Richard F. Georgi
Senior Research Fellow
Main Fields of Research:
Human Rights; Business and Capitalism; Activism; Peace and Conflict; Democracy and Popular Politics
F. Richard Georgi is Senior Research Fellow in the project on norm contestations over human rights due diligence. He developed his interdisciplinary background in education and research through a PhD in Peace and Development from the University of Gothenburg and a Diplom in Political Science from the Free University Berlin. F. Richard Georgi held positions as contract researcher for the German Insitute for Human Rights and as human rights observer in Mexico. He also gathered substantial volunteering experiences for activist organizations in different countries, which inform both his staunch believe in and relentless critique of human rights.
In his dissertation, F. Richard Georgi researched the politics of human rights activism in Colombia amid a violent reality characterized by the end of the armed conflict with the FARC-EP and the deferred promise of peace. The PhD thesis focuses on the voices of human rights defenders in very different positions and Colombian regions, which he gathered through participant observation, in-depth interviews, and document analysis. The four research articles, which form the backbone of the thesis, bring the testimonies of human rights defenders in conversation with scholarly debates, not limited to the fields of human rights, international relations, and peace & conflict studies.
F. Richard Georgi has researched, taught, and published on: human rights, activism, political mobilization and populism, peace & conflict, transitional justice, (digital) capitalism and justice, de-constructionist political philosophy, discourse theory & ethnography of discourses, and feminist methodologies.
School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg;
Supervisors: Maria Stern and Johan K. Schaffer;
Committee: Neve Gordon (University College London), Marie-Christine Doran (University of Ottawa),
Luis Eslava (University of Kent), Bart Klem (University of Gothenburg)
Political Imaginaries amidst a Peace Deferred. The Politics of Human Rights
Activism in the 2016 Colombian Peace Process.
University of Gothenburg,
Göteborg, 2022, 330 p. doi: ISBN (Print) 978-91-8009-606-5, PhD Thesis
PhD thesis in library
Peace through the Lens of Human Rights: Mapping Spaces of Peace in the Advocacy of Colombian Human Rights Defenders.
In: Political Georgraphy 99, 1-11 (2022). doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102780.
Peace through the lens of human rights
The Popular Appeal of Human Rights Activism: Re-Imagining Transitional Justice
as a Political Struggle.
In: Global Studies Quarterly 2/3, 1-12 (2022). doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/isagsq/ksac019.
Popular appeal of human rights
Peace that Antagonizes: Reading Colombia’s Peace Process as Hegemonic Crisis.
In: Security Dialogue 0, 1-19 (2022). doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/09670106221084444.
Peace that antagonizes
Spatial Imaginaries and (Transitional) Justice in Colombia's Borderlands.
In: Peace Review 33/4, 470-478 (2022). doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10402659.2021.2043006.
In-between Translation, Transformation and Contestation: Studying Human Rights
Activism as Politics-as-Ruptures in Violent Social Conflicts.
In: Millennium: Journal of International Studies 48/1, 3-24 (2019). doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0305829819858656.
In-between translation, transformation and contestation
The Human Rights Project and the Transformation of Social (B)orders.
In: International Journal of Human Rights 21/3, 270-288 (2017). doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2017.1298732.
The human rights project
The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Transformation. Human Rights and the (De- )securitization of Ethno-political Conflict. In: Securitization, Intervention, and Statebuilding,
Maria Ketzmerick (eds.). Nomos, Baden-Baden 2017,
Human Rights Activism and the De-Securitization of the ‘Other’.
In: Politikon: The
IAPSS Journal of Political Science 29, 55-87 (2016). doi: https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.29.4.
Human rights activism
The Invocation of Human Rights and the (De-)securitization of Ethno-Political
In: Journal EXIT-Deutschland. Fachzeitschrift für De-radikalisierung und Demokratische Kultur 2, 234-342 (2014).
Discourse of Justice Part I. What do human rights defenders think of transitional
In: Inkstick Media and The World, 28.04.2022, p. Online.
Discourse of justice
WS 2019, 2020, 2021
Lecture on the politics of human rights in MA Course: Thematic Issues
MA Course: Global
Migration and Security
WS 2017 and 2018
BA Course: Global
Gender Studies: Perspectives on Sex and Gender
WS 2017 and 2018
Lecture on global governance in BA Course: Perspectives on Justice, Power and Sustainable Development
Debate Seminars in BA course International Relations
BA Course Vernunft als Grundlage des politischen Denkens (Reason and Political Thought) [in German]
Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad
2021: CO-ORGANIZER of conference: Imagining Peace Otherwise: Five Years of the Colombian Peace Accords Experienced from the Margins, virtual
2018: CO-CHAIR in two panels at the Development Research Conference, Gothenburg
2017: CO-CHAIR in panel at the EADI Nordic 2017 Conference ‘Globalisation at the Crossroads’, Bergen
2022: 15th Pan-European Conference, EISA (European International Studies Association), Athens
2021: IV International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology, virtual
2021: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions of Workshops, Populism and
Democracy: Between the Myths and Epics in Latin America, virtual
2020: Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion ‚Internationale Beziehungen‘ (IB) der Deutschen Vereinigung für
Politikwissenschaft (DVPW), virtual
2019: ‘Peace from below’ Conference, Tromsø
2019: International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Toronto
2018: Peace Research in Sweden (PRIS) Biennial Symposium, Lund
2018: International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, San Francisco
2017: Offene Sektionstagung der Sektion IB der DVPW, Bremen
2017: Human Rights Research Student’s Conference, Glasgow
2017: Activism in Africa Conference, Lisbon
2016: European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), The Politics of Otherness, Tübingen
2014: ‘Past, Present, and Future of Peace Research’ Conference, Groningen