Germany’s scholars in international relations

The data orientation in social sciences sometimes even covers a self-analysis. This is currently the case for a study about scholars teaching or researching in international relations, the TRIP faculty survey. To put it short: Who is creating knowledge at the faculties around the world about piece and war, negotiations and the interdependences of communities, people and societies beyond the nation state?

The German politics journal just published an article about the German data, based on 234 (out of 518) replies from German scholars. What is important?

  • Not different from other disciplines: female junior scholars and male professors. The gender composition in general is around 40% women, but among the professors they are make up less than 30%.
  • Not surprising either: English is more important than German as publishing language in the largest non-English IR community. Most of the researchers publish in English and take German journals as the 2nd best choice.
  • Research areas differ from the global comparison: German faculty is more engaged in international organisations and in theory than in security studies, reflecting the specific institutionalism approach in German that “big names” stand for (e.g. Czempiel, Haftendorn, Rittberger).
  • This specific shape is contrasted by an mainly US-orientation of both the researchers and the institutions that are considered high in diverse ranking lists (or “beauty contests” how the authors call them).

Seems as if the German IR is still somewhat particular and historically rooted but at the same time oriented towards the anglophone mainstream.

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