Department of International Politics
International Politics Building
Kamila's area of research lies at the intersection of International Relations Theory, Political Theory and Security Studies. She investigates the normative potential of the concept of security and the conceptual place of security in theories of (international) politics. She is especially interested in the depoliticizing tendencies of security as related to security's central role in modern political imagination. She focuses on non-rationalist, sociological and historically contextualised approaches to theorizing politics and her research contributes to the renaissance of classical realism in IR as well as to the work developing on Judith Shklar's, Isaiah Berlin's and Hannah Arendt's ideas in Political Theory. While topically diverse (including the environment, food security, nationalism and human rights), her research gravitates to two theoretical foci: the emergence of normative knowledge out of reflected social practices and the role of politics in pacifying conflict.
Kamila joined the Department of International Politics in 2009. She was awarded a PhD in political science - specialising in political theory and international relations - from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary in 2005. Her research and teaching interests comprise Political Theory and Security Studies as related to questions of world politics. She is especially interested in normative aspects of security and in international political theory that responds to particular political histories yet is globally focused and normatively committed.
Kamila's postgraduate study was supported by the Soros Foundation Fellowships and she also held J.W. Fulbright Fellowship at Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts), Robert Bosh Junior Visiting Fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna, Austria) and two post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). She participated in the Central and Eastern European honours programme in humanities and social sciences at the Invisible College-Society for Higher Learning (Bratislava, Slovakia).
At Aberystwyth she co-convenes the research group GRIT (Group on International Theory) and she is also co-convenor of BISA's working group Contemporary Research on International Political Theory (CRIPT). In 2013-14 she is the departmental Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies for Student Liaison.
International Relations Theory