Kalypso Nicolaidis

Kalypso Nicolaidis

dates de séjour

01/09/2010 - 31/12/2010


Sciences politiques


Professeur de sciences politiques


Département de politiques et de relations internationales, université d'Oxford

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Mutual recognition among Nations: from state of mind to state of world

Kalypso Nicolaïdis’ work is definitely interdisciplinary spanning international relations, political philosophy, history, economics, European law, international law and anthropology. While at IMERA, Kalypso will be working on a project exploring the multifaceted dilemma, conflicts and promises associated with living in a world of differences, a world where nomads and settlers need to agree on ground rules for their interaction and where temptations for homogenization and “the search for oneness” need to be resisted. Her normative agenda revolves around the idea of mutual recognition – alternatively defined as a philosophical concept on how individual or groups relate to each other to a foundational norm in international relations and a form of governance between states, to a legal principle governing the integration of markets as exemplified in the EU or the global trading system. Mutual recognition as both a state of mind and a state of the world (a diplomatic, regulatory or legal norm) provides a common point d’orgue to issues of special interest in the IMERA context, including specifically Euro-Mediterranean relations and the “echoes of colonialisms” in the region. It is also a lens through which Kalypso looks back at her own family history.


Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations and Director of the European Studies Centre at Oxford University. She teaches in European integration, international relations, international political economy, negotiation and game theory and research methods as Professor of International Relations. Before moving back to Europe, she taught European affairs and international relations at Harvard University where she was associate professor at the Kennedy School of Government. She has also held visiting professorships around Europe, including at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris, at the College of Europe in Bruges as the professorial chair on Visions of Europe and in Sciences-Po, Paris as Vincent Wright chair. At Harvard, she was the founder and chair of the Kokkalis Programme on Southeast Europe and is now Chair of the South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) which runs, inter alia, the Greek-Turkish Network. At Oxford, she also chairs the RENEW programme (Rethinking Europe in a Non European World), the Euro-Mediterranean network RAMSES, coordinated by the Maison Mediterraneenne des Sciences de l'Homme in Aix en Provence, and the EU-WTO Oxford programme in collaboration with the German Marshall Fund. Professor Nicolaïdis has been involved in policy for some time. She has been advising Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou on European affairs since 1996 and chaired the International Group of Expert Advisors on the Convention for the Future of Europe and the Greek Presidency. She was advisor to the Dutch presidency of the EU on the theme of ‘Europe: a Beautiful Idea’, a policy-academia dialogue culminating in the December 2004 intellectual summit. Nicolaïdis has also worked with the European Commission on the White Paper on Governance (subsidiarity, global governance), on DG trade and DG communication consultations, as well as a trade and regulation expert for UNCTAD and the OECD. Most recently, she produced a report on the European Neighborhood Policy for the European Parliament She has published widely on EU institutional and constitutional debates, EU external relations including with Mediterranean countries and the United States, issues of identity, justice and cooperation in the international system, the sources of legitimacy in European and global governance, as well as preventive diplomacy and dispute resolution. She has published on the EU as well as other issues in international affairs in numerous journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, International Organization as well as in French in Politique Etrangere, Politique Europeenne and Raison Critique. Her latest book publications include: Whose Europe? National Models and the Constitution of the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2003) and The Federal Vision: Legitimacy and Levels of Governance in the US and the EU (Oxford University Press, 2001). Nicolaïdis holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University, a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, a Master in International Economics and a Diplome Service Public from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. She also studied law and philosophy at the Paris I-Sorbonne. She is of French and Greek nationality with German and Spanish origins. Her husband, Simon Saunders is British and teaches Philosophy of Science at Oxford University. Her two children, Ari and Daphne, are trans-channel Europeans.

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