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
Lecturer
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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 15:30-16:30
  • Thursday 11:30-12:30

Publications

Knowledge and Expertise in International Interventions: The Politics of Facts, Truth and AuthenticityBliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.) & Kostic, R. (ed.) 2017 Taylor & Francis. 146 p.
Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention: finding ‘facts’, telling ‘truth’Bliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kostic, R. 2017 In : Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.11, 1, p. 1-20
Intervention Theatre: Performance, authenticity and expert knowledge in politicians’ travels to post-/conflict spacesBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2017 In : Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.11, 1, p. 58-80
Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretative Approaches to the Study of IRBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2016 Springer Nature. 313 p.
Introduction: Myth and Narrative in international PoliticsBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2016 Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretative Approaches to the Study of IR. Bliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 1-1212 p.
Myth in International Politics: Ideological Delusion and Necessary FictionBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2016 Myth and Narrative in International Politics: Interpretive Approaches to the Study of IR. de Guevara, B. B. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 15-46
Journeys to the limits of first-hand knowledge: Politicians’ on-site visits in zones of conflict and interventionBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2016 In : Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.10, 1, p. 56-76
State formationBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2015
On Afghan footbaths and sacred cows in Kosovo: urban legends of interventionBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kühn, F. P. 2015 In : Peacebuilding.3, 1, p. 17-3518 p.
Reading the International Crisis Group or why think tank reports have to be taken with a pinch of saltBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014
Studying the International Crisis GroupBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014 In : Third World Quarterly.35, 4, p. 545-56218 p.
On methodology and myths: Exploring the International Crisis Group's organisational cultureBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014 In : Third World Quarterly.35, 4, p. 616-63318 p.
Cosmopolitanism and the culture of peacebuildingGoetze, C. & Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014 In : Review of International Studies.40, 4, p. 771-802
"Sich ein eigenes Bild machen": Die Afghanistanreisen deutscher Politiker und die "Lage vor Ort" als Narrativ der InterventionBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2014 Deutschland in Afghanistan. Daxner, M. (ed.). Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, p. 67-94
Knowledge Production in Conflict: The International Crisis GroupBliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.) 2014 Third World Quarterly, 35, 4
A ‘Black Hole’ in Europe? The Social and Discursive Reality of Crime in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the International Community’s Tacit ComplicityBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2013 Transnational Organized Crime: Analyses of a Global Challenge to Democracy. Schönenberg, R. & Heinrich Böll Foundation (eds.). transcript, p. 211-232 (Political Science)
The Political Economy of Statebuilding: Rents, Taxes, and Perpetual DependencyBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kühn, F. P. 2013 Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding. Chandler, D. & Sisk, T. D. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 219-230
InterventionsTheater: Der Heimatdiskurs und die Truppen- und Feldbesuche deutscher Politiker – eine ForschungsskizzeBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2012 Heimatdiskurs: Wie die Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr Deutschland verändern. Daxner, M. & Neumann, H. (eds.). transcript, p. 273-30229 p.
Statebuilding and State-Formation: The Political Sociology of InterventionBliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.) 2012 Taylor & Francis. 280 p. (Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding)
The ‘Statebuilding Habitus’: UN Staff and the Cultural Dimension of Liberal Intervention in KosovoBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Goetze, C. 2012 Statebuilding and State-Formation: The Political Sociology of Intervention. Bliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.). Taylor & Francis, p. 198-21315 p. (Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statbuilding)
A Micro-Sociology of Violence: Deciphering Patterns and Dynamics of Collective ViolenceBakonyi, J. (ed.) & Bliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.) 2012 Taylor & Francis.
Introduction: Statebuilding and State-FormationBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2012 Statebuilding and State-Formation: The Political Sociology of Intervention. Bliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.). Taylor & Francis, p. 1-1918 p. (Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding )
Karizma es hatalomBliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.) & Reiber, T. (ed.) 2012 Budapest: Napvilág Kiadó.
The Mosaic of Violence: An IntroductionBakonyi, J. & Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2011 A Micro-Sociology of Violence: Deciphering patterns and dynamics of collective violence. Bliesemann de Guevara, B. & Bakonyi, J. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 1-1717 p.
Das exportierte Problem: Warum westliche Denkmuster in Bosnien-Herzegowina nicht so einfach greifenBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2011 Grenzenlos Illegal: Transnationale organisierte Kriminalität. Heinrich Böll Stiftung (ed.). Heinrich Böll Foundation, (Böll.Thema)
‘The International Community Needs to Act’: Loose Use and Empty Signalling of a Hackneyed ConceptBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kühn, F. P. 2011 In : International Peacekeeping.18, 2, p. 135-151
Wir sind nicht nur hier um zu helfenBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kühn, F. P. 2011 Die Zeit
Peace, Intervention and Legitimate Local OrderBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2011 In : International Peacekeeping.18, 1, p. 114-11910 p.
Einleitung: Charisma und Herrschaft – Führung und Verführung in der PolitikBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Reiber, T. 2011 Charisma und Herrschaft: Führung und Verführung in der Politik. Bliesemann de Guevara, B. & Reiber, T. (eds.). Campus, p. 7-147 p.
