William E. Scheuerman

Professor für Politikwissenschaft und internationale Beziehungen, Indiana Universität (USA)

Aufenthalt am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
August−Dezember 2016

Forschungsthema am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Civil Disobedience in the Postnational Constellation«

Bringing together normative political theory and recent empirical research in political science and sociology, the project examines the challenges posed by the postnationalization and privatization of state authority to a range of familiar (anarchist, liberal, radical democratic, religious-moral, and republican) accounts of civil disobedience. The main thesis is that postnationalization and privatization undermine key elements of civil disobedience as traditionally conceived. Consequently, salvaging what remains normatively and politically attractive about civil disobedience potentially requires us to rethink some core components. Why does it matter? At least since Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, the theory and practice of civil disobedience has provided fertile soil for those hoping to bring about social change. Not surprisingly, a wide range of recent protest and social movements related to processes of postnationalization and privatization (e.g., the global justice movement, »Occupy«, European anti-austerity movements, as well as electronic or digital disobedients like Edward Snowden) describes some of their activities as »civil disobedience«, though some of them arguably challenge conventional preconceptions. Their experiences, I suggest, provide a starting point for thinking about how we might update standard views. They also help us identify what remains valuable in earlier normative and political accounts of civil disobedience. (William E. Scheuerman)

William Scheuerman folgt der Einladung von Rainer Forst (Professor für Politische Theorie an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt). Sein Aufenthalt wird gefördert von der Alfons und Gertrud Kassel-Siftung, der Fulbright Kommission und der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung.

Wissenschaftliches Profil von William E. Scheuerman

William Scheuerman hat 1993 an der Harvard Universität in Politikwissenschaft mit einer Arbeit über »Reason, Radicalism, and the Rule of Law: The Frankfurt School and the Crisis of Modern Law« promoviert.
Er wurde mit mehreren Preisen und Fellowships ausgezeichnet: u.a. war er 2002−2003 Rockefeller Fellow am Center for Human Values in Princeton und erst kürzlich erhielt er ein Fulbright Fellowship in Deutschland.
Gegenwärtig hat Scheuerman eine Stelle als Professor für Politikwissenschaft und internationale Studien an der Indiana Universität inne.

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Politische Theorie der Gegenwart; Rechtstheorie und Rechtsstaatlichkeit; Demokratietheorie; Internationale Politik- und Rechtstheorie.

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl):
  1. »Civil Disobedience in the Shadows of Postnationalization and Privatization«, in: Journal of International Political Theory, Bd. 12, 3 (Oktober 2016).
  2. »Digital Disobedience and the Law«, in: New Political Science, Bd. 38, Nr. 3 (Juni 2016).
  3. »Edward Snowden. Ziviler Ungehorsam im Zeitalter der totalen Überwachung«, in: Mittelweg 36, Jg. 23, H. 2 (April/Mai 2014).
  4. The Realist Case for Global Reform, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2011.
  5. Hans J. Morgenthau. Realism and Beyond, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2009.
  6. (hg. mit Hartmut Rosa) High-Speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power and Modernity, University Park: Penn State Press, 2009.
  7. Frankfurt School Perspectives on Globalization, Democracy and the Law, New York & London: Routledge, 2008 (Paperback 2012).
  8. Liberal Democracy and the Social Acceleration of Time, Baltimore & New York: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
  9. (mit Peter Caldwell) From Liberal Democracy to Fascism: Legal and Political Thought in the Weimar Republic, Boston: Humanities Press, 2000.
  10. Carl Schmitt: The End of Law, Lanham, MD. & Oxford, UK: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
  11. The Rule of Law Under Siege: Selected Essays of Franz L. Neumann and Otto Kirchheimer, Berkeley & London: University of California Press, 1996.
  12. Between the Norm and the Exception: The Frankfurt School and the Rule of Law, Cambridge & London: MIT Press, 1994 (Paperback 1997).