Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg; MSc (Dipl.-Pol.) Hamburg University

Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara

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Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is the current Director of Research at the Department of International Politics. She is a Reader in Peacebuilding, Post-war Reconstruction and Transitional Justice, and the Director of the Department's Centre for the International Politics of Knowledge.

Before joining Aberystwyth University in 2012, she held positions as Temporary Professor at Bremen University's Institute for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, and as Researcher and Lecturer at Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg. She also worked as a Researcher in the project 'Who Governs? The Sociology of UN Administrations' at the University of Nottingham.

Berit co-edits the Nomos book series Zentrum& Peripherie. She is editorial board member of International Peacekeeping, Journal of Intervention & Statebuilding, Civil Wars, and Routledge Studies in Intervention & Statebuilding. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2013), member of the AHRC Peer-Review College (since 2017) and alumni of the Welsh Crucible (2015).

She has been an invited Visiting Fellow at: Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University (2017); the Research Group 'Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy' (WIPCAD), Potsdam University (2015); the Uppsala Forum for Peace, Democracy and Justice, Uppsala University (2015); Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst and the Bremen International Graduate School for the Social Sciences (BIGSSS), University of Bremen & Jacobs University Bremen (2014-15); Centre for International Relations (QCIR), Queen's University, Kingston/Ontario (2010).

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POLITICAL ART EXHIBITIONS

In 2017, Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara commissioned the exhibition "Stitched Voices" at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and, together with a team of InterPol PhD students, organised an extensive events and engagement programme in connection with the exhibition. The team included Christine Andrä, Lydia Cole and Danielle House. The team's experiences in organising a conflict textiles exhibition can be read here: https://stitchedvoices.wordpress.com/

In 2012, Berit co-organised the exhibition and workshop "The Art of Survival: How societies deal with political violence" at Hamburg University, Germany.

AWARDS

2017 Welsh Crucible/Learned Society of Wales Prize for the Best Collaborative Project 2011-2015

2009 German Studies Award, a national award for the most relevant PhD thesis of the year, Körber Foundation

2003 Women's Masters Dissertation Award, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hamburg University

Teaching

Module Coordinator
Tutor
Lecturer

Current PhD supervisions

  • Desiree Poets
  • Adhemar Mercado Auf der Maur
  • Alistair Markland (ESRC project)
  • Christine Andrä
  • Jana Wattenberg

Completed PhD supervisions

  • Dr Thomas Marshall: “Autonomous Marxism, the Commons and Critique in Post-2008 Social Movements” (2016)
  • Dr Tomas Kucera: “The Soldier and Society: Liberalism and Societal-Military Relations in Germany and the UK” (2014)

Research

Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is Director of the KNOWLEDGE Centre, a new research hub in the Department developing research which revolves around the dynamics and challenges of knowledge in and about international politics.

Berit's current research is centered on issues of knowledge production in/about international conflict and intervention.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

2016-17 (AHRC-PaCCS): Raising Silent Voices: Harnessing local knowledge for communities’ protection from violence in Myanmar

2016-18 (ESRC seminar series): From Data to Knowledge: Understanding peace and conflict from afar

2016-17 (Welsh Crucible): Borrowed Truths: Exploring transfers of expertise & evidence across science, justice & politics

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

2016 (Welsh Crucible): Travel Broadens the Mind: How field trip experiences impact political perceptions

2016 (Welsh Crucible): Using comics workshops to investigate & disseminate the infertility experiences of BME women in Wales .2015-16: Myth and Narrative in International Politics (book project)

2012-14 (German Research Foundation - DFG): Knowledge Production in Conflict: the International Crisis Group

2010 Political charisma (public lecture series & book project)

2009-10 (Körber Foundation): Illusion Statebuilding: Comparing statebuilding projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan

2003-08: Stateness in Times of Statebuilding (PhD project)

Office Hours (Student contact times)

  • Tuesday 13:30-14:30
  • Thursday 10:30-11:30

Publications

2017

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Kostic, R. 2017. Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention: finding ‘facts’, telling ‘truth’. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 11 (1) pp. 1-20. 10.1080/17502977.2017.1287635 Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2017. Intervention Theatre: Performance, authenticity and expert knowledge in politicians’ travels to post-/conflict spaces. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 11 (1) pp. 58-80. 10.1080/17502977.2016.1260208 Cadair

2016

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2016. Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretative Approaches to the Study of IR. Springer Nature Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2016. Introduction: Myth and Narrative in international Politics. In B. Bliesemann de Guevara. (ed) Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretative Approaches to the Study of IR. Springer Nature pp. 1-12. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2016. Myth in International Politics:: Ideological Delusion and Necessary Fiction. In B. B. de Guevara. (ed) Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR. Springer Nature pp. 15-46. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2016. Journeys to the limits of first-hand knowledge: Politicians’ on-site visits in zones of conflict and intervention. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 10 (1) pp. 56-76. 10.1080/17502977.2015.1137394 Cadair

