Raia Prokhovnik

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Raia Prokhovnik

Dr Prokhovnik has published widely in her three main research areas: feminist political theory, the concept of sovereignty, and early modern political thought. The meaning of citizenship is a theme which has run across all three areas. Recent work includes ‘”Men are not born fit for citizenship, but must be made so”; Spinoza and citizenship’, Citizenship Studies 2009; ‘Political leadership and sovereignty’, in J Femia, A Korosenyi and G Slomp eds. Political Leadership in Liberal and Democratic Theory (Imprint Academic, 2009); Sovereignty: History and Theory (Imprint Academic, 2008); Sovereignties: Contemporary Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2007); ‘Rationality’, in G Blakeley and V Bryson eds. The Impact of Feminism on Political Concepts and Debates (Manchester University Press, 2007); co-editor with J Huysmans and A Dobson, The Politics of Protection: Sites of Insecurity and Political Agency (Routledge 2006); ‘Hobbes’s Artifice as Social Construction’, Hobbes Studies 2005; Spinoza and Republicanism (Palgrave Macmillan 2004); Rational Woman: A Feminist Critique of Dichotomy (2nd edition, Manchester University Press, 2002); and ‘Public and Private Citizenship: From Gender Invisibility to Feminist Inclusiveness’, Feminist Review 1998.

Dr Prokhovnik is a founding editor and submissions editor for the international journal Contemporary Political Theory. She is currently drawing out some of the implications of the work on sovereignty for the understanding of international political space, and collaborating with Dr Gabriella Slomp (St Andrews) on an edited book on ‘International Political Theory After Hobbes’, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. In 2009 she set up a Research Programme on Bodies within the Centre for Citizenship, Identity and Governance (CCIG) at The Open University, is overseeing 15 individual projects within the programme, and is undertaking a research project exploring dominant metaphysical, ontological and epistemological presuppositions and practices about the body and the body in politics, and using the idea of the ‘bodymind’ to develop an alternative framework to tackle the mind/body problem in politics.

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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