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Sabine Selchow


Sabine Selchow holds a postdoc fellowship at CEM linked to Professor Ulrich Beck’s Chair ‘Cosmopolitan Risk Communities’. In general, Dr Selchow’s research falls into three interrelated areas. First, she is interested in the role of collective notions of the global, the unknown, the new, uncertainty and risk in global politics in general and security politics in particular. Second, Dr Selchow is interested in the changing nature and role of legitimacy and expertise in security. Third, she is interested in how 'web 2.0 culture' is changing politics and the political self. In particular and during her fellowship at CEM she investigates the ‘cosmopolitan moment’ in contemporary US security politics, developing a ‘cosmopolitan’ research strategy for that purpose.

Dr Selchow is also Fellow in the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, Department of International Development, LSE, where she is in charge of the 'Culture/s'- research componet of the ERC-funded project "Security in Transition" (grant holder: Prof Mary Kaldor) and at the Institute of Sociology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich, Germany, where she is researcher in the ERC-funded project "Methodological Cosmopolitanism - In the Laboratory of Climate Change" (grant holder: Prof Ulrich Beck). She is member of LSE's Global Civil Society research programme, where she set up the' Global Civil Society Knowledgebase' (supported by a major grant of the UK Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)). In 2011 Dr Selchow was a Visiting Fellow at Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia (supported by the Parsons Visitor Scheme of the University of Sydney). From 2008-2012 Dr Selchow convened the master course DV429: Global Civil Society in LSE's Department of International Development. She co-convenes the LSE IR summer school course 'Global Politics of Protest and Change'. Since 2012 she is Visiting Faculty at Sciences Po, Paris, France, where she teaches in the Master of Public Administration programme.

Dr Selchow studied North American Studies and Communications Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and at Duke University (NC, USA). She holds a PhD in Government from LSE. Before embarking on an academic career, Dr Selchow worked for several years in the ‘new media’- sector. She has comprehensive project management and consultancy experience.

Most recent publications: Selchow, Sabine (2013). 'The Bubbling Up' of Subterranean Politics in Europe' Journal of Civil Society, 9(1):78:99. (with Mary Kaldor); Selchow, Sabine (2013) 'An Interplay of Traditions: The 'Return of Uncertainty' and its Taming in Post-9/11 US Security Thinking', in Bevir, Mark, Oliver Daddow, and Ian Hall (eds.) Interpreting global Security, Routledge; Selchow, Sabine (2013) 'Preventive Dentention Beyond the Law: The Need to Ask Socio-Political Questions', in Keyzer, Patrick (ed.) Preventive Detention: Asking the Fundamental Questions, Intersentia (with Arlie Loughnan).

Arrival : 01/09/2013

Scientific project : In Search of the ‘Cosmopolitan Moment’ – An Empirical Investigation of the Realities of the ‘Cosmopolitan Moment’ in the US and Europe

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Cosmopolitan risk communities
Post-doctorant-e-s 2013