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Last IR cinema of the semester: Gaza Mon Amour

We are showing the film: Gaza, Mon Amour (2020), a film "that stands for a genre that doesn't really exist: normal Palestinian arthouse cinema" (FAZ, 24.7.2021). The film uses a romantic comedy to explore everyday life in Gaza City in 2020.


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Skills Hub for Stawi students

Exciting news for all Stawi students!

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Interview with Professor Hoffmann on South Africa's genocide claim against Israel

"First of all, I have to talk about the tremendous symbolic power and emotional impact of this trial, which is attracting people's attention across the world (...)"

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Educational material on the Middle-East conflict

In view of the current situation, you will find here a small collection of various educational materials on the Middle East conflict.


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Press review: Podcast with Deutschlandfunk

"Espionage in peacetime and in war are almost two different areas." For its podcast "Der Rest ist Geschichte", Deutschlandfunk spoke with Sophia Hoffmann about the work of intelligence services (from Min 5.35)

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Dear Students

We cordially invite you to join the "IR Cinema": every Wednesday, we will show a movie that raises interesting themes concerning international politics or 'the international' in the widest sense. The idea is to complement your studies with wider narratives and to support community building.

Time and Date: starting 12th October, 4pm sharp - every Wednesday during the winter semester.

Place: LG1 / HS3, Nordhäuserstrasse 63, University of Erfurt 

All information provided on the attached poster. 

Guest lecture: "Epistemology of Intelligence Agencies and Secrecy as an Expression of State Sovereignty"

On June 20, 2022, Prof. Dr. Sophia Hoffmann will give a guest lecture on "Epistemology of Intelligence Agencies and Secrecy as an Expression of State Sovereignty". The event will take place via WebEx from 6:15 pm. Further information can be found on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy

Lecture and discussion: Migration as a weapon?

On Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 4:15 pm, the Fachschaftsrat Staatswissenschaften will hold a lecture followed by a discussion in LG1/HS3 on the topic "Migration as a Weapon?" -Belarus, Turkey, the EU as a "fortress". In her lecture, Prof. Dr. Sophia Hoffmann will present the concept of instrumentalising migration movements and discuss the geopolitical preconditions.


New IR Mailing List

Dear students, teachers and university staff,

we have created a new mailing list aimed at those interested in International Relations! It is intended to help bring the various departments that are involved in IR in contact with each other. The mailing list can be used to distribute information about events among students.

You can sign up via the following link:

New Article in "Globalizations"

The geopolitical economy of state-led intelligence-commerce: two examples from Iraq and West Germany.

Sophia Hoffmann in an interview with KATAPULT

KATAPULT Interview Podcast
KATAPULT Interview Link to the Podcast

Of value chains and security apparatuses

A high-level conferenceat the University of Bayreuth will focus on the interactions between economics, security and foreign policy. Members of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) from all over Germany will meet on February 24 and 25 under the title: "Of value chains and security apparatuses". The thesis of the event, organised by Dr. habil Kai Koddenbrock and Prof. Sophia Hoffmann, is that internal social conflicts must always be understood together with foreign policy and foreign economic developments. The aim is to show the connection between (non-)state security apparatuses such as the military, (border) police, intelligence services, armed groups, security companies and economic infrastructures, their production and maintenance.

Link to the programme

Link to the press release

Sophia Hoffmann in the show KiKa Aktuell

KiKa show
KiKa Aktuell Link to video