Sebastian Schindler is Assistant Professor at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science at LMU Munich. The main focus of his research is on the relationship between theory and practice and on the problem of post-truth politics. His more general research interests include theories of International Relations, international organizations, theories of practice, and critical theories. In the summer term 2020, he is Researcher in Residence at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies.
Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science
Chair of Global Governance and Public Policy
Sebastian Schindler studied political science, history, philosophy, and sociology in Munich, Paris, and Minneapolis, and received his doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) from Goethe University Frankfurt with a thesis on the relationship between explanation and allegation. He won the F.S. Northedge Essay Competition of the journal Millennium in 2014, and has published articles in other leading journals in his field, including International Studies Quarterly, International Theory, and Politische Vierteljahresschrift. He is the author of an introductory study on Clausewitz, Clausewitz zur Einführung (Hamburg: Junius, forthcoming), and has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of International Relations and Development on “Rethinking Agency in International Relations” (2019) and an anthology on Theory as Ideology in International Relations (London: Routledge, forthcoming). An article on “The Task of Critique in Times of Post-Truth Politics” has been accepted for publication by Review of International Studies.
Before his appointment at LMU, Sebastian Schindler worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” in Frankfurt am Main and as a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). From 2016 to 2018, he was speaker of the Young Researchers’ Group in the International Relations section of the German Political Science Association. He has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Sussex (UK), Groningen (Netherlands), and Minnesota (USA) and at Berlin Social Science Center. He acquired practical experience during extended internships at the UN World Food Programme in Swaziland, the French National Assembly, and the German Permanent Mission to the international organizations in Rome. As a graduate student, he was a staff member of the National Model United Nations (NMUN) project in New York and editorial assistant of the German IR journal Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB).
In his habilitation project (‘second book’), Sebastian Schindler grapples with the task of critique in times of post-truth politics. We are currently experiencing a proliferation of pseudo-critical attitudes which claim that behind any and all claims to factual truth are power and interests. An adequate understanding of this development can help us to address three more general questions: (1) What is the present crisis of politics about? (2) Why has it emerged? (3) How should we respond to it? It may be that post-truth politics is not in the first instance a function of social media or postmodernity or specific political or economic interests, but is instead an expression of the loss of political experience of acting together at a time of unleashed competition.