Doktorandin Prof. Susanne Krasmann (supervisor, seit Februar 2021) und Prof. Antje Wiener (co-supervisor, seit März 2021)
Nationalistic matrix and soldiered subjectivities: Discourse analysis of social norms of nationalism and their materialization in subjectivities of members of the British and German Armed Forces.
The security settings in which (Western) national armed forces find themselves are frequently characterized as ‘post-national’, ‘post-heroic’ and ‘post-modern’: These trends point to a renegotiated significance of ‘the nation’. In my project, I trace the discourse on nationalism in two military contexts to deconstruct how norms of nationalism are evoked in practices of state-centered security provision.
I place subjectivities of soldiers at the center of this analysis. Processes of subject-formation are understood to be regulated by discourses, which produce normative understandings and social norms that constitute intelligible subjects, identities and bodies. I conceive of nationalism as a discursive regime that, especially in military contexts, regulates ideas of belonging and exposure to violence in the name of protecting or policing (national) territories and bodies. Notably, I work with concepts of gendered nationalism and thus understand nationalism as deeply intersected with discourses on sex and gender. As soldiers find themselves in a sphere in which both their relation to their nation(-state) and (militarized) ideas about gender play a heightened role, approaching their practices is a promising way to analyze norms of gendered nationalism in the two selected military spheres. In the project, I develop the nationalistic matrix - a theoretic model drawing on J. Butler’s heterosexual matrix. I work with concepts of embodied subjectivities and am also interested in the subjectification of collectives.
The study employs qualitative methods (discourse analysis). I triangulate different data sources, including interviews with members of both the British and the German armed forces.
This project is being developed in the context of the LFF Graduate Program “Democratising Security in Turbulent Times”.
- Discourse Theories & Analysis
- Gendered Nationalism
- Feminist Security Studies
- Critical Military Studies
- Bodies in International Relations