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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Lukas Slothuus

Lukas Slothuus
Lukas Slothuus
Research Interests
Political theory, Political philosophy, Marxism, Critical theory, Resistance, Contentious politics

Research project:

Resistance and radical disobedience are underappreciated concepts in mainstream political theory, which instead focuses on civil disobedience as the most relevant category of dissent. The reasons for this have thus far avoided critical scrutiny: the historical, political, and philosophical priorities grounding this choice need to be interrogated. The project draws on three sets of literatures on contention, dissent, and protest which have previously not been brought into dialogue: social history and anthropology, critical political theory (chiefly Marxism, post-Marxism, and political realism), and Anglophone liberal political philosophy. Utilising the former two, and their insights on struggle, conflict, power, situation, and structure, the authoritative status of the depoliticised third can be forcefully challenged.


Dr Mathias Thaler (Politics & IR)

Professor Toby Kelly (Social Anthropology)


PhD Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh (2016-)

MSc by Research in Politics (Distinction), University of Edinburgh (2015-16)

MRes Art: Theory & Philosophy (Distinction), Central Saint Martins (2013-15) (interview)

BSc Government (First Class Honours), London School of Economics and Political Science (2009-13), with Outstanding Performance Prize for Best Dissertation

Funding and awards:

ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) 1+3 MSc/PhD Studentship (2015-19)

AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) Research Preparation Masters Studentship (2013-15)

Teaching experience:

War and Justice (2017), Seminar tutor

Political Thinkers (2017), Seminar tutor

Introduction to Politics & International Relations (2016), Study Skills tutor


Slothuus, L. (2014). Signs and Machines: Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity by Maurizio Lazzarato reviewed in Studies in Social and Political Thought (24), 79-83. (PDF)

Slothuus, L. (2013). The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition by Maurizio Lazzarato reviewed in Marx & Philosophy Review of Books. (PDF)

UK PhD Application Advice: A guide to applying for a PhD in the UK. (PDF)

Regular contributor to the University of Edinburgh's Just World Institute Blog.


'Transgressive dissent in liberal states', Political Theory Research Group, University of Edinburgh, 27 April 2016

'A Political Theory of Contemporary Resistance', JUDGEPOL Summer School on Political Violence, University of Edinburgh, 26 June 2015

'Acquiescence and Resistance in Hegel’s Master-Slave Dialectic', Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University (London), 22 May 2015

Research methods training:

Core Quantitative Data Analysis (1 & 2)Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data CollectionResearch DesignExplanation and Understanding in Social & Political Research, and Theory & Practice in Political Research.


Political Theory Research Group, University of Edinburgh

Just World Institute, University of Edinburgh

JUDGEPOL, University of Edinburgh

Work experience:

Student Welfare Mentor, University of the Arts London, Woodland House (2014-15)

Community & Welfare Sabbatical Officer, LSE Students' Union (2011-12)