Xymena Kurowska and Anatoly Reshetnikov Awarded Best Article by the European Journal of International Relations

CEU International Relations Associate Professor Xymena Kurowska and Anatoly Reshetnikov, who graduated from the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, have been awarded the European International Studies Association 2021 Best Article Prize in European Journal of International Relations for their paper “Trickstery: pluralising stigma in international society”.

The prize recognizes and supports the crucial role of theory and theoretical pluralism in and for International Relations in Europe. It is awarded to theoretically innovative articles that elaborate a novel idea, make a significant contribution to existing debates, provide a rigorous analysis and impetus for new research.

According to the award committee, "Xymena Kurowska and Anatoly Reshetnikov make an original and intriguing contribution by introducing the concept of the ‘trickster’ as a role and form of political action characterized by ‘non-decidable plurality’… their article opens the door to a novel reading of a type of political performance that exerts power through humor, satire, and the theatrical.” The committee was impressed by the authors’ ability to bring this phenomenon to light through a systematic conceptual engagement with ‘the trickster’ drawing on a larger set of interdisciplinary literatures, and through effectively illustrating its analytical value in empirical examples.