Up to our necks? Existentialism and International Relations


This virtual roundtable, brought to you by Review of International Studies (RIS) and the Department of International Relations at LSE, is free and open to all.

We will bring together authors from the RIS special issue ‘Existentialism and International Politics’ (Volume 49 - Special Issue 5) to examine the relations between contemporary International Relations and Existentialism, which to date lurks, largely unnoticed, in IR’s shadows and background. What, we ask, is the relation between IR scholarship and the existentialist intellectual and cultural tradition? How is IR informed and animated by existentialist thinking? Is Existentialism a heritage for IR to recover and embrace or a burden to be escaped? What resources does Existentialism furnish us for thinking through pressing world political problems today?



-Martin Bayly (LSE)


-Andrew Hom (Edinburgh)

-Cian O’Driscoll (ANU)

-Eileen Hunt (Notre Dame)

-Bahar Rumelili (Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier)

-Maja Touzari Greenwood (Koç University)


We have arranged for Existentialism and International Politics (Volume 49 - Special Issue 5 - December 2023) to remain free access until mid-March 2024 so that you can read the articles. In particular, we recommend you take a look at the introduction prior to the event.

The Department of International Relations at LSE is now in its 95th year. It is one of the oldest as well as largest IR departments in the world, with a truly international reputation.


Registration will close two hours before the event begins.

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