Popstars der Macht: Charisma und PolitikBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Reiber, T. 2011 Charisma und Herrschaft: Führung und Verführung in der Politik. Bliesemann de Guevara, B. & Reiber, T. (eds.). Campus, p. 15-5237 p.
Von "Visionären" und "weisen alten Männern": Charisma bei Willy Brandt und Helmut SchmidtBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Reiber, T. 2011 Charisma und Herrschaft: Führung und Verführung in der Politik. Bliesemann de Guevara, B. & Reiber, T. (eds.). Campus, p. 102-13331 p.
Charisma und Herrschaft; Führung und Verführung in der PolitikBliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.) & Reiber, T. (ed.) 2011 Campus.
Illusion Statebuilding: Warum sich der westliche Staat so schwer exportieren lässtBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kühn, F. P. 2010 Körber-Stiftung.
Introduction: The Limits of Statebuilding and the Analysis of State-FormationBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2010 In : Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.4, 2, p. 111-12818 p.
Nur Fassaden eines StaatsBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2009 Die Tageszeitung
The Mosaic of Violence – An IntroductionBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Bakonyi, J. 2009 In : Civil Wars.11, 4, p. 397-413
States of Conflict: A case study on peace-building in Bosnia and HerzegovinaBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2009 Institute for Public Policy Research. (States of Conflict)
Staatlichkeit in Zeiten des Statebuilding: Intervention und Herrschaft in Bosnien und HerzegowinaBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2009 Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 368 p. (Strategische Kultur Europas)
The "International Community" - Rhetoric or Reality?: Tracing a seemingly well-known apparitionBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Kühn, F. P. 2009 In : Sicherheit und Frieden | Security and Peace.27, 2, p. 73-797 p.
The 'International Community' - Rhetoric and RealityBliesemann de Guevara, B. (ed.) & Kühn, F. P. (ed.) 2009 In : Sicherheit und Frieden | Security and Peace.27, 2
The State in Times of StatebuildingBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2008 In : Civil Wars.10, 4, p. 348-368
Material Reproduction and Stateness in Bosnia and HerzegovinaBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2008 Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding. Pugh, M., Cooper, N. & Turner, M. (eds.). Basingstoke: Springer Nature, p. 373-389
Gebrauchshinweise beachten!: Die Berichte der International Crisis GroupBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2007 In : GIGA Focus Global.4, p. 1-77 p.
Indiens vergessener Nordosten: Gewaltakteure der Seven-Sisters-RegionBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2006 Gewaltordnungen bewaffneter Gruppen: Ökonomie und Herrschaft nichtstaatlicher Akteure in den Kriegen der Gegenwart. Bakonyi, J., Hensell, S. & Siegelberg, . J. (eds.). Nomos, p. 260-27818 p.
Die langen Schatten der Gewalt: Auswirkungen der Kriege peruanischer GuerillagruppenBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Liebing, M. 2006 Gewaltordnungen bewaffneter Gruppen: Ökonomie und Herrschaft nichtstaatlicher Akteure in den Kriegen der Gegenwart. Bakonyi, J., Hensell, S. & Siegelberg, J. (eds.). Nomos, p. 55-7015 p.
Externes state-building in Bosnien und Herzegowina: Anstoß zur (Re-) Institutionalisierung des Staates oder Katalysator paralleler Strukturen?Bliesemann de Guevara, B. 2006 Human security und Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr: Dokumentation des 1. Symposiums an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität - Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg. Pradetto, A. (ed.). LIT, p. 73-9825 p.
Overcoming Dayton?: The 1995 General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Results and AlternativesBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2005 SüdostEuropa-Mitteilungen, 45, 04-05, p. 149-1578 p.
Indien: NagasBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2004 Das Kriegsgeschehen 2003: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Schreiber, W. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 51-555 p.
Indien: TripuraBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2004 Das Kriegsgeschehen 2003: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Schreiber, W. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 60-656 p.
Indien: NagasBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2003 Das Kriegsgeschehen 2002: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Schreiber, W. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 144-1474 p.
Indien: TripuraBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2003 Das Kriegsgeschehen 2002: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Schreiber, W. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 152-1554 p.
Indien: NagasBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2002 Das Kriegsgeschehen 2001: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Schreiber, W. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 134-1374 p.
Indien: TripuraBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2002 Das Kriegsgeschehen 2001: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Schreiber, W. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 141-1455 p.
Die Internetseiten von Rebellengruppen in innerstaatlichen Kriegen und bewaffneten Konflikten: Eine methodische Annäherung in vergleichender Perspektive am Beispiel kolumbianischer GuerillagruppenBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2002 Hamburg University Press, 154 p.
Indien: TripuraBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2001 Das Kriegsgeschehen 2000: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Schreiber, W. & Rabehl, T. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 205-2073 p.
Indien: TripuraBliesemann de Guevara, B. 2000 Das Kriegsgeschehen 1999: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Rabehl, T. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 193-1964 p.
Peru: Sendero LuminosoBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Nissen, A. 2000 Das Kriegsgeschehen 1999: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Rabehl, T. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 253-2564 p.
Peru: Sendero LuminosoBliesemann de Guevara, B. & Nissen, A. 1999 Das Kriegsgeschehen 1998: Daten und Tendenzen der Kriege und bewaffneten Konflikte. Rabehl, T. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 206-2105 p.