Matthias Schulze M.A.

I’am a Ph.D. candidate and researcher (political science/international relations, surveillance studies, science and technology studies) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany and decided to accompany my research process by starting a blog. My Ph.D. thesis is about normative change in International Relations regarding the medium Internet. More precisely, I study how governments adopted a total control approach, enforcing control and surveillance and thereby altering the structure of the medium itself.

My research interests are :

  • Dissertation: From Cyberutopia to Cyberwar: Advovacy Coalitions and the Normative Change in Cyberspace
  • New developments in security politics (cyber-security, cyber-war, internet policy, encryption, surveillance)
  • Civil and soft power: Sweden and Germany
  • Genesis and diffusion of international norms in political discourses, social constructivism and reflective approaches, Constructivism
  • Governance & Network approaches in International Relations Theory
  • Methods of IR (qualitative methods, social network analysis), philosophy of science
  • Internet governance
  • Surveillance Studies

Short CV

  • July – October: Research visit at Citizen Lab, University of Toronto
  • 2014 Member of DVPW
  • 2014 Member Surveillance Studies Network
  • 2014 Member of KFIBS
  • October 2012: Associate Lecturer, Seminar on “Swedish foreign policy”
  • September 2012: Research Assistant at the Department of International Relations, Jena University
  • July 2012: Master thesis award of the Institute of Political Science Jena friends association
  • March 2012: Beginn of dissertation on the influence of advocacy networks on internet security governance and electronic surveillance
  • November 2011: Master Degree in Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy. Master thesis about “The language of insecurity. The construction of threats in the German political discourse about data-retention and electronic surveillance”
  • October 2009 – October 2010: Tutor for international students
  • July – September 2009: Intern at Frankfurt Peace Research Institute, research on recent developments in Swedish foreign policy
  • August 2008 – June 2009: Erasmus exchange program, stay at Högskolan Dalarna, Sweden
  • October 2005 – November 2011: Enrolment at Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena. Master in Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me or follow me on Twitter

Here you can find my “official” website at the International Relations Department at FSU-Jena.
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