy Making 1918-1945, London: IBTauris 2007.
    Creating International Studies. Angell, Mitrany and the Liberal Tradition, Aldershot: Ashgate 1999.
    Ed. with David Long: New Perspectives on International Functionalism, Basingstoke: Macmillan 1999.