2015

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2015. State formation. 10.1093/OBO/9780199756223-0123 Other Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Kühn, F.P. 2015. On Afghan footbaths and sacred cows in Kosovo: urban legends of intervention. Peacebuilding 3 (1) pp. 17-35. 10.1080/21647259.2014.969508 Cadair

2014

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014. Reading the International Crisis Group or why think tank reports have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Other Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014. Studying the International Crisis Group. Third World Quarterly 35 (4) pp. 545-562. 10.1080/01436597.2014.924060 Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014. On methodology and myths: Exploring the International Crisis Group's organisational culture. Third World Quarterly 35 (4) pp. 616-633. 10.1080/01436597.2014.924064 Cadair

Goetze, C., Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014. Cosmopolitanism and the culture of peacebuilding. Review of International Studies 40 (4) pp. 771-802. 10.1017/S026021051300051X Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014. "Sich ein eigenes Bild machen": Die Afghanistanreisen deutscher Politiker und die "Lage vor Ort" als Narrativ der Intervention. ['To get one's own picture'] In M. Daxner. (ed) Deutschland in Afghanistan. Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg pp. 67-94. Other Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014. Knowledge Production in Conflict: The International Crisis Group. Cadair

2013

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2013. A ‘Black Hole’ in Europe? The Social and Discursive Reality of Crime in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the International Community’s Tacit Complicity. In R. Schönenberg., Heinrich Böll Foundation. (eds) Transnational Organized Crime: Analyses of a Global Challenge to Democracy. Political Science transcript pp. 211-232. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Kühn, F.P. 2013. The Political Economy of Statebuilding: Rents, Taxes, and Perpetual Dependency. In D. Chandler., T. D. Sisk. (eds) Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding. Taylor & Francis pp. 219-230. Cadair

2012

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2012. Introduction: Statebuilding and State-Formation. In B. Bliesemann de Guevara. (ed) Statebuilding and State-Formation: The Political Sociology of Intervention. Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding Taylor & Francis pp. 1-19. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Reiber, T. 2012. Karizma es hatalom. [Charisma and rule.] Napvilág Kiadó, Budapest Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2012. InterventionsTheater: Der Heimatdiskurs und die Truppen- und Feldbesuche deutscher Politiker – eine Forschungsskizze. [InterventionTheatre] In M. Daxner., H. Neumann. (eds) Heimatdiskurs: Wie die Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr Deutschland verändern. transcript pp. 273-302. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2012. Statebuilding and State-Formation: The Political Sociology of Intervention. Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding Taylor & Francis 10.4324/9780203123935 Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Goetze, C. 2012. The ‘Statebuilding Habitus’: UN Staff and the Cultural Dimension of Liberal Intervention in Kosovo. In B. Bliesemann de Guevara. (ed) Statebuilding and State-Formation: The Political Sociology of Intervention. Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statbuilding Taylor & Francis pp. 198-213. Cadair

Bakonyi, J., Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2012. A Micro-Sociology of Violence: Deciphering Patterns and Dynamics of Collective Violence. Taylor & Francis Cadair

2011

Bakonyi, J., Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2011. The Mosaic of Violence: An Introduction. In B. Bliesemann de Guevara., J. Bakonyi. (eds) A Micro-Sociology of Violence:: Deciphering patterns and dynamics of collective violence. Taylor & Francis pp. 1-17. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2011. Das exportierte Problem: Warum westliche Denkmuster in Bosnien-Herzegowina nicht so einfach greifen. In Heinrich Böll Stiftung. (ed) Grenzenlos Illegal: Transnationale organisierte Kriminalität. Böll.Thema Heinrich Böll Foundation Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Kühn, F.P. 2011. ‘The International Community Needs to Act’: Loose Use and Empty Signalling of a Hackneyed Concept. International Peacekeeping 18 (2) pp. 135-151. 10.1080/13533312.2011.546082 Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Kühn, F.P. 2011. Wir sind nicht nur hier um zu helfen. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2011. Peace, Intervention and Legitimate Local Order. International Peacekeeping 18 (1) pp. 114-119. 10.1080/13533312.2011.527538 Other Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Reiber, T. 2011. Einleitung: Charisma und Herrschaft – Führung und Verführung in der Politik. In B. Bliesemann de Guevara., T. Reiber. (eds) Charisma und Herrschaft: Führung und Verführung in der Politik. Campus pp. 7-14. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Reiber, T. 2011. Popstars der Macht: Charisma und Politik. [Popstars of power] In B. Bliesemann de Guevara., T. Reiber. (eds) Charisma und Herrschaft: Führung und Verführung in der Politik. Campus pp. 15-52. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Reiber, T. 2011. Von "Visionären" und "weisen alten Männern": Charisma bei Willy Brandt und Helmut Schmidt. In B. Bliesemann de Guevara., T. Reiber. (eds) Charisma und Herrschaft: Führung und Verführung in der Politik. Campus pp. 102-133. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Reiber, T. 2011. Charisma und Herrschaft; Führung und Verführung in der Politik. [Charisma and Rule.] Campus Cadair

