How should we evaluate our political and social order(s)? How does the language we use and the practices we engage in shape each other and our ability to evaluate our social and political order? How can be create tools which are appropriate to our specific social and political order yet have the potential to critically examine them?
These are some of the questions that drive my research. My long-term goal is to revive a critical-transformative, practically engaged and self-reflective perspective on political and social theorizing.The point is to link political and social theory more closely to (the criticism of) current politics, from local to global levels.
Current research focuses on two main themes: The first aims to (re)connect political theory to the practical dimension of politics whilst stressing its critical potential by reinterpreting the normativity of political criticism. The puts this political theory perspective to the test in a kind of contemporary anthropology of recent military interventions in the ‘war on terror’