2010

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Kühn, F.P. 2010. Illusion Statebuilding: Warum sich der westliche Staat so schwer exportieren lässt. Körber-Stiftung Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2010. Introduction: The Limits of Statebuilding and the Analysis of State-Formation. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 4 (2) pp. 111-128. 10.1080/17502970903533652 Cadair

2009

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2009. Nur Fassaden eines Staats. Other Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Bakonyi, J. 2009. The Mosaic of Violence – An Introduction. Civil Wars 11 (4) pp. 397-413. 10.1080/13698240903411298 Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2009. States of Conflict: A case study on peace-building in Bosnia and Herzegovina. States of Conflict Institute for Public Policy Research Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2009. Staatlichkeit in Zeiten des Statebuilding: Intervention und Herrschaft in Bosnien und Herzegowina. [Stateness in Times of Statebuilding] Strategische Kultur Europas Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Kühn, F.P. 2009. The "International Community" - Rhetoric or Reality?: Tracing a seemingly well-known apparition. Sicherheit und Frieden | Security and Peace 27 (2) pp. 73-79. Other Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Kühn, F.P. 2009. The 'International Community' - Rhetoric and Reality. Sicherheit und Frieden | Security and Peace 27 (2) Cadair

2008

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2008. Material Reproduction and Stateness in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In M. Pugh., N. Cooper., M. Turner. (eds) Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding. Springer Nature, Basingstoke pp. 373-389. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2008. The State in Times of Statebuilding. Civil Wars 10 (4) pp. 348-368. 10.1080/13698240802354466 Cadair

2007

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2007. Gebrauchshinweise beachten!: Die Berichte der International Crisis Group. GIGA Focus Global (4) pp. 1-7. Cadair

2006

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2006. Indiens vergessener Nordosten: Gewaltakteure der Seven-Sisters-Region. In J. Bakonyi., S. Hensell., J. Siegelberg. (eds) Gewaltordnungen bewaffneter Gruppen: Ökonomie und Herrschaft nichtstaatlicher Akteure in den Kriegen der Gegenwart. Nomos pp. 260-278. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Liebing, M. 2006. Die langen Schatten der Gewalt: Auswirkungen der Kriege peruanischer Guerillagruppen. [The long shadows of violence] In J. Bakonyi., S. Hensell., J. Siegelberg. (eds) Gewaltordnungen bewaffneter Gruppen: Ökonomie und Herrschaft nichtstaatlicher Akteure in den Kriegen der Gegenwart. Nomos pp. 55-70. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2006. Externes state-building in Bosnien und Herzegowina: Anstoß zur (Re-) Institutionalisierung des Staates oder Katalysator paralleler Strukturen? In A. Pradetto. (ed) Human security und Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr: Dokumentation des 1. Symposiums an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität - Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg. LIT pp. 73-98. Cadair

2005

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2005. Overcoming Dayton?: The 1995 General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Results and Alternatives. Cadair

2004

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2004. Indien: Nagas. In W. Schreiber. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 2003: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 51-55. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2004. Indien: Tripura. In W. Schreiber. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 2003: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 60-65. Cadair

2003

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2003. Indien: Nagas. In W. Schreiber. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 2002: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 144-147. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2003. Indien: Tripura. In W. Schreiber. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 2002: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 152-155. Cadair

2002

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2002. Indien: Nagas. In W. Schreiber. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 2001: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 134-137. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2002. Indien: Tripura. In W. Schreiber. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 2001: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 141-145. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2002. Die Internetseiten von Rebellengruppen in innerstaatlichen Kriegen und bewaffneten Konflikten: Eine methodische Annäherung in vergleichender Perspektive am Beispiel kolumbianischer Guerillagruppen. Hamburg University Press Cadair

2001

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2001. Indien: Tripura. In W. Schreiber., T. Rabehl. (eds) Das Kriegsgeschehen 2000: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 205-207. Cadair

2000

Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2000. Indien: Tripura. In T. Rabehl. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 1999: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 193-196. Cadair

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Nissen, A. 2000. Peru: Sendero Luminoso. In T. Rabehl. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 1999: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 253-256. Cadair

1999

Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Nissen, A. 1999. Peru: Sendero Luminoso. In T. Rabehl. (ed) Das Kriegsgeschehen 1998: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Springer Nature pp. 206-210. Cadair